ABOVE AND BEYOND THE SHAME

by Dr. Karen Colvin on June 30, 2017

in Word of the Week

Beloved, perhaps there is no place in our human experience to suffer without shame but there is a place above and beyond the shame. Jesus made that place possible for us—possible for us even when it was our fault, even when we did commit the sin, even when we deliberately and willfully did what was wrong.

Sessions in Pain pg. 86

AUTHOR’S COMMENTS: The songwriter wrote, “Amazing Grace” will always be my song of praise, for it was grace that bought my liberty. I’ll never know just how He came to love me so. He looked beyond my faults and saw my needs.” Andre Crouch.

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8 NKJV).

 

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The Wedding Ring

by Dr. Karen Colvin on June 23, 2017

in ZUncategorized

Leaving Babylon pgs. 56-57

The nation of Israel continues to serve as God’s wedding ring to humanity, a symbol of His love for us. And just as a wedding ring tells everyone that we are committed to someone, the presence of the nation of Israel speaks to Babylon that the earth and mankind belong to God. This is why Babylon continually seeks to remove this wedding ring from the earth. Babylon will be judged for this. Once a wedding ring is removed, the promises made are soon forgotten. Married people who chose to commit adultery will often remove their wedding ring first. This act tells them and everyone else that I belong to no one, and I am free to be intimate with another.

Most of the Bible is about this tiny nation that contended with God through thousands of years of human history. Israel’s presence on earth is a constant reminder that the Scriptures are true and that mankind has a covenant with God that can never be broken. However, Babylon continues to try to remove God and mankind’s wedding band. Through thousands of years of war and captivity, as recorded in the Old Testament, to contemporary times, as recorded in world history, about the holocaust during World War II, Israel battled to exist. Today, she continues to battle in the Middle East as Babylon tries to remove the wedding ring. Babylon wants to remove the reminder of our covenant so that she can wipe God’s memory from our hearts and the hearts of our children’s children!

Israel, though physically small as a nation, is all God needed to stamp the earth for His beloved humanity. Wedding rings are small, but they shine bright as a symbol of promise and commitment. I believe God created Israel small, deliberately. So as Babylon, in her arrogance, rises up against this tiny nation and fails to destroy her, there will be no doubt that God is on the throne and will forever protect His covenant with mankind.

Many Christians comment that the majority of Israelis and Jews do not accept Christ as the Messiah and Savior of the world. However, without the faith of the Jewish disciples of Jesus, we would not have the New Testament. Jesus’s prayer for this remnant is recorded in John 17. I am especially moved by verses twenty through twenty-one,

“I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me because of their testimony. My prayer for all of them is that they will be one, just as you and I are one, Father—that just as you are in me and I am in you, so they will be in us, and the world will believe you sent me” (nlt).

 

June 23, 2017 Headline from “The Times of Israel” story: 

Unveiling clock showing 8,411 days left for Israel, Iranians rage against Jewish state

See link below

http://www.timesofisrael.com/iranians-parade-missiles-shout-death-to-israel-in-annual-rally/

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THE DAILY DYING

by Dr. Karen Colvin on June 19, 2017

in Word of the Week

We have read and heard about many who have died for the faith. The mindset at this level of faith is that of a great warrior for God. The warrior has answered the question, “Am I willing to die for what God has called me to do?” Few reach this level. When we read about the martyrs for Christ, we can only imagine the faith in their hearts; but to experience this faith is something all together different. Sessions in Pain pg. 138

AUTHOR’S COMMENTS: The great apostle wrote, “I die daily” (1 Cor.15:31). To experience the great and awesome faith of a martyr you must begin with the “daily dying”. The dying of your tongue, your attitude, and your behavior must proceed the full laying down of your life for Christ. The faith of a martyr is attainable even as you continue living, but it must begin with the “daily dying”.

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MASTER OF DISTRACTIONS

by Dr. Karen Colvin on June 9, 2017

in Word of the Week

LEAVING BABYLON pgs. 67-68

Touching God in the 21st Century? – Modification of Michelangelos “Creation-of Adam” by pravoslavie.ru

Babylon is the master of distractions. Often she will not come to believers with overt sins but with the subtle tease of distractions, anything and everything to interrupt your focus on your destiny in God and your relationship with Christ. She does not want you to pray or study God’s Word—anything but that! She seeks to keep you preoccupied every minute to hold you up from refilling on God’s power brought through prayer and His Word. Babylon will keep you grabbing for the minor things as she robs you of the major thing—your relationship with God.

David prayed:

“With my whole heart have I sought You, inquiring for and of You and yearning for You; Oh, let me not wander or step aside [either in ignorance or willfully] from Your commandments. Your word have I laid up in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” (Psalms 119:10–11, amp)

Businessman Praying — Image by © Hans Neleman/Corbis

Your only resolve is to make the decision to no longer be Babylon’s comfortable captive, but unplug your ears and hear what the Spirit is saying to the church—to you. You must set your mind to lay down whatever the Spirit directs you to lay down. Do not fear, for your Father is rich and will restore to you, in abundance, what you have sacrificed to Him in obedience. Trust in His freedom. Follow Him to the gates and leave Babylon!

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EVERYTHING IS ALL RIGHT

by Dr. Karen Colvin on June 2, 2017

in ZUncategorized

In the presence of God there is peace and resolve for our weary souls. We cannot understand this place because it is only found by faith, not by understanding. We only know that when we are prostrate and broken in worship before Him, everything is all right. The cares of this life dissolve in His magnificence. I am in Him, He is in me and everything is all right.  Sessions in Pain pg. 108

AUTHOR’S COMMENTS: There are times when the peace of the day can only be found in the presence of God. The stresses of this world may continue around us and there is no end in sight, but there is a place found in God’s presence where everything is ALWAYS all right.

 

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Who Will Build for God?

by Dr. Karen Colvin on May 12, 2017

in Word of the Week

Credit: film “One Night with the King”

Leaving Babylon pgs. 65                                                                                            Moses chose to leave Egypt and rejected the riches of Pharaoh’s palace. In doing so, he found his destiny in God and led a nation to freedom! Moses could no longer live with the reality of his people’s slavery and not answer the call of God. God is calling you also. There are needs all around you, unmet, unattended to. Are you one who will lead, who will organize, who will build for God? What is your choice? Will you leave Babylon? Queen Esther chose to risk her position as queen to save her people from mass murder. She was faced with the challenge of truth and then made a decision for God to lay down all of the trappings of Babylon and face the king. Her words of courage to obey God reverberate through history, “If I perish, I perish!” (Esther 4:16b, nkjv).

AUTHOR’S COMMENTS: There comes a time when all bets are off and all that matters is building for God. There comes a time when you set your face like flint and say like Queen Esther, If a perish, I perish, I’m going to see the king!

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UNADDRESSED PAIN

by Dr. Karen Colvin on May 6, 2017

in Word of the Week

credit: UDAKU Special Blog

credit: KasiLam

Pain that is not addressed can produce a shocking rage in even the gentlest soul. But the good news is that God can handle our rage.                                    Sessions in Pain Pg. 78

Author’s Comments: God can handle our Pain, our Rage, and anything else that inflicts us. He compels us to bring it ALL to Him.

credit: Alvin Daily

He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle. He will bring justice to all who have been wronged ( Isaiah 42:3 NLT

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DID GOD REALLY SAY…?

by Dr. Karen Colvin on April 28, 2017

in Word of the Week

Leaving Babylon (pgs. 66-67)

Although drug addiction is an obvious captivity, there are many other trappings of Babylon that are not as apparent— trappings draped in the promise of money and power, trappings with the dangling price tag of compromise of the ways of God and relationship with God. That serpent continues to have the same slithering tongue that he had in the garden of Eden, asking humanity the same question he asked Eve, “Did God really say…?” (Gen. 3:1). .

For this reason, the Scriptures in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 command us to “pray without ceasing.” The comment is   often made, “The devil is in the wind.” And he is. The hordes of hell are ever watching and waiting for an opportunity to deceive you and me. Remember what God told Cain: “Sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it” (Gen. 4:7b). God gave you the free will to rule over it.

 

To him who overcomes [the world through believing that Jesus is the Son of God], I will grant [the privilege] to eat [the fruit] from the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of God’ (Rev. 2:7 AMP)

 

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INTO HIS PRESENCE

by Dr. Karen Colvin on April 21, 2017

in Word of the Week

The blood of Christ was the ultimate and complete sacrifice for our sins. The veil or barrier between us and God was ripped in two when Christ died, and now we can walk into His presence; but how we walk must still be addressed. He remains Holy even with the torn veil.

Sessions in Pain pg. 105

AUTHOR’S COMMENTS: As we remember and celebrate the resurrection of our Lord let us not forget the privilege it is to walk into His presence. He tore the veil for us to enter in, but He always remains a Holy King. His holiness will never change, so we must change by submitting to Him as we walk into His Presence. 

But like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves in all your conduct [be set apart from the world by your godly character and moral courage]; 16 because it is written, “You shall be holy (set apart), for I am holy.” (1Peter 1:15-16 AMP).

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Good Friday, Addressing the Human Condition

by Dr. Karen Colvin on April 15, 2017

in Word of the Week

 Leaving Babylon pg. 70

The psalmist understood very well the human condition. He knew that when humanity chose to sin in the garden, all generations that followed would be born in a state of sin. It was our inheritance from Adam. We were conceived and brought forth in a swamp of wickedness. A swamp is contained and stagnant. Its stillness makes it a prime place for the growth of all types of bacterial scum. You can smell the stench of it as you approach its borders. This is where we were born and raised. Our contamination was certain from the first day we took a breath on this fallen planet. We would sin. We have sinned and do sin without conviction, because it is our way in Babylon. We sin although it destroys us. We sinned with no hope of escape, until Jesus Christ.

Jesus our Savior extended His hand to pull us out of the swamp of wickedness and out of our state of stagnation. He came down into the swamp and lived with us, then died here for us to bring us into the River of God. He carved a path with His own blood from the swamp to the River of God. We need only to receive Him, and He will do the rest. He pulled us out and gave us the power to become the sons and daughters of God!

When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and [voluntarily] gave up His spirit  (John 19:30 AMP)

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