The Word of God
Don’t let your mess stop your TESTIMONY!!!
Rev. 12:11 says And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
There are a lot of things in this life that we go through whether it be issues of our own making or things that we have no control over and at times those issues may cause us to be afraid or to be ashamed and that type of thinking will put us into a self-made prison. But allow me to let you in on a little secret, the things that we go through in this life are not just for us but so that we can encourage someone else that they can get back up, that they can make it through, that they can press their way through leaning and depending on Jesus.
I use to be so ashamed of my past and things that have happened to me, I was afraid that people would find out and if they did, what would they think of me and when we think like this, this gives man too much power over us when we should really be concerned about what God thinks and what God says. One of my FAVORITE scriptures in the Bible is Romans 8:1 that says There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. This means that if we are in Christ Jesus, He does not condemn us and we should not condemn ourselves or anyone else because God’s amazing grace is still sufficient. Remember that the Bible says in Romans 13:8 to owe no man any thing but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
So can I be honest with you? I know about infidelity in marriage and how to come out of it on the other side with your marriage still intact. I know about wanting to having a child and not being able to due to health issues. I know about being in an abusive relationship both verbal and physical and not knowing from day to day what would transpire. I know about being molested by a family friend and being too afraid to tell anyone. I know about inflicting pain and hurting people. I know about being betrayed by friends who I thought were ride or die. I know about being deep in depression in a pit that was so deep that I did not see a way out. I know about insecurities and not feeling good enough, pretty enough, skinning enough, etc. I know about finding lumps in my breast, and nodules in my thyroid. But you know what in EVERY one of these situations there was a “But God”. But God for me was ALWAYS a turning point because when I began to get honest with Him and give Him ALL of my brokenness, He gave me beauty for every scar. So now I can comfort and encourage someone else the way that God comforted and encouraged me. But if we are too ashamed to share our testimonies, too ashamed to show our scars, how can we help our brothers and sisters? Every time we share our testimonies, we overcome!! We are not bragging on ourselves, we are bragging on our Big God for whom NOTHING is too hard.
So I just want to encourage someone today, don’t let anyone else tell your testimony, YOU TELL IT!! God did not have you to go through all of that to keep it to yourself, remember iron sharpens iron. NEVER let your mess stop your testimony, people need to KNOW that God is REAL and that He is ABLE!!! Be encouraged and God bless!..... Elder Donna Marsh
The video below by Corrie Ten Boom titled “One Way Door” is one of the most powerful videos I have ever seen about the power of forgiveness and God’s never ending love for us. As I watched and listened to Corrie’s testimony the flood gates burst open and I could not stop crying and thanking God for His sovereignty. I got so convicted because what this woman lived through and survived is only by the grace of God and the little stuff that I go through down here does not even compare and God spoke to me so clearly and said YOU ABSOLUTELY HAVE NO RIGHT NOT TO FORGIVE!! The cost was great, I paid for YOU with my Son’s blood, this is something that you can’t do on your own but it is because my Spirit is abiding in you that you are able to forgive. Extending forgiveness to those who have hurt you is a privilege. I pray that this video will encourage you to love lavishly and to forgive totally and completely and remember forgiveness sets you FREE!!!
Gracefully Broken….Elder Donna Marsh
Get Out Of The Boat
Yesterday morning when I was getting ready I heard the Lord speak to me so clearly and He said “Get Out Of The Boat” and He took me to Matthew 14:22~33. This is about what happened after Jesus fed the 5,000 with 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread. Afterward He sent the disciples by boat to the other side but the boat began to be tossed with waves and the wind was contrary. So in the fourth watch of the night Jesus came to them walking on the sea and the disciples saw him walking on the sea and became troubled for they thought it was a spirit and cried out in fear but Jesus let them know it was Him and not to be afraid. But Peter answered Him and said, Lord if it be thou, bid me to come unto thee on the water and Jesus said come. So Peter stepped out on faith and stepped on the water and began to walk on the water and he was doing fine as long as He kept his eyes on Jesus but when he started focusing on his surroundings, he began to sink and cried out to Jesus to save him and immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand and caught him.
Now we as Christians know that God speaks to us and when He speaks He speaks to be obeyed!! It is so easy to get comfortable and become complacent with the status quo that we don’t want to rock the boat. But I believe God is calling us to get out of the boat, to venture out into the deep, into the unknown for He is already there. If God speaks, what is He calling you to do and what is your response? We keep trying to compartmentalize and marginalize God when He is so much BIGGER and His ways are past finding out. Can you trust Him in the dark times for what He has shown you and promised you in the light?? God is wanting to show us great and wonderful things but we are too afraid to get out of the boat. We are afraid of what people may think instead of believing all of God’s promises. There are always going to be haters and naysayers but God wants us to dream bigger, to pray bigger to believe bigger!! We keep settling for little drops of God here and there and we have yet to experience the overflow of God!! We keep trying to confine God to the 4 walls of our churches when He is so much BIGGER and we are sitting on our gifts and talents, afraid to step out on faith into the deep, into the unknown, afraid to get out of the boat!! There are churches that are suffering, churches that are dying because no one wants to get out of the boat!!! We use the excuse that this is the way that it has always been done but isn’t God bigger than that? We keep forgetting that we were created in His image and likeness and not in man’s. God does not want robots, He wants people who believe Him and take Him at His word!! It is time for us to step into the overflow of God and to use everything that He has blessed us with for His glory!! It is time to get uncomfortable, time to think outside the box, time to shatter the box and to be radical for Christ!! Staying in the shallow end will get you shallow results. I want to venture out into the deep, don’t you? Why do we only think we can preach and teach from the pulpit when God gives us daily opportunities to shine a light in this dying world? I have made the decision to get out of the boat and to go wherever the Lord leads me because I know that trusting God will take me to some amazing places and I pray that you will join me!!
To God be the glory….Elder Donna Marsh
God Is BIGGER!!!
Luke 1:37 says For with God nothing shall be impossible.
As 2017 was coming to a close, I ask the Lord, Lord what would you have me to keep in the forefront of my mind and heart in 2018 and He said, remember that this Christian walk is personal and I am BIGGER!! And I said Lord, bigger than what and He said you name it and I am BIGGER than that. He told me to be steadfast and unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord for as much as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. He told me that no matter what I will face in 2018, HE IS BIGGER!!! He told me to stop trying to put Him in a box and stop trying to put limits on His power!!! He said that He is so much more than I could ever imagine or think. He said remember that you walk by faith and not by sight and faith is…I believe God!!
He told me that in John 3:16 when He said that For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. This was a scripture for the masses but when I accepted Him as my Saviour it became personal, I could exchange whosoever and replace it with “Donna” and my life has never been the same. It’s personal because He took those stripes for me, it’s personal because He shed His precious blood for me, it is personal because He defeated death for me, and it’s personal because my life is now in Him seated at the right hand of the Father. It’s personal because I know one day He is coming back for me. It’s personal because my name is written in a stone (Rev. 2:17KJV). It is personal because I am the apple of His eye. It is personal because I was fearfully and wonderfully made and marvelous are His works!! See there are a lot of promises in the Bible and all of His promises are YES and AMEN, that is if you have accepted Him as your Lord and Saviour.
For me to live this life down here without Christ would be impossible BUT because of Him, ALL things are possible!! Eyes have not seen, ears have not heard neither has it entered into the heart of man the things that He has prepared for them who love Him!! I just want to encourage someone today that God is so much BIGGER than your past, present and your future. Trust Him and don’t lean unto your own understanding but acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will direct your path. Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above ALL that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.
I pray that you would get to know Him and invite Him into your heart. I promise you, your life will never be the same because being in a relationship with Him will take you to some amazing places and cause you to do things that you never thought you would or could do.
Gracefully Broken…. Elder Donna Marsh
Oh How He Loves Us
But God commended his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8KJV)
Love is a word that we say and toss around so lightly without ever fully realizing what real love is. We look for it in all of the wrong places trying to fill a void that only Jesus himself can fill. Love can make us do some crazy things and take us places that we have no business going. We will even turn our backs on God just to hear someone say “I Love You.” We are so desperate for love and to be loved that we allow ourselves to go into relationships that we know are not good for us all in the name of love.
We chase after people and things instead of chasing hard after God, the giver of all things. But even in the midst of all of this, God chose to send His Son, Jesus to die on a cruel cross because He loved us just that much!! Even though He knew that some of us would not accept His love, He did it anyway so that we could be reconciled back to Himself. Now that is real love, a love that wants to see people saved from eternal damnation. And yet we still go whoring after other things and making them gods in our lives.
We were created to love and worship and praise our creator, the giver and sustainer of all life. He is the one that teaches us how to really love one another. His love is a genuine gift and it is there for whosoever will accept it. His love is limitless and unfathomable, it is from everlasting to everlasting and it is not based on how good or how righteous we think we are but it is based on how good and how righteous He is. His love is not fickle and it does not change every time the wind blows but it is stable and it is solid and it is unshakeable and it is unmovable. This is how much He loves us, aren’t you glad that He is not a man that He should lie and that ALL of His promises are yes and amen. I just want to encourage you to fall in love with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Allow Him to show you what real love is so that you will know how to really love someone, let Him change you from the inside out. Today is a good day to give your life to Him!!!
In His Hands…..Elder Donna Marsh
Praise Him For Who He Is!!!
Mark 8:29 says “And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ.”
I was just sitting thinking about how people like to drop names of the famous people they know and how there is a big difference between knowing of a person and to know a person and this bought me back to this verse in Mark 8:29. People can tell you about Jesus but it becomes something altogether different when you know Him for yourself. The Bible says that we a compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses but it becomes personal when you know Him for yourself. See I know Him as the binding and final authority in all things pertaining to my marriage. I know Him as Jehovah Rapha, my healer. I know Him as a Counselor and as a mender of broken things. I know Him as a mind regulator because he continues to keep me sane in the midst of it all. I know Him as my saving grace. I know him as the rock that is higher than I. I know Him as my intercessor and Immanuel because He is forever with me.
He is the life, the Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, Son of Man, Only Begotten Son, Light of the World, Messiah, Savior, The Beloved, Bread of Life, King of the Jews, The Truth, Lamb of God, Creator, Mighty God, Jehovah Jireh,
Jehovah Nissi, Jehovah Shalom, Jehovah Tsidkenu, El Shadi, Elohim, Rose of Sharon, Dayspring, Lily of the Valley, Bright & Morning Star, Wonderful, Alpha & Omega, Grace, Mercy, Strong Tower, High Tower, Consuming Fire, The wheel in the middle of a wheel, Big Brother, The Righteous Judge, just to name a few. But who do YOU say He is? You can only answer this question if you have a personal relationship with Him. I just want to encourage you to get to know Jesus, intimately. And praise Him for who He is in your life!!! It is good to know people but NOTHING compares to you having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the one who died on the cross for your sins. Now that is a name worth bragging about!!!
In His Hands….Elder Donna Marsh
Mark 10:46~52 says ~ And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee. And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.
We are such a needy people, we go from relationship to relationship begging for someone to love us, for someone to really see us, for someone to rescue us, we need help! Yet when it comes to God, we try to cover up everything that is broken as if He does not already know. In these verses we see a blind man by the road side and before Jesus came he was begging for stuff, temporal stuff but something changed when he heard that Jesus was passing by. There was something inside him that let him know, hey I had better start asking for what I really need and I heard that this man Jesus was the one to ask. So he started calling out to Jesus and many tried to shut him up but he called even louder Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. He kept begging and then it says Jesus stopped. How many of us know that when Jesus steps into a situation that things cannot remain the same? Next it says that they called him and it says that he stood and cast away his garment and came to Jesus. How many of us know that when Jesus calls us sometimes we have to let go of stuff that we have been holding on to so tightly? Next Jesus asked him what his need was. We have to realize that we have a need or an issue that only Jesus himself can fix. It goes back to how can God heal what we deny and how can He touch what we cover up. Bartimaeus said that I may receive my sight and then Jesus saith go thy way, thy faith hath made thee whole. Then it said immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus. Notice Jesus said go thy way and it says he followed Jesus in the way.
Are you too proud to beg for what you need? Not what you want but what your real need is. You know we go to Jesus for so many things but a lot of the time we don’t go to Him for what we really need. Lord please change my heart and help me to love like you love, Lord help me to forgive the way that you have forgiven me, Lord save my family, Lord have mercy on me. At your church when they open the doors of the church, does pride keep you sitting in your seat? When the choir is rendering praise unto the Lord, do we act like God has done nothing for us? Are we to ashamed to lift holy hands and praise Him with the fruit of our lips? Are we too afraid to cry out, JESUS, THOU SON OF DAVID, HAVE MERCY ON US? You know I have spent far too much time begging for things that don’t really matter and now I am begging for more of HIM, I am desperate for Jesus and I ain’t too proud to beg. Are you????Mark 10:46~52
Broken into Beautiful
Isaiah 61:1~3 says "The Spirit of the LORD GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified."
Jeremiah 18:1~6 says "The word came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. Then I went down to the Potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel."
Psalm 34:18 says "The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit."
You know we always go to God and ask Him to break strongholds that we have in our lives but we never want to be broken. All throughout the Bible we see how God uses broken people for our good and for His glory. When you look at David, broken, the woman with the issue of blood, broken, the woman at the well, broken, the woman caught in adultery, broken and the list can go on. And God could have turned his back on each one of them but instead he loved them to himself. In all their brokenness, once they gave the pieces to Him, He restored them and gave them beauty for all of their ashes and He can do the same thing for us today. We have gotten in the habit of wearing all of these masks to try to hide our pain and our shame but God sees it and He still loves us. But until we come broken before Him with Godly sorrow we will continue to walk through this life broken and trying to fill our brokenness with all manner of things, when God sent His Son to set us free. We no longer have to walk around in bondage. God can use all of our brokenness and turn it into a beautiful ministry. I know that He has done that for me. Once I started confessing my mess and put my life in His Hands, my life has forever changed. There is so much liberty in Christ Jesus, if only we would taste and see. I found out in my brokenness that my relationship with Christ became that much sweeter because the Bible says that He is close to those who are of a broken heart and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. God did not bring you all this way to leave you. He truly is the potter and He only wants to put you back together again. Aren't you glad about that? Aren't you glad that He is not like the world because the world likes to discount broken things and even throw them away but God likes to restore broken things and make them better than they were before. So I just want to encourage you to check into God's exchange rate, you give Him all of your brokenness in exchange for His beauty!!! Now we are talking about an EXTREME MAKEOVER!!!! To God be the glory.
In His Hands... Elder Donna Marsh