By faith…

Christ dwells in our hearts by faith!

As Pastor Juanita Gibbs has taught us we are a spiritual being that possess a soul and live in a body. For this blog, I am going to focus on the soul aspect. (1 Thess 5:23)

My soul (mind,will, and emotions) is also referred to as our inner man in scripture. This soulish part of my being needs strengthening by the Lord to transform.

My spirit was reborn when I invited Jesus to come and live within my spirit. However, at salvation my soul wasn’t touched in the rebirth. My inner man of my soul takes work and time to change.

It is in this way that Christ will be able to dwell with in our hearts by the faith that opened the door to invite him in. Its that faith that begins to root us and ground us in His love.

As, he has taken up residency within us as we work on strengthening our inner man to understand and take in the things of the spirit.

My old nature and new reborn nature are contrary to one another and will remain in emnity against each other.

That is a reason the inner man need strength for the battle to overcome the sin nature and turn more toward how God initially wanted man to be on the earth in relationship with God.

God wants that close personal relationship with Him, he wanted that from the beginning until deception entered the Garden and that deep connection was lost until Jesus came to restore it.

To know the depth and length of His love to give His only son for our sins so that we may know the fullness of who God really is, the author and finisher of our faith is the lengths that God will go to, to be rooted and grounded in His love, know His fullness, and strengthen our inner man of our soul.

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:14‭-‬19 NASB

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~Cynthia 😍

Post inspired from teachings taken in at Reformation Developmental Center by Pastor Juanita Gibbs

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Leibester Award

I would like to thank Laura M Baily, All The Shoes I Wear blogger for the nomination for this award. Click her name for link to her blog space and check out her writings and such.

What is the Liebster Award? The Liebster is an award that is given to bloggers by other bloggers. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcoming.

The GUIDELINES for the Liebster Award are as follows:
1. Thank the person who nominated you
2. Display the award on your post
3. Answer the questions given to you
4. Nominate 5-11 other blogs for this award
5. Ask them creative and unique questions of your own
6. List the rules and inform your nominees of the award

My Questions

1. What is “your song” for getting you motivated, to work out, to accomplish a task etc.

-My current motivation song would be lots of songs love listening to music too many favs to name.

2. When you are down about something, what person do you contact and what is always their approach that gets you out of your rut?
-My go to person is my Pastor Juanita Gibbs, she is like such a great best friend to me. She hears me out lets me vent, then keeps it real with me in a counsel type way to show me things to work on in things again or what needs to be prayed about.

Visit her blog by clicking here.

3. Have you ever been so embarrassed you left a place and never went back? What happened?

-I cannot say that has happened to me. If it has I don’t recall it.

4. Do you have a childhood friend that you’ve never heard from since then, but think of often? Have you ever tried to get in touch with that person?

-Had a childhood friend, think of on occasion, but with the time we been apart we have grown in different directions. Seen them on facebook but were not connected via that medium at all.

5. Snakes or spiders?

-NEITHER

6. Have you ever tried to duplicate a meal or dessert that you had a restaurant? Was it epic or an epic fail?

-Yes I sure have it was a main course dish from Cracker Barrel I dont even think its on the menu any longer, but my version turned out just as good if not better than theirs.

7. The last wedding you attended – which guest were you? Life of the party? Hidden in the corner? So drunk you don’t remember? Mad at your date and left early? Feeling sorry for yourself and jealous of the bride and groom?

-Some how at the last wedding I attended I became the unofficial MC of the event and even caught the bouquet.

8. Of all the sci-fi movies you’ve seen, which one would be your “dream future”, the kind of life you could embrace even if not perfect?

-Not really been in to SyFy flix in a long time

9. If you could go back and tell your 12 year old self one piece of information that could change your life, what would it be?

-Change and adapt to things early on, don’t take so much to heart and guard who you think your close to, because they aren’t as close to you as you think they are.

10. What celebrity hairstyle did you try to copy in your teens or early 20s?

-Cant say I have ever copied a hair style ever in my life.

My nominees:

Judy @ Sensibledove

The Sun Shineth Again

Kelleysdiy

KathleenRiley777

GraceO @Gracelifecollections

Questions for my Nominees:

1) What is your favorite color?

2) Cats or Dogs?

3) Favorite book

4) Favorite tv show

5) Favorite movie

6) Favorite candy

7) Which season do you prefer?(Spring,Summer, Fall, Winter)

8) Time alone or got to be around people or both

9) Saver or spender

10) Dream vacation

Faith Seeks Counsel Pt 4

Godly counsel is timeless!

You ever take notice that when the word of God is given in regard to wisdom counsel that its probably been shared for many many years in all different senarios and times of the world.

His word is firm, true, and timeless. Just as people heard Jesus impart we hear that same inpartation of wisdom to counsel us through things.

How say perhaps your great great great relative may have been given Jeremiah 29:11 just as we are given it today for example. Gods wisdom had been passed from generation to generation.

The counsel of the Lord stands forever, The plans of His heart from generation to generation.
Psalms 33:11 NASB

Gods word reveals the plans of His heart for us. As my Pastor brought out in a few sessions now a man may plan his steps but the Lord guides Proverbs 16:9.

God has a plan for us to give us hope and a future. He has a will for our life to fulfill a kingdom purpose in the earth. He uses trials to bring about patience and other fruits. For it all works together for the good.

The thing of it is as Pastor Juanita Gibbs brought out Wednesday night is that our will has to submit and surrender to Gods will to see Hid kingdom manifest in our life.

We hold the keys but dont know how to use them. We have to align with His word and His will to see His kingdom come on earth as it is already done in heaven.

Many hold the keys to the kingdom, but surrendered vessels that align with Gods word and Will know how to use the keys propert to lock and unlock kingdom principles.

Juanita Gibbs

This way the councel we take in now to being us into that alignment can set us on course to flow freely from heaven to earth and it will help with all generations to come to know the heart and plans of God for His people.

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~Cynthia 😍

Faith Seeks Counsel Pt 3

Wisdom is to be shared not hoarded!

Many times when things happen in our life and we go through them alone. Then the same situation happens to someone else and they come to you for wisdom, but you if anything like I have been bitter at heart didn’t want to share the wisdom that was gained by the trial.

Sometimes it even came to my mind they weren’t there for you in your trial, but they want you to be there for them. Let them learn the hard wisdom like you had to learn it, no one held your hand in it. Let them see how it feels.

All those things revealed the bitterness of heart and they are not how God set things up to be. Granted, no we should have people that we can talk to in things, but what if you don’t have anyone? Turn to God. In some seasons of my life before God gave me people, He was my best friend.

Then God gave me people and I had to work through some inner issues about allowing people into my life and world where no one had gone before. He had me walk through certain things to not only shape me, but to also grow in wisdom in areas that could be imparted to others.

“Do you hear the secret counsel of God, And limit wisdom to yourself?
Job 15:8 NASB

I not only heard secret counsel and partook of it, but I hoarded(limited) the counsel for myself in cases when it could have helped lighten the burden of another.

God has to work on my heart to get me healed of the bitterness of heart, gain some understanding as to why people can’t be there for others in trial, and learn to open up and share wisdom to those who have an ear to hear it.

That in part is kind of why I blog to share encouragement to others going through things like I have or am going through. To show there is a light at the end of the matter. As well as, to not keep counsel secret and just to myself.

Now, some wisdom does have to be tailored to match the circumstance of an individual, but there will always be an underlying chord of similarity that can be shared to help another out.

I am so very thankful for the wisdom that has been imparted to me by my Pastor Juanita Gibbs. She has given freely of it without withholding and her encouragement to blog has been one I am thankful for also. She has helped me come from under that bitterness and share what I can to this audience.

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~Cynthia 😍

Faith Seeks Councel Pt 2

The heart of man plans his course. But God directs each step.

For years I have planned my life out and nothing has gone according to those plans. God had sonething different in mind.

When I allowed my relationship with God to become more a focus in my life His leading my steps became very noticeable the more.

I may have had a plan to do something God had other plans of course. He knew I needed some growth and culitvation in areas before somethings I planned out I could walk in. God knows what is best and see’s the real deal.

Without consultation, plans are frustrated, But with many counselors they succeed.
Proverbs 15:22 NASB

Of course most of my plans were made within my will and not His. When God brought Godly counsel in my life it has begun to help shift me to where He wants me to be.

By the counsel that I have received from my Pastor Juanita Gibbs it has helped me begin to grow in my personhood (character), womanhood (Godly woman) and workin me toward my purpose.

By taking on this counsel it has helped me in my teaching of the children I work with, it has helped me transform my blog style into finding my message. Its through counsel we will find success.

By thinking we have obtained it all without counsel, which yes I have done is pride. God cant work with pride, keeping humble and taking counsel is the way of success.

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~Cynthia 😍

Contribution

Faith Seeks Councel Pt 1

To have a successful faith we must learn of those who are advanced in the faith!

Our choices determine whether we rise or if we fall. Its the same with with choosing to or not to exercise our faith. Part of exercising our faith I believe inpart comes from attaining wisdom.

We attend church, bible studies, conferences, and things related to be taught in part things of the word we are to then leave those places with and begin to apply them into our life. Or has it been that we attend those things out of duty, with no continued meditation and no practicing out what you took in?

I know I did that for years. I would go and listen, take notes and say inwardly like “hey God I showed up, remember this”. How very proud and puffed up that was of me. When the reason He drew me to chase and persue Him was cause He was calling me into a deeper relationship with Him.

Where there is no guidance the people fall, But in abundance of counselors there is victory.
Proverbs 11:14 NASB

Needless to say I needed some spiritual councel to help me in my soul, as well as, to help get me in alignment with faith.

Thanks be to God he had blessed my life with a councelor in my life. When I crossed over to attending Reformation Developmental Center that is Pastored by Juanita Gibbs.

She has helped by councel pull me into alignmwnt with Gods word and His will and purpose for my life. It is by that councel victories are happening in my life.

This I once felt defeated in, things that I never thought God would come through and help me in He has in miraculous ways. For that I am eternally greatful for her councel of me.

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~Cynthia 😍

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Freedom Calls!!

The freedom we have been given came at a high price!

Most of us took time recently to celebrate the 4th of July. Well if your an American you did any way. The limitation of this is broad and Americans understand it. Not saying other contries don’t, but using it to make a point.

What about the freedom we all have been granted by the blood of Jesus. This freedom is a universal freedom..its not isolated to a certain country or age or nationality. The freedom of the savior is for all.

For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. Galatians 5:13 NASB

We are all called to be free. Jesus came to set the captive free! Those that hear the good news of what He came to do for us.

Our freedom is not to be taken lightly! It is to be reveared, appreciated, and cherished because God didn’t have to give His only Son to die for the sins of the world and rise agaib restoring the relationship He had intended for us to have back in the Garden of Eden.

As we walk in this freedom of our spirit our soul still needs to be set free from things. Like old ways of thinking, old ways of feeling, old ways that just do no good and don’t produce any good things in your life we also need freedom from.

The work is hard! Your flesh if it is anything like mine it has taken comfort in the bad, wrong and unfruitful things and they had to be attacked by the word of God to tear down, as well as, God using an anointed vessel of my Pastor in my life to do so in me.

Freedoms call is ours to receive! We see it come through and we can either accecpt it or slide the lil red phone and reject the call. The choice is ultimatley ours. But many are called, few choose to answer.

Will you answer?

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~Cynthia 😍