HEART FOR SALE

by Dr. Karen Colvin on April 20, 2018

in Word of the Week

God gives material possessions to use for our daily needs but, too often, they become items of worship.  You can easily know where you are in God if material possessions and money cause your heart to change toward Him. Sessions in Pain pg. 37

AUTHOR’S COMMENT: What is the cost of your heart? What person, item, amount of money, or position can turn your heart from God or keep your heart from God? We live in a time where people are selling their hearts and souls to the highest bidder. Their banners are raised high, “HEART FOR SALE”. Decisions are made based on “what can you give me?”,  instead of “how can I serve the purpose of God?” Let us re-evaluate ourselves. Let us remember what will matter in the end.

“You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred” (2 Timothy 3:1-2 nlt).

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Embracing the Eternal

by Dr. Karen Colvin on April 6, 2018

in The Autism Times

Leaving Babylon pg. 165

It should be becoming clear to you that as a child of the Most High God, you are a citizen of His kingdom. The kingdom of God is a place where God rules supreme. It is a place that is eternal. You can live in it from this life into the next. It is a place where your behaviors line up with His will and your thoughts are brought into obedience to Christ. In His kingdom, you become passionate for Him as your heart beats in sync with His love. You love as He does and hope as He does. You see humanity through the heart of God. You believe God completely. In His kingdom, you truly live in the peace of God, which passes all understanding (Phil. 4:7). The world will look at you and not understand why you sing in the middle of uncertainties, disappointments, and even tragedies. You come to understand that it is your spirit in communion with His that determines your citizenship in the kingdom of God. You have made a willful and deliberate choice to leave Babylon, and you continually make the willful and deliberate choice not to return.

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HIS HAND IS ON THE GAUGE

by Dr. Karen Colvin on March 30, 2018

in Word of the Week

Many people have difficulty accepting the fact that a God of love would also allow pain to be inflicted.  Either they decide to reject God altogether or live in denial that He allows pain in their lives.  They cannot make peace with a loving God who allows pain in their lives; but there is a resolution to their dilemma. 

Sessions in Pain pg. 27

AUTHOR’S COMMENTS: TRUST HIM! Beloved, if you have  given your life to Christ, His  hand is always on the gauge of your life. He gives and He takes according to His love for you. Through the dark days He remains a good, good Savior; loving you and causing all things to work together for your good. As the Scriptures teach us:

“12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal which is taking place to test you [that is, to test the quality of your faith], as though something strange or unusual were happening to you. 13 But insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, keep on rejoicing, so that when His glory [filled with His radiance and splendor] is revealed, you may rejoice with great joy.”  (1 Peter 4: 12-13 AMP).

 

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CHILDREN OF GOD

by Dr. Karen Colvin on March 23, 2018

in Word of the Week

Leaving Babylon pg.72
Through the years, I have realized the great truth of the Scripture that proclaims, as far as the heavens are above the earth, so are God’s ways above my ways and God’s thoughts above my thoughts (Is. 55:9). He is willing to teach me through each situation of life, regardless of how small it is, if only I would yield my Babylonian ways to His ways. We must truly nail our old selves to the cross and operate in the Spirit as children of God.

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SIMPLY BECAUSE HE LOVES US

by Dr. Karen Colvin on March 9, 2018

in Word of the Week

I believe what is most difficult for us is to have confidence in the work Jesus accomplished for us on the cross.  It goes against the very grain of our fallen nature to accept that He provided this free gift of forgiveness, simply because He loves us.

Sessions in Pain, pg. 86

AUTHOR’S COMMENTS; Why is “Grace” such a difficult concept for us as human beings? Perhaps is it because we come into this world struggling and we continue to battle both the seen and the unseen forces all of our lives to the point of exhaustion. It is all we have known…until Christ. So take hold of the Grace of God, which holds love, peace, safety, and rest – oh, sweet rest!.

” Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28 not).

 

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RUNNING WITH THE HORSEMEN

by Dr. Karen Colvin on February 23, 2018

in Word of the Week

The Word of God was spoken through the prophet Jeremiah that God was going to shake the land, and anyone that was not grounded in God would fall. Jeremiah gave the people of God the warning for them to assess themselves. He asked them the poignant question, “If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, then how can you contend with horses?” ( Jer. 12:5a, nkjv). How will the people of God stand as the rejection of God becomes more intense each day in our societies, when we fail to stand when the ways of God are still tolerated?

Leaving Babylon pg. 66

AUTHOR’S COMMENTS: The days of ‘running with the horsemen’  are upon us. We must run faster and stronger as Children of the Living God. We must pray longer and harder. We must press in stronger and closer to our Lord to remain in the fight until the end.

“Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 NLT).

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BLESSED & RESTORED

by Dr. Karen Colvin on February 16, 2018

in Word of the Week

Remember Job’s pain and suffering ended in victory.  He didn’t die alone in a hole, destitute and hopeless, but he left this physical life blessed and restored.  Job came through his suffering stronger, wiser and more intimate with God than before his ordeal.  He died full of years and today is in the presence of the Lord with all of his children.   Sessions in Pain, pg. 96

AUTHOR’S COMMENTS: When God has your life nothing is lost. Somethings  are removed for a moment as growth and development takes place in you; but nothing is lost to Him. He is a most efficient God, using every trial, every pain, and all that our enemy meant for evil, to bring us eventual good and blessings.

“But You, O Lord, are a shield for me,
My glory [and my honor], and the One who lifts my head”

(Psalm 3:3 AMP).

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Perfect Balance

by Dr. Karen Colvin on February 9, 2018

in Word of the Week

Leaving Babylon pg. 32

Under God’s government,  we  had  three  important  aspects to our lives: family, ministry/work, and rest. Our family began with God, our Father. Then God created Eve for Adam. God gave them work in tending a beautiful garden and commanding the creatures of the earth. Finally, He gave them seasons of rest, where they could walk with Him in the cool of the evening and just be with their Father, enjoying His presence. Human life was in  perfect balance.

As our connection with God was severed and unity with the Divine was lost, our ability to enjoy our family, ministry/work, and rest was severely altered. Fear, pride, greed, jealousy, and selfishness would be our constant companions. We would struggle with these demons in our attempts to care for our children, the elderly, and any other human beings who would be identified as frail.

AUTHOR’S COMMENTS: The weak and the frail can be easily pushed aside. The “leaving of Babylon” begins within you, as you make the choice to return to God’s perfect balance for your life. ” Babylon deliberately woos you so that you will miss what is important, and lose what is important, eternally.

But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  (Matthew 6:33-34 AMP).

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THAT ENEMY CALLED PRIDE

by Dr. Karen Colvin on February 9, 2018

in Word of the Week

The sad thing about the strongman is that he is unrelenting in his hopeless pursuits for fulfillment, and he is too proud to allow the Savior access to his hurting heart.  So he keeps forging ahead, losing all that is truly valuable as he goes.  – Sessions in Pain, pg. 193

 AUTHOR’S COMMENTS: Our enemy  knows all too well that we win and conquer in the same manner as our Lord, with humility. Therefore, Satan sends to us his greatest warrior, the spirit of pride to deceive us into fighting with fleshly weapons. The strength of the strongman is no match for this enemy; it will take the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome him.

 

He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son (Rev. 21:7)

 

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PEACE IS POSSIBLE

by Dr. Karen Colvin on January 26, 2018

in Word of the Week

Leaving Babylon pg. 29

That day in Eden, other changes took place in our bodies as sickness and disease became a part of human life on earth. With our new afflicted state of living, we can see the possible reason God refused us the Tree of Life. In this refusal, we see the mercy of God on humanity in removing from us access to the tree that would give us eternal life. Can you imagine living in a state of disease and sickness with no chance of death? Can you imagine living with the pain of cancer, arthritis, heart disease, seizures, bacterial infections, or some other physical or mental disabilities with no hope of relief in death? We must consider that eternal “life” or eternal existence is different in a sinful state than in a holy state under the covering of God. The creatures of hell know this existence all too well. They exist in a constant state of torment that will continue throughout eternity.

The death of our bodies is a gift for many who live in pain. The suffering in this world is finally over, and peace can come. Jesus Christ made this peace possible.

AUTHOR’S COMMENTS: Some may say, “But God can heal all of our diseases and disorders here on Earth while we live”. I agree. But there still remains the living in this world of struggle,  grief, and emotional pain. I believe God knew that our souls could only take so many years of this so He limited our years on Earth. I have begun to understand the old Christians who in their latter years  look toward heaven for their final relief in death to this world. They no longer fear death but welcome it as they transition to the peace of their heavenly home. In his final days the Apostle Paul wrote:

As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. 7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. 8And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing (2 Timothy 4:6-8 NLT).

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