August 10, 2018

Negative Repentance



Repentance is normally a cleansing act of contrition. There is a desire to repair that which is broken. Yet, negative repentance is "As a dog returneth to its vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly."

This is in reference to returning repeatedly back to a place of hurt. An example would be an offense administered by another to you.
The vomit being the return, or the oral dissection of the wrong, or the thinking and mulling over of the wrong.
Every time we turn to it, we are repenting of our deliverance from it.

This negative repentance is a spirit of error and perverseness that seeks to cloud our judgement and steal our joy.
Do not cast aside, the peace and freedom which God has granted in and through Christ Jesus to you.

It is disobedient to dwell on that which is not pure, lovely, and of good report.
We are to think on those things,the pure, the lovely. We are soldiers who wear our helmets of salvation, taking every thought captive. 
If we allow ourselves to wallow in the wrong done, it puts us in opposition to the good that God has given through His Holy Spirit and His Word.

Allow God to heal your hurt.
Obey Him.
Refrain from returning to vomit.


The scripture before and after 2 Corinthians 10:5 states our weapons are spiritual not fleshly and follows with a promise in 2 Corinthians 10:6
"And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience,( when your obedience is fulfilled.)

Expect deliverance.

In Philippians 4 we are admonished to stand fast in the Lord. The peace of God is promised in obedience to Him.
Verse 7..And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Give each care, each hurt to God.
And leave it there.

~Debbie



Proverbs 26:11 
As a dog returneth to its vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

2 Corinthians 10:4-6 
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.


Philippians 4:8 

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.



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August 01, 2018

Bible Gateway Celebrates 25th Anniversary



On 25th Anniversary, Bible Gateway Has Been Viewed More Than 14 Billion Times

Most Popular Online Bible Search Engine and Bible Reading Website



GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (August 1, 2018) – Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the world’s most visited Christian website, Bible Gateway (BibleGateway.com@BibleGateway) has been viewed more than 14 billion times by people using more than one billion devices.

“To give some perspective to that astronomical statistic, one million seconds equal 11.5 days, one billion seconds equal 31.75 years, and one trillion seconds equal 31,709.8 years,” says Rachel Barach, general manager, Bible Gateway. “Our mission statement is ‘To honor Christ by equipping people to read and understand the Bible, wherever they are.’ What an honor and privilege to be able to serve so many people around the world during the last quarter-century, doing just that.”

Bible Gateway was created in 1993—when the World Wide Web was just beginning—as an internal Bible research computer tool for students at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Today it ranks number one on global search engines, is part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., and is home to more than 200 Bible versions in more than 70 languages—a trusted resource for people in more than 200 countries who rely on it every day for all their desktop and mobile device Bible reading, listening, studying, searching, comparing, and sharing needs.

What people the world over search for in the Bible on Bible Gateway varies throughout the year, but generally remains constant from year to year. An interactive visualizing graph lets users explore how cyclical some queries are, often repeating every year around the same time each year (for example, the word “love” being searched in the Bible around Valentine’s Day in February).

Along with a new sweepstakes every month with high-value print Bibles as prizes, the website MyBibleGateway.com (#MyBibleGateway) is the hub of the 25th anniversary celebration where enthusiasts tell what Bible Gateway means to them; such comments as:
"Encouragement. Bible Gateway is instant access to what my soul needs most - to hear from God through his Word."
"Convenient access. Bible Gateway is not only easy to find the passage or verse you need, but to share it with social media, text, or email."

“God has been faithful these last 25 years and we’re excited about how he will continue to use Bible Gateway to further his kingdom and help people know and share his Word,” says Barach.

Bible Gateway is device friendly, so that no matter what size device a person uses when visiting the site—desktop, tablet, smartphone—the screen is maximized for optimum viewing. And in the months to come, visitors to Bible Gateway will see a refreshed new design to the site.

The award-winning free Bible Gateway App for both Android and iOS allows people to read more than 90 Bible translations and listen to more than 20 audio Bibles, in addition to taking personal notes, highlighting text, starring favorite verses, follow Bible reading plans, enjoy night mode Bible reading, and much more.

The just-released free Bible Gateway Bible Audio App lets users listen to a variety of Bible translations, choosing from multiple audio narration styles; navigate quickly anywhere in the Bible; speed up or slow down playback to listen to the Bible at their own pace; and listen to the Bible while reading the very text that’s being narrated.

Among Bible Gateway’s many convenient features are the abilities to:
·         create a free account to select personal preferences
·         become a member of Bible Gateway Plus to benefit from additional acclaimed Bible study books
·         receive the free Visual Verse of the Day
·         access more than 200 Bible versions in more than 70 languages
·         benefit from free Bible dictionaries, commentaries, and encyclopedia
·         search for Bible verses using Emoji
·         listen to audio readings and productions of the Bible
·         comprehensively search the Bible using keywords, phrases, topics, and themes
·         display & compare up to five Bible translations side-by-side at once
·         read translator footnotes within the context of Bible verses
·         highlight and favorite Bible passages
·         write notes while reading Bible verses and save them to a personal account
·         easily share Bible verses with friends using Twitter, Facebook, email, and print
·         sign up for customizable Bible reading plans
·         select from more than 60 email and online devotionals
·         learn personal Scripture Engagement principles and techniques
·         discover new books and read Bible-related articles and interviews on the Bible Gateway Blog, named the #1 best Bible study blog on the web by Feedspot.

The top-10 keyword searches on Bible Gateway are:
1. love
2. faith
3. peace
4. hope
5. joy
6. prayer
7. holy spirit
8. grace
9. healing
10. forgiveness

The top-5 Bible verses searched and shared by users of Bible Gateway are:
1. John 3:16 - For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 
2. Jeremiah 29:11 - For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 
3. Philippians 4:13 - I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
4. Psalm 23:4 - Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 
5. Romans 8:28 - And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

The top-10 countries searching Bible Gateway are:
1. United States
2. United Kingdom
3. Canada
4. Mexico
5. Philippines
6. Columbia
7. Australia
8. South Africa
9. Brazil
10. India

It appears tropical vacationers and resort tourists enjoy browsing Bible Gateway. Out of more than 200 countries and territories, the geographic location that spends the most time (on average) on Bible Gateway is Saint-Martin/Sint Maarten, part of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean Sea, comprising two separate countries, divided between its northern French side (Saint-Martin), and its southern Dutch side (Sint Maarten). Sudan in northeast Africa is the country that statistically spends the least time on Bible Gateway.

About Bible Gateway
As the Internet’s most visited Christian website, Bible Gateway (https://BibleGateway.com) seeks to equip people to read and understand the Bible wherever they are. Millions of visitors from more than 200 countries regularly come to set up personal accounts and freely read, hear, search, study, compare, & share the Bible in 200+ versions & 70+ languages; read our daily Blog; subscribe to 60+ devotional email newsletters, verse-of-the-day, & Bible reading plans; and download our free award-winning Bible app. Bible Gateway offers Bible study opportunities with its membership service Bible Gateway Plus – which begins with a 30-day free trial (https://www.biblegateway.com/plus/) – and Bible Gateway online learning video courses (https://zondervanacademic.com/bible-gateway/). See Bible Gateway’s newsroom: https://www.biblegateway.com/newsroom.



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July 01, 2018

The Whore

© 2016 Debbie Turner Chavers
Water-Man Series

Close -up 
© 2016 Debbie Turner Chavers
Water-Man Series




The Whore

Bored
She called them all to play
As they laid their purpose and plans aside
She batted her eyes and opened her mouth wide
For the deceived to hide.





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June 17, 2018

Book Launch and Review of Dear Dad, Did You Know I Was A Princess?



Sundi Jo's book documents a brief glimpse of her life before and after realizing how much God, the Father loved her.
It is her testimony of God's faithfulness to complete what He has started in her and His calling on her life.
Written as journal entries she explores the path of redemption. The Way, the Truth, and the Life that is found in Jesus Christ.

You can purchase your copy and bonuses at http://www.sundijo.com/books/deardad/
You can read her blog at SundiJo.com
Twitter :  @Sundijo

I am done just surviving. I want to live.
~ Sundi Jo Graham

Excerpt from Sundi Jo's page..


About the Author


In 2008, Sundi Jo Graham weighed 330 lbs. and was short on hope with no direction of where her life was headed. But after hitting rock bottom, she turned her life around, lost 145 lbs., and committed to helping others find and pursue their passions and God-given dreams.
She is a passionate, versatile, and thought-provoking communicator whose authenticity connects her with audiences in a way few people can.
Her previous works including Liar Liar, Step Away from that Diet, and Becoming God’s Best.
She’s a fan of sushi, Dolly Parton, flip-flops, and coffee shops.










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June 11, 2018

A Prayer of Holy Rest

As I read Luke 11, the words "certain and ceased" grabbed my attention. Luke 11:1 is the introduction to the Lord's Prayer.
Luke 11:1 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.


© 2014 Debbie Turner Chavers

I am sure John taught his disciples well, but humanity and fleshy endeavors do not equal rest.
He ceased is what grabbed my attention. There are certain places..situations where I prayed and ceased. When I should have "seized" the prayer of faith and confessed the Lord's Prayer of provision and thanksgiving.
There is a holy rest in the Lord's prayer. A humbling of heart that confesses not me and my ability, but His provision for all things concerning me. All things concerning you.

His will, not mine. My total dependence daily upon my Creator for my physical and spiritual bread.
An acknowledgement of my dependence upon Him to forgive, as well as to be forgiven.
A holy rest that meets my need to have my footsteps ordered and led by the LORD so that I may avoid evil. To be granted the blessing of holy focus that although the path may widen yet my feet may stay within the Way.

Prayerfully resting in His Love
~Debbie





Luke 11:2-4 And he said unto them,
When you pray, say Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
Give us day by day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

Psalm 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD and he delighteth in his way.

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.



* Repost from my blog from 2016.

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May 23, 2018

Thinking :Poetry

Love is colorless
yet God has made a rainbow of people,
the rainbows end,
the treasure found,
culminating in His Son,
Jesus Christ

~Debbie

1 Corinthians 15:45-47 
And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.




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May 11, 2018

Immovable Love


Several mornings ago in the quiet of stretching I started thinking about "The world" and "The Word" and our response to them.

Man recognizes man via admiration, etc.. This gamut of interest is a fluid thing that changes with the barometer of judgement for or against you.
One of the things I love about God is that He recognizes His own and is not fickle.
His love and favor are stable, never transitory.
God is trustworthy, faithful, just, and merciful.
As I mull over the attributes of God versus the attributes of man it becomes glaringly obvious who we should emulate, worship and give our allegiance too.

For me the choice is God.
I hope as you consider Him in His beauty of character and deed that you too will choose Him as well.
Check God out.
You can read His written Bio in the Bible and receive a new name and identity after accepting His Son, Jesus Christ as your Savior.
Click here for a brief introduction to asking Jesus into your heart.
His love, His truth accepted and responded to, will set you free with His Immovable Love for you.

Call upon the LORD, He will not reject you.
~Debbie

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.


Behold the Man,The Word Became Flesh
© 2005 Debbie Turner Chavers


Romans 1:6 
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

Acts 4:10-12
Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.
This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.



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April 25, 2018

ADAMANT: Book and Bible Study by Lisa Bevere


I just finished reading Adamant  and have started the study that is being led by Lisa online.
The book is about establishing our lives and callings in Christ Jesus our Adamant.
To find our place as living stones, established in our faith.
The first chapter on page 17 summed up briefly in a few sentences what the book was going to teach.

When truth becomes fluid, we lose contact with answers larger than ourselves.
Real truth is a rock. Adamant. Indivisible. Immovable. Invincible.
Jesus is truth. And I propose that Jesus is the Adamant. 
~ Lisa Bevere

I am inviting you to join us... Messenger International has opened registration again for The Adamant Experience for a brief time.
Click here - to go to the link-- The Adamant Experience

You will be taken to the page to read more in depth about Adamant.
~Debbie

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Here is what Lisa has as an introduction to the book on her web page..

About the Book

What is truth?
This has become the defining question of our time.

But while everyone has an opinion, truth, it seems,

is getting harder and harder to find.

Perhaps that’s because we are searching for something

when we should be looking for someone.
Truth has a name.
More ancient than time and more present than this moment, truth is not a river that 
changes with the cultural currents, but a rock—immovable, invincible, unshakeable—
and the cornerstone of all we are and ever dream to be.
This book will help you find the strength to anchor your soul and lead others to the Truth.
Love you adamantly, 
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April 09, 2018

Walk in the Light


© 2005 Debbie Turner Chavers



Close-up of Feed My Lambs, Feed My Sheep
© 2005 Debbie Turner Chavers


Walk in the light you have received.  A single sentence flashed in my understanding as we took communion this morning. A brief flash of light reflected across my face as the Communion container was being opened and my thoughts went to 1John 1:5-7.

Walking in the light you have received, consider with me, 1John 1:1-10.
As you read these scriptures, think about the Body and Blood of Christ Jesus. Our taking of communion, and that through this gift, that we have been given the ability to look upon and handle, the Word of life.

Christ death and resurrection are revealed and manifested in us as we obey and remember what He has done.
That through His sacrifice on the Cross, Christ has given you and I, a clear path to the Father.
Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. (John14:6)
Communion, to dwell upon what He has accomplished through His obedient sacrifice for you and I.
Walk in the light, for in Him is no darkness at all.
Jesus said, "Do this in remembrance of me." (Luke 22:19) (1 Corinthians 11:24-25)

Walk in the Light that God has revealed to you. Today, I have been led to think on the privilege of taking communion. The cost which was borne by Christ and freely given to me and all who desire to receive Him.
I pray that as He lights your path and your understanding that you also will take the time to think on those things which are pure and lovely and of good report.(Philippians 4:8)

~Debbie


1John 1:1-10

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;

For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)

That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.



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March 05, 2018

Seek God

Painting
© 2016 Debbie Turner Chavers
Water-Man Series



Symptom: Willful blindness and laziness
*Cure: Matthew 22:36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.

A man is without integrity who will not seek God. For he has lied to himself first and everyone else when he states he is born again.
There is a willful fraud of being. A lazy cocooning of self that was changed at new birth, yet refuses to break free.
To crawl out of former bondage to fly on wings of obedience.

Who will define your truth for you? Will you tenure the precepts and intentions of mere man to determine YOUR life course?
Will you give that which is holy unto dogs?
No, your heart, mind, and body must belong only to the LORD who redeemed you.
You have been redeemed for eternity and a life worth living.

Come out from among them. Be ye separate.
The redeemed must physically remain amongst men and family yet remain united in fellowship with the Holy Spirit.

Abide in Him.

~Debbie

© 2016 Debbie Turner Chavers
Sculpture
Water-Man series



2 Corinthians 6:14-18
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

** Biblical usuage of belial: wicked, unprofitable,base fellow, evil, naughty, ungodly.
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January 04, 2018

Draw The Circle 40-Day Prayer Challenge

There are a multitude of great bible studies to do at this time of year. I have chosen a Prayer Challenge for the New Year.
If you would like to join us, the study starts February 14, 2018. Register now online by clicking the link provided here... STUDYGateway.com


Join Us For The
FREE Draw The Circle 40-Day Prayer Challenge
Online Bible Study with Mark Batterson

Get access to 5 FREE study videos taught by Mark + FREE resources to get started

I pray you are blessed and encouraged in your everyday walk with God as you pursue Him in prayer.
~ Debbie




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November 08, 2017

A Place to Sit

© 2005 Debbie Turner Chavers


Yesterday, a sentence formulated in my thoughts that stopped me in my tracks and led me to sit down and study God's word for further clarification.
God has said," Come now, and let us reason together." (Isaiah 1:18)

For your consideration...

The seduction of witchcraft, aka. an anti-christ spirit seeks to self-elevate. To seduce one into thinking that they are "important" in an unholy way.

As a child of God, the Holy Spirit seeks to fill every space within us with the knowledge of God.

So that we can be a vessel filled and used for the Master's purpose.
The Holy Spirit is at work within us to elevate the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ in our understanding.

To open the eyes of our understanding. (Ephesians 1:18)
To clearly reveal to us that we are to be seated in and with Christ Jesus, the Messiah, not above or beyond Him.

Example:
In Daniel 4:30 king Nebuchadnezzar shows forth his seduction.
The king spake and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?

**This lifting up of self is followed by judgement, the kings abasement and then restoration.

King Nebuchadnezzar was chastised and restored according to God's mercy.(Daniel 4:37)
God's desire is not to destroy but to open the eyes of our understanding as to our place in Christ Jesus.

Daniel 4:34  And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:

Daniel 4:37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase. 


Chastening seems grievous at the time but it is administered by He who loves us.
Look at the root word in chastening..chaste.
The desired result is a purity of intention, a return to our first love.

Hebrews 12:11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby

Isaiah 53 is a testimony to the lengths that God has gone to deliver us from seduction and our love of self.
There is nothing in man that is intended to be exalted in himself and his efforts.
We must not allow ourselves to be seduced by self love that seeks to displace Jesus Christ on the throne of our hearts and minds.


~Debbie



John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. 

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 

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