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Walking Daily in the Temple

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Here is my Sign Rest

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Pastor Aaron is asking uook but to make a sign? s to not only write the but make a sign?

1 Ever get weary?

2. What is your sign to the world?

3. What does the enemy do?

4. How do you practice overcoming ?

5. What carrots have you.are you allowing ?

6. Is your yoke easy? Burdens light?

7. What is real rest ?

8. What hinders our ability?

9. Can you put the sign on the post?

Praise God ! Seems like a simple message but really gets to the heart of resting in Him and taking on the easy yoke! Lets talk about it!
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    Tuesday, November 07 2017, 10:25 AM - #Permalink
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    Right now we are focusing a lot on having a 10 second testimony that we can share with anyone that is effective (I'll be honest I am struggling with something that will be effective for everyone I meet)...however, Pastor Aaron's message spoke something more to me, it spoke a life that is a testimony or a sign. We need to have a 10 second sign for people to read, as it were, yet we still need a life that is a sign. That sign being peace and rest when most of the world doesn't have it.

    There were so many great nuggets in this message but I want to just bring out a couple that really stood out to me...#1 Pastor Aaron said, "We can't wait for God to change us; we have to practice overcoming right now." Powerful statement! Honestly, I have been waiting for God to change me (my mind, my emotions, etc.) so that I can overcome in the area of appetite. It's not as simple as disciplining myself in what I eat and how much because that doesn't last ( I've done that many times). There has to be a change in how I think and feel about it but I realized I couldn't keep waiting for God when He had been waiting for me to truly get serious about overcoming. So last week, He showed me what I need to do to get the overcoming process in high gear and I'm doing it. So when Pastor Aaron made that comment, I totally understood what he was saying. I am no longer waiting for God to change me first, I am practicing overcoming and I know in this process He will change me.

    #2 Have we been close enough to God that we recognize His absence? When Pastor Aaron asked this question I think it hit everyone pretty hard, at least it did me. I have to admit that for a year and a half I had thought I was going the same way as the Lord, and was hearing from Him and being with Him everyday until I realized I wasn't and that I had simply become very familiar with something not God (self) and thought it was God (because I wanted to believe it was Him so badly). That experience showed me that I have never been so close to God that I recognize when He's absence. For a while now, I have been working on growing closer to Him. I want to be at that point where I know immediately the difference. I can't say that I'm completely there yet. But I know I am growing closer to Him because less and less of the world has any appeal to me anymore. I know I'm growing closer to Him as more and more of sin grows more disgusting to me and I hate when I miss the mark more than ever. I look forward to the day when I can honestly say that I know (not just think I know) when His presence is simply not there and when it is.
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    Wednesday, November 08 2017, 12:45 PM - #Permalink
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    The "if only" carrot that Pastor Aaron mentioned has been something that I've struggled with on and off through my life. It can be a very subtle thing, like getting so busy in the present to work yourself toward some perceived goal. But in that busyness, with your focus far out on that goal (usually a self-oriented goal), you can totally miss the present and what is going on around you and what other people are going through. You think you're overcoming because you're working toward that carrot, but in reality you're in bondage because you are totally missing the now.

    You're right Elder Christy, Pastor's question about recognizing God's absence hit me hard as well. For me, I get busy doing my own thing, pointing just a few degrees of at first. Then as time goes on and I pay attention once more to seek His presence, I see I am far off. And I see the results of not being yoked with Him; being confused, overwhelmed, or stumbling in sin.

    Pastor Aaron said: "If this earth is going to see a sign, then I have to make choices that put me in a position to overcome everyday." That doesn't mean no work, but it means throwing off the yoke of bondage and taking on the yoke of Christ to co-labor with Him, learning from Him, moving in the same direction. Doing that will make people in the world see your sign and say "Wait, why are you rested in this?".

    I usually quote (I think from Bishop) that you can't answer a question someone doesn't have. I pray that my sign will give people a question and that the answer points them to repentance and reconciliation to the Father.
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    Wednesday, November 08 2017, 12:54 PM - #Permalink
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    What is my sign saying? What does my sign say when I'm home, work, church.....
    Have I overcome the things that are holding me back from fully walking with God? Do I really know God and does he know me? When hard times come is my faith really in God? After Sunday's message, I have been asking myself questions. I need to know the answers to my questions.

    I went to work last night thinking about all this. My heart was crying because I really want to sign to be shown. I want my book to have facts in it and not make believe. I don't want to believe I'm something I'm not. So I was working with a lady that just started to with for the company I work for. We weren't talking about church or God or anything like that. Ending our conversation about the clients we work for she asked me, What church did I go to... Proudly I said, BAM International! At the moment I knew that God knew me and that I knew Him. I knew that my sign was showing. I have never told her I went to church but she said h\she just knew I was different in a good way. Well, I began to tell her about BAM... Her words after hearing about BAM and my testimony were WOW. She has been living in Sandusky for three years and never found a church home. I gave her a BAM card and told her we would love to have her come Sunday. I told her about BUY A MEAL too because people love food. lol
    God cares about her. I was able to be a sign. I wasn't trying to be but once you know God you have a change of character, a change in the way you speak and act and she saw that. I'm blessed to know I have a testimony and that I have a church called BAM that know that people need to hear it. I am an overcomer!

    She might be coming Sunday. Her name is Susan let's keep her in prayer. I know once she comes to BAM she will be able to see more signs.
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    Wednesday, November 08 2017, 11:05 PM - #Permalink
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    Elder Christy
    I hear a coup;e things in what you are saying.. Making steps toward where we are going is the key not just "Waiting". But It is a great thing that we grow. There was a time when I would really feel the Spirit of God when I sang or was in a great service. but outside of there I didn't. Then I made a commitment. I told God I would go where he wanted me to go and do what He wanted me to do and I would say what He wanted me to say. That was in the 1980's. from that day forward there has not been a day when I didn't experience the presence of God. Having said that it has been a process to get more and more and realize when it is not there. Guess what ? I am still on that journey. The Gaps are shorter and the presence more each day. But I see the change that came for me was when I decided "Not my will but thy will be done. That is it isn't it? How much of the World can I deny ? what mountain do I tell to move. One other thing. courage. Faith . Being able to speak up unashamedly. when we meet people. Understanding that we are wherever we are by appointment. So God is there and ready to help us say what He wants us to say. that was a long answer but i want to be clear if you step out for God He will always show up! His presence is there whether we " Feel it".or not We just need know it. great post Elder Christy!

    Nate Evans:

    Exactly what I was talking about. It is when we let the deceitfulness of riches, the lust of other things, work anything that we being inwardly motivated by selfish reasons trying to be our own god, pull us away from what God would have us to do . His presence is here but we don't recognize it and do what is comfortable. So what do we do? We make it comfortable to do what God is doing. We clearly identify ourselves (Make a sign) as being children of God.
    One thing I learned that is early on in most conversations I identify. By saying Well I am a minister and there isomething God says about that. Or , You know ,y pastor said something about that. It does 2 things it rells the other person what plane we are on and it sets the boundaries for me to operate in a Godly way. It is time we become a neon sign. Some will respond some won't but they will clearly have the Opportunity. As I watch people look for motives in the recent shootings, I realize that we the Church bear some responsibility. these individuals did not know god. The enemy had free reign in their lives. Who witnessed to them? who prayed for them?.. Maybe someone did, but it made me think. we need to get this Word of life out and we need to do it boldly and quickly! Great post Nate.

    Stephanie Carter!
    what a testimony! that is just what Bishop has been talking about. Because you were yearning to do what God had in store. the opportunity came up and you knew just what to do and stepped forward! Jesus said, " My yoke is easy and my burden is light." It is not as hard as we make it. The enemy is saying, " shhh put that sign away people will ridicule you." But when you let your sign shine.God takes over and you succeed! great post SStephanie ! Way to let the Word Become Life in your life!
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    Thursday, November 09 2017, 04:45 PM - #Permalink
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    It seems like there are constantly opportunities to be tested. If it's not one thing, it's another thing. At some point or another everybody is going through SOMETHING. The question is, how will we respond? Which yoke will we take on as we are going through it? The world's yoke is "if only I had this, THEN..."or "if only people would... THEN it would be better" "If only, if only...". Constantly looking for relief or satisfaction, and never reaching it. BUT God's yoke, His way, His Word, gives us the answers we need to enter into that rest we are so longing for.
    One of the biggest things I notice in the Word is to be thankful in every situation. To the world, that's just not normal. That sounds like a sign to me! When we are thankful, we aren't looking for the next satisfaction we can find, like the rest of the world encourages us to do.
    I am learning this in my most recent experiences. I'm finding a LOT of rest in being thankful, because I have recently had (as I know many of us have had) plenty of opportunity to feel stressed out and overwhelmed. I am understanding, especially through Pastor Aaron's message on Sunday, that this is just another time to build a testimony. It's not much of a testimony without a test. :)
    When my mind and my flesh are given opportunities to entertain the "if only carrots", I have a decision to make. I hope my sign I am showing the world is that I am taking on the yoke of God, getting the answers from His Word alone, and no matter what tests may come I STILL have joy and a peace that the world simply can't understand so that they can't help but ask me "how".
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    Thursday, November 09 2017, 07:52 PM - #Permalink
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    Just like the other people who have shared regarding Pastor Aaron's question: "Do we recognize the absence of the Presence of God?" This question hit me pretty hard as well. This week, I really focused on that question and one of the things I noticed immediately which told me I was not in the presence of God was my vocabulary. The phrase "I can't do this" would come out of my mouth instead of "I can do ALL things through Christ which strengthens me" That four letter phrase spoken outloud says to everyone, "I do not trust in God to give me the strength and skills to be able to handle the tasks at hand." NOT the sign I want to be.... This phrase also revealed to me how much, at times, I really live my life going to work in my own faith instead of going to work in His faith. Ugghh. Thankfully we are overcoming ourselves and moving into a time where we truly can be a sign that demonstrates Yehovah instead of ourselves.
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    Saturday, November 11 2017, 12:33 PM - #Permalink
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    I so very much enjoyed reading everyone's "ah-ha" moments with God this week. You guys bless me socks off!! :)

    Taking on His yoke has allowed me to enjoy the journey this week. Stress only entered once, and I immediately stopped and said: "Where'd ya go God?"
    I joke, but it became clear that I had left the presence of God, because the attributes of His Spirit were not obvious. Surrendering to His rest has allowed me to make Him obvious to those around me.

    I had a lady stop the conversation in the middle of a meeting yesterday and ask: "How do you get it all done?" And I didn't joke and say something nonchalant like "I don't sleep". Because I was at rest, and had clear thinking and connection with the Spirit of God, I answered with a testimony about how I use to deal with anxiety, and then it was called out at church, I was prayed for, and I've not dealt with it from this day forward. Which has caused me to be productive, and not stole hours from my days. Her eyes got wide and she said: "Wow, I need that". I handed her a card and told her: "See you on Sunday".

    His rest, His yoke, make the labor enjoyable. Being observant of that this week has caused people to see my sign. It's like it lit it up bright! I may have upgraded to a LED digital display! lol!
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