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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Shine Don't Whine



The night sky is breathtaking. I think of God's love and His promise to Abraham. 
Genesis 28:3 "I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars."
For fun, I researched star classifications. After all, God created them, and his Word states we can shine like stars in the universe, but there is a catch.
Philippians 2:14-15 "Do everything without grumbling or arguing so that you may become blameless and pure 'children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.' Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky."



Stars are given classifications according to their surface temperature and brightness. The classes are O, B, A, F, G, K, and M. The O stars are the hottest, M stars the coolest.
•           O stars are rare but bright.
•           M stars are numerous but dim.
•           Our sun’s classification is somewhere in the middle.

Since O is the hottest and most rare, I classified it as Obedient. Complete obedience to God is rare. Oh, to always be obedient to the Master, a bright light to lead many to righteousness, as stated in Daniel 12:3. 
“And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.” 
We can achieve this wisdom through the promises of God. 
The more numerous yet weaker stars are Mediocre
No one wants to be mediocre with low quality, ability, or performance. Notice the word mediocre begins with "me". 
When we are me-focused, our light disappears into a black hole and we are not fulfilling God's purpose for our lives. 
God warns us about mediocrity in Revelation 3:16
“So, because you are lukewarm and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” 
I don’t want to leave a bad taste in the mouth of my Lord and be spit out because of discontentment, do you?  
So how do we keep our light bright in the midst of clouds caused by the storms in us and around us?
How do we shine when we feel burnt out?
We turn to God's Word and claim the promises of love, joy, peace, wisdom, wholeness, power, and Christlikeness. 
The Word promises to change our attitude, but we must do the work to memorize it.
Do you need daily encouragement to shine? I know I do.
Here are a few promises to help us shine not whine.
What promise is your favorite?
Join the conversation.





 




Tuesday, September 25, 2018

SPIRITUAL SURGERY

My deepest desire is to know the love of God and make it known to others. I aspire to have delicate discernment when I minister.
My attitude once hindered me from God fully using me. I needed to forgive my childhood abuser and see him as God sees him. I clung to my right to fight. I was a victim of abuse. I should be able to hold on to a grudge, right? Bitterness was my attempt at justice.
I studied the prayers of Paul. Oh, to obtain the inner peace Paul had. He was flogged, shipwrecked, thrown into jail, and left for dead. Yet he learned contentment and found peace amidst the trials. I wanted that peace. I prayed the Scriptures, seeking a changed heart. After all, Scripture states it will change attitudes (Hebrews 4:12), and mine was obstinate.
The Spirit encouraged me to combine some of the Apostle Paul’s prayers into one. The interweaving of the Scriptures produced this powerful, poignant prayer. I began interceding for myself and others.
The working of the word in me was like surgery. The sword of the word lanced my tumors of sin and replaced them with a salve that heals.
The paraphrased Scripture references are Ephesians 3:17–20, 1 Corinthians 13:4–8 and Philippians 1:9–11.
Lord, I pray that out of your glorious riches you strengthen us with power through your Spirit in our inner being, so Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith—that we would be rooted and established in love. Your love that is patient, kind, not envious, boastful, rude, or proud. Your love that keeps no records of wrong. Your love that never fails. May we have strength to comprehend the breadth, length, height, and depth of your love for us, and to know the love of Christ, which surpasses knowledge. I pray this so that our love may abound more and more, with wisdom and depth of insight so that we can discern what is best and be found blameless on the day of Christ, Now to You, who is able to do above and beyond all we ask or imagine, according to the power at work within us, to You be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.


This prayer seems like a mouthful, but when earnestly prayed and believed, it can produce radical change.
The hatred toward my abuser changed from wanting him dead to pray for his eternal salvation.
Have you experienced Spiritual Surgery?
Join the conversation.


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Fulfilled Prophecy Friday- John The Baptist





How important is John the Baptist in prophecy? You may be surprised.



Cherrilynn is the founder of The Write Proposal book proposal services. She's the host of Genre Chat where shes privileged to interview expert writers, and Cherrilynn co-hosts Fulfilled Prophecy Friday with well-known prophecy speaker Jake McCandless. Connect with her at www.truthtoshine.blogspot.com
As managing editor of Almost an Author, she helped the website earn the #6 spot on the Top 100 best writing websites for 2018 by The Write Life and Top 101 Websites for writers with Writers Digest.
She is a two-time winner of Flash Fiction Weekly. You can find her published in Southern Writers, More to Life (MTL), Christian Rep, Refresh and other online magazines.  Cherrilynn is a contributor to, Breaking the Chains and Chicken Soup for the Soul-Miracles.
 Cherrilynn proudly served in the Navy and Air National Guard; earning the John Levitow Military leadership award.  She lives with her sixteen-year-old son, Michael, Jr., and husband of 19 years, 


 Jake is the Executive Director and lead speaker for Prophecy Simplified. Jake is an award-winning author and writes for several publications. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Bible from Central Baptist College and an Advanced Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Previously, he spent twelve years at Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, AR  as a lead pastor and directed a seminary extension center. Before that Jake served as a student pastor and youth evangelist. Jake is married to Amanda. She’s an elementary school teacher. They have two daughters Andrea and Addison. Jake enjoys time with family, ministry, hunting, bass fishing, coffee, and college football. Connect with him at Prophecysimplified.com

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

FPF-Zingers from the Old Testament



What is a ZInger?  My sister and I were waiting at a traffic light. The driver in front of us decided to back up instead of driving forward. As I watched his taillights get closer to my headlights I glanced in my rearview mirror. I"m doomed. I could not back up without hitting the car behind me.

CRASH!

No one was hurt. As we discussed the accident with the driver of the truck, he couldn't look us in the eye and his knees barely held him up.
 "I'm sorry," he said.
My sister tried to make him feel better.
"So, you just backed up until it sounded expensive?" She said with a smile.
We all chuckled.
Now, anytime I drive with my sister and put the car in reverse, we look at each other and say, "just back up until it sounds expensive."
Others might not know what it means, but we certainly do.
We all have certain phrases that remind us of a person, teaching, or place. The Bible has "zingers." Join Pastor Jake and I as we discuss the zingers in the Bible.

 Do you a phrase that only you and a few others understand? Tell us the story behind your zinger.



Friday, April 20, 2018

Fulfilled Prophecy Friday Abrahamic Covenant



While living in Honduras to help a missionary doctor, the town lost power. I looked to the heavens as I walked the dusty street to Bible study. The stars pierced the sky and I was reminded of God's covenant with Abraham. "Your descendants will be as numerous as the stars."
We studied the book of John by candlelight, we took turns reading verses.  I read Chapter 8 vs 12  As I declared the word "Light," all the lights came on. We all cheered. I got the Holy Ghost goose bumps. The verse?
"I AM the light of the World," Jesus said.
One of the ladies committed her life to Christ that night.
In that little town in Honduras, God continues to fulfill his covenant with Abraham by shedding the light of the Gospel in the darkest places. 



Cherrilynn is the founder of The Write Proposal book proposal services. She's the host of Genre Chat where shes privileged to interview expert writers, and Cherrilynn co-hosts Fulfilled Prophecy Friday with well-known prophecy speaker Jake McCandless. Connect with her at www.truthtoshine.blogspot.com
As managing editor of Almost an Author, she helped the website earn the #6 spot on the Top 100 best writing websites for 2018 by The Write Life and Top 101 Websites for writers with Writers Digest.
She is a two-time winner of Flash Fiction Weekly. You can find her published in Southern Writers, More to Life (MTL), Christian Rep, Refresh and other online magazines.  Cherrilynn is a contributor to, Breaking the Chains and Chicken Soup for the Soul-Miracles.
 Cherrilynn proudly served in the Navy and Air National Guard; earning the John Levitow Military leadership award.  She lives with her sixteen-year-old son, Michael, Jr., and husband of 19 years, 


 Jake is the Executive Director and lead speaker for Prophecy Simplified. Jake is an award-winning author and writes for several publications. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Bible from Central Baptist College and an Advanced Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Previously, he spent twelve years at Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, AR  as a lead pastor and directed a seminary extension center. Before that Jake served as a student pastor and youth evangelist. Jake is married to Amanda. She’s an elementary school teacher. They have two daughters Andrea and Addison. Jake enjoys time with family, ministry, hunting, bass fishing, coffee, and college football. Connect with him at Prophecysimplified.com


Thursday, March 22, 2018

CALLED TO SUFFER

I hate pain! I deal with it daily due to my fibromyalgia. When trials interrupt my life, my pain increases. Why does God allow pain? Should I expect to suffer?
Jake McCandless and I discuss Jesus as the Suffering Servant and the prophecies of Isaiah.

Monday, February 12, 2018

THE IMPORTANCE OF A DONKEY

Welcome, I dedicate my blog this year to prophecies Jesus fulfilled. As believers look forward to His coming, Pastor and prophecy teacher Jake McCandless and  L@@K Back for strength to go forward.
My faith has been strengthened as I learn about the ONE who Defied the Odds and did what no other man on earth could do.  Please watch the short video. What stands out most to you in this prophecy?