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Time to Clean this House!

You must not eat any yeast with it. Instead, for seven days eat bread without yeast—the bread of affliction—because you left the land of Egypt in haste. Remember the day you went out of the land of Egypt for the rest of your lives.

(Deuteronomy 16:3 ISV)

Operation Zero Chametz

Before Passover (Pesach) yeast or leaven (Chametz) must be removed from every crack and crevice. The homes of observant Jewish brothers and sisters are thoroughly examined, beginning weeks before Passover and rid of all Chametz. Today we know that leaven is likened to sin, read Galatians 5:7-9. Before the children of Israel were to prepare and eat the Passover Meal (Lamb), the children of Israel were instructed to apply the blood, from the lamb, on the door post of their homes and stay in the house until the death angel passed over.

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Proverbs 20:27 KJV

The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.

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Time to Clean this House!

 

Time to clean this house

Out with all the yeast

Leaven is the sin of man

That determines to the least

 

 

Show ourselves prepared

By examining every inch

Every corner and the cracks

Light of a candle, reveals even a pinch

 

We cannot be negligent

Nor overlook a crumb

Satan hopes we’re lackadaisical

Presuming we are dumb

 

We will take a feather

And dust this entire place

Whisk every crumb into a bag

Outside to burn leave no trace

 

For we are not surprised

By Pharaoh’s ploys and tactics

God said no time for yeast,

Leaving in haste, departure was climactic

 

We have witnessed every plague,

Now we know without a doubt

God is not slow nor is He slack

Making known His power while bringing us out

 

No longer slaves veiled or separated

Led out by the power of God

Taking us out of Egypt

Eye witness to His power, we’ve been awed

 

 

No moaning or complaining

May come across our lips

We do not want to be the ones

Left to die because we quipped

 

Give no provision to grumbling

Only believe and obey

He is going to takes us out

But why the longest way

 

Cleansing us from Egypt’s ways

Teaching us how to live as free

We are citizens of a different land

By faith created to have liberty

 

He will safely bring us out

With His righteous right arm

Into the land He promised

Safe from all of life’s harm

Poem written by laurette laster © 2018 March

 

Genesis, chapter 12

God makes covenant with Abraham. Fast forward to Exodus 12, we see God, who remembering His people, prepares to bring them out of Egyptian bondage.

Hebrews chapter 12 recalls the events at the Mountain of Sinai and how Moses quaked.

And so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I am exceedingly afraid and trembling.” (Hebrews 12:21 NKJV)

The children of Israel would be leaving in haste. God had given strict instructions, eat the meal standing up, their sandals latched, and belts tied. And with the blood applied to the door posts.

Genesis 12:11

And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD’S Passover. (KJV)

When you eat the meal, be dressed and ready to travel. Have your sandals on, carry your walking stick in your hand, and eat quickly. This is the Passover Festival in honor of me, your LORD. (CEV)

“On that night I will pass through the land of Egypt and strike down every firstborn male, both man and beast, and I will execute judgment against all the gods of Egypt. I am the LORD. The blood on the houses where you are staying will distinguish them; when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No plague will fall on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 12:12-13 Berean Study Bible)

Leaving in haste meant there was no time for the bread to rise, or be leavened, with Chametz. Their loins girded meant “not be exposed” or caught off guard. (God gives strict instructions about men having on undergarments going up to the temple. There is a whole other teaching in this. Remember Adam said to God, “we hid because we were naked and ashamed.” God ask Adam a question, “who told you, you were naked?”) This is for a later date.

We understand that a little leaven, leavens the whole lump. Describing a little sin corrupts the entire body (the ecclesia), bringing spiritual death, resulting in natural death also. Today, reading about removing the leaven, I learned something new. Each year it seems that something is highlighted, that pertains to a ‘now’ situation, one happening in our world. And some say the bible is outdated, or simply a history book. Not so! God isn’t trying to surprise us, and jump out, saying gotcha. He corrects, equips and teaches us.

Observant Jews are not required to remove baking powder or soda from their homes, prior to Passover. Baking powder and soda are considered leavening agents, but leaven by chemical reaction, not by biological fermentation. Can we say COVID 19? Hasn’t the virus become biological? It was a virus known to live in and infect animals. Somehow the virus mutated, transmitting animal to person, immediately mutated again, spreading person to person.

Recently I had a VERY strong impression, from The Lord, concerning the COVID scare. I felt impressed the reason we don’t fear and panic, with sin living next door, is because we do not understand how contagious, and deadly, sin actually is. Especially when ignored by the people of God. God has made a covenant with us, through salvation, by the blood of Christ. The people fear and panic COVID 19, knowing it is highly contagious, having mutated becoming transmittable person to person. Sin is in our carnal DNA or animalistic nature, not in our born again glorious spiritual DNA.

Are we receiving a warning? Is there a lesson to learn in the midst of this pandemic? Does God want us to realize we cannot sit with sin, in our midst (church and ecclesia), while pretending there are not consequences forthcoming, to any and all playing with sin. Or do we have a mask over our mouths, refusing to speak of the dangers of sin. Are we serving donuts and sickly sweet words, while poisoning our body? God loves and corrects, He warns and punishes, He instructs and holds accountable. This is the double edged sword Hebrews 4:12 speaks of.

Why do we seem to push the limits? Why do we struggle with understanding this? Why? Because like the children of Israel we are not fully understanding: God is not making a suggestion, He is commanding us. His commandments are not burdensome, but for our good. That we may live long and prosper, in the land where with He is sending us. Like He told the children of Israel, if you keep My commandments, I will be Your God and you will be my people, and I will take sickness out of the midst of you. There are many covenantal promises made to the people of God. As Gentiles, we are grafted in. We are the seed of Abraham, through Christ, and we have access to every promise and blessing of the Covenant, God, made with the children of Israel. Jews are natural born citizens; we are the spiritual born citizens of heaven, through faith in the Eternal Passover Lamb, who is Jesus Christ our Lord. But like devout Jews we have our side of the covenant that we are to keep. It isn’t works we keep our side because we are commanded to love God with our whole heart.

When ask which was the greatest commandment Jesus quoted from Deuteronomy “Hear O Israel, The Lord our God, The Lord is one. And you shall love The Lord your God with all your heart (kardia), all your soul (kardai), with all your mind (kardia), and all you strength (kardia).” Each of the four describes kardia. This is all that is within us. This description is describing a sacrificial love.This is loving God enough to say no to self and thus get the Chametz out, get the sin out of our house. Jesus said if you love Me you will keep my commandments.

If we truly love, can the church sit and hold hands with sin, make out in the back, in the booth, in the dark, and not expect to rouse Gods anger? Can we remain idle while we pretend there are no consequences? I’d like to offer a suggestion here. Read Ezekiel 33:7-9 before you answer the question.

I am not attempting to put us back under the law because the covenant was prior to the law. I am saying a little leaven, hidden away to take out later, in the back, in the booth, in the corner, thinking God won’t see is extremely dangerous. This is how the world acts not the church. Oh I thank God who is rich in [hesed] a forged and binding mercy, that in  Jesus Christ we may take refuge in His perfect atoning work, and receive grace and mercy, at the Throne of His mercy [hesed] seat!

As a watchman, I feel to warn you. It is time to clean the house. I am saying that God has kept His oath, He will not break His [hesed] covenant. Have we kept our part to enact this agreement? God’s covenant is unchangeable. Our right to access the covenant and insure we partake in the blessing, hinges on obedience and willingness. Jeremiah 1:19 tells us, If we be willing and obedient we will eat the good of the land. Willingness is a (kardia) internal, with our whole being decision. It isn’t easy it is essential.

If judgment starts in the house of God, is it time to clean house? How do we clean our house? Repentance is the key.

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

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Bundle of Two

We look away from the natural realm and we fasten our gaze onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us forward into faith’s perfection. (Hebrews 12:2 The Passion Translation)

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Bundle of Two

 

A bundle of flowers

Abiding in the vine

Understanding and rehearsing

Prophetic times

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As long as the earth remains

Seed time with assurance of harvest

We have this precious hope

Keep our sights fixed on The Artist

 

© laurette laster 2020 March

 

These blossoms seem fixed on something and to be standing at attention. Looking out the window, at the beautiful Jasmine blooms, something caught my eye. It seemed to me they have been summoned to hear, now positioned, intent on not missing a thing. With calm assurance they reach toward the sun. I’m reminded of the power of agreement in scripture. Jesus instructs, if any two of you agree…

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“Again, I give you an eternal truth: If two of you agree to ask God for something in a symphony of prayer, my heavenly Father will do it for you. For wherever two or three come together in honor of my name, I am right there with them!” ( Matthew 18:19-20 TPT)

My prayer is that we continue in faith and believe, believe in the power of prayer with calm assurance, with our faith fixed on God, The One who hears. Jesus is perfecting in us the God kind of faith. What a reason to bloom and pay attention.

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

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LOOK UP!

“Fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising Him always.” (Philippians 4:8 TPT)

LOOK UP!

Not sure how to feel

Covid 19 scare hovering

Making us rearrange

Causing panic and shoving

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Relax its okay

He said ‘Be Still’

Think on these things

If only we will

 

Whatever is lovely

Pure and kind

Honesty and truth

Forthright of mind

 

Know that He is God

And still on His Throne

His promises prevail

To His very own

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It’s time to enlarge

Grow the family

So go tell them all

Jesus offers amnesty

 

Safe and secure

A peaceful location

You don’t have to risk

Fear and isolation

 

 

Yes there is increase

A baby boom is near

But this one spiritual

So pray without fear

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Our heart His sanctuary

Holy praises pour forth

Look to the face of God

Our help is in the North

 

© laurette laster 2020

When writing this poem I have to admit it made me question (even more) my knowledge of the sides of the North. I’ve heard heaven is to the North. Reading scriptures and commentaries I’ve found the most interesting facts, but what I love the most is “UP”. North is always, always, always up. (Psalm 121 paraphrased) King David says I look UP to the hills or the mountains from whence cometh my help. As believers we know our help comes from The Lord. I’ve learned that what we cannot explain simply, we do not understand fully. I get it. Pretty simple huh? LOOK UP!

In light of the COVID 19 virus I’ve heard the “Even so come quickly Lord Jesus,” scripture quoted many times.

Are we ready? Have you shared the good news of the gospel with your loved ones and those you have a relationship with? Do you profess Jesus as Lord of your life? Or like The Lord explains in the book of Ezekiel do we have blood on our hands? I know that I am concerned for many who could possibly be left behind. You better believe this concerns me.

I believe many are not ready, and we haven’t told them. Not because we were not or are not willing, but because their hearts were not ready to receive the word of God. I believe hearts are being made earnest and praying, some maybe for the first time. We must be ready to give an account for the hope we have. Our hope is Christ.

I felt a strong prompting yesterday from The Lord. He sternly and strongly impressed to me, “I will bring this country together one way or another. I will have a people dependent upon Me. I will cause hardened hearts to bend. I will have a people who pray and humble themselves. I will show Myself strong and mighty on behalf of those whose hearts are turned to Me.” Like in Egypt, send famine, judge false gods. The god of career, jobs, portfolio’s, and savings accounts, 401K’s etc. In view of the COVID crisis, and in the eyes of eternity, what value do they truly have?

I do not believe this virus is judgment. I believe sin gives Satan access, leaving those outside of covenant unprotected. If you are in Christ, your judgment was rendered, paid in full at the Cross. We have His blood as our perfect atoning work. The precious blood of Jesus, taken into heaven and placed on the mercy seat. Those outside of the covenant suffer, yet there is mercy for all. Are we ready to snatch them from the fire as Jude warns?

“Rescue any who need to be saved, as you would rescue someone from a fire. Then with fear in your own hearts, have mercy on everyone who needs it. But hate even the clothes of those who have been made dirty by their filthy deeds.” (Jude 1:23 CEV)

 

Jesus said when these things begin to take place, stand UP and lift UP your heads because your redemption is drawing near. (Luke 21:28 NIV)

“The Spirit is God’s guarantee that He will give us the inheritance He has promised and the He has purchased us to be His own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify Him.” (Ephesians 1:14 NLT)

“Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory.” Ephesians 1:14 KJV)

Oh church what good news. It is indeed our finest hour. It is time to share the goodness of God with desperate fearful hearts. Stand up tall, figuratively to look up and be elated to rise. Lift up; basically hold your shoulders back because your ransom has been paid in full. Complete deliverance.

A scared world needs a fearless church.

Isa 14:13

“For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

Isa 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”

God says in Psalm 75:2-7, “when I shall receive the congregation I will judge uprightly…For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge.”

So reading these scriptures, they imply God’s throne, where He receives the congregation and judges uprightly, is in the north. It is not in the east, nor in the west, nor in the south. So it must be in the north. North is always UP-in the same direction from every Point on earth. Hallelujah!

So north is always UP! LOOK UP! Never give up. We’ve only just begun.

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

 

 

 

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Hello Spring-God’s Panoramic Calendar

Spring, the gentle season set by appointment, by God. A season that ushers in fresh fragrance, newness, a reminder of the promise of New Life through Christ. The fruit of His love. Spring is a gentle fragrant reminder of His Eternal Covenant. Passover, Pesach, the Blood of Christ on the door posts of our hearts. What a precious reminder of what is lasting, eternity with The Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, forever.  Spring officially begins tonight at 10:50.

Hello Spring-God’s Panoramic Calendar

Velvet buds and blossoms
Aromatic sweet fragrant smells
Soft pedals blowing about
Springtime’s show and tell

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Sweet smelling sights
Season of new birth
Welcome sweet springtime
What saith ye the earth

Worship only The Creator
Never the created
We are only a picture of
How to be liberated

The flowers do bloom
And life is all around
All springing forth
Rising Up out of the ground

What a picture
What a story
Spring is ‘The Telling’
Jesus Resurrection glory

Now do you get it
Can you see
Springtime comes
To remind you and me

He did rise
From deaths cold grave
Welcome springtime
No longer a slave

Death could not hold Him
The grave had no power
Springtime is earths celebration
Of His finest hour

So hello springtime
Tell us the story again
Jesus did arise
Yes it’s all a picture of Him

He left panoramic signs
So we would never forget
Take this lesson to heart
So you will never ever regret

The signs yes this season
Hello springtime glory
Thank you oh thank you
For Retelling The Story

Copyright © April 2019 laurette laster all rights reserved

‘The LORD your God who goes before you will Himself fight on your behalf, just as He did for you in Egypt before your eyes,” (Deuteronomy 1:30 NASB)

 

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

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In the Wintertime by the Tree

“I have come as you have asked to draw you to my heart and lead you out. For now is the time, my beautiful one. The season has changed, the bondage of your barren winter has ended… the season of hiding is over and gone.” (Song of Songs 2:10-11 TPT)

Look closely at these pictures. Do you see the difference?

They each look the same, yet one group of blossoms is from a previous season and the others from today. Because things seems familiar, maybe they are not. One season has passed and another is bursting forth. What is gone is gone, but life emerges season after season.

As I was out taking these photos, I had an illumination I would like to share. I was encouraged and hope you will be too. I felt a sudden life giving jolt in my spirit as I heard in my heart, “because it looks familiar it isn’t!”

These blooms and blossoms have never been here before. They look the same as previous seasons but they are not. Oh… what excitement as I stood close enough to see the details. If I had stayed at a distance I would have missed the delicate intricate details springing forth from the hard trunk of this tree. And worse I would have missed a God encounter and His word to me. I came in the house saying out loud, “I have a word! I have a word!” Do not stay at a distance. Jesus calls us to come near and to follow Him.

I perceived what The Lord was saying. In the wake of many setbacks, false starts, or hope deferred we become discouraged, unable or unwilling, afraid to hope again. We have a sense of familiarity believing it will be the same so why bother. We may think I know that, or I’ve seen that, or maybe the saying, “new season same ‘blooms’.” This simply isn’t true. This is new life. These blossoms and blooms have never seen His sunlight until now. The life is in this tree is bringing forth newness. Season after season; are any two exactly the same? No. Hope does not disappoint.

“What incredible joy bursts forth within us as we keep on celebrating our hope of experiencing God’s glory!” “And this hope is not a disappointing fantasy.”(Roman 5:2-5 TPT)

I’ve never lived this day before. I haven’t seen or experienced spring 2020 before. I find I am more excited about the blossoms today. The realization that winter has passed, and new life is emerging is captivating and invigorating, inviting me outside, up close and personal.

My prayer is that we may pause and look intently into the heart of our Savior. May we not miss one intricate detail. May we have new hope to offer when we speak to those our Lord is drawing to Him. At each encounter we can speak life.

Excerpt from poem-In the Wintertime by the Tree

Can we meet again
Another time
You’ll understand then
maybe you won’t be so blind

Just one more thing
If you can spare
Tell me about
This tree we share

You’ve seen it before
And you’ll see it again
It’s a lesson in hope
And there is no end

To all that The Lord
Will do and say,
If you’ll be patient
And walk in His ways

For just at the right time
When you least expect it
You will see new blooms
This tree is expectant
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See you in March
And bring your pen
We have so much to learn
My sweet, sweet friend

Glad you’re back
What do you see

The hope and the promise;
there is life in this tree!

The blooms, the fragrance
bursting with life
I do think you’re right
About my plight

I’m beginning to see
And I do have hope
I won’t give up
Not only no, but nope

I’ll speak the promises
And believe His word
And know He’ll answer
Because He heard

Thanks for the lesson
And thanks for caring
This tree taught me a lot
These truths I’ll be sharing

With any who’ll listen
and come sit with me
“In the wintertime
by the tree.”

Poem written by laurette laster © 2018 Jan

 

“Yet I am confident I will see the LORD’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD.”  (Psalm 27: 13-14 NLT)

 

 

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Yes these blossoms are new, they are bursting forth, this is a new decade, this is new life, and where there is life there is hope! My prayer is that we stop today and realize no matter the circumstances new life is coming forth, if we can believe.

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. LauretteOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Devotion

“I long to drink of You, O God, drinking deeply from the streams of pleasure flowing from Your presence. So I say to my soul, “Don’t be discouraged. Don’t be disturbed. For I know my God will breakthrough for me.” (Psalm 42:1,11 TPT)

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Devotion

Intertwined feelings

Dry untapped emotions

Quickly I am summoned

Captured by pure devotion

 

We may be stressed

Somewhat miffed

In the end what matters

Keep that upper lip stiff

 

A season of difficulty

Fear and panic spreading

We are told to keep the faith

We are not dreading

 

Drink from His cup

From the wells of His salvation

Pull away a little longer

Fast and sanctification

 

Drink deep from the wells

From whence salvation comes

Jesus Christ extends His scepter

Into His open arms we run

 

© laurette laster Purim 2020

 

We are not of those who turn back. In the midst of chaos and fear, offer hope. Bring light into darkness. Speak peace during the storm, comfort in times of stress.

Jesus called us the salt of the earth. Salt causes thirst. My prayer is that we walk in such a way others thirst for Him.

When they ask how you are so calm, take their hand and pray, saying only in His Name.

When they admit they’re fearful, take their hand and pray.

When they confess fear of the future speak His Name…

When they don’t know what to do, just say Jesus!

 

“Hathach came back and told Esther everything Mordecai had said. Esther talked it over with Hathach and then sent him back to Mordecai with this message: “Everyone who works for the king here, and even the people out in the provinces, knows that there is a single fate for every man or woman who approaches the king without being invited: death. The one exception is if the king extends his gold scepter; then he or she may live. And it’s been thirty days now since I’ve been invited to come to the king.”

 

Mordecai sent her this message: “Don’t think that just because you live in the king’s house you’re the one Jew who will get out of this alive. If you persist in staying silent at a time like this, help and deliverance will arrive for the Jews from someplace else; but you and your family will be wiped out. Who knows? Maybe you were made queen for just such a time as this.” (Esther 4:9-14 MSG)

 

Purim Blessings,

Resurrection power is breaking forth all around us. Drink deeply, stay a little longer, look more intently, don’t miss the intricate details of life emerging and breaking forth all around us.  We serve a Risen Savior and the earth is rehearsing the joy felt all those years ago. This joy no man takes from us. Restore to us the joy of Your salvation.

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time thank you for listening with me. Laurette

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Captain at the Helm;to know Him

Like the Ocean “knows” the Shore…in the quiet morning hours I heard the words: Like the Ocean Knows the Shore. I was completely captured. To know Him! To know Jesus this intimately. The mere thought of this intimate image, what a beautiful visual. I knew it was a word for me. Forever yearning to [Ginosko] more of Jesus, I knew He was speaking to me through these simple yet thoroughly thought provoking intimate words.

Ginosko-To know, experience, to have intimate knowledge of, come to trust through experiential knowledge, and I could see ocean waves washing up over the sand; over and over.

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Captain at the helm

Like the ocean knows the shore

How I long too know You more

As the tide does rise and fall

To hear Your voice and know Your call

 

Sometimes settled and smooth like glass

Other times anxious like waves that crash

So bold and ferocious the ocean’s roar

Yet measured in Your palm I can’t ignore

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That vast sum of all You become to me

If I continue to sail in Your great sea.

So when I feel completely overwhelmed

I just remember “The Captain” at the helm

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Guiding and showing me distant shores

Because I did pray to know You more

The kingdom of heaven suffers violence

Together we sail sometimes in silence

 

I will sail on as You’ve taught

Speak to wave’s command them stop

I shall not fear my “Captain” is at the helm

Voyaging with You, My Lord and “Captain” I shall not be overwhelmed.

Copyright © laurette laster 2018

Recently I was reminded of the word Ginosko

Ginosko – often translated as “know” or “known” is a word that means so much more than that. This word implies a certain type of “knowing” that is explained and defined by several English words.

The best translation in English is too personally, intimately, and to experientially “know” something. It doesn’t just mean to know about something but to have known it through personal experience. This is much more than head knowledge.

“In light of this, Ginosko could have times where it should not be translated to know at all but rather to experience but most of the time it indicates the knowledge that comes from experiencing something in an intimate or personal way.” (From conformtoChrist)

We are aware, all too familiar with the power, and driving force, this fierce body of water contains. The same beautiful Ocean can rage, rise, crest, and create tidal waves and Tsunami’s that wipe out villages, leaving a wake of disaster in their trail.

But after the raging, the clean up, the same Ocean calms once again, and becomes peaceful. Settling back into the gentle rolling motion we all enjoy.

The love of God is the most powerful force on earth…

Jealously demanding as the grave, and many waters cannot quench His love, it may gentle or full of wrath, but those who know their God will be strong and do exploits.

Fasten me upon your heart as a seal of fire forevermore.
This living, consuming flame
will seal you as my prisoner of love.
My passion is stronger
than the chains of death and the grave,
all consuming as the very flashes of fire
from the burning heart of God.
Place this fierce, unrelenting fire over your entire being
Rivers of pain and persecution

will never extinguish this flame.

Endless floods will be unable
to quench this raging fire that burns within you.
Everything will be consumed.
It will stop at nothing
as you yield everything to this furious fire
until it won’t even seem to you like a sacrifice anymore. (Song of Songs 8:6-7 TPT)

Yes! This is how we know Him!

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

 

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My Forever Valentine and my Best Friend

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Zephaniah 3:17 GWT

The LORD your God is with you. He is a Hero who saves you. Happily  rejoices over you, renews you with his love, and celebrates over you with shouts of joy.

 

My Forever Valentine and my Best Friend

He’s my forever Valentine

And my very best Friend

 

I have a forever Valentine

He’s with me daily all of the time

He is perfect loving and full of zeal

Oh yes this One for sure He’s the Real Deal

Musical Notes

 

When I was single and felt alone

He came and made me an offer

From out of His special love

I accepted of course, I’m not a scoffer

 

So kind and humble

And gentle in heart

This doesn’t even begin

To tell the greatest part

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Things hadn’t worked out

As planned or thought

No time to despair

I was being sought

 

The enemy thought

He had won

But he didn’t have a clue

Of what was to come

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My Valentine ask me to learn of Him

To seek out His true nature

I simply couldn’t resist

He wasn’t a distant stranger

 

So I began to study

Seeking only His Face

And through the line of time

I began to trace

 

I found where He is my Salvation

And my Solid Rock

Perfect Lamb of God

From the Tower of The Flock

 

He’s my Forever Valentine

And my Very Best Friend

 

So since Two Thousand

Plus years of five

My Forever Valentine

Touched my heart and made it come alive

 

Something changed

Early that Valentine morn

When my heart was awakened

With a deeper love adorned

 

Perfect love

And joy unspeakable

Cannot be explained with words

Pleasures forevermore inconceivable

 

So it you think you need

A forever Valentine

“I AM” most happy to share with you

The One I call mine

 

For His heart is amazing

Gigantically enormous

He has room enough for all

Yes for everyone one of us

 

Guy or gal young and old

No matter the age

May I introduce to you my Forever Valentine

King Jesus center stage

 

A complete and perfect Love

The River of Life that never runs dry

He is more than enough

Reach out give Him a try

 

He conquered the grave

Lives forever to make intercession

How about that

For a Valentine True Love confession

© January 2018

 

1 Corinthians 2:9-10 GNT

But as scriptures says: ” No eye has seen, not ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love Him.

God has revealed those things to us by His Spirit. The Spirit searches everything, especially the deep things of God.

His love is never changing, cannot questioned or understood with our carnal minds. Our love is the fallible, weak and questionable love mentioned in the passage above. Jesus said if you love Me you will keep my commands, so the love He is looking for is love in action. A verb, and a transitive verb at that. You, me, us, His people, we are the direct object Jesus is speaking to for us to do what He is saying. If we keep His commandments, He and The Father will come and make their abode with us.

John 14:23 various translations – anyone who loves Me will obey my teaching, do what I say, keep My words, obey My teachings, will do what I say. And My Father will love them, and We will come and make Our home with them. Whoever does not love Me does not keep my word or teachings.

Even Jesus and The Father, cannot live or make their abode with selfish, self seeking people. No wonder we struggle also. Love is the answer. Love is the key to His Heart.

A couple of years ago while reading something caught my attention.  I learned that a clef, the musical clef is also called a key. I had know for years music had keys but had never made the connection. I understood immediately, praise and worship are the keys to our Lord’s heart. We know this but I saw it in action. We are commanded to praise ‘in’ all things not ‘for’ all things. Worship begins with adoration of Him. When we see Him, we see or should see ourselves. The real us, as we really are, the real us. Breaking through the barrier of outward things we see our heart, lay bare and open before Him. Seeing His pure and perfect love, we repent, fall prostrate and say Oh my God and my King.

When Isaiah saw The Lord, he wasn’t like, yo God, hey Lord, glad you could drop by, whas up. I’m concerned that with our cultural Christianity we attempt to make The Lord common, comfortable with sin. Our Lord is not common. He is Holy! He died that we can come away from and be delivered from sinful lifestyles, warning others. Jesus did not hang out with sinners, He changed sinners at their very core. We do not find where Jesus was ever okay or comfortable with sin. Read Luke 4:18-19.

Isaiah said, “Woe is me, for I am undone! I am a man with unclean lips and I dwell among an unclean people.” The seraphim took a live coal from the altar of The Lord and touched his lips.

When I saw and experienced His pure love, I too was undone. If you haven’t had an encounter that has left you undone, go back there is so much more waiting for you. Go back for a life changing encounter with the Lover of your soul.

Good morning and God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

 

 

 

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I Have Been

For the Lord is always good and ready to receive you, He’s so loving that it will amaze you– so kind that it will astound you. Psalm 100:5 TPT

I Have Been

I have been abandoned
Lost and alone
But I have been found
Heaven is my home

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I have been shattered
broken and bruised
I have been made new
and totally rescued

I have been afraid
Trembling to my soul
But I have been set free
Perfect peace now in control

I have been shaken
Felt it would never get better
But I have been steadied
I’m no longer a debtor

I have been a beggar
With no money which to buy
But I’ve become rich
Because Jesus does supply

I have been a sinner
With no reason left to think
That He would want to help me
Or be the ship that couldn’t sink

He is so much more
Than I could’ve ever guessed
He’s my rescuer and redeemer
Designer of righteousness

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He is my peace and security
From all of earths snares and alarms
He is my King and Savior
Underneath The Everlasting Arms

Poem written by laurette laster © 2018 Feb

Deuteronomy 33:27 GWT
The eternal God is your shelter, and his everlasting arms support you. He will force your enemies out of your way and tell you to destroy them.

 

Have you ever felt unlovable? Feeling nothing is, or will ever be right. I’ve felt so lonely in huge crowds of people, I remember the feeling of agonizing loneliness in the wrong relationship. I’ve felt isolated in the largest groups of people. But since making  Jesus my hiding place and best friend I no longer have that cold,  lonely and empty feeling. I am satisfied with much or with little, but I am no longer satisfied with counterfeit or fake relationships.

No matter where you are today I pray you will reach out and call out to your redeemer, His name is Jesus. There is not a human love or a human relationship that is capable of filling this God centered place in your soul. It is a place reserved for Him alone. Once it is occupied by Jesus all other relationships come into alignment or they go.

Today if you’re are struggling, feeling lonely, while it seems the rest of the world is in love; don’t worry. Jesus wants more than your today, He desires your forever. He is a consuming fire and a jealous God. He wants your whole heart. Once you give Him your whole heart you won’t only  ‘need’ human love, you will desire healthy love, wanting to be loved and give love. Need says I must, desire says I can choose and agree with the Lord. Don’t settle for a counterfeit, or second best when heaven is calling your name.

Once we have tasted the love of Jesus we are changed down in our core. In this week of Valentine’s Day, the love celebration, just remember the greatest love celebration made all the angels in heaven burst out in song, worthy is The Lamb who was slain but now lives. Love died and rose again that we can live and have life abundant.

I pray you make Jesus your forever Valentine. It is the sweetest love ever tasted.

With my whole heart, with my whole life, and with my innermost being, I bow in wonder and love before You, The Holy God! Yahweh, You are my soul’s celebration. How could I ever forget the miracles of kindness You’ve done for me? You kissed my heart with forgiveness , in spite of all I’ve done. You’ve healed me inside and out.

Lord You are so kind and tenderhearted to those who don’t deserve it and so patient with people who fail You. Psalm 103:1-3,8 TPT

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thanks for listening with me. Laurette

 

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Hand Over The Key to Love

 

Depths of purpose and layers of meaning saturate everything You do

(From the grace series)

It is so enjoyable to come before You with uncontainable praises spilling from our hearts! How we love to sing our praises over and over to You, to the matchless God, high and exalted over all! Psalm 92:1 TPT

Hand Over The Key to Love

 

Have you ever longed to hold

The key to another’s heart

To see them light up and glow within

Like light overtakes the dark

 

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Have you longed to love

Be loved back with a vengeance

To know this kind of love

Oh feelings available and endless

 

What if you never had to fear

Afraid that love would leave

But you could fully trust

At last you had received

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Oh to think of a love so pure

To imagine a love so strong

To truly know and understand

It is yours and to you belonged

 

That you were more than enough

To be loved through and through

Well I have come to share

That is exactly how God loves you

 

He sent His only Son

To come deliver the news

That God had made a way

For you beaten scourged and bruised

 

Why would He do this what was He thinking

He longs for you to understand

That you’ve held the key to His Heart

On your love He makes a demand

 

For God so loved the world

He gave His only begotten Son

That whosoever would not perish

Believe then rest secure in His eternal Love

 

A Father who comes to fight like this

Wow can you even imagine

Why would He do it what was His plan

You hold the key to His heart,

Can you just fathom

 

A love so strong that won’t let go

A love that will search you out

I know you’ve been feeling His draw

Reach in your pocket and pull it out

 

That key you’ve been holding

Fits the lock to open your heart

You closed it off long ago

And now is the time to start

 

Open and unclench your fist

You’re safe, hand that key to Jesus

That anger you held against God

It belongs to satan the lying deceiver

 

Jesus came to make a way

You’re safe in His love and Care

Jesus has come to rescue you

Follow Him! Unending love waits there

 

© laurette laster 2018

Melodies of praise fill the air as every musical instrument, joined with every heart, overflows with worship. No wonder I’m so glad; I can’t keep it in! Lord I’m shouting with glee over all You have done, for all You’ve done for me! What mighty miracles and Your power at work, just to name a few. Depths of purpose and layers of meaning saturate everything You do. Psalm 92:3-5 TPT

As God’s chosen instrument, He created as His masterpiece, a people to make sounds with our larynx and mouth, He created us to speak. So we are vocalist.  We therefore have instruments of percussion. We are His sumphoneo (pronounced soom-fo-neh-o) His symphony.  Our whole bodies are a praise. We bow our heads, we bend our knees, prostrate with faces to the ground, we fold or lift holy hands, we set our feet to dancing, we sing, we cry out, and when we do this in unity or harmoniously we become his sumpheneo, His symphony. May we not only lift our praises but become His praise. In the scriptures above we see what love really is. It comes from an internal deposit by Holy Spirit on the inside. This love is from the inside out. Love is much more than an emotion, it is an explosion of His goodness poured into us, then we in turn pour into others.

In this the week of love, I encourage you to learn of Jesus and grow  in love with Him. He is our pure Love and Valentine. His heart poured out His never ending love proving this.

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thanks for listening with me. Laurette