Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Free yourself to be free

The bible says that "Whom the Son has set free is free indeed".  Do you see the emphasis on free.  Not only free, but free for sure, free for certain, abundantly free, doubly free, so free.  There is such emphasis on "free".  Why do you think God had to tell us this.  He wants us to live this truth out.  He wants us to grab hold of this truth and run with it.  If you have been saved and washed in the blood Jesus Christ than you are "free".  God is saying you are surely free.  Free to go, free to fly.  Why aren't we going?  Why aren't we flying?  How many people have felt sorry for an animal that has been wounded and then when they are all healed and you open the cage for them to go free, they just sit there.  Or when an animal has been in captivity so long, when they are set free, they don't go free.  There are even prisoners who have been in jail so long, that when they finally have an opportunity to be free, they would rather stay in prison, than be free.  See freedom can be a scary thing, when you have been in prison for a very long time.  But we have to trust God. 

God has said to many of us, "You are healed, go free".  We are still sitting in our prisons.  The prison door is opened and God is saying "Go ahead, you're free" But we have become such "friends" with the bondage in our lives.  But the bondage is our enemy.  We are just comfortable with it.  I think it's because we "feel we have a sense of control there".  Bondage is small, but freedom is big and we have to trust God to roam free.  Some things that seem good, we have to step away from because it's bondage for you or for me.  It takes faith to step away from something that seems "good" so you won't be in bondage to it.  It takes faith, to believe that while that may be "good" God can produce something so much better. 

As we are going about our day and we hit areas of bondage, it feels like an "obstruction".  It is an obstruction.  It is an obstruction in our freedom and an obstruction in our anointing.  If there is an obstruction, the flow of our anointing gets hindered.  We can't have that!  There is a Godly land, a heavenly land that we can roam free in right now, but we can only do that under the anointing of God.  It's the only way.  Many of us ride the fence everyday of our lives between freedom and bondage.  A little freedom, a little bondage.  That can't work, you have to choose!  Honestly we have to be willing to throw everything on the altar of God for our freedom.  Ultimately, we have to be willing to let go of everything to walk in freedom.  I didn't say we "have" to let go of everything, I said we have to be "willing" to.  The reason why I say that, is because some things that we have to be willing to let go of are things that are not inherently bad, but are bad for us; because for us, as individuals, they cause bondage.  You can sense when you are about to walk into an area of bondage in your life or when you have stepped out of freedom into bondage, because you feel a tightness, an anxiety.  It can be described like a mental paralysis.  You sense your "flow" has come to a quick holt.  Somehow you stepped out of freedom into a prison cell.  You can start to recognize the signs of this happening in your life and you can back out of that prison cell, and place your feet where Jesus has planted them and that is in freedom.

Now, the most important thing that Jesus calls us to do as His disciples is to "love".  I have noticed in my life, when I have stepped into bondage, my capacity to love gets immediately hindered.  It's like an obstruction.  Sometimes we refuse to walk in the freedom that God has given us because we feel like if we do so, we will not be able to love our families the way we need to.  But the opposite is true.  When you walk in complete freedom in Christ, your capacity to love becomes greater.  Many times we think when we walk in completely freedom we are taking some things away from those who are closest to us, when the opposite is true, you are adding so much more to their lives. 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Your "love walk", get your joy back!!!

When I got saved, I really experienced Romans 5:5

Romans 5:5

New King James Version (NKJV)
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us

But adversity entered in and pain, hurt, and just the business of life.  I got away from my first love.  God is truly my first love and their was a love poured out in my heart to give to others when I had God as my first love.  But I got away from that.  It has remained in my heart, but I have not acted on it.  I have not made time for it.  Which means I have not made time for the people that it is suppose to be directed towards.  This "love walk" has really been on my mind.  Am I really loving people?  I made a decision last night, that I'm getting back to the "love walk" God gave me in the beginning.  Sure, I was a baby in Christ.  Sure I was prideful because I was a new Christian.  But with all that I was on fire for Him and it caused me to love others.  I made mistakes that hurt people in my immaturity and my pride, but don't we all at some time or another in our lives.  But because I did that, I shelved my "love walk".  I didn't want to be prideful anymore, I didn't want to hurt people by being to bold.  But we shouldn't shelve what God has given us in the beginning because we stumbled.  Maturity comes, it does!!!  As little children in the Lord, God gives us grace for our mistakes just like we do with our own children.  Other people might not offer you grace, but that's ok.  Don't let that reflect on the grace God wants to give you.  He wants you to grow and make mistakes in liberty under the protection of His wings.  Don't shelve the love that He has poured out in your heart, because He has designed you to "walk out that love" in a very specific way.  People will disappoint you, but God will never disappoint you.  Let us start responding to God and stop responding to people. 

Psalm 51

12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
And sinners shall be converted to You.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Balance and juggling isn't even in the Bible!

Balance and juggling isn't even in the Bible!

Bondage, stands out like a sore thumb

God is showing me some things about bondage in our lives and I just had to get it out today.  This blog is such a learning platform for me, because it is the place where God chooses to pour into me.  This week I realized there is an area of my life where I have some serious bondage.  It has to do with my children.  I do a lot of "good" things with my children.  But I do it from a posture of anxiety, worry, and even fear.  These things can take "good" things and turn them into "bad" things.  I know I do not stand alone and that there are many parents operating in fear when it comes to certain areas of their child's life.  But I want to stay focused on my journey right now, it might help somebody else. 

God showed me some severe bondage in an area concerning my children, but He also showed me how anointed I am in that very same area.  Do you realize that the areas of the most severe bondage in your life is also the areas where you are greatly anointed.  What hope we have in this!!!!  Understand that the devil is mostly concerned about the areas where we are anointed.  Those are areas where he focuses most on keeping us in bondage.  But God has got something very powerful for us in those areas as well.  God is reminding me of my anointing in the lives of children this morning, despite the severe bondage I'm experiencing in this area right now. 

Isaiah 61:1

New King James Version (NKJV)

The Good News of Salvation

61 “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
Normally when God sheds light on an area of bondage, it's because He is ready to set you free in that area.  He is ready to speak liberty into that area of your life and He is ready to open the prison doors in that area where we are bound.  There are signs in our lives that indicate areas of bondage.  Anytime you feel like you have to prove something for somebody, you are operating in bondage.  I don't know if you have noticed, but when people talk to you about certain things you hear their voice change from a gentleness, to a very aggressive tone and it's like they are fighting with something.  Many times it's mistaken for "passion" or "conviction".  But it's bondage.  They are in fact fighting with something, but it's not you or anything on the inside of you, they are fighting with something on the inside of themselves.  Most of the time other people are the target of our bondage.  Meaning that we project something onto them that we are really fighting with.  When we hear that defensive aggressive tone coming out from ourselves when addressing something or if it comes from someone else just know that it is an indication of bondage. 
I'm very excited now about what God has shown me in my life, because I'm excited to be free!!!!  So now, I'm talking to God and I'm like "Ok God, now what do I do?"  First of all, we can't free ourselves, Jesus has to do it.  He is the only One who can.  What's on my heart is to wait with expectation.  Do I put everything I have been doing in that area on "pause"?  I don't think that is what I'm being called to do, I believe as I take steps in that area, I should do it with a believe that I'm stepping out of bondage and into liberty.  When God shows you an area of bondage, right then and there he is opening the prison doors.  But you have to walk out.  You can't stand in the prison and say "now what do I do?"  You have to step out of the prison and as you do, you step into a greater degree of liberty and freedom in your life!  God bless

Monday, June 17, 2013

The heart, morore than just an organ...........

Today my devotional was John 14:27:

My peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled. Neither let it be afraid.

This is what Jesus said to His disciples and He says it to the Body of Christ today.  In dissecting this scripture it tells me that my heart might try to be troubled, that there is a temptation to be afraid.  But He gives a direct commandment here, not to let your heart go there.  When you feel your heart tip toeing towards being troubled and afraid, reel it on in.  There is absolutely not reason for you to be troubled or afraid, not because you don't have trouble in your life, not because you don't have adversity and trials going on right now, simply because Jesus said so.  If Jesus said "let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid".  Then Jesus is saying there is absolutely no reason on the face of this earth that you should allow yourself to become troubled or afraid.  The bible says to "guard your heart with all diligence, for out of it flows the issues of life".  It is very important that you tend to your heart and take active steps to keep your heart free from trouble and fear.  This means something different for everybody.  But I will tell you that most diseases out here are stress related.  Stress kills people and it is a toxin that makes your body sick.  That is how I see stress now,  I know that when I allow myself to be stress, it is literally putting poison in my body and I'm not going to poison myself with stress.  Stress is a root cause of most illnesses we deal with today.  Guard your heart with all diligence for out of it flows the issues of life.  If you end up with a sick heart, you will also end up with a sick body.  The bible says that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.  Be careful what you put in your heart and what you allow other people to put in your heart.  Watch your conversations with others, make sure they don't poison your heart.  Guard your heart with all diligence for out of it flows the issues of life.  If you have a healthy heart, you will have a healthy body.  The heart is such an amazing organ that God made. God refers to the heart many times in the bible, which should tell you that this is a physical organ with a major spiritual function in our lives.  The heart is a physical organ with a major spiritual function in our lives.  Some people just look at the heart as an organ, but it is so much more than that according to the word of God.  Read up on what God says about the heart in your bible.  Be blessed and guard your heart.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

What soothes your heart, pay close attention

We live in a culture where we rarely pay attention to our hearts cry or the hearts cry of others  We can't hear it over the T.V., radio, social media websites, and all the things we burden ourselves down with on a daily basis.  Ever so often we get a taste of something and it provides a soothing in our hearts.  This comes in the form of many things.  A word from God, spending time with a friend, having a clean kitchen,  hosting people at your house, beautiful smelling perfume, spending time horseback riding, playing fetch with your dog, hanging out with your kids, going to the movies with your husband.  The specific things that provide a soothing balm to your heart, are signs.  They are signs that represent the life that God has called you to live.  Many of us are not paying attention, we are just running and running, busy and busy. 

I use myself as an example on this blog, hoping that my journey helps someone else.  God has called me to a ministry to women in my home.  He has called me to provide comfort, rest, and intimate connection.  For me, when my home is set up for that to happen, it soothes my soul and I want to step out on it more boldly.  I had a friend over a couple days ago and I had candles lit, the house was tidy, and we sat down on the couch with our feet up and chatted while our kids played around us.  But it was such an anointed time of comfort and closeness.  This was a balm that soothed my soul.  Many times the things that relieve and soothe our souls, have a lot to do with God's purpose for us.  When you live out your purpose, it will provide comfort and rest to everyone around you,  because that is the ministry of Jesus Christ, to provide rest for our souls.  He didn't say he would provide "work for our souls"  he said "we would find rest for our souls". 

In my last blog, I talked about "a blueprint" on my heart.  We all have one, we just have to pay attention to the "signs".  For me, now that I know my purpose is linked to the things that soothe my heart and that it will provide comfort for others, I need to exercise some discipline and fight my flesh for those things.  For example, if I want my home ready for the ministry that God has given me in my home, it's important that I keep my dishes done, my kitchen tidy and the couch neat.  I have young children, so there will be toys, but even in the midst of toys there is an atmosphere that God has anointed me to be able to provide. 

Horseback riding is something my dad introduced me to when I was younger.  I fell in love and still love it today.  I have been wanting to get back to it for many years, but horseback riding lessons are not cheap.  You are talking about $50.00 per lesson.  But if that is part of my blueprint, then I get rid of expenses that are not part of my "blueprint" so I can fund that things that are a part of my blueprint. 

We have to start trimming the fat and lining things up with what God has placed on the inside of us, God only funds His purposes.  If you are constantly spending your money on things that won't feed you, then you won't have money for the thing that do feed you. 

Friday, June 7, 2013

It takes time, start setting up now

The other day, God laid something on my heart:
"Things take time, start setting up now for what you want to do"

I'm 36 years old and I have said for years, God has a blueprint stuck to my heart of what my life is suppose to look like.  From the largest details to the smallest details.  It's time for me to start doing everything according to that "blueprint".  Many of us have the same thing on the inside of us.  But we rarely line up how we go about life according to the blueprint God has laid on our hearts.  Rarely, do we make decisions according to that.  It comes a time where God is ready to birth that life that He promised you long ago.  When that time comes, you must prepare.  You must take everything in your life and line it up with what's on your heart and if it doesn't line up, it's got to go!  Everything has got to start to line up with what God has called  you to.  Now, some people hear the word "called" and they automatically think a specific ministry.  I am using the word "called" in terms of your life overall.  I have been called to a certain type of life, not just a ministry.  God has given me a blueprint of a life that I have been called to live out.  But until now, I haven't been lining things up and measuring them by that blueprint.  But you have to do that, in order to get rid of the things and the people that will take precious time, energy, and resources that you need to be putting elsewhere.  Many people are not happy, many Christians are not living the "abundant life" that Jesus said He came to give us.  I have asked God about this for years.  "What does this abundant life look like?  What does it feel like?"  I believe God is getting ready to answer these prayers.  But there is money, time, and energy that needs to be poured into it.  That means I need to spend my money on things that line up with that blueprint that God has given me, that means I need to do my work in a way that lines up with that vision.  I need to deal with family and friends in a way that lines up, I need to treat my husband and kids in a way that lines up.  "It takes awhile, start setting up now for what you want to do with your life"

Monday, June 3, 2013

Who do you work for???

I am so excited, because God just gave me a revelation about a scripture today that freed me from some bondage. Alleluia!!!  I was chatting with someone today about how sometimes when I sit down to spend time with God in the morning, I feel pulled and distracted by all the things I have to do that day.  How I feel a little conflicted at times with my daily responsibilities in addition with all God is calling me to at this time in my life.  Well, one of the things she said to me was do things as if doing them for Him.  Right before that she said to ask God to help me with my responsibilities.  The wording that this women used, it's like God shined a light on this scripture in a way I had never seen before:
 Colossians 3:23
New Living Translation (NLT)
23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.

When I use to read this scripture it was in the context of "if I viewed certain tasks as if as I was doing it for God, then I would work harder at it".  But God showed me something different today.  Today I saw it as "If am doing things as if for Him that means I'm going to do the things "He" has told me to do, and that doesn't necessarily include all the things I load myself down with or what somebody else might try to load us down with.  I see it this way:  Lets say your boss at work says to you and your co-workers "We are going to shut down early and I want to take all of you to lunch."  Do you feel free to do that or will you be thinking about all the things you have to do at the office?  If the boss says come and let me bless you today, are you going to feel torn between you workload and what your boss wants to do for you?  Honestly, the truth is that you don't determine what your workload is going to be for each day, whoever you are working for is in control of that.  Who are you really working for?  Are you working for yourself or God?    If you are working for yourself than your "to-do" list will always get in the way of you spending time with God.  But if you are working for Him, he will be Who you seek out for  your workload; and Jesus said that His yoke is easy and that His burden is light.  The yokes we place on ourselves are often not easy, nor are the burdens we place on ourselves, light.  Which one do you want?  Who are you working for; yourself or God????
\Matthew 11:28-30
New Living Translation (NLT)
28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

Based on the scripture above, who do you want to be working for?  What should we expect when we work for Jesus?  Rest............................even as we work, we will have rest.  Choose Jesus today, choose rest.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Do what you have to do

Get in the spirit this morning.  The bible says walk by the spirit and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh.  If you don't feel the spirit, find a way to touch the Holy Spirit find a way this morning to connect with God's Holy Spirit within you.  Put on your worship music.  Whatever is going to move the Holy Spirit within you, seek it out first thing in the morning.  The bible says "seek ye first the kingdom of God" .  The bible says the He is the God who answers by fire.  God is a consuming fire.  Touch the fire of God this morning and it will consume you, it will set you on fire for Him.  Do what you gotta to set the fire ablaze.  Jesus came that we may have life and have it more abundantly!  But you need the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit will guide you right into the abundant life. 

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