Archive for February, 2011

full of.

living water“…you will make me full of gladness with your presence.” Acts 2:28

“…choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them.” Acts 6:3

“…full of faith and of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 6:5

“…a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people.” Acts 6:8

“But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.” Acts 7:55

“He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.” Acts 11:24

As I read through Acts, there seems to be a common thread. “Full of.” That’s what I want to be—more full of Him. Full of His presence, His joy, His grace, His power, His goodness, His kindness, His generosity. Full of Holy Spirit.

This painting represents Jesus filling us. His love will never run out, never go dry. There’s always more to fill you. It’s the “full of” that “leads to.”

We met a gentleman recently who had tried church, but church seemed empty. He tried psychics, but they had nothing of value, so we loved on him, spoke into him, prayed over him, filled him. Jesus brought him and opened him, so we could fill him up with Him.

The key is to know His love (more than knowledge) that we may be filled with the fullness of God. That has to be the best promise ever! Know His love so we can be filled with the fullness of God.

Be filled, full, and let that lead to grace and power, wonders and signs, glory. More love, more joy, more gladness.

Fill us fuller, Lord. Full and then more full.

sue
only believe.

Living Water

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Jesus and the angels.

dore doveJesus is oh-so-good. In the last couple weeks, He has transformed a friend into a smiley, giggly, energetic heroine. So fun! So Him!

As the week started, we went to the mall to spread the love of Jesus. My friend left the mall feeling like she hadn’t found her “treasure,” so she stopped at Caribou Coffee on the way home. After sitting for awhile, a lady across the shop caught her eye.

My friend chatted with Jesus for a bit: “I don’t want to approach her.” “Yes, you do.” “She wasn’t on my list, she was on someone else’s list.” “She’s on My list.” “I’m afraid.” “You’ve got Me beside you.” “Really?” “Really.”

My friend did approach the lady. (The Holy Spirit cheering her on in the background!) My friend ended up praying for her new friend and Jesus calmed her heart.

The next day, my friend received great travel news, and spent the day telling that story and praising God. The day after, one of her testimonies of Jesus sparked another conversation, drawing someone else closer to Jesus. And on and on her week went. A Jesus “appointment” every day. My friend knew that Jesus was next to her, doing the hard stuff; along with Holy Spirit, the ace encourager that He is.

The topper in my week, was watching Jesus hit her with Holy giggles Saturday evening and seeing her “radiant” Sunday morning at church.

This is great news in and of itself. But Jesus doesn’t leave it there. From her first Jesus conversation, right up until now, Jesus was up in heaven bragging about my friend. Jesus: “Did you see her on Sunday? Did you see her calling on Me, to mend hearts? To change atmospheres? To show My love? Did you see how brave she was? Did you see her chatting about Me to her co-worker? And who is Jesus telling all this to? The angels—and you know how they spread the Word! Angels: “That’s our Jesus she’s talking about! That’s the love of God she’s spreading! She’s unstoppable now!”

Did you know that when you share Jesus, your name is tossed about in the heavenly realms? Really, little us! Word gets around. “I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God…” Luke 12:8.

When we talk about what Jesus has done, the love He is, the good He is up to, the healing He has done, we become little starlets. Not that we do it for that reason. We spread word of Him because we love Him—but it sure is fun to think of Jesus whispering to His angels.

sue
Only believe.

dore dove

Dore dove

Fyi – for those of you at the Lutheran Renewal conference, today I will post the painting Living Water on my website, DesignStudios, Inc. During the week, revisions will be posted. Next week, the finished painting will be posted on the blog. It fits better with next week’s blurb.

Both Dore dove and Living Water are available for purchase.