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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

YOU HAVE COME INTO THE KINGDOM

Gloria Phifer

I said to The Lord a couple of days ago that I want to live in a world without any hurt or pain. I also repeated this to him yesterday.

He reminded me that we are in this world facing and fighting sin and death. Not in our strength but in His Power and what He paid for at the cross.

Have you ever wondered or thought about...I was born in this generation. In this time of History. In a certain country. into a certain family.

I also told the Lord I would like to have been born in a family that really wanted  me. A stable home. A Christian home. I would have liked to live in one town and gone to one school system. 

The Lord reminded me of all the Power of God I have seen. I have experienced salvation, deliverance from fear. I have seen the captives of addiction set free. I have seen my family come to know Jesus. I know, because I have seen with my own eyes, that captives are set free through Christ Jesus.

I don't know where I would be if it had not been for The Lord. He brought me to revelation of Jesus as my Savior. He delivered me from fear. He gave me a family of my own. He gave me a wonderful relationship with Him.

Yes, the world is dark but The Kingdom of God is Light. When we know Jesus Christ we are lights in this world. We are ambassadors for Christ. We have the message of reconciliation. 

I was thinking of Queen Esther. She was rounded up with all the beauties of the land. She was snatched from her normal life and brought into a very dysfunctional environment. Her worst enemy of the Jews, while drinking with the king, made an edict to destroy the people of Israel. The King did not know Esther, who he had taken as his Queen, was Jewish. Esther, in this darkness of danger, had come to The Kingdom for such a time as this. She exposed Haman, the enemy, and saved her people from destruction.

What is our calling in this generation...at this time of history? 
The Lord has equipped us with authority and dominion. He has given us the keys of The Kingdom.  whatever we bind on earth is bond in Heaven and whatever we lose on earth is loosed in Heaven. You may wonder how that works. we can bind the enemy in his tactics through the blood, Name and authority of Jesus Christ. We can loose The Kingdom of God...which is righteousness, peace and joy. 

We have been given the ministry of reconciliation.  We are ambassadors for Christ in this world. we are lights in The Lord. We are the fragrance of Christ. When you enter a room or situation you bring Christ with you. 

Yes, we have been  born in and called to The Kingdom of God for such a time as this. remember who you are In Christ. The weapons and armor are found in Ephesians 6. You are a Warrior for The lord.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

NEARNESS

Gloria Phifer

What do you think of when you hear the word "near?"

I really have to contemplate what it means to be "near." You can be in proximity to someone and yet not be near. 

To me, "near" means when a person understands me and I understand them. I have a good friend who recently became a Christian. She loves her family but she longs to have that "nearness in Christ." The same heart set. 

I always longed to be near my mother, I had glimpses of it but then I felt the rejection the abandonment....I never felt she really knew me or my heart. So we were near and yet...far.

I have discovered there are different levels of being near. There are some people who only know me on the surface. I do not know them enough to have that trust to be fully vulnerable with who I am. And there are times I know totally they do not know who I really am. So there is the lack of nearness.

I believe everyone longs to be "near." The One that I draw near to is The Lord. He never rejects me. I feel that He understands my weaknesses and yet loves me unconditionally. Oh to be loved unconditionally. To know Someone Who will always love me for who I am. To me this is "Nearness." It is a sacred thing. And because it is such a personal, sacred thing...there must be trust to be vulnerable and that is only found where a person feels safe and secure. Only then will a person open their heart in order to be near.

THE PAIN OF LOSS

Gloria Phifer


It was so vivid...no I didn't want to go there...I didn't want to think 
about it...it hurt too much. For two days the memory surfaced.

The year was 1963, I had just finished cosmetology school. my mother, her boyfriend and my brother had picked me up in Albuquerque. We were heading to a job site for my mothers boyfriend. 

I had not been able to have my cat for a year, because I was renting a room from a family as I went to school.  I loved my cat. Throughout my childhood the only unconditional love I ever felt was from my cats.  He was a beautiful, half Siamese, shiny black.

Earlier, before cosmetology school, we had lived in Santa Rita, New Mexico. I would let my cat out and he always came back. This one night he didn't. I heard the screeching sounds of a cat fight. In my pajamas, I climbed over the back fence and separated my cat from the other cat. I picked him up and climbed back over the fence with him in my arms. He was shaking. He had lost one nail. I wrapped him in a large towel until he calmed down. No sir, no other cat was going to get the best of him...he had me!

He laid on my lap in the backseat of the car as we entered Colorado. When we got a motel room, I opened the door and let him out since he had ridden all day. I knew he would come back after he finished his business.  I had done this before and he always returned. 

He never returned. I was heartbroken as I called and searched for him. The next day we were to be on the road again. I couldn't leave without finding him. I was crying hysterically. 

I talked to the woman who owned the motel and she said she would keep an eye out for him. I sobbed in the backseat as we left that town.

When I called the motel, the lady said she never saw him. I had a deep sense of loss. 

I am now almost 74 years old...it has been over 54 years...but the vivid memory and the deep pain kept coming up for two days.

What happened to him? Why did I let him out of the motel? Why didn't I go with him? In those days, we never put a leash on our animals...if only I had had a leash.

I sat down and prayed. I cried like a child, as I told The Lord how much it hurt. Finally, knowing that I have a good Heavenly Father Who wants to heal my pain..."Lord, I know time and space are nothing to You. I pray Lord, that at that time and place that You took care of my cat. I release this to You believing, because of Your great love, that You did."

I felt the peace, the assurance. I knew The Lord had brought back the memory because He wanted to heal that wound in me.The wound of loss.

I laugh sometimes. When I get to Heaven and open my mansion door will all my wonderful animal friends come pouring out?

Lord, Thank You that You loved me and let me experience unconditional love from a cat that belonged to You. Amen.

Many times we have deep wounds that we don't want to revisit. It hurts too much. The Lord has done many inner healings in my life. It is like having a pain and then when You bring it to him...His healing pours in ...the memory is still there...but the hurt has left. 
If you have any losses, hurt, wounds bring them to Jesus, He is the Healer of the brokenhearted and He binds up wounds.You can talk to Him He cares and understands...He loves you just like He loves me.





Wednesday, November 15, 2017

THE SCALE...THE HARD TASKMASTER.

Gloria Phifer





TRY IT AGAIN?


When I was young, I don't even remember getting on a scale to check my weight.

It began in my 20's...trying to get back to a size 7.
I remember my friend and I lamenting about our weight...now I look at pictures of us and I think..."What were we thinking? we looked great!!!

But, it was all in our minds. We wanted to be a certain way...the way we were as teenagers.

Now, gulp, I am in my 70's...yes...yes...I know it's hard to believe (LOL). And now I wear a size 14. 

I have a tummy...I've had 3 children. Now 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren (oh sorry the last 11 didn't cause any weight (:

I recently went on an eating plan. It was very disciplined and I ate mostly their food.

It had worked for my friends???

I felt terrible. my head was fuzzy and I couldn't read the caption on the tv.

I visited my doctor...and as I was sitting there the thought came..."The scale is a hard taskmaster."

Wow!!! I had been letting the scale be a master?

I have now returned to eating normal. I laughed when my doctor said..."I just keep thinking you need to eat some sugar." (I had not even been having natural sugar...like fruits.)

I am feeling so much better and I have been contemplating...yes, I am over weight. But, I feel good. I am active. I am happy. I have a wonderful life. 

In all truthfulness...when I look at people I really don't see their weight. I think they are all beautful. There is something special about each person.

Sooo...why am I so hard on myself? Why don't I accept myself for who I am? 

Well, that is the point of this writing. This is what has been coming to me all week. 

Women are so hard on themselves. And I know I have been hard on myself. I need to love and give grace to myself as I do to others.

I'm giving up (Lord helping me) that cruel taskmaster...the scale. 

Lord, help me to concentrate on the good. In Jesus Name Amen. For the Word says in Psalm 139 "I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

Friday, November 10, 2017

THE GIFT OF SILENCE OF THE HEART

Gloria Phifer



It seems there is always noise.

It is not deafening but a constant blur in the background.

Usually, it is the television. Or a cell phone ringing.

It also seems like our world is moving faster and faster.

I sat on my couch one morning and sat in silence. Sometimes it is hard to get into quietness. The silence seems so strange. Shouldn't I be doing something? Praying? Reading The Bible? 

As I sat there, I knew I was waiting on The Lord. And I began to feel the peace...the quietness...the strength coming in...waiting...listening.

Many years ago The Lord gave me a song..."I hear You speak to me in the silence of my heart. I hear you call to me...come rest in Me."

I want to be still before The Lord...in the quietness...to hear His Voice in the silence ...the stillness of my heart.

Isaiah 40:31 "They that wait upon The Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."

Psalm 46:10 "Be still and know that I Am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

I have joined the FMF bloggers we write on one word for 5 min. The word was "Silence."

Saturday, November 4, 2017

WHAT DO I NEED?

Gloria Phifer

I am joining the bloggers at FMF...we write on one word...the word is "Need."

What do I need? 

Throughout my childhood I had "need." I needed love, security, stability, and even into my early 20's I had a deep "need."

I have written before about the void, the emptiness a heart feels. Nothing fills the void, the loneliness, the hurt, the pain. The feeling of being lost...wandering in a wilderness. Trying to fill that emptiness with something....but it never works.

That was the way I was...I had a "Need."

This what I discovered. No one else...nothing else could meet my need. My emptiness.

There is Only One Who fills the emptiness...the heart is empty without God. 

My need was filled when I asked Jesus Christ to come into my life. I found The One my heart was crying out for. We were made for God. He is our Creator...there will always be an emptiness until we come to Him.

Jesus Christ meets "The Need."

If you feel that emptiness "that need" in your life...pray with me...

"Lord Jesus please forgive me of my sins, I believe You died on the cross for my sins. Jesus, Lord, I receive you into my heart...I receive You as my Savior Amen.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

THE ULTMATE LIE.

Gloria Phifer





THE ARMOR OF GOD.


Through my life I have fought a lot of fear.

The biggest weapon the devil uses is fear. Fear of the future. Fear of what people think. etc. 

You wonder if such a creature, who uses fear all the time, isn't fearful himself?

Fear is "False evidence appearing real." The devil tries to convince you there is something to be afraid of...to fear. 

The Bible is full of 365 "Fear nots." One for every day. 

Jesus command was "Fear Not...be not afraid." 

Proverbs 3:25 "Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it comes."

So, what I see is, the devil will try to use fear against you. The Lord says "Do not be afraid!!!" 

Joyce Meyers says "the devil sets you up to get upset."

Philippians 1:28 "In nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.:

To me this means when the enemy attacks me with fear, and I do not fear...this shows him he has lost and I have the Victory through Jesus Christ. 

I use to fight fear when I was young. I remember, as a young Christian, The Lord showed me this scripture...2 Timothy 1:7 "For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."

When I saw that fear was a spirit. I knew who I was fighting. I still remember standing in my kitchen, I felt The Lord right next to me, and when that fear showed up I spoke 2 Timothy 1:7 out loud with boldness. and that fear left!!!

Fear loves to take imagination captive. These are thoughts that are against the knowledge of God. 2 Corinthians 10:5 "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ."

What is the obedience of Christ...He says "Fear not!!!" 

What is God's will? That you walk free from fear...walk in faith...resist fear...it is your enemy. 

Jesus Christ has given us the Victory and He has given us "Power, Love and a Sound, disciplined Mind."

Ephesians 6:10-18 "my brethren, be strong in The Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the full Armor of God, that you may stand against the wiles (schemes) of the devil....

Do not believe the ultimate lie...remember the devil is a liar...Jesus said the devil cannot speak the truth, because there is NO truth in him. So when he comes with fear...Fear Not!!! Trust in The Lord!!!