Hunger vs. Blessing

28 05 2011

We are in the middle of a series on murmuring, and how our murmuring holds back the blessings of God. God cares about our hunger whether it is physical, emotional or spiritual, but when we murmur (grumble) our focus on our needs overshadowed our faith in his provision (the blessings) of God.

 

            Reading in Exodus 16 we see the Israelites grumbled against Moses, Aaron and ultimately against God himself when they didn’t have food. How arrogant for man to underestimate God. Why would he bring them out in the desert without planning to provide for them, yet they couldn’t believe for His blessing of provision and so those who wanted to return to Egypt grumbled.

 

          God desires for us cry to out to him, for as we do, we acknowledging our need and our faith is expanded. When we grumble or murmur we are really complaining out a lack of faith and we become emotionally fueled by evil and selfish desire not unlike those Israelites who wanted to return to Egypt.

 

            Moses had the faith to go to God and ask for the provision his people needed. I rejoice that here in the Old Testament those words of 1 John 1:9 were proven true. For God was faithful and just to forgive sins and cleanse all unrighteousness including the murmuring of his chosen people, Israel.

 

Next time we will be looking at how fear driven murmuring caused the Israelites to forfeit the Promise Land for 40 years.

 

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Mildred          

 

Want more encouragement and teaching, visit our blog pages…
 
Ever wanted to visit Israel…
Visit our Intercessor’s Heart page to find out the most current information on Intercession for the Nations 2012, this trip to Israel and Germany is planned for the spring of 2012.
 
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 out for personal use.
 
Joy Jewelry; visit our new web store for the most current select of Jewelry and accessories which support the ministry of Complete Joy. http://jewelrywonder.com/joyjewelry
 
Worship Flags; if you are looking for custom worship flags, please check out our new page, I have listed sizes and general prices.
 
Complete Joy; find out more about the ministry of Complete Joy.
 
On the Radio; Mildred and her friends can be heard on the radio, both in Portland and on the web, go to On the Radio for more information.
 
Join us on Twitter at MyCompleteJoy
 
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This blog is part of the ministry of Complete Joy and is published each Tuesday and Saturday, usually by noon Pacific Time.

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Coming out of the Fog

26 04 2011

It seems like the fog lifted for me personally several years ago, and now the fog is lifting professionally (in ministry) and as I come out of the fog once again, I really don’t know where my ministry is going.

 

            What do we do when we are coming out of the fog, we need to assess where we are.  Some people look to the world to assess themselves, but as Christians we need to assess the call (purpose) we have on our lives.

 

            For Complete Joy the purpose is defined; to empower, equip, restore, release and mentor the body of Christ. It is easy to look back and see what each facet of ministry looked like yesterday, but what does each facet look like now and how do we prepare Complete Joy for the future? Once again I have choices, from a strictly business perspective I might be tempted to go to the latest seminar that will reveal the latest trends or the hottest new way of connecting with people, which might make sense since ministry is all about connecting with people.

 

            Yet I think this would be missing the mark, by now you mighty be saying Mildred why not take time to seek God and pray both for yourself and Complete Joy. Well if you are thinking this you get a gold star because to really know what the future is, we need to go to the source, our God.

 

Join me next time when we talk more about this process of seeking direction

out of the professional fog.

 

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Mildred          

 

Want more encouragement and teaching, visit our blog pages…
 
Ever wanted to visit Israel…
Visit our Intercessor’s Heart page to find out the most current information on Intercession for the Nations 2012, this trip to Israel and Germany is planned for the spring of 2012.
 
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 out for personal use.
 
Joy Jewelry; visit our new web store for the most current select of Jewelry and accessories which support the ministry of Complete Joy. http://jewelrywonder.com/joyjewelry
 
Worship Flags; if you are looking for custom worship flags, please check out our new page, I have listed sizes and general prices.
 
Complete Joy; find out more about the ministry of Complete Joy.
 
On the Radio; Mildred and her friends can be heard on the radio, both in Portland and on the web, go to On the Radio for more information.
 
Join us on Twitter at MyCompleteJoy
 
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This blog is part of the ministry of Complete Joy and is published each Tuesday and Saturday, usually by noon Pacific Time.





Taking Responsiblity for Our Actions

19 04 2011

Last time we talked about taking responsibility for our faith, today we are going to talk about taking responsibility for our actions. God knew man would make the choice to sin, and so He made a way back for us through Jesus Christ our savior.

 

            I wonder these days if it doesn’t grieve God more that we don’t own up to our actions lead to sin, than the fact that we sin in the first place.

 

          I know as a parent when my children did something wrong, which I expected to happen from time to time, what disappointed me the most was when they didn’t take responsibility for their actions, because I knew without that, they couldn’t mature and were destined to repeat the action over and over again.

 

          Taking responsibility for our sin by confessing and repenting of it breaks the cycle of sin, allowing us to learn, grow and mature. And we are reconciled with God by our confession because Jesus paid the price for our sin so we become the men and women God create us to be.

 

          The next time you sin (which we have to expect will happen) quickly turn to God and take responsibility for your actions, whether they were in word, thought or deed.

 

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Mildred          

 

Want more encouragement and teaching, visit our blog pages…
 
Ever wanted to visit Israel…
Visit our Intercessor’s Heart page to find out the most current information on Intercession for the Nations 2012, this trip to Israel and Germany is planned for the spring of 2012.
 
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 out for personal use.
 
Joy Jewelry; visit our new web store for the most current select of Jewelry and accessories which support the ministry of Complete Joy. http://jewelrywonder.com/joyjewelry
 
Worship Flags; if you are looking for custom worship flags, please check out our new page, I have listed sizes and general prices.
 
Complete Joy; find out more about the ministry of Complete Joy.
 
On the Radio; Mildred and her friends can be heard on the radio, both in Portland and on the web, go to On the Radio for more information.
 
Join us on Twitter at MyCompleteJoy
 
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This blog is part of the ministry of Complete Joy and is published each Tuesday and Saturday, usually by noon Pacific Time.





We are Responsible for Our Faith

16 04 2011

Taking responsibility for our faith is more than just believing in Jesus, it is being willing to do the hard thing and taking responsibility for cleaning up your act.

 

          It has been over three years since I last taught the Spiritual Hygiene material (you can find some of this teaching on the Equip page of this blog) and through those years I have matured and my perspective has also changed, while the material sat taking up space in my filing cabinet.

 

          Today, I am even more convinced that one of the goals of the Spiritual Hygiene teaching is to highlight this truth: we are responsible for our faith. This simple truth changes the ball game when it comes to how we handle sin.

 

          Because Adam and Eve would not taking responsible for their faith, they fell, taking the easy road and saying from the bushes “The devil made me do it!” This is an important lesson that as we look at Spiritual Warfare, what I call Spiritual Hygiene, we must address.

 

          With one simple step, taking responsibility for our faith, our lives change and we naturally mature. Taking responsibility for our faith also allows us to put on the Armor of God with confidence, for we are strong and “able to stand our ground when things are at their worst, (like when we sin) to complete every task and still to stand” as Ephesians 6:13 (NEB) tells us.

 

          Taking responsibility is not only our right, it is our choice, one that if we do not take will land us cowering in the bushes with Adam and Eve saying, the devil made me do it, and don’t believe any of us want that.

 

          Next time we will talk about sin and why it is imperative we take responsibility for our actions, freeing ourselves to come with reckless abandon to our God.

 

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Mildred          

Want more encouragement and teaching, visit our blog pages…
 
Ever wanted to visit Israel…
Visit our Intercessor’s Heart page to find out the most current information on Intercession for the Nations 2012, this trip to Israel and Germany is planned for the spring of 2012.
 
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 out for personal use.
 
Joy Jewelry; visit our new web store for the most current select of Jewelry and accessories which support the ministry of Complete Joy. http://jewelrywonder.com/joyjewelry
 
Worship Flags; if you are looking for custom worship flags, please check out our new page, I have listed sizes and general prices.
 
Complete Joy; find out more about the ministry of Complete Joy.
 
On the Radio; Mildred and her friends can be heard on the radio, both in Portland and on the web, go to On the Radio for more information.
 
Join us on Twitter at MyCompleteJoy
 
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This blog is part of the ministry of Complete Joy and is published each Tuesday and Saturday, usually by noon Pacific Time.





Key to the Kingdom – Salvation

22 03 2011

What is salvation and why is it a key to the Kingdom of God?

 

          To over come sin which separates us from God and his kingdom, we must believe in Jesus, the son of God. Revelations 12:11 tells us, “they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb”. Jesus came to save us from our sin and from the devil who ultimately profits from our separation.

 

          God understands why sin separates us from his kingdom, so he sent his son Jesus to pay the price and win the battle we couldn’t. Our lineage was one of partnering with sin and the devil, while Jesus the second Adam, who’s father knew no sin, had both the lineage and ability not to sin. 

 

         Through Jesus we are reborn receiving the lineage of the one who knew no sin, and so through Christ we have been the ability to walk in the kingdom of God for all eternity.

 

Salvation through Jesus, is the key which opens the door to the kingdom of God and without this crucial key the rest of the kingdom is not accessible.

 

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Mildred          

 

Want more encouragement and teaching, visit our blog pages…
 
Ever wanted to visit Israel…
Visit our Intercessor’s Heart page to find out the most current information on Intercession for the Nations 2012, this trip to Israel and Germany is planned for the spring of 2012.
 
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 out for personal use.
 
Joy Jewelry; visit our new web store for the most current select of Jewelry and accessories which support the ministry of Complete Joy. http://jewelrywonder.com/joyjewelry
 
Worship Flags; if you are looking for custom worship flags, please check out our new page, I have listed sizes and general prices.
 
Complete Joy; find out more about the ministry of Complete Joy.
 
On the Radio; Mildred and her friends can be heard on the radio, both in Portland and on the web, go to On the Radio for more information.
 
Join us on Twitter at MyCompleteJoy
 
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This blog is part of the ministry of Complete Joy and is published each Tuesday and Saturday, usually by noon Pacific Time.





Is Time Relative?

26 02 2011

I was looking at this hour-glass when a question came to mind; is time relative?

          To be relative is to be dependent or interconnected, and third chapter of Ecclesiastes reminds us of how relative time truly is “for there is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven.”  

 

“A time to be born and a time to die,

A time to plant and a time to uproot,

 

A time to kill and a time to heal,

A time to tear down and a time to build,

 

A time to weep and a time to laugh,

A time to mourn and a time to dance,

 

A time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

A time to embrace and a time to refrain,

 

A time to search and a time to give up,

A time to keep and a time to throw away,

 

A time to tear and a time to mend,

A time to be silent and a time to speak,

 

A time to love and a time to hate,

A time for war and a time for peace.”

 

          I don’t think of time as relative, rather I think of time as a precious commodity, something if managed well, will allow us to complete the task at hand. 

 

          As I ponder this question in the light of Ecclesiastes I find myself viewing time differently. Time is relative, like the air we breathe. We are dependent upon time and it is interconnected with every task or event becoming indistinguishable from it. Time is not the commodity; rather it surrounds the people and events like the air we breathe, if we focus on time then we lose sight of the real prize, the relationships which time affords us.

 

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Mildred          

Want more encouragement and teaching, visit our blog pages…
 
Ever wanted to visit Israel…
Visit our Intercessor’s Heart page to find out the most current information on Intercession for the Nations 2012, this trip to Israel and Germany is planned for the spring of 2012.
 
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 out for personal use.
 
Joy Jewelry; visit our new web store for the most current select of Jewelry and accessories which support the ministry of Complete Joy. http://jewelrywonder.com/joyjewelry
 
Worship Flags; if you are looking for custom worship flags, please check out our new page, I have listed sizes and general prices.
 
Complete Joy; find out more about the ministry of Complete Joy.
 
On the Radio; Mildred and her friends can be heard on the radio, both in Portland and on the web, go to On the Radio for more information.
 
Join us on Twitter at MyCompleteJoy
 
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This blog is part of the ministry of Complete Joy and is published each Tuesday and Saturday, usually by noon Pacific Time.





Seeing into the Mind of Christ, Psalm 22

15 02 2011

Listening to Psalms 22, the first verse contains the very words Christ spoke as he hung on the cross. “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” and as I read I found myself wondering could these be more than just David’s thoughts and words but also those of Christ?

 

          These words were first recorded by David, an ancestor of Christ, and they also give us insight into the inner dialog of Christ during those final hours of his life. Could Christ have reminded himself that even though men scorn and despised him, hurling insult and shaking their heads, that Christ just as his forefather did, trusted the Lord and affirming that God had made him with the capacity to trust God from conception, giving  him further strength and comfort to finish well.

 

          Hanging on the cross it isn’t hard to see Christ thinking the words recorded in verses 14 -15

 

“I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint.

My heart has turned to wax; it has melted away within me.

My strength is dried up like a potsherd,

and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;

you lay me in the dust of death.”

 

          Verse 18 records another event in the crucifixion: “They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.” Could Christ have been thinking after they removed his clothing the words recorded in verse 19 “But you, O LORD, be not far off; O my Strength, come quickly to help me.”

 

          I can imagine after Christ looked at Mary his mother and then gave John instructions to care for her, how his thoughts might have wandered to the world and his hopes for his people in verse 23,

 

“You who fear the LORD, praise him!

All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!

Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!”

 

         Then looking at the final verses could Christ have reflected on what the outcome of his sacrifice would be as people turn to the Lord and were reconciled to God. What comfort these thoughts would have given him allowing him in peace to give up his spirit finishing the purpose God had for his life!

 

Psalm 22 gives me a new understanding into the mind of Christ and what types of thoughts should go through my head when I face any trial which might come my way!

              

 

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Mildred          

 

Want more encouragement and teaching, visit our blog pages…
 
Ever wanted to visit Israel…
Visit our Intercessor’s Heart page to find out the most current information on Intercession for the Nations 2012, this trip to Israel and Germany is planned for the spring of 2012.
 
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 out for personal use.
 
Joy Jewelry; visit our new web store for the most current select of Jewelry and accessories which support the ministry of Complete Joy. http://jewelrywonder.com/joyjewelry
 
Worship Flags; if you are looking for custom worship flags, please check out our new page, I have listed sizes and general prices.
 
Complete Joy; find out more about the ministry of Complete Joy.
 
On the Radio; Mildred and her friends can be heard on the radio, both in Portland and on the web, go to On the Radio for more information.
 
Join us on Twitter at MyCompleteJoy
 
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This blog is part of the ministry of Complete Joy and is published each Tuesday and Saturday, usually by noon Pacific Time.








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