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Morning Inspiration

Worship speaks to my heart and on today this is the cry of my heart. Lord take everything that is not like you and burn it away. Send a refreshing to my spirit and my soul. Cause a fire to spark down deep in my heart for You. Ignite it into a full blaze that burns away all unrighteousness, sin and/or unforgiveness that is rooted in my heart that I am unaware of. Cause a worship and praise to flow from me that will shake heaven and earth and every demonic force, attack, and conspiracy cannot stand against it and shall fall. And when it is done cause my roots planted in you to dig deeper into You and to soak up the water from the well of Your most holy word.

Psalm 80:9 Amplified Bible
You cleared away the ground before it, And it took deep root and filled the land.

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Satan Tempts Jesus

Satan tempts Jesus

Matthew 4:1-11 (KJV)

4 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

I can’t even began to image what that was like for Jesus to be tempted by the devil. But I do know what it is like for me to be tempted. I personally like to see the stories of the bible brought to life in so way so that I get a better understanding of it. So off my imagination goes and I’m trying to insert myself into this visual world of what was taking place at that particular time. Then there are pictures of the wondrous creation that is earth God has given us, and they remind me of certain events or experiences. Be those personal events of my life or ones that I have read.

This image brought to mind the story of when satan tempted Jesus and took Him on the highest mountain and offered him all the kingdoms of the world. It came to live right before my eyes! And it gave me a new experience with this passage of scripture. So I thought I’d share it with you in hopes that it will bring this passage of word to life for you as well. God’s word is true and there are so many ways that He can and will speak to us concerning Him. Even a simply beautiful image can speak volumes to our hearts. I say He pricked my heart today concerning His son and my saviour. He helped me to understand just a bit more just what He has done for me, you, us.

I may never get to have a real physical encounter of standing on a mountaintop and watching the view from on high. But God brought that view to me and caused me to experience it in a way only He can. I pray that you too get to experience it. Oh and if you actually experience it in this life, please share the experience with us here at Hidden In God.

Stay prayerful! Here is the full view.

View from a mountaintop

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The First and Great Commandment

Love is quote by Dorlita Blakely

Matthew 22:36-38 (KJV)

36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

38 This is the first and great commandment.

The great commandment IS the greatest and best commandment given to live a full life in Christ. If we can follow this commandment it would make most all of our lives fall in line with the will of God. Why? Because if we love Him above all things we would obey Him in all things. We would be intimate with Him even more than we are with others in our various relationships.

Love – is an intense feeling, and expression or deep affection as defined by some dictionaries. But above all of those, deep in our hearts we know that love is an action. Love is what we do and when we love God with all of our heart, mind, and soul it becomes who we are.

There is no greater teacher or example of what love is than God who gave is Son for us. And then shows us grace and mercy everyday, even when we won’t acknowledge Him, we turn our backs on Him or we fail Him. He still loves us and calls us to Him to be joint heirs of an inheritance of which the likes we have never seen. And all we have to do to receive the abundance of life an riches in glory is to believe in Him who gave His life to save us. To believe in the absence of evidence that HE IS. To trust and be absolutely confident in who He is.

Hebrews 11:1-3 (Children’s Bible) – Now faith is the confidence that we shall receive the things for which we hope, the proof of the reality of things we do not see. It was because of their faith that the men of old were approved by God. Through faith we know that the universe was made perfect by God’s command and that what is seen was made out of what is not seen.

There is security and hope in Christ. There is protection and promises fulfilled in Christ. There is compassion and love in Christ. We may not see it all of the time, but we believe it. I will leave you with this:

1 Corinthians 13:13 (KJV)

13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

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Parting The Storm

Isaiah 4:6 scripture

Isaiah 4:6 (KJV)

And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the day time from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.

Isaiah 25:4 (AMP)

4 For You have been a stronghold for the helpless, A stronghold for the poor in his distress, A shelter from the storm, a shade from the heat; For the breath of tyrants Is like a rainstorm against a wall.

I took a trip this weekend to visit my dad because my grandmother and two aunts had come up from the south to visit with him for a week. I came the weekend before and my husband met my grandma and aunts for the first time. We had a blast and decided that we would return this past weekend because they would still be there. I don’t get to see my grandma very often and I wanted to have the chance while it was available to me.

The trip down was great. the weather was nice and warm, the sun was shining, but there was rain in the forecast for the rest of the weekend. When it comes to driving in the rain, I’m a bit less confident with driving in it. I mean I don’t trust the car, other drivers, the road or the tires. I can do it but there is always this small grip of fear that an accident can occur at anytime. The road may be slick, the tires can loose traction, on my car or another car on the road. So I tend to drive a bit more carefully.

But when it comes to long distance traveling in the rain I fully dread it. But I have to get home right. So I put on my big girl pants and I brave my way onto the road. Never letting my passengers know I’m scared of driving in the rain on the highways. Then as I’m driving, the way through was clear. It was so cloudy but the storms were on my left and my right, but the road I was traveling was clear. It felt as if I was driving through the eye of the storm.  No matter how the road curved back and forth where I traveled it was clear, sometimes the ground was wet as the rain had passed that particular spot.

About thirty minutes into my drive God began to deal with me. He said that this day was already prepared for me before time began. He knew that He would direct the weather and give me safe passage before I was created. He then told me that this is how He covers me during the storms of life. I’m surrounded by storms and rain because of who I am in Christ Jesus, but He and He alone covers me so that those rain and storms will not harm me. I may get hit with some rain from time to time, but he sustains me and makes a way through the middle of the storming rain to give me a safe passage.

In the midst of this there was peace. The rest of our journey was a peaceful passage. With that I could see the beauty even in the dark grey clouds. Light shined through some areas. There was a mix between white and gray clouds in others. Some were high and some dark clouds hung so low it felt like I could reach up and touch them. Only God could create such beauty as that.

Thank you Lord that you have created a safe passage for us in a dark world full of storms and rain, that we have no reason to fear. Thank you that You are a hedge of protection that covers us and You travel above us and You cover us on every side. Thank you for being God. Thank you for being a God of everlasting love protection. Thank You for as long as I keep my eyes on You and travel the road that You have placed ahead of me, I have no need to look to the left or to the right, but to be confident in this one thing. To take courage and press ahead towards the mark for the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus and to seek You and Your kingdom first above all.