What’s In Your Harvest?

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“The sower sows the Word. The ones along the path are those who have the Word sown [in their hearts], but when they hear, Satan comes at once and [by force] takes away the message which is sown in them. And in the same way the ones sown upon stony ground are those who, when they hear the Word, at once receive and accept and welcome it with joy; And they have no real root in themselves, and so they endure for a little while; then when trouble or persecution arises on account of the Word, they immediately are offended (become displeased, indignant, resentful) and they stumble and fall away. And the ones sown among the thorns are others who hear the Word; Then the cares and anxieties of the world and distractions of the age, and the pleasure and delight and false glamour and deceitfulness of riches, and the craving and passionate desire for other things creep in and choke and suffocate the Word, and it becomes fruitless.” Mark 4:14-19 AMP

This is very discriptive of so many Christians today. They go to church each Sunday, live their lives from Monday through Saturday, come back to church on Sunday. They spend no personal time in fellowship with the Lord, expect to be fed a good meal on Sunday and heaven help them if the Pastor doesn’t deliver! If we like what we hear, we cheer, hoot and hollar, but spend no time preparing our hearts for that Word so that what is sown will fall on good ground, take root and grow.

Wonder what would happen if the farmer didn’t prepare his fields, no plowing, no tilling, just slap some fertilizer on it, throw some seed on it and see what happens. Let me say this….EPIC FAIL! Any farmer knows that there must be preparation before you plant. Even after, you must till it, water it and care for it.

We want it fast and easy. We’d rather go to the church and buy it with our tithes. We’d rather ask someone else for the answers instead of searching ourselves.  Heaven help us if we must fight the good fight of faith and stand and believe even when we don’t see it right away. Did God say it would be done on our time schedule? I think not!

“Make no mistake about it, God will never be mocked! For what you plant will always be the very thing you harvest.  The harvest you reap reveals the seed that was planted. If you plant the corrupt seeds of self – life into this natural realm, you can expect to experience a harvest of corruption. If you plant the good seeds[a] of Spirit-life you will reap the beautiful fruits that grow from the everlasting life of the Spirit.” Galatians 6:7-8

Faithful Father, I long for the deep things, the hidden things, the things only You can reveal to me. Help me to sow good seed on a field that’s ready to receive it. I want to be productive in Your Kingdom in all I do and say. May I patiently wait for the harvest. It’s in Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Clever Deception

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So I tell you, live the way the Spirit leads you. Then you will not do the evil things your sinful self wants. The sinful self wants what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit wants what is against the sinful self. They are always fighting against each other, so that you don’t do what you really want to do. But if you let the Spirit lead you, you are not under law. Galatians 5:16-18 ERV

You can always tell by the decisions people make as to what voices they’ve been listening to. When what they do doesn’t line up with the Word, they’ve been listening and doing what their flesh wants. That road looks good, but the end of it is destruction.

Especially for those who have been through deep hurt and rejection, don’t allow your past to define your future. The process you’ve been through was not designed to destroy you, but to prepare you for the future of vision and victory in the Kingdom of God.

It’s all just a ruse, a deception to convince you that what you ‘feel’ is more real than what you know in your ‘spirit’. Jesus measured everything by the Word of God and that should also be your measuring stick. If God didn’t say it, don’t do it! That will keep you on the right road, the one that leads to to everlasting life.

Father, today I put on the helmet of salvation, the Words You spoke. They will keep me from making wrong choices and cause the enemy to flee. Keep me alert and aware of the lies Satan tries to get me to believe. I repent of any space I’ve allowed him to occupy and I submit and surrender my will and my little kingdom to You and Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Don’t Be A Victim

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The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]. John 10:10 AMP

Have you ever been a victim of identity theft? I haven’t, but I know people who have been. It could happen to anyone at anytime and it’s a very real threat in todays society. Thats why there are companies out there that provide security for a nominal fee. They notify you when there are attempts to use your social security number or there is unusual activity on your credit cards.

Knowing and understanding who you are in Christ also protects you from identity theft. When you’re sure of who you are and the rights you have, nothing or no one can mislead you or cause you to stray from the truth. But if you’re in doubt, the devil can sense that and rip you off big time!

Remember when Jesus went into the wilderness on his 40 day fast and Satan visited him? Do you remember what he asked? “If you are the Son of God….” He was trying to get Him to question His identity. Why? Because when you begin to doubt who you are, you begin to change how you think and what you speak.

Jesus was wise to Satan’s schemes and knew how to answer, with the Word of God. Why? Because God’s Word is always truth, it is alive and powerful and it’s the only way to overcome the enemies lies.

So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” John 8:31-32

Don’t listen to the wrong voices! Those voices that speak in your thoughts and those voices you surround yourself with. If they don’t say what God’s Word says about you, set them packing! God calls us kings and priests, prepare to reign with Him here in the earth. Take your kingdom authority and be the priest to your community, calling those things that be not as though they are.

If you don’t know who you are, no one else will either. Look at yourself in the mirror and say, “I am a child of a King! I have a right to dominate and I will walk in the authority that was given to me! Sickness has no rights in my body. Lack has no rights in my finances. I am a giver as my Father is. I’m full of love because my Father is Love. I choose to walk in Love today because it’s Love that has redeemed me and given me rulership in the earth.

“Satan, I serve you notice and send you packing! You will not reside in this temple another day. I know who I am and Whose I am. His Word is in me and it’s more powerful than anything you can or will say about me. Every trap you’ve set for me will be sprung on you. I take back every thing you’ve attempted to take from me in my finances, my health and my identity. I will no longer listen to your lies!”

It’s in Jesus’ name and by the blood I say, AMEN!

Gas Up-Time To Move!

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So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. Mark 11:22-24

My friend, if this is not happening in your life today, you need to check yourself in 3 important areas:

  1. Check your mouth.
  2. Check your attitude.
  3. Check the fill level of your spirit.

The bible says that out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. If you’re not receiving what you have asked in faith, chances are you’re still looking for it to happen in the natural before it’s been birthed in your spirit. You see, you must believe in your heart first. Jesus’ first statement was, “Have faith in God!” It wasn’t have faith that it’s going to happen. Your faith is built by the confidence you have in the God you serve.

Have you ever had fruit on your counter that went bad? It certainly leaves a mess, doesn’t it. Not only does it draw fruit fly’s, but it stinks! If your attitude isn’t right it too will leave a mess and stink, it will affect everything; your joy, your peace, your worship. Fix your attitude toward God from stank to thanks and watch things change around you. You’re now creating the right attitude to cultivate the presence of God in your situation.

And last but certainly not least, if your spirit isn’t being fed on a regular basis and you’re not meditating on the Word and placing your total confidence in God, it will show up in what you say and in your attitude toward God and His Word. One of the best ways to do this is by praying in the Holy Spirit (your prayer language you received from God). This can be found in Ephesians 6:18, the entire book of Acts and I Corinthians 12, 13 and 14.

Praying in the Spirit builds you up in the weak or empty areas of your life. It fortifies you, like going to the gym builds your physical muscles, praying in the Spirit builds your spiritual muscle. It reveals mysteries, gives deeper revelation, answers you couldn’t think of on your own come to you when you pray in the Spirit. I’ve found things I’ve lost by praying in the Spirit and listening as the Lord who knows all things, tells me where to look.

Just as a car needs fuel or energy to run, so your spirit needs fuel to run your race and fight the good fight of faith. If it’s empty, you’re not going anywhere. You’ll remain parked where you are unless you are full up and ready for your assignment. We have no problem with feeding our bodies food, but spending time refueling our spirits seems a waste of time. My friend, that couldn’t be further from the truth!

We are a spirit, we live in a body that has a soul. If our spirit leaves our body it dies. Our soul was saved when we accepted the sacrifice of Jesus and determines where we spend eternity when we leave our earth suits. But our spirit, our spirit came from God, and that my friend must be renewed day by day (2 Corinthians 4:16).

Oh Father, thank you for this reminder to check my mouth, my attitude and the level on my spirit tank. Put a watch guard on my mouth! Help me to stop before I speak and measure it against Your Word. With a grateful and thankful heart, I will keep my attitude in check so that it cannot affect my outcomes. I will choose to see things the way You do and if I don’t, I will pray in the Holy Ghost until you reveal the outcome to me. It’s in Jesus’ name and always for Your glory, Amen.

 

See The Unseen

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And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 2 Kings 6:17

Last night Walt asked me to find this verse for him and it was on my Bible app this morning when I opened my computer. I was about to go to another place when I heard the Lord say, “Some people will never see unless you pray I open their eyes.”

Well, that got my attention! So I asked exactly what He meant by that and He began to show me that His people are focused on the wrong things. They are focused so much on what they see in this natural realm that they lose sight of the mighty God who’s in charge of all things.

I believe that God is looking for people in the earth who realize their ability to speak things and them happen. Prophets still live in the earth today, but just like back in the old testament, they don’t always speak what the people want to hear. They do speak what the Lord tells them to speak. It may not be a popular message, but their job is not to be popular, but to speak it out. Why is that, you ask?

Because just as God spoke and things happened or manifested, we are His voice in the earth to speak or declare a thing and it will be established. Sometimes it’s declaring what God has already decreed, coming into agreement with it and possessing the promise. But regardless, our words have power and we’ve been deceived into believing they’re just words.

Here’s an example that comes to mind. 7 years ago I went to the doctor with debilitating back pain. I was sent for X-rays and was told that I had a well known disease and that in 6 months I would be in a wheelchair, unable to walk. There was no cure. I had a choice to make. Like Elisha’s servant, what I saw brought fear to my eyes, but what I knew was that God provided healing for me through the blood of Jesus.

I began to focus on that blood over the pain. There were times I could hardly walk as the enemy kept whispering, “No one will blame you for calling off the worship team.” But I pulled myself up, lifted my hands and worshipped because I knew that if I kept my eyes on the healer and came into agreement with the Word, the devil couldn’t take what belonged to me.

And just like the song says, “Here I am to worship, here I am to bow down, here I am to say that You’re my God. You’re altogether lovely, altogether worthy, altogether wonderful to me.” No pain and still walking. My focus shifted from the natural to the supernatural and I believe that no good thing will He withhold from them who ask!

Father, I ask that you will open the eyes of those blinded by doubt and unbelief. That what they see will totally captivate their hearts and turn their lives around. Cause them to see that You are the God of miracles and that nothing is too hard for You. I ask that they will see You as I see You, the God who is well able and willing to do life with us. You sent Your Word and healed us and delivered us from ALL diseases and nothing will by any means harm us. It’s in Jesus’ name and for His glory, Amen.

Faith Father

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This is why the fulfillment of God’s promise depends entirely on trusting God and his way, and then simply embracing him and what he does. God’s promise arrives as pure gift. That’s the only way everyone can be sure to get in on it, those who keep the religious traditions and those who have never heard of them. For Abraham is father of us all. He is not our racial father—that’s reading the story backward. He is our faith father. Romans 4:16 MSG

I love the way this is written! God’s promise arrives as pure gift, it’s not based on what I’ve done wrong or what I’ve done right, it’s simply a promise that if we believe it, we will have it.

When God first called Abraham to leave his family, he was a pagan. They didn’t know God or have relationship with God. Read it for yourself from Genesis 12:1-6:

God told Abram: “Leave your country, your family, and your father’s home for a land that I will show you. I’ll make you a great nation and bless you. I’ll make you famous; you’ll be a blessing. I’ll bless those who bless you; those who curse you I’ll curse. All the families of the Earth will be blessed through you.”

So Abram left just as God said, and Lot left with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran. Abram took his wife Sarai and his nephew Lot with him, along with all the possessions and people they had gotten in Haran, and set out for the land of Canaan and arrived safe and sound.

At age 75 he made a decision to trust a God he did not see but only heard and in that moment, he became the father of faith. His example showed us how to listen, trust and obey. There was no, “First confess your sins because you’re a heathen. Then you need to sacrifice a lamb to cover your sin.” No! Because just like today, God will use anyone who is willing to leave and do His instructions.

I don’t care what you think of our current president, to me he is just another Abram. A 72 year old man who left the comforts of his own home to save a nation and bring them back to the knowledge of what our country was founded on-God. He is a breath of fresh air over all the other corrupt politicians who had their own agenda for this nation and did not seek the face of God or have Godly men and women as advisors.

I wonder how many of us have heard God’s call to leave mother and father to follow Him into the unknown? I wonder how few have done as He’s asked? One act of obedience can shake your current safe foundation and bring you to new and exciting open doors. God has always had plans for you but He can’t do anything until you move.

Thank You Father for yet another reminder that Your plans are higher than ours and so much better. We ask forgiveness for our lack of faith and trust in You and we ask you give us another chance to walk on the water with You. It’s by faith in Jesus, Amen.

 

Here I Wait

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Be still in the presence of the Lord and wait patiently for him to act. Psalm 37:7

Two very difficult things for me; be still and wait patiently. Why is that? Do you have the same issue? Maybe it’s a personality trait! I don’t know but I can tell you this, when I become anxious over something I’ve asked for, it’s not a great place to be.

Yet when I sit in the presence of the Lord, such peace and contentment. I simply must begin my day in the stillness of His presence. To hear His sweet voice whisper, ‘Good morning, daughter!’ It makes my heart leap with joy. One word from Him changes everything.

I lived for years jumping out of bed, grabbing a shower, getting the family up and ready for work and school, packing lunches, throwing in laundry, going to work, coming home, catching up with the kids, fixing dinner, cleaning up, doing more laundry, only to get up in the morning and do it all again. Time for God was probably a desire but definitely not a reality.

It’s not that I never prayed, I did. But to create a time for God alone every day, to carve out a half hour to feed my spirit on a daily basis, I just didn’t have the time. Then one day I decided I had to change my priorities and put God first not just in my finances, but with my time. It started with just 10 minutes. Doesn’t sound like a lot, but what a difference it made.

The first thing I noticed was I was more focused, and I seemed to hear Gods voice clearer. I also began to notice that my trust in Him grew and my time with him went from 10 minutes to an all day exchange. I noticed Him opening doors for me to minister to people without fear of rejection or intimidation.

My mind remains in this place of stillness today even as my duties at my job threaten to steal my peace. Every evil report simply gets submitted to His capable hands and I rest in His presence waiting for Him.

And Father, may You find me here again each morning, listening, waiting patiently for You to act. Thank You for taking care of all my drama. It’s in Jesus’ name, Amen.