Author Daneille Snowden

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I have been happily married for 26 years to my best friend, soul mate and partner in the ministry-Brad. Graced by God with three wonderful children of whom I have home schooled for 19 years. I am also an ordained minister and love to teach God's Word as well as lead worship in our churches we pastor. Oh and yes, my dh and I have Pastored for over 22 years and thank the Lord for using us.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

REJOICE

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Philippians 4:4
Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, gladden yourselves in Him]; again I say, Rejoice!"

Let's take a quick look at the word REJOICE -

RE: in the  Latin, used with the meaning “again” or “again and again” to indicate repetition.

REJOICE: To experience joy and gladness in a high degree; to be exhilarated with lively and pleasurable sensations; to exult. [KJBP]

Sometimes, days get pretty tuff and quite long. Pain and sickness can be a true 'downer' for most all of us! 
Then there is heart break; even the individuals closest to us are capable of inflicting  painful afflictions to our souls.
Financial, and emotional struggle can bring a person to the 'dumps' as well.

Yet, the Apostle Paul writing from a prison; commands the Philippian church (and the Church today) to REJOICE! Anointed by the Holy Spirit; applying it to his own struggles he tells us even in our sufferings to experience God's Joy!

But, the sentence doesn't end with just the word rejoice; it tells us where (and basically how) to rejoice: IN THE LORD!  [Rejoice in  : to have, possess  (Webster).]  Take hold of JOY, found IN JESUS and HIS PRESENCE! Picture this; you are alone in the Presence of the Great King of Kings. God's love, peace, strength, and joy emanates from His Thrown; this is when we reach out and POSSESS this Joy! Possessing this makes you now the owner of God's Joy in you!

Many times, depression is not dissipated because we seek temporary joy in - financial success, good looks, health, notoriety, etc...  Those things are not wrong in themselves; but are only temporary and do not possess the ETERNAL TRUTH of the JOY (happiness) found in Jesus being our true Lord (ruler).

This word (rejoice) is used 74 times in the New testament, 9 of which are in the book of Philippians.
Remember;  Paul was a prisoner when he wrote this personal letter. It's theme being suffering and joy.

"Ancient Rome's attitudes toward life and death were bleak. Humans had no option other than to simply accept the ultimate futility of their aspirations and wishes." (link) The Philippian church  was struggling to follow Christ and they lived in a society filled with false gods and perverse living. Sound familiar?

From this place of extreme  suffering, Paul actually reflects that cultural background. YET- with one crucial difference: he offers joy from this place.

The Greek term for rejoice is chairo: to be cheerful , or calmly happy to describe a behavior and attitude or to greet or bid farewell.

Our behavior is [REMEMBER: COMMANDED] to be cheerful when we greet others and bid them farewell!   {I.E.- "hello" in Italian is "ciao"}   "It’s not optional. Rejoicing in the Lord is commanded. If we are rejoicing in the Lord we are living in obedience to God’s Word."
  [Kevin A. Pierpont]


I have a friend who has been crippled her entire life. I have watched her walk with an extreme limp, but wear the biggest smile. As I sit with her in a crowd of people, it's her laughter that resounds above others. Even today, as she suffers with so much pain and in a wheel chair; she is the one hugging others as well as filling the place she is in with an abundance of joy.  
Oswald Chambers said…
"The Bible nowhere speaks about a "happy" Christian; it talks plentifully of joy. Happiness depends on things that happen, and may sometimes be an insult: joyfulness is never touched by external conditions, and a joyful heart is never an insult."
 
 
When the emotion of depression tries to jump on you and stomp your spirits down. The best response is to REJOICE IN THE LORD! It may take some effort, fortitude and much determination; yet as you do; I can tell you from experience the Presence of our mighty God will lift your heart to great strength found in His Joy! 
 
Psalm 33:1  Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

DAUGHTER OF MAJESTY

 
 
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DAUGHTER OF MAJESTY
Instead of Tragedy
 
 by Daneille Gray Snowden
 
When it's the darkest, is when we shine the brightest. Hard to swallow, yet still a commanding reality to grasp.
 
What is you life story? Are there chapters of tragedy and long valley's? Does it have pages flooded with peaks of amazing, joyous times? All of us have many words to write that include both extremes of defeat and triumphs. As I have written many times in this blog, it's WHO WE ARE and WHOSE WE ARE in the midst of both. It is WHO we glorify, and WHO we run to, isn't it?
 
If you have followed my testimony, then you have read in my own story; how I have faced poverty, sexual molestation (numerous times), poverty again (smile), loneliness, sickness, death, betrayal ...well ya get the idea. YET...I have been healed, prayed for those that have been, miraculously provided for (over and over again), have a soul mate (my husband), children (who all serve the Lord and are healthy) and again...you get the idea.
 
When I am around a group of people, usually the first thing they ask is, "How is your husband feeling?" Or, "How are you guys holding up with all you are facing?" Inside this witty & a bit sarcastic mind of mine; I am thinking - "I don't want to be known for this!" People mean well, they truly do; it's what we all do; to exhibit the fact we care. Yet, I just want all to see great victory, success and beauty. Guess, that may sound a tad prideful; but hey - who doesn't feel that way: right?
 
My mind's eye turns to my hero; as He faced true tragedy and horrific pain, during it all not thinking of Himself and wearing a crown. [Symbols fallen humanity.] Did it glimmer and shine? No, it inflicted and was ugly. Through this tragedy, JESUS CHRIST traded this crown for one of  MAJESTY.   Revelation 14:14-15
14  "Again I looked, and behold, [I saw] a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud [a]One resembling a Son of Man, with a crown of gold on His head and a sharp scythe (sickle) in His hand."
 
Because of that, I can throw my shoulders back and hold my head up high, proclaiming: I am a DAUGHTER OF MAJESTY! Majesty means: "supreme greatness or authority; sovereignty" in the Hebrew it is  greatness of appearance, applied to dignity, pomp and splendor.
Jesus is supreme (highest in rank and authority) and I am His Daughter! You too are His daughter, or son if you have invited Him to be the Lord of Your life.
 
The periods of tragedy in our life ushers in an opportunity to be able to SHINE bright; because of WHOSE we are. For God's glory radiates right through the darkness of our circumstances; causing those who are watching (and listening) to embrace Hope as they too are facing difficult times.
"For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." 2 Cor. 4:6
 

Where are you in your book of life right now? Are you in the places of thrill and excitement or is the chapter you are in right now of tragedy, difficulties and sorrows? GOD KNOWS... He see's; He is reaching out His Hand of strength right now.  Decide now and choose to be the Child of Majesty today; allowing Him to rule with SUPREME authority and power in your life. That's all you have to do, is to surrender. Trust me, even in the midst of this period in your life; the Lord will flood your spirit with confidence in WHO you are and WHOSE you are.
A DAUGHTER or SON OF MAJESTY!
 
"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of
 him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:"  I Peter 2:9
 
 


HAVING THE RIGHT ATTITUDE

 

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 HAVING THE RIGHT ATTITUDE
By Daneille  Gray  Snowden 
 
Philippians 2:5
5 "Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:]"

Attitude means; "manner, disposition, feeling, position  / position or posture of the body appropriate to or expressive of an action, emotion, etc.:"


I absolutely LOVE taking the definition of a word pulled from scripture and reapply it to the same passage. Somewhat what other translations of the Bible do. Here, we see the word Attitude mixed with Purpose. Also, with the throwing in of  'humility' as a character inner mixed with the type of attitude that displays our Lord Jesus clearly.

May our 'feeling' be the same as the physical posture of our body; (when faced with various circumstances) clearly depicted by what our Lord displayed through out His amazing life on the earth. When I think of my Lord walking with His Disciples from place to place; I picture in my mind a astute postured man, walking steadfastly with great purpose.  Luke 9:51 we read, "He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem."  We see Him walking through the crowds, being touched by the woman with the issue, then moving steadfastly on to raise Jairus' daughter. Constantly, with great purpose, the Lord's attitude sustained (HOLY) purpose, love and humility, in addition, sacrifice.

Daily, it is good to 'check' our attitudes with God's Word as the instruction guide. Asking ourselves:
"Is the mind of my spirit in perfect agreement with the life of the Son of God in me, or am I mentally rebellious and defiant? Am I allowing the mind of Christ to be formed in me?" O. Chambers

How? How do we maintain this right heart, manner, and feeling? Zech. 4:6 says "It's NOT by might, nor by power, but by HIS Spirit - says the Lord..." When we try to live this life example out today, facing ridicule, hurt, disappoints and so on; we will be wore down. And many, many times it is to this point that we just feel the need to take things into our own hands and lay aside self-sacrifice by defending or usurping our needs above others. It happens to each and everyone of us.
"Christ never spoke of His right to Himself, but always maintained an inner vigilance to submit His spirit continually to His Father. I also have the responsibility to keep my spirit in agreement with His Spirit." O. Chambers
 
Therefore, it's vital - daily to plunge ourselves into the Presence of the Lord and partake of the Bread of Life. As we do, His LIFE...His attitude, purpose and mind will be in us! 

In Him (My Lord Jesus),
Daneille Gray Snowden