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Season of Suffering….. 

  

…#mood #grace 

Be Restored, Confirmed, Strengthened, and Established! 

~asb 

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Have Compassion…

  

 We talk about having compassion often. Especially in a world plagued with the sin, violence, and sickness we observe on a daily basis; we can’t help but be moved, to feel “something”, right?  
But is that compassion? The Word says His compassion/love never fails, but how often does ours?

 2 things God spoke in my spirit on this evening about compassion that I want to share. First of all , compassion is for EVERYONE. We have a tendency to love the underdog. To care about the one that’s crying the loudest. The one that shows the most pain. The one wearing battle scars and war wounds on their sleeve. (not saying we shouldn’t show them compassion, please don’t misunderstand what I am saying) But God is an all inclusive God. Any one who excepts Christ is His child, but we are called to BE COMPASSIONATE TO ALL. The strong need compassion as well. Those too intelligent in their minds to see the glory in being dependent on God need compassion as well. Our flesh seeks out the weak to help because they are the easiest to see visible outcomes in. But what about the quiet person battling inner struggles, do we not show them compassion because they seem to be handling it well? Brokenness does not have a color,gender,or an age. It cannot be easily identified in a world accustomed to hiding. Wholeness is not determined by our outward success, so why should hurt, hopelessness and the need for deliverance be determined by our outward manifestations of pain? We need to show compassion to ALL! 

 
The second thing God showed me is COMPASSION IS AN ACTION WORD! It is showing the love of Christ we all profess to have, in action. Sitting back and pitying someone’s situation is not compassion. Verbally stating how bad you feel, is not action. We must show love in deed!  We tend to show love to those suffering through things we identify with. Example: I overcome having an absent father, so I have compassion and help those with absent fathers. That’s ministry. You need compassion to do ministry, but you don’t have to have a ministry to be compassionate!  Compassion is an outward expression of an inward heart characteristic. I don’t have to have walked in the same shoes to extend love to you. Jesus died for all WE had done. He showed compassion to ALL OF US, no differences. God loved us so much that He showed action and sent His Son to dies for us. How’s that for compassion/love in action? 
  
Let’s start walking in compassion. Let’s love everyone and show them in the way the Holy Spirit leads us. 

Prayer: Please Lord give me a compassion for your people like Christ had for the church. Move in me Holy Spirit that I not just see ailments in the natural, but You awaken discernment in me to see in the supernatural. Allow my heart to be filled with love that leads to action. Love that leads to more prayer with You in order to seek God given solutions. Teach me and guide me , Lord so I can BE FULL of COMPASSION !

BeMadeWhole! ~asb

Being Quiet….

  
I have entered into this amazing place with God called rest. It was needed and accepted as the world and its inhabitants daily tried to engage me in petty situations. I love that God allows the Holy Spirit to give us exactly what we seek and that’s an opportunity to get closer to Him. 

A calm has come over me; a peace that passes anything I can articulate with words. All I can say is , I am so in love with this feeling……

  
….. it came because I allowed myself to be in obedience and be quiet. I am hearing Him like never before! 

Be patient and rest, Be quiet, and 

BE MADE WHOLE! 

~asb 

SEASON OF SUFFERING…

  
God always has a plan for us,  but there are steps we must go through to reach our expected end. One of the hardest things to do when you are going through a season of suffering is be silent about it. 

  God promises His grace to bring us 4 things after suffering and we should take comfort in THESE. 

  1. Be restored – receiving more in every aspect of your life esp the things you felt was lost during suffering 
  2. Be confirmed – knowing more than ever who you are in Christ and being confident in Him who was with you. 
  3. Be strengthened – being sure that His strength is made perfect through our weaknesses (trials and sufferings) and gaining supernatural confidence that you can do all things through Christ. 
  4. Be established – firmly rooted and grounded in the Lord and Saviour and becoming more like Him daily. 

In 1 Peter 5:8 , the Word of God tell us to be sober (self-controlled) and vigilant ( watchful) because the devil is looking for someone to overtake. In verse 9 it states for us to be steadfast in our faith while resisting the devil because the same sufferings we have, so do our brothers and sisters in Christ. This lets us know we are not alone and we will suffer just resisting attacks! But greater is He that is in us!

  
 Prayer is key during these moments. Go straight to God through our advocate, Jesus Christ. Allow the Holy Spirit to comfort and guide you, so you can overcome. It’s not about getting through, but learning while you are going through

Whatever you are going through , Be still and know that He is God and has it all under control. Be encouraged, it’s only for a moment…. 

~ BE MADE WHOLE

ASB

    Be Fearless…

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    As I lay here, consumed with many thoughts, I try to understand why am I struggling with sleep tonight. There are so many changes going on currently, I can’t even keep track of what I should be concerned with. But one thing I am sure of…CHANGE WILL HAPPEN!…I have realized tonight (that deep in the heart revelation) God’s plan is elaborate, yet deliberate!
    Yes, a lot of changes are taking place. Relationships are shifting. Roles are being defined differently. Spirituality is being heightened! All to prepare the body of Christ to minister to this lost world.
    I courageously accept with faith, my future in Christ. Who I am in Him is secure.
    We may not know what will happen daily when we wake up, but the important thing is, He graciously allows us TO wake up. For that I am grateful!
    I will deliberately go to sleep with confidence, and be prepared to start my day unafraid of what He has planned for my future.
    To know Him is to Trust In Him…stop being concerned with what is to come and exist for His glory!!!
    Be strong,daring,FEARLESS….

    Be Blessed And Be Made Whole! ~ ASB

    STAND FIRM….

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    We are living in perilous times. These are the last days. If you are a Christian and have studied the Word (esp Revelations)at all,  nothing that is taking place in this nation should be extremely surprising. Sadly, neither should people’s reactions to it….
    Now like never before, we must stand on the Word of God and not compromise or “water down” and weaken the Word to make it comfortable for people. God is the same yesterday, today and forever and we as Christians should not change our stance based on the way the world operates!
    Love covers a multitude of sins, and yes, we are commanded to love everyone… but love doesn’t agree with sin. Love doesn’t sit quiet and accept things that are sinful. We must stand on the Word of God that says we should be holy, for God is holy, And abstain from sin that separates us from being in an intimate relationship with our Creator! That goes for ALL sins…not just what WE don’t agree with!
    We have to be aware of the  deceivers among us and get in the Word for ourselves.

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    We don’t have any other options. The Word is real to those who believe!!! So believe it all, Don’t compromise on anything: lying, cheating, stealing, sexual immorality, gossiping, backbiting, anger, being unforgiving, hatred and wrath in you, adultery, fornication, deception, love of money or idolatry, control, manipulation, just to name a few things….
    Jesus died for us to be free from those things, and we by faith, believe that and everything else the Word stays.
    So stand firm in your beliefs,
    Be steadfast, unmovable….

    Be Blessed And Be Made Whole! ~ ASB

    BE VALUABLE!

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    It amazes me how we as a people settle for “dysfunction”. How were are comfortable in chaos. How we try to please those that are unpleasant. How sad it is that we cannot recognize the goodness of God because we have inhabited so long in the foolishness of this world. If you are saved and redeemed by the blood of Christ, You don’t have to live like that!
    You are more than a conqueror! You are fearfully and wonderfully made! You are the apple of God’s eye, and He adores you.
    Stop settling for the treatment of this world. Stop seeking for friendships and relationships that aren’t worthy of You.

    Whatever you give value to, is what you will use to measure your own worth. That means, if the opinions of others matter more to you than God’s, then that’s who you will allow to determine your worth. If your career matters more to you, your job  status and pay scale will determine your worth. If you spend time seeking a significant other,rather than the Kingdom of God, how they feel about you determines how you feel about you. Etcetera… etcetera….
    You have to know your worth based on who CHRIST says you are. That means you have to spend time alone with Him, seeking His heart!
    You have Value!!! Now go walk in it!

    Be Blessed And Be Made Whole! ~ ASB