Maturity through Obedience

22 05 2015

11087581_sWe are in a series called maturity in our ever shifting atmosphere.  Last time we explored God-given maturity through relationship. Today we explore maturity through obedience in an ever shifting atmosphere.

Webster defines Obedience: to come into compliance with the demands or requests of one in authority. Listen to these words from Proverbs.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5 – 6

God invites us through relationship to trust and obey Him. Without relationship obedience is like an evil task master or an overbearing boss because this obedience is out of fear not relationship. What will get us through these ever shifting times as we await Messiah’s returns is listening to God and trusting him so we come into agreement (obey) him.

Recently God asked a curious thing of me, “not to leave the city limits of Portland, Oregon for a month” and because of our faith challengerelationship I have come into agreement with His request. It is a choice to obey and for me to obey is joy. During this time one friend said “it is like in Acts 1:4 when the disciples were told not to leave Jerusalem”. Another friend said “God is setting you apart”, while my husband and I believed in the beginning it was for my protection. I suspect some if not all of these are true!

Obedience can be tough and for me it has been. I can’t visit my daughters and grandkids who lives outside the city limits of Portland, I missed going to the big NDP event and worst of all I couldn’t get the items I needed to fix my husband’s sweater! Thank God for the internet.

The steps of obedience to God which lead to maturity are always a challenge as much as they can be an adventure, Father make them in this season pure joy!

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Millie

Want more teaching and encouragement, visit our blog pages:  

CJM; learn more about Complete Joy Ministries.  

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Intercessors Heart; find Prayer Cloths, prophetic word for Oregon and the NW territory, my heart-felt prayers and a wonderful worship video from U-tube.  

Restore: find a prayer for dealing with residual anger and unforgiveness.  

Equip; find the complete material for a Journey to Maturity. Check out a copy of SOAP, a bible study method you can copy and print for personal use.  

Beyond completejoy.org…  

On the Radio; Millie and her friends can be heard on the radio, both in Portland at 1330AM and on the web check at KKPZ.com check our blog page for more information.

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The Relationship that Sustain in a Shifting Atmosphere!

1 05 2015

11087581_sIn our last post we opened a series on our ever shifting atmosphere and the need for maturity. These words are key, for they reveal the difference between walking in maturity and walking in our own strength.

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love,

I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,

but do not have love, I gain nothing.

1Co 13:1 – 3

Before there is obedience, before their is maturity leading naturally into authority, there must be an encounter with God our Father. It is through this relationship that we were created to grow and mature. Moses did not have a vibrant mature relationship with God in Egypt because the bible tells us  in Exodus chapter  3, as Moses tended this father-in-law’s flocks he encountered God.

Moses struggled with those who oppressed his people and still today we struggle with the oppression we face in our daily lives. It is through our relationship with God which brings us to a place of speaking in love, acting in love and giving in love which birthing life in others rather than release the pain in our hearts which can build up when someone does something we don’t agree with.

We would do well to reflect upon the life of Moses; for as he grew in his relationship with God, he learned to follow God and as he followed God, he saw God set his people free!

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Millie

Want more teaching and encouragement, visit our blog pages:   CJM; learn more about Complete Joy Ministries.  

Give to CJM, by popular request we have made a simple link allowing you to give your tax-deductible donation by credit card through Paypal.

Intercessors Heart; find Prayer Cloths, prophetic word for Oregon and the NW territory, my heart-felt prayers and a wonderful worship video from U-tube.  

Restore: find a prayer for dealing with residual anger and unforgiveness.  

Equip; find the complete material for a Journey to Maturity. Check out a copy of SOAP, a bible study method you can copy and print for personal use.  

Beyond completejoy.org…  

On the Radio; Millie and her friends can be heard on the radio, both in Portland at 1330AM and on the web check at KKPZ.com check our blog page for more information.

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This blog is part of the ministry of Complete Joy Ministries and is published each Friday, usually by noon Pacific Time.





Maturity in the Shifting Atmosphere

24 04 2015

11087581_sOver the late month as I seen the spiritual shift in the atmosphere while watching people who need to be spiritual mature, struggle. In this post we will begin a series on maturity, exploring how the shifts in the atmosphere affect people through the life of Moses.

From the moment of Moses conception the atmosphere on Earth began to change, as God’s plans of redemption began to come forth. The stage is set when baby Moses is set adrift on the Nile, in hopes to save his life. Years later another shift in the atmosphere took place, let’s look at it more closely.

Moses now a man & knowing the truth of his birth, he saw the injustice put upon his people and took measures into his own hands, Exodus 2. This choice revealed the shift the atmosphere as Moses struggled to agree with God’s plan and purpose for his life. In the spirit as the atmosphere changes we are always tempted to do things from our own strength, as Moses did. It take a greater level of maturity to be able to follow God’s leading and not strike out on our own.

So drastic was this change in the atmosphere that Moses was driven out into the desert. Man drove him out into the desert but it was God’s will for in going out from everyone and everything he knew, Moses began to build a relationship with his God, learning how to walk in obedience, maturity, and authority.

Join me for our next post shifting in obedience!

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Millie

Want more teaching and encouragement, visit our blog pages:   CJM; learn more about Complete Joy Ministries.  

Give to CJM, by popular request we have made a simple link allowing you to give your tax-deductible donation by credit card through Paypal.

Intercessors Heart; find Prayer Cloths, prophetic word for Oregon and the NW territory, my heart-felt prayers and a wonderful worship video from U-tube.  

Restore: find a prayer for dealing with residual anger and unforgiveness.  

Equip; find the complete material for a Journey to Maturity. Check out a copy of SOAP, a bible study method you can copy and print for personal use.  

Beyond completejoy.org…  

On the Radio; Millie and her friends can be heard on the radio, both in Portland at 1330AM and on the web check at KKPZ.com check our blog page for more information.

On Twitter http://twitter.com/MyCompleteJoy

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This blog is part of the ministry of Complete Joy Ministries and is published every Friday, usually by noon Pacific Time.





Prepare to Watch and See!

27 03 2015
This is one of the maps which hangs in our prayer room

This is one of the maps which hangs in our prayer room

We have entered a season where the visions of former seasons will see further fulfillment and we must be prepared to embrace them with joy. God himself tells us:

 

And so I am sure that God, who began this good work in you, will carry it on until it is finished on the Day of Christ Jesus.

Philippians 1:6

 

In a former season while serving as a prayer pastor, God gave me and my team a vision for a 24/7 prayer room.

 

There was much prayer before we approached the leadership and for a time they had a room dedicated to prayer in our church. We saw the vision come to pass in part and so as I left the church I thought that was all there would be to that promise so I let it go. Never thinking about it again.

 

As the CJM office search began having a pray room for clients was a must. Then sitting in the prayer room alone one day, the small still voice of God began stirring in my heart about allowing the vision to expand. The next board meeting I approached my board they were more than on board with the idea, they were shocked when I didn’t see having a House of Prayer open to the public was a natural extension for CJM.

 

For several months CJM wrestled with this new vision. At the start of this month our board dedicated the Shalom Oregon House of Prayer. Our mission to invite, embrace and release the peace of God over the people of God in Oregon and beyond. I marveled as maps which I had created from yet another former season were hung for the first time in years. I have seen an expansion of the vision still more, marveling as leaders from three different Houses of Prayer from around Oregon, part of the We Cry out team in advance of National Day of Prayer May 7th, sat together in our classroom praying and sharing their hearts!

 

I remember the struggles of those former seasons I rejoice in how God is still working to establish this 24/7 prayer vision so long ago. I know it is still incomplete for we are not 24/7 but if God himself can spark this old vision, He who began a good work  will bring it to the completed work at the appropriate time!

 

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Millie

 

Want more teaching and encouragement, visit our blog pages:  

CJM; learn more about Complete Joy Ministries.  

Give to CJM, by popular request we have made a simple link allowing you to give your tax-deductible donation by credit card through Paypal.

Intercessors Heart; find Prayer Cloths, prophetic word for Oregon and the NW territory, my heart-felt prayers and a wonderful worship video from U-tube.  

Restore: find a prayer for dealing with residual anger and unforgiveness.  

Equip; find the complete material for a Journey to Maturity. Check out a copy of SOAP, a bible study method you can copy and print for personal use.  

Beyond completejoy.org…  

On the Radio; Millie and her friends can be heard on the radio, both in Portland at 1330AM and on the web check at KKPZ.com check our blog page for more information.

On Twitter http://twitter.com/MyCompleteJoy

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Standing Firm in Transition

6 03 2015

In this 20150305_115325season, are you struggling to stand as things are whirling around you and people who have been walking at your side suddenly have other things pulling them away? We must stand firm as everyone is in transition.

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

1Co 15:58

It is easy to look at our suite and see CJM is in transition; from scriptures waiting to be put on the wall, to the need for a small end table in the CJM office. God knows our needs and we must stand firm and let nothing side track us from giving ourselves fully to the work of the Lord!

Recently I struggled to do just that, as I labored to put the Lord’s Prayer on the textured wall of the prayer room. DiligentlyMatthew scripture for three hours lifting masking tape from one word at a time. At one point I watched as the first two letters of the word temptation lifted again and again off the wall. They will forever be just a little bit off, reminding us temptation is there to throw us off if we aren’t careful?

I stayed with it, going up and down the ladder as I processed not only the job before me but the many changes since moving to our new location. When I finally finished I was praising God! We must take this scripture in 1 Corinthians to heart and remember our labor in the Lord is not in vain.

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Millie

Want more teaching and encouragement, visit our blog pages:  

CJM; learn more about Complete Joy Ministries.  

Give to CJM, by popular request we have made a simple link allowing you to give your tax-deductible donation by credit card through Paypal.

Intercessors Heart; find Prayer Cloths, prophetic word for Oregon and the NW territory, my heart-felt prayers and a wonderful worship video from U-tube.  

Restore: find a prayer for dealing with residual anger and unforgiveness.  

Equip; find the complete material for a Journey to Maturity. Check out a copy of SOAP, a bible study method you can copy and print for personal use.  

Beyond completejoy.org…  

On the Radio; Millie and her friends can be heard on the radio, both in Portland at 1330AM and on the web check at KKPZ.com check our blog page for more information.

On Twitter http://twitter.com/MyCompleteJoy

Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Complete-Joy-Ministries/312629665430235?ref=hl

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This blog is part of the ministry of Complete Joy Ministries and is published each Friday, usually by noon Pacific Time.





Praise a simple act, changing the atmosphere!

20 02 2015

SW cornerstone of Christ - georgeIn this new season, the simple act of praise changes the atmosphere. No matter your condition, take a moment to read and meditate over this Psalm of Praise!

Psalm 145  Praise. By David:

I will praise you to the heights, my God, the king;
I will bless your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless you;
I will praise your name forever and ever.
Great is Adonai and greatly to be praised;
his greatness is beyond all searching out.

Each generation will praise your works to the next                                                 and proclaim your mighty acts.

I will meditate on the glorious splendor
of your majesty and on the story of your wonders.
People will speak of your awesome power,
and I will tell of your great deeds.
They will gush forth the fame of your abounding goodness,
and they will sing of your righteousness.
Adonai is merciful and compassionate,
slow to anger and great in grace.
Adonai is good to all;
his compassion rests on all his creatures.
10 All your creatures will thank you, Adonai,
and your faithful servants will bless you.
11 They will speak of the glory of your kingship,
and they will tell about your might;
12 to let everyone know of your mighty acts
and the glorious majesty of your kingship.
13 Your kingship is an everlasting kingship,
your reign continues through all generations.
14 Adonai supports all who fall
and lifts up all who are bent over.
15 The eyes of all are looking to you;
you give them their food at the right time.
16 You open your hand
and satisfy the desire of every living thing.
17 Adonai is righteous in all his ways,
full of grace in all he does.
18 Adonai is close to all who call on him,
to all who sincerely call on him.
19 He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;
he hears their cry and saves them.
20 Adonai protects all who love him,
but all the wicked he destroys.
21 My mouth will proclaim the praise of Adonai;
all people will bless his holy name forever and ever.

This is from the Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
Blessings to you!
Millie




Stress, Change and Joy!

13 02 2015
New clients welcome!

New clients welcome!

Dealing with change and the stress it causes it tough, but we must choose not to focus on the stress we feel. Hebrews 12 reminds us we have to keep our eyes focused on the author and perfector of our faith! With faith we must focus on those things that are good and lovely, on the things that are right and true.

In the beginning God created the world. He chose to look at the good, not the clutter, not the unfinished business of creation, every day He focused on the end product, the miracle of creation.

As I walk around our offices I can look at all the things that are unfinished, from the chair rail that needs to be put up in the reception area to the scriptures needing to be printed and hung or I can marvel at all the healing that is taking place.

Where and how we focus is up to us. We chose to see the good God has done or become self-absorbed and stressed as we focus on what He/we still have to do.

Focusing on the big picture (including both what has been done along with the things that haven’t been done) allows me to keep my balance, releasing the joy to sit down for an hour to get another scripture designed and printed for our walls rather than being overwhelmed by the 20 still waiting to be designed.

Thinking again of Hebrew 12, stress is part of life and how we manage stress is an important part of how well we transition into and through this new season. There will always be things to do so watch your focus, that way you won’t miss the miracles and the joy happening right before our eyes!

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Millie

Want more teaching and encouragement, visit our blog pages:

CJM; learn more about Complete Joy Ministries.

Give to CJM, by popular request we have made a simple link allowing you to give your tax-deductible donation by credit card through Paypal.
Intercessors Heart; find Prayer Cloths, prophetic word for Oregon and the NW territory, my heart-felt prayers and a wonderful worship video from U-tube.

Restore: find a prayer for dealing with residual anger and unforgiveness.

Equip; find the complete material for a Journey to Maturity. Check out a copy of SOAP, a bible study method you can copy and print for personal use.

Beyond completejoy.org…

On the Radio; Millie and her friends can be heard on the radio, both in Portland at 1330AM and on the web check at KKPZ.com check our blog page for more information.

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This blog is part of the ministry of Complete Joy Ministries and is published each Friday, usually by noon Pacific Time.








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