Hello, hope you all are well within. May you have curiosity and listen to the audio posted this week. Note that you make take issue with 4 reasons people are like sheep; but it was done with purpose. Those who may take issue will probably be Christian. Most people who receive the blog via email are Christian. This is not necessarily so for those who read it right off our website. The typical reason so easily quoted by Christians for why God calls us sheep is because, we all like sheep have gone astray. And this is true; but that is just one similarity. So in the audio, you will hear 4 commonalities mentioned that have more to do with fears, anxieties, mental warfare, and physical/spiritual hunger. (Sheep have mental warfare? Yes through pests that attack through their nose and lay eggs in their brains! It drives them crazy!) These 4 things are referenced in circumstances of Psalm 23 and reveal the character of the Good Shepherd. Take a listen by visiting the post here. And I pray you will carve out some time to steal away with the Good Shepherd via the Easter audio meditations that will be posted on Into the Waters Facebook page. (This is a public page, you do not have to be a member of Facebook to see it.)
The first audio meditation on the Good Shepherd will be posted on Friday, April 5th by noon. You will be able to access it at your leisure, so make a date with God! And please be praying for those who would access the meditations over the coming weeks, that God would heal people; and people would experience the love of God though it is too great to understand fully. That they would be made complete by all the life and power that comes from God, by the Lord, who is the Spirit. I am praying this for you too!
How do you define success? If you were to write down your definition, what would it say? Before you watch the video, write down your defintion. Then watch the video below (also posted on our FACEBOOK page) to hear how God defines success. Compare what you wrote to his definition for success (Strong’s concordance H7919). Notice the depth and breadth of the meaning! He promises that those who meditate continually upon His Word and follow Him will prosper and have good success, Joshua 1:8. Do you need more of what He offers? Today ask God to help you make biblical meditation a spiritual discipline. Ask God to tranform your pursuits of success in any way it doesn’t align with His definition. Blessings!
SABBATH PRAYER EXERCISE- Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy... One of the things God intended for this commandment was celebrating and resting in His finished work. When God created and filled the earth in 6 days (Gen 1:31, Exodus 20:11, 2 Peter 3:5), He rested from his works.
God called his people to remember His awesome power and divine provision by also resting on the 7th day of the week. Before Christ, it was a 24 hour mandate from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday. No labor of any kind was allowed in order to cease and rest and celebrate God‘s divine provision and care and holiness.
In a radical expansion of sabbath rest, God sent his Son to complete the final creative work, paying for human rebellion with His own blood and life breath. After Christ‘s sacrifice, the 24 hour definition of sabbath was expanded to eternity! No longer one day of remembering rest, but possessing eternal rest, continual celebration of God’s holy provision for our imperfect souls through Jesus! For those who believe, we are to celebrate our Sabbath rest ALL the time, knowing there is no end (Hebrews 4:3, 10).
For those who remember the Sabbath, we keep it holy by remembering Jesus. We celebrate His finished work on the cross. His final breath was, “It is finished” (John 19:30). Saved by grace, not by works so no one may boast. Today remember the Sabbath by remembering Christ’s invitation, “Come to me all who are weary and heavy burdened and I will give you rest...” (Matthew 11:28).
Take a minute to go back and forth with clenching your fists and then completely releasing them so they fall open in a relaxed way.
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Into the Waters Ministry is a 501(C)3 public charity. Our mission is to inspire you to linger longer with God, to draw near and know Christ. For those willing, it is a place of supernatural hope and healing. I know this first hand. My name is Gina; and I'm the founder of the ministry. My 20+ year journey with God has been centered on immersing myself in the safe relationship God offers, learning about the power of surrender, and receiving His life in greater measure! I've experienced radical healing in mind, body, and spirit and believe God for more! I long for others to position themselves for the same! Into the Waters' resources help you spend quality time with God to enter His rest and receive His divine provision. Let us help you experience more of God! Read the blogs, try the exercises, participate in online sessions! His promises for life and wholeness are offered to all! But you have to say "Yes!"