Saturday, November 27, 2010

Change Your Mind

[I had fainted], unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
Psalm 27:13

Hello All,
As I was praying today, I considered some of my own difficulties and how some of the dread we feel toward those difficulties are partly a result of our mindset toward them.
The scripture above exposes David's desperation and near fainting, but just as David did, we must trust that we too will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Goodness may mean different things to different people, but we must trust that despite the warfare, and despite the pressure, we will see it.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Romans 12:2

Have a wonderful day! Rest in His love, and let your mind be renewed to believe that you WILL see His goodness!


Saturday, November 20, 2010

Abide in His Shadow

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Psalm 91:1

I had prayed this scripture this morning, and as I was praying, I felt that there was another layer to this that I had never acknowledged. Of course this scripture is referring to us being able to go to the Lord for refuge and protection, but I had not paid attention to the empowerment that was in this scripture.

Abiding in God's shadow doesn't just mean that His shadow is a place where we sit still and where He fights on our behalf, but it is a place where we remain. To abide is to live, dwell and remain there, and if we remain in the shadow of the Almighty, we must acknowledge that we are being overshadowed by His might. We don't just go there to avoid trouble, we live in and abide in His might. When we walk into a place full of torment and darts, we know that the Almighty is overshadowing us and not only that those things will not touch us, but that they must also flee. Abiding in His shadow means that we will walk in His power, but the key here is to make Him our habitation--not just the place we go when running from trouble. If we make Him our habitation, trouble itself will run, because instead of seeing us, trouble will see the shadow of the Almighty.

5Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; [nor] for the arrow [that] flieth by day; 
6[Nor] for the pestilence [that] walketh in darkness; [nor] for the destruction [that] wasteth at noonday. 
7A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; [but] it shall not come nigh thee.
8Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
9Because thou hast made the LORD, [which is] my refuge, [even] the most High, thy habitation; 
10There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. 
11For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
12They shall bear thee up in [their] hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. 
13Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. 
14Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. 
15He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I [will be] with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
16With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation. 
Psalm 91:5-16

Let's purpose to make the Lord Almighty our dwelling place!


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Updates for Energes!!!

Hello All!
I noticed that I haven't been uploading any blogs in a while. Energes Editing now has some exciting updates!

  • You can now share the website with your family and friends by using the "share" button located on the homepage. Let's help to get the word out!
  • We have updated the prices of the services as well.
Take a look-see!

Ja'Nee Holly

Saturday, October 2, 2010


So, as I was praying this morning, and even later as I was worshiping at an event I attended, the Lord began to give me revelation concerning the word worthy. When I was using the word worthy in worship, he reminded me of a scripture:
45 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 
46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. 
Matthew 13:45-46

As the pearl in this scripture was of such great worth that the merchant sold everything he had to obtain it, likewise is the kingdom. This merchant knew that this pearl was so valuable that none of his earthly possessions were worth having more than that pearl. Jesus' parable is totally parallel to the attitude that we should have toward the Lord. That word valuable is translated as precious and very costly. We have to acknowledge that the Lord is indeed precious, and that he is worth more than the value of everything else we have. There is NOTHING in our lives more valuable than the Lord himself. When we acknowledge this, we won't continue to seek out satisfaction in everything else, only to still be left dissatisfied. And we won't grieve the Lord by putting other things before Him.

So when we sing "Worthy is the Lamb" let us do it with knowledge. And let us worship Him with that song in spirit and in truth, for "Worthy is the Lamb!"

In a loud voice they sang: "Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!"
Revelation 5:12


Friday, October 1, 2010

Meditating on a Promise

Hello All,
I needed to remind myself of this today, and just thought I would remind others as well:

For the LORD God [is] a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good [thing] will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
Psalm 84:11

I have been young, and [now] am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. 
Psalm 37:25

It seems simple, but it is refreshing to know that I serve a God who will not forsake me and who will provide for me. He is a father unlike natural ones. And He is faithful! So, if you, like me, sometimes overlook these things and consider becoming anxious even for a moment, remember these wonderful scriptures and meditate on them if need be.


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Set Your Heart at Rest

A friend of mine said she prayed this scripture for me, and it was very helpful to me recently. I hope it will encourage someone else.

18Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 
19This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence 
20whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 
21Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 
22and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him. 
 1 John 3:18-22

It is truly comforting to know that God is greater than my heart, and that I can put my heart at rest in Him. All the cares, worries, concerns, and accusations are quieted in His presence. Let His presence quiet your heart today, for He is greater than your heart :-)


Monday, September 13, 2010

Jesus is Enough!

Hello All,
I wanted to leave the notes from something I shared in church today. Keep in mind these are notes, so they may not seem entirely thorough or complete, but I hope you will be blessed nevertheless :-)

32Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven.
 33For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world."
34"Sir," they said, "from now on give us this bread.35Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.

48 I am the bread of life.
49Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died.
50But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die.
51I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world."
John 6:32-35,48-51
  • In this scripture Jesus says that he is that manna from heaven. In other words, he is our provision.
  • We know when the Israelites came out of Egypt, the Lord gave them manna from heaven each morning while they were in the desert, and they were to keep none overnight as a test of their trust in the Lord.
  • In this scripture, he says that he who comes to him will never go hungry, and he who believes will never thirst.
    • That word believe means to have faith in, to rely on, and to be persuaded or convinced.
      • The crowd in this scripture was not convinced that Jesus is who he said he is. They even asked for a sign from him.
      • But he says he is the manna from heaven, and we must believe that he is who he says he is.
    • The word comes is interesting in this scripture.
      • In its Greek form, it is only used in present and imperfect tense, meaning that is an action that is never completed and is continual.
      • This means that we must come to God on a regular basis. Coming to him once and never again does not qualify us in this scripture.
  • Proverbs 3:5 tells us to trust in the Lord with all our heart and to lean not to our own understanding.
  •  We must recognize that God is our provider and that all sufficiency is in Him!
In 2 Cor 12:7-9, Paul talks about not relying on his own strength but on God’s.
7To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.
8Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.
9But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.

  •  Paul could have put his confidence in the knowledge that he had, but the Lord assured him that there was a greater confidence in Himself.
  • Paul says he will boast in weakness so that Christ’s power will rest on him.
    • That word rest means to tent upon, to abide with, to occupy, and to encampThe Lord desires form a tent around us, to occupy, and protect us, and when we trust in Him, we see that at work.
  • But we cannot trust in ourselves or rely heavily on this world and its systems. Sometimes to protect ourselves, we develop a reliance on other things.
  • In some cases, our reliance on other things competes with God’s will, and we give them space to become idols. (money, jobs, degrees, food, sex, relationships)
  • I charge you all to relinquish every ungodly reliance and allow Christ’s strength to be made perfect in you.
Let’s look at the example of Israel’s relationship with the Lord in Hosea 2:5

5Their mother has been unfaithful and has conceived them in disgrace. She said, 'I will go after my lovers, who give me my food and my water, my wool and my linen, my oil and my drink.'
6Therefore I will block her path with thornbushes; I will wall her in so that she cannot find her way.
7She will chase after her lovers but not catch them; she will look for them but not find them. Then she will say, 'I will go back to my husband as at first, for then I was better off than now.'
8She has not acknowledged that I was the one who gave her the grain, the new wine and oil, who lavished on her the silver and gold-- which they used for Baal.

Jump down to 2:14.
After the Lord talks about all the things he will do to correct Israel, he goes on to say:
14"Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her.
15There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. There she will sing as in the days of her youth, as in the day she came up out of Egypt.
16"In that day," declares the Lord, "you will call me 'my husband'; you will no longer call me 'my master.
17I will remove the names of the Baals from her lips; no longer will their names be invoked.
18In that day I will make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field and the birds of the air and the creatures that move along the ground. Bow and sword and battle I will abolish from the land, so that all may lie down in safety.
19I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion.
20I will betroth you in faithfulness, and you will acknowledge the Lord.

The Lord desires to provide for us as his bride. Saul sought out answers elsewhere, and the answer was right there with the Lord. All of Israel sought out satisfaction and answers elsewhere, when all the while the Lord was and still is the answer. I pray that we would all be persuaded and fully convinced that Jesus is the answer, that He is that manna from heaven and that He is enough!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

The King's Daughter

Just thought I'd leave a little tidbit today. It has been a while since I've posted. I hope you're encouraged :)

The king's daughter [is] all glorious within: her clothing [is] of wrought gold. 
Psalm 45:13 

My purpose today is just to remind you of the way the Lord feels about you, His people, His church. First, we see that the king's daughter (God's people) are all glorious within. That means God views us as stately, precious even. 

All beautiful you are, my darling; there is no flaw in you.
Songs 4:7

By His blood, the Lord has cleansed us and even our consciences. And that is what He sees. He says of the beloved, "there is NO flaw in you." Isn't His grace awesome?
I want you all today to consider God's feelings about you, and reject those other feelings, because they are untrue since they don't come from He who is truth.
Since we know that God feels this way, let us stop settling for less. I don't mean settling in a carnal sense. I don't mean don't settle for less than the best houses, cars, jobs, and money. God doesn't appoint all of us to live a lavish lifestyle in the natural. However, He will give us spiritual riches. Let us stop settling for just a little of God's presence. Don't settle for a mediocre prayer life or worship life. God sees you as "all glorious within" and He will not reject you from his presence.
In fact, we know that the Lord speaks very highly of us in heaven and directly to us if we let Him.
Glorious things are said of you, O city of God: Selah 
Psalm 87:3 

God will not reject us if we come to Him. There is nothing in our pasts so unclean, so bad that His blood cannot cover. When he looks at you, He sees His blood and what He is building on the inside of you, and it is "all glorious."

19Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 
20By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 
21And [having] an high priest over the house of God; 
22Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
Heb 10:19-22

Monday, August 16, 2010

Let Him Love You

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
1 John 4:18

He has taken me to the banquet hall, and his banner over me is love. 
Songs 2:4

Good Morning,
I will keep it brief today, but I just wanted to leave some words of encouragement, especially for those of us who have been debating about doing or producing something. Sometimes we allow our fear to cripple us and to convince us that what we plan to do is unobtainable, unmanageable, or just an imagination. I believe that God, the Creator, gives us creative ideas so that we can bring them to life. But we have to allow His love to drive out the fear so that we can go forward in what He has placed in us to do.

First, we have to believe that He does love us--and He does!
16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 
17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 
18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 
19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 
 Eph 3:16-19

But then, we have to receive His love and let is cover us. His banner over us is love. He's so bold that He wants to display His love for us to everyone. So, I encourage you to work on the things that the Lord has given you to do. Let His love drive away any fear that may cripple you, and let Him parade His love for you for all to see.

I pray that just from the reading of God's Word in this letter that many writers, artists, ministry leaders, and others are birthed.
Have a wonderful day in His love!


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Witnesses to the Light

There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. (7) He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. (8) He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. (9) The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.
John 1:6-9

 Hello All,
Being witnesses to the light, I wanted to encourage you all to do something today that will testify of that light to someone who is in darkness. It could something as simple as posting "Jesus loves His people" on Facebook or telling someone about the love of Christ. For those of you who are writers, I encourage you to put in the time and work to complete the writing that God has placed on your hearts. It feels good to know that you have brought someone into the fellowship of the body or at least given someone the option. Let's be light bearers today.

Ja'Nee Holly

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Launch of Energes Editing!

I am so excited! I finally launched my website for my editing company, Energes Editing. I have been waiting and pondering for a long time, but I figured, it's what I'm good at and what I enjoy! So here's a basic breakdown of the business:
  • It is an editing company, serving both Christian fiction and non-fiction writers, that I hope to expand into a publishing and design company in the future.
  • It is founded upon the belief that the saints are charged with the duty of being ministers of reconciliation and that the publication of various literature will aid in that endeavor.
  • One of the scriptures at its core is Hebrews 4:12- For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
  • The term, energes, is from the Greek meaning active, effectual, and powerful, as is God's Word.
I'm really looking forward to what will come of this, and I will certainly keep you updated via this blog.

In the meantime, if you know of any writers needing editing, send them my way!