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Beattitude: Joy

Joy
: the emotion evoked by well-being
: a state of happiness or felicity

Two years ago I was going through a heart break situation. In that, I visited a church in which the pastor spoke joy over me. A year later I visited another church and again the word joy was given to me in prayer. Then again just a few weeks ago, I visited yet another church and there the pastor also prayed for me to receive the joy of the Lord. All different churches, all different people but the same message. I think the Holy Spirit is trying to tell me to receive joy as my healing strength! But how do I do that?

… the JOY of the Lord is my strength. – Nehemiah 8:10. This verse of scripture packs a punch of truth in such a short statement! (Read this awesome commentary) When I earnestly meditate on God and the great and amazing work He does for me and through me, I in turn take on an attitude of praising Him. When my attention is turned outwardly away from my selfish “pitty-party-of-one” attitude and onto Him and serving others, I see joy in Him – in His work on the cross for me. In His little day-to-day acts of love towards me. And in seeing His amazing hand go forth as I serve Him. The enemy wants me to focus on myself, but the Lord wants me to focus on Him. Thank you Jesus that my joy is found in all things You and that you give me strength to refocus my life.

After several weeks of amazing experiences in serving Christ, His people and in hearing and meditating on His amazing transforming power, I think I have a better understanding at what it means to have a glimpse of joy in Christ. I pray and hope that I continue to receive deeper understanding of this joy as I draw closer to Christ, and that I can give you further encouragement as I go along. May joy become our normal beattitude of living!

In Joy!
Edmee

For fun, here are a few new songs to listen to and enjoy!!

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Ace of Grace

Grace is defined as God’s unmerited favor.
That is, grace is God doing good for us that we do not deserve.

It’s been a rough few days here at the office. I had unintentionally let some things slide through the cracks in some of my projects and now my mistakes are all being discovered all at one time. Yikes! Not good. With all these mishaps, I am feeling very much on edge thinking that I may get fired any day now. How could I let so much go wrong in such short amount of time? And in the midst of the tension, my email has been surprisingly silent. I thought surely I better start packing up my things and updating my resume.

Then yesterday after lunch, my boss came to my desk. He leans over my partition wall, hands me a napkin and says, “Here’s half a cookie. I cut it in half so that it makes a smile for you.” How sweet (pun intended). He knew how I was feeling and wanted me to feel better.

Shortly after I got the cookie, I heard a silent voice from the Lord say to me, “you are given grace.” Almost immediately, tears filled my eyes as I stared into the air. The Lord was telling me that I was being extended grace and that things were going be okay. This whole week I had been thinking about what the punishment and consequence were going to be for my bombing mistakes, but instead I was given grace. Wow, such a God-like gesture. He’s giving me grace and mercy. Aside from the Cross, I think this is the biggest act of grace I can remember. Then, to reinforce His message, the Lord confirmed “grace” to me when the Holy Spirit prompted me with the song “Only Grace” by Matthew West.

Praise to You, Jesus. For You have used this to bring glory to Your Name. Let me always remember Your act of grace and the acts of grace from others. This conforms us to Your image. And may I also extravagantly extend grace to others. Thank You for Your peace despite the difficult situation. Glory be to Your great name.

So ultimately, my circumstance may not be monumental in the long-term, but the lesson surely is. God extends His grace to us in so many ways. And in this lesson, I also discovered that the very last verse in the Bible in the very last book references His grace, “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.” (Rev. 22:21)

Hebrews 12: 14-15
Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness — without it no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no root of bitterness springs up, causing trouble and by it, defiling many.

2 Peter 3:18
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

1 Peter 1:2
May grace and peace be multiplied to you.

The Sword Against Satan

Beloved readers, I have an assignment for you. Research your Bible and see how many different names for Satan you can find. Remember, greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4), so don’t think of this assignment as an open door to the devil. In fact, it’s a way of keeping him away. The more you know about him and his craftiness, the better you can fight against him. If you’d like, get technical and do research in the Hebrew and Greek. You may discover interesting things like noticing that the word “devil” is only used in the New Testament. (hmm… I wonder why that is?)

To help get you started, I have listed a few examples below. Names for Satan, aka…

  • The accuser – Revelation 12:10 …the accuser of our brethren…
  • The deceiver – Revelation 12:10 …Satan, who deceives the whole world…
  • The devil – 1 Peter 5:8 (here’s a double) …Your adversary, the devil

With your list, now reflect and consider which of these he is using against you today. How do you plan to fight back against him? If you plan to use Scripture (and I highly recommend that you do), share with me what words you would use as your sword!

  • 1 John 4:4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome him. Because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
  • Ephesians 6:11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
  • Romans 8:31 If God is for us, who can be against us?
  • James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Remember, Satan fights dirty! But the more you know God’s Word, the quicker you will recognize his attempts. Be empowered by His words and have fun as you discover your victory! Blessings!

A New Name I Give Myself

Genesis 17:

…“No longer shall your name be called Abram, But your name shall be Abraham;
… Then God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name.

When God began His new covenant with man, Abraham and Sarah were given new names from God. Abram to Abraham and Sarai to Sarah. With the addition of the letter h, both names were redefined to give life to God’s greater purpose through them. The addition of the letter h came from God’s name YHWH, or with vowels, pronounced: YaWeH.

God placed part of himself in Abraham and Sarah through their names.

I know this may be silly, but I decided to do the same for my name. No longer will I be called Edmee, but I will be called Edmeh, with the addition of an h, like my Bible counterparts. With that, I decided to do some research and see if the name “Edmeh” has a meaning. To my wonderful surprise, I found something!!

eDMeH l’Elyon, (DMH) means: resembles God, image of God. (source)

Wow! My new name means resembles God, image of God! Very cool!  Of course, my given name, Edmee, also has a neat meaning: wealthy or prosperous protector.

Shoma a Rhema Word

Yesterday morning as I was starting my day, half asleep and praying, the Lord revealed a Rhema word to me. Being that I am horrible at dictation, the Lord revealed the word to me by plainly spelling it out … s-h-o-m-a. In semi conscious state, I reached for my pencil and notepad and wrote it down – Shoma. Okay I thought, I don’t know what this word means, but I believe it to be Hebrew. I’ll have to look it up. The next day, I plugged it into my online concordance, and there it was:

Strong’s Number: 8089
Trasliterated Word: Shoma
Definition: 1. report, rumour, news, fame
Verse count: 4

I was getting excited as I went on to discover more. I looked up the verses and read this:

Joshua 9:9 (NAS) … Your servants have come from a very far country because of the fame of the LORD your God; for we have heard the report of Him and all that He did …

Wow, this meant so much to me!! In just two days, I was going to be traveling half way across the world to Israel to see and experience the places where My Lord Jesus walked, taught, did many miracles and saved the world from sin. I was going to Israel because of the news of the Lord and all the wonders He did there. This passage spoke straight to me. What joy to know that this trip was ordained by God for me. The reference of Shoma in Joshua 9:9 seemed so fitting!! I personalized it to read like this …

I, your servant have come from a very far country because of the fame of You, my LORD, my God; for I have heard the report of You and all that You have done

I was amazed, in awe and wide eyed. What a blessing to receive this word and scripture from God, and what a gift from Him that I get to experience Israel, Jerusalem – His beloved city!! A gift indeed!! Number:  8s089

Kneel to Bless

I was on my way to work this morning, and as usual, I had my dial set on 105.7FM to the Urban Alternative. While on the road, I was getting frustrated at the continued red brake lights in front of me. Apparently, there had been an accident, making traffic extra slow. I thought, honestly, it is a holiday week, there are less cars on the morning rush, but more accidents. (Never mind that I left the house later than usual thinking that I would get to work quicker due to less car congestion.)

Despite my frustration from averaging 30 miles an hour, I knew God had me on the slow down for a reason. This was His little way of telling me that everything is being orchestrated so that I will still be sitting in the car, listening to programming that I normally wouldn’t be in the car for. With that, I was able to listen to the full broadcast of Back to the Bible this morning. : ) (Yes, now I’m getting to the point of my writing this.)

The discussion was addressing the difference between praise and worship. I intently listened, since this subject fascinates me! Within the discussion, Woodrow defined some key words from Psalm 95:6. “Worship,” “bow down,” and “kneel.” Here is what he explained…

The word for worship is shachah and that means literally to bow down; it means to prostrate yourself. It means to fall on your face.

The word for bow down is karah. And that means to fall down or crouch. It means to be subdued.

And the word for kneel, barak means, are you ready for this? To bless. It’s the blessing of God. It’s being on your knees, bending the knee in a way that you bless God.

In hearing, I remembered that I had actually heard this definition of kneel before. (Hmm, interesting.) It’s as if the Holy Spirit was trying to remind me. Barak is Hebrew for kneel. When we kneel and pray to God, we bless Him. How amazing is that! For me, this brings me confirmation to kneel more for God. I had had this on my mind for weeks. I admit, I’ve been flippant in all my worship to God. I have not been bowing down or kneeling, but instead, I pray in the comfort of whatever position I’m already in. Whether sitting in front of the computer at work, or lying down before sleeping. Wow, I almost love the conviction from this because I’m no longer wondering if I should be kneeling, but instead, I’m reassured of what I need to be doing. Kneeling to God, to bless Him!

How often we fall under the culturally acceptable way of doing things instead of His intended way. (This was the topic of our discussion in class a few months ago in studying 2 Samuel 6:1-7.) Church culture accepts us to stand instead of kneel, and I think this has made its way into our alone time with God too. I had been praying to God that I may know more of His way in doing things, instead of the culture’s way. And, He is answering my prayers! Praise God! I continue to pray that He may reveal His full truth to us, and that we may change and respond in full obedience.

I don’t say this to proud myself, but in learning this this morning, I’ve already prayed twice on my knees today. I hope I remember keep this lesson in mind as I continue to deepen my relationship with Him.

Please listen/read the rest of the Back to the Bible broadcast if you can. The lesson had many really good points of discussion, in which I only mentioned a few.

Blessings to you all my beloved!

Purpose in Salvation

1 John 2:2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Propitiation: wrath of God poured on Christ instead of me

Atonement:
satisfaction for our wrong
reconciliation of (between) God and humankind through Jesus Christ

In the doctrine of Atonement, we see the doctrine of God, man and Jesus coming together. We see the need that comes forth and the provision.

I heard this statement above from a sermon. It was the second sermon in two days that I had heard in reference to John 3:16
(one from First Baptist, the other from New River Fellowship). It was the second sermon in one day that I had heard in regards to purpose (one from Tony Evans, the other from the same sermon above from New River Fellowship). (In case you may now be wondering, I heard 4 sermons in 2 days.)

I just wanted to mention that, since it’s been on my heart as to figure out what my purpose is. I thought I knew what it was back in May, but it all turned upside down when things went disarray. As a believer with the revelation of Christ, I want to proclaim Jesus as savior. So, Lord, forgive me for loosing sight of You. Pick me, and I ask that You may give me the strength to tell the nations about You.

As I thought about this earlier today, a song came to mind. So, here are the lyrics to video for you…

God above all the world in motion
God above all my hopes and fears
I don’t care what the world throws at me now
It’s gonna be alright 

Hear the sound of the generations
Making loud our freedom song
All in all that the world would know Your name
It’s gonna be alright

‘Cause I know my God saved the day
And I know His word never fails
And I know my God made a way for me
Salvation is here

God above all the world in motion
God above all my hopes and fears
I don’t care what the world throws at me now
It’s gonna be alright

‘Cause I know my God saved the day
And I know His word never fails
And I know my God made a way for me
Salvation is here

‘Cause I know my God saved the day
And I know His word never fails
And I know my God made a way for me
Salvation is here

Salvation is here
Salvation is here and He lives in me
Salvation is here
Salvation that died just to set me free
Salvation is here
Salvation is here and He lives in me
Salvation is here

Cause You are alive and You live in me
Salvation is here
salvation is here and it lives in me
Salvation is here
Savation is here that died just to set me free
Salvation is here
Salvation is here and it lives in me

Cause You are alive and You live in me
Salvation is here
salvation is here and it lives in me
Salvation is here
Savation is here that died just to set me free
Salvation is here
Salvation is here and it lives in me

‘Cause I know my God saved the day
And I know His word never fails
And I know my God made a way for me
Salvation is here

‘Cause I know my God saved the day
And I know His word never fails
And I know my God made a way for me
Salvation is here

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