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November 9, 2021

November 9, 2021

By Kimberly Hobbs in Uncategorized on November 9, 2021

EMPOWERING LIVES WITH PURPOSE:
EMPODERANDO VIDAS CON UN PROPÓSITO:
Deeper Roots in our LORD JESUS!
Guest writer: Dana Cryer, Pittsboro, Texas
 Do you hope to see more depth in your relationship with Jesus?  Do you want others to see God’s beauty displayed through your life?
Be encouraged to hear the words of Jesus and then allow those words to penetrate deep into the roots of your heart … it’s life-changing when you truly know how much love GOD has for YOU, and the great news it never changes. When you have that personal love relationship with Jesus, then you’ll see the beauty emerge between you and the lover of your spirit, soul, and body, Jesus.
“Let not your hearts be troubled, believe in God; believe also in Me.” (John 14:1)
When you believe in Jesus Christ,  there’s nowhere else to go.  Christ is everything you need and more.
The LORD has told us to not be troubled but to believe in God.  By having faith in, and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ… God’s unfailing love allows us to walk on His truthful path.  Deceit and denial are roadblocks to experiencing intimacy.  We will be motivated to be honest with God even when the truth exposes sin and painful emotions because we will be confident we will be loved after acknowledging them.
Loving God, I pray You will always tug on my heart when I’m in denial about anything in our relationship.  Please give me complete confidence even when I’m afraid.
I want to put my whole trust in You, and always accept Your love without anything holding me back in Your Holy Name. Amen.
Blessings,
Dana
November 8, 2021

November 8, 2021

By Kimberly Hobbs in Uncategorized on November 8, 2021

EMPOWERING LIVES WITH PURPOSE:
REPLENISHMENT
Running myself ragged can be my “out of control” captivity in life.  How can I overcome this? How can any of us defeat this way of living to accomplish something far better than we could ever imagine?
One way is to replenish ourselves with a “rest” period.
To define the word replenishment, the Collins Dictionary states it is the process by which something is made full or complete.
An example I can use is the cell phone and how it works.
We give ourselves a “rest” period when the battery is running low.  The phone’s battery shows signs that it needs to be recharged or replenished, correct?? In doing so, the machine regains full capacity of its ability to be used as an electronic device once again.
Replenishing ourselves is an important part of the forward movement in our lives. Many of us don’t readily welcome rest. We are too preoccupied with our busy lifestyles to pay attention to how exhausted we may be, both physically and mentally. I speak to myself here as well.
 God designs our bodies for replenishment. We exude the need to rest in the Lord and learn to trust His timing while giving Him access to who we are and who we wish to become. This all can happen in the replenishment process if we allow it.
During times of replenishment, God may reveal your true motivations, heal hidden wounds, and give you new perspectives for your future desires. He may redefine your dreams, strengthen your identity in Christ, and give you a whole new outlook on life, all while you are enjoying and experiencing your time of replenishment.
He says, “Be still and know that I Am God.” ( Psalm 46:10)
 I encourage you to stop and rest throughout this day. Remember the word. Meditate on it. Every human on this planet needs replenishment. When allowed to happen within you, you may develop a more profound sense of how much the God of the galaxies loves you and how little you do that is apart from Him.
Remember, working on a full battery is much more effective than one that has lost its juice. Please take the time to BE STILL and quiet your heart before God.
November 7, 2021

November 7, 2021

By Kimberly Hobbs in Uncategorized on November 7, 2021

EMPOWERING LIVES WITH PURPOSE:
ATONEMENT
“Because on this day atonement will be made for you, to cleanse you. Then, before the Lord, you will be clean from all your sins.” (Leviticus 16:30 NIV)
The word “cleanse” in this verse jumped out to me.
We do all types of cleanses, juice cleanses, water cleanses, detox cleanses and even nasal cleanses and bowel cleanses, but how about a spiritual cleanse for our health?
The day of atonement, Yom Kippur, seemed to be the most important annual holiday for ancient Jews. It was the day the high priest entered the inner chamber of the tabernacle (later referred to as the temple) to offer a sacrifice for the sins of the whole nation. The purpose of this sacrifice? To make right between God and his people.
We are God’s people today. Because of the sacrifice of Jesus for our sins, every day is our day of atonement. Every day we accept that His death paid for our sins.  Every day we can ask forgiveness for what may have hurt God and know that our sins will be forgiven entirely, never to be remembered again.
In reality, sisters, how do we approach our God of the Galaxies? In prayer with excitement? Do we approach Him with values and the love He has given to us?
Do we hope that forgiveness is true and He’ll forgive if we ask? These are all questions we can ask ourselves.
We need to say TODAY IS OUR DAY OF ATONEMENT!
This is for our health and cleansing!! Can we each go to God with a heart of gratitude and thank Him that nothing stands between Him and us? My prayer for you today dear friends is that your health will benefit from atonement spoken in God’s Word of Life.
Remember Leviticus 16:30
November 6, 2021

November 6, 2021

By Kimberly Hobbs in Uncategorized on November 6, 2021

EMPOWERING LIVES WITH PURPOSE:
Guest writer,
Debra Eddings
Hurting My Savior
Do you ever read a passage of scripture that seems so familiar that you just fly through it only half looking at the words? You think you know how it will speak to you before you even finish.
That happened to me recently in my study of the gospel of Mark. It was a great study and God was teaching me all the way through rather comfortably, then I got to chapter 14. The familiarity of the Last Supper conversations of betrayal and denial always move me but aren’t necessarily new to me.
But as I continued on, being reminded of Jesus’ arrest and brutal treatment as a prisoner of the Sanhedrin, certain words and phrases began to jump off the page as I read and reread the passage again.
“Many testified falsely against Him.” 14:56
“They all condemned Him as worthy of death.” 14:64
“I don’t know this Man you are talking about.” 14:71
“The chief priests accused Him of many things.” 15:3
“And when they had mocked Him…” 15:20
“Those who passed by hurled insults at Him.” 15:29
“The chief priests and the teachers of the Law mocked Him among themselves.” 15:31
“Those crucified with Him also heaped insults on Him.” 15:32
These actions were from the people in Jesus’ everyday life. The people that listened to Him teach in the Temple, those who came to learn, and those who were there to teach the things of God. You might expect those kinds of jabs from the Romans, but the Jews? His tribe? Those He came to redeem?
Then it hit me, I’m His daughter, a child of the Most High God. But do I fall in line with those that mocked and insulted and accused when I say things out loud or even in the confines of my own spirit that cut to the core of my Savior? That of course is never my intent, but is it the result?
 Does my questioning, or worse, my criticizing how He may have responded to any given situation slice and dice my LORD’s feelings? Can I hurt the feelings of the God of the universe?
As I read through this all-familiar scene, I began to look past the physical pain, which of course was unimaginable and started to feel the emotional brokenness of our Savior. He carried the sin of those who were condemning and mocking and insulting and accusing Him. Somehow, He pushed through all of that to continue to love and save and redeem.
I don’t ever want to add to the hurt of my Savior. Whether I understand His ways or not, I want to outwardly and inwardly demonstrate my trust and belief in His sovereignty.
 Today, please join me in taking a bold step out of the mocking crowd. Find one thing you know to be true about Jesus and speak it out loud to someone, to Him. Let’s drown out the noise of the mockers with the genuine praise of the redeemed.
November 5, 2021

November 5, 2021

By Kimberly Hobbs in Uncategorized on November 5, 2021

EMPOWERING LIVES WITH PURPOSE:
Seek God and you WILL find Him. It’s a promise in His Word.
We sometimes cannot see the end of things from the middle, and we must walk by faith, not by sight. The Lord will bring a greater good and His perfect plan out of all frustration we feel and out of all the evil we experience.
 When all is said and done, God uses even injustice to fulfill His promises to us. God is present in every scene and in the movement of every event and every passing moment until He ultimately and finally brings everything to a marvelous climax! He can do this because He is God. He DOES do this because He is God!
God is in the midst of it all because He never leaves us nor forsakes us. He proves Himself Lord of His people. You are on the journey of His plan for YOUR life. Believe it, and enjoy it.
 God is invisibly at work, making even life’s greatest disappointments and tragedies a link in a chain of good things yet to come.
 Trust Him!
“Trust in the Lord with All your heart and lean not to your own understanding; in ALL your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.
( Proverbs 3:4-5)
God is faithful, see Him move daily as you wake up and be certain to look for Him in every situation as you pray over your day and then walk out this journey called “life” with a smile and hope.
November 4, 2021

November 4, 2021

By Kimberly Hobbs in Uncategorized on November 4, 2021

EMPOWERING LIVES WITH PURPOSE:
I, like Jonah, was in no position to bargain with the Lord. When I was in sin, I was completely disobeying God and I was running from Him. I wasn’t swallowed by a great fish but my life felt like I was in the belly of a whale. It stunk, it was painful, and it was dark. I felt alone.
When I was awakened to what I was doing in my life, and my eyes opened to see God’s Truth in my life, I realized quickly it would have been far better to obey God from the start.
Now knowing this and reflecting back, this is my prayer for you as well, and any sister who may be where I was.
God had mercy on Jonah, and He had mercy on me. Wow, did He have mercy on me! He will be merciful to you when you repent and humble yourself before Him. Open your eyes to what has led you into the place you know you should not be. Give it all to God, 100% of whatever it is, and tell Him you’re sorry and mean it with ALL of your heart. A sorry and repentive heart means you’ll STOP and change your course.
 No matter how far off the path you find yourself, no matter what terrible situation you are in, no matter how dark it looks, God will hear your cry when you call on Him asking for forgiveness and He will lift you from any pit you have fallen into.
 My life is living proof that God forgives and transforms lives.
Repent and surrender to God, no matter how many times it may take! Don’t give up. Change your heart, fully surrender, call on the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved! (Romans 10:13-15) … God is merciful. He will lift you up! ( and if you’ve fallen again, He forgives again. And again!) Run to Him.
November 3, 2021

November 3, 2021

By Kimberly Hobbs in Uncategorized on November 3, 2021

EMPOWERING LIVES WITH PURPOSE:
Each one of us brings our own excess “baggage” into the Christian life, we end up carrying the weight and not experiencing the “abundant life” that God intends for us to have. How can we have peace if we are still holding on to our unnecessary “baggage”?
No two of us are the same, we come in all shapes and sizes and with all different interests, gifts, and skills, yet many carry different types of “baggage.”
So we must learn to follow Jesus out of our own individuality and leave the so-called heavy, burdensome “baggage” behind.
 Everyone’s baggage is different, don’t compare yours with someone else’s, baggage is baggage-just bring it to the foot of the cross and leave it there.
Jesus will reach out and touch you as a woman called to belong to Him. He sees when you are willing to drop your load and turn to Him. He will supply your every need, heal your disease, give you freedom and show you love all while teaching you how to bear fruit.
“Anyone who does not carry his cross and follow Me can not be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26)
And…about our baggage…
“Any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be My disciple.” (Luke 14:27)
Jesus set the bar higher than any one of us can jump on our own. We must hold tight to His teachings, love each other, bear fruit but give up all of our excess baggage that weighs us down  and then carry our own cross and follow Him. Can we do this?
Jesus just asks us to change our priorities from what was once important to us; to His life-changing, love-providing, fruitful abundance which is far easier to carry than any “baggage” we continue to cling to.
November 2, 2021

November 2, 2021

By Kimberly Hobbs in Uncategorized on November 2, 2021

EMPOWERING LIVES WITH PURPOSE:
You are beautiful and most precious in God’s sight. He loves you and adores you. He created you intricately. He knows the hair count on your head. He made you in His image. He gifted you with strengths.
There is someone whose objectives are to erase your beauty, attack your happiness, your marriage, your home, your children and he wants to rob your peace. He wants to utterly destroy you.
How do you defeat him?
Bind him!
Jesus said it takes two in agreement to take dominion.
“And I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:19)
We each have the power to do two things God tells us. Bind on earth or to lose on earth.
We can partner with God to exercise this power and action in heaven. When we bind the devil on earth, God binds him in heaven, He tells us this in scripture.
Don’t allow the devil loose in your home, your affairs, your body, or your life. Don’t give him the ability to harm what God has done for you or what He’s about to do in you. BIND the devil in JESUS NAME and send him back to hell where he belongs!
Mention the name of JESUS and watch the power you have to bind the enemy who is coming against you. The attack will be unleashed.
I just mention the name of Jesus with authority whenever I need to and I pray against the principalities of darkness in this world and then I  have faith that Jesus hears it. Because He does!!! Jesus gave me the authority to do just that. I  mention His Name whenever I need to and He’s right there! And where He is, the devil can NOT be!
There is POWER in the name of Jesus dear sisters.
Is God the Lord of your life? If He is you must act like it, walk like it and talk like it, and call it out on earth so that God could do it for you in heaven.
Am I sick of the enemy? Can you tell?
I Believe it with the authority God gives me to do something about it!
You need to believe through the mighty Name of our Savior Jesus that He gives YOU the authority to do something about it too!
Amen.
It’s powerful. It works. You have not because you ask not. The power is available, turn it loose!
November 1, 2021

November 1, 2021

By Kimberly Hobbs in Uncategorized on November 1, 2021

EMPOWERING LIVES WITH PURPOSE:
There is a difference between cautious behavior and worry. Despite their similarity, worry is not the same thing as being cautious or careful.
We ought to be concerned about many things in our life but worry is not one of them: locking up our homes is important to prevent intruders while we are away, managing money wisely is being careful, being alert when driving on the edge of a mountain road is caution.
Caution, concern, and care are necessary but worry goes beyond these and fear of what we can’t control. Worry goes on and on beyond the precautions.
Worry leads to anxiety. You can’t be anxious unless you started worrying about it first. When we feel anxious, we can be certain we are no longer being careful; we are worrying. What does God say about this act?
When we cross the line from being careful to being anxious, we have turned our focus from God and His provision and we are depending on ourselves.
Don’t buy into the lie that worrying helps you. Worry destroys your joy!
As long as we are seeking first the kingdom of God, we can’t worry. Do you realize the certainty of kingdom provision is what led the apostle Paul to write this verse:
“Don’t worry about anything,  but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. And the PEACE of God, which surpasses all understanding, will GUARD your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
Dwell on this verse when you are consistently worried or anxious about a situation. God’s word brings results.
October 31, 2021

October 31, 2021

By Kimberly Hobbs in Uncategorized on October 31, 2021

EMPOWERING LIVES WITH PURPOSE:
The whole business of judging persons is in God’s hands, for He alone knows the secrets of our hearts.
When we are consciously praying for someone standing firmly in the kingdom of God, people are more receptive to listen to you and also listen to what you have to say versus casting judgment quickly in any way toward another without knowing a situation.
When we are walking in God’s kingdom, we can live in union together a little easier. Your sisters’ struggle would be kind of you to become your struggle. You can show love to her by letting her know she is not alone. Send an encouraging text or email or even a card in the mail. Reaching out to help with any storm is very calming to another.
Our persistent prayer over a person and their situation is not a lack of faith in what God can do because some changes just happen slowly. God tells us to pray without ceasing. Pray for everyone.
God can provide guidance and perspective that we do not have on our own for our brothers and sisters. We are co-laboring with God if we earnestly pray for a sister in need versus casting judgment over her life if we see matters going wrong.
“In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets” (Matthew 7:12)
We call it the “Golden rule” keep this tucked away and remember to always look with love and compassion in your heart over judgment of “why.” Just remember how much we dislike being judged ourselves. Things happen. Remember, love them first, and always pray next.