You Are My Boast

By Steve Countryman
1 Corinthians 1:31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 10:17-18 17But, “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” 18For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.

John 15:4-5 4Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

Apart from you Lord I can do nothing for I am nothing without you! All good and perfect things come from you Lord. As your child Lord ALL good and perfect things I have been part of is ALL because of you! That means that there is no possible way that I can boast in anything good or perfect I have done for it is ALL from you. My boast is then ONLY in you Lord!

All of the other works of my hands is done in the flesh for they were of my own doing. My ideas and my plans of my own understanding and human wisdom. By that same evidence of work it then becomes easy to see my handy work for it reflects my faults, flaws and failures! I have dug my own holes with such effort and needed God to rescue me from them.

How then can I take credit for the things that I ONLY took part in? I was blessed to be used by God to be a blessing or to bless someone else. But the truth is that it was God who blessed them through me. That is an awesome thing to be part of! To witness God’s mighty hand at work in someone else’s life is amazing.

That God chose you to include in His plan for blessing someone else…WOW! Once you get a hold of this hind sight becomes easier as you see how it was God who used you and blessed you for it. It becomes important that you listen to the still small voice in you. Don’t miss the many opportunities that God will place in your path every day! Allow the Holy Spirit to use you in different and mighty ways so that the Glory of the Lord may shine upon you.

John 11:40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” Lord I believe you and your Word for my boast is in you alone. Let me see your glory! AMEN

My name is Steve and I was born and raised in a good Christian home in Phoenix Arizona. In 2004 God spoke to me to let me know that He would start sharing things with me that I would share with others. Little did I know how powerful and meaningful those things would be! Thank you Lord!!

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Picture Yourself

-Steve Countryman

Typically how you picture yourself is less than how others see you. We are more critical and harder on ourselves than anyone else because we have to live with ourselves all the time. We also know our limitations. Putting that with the laws of nature is where we live. We measure everything by those limits. “Seeing is believing” means if I can’t see it then it isn’t real.

But that’s not where the God that we serve lives! God lives and operates in ALL dimensions including the natural and the supernatural in ALL timelines at the same time. Now that’s not an easy statement to wrap your mind around. But because we live in the natural it is easier to limit ALL things to our own understanding regardless how limited it is. So we treat and limit how, where, when, why and who God works.

The truth is that by limiting God we limit ourselves. That limits God’s ability and availability to do the miraculous, the impossible, the outstanding, the remarkable and the great in us, to us, with us, for us and through us. All because we don’t picture ourselves correctly!

Most of us have heard the phrase “who you are in Christ Jesus and who Christ Jesus is in you”. But once you start to consider what ALL that entails it becomes difficult to wrap your mind around it too. I know because I struggle with it daily. Just as your salvation takes faith in God and in His Son Jesus trying to understand how to picture yourself also takes faith. Faith that the same God who created the heavens and the earth lives in you. Faith that the God who formed and created you in your mother’s womb lives in you. Faith that the God who chose you before time began lives in you.

God lives in you through Jesus in you through the Holy Spirit in you. ALL power and authority, ALL the resources of heaven, ALL victory, ALL blessings, ALL spiritual giftings and blessings are in you NOW! Yes, not only is that mind blowing and powerful but you probably didn’t realize it or don’t know how to activate it.

It does start with how you picture yourself. You have to see yourself as God sees you or more accurately how God sees Jesus in you. It is all dependent on your ability to do so. Of course Satan wants to keep your vision and your understanding limited so that YOU will be limited!

Think of God as the perfect artist and you are His blank canvas. How you are painted is based on how much freedom you allow God to paint you as He wishes. The colors, the background, your surroundings, the foreground, the shadows and the textures are all taken into consideration. But the full potential of your picture is totally limited to your faith and understanding.

Understanding comes from time spent in prayer and in His word to know God’s love and will for your life. Just as a real work of art isn’t complete until it is framed to compliment it so God finishes your picture as He “FRAMES” you in His Word! Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Now knowing who lives and dwells in you step it up I will do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me. You’re not done yet I DO ALL THINGS through Christ who strengthens me! Now you have pictured yourself correctly as a child of the Most High God!

My name is Steve and I was born and raised in a good Christian home in Phoenix Arizona. In 2004 God spoke to me to let me know that He would start sharing things with me that I would share with others. Little did I know how powerful and meaningful those things would be! Thank you Lord!!

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A Blessing to Others

By Steve Countryman

 

It’s sad that it took me years to figure it out. How the obvious can stare you right in the face and still be missed. I believe that NOTHING happens by accident or by happenstance. As Christians we are to be Christ-like. Nothing happened in the life of Jesus that was not heavenly ordained, likewise in our lives.

The decisions that we make dictates what we do and say. In those decisions God’s will is either fulfilled and completed in our lives or it is delayed. God places people in our lives for us to be a blessing to. It may happen that the person He has in mind for you to bless might walk up to you and start talking to you. Or you may literally bump into them. They may strike up a conversation with you or you may be prompted to strike up a conversation with them. How, when, where, why and who you bless is all up to God and depends on your obedience, willingness and follow through.

Blessings can occur one of thousands of ways. Sometimes it very obvious if you will just listen carefully to what they are saying. Or it may require you to pray over them, with them, declaring God’s Word over them or speaking healing and deliverance to them. But what if they were not even present? What if God put someone on your heart to pray for? This is the part that took me the longest time to understand and the one area that I kept missing.

You wake up in the morning remembering briefly the dream that you just had. There was someone in your dream that you know and maybe haven’t thought of in a long time. Or out of the blue a memory of an incident that happened some time ago drops into your mind. Someone who was involved in the incident causes you to start thinking about them. Maybe it’s someone who mistreated you or said something mean to you. That is the Holy Spirit brings them to mind that you need to forgive. Something that you have held against them for years and you have never forgave them for it. The Holy Spirit wants you to deal with it now and put it behind you. All you have to do is ask for God’s help to get you through it and pray for them. To forgive them and for God to bless, heal, deliver and prosper them. If you can’t do that you then you can’t forgive them!

What if those people who cross your mind need your prayers? Those who God puts on your heart to pray for. Will you pray for them or just let that thought go by as a “passing thought”? Knowing who you are in Christ and who Christ is in you means that you can’t afford to allow those people who cross your mind to go by without prayer! You don’t need to know what they are going through to pray for them. EVERYONE NEEDS PRAYER!

I try to make it a habit not to allow those thoughts of people to get pass me without praying for them. Life is too short to put it off or forget about them! If I feel that I may have missed an opportunity to pray for someone who comes into my shop, I will say a pray for them later when the Holy Spirit brings them to mind. Sometimes it will dawn on me that the person I haven’t seen in a while who just left my shop is someone that I should’ve prayed for. Then I do it right then and there.

It is who we are and it is what we do! I know that I need all the prayer that I can get so why would I think less of anyone else needing prayer? Is it too hard to make time to pray for them? Is it too much for God to expect His children to act and behave like His children? Isn’t it the absolute least thing that we as Christians can doto pray for someone? It is one of the most powerful things that we can do and we don’t do it enough! It is a simple way to bless and be a blessing to someone to pray for them.

My name is Steve and I was born and raised in a good Christian home in Phoenix Arizona. In 2004 God spoke to me to let me know that He would start sharing things with me that I would share with others. Little did I know how powerful and meaningful those things would be! Thank you Lord!!

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Routines

-Steve Countryman

It is how most of us live, in and with our routines. So much so that at times if something interrupts them or one is taken away our world seems to crash. Case in point I have to have my cup of coffee in the morning. If not then moving through the rest of the morning is like navigating through mud, slow tedious and forgetful. I refer to it as having a heavy “funk” over my head and my brain struggles with it all morning long.

Now most routines are good in that they help keep us on track and productive. It is easier to remember to do daily chores when you make them part of your daily routine. I also have my morning routine of spending time with God in daily bible reading and in prayer. My days ALWAYS seem to go smoother when I do then when I don’t. Praying and praising God through out the day is always a good routine too!

Lately I have been thinking and praying about my routines. To God having His children thinking of Him, praying to Him and praising Him is a good thing. How sad it is that many “Christians” barely have time for God. They may squeeze Him in twice a year at Christmas and Easter. There are those who don’t even bother going to church at all let alone make time for God. For any of His children to remember Him at all can be amazing. To God it is probably more heartache then blessing.

God is not a robot! He is not a genie ready at our beckon call. God is not an alien. God is not some spirit being who cares nothing for His creation. We are made in His image so for us to have emotions means that God also has emotions. The difference is that His emotion intensity is far beyond anything that we could ever imagine. The bible speaks of His emotions. “The JOY of the Lord is our strength”. It speaks of God’s love, compassion, mercy, anger, wrath, hatred, jealousy, patience, kindness, being truthful, unselfish, trusting, believing, hopeful, and enduring which all can describe God’s character.

So I thought of my daily “routines” with my Father God. Again, routines aren’t always bad so developing a daily routine with God is a good thing! Routines, when done daily, become habits, habits become character and character is who you are. But if you want a deeper and closer relationship with Father God then your routine has to change. If you read your bible every day do you do it to fulfill your daily routine or do you do it to study God’s Word? Doing something for the sake of just doing it doesn’t encourage an intimate relationship. That would be like taking out the trash twice a week so you can be more romantic with your wife!?!

I have heard some Christians say that they don’t go to church anymore because they’ve already “put their time in”. I never knew that going to church was like a prison sentence. Making time for your creator every day should be something to look forward to not just putting in your time.

Just like any good close honest relationship you have to be open and honest with your God. Always treating Him with fear and respect but having a conversation that would be similar to one that you would like to have with your loving earthly father. The kind of talk where you bear your soul and tell God what’s on your heart. I am always amazed how often God will share with me some close personal things that are close to His heart after I have done the same with Him. Those are the special times spent with Father God that are precious and treasured!

Isn’t it time for you to start a close special relationship with your heavenly Father? Isn’t it time for you to develop a NEW daily routine that goes beyond the hum-drum, the ordinary, the normal and the usual? Isn’t it time to really get to know your God and creator in your new routine and let the Holy Spirit reveal Jesus to you?

My name is Steve and I was born and raised in a good Christian home in Phoenix Arizona. In 2004 God spoke to me to let me know that He would start sharing things with me that I would share with others. Little did I know how powerful and meaningful those things would be! Thank you Lord!!

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Predator on the Prowl

 – Harriett Ford

“. . . my mouth shall praise you with joyful lips,” Psa. 63:5 NIV

“Ma’am I brought your dog back,” the neighbor said, holding our twelve-week old puppy. Snitzel leaped into my arms. His tongue lapped at my neck in joyful greeting.

“Oh, I’m so grateful you found him! We have a predator in our rural area that’s been devouring small pets.” I thanked Mr. Sears again as he was leaving.

Instead of punishing him, I cuddled the pup and reminded myself to repair the gate. He had wriggled through a loose board. Once on the floor, Snitzel began scratching at his collar. “Listen,” I advised, “We don’t collar you to make you a slave. We do that to show ownership. Your home is with us. We don’t vaccinate you to cause you pain. We do that to protect you from fatal diseases,” He wiggled and yipped joyfully, making me smile. “Naughty boy. I’m glad you’re safe. But you can’t roam just anywhere.”

The Lord seemed to whisper, “I’m glad when you’re found safe also. The seal of the Holy Spirit marks you as Mine. My blood pronounces you cleansed from the infection of sin. But You have a predator too. Stay under the umbrella of obedience.” I pondered that a moment.

Father, I’m so glad You care enough about me to seal me with Your Holy Spirit. I’m so glad you sent Your Son to cleanse my sins and heal all my diseases by His stripes. I’m so glad I have a heavenly home.

The Lord seemed to impress on my spirit, “Only your voice can tell me how glad you are to be home.” With joyful lips, I gave Him praise.

Harriett Ford, author of Supervention, speaker, and columnist for American Christian Voice. Contact

 

Thankfulness Cures Discontentment

– Anna Darlene Edmondson

“You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing (Psa 145:16 ESV)

Complaining is symptomatic of deeper problems. Revealing a lack of trust in God. Ingratitude displays an emotional rejection of His providence and purpose for our lives. However, when we offer thanks for daily provisions, our attitude changes from dissatisfaction to worship. It’s the Father’s merciful grace and good pleasure to (daily) load us with benefits, shepherding along the way (Psa 68:19).

During forty years of wilderness wanderings, continual complaints and accusing murmurings erupted within Moses’ congregation. Although God provided manna, quail, water, clothes, and shoes that never wore thin, they continued grumbling and whining. Foolish back-stabbings sorely vexed Moses’ spirit. Yet faithfully, Moses stayed the course, interceding regularly. He taught the Hebrew race that grateful hearts open a way for enduring satisfaction, enjoyment of the Promised Land, and a future for God’s covenant-remnant.

Amy Carmichael, missionary to India, discovered that ‘in acceptance lies peace’ as she mothered abused children. She understood the importance of a humble heart and goodness toward the unwanted. By simply accepting God’s will for our lives brings serenity that passes human understanding. Another wonderful role model, the Apostle Paul, learned how to be content with nothing or everything. He kept eternity’s goal in sight, pressing forward to the high mark of his calling. Applying God’s strength and sufficiency, he rose above every dire situation with plenty or little (Phil 4:11-13).

No doubt, difficult journeys for Moses, Amy, and Paul, but nail-scarred hands carried them. Works the same for us. Not only during this Thanksgiving Season in America, but every day of the year, we can achieve contentment. Plus, incorporating a life of steadfast gratitude benefits those around us.

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