Prayer Challenge

I want to ask you to say this prayer out loud, if possible.

“I belong to God. I am a holy vessel because I have the Holy Spirit of the Living God. The Lord of Heaven and earth has said to me; “I declare you holy!”. I commit to start believing what He says. I AM HOLY! Remind me daily, Spirit of the Living God, to treat myself as holy, open my eyes to every scheme of The Enemy to treat me as if I'm not. You, God, are Holy. Your word is the truth. This day Father, I chose to believe you! I ask this in the mighty name of your son Jesus Christ, who died on a cross for me so that I could be a coheir to the kingdom of God. Amen”

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Guilty of Speeding to Church?

My hands gripped the steering wheel as I cast a brief glance at the dashboard clock, 3:45 P.M. and I was still several miles from home and my church. My mind flashed back to the Sunday morning that I had felt an internal nudge from the Holy Spirit to answer the call for help with the Thursday, after school program, Bible Buddies. That nudge to do service work is familiar, but I knew time was a factor in my reaching the church to help with the program. My job is about nineteen miles from the church.

Every morning and afternoon for nine years, I drove the nineteen miles of twisting, turning county road that lay between home and work. The drive took about twenty-five minutes IF slow drivers, loose cattle, deer, turkey and weather did not create an obstacle. Obstacles could stretch the time it took to drive the nineteen miles into forty minutes. 

Today, I left the employee parking lot at exactly 3:31 P.M. and had encountered zero obstacles. Anxious to arrive on time at 4:00 P.M., I knew that I had covered half of the distance already. A quick, internal prayer, "Thank-you, Lord for keeping obstacles out of my path." was in my thoughts when a brief look at the speedometer made my right foot instantly lift off the gas pedal. The speedometer needle descended to the speed limit, 55 mph.

A quirky thought appeared in my mind," I wonder how many Christians are guilty of breaking the speed limit to arrive at church on time?" Instantly, my heart and spirit soared with laughter. 

The dashboard clock read 3:55 P.M. as I parked beside the church building, five minutes

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Christianity - An Alternative Lifestyle

In 1976, I chose to enlist in the United States Navy.
At that time, I had led a fairly sheltered existence in the rural Midwest. My mother was a little worried because I had been so sheltered. Mom decided to enlist the aid of my Aunt Irene, who had left Missouri as a young woman, and had lived in California for about fifteen years.

A Family Talk
My Aunt Irene, my mom, and I sat down in the living room for a discussion. I was a little bewildered, but felt faintly excited to hear what my aunt was going to tell me. To make a long story short, my aunt enlightened me about women who liked other women and the fact that I was going to meet women like this when I left home to start my enlistment. My reaction was fairly matter of fact. After all, I had seen "hippies" on the news, knew about marijuana, drunkenness, and seen clips from rock concerts. I was ready to leave rural Missouri and explore the world.

Naive and Culture Shocked
Today, I laugh at that naive, seventeen year old Sallee. After arriving at boot camp, in Orlando, Florida, I voluntarily stopped speaking for fourteen days due to culture shock. Thirty-five women of all races and cultures shared the "compartment" that was to be our home for the duration of boot camp. The oldest woman in my company was thirty-eight years old and I was the youngest at seventeen years old. For two weeks, I spoke when spoken too, but nothing more. I spent hours just listening to all of the women around me and gained a rapid education about lifestyles outside of central Missouri. 

My First Exposure to Alternative Lifestyles
1976 was my first exposure to lifestyles that did not fit in with how I had been raised. My mom and aunt had been wise to inform me about same sex relationships, or alternative lifestyles. However, I did not care what those girls and women did in private. "Don't ask and don't tell" was the rule during the eight years that I spent in the Navy.
About Forty Years Later
Almost forty years later, same sex couples are highly visible in American society. Ellen DeGeneres, Portia De Rossi, and other actresses, talk show hosts, and athletes have come to represent an acceptable lifestyle in 2015. Ironically, I am finding that my lifestyle as a married, monogamous, alcohol and tobacco free, disciple of Jesus Christ puts me into the category of living an alternative lifestyle.

The dictionary definition for the words, alternative and lifestyle says:
alternative - employing or following nontraditional or unconventional ideas, methods, etc.; existing outside the establishment: an alternative newspaper; alternative lifestyles.
lifestyle - the habits, attitudes, tastes, moral standards, economic level, etc., that together constitute the mode of living of an individual or group
Jesus - Nontraditional and Unconventional
Jesus was a sinner according to the Pharisees because he would not observe the legalistic laws, traditions, and rituals that were decreed by the Pharisees. Jesus was nontraditional and unconventional because of the following habits and attitudes: (Matthew 9:9-13, Luke 5:27-32, Mark 2:15-16)
  • Jesus and his disciples did not fast like the Pharisees. (Matthew 9:14-17; Mark 2:18-22, Luke 5:33-38)
  • They didn't wash their hands before eating and when the Pharisees saw this they asked Jesus why they were breaking the tradition of the elders. Jesus replied with a question,"And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?"(Matthew 15:2-3) 
  • Jesus called a crowd to him and taught them that what goes into your mouth doesn't make you unclean, it is what comes out of your mouth that makes you unclean. The Pharisees didn't appreciate this oppositional teaching from a Galilean carpenter.  (Matthew 15:10-11)
  • The disciples were concerned that the Pharisees, the traditional teachers of attitudes, moral standards, etc., were upset with what Jesus said to the crowd. However, Jesus was upset that his disciples didn't understand that uncleanness is from the heart and includes evil thoughts, adultery, sexual immorality, false testimony, theft, slander, and murder. (Matthew 15:16-20)
  • Jesus and his disciples ate on the Sabbath. (Matthew 12:1-8, Mark 2:23-28, Luke 6:1-5)
  • Jesus healed the sick on the Sabbath.(Matthew 12:11-14)
Jesus Lived an Alternative Lifestyle
According to the definition of alternative and lifestyle, Jesus led an alternative lifestyle. In fact, he gained enemies who wanted to kill him for what he was teaching, saying, and doing. (Matthew 12:14) Eventually, his enemies did succeed in killing Jesus. Today, we would call this a hate crime committed because of Jesus' alternative lifestyle. As a disciple of Jesus Christ, Christians are continuing to live an alternative lifestyle that is defined by Jesus in the Bible.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Psalm of the Week - 66:3 - Week of 26 January 2015

God's Works
Every day I am amazed by God's works. Sunsets, animals, and scenic views cause me to praise God. How marvelous are his works! However, his greatest work resides in each one of us. We were created to be His. 

His Power
His power surrounds us just as his works surround us. The greatness of His power submits His enemies. His power will overcome any enemy. Remember, his power will submit, or overcome, all of our enemies.

Personal Prayer
Lord, your works are awesome! I am filled with praise when I see the glory of your works that surround me! Thank-you Father for all of Your amazing and awesome works  

Father God, I know that the greatness of Your power will submit Your enemies. I am your work, therefore my enemies shall be submitted by your power. 

Verse of the Week - Matthew 7:2 - Week of 26 January 2015

This scripture explains the consequence of judging other people. We will be judged by the same measure. I find that just a little bit scary! 

The next time you feel tempted to make a judgement about another person, remember this scripture. Do you really want to be judged by the same measure you are about to use?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Good God, Bad Satan - Is Life This Simple?

Can Life Be This Simple?
When I met my husband, a lot of my time was spent trying to discern, or figure out, what God's plan was. Bill told me his philosophy was simple,"If it's good, it's God - If it's bad, it's Satan." Simple, right? Too simple maybe? I thought about "Good God, Bad Satan" for a week or two. Finally, I decided that maybe life really is this simple. I do not regret choosing to live life this way.

An Infinite God vs A Finite Brain
Today, my life is much simpler. I have more time since I do not try and "figure out" why God operates the way he does. Four years of "Good God, Bad Satan" have taught me to stop wasting time trying to understand an infinite God with a finite, human brain.

Why Do Bad Things Happen?
Why do bad things happen to good people, children, and the world in general? I don't know. I do know that the scripture tells me over and over that I live in a world ruled by a prince who separated man from God in the Garden of Eden. Jesus died to reconcile man with God. Our kingdom is not this earthly realm.

John 17:15-17 NIV

Jesus Prays

15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.

Ephesians 2:1-2 NIV

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.
Simplify Your Life
Try living your life without questioning, or trying to understand what God's part is in life. Simplify your life with: God is good and Satan is bad. I didn't think it could be that simple either. However, after living in this manner, I truly have come to believe that everything can be distilled into "Good God, Bad Satan", black and white with no gray area in between.

A Deceptive Counselor
We don't live in a world that belongs to God alone. Adam and Eve were separated from God because Eve listened to the wrong counselor. We still live in a world with a fallen angel. A deceptive counselor who delights in causing separation between God and man, Bad Satan.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Two Walking Together?

Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
Amos 3:3

My husband, Bill, shared this verse with me and I wanted to pass it on to you.

Spouses need to be in agreement in their walk together through life. Marriage is a team of two. Both team members will be stronger when they walk in agreement. This applies even if you have to agree to disagree. 

Another application of this verse is to be in agreement with God. I need to be in God's plan for my life and in agreement with it.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Verse of the Week - Matthew 6:21 - January 12, 2015

I had a personal revelation about "treasures."

For months, the Lord kept whispering to me,"I will prosper you." I believed the words, but applied my own understanding to the words. 

I kept waiting for a financial upsurge, a surge in blog page views, or a period of prosperity to begin. However, the words," I will prosper you." do not just apply to earthly treasures.

I finally realized that my prosperity was spiritual, not financial. Understanding lit up the inside of my brain like a light bulb. My focus had been on the material, financial meaning of prosper, but the Biblical use of prosper does not just mean financial.

The word prosper, in Hebrew, has many shades of meaning. According to Strong's Exhaustive Concordance, the original word for prosper is tsalach, or tsaleach. This is what I read:
a primitive root; to push forward, in various senses (literal or figurative, transitive or intransitive) -- break out, come (mightily), go over, be good, be meet, be profitable, (cause to, effect, make to, send) prosper (-ity, -ous, - ously).
My spiritual relationship has pushed forward tremendously. The effect of my spiritual growth has been an increase in my work for the Lord, with a greater understanding of his plan for me. Today, the more I treasure the Lord, the more my heart will be there. Finances are not where I want my heart to be.

Psalm of the Week - 66:1-2 Praise Him! Praise Him! - January 12, 2015

This week I am going to praise the Lord! The worship service at church was all about Jesus and that set the tone for my joyfulness this week. As always, our arch nemesis has tried to steal my joy, but it did not work. 

An issue arose on Monday that could have reduced me to a tearful mess if I had relied on my own understanding. However, the Holy Spirit was definitely involved because I stayed calm and represented myself well.  However, after ward I called my husband and asked him to pray for me.  The power of a prayer partner is not to be taken lightly!

In 1869, Frances J. Crosby wrote this praise song,
  1. Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!
    Sing, O Earth, His wonderful love proclaim!
    Hail Him! Hail Him! Highest archangels in glory;
    Strength and honor give to His holy Name!
    Like a shepherd, Jesus will guard His children,
    In His arms He carries them all day long.
    • Refrain:
      Praise Him! Praise Him! Tell of His excellent greatness;
      Praise Him! Praise Him! Ever in joyful song!
  2. Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!
    For our sins He suffered, and bled, and died.
    He our Rock, our hope of eternal salvation,
    Hail Him! Hail Him! Jesus the Crucified.
    Sound His praises! Jesus who bore our sorrows,
    Love unbounded, wonderful, deep and strong.
  3. Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!
    Heav’nly portals loud with hosannas ring!
    Jesus, Savior, reigneth forever and ever;
    Crown Him! Crown Him! Prophet, and Priest, and King!
    Christ is coming! over the world victorious,
    Pow’r and glory unto the Lord belong.

No matter what happens in my life, I am going to shout with joy to God and make my praise to him glorious! 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Grains of Truth - Number 10

I read this and felt awestruck with the simplicity and beauty of it. The Holy Spirit is Christ and it does move through me. I love the music.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Verse of the Week - Ephesians 5:17 - Week of January 5, 2015

"the will of the Lord, which is the rule of a Christian's walk and conversation"
Gill's Bible Exposition

"Time is a talent given us by God, and it is misspent and lost when not employed according to his design."
Matthew Henry's Commentary

God wants us to give our time to him. Our instructions are contained in the Bible, or basic instructions before leaving Earth, B. I. B. L. E. 

Study the Bible daily and God will reveal his plan to you!

Psalm of the Week - 119:98 - Week of 5 January 2015

David was speaking of his learning in Psalm 119:98. David gave God credit for making him wiser than his enemies. The cause of this wisdom? The commandments of God that he, David, had learned and kept with him in his heart. Following and studying the word of God gives us wisdom. 

John Gill wrote these words to explain Psalm 119:98:
...the children of attending to the word and commands of God, and being under his direction and counsel, counter work the designs of their enemies, and overturn their schemes and measures, which are brought to confusion; honesty being in the issue the best policy. However, the people of God are wiser than they(their enemies) in the best things; in the affair of salvation; in things relating to a future state, and their happiness there; which wisdom they attain unto through the Word of God, which is written for their learning; through the Scriptures, which are able to make men wise to salvation: these are the means, and no more; for it is God that is the efficient cause, or makes the means effectual, to make them wise, and wiser than others; it is owing to his divine teachings, to his Spirit and grace.
An enormous amount of information is held in this one paragraph. 

We are the children of light. When the children of light pay attention to the word of God, stay under God's direction, and stay under God's counsel they(the children of light) can overcome their enemies. 

Honesty is to be valued. 

The children of light, or the people of God, attain wisdom through the Word of God. The Bible is written for learning. The people of God gain wisdom by studying the Bible, but it is owing to God's Spirit and grace that wisdom gained.

By studying the word of God, I can attain wisdom through God's Spirit and grace. 


Father God, Thank-you for the helping me to gain wisdom through studying your words in the Bible. As you helped David gain wisdom, I know that you will help me to gain wisdom. I will carry your words with me in my heart everywhere that I go. Thank you for your Spirit and your grace through which you have granted me the wisdom I learn in studying your commandments, laws, precepts, and words that are set forth in the Bible.