When Truth Prevails

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Our biggest problems can be traced back to an inadequate understanding of who God is. Our problems seem really big because our God seems really small. In fact we reduce God to the size of our biggest problem. Mark Batterson

I posted this last night on FaceBook but it has been stirring inside of me all night. How big is God to you? It seems our minds have no reference point. Our biggest imagination even dwarfs this mind blowing God. His ways are not our ways nor are His thoughts our thoughts.

You see, the very things we think impossible, show that we do not know nor do we truly trust this God we cannot see with our eyes but have come to know in our hearts.  Even our understanding of His love is based on our own perceptions and opinions. Our past experiences have jaded us. We’ve allowed these things to shrink God down to a very small god in a very distant place.

Now I’m about to blow your mind if you’ll allow it;  

Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? I Corinthians 6:19

But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Romans 8:11

Ok, this is what I want you to understand as you read this; There is absolutely nothing bigger then God and He is in you.  Every problem you face is a speck compared to Him. Every crisis, every diagnosis, every bit of lack-tiny. God cared enough about the things you’d face, that He empowered you to face it with HIS Spirit.  He gave you power over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means harm you. He did not leave you helpless, He sent His Spirit!

Our problems aren’t that big, they pale in comparison to Who is in us, we just don’t believe it. If we’d put as much energy into knowing and believing God as we do focusing on the problem we face, NOTHING would be impossible for us. Jesus said to believe, for there is nothing impossible to those who do.

Wow God! Please forgive us for focusing so hard on the problems in our lives that we’ve lost sight of You. We’ve allowed those things to be so big that we’ve lost track of where You are. My hope is in You. My strength is in You. I will lift up my head for a better look and remind myself of Your promises to me. You made me in Your image and likeness, gave me power to overcome everything I face, so I commit to walk in that power and authority today and every day. It’s in Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Anticipation That’s Worth The Wait

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I’m so excited in my spirit this morning. It’s sorta like the feeling you get when you’ve just discovered you have the winning lottery number (I don’t buy them, but thats what I imagine). Perhaps the feeling I had after my roller coaster engagement, walking down the isle was such a dream come true.  How exhilarating!

You’ve had a dream deep down in your heart that no one else knows about, not even your closest friend. Hear the Word of the Lord this morning; ‘Get ready! I’m about to pour out a blessing you have not yet made room for. It’s bigger then you imagined. You thought you were ready but I’m going to blow you away. I’ve told you for years, get ready! The windows of heaven are opening.  My hand is on the latch. Can you see it? You’ve held your breath in anticipation. Now I’m going to really show off for you. You will know me in ways you’ve never known me before. Get ready. Behold, its at the door. Your life is about to change forever.

Selah (calmly think on that if you can). I’m breaking out my dancin shoes and doing the happy dance. WOOT WOOT! Shout out to the Lord!!! WORTHY! EXCELLENT! HOLY! SPLENDID! NO ONE LIKE OUR GOD!!!! Here I am, Lord. I’m ready to step into the most incredible journey, full of Your power and glory. To You be praise forever and ever, Amen.

When You Can’t!

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Psalm 105:17-19, He sent a man before them—Joseph—who was sold as a slave. They hurt his feet with fetters, he was laid in irons. Until the time that his word came to pass, the word of the Lord tested him.

Have you ever had a word from the Lord given to you? A promise of a future? A hope for a better tomorrow? That was Joseph. He had been given several dreams that projected a great future of rulership over his brothers but then something went horribly wrong, or did it?

There are times in our lives that we have received a promise and everything goes south. We don’t understand it, but it’s like the devil himself has come to steal, kill and destroy every promise we’ve been desperately holding onto. Although it looks like that, it’s not actually like that. You see, you will always go through a test to prepare you for what God has for you. Tests are meant to prove you’ve learned what’s being taught.

If you keep going through the same things over and over again, perhaps you’re not quite getting what God’s trying to teach you. First of all, you can’t do it, only God can. When the Jewish teachers chose a group of students, they accompanied their teacher everywhere he went, listening and learning.  It was required to memorize the books of the law. If you couldn’t do that, you were sent home to your parents to learn the family trade.

You can’t do what God has called you to do if you don’t know His Word. Saturate yourself in His presence. Follow Him daily and learn from Him. Meditate on Him day and night, that is how you make your way prosperous and have great success.  You will be tested! But having confidence in God and His Word until the promise comes to pass, that shows the teacher you’re ready.

Thank You for another wonderful day. A day that I can follow You and trust that everything I’m learning will apply somewhere to my life or it’s something I can share with others.  Thank You for every test, every trial, because it’s what grows me into the woman You created me to be. I love You Lord! Amen

 

Take The Risk-Stretch to Reach

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You’ll remember, friends, that when I first came to you to let you in on God’s master stroke, I didn’t try to impress you with polished speeches and the latest philosophy. I deliberately kept it plain and simple: first Jesus and who he is; then Jesus and what he did—Jesus crucified. I was unsure of how to go about this, and felt totally inadequate—I was scared to death, if you want the truth of it—and so nothing I said could have impressed you or anyone else. But the Message came through anyway. God’s Spirit and God’s power did it, which made it clear that your life of faith is a response to God’s power, not to some fancy mental or emotional footwork by me or anyone else. I Corinthians 2:1-5 MSG 

I love Paul! He’s so real and down-to-earth with the way he communicates the message of Jesus Christ. It reminded me that at my worst, Jesus can use me. In my inadequacies, He shines brighter. Even as I write this I’m aware that no one may read these words, but they are still written, still working, still an effort to tell someone about Jesus and the simple people He chooses to use.

You see, it’s not up to me to produce from the seeds I plant. It’s very clear that if there is to be fruit, the increase comes from God. He didn’t call me to change people, He called me to speak the truth in love. And not my love, but His deep undying and unconditional love. That, my friend, is the fertilizer that grows the seed from the small dead thing that went into the ground, to the fruit that hangs on the vine, waiting for someone to partake of it.

When I began to recognize that it’s not about success, but obedience, my whole world changed. I made the leap from fear, to faith, simply by stepping off what I saw, onto what was not there yet. Scary? YES! but in an anticipating something crazy amazing kind of way.

Paul had traveled a long way from this experience, to the destination of, “It is no longer me, but Christ who lives in me” statement. Somewhere in the process of stepping out into a void,  he found himself wrapped so tightly in Jesus that he was no longer visible to the world. He counted every persecution, every beating, every imprisonment, a joy. He gladly lay down his life in service to the one who gave His life for him, all for the prize of spending eternity with so much Love.

Oh Father, even as my fingers hit the keys, I sense the depths of Your great love. To give that kind of love is one of my deepest desires, even knowing the pain that will come because of it’s message, I could not live without giving it. Wrap me in Your arms, not so that I’ll always be safe, but so that no one will see me-only You. You risked everything so that I could bask in Your presence, the list I can do is pass Your presence on to others. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Keep Climbing & Don’t Look Back!

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“The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his way.” Psalms 37:23

One of my favorites, this verse. Why? Because I love the adventures I see in my journey when God orders my steps. Life with him is never boring. His path sometimes takes me through mine fields, testing my ability to listen to his direction.

There are some people who prefer a walk in the park and there are times that is nice, but I rather like a road that challenges me, because its what takes my breath away and draws me near to trust him more. A climb up a difficult path often gives way to the most breathtaking views.

Nothing like the feeling that comes after a deep time of intercession, crying out for a friend or a loved one. To see the end as God does, to proclaim and decree a thing then watch it come to pass.  Nothing like an exhilarating expression of your highest praise, dancing before the Lord as He stands watching, smiling.

The Lord would say this to his people: Stop running from the battle! Turn and face it with your armor securely fastened knowing that He who is within you is greater than he who is in the world. Its time to access the Grace of God to do what the Father has given you to do. Let the journey begin!

Father, I stand securely fastened in my armor, ready to tackle the unknown and unexpected. Give me strength for my day and a smile on my lips, ready to give out my very best to You at any given moment. I’m excited for the exploits we will do together today.  I’m never alone in this journey with You. I expect signs, wonders and miracles to follow me and leave a trail of wholeness wherever I go. It’s in Jesus’ name and for His glory. Amen

Spread Your Wings

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Why would you ever complain, O Jacob, or, whine, Israel, saying, “God has lost track of me. He doesn’t care what happens to me”? Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening? God doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath. And he knows everything, inside and out. He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind. Isaiah 40:31 MSG

Everyone complains! I believe it’s human nature to be focused on things we see in the natural realm. The reason this passage caught my eye was that the writer knows how to pull people up by the collar and get their attention off the bad and onto the good. He’s reminding the children of Israel that there is a God who is a greater force than the physical realm they live in.

People may come and go. Problems will come and go, but God, He lasts FOREVER!  Even when you feel like dropping out of life, throwing in the towel and walking away from it all, God puts fuel in your tank and causes you to burn again. All you have to do is focus on the good in God and not the bad in your business.

How do you do that? I always draw my example from David’s Psalms. He complained, was angry, vented, felt sorry for himself, but always refocused on God, the Rock of his salvation. The Lord his shepherd. His Strong Tower and Help in time of trouble. Deliverer, Fortress, Peace, Righteousness, Protector, Vindicator, Judge…….I think you get the picture.

I like to say it this way, “My Dad is bigger! He can take care of you!” Each time I find myself being dragged to the pit of discouragement, I remind myself that the outcome is in His hands, not mine. My job is to obey and His is to watch over me, protect me, provide for me and deliver me. If I worship Him and focus on Him, I will laugh again because my hope is in the Lord.

Father, when I think of Your goodness and what You’ve done for me, there are no possible words to express the overwhelming feeling I have inside of me. Forgive me for allowing circumstances to distract me from my purpose. I’m your daughter! You’ve empowered me to burn brightly in this world and be contagious in my burning. If I focus on You and listen to Your voice, I will continue to be affective for Your Kingdom and purposes. It’s in Jesus’ name and for Your glory, Amen.

Who Controls You-Part 3

Matthew 25:14-27 Message “It’s also like a man going off on an extended trip. He called his servants together and delegated responsibilities. To one he gave five thousand dollars, to another two thousand, to a third one thousand, depending on their abilities. Then he left. Right off, the first servant went to work and doubled his master’s investment. The second did the same. But the man with the single thousand dug a hole and carefully buried his master’s money.

“After a long absence, the master of those three servants came back and settled up with them. The one given five thousand dollars showed him how he had doubled his investment. His master commended him: ‘Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.’

“The servant with the two thousand showed how he also had doubled his master’s investment. His master commended him: ‘Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.’

“The servant given one thousand said, ‘Master, I know you have high standards and hate careless ways, that you demand the best and make no allowances for error. I was afraid I might disappoint you, so I found a good hiding place and secured your money. Here it is, safe and sound down to the last cent.’ images

“The master was furious. ‘That’s a terrible way to live! It’s criminal to live cautiously like that! If you knew I was after the best, why did you do less than the least? The least you could have done would have been to invest the sum with the bankers, where at least I would have gotten a little interest.

“‘Take the thousand and give it to the one who risked the most. And get rid of this “play-it-safe” who won’t go out on a limb. Throw him out into utter darkness.’

This parable speaks of us as Christians who refuse to do what Jesus commissioned us to do. In Mark 16, Jesus said, “These are some of the signs that will accompany believers: They will throw out demons in my name, they will speak in new tongues, they will take snakes in their hands, they will drink poison and not be hurt, they will lay hands on the sick and make them well.”

So what’s controlling you? Fear? Unbelief? Why are you living a powerless and unproductive life when the power of the Holy Spirit is inside of you? Have you been convinced that these things were only for the disciples of old? Have we believed the lies of the enemy of God, rendering us unfruitful?

When Jesus returns, will He find we’ve invested the priceless oil that is in us or buried it in a safe place?  Will He know us by our fruit or will we go unrecognized and cast away? Lots of questions today, not meant to be condemning, because these words have challenged me as well. I’m not satisfied to live my life for me any longer. I’m His 100% or not at all. I will not have Him return and not find me doing something with what He’s given me.

Father, what you did for me cost you dearly.  I can’t imagine the pain you felt when Jesus died to bridge the gap that sin had caused. Nor can I imagine the pain you feel each day when you see those who believe in you but refuse to walk in the power Jesus gave us when he sent the Holy Spirit. Daily watching as we walk around with our heads down and our teeth in our pockets and our hands in our mouth. I’m so sorry for missed opportunities, unspoken words and lack of action.

“My child, you’re already forgiven because what Jesus did, took care of ALL your sins, past, present and future ones. I set before you an open door, will you go through it? I said I would be with you aimages (1)lways, even unto the ends of the earth. Will you believe me? Will you be consumed with the fire of my Spirit and light others ablaze? Trust me to follow with the signs and wonders I promised. I only need your voice, your hands and your feet. Don’t bury your treasure any longer for I have need of you.”