Your box of Alabaster

Alabaster

Imagine that every tear you cried or every hurt that you experienced resulted in a drop of precious oil that was worth millions of dollars. Imagine with me that you were able to sell it at any moment for its true worth, would you sell your pain and suffering? What would you do with the oil in your box? Would you use the oil for material gain and profit? Would you store it away and try to forget that you ever suffered such tragedy? Would you pour it on the floor of the person who caused you pain so they could stumble and fall?

I hear the voice of CeCe Winans singing the song Alabaster Box and it brings to mind the oil of my own life. How do I deal with the pain and hurts of my past? What should I do? I want to be like the woman in the bible represented in the song.

I can’t forget the way life used to be
I was a prisoner to the sin that had me bound
And I spent my days
Poured my life without measure
Into a little treasure box
I’d thought I’d found
Until the day when Jesus came to me
And healed my soul
With the wonder of His touch
So now I’m giving back to Him
All the praise He’s worthy of
I’ve been forgiven
And that’s why
I love Him so much

And I’ve come to pour
My praise on Him
Like oil from Mary’s alabaster box
Don’t be angry if I wash his feet with my tears
And dry them with my hair (my hair)
You weren’t there the night Jesus found me
You did not feel what I felt
When He wrapped his loving arms around me and
You don’t know the cost of the oil
Oh, you don’t know the cost of my praise
You don’t know the cost of the oil
In my alabaster box
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Dear Heavenly Father,
I come to you this morning thanking you for the healing of my mind, spirit and soul. Lord I pray that my brothers and sisters find your peace, find that place in you where there is healing, where there is joy unspeakable, I want them to find you oh Lord. Activate their faith Lord and renew their minds. We sing praises to your Holy Name, and bless you in our words, actions and thoughts. Have your way Lord and grant us peace so we can stay out of your way as you move the mountains in our way. in Jesus name, Amen.

Sheveze

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I’ll pray for you

I want very much to see you and give you some spiritual gift to make your faith stronger. I mean that I want us to help each other with the faith that we have. Your faith will help me, and my faith will help you. (Romans 1:11, 12)

You ever been in that moment where someone is crying out to God and the gates of hell open up and try to consume them? I don’t know if anyone else had a family member that is struggling with drug addiction, alcoholism, mental illness, broke ism or just lack of faith but many if mines are. It’s a constant struggle for me to know when to say something, when to do something and when to do nothing.

I always feel like my love and faith in Jesus will be so visible that they will have faith and trust him too. I keep thinking who would not trust a God who created an ocean? Who formed the earth, spoke man into existence? Who could not serve a God who sacrificed his own son to reconcile us back to grace? Who could not serve a God that will come into a lions den, who would come into the fiery furnace, who would lend strength to your rocks to slay a dragon.

If you could hear my story you would understand why I serve him. He did not do all the things for me that he did for the bible legends but he did find me in darkness and bring light. He did find me mentally and emotionally drained and filled me up. He found me hurt and broken and he healed me. He will do it for you too, until you can believe I will believe for you. I will keep praying to God for them and for you.

My prayer today.

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38, 39 NKJV)

There is nothing Father greater than your Love! I am standing here Lord humbled by the depth of your love for us. Your word says Nothing can separate us from you, hallelujah to your name. How great is our God! I commit myself to your word and know that nothing can separate me from you! I don’t always understand the plan but I know you do! I thank you for doing what’s best for me even when I can’t see it. I praise you because even when I mess up you work it out for my good. I’m standing on this word today and loving you with my heart, mind, soul and body. in Jesus name, Amen.

Don’t listen to the crowd

I have always been moved by Fred Hammond’s song “Please don’t pass me by”. In summary it’s about a man who feels Jesus presence and calls out to him. Well the man was blind and in my mind I have cast him as broke and broken as well, the crowd was telling him to stop bothering Jesus because he had nothing to offer Jesus. But this mans need was so great, his faith so strong that in his heart he knew he needed Jesus and he continued to cry out to him in spite of what the crowd said. This man told Jesus I know I’m broken but I will serve you if you let me.

Can I tell you I am unable to hear this song without tears falling because this mans cry is just like mines. The enemy will tell you to stop bothering Jesus because your problem is not big enough for Jesus to be worried about. The enemy will remind you about your sin over and over as if your sin defines who you are. The enemy would have you believe that your particular sin is bigger than God and God can’t use you. The enemy is a liar, stop listening to him. Believe what Jesus said, it’s real.

“Come to me all of you who are tired from the heavy burden you have been forced to carry. I will give you rest. Accept my teaching. Learn from me. I am gentle and humble in spirit. And you will be able to get some rest. Yes, the teaching that I ask you to accept is easy. The load I give you to carry is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 ERV)

Water

Water
liquid of rain and rivers:the clear colorless liquid, odorless and tasteless when pure, that occurs as rain, snow, and ice, forms rivers, lakes, and seas, and is essential for life.

Water, think about how it feels going down your throat after a hard work out, a long walk or after a great meal, you can almost feel it restoring vital nutrients to your cells and organs.

Think about how it feels running over your body in the tub or shower. How many days do you come home tired, hot, drained or run down and a you can think is, I need a shower before I take one more step?

You ever have that feeling in life where nothing seems to satisfy you? You know how it is when you’ve been drinking pop and juice all day and your still thirsty? Well after you have thirsted in life for something more, hopefully before you try drugs, sex, alcohol or gambling call me. I know about a man who can have give you something to cure your everlasting thirst for something more, that missing piece, it can feel that void. Living water!

Jesus answered, “You don’t know what God can give you. And you don’t know who I am, the one who asked you for a drink. If you knew, you would have asked me, and I would have given you living water.” (John 4:10 ERV)

If anyone believes in me, rivers of living water will flow out from their heart. That is what the Scriptures say.” (John 7:38 ERV)

Water

Water
liquid of rain and rivers:the clear colorless liquid, odorless and tasteless when pure, that occurs as rain, snow, and ice, forms rivers, lakes, and seas, and is essential for life.

Water, think about how it feels going down your throat after a hard work out, a long walk or after a great meal, you can almost feel it restoring vital nutrients to your cells and organs.

Think about how it feels running over your body in the tub or shower. How many days do you come home tired, hot, drained or run down and a you can think is, I need a shower before I take one more step?

You ever have that feeling in life where nothing seems to satisfy you? You know how it is when you’ve been drinking pop and juice all day and your still thirsty? Well after you have thirsted in life for something more, hopefully before you try drugs, sex, alcohol or gambling call me. I know about a man who can have give you something to cure your everlasting thirst for something more, that missing piece, it can feel that void. Living water!

Jesus answered, “You don’t know what God can give you. And you don’t know who I am, the one who asked you for a drink. If you knew, you would have asked me, and I would have given you living water.” (John 4:10 ERV)

If anyone believes in me, rivers of living water will flow out from their heart. That is what the Scriptures say.” (John 7:38 ERV)

911

Dear Father, I come to you on behalf of every person and every country that lost a loved on during the tragic bombing of the Towers, the brave citizens on the airplane, the members who were in the pentagon and both bombings of us embassies on this date. Lord we claim you to be The Lord of healing, by your stripes we are healed, not just our physical bodies but also heal our hearts and minds. We proclaim you to be the lamb of God, our peace and our salvation. Father the children of those killed are reaching adulthood, let their hearts be consumed with your grace and mercy so they can live lives free of mental oppression. Let them meet their destiny with arms open wide and their hearts free to love, free to worship. Lord we worship you, we magnify your name. Hallelujah God, we proclaim healing and restoration for our nation, for this country was built on your word, led by your standard and I know the day is coming when we will once again honor the king in our actions, words and laws. I ask these things in Jesus name, knowing it will be done. Amen