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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 5 November 2018 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – FAITH and PATRIOTISM

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – FAITH and PATRIOTISM

 

Did you vote already? Or, are you going to vote this week?

What does our faith have to do with being patriotic? Aren’t we supposed to ‘separate’ them? Church and state? How can we? Are we divided individuals? Do we possess split personalities?

As followers of Christ we are called to relationship with Him. And that daily communion, minute by minute really, does affect the whole of our lives. Or, at least it should.

 

CINO’s (Christians in Name Only) give Christianity a bad rap. I don’t know about you but I don’t like being with, or even talking to, someone who is two faced. We are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. But if we aren’t reflecting Him, then we are nothing but tasteless sand and a cold candle in the dark.

And as our nation faces unprecedented hope, how can we neglect so great a duty—nay, opportunity to act on our faith.

I was once asked, quite scathingly—and mockingly—“What about your faith?” “I thought you had faith.” It was in that very dark time in my life that I had been forced to take action. Action which created a great division—and crushed my heart in the process. But I had done what I had to do. I knew I had done the right thing.

 

And to answer that mocking question, faith is not some idle concept. Faith is more than ‘just’ believing God is there.

 

You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.  – James 2:19

 

Demons shudder? They know Who God is. And they shudder because they oppose Him. Just knowing Who He is does not a Christian make.

 

Relationship with Him is what makes the difference. That relationship affects and colors everything we say and do. I defer yet again to my signature Scripture,

 

Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  – Romans 12:2

 

Being in communion with our heavenly Father does not make us a bunch of mindless minions. Rather, we are empowered to be the unique individuals He created us to be. As such, we are called to act in obedience, and to boldly proclaim His kingdom. Bringing God’s kingdom to earth.

That means doing our civic duty. And this week specifically, that means voting. The purpose of my blog, this post is not to support one candidate over another. Rather, my intention is to speak to Godly Americans, and encourage you to act on your faith. Don’t sit by idle. I did for too many years, and we as a nation can no longer afford that passive luxury.

As followers of Christ, too many of us have become complacent, allowing others to give voice in our stead. The term ‘silent majority’ was coined for a reason. I don’t when or by whom, but it is a sad sad thing that the majority would be silent. It is time for us, the MAJORITY, to roar. No longer silent. Speak out, and vote, and we will see our America restored. We will see the kingdom of heaven prevail.

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Faith and Patriotism, James 2:19, Romans 12:2

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 28 October 1028 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – TRANSFORMING FAITH

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – TRANSFORMING FAITH

 

What’s your favorite Scripture?

 

I’m sure you’ve seen the question posed in memes and interviews. I know I have. And I can no more choose a ‘favorite’ verse or Scripture than I could choose a favorite book (mine or someone else’s) or a favorite child or grandchild. They are all special to me in different ways.

 

But I do have a signature Scripture. Romans 12:2

 

Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

 

Basically, God is saying, “Don’t think like the world (enemy.) Think like Me.”

 

The whole of His Word is given for our best interest, and to walk fully in it we must think as He thinks, and see as He sees. To live as He lives. Transforming our thinking to match His—it’s how I came to see myself as He sees me.

 

When God looks at you He does not see your shortcomings… He only sees the Christ in you! So when you look at yourself in the mirror you should only see the same thing! #InHisLikeness  – April Oxendine

 

We are, after all, made in His image. Genesis 1:26

 

We were created to be like Him, to fellowship with Him, walk with Him and talk with Him. From Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21, He is drawing us to Himself.

 

He has not, however, made us mindless puppets, but given us our own will. Our own likes and passions, our own identity. The freedom to choose Him, and learn of His ways.

 

And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.  I Corinthians 3:18

 

Father God sees us transformed already. He sees His own reflection in us. We have but to think as He thinks, and see what He sees, so we can live as He lives. In Spirit and Truth and Love.

 

To what end?

 

To defeat the wiles of the enemy. To silence his lies. To rescue those who cannot hear God’s Truth.

 

TRANSFORMING faith. Confidence in the One who reigns over all. Confidence in the face of all that is contrary. Confidence when facts and evidence belie the Truth.

 

Faith is a weapon of spiritual warfare. It is our shield against the enemy.

 

Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  (emphasis mine)  Ephesians 6:14-17

 

With the lies of the enemy silenced, his attacks thwarted, we can hear Father’s still small voice. His whisper on the wind. We can hear His heartbeat in our own.

 

And we can walk in sweet communion and fellowship with the One who made us and loves us most.

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Transforming Faith, Romans 12:2, Genesis 1:26, I Corinthians 3:18, Ephesians 6:14-17

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 13 August 2017 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – A GOOD WORK (reblog)

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – A GOOD WORK

 

Woke up to a lovely text from my friend this morning.

Before I was awake even.

 

What a powerful thing, to know that my friend is not only thinking of me but is praying for me even as I’m sleeping. And in this season, when things have been languishing so badly, I know Father will see me through to complete it.  All of it. Because He set me to it.

 

My writing? Yes, but not just. He began a work in me to make me who He designed and created me to be.

I am not an incomplete leftover or reject. I am a work in progress. And Father places his brush strokes with great care, He selects only the finest clay and spins the wheel just so, He chooses the word or phrase that conveys the essence simply and eloquently.

And with every brush stroke or spin or word, He is drawing me closer to Him, to His image.

And when stuff of the day threatened to overtake me, it did not because I know Holy Spirit is faithful to complete what He has begun. And the world isn’t my standard, He is. His character, His nature, His heart. And I am transformed, I am renewed.

 

I am His, and I rest in Him.

 

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, A Good Work, Philippians 1:3, Ephesians 2:10, Genesis 1:27, Romans 12:2, Transformed, Renewed

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 12 February 2017 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – I KNOW THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – I KNOW THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU

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He knew me before time began. He created me with a purpose in mind, His purpose. I am His—and He is mine.

 

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He thinks of me. He hasn’t put me here and forgotten about me. He gave me a Word several years ago addressing the troubles of life. (I was going to quote from it, summarize it, but here it is in its entirety.)

 

I am there.  Selah.

 

In every event, I am there.  I am there before you—and I prepare the way for you.  But I tell you this—I am there before it happens, for I am eternity.  I see the beginning from the end and the end from the beginning.  I know the plans I have for you—I know each step and every stumble, I know each hardship and every victory.  And I am there with you—I am there before you are there.  For I go before you to prepare the way for you.

 

But your enemy—he is running to catch up.  Even catastrophes at his own design, he is late.  I am there—he is not.  He is distracted by his own busy-ness—and he cannot keep up.  Even you, my child, my beloved, endure hardships and suffering before he can catch up.  You know your joy and victory and release before your enemy remembers and realizes it has even begun.

 

And in his flurry in these last days, his carelessness and sloppiness increase. His efforts become more and more futile.  Even the disasters and catastrophes of his hand have less impact.  For the harder he makes his attempts, the sillier they become.  The harder he tries, the greater the decrease of the impact of his efforts.  And the further he sinks.

 

But look to Me says the Lord of Hosts.  For My efforts remain steady and yet the results increase.  For every heart that is turned to me, revival is magnified, My Kingdom is glorified and I am there in the midst of you.

 

These are the days of Elijah—behold, I come and I am with you in all things, in every moment.  I have been where you are—and I know the plans I have for you.

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Today I celebrate fifty eight years. The number seems so “old” but I don’t feel old. Seems like I’ve barely begun, and perhaps I have—it just took me a while to land in the right spot.

 

As I seek His face, as I seek to follow His will and purpose for me, I also look to Him to search me, to search my heart.

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As I have come into my purpose—my writing—I am also discovering my identity in Him. And as I discover who I am, I realize I am set apart from the world.

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And if I’m not of this world, then I will never fit in to it. I used to try to fit in, we all did. We long for acceptance. But from whom?

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That has been my signature Scripture for years, long before I began to grasp the weight of what it says.

 

So on my birthday, I celebrate that difference. I rejoice that I am more like Father and less like the world.

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#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, It’s My Birthday, I Know the Plans I Have for You, Jeremiah 29:11, Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, Psalm 139, Romans 12:2, Purple

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Sunday 28 August 2016 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – ROMANS 12:2 – TRANSFORMED

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – ROMANS 12:2 – TRANSFORMED

 

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I’m hard pressed to choose a favorite book of the Bible. But recently, I was struck with how rich in Truth the book of Romans is. So it’s not surprising that my signature Scripture is found in Romans.

One of the confessions I talked about last week  is based on this verse.

 

 

How jam packed is this short bit, forty-eight powerful words of that verse.

 

I receive. Imagine if you will, a wealthy philanthropist offering you a million dollars, or the key to your dream home—fully furnished. Would you not jump at it!! Or a parent who surprises their child with the desire of their heart. What child would turn their back and walk away?

 

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What can Father God give us or do for us if we refuse to receive it?

 

Father God appeared to Solomon in a dream, and asked him what he wanted. Solomon asked for wisdom, and God granted him great wisdom.

 

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… that the eyes of my understanding be enlightened.

 

The eyes of my understanding is an allusion to our spirit man. Our flesh is the container of our soul and our spirit. (another topic for another day) So often, we are so caught up in the natural realm that we neglect the Truth of the spiritual elements we are in the midst of.

 

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And here’s the nugget of today’s post,

 

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We are called, designed, created, to be set apart. Just as Jesus was set apart when He walked the earth, so too does Father expect us to live according to His standards. (As it is in heaven…) We can’t do that if we follow worldly patterns, attitudes, and behaviors.

 

I won’t lie, it’s not easy. And it’s a constant struggle. Some days I feel like I’m flying high and I could conquer the world! Other days, I can’t even find my sword and I crawl to Father God for a hug and a smile.

 

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But as we seek His face—and we do that by relationship with Him, not follow rules set by Him—we are transformed more and more into His image.

 

The battlefield is in the mind.

 

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That’s why our mind must be transformed and renewed .

 

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Daily. All day every day. Sometimes multiple times in a given moment. Faced with fear or anger or doubt.  That moment doesn’t just go away on its own. We have to hold onto our Sword, the Word of God, and stand strong.

 

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‘Cause sometimes that’s what it’s all about. Strike that. All the time, that’s what it’s all about. Trusting Father God. Resting in Him. Looking always only to Him. And knowing He is always with us, guiding us, directing us. Protecting us. And equipping us.

 

 

 

What area is hardest for you to conform? What Scripture is your anchor Scripture? What other resources do you rely on to help you in your battle?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Romans 12:2, Be Transformed, Be Renewed, The Whole Armor of God, Wisdom

 

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