The Power of the Cross Never Fails – A Word of Wisdom from A Single Mom

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The Power of the Cross Never Fails

Promise – Life Lesson # 2 The Promise of an Eternal Covenant: 

“Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah — not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” Jeremiah 31:31-34

God’s purpose is to keep His promises to His children. I’m going to step on some toes here because most people don’t like to talk about money, except to say they don’t have enough. How do I know this? Because I’m one of those people!

I’ve sowed, I tithed (and still do), I give offerings (and still do) and I’ve even called the 1-800 number for the “Let’s Make A Deal With God” evangelist (don’t do anymore). I’m learning that God wants us to love and honor Him, not believe He is going to help us strike it rich, or strike us dead if we don’t do something we just assume is God.  God WANTS to bless us. This is why He has created principles of giving. These principles work because they are God’s principles not mens.  Some men and women take them and use them as tools to extract money from others. But, I even though it appears some are prospering, God will always take care of those that know and love Him.

When I was living in the world I foolishly flushed a lot of money down the drain. I also opened the door for Satan to sift me dry. Many times I blamed God because I didn’t listen to Him when He was trying to talk to me. I was also trustworthy and loyal which made me an easy mark for preditors.  This is one reason why we can’t be double minded.  It makes us unstable.

Accumulating wealth, and keeping it are two differnt things. You might say in my case, “it was gone with the wind!”

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But, the day came when I had the responsibility to take care of my two little boys. I learned really fast how to earn, preserve, spend and save money. My sister-in-law helped me learn how to budget and save. God taught me about sowing and reaping and staying in His Word.  Practicing these earthly and spiritual principles, I began investing in others and the works that God was calling them to.

We began having Bible studies in our home.  I would get the main course, “Buy One Get One” whatever was on sale.  Our friends would bring side dishes, chips, dip, soft drinks and desserts.  We had leftovers for days!  My friends began to multiply and we began to go and do things for God’s Kingdom.  Our kids grew up having fun instead of feeling like they didn’t have anything.  God always takes care of His children.

I remember one night going to a women’s retreat and an evangelist asked me to get my checkbook out and she prayed over me. She took my check book right out of my hand and said,

You have sown and sown and sown into other’s lives. The enemy has tried to steal the blessing, the promise and the covenant God made with you concerning you and your offspring. He is your husband and so I say to you today. You will be a giver and you will receive back not 100 nor 200 but 300 fold what you have given..

She then slapped me with my checkbook not once but three times each slap saying, “See it done,  in Jesus’ name, see it done, see it done! – in the name of Jesus!”

Now, deep down after this woman prayed over me and being a broke single mom I have to say I was more than a little excited!  Somehow I did wonder if God was going to give me a million dollars.  If He did at that time it would have been a mistake.  God’s economy can not be measured by your bank account, but if you have a large one, I know the Lord can use you to help others in a mighty way by sowing into good soil.  I’ve watched my daddy when he was alive sow many a seed into the ground. He never doubted a young plant would come up from it.

Some would look at me and say, “Marlene you are not a wealthy woman, but I say, No, not so… I’m the wealthiest single woman on the planet. I’m married to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, He owns the cattle on a thousand hills and my wealth is not of this world but of a world that is not seen. God has blessed me through my offspring!

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Joel 2:25 – “I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the canker-worm, and the caterpillar, and the palmer-worm, my great army which I sent among you.”

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Some of my brothers and sisters know what I’ve endured, or the doubts, thoughts and insecurities that plague me at times. When I take my eyes off of my Redeemer I begin to sink.

But, when I have the courage and declare God’s glory and move by His Spirit I am invincible, indestructible and unmovable not by my own strength but by the Spirit of the living God.

“Do I walk in this daily?”  “No, but God has given me the courage and the boldness to go and do things, I can’t believe that I’ve done because I couldn’t have done them any other way!”

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His promises are “yes and amen”. They are not just for me but available to every soul on this planet who will choose to receive them. They are available regardless of race, creed, culture or bank account.

The gift of God’s love does not cost us anything, and it is priceless. Once we truly receive His love and forgiveness for our own sinfulness, we begin to walk in a truth that can not be overshadowed by doubt, fear and unbelief. We are able to share God’s love and plan of salvation with others.

Are we promised to be a millionaire? I don’t believe so, but inside we will feel like we are more than a millionaire. When we truly follow Him, our concerns will not be so much on earthly things, but on truly listening, loving and giving to others what God says to give.  He knows exactly what each of us needs to help us be wealthy. This is how true treasure is found and wealth is accumulated.

“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” I Corinthians 15:58

Preaching at Kip Karen

When I was in Africa preaching the church was packed.  People walked for hours to get to church every night.  The church Pastor Mary and I were at was in a slum.  Little children and people were standing outside.  The “offering” was taken up to buy our dinner.  The people gave all they had to bless us with a home cooked meal.  We were so blessed. Pastor Laban’s mother and father prepared it and we went to their home and fellowshipped. God showed up there and blessed us, but He showed up in everyone’s life who was there those days and nights.

Below is a man that had a gnarled foot,  He came in the first night on a cane.  We prayed for him and he came back the second night without his cane.  By the third night his foot was completely healed.  Don’t you know this man was blessed!  He became a wealthy man that night, able to work and walk without a limp.  He was jumping and shouting for joy.

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For the past 4-5 months my left hip has been out.  The doctor’s couldn’t figure out what was wrong.  I finally went to the emergency room and they took Xrays.  I was in so much pain that I couldn’t lift my foot to put on my socks without crying out loud.

I prayed and told God, “I know you are the healer.  If I’m to walk with a limp for the rest of my life, then please just take away the pain so I won’t be miserable and make everyone else miserable that lives with me.”

I felt God had heard my prayer, but I went on to the emergency room. The ER doctor said I had arthritis and would probably need a hip replacement.

I told the Lord, “I don’t have time for surgery or a hip replacement. You are going to have to fix this, especially if you want me here.”  My appointment was for 10 days later.  For the next 10 days, I had no pain. None whatsoever.  I almost canceled my appointment but I wanted to here what the doctor said.

When the doctor came in he questioned me.  He had seen the XRays. I told him that I had been healed. I didn’t think I needed surgery.  He agreed, “You don’t have very much arthritis. It’s not bad at all.”

I told him my whole story.  I fell and twisted my foot when I was in Ohio.  I thought I had snapped it in half.  The Lord reminded me of when Paul had been beaten and left for dead.  He was thrown outside the city gate.  Paul got up and walked away.  I got up that day and walked away.  No swelling, no pain, just a black ring around my ankle for a couple of months.

Then I moved back to Florida and was walking on the beach, I felt this pull, snap and sharp pain.  I said, “That’s not good.”  I kept on walking and didn’t think anything of it.  For about 8 months I had trouble walking.  I finally went to the doctor, and he took XRays.  He said your Achilles tendon has come off the back of your heel and it’s healed back over with bone fragments in it.  Surgery will be 6-7 weeks off your feet.

I said, “I can’t afford that.”  I went back to work.  So then, walking with a limp pulled my hip out of alignment.  I went to the doctor and he fixed me up.  Then I moved to Alaska.  A couple of months after I moved to Alaska the pain and the limp started and you know the rest of the story. My King reigns and made me the wealthiest single mom on the planet!

My King

My King was born King; the Bible says He’s the seven way King.
He’s the King of the Jews – that’s a racial King
He’s the King of Israel – that’s a national King
He’s the King of righteousness, He’s the King of the ages,
He’s the King of heaven, He’s the King of glory,
He’s the King of Kings and He is the Lord of Lords,
Now that’s MY KING.

Well, I wonder if you know Him, do you know Him?
Don’t try to mislead me – do you know MY KING?
David said, “The heavens declare the glory of God
and the firmament shows His handiwork.”

MY KING is the only one, whom there is no means of measurement
which can define His limitless love.
No far seeing telescope can bring into visibility the coastline
of His shore less supplies.
No barriers can hinder Him from pouring out His blessing.
He’s enduringly strong, He’s entirely sincere, He’s eternally steadfast,
He’s immortally graceful, imperially powerful and impartially merciful.
That’s MY KING!

He’s God’s Son.  He’s the sinner’s Savior.
He’s the centerpiece of civilization, He stands alone in Himself.
He’s awesome, unique, unparalleled – He’s unprecedented.
He’s the miracle of the age.  He’s the superlative of
everything good that you choose to call Him.
He is the only one able to supply all of our needs simultaneously.

He supplies strength for the weak.
He’s available for the tempted and the tried.
He sympathizes and He saves.  He for guards and He guides.
He heals the sick.  He cleanses lepers. He forgives sinners.
He discharges debtors.  He delivers the captives.  He defends the feeble.
He blesses the young.  He serves the unfortunate.  He regards the aged.
He rewards the diligent and He beautifies the meek.
Do you know HIM?

Well, MY KING is the King of knowledge, He’s the wellspring of wisdom.
He’s the doorway of deliverance.  He’s the pathway of peace.  He’s the roadway
of righteousness.  He’s the highway of holiness.  He’s the gateway of glory.
He’s the Master of the mighty.  He’s the Captain of the conquerors.
He’s the Head of the heroes, and He’s the Leader of the legislators.
He’s the Overseer of the over comers.  He’s the Governor of governors.
He’s the Prince of princes, He’s the King of kings, and He’s the Lord of lords.
That’s MY KING!

His office is manifold and His promises are sure.  His light is matchless.
His goodness is limitless.  His mercy is everlasting and His love never changes.
His Word is enough. His grace is sufficient.  His reign is righteous.
His yoke is easy and His burden is light.
Well, I wish I could describe Him to you, but He’s indescribable!
He’s incomprehensible, invincible and irresistible.

I’m trying to tell you the heaven of heavens can not contain Him,
let alone a man explain Him!
You can’t get Him out of your mind.   You can’t get Him off of your hands.
You can’t outlive Him and you can’t live without Him.
Well, the Pharisees couldn’t stand Him, but they found out they couldn’t stop Him.
Pilot couldn’t find any fault in Him.  The witnesses couldn’t get their
testimonies to agree and Herod couldn’t kill Him.
Death couldn’t handle Him and the grave couldn’t hold Him.
That’s MY KING!

 

The Coming Tsunami… Where will you be and what will you be doing?

The Coming Tsunami… Where will you be and what will you be doing?

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I dreamed I was in a military vehicle being deployed when all of a sudden all I could see were vehicles going under what appeared to be an infinity pool.

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One minute everything was normal and the next, all I could see was water and vehicles going under.

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As I watched in horror I felt a tremendous need to yell and tell the driver not to turn onto the upcoming bridge because the water was coming that direction.  The sound of the trucks and the approaching wave drowned out my voice.  It was obvious we would turn onto the bridge and be directly in its’ path.

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My next recollection was being out of the truck and walking not on the water but on vehicles, boxes, containers and debris that were submerged in the water.  I felt young and able to lightly jump from one floating debris onto another as if I was walking on chunks of floating ice.

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As I got to the end of all of the floating debris and the wave had passed, I looked out into the massive ocean of water beyond and thought to myself,

“Lord, is this my end?  What have I done.  Will the next thing I see be your face?  Will the next thing I hear be ‘Well done, good and faithful servant?'”

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The next thing I remember thinking is “I’ve waited too long to step out.”  I don’t think I’m ready for this moment.  There is something else I need to do, but I’m not quite certain what my assignment is?

Then, I remember The Parable of the Three Talents and the servant who buried their talent because of fear.  (Matthew 25:14-30) I cried out in my sleep, “Lord, don’t let me be afraid, help me to risk it all.”

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I felt the Lord saying,

Marlene, your talents aren’t any good if they are buried, or you are not using them for My purpose and plan.  In order to be fully satisfied you must risk them all for MY SAKE.

So, with this said, I made the decision to risk it all, give it all, trust it all to Him.  The author and finisher of my faith.

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2

Searching for God’s Treasure,

Marlene
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God will never change His mind about you!

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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.

God separates the darkness and the light,
and upholds what is truth and what is right.

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 that 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.

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

Seeking God’s Treasure,

Marlene Baggs Hoenig
Cinderella Released from ashes to beauty to declare His Glory!

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Big Lake – Alaska

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Located on the shore of its namesake lake and sprawling over 138 square miles is the community of Big Lake, with a population of 3,191 people and many, many more sled dogs, including the kennel of four-time Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race champion Martin Buser.

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About Big Lake

Many residents of Big Lake commute to work in Anchorage, 60 miles to the south, but choose to live in Big Lake for its limitless recreation opportunities and the views of Mount Susitna, Denali and the Talkeetna Mountains.

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Author Bobette Stubblefield
 The “It” Factor – Keeping It Simple

Things to do

Not surprisingly, recreation in the area centers around the lake, and it is indeed big, with 67 miles of shoreline. Popular activities include swimming, camping, boating, fishing, jet skiing and tour boat rides in the summer; in the winter, snowmobile competitions, dog mushing, ice fishing and cross-country skiing dominate the lake’s frozen surface.

Big Lake North State Recreation Site is located on the lake and has overnight parking spaces, walk-in tent sites, picnic area, shelters and an outstanding view of Denali on a clear day. Also nearby is Fish Creek Park, a popular day-use area with a salmon spawning observation deck; Big Lake South State Recreation Site with campsites and a boat launch on the lake; and Rocky Lake State Recreation Site with camping on a lake closed to jet skis, jet boats and air boats.

Article courtesy of Travel Alaska. Com

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Insecurity “I”s that will incinerate you!

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No temptation[a] has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted[b] beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,[c] he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry. I Corinthians 10:13-14

Idolatry is putting anything or anyone before the Lord. It is a subtle form of insecurity. It is easy to try and please others, especially as Christians.  We will tell subtle lies in order not to hurt someone’s feelings, and we may read other’s actions as contrary to our own welfare, and make assumptions.

Both are traps….from the enemy.  The Corinthian church had these same issues.  The enemy will tempt us…. but God, said He has already taken care of this for us in advance!

Whenever we feel these things try to tempt us…. Run!  Insecurity will incinerarte you and God’s plans for you! Run from insecurity…. Run into the security of Jesus!

Blessings,

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Are You Sleeping Well These Nights? Triggered into Trouble…

Chocolate SpoonIt is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings. Proverbs 25:2

Triggered My Own Trouble – Do What is Right in The Lord…Always!

Have you ever had a disturbing dream and then asked God, “What was that about?” I have!

In my dream I was staying in a resort and waiting for my son and a friend to arrive.  I got up early and went down to the restaurant and walked past the bakery cabinet.  After a few minutes a waitress who had been talking on her cell phone came over to take my order.  I ordered coffee but forgot to order the chocolate spoon that I had seen in the bakery case.

Immediately after she walked away from my table she got another phone call and went over in the corner to take it.  Of course I was trying to get her attention to order my spoon, but she was intent on her call.  I was enraged!  She wasn’t even making an attempt to get my coffee! I thought, “Well I will show her!”  So I got up to walk over to the bakery case myself and told one of the other workers there about my service.  Wrong thing to do.  The Lord showed me later, this is where I was triggered into trouble!  The next thing I knew I had people in costumes, they were all of the other employees working at this resort who surrounded me in a mob like approach.

I remember running to the front desk for help crying profusely.  The gal behind the desk comes around and joins the mob!  So, I ran back to my room to wait for my son and slammed and locked the door!  While this door shut another back door opened and a family reunion entered and unreasonably everyone in the party had to through my room to get to the conference room that was on the other side.  Again, “I couldn’t believe I was being so imposed upon!”  My anger escalated and I went downstairs and demanded to see the manager.  Pleading my case, I had decided to calm down and explain my situation and come to find out… the waitress had received a call about a family member who had been in an accident.  The manager had been called in to assist and give her some money to get home on.

Things are not always what they appear to be.

It is God’s privilege to conceal things and the king’s privilege to discover them. Proverbs 25:2

If I had been more sensitive to God’s Spirit instead of satisfying my own flesh, I may have been able to minister to this young woman rather than trigger a riot!

In the book of Daniel we read about a king and his troubling dream.

1Now in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; and his spirit was troubled and his sleep left him. 2Then the king gave orders to call in the magicians, the conjurers, the sorcerers and the Chaldeans to tell the king his dreams. So they came in and stood before the king. 3The king said to them, “I had a dream and my spirit is anxious to understand the dream.”

He called all of the astrologers, magicians in and they all said tell us the dream. The king was so disturbed by the dream he said, “If you don’t tell me the meaning of this dream I will have you cut into pieces and your houses turned to rubble. Again the magicians and astrologers said, “Tell us your dream and we will interpret it. Once the king told them….They all exclaimed, “No one can tell you that dream, not anyone in the kingdom!”

12 This made the king so angry and furious that he ordered the execution of all the wise men of Babylon. 13 So the decree was issued to put the wise men to death, and men were sent to look for Daniel and his friends to put them to death.

So the king’s executioner went out and came to Daniel and his friends.  Daniel was not even twenty years old yet.  He was very young and very wise.  God had anointed him for such a time as this.

14 When Arioch, the commander of the king’s guard, had gone out to put to death the wise men of Babylon, Daniel spoke to him with wisdom and tact. 15 He asked the king’s officer, “Why did the king issue such a harsh decree?” Arioch then explained the matter to Daniel. 16 At this, Daniel went in to the king and asked for time, so that he might interpret the dream for him.

17 Then Daniel returned to his house and explained the matter to his friends Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. 18 He urged them to plead for mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that he and his friends might not be executed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. 19 During the night the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven 20 and said:

“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever;
    wisdom and power are his.
21 He changes times and seasons;
    he deposes kings and raises up others.
He gives wisdom to the wise
    and knowledge to the discerning.
22 He reveals deep and hidden things;
    he knows what lies in darkness,
    and light dwells with him.
23 I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors:
    You have given me wisdom and power,
you have made known to me what we asked of you,
    you have made known to us the dream of the king.”

Prayer changes things.  In my dream I wasn’t willing to be patient and wait or to search out a matter.  I was impatient.  I triggered my own trouble!

Cinderella Released…from ashes to beauty