Friday, May 22, 2015

Is fear holding you back???

"Fear" is the thing that's been on my mind.  I have realized something about my past.  When I left corporate America and became self-employed about 10 years ago, there was something that kept popping up in my relationships with my customers..............I found that every client, that I had, wanted to either place me on staff or partner with me in a more permanent business relationship.  What did I do??!  I turned them down each and every time.  Why?????  At the time it was never my initial intention to establish such permanent relationships.  But it always came up in a matter of time.  Well,  God has chosen to show me the real reason why I turned them down.  It was fear.  Fear of what?  I believe it was fear that I would disappoint them.  Fear that a permanent relationship would not live up to their expectations.  Fear that my contribution to their organization would end up being a dud in a more permanent relationship.  Fear that my contribution in a temporary relationship would not hold up in a more permanent relationship.  The best way to describe it is "Fear that what my client believed about me, would turn out not to be true"

What does all this say about what I believe about myself?  Have I doubted what God has placed in me?  Am I scared of finding out that what I thought I could do is not real??  Well, it's come time for me to stop running.  I can't hide anymore. 

The reason I'm writing about this is because there has recently been a shift in my life and this familiar "fear" popped up and I had to explore it and find out what was really going on.  I'm excited to say "Now is the time to face this fear and overcome it".  This is a statement I have never made before but God has brought me face to face with this and He is ready for me to conquer it.  I'm 100% sure of it.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

When it just don"t feel "RIGHT

As I dropped off my son at his grandpa's house today, I prepared myself to go into my normal mode of work that I always do, which tends to be pretty regimented.  But something went off inside me that told me "I was not moving into a good pace". Something inside me, spoke, yet again, to me about the pace of my life.   I had to reel my mind in once again and focus on my spirit.  I don't always do that when I need to. Not listening to my spirit is becoming a luxury that I can afford less and less with each passing day.

The scripture that has been on my heart this week is

Zachariah 4:6
So he answered and said to me:
“This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:
‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’
Says the Lord of hosts.

You have to be in control of your mind and not let your mind control you.  The thinking & reasoning part of our bodies is not allowed to be in control.  There is a place for it, but it has to be submitted to your spirit man.  Your mind is not to be made a leader in your life.  It is to be brought into subjection to the spirit.  Bring your mind and your thoughts under control.  Do not let them wonder where they may nor take your body where they may.  Even your mind is to be led by your spirit.  

There are only a few people, that I have heard of or met, that were living a life that they knew was the life that was fit for them.  God has placed it on my heart to become one of "those" people myself.  I can only pray that my journey on this blog, helps you.  God will bring you to crossroads in your life where you must choose how you desire to move forward.  Sometimes it's just a matter of will you move forward by faith or not.  Meaning, are you going to trust where God is leading you or put your trust in yourself and other people and things?  I think fthe question for me is "Are you going to seek the false security and comfort of allowing your mind to lead you or the freedom of allowing God to lead you?  

2 Cor. 3:17 - Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

"Liberty" can be a very scary thing because we don't exactly know where it will lead us or our family.  For me, my comfort zone is living my life according to formulas. Formulas where  "blank + Blank = blank" I want to know what the formula is, in order to achieve certain results?  I want to know how far do I let certain things go, before I reel them in? I think the scariest thing about living in the liberty of the spirit is the unpredictability.  We want to be in control of outcomes in life.  Let me say that the spirit of God knows the life that God has planned for you very well and that plan is the blueprint by which He leads you.  As years go by and you keep getting this nudging that certain things in your life just don't feel right. Certain ways in which you go about life.  There is a time to just experience that, the nudge, but then there are also times to respond to the nudge.  We all have perceptions of what we want to look like and what we want our lives to be.  Some of those perceptions are from the media images around us and some of those perceptions are from the spirit, leading you in the way of God's plan for your life.  We have to pray for God to help us filter out the false perceptions.  We don't want to mold our lives and image around false perceptions of what we think we should be. We want to mold it around who we really are.  Only God knows our true identity as it pertains to the world around us.  Only by His spirit can you become privy to that information. 

10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Everything you need is on the inside of you

Your life is hidden in your heart but you have to learn to seize the life that is hidden in God and therefore hidden inside you as well

Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter,But the glory of kings is to search out a matter. 

You search out the life that God has concealed for you.

Colossians 3:3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 

God wants you to search it out as hidden treasure.  There is something on the inside of you that has an unceasing, constant tug, and learning to yield to that is indeed a spiritual discipline but can provide much joy.  Many times we think we need to move or buy something or do
something outside ourselves to begin to realize that special life God has for you.  But all the tools you need reside on the inside of you.  But many times, it takes for us to experience enough of the pain, that comes with not living out our Godly destiny; to finally begin to seize what is on the inside of us.  But if you do, you will give it life on the outside of you.  You will give it feet, legs, hands, a voice; all to touch the world with the touch of God. 

There are so many reasons now for me to seize what's on the inside of me, more and more.  It's the difference between my continuing to grow in my journey and shrinking back from every blessing God has for me.  Plus, what God has put inside me works in perfect harmony with what God has deposited inside my husband and children.  I want that harmony in my life and in my family's life. It's where I will come to know God and my Savior in a new way.

I don't find that there is alot of teaching, traditionally, in church about how to search out your purpose.  I think the teaching that is out there teaches you to look in places other than your heart.  I believe many lack vision about their lives.  Vision is like the steering wheel of my life.  Many people are swerving all over the road of life because they don't have a steering wheel.   I believe many people have no idea where "vision" comes from or how to get it.  But vision is not something you get, it's something that we all have.  Many of us have no idea how to listen to what God whispers constantly on the inside of us, many have no idea how to access their vision for the different areas of their lives.  But I will tell you that the more  I'm able to access the vision God has placed on the inside of me, the bolder I become at filtering out everything else in my life and becoming more streamlined and focused.  There are many that will have you to be all over the place, with your life, they will pull you away from living a focused life.  Well meaning people will give you permission to not be so focused.  But I will tell you that whatever you focus on, in your life, there will be more of a concentration of God's power and grace in that area, if it's something that lines up with your Godly purpose.  There is a time to be a little swervy in manuevering your way through life, but there is also a time to get focused.  There is a time where God will answer years of prayer by speaking very clearly to you and that's when it's time to get focused.  It comes a time to concentrate your time, your money, and your thoughts.  The scriptures below will talk about your heart, your thinking, and help you with what to think

Proverbs 23:7New King James Version (NKJV)
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.
“Eat and drink!” he says to you,
But his heart is not with you.

Proverbs 4:23New King James Version (NKJV)
23 Keep your heart with all diligence,
For out of it spring the issues of life.

James 1:5New King James Version (NKJV)
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 

 Proverbs 2
  So that you incline your ear to wisdom,
And apply your heart to understanding;
Yes, if you cry out for discernment,
And lift up your voice for understanding,
If you seek her as silver,
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
Then you will understand the fear of the Lord,
And find the knowledge of God.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Do you need inspiration???

God inspires you through the Holy Spirit.  It is the means by which God touches us and quickens us.  I'm bringing up this whole word Inspiration because in the church I had learned in the past that you just had to discipline yourself to serve God.  But that is not how God stated it in the scriptures below.  Jesus did not tell the disciples to go discipline themselves to receive power from God He said go and wait for the promise of the Holy Spirit.  Look below:

Acts Chapter 1 - And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me[a] in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Why do I use the word "inspiration"?  About 1 year ago, God showed me that the Holy Spirit works by inspiring us.  Look Below:
2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,   

I'm am bringing this up because there are so many great things that we want to accomplish in life, but in some areas we may not feel like we are getting too far and there is temptation to be discouraged.  But what God shows me, is that when I wait to be inspired by the Holy Spirit, I will see His power in that particular area of my life.  I believe the key to this point,  is to keep us from not stressing out over not seeing the results we want, in our lives, yet.  This applies to any area.  I have seen this over and over again from something as small as housework to something as big as raising our children.  When I am having major problems in an area, getting something done. When I'm finding my efforts don't bear much fruit or I'm getting nowhere, I have to stop and wait on inspiration from the Holy Spirit.  When that happens, it's amazing how quickly things get done.  It's amazing how I will start to see change in issues with my children.  Even in business,  when you are in a real slump and you just don't know how to rise up and build, you have to wait for inspiration from the Holy Spirit.  This is normally when you have tried and tried and tried and gotten not very far.  Whatever God leads you to, He will provide you with the inspiration to thrive in it, but you have to be willing to wait on it.  Look below at the word origin of inspiration:

Word Origin and History for inspiration
n. c.1300, "immediate influence of God or a god," especially that under which the holy books were written, from Old French inspiracion "inhaling, breathing in; inspiration," from Late Latin inspirationem (nominative inspiratio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin inspirare "inspire, inflame, blow into," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + spirare "to breathe" (see spirit ). Literal sense "act of inhaling" attested in English from 1560s. Meaning "one who inspires others" is attested by 1867.

When you begin to fill your life up with all that God as called you to, it means you need His inspiration for all of it.  Once you fill your life up with faith steps at every move; faith is the only thing you can walk in.  I have found that the more my life has been purged of my trying to accomplish things in my own efforts, the more I have had to rely on the inspiration from the Holy Spirit to get stuff done.  I just felt like God wanted me to talk about inspiration today.  Many people ask "How do you know God is leading you?" 3 things will happen when God is leading  you.
1.  You will be inspired to do something - You will feel motivated
2.  You will have the wisdom to know what steps you need to take
3.  You will have the strength to carry it out.

Does this mean, you can't get out and try some things out, just on a whim?  Absolutely not.  Just like a child, God wants His children to feel free to roam and discover the life that He has for them. The bible says that where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.  Yes, we are suppose to be excited about trying out and discovering new things and not be afraid to do that.  What I wrote above, was more focused on times when you are in need and you have tried different things and you really don't know what to do.  I'm talking about when you need strength and you don't have it; wait to be inspired by the Holy Spirit.  When you need wisdom and you don't have it; wait to be inspired by the Holy Spirit, when you need income in  your life and you have applied to jobs, tried businesses but keep on coming up short; wait to be inspired by the Holy Spirit.  When the Holy Spirit inspires you, it's not like when man inspires you.  You can go to hear a motivational speaker and they might get you hyped to change your life, but they cannot give you all the wisdom, nor the strength to make that happen in your life.  A motivational speaker cannot line up people you don't even know, in  your favor, to bless you.  A motivational speaker does not live on the inside of you and cannot call out from the inside of you, those things that be not as though they were.  A motivational speaker has no idea what God has planned for your life, but the Holy Spirit does.  The Holy Spirit will inspire you in the direction of God's amazing plans for your life.  Let me assure you, God's plans are custom fit for you and you will love them, because He made you just for those plans He has for you.  You and God's plans, for you, were literally a match made in heaven before you were even born.  If you are trying to figure out where you fit, in this life, God will fit you right where you belong with the perfect fit, through the inspiration of His Holy Spirit.   

Just as much as high winds cause tornados and can turn everything in a town on it's back, is how powerful the Holy Spirit is, to move  you, right where you need to be.

Acts 2 New King James Version (NKJV)

Coming of the Holy Spirit
When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord[a] in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.


Saturday, May 2, 2015

Don't curse the grounds of your trials

James 1:4 - "But let patience have it's perfect work, that you may be perfect, complete, and lacking nothing". 

"Patience" is the only virtue that can destroy the lack in your life.  If you don't exercise patience you will always experience "lack".  I think many of us have this "lack" that seems to always be creeping around in our lives.  Not necessarily taking up alot of space, but it's there.  We can't seem to shake it.  Some of us have to come to accept it as just what "you have to deal" with.  What's the saying; "That's just life".  I'm not one to settle easily, especially when God has given me precious promises in my heart and when He has shown me His goodness, in the land of the living.  What is that place on the other side of lack?  What is it like on the other side of "lack". 

Many of us hate the word "patience".  In the microwave culture we live in, we all want everything fast.  This mentality is creating much lack and debt in our life in many areas.  But allowing patience to take precedence in your life is the only way to destroy lack in your life.  It's the only way, I'm telling you.  Many of us don't even want to agree to have patience, until someone tells us "how long" we have to wait.  We want details.  Well, patience means waiting and trusting God without the details.  According to the bible, the way that we get patience is through the "testing of our faith"

James 1:3 - knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 

We don't want any tests either right?  So we stay in lack because instead of counting it all joy when we fall into trials that test our faith, we detest the trials and resent God for it; because of that, we never receive all that is ours to receive.  We "curse" the grounds of our trials, causing them to be a place of unproductive soil in our lives.  God says that these trials are what test our faith, and that it is through that testing, that we produce patience and that patience will produce such a perfect work in our lives that all lack will be destroyed, slowly but surely.   We must stop "cursing" the ground of our trials.  Allow it to be become fruitful, productive, fertile soil in your life.  Wouldn't you love to look around you and see nothing but "provision", instead of looking around you and seeing nothing but "lack"?  You have to change how you view the "grounds of your trials".  We have to start to see our trials as something that is going to produce provision in our lives.  We have to see the grounds of our trials as the source by which all lack will be destroyed in our lives.  We have to look at those grounds as the soil that is going to produce everything we need in our lives. We have to stop seeing it as "just a trial" or  "just a rough patch".  It is so much more.  This is where everything you need resides, in order for you to live an amazing, miraculous, overcoming life.  The grounds of your trials is also where your treasure is, but you gotta search it out.

Proverbs 25:2
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter,
But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.  

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