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I feel on the verge of tears this morning as I start to type. I have just finished an intense time in the Word, studying the principle of actively believing God. OH! How small and fragile my faith is! After reading the first 15 verses of Romans 4 and just being in awe that according to verse 12, I, Deanna Gott can “walk in the footsteps of faith”, but feeling as if on so many occasions I lose sight of these footsteps and wander off the well beaten path. Makes me think of the song, “Come Thou Fount”, one of my all time favorites, the words are found, “prone to wander, Lord I feel it. Prone to leave the God I love. Heres my heart Lord, take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above!”

In my daily life is where this gets the best of me. My time with my children, My words with my husband, my heart towards others, so very prone to wander from the Father’s will.

But this beautiful picture brought tears to my eyes this morning, and now as I type they are swimming and overflowing. Verse 16. ” That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise MAY REST ON GRACE and be guaranteed to all his ( Abraham) offspring- not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one ( me) who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all.”

My fragile faith that at times is really no faith at all and maybe not even an attempt, does not rest in the righteousness of Deanna, as if there was any ;Isaiah 64:6, but comes to rest on the unwavering, unfailing, unending, grace of God! Does this make anyone else want to shout “hallelujah”? You see, I have enough of what Beth Moore would call “marks against me” to know that I have no righteousness apart from the blood of Christ, and this comes only from the grace of Him who gives it so freely! In fact it is only by His grace that I desire to know Him and believe Him more! My faith is found in His grace. Lord, give me more faith, that I may have more of Your grace and that it may be called, “grace upon grace”!

 

Romans 4

 

4:1 What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” 4 Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. 5 And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, 6 just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works:

7 “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,
and whose sins are covered;
8 blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”

 

9 Is this blessing then only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We say that faith was counted to Abraham as righteousness. 10 How then was it counted to him? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? It was not after, but before he was circumcised. 11 He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the father of all who believe without being circumcised, so that righteousness would be counted to them as well, 12 and to make him the father of the circumcised who are not merely circumcised but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.

13 For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. 15 For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression.

16 That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, 17 as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. 18 In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” 19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. 20 No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21 fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. 22 That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” 23 But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, 24 but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, 25 who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.

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Isaiah 54:10 For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed, says the LORD, who has compassion on you.

 

I grew up in Southeast Colorado. We lived on the plains and most of the time just looked at the mountains. I became accustomed from a young age to having the mountains especially Pikes Peak always in the west. Wherever I was, I knew which direction I was headed because of this huge marker called a mountain. When I was 17 I moved to South West Louisiana. No more mountains, no more plains, just trees, trees, and more trees! My direction became fuzzy at best and being one who likes to have order, this was quite the challenge. I had to learn to discern direction all over again.

This morning as I read this familiar verse, it became fresh to me. I love it when God does that! I could identify with the mountains and hills departing and removing!

Let me share with you what I believe God was showing me; We all have mountains of security in lives, even some hills. We use these things to determine our outlook on life. It can be our mood, our spouse, our desires, our addictions, our families, and the list could go on and on like, our jobs, our homes,…. You get the point. Well, what happens when these things are removed from us? We have to learn direction all over again! This can be a scary thing! We can become so frightful that we run to the next mountain, or we just want to bury our head in the sand and forget direction all together, the only problem is this too is a direction. It’s called south. 🙂

God wants us to know that when things we put our hope in are taken away, He is still faithful, He is still our Peace, why? Because He is a God who is compassionate! We must only look to the One who made the mountains, and can also remove them!

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Happiness IS the LORD!

Psalms 144:15 “… Yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD!”

Happiness is to know the Savior, Living a life within His favor, Having a change in my behavior, Happiness is the Lord. Happiness is a new creation, Jesus and me in close relation, Having a part in His salvation, Happiness is the Lord. Real joy is mine, no matter if teardrops start; I’ve found the secret, it’s Jesus in my heart! Happiness is to be forgiven, Living a life that’s worth the living, Taking a trip that leads to Heaven, Happiness is the Lord, Happiness is the Lord, Happiness is the Lord!

 

 

I woke up this morning with a heavy burden on my heart for several people in my life. When I was sitting down, I started humming this song. If you have never heard it before, I encourage you to go to the following link and listen : http://www.my.homewithgod.com/heavenlymidis2/happiness.html.

 

 

 True happiness only comes from Him! Run to Him! “Pour out your hearts before Him!” Real Joy can be yours, “No matter if the tear drops fall!” Have a blessed day in Christ!

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Pslams 138:3,7 -8 On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me. The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.

 

In case you haven’t noticed by now, I love the Psalms. I love the raw honesty of them, that says, “Look, this is how I feel, God, and I am in desperate need of you to either change my circumstances, or change ME!” When I was 19 years old, is when I fell in love with this portion of the Word of God. To say that I was “walking in the midst of trouble” is putting it mildly. I had become quite the outcast from the family I had married into, and it seemed as if I was daily walking on pins and needles, just waiting for the next bomb to fall. Some of you who read this blog will remember these days that I speak of. But, I have gotten to the point in my life, that I can look back, and as Psalmist did in Psalm 78 recount the LORD’s faithfulness in the days of old. No, I know, I am not old, but sometimes it does feel as if I have lived three life times. I would not change even the moments of the worst pain, the times when I thought everything inside of me was going to explode, or the times that I wanted to curl up and die. I would not change them, because it is in the worst of times that God revealed Himself to me, Deanna, in such a way that  revelutionized  my life! It has made me desire more and more of His Word and more of Him! There is nothing in this world that can do what my God has done for me. There is NOTHING or ANYONE that can strengthen my soul, preserve my life, destroy my enemies, deliver me, have steadfast, unchanging love, and be faithful to the bitter end! When I speak to others; I always go back to the same thing….. “His WORD, HIS FACE!” Why? Because I have seen the Lord in these places! I see His heart through His Word, and His hand through prayer. I must must must keep Him as the forefront of my eyes… Psalms 141:8 But my eyes are toward YOU, O God my Lord; in You I seek refuge; leave me not defenseless!

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The Pearl Of Great Price

 

Sitting on the beach one warm and sunny day,

Watching the tides come in and go out.

I was not in the mood to talk,

Just wanting to pout.

 To say I was down in my spirit,

Would not have been in extreme.

I was so down,

feeling as if I had

no one on which to lean.

 

Life just wasn’t fair I thought,

Why the pain?

Within myself I fought .

 

I watched the ocean,

So big, so blue,

Thinking, I don’t have a chance,

And really, neither do you.

 

At first I did not notice the man,

He had walked so softly by,

 I was not paying attention ,

Or I am sure I Would have

 heard his soft cry.

 

 He held something so small in his hands,

 I wanted so badly to see!

Before I knew it,

My curiosity had gotten the best of me.

 

 I walked over towards him

 slowly at first,

He was looking so excited,

 As if he wanted to burst!

 

Glancing over at me, He exclaimed,

“Can you believe?

Oh, miss, I’m so ashamed!”

 

I had no idea to what he did refer,

I could not see, I could not feel,

I could not even hear.

 

 He knelt in the sand and began this tale to cry:

“I woke up this morning feeling oh,

 So extremely alone.

 Knowing He was there,

Did not make me feel,

As His own.

 

I stomped, I cussed,

 I spit, I cried, I yelled, oh,

 I promise you,

you have never seen such a sight!

 

I told God,

I was nothing to Him!

I told Him,

He didn’t care,

As I lifted my proud chin!

 

My faith was so dry,

So small,

I didn’t feel saved,

No, not at all.

 

But as I walked this way,

To my spirit He begin to say.”

‘My child, I am here,

Do not cry, Do not fear.

You see my son,

You have wandered

so Far from home,

You have taken in

 all the worlds’ pleasures

 Forgetting this one important truth In which;

 you are my treasure.

 

 I found you useless and dirty,

 Nothing about you

Looking the least like purity.

But to me, when on you my eyes did fall,

A beautiful pearl,

A  jewel worth my life,

A treasure worth it all.’

 

The man than lifted

 What was in his hand,

A large muddy pearl,

Covered with sand.

 

“Don’t you see, miss? Don’t you hear?

He’s left this in the sand,

Not just for me, but for you, dear.

 

You too are a pearl of great price!

He has given it all,

On that cross, He did die!

 

He offers this new life to all who believe,

That the grave could not hold this, Magnificent King!”

 

I took hold of the pearl that he offered,

Fell to my knees,

And began to sob,

“God, I need you! On you I believe!”

 

 This life is not easy,

My dear friends

 But on this truth

 you can depend.

 

You are His treasure,

 In you He takes pleasure,

Take to Him all your cries!

You are, His pearl of great price!

Copyright Deanna Gott 2009
Copyright Deanna Gott 2010

Matthew 13:45-46

Again the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who on finding one pearl of great value went and sold all that he had and bought it.

 

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Luke 1:67-80

67 And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying,

68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
for he has visited and redeemed his people
69 and has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David,
70 as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
71 that we should be saved from our enemies
and from the hand of all who hate us;
72 to show the mercy promised to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant,
73 the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us
74 that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
might serve him without fear,
75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
76 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people
in the forgiveness of their sins,
78 because of the tender mercy of our God,
whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high
79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

80 And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel.

My husband and I are praying to be graced with the gift of another child. We talk and dream about it often, and pray that God would count us worthy on account of Christ to raise another child for His kingdom and His glory.

This morning as I read Luke 1 I began to think of the parents of these two babies, John the Baptist, and Christ. We are probably familiar with their stories, the announcing of the births, and the miraculous ways that John and Jesus were conceived. But this morning as I read about this baby John, I thought about how recently we were discussing in our family devotions that John was imprisoned for his stand against sin, and then eventually be-headed. Now, if you read back 33 years before and see the above prophecy over his life, it has a little bit of different light cast upon it.

As a mother already of three amazing blessings, I think about what God may have planned for their lives. They are all three gifted with many talents, many interests, but the most important thing on my heart right now, is this, is their heart ready to “go before the Lord to prepare His ways, to give knowledge of salvation to the people in the forgiveness of their sins,because of the tender mercy of Our God…”? When I think of this, I think of the great possibility of the sacrifice to do so. We are living in times where to be a Christian is becoming less and less tasteful and instead mocked. We are living in times, where possibly soon, people may have to choose if they are going to make a stand for Christ and His truth in the face of a religious nation that has adopted every heresy that comes their way, OR, turn from the that Truth and conform to the World.

As a mother, I pray for the grace to raise my children, however many God gifts us with, to be warriors like John, and proclaim salvation, no matter the cost.

To my current children, Nekoda, Jay, and Abbie,   Give it all away for the sake of Him!

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Matthew 13:33 He told them another parable. “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till all was leavened.

 

I believe I underestimate the power that Christians have in the world today. I become overwhelmed by the odds against us, and although I know that God is powerful and can do anything He wants to do; I forget that He has given us so much!

Our church is going through the book of Matthew in Sunday School. I have enjoyed this very much, as you have the opportunity to dig in with each other and see Christ in action. Chapter 13 is what we will study this coming Sunday. In this chapter you see Christ speaking to the crowds in parables, and then explaining them to his disciples.

I love the fact that He has given us the Holy Spirit who guides us and teaches us ALL truth. When we have a question mark pop up above our head, all we have to do is ask.

Verse 33, above, caught my attention this morning. I have been attempting to make homemade bread lately and every time, I am amazed at the power of the yeast in the dough. It takes VERY little to make heavy, whole wheat flour rise and become usable. Usually the Word refers to “leaven” as a negative thing… Such as in 1 Cor 5:6…

However, in this passage, “the kingdom” is used for this defintion. I happen to love how Christ turns the tables on our way of thinking, and gets our interest perked up. 🙂

I am encouraged this morning to know that as part of the kingdom of heaven, because of the  grace of the Father, the blood of Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit, I have enough influence in me to make a whole lot of difference in this dark world.

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