Who’s In Control-Part 2

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When I became born again, God set up residence in me. Just as in a marriage, He became one with me.  God’s spirit in me births things and as I speak it, it becomes a seed that takes root and grows and produces. Unproductive words are worthless. But the Word of God is alive, active and powerful. It always hits the mark. It’s what holds the universe in place.

The Spiritual world is the father to the material world. The physical world seems real because it affects our senses (sight, touch, smell and hearing) so if you’ve been feeding your physical world, more than likely you’ll be affected by those senses. But the spirit world is more real because the things that are seen are temporary, but the things not seen are eternal. (2 Corinth 4:18) Renewing your mind exchanges your thoughts for Gods.

If things aren’t working for you, you can trace it back to the way you’re thinking about it. You have to agree 100% with the Word. No doubting, no wavering, just believe. The Word of God is a mirrored reflection of what I already have. If I don’t release it, nothing will happen.

Let me go a little deeper there; As God spoke the worlds into existence, so am I to speak things that be not, as though they already are.  Mark 11:22-24 says; 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.

How many times have you been so focused on external things, seeking to solve internal problems? Or focused on people, drama, losses and failures that you’ve missed the truth that’s just beyond, that must be seen first in the spirit realm. We have so much power in us if we’d only focus on Him.

When you’re focused on Jesus, you can do the impossible. Matthew 6:33 says, Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you. What does that mean? Turn your eyes on Jesus and all he accomplished for us. Turn your eyes on His way of being and doing things. Turn your eyes on HIS righteousness, not your own.

When Jesus said, “All these things will be added to you,” He was talking about the things you need for daily living; food, drink and clothing.  If you take care of His work, His kingdom, He will take care of you. When you take care of feeding your spirit, fanning the flames, so that you may be light in a dark world, so that people can find their way to Him, through you, life suddenly becomes exciting and fulfilling.

Oh Father, sometimes I think it’s all about me! I get to looking at what I don’t have and become dissatisfied in life. Please forgive me! I forget to look to You and rely on You. At times I become self-sufficient, when You created and designed me for You, for worship and fellowship with You. So this morning, I worship and give You praise. I thank You for the Word and the power that goes with that Word. May it continue to bring revelation and power and demonstration in my daily life and the lives of others. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

 

Who Control’s You-Part 1

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We are spirit, we have a soul and we live in a body. Many of us spend a whole lot of time investing in our body. We control what we eat and drink, what we wear and how much exercise we get. There’s nothing wrong with exercise, but if that’s where all your attention goes, you’re missing something. Some of us invest a lot in our soul (our mind, will, emotions and intellect). We educate ourselves about everything. We are so very knowledgable about everything, but our emotions are unstable, our passions are uncontrolled and although we sound good and look good, we’re left empty.

When we were born again, we became a new creature in Christ Jesus, but it wasn’t our flesh that was born again, it was our spirit. Many of our spirits are exactly as they were when they were born, infants, trying to eat food it can’t yet digest. It’s so important that our spirit be changed but the only way to do that is to renew our mind with Gods Word. Once we begin to feed our spirit, it will bear witness with the truth of Gods word.

Our soul craves information, but when we give it the Word, it feeds the spirit so our spirit supersedes our flesh and will make the body and emotions yield. It puts the spirit man in charge. In I Corinthians 9:27, Paul explains that he disciplines his flesh and keeps it under control, not so that he will look good, but so that his spirit is always in control. Paul was a very educated man, but he quickly learned that education couldn’t feed his spirit, that had to be done as God gave revelation of the Word that was already in him.

The more time I spend with God allowing the Holy Spirit to teach me and lead me into all truth about that Word, the more insight I have to share. But also the truth of that allows me to walk in faith and belief in the God who is in me.

That’s really the bottom line, isn’t it Father? Believing in You! If I don’t believe, nothing works. Belief holds everything together. If I don’t, everything falls apart. That is why the devil is so after me to make me doubt, because with that comes unbelief, and unbelief brings nothing. You created me to do impossible things, not apart from You, but with You. Help my belief to be something You can work with in the earth. Do in me, what You need to do so that Your power can flow through me. It’s in Jesus’ name, Amen

Enough Already!

Take the old prophets as your mentors. They put up with anything, went through everything, and never once quit, all the time honoring God. What a gift life is to those who stay the course! You’ve heard, of course, of Job’s staying power, and you know how God brought it all together for him at the end. That’s because God cares, cares right down to the last detail.  James 5:10-11 MSG

We’ve all been there, right? Or is it just me who has cried out, “Enough already!” You know, when it seems life is like huge waves, relentlessly crashing against the side of your boat, threatening to capsize you.  You’re too far from shore to make it back alone and what you’ve seen so far doesn’t look hopeful you’ll survive.

As I read these verses, I thought of the persecuted prophets, imprisoned for speaking what God said to say.  Or how about Hosea who obeyed God and married a prostitute who bore him children. Each child was named by God as a prophetic word to Israel, and not all the names were good! (Read Hosea 1)

We tend to question God about everything, and if it doesn’t make sense, we just refuse to do it. I’m sure Abraham had questions in his mind when God told him to take his only son Isaac, and sacrifice him on a certain mountain.  What made him obey God with such an contrary request? He believed God! He remembered Gods promises of being the father of many nations through his son Isaac. He believed God could raise him up again to keep His covenant promise.

Looking back at all the great men and women of God I see one thing in common; they knew God and believed Him. Dictionary.com defines the word believe; to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so. Believing God will do what He said in His Word is having confidence in the truth.

So next time you’re overwhelmed by the onslaught of accusations, the discouragement of pending promises, the distance of the finish line, instead of saying, “Enough already!”, just lift your hands and say, “I believe You are faithful! You promised and even though I don’t see it yet, I know I will if I don’t give up.”

Father, I lift my hands to You in surrender to Your will and worship for Your grace and mercy. You formed me in my mothers womb and filled me with Your Spirit that I may be Yours in the earth. It’s never been about me, but always about You. I will keep my eyes on You regardless of what my feelings try to get me to believe. YOU ARE FAITHFUL! I will focus on that. I will go where You send me, do what You ask me and say what You tell me, then trust You have purpose for everything. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Choose Peace

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“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!”  Isaiah 26:3

Each day as we get up in the morning and dress for our day, we have choices to make. Greater then, should I wear the blue shirt or the brown one is, what will my mindset be? Will I keep my mind on Jesus and the amazing things he’s done for me or will I focus on all of my problems and woes. Will I look for opportunities to show his love or will I focus on how horribly selfish everyone else is.

Life’s all about choices and what we choose to focus on determines where we’ll end up. That’s what I’m going for this Friday. To be in a constant state of trusting God so that His peace will accompany me wherever I go and whatever I do. I can’t be responsible for what anyone else does, just me! My choice is to assess every thought with a question; Does this take my thoughts toward God or away from Him? If it’s away, I’m not going down that road. If it takes me closer to God, I’ll stay right there.

I want His peace most of all.  Regardless of what comes my way, tries to distract me or steal from me, I will hold fast to His provision of perfect peace-nothing missing or broken! It’s a challenge sometimes, well most of the time, but I will continue casting down vain imaginations and everything that tries to be bigger than God.

My heart is set on you, Lord. It’s set on listening to Your voice and obeying Your whispers. You lead me into all truth and my heart trusts in You. I trust You with my body, my mind and my spirit. I trust You with my children, my husband and my finances. I trust You to keep Your covenant promises because they are YES and AMEN! To You be all glory and honor Lord God.

Dry Your Tears! A New Road is Open!

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“Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I declare; Before they spring forth I tell you of them.”
 
Those things you’ve been through, the hard things, the things you questioned and asked, “Why?” Yes those things! The sleepless nights, the sense of brokenness, loneliness and loss. Those are the ‘former’ things.
 
But did you notice He said, “they have come to pass,”? That means they were ordered, necessary, part of a plan that you had no clue was a set up to the new things God is declaring over you today.
 
And not only that, but BEFORE they happen, He will tell you of them. Did you read that? BEFORE they happen, He will tell YOU.
 
I say to you my wounded friend, those who have been carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders-LET IT GO! God created you for purpose-HIS!!! Surrender your load. Take off your old clothes and but on your new ones. His plan is to bless you, but you’re so focused on what you’ve lost that you can’t see that you’re standing right smack dab in the middle of the most wonderful things yet.
 
Father, give us new eyes! Let hope arise in the hearts of Your children as they begin to worship You today and praise you for the past, but rejoice in their future. You always had a plan, and even when we were to self absorbed to see it, it was there all the time. We love You Lord and give You the glory for this new road we’re on, because it leads to You. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Stay Ready!

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I’ve never been so excited in my spirit before and trust me, I’ve been pretty excited there as well. It feels like I’m about to collide with multiple God moments all at one time. The body of Christ is coming together in ways we’ve never seen or heard and it’s about to get extremely messy in a wonderful way.

I hear the Spirit say, “Get ready! This is the day I’ve chosen for you to shine!”

My mind immediately went to the story of Esther. She was one of many young women who were captured and taken to the palace to be prepared for the king. According to Esther 2:12, Before a young woman could take her turn to go in before King Xerxes, she had to complete twelve months of beauty treatments—six months with oil of myrrh and six months with perfumes and cosmetics.

UnknownSome of us have been through a lot of preparation to be ready for our time with the King.  12 years times 12! We’ve waited in the shadows, hoping to be noticed, only to be dismissed for another. We’ve asked, “What good am I to the Kingdom? Will God ever choose me?” But something on the inside knows I was created for more.

So we keep focusing on who is in us and refuse to listen to the voice of defeat. We continue searching in His Word for the truth to refute the lies being whispered in our ears. It’s not for us to know the time, only to be ready when the time comes. It’s what Jesus said in Mark 13:33; “Take heed, keep on the alert; for you do not know when the appointed time will come.”

But it will come! The time will come for you if you’re watching, listening, loving, attentive to His voice. And don’t wait for man to ask you. If God sends you, go! Be very sure of this, if it’s Him calling, you will recognize His voice and when you say YES, He will also confirm His word and open doors for you. God qualifies and equips those He calls.

Father, may my words encourage others to do what You’ve asked of them. May they accommodate the call, not when they feel their ready, for it would be them. But may they rely heavily on You to cultivate the gift in them. Most of all, Lord, may they bear much fruit. So much in fact, that others come and eat from their branches. It’s in Jesus’ name we call out, “Here I am, send me!”

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t Be Easy Prey

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Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.  Psalm 34:19

Last week I posted this on Facebook and realized that you may not of seen it, so I’ve put it in my blog hoping it would encourage you as well. It’s a constant struggle and a current battle we all face and must stay on our toes. If you find yourself struggling for air, putting your arms up opens up your airways. Well in the spiritual realm, putting your arms up in worship helps in a similar way. It opens you up to hear what the Spirit has to say.

Spiritual warfare is not fighting to get a victory as humans do. It’s contending for the victory Jesus already won for us. It’s not begging God for what you need, it’s reminding your enemy what God’s already provided.

When your territory is being threatened, hold up the shield of faith, grab the sword of the spirit (Word of God) and remind the thing that’s threatening you that its a done deal.  “Our fight is not against people on earth. We are fighting against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world’s darkness. We are fighting against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12 ERV

rpIf you own a home but someone came and told you its not yours, what would you do? More then likely, you would show them your title deed and be done with it. But what if they didn’t leave? What if they got a corrupt lawyer who had a sheriff in his pocket and they tried to evict you from your home? I’m sure you would think it was a nightmare, right? The thought of having to hire a lawyer and go to court for something you own is ludicrous.

Yet we have handed over our title deed of healing and provision. We just accept everything that Satan throws at us. We don’t know our rights because we haven’t read God’s Word. We won’t take the time to search for our promises. We get upset about it, we whine and complain about it, but we do nothing, too lazy to contend for what is ours. We’ve become easy prey for our enemy. I Peter 5:8 says; Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

It’s time to stop asking for what is already ours and take a different approach. When you’re very sure, your confidence level goes from 0 to 100. When you have proof, you can take it to your advocate, Jesus, who stands before Gods throne pleading your case, and God will uphold His contract with you. How do I know it works? Because it’s in my contract!

Father, help me to consistently speak what Your Word says and not allow the enemy to steal, kill or destroy what You’ve placed in me to do. You have purpose for me! I will no longer lay down and play dead, hoping the devil will just leave me alone. I will look him in the eye with the confident assurance that You will deliver me from the hand of my enemy. You are my shield, my strong tower, I run to You and I’m safe. No weapon formed against me will prosper and every tongue that rises against me in judgement, You will put it down. It’s in Jesus’ Name I pray this, Amen.