Wednesday, October 31, 2012

His Faithfullness

Trust in the Lord and do good.
Dwell in the land and feed on His faithfullness

The Lord will can never be used up by you.  He has an endless supply to feed you.  This scripture has stood out to me, particularly the part where it says to feed on His faithfullness.  In life there are times where we really need to take things 1 day at a time.  God is faithful, and God only provides what we need for the day.  We spend so much time worried about tomorrow or 1 year from now, that we are not feeding off what He has actually provided for us right now.  God's faithfullness is experienced in the here and now.  You cannot experience tomorrow's faithfullness from God today, or tomorrow's grace today.  You have to feed off today's faithfullness while it is still today.  I feel like the word "feed' means that it will give us fuel, it will build us up,  it will help us have faith for all that God wants to perform in our lives.   Feeding off His faithfullness will multiply your faith. " Feeding off His faithfullness will multiply our faith".  The bible says that without faith it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

quiet down.....

Trust in the Lord and do good.
Dwell in the land and feed on His faithfullness.
Delight yourself also in the Lord
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

It is so important to listen to what the Lord is speaking to you as an individual.  There are alot of powerful Christians out there but you are powerful too!  Anyone who has the Holy Spirit is powerful!

Isaiah 30:15

New King James Version (NKJV)
15 For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel:
“In returning and rest you shall be saved;
In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.”
 
Over the years the Lord has quieted me down and this scripture definitely describes the work He has done in my heart.  You have to be really discerning about when the Lord wants you to share and when He wants you to quiet down.  If you are sharing your heart with others at a time when the Lord is saying to quiet down and just listen, it keeps you from hearing what He is speaking into your life.  Many times we can't hear the Lord over our own voice. 
 
Sometimes you have to quiet down in order to see what your heart's desires truly are.  If the Lord is impressing some things upon your heart right now, don't be so quick to share.  Allow the Lord to take those desires and to do what pleases Him. 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Women need close female friendships

Satan has worked very hard to produce shame in our lives.  This shame keeps us from making a difference in the lives of others, this shame keeps us from developing meaningful friendships, this shame keeps us from experiencing the type of intimacy that makes us feel free and loved.   Women particularly have suffered in this area.  God created us to relate to others.  It's one of our purposes on this earth.  See man was put here first and he was by himself, but God created woman not only for the purpose of relationship, but by design we have never known anything else.  Women need close friendships.  We need these friendships to grow in our relationship with God, we need these friendships to be healed from diseases, and we need them to break unhealthy behavior patterns in our lives.

One of Satans specific missions is to keep women apart.  Why do you think women are too busy to nurture friendships anymore.  Satan uses our jobs, our family responsibilities, all types of things to keep us from connecting with one another.  He uses the "necessary" things in our lives to give us an excuse to not nurture our friendships, when really our friendships need to be one of those necessary things.

Here is a good one that Satan uses on single women: "I can't be friends with women".  how foolish does that sound?  A woman saying "I can't be friends with other women"! The devil is a liar and that is one of his lies.  I use to say that.  Women all over the world are being robbed of something they need desparately because of this lie. Satan told you you can't be friends with other women because HE HATES YOU!  SATAN HATES YOU AND WANTS TO DESTROY YOU!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Vision

Colossians 3:3

3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
Do you know that God has a life planned for you that only You and Him know about?  I can't speak for anyone else, but God has given me a clear vision for my life.  I'm not even talking about ministry.  I'm just talking about God's plan for my day to day life.  The life I'm living now contains some of that vision but I'm not totally living the vision yet.  I'm not totally living the vision yet. But I know I will because it has gone unchanged for the 6 years I've been married to my husband. Even though God uses people in my life to encourage me in the direction He wants me to go in certain areas,  but nobody has ever been able to touch on the vision that God has given about how my family's life on this earth is going to be lived out.  But it's so clear to me I can taste it, I can touch it. 

There are some things you may mention to other people about what God has shown you or put on your heart and it doesn't faze them at all.  When that happens don't be discouraged.  It might be something that God has established just between you and Him.  He might be saying to you that the reason why others can't receive the vision for your life is because:

 Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him. 


God sometimes establishes something just between you and Him and you have to discern that and respect that.  Don't try to get people to understand, don't try to get people to receive. 

For some reason I know what the life of my family is going to grow into and what it's going to look like.  It is amazing!  All I can say is thank you Jesus!  I use to think that what I was seeing was just my own thoughts running wild.  Or some image I had conjured up in my head.  But with every passing year, God shows me it's from Him.  I keep waiting for it to fade, I keep waiting for it to change or settle into something else.  But it just grows stronger and clearer.  It's good to have things that have only been established between you and God.  Because it's one of many factors that adds to the intimacy of your relationship with Our heavenly Father. 

Lord I come to you today knowing that eyes have not seen, nor ear heard what you have prepared for those who love you.  I pray that we, Your people turn to you today for the life.  For that life that is hidden in Christ.  I pray that we would allow you to pour that life into us day by day.  I pray that we would respect and discern the things that are just between You and us, and that we would be blessed by the intimacy it creates.  Thank you Lord!  We serve an intimate God, who shares secrets with us from His treasury!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Your limitations are blessings

Every season of your life comes with different sets of issues that could potentially fustrate you.  It's so important to live in the moment instead of constantly looking at what's coming next.  We miss out on so many blessing when we don't live in the moment.  I'm one of those people that was always looking for the "next thing".  I pray that I am changing.  Right now I have a 4 year old and a 5 month old and there are situations and challenges that come with this season of life for me.  I went through it when my 4 year old was a baby.  I can't find clothes to wear half the time, laundry's not done most of the time.  Getting clean clothes folded is just way to ambitious for me at this point.  The house is clean enough to be enjoyable most of the time I think.  Oh yeah and keeping myself clean is even a challenge these days.  I'm a stay-at-home mom with a 5 month old and a 4  year old who is also home with me from the time she gets out of school at 12:30.  So yes my hands are full with the kids alone.  Then you add discipling and doing daily devotionals, and learning abc's and 123's into the mix.  But see, it's how we respond to the challenges that matters to God. 

Every season has a test, God tests us to see if we will diligently heed the voice of the Lord our God.  Every season also has the supernatural blessing of God.  God will provide supernaturally for whatever season you are in.  Let me say that again "God will provide supernaturally for whatever you are lacking in whatever season you are in".

Like I said as we go through life and grow and excel in the Lord we are passing through different situations with different sets of problems associated with them.  Will you complain against God or will you diligently heed His voice in your life. 

See we want to fix things ourselves.  We want to accomplish things ourselves.  But God doesn't want that, He wants you to "wait on Him".  Understand this, the limitations we have in our lives are a strong tool that God uses to set boundaries in our lives and to bless us.  These limitations whether it be financial limitations, time limitations, physical limitations are the point at which we have to decrease and Jesus must increase.  These limistations are the lines where we crossover from the natural to the supernatural.  We can't do it in our own strength.  These limitations are the point where God stops getting some of the glory and starts getting all the glory.  See we need these limitations in our lives, God uses them to lead us to Him.  He wants to be there for us and do in our lives exceedingly and abundantly above all the we could ever ask our think, but it will only happen in the spectrum of our own limitations.

Today, do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind in this area.  Change the way you look at your own weaknesses and limitations today.  Instead of looking at them as something negative in your life.  Look at them as the best thing that ever happened to you because it's exactly where your blessing is everyday!!!

Isaiah 40:31

31 But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
 

2 Corinthians 12:9

9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

If you want power in your life, change the way you view your limitations and weaknesses.  Because the world teaches you that your power lies in your strengths.  But God teaches us that your power is in your weaknesses.  The "world" thinks this is foolishness.  But look at what God has to say about that:

25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

Let God show Himself strong on your behalf.  Stop trying to prove that you are strong.  Let God show Himself strong on your behalf.  Wait on Him.  He is waiting for you to "wait on Him".  God will not move until you stop your striving.  God will not start until you stop.  He is waiting on you to wait on Him.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Learn how to abound!

Sometimes, you spend so much time taking care of other people, you get a real desire for someone to take care of you.  That's what God is here for; to take care of us.  Remember we are the sheep of his pasture it is He who made us and not we ourselves, and He is responsible for us and we are not responsible for ourselves.  Every morning we have to put the responsibility for ourselves on God because if not, we take it on ourselves, and the responsibility for ourselves is too big of a burden to carry because it was not meant for us and we were not built for that.  Do you know God has wired us a certain way and there are things in this world that God did not design us to deal with.  In the function of day to day lives we have to throw off stress, worry, doubt, anxiety, fear, panic.  These things will kill you because we were not wired to deal with those things.  We were created and designed for God's paradise, to spend a lifetime of unbroken fellowship with Him.  We were not designed to deal with death, that's why it scares so many people because it was never in God's plan for us.  Lemme repeat that "Death was never a part of God's plan for us".  You are scared of death because it was never part of God's plan for you and it still is not part of God's plan for you. Everyone will awaken to eternal life one day.  The question is will you spend your forever; in heaven or in hell.  But trust me it's God's plan for all of us to live forever, the question now is where?  Even now as we walk this earth we need to start our day in fellowship with God.

There are some people that don't think this blog is very important but it is. Have you heard that the Lord is good.  I know you've heard it, but have you ever experienced for yourself.  God has been good to some people, real good, but do you know that the people who truly experience God's goodness are the people not relying on their own goodness to earn God's goodness.  The people who truly experinece God's goodness are the people not reliant upon their own goodness to experience God's goodness.  Any day that I don't hear from God, I'm overwhelmed.  Do you wanna shout everyday because the Lord has been so good?  Let me tell you if you would lean on Him and pray, God be good to me; I bet He will give you a shouting testimony everyday.  I'm talking about a testimony that you just can't hold it in.  I had a pastor once and I call Him the praising pastor because this pastor was an example of God's extravagant, daily, goodness.  You could just tell by looking at him, the way he walked, the way he talked; that God had been good to him.  It wasn't just an "I woke up today, I have food on my table, clothes on my back" kind of goodness.  No, this went far beyond those things.  Those things are not going to give the average person a new walk and an extra bounce in their walk. 

Paul says in Ephesians 3:20

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,

What does Paul mean? We think about clothes, we think about food, we think about our house.  Paul made this statement because he had experienced it in his own life.  He said that he knew both how to abound and to suffer need.  Many of us know alot about how to suffer need, but few of us know how to abound.  It is God's desire that we know how to be victorious in both states.  Look at the scripture below:

2 Corinthians 9:8

New King James Version (NKJV)
8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

The thing that really sticks out to me is when he says "may have an abundance for every good work".  Yes Jesus!!!! The bible says:

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

We need to walk in abundance and in the good works which God has prepared for us today.  Jesus, you said you died that we may have life and have it more abundantly Lord!  Lord Jesus you use the word "abundant" and "abound" so many times in your word.  We pray for an abundance today for every good work we have before us in our day today.  God we are workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works which you have prepared for each every one of us today.  Help us walk in them Lord today. In Jesus Name we pray.



Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Pray for this blog

God definitely called me to do this blog and I get plenty of distractions during the day to keep me from doing it.  I think I have to be careful because maybe the enemy is sending those distractions.  Pray for this blog, because when I don't do this blog in the morning, I really lack direction and discernment for the day.  It is the time of the day where God takes me and points me in the right direction.  When I do the blog in the morning, my day is very directed.  Right now I am so exhausted and my day really lacked direction, I didn't blog this morning.  Another thing that happens when I don't blog is that I'm extra exhausted alot earlier than normal.  It is something I need, and I pray it is something my readers need as well.  I believe the effective, fervent prayers of the righteous availeth much.  We know that ministries cannot stay alive without prayer.  Please pray for this blog.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Don't let the enemy....

Don't let the enemy still your power!  Don't let the enemy still your authority!  The bible says that the devil comes to steal, kill, and to destroy.  He is the enemy of your soul.  But God is the lover of your soul.  Hallelujah!  This past week God confirmed some things in me.  He re-affirmed my posture in the kingdom, letting me know that what I had learned over the years was something I needed to continue to stand on and it is all a part of maturity. He also confirmed His discernment that lives in me and my ability to exercise it.  He showed me that things that I thought I was seeing in certain people were not just a figment of my own thoughts, but rather something He was showing me.  He is confirming the role I play in the lives of those around me.  There is so much that got confirmed for me between last week and this Sunday and then BOOM!  I was going to meet a girlfriend of mine whom I love and hadn't seen in so long and I got in the parking lot and dented my truck, I hit something.  It was almost like it came out of the blue.  The significant thing about this is that being careless with my vehicles is something that was a part of when I was young, as a teenager I got in quite a few fender benders.  Then after I got saved I prayed alot about my driving and protection and being cautious and the Lord delivered me.  Recently in the past 2 years, this has started again.  But I haven't been careless or reckless, nothing like when I was younger.  But I really think God wants me to start praying about this again.  In addition, what happened this Sunday was very different.  The timing made it different, the oddity of the whole thing made it different.  The devil has been trying to use it against me ever since it happened.  He has been trying to steal the seed of my maturity in the Lord.  He is using it to try to convince me that I'm that reckless little girl that I use to be so long ago.  See, truth be told, people would trust me as a teenager with their homes, with their children; their most prized possessions, but not with their vehicles.  I just have to be real!  The devil is trying to take me back to that.  He is trying to make me think I'm still that reckless little girl, simply because he wants me to shrink back from all the Lord confirmed in me this week.  See, I am a mature, powerful, annointed Christian and I am not irresponsible.  I am very responsible.  I know the enemy doesn't want me to speak this.  See if the enemy can make you believe that you haven't changed and that you are the same person that you were in your past, then he can strip you of the power and authority that is from God in our Lord Jesus Christ.  If the enemy can make you believe that you haven't changed and that you are the same person you were in your past He robs you of the power of the cross.  If the enemy can make you believe that  you haven't changed and you the same person you were in your past you will start to believe it yourself and it will become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Accountability from my readers

Well, in order to accomplish anything big we need to be accountable to somebody. There are some changes I would like to see take place in my everyday life, but it requires me to try some new things.  Now, I don't know if it's the season for these changes but I feel like it is.  I feel like this is the season where God is gentlly nudging me out of my comfort zone in different ways. 

But, I have to confess that I'm one of those people that starts things when I'm all excited, and then when the excitement starts to fade and life gets in the way, I let those things fall away.  The scripture text below describes me in many areas of life:

 But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while.

I am asking God to forgive me for this and help me to become the person in the scripture text below:

23 But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”

There are some things that I want to step out and do and I don't know if it's the season for these things or that God wants me to do it in these ways, but I'm going to find out.  Sometimes you have to step out on faith even when you don't have all the answers.  I want to start being more productive at home so I have more freedom with my children and others, so I'm going to do the Flylady Challenge.  Go to Flylady.net to see what I'm talking about.  I've tried her program before but never stuck to it.  Maybe it's not God's plan or maybe I just did not endure for long enough.  But I know if the Lord decides to breathe on this for me it could totally change my life and change me.  That's my post for today.  This is the season of going from the person who has no root in himself to being the person the bears fruit and produces.  Time to move forward and test the plan of God in this area of my life. 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Use your gifts now!

This morning I was listening to a Joseph Prince sermon and He was talking about Christ being our head.  He was saying how blessed we are in Christ.  He said if the Head is rich then the whole body is rich.  If the Head is healthy then the whole body is healthy.  The head of a person can't be rich but the rest of the body be poor.  That doesn't make sense.  If your head has something then your whole body has it, because it's connected and joined to the body.  If something is wrong with your head then it's going to affect the health of the whole body.  We have everything that Jesus has because He is our head.  I will say that again.  "We have everything that Jesus has because He is our Head.  Look at the scripture below: It's Ephesians, Chapter 4

7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore He says:
“When He ascended on high,
He led captivity captive,
And gave gifts to men.”[b]

9 (Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also first[c] descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)

11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ

It's no coincidence that in the very chapter that Jesus is talking about growing up in all things into Him whol is the head, He is also talking about spiritual gifts and using those gifts.  It seems that using our spiritual gifts has everything to do with us having all that Christ died to give us.  If we want to have all that Christ has, use your gifts.  USE YOUR GIFTS!

Many of us are waiting until Christ cleans us up to use our gifts, don't do that.  He wants to use them now.  Many of us are waiting until we have enough rest to use our gifts.  Don't wait for that either, do it tired.  Many of us are waiting until we have the right clothes, the right amount of money, the right house, the right husband, the right whatever.  Stop waiting for it to be right, stop waiting for it to feel right.  Use your gifts. The bible says "He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men.  If you want to keep growing in Christ and access everything that He has, USE YOUR GIFTS!  Do it tired, do it mad, do it sick.  Just do it!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

His pasture

The Lord is my shepherd.
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters. 

For He is our God and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand

Know that the Lord, He is God. It is He who has made us and not we ourselves.
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Are we living in the Lord's pastures.  I thought about something a minister has said to me a couple times and I just really got it!  She said "my family has to seek God in order to find me".  See as we seek God and walk with God we dwell in His pasture.  It really does translate us into another place.  When she said that her family has to seek God to find her, I didn't really know what to think about that, but now I realize just how good that is.  We live in a culture that is busy and fast paced.  There is alot of pressure.  But the Lord makes his people to lie down in green pastures.  If we follow Him as sheep do a shepherd, He will always lead us to green pastures.  Shepherds don't lead their sheep to barren fields.  He leads them to fields where they can graze and have plenty of grass to eat.  Check this, some of us think that the Lord's pasture is just some place to escape to when life gets hard.  The Lords pasture is not somewhere to escape to when life gets hard, it is where His people are suppose to dwell all the time.  Colosians 3:3 says that you died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. As we lie down in the Lord's pasture,  there should be an outflow that blesses everyone around us. People are so caught up in "serving" the Lord when first and foremost you need to be grazing in His pasture.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Blessed!!

I am truly blessed.  My husband and I have a SUCCESSFUL business.  I get to stay-at-home with our children.  We have a beautiful home in a great neighborhood and wonderful family around us.  My daughter goes to a great private school and we can still afford to place her in extra curricular activities such as ballet and karate.  My husband takes great care of us and I'm not lacking.  Lemme me not say I'm not lacking, because there is an area of my life where I lack.  I want to do more for others.  I cannot just sit here as blessed as I am and not reach out to others, I just can't.  Granted I have 2 young children, 1 just turned 5 months, but I don't want to let that hold me back.  I want to bless others and giving money is just not enough anymore.  Sure I could just give more money and maybe I will, but I want to do more than just give money.

I know the devil does not want me to share this post,  he is saying to me "people are going to think you are bragging".  The devil is a liar, I will say and proclaim the works of the Lord in my life.  I am not scared to say I am blessed!  Women, you don't have to feel guilty because you are blessed.  Don't let the devil keep you from saying what the Lord has done for you. While you are suppose to be slow to speak, be careful to make sure it's not the devil shutting your mouth.    

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Speak!

There are times when God quiets you soul, slows your pace. I did not blog yesterday because God did that to me yesterday and I did not have anything to blog about.  However, I was invited to a women's conference yesterday and I knew God wanted me there.  If God would not have quieted me down earlier I might not have been able to discern that I needed to say "yes" to that invitation.  I would of had too much going on.  There was one reason I believe that God wanted me to go to the conference, to bring back to memory an experience I had and remind me how important it is to speak the word of God to your situations and circumstances.

In the past I had recurring dreams that I experienced from the time I was young well into adulthood.  What was vividly brought back to my memory last night was something I had forgot, I mean completely gone from my mind.  Some months after I got saved I started having a dream.  I would be in my house and something is chasing me up the stairs in the dark and when I try to scream for help, nothing comes out.  So I literally can't scream.  Nothing comes out.  I had this dream like 3 nights in a row.  God placed it in my spirit that I needed to confess the word of God next time and there were specific scriptures that He showed me.  When I found myself in thast exact same dream again, I screamed out scripture and I had a voice again. 

Then today I saw something from Joseph Prince talking about confessing what you believe, in Christ Jesus and he spoke about how important it is to speak what you believe.  Matter-a-fact he said speaking it is even more important than believing it. 

Friday, October 12, 2012

Overpowering the flesh

As mothers and/or wives we have a myriad of things we need to do every day.  A to-do list that is a mile high.  You can't do it all, often times it is hard to prioritize because it all seems so important.  Well as believers "it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure".  The amplified version of this scripture says "for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you (energizing and creating in you the power and desire), both to will and to work for His good pleasure...".  Did you know that God will not only give you the power to do something, but also the desire?  Let me say that again, did you know that God will give you not only the power to do what He wants you to do but also the desire?  I experienced that power and desire working in me on vacation this week.

One of the ministers that God uses in my life admonished me to abstain from fleshly wants and desires this week so I could hear from God.  Well, you would think that would be hard because we were on vacation and going out to eat at different restaurants every night, need I say more.  But do you know it was not hard to eat light and healthy.  Do you know that although I felt my flesh desiring all the fatty, unhealthy foods;  there was something overpowering my fleshly wants leading me to actually resist those things.  I need to say this again;  I felt my flesh, but something overpowered my flesh causing me to make the right decisions.  All I really did was respond to the power and desire at work in me already.  God gave me the power and desire and it actually overpowered my flesh.  It was so good, because the flesh felt so small.  I can't even describe it, because I sensed the flesh but the power of God was so much more encompassing.  I didn't even have to put forth much effort to make the right decision.  I just responded to the more powerful force in me.  Let me repeat that, "I just responded to the more powerful force in me".

Grace directs prayer

Lately my son has been up alot, because of teething and congestion from all the drainage.  Because his teething started early and has peaked recently we never really got any solid sleep habits going with him.  He started at 2 months.  He is now 5 months and teething is stronger than ever.  Because of drainage he gets very congested at night.  No doctor can convince me that teething does not cause a runny nose.  I've seen it in too many children. My son's saving grace his that he has become a thumb sucker, so that soothes him and I'm hoping it will assist with some sleep training. 

So here is my testimony;  I've been praying for my son to sleep.  Lord help him sleep, lord help him sleep.  We went to Disney World this week, so I was a little nervous about the whole sleep thing, since I was going to be walking around different theme parks for 3 days in a row.  The Lord showed me the true application of what he means when He said: "My grace is sufficient for you".  God has ministered to me through that scripture before, but I never experienced it quite like this.  See, even though Carson was keeping me up at night, I had a shocking amount of energy to walk around the theme parks in the heat and really enjoy myself and my family.  Honestly, we would be up early and I wouldn't get tired until around 8pm every night.  Normally we were back to our hotel rooms by that time anyway.  We went to Disney, Universal Studios, and Sea World; and I had a great time.  God's grace was definitely sufficient for me.  It was like despite my lacking sleep, I still had great rest for each day.  It was like because of God's grace, I didn't lack sleep at all. It was as if I had a good night's sleep.  Here's the kicker, I sensed God telling me to stop praying for Carson to sleep because He was providing grace in this area.  I also sensed Him asking me, "Would you rather have the actual sleep or be able to experience my grace".  That question really laid on me.  I felt like I was being given a choice.  I decided I would rather experience God's grace.  So I stopped praying for Carson to sleep, but believe it or not, everyday that went by on the trip Carson's sleep got better and better.  But I learned this week that when you have a situation in your life that you are praying to get better, but you experience God working in your life, doing things in such a way that would make it seem as if your not even lacking in an area.  Let me re-word that.  If God is making your lack "null and void" because of His grace, then stop praying about your lack and accept His grace.  If God is making your lack "null and void" then confess that "even though I had lack" God has made it so I had more than enough because of His grace.  Look at Pauls testimony below:

2 Corinthians 12:8-10

New King James Version (NKJV)
8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Holy Spirit Leadership

We had a cleaning company come in to service our home yesterday.  I spent about 2 hours in the morning, tidying up so that everything would be out there way to do what they came to do.  Right now the Holy Spirit comes to mind, thank you Jesus!  I'm wondering if I spend time moving stuff out the way so that the Holy Spirit can do what He came to do?  Here is the thing, I couldn't believe how fast I was able to clean up for the cleaning company to come and clean.  I was so productive and efficient that I know it had to be the Holy Spirit breathing in my work.  Because of that, the cleaning company was able to come in and do such a thorough job.  It was because they didn't have to waste time moving stuff out the way so they could clean.  Back to the Holy Spirit,  do you realize that our productivity comes from Him.  As a believer, working in your own strength is counter-productive.  The reason is because as believers we live God-sized lives, we have God sized tasks, and we need God-sized results.  When you are born again, you enter into a supernatural way of living.  Lemme repeat that.  When you are born again you enter into a supernatural life.  This supernatural life cannot be lived in our own strength.  So we really need to be operating under the leadership of the Holy Spirit.  Let me say that again: "We really need to be operating under the leadership of the Holy Spirit".  See even though we have other leaders in our lives; husbands, pastors, etc.  The Holy Spirit is the only leader that is with us all the time.  Why do you think God made Him to live in us......because He wanted Him to lead us all the time.  If this was not so, He wouldn't have made Him to live in us.  So what do we do with this information.  We submit our lives to the leadership of the Holy Spirit.  I will tell you that when you do this, there are gonna be times where you want to work and the Holy Spirit is saying rest.  There will be times when you want to rest and the Holy Spirit is saying to "work".  Now I will say that the Holy Spirit will bless you with more rest and enjoyment then you would ever allow yourself to have. 

Friday, October 5, 2012

Stop trusting the devil!!!

There is a spirit I want to bind right now in the name of Jesus Christ.  It is the spirit that says, "This did not work out, it must not be meant to be".  This spirit keeps us from perservering and enduring.  This spirit causes you to abort what God has spoken to you.  This spirit tries to get you off track before you get to see the manifestation of what God has spoken over your life.  This spirit shows up when you are doing something that God led you to do and it doesn't work out the way it was suppose to.  Lemme say this again, this particular spirit shows up when you are doing something that God led you to do and it doesn't work out.  This spirit wants you to give up on pursuing the very thing that God led you to pursue.  I just realized that it is Satan who makes this statement to us.  It is Satan who says "This did not work out, it must not be God's plan".  The devil is a liar!

John 8:44
You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.

You have got be able to discern the voice of God from the voice of Satan in your life.  Satan knows how to make you think his voice is God's voice.  Pray for discernment, don't trust the devil.  Trust God's voice in your life.

John 10:27

27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

Eve trusted Satans words and that's why she ate the apple.  Don't put your trust in Satan.  Put your trust in God.  Stop trusting Satan.  He is a liar and the father of it.

Learn God's voice by studying His word daily.  You learn His personality through His word.  As you learn His personality, you learn how to discern His voice in your life.  When God speaks into your life, His voice is loaded with peace and certainty.  If you are ready to trust Him, when He speaks to you, peace and certainty will flood your consciousness.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Enduring

This morning I was speaking with my husband about how my 5 month old is trying to fight his 20 minute morning nap.  Lemme just mention he is fighting every other nap as well.  I hate to hear my babies crying, I told my husband I think I'm just gonna have to let him cry.  My husband said "yeah, you're just going to have to endure".  I started thinking about that word "enduring" and I asked myself how good am I at that?  I'm not that good at it, lemme tell you right now.  My attention was turned to the parable of the sower in Matthew 13, starting at verse 18.  In this parable Jesus speaks of 4 different people.  People who hear the word of the Kingdom and don't understand it.  Then there is the person who immediately receives the word with joy but he has not root in himself so when persecution and tribulation arise because of the word, he stumbles.  The third person hears the word and the cares of this world and the deceitfullness of riches choke the word and he becomes unfruitful.  The fourth person hears the word, understands it and indeed bears fruit.  I can really relate tot he 2nd and 3rd person mentioned in these scriptures.  It reminds me of 2 things:

1.  As you walk with God and receive revelation from His word it is important to meditate on it and let it seap down deep into your heart so it can from roots.  Don't jump on things to fast before you have some roots to hold you down.  That's why it's so important to wait before you act on something to make sure you are hearing from God.  If you do before you are confident that it's God, then you will surely stumble.

2.  If you allow the "cares of the world" to come into your hearing along with the word of God, it will choke the word of God and you will become unfruitful.

What I get from this is that I need to go slow and let things take root in me; but I also need to guard what the Lord says to me.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Receiving out

Something happened to me yesterday that really caused me to examine myself and my committment to God overall.  Even more specifically made me question whether or not my pride gets in the way from me being able to receive the good things that the Lord wants to give to me.  For those of you who don't know, I am a full-time stay-at-home mom to a 4 year old little girl and a 4 month old boy.  I have my hands full.  Last night when my son went down for a evening nap, I decided that I would go up to our room with him in my arms and take a little break.  Well, he woke up and my break was scratched.  But I sensed the Holy Spirit still telling me to take a break.  I reasoned with the Holy Spirit that I could try to take a break with my son right there with me, but I kept sensing the Holy Spirit urging me to take a break.  So I told my husband I needed to get out and take a break.  Once I got out I really sensed the Holy Spirit leading me to see if I could get my hair done at the Bubbles.  But I was like "No, my husband did not plan to be with Carson (4 month) but for so long".  See, my baby does start to cry when I'm away past a certain amount of time and I knew my husband was not prepared to deal with that.  So I called him and asked if he minded if I get a blow out real quick.  He asked me how long it would take and so on and I said nevermind.  He called me back and told me to go ahead, but I was turned off from the whole idea because I felt rushed.  I came home, both my husband and I knew that I should of went through with getting my hair done and he apologized for not being more supportive, and this may seem like a small thing but it is major because it was something the Holy Spirit was leading me to do and I was hesitant all the way through it.  Keep in mind I had a melt down earlier that evening crying because I feel like I can't keep up with everything that I want to keep up with around our home.  I had been trying all day to contact a cleaning company to get them in, but I kept getting voice mails, wrong numbers, etc.  Plus we were suppose to have somebody come in today but she called and cancelled on Monday because she had people quit and out for sick leave.  So I was growing very fustrated and hopeless.  Then I women I had left a voicemail with called back later that evening.  She was the first company I contacted.  She just happened to be a cleaning and organizing company.  When I talked to her she said she would fold my laundry, put the kids toys away and oranize anything I needed.  My husband said he was looking for someone like her to help me too, someone more like a housekeeper.  Immediately I said to myself, can we afford her.  I haven't gotten a quote from her yet.  She is coming tomorrow to give me a quote.  But in my mind I'm like oh I was just expecting someone who was just going to clean, but in my heart I'm like "wow it would be great to have someone come in and do all these additional things.  These are good things that God wants to give me, I should receive that this is for me, instead of questioning it.  Many of us will accept adversity but have a problem when it comes to God wanting to bless us above and beyond whatever we could think or ask for.  The bible says in Ephesians 3:20

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The inspired life

The world has robbed us!  To be more specific the devil has robbed us.  The bible says that the theif comes to steal, to kill, and to destroy.  But Jesus says He came that we may have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10) There is a mindset in most of us that keeps us from living the inspired life.  A inspired life is a life that is breathed upon by the Holy Spirit.  However, the world has planted some seeds in our hearts about what life should be that keeps us from being able to live the inspired life that Jesus died to give us.  The world says we have to work for the "inspired life"  but God says it is Him who works in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure.  The amplified bible reads the following:

Philippians 2:13

Amplified Bible (AMP)
13 [Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while [a]effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and [b]delight.
 
Living the "Inspired life" means God gives you not only the desirs to get things done but the power. 
 
The world has taught us to "strive" and "work hard".  The world teaches us that we have to earn what we get, but in God's Kingdom we "receive" what we do not deserve and what we did not earn.  
 
We have built our mindset for life on worldly principles for years and years.  We are reaping that mindset.  As we move in a direction of the life that Jesus died to give us, we have to realize things are not going to change overnight.  However, because we reap what we sew, we have to start sewing to a life that is inspired by the Holy Spirit, so we can start to reap the harvest of an inspired life. The bible says "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap"
 
That means we have to change our mindset and the way we do things.  The bible says :
"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."
 
You have to give God time to work some things into you so you can birth those things in your life.  The world has also taught us to want things  fast.  If we don't get the results we want fast enough we stop what we are doing and try something else.  If it's too hard; we think something is wrong.  This is the exact mindset that causes us to abort the seed that would lead us to the "Inspired Life".  Pleease get this, if you keep sewing to the same things, you are going to get the same results.  That means you might have to step back from some things in your life for a little while, even leave some things undone for a little while, until you can return to those things with the will and the power from God to get it done.  That is what living an "inspired life" is all about.  It's not about being lazy, it is about getting your desires and your power from God.
 
Sewing to something new to manifest in your life is not going to be comfortable, it's not going to feel good, but if God has given you a vision for your life you have to keep your eyes on that.  You can only walk this walk with a God inspired vision for you life.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Your helper

As I go into this day, I realize that I want to be a blessing and I want to bless others.  I want to be a blessing to my husband, my son, and my daughter.  I want to be a blessing to people outside of my home.  I want to live blessing others.  I want a touch of heaven on everything I do.  The preacher at church talked about how refreshing it is to use your gift.  Not only is it refreshing to you, but also to everyone around you.  Your purpose is intertwined with other areas of your life, it's always important to operate according to your design.  But you must first seek the designer and ask Him first to help you walk in your design, call on the Holy Spirit to lead you.  The Holy Spirit is there for you, He is yours.  He is here to serve us, just as Jesus came to earth not to be served but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many. Why don't we talk to the Holy Spirit more?  Why don't we inquire of the Holy Spirit.  It is written :
"And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—
"But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you"
"“But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me"
"Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you."

We know for a fact that Jesus sent believers a helper.  The Holy Spirit is a person.  He is suppose to teach us all things.  He is suppose to testify.  He is suppose to help us through the day.  We are suppose to call on Him for help.  He is here for us.  He is yours and He is mine.  Why not call on Him. Why not call on the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit even intercedes for us in prayer.  It is written that the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
  The ministry of the Holy Spirit is not being utilized by the body of Christ the way it should be.  We do not call up the ministry of the Holy Spirit enough.  It is written the if we walk in the Spirit we shall not fullfill the lusts of the flesh.  Don't let the the devil tell you that you can't walk in the Spirit all the time.  Don't let the devil tell you that it's too extreme.  God commands us:  Walk in the Spirit and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.  If we want to be masters over sin and over our flesh then we need to walk in the spirit.  If we really want to see God's exciting purposes manifest in our lives then we need to walk in the Spirit.  Don't be afraid of the ministry of the Holy Spirit.  You can trust Him.  Do not be afraid of the ministry of the Holy Spirit.  Inquire of Him, put demands on Him.  He is up for the task. 


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