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Purged Before Positioned
After studying in the book of Isaiah tonight, my heart is wrecked by the revelation of who God is and what He does through His chosen ones. A surrendered heart catches the eye of God. A desire for purity is an invitation for His fire. A true hunger for His heart promises His intimacy. A life of abandonment declares an enlistment into His army. We now can live for so much more.
Isaiah was never the same after his encounter with the angel who purged his lips with a hot coal, teaching us that the only mouth worthy of speaking for God is the one cleansed by God. Isaiah 6 paints the perfect portrait of a great commission being revealed to a great Prophet.
Something inside of Isaiah dramatically desired more and His soul finally recognized that position. “Send me!” he volunteered. And so God sent him. And so Isaiah preached. He preached with the passion and the fury of a man who’d seen his life pass before his eyes. For he actually had. He preached with the passion and fury of a man sent by God. For he was.
He preached with the passion and fury of a man who longed to join the angels and spend eternity singing, “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY" at the top of his lungs.
Something tells me that’s what he is doing right now.
Father God, in the name of Jesus I ask of You to set our hearts on FIRE for the deeper things of You! We acknowledge that only wood, hay, and stubble shall burn up in the fire, but you have made us to stand the flames like gold! We will come out purified, refined, and set on fire for Your Kingdom! I ask You to install in each and every one of us, a passion that was found in Your prophet Isaiah. Let us boldly love You with all reverence and all diligence so others can begin to understand and crave the fear of the Lord. Let us not boast in our visions, dreams, or words spoken from Your mouth into our hearts, but let us cry out for MORE of You and less of ourselves.
I ask you Lord, give us a heart transplant to better suit Your will for each and every one of our lives! Only You, oh Lord, know what we need and only You can provide us with the things that please Your Heart! We acknowledge that Your purpose will stand against ALL earthly forces, and we come to You with a grateful heart in expectancy for all that You desire to be on earth as it already is in Heaven! For we know that we all have wandered away like sheep; each of us has gone our own way. But You, oh Sovereign Lord, YOU sent Your only Son to punishment for all the evil we have done! We thank You for showing Your love in such an extravagant way! You have allowed us to see the flames of love that burn in Your eyes! We thank You and stand in awe of You! We thank You for Jesus! Ignite our hearts, Oh Lord, to have a life changing encounter with You, even now in this very moment! Cleanse our tongue from ALL evil, and purify our words so we can be considered worthy to speak for You, God Most High!
We prophetically call forth all of your blessings, for we know that You are not a man that You should lie! You are constant, faithful, and True! Your Word shall always remain in our hearts! We thank You Lord for who YOU ARE and what You do for us! In Jesus name we pray, Amen!
Amy Basel Ministries 2014
Goal Setting: IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT ME
We have been given all of the avenues we could possibly ever need to exalt ourselves higher than what our own good entitles us to. Facebook offers us a little box asking us what is on our minds (dangerous question now a days). Twitter gives us 140 characters to think of the most clever “tweet” to earn the most “retweets”, and gather as many “followers” as we possibly can (and if your number of followers far exceeds the amount of those YOU follow, well than, you’ve arrived my friend. You’ve arrived). Instagram has provided us with hours of “entertainment” as we scroll through random pictures of people’s coffee, outfits of the day, food choices, endless selfies, and then gives us the option to share OUR photos also (oh, videos too. Can’t forget that wonderful 10 second option of filtered fun.)
Every second of our day proclaims, “Tell the world about…well…YOU!” Our thoughts consume the constant idea that everyone is extremely interested in us, our ideas, our looks, our jobs, our lives. Inevitably, we are our own biggest promoter. We are our own biggest idols…ugh…I mean fans.
How incredibly sad.
We have dumbed ourselves down and robbed our hearts of the pure satisfaction and joy of shifting our attention and focus on the things that truly matter; God & others.
When did we become so disconnected from the Truth?
The fact that we exist upon this Earth has nothing to do with us. This is quite shocking I know, and I hate to be the one to deliver this mind-blowing news, but someone needs to say it. We have been given talents, abilities, and giftings to make this world a better place. The most precious thing to the heart of God is people. This tells me that we have been entrusted with a big commission. To take care of others, love them unconditionally, and ensure that they make it home to eternity. What an honor. But how can we effectively do this when our eyes are continuously focused on ourselves?
Ten ways to defeat the “Me Monster” and begin to LIVE again.
1. Give to someone who cannot repay you. Does someone need a coat? Give them yours. Does someone drive long distances every day? Fill up their tank. Pay for someone’s coffee in line at Starbucks, pay for someone’s meal at a restaurant, buy someone’s groceries in line at the store, give to someone who is in need.
2. Exhort and uplift others. Every time you feel the need to exalt yourself in any way, shape, or form, instead make it a point to compliment and affirm someone else.
3. Give Him the glory. Talk about the blessings of God rather than how much God is blessing you.
4. Become less. Refrain from the appeal of wanting to be noticed and esteemed. Instead, direct all of that attention into lifting up the name of the Lord.
5. Ask questions. When speaking to others, show sincere interest and ask questions pertaining to them, rather than talking about you, you, you.
6. Invest your time. Sow into something that gives you no personal gain. Volunteer your time, meet with someone who needs encouragement, etc.
7. Write a thank you note. Tell someone who has impacted your life in an unforgettable way what they have done and how much they mean to you. A friend, mentor, teacher, parent, sibling, pastor, etc.
8. Put the phone down. Take a day to refrain from posting anything on any type of social media and instead, enjoy everything and everyone around you without distractions.
9. Get into the Word of God. Open up your Bible to the New Testament and focus your attention on all that Jesus did. This in itself will teach you true humility, love, and how to live life the way God intended.
10. Share the Gospel with someone. There is no better gift and no greater privilege than sharing the Truth of who Jesus is and what He has done for us. Whether it is a family member or a stranger at the gas station, stir up the boldness and confidence that you think you don’t have, and strike up a conversation that will save their life.
These are only a few, among many ways, to begin to shut down the idol of “Me” and direct your focus on others and making a difference in this world. I invite you to start today. It’s really never too late, so start a movement and make a difference. Go against the ways of the world! And besides, who knows how many people are watching you and will follow your lead. Change has to begin somewhere…why not with you?
Amy Basel Ministries 2014
A year ago, God spoke to my heart saying to Trust Him [Proverbs 3:5-6]. I feel like we say that when things get rough, but I knew to trust Him before things got bad. This past year He has shown me immensely what He meant by Trust Me. It wasn’t just simple things every now and then, which are still big, but for me it was many big things that I had no idea would happen the way they did. I wanted to go on a mission trip, but I felt God saying No through His word and His voice. I knew that I needed to save my money up for a new car, but I wasn’t really sure when to get this new car. Also, I didn’t think I would actually have enough for a new car. Well, in April on the way home from school just as I was about to start a week and a half vacation from summer classes and before starting work full time, my old car broke down. [It also broke down in a matter of seconds. This happened before I was going 70 mph on the freeway, which I would be doing about 5 minutes later. Also, I was off of school and not working full-time yet so my awesome mother was able to share her car with me]. The cost for repair would come up to roughly the same as what I spent on my car four years earlier. Two days later, I drove away in a new car with a great deal and super excited. The money that I had been saving went to the new car. The mission trip I knew wasn’t where God had me serving that year. Instead I went to this amazing camp as a counselor for abused and neglected children to come to for a week. Words could never sum up how that week impacted me. It was amazing, hard, intense, wonderful and everything. Along the way I also took on a promotion as a Head Teacher at the child care center I worked at, my brother and sister-in-law moved back to Michigan [and found jobs after moving back], I applied for student teaching [about three days before the deadline because there was a TB test shortage and almost couldn’t get it done in time], and then got a new job, which I absolutely love! I kind of knew I would end up getting a new job somewhere down the line, but I had no idea where to start or look. God brought this new opportunity into my life and it has been wonderful! I have only one more state certification test to take and one more full semester left before student teaching.
But more than the physical, real things in my life that have caused me to trust in God, I’ve seen my trust in God in the spiritual grow immensely. He’s not just God. He’s my Heavenly Father. I have so much peace; His presence is beautiful, even then that word doesn’t do Him justice. I’ve had to fight for time these last few months, but I’ve fought because my time spent away from the world has been some of the most precious moments in my life. I’ve been more vulnerable this past year, but I’ve seen God use that vulnerability only ever for His glory. I use ‘I’ so much, but it is only to give Him glory! His word stands forever. He says, “You are mine,” and I delight in that. I feel like that’s not even everything simply because God has just come in and manifested in every area of my life so greatly in the past year and I think I’ve only touched on a few areas. It’s not been easy, but the joy of the Lord is my strength. It may be overused, but once you see the true meaning of it, you can’t every look to anything else.
Today: Be thankful.
November is a month that typically spend a little extra time being thankful. In a way, I’ve been thrown into that boat because I think how can I not be thankful for an amazing, powerful, life-changing God. In the last few months, days have become more precious and hours as well. I’ve seen how much you can do in a span of 24 hours and how much in your can change in a matter of precious minutes. I think to a few days ago when I was freaking out about student teaching. I hadn’t heard from anyone and I was freaking out that I wasn’t good enough and that no one would like me or want me to be in their room. I was constantly going from “God I completely trust you. You are setting this up. You got this. My faith is going deeper,” to “What did I misspell on my resume?!” And then I got the call and everything set up within a matter of two days. I’m seriously so excited beyond words. I know that God is at work and this is a perfect fit. My faith is deeper as I saw that I had to trust God that I would get the call even after I had friends who were receiving calls weeks before me.
A week ago I didn’t know if I passed the math teaching exam, but now I know I did! It literally feels like a month ago that I found out when it was only a week ago.
I’m not trying to brag about myself or my life. I just serve an amazing God. My faith has been tested. But there comes a point when it’s not about pride. It’s about bringing glory to a God who always answers prayers. It has not ever been in my timing, but it’s always been the right timing. So keep holding on! God’s working something out that you just can’t see! Give it a few more days and you’ll be amazed at what can happen when you put your trust in the most High King!
A Letter From Jesus…
Strategically set before you is a list of opportunities that I have given out of love and devotion to what I have called you to do. Look closer, beloved. Always look closer. For my leading and prompting are seldom on the surface. Surface level misconceptions transpire from surface level tendencies. Instead look deeper. My hand shall always lead you to ground in which your feet has failed to ever tread. If you stand in a stagnate spot of solitude, you shall miss what I am doing. Instead, move. Step out further than what your natural eyes can conjure up. You are a child of light. You have a Spirit of power. Why should I call you to operate in your strength when I have beckoned you to reign and rule through mine? Every trial and concern should only be an indication that my power has been made perfect in your weakness. Place your hand in mine and let’s travel a little deeper. Your heart has hardened in an area of trust, and I want to restore your purpose.
To when did you believe that I had left? It is important to me that you know fully, my promises that I have bestowed upon you, even before you took shape in your mother’s womb. Allow me to ask you this question again, beloved. To when did you start believing that I had left you? Surely you questioned my presence, yet I have walked with you for so long. There isn’t a power on earth nor force in hell that can separate us, and this you know very well. Which voice have you been listening to that has deceivingly began to over power mine in your life? My beautiful one, we are so deeply intertwined within the depths of one another, that surely you shall never find the beginning or trace an assumption to the end. When you were first awakened to me, life began. For I did not restore you, I instead made you new. If I had healed your life, then that would mean you would still have your old life, yet it would be restored. No, no such thing is true. I heal bodies yet you keep the same body. But in the spiritual, restoration is instead replaced with new birth. You are an entirely new creation. This means that all things of the old have passed away and I am inviting you to look upon the NEW thing that I am doing. My child, don’t you see it? My Spirit dwells inside of you. My Spirit leads you. This is the seal to show that world that you have been purchased at a blood bought price that no man was worthy of purchasing except I. Rest assure my beloved, rest assure. Take these words and make them your foundation: I have never left you. Shall you allow me to secure you in this? May I affirm all of your insecurities and doubts? Let’s continue to go deeper…
I’ve carried you for your entire life. Every step you have taken, every stride that you have gracefully conquered, I have been there. Although it seemed that I had taken a leave of absence is your greatest struggle, I was there. Even stronger than you know. You see, my Father has a love for you that does not wither or fade as time progresses on, so it is the same with me. I have seen the way the Father loves you, and I love how the Father loves. My greatest joy is for you to be secure in my love. I desire your heart to be ravished by mine. I long for the embrace of your unhindered trust to rest in my Truth. But do not be weary beloved. Do not be so hard on yourself. For this is a process and an extensive one at that. You must take heart and know that the good work I have started in you shall be completed before I set my foot to return. Stand tall beautiful one, you are stronger than what your natural strength tries to convince. I have made you a fortress in your family. I have set you as a strong tower to the world. Your words are the power that creates life or death in the lives around you, including yourself. I have given you wisdom and excellence that many are not familiar with. Continue to walk in my grace and meditate on my Word which brings you life and life abundantly at that. But I want you to know this beloved, I want you to stand secure in my affirmation: I am pleased with you. Yes. My heart is filled with joy even as I hear the Father say your name! Rest in my love and know that even at one gaze of your beautiful eyes, I am overtaken. I love you dearly, beautiful one. When all else fails you, be secure in this. I love you.
Amy Basel Ministries 2013
Today after work I stopped at a store… While inside a woman approached me and proceeded to ask me out… I told her I was married.. she said she didn’t mind… I kindly informed her that I did mind.. & that I had no interest in cheating on my wife…” I don’t get turned down a lot, your wife must be very pretty” she said.. I informed her that my wife is pretty but that wasn’t why I stay faithful to her. She then implied that my wife must take very good care of my “physical needs”… Again I told her that’s not why I’m faithful. “Why then? Doesn’t she get on your nerves sometimes? She can’t be perfect and what’s wrong with a little side action?” I told her that I didn’t just make a commitment to my wife.. I made one to God. My love for my wife is supposed to be a reflection of God’s love for me. & God hasn’t stopped loving me even though I messed up, fall short, make mistakes …even though I’m less than perfect he still loves me ..for better or for worst .. in the good times and the bad He remains faithful. I told her that’s the kind of husband I strive to be faithful regardless of the circumstances I told her that even if she was prettier than my wife, my commitment still stands, if my wife wasn’t taking care of my physical needs… my commitment still stands.. even if my wife was unfaithful…my commitment still stands. I told her that my goal isn’t just to make my wife happy, my goal is to please God with the way I treat my wife, regardless of if I’m in her presence or not. The woman started crying “I want love like that” she said. I told her that Someone already loves her like that… We prayed the sinner’s prayer in the store…. So my brothers & sisters we have a new sister in Christ! She asked if she could call me if she had any questions.. given the circumstances… I gave her my wifes number (playing it safe lol) please keep her in prayer. -David Alan Campbell
Men, take note.