SWC Life

Listen, listen, listen

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.     To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.   He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”  Rev 3:20-22  (KJV)

“Look at me. I stand at the door. I knock. If you hear me call and open the door, I’ll come right in and sit down to supper with you. Conquerors will sit alongside me at the head table, just as I, having conquered, took the place of honor at the side of my Father. That’s my gift to the conquerors!   “Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches.”  Rev 3:20-22 (The Message)

Last Sunday, the Lord made it very clear through the prophetic word that we may not be hearing all that He has intended for us to hear.    This verse above makes it so clear that His desire is to have intimate fellowship with each of us.

When we pray and give our concerns to the Lord, do we take time to listen to what He would like to share with us?    If we do and it’s not what we are expecting Him to say, we may discount it as “not my answer”.   It may very well be the beginning of a dialogue with Him that will help you find the answer.  Short answers don’t give Him the opportunity to reveal His heart and deep affection for you.

Do you ever find yourself longing for someone to just spend time with you because they want to be with you, sharing your heart and feelings?    Jesus spent years trying to show his disciples the heart of His father while He was with them here on earth.  Now, because He loves us more that life itself, He is calling us to “dine with Him,” learning how to overcome each and every thought and situation that would hinder us from the intimate fellowship that we both will cherish.    Listening is more that hearing,  it’s responding, doing, and telling.

“Blessed (happy, prosperous, to be admired) is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and who keep the things which are written in it [heeding them and taking them to heart]; for the time [of fulfillment] is near.”  Revelation 1:3 (Amplified)

“For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.”   Revelation 7:17 (KJ V)


Prayer for Manchester

Father, our hearts go out to our brothers and sisters in Manchester.  Please cover them with your sustaining love and comfort.
Understanding at this time is unfruitful so we ask that your Wisdom and Magnificent Presence reassure them in Your Peace that passes all understanding.
Protect them from all the influences of the panic and fear that the enemy of our faith would attempt to project on their devastated mind and hearts.
May the comfort of the Holy Spirit manifest His healing touch to every wounded body and soul.   Keep them in the shadow of your majestic love and comfort .
Please, Holy Spirit empower each Believer to allow the power of your Love to radiate to all those who do not have their divine resource;  their relationship with the King of Kings  and their trust in Jesus, who has already been touched with the feeling of their sorrow.
Reveal to each heart the knowledge that they do not mourn alone.  The thoughts and heartfelt prayers of the Body of Christ ascend to the Faithfull Father of us all.  We pray for peace, blessing and restoration of His healing, strength, joy and confidence. Amen


Throne Room prayer!

Wow, that sounds awesome…In fact, it sounds like it’s for special people who are allowed to go into the Throne Room….  True, and who are those people?

Psalm 24 tells us, “Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place?  He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart:”  Jesus is the only one who fills this requirement, but the good news is that as born-again believers, we are in Christ.

This last Sunday, Pastor asked some very direct questions:
Does God still work miracles and should I expect them in my life?

Does God still have ultimate authority over all things and have I submitted my life to that authority?

Prayer is submitting (yourself and the need), by faith, to the ultimate authority of God.  When we get these questions settled in our mind and heart we can see  “Him who is high and lifted up and His train fills the temple.”  His train, His glory, His authority, His love, His creative ability,  His presence fills my temple and I can have faith to believe “ thy will be done in earth as in Heaven”  Amen.


Grabbing the Brass Ring

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. (1Corinthians 10:13)

Grabbing the brass ring on a vintage carousel required looking for it, good timing, and proper placement.  The reward was often a free ride.  Finding the “way of escape” promised in 1 Corinthians 10:13 is like grabbing that ring.

We have to look for the way out that God promises.  That involves faith that it’s there and a heart that wants to find it.  Timing was also the key  for those looking for the ring.  There was usually only a moment or two during the ride where all the circumstances came together to allow the rider to grab the ring.   God’s way of escape is often like that.  Yes, He’s incredibly merciful and full of grace.  But His way of escape from the temptation may not last forever, nor always be easily available.

But God promises to make a way.  It’s up to us to locate it and grab it.  The brass ring didn’t fall into the hands of the person looking for it—he or she had to grab it.  It’s often the same with our God-given opportunities to escape our temptations.  God may open a door, but we have to walk through it.

The next time you’re faced with temptation, start looking for the way of escape.  God promises it will be there.  Then don’t presume on His grace.  Take advantage of the way out as soon as possible.  Only heaven will reveal the pain you’ll avoid.  But the joy of obedience will be your portion in this life!

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, for this beautiful promise.  Help me to get better and better at seeing Your way of escape for me, and help me to move quickly and take advantage of the way You provide.

Taken from My Light and My Salvation, by Mark DuPre,’ Broadstreet Publishing Group:  Racine, Wisconsin, 2015

PS:   As a very young girl I had the joy of riding a very special carousel  in Spokane Washington.  That carousel is now is now being enjoyed by families visiting the Henry Ford Museum complex in Dearborn Michigan.    I remember almost falling off my horse trying to grab the brass ring, because my arms were so short.  However, I was successful  several  times.   Now, Jesus is my reward.  His arm is never too short to catch me and give me a way of escape from my temptations.

Blessings, RS

Life without Zoe

To me, dogs are some of the best of creation. They want nothing more than to be present with their people and they’re loyal first and last. There are dogs with fine pedigrees and good form; our dog Zoe had neither, but what she lacked in bloodline she more than made up in personality and zest for life.

The first time we saw her, she was a filthy-gray color and cowering among many other dogs at the Payson Animal Rescue. Her mother was a tiny Terrier and her father was a large who-knows-what, and she spent the early part of her life in a wretched home, trying to make her way among 27 other dogs and never enough food to go around. Abusive humans, aggressive dogs and no resources are a trifecta of suffering. Finally, one day, she was taken to the good people at the shelter. And there she stayed until one Labor Day eight years ago.  Read more

Easter Reflections

Pastor’s message on Sunday was so encouraging and very memorable, (especially the ladder illustration).  When Michael  Anderson came to support Pastor on the top of the ladder, there was a huge sigh of relief and the added illustration was very meaningful .  (When reaching out in Hope, take someone with you, maybe a Prayer Partner)    Hope now has a fresh meaning  for me.  It had seemed to me to be a prelude to faith, but now it’s like what generates the move toward living active faith.  Hope no longer feels “the least” in the trinity of Faith, Hope and Love to me.

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