Saturday, March 28, 2015

Consider Him Who Can Save to the Uttermost

One of my dogwoods
For consider him [Jesus] that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Hebrews 12:3 KJV

Besides busy-ness getting in the way of my writing to you the last few weeks, the feeling of not being able to write anything worthy of this holy season prevented me. I have several incomplete devotions I started for this blog. But, that being said, I've watched the earth coming alive all around me with new birth. It’s the wonderful season of Easter when I am ever mindful of Jesus’ journey to the cross. I wanted to write a few words today to encourage you on your journey of faith.

This past month I studied the book of Job. I hope I will be sharing some meditations on that in the future. In some ways, Job foreshadows the life of Christ.

Job suffered the misunderstanding, anger, and scorn of even his friends who accused him of hypocrisy and sin. He suffered humiliation and blame. His wife advised him to curse God and die. His children were destroyed and Job lost all his earthly comforts and possessions. No man could help him. Besides that anguish, he suffered greatly in his body as Satan piled on to prove his point that man only serves God for the blessings. Job didn’t know the backstory, didn’t know that Satan and God had made a battleground of his soul – yet still, he trusted in the integrity of God.

Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him. Job 13:15a

For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: and though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold…. Job 19:25-27a

Hope for Job was totally based on God.

Job longed for a mediator to plead his case before God. Job had no advocate: we do.

Praise God for the Cross of Jesus Christ.  

Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. Hebrews 7:25

I took these today in my backyard -- if only I knew how.  3/28/2015

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Monday, March 9, 2015

I am Crucified with Christ

Quebec City, Quebec

Sir, you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. John 4:11a

Jesus raised the curiosity of the Samarian woman at the well. She had practical matters to attend to, but this Jewish man speaking to her raised questions in her mind. (See John 4:7-30)

…thou hast nothing to draw with…

She might as well have added, “as a matter of fact.” She made statements based on what she saw according to her natural reasoning, which was totally blind to God’s ways.

I wonder how often we put limitations on God. We presume to understand the situations and circumstances we find ourselves in better than God.

After all, we reason…

How will I ever overcome this weakness?
This debt is too much. How can I pay it?
How can I help this troubled relationship?

We put limitations on God by trying to figure it all out ourselves. With our preconceived notions, even religious prejudices, we deny the power of God.

…the well is deep…

Don’t we insult God by our unbelief every time we worry and, in effect, question Him by our doubts and fears?

Instead we need to identify ourselves with Christ and confess like Paul did:

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. Galatians 2:20a RSV

We, who call Jesus our Lord and Savior, need to realize the resurrection power of God that lives in us. It’s not practical or common sense; it’s the Spirit of the living God. The life hid with Christ in God—our Source of living water. We need to identify so completely with His life, that we bring it into our daily living, walk and conversation. The power of the crucified Christ (in us as Spirit-filled believers) is meant to be brought to real, definite, practical experiences in our lives.

He that believeth on Me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. John 7:38

New Zealand waterfall taken by my daughter

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I want to thank all of you on behalf of Jennifer Brommet and myself for visiting last week. Lou Ann Keiser will be receiving a copy of Jennifer’s book True Identify. Lou Ann, I know you’ll be blessed. Thank you again Jennifer for being my guest on Write Moments with God.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Meet the Author -- Jennifer Brommet -- Plus Weekly Book Give-Away

Today’s guest is Jennifer Brommet.  I had the pleasure of meeting Jennifer last year in association with the Georgia Author of the Year Awards.  I was blessed to spend time with her in November at a TIM Retreat.  She’s a special lady that I’m pleased to introduce to you.

Jennifer is the founder and director of True Identity Ministries, Inc.; a ministry passionate about helping people embrace, and be set free, in their true identity in Christ. She has a background in design (former Art Director for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association), administrative work, and ministry. She is a recent missionary in taking the True Identity message and training to Kenya several times. She and her husband Remco live in Cumming, GA and have two daughters. One pursuing a master’s degree in London and the other a sophomore at Berry College.

Enjoy the interview.  Please leave a comment at the end of this post for an opportunity to win a copy of Jennifer’s book, True Identity.

Jennifer, tell us a little about yourself and your writing.

I have enjoyed journaling since I was a teen. I also enjoyed writing short stories in high school and took writing classes in college. As a more introverted personality type, I found comfort in putting thoughts and feelings on paper, even if no one else ever read the words. I eventually pursued creative expression more through the visual arts, and until recently, did not consider myself a “writer.”

Would you say writing is now more of a passion or a calling for you, or both?

It is only in the past few years that God has developed a more intentional desire and passion for writing. I feel it was a calling to write the True Identity book and blog. 

What inspired you on your writing journey?

I was inspired by the many books I read that greatly encouraged me and my faith walk, as well as talking with others who were on a similar writing journey. Also, through my quiet listening prayer times with God as He began to stir a calling, passion, and confidence in me to write.

Is there one piece of writing advice you wish you’d had from the outset?

Yes. Don’t feel like it has to be perfect the first go around and don’t edit as you write. Just get the thoughts and words down on paper and go back and edit later. Share from your heart. As a perfectionist, the blank page was often daunting and kept me from getting started. I was thankful I had the years of journals to refer back to, later realizing I had really been writing most of my life!

Jennifer, what is the most meaning truth you hope your readers glean from you writing?

That you are precious and loved dearly by God and He wants you to see yourself as HE sees you, not as the world does. I share some of my own struggles, for readers to be encouraged and helped through their own. That they will find freedom, victory, and joy in their relationship with God. I feel the calling God has placed on me and my writing is to help “set the captives free.”

Is the Lord teaching you as well through the discipline of writing?

The Lord has been teaching me to continue to come to Him and pray and ask Him to give me His thoughts and words every time I write. I have been on a grand adventure of “writing with God” these past few years. It has encouraged my faith and trust in Him and I have seen Him mature me in my writing ability and expression. HE has made me a “writer.”

Tell us about your ministry, which I know firsthand is truly a blessing.

True Identity Ministries’ passion and mission is to help men and women of all ages and backgrounds understand and embrace their True Identity in Christ so they can be set free to be all God designed and desires for them to be. We do this through retreats, conferences, seminars, written materials, and online resources. God is expanding our ministry throughout the U.S. and abroad.    

Your story is deeply personal and powerful.  Tell our readers about your book.

True Identity is the story of my journey from severe rejection and depression, caused by a birth defect, to freedom and joy in embracing my TRUE identity in Christ. My story is woven throughout the book as I share the core True Identity message.  There are questions at the end of each chapter to help the reader or groups apply the message to their own life. Photos and message diagrams included.

For many years others have encouraged me to write my story in book form. I was hesitant for almost 20 years as I had a great fear of more rejection if I told my story. Finally at age 48, the Lord enabled me to share my story with groups of women, and out of that the True Identity message was formed. As I shared the TI message with many women and men the next 8 years, I was encouraged to write my story and the TI message in book form. When God told me that “a book will be able to go places you will never be able to go,” and the desire for this message to get to as many as possible, I overcame my fears and began writing the book.

Here’s the blurb from the back cover:

Do you know WHO and WHOSE you really are? Are you searching for a sense of purpose? Do you feel you are struggling to be yourself; fighting what the media and the world says you should be?
Learn how God uniquely “knit you together.” Learn to break from the lies that keep you in bondage. Be transformed to be all God designed and desires for you to be. Be set free in your TRUE Identity in Christ!
Once you have embraced your TRUE identity, learn practical steps to help you walk daily in your TRUE identity and fulfill your God-given purpose.
Jennifer shares her own difficult journey from severe rejection and depression to freedom and joy in embracing her TRUE identity in Christ.

Jennifer, what is your favorite Scripture?

Romans 8:28 ALL things work together for the good for those who love God and are called according to His purposes

This was my life verse that helped me through the darkest of days. It always offered hope that there is a rainbow at the end of every storm. I have experienced this truth in miraculous ways over and over again throughout my life. God is faithful!

Thank you so much Jennifer for being my guest today.  And there’s one more thing I want to let everyone know.  The next True Identity Women’s Retreat is coming up April 17-19, 2015, at a beautiful retreat center just outside Clarkesville, GA. I attended a retreat in November and it was truly life-changing.  Please visit the website: for more information and to register.

READERS, all you need to do to be included in this week’s drawing for a free book is leave a comment below and include your email address so we can contact you if you win.  Of course, Jennifer and I would like for you to tell your friends about this blog post.  Thanks for visiting Write Moments with God.  I appreciate you.