The 2 Agreement

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Whatever God has promised gets stamped with the Yes of Jesus. In him, this is what we preach and pray, the great Amen, God’s Yes and our Yes together, gloriously evident. God affirms us, making us a sure thing in Christ, putting his Yes within us. By his Spirit he has stamped us with his eternal pledge—a sure beginning of what he is destined to complete. 2 Corinthians 1:20-22 Message

Promises, promises, promises! I hear it but I don’t see it. Ever feel like that? You’re hearing one thing and seeing another as you slowly slip into an abyss of seemingly broken promises. Nothing good seems to happen to you through no fault of your own. You’ve been faithful, you’ve stood unwavering when the black storms hammered you over and over again. You’re a train wreck! When will help come, you ask?

I’m reminded once more of Elijah and the long drought, when he prayed for rain. He didn’t give up when he saw nothing once. Twice. Six times! Ok, one more time….tiny little cloud. Most of us would have said, ‘STILL NOTHING!’ Why report a cloud that small when you need a kazillion more with it just to wet the ground?

I Kings 18:45 Message says it like this; “Things happened fast. The sky grew black with wind-driven clouds, and then a huge cloudburst of rain, with Ahab hightailing it in his chariot for Jezreel.” OMG did you see that? Things happened fast!

I’ve been sensing this in my spirit so, so strong for so, so long. It’s gonna happen so fast it will overwhelm me. The Spirit of the Lord spoke to me a while ago, that when things begin to happen, it would happen so fast it would take my breath away. I became breathlessly excited just thinking of it.

So what should I do? Do I patiently wait for it, or do I give up on the promises of rain? I mean, really! How long should I have to wait, anyway! Twenty years ago sitting in a friends house after prayer I had a vision. I saw an overhead window with a hand on the latch and the words, “I’m getting ready to open a window over your life to bless you. Get ready for it!” Again ten years ago after Saturday night prayer, I saw the same window, the hand had turned the latch and I saw the window bulging. The word then was, “Get ready, it’s gonna bury you alive! You won’t be able to run fast enough because my blessings will chase after you!” Two years ago yet again, “Like a Tsunami the wave of my blessing will overtake you.”

A resounding YES with the YES of God. Where two agree, as Jesus said, it’s a done deal. I don’t care how long before it manifests, I just know it will because God never, NEVER breaks a promise.

I don’t know what your promise is, but I do know the promise keeper! I don’t care how long I have to wait to see the manifestation of the promise. The cloud may look too small to do anything significant, but when God adds His YES to it, baby you’d better run for cover or get doused big time! I’ll just continue having faith in God and watch the sky be black with the abundance of rain. After all, faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not yet seen. Hebrews 11:1

Just a Thought

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“Jesus also did many other things. If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written.” John 18:25

Wonder how many pages could be written of the things I’ve done in my lifetime, the things that count for Christ? The fact is, and I’m being real here, “greater things than this shall you do” has not happened in my life that I’m aware of and I think I’d of noticed if it had. So what’s lacking?

Search my heart, Lord. See if there be any wicked way in me. Purify me. I really want to know why the signs, wonders and miracles aren’t following me, because I really do believe.

Perhaps it’s because there has not been a demand placed on the supernatural. Why do we need something when we can just charge it, buy it, go to the doctor? We’ve become such a self-dependent society that we just don’t need what God has to offer until we do. It’s not until we get to the end of our means that we cry out to Him.

I’m running to you God, not the medicine cabinet. When I’m in pain, I call out, “Your stripes! Your stripes! They were for me! Thank you!” When I am down for the count, You lift me up to win. You’ve made me more than a winner! This year for Christmas, I give You the only thing I have, all of me. There’s nothing I want from You that You haven’t already made provision for. I’m satisfied in just wanting more of You. More compassion for the lost, broken and hurting. All for You, Lord.

Where Do You Stand?

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He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1 NASB

The definition of the word dwell is; to live or continue in a given condition or state. I believe that where we live, our environment or the atmosphere in which we reside, is so important in maintaining our peace and safety.  When I read this in the Young’s Literal Translation it gives a fuller meaning; “He who is dwelling In the secret place of the Most High, in the shade of the Mighty lodgeth habitually.”

Have you ever heard someone say that what you do for 21 days forms a habit? It’s true! When you form new habits and consistently do the same thing repeatedly, it becomes part of your routine. That’s what I did about 8 years ago when I was challenged by our pastors wife to get up early every morning and spend time in the Word and journal daily. It was our first homework assignment I believe.

As much as I love to read and write, to commit to doing it every day was a real challenge for me. I’m far too spontaneous for that! Every excuse you can imagine bombarded my mind, but once I said yes, everything changed. It’s as if that obedience opened the door for greater clarity, greater revelation and a deeper understanding of who I am in Christ. What I thought I knew has become something far greater than I could have imagined.

Make a habit of continually living in His presence. Not just when it’s convenient, or when you’re desperate for an answer. Do it because without His constant touch on your life, it would be a life with no purpose.

Father I choose to hide under the shade of Your wings. It’s there that no evil will come near me. It’s there where You teach me and bring me to know You more. I will live in this place You’ve provided for me and enjoy Your peace. It’s in Jesus’ name always, Amen.

Even When You Don’t Want To

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I was just remembering the time I made breakfast for my family with the prompting of Shannon. It was a weekday and although I always loved doing things for them, this particular morning, I had gone long on my devotions and didn’t have a whole lot of time to get ready for work.

“You make the best omelets, Mom!” So I made us an omelet. Just as I was finishing, she came out, put her arm around me and said, “I love you Mom, you’re the best, even when you don’t want to be a mom.” Even on my very worst day, in the middle of chaos at work when bad turns to worse, that brings a smile to my face.

That’s how I feel when I think about Jesus and what He’s done for me. The joy and laughter that bubbles up inside as I observe His hands in the details of my life. He does all that for me! Because He loves ME!

 I was reading in John 17 where Jesus prayed for us, a whole chapter just for us. The very last 2 verses He says: “Father, you are the one who always does what is right. The world does not know you, but I know you, and these followers of mine know that you sent me. I showed them what you are like, and I will show them again. Then they will have the same love that you have for me, and I will live in them.”

My family knows me! They know that I’m the same at home as I am out in the world. I want to be known as a woman of love, the kind that God is. I’ll demonstrate it at home, I’ll demonstrate it at work, I’ll demonstrate it when I feel like it or when I don’t.  

Jesus, I’m so thankful you prayed for me then and you sit at the right hand of Father praying for me now.  It’s all for Love. I step aside so that you may be more visible in me, Lord. May your light, the light of your love shine so bright that my face is not seen. May I reflect you today, even when I don’t want to. It’s in Your name I pray, Amen.

The Right Soil

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“Listen to this! Behold, the sower went out to sow;  as he was sowing, some seed fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate it up. Other seed fell on the rocky ground where it did not have much soil; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of soil. And after the sun had risen, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. Other seed fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. Other seeds fell into the good soil, and as they grew up and increased, they yielded a crop and produced thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.” Mark 4:3-8

Verses 14-20, Jesus translates the parable: “The sower sows the word.  These are the ones who are beside the road where the word is sown; and when they hear, immediately Satan comes and takes away the word which has been sown in them. In a similar way these are the ones on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy; and they have no firm root in themselves, but are only temporary; then, when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they fall away. And others are the ones on whom seed was sown among the thorns; these are the ones who have heard the word, but the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. And those are the ones on whom seed was sown on the good soil; and they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.”

They hear the Word, accept it and bear fruit. Right there is the key. They don’t hyper analyze it, they simply allow the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth of the Word by meditating on it day and night until it becomes a deeply rooted part of their soil and begins to grow and bear fruit. They don’t allow what they see in the natural to sway them. They accept it, believe it, receive it because they know that it HAS to work. It’s Gods Word and Gods word will never return to Him until it’s fulfilled what He sent it to do.

So next time your circumstances overwhelm you, remember the truth and allow it to become deep seeded in you, rooted and grounded, producing fruit in you and through you. Don’t get stuck in deception. When you know the truth, it sets you completely free.

Father, I want to bear much fruit. Not a diseased fruit that’s inedible, but nourishing fruit that brings strength and life to those around me who are hungry for more of You. May Your glory be revealed in and through me in Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

 

Knowledge is Key

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

It’s always good to read the entire passage to get a better understanding of what Paul was saying here so let me give you a brief synopsis. When Moses was in the presence of God his face would shine so bright with the glory, that it made the people fearful to see it, so he covered his face with a veil. The symbolism here is that until we receive Jesus, our eyes are veiled, but once we receive Him as Lord, our eyes are open to the truth and it’s the truth that sets us free.

So this passage clearly reveals to us that where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty or freedom. If we don’t allow Him to be Lord of our lives because of fear, condemnation, guilt or shame, we are not allowing the Spirit of God to reveal to us our son-ship or who He has transformed us into-the image of His Son.

You see, knowledge is everything. It’s key to walking in the freedoms you’ve been given through the blood of Jesus Christ. So many of us walk around in a fog because Satan doesn’t want us to know the truth. If he can keep us blind, we’re not threat to him or his schemes and plans. That’s why he keeps you busy, distracted, discouraged, depressed, sick, in pain, etc…. He’s no fool! His deception is well planned and well placed.

It’s time to awaken to the glory of God and allow Him to reveal Himself to us again. Listen to the words of Hosea the prophet; “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.”

Fill me with the knowledge of You, oh God, that I may walk in the freedom and power of Your Holy Spirit and be the daughter You created me to be. May I carry Your glory as a regal queen. When I speak, may demons tremble! May signs follow the preaching of Your Word as I open myself up for You to flow through. It’s in Jesus’ name and for Your glory alone, Amen.

 

 

Filled To Overflow

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And I will ask the Father and he will give you another Savior, the Holy Spirit of Truth, who will be to you a friend just like me—and he will never leave you. The world won’t receive him because they can’t see him or know him. But you will know him intimately, because he will make his home in you and will live inside you. John 14:16-17 TPT

This is so exciting! What a beautiful gift the Father has given us-His Spirit of Truth. Three things I’d like to point out in this; 1. He will be a friend. 2. He will never leave. 3. He will make His home in me.

According to the dictionary, the word friend is described as follows: a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard, a person who gives assistance; patron; supporter. Well if that doesn’t describe the Holy Spirit, I don’t know what does. However it goes way beyond that definition because you can have a friend who likes you and even has feelings for you, but that friend will never live inside of you.

That parking spot is reserved! Only the Holy Spirit can occupy you completely and intimately while leading you into all truth. He can never leave you. Like the Lord showed me awhile back, “I’m so woven into the fabric of your being that if my Spirit left you, I would take your spirit with me. You can no more take My Spirit from you then you can take the coffee out of water. We are one!”

You came by invitation and changed my life forever. My only desire is that You be so evident in me that I will remain hidden and the world see only You. Father, my heart and soul belongs to You alone and I worship You with everything within me. It’s in Jesus’ precious name, Amen.