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ABOVE AND BEYOND

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SELAH Daily Devotions!

 

The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens. Psalm 113:4

But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee. Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life. Fear not: for I am with thee:… Isaiah 43:1-5

 

Trying to find certainty admidst a world that’s permeated with uncertainty is becoming increasingly arduous today, huh? One thing for certain, two things for sure: Life happens fast and furious! Preparing for the unexpected is a challenge for any of us! Saved and Unsaved alike!

Yet as believers in The Lordship of Jesus Christ, we’re taught to do just that! The Word of God warns us that when faced with seemingly overwhelming circumstances, to resist panic and anxiety! How many times has your circumstantial evidence threatened to destroy all hope for recovering the calmness that we once enjoyed walking in the comforting Presence of God’s Favor? #bothhandsup!

Nevertheless, time and wisdom have trained us that Satan delights in using the sporadic turbulent winds and  upheaval waves of chaos, temptations and uncertainty to manipulate and vex the minds of unsuspecting sainted-souls of God’s elect.

 

From the beginning, The Master of Diabolic Deception, has proven himself quite adept in distracting our hearts away from what we know of God!  He suptly moves in derailing and transitioning our commitment to unwavering trust  into questioning, doubt, unbelief; ultimately dissipating our hope-filled confidence into pits of of desperation, fear and despair! Don’t shout me down nah?

While it sometimes appears as if Satan has been declared the victor, it behooves you to not fall for the ‘ookey-doke’, and never ever underestimate The Sovereign Power of God! 

Remember, your enemies can’t intrude into your life, except God allows! TRUST2KNO, the only reason  that He ever permits a demon to invade your personal space, is to prove that GOD’S Purpose excels far beyond your temporary pain and discomfort!

Granted, it’s not easy to deny what’s right before your eyes! However, the things you see with your natural vision does not necessarily negate the spiritual reality that there’s more with you than there is against you. According to God’s Word, what we see is temporal, but the unseen is ETERNAL!  The enemy’s arsenal is flanked by confusion, isolation, intimidation teeming in FEAR. #FALSE EVIDENCE APPEARING REAL! BUT, TAKE ANOTHER LOOK!  Chances are, it ain’t what it looks like!  GOD has equipped us with HOLY GHOST POWER, LOVE AND A SOUND MIND! (Ref. 1 Peter 4:12-14) (1 John 4:4)

While Satan’s plotting to impede your confident reliance on God’s Presence and Prominence, your Loving Heavenly Father has a Irrevokable Plan, guaranteed to lead and guide you safely through the murky rivers of this life to the shores of Heaven’s Glory!  EVEN IFsome water gets into your boat,  YOU WON’T DROWN because  your life is anchored in the Rock!

Beloved,  jus keep clinging to The Eternal Hope of God’s Word, fully persuaded by Grace that whatever befalls you, it can’t stop your destiny! Ride out the storms in quiet confidence knowing GOD GOTCHA! (Ref. Hebrews 13:5)

JESUS LIVED ABOVE THE CIRCUMSTANCES! SO, WHAT’S UP WITH U?

SELAH!

Pause, Ponder, Pray & Praiz!

Ann Caffee

IT’S A MATTER OF THE HEART!

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SELAH Daily Devotions!

 

And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. Genesis 4: 6-8
From the human perspective, favor ain’t always what we expect it to be! #ijs #CANIGETAWITNESS?

 

However, as we acknowledge the Sovereignty of our Heavenly Father, Who does all things well, we can only rightly conclude that Father knows best! While, the frailness of our frame limits our capacity to see, speculate and judge one another by appearances and actions, “the spirit of man is the candle to The Lord.” (Proverbs 20:27) Hence, The Omniscient Creator knows the hearts of each and everyone of us! OMG!!!
God saw crouched within the heart of Cain a spirit of resentment and jealousy which lead to anger and ultimately sin and death! God asked Cain, “Why are you angry?”
Down thru the years, many Biblical Scholars and Theologians have offered many alternative explanations to clarify the disparity between what was an acceptable offering and why one was rejected while the other preferred. Now, I’m not necessarily suggesting that I’ve conclusively determined the answer, k? Nevertheless, may I submit for your momentary consideration that perhaps, it’s not that God despised Cain’s gift per se’, but could it possibly have been the intent that motivated his giving that caused God’s response? UUUMMMM???

God saw the worship-filled sincerity within Abel’s offering to Him! Apparently, Abel knew that everything that He had came from and belonged to God and trusting that whatever he relinquished to God, God was well able and willing to restore unto him exceedingly, abundantly above and beyond anything he’d dared ask or imagine! #Didjaseedat?

On the other hand, it appears that Cain was quite pleased with himself; having tilled the ground, planted seeds and painstakingly kept them watered until it yielded the fruit of his labor. Naturally, he would expect that God would favor his sacrifice over that which his brother had presented, right?

But before we start throwing rocks at Cain, how many times have we seen the favor of God on someone’s life and instead of rejoicing and celebrating The Goodness of God with them, we secretly accused God of being unfair, considering all that we’ve done for the sake of The Kingdom, not to mention how faithfully we’ve strived to follow His teachings, huh? SERIOUSLY? #BOOM #NUFFSAID!

Precious ones, God being a Master Economist, distributes heaven’s treasures according to our personal capacity and potential to produce and to be good stewards over all what He gives us, assuring our highest good and His Greatest Glory!

Don’t get it twisted! None of us like waiting, YET! In the Ingenious Sovereignty of His Own Will, Purpose always trumps pain and disappointments! God has Divinely orchestrated the terrains of our life journey to perfect in us the same Radiant Glory of our Kinsmen Redeemer Jesus Christ!

*For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11 Nonetheless, His Ways continue to supersede our severely limited intellectual capacity to comprehend the length, width and depth and wonder of His Omnipotent Omniscient Benevolence!
“Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” James 1:3-4

 

Beloved, God has not forgotten you, a delay is not a denial and GRACE IS UNDESERVED FAVOR! TRUST2KNO, Saints, it’s not about what’s in your hands, but what’s in your hearts that pleases God! Secure your VICTORY with a thankful heart!

SELAH!

Pause, Ponder, Pray & Praiz!

Ann E. Caffee

 

 

LIVING WATERS

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SELAH Daily Devotions!

 

He that believe on ME, as the Scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” John 7:38

When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. Isaiah 43:2

Because I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen…” Isaiah 43:20b

 

In the natural, most expectant mothers anticipating blessed arrival of her new baby with unrestrained excitement, shops until she drops! At the same time, the realization that before she actually holds her beautiful bouncing bundle of joy in her arms, she must first endure the grueling discomfort and pain of labor and delivery, can’t help but cause a certain degree of apprehension.

Every woman who has had a baby knows that as the labor progresses, the pain intensifies. Although we’re unable to accurately determine what the baby goes through, we can safely assume, by reason of anatomy, making its way through some extremely tight places causes a certain amount of discomfort for the child as well. For nine months, the womb has been his home and now, he’s reluctantly forced to transition into the next level of life.

Hence, spiritually, our rebirthing process also requires intense laboring for deliverance. Every blood washed, born-again, child of the Living God has been impregnated with purpose and potential. However, making our transition from one realm of spiritual reality into another, (from grace 2 grace) ultimately involves some degree of violent struggle. The ol’ church used to say, no pain – no gain!

Consequently, as we matriculate from one level of spiritual maturity to the next, we’re forced to navigate through some tight circumstances. Sometimes, just as in the natural birthing process, in order to hasten the birth and avoid the complications and dangers associated with a dry birth, the doctor may deliberately puncture the embryonic sack. This process is called “breaking the water”.

Likewise, to ensure that a believer transitions spiritually into our highest potential, the spiritual mid-wife, The Holy Spirit, fills His chosen with soul refreshing, sweet living waters drawn from the Wells of Salvation! This water is called Joy.  (Ref. Isaiah 12:3) This joy is not a state of mind neither is it a fleeting emotion; but to a believer facing the challenges and afflictions incurred through famine and drought of  the desert storms of life, JOY becomes a Weapon of Mass Destruction!

Saints, whatever you’re going through, YOU ARE NEVER ALONE!  While weeping may endure for a night, God has promised, Joy is coming in the morning!  (Ref. Psalm 30:5) God has chosen you as HIS very Own BELOVED!  Keep in mind that in God’s Kingdom, purpose always trumps pain! TRUST2KNOthat pain you’re now experiencing  is only a sign that Holy Spirit has just induced your labor and your water is about to break! 

Don’t sweat the process, God is positioning you into the next stage of Abundant Everlasting Life! #SERIOUSLY !!!

SELAH!

Pause, Ponder, Pray & Praiz!

Ann Caffee

 

THURSDAYS’ PRAYERS!

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SELAH Daily Devotions!

 

GOOD MORNING FAM! GOTTA MOMENT! AWEMAAZING!

We’re delighted that you’ve joined us once again in our Thursdays’ Corporate Prayer and Fasting! We’re thankful to our Heavenly Father for so graciously allowing us to come before Him with our prayers, supplications, requests and inquiries and casing our cares, concerns trusting His Will to be done in our lives! We come blessing Him for the outpouring of His Marvelous Lovingkindness, Grace and Mercy towards us! For it’s our sincere heart cry, “That if it had not been for The LORD on our side, our enemies would’ve swallowed us up!” For this cause, we bow before The Majestic Throne, finding Grace to help in this time of need!

Here we are to worship! Here we are to bow down! Here we are to say that You’re our God! You’re altogether Lovely, Altogether Worthy, Altogether WONDERFUL TO ME! …WE LOVE YOULORD! AND WE LIFT OUR VOICE, TO WORSHIP YOU, OH MY SOUL REJOICE! TAKE JOY, MY KING, IN WHAT YOU HEAR AND LET IT BE A SWEET, SWEET SOUND IN YOUR EAR…HALLELUJAH! HALLELUJAH! HALLELUJAH! HALLELUJAH! LORD, YOU’RE WORTHY! LORD, YOU’RE WORTHY! LORD, YOU’RE WORTHY! LORD YOU’RE WORTHY….
Abba Father, we thankya for this day! For this is the day that You’ve made and our hearts are rejoicing in praise and adoration, eternally grateful that You’ve seen fit to bless us to be alive one more day! We know that each day that You allow us to wake up to new mercy and new grace is truly a gift from our Loving, Compassion, Covenant -keeping Heavenly Father! We bow humbly before You now, boldly proclaiming You are King of Kings and Lord of Lord! You Reign Forever and Ever more! There is none like You and there will never be any other to compare! We delight in Your Presence, for You Alone are Worthy of all praise, honor and Glory! Our lips shall forever glorify You for the marvelous things You have done in our lives! For Great is Thy Faithfulness!

Nothing that we’ve done or ever could do to warrant all of the goodness that You continue to shower upon us! But it is our heart’s desire to present our bodies, minds, soul and spirit as living sacrifices to be holy vessels of honor, serving You through serving Your people, as the only reasonable response to such undeserved Graciousness!

We ask You to forgive us for any and everything that we’ve done, spoken or thought that was in violation of Your Holy Commandments! We’re grateful for Your Inherent Benevolent Favor, Unconditional Love, Immeasurable Patience, and awemazing restraint that allows You to suffer with us, when Your Righteousness justifies corporal punishment, You show unrelenting Mercy to all who will sincerely repent quickly, confessing with our mouths our sin and asking You to forgive us, wash us in The Precious Blood of Jesus, cleansing us of all unrighteousness and restore us back into rightful fellowship with You! Hear us as we plead, Father forgive us now, in Jesus Name! We thank You now, believing that Your Compassion has once again allowed You to look beyond the frailty and fickleness of our human frame and remember The Covenant You made with Your Word before The Foundation of The Earth that You would keep those who would commit their lives to Jesus, trusting in His Atoning Blood for the remission of our sin! In Jesus Name we pray! Amen 3x!
Father, we know that no man can come to You, except You initiate the call. We pray that as Your Spirit searches throughout the earth, seeking hearts that will yield to You, You will save our brother, save our sister who has  yet to experience The Wonders of Your Saving Grace! Break up the fallow ground, rebuke the demons of the minds, snatch that soul out of the clutches of the enemy, loose them from the snare of the wicked one and set them free, even as You did for us! Put a Spirit of Godly-Repentance in their hearts and minds that may cry out to You, “What must I do to be saved” and enable them to respond out of a “SINCERE YES LORD”, confessing You as their personal Savior and Lord!

Father, we’re grateful for Your Word that assures us that You are married to the backsliders, those who have foolishly allowed Satan to lure them back into bondage and subsequently relinquishing their home in heaven! We know that it’s difficult for us to believe that You truly want them back, but we pray now that You open up the eyes of their understanding that they might know that just as parable You’ve recorded in Your Word, of The Father and the Prodigal son, You are waiting with open arms to embrace, welcome them, forgive and restore them back to Your Fold! We thank You for piercing their hearts with the All Consuming Fire of Your Unconditional Love and flooding it with a genuine repentance and a “FRESH COMMITTED YES LORD”, directing them to a local church where they will be accepted, loved, nurtured in Your Word, Will and Way that they might become witnesses of Your Eternal Glory to a dark, lost and dying world, in Jesus Name we pray!

Sweet Holy Spirit, we gratefully acknowledge You as The Third Person of The GOD-HEAD, the Omnipresent, Omniscient, Omnipotent God with/IN us! Nevertheless, You know everything and everyone of us from the inside out! You know that while we seek to please You by faithfully trusting You in every situation!  Nevertheless since You are our Great High Priest,  having learned by experiencing the same short-falls of our flesh, having humbly submitting Your Glory and clothing Yourself  with the same flesh, You can be touched with the feelings of our infirmities! Lord, You know the struggle is real!

Sometimes, our hearts and minds are overwhelmed with so much doubt, anxiety and uncertaintythat we lose or focus! Lord, You know, the effect that this society, steeped in the stench of swampy lawlessness, corruption and blatant immorality has on us! We ask that You help us to endure the things that are going on around us! Lord, while You never promised us that we would have trial-free lives in this earth, help us to endure these last and evil days! Give us confident hope-filled expectation that Your eyes are on the Righteous, You are a Very Present Help in trouble and that while weeping may endure for a night, Joy shall come in the morning!

We praise You today, for renewed strength, understanding and power that comes from a heart open to, depending and relying only on You! We thank You for the courage to stand steadfast, immovable, always abiding in The Power of Your Presence, trusting that no weapon that’s formed against us shall prosper, because You created the maker and the bow! Give us confidence that even when we walk through the valley overshadowed by danger, destruction and death, You upholdeth all things by The WORD OF YOUR POWER and The Hand of Your Righteousness! For You are Sovereign Ruler and Lord of all the living and the dead! Comfort our hearts to rest assured that nothing happens except You allow it to be so and if You allow us to experience tests and trials to prove what’s in our hearts, You are yet able to take  anything that Satan means for evil and turn it around for our greatest good and Your Highest Glory!

For You have taught us to declare that our hope is not in the temporary things and circumstances nor conditions of this world, But our Hope IS ETERNAL, and remains solidly rooted and anchored in You! Encourage our souls to continue to look Heavenward to The Hills from which comes our Help knowing that ALL of our Help comes from The LORD, The Author and Finisher of our Faith! We exalt Your Name and Your Word, high above our thoughts and our ways! Oh, how awesome are Your deeds! For You have preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping!
We pray for those who are in contentious situations in the land, in our churches, our homes, communities. We bind the spirit of exclusion and release the Spirit of Oneness! We thankya for the empowering Spirit of Agreement! We pray for those who are arrogant, selfish, self-aggrandizing, reveal yourself to them. Lord, reverse the hatred and bigotry in this land and replace it with Love and Soundness of mind!. We’ll give You the Honor and Praise!

Lord, we lift up those who are going thru a season of sorrow, being victimized by bullying, institutionalized racism, tormented by Spirits of fear, rejection, disappointment and failure, church hurt, heart wounds, unforgiveness, marital problems, wayward children, divorce, lost of employment, loan/mortage defaults and bankruptcy!  We plead the Blood of Jesus against every demonic thought, spirits of anxiety, panic attacks, oppression, depression, dementia, chaos and confusion! We know that You are not the author of these satanic thoughts and feelings, but You have given us who have put our personal trust in Your Son Jesus, Your Righteousness, a Spirit of Love, Peace, Joy and a Sound Mind!

Sweet Jesus, as we lift up our children, grand-children and great-grand children, help us to remember that such were some of us! But You patiently waited and trained us up in the way that we should go! Father, by faith, we decree and declare that every scheme that Satan desires to inflict upon them, IS HEREBY CANCELLED, and RECOILED!

As we commit them into Your providential care, we acknowledge that because Your Plan and Purpose for their lives cannot be over-ruled, we have the blessed assurance that EVERY STEP AND STOP IS BEING ORDERED UNDER THE WATCHFUL CARE OF YOUR EYES AND NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST THEM SHALL PROSPER AND EVERYTHING THAT PERTAINS TO THEIR DESTINY OF LIFE AND GODLINESS IS FULLFILLED! Therefore, WE SPEAK THE PEACE OF GOD OVER THEIR SPIRITS, MINDS AND BODIES, RELEASING A SPIRIT OF LOVE, HOLINESS AND EXCELLENCE TO FULFILL THEIR GOD-ORDAIN DESTINIES, IN JESUS NAME IT IS SO!
Father we lift up every spiritual leader, Apostle, Bishop, Overseer, Pastor, Elder, Preacher, Teacher, Superintendent, Evangelist, Missionary, Deacon and Deaconess who are yet standing on the wall proclaiming Your Word under the conviction and anointing of Holy Spirit! We’re asking for an immediate manifestation of that special miracle for each and every one of them! We ask that You touch the leaders, the shepherds, show them how to touch, lead and guide Your people. Give them clarity of vision!  For without vision Your people peris;h therefore, we pray for Your Vision and not ours! Help us to build up one another and not tear down. Cover them as they go in and out amongst Your people with honor, wisdom and favor! All who would seek to discredit, hinder and even destroy their faith, faithfulness and the GOD-ORDAINED ministry shall be rebuked and restrained by The Power of Holy Spirit. In Jesus Name!

We lift up every auxiliary leader, musician, choir, praise team, usher, nurse and lay member, trusting and believing that You will Grace them to be the Godly examples in their homes, churches and community that will cause everyone who comes into contact with them to fall in love with You, trust wholly in and commit to live the rest of their lives serving You!

Confident that You Sovereignly Rule and Reign over the affairs of mankind, we continue to pray for the White House, Congress, Senate and every government, legislative, corporate leader of our nation and the world! Heavenly Father, we’re asking that You visit them in the night with dreams and visions, letting them know that You, O God never sleep or slumber! Warn them that Your Eyes are going to and fro searching the hearts, minds and motives of all who have been given Power and Authority over Your people! Assure them that they shall be held accountable for every deed and decision that they make; Impress upon their spirits that, He who is pregnant with evil and conceives trouble gives birth to disillusionment. He who digs a hole and scoops it out will fall into the pit he has made. The trouble he causes recoils on himself and his violent schemes will come down on his own head! In Jesus Name! Amen 3x!

Abba Father, as we near the closing of our prayer, we’re careful to mention those who are shut-in, hospitalized, incarcerated, going through chemotherapy and radiation treatments, dyalisis and those waiting for transplants! We lift them up before You! Remember those among us who are stricken with grief, mourning the loss of family and friends, all those whose lives are being tormented by fear, failure, poverty, unbelief, unforgiveness, doubt, anxiety, stress, mental disorder, hopelessness, shame and guilt, suicide, disappointment, rejection, broken marriages and relationships, ungodly soul ties, addictions and perverted sexual orientations!

We rebuke and renounce every and all manner of afflictions and by faith in THE POWER AND AUTHORITY OF THE NAME OF JESUS, we declare and decree immediate release be manifested in the lives and bodies! As God’s anointed, we stand in agreement that everything that does not align with Your Will is bowing, bound and cast down immediately! We call everything in the atmosphere surrounding Your Chosen, into Divine Alignment now, In Jesus Name!

Father as we wait in confidence and quietness, we’re rejoicing in hope and trusting wholly that all workers of iniquity are trembling and suddenly departing in fear and shame, turning their backs from Your people, because You have heard the voice of our weeping, our supplications and received our prayer as a sweet savor coming up before Your Sovereign Throne of Grace and Mercy!

Finally, Abba Father, we stand in agreement with You who hears ours prayers and forgives our transgressions as we’re shouting with everlasting joy to The One to Whom all men will come! We believ that as Your face shines upon us, You are making Your Ways and Salvation known among all nations, for You Guide and Rule justly!

Father, believing that IT IS DONE, we thank You NOW! In The Exalted Name of Jesus WE SAY Amen 3X and It Is So!

Now every child of God who is standing in agreement with this prayer, GO TELL SOMEBODY THAT JESUS LOVES AND CARES 4 EVERYBODY!

SELAH!

Pause, Ponder, Pray & Praiz!

Ann Caffee

A WORD 2 THE WISE: STAY FOCUSED & FAITHFUL!

A WORD 2 THE WISE. STAY FOCUSED AND FAITHFUL

 

SELAH Daily Devotions!

 

“Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel, And his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts; I am The First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God. And who can proclaim as I do? …
Do not fear, nor be afraid; Have I not told you from that time, and declared it? You are MY witnesses. Is there a GOD besides Me?” Isaiah 44:6, 8

 

We’re living in a day in time where Satan is going throughout the land rampantly, seeking to sift the faith and courage of the people of God by inflicting them with a spirit of intimidation and deception! As the waves of chaos and darkness continue to sweep over our heads, even those who proclaim the Name of Christ find themselves reeling and gasping for hope as this world is being turned upside down! What was once sacredly beheld as right is now being promoted as wrong! But, knowing the frailty of our flesh, the Eternal Words our Heavenly King speaks to us from Eternity Past, assuring us that everything that’s happening in this 21st Century has been appointed, declared and proclaimed from The Ancient of Days!

While we may be surprised by many of the things that are going down in our midst, TRUST2KNO, nothing ever happens that can make God say “Ooops, where did that come from?” #NEVER #EVER!

Therefore, while it appears as if our world is falling apart, we must not allow our trust to waiver nor our focus to be tossed to and fro by the turbulent winds erupting from the last-ditch end-time disastrous efforts of the adversary to confuse and dispel our confidence! Hence, since we’ve been forewarned, our faith must yet remain steadfastly affixed in the Sovereign Love, Power and Faithfulness of HE Who has chosen us to be His eye witnesses to His Magnificent Glory, The Rock of Ages!

Yes, Satan does have a PLOT, BUT GOD’S PURPOSE SHALL 4EVER PREVAIL!

“I returned and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happenstance to them all.” Eccl. 9:11

Didjaheardat?

Beloved, Don’t Be Foolish! It behooves each and every one of us to make a personal decision and irrevocable commitment, ‘COME WHAT MAY…But as for ME and my house, we’re gonna stick with The One Who called us from our Mother’s Womb AND Who brought US this far to Carry US ALL THE WAY N2 OUR ETERNAL DESTINY!

A WORD 2 THE WISE: STAY FOCUSED & STAY FAITHFUL!

SELAH!

Pause, Ponder, Pray & Praiz!

Ann Caffee

I REST MY CASE!

 

I REST MY CASE

SELAH Daily Devotions!

 

Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief” (Heb. 4:11)

 

There is a certain ‘place’ that every human, believer or unbeliever, inevitably seeks  to inhabit. However, you can’t locate it on Map Quest, Google or GPS. Given all of the sophisticated technological advancements of this 2lst Century, amazingly, it can’t be seen by telescope,  detected by satellite nor heard by electronic ultra sonic sound systems. You can’t travel there walking, running, swimming, driving or riding in a bus, train, plane,  cruise liner, submarine, rocket or battle ship!

Nevertheless, many a lifetime is spent meandering through days and nights pursuing it! Unfortunately, few ever get there. Some get closer than others only to be left drenched in disappointment!! For reasons unbeknownst to them, before they’re able to get a firm grasp, some way and some how, ‘it’ escapes to just beyond reach! Many have sought for it at the pinnacle of corporate, academia or entertainment world. Ultimately ascertaining  that despite the success, accolades, notoriety, wealth and privileges of the elite, there yet remains this insatiable unfulfilled inner-quest seated in the pit of their soul!

Where is this place that continues to evade so many a desperately wandering soul?

In case you haven’t figured it out, it’s called ‘REST’! And the reason so many fail to reach it, is because it is not a place but a person; and His Name is JESUS!

According to these Scriptures: “And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?” (Heb. 3:18)

“Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief” (Heb. 4:6)

Apparently, that which is impossible to man is always possible to God! (Ref. Matthew 19:26)

Didjaheardat? Astonisingly, the very moment anyone places their ABSOLUTE trust in The Saving Grace of The Lord Jesus Christ, they have finally arrived, safe , sound and secure, at their Destination—REST!

What an awesome privilege our Heavenly Father has endowed those who desire and depend solely upon His assistance, (above all else)  presenting their case before  The Majestic Throne of Him Who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above and beyond anything they dare ask or imagine,  confidently releasing their cares, anxiety, fears, doubts and unbelief in The Hands of Unrelenting Loving-Kindness and Unlimited Grace!

Beloved,  He Who has sworn by GODSELF is FAITHFUL AND TRUE! (Rev. 19:11) Hence, when you place your personal trust in HIS WORD,  you cannot be defeated and you will never be denied!  For greater is HE that is in YOU than he that’s in this world! (Ref. 1 John 4:4)

Didjaheardat?

So do what you can! Pray about anything; trust God for everything and LEAVE THE REST TO JESUS! #GOTIT?? Aaawwwwmmmaaaazzzzzin!

SELAH!

Pause, Ponder, Pray & Praiz!

Ann Caffee

 

GOT JOY?

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SELAH Daily Devotions!

 

These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.  John 15:11

 

If the only evidence that the prosecution had to convict us of being Christian was our countenance or our dispositions, our case would be thrown out and we’d get off scott-free! A lot of  church-folk are claiming salvation, naming the Name of Jesus and on their way to heaven anyhow, but most of them don’t seem to be enjoying the trip. If so, they forget to send an IM from their heart to their face!

One would think that if anybody should have joy, it’s the saints of the Most High God., right? But if the Saints are walking around with our heads hung down, broke, busted and disgusted with everything and everybody, then how can we persuade a lost world that life goes better with Christ? Don’t shout me down , now!

Don’t get it twisted, I’m not jus preaching to the choir, I’m talking to myself too. Since I’ve been saved, sanctified and walking with Jesus some thirty-sumptin years now, I learned that while it makes for a good shout, however, not everyday gets sweeter than the day before!  LIFE HAPPENS 2 the saints and the sinners!

Perhaps, some of us have become wearied on this journey  because we’ve mistakenly equated joy with happiness. While happiness is an emotional response based merely on enjoyable circumstances, joy is a constant internal state embedded in the Love of God, producing serenity and tranquility totally independent of external conditions.

Jesus looking from eternity past and seeing the many souls that would be saved, overwhelmed with joy made a conscious commitment to endure the pain, despise the shame, become obedient, even to death on the Cross of Calvary that His joy, might be poured out upon His people. (Ref. Hebrew 12:20) Guess what, that makes YOU the JOY of Jesus!

There’s more to Joy than goose-bumps. Nehemiah 8:10 says, “The joy of the Lord is our strength”.

Jesus Joy is a weapon of mass destruction in the believer’s arsenal. Hence, Jesus Joy is empowerment to overcome any challenge with courage and confidence!

Just knowing that every promise in The Bible is ours to claim with the assurance that Jesus will never ever leave nor forsake us should make every Born-again, Blood-washed child of God’s heart swell up to the overflow with pure Jesus Joy until we can’t help but HOLLA and THROW UP BOTH OF MY HANDS! JUS REMEMBER, JEHOVAH HAS THE FINAL SAY!

Didjaheardat? JESUS OVER YOU! WOW,  NOW DATZ POWERFUL! C’MON NAH, U GOT JESUS, U GOT JOY!

SELAH!

Pause, Ponder, Pray & Praiz!

Ann Caffee