Friday, November 30, 2012

from striving to rest

I have a big birthday party going on tomorrow with about 30 people coming.  My house is not in shape for it, I haven't bought the ingredients for the dishes I'm making yet, but I'm relaxed.  You know why?  Because I crossed over yesterday.  If you have been reading my posts, you know that yesterday I spoke about the spirit of Striving.  I spoke about resting in the Lord, and I spoke about needing to be in a posture of rest to find grace.  I have been back and forth with this for years.  Always going back and forth between "striving" and "rest".  But something tells me I have reached a time in my life where I have to lean on grace and I can't go back to striving.  I just sense something telling me that at this point I don't have a choice.  Everything that I want to has to be comctedpletely reliant on God's grace provision. Hallelujah!  Onward and upward I go.

It is my believe that this blog is only scratching the surface of what God wants to do.  As I do my blog I never feel like I can go as deep as I want to with the word of God, it's just too much.  I feel somehow restricted in conveying the truths that I really want to convey.  I scratch the surface of the things that God shows me and that's it.

But in order to go beyond that, I really have to start relying on His grace completely.  I just think, how much more I could do and accomplish if I would just rely on God's grace instead of my own striving with the energy and the time I have.  Sure, it can make you a little nervous.  But you have to believe that the Lord will not disappoint you when you trust.  He will not let you down.  I've crossed over from striving to rest and I'm not going back!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Grace

You know, God brings us messages for a reason.  When the same type of message from scripture continues to get placed in front of you, you need to stop and ask the question "God are you trying to tell me something?".  If it keeps coming up you need to let whatever truth that God keeps placing in front of you seap very deep into your soul.  It needs to saturate you.  For years God has been speaking to me about Mary and Martha; and my being troubled about many things.  For years God has been telling me to lean on His grace on the inspiration of the Holy Spirit for my work.  For years He has told me not to strive.  This is the first time, that I stopped and said "Hmm, God must really want me to get this".  I've come to the realization that this truth needs to saturate me and I look forward to it.  I feel like I've been going back and forth with it over the years, as if it is not for every situation in my life.  But it is!

Grace, grace, grace.  We are saved by grace, lest any man should boast.  Stop performing, trying to get God's approval.  When you try to earn God's approval you fall short of grace and Christ is of no effect in your life.  God's approval came through the work Christ did on the cross and imparted to us through grace.  The bible says in Hebrews 12:28 that since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear, for our God is a consuming fire.

Every morning when we wake up, we need to receive God's grace into our hearts and minds.  We need to remind ourselves, I am saved by grace and that it is by having grace that I can serve God acceptably with reference.  Lets receive God's grace right now into our hearts.  God wants to take care of us, God wants us to be at rest. In the book of Genesis it says that Noah found grace in the eyes of God.  The definition of Noah's name in the book of Genesis means rest.  That means that "rest" found "grace" in the eyes of God.  If you would only rest, you would find grace.  We get bitter because we see people who don't have it together getting blessed and finding grace, that's because they rest in the Lord.  We see people getting promoted that don't work as hard as us, that don't have the credentials we have.  That's because they rest in the Lord.  Resting in the Lord is not a physical posture, it is a spiritual posture.  There is a striving spirit among Chrisitans that keep us from entering the Lords rest.  Rebuke it!  We fall short of God's grace because of it.  Get the spirit of striving out of your life.  Wake up and receive God's grace.  Arise to the grace of God!  Cast your cares upon the Lord as a child cast their care upon their parent.  Arise saints and enter into the Lords rest. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Refreshing comes from the Lord

Hebrews 13:5 says that the Lord said that He will never leave us nor forsake us.  Jesus will not abandon us to the woes we experience in this world.  Do we believe that today, sometimes we feel tired, alone, without hope.  But this is not true, though we may experience trouble today, God will not leave us in that trouble.  Though we are exhausted today, God will not leave you  in that exhaustion.  God will not leave us in any trial, He will not leave us in any tribulation, He will not leave us in depression, He will not leave us in sickness.  He will not leave us in despair.  He will not leave us in any pit that any circumstance has created for us.  He will not leave us in our current state at all.  His word says it is He who works in us both to will and to do for His good pleasure and He, Who began a good work in us is faithful to complete it until the day of Christ.  Hallelujah!  HE WILL NOT LEAVE US where we are today people.  Weeping may endure for a night but SURELY joy cometh in the morning.  You have to believe that as the people of God EVERYDAY we are being changed and transformed from glory to glory and that means our circumstances are changing everyday.  Our situations are changing everyday.  We are being shaped into the image of Christ more and more everyday and everything around us must respond to that.  Things will be drawn to us because of that, Hallelujah; and Acts 3:19 says that times of REFRESHING come from the presence of the
Lord, Hallelujah!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Small things

God's word is so good!  Thank you Lord for your Word.  Your word that is sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, of bone and marrow.  Lord your word is so good.  Lord you watch over your word to perform it.  Oh Lord Your word never returns unto you void, Hallelujah but it accomplishes what pleases you and it prospers in the the for which you sent it.  Hallelujah, Hallelujah!  I pray that prayer today Lord, watch over your word and perform it in my life today Lord.  Speak a word Lord and perform it Lord.  In Jesus name.  I love you Lord and I praise you Lord and I thank you for saving me and bringing me to this day in which I sit Lord God.  Thank you for this day.  I shall rejoice and be glad in it.  Have your way O Lord, have your way O Lord.  Wisdom and favor over this blog O Lord.

God says in the book of Zechariah "Who despises the day of small things". I know we serve a big God.  I know we should not box Him in.  I know that we should expect big amazing things from God.  But be careful not to despise the day of small things, because this is from God. There are seasons in our lives where we can just throw ourselves into something and do it big, but then there are seasons where we are spread out in many places and things start small. This is from God. Don't despise it.  

Lemme just testify about my life right now and what I hear God's still, small voice speaking to me:  I've been praying about helping my daughter get more of the Word of God, I hear God say "Start off small."  I have a vision about what types of meals I want to be able to fix for my family, God says "Start off small".  I really want to be able to get more of God's word for myself, and under more about what He says in it, he says use the resources I've placed around you because of the season of life you are in right now.  God is telling me to take these small steps in everything. 

There are some people out there that have not started anything just because they despise the day of small things.  They are trying to start out too big.  When you try to start off with something too fast and too big it becomes an intimidating mountain instead of a small molehill.

I believe that when you take small manageable steps towards the things that God has placed on your heart, you will wake up one day and find yourself living the life you've always dreamed of; and you didn't even realize the way it was happening.  Maturity has taught me not to despise the day of small beginnings.  Amen. Thank you Lord for the day of small beginnings

Monday, November 26, 2012

I'm listening, are you??

My mentor and sister in Christ, told me that when I'm looking for confirmation on something in my life or my place in ministry, read the book of revelation.  It's funny because when she said that a light when off in my head; "That makes sense, you want a fresh revelation from God, then look at the book of Revelation".  Funny how simple that sounds, but I never thought of that.  Want a revelation, start with the book of Revelation.  Below are some definations I found for the word "revelation" on Dictionary.com:

1.
the act of revealing or disclosing; disclosure.
2.
something revealed or disclosed, especially a striking disclosure, as of something not before realized.
3.
Theology .
a.
God's disclosure of Himself and His will to His creatures.
b.
an instance of such communication or disclosure.
c.
something thus communicated or disclosed.
d.
something that contains such disclosure, as the Bible.
4.
( initial capital letter ) Also called Revelations, The Revelation of St. John the Divine. the last book in the new testament; the Apocalypse. Abbreviation: Rev.
 
In one of my posts I spoke about having a fresh revelation of God everyday and how much we need that.  I pray in Jesus name for a fresh revelation of God today. 
 
I don't really like reading Revelation because it places urgency on your spirit.  What many don't know about me, is that I put some things on the shelf a long time ago in my Christian walk.  When I got saved I was on fire for the Lord, and I had an urgency and a fire in my belly everyday to do what God called me to do.  It was all God, all day and all night for me.  Then some things happened, some fiery trials, some rejection, heartbreak and diappointment.  At that point I determined that what I had once laid hold of was too messy, too dangerous, too out there, and I started to question whether I was really operating in the Spirit.  What I did was put everything on the shelf that would cause any urgency in me.  I put everything on the shelf that would stir up any emotion or passion in me because I just couldn't handle being consumed by it again.  See,  I am a passionate person with a tendency towards extremes and when this type of personality is submitted to God it is all consuming.  But I am not going to operate in fear, because I cannot fulfill my destiny or my purpose operating in fear.  Fear and faith cannot co-exist and the bible says without faith it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God. 
 
I visited Revelation, chapter 1 and 2 today and this is what I saw.  I saw that John was addressing the 7 churches.  There were 7 Spirits before the throne of God.  The 7 churches had 7 angels.  In the book of Revelation God is not only speaking to those 7 churches mentioned, the prophecy is not just for them because the bible says "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."  "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.  This last statement really resonates with me.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Open heart surgery, again???

The bible says that from the days of John the Baptist that the kingdom of heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force.  The amplified bible describes it as "a precious prize-a share in the heavenly kingdom is sought with most ardent zeal and intense exertion.." When you think of violence, you think of sweat, blood, and tears.  Think about the passion of Jesus, the passion that led him to the cross.  I love the movie "The Passion of Christ" because it depicts the real bloodiness and brokeness of what Christ endured. 

There are some Children of God right now, placing an unspeakable demand on God, to which He gladly supplies.  They are pulling out heavens resources through praying, reading the word, and giving of themselves.  But faith is the drive of these things.  Faith drives it all.  They believe God is who He says He is and that He will do what He says He will do.

I have went under the knife of God before.  I use the word knife because the bible says that the Word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of sould and spirit, and of joints and marrow.  I say this because I have experienced immense pain early on in my life as a Christian.  It was painful at points to submit myself to God and let Him work on me and change me from the inside out.  Even now, as I consider going back into the mode of being one of those violent people who take the kingdom of heaven by force, I ponder if I'm ready to go under the knife of God again.  Going under the knife of God means ceasing from your own self-protective measures and letting God protect you, it means to stop being preoccupied with the tangible needs of your life and seek after the intangible.  As you do this trust God to provide the tangible.  He knows what you have need of.  It is a violent aggresive, abandonment of oneself.  Now don't get it twisted, this should not mean that you stop being available to those around you.  Matter-a-fact you should be more available to those around you, that need you.  It doesn't mean going into a bubble and neglecting your present responsibilities.  It should result in more excellence in your responsibilitites.  I'm claiming that in the name of Jesus. 

As a work-at-home mom, I rely on certain things just to survive my present position in  life.  I know to go under the knife of God once again, I have to stop relying on other things and start relying just on him.  Sleep is one of the biggest things I rely on right now.  I have a baby who wakes up in the middle of the night; and I have a husband and a daughter whom are both early birds.  But I might have to test and see if maybe I need to give up some of my sleep just so I can lean more on the Word of God and go under the knife once again.  I say this because I want to be of a certain caliber of person for my husband and for my children, and others outside my home.  I want to have the temperment I need to deal with a budding 5 year old, the passion I need to be the wife my husband needs and the heart that I need to reach out to the community.  I cling to my rest instead of clinging to God.  I cling to my downtime, I cling to my sleep.  I confess that, I ask for forgiveness and I pray that you Lord will help me start clinging to You.  Help me to lie down and go under the knife of the word once again.  Help me Lord to not be fearful of what will happen if I do.  In Jesus Name I pray.  Amen

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Be yourself

Be ye set apart for the work of the Lord.  As you submit to God's plan for your life more and more, you will find yourself doing things a little different than others.  I cannot stress enough that we are unique in the Lord and we all have a unique design.  The "cookie cutter" christian is not living according to God's plan.  When you are following God's plan for your life,  not only will there be something "set apart" in your actions, behavior, and routine; but you will also have a strong sense of your own uniqueness; and we need to own that and be proud of it because God did it!  Praise God.  Don't try to fit in. 

There have been 2 scriptures that have been on my heart.

Matthew 11:12

12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.
 
Ephesians 3:20
New King James Version (NKJV)
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,


Don't get 2 intertwined in the lives of others.  Keep your focus on whatever vision God has given you for your life and that's what he will work through.  I find that when I allow myself to get intertwined the thoughts and purpose of others, I sense myself getting further from my relationship with God.  But when I'm focused on what the Lord has told me and showed me, I sense that I'm right in the center of His will.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

no weapon formed against you will prosper

Praise God, we are still in 1 Samuel 17.  I never knew that there was such a wealth of inspiration in this chapter, but God is drawing it out for me.  As human beings, we have all been through some stuff.  The enemy  has attacked all of God's creation, Christian and Non-Christian.  We live in a fallen world. Because of these things, we all suffer great hardships.  I have a heart for women who have suffered hardships in their lives, great and small.  I have a heart for all women, Christian and non-Christian because we are all created in the image of God and we all reflect the glory of God's beauty in our own unique ways.  We are all women before we are anything else and that thread knits us together in special ways.  I pray that I can expose something in your life today that will set you free!  Jesus came to set the captives free and whom the Son has set free is free indeed.  Halellujah!  I don't know if you wanna be free, but I wanna be set free everyday!  Because I know there is some stuff in my life and some stuff in your life that we need to be set free from.  It is such an invigorating experience when God provides us with the revelation that is going to set us free in a particular area of life, I pray that this message be that revelation for somebody, thank you Jesus ahead of time for the revelation that will set us free.  Thank You Jesus that whom You set free is free indeed.  We want that freedom today Lord Jesus, we don't want to be held bondage to any weapon of the enemy Lord God, because we know Your Word says that no weapon formed against us will prosper!  Take us through Your Word today Lord, give us a fresh revelation of You today Jesus. In Your precious, powerful, mighty, name I pray. Amen and Amen


1 sam 17
50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. But there was no sword in the hand of David. 51 Therefore David ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it.

This text stands out to me because David took the enemy's sword and killed him with it.  This was significant to me because David used the weapon of the enemy to kill the enemy.  There have been some weapons formed against us as God's people.  Satan has used some hardships in our lives to create weapons of mass destruction.  You have to remember the enemy comes to steal, to kill, and to destroy.  The devil hates you and he wants to kill you.  So he has used some things that have happened in our childhood.  He has used some things that have happened to us as adults.  But the bible says that all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose.


God can take that weapon of abuse in your childhood and turn it around and use it against the enemy in somebody else's life.  That weapon of drug abuse, God can turn that around and use it against the enemy to deliver somebody else from drug abuse.  Any situation that has taken place in your life as a result of the enemy, God can take his weapon and use it against him in your life and the life of many other's.  Whatever weapon the enemy formed against you in your past is the ministry in your future.  Confess that right now, with me;   "Whatever weapon the enemy formed against me in my past is the ministry of my future".  Praise God and thank you God!

Seeking prayer

Dear Readers,

I don't know if all of you know, but I have a 4 yr old little girl and a 6 month old son.  My daughter goes to school from 8:30am to 12pm during the week and my son is home with me.  I also run a office supply business with my husband.  My 6 month old sleeps in his crib from about 8:30pm until around 12:15am every night, then I have to go get him, for him to sleep with me.  I hand him off to my husband around 5am, so I can get 2 hours of "kid-free" rest.  The issue is, that I don't feel like i have enough time lately to do my blog and fulfill all the other responsibilities I have.  But I  know I have been called to do it. My down time is normally from 8:30pm to 10pm every night then I go to bed until my son wakes up.  I need prayer about how much time I spend on this blog and if I need to start spending more time.  I'm praying also about whether I need to be spending more time in God's word in general.  The answer is not so obvious when you have 2 young kids at home.  I only want to do what God wants to empower me to do.  Please pray for me today.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Quiet seasons of ministry

The various statements that I have been hearing in my spirit lately. 
1.  Whatever you put out there for the Lord, put it out there and leave it alone.  God has always taught me to keep my hands off of His stuff.  If I want God to get the glory, I have to keep my flesh off His stuff.
2.  Don't worry about getting a response from people, focus on the response from God.  As a writer on this blog, it is easy for me to get discouraged because people don't comment or respond.  It is easy to fall into thinking it doesn't matter.  But I know God called me to do this.  Matter-a-fact, just today I was saying to myself "I think I'm going to take a break from the blog".  This statement leads me to my 3rd point.
3.  If you can't do it when nobody is listening, then you can't do it when billions of people are listening.
I have been talking about King David lately.  When David was keeping the sheep and nobody was watching, he let the Lord fight His battles.  He did not run from the bear or the lion, when nobody was looking.  He sure enough wasn't going to run when the whole army of Isreal was looking on.  God expects us to confront our battles in secret, and then He expects us to do the same in the public eye.  What you do when nobody is looking is the deciding factor on what God will do through you when everybody is looking.  I have often times heard Pastor's say that God had them preach to an almost empty church for a long time, before God started to add to that church.  What if a pastor said on Sunday "Oh, I'm not going to go to church and preach today, it's only 2 people there anyway".  What you do with 2 people, shows God what you would do with 2 million people.  How you act with 2 people shows God how you would act with 2 million people.  How you love 2 people, shows God how you will love 2 million people.  We have a tendency to want to get bored.  Boredom destroys relationships.  People who allow themselves to get "bored" in their marriage are sure to wonder eventrually.  It's the same with our relationship with God, if you allow yourself to get bored with your relationship with Him, then you are sure to wonder off to other things to seek fulfillment.  So please don't have a "It was fun while it lasted" mentality towards God or ministry.  I believe there are many who wonder away from powerful annointed ministries because they allowed themselves to get bored.  Affirm yourself in the calling that God has placed upon your life.    Another thing I sensed in my spirit is that I should not be the type of person that always needs people egging them on.  Anybody can move forward when people are constantly encouraging them and affirming them, but God wants people who can move forward when there is silence.   

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Lord's battle

My friend who is a true woman of God and mentor to me, keeps reminding me to look back on some of the traumatic things that happened to me with a new set of eyes.  Only God can give you a new set of eyes, we all know that.  Well it seems He is doing just that with the book of Samuel.  This woman of God, she will say things to you and and then you will find God doing in your life, exactly what she said to do.  Praise God!!!  Lets look to the Word of God

1 Sam 17
 
38 So Saul clothed David with his armor, and he put a bronze helmet on his head; he also clothed him with a coat of mail. 39 David fastened his sword to his armor and tried to walk, for he had not tested them. And David said to Saul, “I cannot walk with these, for I have not tested them.” So David took them off.

40 Then he took his staff in his hand; and he chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag, in a pouch which he had, and his sling was in his hand. And he drew near to the Philistine. 41 So the Philistine came, and began drawing near to David, and the man who bore the shield went before him. 42 And when the Philistine looked about and saw David, he disdained him; for he was only a youth, ruddy and good-looking. 43 So the Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 And the Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!”

45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. 47 Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.

The first thing that stands out to me in this text is what David says to Saul when Saul gives David his armor to wear.  David says "I cannot walk with these, for I have not tested them".  This really speaks to my spirit because we live in a world where we are inundated with so many different "Christian" messages.  We have many people, calling themselves "prophets".  The bible says to test the spirits to see whether they are from God.  I'm not just talking about other people, I'm talking about ourselves as well.  If we have a thought or something comes into our hearing.  See there are evil spirits out there who speak to us, they give us things to think about, they give us ideas, etc.  They pose questions in our minds.  We cannot entertain any old thought, any old idea, any old question.  We have to test these to see if they are from God.  With this same part of the text, David sees the importance of not trying to fight a battle with armor that he had not tested, he could not walk.  Praise God, he wasn't going to conform.  Praise God he didn't not feel obligated to fight the way the other soldiers were fighting.  Praise God, he didn't let Saul convince him that it had to be done a certain way; but David leaned on the tools that God had already given him.  He didn't feel like he needed something new, praise God.  He didn't feel like he needed something shiny, praise God.  He didn't feel like he needed something expensive.  Nope, he took his staff, 5 smooth stones, and a sling.  And you will see that the Philistine mocked David.  How did David respond?  He says to the Philistine “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.  This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands."  I love that David says that the Lord does not save with sword and spear.  That's powerful!!!  David had a message, thank you Jesus!  What is the message for us today?  Rely on the Lord, and the Lord only to fight your battles.  Stand boldly in your own personal relationship with Jesus, and allow God to fight your battles.  You cannot rely on somebody else's relationship with God, you can't rely on someone else's weapons.  You have to rely on what the Lord has given to you personally, because your battles are personal.  The battles you fight are personal attacks from the enemy.  Somebody else's armor is not going to do the trick. This is personal.

 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Sit down

Amen to a fresh Word today, a fresh revelation of God to take you and I through our day today.  Lord, I'm tired today and I'm spent.  I'm blessed, but I'm exhausted.  Lord sometimes I feel like a robot, going, going, going.  It's only when I get in Your word that I break forth in  Jesus.  It's only when I get in your Word that I break out of the routine, the mundaneness of my days, so please Lord deliver a word today,  a Word in due season Lord.  I know Your Word will energize, motivate and inspire me.  I claim it in Jesus name.  I also pray for wisdom and favor in Jesus name.

Many times in life we get overcome and/or overwhelmed by the trials and tribulations in daily life.  Lemme re-word that.  We get tempted to allow trials and tribulations to overtake us.  We are tempted to let trials and tribulations govern how we walk, talk, and make decisions.  There are times that we get so tired that we can't see beyond our  mountain of exhaustion.  We have to be able to see beyond that.  Vision is so necessary to walk in victory everyday with our Lord, Jesus Christ.  When there are mountains in our way and we can't see, we must turn to the Word.  The Word of God can move mountains.  I pray we can move some mountains today.

Genesis 1

26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all[b] the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

29 And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. 31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

My flesh is not comfortable with this word today.  Anytime the Lord takes me to the beginning of Genesis, it causes me to stop in my tracks and focus on 2 things. 
1.  How God made everything simply by speaking a Word
2.  How he blessed us, gave us everything we needed, and commanded us to have dominion.

This is not an easy text for me, because it brings my busyness to a hault.  Some years ago when I was in the Internet Marketing industry God showed me that vision was more important than any amount of work I could do.  He shows me that speaking is so much more powerful than striving.  It caused me to spend many hours meditating and strategizing.  Honestly, for me it takes alot more energy to meditate on God's Word and spend time speaking things into the atmosphere than it takes for me to stay busy with the normal tasks of the day.  But I know from experience it yields far greater results.  Many times when I get overwhelmed and the mountain of exhaustion starts to block my view, God leads me to sit down.  The term "sitting" has a very important spiritual meaning for Christians.  Think about sitting as a spiritual posture.  The bible refers to Jesus "sitting at the right hand of power".  In the bible Martha and her sister Mary are a good illustration.  If you look at the scriptures Martha is always up doing something, but Mary's posture at first mention is always initially sitting.  Jesus praises her posture.  In the old testament, the elders would sit at the gate, this was a position of influence.  Even Deborah and powerful prophetess and would sit under a palm tree judging Israel.  In the book of Acts, the disciples were sitting on the day of Pentacost, when the Holy Spirit came upon them like a rushing, mighty wind.  There are many instances in the bible when people are sitting or sleeping when they get a word from the Lord.  Receive a posture of  "sitting" today if you are overwhelmed and/or have a mountain in front of you that you can't see past.  Bless you, may the Lord richly bless you today. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The anointing (part 4)

A little emotional today as I type.  God cares for His people greatly and He desires to for us to be free from anything and everything that holds us captive TODAY!  TODAY is the day that the Lord has made.  TODAY is the Lord's day.  TODAY is your day for deliverance.  TODAY is your day to be set free.  I pray you receive this, and that the Lord speaks to you. All it takes is a word from the Lord to set you free.  Halellujah! Lets look to His word....

1 Sam 17



20 So David rose early in the morning, left the sheep with a keeper, and took the things and went as Jesse had commanded him. And he came to the camp as the army was going out to the fight and shouting for the battle. 21 For Israel and the Philistines had drawn up in battle array, army against army. 22 And David left his supplies in the hand of the supply keeper, ran to the army, and came and greeted his brothers. 23 Then as he talked with them, there was the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, coming up from the armies of the Philistines; and he spoke according to the same words. So David heard them. 24 And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him and were dreadfully afraid. 25 So the men of Israel said, “Have you seen this man who has come up? Surely he has come up to defy Israel; and it shall be that the man who kills him the king will enrich with great riches, will give him his daughter, and give his father’s house exemption from taxes in Israel.”

26 Then David spoke to the men who stood by him, saying, “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”

27 And the people answered him in this manner, saying, “So shall it be done for the man who kills him.”

28 Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger was aroused against David, and he said, “Why did you come down here? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your pride and the insolence of your heart, for you have come down to see the battle.”

29 And David said, “What have I done now? Is there not a cause?” 30 Then he turned from him toward another and said the same thing; and these people answered him as the first ones did.

31 Now when the words which David spoke were heard, they reported them to Saul; and he sent for him. 32 Then David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”

33 And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.”

34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, 35 I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.” 37 Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”
And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!”

One of the first things that stands out to me in this text is how David responded when he heard the Philistine that was intimidating Israel:  23 Then as he talked with them, there was the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, coming up from the armies of the Philistines; and he spoke according to the same words. So David heard them.
It just so happens that sometimes in life we overhear some stuff.  Sometimes in life it just so happens we overhear about some troubles that God's people are going through.  How should we respond?  Well the first thing David does is use his words to strip the Phillistine of his power.  David says "For who is this uncircumsized Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?".  He is basically saying "He ain't nobody", shrinking him down to size in the presence of God's people.  That's what we should do when we "overhear" how God's people are afflicted.  We need to respond to what we hear by shrinking that situation down to it's rightful size.  The next thing David does in the text is remember his former station in life and he recalls what God did through him in the past, and he declares that what God did through him in the past; God will do it again in this situation.  Don't forget about how God how used you in your former stations in life.  Don't you dare think that what God did through you was specific to just that station in life.  I want to speak over your life right now and my own life, that what God through you before, he'll do it again! Your annointing hasn't gone anywhere, neither has your gift.  Matter-a-fact they are stronger than before.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Annointing (part 3)

I am so excited in continuing to talk about "the annointing".  It's exciting to know how God has annointed you and to know how He desires to use it.  I stand in a solid place right now in my calling and as I continue to trust God He will lead, Halellujah!

1 Samuel 16


19 Therefore Saul sent messengers to Jesse, and said, “Send me your son David, who is with the sheep.” 20 And Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine, and a young goat, and sent them by his son David to Saul. 21 So David came to Saul and stood before him. And he loved him greatly, and he became his armorbearer. 22 Then Saul sent to Jesse, saying, “Please let David stand before me, for he has found favor in my sight.” 23 And so it was, whenever the spirit from God was upon Saul, that David would take a harp and play it with his hand. Then Saul would become refreshed and well, and the distressing spirit would depart from him.

Thus far in this chapter, we see that David is annointed King.  We also see that Saul is still King.  Just because you have the annointing doesn't mean you automatically get the position.  Take note, Saul is King, David is not King yet, he has just been annointed.  I'm not taking anything away from the annointing, I'm just saying.......David had to go through some stuff before he actually became King.  Matter-a-fact David had to work for the King before he himself became King.  I'm just saying, don't move too fast in your annointing.  Let God lead, not people.  Look, I have walked down this road.  I know first hand that when you move too fast on your annointing, you will not only hurt yourself but alot of other people.  Which leads me to the point of this text:  You have to allow God to open doors \for you annointing, and don't go trying to make things happen yourself.  God created a need for David in the Palace.  He created a position for him, if you will, but that first position he had was not the position of King.  But God opened the door and King Saul sent for David.  David didn't ask to go the palace, King Saul sent for him.  In those days, you had to obey the King.  I imagine David could of been killed if he said "no".  David didn't go making room for himself, God made room for him.  I've stressed this before and I'll stress it again.  "Don't let PEOPLE" promote you too quickly.  I stress that David was not made King immediately, He was made Saul's armorbearer.  You have to honor God in the position you are in now, if you want promotion.  Let me say something here "God is never in a rush".  That's what I've learned in my walk.  See you notice that the bible refers to Godly men who "walked with God".  Nowhere does the bible mention anybody "running with God"  When Jesus walked this earth, you never see anywhere in the bible that he "ran" anywhere.  Even when Lazarus died, he did not rush to get there and bring him back to life:

John 11

New King James Version (NKJV)

The Death of Lazarus

11 Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. 3 Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.”
4 When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”

5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was. 7 Then after this He said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.”

Not only did Jesus wait two days before journeying back to Judea, but the text implies that he waited because of how much he loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.  It specifically says "Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when He heard he was sick, He stay 2 more days in the place where he was".  Wow!  When he heard Lazarus was sick he didn't go running back immediately.  The text implies that waiting was an act of love towards Martha, Mary and Lazarus. 

Don't ever try to convince me that God wants me to rush and do anything.  If you can show me in the bible an instance where Jesus was in a rush or God was in a rush, or where any of God's prophets were in a rush, then I might be convinced.  Use wisdom, acknowledge your own tendency toward human error, and give God time to confirm things in you.  These are the reasons why I stand solid in my place of ministry today.

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Annointing (part 2)

I'm praying Jesus that as I type this blog today, it refreshes me and everyone who reads it.  Sometimes life makes us weary, Lord; but times of refreshing come from You Lord.  Refresh us with your Spirit Lord. We know Lord God that where your spirit is, there is liberty.   I pray that you use this blog to break strongholds Lord.  Where the spirit of the Lord is there is liberty.

2 Corinthians 3:17

New King James Version (NKJV)
17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

Sometimes you feel like your life is closing in on you, if you have the Holy Spirit on the inside of you, You have liberty.  Liberty from your life and the circumstances of your life.  Don't let the life you live here on this earth create a prison for you.  You have to live above whatever is going on in your life and your circumstances.  Your real life is hidden in Christ Jesus.  Tap into it.  I said your true life is hidding in Christ Jesus, but you have to tap into it.

Colossians 3:3

New King James Version (NKJV)
3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

I had started talking about King David and "The Annointing"

1 Samuel 16

A Distressing Spirit Troubles Saul

14 But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and a distressing spirit from the Lord troubled him. 15 And Saul’s servants said to him, “Surely, a distressing spirit from God is troubling you. 16 Let our master now command your servants, who are before you, to seek out a man who is a skillful player on the harp. And it shall be that he will play it with his hand when the distressing spirit from God is upon you, and you shall be well.”

17 So Saul said to his servants, “Provide me now a man who can play well, and bring him to me.”

18 Then one of the servants answered and said, “Look, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, who is skillful in playing, a mighty man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a handsome person; and the Lord is with him.”

19 Therefore Saul sent messengers to Jesse, and said, “Send me your son David, who is with the sheep.” 20 And Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine, and a young goat, and sent them by his son David to Saul. 21 So David came to Saul and stood before him. And he loved him greatly, and he became his armorbearer. 22 Then Saul sent to Jesse, saying, “Please let David stand before me, for he has found favor in my sight.” 23 And so it was, whenever the spirit from God was upon Saul, that David would take a harp and play it with his hand. Then Saul would become refreshed and well, and the distressing spirit would depart from him.

1.  The first thing that stands out to me from this text is that the Lord can send a "distressing spirit" to trouble someone;  and there is a difference between the "Spirit of the Lord" and a "Spirit from the Lord"

2.  How did Saul's servants know that someone playing the harp skillfully would cause Saul to be well?
 
3.  God makes a way for David to enter the palace.  David had been annointed King, but Saul is still in the palace.  David's reputation preceeds him, Saul's servant said David was "skillful at the harp
, a man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a handsome person, and the Lord is with him".  Right here is where God gets me, first of all David kept the sheep.  When we are introduced to David, the bible says that he tended the sheep.  But yet Saul's servants said all these things about David, WOW!  As I think back to how they told Saul "Let our master now command your servants, who are before you, to seek out a man who is a skillful player on the harp. And it shall be that he will play it with his hand when the distressing spirit from God is upon you, and you shall be well.” I believe God was using Saul's servants to prophesied over David.  Oh my gosh, what else could this be?  I believe they were saying "This is what is going to happen when David plays the harp for you, and this is who David is".  They couldn't possibly know this unless God has shown them.  They said all those characteristics about David and how could they possibly know all that?  When we get introduced to David, that much information does not come out in the text.  Yet they said they had seen all these things about David.  Think about it, even when Samuel went to annoint David.  Initially, one of his brothers seemed like the obvious choice.  But David gets pointed out by God.  Here is is again, God pointing to David.

4.  Please know that, when the Lord annoints you, He is making a place for you in the place where you are to carry out your purpose, not only is he making a place for you; but he is using people to speak things over you when you are not even around.  People who you don't even know are speaking over your life right now, in the name of Jesus. 
 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Your annointing

I normally don't blog on Sunday, but I really had some things on my heart.  I have a burden for the people of God, I want to see people using their gifts.  It blesses me more than anything to see people operating in God's purpose.  I share my stories and my heart, hoping there is somebody out there that might get something from it to empower them to walk boldly in their purpose and gifting.  The "heroes" of the bible, if you will, were considered heroes because of how boldly they walked in their annointing.  It can be a little intimidating to do that.  For me it is.  Sometimes you know God has gifted you in certain ways, but you don't really know what to do with it.  My advice is not to ignore it, but rather praise God for it and allow Him to lead you in it.  King David is a great example of this.  David was annointed as King long before he physically took his seat on the throne.  He was annointed King of Isreal long before He was able to get into the palace.  Matter-a-fact King Saul was still on the throne when God had Samuel annoint David as King.  King Saul was still in the palace.  Someone can still appear to be holding a position even when God has rejected him, but know this;  all the while God has already replaced him. 

1 Samuel 16

New King James Version (NKJV)

David Anointed King

16 Now the Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go; I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided Myself a king among his sons.”
2 And Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me.”
But the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ 3 Then invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; you shall anoint for Me the one I name to you.”
4 So Samuel did what the Lord said, and went to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, “Do you come peaceably?”
5 And he said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice.” Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons, and invited them to the sacrifice.
6 So it was, when they came, that he looked at Eliab and said, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before Him!”
7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees;[a] for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
8 So Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” 9 Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” 10 Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen these.” 11 And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all the young men here?” Then he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.”
And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him. For we will not sit down[b] till he comes here.” 12 So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!” 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah.

Samuel and David, what a pair!  Imagine what the Lord can teach us through these 2 powerhouses.  There are 2 things that stand out to me.
1.  Samuel had such a powerful annointing that when he went to Bethlehem, "the elders of the town trembled at his coming"
2.  When David was annointed "King of Israel" it says the spirit of the Lord came upon him.  That was the first outcome of the annointing.  I want to mention here that the Lord does annoint us for certain positions and roles in our lives.  Don't miss that.  If God has blessed you with a certain job within a company, within your home, or in a church, or any other organization; you better know your annointed.  That's where you power comes from in that role.    Receive that and walk boldly. 

At the same time, if you know God has called you to something and you know you have an annointing on your life, be patient and allow God to nurture that annointing in you, allow him to give you testimonies that will build your confidence, so when you get to a certain role or position, you can be bold like Samuel and David was.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Renewal in God's purpose

Finally, here!  Like I had been saying in some previous posts, I went through a desert season in my life.  Over these 7 years I have missed teaching others and doing mission work.  It is such an awesome thing to work side by side with your brothers and sisters in Christ to make a differece in the lives of those around you.  I have missed the ways in which I use to serve so much and the fellowship that I experienced as I served.  But, God had to work on some things in me.  He had to quiet me down, and I'm so glad He did.  I hope I remain quieted down, so I can hear His voice.  His voice is way  more important than my voice.  That was the reason why I took a break from this blog, because His voice is more important than mine.  But He called me to start blogging everyday and that's why I'm doing it.  Everyday except Sunday.  As I said at the beginning of the post, "I'm finally here!"  God is finally leading me to put myself out there again little by little.  I feel a constant, gentle nudging from  the Lord to not be afraid, to not hold back.  I'm so excited!  In the Spirit of renewal and rebuilding I'm looking at the scripture below:

Haggai 1


Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of the Lord their God, and the words of Haggai the prophet, as the Lord their God had sent him; and the people feared the presence of the Lord. 13 Then Haggai, the Lord’s messenger, spoke the Lord’s message to the people, saying, “I am with you, says the Lord.” 14 So the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and worked on the house of the Lord of hosts, their God, 15 on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month, in the second year of King Darius.

The thing that most excites me about these passages is how the Lord stirred up the spirit of the people.  He stirred up the spirit of the son of a governor, the son of a high priest, and all the remnant of Isreal.  Wow, look how God aligned everybody in order to accomplish the work of rebuilding the temple.  I'm excited, because when the Lord has a work for you to do, He will stir up your spirit and not only your spirit but everyone else He plans to use.  I'm looking forward to being used by God and I'm praying for the stirring of my spirit and the spirit of the leaders in my life.  I want to fulfill God's purpose for my life, and I know I need help.  My purpose is connected to the purpose of other's around me.  I'm praying for a spiritual alignment, where things are birthed in the name of Jesus.  I pray for a spiritual alignment that would cause us to be built up in the inward man.  I praying for God to draw upon the gifts of those around me and use those gifts for the building up of his kingdom.  I pray, God that You move in a powerful way among your people.  Align us up to fulfill your purposes in Jesus name

Friday, November 9, 2012

Pride and the devil

There was a time in my life as a Christian where I felt like everything came to a severe hault.  I went through a desert season in my walk with Christ.  But Christ was with me every step of the way.  I was very involved in my church prior to this season in my life.  I attended bible study every week, Sunday services (sometimes 2 services), I was Sunday School Director, I taught the youth in Sunday School, and I taught adult discipleship classes.  I don't say this to brag, I say this so you can see the other extreme I was brought to.  I went from all of that to nothing.  I got pulled into some controversy at my church home and I was completely oblivious to how long it was brewing.  The enemy had a trap waiting for me.  Here is the thing, I was still very new to my Christian walk, a babe in Christ during this time and I was on fire for the Lord, but with fire and immaturity comes pride.  The bible says that "pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall".  This is a scripture I became familiar with early in my Christian life, but I did not know i would experience it for myself.

 I would love to warn new Chritians who know they have a strong anointing on them;  take your time, go slow, don't let people promote you too quickly, let only the Lord guide you and pray for a personal mentor to cover you.  I did not have that.  But God allowed me to go through what I went through in order to be able to help and warn others.  The devil sets traps when you are prideful

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Don't hold back

Don't hold back from God.  We all go through things in our lives.  Things that keep us from giving our all.  We go through things that make us want to go into hiding.  We go through things that keep us from wanting any one person to know too much about us.  We go through things that keep us from getting close and keep others from getting to close to us.  We go through things that make us afraid to grab on to what God is placing in front of us.  But there comes a time where God is saying put it all on the line again for Me.  He is saying to do it for Him.  I think it was Job who said "Though He slay me, yet I will trust Him".  I don't know if you are like me and have gone through some things that may have quenched your fire for the Lord.  Maybe you have gone through some things that have made you question your annointing, calling, and/or gift.  I have been down this road.  As I have walked this road, God has been willing to show me that what He did in me and through me was real and hasn't changed.  Today, as I said to myself "I think I wanna pull back and wait a little longer, I'm not ready to put that much of myself out there again".  I sensed God say, "Don't hold anything back from Me".  I also sense God saying "Put it all on the line again and watch what I do"

Stay in the battle

Everyday of our lives does not have to be exciting.  Sometimes as I start my day, I don't know if I can handle another day of the same routine.  While I do have peace in my life, I have to be careful.  Remember King Solomon?  The Lord gave him peace on all sides.  He did not have to fight wars like his father David.  Solomon went seeking in all the world's indulgences to find satisfaction and realized there was no satisfaction and it was all vanity and grasping for the wind.  He even became well read and well studied and found no satisfaction in the pursuit of knowledge.  There are many people like that today looking for satisfaction in all the wrong places.  There is only one lover of our souls and that is Jesus.  That is where you will find your satisfaction.  Jesus is your soul mate.

Even as Christians, we have to be careful. When we are not fighting battles, trouble is lurking.  Just like with David and Bathsheeba

2 Samuel 11

New King James Version (NKJV)

David, Bathsheba, and Uriah

11 It happened in the spring of the year, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the people of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.
2 Then it happened one evening that David arose from his bed and walked on the roof of the king’s house. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing, and the woman was very beautiful to behold. 3 So David sent and inquired about the woman. And someone said, “Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” 4 Then David sent messengers, and took her; and she came to him, and he lay with her


You notice in the text it says "It happened in the spring of the year, at a time when kings go out to battle.  David was suppose to be in battle.  But instead of going to battle as he should of, he stayed in Jerusalem.  Temptation was right around the corner, or in this case right on the rooftop.  David got pulled right in,  If you read further in this chapter, Bathsheba got pregnant.  Her husband was in battle for David.  After David's several failed attempts to get Bathsheba's husband to lay with her, to cover up their sin; David had Uriah murdered.

This text reminds me of the importance or staying in the battle.  If we don't temptation is right there waiting. 

Ephesians 6:12

New King James Version (NKJV)
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

1.  Stay in the battle.
2.  Stick to the routines that God has set up in your life, even when you don't feel like it.

I can imagine that David probably said to himself "Oh, I don't need to go out and fight.  My men can handle it.".  After all was said and done, I'm sure he knew that he should of went to fight a battle he could win.  As a result, he ended up in a battle that he couldn't win.  God sets us up with battles we can win.  Routines are a safeguard for us, they protect us from the enemy and they set us up for victory.  When we wonder off the paths that God has set us on, we are on enemy territory.  When we wonder off the path the God has set us on, we are in enemy territory and there is no protection for us there.

Stay in the battle, don't wonder off the path that God has set you on.  Stay in His protection.  His protection is in the battle

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Peace

I cannot do much with my day until I hear from the Lord.  I cannot stress enough, how much of a blessing it is to allow God to direct your activities of the day.  For me, it all happens right here, with this blog.  The word that God gives me as I write this blog carries me through the day.  It really does.  It makes my day fruitful, it gives me strength and comfort.  I had been talking about Matthew Chapter 12 for the last 3 to 4 days and I had know idea God was going to do this, but He used these last 3 or 4 days to show me through His word, who I should vote for.  God helped me to look beyond policy to the heart of the individuals running for president.  Normally I look at the policies and the position on the different issues,  but this year God lead me to go deeper.  He showed me that He cares more about the people then he does about the policies.  He helped me to see that through how Jesus dealt with the pharisees in Matthew, Chapter 12.  I thank the Lord that He guides me.  He will guide you to if you let Him.  God is faithful and I am a testimony to that.  I have been through some things in my life, serious dark, times.  Times of depression, panic attacks, anxiety.  I have experienced rape and abuse as a child.  God brought me out of all that.  I have walked in the shoes of many women.  There are not too many things out there in the world that I haven't tried or done, trust me.  I will not say I've done it all, but it's very close to it.  Not too many women can come to me with a situation or problem, or behavior in their lives that I haven't had.  Trust me, He is faithful.  He turned my life around.  He has been working in me ever since.  I'm so glad that I can say today that I walk with the King of Kings, Hallelujah! 

My desire for anyone reading this blog is that you have a life inspired by the Holy Spirit.  I want you to have that because it is a peaceful life.  The bible says to seek peace and pursue it.  Many of us are tormented by many worries.  We are unsettled in our lives.  We feel unstable.  The world and the church has us convinced us that our lives are suppose to be going 100mph, running from here to there, doing this and that, and sometimes in the name of the Lord.  If you are at peace with that, maybe that's what God has called you to.  But for those of us who are not at peace with the pace of our lives, this is what the bible says:

1 Thessalonians 4
9 But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; 10 and indeed you do so toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more; 11 that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, 12 that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.

Psalm 34
11 Come, you children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 Who is the man who desires life,
And loves many days, that he may see good?
13 Keep your tongue from evil,
And your lips from speaking deceit.
14 Depart from evil and do good;
Seek peace and pursue it.


Isaiah 9:6

New King James Version (NKJV)
6 For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
 

Isaiah 30:15

 
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.”

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The fruit



Matthew 12
A Tree Known by Its Fruit
33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. 34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart[g] brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. 36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

The thing about this text that really stood out to me is the part where Jesus says that "every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgement".  The reason why it stands out to me is because Jesus is saying be who you really are.  Stop pretending to be something or someone that you are not.  He is saying that if you are speaking one thing out your mouth and it doesn't line up with what is really in your heart then your words are "idle" and you will have to give an account for it.  He says either make the tree good and it's fruit good or make the tree bad and it's fruit bad.  He is saying to the Pharisees that you cannot speak good things if you are evil. Jesus knows our thoughts. There are many times in the bible where it says that Jesus "knowing their thoughts" responded. Jesus knows whether or not the words you speak add up to what you are really thinking. If you know you need to repent of something, then repent and turn to God who is able to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. But don't sit up there and try to cover up what you really are and pretent to be something else. Jesus knows who the real hypocrits are. He knows the people who really love God and the people who are pretending they love God. 

1 John 1:9

New King James Version (NKJV)
9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
 

Matthew 7

The Narrow Way

13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because[a] narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

You Will Know Them by Their Fruits

15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

I Never Knew You

21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!



 

 

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