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Thursday, October 19, 2017

TRUE IDENTITY

Gloria Phifer







Last week, when I was reading a book on "identity,"  I had a wonderful experience with The Lord.

The identity had to do with "fathers" and it has not been a pleasant subject or thought of mine...sometimes it was too painful and I didn't want to go there. ( I will say that The Lord has been bringing me back to this for years.)

That morning, I was remembering, when I was young, how people would tell me I looked like my "daddy". I thought he was my real biological father. we both had dark hair and hazel eyes. When I was ten my mother told me he wasn't my real dad.

My biological father lived in California. they had divorced when I was three. My mother told me I looked like him. And that he didn't care anything about me or he wouldn't have given up custody of me.

Yes, at 10 years old, you can have an identity crises. I couldn't look like the man I had called "daddy" because he wasn't my real dad. (also a few months later, still as a ten year old, trying to understand everything, the man I had called "Daddy", died.)

But, I looked like a man I could not remember seeing? and my mother told me I had his characteristics also? And that I reminded her of him?

As I was thinking about this...last week...The Lord said very plainly in my heart..."You look like your Papa God!!!" 

It was so real...so profound. It kept coming as if it was sinking deeply into me...I look like my Papa God. Tears came into my eyes and I began wiping them away. 

It is hard to explain what it is like when God makes something so real to your heart. As if the scales are falling off your eyes and your heart. A  revelation, that you know is true. It is really miraculous...I don't know how else to explain it. It is if He reaches down, pulls back a curtain, speaks and you know it is The Truth. 

I know...I look like my Father God...my Papa God....I am His child. I have His characteristics. He wanted me. He planned my birth. He had a plan for my life. I belong to Him...He is my Papa God.

I can't began to tell you what an impact that truth has made in me. I am no longer that little girl who didn't know who she was or where she belonged, or even if she was wanted? 

I have a Papa God...and I look like Him!!!

What a profound truth!!! He created me. He planned me. He saved me. He lives inside me, through His Holy spirit. I am a new creation in Christ Jesus. Wow!!! I look like my Papa God!!! That is my identity. That is my eternity...with Him.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

THE GREATEST INVITE

Gloria Phifer

I am joining bloggers from FMF...we write for 5 minutes on one word...the word is "Invite."


love is knocking


The greatest invite I ever received was from God Almighty. In fact, He invited me many times to give my life to Him, but I didn't understand what a wonderful "invite" that was.

Like many people, when things were beyond my control, and I was fighting fear...I began to consider the invite...what would it mean? What would it be like if I gave my life to Jesus Christ?

I found out that The Lord is a Gentleman. He will not force Himself into our lives. He loves us, and He loved us enough to come into this world, live among us and give His life for us so we could have forgiveness of sins...but He won't force salvation on us. He, in His wisdom, has given us free will.

There is a beautiful passage in the Book of Revelation..."I stand at the door and knock, if you will open the door, I will come in and have fellowship (relationship) with you. Revelation 3:20

There is a famous painting of Christ knocking on the door...if you notice there is no handle on the outside of the door...the door has to be opened from the inside.

Another scripture that shows Jesus gentleness is Matthew 11:29 "Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I Am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls."

How I longed for rest. How I longed for peace.

I opened the door of my heart and I invited Jesus Christ to come into my life. 

I had never known peace...real peace until then. I had never known real, unconditional love until then. I thank God, at the age of 22, I accepted The Greatest Invitation...my life was changed forever.

Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart. Will you turn the inside handle and ask Him in? I will tell you with all my heart it is wonderful.

Monday, October 9, 2017

MY STORY

Gloria Phifer

I am joining the bloggers at FMF. We write on a word for 5 minutes. This week it is "My Story."

Wow, how do I write my story in 5 minutes?
My life is a miracle. My aunt and grandmother tried to talk my mother into having an abortion...she was 17 yrs old. She chose to give me life. 

It was a life without peace. Alcohol in the home. My real dad gave up rights to me and moved to California and I never saw him again. (I was 3).

My 1st step dad died when I was 10.

My mother remarried and the alcohol began. I changed schools 14 times. 

I knew of Jesus but we were not a church going family. There were times in my young life when The Lord would deal with me to give my life to Him. But, I really didn't know how. And I had a lot a distrust issues.

I thought I could control my own life. But I was deceiving myself...it was spiraling downward. I knew my mother loved me but I also knew she resented me. In front of my grandmother she said I had ruined her life.  I was full of insecurity. And with many things happening around me I was fearful. 

At 21, after my husband had been sent to Alaska in isolation (he was in the air force). Coming to live with basic strangers (his family) and discovering I was pregnant. Then spending 4 months looking out the window, from an apartment, at a brick wall: I began to realize I needed help and I knew that help was God.

At 22 I surrendered my heart and life to Jesus Christ. He delivered me from fear and gave me a reason to live. 

That was over 50 years ago. My husband and I will be married 54 yrs in November. We have 7 grandchildren...2 bonus grandchildren and a bonus great grandson...and a great granddaughter who is 2 months old. 

I was just thinking this morning...there is no "wholeness with out Jesus Christ." 

There is so much more I could share but my 5 min are up...love, Gloria.

Friday, September 29, 2017

DEPEND

GLORIA PHIFER


I am joining the FMF bloggers. we write for 5 minutes on one word...the word is "Depend."




When I think of the word "Depend" one question comes to my mind..."Who can I trust?"

As a child I felt I could not trust in those who should be taking care of me. I was never sure when I would be uprooted and moved somewhere. Or if chaos would rule. I never knew peace.

Who could I depend on? I decided to depend on myself. Really? I use to tell myself how strong I was to endure everything. Really? I didn't see the boat was filling with water and I was drowning. Spireling downward.

Through my life, I have realized there is only One Who I can truly depend on. Only One that will never hurt me. 

It took me a long time to come to that realization. People or people and they are not God. they have feet of clay...just as I do. 

I asked Jesus into my life when I was 22 yrs old...I will be (gulp) 74 in December. I can honestly say, He has never let me down. Sometimes I didn't understand some things. But looking back I see  He was there all the time and worked everything out for my good. 

Yes...I depend on Jesus. It is a depend that fills my whole life. It is a leaning on trust. Knowing He will not hurt or disappoint or forsake me. He will never abandon me. I have found Him trustworthy  and yes...Dependable.

If you are looking for Someone Who you can depend on...There is Jesus. I highly recommend a relationship with Him. He is unsinkable!!! He is a Rock to lean upon...immovable. Consistently dependable. He will never change in His love...it is unconditional. He is our Savior...He is our Friend...He is our High Priest Who intercedes for us...He is JESUS!!!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

THE TABERNACLE IN THE WILDERNESS

Gloria Phifer
                                        
MOUNT SINAI
                                                         

            Psalm 90:1 “Lord You have been our Dwelling Place in all generations.

The Lord has always wanted to dwell with man. As David asked “What is man that you are mindful of him?” Why does God want to dwell with us and in us?  One of my favorite Names of God is Emmanuel…God with us.

John 1:14  The Word was made flesh and tabernacled among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the Only Begotten of The Father, full of grace and truth.

The children of Israel were delivered out of bondage.  In the 3rd month of their travel in the wilderness they reached Sinai.  The people were to prepare for God’s coming to the Mount of Sinai. Exodus 19:1-15. 

 Notice in vs 3, even though no one, not even animals, could come near the mount, Moses went up to God.  Vs. 6 what did The Lord want these people to be? What are your thoughts on this chapter? 1 Peter 2:5 and 9. Who are we unto The Lord? What do priests do?

 Exodus 19: 11-25. On the 3rd day, God manifested Himself on the mountain top. What a fearful happening. In vs 20 God called Moses to the top of the mountain. Moses came back down and in chapters 20-23 Moses tells the people God’s law.

 In Chapter 24 …I find this very interesting vs. 9-18 Moses, Aaron, Nadab, abihua and 70 of the elders of Israel went up the mountain with Moses and they saw The God of Israel and they ate and drank with Him. This was a Covenant meal. What are your thoughts? 

 After this Moses went up into the mount. What did the mountain look like to the children of Israel?  The glory of The Lord looked like a devouring fire. Moses was on the Mountain with God for 40 days and 40 nights.

 (Remember when Jehovah God first appeared to Moses, it was in a burning bush…a bush that looked like it was on fire, but was not consumed.)  Exodus 1-4.  Now the top of Mount Sinai appears to be on fire.

Hebrews 12:18-29. We have come to Mount Sion…unto The New Covenant, we have received a kingdom that can never be shaken. Vs. 29 for our God is a consuming fire.   Thoughts?

Moses is now on the mount, in the Presence of Jehovah God. He is given the 10 commandments on tables of stone. From Exodus 25-31 The Lord gives Moses extensive instruction on the Tabernacle. The materials, the structure, even the names of the men who God had given the ability to make this Tabernacle.

This Tabernacle would be placed in the camp of the Israelites. As we will see, it is a picture of salvation. A type and shadow of God’s plan for salvation. A picture of His Son, Jesus Christ.

There is much detail and symbolism. We have seen in our studies how salvation was a mystery hidden from the foundation of the earth. The Tabernacle is like a mystery…a foretelling of Christ’s suffering and ministry.



Friday, September 1, 2017

MY BLESSED NEIGHBOR

Gloria Phifer



NEW BIRTH


Our subject for this week with FMF is "Neighbor."

One of my greatest blessings began two years ago.

My neighbor, who is from Ireland, accepted Jesus as her Savior.

She truly grew over night. When she shared her experience with me I was so delighted. 

She dug into The Word. God gave her wonderful wisdom. It was a wonderful time of sharing. 

How wonderful to watch what The Lord can do in someones life.

My neighbor told me, that before this, she had been an atheist. God pursued her. And He revealed Jesus to her.

Seeing this wonderful miracle has been such an inspirational experience for me.

Thank You Lord for my neighbor and letting me see Your wonderful work in my friend.

I noticed I used a lot of "wonderfuls" in this writing...but that is the 
word that comes to mind.

Friday, August 18, 2017

I LOOK TO HIM


 Gloria Phifer

            I look to God, my Creator, in every circumstance of life.  When I need a Father’s protecting arms, I look to Him.  He lifts me up and holds me tight, reassuring me of His love.  He will make everything work out right.
            When I need a friend, I look to Him.  He always gives me a listening ear.  There is nothing I cannot tell Him.  When I’ve poured out my heart, He speaks with understanding.  He comforts my soul.
            When I have decisions to make or problems seem overwhelming, I look to Him.
He is my Counselor.  He speaks with wisdom and insight into everything.  My mountains shrink before Him and I am secure.
            When I need rest…I look to Him.  He quiets my soul.  He holds me tenderly and rocks my cares away. Peace invades my spirit and I am at rest.
            I look to Him for the loving discipline every child needs. He knows I have a tender conscience.  He never crushes my spirit.  With love He instructs me.  When I fall, He never gives up on me or scolds me. He reestablishes His instructions to me.
Reassuring me of His love, He sends me out to try again.
            In every need of life, I come to Him.  He has become everything I need.  He is the abundance.  He is the provision.  He is my all in all!  He makes my heart to feel, my eyes to see, my ears to hear, my mouth to speak His Word.  He is my Lord, everything to me!

I LOOK TO HIM!!!