THE PATH OUT

by Dr. Karen Colvin on August 3, 2018

in Word of the Week

God alone knows the path out of your pain.  He alone knows its purpose.  Remember, when our lives are committed to Him, our suffering always has purpose—a good purpose.  This is God’s promise to us:  “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).

Sessions in Pain pg. 92

 AUTHOR’S COMMENT: Nothing is random or accidental with God. His hand is always on the gauge of your life even when things are caused by evil. He can make All things serves His good purposes. Therefore, beloved of God, press into Him in prayer through the dark days for He is faithful to show you the path out. 

For God has said, “I will never fail you.  I will never abandon you.” Hebrews 13:5 NLT

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That day in Eden, protection of the weaker ones became necessary. Human governments and authorities needed to be put in place. It was the day that we took on pride, greed, jealousy, and selfishness. We became creatures who would do anything to anyone to profit ourselves. The weaker one became vulnerable to all types of evil and would need protection from the stronger ones.

Under the government of the Godhead, everyone was safe. Every living thing could enjoy God’s creation without fear. We understood that the beauty of the earth, and all of its resources came from our heavenly Father. He would always love us and provide for us. He was the only authority that we needed. The family that God initially created with Adam and Eve was put in place to manage our social interactions with each other. This family provided a system to learn and to care for each other under the guidance of our heavenly Father. We looked to Him for  our understanding of the world. Our interactions with God and each other were peaceful and loving.

 

But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen you [setting you on a firm foundation] and will protect and guard you from the evil one (2 Thess. 3:3 AMP).

 

 

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KNOW THE WILL

by Dr. Karen Colvin on July 13, 2018

in Word of the Week

As with Job, your first course of action is to seek God for directives and timing in the chaos.  God’s directives serve to protect you and others and guide you as to where to direct your faith.  Remember, true faith cannot kick in until you know the will of God. –  Sessions on Pain pg. 156

 AUTHOR’S COMMENTS: Outside of the will of God you are basically on your own in a cold and sometimes cruel world. But, when you know the will of God then you have His backing as you go forward. When facing the hard days you can press on knowing His Will is being done through you.

 “Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matt. 19:26 – emphasis mine).

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The Name of God

by Dr. Karen Colvin on July 3, 2018

in Word of the Week

Jesus prayed for our protection by the greatest power in the universe—the Name of God. This name of God that was given to Christ by the Father, He now  uses  to  protect  us, guard  us and unite us. This name of God would eternally brand those as children of the Father for all who would receive it, for some will reject it and be lost as it was in the days of Noah and as it was for Judas  Iscariot.

Leaving Babylon pg. 51

“I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. (John 17:20 NLT).

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GET TUNED IN

by Dr. Karen Colvin on June 22, 2018

in Word of the Week

When you are going through a painful season, it is critical that you get tuned in to the Holy Spirit.  Often at such times our human nature wants to exert itself, avoid, and sometimes reject God’s way of handling the situation. 

Sessions in Pain pg. 160

AUTHOR’S COMMENTS: Oh the power of emotions!  It makes us “feel” entitled and righteous in our bad behaviors. Our emotions will tune out the Holy Spirit in a heartbeat and make us believe that even our Holy God will back-up our revenge on others; causing us to forget why our Christ died – so that we could overcome.

“And he who overcomes [the world through believing that Jesus is the Son of God] and he who keeps My deeds [doing things that please Me] until the [very] end, to him I will give authority and power over the nations” (Revelation 2:26 AMP).

 

Picture credits: Medical New Today, Beggar’s Daughter, 

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HUMANITY NEEDS JESUS

by Dr. Karen Colvin on June 15, 2018

in Word of the Week

We were masters over all life. All life on earth was commanded by the Creator to obey man. We were truly kings and queens of the planet—children of the Most High God in every way. We lived and walked on the planet in the authority of our Father, and there was perfect peace on earth.
Today, we are so far removed from such an existence that it is almost impossible for us to imagine such a state of living. Some humans have tried to recreate the original garden’s existence only to fail miserably. Why? Because even when we try to escape from the big cities, technology, human governments, and “certain people,” we carry with us one huge flaw—sin. We cannot erase our sin. Sooner or later as we try to create a human utopia, we see the emergence of pride, greed, jealousy, murder, and every other vice common to fallen humanity. We gave Satan, the prince and power of the air, our authority, and he and his demons will follow us wherever we run to on the planet. In all circumstances, situations, and man-made havens, we still needed a Savior—a Savior who can stand up and defeat Satan for us. Humanity needed Jesus!
“Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29b

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MY STABILIZER

by Dr. Karen Colvin on June 2, 2018

in Word of the Week

“There alone, hovering between wanting to kill someone and or kill myself, God met me. There alone, I found my Rock, my Stabilizer, my one and only Hope!  There alone, I discovered a new revelation of God’s grace.”  –  from Sessions in Pain Pg. 68

AUTHOR’S COMMENTS: The human mind can be a fragile thing. How desperately we need the “Stabilizer”; the only One who can assure us that everything will be alright.

 

 

 

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”  (Philippians 4:7 NKJV)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DYING BUSY

by Dr. Karen Colvin on May 18, 2018

in Word of the Week

 

Leaving Babylon pgs. 87-88

The work of Babylon and her children is obvious to those who will choose to see it. I believe in these current times she keeps humanity blinded through busyness, as we struggle to keep up with the fast pace of our time. I recall a line from a TV show, Touched by an Angel, that said, “The world is moving faster and faster, but the human heart is beating at the same speed.” What a truth that statement is. Never before in human history have we been so mentally and emotionally tired as we try to keep up with the speed Babylon has set for us. Many of us have retreated into addictions and depression, and some have chosen suicide over remaining in the race to keep up. Mercy and genuine care from our fellow man has been lost in a cloud stress.

Babylon seeks to keep us fighting, competing, and trudging along day after day, never giving us time to assess the road we are on. She keeps us ever distracted and busy and pushes us to keep on working and working, knowing that we will never finish. We will die busy.

 

“… And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”  (Philippians 4:7 NIV).

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SHIFTS IN THE HEART

by Dr. Karen Colvin on May 11, 2018

in Word of the Week

The strongman may have been a good Christian, but somewhere along the way he forgot his dependence on Christ.  There was a shift in his heart as his success drove him to love and depend on himself more than on God.  God calls to him, but he is too busy to answer; for his mobile phone is constantly ringing, his blue tooth is ever in place, and there are meetings he must attend. – Sessions in Pain pg. 193

AUTHOR’S COMMENT: In this day and age of where we are inundated by technology and the drive for success, the ‘strongman syndrome’ plagues all of us. We must  fight to spend time with God and to hear Him over the many voices coming at us. Our hearts can easily and gradually shift toward what appears to be urgent, squeezing our Lord out of our lives.

“20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:20-21 NLT).

 

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THE FINAL GATHERING

by Dr. Karen Colvin on May 4, 2018

in Word of the Week

The gathering of His people and the leaving of Babylon have been the mission of God since our deception in Eden. The early efforts of this gathering began with a man called Noah. He was a righteous man, who stood for God in the midst of the evil in the world (Gen. 6). God called him to build a tremendous ark—a place to separate all that would be saved from all that would be destroyed. In obedience, Noah followed the call of God to gather two of each kind of animal, his family and anyone that would come into the ark. Noah preached as he built the great ark. In spite of the ridicule of the people, he preached until the day the door of the ark was shut by God. Then came the judgment through  the  great flood.

Throughout history, we see this recurring sequence of events again and again. God raised up leaders to gather us out of Babylon. Kings, prophets, preachers, and teachers, through the ages have come with the same message to humanity—to turn and follow the one true and living God who loves them. Come to Him and be saved from the coming destruction, is the repeated message. Sin can never be separated from destruction. As we embraced one, the other has soon followed. These events of history were only precursors. The final gathering and the final destruction are yet to come. – Leaving Babylon pg. 50

“Two men will be working together in the field; one will be taken, the other left. (Matthew 24:40 nlt) – Jesus Christ

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