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Where You Goin’?

Have not I commanded you? Be strong, vigorous, and very courageous. Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Pass through the camp and command the people, Prepare your provisions, for within three days you shall pass over this Jordan to go in to take possession of the land which the Lord your God is giving you to possess.
Joshua 1:9‭, ‬11 AMPC
https://bible.com/bible/8/jos.1.9-11.AMPC

Go on then! If God is for you, no man, monsterous disease or demon can stand against you and prevail. He said it. Do you believe it, friend? Come on, let’s go with Jesus to the other side of your problem to your miracle.

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Are You Dull?

Are you dull, dim or discouraged?

In Proverbs 27:17 in The Passion Translation, we are told:

It takes a grinding wheel to sharpen a blade, and so one person sharpens the character of another.
Proverbs 27:17 TPT
https://bible.com/bible/1849/pro.27.17.TPT

In Matthew 5, Jesus said:

“Your lives light up the world. Let others see your light from a distance, for how can you hide a city that stands on a hilltop? And who would light a lamp and then hide it in an obscure place? Instead, it’s placed where everyone in the house can benefit from its light. So don’t hide your light! Let it shine brightly before others, so that the commendable things you do will shine as light upon them, and then they will give their praise to your Father in heaven.”
Matthew 5:14‭-‬16 TPT
https://bible.com/bible/1849/mat.5.14-16.TPT

Then, in Galatians, we read:

And don’t allow yourselves to be weary or disheartened in planting good seeds, for the season of reaping the wonderful harvest you’ve planted is coming! Take advantage of every opportunity to be a blessing to others, especially to our brothers and sisters in the family of faith!
Galatians 6:9‭-‬10 TPT
https://bible.com/bible/1849/gal.6.9-10.TPT

God says: Stir up your gifts. Be bold as lions. I am with you in every place. None of this has caught me off guard. Hide in me and you’ll be given rest.

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New Logo

Hi Friends,

This is the logo for UTBW.BLOG.

The story behind the logo…

My sister asked me, “What is ugly on the outside but beautiful on the inside?”

I rather quickly responded, “A geode.” Now, it’s not that a geode is ugly on the outside but rather that it is plain and very much a disguise for the level of intricate beauty on the inside. So I knew a geode had to be part of the logo indeed.

Then I thought about who we are as Christians, truly. Just like our Savior and Older Brother, Jesus Christ, we are either called to be lions or lionesses. That is our true identity that needs to be revealed over time and through the leading of the Holy Spirit.

So you see in the image, a lioness who shows markings, scars or lines as she is bursting forth in her beauty and being less contained and restrained in a misleadingly outwardly plain shroud.

I am still very deep in the development phase of the various items that will be offered through the website including my books.

If you are a servant of Jesus Christ, please continue to pray with me for wisdom, guidance, direction and divine connections. God is up to something big. This whole ministry is His for whatever purposes He defines, in whatever way and at whatever pace He chooses and sets.

Blessings of God on you today.

Kristiann

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True Intimacy

Google search brings up the following:

in·ti·ma·cy
noun
close familiarity or friendship; closeness or a private cozy atmosphere

I don’t mind sharing that I’ve been married twice and frankly never experienced intimacy with either husband. Certainly people use the word intimacy euphemistically for sexual acts and that is not to what I am referring. I am referring to a true closeness between the core of who you are and the core of who another person is.

I have been privileged and continue to be so, in that I have intimate enduring friendships, some going back over 20 years now. But I’ve really been dancing with this whole concept of intimacy lately.

What does intimacy with the Lord look like? Maybe you, like I, have been hearing the sexual euphemism for so long that is prevalent in the American culture, that the idea of intimacy with the Lord sounds strange. But recently, the Lord revealed to me that without true intimacy with Him, we can never know true intimacy with a lifelong spouse.

Truly falling in love with our First Love and maintaining that, as our first priority, is the only way to fulfillment. Only then, can the true door to intimacy on all levels be opened to us in human relationships….

But I have this [one charge to make] against you: that you have left (abandoned) the love that you had at first [you have deserted Me, your first love]. Remember then from what heights you have fallen. Repent (change the inner man to meet God’s will) and do the works you did previously [when first you knew the Lord], or else I will visit you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you change your mind and repent.
Revelation 2:4‭-‬5 AMPC
https://bible.com/bible/8/rev.2.4-5.AMPC

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Imago Dei

Identity: What’s in your core being? Who do you resemble? What makes you who you are? Who do you believe you are?

For many of us, development of identity can be a very lengthy if not lifelong process. I submit, that if we do not know who we are, it is impossible to fulfill our purpose.

What informs your sense of identity? For me, I have to look at the Bible to get a picture of my Creator. I read in there that He created man and woman in His image. The Bible uses what might be termed personified imagery for the only true and powerful deity. But what if we stopped looking at ourselves and then trying to figure out God and instead read about and experience who He is so that when we look at our reflection and our actions we can see how much we resemble Him?

In the church, we always talk about how we are His hands and His feet and in the Aaronic blessing it discusses God making His face to shine upon us. The Word also says that He breathed life into man when He created Adam, that we are the apple of His eye, He upholds us with His righteous right hand and on and on the examples go.

I believe our actual physical structure as well as how our character and mentality are designed to be, are reflective of how God Himself is. The unfortunate thing is that it’s so easy to believe the lies that are whispered in our ears about who we are. When we believe the lies, it changes not only how we see ourselves but how we conduct ourselves and in turn how other people perceive us.

I believe the Lord would challenge us today to trust what He has written about us and to listen to what He whispers in the quiet place when we are alone with Him, the Only One who truly knows and understands us even better than we know and understand ourselves.

Identity is one of the keys to unlock your destiny!