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Inflammation “I”s that will Incinerate You

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I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security. Jeremiah 33: 6b (NIV)

The second phase of healing a wound (there are four) is inflammation. Inflammation means to ignite or set on fire. The process is part of our body’s defense system and actually helps to heal a wound or injury. After a wound has occurred (blood is clotting) the small blood vessels change and allow blood (plasma, blood proteins, and white cells) to enter the area around the injury – it swells. This increase in fluids (blood) accompanies or causes pain, Screen Shot 2015-07-02 at 11.39.12 AMloss of function, redness and a “hot to the touch” sensation. Discharging pus is a part of this process. We tend to try and control/stop inflammation but it is needed after a wound for healing; if inflammation does not get rid of the problem or continues that is chronic inflammation and can lead to other health issues.

The parallels of physical inflammation to spiritual inflammation are noteworthy. After the initial shock of a wound we will feel pain, possibly stop doing things, and be touchy; these are natural but it is because “life” (blood) is trying to flood back in. We may/should let loose bad stuff (pus) as part of our healing. In this stage if we don’t get rid of “stuff” it will stay around and cause other more serious problems or at least delay our healing.

∞ Lord Jesus, we know wounds will come but thank you for healing. Holy Spirit thank you for taking ALL things and using them to bring us closer to Jesus and the Father. Amen.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/248423.php

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Migration is within us – will we choose life or death?

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I don’t know about you but whenever I get stressed and don’t know what to do… I feel a migration movement coming on.  What I mean is I want to get up from where I am at and move to another place.  You’ve heard the grass is greener on the other side?  I’ve often wondered if this is attached to migration.  In the case of passing from this life to the next.  I do believe the grass is definitely greener on the other side, at least for me.

Whenever the Lord allows me to go back to Kenya my dream is to travel all around the perimeter of Kenya  and to see the great migration that occurs yearly.  It is a natural instinct for literally millions of animals who migrate from Kenya to Tanzania.  About Travel says,

The great annual migration of millions of zebra, wildebeest (gnu) and other antelope in East Africa tops almost every list of safari experiences. When you plan your trip, you’ll need information about the annual migration, the best times to witness this wildlife spectacle, where to stay, and when to see it in Kenya and Tanzania.

The Migration

Each year around 1.5 million wildebeest and 300,000 zebra (along with other antelope) gather up their young and start their long trek from Tanzania’s Serengeti Plains, further north to Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve. They go in search of food and water. Their journey runs in a clockwise circle and the animals cover a distance of around 1800 miles. It’s a tough journey, and every year an estimated 250,000 wildebeest don’t make it.

One of the most spectacular sights of the migration is when the herds gather to cross the Grumeti River (Tanzania) and the Mara River (Kenya) from July through September.

Psalm 23 reminds me of this distinct urge and how David must have felt when he was tending his flock and they had this sudden urge to migrate!  When are we comfortable with passing from one dimension into the other.  In David’s case he was hunted, betrayed, and pursued by his enemies in an attempt to keep him from his inheritance.  This was a position and place to which he had not yet arrived, yet I believe deep within him the urge to continue through trauma, stress and trials moved him to not give up and to pursue the unknown.  I wonder if he was choosing life here, and wanting what only death could bring… a migration to the other side where rest, peace and eternity reigns supreme.

Psalm 23

A psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.

The Brook, Valley and River of Kidron (Cedron)

1 Kings 2:371599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

37 For that day that thou goest out, and passest over the river of Kidron, know assuredly, that thou shalt die the death: thy blood shall be upon thine own head.

Nehemiah 2:151599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

15 Then went I up in the night by the brook, and viewed the wall, and turned back, and coming back, I entered by the gate of the valley, and returned.

Jeremiah 31:401599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

40 And the whole valley of the dead bodies, and of the ashes, and all the fields unto the brook of Kidron, and unto the corner of the horsegate toward the East, shall be holy unto the Lord, neither shall it be plucked up nor destroyed anymore forever.

It is interesting to study about this brook and valley and the filled and unfulfilled prophecies.  You can read about the first and last time this brook and valley are mentioned Click here.

The darkest valley is spoken about in scripture.  Before you come to it you must go over the brook of Kidron.  David walked over it, Nehemiah, Jeremiah….then finally Jesus and his disciples on the way to the garden of Gethsemane on the night he was betrayed. The famous song says, “we all have to walk that lonesome valley by ourselves.”  Migration comes to us all to make that walk from this life to the next.  I have chosen to walk in the way of Jesus.  He went before me, but He is still with me.

If you would like to learn more about the Journey Jesus took over the Brook of Cedron I would be happy to share with you, your small or large group!  Email me at CinderellaReleased@gmail.com

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I Have an Inheritance!

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I am the daughter of a King! I have an inheritance!

Today I read about Job’s daughters….Three women who became very wealthy land and livestock owners — ranchers!

Job 42 says, “The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys. 13 And he also had seven sons and three daughters. 14 The first daughter he named Jemimah. (In Hebrew the meaning of the name Jemimah is: Little dove.),

Hence, for a meaning of the name Jemimah, Jones’ Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names, NOBSE Study Bible Name List and even BDB Theological Dictionary read Dove (yet BDB, states “perhaps” and Jones “as some conjecture”).

To a Hebrew audience, however, the name Jemimah doesn’t look at all like the word for dove — which is יונה (yona), the source of the name Jonah — but much rather like the word for sea, which isמימ (mayim). The name Jemimah would form from using this word as verb (which isn’t done in Scriptures but in the name-arena, anything goes), and making it feminine: She Who Acts Like The Sea.

Jones adds that the most ancient translations of the Bible, namely the Septuagint and the Vulgate, derive the name Jemimah from the noun יום (yom), meaning a day. The derived adverb יומם (yomam) means by day, or during daylight (Numbers 10:34, Job 24:16, Jeremiah 15:9). That would give the name Jemimah the pleasing meaning of Lady Daylight.

the second Keziah (In Hebrew the meaning of the name Keziah is: Cassia; sweet-scented spice and was popular with the Puritans.),

The verb קצע (qasa’ I) means to scrape or scrape off. It’s used only once in the Bible, in Leviticus 14:41. This verb comes with two derivatives:

  • The feminine noun קציעה (qesi’a), meaning cassia, a kind of sweet smelling cinnamon powder, harvested by scraping it off from trees. This word too occurs just once in the Bible, in Psalm 45:8. It is also identical to the name Keziah.
  • The noun מקצעה (maqsu’a) denotes a scraping tool (Isaiah 44:13).

and the third Keren-Happuch.

The verb קרן (qrn) is a bit of a mystery. It occurs in several Semitic languages and it always has to do with horns or having horns. In Hebrew, curiously enough, it may also mean to shine or be radiant. Although there’s an obvious imaginary overlap between being radiant and having horns, in cognate languages this root only means to have horns. But we know that the Hebrews used this verb in the meaning of to shine because it was applied to Moses when he came down the mountain after his meeting with God (Exodus 34:29). The Vulgate had Moses grow horns in this passage, and that’s why Michelangelo’s famous statue of Moses shows him with horns.

This verb comes with a noun, namely קרן (qeren), meaning horn, and that’s peculiar too. Why is there a noun that means horn, and not a noun that means ray? (Although, Habakkuk 3:4 speaks of rays (probably not horns) that emanate from the Lord’s hand.)

HAW Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament thinks that the verb was derived of the noun, while BDB Theological Dictionary says that the verb and the noun were both derived of an even more fundamental root, but the meaning of this most fundamental root is even more obscure.

A similar duplicity may exist in the verb צוץ (sus), which means to bloom or to shine.

Job 42:15 says, “Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers.”

There have been times in my life that I’ve been treated as if I’m “not good enough” because I was a woman.  The enemy has said, You’ve lost everything more than once because you are a woman. This is the reason you are alone.  There is no one to help you, and you will never be good enough ever… Have you ever felt this way?

God released me from these lies. He’s told me I have an inheritance that doesn’t come from man or by being a man!

Job 1:1 In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. He had seven sons and three daughters, and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.

First of all Job was a MAN and lost everything.  He was blameless, upright and loved God. His friends doubted him when he was down and didn’t look at Job’s character, they looked at what he had lost…. They were wrong in their thinking toward Job and in their actions. In the end God called them to repentance and told them to make a sacrifice in Job’s presence and then told them to have Job pray for them.  Of course Job did, they were his friends.  Job’s character hadn’t changed even though his wealth and status had, or so everyone thought! When Job prayed his friends were restored in the eyes of God and Job was given double!

Secondly, God also restored Job’s family. He gave him seven more sons and three daughters. We read above about how Job named his daughters. Job lived 140 years after their birth. He also gave his daughters an inheritance along with their brothers.  They were also the most beautiful women in the land.

God is saying he loves us, we are given light and life through him to be a sweet smelling fragrance to bloom and shine in and through Him who has given us life!  We have been given an inheritance, the same as our brothers and sisters in Christ…that is never-ending, all sufficient and a completely perfect gift from our Father in heaven!

Cinderella Released…from ashes to beauty!

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Twins! The Struggle Between the Flesh and Spirit

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“The Lord said to her,

Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.”

John Morgon, Pastor of Family Christian Center in Chicago spoke today at Faith Life Church about twins.  An eye opening message which was about the struggle between the flesh (soul) and the spirit.

The culture of grace and faith is what was given to Jacob after he tricked his father in order to obtain the birthright and blessing which God had already promised him long before he was ever born.  Isn’t that the way we are sometimes?  We try to work for or manipulate God to give us what He has already promised…long before we ever even ask about it.

John made the amazing point when God had spoken to Rebekah after she became pregnant after being barren for twenty years.  She wanted to know what was going on inside of her, why the war… God told her two cultures were there, two nations, something that was so much bigger than she could hope for or imagine.  Rebekah was worried about being barren, but God had already set in motion the seed long before Rebekah was ever in the picture.  It is sad for me to think about this story.

John pointed out how Isaac loved Esau because he was a hunter and he loved his food, while the Scripture simply says, Rebekah loved Jacob.  No reason except she simply loved him. God gave His only son, simply because He loved us…not for any reason or thing we have done.  We must simply sit in His presence in order to receive His love.

Esau worked to gain his father’s love, while Jacob simply sat in his mother’s presence and received it.  God had already promised to give

24 When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. 25 The first to come out was red, and his whole body was like a hairy garment; so they named him Esau.[d]26 After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob.[e] Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah gave birth to them.

The war continued and Jacob fled fearing his life.  He never saw his mother again, nor his father.  Thankfully, he did make amends with his brother.

The culture of grace, John says, “Grace is done…we don’t have to do.”  John Morgan helps build churches and is a pastor, teacher, evangelist and mentor. Visit his website at http://johnmorgancommunications.com

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He Will Never Change His Mind

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God’s word is true and it is certain.
It divides between the soul and spirit,
that which is temporary or eternal.
It separates the darkness and the light.
It upholds what is truth and what is right.

 Chorus

God is true and He is certain.
He never tells us a lie,
He created the world and He loves you and I.
He will never change his mind.

God sent His Son – the Messiah our King.
He reveals His mighty plan and purpose,
to those who will believe and worship him.
He picked me up from my fall, healed,
delivered me, now calls me his own.

He will never change his mind…

No, My God will never ever change his mind.
I am certain He said, “I will never ever change my mind
and I am not a God, that I should lie.”
Trust Me my child, I will never change my mind.

 Chorus

God is true and He is certain.
He never tells us a lie,
He created the world and He loves you and I.
He will never change his mind.

Cinderella Released May 26, 2011