It’s a Lie If It’s Not My Present Truth!

Change is possible in those who have believed He is able…

Change is possible in those who believe…

We were young and foolish once.  We did things we shouldn’t have; involved ourselves with some we shouldn’t have; adopted some ways that we shouldn’t have.  We picked up some bad habits we had to fight to get rid of; we ventured into situations that were harmful or left scars.  At 18 years of age (if not before), we ran into the world with arms wide open, ready to explore and experience life on our terms.  Some of us believed that our parents had been trying to hold us back from enjoying life.

But, after the dust had settled; after the tears and fears had been wiped away (or, in some cases buried), we realized a truth:  our parents knew what we didn’t.  They had experienced first hand or were in close proximity to the dangers of the world designed to destroy our hearts, our minds, and our soul.  Because they were good parents, they wanted to shield us from the harsh realities that awaited us outside of their parental authority.

Truth is:  we messed up; we choose our own way, being unable and sometimes completely unwilling to fully comprehend that every choice comes with a consequential effect:

Proverbs 29:23 (KJV)

A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

HOWEVER, regardless of those past mistakes and errors, those who have been delivered from seeking their own way and have chosen by profession of mouth and belief in heart to give the reigns of our lives to the One able to lead us into all righteousness – It’s a lie if you still see us and blame us for who we used to be.  We are no longer that person of our past!  Whether you can accept it or not, we were changed from the inside out – We Are New Creatures, indeed! 

It’s also true that we still make mistakes, but, if God, the creator of all things in heaven and in the earth, can forgive us, then I beg to differ that you can judge us or hold us to who we might have been in our past.  And, should you choose to do so, I gently and lovingly remind you of this:

2 Corinthians 13:1-6 (KJV)

13 This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. 2 I told you before, and foretell you, as if I were present, the second time; and being absent now I write to them which heretofore have sinned, and to all other, that, if I come again, I will not spare: 3 Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you. 4 For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you. 5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? 6 But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.

 

Copyright © Speak True Life, Wanda J. Murry, February 12, 2019

[Eternal security is found “in Christ” and there is a plan already in place to guide you to that road:  Romans 3:23, 6:23, 5:12, 10:9; 1 John 1:9]

Body Strengthening

Set your affection on things above – Colossians 3:2

A brother-in-Christ, Dedrick Abbott, posted the below comment on Facebook. It’s a topic that me and my boss talk about all the time!

Dedrick Abbott  1 hr  Followers of Christ should be more interested in building each other up than tearing each other apart. It is easy to be critical, but when we bear with others we enter into their story and the little things that cause them to act the way that they do. This is an opportunity for the church to be counter-culture to the world around us. We should try to value others for who they are and not simply for what they can do.

It’s true … the body of the church has played a pretty good role in causing this growing lean toward disdain for “church” followers of Jesus Christ. It’s true … a lot of churches have to make a greater effort in drawing the hurt, abused, fearful, confused and lost into our bosom (a familiar source of protection, security or affection) in our bodies of worship.

It starts, however, with INDIVIDUALS who truly love the Lord and who purposely DEMONSTRATE that LOVE person-to-person. It requires both the church-goer and the Believer to come to understand that not everyone is mature enough to operate in the will of God’s command that we love each other. Loving others in spite of their faults is a learned heart attitude that can only be grasped by those who truly have allowed God full access to their heart.

In all the years I attended church from my youth up into my young adult years, it took me until I was around 37 yo to recognize that not everyone who says, Lord, Lord, does God’s will. I learned that not everyone who attends church is a “Believer” who practices godly living. At the end of the day, I had to make up my mind to put my focus on God and not people. I had to stop allowing people to be the deciding factor in how, why, when and where I worshipped the Lord of my salvation.

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The lessons taught me to make a personal choice to walk with Christ and focus on Him instead:

  • I choose to learn more about Him for myself – not accept second-hand knowledge
  • I choose to know Him – not just accept someone else’s experiences of Him
  • I choose to seek Him – not through a preacher or teacher but through His Word
  • I choose to serve Him out of my heart belief of His deity – not look to flesh for His image

I learned early in life that man was a sinful creature, flawed, and in need of a savior. It was in my immature and infantile stage as a Believer that I allowed the fallacy of man to cripple my relationship commitment and dedicated service to Christ. God kept reminding me through situations and circumstances that I needed His umbrella of love and protection more than man’s. Because of God’s patience, I was able to grow into the Woman of God I am today, firmly committed and settled in heart, mind, and spirit to stand firm in Christ alone. Christ is the umbrella that keeps me from being overtaken by the desires of my flesh and the enemy’s destructive vices.

I can tell you I spiritually feel like a young 20-something in Christ! My faith continues to grow stronger every day; I see the world for what it is—a battlefield for a spiritual kingdom that has already has been designated as the inheritance to the One who sits at the right hand of His Father – Jesus Christ.

It is true, there is much work to be done within and without the church, and it’s sad that those who need to make their standing in Christ sure are still busy looking outward instead of inward. For those doing their part, I say God Bless You and Keep You Strong on the path of His righteousness. The greatest prayer the Body of Christ can utter continually is that God would help us individually examine ourselves:

  • How is my relationship with Christ?black and white blackboard business chalkboard
  • Who am I sharing Christ with?
  • What is my service lane in the Body?
  • Where do I exercise my servanthood to Christ?
  • When has my light brought others near to Christ?

Attitude is a huge deal when it comes to operating in the world as ministers of reconciliation and Christ representatives. It’s crucial in these last days that the Body of Christ gives more focus to redeeming the lost from the hand of our enemy and incorporate more of sharing Christ into our areas of purpose. Remember, the most important call on every believer’s life is the call to witness – to share the gospel of Christ with a lost world and bring sinners into the saving grace of Salvation.

Let us gather the spiritual tools that enable us to strengthen the weak and draw the hurting. I was hurt in the church many times. It took finding one person in the Body to love on me. My need for Christ helped me consistently get back up and go back into the Body. I came to understand by-and-by that at the Judgment Seat of Christ there is no finger pointing. Each of us will stand alone before our sovereign God while a panoramic view of our life showing the good – the bad the ugly, and the abominable flashes before the heavenly hosts. That should make you shiver.

Church Body, we definitely need to get our act together so we don’t do more damage to the Body of Christ and God’s name. It might be better for some to become or remain “uncover Christians” so we don’t scatter those with a real desirous need of the Savior. What my brother-in-Christ spoke today should give all of God’s children reason to pause—consider their ways—and GET RIGHT CHURCH, because we will soon be going home!!

To my weaker brothers/sisters-in-Christ, to the hurting, and to the lost who have judged the Body of Christ – I’d like to make this suggestion: Find one person in the Body who demonstrates God’s love and care and then draw near to them. Most of the time this is called Discipleship in churches. They’ll help you grow in your relationship with Christ. I’ve seen process in action and everyone benefits, including the Church Body.  The only way you’ll learn to stand in Christ in the midst of the spiritually immature is for you to seek to know Christ intimately yourself. Doing this will help you stand by faith as an individual while operating in faith corporately.

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Copyright © Speak True Life, Wanda J. Murry, February 1, 2019

[Eternal security is found “in Christ” and there is a plan already in place to guide you to that road:  Romans 3:23, 6:23, 5:12, 10:9; 1 John 1:9]

 

 

The Way of Circumspection

Gaining the right view from the perfect source

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Lord, I am grateful for your mercy in teaching me the same lessons over & over until I got it right…

You’ve taught me not to complain or point fingers for the choices were mine alone—willful, purposeful, determined…

You’ve taught me not to judge because I am as others are … wretched, sinful, unrighteous … deserving of death …

You’ve taught me to be merciful to all because you never wrote me off … nor made me a footstool … nor relegated me to the land of forgetfulness …

You’ve taught me to pray without ceasing … even when those prayers took 5-10-15-20 year to be fulfilled … because you are not slack …

You’ve taught me to never give up, no matter how hard, painful, unfair, or devastating a circumstance was/is … because you use it all to shape & mold me …

You’ve taught me to believe in myself no matter how others treated me or reacted to me because your thoughts toward me count the most …

You’ve taught me not to love this world … its designs, designers, celebrities, trends, or its prosperity because they are enmity that will all fade away …

You’ve taught me that your love for me is sure, secure, and always faithful … You are a Father who demonstrates His care for His children 100% …

LORD, I’m not always sure of some things, but I’m 1000 times sold out to this truth:  You are for me … You Love Me … You’ll NEVER Leave me … and, without you I’d be lost forever without any hope.

Thank You, FATHER, for your commitment to me as a continual, patient, loving parent who shines His light to show me the way on the right and narrow road.

Your Parental Guidance is my covering and the map for my life!

 

Copyright © Speak True Life, Wanda J. Murry, January 18, 2019

[Eternal security is found “in Christ” and there is a plan already in place to guide you to that road:  Romans 3:23, 6:23, 5:12, 10:9; 1 John 1:9]

Perfecting New Beginnings – Starting Out on the Right Road

There is a way that seemeth right…

2019 is here, and since turning 56 in September “perfecting new beginnings” has been reverberating in my mind.  This anticipation was heightened by my recent mission trip and tours of the ministries of The Passion Center for Children in Zomba, Malawi, Africa.  That trip has impacted my life in ways still to be seen and experienced while warming my heart in ways I hope to convey in my upcoming book, Awakened From Slumber.

Philippians 1:6 coupled with the ever present reminder found in Colossians 3:1-2 will be staples of this year ahead:

Philippians 1:6 – Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.

Colossians 3:1-2 – 1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

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I want to be what God calls me to be, accomplishing what He wants to accomplish through me.  For this to be accomplished I can’t self-direct my life – I need a life coach to follow who will keep me on the right road.  Oh, how I thank God for providing us with his indwelling coach, the Holy Spirit, and those within the body of God who help facilitate our progression using the road maps of God’s Word.

God provided the road map that brought me into His family:

John 14:6 says,

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

God coaches us through His providence(3)  as “I am.  This list is extensive so I’m going to hold at eight and let these marinate for a few days:

I am

the bread of lifeJohn 6:35

the light of the worldJohn 8:12

the door of the sheepJohn 10:7

the good shepherdJohn 10:11

the resurrection, and the life: – John 11:25

the way, the truth and the lifeJohn 14:6

the true vineJohn 15:1

the first and the lastRevelation 1:17

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2019 Road Map

Put God First in all things

Seek God First in all things

Follow God’s Leading in all things

Trust God’s Way in all things

Auto Pilot

Prepare for the unexpected

This morning I turned on the fan in my office as normal. The fan started but immediately slowed to a crawl that produced no air for dissipating the heat wave in my office.  I tried switching the plug out, turning it off and on again, moving it, shaking it; but nothing worked.  In semi-panic mode now, I immediately went on the hunt for another fan because not having a working fan in my office was not an option!

I found a fan in a vacant office and grabbed it with hopefulness.  I came back into my office and …  my fan was working … circulating as normal.  I felt the difference in the atmosphere immediately.

Reflective Questions:

  • How often and how quickly do we get anxious or panic when things in our life don’t go as we plan, expect or anticipate?
  • What is our first knee-jerk reaction or response to delays or detours?
  • Being honest with yourself, how quickly do you recover and invite God into the situation?
  • Do you bother God at all and just roll with your emotions?

The truth is, when we practice a behavior long enough we don’t have to think about it – we’ve trained ourselves to act in an autopilot mode to that behavior. If anxiety has always been our first response to an unexpected event, then my automatic response to anything unexpected will be anxiety.  Without putting into practice a more positive response, anxiety will rule my life.

One thing I’ve learned in my relationship with Christ is that his ways are not my ways.  In the same manner, I have learned not to expect others to deal with life issues in the same way that I would.  This has given me a greater appreciation for the beauty of our uniqueness as individuals.  Acknowledging that God has perfect timing for the things He wants to accomplish in us and through us brings peace into our lives as nothing else will.

Don’t rush God’s processes; instead, practice waiting on the Lord, while reckoning yourself being seated in Christ in the heavenlies.  This is the only way to perfect auto responses with godly love.

Dear Future Me

Dying daily that I might live …

Dear Future Me,

I am so glad that you awakened out of your slumber (Proverbs 6:9-11). The Father was so happy when you realized that you had fallen into the conversation of the Laodiceans (Revelation 3:14-17).  Even now, you never cease to be amazed at how liberating it is to die daily and empty yourself of that old man – self.  You never imagined the magnitude of the plans God wanted to work through you.  Thank you for learning to set your affection on things above (Colossians 3:1-2) every day.  Thank you for allowing the Father to transform you into the New Creature (2 Corinthians 5:17) He created at your spiritual birth.  Stay humble as you continue to put on the New Man and put off that old dead flesh.  Continue to pray daily, unceasingly (1 Thessalonians 5:17) so your walk in Spirit and Truth (John 4:23) grows stronger as your Love for God grows more intimate.

I Love you, but I praise God for maturing you in the knowledge that no one can ever love us as much as God Loves Us, a fact demonstrated in Christ – His Son!!

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In the Shadow of Forewarning

Some things are right before our eyes …

Copyright © Wanda Murry, August 31, 2018

Forewarn (Webster):

To admonish beforehand; To inform previously; To give previous notice; To caution beforehand

Forewarn (Strong’s Concordance):

To exhibit under the eyes; To exemplify (instruct, admonish); To show by making known future things

This I know because it has been foretold,

That in these last days, perilous times would come,

Where me, myself & I would be lovers of their selves;

Where the heart would covet, boast, and proudly ignore.

Where blasphemers rail against knowledge to disobey parents,

Unthankful for their welfare, and unholy in their cares.

Without natural affection, trucebreakers who falsify pacts.

These false accusers fill jails; incontinent slackers they are.

Under fierce attacks, they are despisers of those that are good.

Traitors who prey relentlessly, always heady in mischief.

Highminded, they are lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.

Delusional in their form of godliness, they deny the power of the source.

Beware my sisters, for they creep into houses to lead silly women captive;

Catering to those laden with sins and willingly led away with divers lusts.

Beware brethren of ever learning, when acts and deeds uncover

The inability to come to the knowledge of the truth,

Under the shadow of what is still yet to materialize …

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4And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.  5But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.  Luke 12:4-5

 

Are You Ready?

Not all exams allow a retest …

Copyright © Wanda Murry, August 28, 2018

Lately, I find myself thinking more and more about the day when I will come face to face with Christ.  I’m fairly sure I won’t be able to say anything!  And, although crying is a release mechanism for me, I will have a glorified body, so I’m pretty sure that’s not an option.

It’s not just standing before him though – I’m sure of my salvation and it’s not in question.  What I wonder about is if he’ll be pleased with what I’ve done with His gift over these 40 plus years, and if I have represented Him well.

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Every time I think about it I remember a scene from the Bruce Willis movie “The Sixth Sense.”  Toward the end, the little boy is finally explaining to his mom that he sees and talks to the dead. He tells his mom that his grandmother said her answer was “Yes” to a question the mother had.  Asking his mom what the question was, the mother responds, “I asked if I make her proud?

I only get one day at a time to make God proud.  I know He doesn’t expect me to be perfect, but at the end of each day, my hope is that God is proud of something I did to magnify His glory.  Daily, the thought of meeting my Savior face-to-face is a welcome desire.  Yet, there are other moments when I ask myself if I am truly ready to stand in His presence?

Definitely a reflective moment worth more than just a cursory thought!

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18  (KJV)

16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

My Husband’s Love & Embrace

a wife’s covering should leave her longing for the sweetness of his fruit…

Copyright © Wanda Murry, July 26, 2018

I very much enjoy the alone time I share with my husband.  Our love is deepening and growing more intimate day-by-day.  One of the many niceties and intimates of our relationship is in how He embraces me, and His gentle kisses.  I think one of the strongest emotional bonds we develop in the intimacy of marriage is the power of a hearty1,2,3 kiss!

Let me make clear that I’m not talking about the impassioned kiss used as the prelude to the sexual doorway.  Nope! I’m talking about the unsearchable intimacy that abides in the heart without the aid of the physical.

So, as I’m riding the bus this morning to work I open my book of notes to read.  I’m a person who finds it hard to listen or read the Word of God or any inspirational material and not take notes!  I came across a note I wrote down taken from the 52 Weeks of Pursuit commentary I am utilizing this year to read through the bible. Paraphrasing Mark Trotter’s words from Week 27, Day 1, my note says:

Utilizing Psalm 91 in its correct context for me as a Believer in this church age both devotionally and inspirationally:

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“Secret Place” – intimacy w/Christ – v1 – Song of Solomon 2:3 …

As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.

 

As a writer my mind immediately imagined and embraced the following scenario:

I was sitting on the sofa with my husband, leaned in close to his body,

my head tucked into his shoulder, under His shadow with great delight.

His right arm holds me close and I feel safe and secure from all ills.

I am sharing my deepest, most private thoughts and cares

with Him – without fear of rejection or judgment,

knowing confidently that not only was He listening to every word intently,

but that He truly cared about all of my cares, and the things in my heart and mind.

His care for me was like a warm blanket; a cocoon I never wanted to leave.

As I was talking, He stroked my hair, caressed my shoulder,

brushed His lips tenderly across my brow, my forehead, my cheek…

Making sure that in His arms I was reminded and without doubt,

that He was my home, my fortress, my protector, my hope.

He was my King, my husband, and the man of my dreams,

FOREVER-after throughout all of eternity!

And, finding everything I needed and hoped for in His Arms,

with the sweetness of His fruit upon my lips,

I drifted into the most tranquil rest I could ever know.

Coming out of my reverie as I continued my ride into work today, I simply smiled, wiped the tears from my eyes, and gave Thanks to God for the Husband He gave me, who loves me like no other on earth or in heaven!

CRAVINGS: What You Really Want!

Real satisfaction is only experienced through obtaining what your souls truly craves

Copyright © Speak True Life, Wanda Murry, June 22, 2018

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It is my belief that in mankind’s pursuits lays the desire for a connection to others beyond customary.  Hidden beneath society’s downward spiral into moral madness, and disguised as human rights, politics, justice and the rights of the people, lies very basic needs.  Every man, woman, and child has a need to be loved, a need to belong, and a need for true intimacy.

Mention the word intimacy and many things may come to mind, so let me clarify what I’m not talking about.  I’m not talking about that physical imitator passed off through verbal graphics of bodies intertwined while the heart remains tucked away untouched and unaffected.  I’m not talking about sharing space or pleasantries or moments of time with another. And, I’m not talking about a surface driven state of euphoria that incites our emotions.

Nope  —  I’m talking about i-n-t-i-m-a-c-y 

  • I’m talkinga longing for; an ardent (warm, affectionate, passionate) desire
    • “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.” Psalm 42:1
  • I’m talkinga very eager or urgent or fervent desire for
    • “O GOD, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land where no water is;” Psalm 63:1
  • I’m talkinga deep, almost painful craving
    • My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God. Psalm 84:2

This desire occurs in the deepest, most remote part of our being.  It’s seated in our mind and in our heart. It has been covered, concealed and is often replaced with temporary idols in a vain attempt to escape the pain produced when it is unmet in its most genuine, sincere form.

Who on earth doesn’t crave a kindred relationship that makes your eyes light up, your heart warm over with deep appreciation, and your smile spread big and bright across your face?  Who hasn’t searched out the kind of intimacy that causes you to voluntarily and unconditionally open your arms to receive, to embrace, to take comfort in, and to bask under the protective covering of another!

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As much as we crave this intimacy, we’ll continue to fall short of experiencing such depth of heart as long as we skirt entering the portal of God, where true intimacy begins. As long as we are willing to run along the edge or remain on the border of detailed knowledge and close association with God, the mind, heart, and soul will continue to have a great thirst for intimacy.

I love the way “Till I Found You” by Phil Wickham paints a picture worth a thousand heartbeats!  DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT LISTENING to the video below.  In it you will find two beautiful pictures for all of us:

  • An intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, the source of Salvation where our hunger to be known is met with the confession of our mouth, and the heart belief of God’s all-knowing, all-seeing sovereignty; and
  • An intimate, loving, committed marriage where the man loves his wife as Christ loved the church, and the wife, in turn, reverences her husband.

 

 

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Song:   Till I Found YouPhilWickhamVEVO

Published on May 17, 2018

© 2018 Phil Wickham New song from Phil Wickham’s upcoming album “Living Hope.” Coming August 2018

 

Never lose sight of the fact that Christ came from his heavenly home specifically to create an opportunity to have intimacy with you by the redemptive power of his blood.  The Plan of Salvation is available to YOU!