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GOD'S REST ... GOT IT?

DECEMBER 28, 2014

 

 

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] Matthew 11:28

God is already working IN You, THROUGH You, and FOR You, to bring you to a place where everything is provided for. You responsibility is to rest and receive it. God’s rest isn’t sitting in a chair or lying down on your couch - it’s a matter of the heart and a way of life, given to us because of the finished work of Jesus Christ.

TRUE REST is believing that God is always working on your behalf. TRUE REST is believing that God will never leave, forsake or fail you. TRUE REST is believing that God delights in promoting, blessing and favoring you.

When you believe that God is doing all these things for you and so much more, then you can stop ‘doing’ things in your own strength and you can live with ongoing peace, knowing He will freely give you all things.

That doesn’t mean you need to stop going to work or stop taking care of your family (though yes, we ALL need breaks and time away). What it means is there can be rest IN work, not necessarily rest FROM work. When we walk in the rest of God, it means that we are continually committing our burdens, responsibilities, workflows, schedules, relationships, family needs, problems … everything in our lives to the Lord.

When you do this, it allows you to experience genuine peace in whatever you are involved in. You are continually trusting and believing that God will always give you a better outcome in your circumstances than you can do on your own.

There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. Let us be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. Hebrews 4:9-11

Those who rest … are trusting and believing.

Father, I pray that you help us to walk in Your rest and to continually commit our burdens, responsibilities, schedules, relationships, problems, family needs … everything in our lives to You. Thank You that we will find peace and rest in doing so. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

 

 

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WHAT'S UP WITH THAT?

DECEMBER 7, 2014

 

 


I’ve told you these things (so that you should not be offended; taken unawares and falter, or be caused to stumble and fall away; I told you to keep you from being scandalized and repelled) to prepare you for rough times ahead. They are going to throw you out of the meeting places. There will even come a time when anyone who kills you will think he’s doing God a favor. They will do these things because they never really understood the Father. I’ve told you these things so that when the time comes and they start in on you, you’ll be well-warned and ready for them. I have told you these things, so that IN ME you may have perfect peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration (you will continue to experience difficulties); but be of good cheer (take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted). For I have (already) overcome the world. I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you. John 16:1-4, 31-33

 
Feel like no one understands you? Feel like you have been mistreated? Feel like you have been rejected? Yeah, me too. So ... what's up with that?
 
There's a reason why you are going/went through what you are going/went through ...
 
HOLD ON.
 
There's a plan in the works that you can't see yet ...
 
TRUST THE PROCESS.
 
We may not always understand, but we gotta and we're gonna ...
 
KEEP TRUSTING.
 
The calling that's been placed on your life attracts attacks. Don't look at it as trouble, look at it as confirmation that you're going the right way and doing the right things ...
 
KEEP GOING.
 
Others may reject, offend, hurt, abuse and/or leave you. But Your heavenly Father will never leave you or forsake you like you're used to being left and mistreated, no matter what. You are ...
 
ACCEPTED IN THE BELOVED, JUST AS YOU ARE AND DESPITE WHAT OTHERS THINK OF YOU.
 
Peace I leave with you; My own peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled. John 14:27
 
PEACE BE STILL.
 
See, I'm doing a new thing. Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:19
 
HOLD ON TO YOUR HAT, YOU AIN'T SEEN NOTHIN' YET.
 
You CAN do this, KEEP GOING. One day at a time. One step at a time, if you have to.
 
So, what's up with that? What's going on? Clueless. But God knows. And He has our best interests at heart. He cares about every little detail of our lives. That's ...
 
WHAT'S UP WITH THAT.
 
Dear God, dear heavenly Father, You have SO MUCH MORE to offer us than this world. This is just a temporary place, it's not our home. Help us to have hope in You and trust in You and lean not on our understanding, while You work Your will and work all things for good, according to YOUR plan. Your ways are different, we don't always understand what You're doing, but please give us grace and faith to trust You and follow You. May we ALWAYS lean on Your faithful, loving strong shoulder of support. We love You, Lord. In Jesus' name, amen.

 

 

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NOW MORE THAN EVER

05-08-14




Go away, all you who do evil, for the Lord HAS heard my weeping. The Lord HAS heard my plea; the Lord WILL answer my prayer. Psalm 6:8,9

LORD, help us to hear from You today, and may we be obedient. Give us wisdom to make right decisions.

LORD, have mercy and compassion on us.

LORD, we need Your strength and grace. Help our bodies to be physically able and our minds to be mentally able to do what we need to do.

LORD JESUS, heal our bodies. Take away sickness and pain. Release us from the tormenting spirits.

LORD, keep us close to You through the things that we are going through, help us not to push You away in difficult times, but instead allow You to draw us closer.

LORD, give us Your peace, Your perfect peace, that surpasses all understanding.

LORD, be with us, our families, our friends, all Your people ... special touch and anointing for us. Bless us with uncommon favor. Strengthen us. Heal us. Love on us. Help us to grab on, hold on and don’t let go of the hem of Your garment, Jesus. For all our needs are met in You. You are the Answer. To every question. To every problem. To every heartache. To every sickness. To every cry. Blood of Jesus over us.

His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward Him and find Him --- though He is not far from any one of us. Acts 17:27

We need You now LORD GOD … more than ever. Be not far from us.

 

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GOD IS AT WORK

05-05-14

 





God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him. Philippians 2:13

God is at work in us, causing us to be willing and obedient ... giving us the grace and changing us ... so that we will be able to do what He wants us to do.  He gives us the desire and power to accomplish His will, not our pleasures.

God WILL carry out His plan. Either He will work IN us or He will work ON us. Either way, He WILL accomplish His purpose.

We have all seen the sign on the highway 'MEN AT WORK'. We can put a sign over the Christian: 'GOD AT WORK'. In the quest for God to make us like Jesus, He may have to chisel, sand, steel wool and polish us. God will continue to polish us until Jesus comes back to get us.

Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6
 

We need to relax, stop being so hard on ourselves, and allow God to work through us.

Father, I pray that You help us to trust You to complete the work that You have begun in us. Help us to allow You to work through us. Change us. Make us more like You. In Jesus' name, amen.

 

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WHAT'S YOUR GOAL?

04-24-14


 





Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10

Just try to do and be the best you that you know how. It is such a waste of time and effort to try to please everybody. That is a job no one could ever accomplish.

It's easy to allow yourself, especially during rough periods, to be influenced by others. God is the only person that will always stand by you and have your back. So the only person you should strive to please is God.

Do not change yourself for others. Do not lose yourself trying to be something that you are not. The only reason you should make a change within your life is for God. He would want you to be the best version of yourself. Do not be influenced by the people surrounding you. Imitate Christ.

No matter how hard a situation may be, you must put your faith in God. He is the One person you can always count on.

You are not really free, until you are free from trying to please everybody. If your goal is to make everyone happy, you are always going to be disappointed. Carry on ... whether you get people's approval or not.

You know God's voice.
Just follow it.


Father, help us to be God pleasers and not people pleasers. We want to give You the honor and respect that You are due. Help us to hear and follow Your voice, Your instruction, Your leading. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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HAVING TO WAIT?

04-14-14

 



Let us not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we do not give up or quit. Galatians 6:9

If God has promised you something, DO NOT BE DISCOURAGEDif you are having to wait ... He shows up at JUST THE RIGHT TIME.

Do not go by what you see - go by what you know - that God IS faithful. You do not have to see in the natural yet what God has promised, waiting for it does not negate the fact that it WILL happen.

All history testifies to the fact that God always keeps His Word. You are wise if you trust Him.

Not one of the good promises which the Lord had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass. Joshua 21:45.

You have come TOO FAR to give up now, so DON'T.

I pray that God our Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy and peace. In Jesus' name, amen.

 

 

 

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DON'T YOU DARE GIVE UP, HONEY

01-23-14 

 


 

Without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6

My best friend was diagnosed with breast cancer a couple of weeks ago, and the following week she had surgery to remove the tumor. The diagnosis came out of nowhere. We were both in shock. Now we are awaiting results of the biopsy they took of some of her lymph nodes they removed and doctors say they want her to begin radiation treatments next month.

When the bottom falls out, when it looks like you have hit an all-time low, hold on to hope. You don't know what God has around the corner.

You may be tired, things may seem dark, but remember it’s always darkest just before the dawn appears. When you are weak, that is when God’s strength will rise up in you.

What does not kill you, makes you stronger. NEVER give up ... no matter what the amount of 'wait time' is.

When you seek Him, you WILL find Him.

This is what the Lord says: When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill My good promise to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. You will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.You will seek Me and find me when you seek Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you, declares the Lord, and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile. Jeremiah 29:10-14

There is no pit so deep that God cannot reach down and lift you out. You DO NOT have a problem that God cannot solve.

If you are believing to see the promises of God come to fruition in your life – DO NOT give up. You ARE NOT alone. You ARE NOT being ignored. God IS listening and God IS a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Father, our hope in You grows thin at times. We grow weary. Life is SO HARD sometimes. Help us to seek You andPLEASEdon't hide from us. Help us to have strength. Refresh us. Renew our hope in You. Encourage us to continue on. Help us to make it, to endure to the end. We can't wait for all this pain to be over and to see You face to face. In Jesus' name, amen.

 

 

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KEEP GOING

11-20-13

 

 




 Let not your heart be troubled. John 14:1

Through the rough times in life God is STILL holding us and He has promised at just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up and quit (Galatians 6:9).

Friendly reminders:

- DO NOT sweat the small stuff
DO NOT lose hope
- DO NOT give up and quit
- OBEY God's Word and submit to His will
- HOLD FIRM to your faith
- BELIEVE God for your miracle and your breakthrough
HOLD ON for God answers
- GO FORWARD FROM HERE for God IS taking care of it

- KEEP your head up, don't you ever let up ... this storm will pass

I don’t know what you're going through, but God does and He says, 'DON'TGIVE UPKEEPGOING … YOU CAN DO THIS!’

Father, help us to hold firm to our faith in You and in Your promises. Our only hope lies in You, Lord God ... drive our hurts and fears away with Your presence and love. Give us grace and wisdom to go through the process and thank You that You will be with us and see us through to victory. In Jesus’ name, amen

 

 

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BE HOPEFUL

11-18-13

 

 

Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord. Psalm 27: 14

Don't ever think that you or your circumstances won't change. You ARE growing and evolving every day you just don't see it yet.

Let none who trust and wait hopefully and look for You be put to shame, disappointed or let down. Psalm 25:3

The enemy wants us feeling like nobody cares and that we don't have purpose so we'll get depressed, because it's hard to bless others when we're depressed.

Why are you cast down, O my inner self? And why should you moan over me and be disquieted within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him, who is the help of my sad countenance, and my God. Psalm 43:5

So as a reminder ...

- you ARE loveable
- God DOES care about you
- you DO make a difference
- you DO have lots to offer

... so hold your head high and BE HOPEFUL.

Father, thank You that those whose hope is in You won’t be disappointed. May You, the God of our hope, so fill us with all joy and peace in believing (through the experience of our faith) that by the power of the Holy Spirit we may abound and be overflowing and bubbling over with hope. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

 

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LIFE CAN BE REALLY HARD SOMETIMES

10-2-13

 

 

 

 

 

I will exalt you, Lord, for You rescued me. You refused to let my enemies triumph over me. O Lord my God, I cried to You for help, and You restored my health. You brought me up from the grave, O Lord. You kept me from falling into the pit of death. Sing to the Lord, all you godly ones. Praise His holy name. For His anger lasts only a moment, but His favor lasts a lifetime. Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning. Psalm 30:1-5

I know it’s hard to see past the pain, but PLEASE don’t hurt yourself. Talk to Jesus, a friend, a parent, a pastor, a teacher or call 1-800-273-TALK.

You ARE worth it. Regardless of how heavy life gets. Tomorrow just might be the day of your turnaround.

Father, help us to call out to You when we're in need. Divinely give us what we need or work through Your people to help us. Put people in our path who care. Give us hope to continue on. May we keep on keeping on. In Jesus' name, amen.

 

 

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DO YOU KNOW JESUS?

9-26-13

 

 

 

 

 



Do you have a personal, intimate relationship with Jesus Christ?

Whether you are married, single, divorced, separated, or even engaged to be married, Jesus longs to be your Husband and best friend - the closest you will ever have or find that will never leave you or forsake you, no matter what.

Most important of all, He wants to be your Savior and Deliverer.


1 Thessalonians 5:9/AMP - For God has not appointed us to [incur His] wrath [He did not select us to condemn us], but [that we might] obtain [His) salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).

You see, Father God sent His Son Jesus so that we may have eternal life. He died on the cross and rose again. And He's coming back soon for His children.

Would you like to be considered His child, His bride, His friend? If so, pray this simple prayer:
 
Father, I come to you. I thank you for sending Your Son Jesus to take the punishment for my sins. Forgive me of them. I know that He died and rose again, just for me. Because He loves me. Come into my life, Jesus, and take control. Help me to renew my mind and refuse to believe the lies of the enemy any more. Let me be led by Your Holy Spirit, the Comforter. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit with evidence of speaking in tongues. Thank you that You will never leave me or forsake me. Thank You for peace amidst the frustrations and stresses of this world. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Congratulations on your new life with Jesus!

Get into a good, Bible-based church. Get a Bible and read it as often as you can. Worship Him. Expect your Savior to speak to you, lead you, guide you, comfort you, provide for you, protect you, and be with you until the end of the world.

 
God bless you!

 

 

 

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FEELING DOWN AND OUT?

9-18-13

 

 





Get up and prepare for action. Go out and tell them everything I tell you to say. Don't be afraid of them ... today I have made you strong ... I am with you, and I will take care of you. I, the Lord, have spoken. Jeremiah 1:17-19

So, in July of this year I got a real bad sunburn on both my legs from floating in the Frio River with sunscreen everywhere on me but my legs (duh). My legs blistered and my feet stayed incredibly swollen for 2 weeks. Then, I got a bad infection on both my legs (from knees to feet), probably from open skin from the sunburn. Those things started to heal and I realized I still could barely walk and was told by the doctor I had vein issues from inadequate blood flow ‘cause my feet were swollen for so long. With compression hose my circulation got better. But almost 2 months later, I’m still struggling to walk. Still severe, gut wrenching pain. Then comes the news from my doctor (all this has caused 9 doctor visits now and 1 emergency room trip) that I have torn ligaments in my ankles and that I need to wear splints on my legs/ankles to let my ligaments heal and give my ankles support. Great. Just what I needed.

You know how it is. I’m sure we’ve all been there at some point in our life. The times that you really have to struggle to find your hope and get out of bed and continue to live your life despite setbacks. I have to keep reminding myself that others have it so much worse than I and God’s been good to me through it all.

The Lord gave me the above verses this morning to help me to motivate to get up today. He wants me to GET UP, GET DRESSED, and GET GOINGdespite what’s coming against me and to trust Him, knowing He has me and my situation under control.

So … the point is to make sure you put suntan lotion on, everywhere. Ok, that’s not the real point I’m trying to make, but it’s a good one. The real point here is … despite your trials and how down and out you may feel - REJOICE, for He is worthy of your praise. Regardless of what happened yesterday it's going to be a great day today, because you have another day to glorify God. This is the day that the Lord's made ... REJOICE and be glad in it.

Father, I pray that you give us the strength to get up, get dressed, and get going. Above all else today, may Your name be glorified. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

 

 

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HOWS YOUR WALK?

9-14-13





Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. It's impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that He exists and that He cares enough to respond to those who seek Him. Hebrews 11:1,6

WE'VE GOT TO LEARN TO DEPEND ON GOD.

Jesus never insisted that the disciples obey Him. Instead, He instructed them to trust Him and to have faith in God. He knew that trust would create obedience because the two naturally go together.

When we don't trust God, we aren't depending on Him. As a result, we begin to feel that we are able to handle things on our own, and we begin to pull away from Him and head in the wrong direction.

WE'VE GOT TO LEARN TO WAIT ON GOD, TRUSTING HIS TIMING.

The Bible clearly states that God acts in behalf of those who wait on Him (Isaiah 64:4). The only way we can learn to do this is to trust in God and believe that He is always working in our best interests.

When we wait, we acknowledge His lordship in our lives, and our trusting faith itself becomes an act of genuine worship.

WE'VE GOT TO WALK BY FAITH, NOT BY SIGHT OR BY FEAR.

When we learn to walk by faith in God, resting our steps on His every Word, then we will go places we never dreamed of going and accomplish what no one can ever do alone.

JUST DO IT.

There is NO WAY that we can lose when we trust God.

Keep the FAITH - (F)orsaking (A)ll (I) (T)rust (H)im.

Father, this trust thing is hard. Help us to honor You by placing our trust in You. May we believe with child-like faith. In Jesus' name, amen.

 

 

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WHILE I'M WAITING

8-20-13

 

 


 




Those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired. Isaiah 40:31

I told the Lord earlier today when we were talking, 'I would SO like things to be easier ... but I will serve and trust You regardless. I am walking strictly by faith. I am NOT gonna go by what I see or feel.'  

The Lord responded back to me, 'The fire may feel like its getting turned hotter and hotter, but you WON'T get burnt ... you won't even smell like smoke. Refuse to submit to the thought that the devil has power over you. I said in My Word, I give YOU power over the enemy. It's in the waiting that your strength will be renewed. Wait on Me, hope in Me, and I WILL come through for you. I take GOOD CARE of My children.'

I have given you AUTHORITY to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome ALL the power of the enemy; NOTHING will harm you. Luke 10:19

I've made a decision that I WILL worship while I’m waiting.

Father, I'm grateful for You for SO MANY reasons, I love you so. Anything here on this earth that I go through is WORTH IT for the hope that I have to see and spend the rest of my days in Heaven with You … YOU are WORTH IT. Strengthen us as we wait on You. Give us grace to go through and equip us with hope to endure to the end. In Jesus’ name, amen.


see also: (While I’m Waiting) I Will Worship by John Waller

 

 

 

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DON'T BE AFRAID

8-25-13

 

 

 



God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid. Isaiah 12:2

Frightening circumstances are less troublesome if we trust the hands that control them. If our world and our lives were governed by a thoughtless and indifferent force, we would have good reason to fear.

BUT the hands that control the universe - God’s hands - are wise and compassionate. We can trust them in spite of our circumstances and not be afraid.

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. Behold, all who are incensed against you shall be put to shame and confounded; those who strive against you shall be as nothing and shall perish. You shall seek those who contend with you, but you shall not find them; those who war against you shall be as nothing at all. For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, ‘Fear not, I am the one who helps you.’ Isaiah 41:10-13

FEAR NOT … Jesus is holding YOUR hand.

We give so much of our strength and energy to being fearful and worrying about things ... when we should be resting in God's peace knowing that He WILL come through for us. Your current condition does not define God's ultimate intention. Through fire and flood, He is with you and will bring you through. So QUIT fearing and worrying, He has ALREADY taken care of it.

My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest. Isaiah 32:18

God is the One in control … so we have NOTHING to fear.

Father, thank You that no harm will come near us or our dwelling. Guard, protect, lead and guide us. Take care of all our needs and all our loved ones as we lay down our worries and fears. I pray for peace in our mind/thoughts/spirit. Quieten the voice of the enemy. Comfort us with the presence of Your supportive hand. I curse worries and fears that try to rob us of our sleep. I pray perfect peace over us when we lay our heads down at night. Bless us, favor us and move on our behalf even as we sleep. I plead the Blood of Jesus over us. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

see also: Christ is My Victory (Psalm 91 to pray)

 

 

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BAD BAD BOY, WHATCHA GONNA DO

8-6-13

 





Those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in bondage again to fear; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by Him we cry, 'Abba, Father.' The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs - heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ. Romans 8:14-17

Why do beautiful and precious women think they have to settle for rough, ugly and/or controlling guys that treat them bad? And if they're good looking but treat you bad, that makes them ugly, too. Choosing a bad boy usually comes with a lifetime of regrets. A bad boy and his actions ARE NOT attractive nor exciting. They are destructive. Don't be seduced into the web of the enemy, thinking you have to settle for less than what you want from a partner. Ladies, you're worth SO MUCH MORE than that. RESPECT yourself.

And oh my, PLEASE don't be with a creep just to get out of the house or to punish your parents/family. It’s not worth it to get sucked into a life of hell on earth with the wrong person just to fit in, or get out, or to have a ride, or get back at people. Trust me, you WILL NOT have it easier once you get out. As a matter of fact, it will be harder because you not only have been separated from your family and support system, but are now responsible for running a house, getting and holding a job, and catering to every whim of a man who probably never loved you in the first place and who will treat you horribly despite you doing everything in your power the right way.

There are many men who are on the prowl, looking for a nice, vulnerable woman to take advantage of. They can tell when you are insecure with who you are and who will probably put up with their actions ... one who will do anything for them, despite how they are treated. Someone with low self-esteem is very attractive to them. These guys are usually sweet talkers in the beginning to lure you in and once you’ve formed an attachment to them, usually by sharing intimate things in your life (see more about soul ties here Step Away ... from that Stale Cracker)  then they start abusing you, telling you who you can and cannot see and possibly hitting you. They'll flirt with others but tell you that you can't, not call before coming over, lie, hit on your friends in front of you, etc. These are UNACCEPTABLE actions ladies.

You ARE NOT responsible for babysitting men, for being their mother, for being their slave and/or sex slave, or to rescue them from life or themselves. These 'boys' need to grow up and be a man. Learn how to treat a woman right. Learn how to take care of themselves. Learn how to live within the letter of the laws of God and of man. Instead of rebelling against God and running from Him and anything else that's good and right. Bad boys DO NOT really have confidence, and ARE NOT exciting, they are really insecure and that's why they hurry to attach to those who are vulnerable, ones that they hope will fill the void and make them stop being afraid, i.e. another mommy. They only get more angry though, because it doesn't work. Deep down they are broken little boys who need to control and bed women to try to feel better about themselves. That broken boy CAN NOT be rescued or fixed by you. HE WON'T change as long as he's clinging on to you. Only Jesus and hard work on the part of the boy/man can fix them. You ARE NOT anyone's savior. Let them change their own diapers and hold his own pacifier. Try working on yourself instead. A better you will automatically attract a better him.

The better you feel about yourself, the less you will allow people in your life that treat you wrong. Low self-esteem will cause us to settle with far less than God's best. If a woman feels good about herself, she chooses a mate who communicates both verbally and non-verbally to her that she is valued and respected. She won't allow this other person to undermine her positive self-worth. She believes in her ability to participate in a healthy, reciprocal relationship. If she doesn't feel good about herself, she chooses someone who reinforces her negative self-beliefs.

These men are just distractions sent by the enemy to try to keep God’s will from coming to pass in your life. You're not a doormat, punching bag, a dog or a trophy ... if you belong to Jesus, you are a child of God. There's NEVER a good reason to put up with abuse. HIT THE DOOR running if you're not treated with love and respect. REGARDLESS of how good looking or hot he may be in your eyes. Your dreamboat is dangerous. Do it NOW before it goes any further.

God has called us to live in peace. 1 Corinthians 7:15

Hold your head high, guard your heart and wait for GOD'S best for you.

Father, I pray that You place a hedge of protection around us and our hearts, that we not get caught up in the traps of the enemy. Choose a partner for us IF You have one and help us to wait on You. If we are to be single to serve You wholeheartedly, help us to be and stay devoted to You. If there are any that have already been trapped by the enemy's lies and webs, release them from that bondage. Give them boldness to get away and help them to stay away. In the name of Jesus, amen.

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National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-SAFE
http://www.thehotline.org
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National Dating Abuse Hotline
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A REAL REST

8-1-13




[Jesus says] Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to Me. Get away with Me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with Me and work with Me - watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with Me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly. Matthew 11:28-30

BELIEVE that the Lord is FAITHFUL to do as He has promised. Rest in the fact that WHATEVER IT IS, God is taking care of it.

We CAN'T go wrong when we let Jesus take control.

Sleep good tonight. I've got a feeling everything's gonna be alright.

Father, the enemy seems to work overtime to rob us of our sleep that we need so desperately. Wash our worries away with Your love. I curse the attacks against our sleep and rest and I pray the spirit of peace and rest over us as we lay down our cares for the night. In Jesus' name, amen.

 

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HANDS OFF

1-13-13

 

 

Confess: As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15

 

 

Pray against: Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. You will be hated by everyone because of Me. Matthew 10:21,22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t give up on the people you love. Circumstances make it seem hopeless sometimes, but that's just the enemy working through your loved ones, it's not them. Sad to say, those who are closest to us are usually the ones who wind us hurting us the most ... they think we'll be there no matter what.

 

If you have people in your life that don't know the Lord or that treat you and/or those around you bad, don't argue and fight with them. That's just what the enemy wants. Instead, pray for them because those who mistreat are usually hurting. Pray that the Lord shows you their heart and gives you insight to know how to pray and that He brings healing to them. Choose to forgive them (whether you feel like it or not) and let the Lord deal with them. He can do a lot of work when we take our hands off people and let God have them.

 

Your patient love and faithfulness may be exactly what they need to make a complete turnaround. Don't you go giving up on them or on God's power and ability to change them. It doesn't matter how much hate is in a person, or what they may be struggling with ... He can do ALL things, nothing's impossible with Him.

 

NO ONE is too far gone or beyond the reach of a loving Father's touch.

 

Father, help us to be a loving witness and example that leads others to Your grace and mercy, which will bring change for the better. Help us all to be able to get along and treat each other with respect. Give us hearts to love and forgive. Devil ... get your grubby paws off our family, friends and relationships, 'cause you CAN'T have 'em ... I curse you and command you and your attacks to go back to hell where you came from. In Jesus' name, amen.

 

 

see also:Believing for a Loved One?

 

 

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IT'S HIS FIGHT

1-11-13

 

 

 

O God, will You not stop them? For we have no power to face this army that's attacking us. We don't know what to do, but our eyes are on You. This is what the Lord says TO YOU: Don't be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. You won't need to fight. Take your positions; stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. Go out against them, for the Lord's with you. At the VERY MOMENT they began to sing and give praise, the Lord caused the armies ... to start fighting among themselves. 2 Chronicles 20:12,15,17,22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you feel like giving up, keep in mind that God believed you can handle it. So often, we're overwhelmed with the heaviness of the attacks, BUT GOD will take care of our enemies if we pray and praise Him.

 

Stop fighting the fight, it's already been won. The only fighting that we’re to do is to fight the good fight of faith (1 Timothy 1:12). Fight back with faith. The battle belongs to the Lord.

 

There is a wonderful promise to those who are engaged in the good fight of faith: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or oppression [narrow circumstances—a word that means you have been pressed into a corner and you are in trouble.] or persecution, or famine, or lack of clothing, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written: ‘For Your sake we are killed all day; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.’ Yet in all of these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things about to be, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other creation, is able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:36–39.

 

There's a battle going on, and God’s children are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. It looks like, in this world, we are losing, but we are really winning.

 

To the world it looked like Jesus lost when He was on the cross, but actually, it was the biggest victory of all time. So … whatever it is that you’re battling with, whatever trial is in your life, even though it may be something over which you think you may never get the victory - the very thing that appears to be your worst battle, your worst stumbling block, your greatest weakness, your greatest sorrow, your greatest affliction, your greatest loneliness, your greatest defeat - if you will surrender yourself to Christ, out of that you will have the greatest victory just as did Jesus.

 

We have to win the fight, and the good news is that it's possible. It's the devil telling you that you can't do it, but Jesus tells you that you CAN. Who do you choose to believe?

 

The Bible tells us that God always causes us to triumph. We serve a General who NEVER loses a battle.

 

Stand still.

 

Pray AND praise!

 

Father, thank You that victory has already been won and that the enemy of our soul has already been defeated. Help us to pray, believe and praise as You work in our lives. Give us faith to hold on. In Jesus' precious name, amen.

 

see also:  You’re Surrounded

 

 

 

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YES, YOU DO KNOW IT

1-9-13

 

 

 

The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord thunders over the mighty waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars ... The voice of the Lord strikes with flashes of lightning. The voice of the Lord shakes the desert; the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh. The voice of the Lord twists the oaks and strips the forests bare. And in His temple all cry, “Glory!” Psalm 29:3-9

 

 

If you belong to the Lord, you DO hear His voice. If you didn't, then there would be no reason for the enemy to try to convince you that you don't.

 

Don't listen to the voice of confusion, it's NOT of God. God is the author of peace, the peace that passes understanding. BELIEVE that you hear God's voice ... by faith. Don’t just have selective hearing, when it’s something you like it’s Him and if it’s something you don’t like it’s the enemy, it doesn’t work that way.

 

Be careful about these “still small voices” that we hear in our heads and our hearts. We need to be sure that it is God that is talking to us. Sometimes our flesh and even the devil will put thoughts in our heads that are not of God. You can usually tell if it’s actually God that’s talking if the thing that He tells you is in agreement with the Word of God. He doesn’t go against His Word.

 

The gatekeeper opens the gate for Him, and the sheep listen to His voice. He calls His own sheep by name and leads them out. When He has brought out all His own, He goes on ahead of them, and His sheep follow Him because they know His voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” John 10:3-5

 

Elijah described God’s voice as a still, small voice (I Kings 19:12). God does speak with an inner audible voice at times. However, I’ve found that usually, God's voice comes as spontaneous thoughts, visions, feelings, or impressions.

 

God told Habakkuk to record the vision (Habakkuk 2:2). This wasn’t an isolated command. The Scriptures record many examples of individuals' prayers and God's replies (i.e. the Psalms, many of the prophets, Revelation). Journaling is the writing out of your prayers and God’s answers. I call the process "two-way journaling," and I’ve found it to be a catalyst for clearly discerning God's inner, spontaneous flow, because as I journal I’m able to write IN FAITH for long periods of time, simply believing it is God. I may write a prayer of thanks or something that’s weighing heavy on my heart, and then I’m still before the Lord to see if He wants to respond back to me. He ALWAYS does.

 

When you pray, He answers. Expect God to talk back to you. Answers and responses may come at a time other than when you’re praying, but they do come.

 

Things that will help give you discernment for God’s voice - Spend time with Him. Be still before Him. Focus on Jesus. Get in the Word. Listen. Journal. Repent when you sin. Shake off offenses and pray for those who despitefully use you. Get to know God and be obedient.

 

Yes, you do know it …God’s voice that is … believe you know it.

 

Father, I pray that You give us the faith to believe that we hear from You. Help us in turn to be obedient when You ask us to do something. Help us to ignore the voice of the enemy. Speak words of comfort, peace and edification to our hearts to give us encouragement to continue on. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

 

 

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DON'T BE DISCOURAGED

12-31-12

 

 

 

 

After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them - to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates - all the Hittite country - to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” So Joshua ordered the officers of the people: “Go through the camp and tell the people, ‘Get your provisions ready. Three days from now you will cross the Jordan here to go in and take possession of the land the Lord your God is giving you for your own.’”

 

 

Of all the people in the Bible, Joshua might be one of the last we'd expect to need encouragement.

 

Years earlier, Joshua and Caleb stood their ground against an angry mob that was ready to pummel them to death with rocks. A number of spies had just reported that it would be impossible for the people to conquer the land of Canaan. The giant inhabitants of the land had powerful weapons. But Joshua and Caleb countered, ‘Don’t be afraid of the people of the land, because we will swallow them up. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us’ (Numbers 14:9). Although this speech did not convince the frightened Israelites, Joshua and Caleb did not back down.

 

Given Joshua's courage, why did God need to tell him not to be terrified or discouraged? This was now about 40 years later, and Joshua was no longer facing fellow Israelites. Now he would need to lead an army of Israel against the Canaanites, who would fight to the death to protect their land, possessions, and families. The real battle would begin.

 

Yesterday's courage can’t be saved for today's challenge. But God's faithfulness is new every morning.

 

Believe in Jesus and know that the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Don’t be terrified. Don’t be discouraged.

 

Father, sometimes we’re afraid and discouraged. Thank You that You are our refuge and strength. Help us to remember that You are always with us. In Jesus' name, amen.

 

 

 

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WHAT'S AT THE END OF YOUR ROPE?

12-30-12

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moses said to the people,
Don’t be afraid. God’s come
to test you, so that the fear
of God will be with you to
keep you from sinning.
Exodus 20:20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




When you're at the end of your rope, you're at the beginning of hope. Grab on to JESUS ... He's our lifeline of hope. Hope in God, He's the only one that will never fail you. He can be trusted.

 

Our bad circumstances don't negate how good God is. He is good ALL the time.

 

Maybe 'What's at the end of your rope?' is the wrong question. I'll rephrase it to 'Who's at the end of your rope?'

 

Praise Him ... and HANG ON!

 

Father, I pray that You help us not be afraid when we’re being overwhelmed with circumstances. Thank You that You won’t leave us when the going gets tough ... we’ve all been there, done that in other relationships and it’s getting old. Help us to renew our minds to the fact that there IS hope and it's YOU. No matter what happens, YOU’RE our ONLY hope of a LIFELINE. Give us faith to grab on to You and NEVER let go. You sure aren’t. I love You Lord, amen.

see also: God's Hand

                There's a Reason for That Test, You Know

                Faith Walk

                The Man with the Plan

 

 

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SOMEONE CARES

12-27-12

 

 

The Lord said, ‘I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey.’ Exodus 3:7,8


 

 

 

 

 

‘Nobody cares.’ What a terrible thought. Whether it’s the teenager who feels she has no one to talk to or the widower who feels that everyone is too busy to bother with him, the thought that no one cares is dreadful.

 

Although the person who feels this way may not be aware of just how much people do care, the most important thing to know is that God cares. He ALWAYS cares. When His people cried out to Him from slavery in Egypt – God cared. He was concerned about their suffering, and He came to their rescue. He used Moses to deliver them from their bondage and bring them to the Promised Land.

 

God cares about you. He ALWAYS cares about you.

 

When you cry out to God in your suffering – God cares. When you doubt that He cares, when the circumstances of your life seem to say that He doesn’t care, just look at Jesus suffering on the cross. He went to the cross to free you from your slavery to sin and death. He promises to bring you to heaven one day. The One who cared about you enough to do all of that certainly cares enough to deliver you from whatever other trials you are facing.

 

When you are tempted to think, ‘Nobody cares,’ look to the cross and be certain that the LORD cares.

 

Prayer: Thank you Father, for proving Your love for me by sending Jesus to the cross. When I am down, when I doubt Your care and concern, lift my eyes to the cross and comfort me with Your care. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

 

 

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THE GIFT WITHIN THE GIFT

12-25-12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The
GIFT
is
JESUS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Savior, Jesus Christ was the gift that our Father God gave to us. There were 7 gifts that Jesus brought us with the gift of Himself.

 

1) He's our Salvation

 

Luke 2:11 - For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

 

2) He's our Redeemer

 

Galations 3:13 - Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’).

 

Galations 4:4-6 - But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, ‘Abba, Father!’

 

3) He’s our Healer

 

Psalm 103:3 - Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases.

 

Psalm 147:3 - He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

 

4) He’s our Deliverer

 

Romans 11:26 - And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: ‘The Deliverer will come out of Zion, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob’.

 

5) He’s our Wisdom

 

Isaiah 11:1-3 - There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. His delight is in the fear of the Lord, and He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, nor decide by the hearing of His ears.

 

6) He’s our Counselor and Our Peace

 

Isaiah 9:6 - For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

 

7) He’s our Soon Coming King

 

Acts 1:11 - Who also said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.’

 

Matt 16:27 - For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.

 

Matt 24:27 - For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

 

1 Thessalonians 4:16,17 - For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

 

Jesus gives peace that the world cannot give. He’s the King of King’s and Lord of Lord’s.

 

People say that Jesus was born to die. That is true. But He was also born to rise again. He sits at the right hand of the Father and intercedes for us and will soon return and draw those who belong with Him in Heaven.



My Pastor, Rev. Wanda Meadows, preached this sermon this past Sunday and I wanted to share it.

 

 

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SWEEP OFF YOUR OWN

12-22-12

 

 

 

 

 

"Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye." Matthew 7:1-5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's really hard to be around family sometimes, especially this time of year. Them still condemning me for the old me. Let it go people, I'm NEW. Family sure can be our worst critics sometimes, makes holidays really rough, but I'm gonna love on 'em anyway. Hmm, most of the stuff I'm being judged for isn't even true. If you don't accept me, don't think I'm gonna run home and cry a river, I'll give the rejection to Jesus and move on. I can live without you ... just fine.

 

Then there's all the fighting and bickering, people talking over each other, no one really caring to listen to anything but the sound of their on voice. Hurts to see family arguing and disrepecting each other, but I always ask God for grace to be around them and try to see all the family anyway - they are family after all.

 

Stop the disrepecting. Quit gossiping and judging, YOU don't have it all right, either. We don't need nobody pointing out our sins and judging us.

 

Sad to say, a lot of church folk criticize and find fault but then try to hid behind the Bible or their own personal so called righteousness. We try to dog others for what they're doing or not doing but then we forget about what we're doing behind closed doors at home.

 

Let he who's without sin cast the first stone. Baby, you need to sweep off your OWN porch first before trying to make others sweep theirs or you try to do it for them. Take a look at yourself before you criticize or have something to say about others.

 

It's funny how we so quickly see others faults and judge harshly, but either don't see our own shortcomings or ask others to excuse us like it's ok if we mess up and not them. We're actually usually guilty of the very faults that we try to accuse others of. That's why we recognize it so easily ... it's familiar to us.

 

We ALL need a heart change. And judging IS NOT going to change someone. If anything, it will cause them to withdraw and separate from the body of Christ even more. People feel bad enough as it is, they need love and support, that's what wins one out ... love.

 

The Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7

 

No matter what you've done, God still loves you and He's there for you even when you can't feel Him. We make things so difficult sometimes, just relax and let the Lord lead. Don't think that you have to do everything right, that you have to please God and everybody, to be loved and accepted. God loves you and accepts you JUST LIKE YOU ARE.

 

Mother Teresa once said, 'If you judge people, you have no time to love them.'

 

Keep loving on family members and friends. Treat each other with respect, the way that you would want to be treated. God is the repairer of the breach and will mend the relationships that we give to Him and entrust to Him.

 

Sweep off your own front porch FIRST .... before you try to sweep around others.

 

Father, help us to quit worrying about what people think. Help us to stop trying to please everybody else when YOU'RE the ONE that we need to please. Help us to just do the best we can. Forgive us for judging our brother instead of loving on them and walking beside them in their time of need. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

see also: In Times of Weakness

 

 

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GOD'S AT WORK

12-12-12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power

to do what pleases Him. Philippians 2:13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lord knows our hearts and knows we want to please Him. That honors Him and He uses our 'want to' as a starting point to help set us free.

 

(Jesus said) You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32

 

We need to come to Jesus, and come often, to ask for help to be able to do His will, to do what's right, and to ask for the power and grace to be obedient despite our flesh waring against us. You're 'qualified' to come to your heavenly Father's throne of grace today because 'grace' means 'UNEARNED, UNDESERVED favor'.

 

Let us come BOLDLY to the throne of our gracious God. There we WILL receive mercy and we WILL find grace to help us when we need it most. Hebrews 4:16

 

God WILL deliver you if you ... simply trust Him.

 

Father, give us the desire to want to do what’s right. Help us to want to please You. For whatever it is that we’re struggling with, forgive us of our sins and give us grace and mercy so that we may be obedient. Keep our hearts turned towards You. Help us not to beat ourselves up when we don’t meet the high expectations that we’ve set for ourselves. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

 

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YOU'RE SURROUNDED

12-11-12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lord your God is going with you.

He will fight for you against your enemies,

and He will give you victory.

Deuteronomy 20:4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you overwhelmed by the attacks of the enemy? Feel like you’re all alone? Feeling afraid?

 

We live in a fallen world. There's evil on every side. There's sickness, temptation and sorrow. Tragedy and loss sometimes strikes. Problems with personal relationships, economic difficulties, personal failures.

 

What shall we do? The answer is found in faith.

 

God is greater than ANY circumstance or emergency we might find ourselves in. He won't be caught off guard by it. He is well able to help you overcome. Because if He's for you, NO ONE can be against you (Romans 8:31). NEVER run from your enemy. It only delays promotion. Know that when an enemy shows up - promotion is being offered.

 

Fear not that which tries to torment, for those that are with us, to protect us, are more than those that are against us, to destroy us - angels are unspeakably more numerous - God infinitely more powerful. When we are magnifying the causes of our fear we ought to possess ourselves with clear, and great, and high thoughts of God and the invisible world.

 

 

 

 

 

'Don't be afraid,' the

prophet answered.

'Those who are with us are

more than

those who are with them.'

2 Kings 6:16

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don't panic. Don't be afraid. Don’t look at the enemies that may be surrounding you, instead focus on Jesus and the help that is yours as a child of God. There's more going on than just what you see. Unseen by the physical senses, God is there to support, protect and encourage. Be unmoved.

 

God gives peace AND rest.

 

The Lord gave them peace and rest ALL AROUND, just as He had promised. Not one of their enemies opposed them - He placed all of them under their control. Joshua 21:44

 

 

 

 


Even seemingly surrounded and overwhelmed, there’s STILL more with us than be with them. Jesus is standing beside you -- you ARE NOT alone today. He’s ALWAYS with you.

 

 

 

 

 

God is greater than any enemy. Period.

 

Father, I pray that You help us to feel Your presence with us instead of fear when seemingly surrounded by the enemy. Give us protection on every side, build and be a protective fortress around us with Your presence. Open our spiritual eyes to see You and the angels of protection You have around us. I bind the attacks of the enemy trying to come against us and our loved ones and cast them to the pits of hell. Lord, give us peace and rest on EVERY side. In Jesus’ mighty name, amen.

 

 

see also: 2 Kings 6:8-23

                Romans 8:31-38

 

 

 

 

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GO FORWARD

12-10-12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yep, I've made a lot of mistakes. Bad decisions. But I CHOOSE not to let guilt and condemnation win. I WILL go forward from here.

 

God can breathe life into that seemingly dead situation, trust Him for it.

 

Live forward and trust your Father for better days.

 

We learn courageous action by going forward despite fears that try to urge us back.

 

1) Be courageous.

2) Have faith.
3) Go forward.

 

Father, let what You've invested in me not be in vain. Use what I've been through, use what we've all been through, to somehow bring Your name glory. We pray for better days, help us to believe for them. Turn what the enemy meant for harm and use it for good. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

 

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WORRYING WILL NEVER CHANGE THE OUTCOME

12-8-12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have over come the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.] John 16:33

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The battles rage within, and only You Lord God can quiten the restlessness, fears, anxieties, and questions.

 

The things we worry about, stress about and busy ourselves with are just distractions for the enemy to deter us from the Lord's cause to win souls and heal hearts.

 

Worry will not only NEVER change the outcome, it can cloud our mind so that it's hard to hear the Lord's voice and direction as He tries to help us with what we're facing.

 

God is our Refuge and Strength, a very present and well-proved help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

 

Hold on ... with bull dog faith.

 

And relax, God's taking care of it - - - don't you worry about a thing.

 

Prayer: Our hope lies in You Lord God, drive our hurts and fears away with Your presence and love. Help us to trust in You and look to You and not let the distractions of the world pull us away from You and Your will for us. In Jesus' name I pray, amen.

 

 

 

see also: God Really Does Come Through


 

 

 

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FAITH WALK

11-27-12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For we walk by faith, not by sight.

2 Corinthians 5:7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This 'faith walk' sure is hard sometimes, it'd be nice if it was just a little bit easier.

 

It's so hard to understand why God does or allows things to work out like He does sometimes ... I just have to get comfortable with not always having it all figured out.

 

I don't understand Lord, but I trust You anyway. Yeppers, I'm just gonna have to trust You on this one. I release disappointments.

 

You KNOW I woulda done given up by now if I hadn't believed I'd see God's goodness in the land of the living (Psalm 27:13).

 

Father, be with us. Give us re-newed hope to continue on. I curse the attacks of the enemy trying to come against God's people, trying to make them give up ... get behind us satan, in Jesus' name.

 

 

FYI - the picture above is called the 'Walk of Faith' and it's a glass pavement built on a 4,690 foot mountain in China.

 

see also: The Man with the Plan

                Overcoming Discouragement

 

 

 

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YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL
11-18-12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.

Genesis 1:27

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stop putting yourself down.

 

Love yourself ... we are ALL made in God's image.

 

I hate it when people don't get it how beautiful they really are, so one more time people YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!

 

Abba Father, help us to see ourselves as You do. Help us to speak Your Word and what You say about us instead of speaking negative things over ourselves or believing evil things that people may try to speak into our lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

 

 

 

 

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YOU AREN'T A MISTAKE

11-15-12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lord says, 'I will guide you along

the best pathway for your life. I will

advise you and watch over you.'

Psalms 32:8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You ARE NOT a mistake, you were handcrafted by God Himself. You ARE loved and you ARE special, regardless of what people say or how you're treated.

 

You deserve better than that.

 

God doesn't make junk. God doesn't make mistakes.

 

YOU are special.

 

Father, help us to to see ourselves through Your eyes instead of the image that we have in our minds based on what ppl say about us or how they've treated us. We are precious in Your sight. Help us to receive that identity in You and wear it. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

 

 

 

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GOD HAS NOT

11-13-12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

God hasn't given us a spirit of fear ... He's given us peace, strength and courage to face our enemies and defeat them.

 

Those who rest .... are trusting.

 

You DON'T have to run in fear any more.

 

Father God, replace our fears with peace by trusting in You and in Your ability to work through our circumstances to bring about right results. We need You now more than ever. Shoot, I need You now more than ever. Be close and let Your presence bring peace. May we enter rest through putting our trust in You. In Jesus' name, amen.

 

FYI - Picture is yesterday's sunset.

 

 

 

 

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THE LORD'S PLAN

11-9-12

 

 

 

 

The Lord’s plans stand firm forever;

His intentions can never be shaken.

Psam 33:11

 

 

 

If God's said something about you, it doesn't matter what you're seeing right now ... if God said it, then IT IS.

 

God didn't bring you this far to leave you here, He has awesome things working on your behalf.

 

Father, thank You that Your love never fails, never gives up, and never runs out on us ... You're love is the ONE THING that will ALWAYS remain. May Your will be done in and through our lives. In Jesus' name, amen.

 

 

 

 

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PEACE AND REST ON EVERY SIDE

9-28-12

 

 

 

 

 

Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the highest heavens. You have done such wonderful things. Who can compare with you, O God? You have allowed me to suffer much hardship and severe troubles, but You WILL restore me and revive my life again and lift me up from the depths of the earth. You WILL restore me to even greater honor and comfort me once again. Psalm 71:19-21

 

 

 

 

 

The psalmist had seen 'great and severe troubles' (Ps. 71:20). Yet hovering in the back of his mind was the thought that God would 'revive' him again. The literal meaning of this phrase is 'bring him to life again.' He elaborated: 'You shall bring me up again from the depths of the earth [the grave]. You shall increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side' (vs 20-21). If the troubles didn’t end in this life, certainly in heaven they would.

 

This thought - that someday we shall be in God’s presence and enjoy Him forever - crowns many of the psalms and is an assurance that helps life’s present troubles fade away (see Ps. 16,17,49,73).

 

Perhaps no one but God knows the trouble you've seen, but this is not all that shall be. Someday, your Father will 'increase your greatness' - you will be clothed with unspeakable glory. There will be comfort 'on every side.' His presence and love will bring perfect peace and rest.

 

The Lord gave them rest on every side, just as He had solemnly promised their ancestors. None of their enemies could stand against them, for the Lord helped them conquer all their enemies. Joshua 21:44

 

Richard Baxter once wrote, 'O what a blessed day that will be when I shall stand on the shore and look back on the raging seas I have safely passed; when I shall review my pains and sorrows, my fears and tears, and possess the glory which was the end of all. When all my labors and trials are over, and I am safe on that beautiful shore, just to be near the dear Lord I adore will through the ages be glory for me.'

 

Father, I pray that You wipe our tears away and cause our sorrows to give way to comfort. Defeat our enemies, put them to shame. Draw us close to You and help us to depend on You. Give us peace and rest on every side. In Jesus' name, amen.

 

 

 

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YOU CAN TRUST THE FATHER

9-2-12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My times are in Your hands ... Psalm 31:15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Throughout the Psalms, David acknowledges that he chose to put his life in the hands of the Lord. In the verse above, he was in essence saying, 'I trust You God, because I know You are good - my times are in Your hands.'

 

Are you willing to release every area of your life to the Father? Are you willing to trust Him with the times and seasons of your life? You may be in a situation right now that you don't fully understand, but take heart - God is a good God, and you CAN trust Him.

 

 

 

I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]. For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.] John 16:33

 

 

 

God is working behind the scenes on your behalf. If you'll keep your heart surrendered to Him, you'll begin to see things change in your favor. As you continue to trust Him, He'll open doors for you. He'll take what the enemy meant for evil in your life, and He'll turn it around for your good.

You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. Genesis 50:20

Keep standing, keep believing, and trust Him. Your times are in His hands.

Prayer: Father, today I choose to trust You. I trust that You are working behind the scenes on my behalf. I trust You with my whole life - my times are in Your hands. Help me to stay close to You today so that I can hear Your voice. In Jesus' name, amen.



see also:
AFTA Blog - Trusting God
                AFTA Blog - Yep, We're Going Thru
                AFTA Blog - You Want Me to Do What?

 

 

 

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DON'T SELF-HARM BECAUSE OF A RELATIONSHIP

8-8-12

 

 

 

 

 

 

I waited and waited and waited for God. At last He looked; finally He listened. He lifted me out of the ditch, pulled me from deep mud.He stood me up on a solid rock to make sure I wouldn't slip. He taught me how to sing the latest God-song, a praise-song to our God. Psalm 40:1-3

 

 

 

 

 

DON'T hurt yourself in any way ... for any reason ... that's NOT the answer.

Being a Christian or committing yourself to someone doesn't give a person the right to treat you like a doormat. You don't owe that person anything. Commitment and relationships take TWO people working together.

You're a person with feelings. You count. And you are somebody. You're just as important as the person you're with. You deserve to have a good life and be happy.

STOP searching for ways to die, and START searching for ways to fight to live. Ending your life WOULD NOT be a good witness to those around you, DON'T do it. LIVE I say, LIVE in the name of Jesus.

No matter what problems you are struggling with, hurting yourself isn't the answer - JESUS CARES - call on Him.

God's NOT going to give up on us and there ISN’T so much bad that we've done in our past that He can’t forgive us, He CAN and He WILL.He cares for you and loves you, whether you are a Christian or not, whether you're male or female, whether you're gay or straight, whether you're black or white ... He simply LOVES YOU.

People can't always give us what we need, they can't always be who we need them to be ... BUT GOD. People aren't always equipped with love and care to give out, 'cause they never had it themselves.

Don’t you give up, honey. It may not always feel like it, but YOUR life matters. Don’t become a statistic … stats show that 3,000 people A DAY commit suicide and approximately 20% of young adults self-injure/self-mutilation or starve themselves to the point of anorexia :-(

It's all about what YOU think about YOURSELF ... you ARE loved and you ARE special, regardless of what people say or how you're treated and those voices in your head that say no one cares and no one would miss you are LIES, stop listening to 'em.

You matter to God. Take time out for yourself if you need to. Maybe let some things go. Things can wait. You MUST survive.

DON'T HURT YOURSELF... put the knife, scissors, blade, pills, gun, etc DOWN. DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT driving yourself into a tree or driving straight on a curve to end it all. DON'T starve yourself, thinking you have to be skin and bones to be attractive, because you don't ... you're beautiful just the way you are. Any emotional 'high' or release from harming yourself is only TEMPORARY. If you actually ended your life it would hurt a lot of people, whether you believe that to be true or not, including jeopardizing your own soul. Ask God to help you find others ways to release the emotions, feelings, anger, etc that you may be feeling ... including talking to someone you can trust to talking to God and laying it all at His feet. Whether other people understand you or love you or not, JESUS CHRIST does. There's no pit so deep that He can't reach in and lift you out.


JESUS IS THE ANSWER, to whatever you're going through and whatever you're feeling. Ignore thoughts of shame and embarrassment. Reach out to Him. Go to church. Call a neighbor. Call a friend. Send a text, tweet, or facebook it. Call a helpline (like the number in the above picture). Just REACH OUT ... and LIVE.

Father, touch Your people. Take away the urge to self-harm. Take away any 'charge' that might be received from it. Help us to relinquish that need for controlling our self since we can't control others or our life and give complete and total control to You. Quieten the voices of the enemy that tell us to do things to ourselves that will hurt us. Give us the hope, will and determination to live. You came to give us a full life. Lift the depression. Give wisdom regarding relationships. Give peace. Lift burdens. Remove the shame and feelings of unworthiness. Lord, show Yourself strong where we are weak, mighty where we are lacking. Meet the deep needs of our hearts, our Father and enable us to get through the difficulties we're facing by Your grace. Put godly people in our lives that we can talk to. Thanks for being our Friend and we can ALWAYS trust You. In Jesus' name, amen.



see also: 
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK
                Suicidal Teens: Teen Depression and Teen Suicide
                Self-Injury Hotline 1-800-DONTCUT
                Do You Know Jesus?
                AFTA Blog - Do You Hate Yourself?
                AFTA Blog - Contemplating Suicide?
                AFTA Blog - Prescription for Depression
                AFTA Blog - You're Worth So Much More Than That
                AFTA Blog - Encourage Yourself in the Lord
                AFTA Blog - God HATES Abuse
                AFTA Blog - Don't Look Back, Enough is Enough!



 

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THE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE OF GOD

8-3-12

 

 

 




God showed how much He loved us by sending His one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him.This is real love - not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. 1 John 4:9,10





 

 


One of the biggest struggles many people face is a feeling that the Lord couldn't possibly love them. Yet the Bible clearly tells us He does. Far from just saying so with words, God has also given us ample proof. Creation itself is an expression of His awesome care for us. He designed this earth as the perfect habitation for humanity and provides us with the necessities of life. But the highest expression of His love is manifested in His provision for our eternal needs. He sent His Son to redeem us from sin so that we could be forgiven and reconciled to God - and then live with Him in heaven forever.


So why, with all this evidence, do so many of us still doubt His love? Perhaps the reason is that we are looking at it from our own limited perspective: since we can't love others unconditionally, we doubt that the Lord can. After all, human logic considers it reasonable to be loving towards people who measure up to our standards - but to hold ourselves aloof from those who don't.

We've been hurt way too many times and have had so many inappropriate role models that can't show love because they weren't shown love either. It's hard to feel safe to trust God enough to let our guard down and love Him.

Maybe we just feel unworthy of His love. Well, I have news for you: no one is worthy. God's love is not based on whether we're deserving or not. We don't have to earn His love, it's not by works. He already loves us, just the way we are, for God IS love.

Divine love is conditioned not on our performance but on God's nature. It's like the ocean's tide. You can stand on the shore and say, 'I don't believe in waves,' but that doesn't stop them from coming. Likewise, nothing you do or feel will stop the Father's love from washing over you.

Father, I pray that You wrap Your arms around us. Tell us how much You love us. Show us how much You love us. Help us to believe how much You love us. Help us to love You back. In Jesus' name, amen.

 

 

 

 

 

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YEP, WE'RE GOING THRU

6-27-12

 

 




The testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. When you ask, believe and not doubt. James 3:3-6


 


Release and trust. Trust God - whether you see victory yet or not - cause He IS gonna come through for YOU. Don’t just believe that God can do it, or that He’ll do it for others and not you. No … He’ll do it for YOU too, for He’s no respecter of persons. It doesn't matter what it looks like, God's still moving. Most of the time we don't see where God's been till after He's already past (done what we need).


If you feel alone or like God isn’t hearing you, that’s just not true. God is ALWAYS with you and He hears your EVERY cry. God hasn't abandoned you, He may have just stepped back so you could see how strong, tall and beautiful you really are.

I’ve been having a lot of physical problems lately, including trouble with both my knees (bursitis, bones separating, and possible gout) and I can barely walk. Both knees are swollen and now my legs are swollen, too. I started using my cane and now my hand and wrist have become so swollen that I can’t even use the cane anymore. I’m used to lifting weights every day, doing 2 or 300 sit ups a day, and walking 3 miles 5 times a week and now … NOTHING. I feel like I’m going stir crazy. It’s pretty frustrating. On top of everything else that I’m behind with, I have 2 acres of grass that needs to be cut, desperately (pray for help with that, thanks).

The below scripture from Job really brings fight to my soul, a desire to not give up. Each time I’ve had severe medical problems or have been in the hospital, the Lord has had it rise up from within my spirit and it renews my hope. I quote it quiet often and it’s really become like a theme scripture for me:


Though He slay me, yet will I wait for and trust Him and I'll maintain and argue my ways before Him and even to His face. Job 13:15

So often we think that we’re going through a severe trial or storm because we’ve sinned. Sometimes that’s true. The Lord will use our desperate times to show us areas that we need to work on. BUT, we need to stop receiving the lies of the enemy about us and what we’re doing and not doing, and instead be able to come to the Lord and ask Him what He thinks. BE STILL and listen to what He has to say. Wait on Him if you have to. He’s faithful to point out areas that we need work on … without beating us up. God is a GENTLE leader and a GOOD Father. During a trial if He shows you some area where you’ve sinned or need work on, ask for forgiveness, repent, and ask for grace and help to do better. Period. WITHOUT guilt or shame move on. If you don't hear anything, if the Lord isn't pointing to a particular thing that you need work on, you're probably not in the trial due to sin.

Sometimes the trials we go through are because WE’RE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT. The enemy would like nothing better than to steal, kill and destroy us. He doesn’t want us helping people and encouraging them in the Lord. Tough toodles, the enemy is a loser. We must be strong and continue to carry on. We’re gonna do it anyway.

If you’re going through a hard trial … that trial is almost over … hold on a little longer. The trial WILL come to an end. I said, the trial WILL come to an end. If you're doing your best ... KEEP DOING WHAT YOU'RE DOING ... and be listening for further instruction. Our part is to praise, it's the Lord who actually defeats our enemies for us. Praise God (whether you see victory yet or not) 'cause He's gonna come through for you.

We don't have to be afraid anymore, because our loving, heavenly Father walks through the valley of the shadow of death WITH US.

Father, forgive us for the times that we hurt You. Help us to repent and move on instead of beating ourselves up when You show us areas that need work. Be the lifter of our heads. Encourage us. Be so close that we can feel Your loving arms around us. Lord, give us peace and rest on EVERY side. Help us to make it successfully through the trials you allow in our lives and help us not to give up while going through them. Defeat our enemies. Hold us in the palm of Your hand. Thank You Lord. In Jesus’ name, amen.


see also: There's a Reason for That Test, You Know
                How's That Waiting Thing Working Out for You?

 

 

 

 

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THE ENEMY OF BUSYNESS

7-20-12

 

 

 

 

 

I am trusting You, O Lord, saying, 'You are my God!' My future is in Your hands. Rescue me from those who hunt me down relentlessly." Psalm 31:14-15






 

 

 


 

Are you burning the candle at both ends? Taking on too many responsibilities, no matter how 'good' they may be, can often render us ineffective for service to God.

Busyness, no matter how much it may be 'working for the Lord' can exhaust us, make us unavailable for quaility time with our family, and can cause us to miss opportunities that the Lord may specifically want us to be a part of because we've already filled up our time slots or are just plain too tired to do it.

When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another - and ourselves.

God knows our limits. He understands our capacities. He's willing, if we will ask Him, to help us navigate the busyness and activity that often trips us up. Thankfully, He can rescue us from the barren life of busyness. He wants us to offer our too-full schedules up to Him, allowing Him to weed out all the activities and responsibilities. Then, place back on our calendars only the things HE longs for us to do and possess.


When this happens, we can create space in our calendar to retreat, places of sweet respite in our days where we connect with God. We can SLOW DOWN and sit still to listen and learn.

SLOW DOWN. Sit in God's presence. Take a walk in the park. When someone talks to you, really listen. Are all those things that you've put before your God and loved ones REALLY that important?


 

 


Taking time out for a break from it all is something we need to do for ourselves, WITHOUT feeling guilty the whole time we're trying to do it. We need time for God to refill and refresh us. We need time for God to speak to us. We need time for God to minister to our emotions. Resting and relaxing is the most spiritual thing we can do sometimes.

It's time to put our schedules before the Lord. Have you overcommited?

Father, forgive us for allowing busyness to overtake our lives, crowding out others and worst of all You. Help us to take care of Your temple, for You live within us. We offer our bodies to You as a living sacrifice. Help us to get rest and refreshment like we should. Help us as we purpose to place only those items on our calendars that You want for us to have on them. Show us what to do with our time, Lord. Lead us. Give us grace and discernment when to say 'yes' and the boldness to say 'no' when we should, without fear of rejection or making others mad. In Jesus' name, Amen.





 

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THE MAN WITH THE PLAN

7-18-12

 

 

 

 

 

 

'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, '(good) plans to prosper you and not (bad) to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.' Jeremiah 29:11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

God definitely has a plan, a good plan for our lives. We aren't here just to wander through life going from one crisis to another. We may think God's apathetic and cruel. We may have mixed Him up with the world. But He couldn't possibly will us evil when His very character is goodness -- and good will toward all of us.

God's planted a seed of purpose within us, but we must diligently seek Him in order for the seed to grow, and most of the time that seed doesn't grow into a full-fledged plant without dying, getting imbedded and being nourished ... and that takes time. We'll reap a harvest at just the RIGHT time. Seed --- TIME --- harvest.

Without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6

Has God planted a seed and a desire within you to do something? Don't allow your circumstances to dictate whether or not that seed becomes a plant. Keep your eyes off your circumstances and on God.

'No weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the Lord; their vindication will come from Me. I, the Lord, have spoken!' Isaiah 54:17

God wants us to hope and trust Him for a brighter tomorrow. Don't give up. Press in to God and press on with Him. God promises that He'll give us the desires of our heart when our will is aligned with His.

Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart. Psalm37:4

 

 

Trust God with your life ... the path you take, the friends you have, the place you live, the family He's placed you in, the ministry He's blessed you with ... trust Him with it all, for He's a good, faithful father and He will NEVER let you down.

 

 

 

 

 

If God tells us to do something we don't have to know why, just know that He WILL accomplish what He wants to through it. God DOES NOT want us to fail and He's going to make sure that we don't, for God's our greatest encourager.

 

Following Jesus is the ultimate plan for us all and to use our specific talents in His service. Seek God. Read and meditate on His Word. Love Him with all your heart, soul and mind and love your neighbor as yourself (Matt 22:37-40). Take advantage of every opportunity that the Lord gives you. These things are being in His will and following His plan.

 

Father, I pray that You give us hope and help us not to give up. Silence and defeat our enemies. Help the plans that You have for us to come to fruition and help nothing to get in our way. Work YOUR will through us Lord as we submit our all to You. Give us strength and wisdom to be able to do all that You ask us to do. Help us to love You and love others.In Jesus' name, amen.


 

 

 

 

 

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IN TIMES OF WEAKNESS

7-8-12

 

 

 

Let us then fearlessly, confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it]. Hebrews 4:16

 

 

 

 

 

 

In times of weakness do you depend on God, obey Him and seek strength to overcome? Or do you make excuses and turn from His leading? Vulnerabilities can drive you closer to God or blind you to His love.

Are your circumstances weighing you down? Do you feel trapped in your present situation? If so, you may be searching for a way out of your suffering. You may be vainly trying to find relief and solace in the flawed solutions of this world. Yet as we learn from the apostle Paul, God is the only solution to our struggles.

For years, Paul struggled with what he called "a thorn in my flesh" (2 Corinthians 12:7). Many have theorized about what it might have been, but no one knows for sure what Paul faced. We do, however, know that it was mentally and physically exhausting for Paul. Perhaps because we aren't certain what it was, we can relate more to Paul's struggle as we compare it to our own.

In the midst of his pain and suffering, Jesus spoke directly to Paul, reassuring him of His watchcare.

"Three times," says Paul, "I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness'" (2 Corinthians 12:8-9).

Few of us like to think of ourselves as being weak. We like to think of ourselves as self-sufficient, even in our spirituality. We think we need to be strong in our Christian walk, so when sorrow comes, we strike out against it. When faced with discouragement, we draw back in fear. In the face of disappointments, we become angry, wondering if God has forgotten us. But HE HASN'T, and HE WON'T.

God didn't forget nor dismiss Paul's thorn, and He won't overlook ours. He uses life's stresses - physical and emotional - to draw us closer to Him. He can speak to us and show us how and where His grace is most efficient.

God could've eliminated Paul's struggle in a moment. But He knew that Paul would receive the greater blessing and the greater lesson by learning to rely on God's perfect strength through his difficulties. God knew that His grace wouldn't manifest or shine in a strong and self-sufficient person like it would in a person who suffered in weakness.

 

Do you find yourself stretched to the breaking point today? Even if you believe "I can't take another day of this. I just need to leave, to escape, to begin again," - you CAN'T outrun God. When you're faced with hardship, you need to run toward Him, not away from His love.


Some people, even Christians, have been running from God their whole lives. When the storms of life come, instead of leaning on the everlasting arms of Christ, they choose to run to false shelters, attempting to escape His reach. In the Psalms, King David had a realization about the wonder of God's grace and forgiveness, rather than running.

 

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. Psalm 139:7-10

Without a doubt, you can know that no matter what life menaces you with, God will pull you to safety if you call on Him. He is the One that can save you from certain defeat and give you the hope you need.

Panic and anxiety are no match for God's grace. He goes before us into life's battles. The victory is ours, though it does not come through our efforts or strength. It comes from His hands and His grace. No one is more committed to our success than Christ.

No matter what you face, God's grace IS sufficient. His power is revealed and made perfect through your weakness. Never be ashamed to cry out to the Lord. He listens for you and will come to you, fulfilling the promise of His matchless, perfect grace.

Don't be ashamed, embarrassed, or too prideful to come to Christ ... He's waiting for you.

God is the ONLY solution to our struggles.

Father, help us to come to You in time of need, without fear of rejection or judgment. We need Your grace to carry us through. Help us to come boldly to You, Abba Father ... and there I know You'll wrap Your loving, heavenly arms around us and give us strength and grace to go on. Comsume us with Your presence and Your peace. In Jesus' name, amen.



see also:
Turn to God

 

 

 

 

 

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RELEASE FROM THE BONDAGE OF SELF-REJECTION

7-4-12

 

 
 
 
 
Therefore, accept each other just as
Christ has accepted you,so that
God will be given glory.
Romans 5:7






 



 
There’s many people that live in bondage and aren’t even aware of it. Even though they don’t face bars and chains,they’ve fallen victim to beliefs and behaviorsthat keep them in captivity. They may go abouttheir life thinking that everything’s all right,but deep down inside of them something’sreally wrong.

The bondage isthat of self-rejection, which can have absolutelydevastating effects on your life. When you internalize the cruel words and rejection ofcertain people and believe their lies about you, it canwound you deeply. You begin to think that everyoneviews you the way that they do - even God. Yet, it's
bondage and you MUST break free of it.

Rejection is one of the most painful emotions that a person can experience. We sense someone else’s
disrespect or disapproval and it undermines our confidence. No one ever enjoys feeling rejected, but whena person experiences it continually, they eventually become accustomed to it. It permeates all their thoughtsand everything that they do. They eventually reject their self because those feelings of failure and disapproval
become part of their identity.

 

When a person falls to the bondage of self-rejection, they can’t believe anything good about their self.They need someone who they see as more important to accept them in order to feel approval. Of course, thisis undermined the moment they fail to earn that person’s approval. This is a trap that can be devastating toa person’s life because it affects everything.


 


 

As a result, they may:

• have a critical spirit because they feel rejected
• have difficulty loving others
• continually feel inferior and incapable
• attempt to get attention in immodest and unwise ways
• have a spirit of perfectionism, and because of that will often procrastinate
• have an ongoing attitude of anger and bitterness
• be very easily hurt and offended
• be very suspicious of other people’s kindness
• tend to be a loner because they eventually drive people off

When people experience rejection, they may take all kinds of wrong steps to feel better about
themselves. Instead of looking to God for their worth, they focus on the people who disapprove ofthem and look to ungodly ways to earn others’ endorsements. As Christians, it’s easy for us to be critical of them and we need to stop. So often we wind up rejecting them for their behavior and just add to the hurt and woundedness, instead of loving them despite their actions. When wetell someone, ’You’re bad. You’re evil. You’re no good,’ we fire darts at the person’s heart and damage them.However, when we confront them with the truth out of love, we can impact their life for Christ.


We ALL need a sense of belonging, a sense of worth, and a sense of comptence.
We’re accepted by God through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. If God approves of someone, what otherpeople think shouldn’t make much of a difference.

You have not received
a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by whichwe cry out, ‘Abba! Father!’ The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God. Romans 8:15,16


Although all of us were alienated from God by sin, now … through Christ, we’ve been adoptedinto His family. We belong because the Father loves us. The One who’s opinion really matters hasaccepted us - and NO ONE can change that.

Our worth is found
in Jesus Christ. God loved us so much that He gave the life of His only Son to save us. THAT IS LOVE and in its ultimate expression. How much are we worth to God? EVERYTHING.

God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet
sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8


Our competence comes
through the Holy Spirit. We have the Spirit of the Living God dwelling in us. He prepares us, equips us, and
helps us in every task God calls us to do.

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


Have you experienced rejection? Do you know
someone who has? Rejection is painful anddestructive. However, you can’t focus on thefeelings it causes because they’ll lead you awayfrom the truth of God’s love for you. As aChristian, you belong to almighty God. Your nameis written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. And because the Holy Spirit lives inside of you, youhave an ever-present, all powerful Helper in every situation. God loves you UNCONDITIONALLY, has forgiven you COMPLETELY, and has accepted you TOTALLY. You are a whole person in Christ, which is why you should thank God for all that He has given you. Praise is the best and surest way of overcoming your feelings of rejection, because you are affirming the truth with your words.

Though we would like all people's approval, the truth is it's not going to happen. We have to be ok with ourself and carry on, whether we ever get people's approval or not.
 
Prayer: Father God, thank You for loving us unconditionally, forgiving us completely, and accepting us totally. Thank You for making us a whole, accepted, worthy, competent person through Jesus Christ. In Jesus’ name,amen.



see also: Do You Hate Yourself

 

 

 

 

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GOT PANIC ATTACKS?

6-30-12

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Jn 14:16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isn't it time to FULLY surrender? Letting go of the control brings TRUE freedom.

Heard it may not just be fear or stress that causes panic attacks, sometimes it can be not wanting to let go of something God's asking us to give up.

Let go of the control, don't be afraid to submit your ALL to Jesus - He's not going to hurt you or let you down - He CAN be trusted.

Fear used to come against me so strong that it would literally consume me. The fear in part came as panic attacks. There were times that I literally thought I would die from not being able to breathe. I would feel fear crawling on my skin and sometimes it would make me shake. I have Tachycardia and one day my heart doctor put a heart monitor on me (for 2 days) and it registered other heart issues besides Tachycardia, but the doctor couldn't identify what it was that was wrong. I later discovered that what it was really registering was panic attacks.

I told the Lord, ‘I'm rebuking the fear and panic and telling it to go. I know I have authority, how come it's still here paralyzing me?’ The Lord gave me such a simple answer, 'You're telling the fear to go, but you're NOT BELIEVING it's gone when you command it to. BELIEVE!' So, when fear or panic attacks would come against me, I started telling it to go, believed it had to leave and was gone, and ignored it till it left. Every time the panic attacks would come and the enemy would try to scare me, I’d tell the enemy, fear, and panic attacks to go and would tell the enemy that he was a liar, that I didn’t have severe heart problems and wasn’t going to have a heart attack. I stood in faith, believing. It took awhile and it hurt going through the process, but thank God I’m delivered of panic attacks completely ... it’s probably been like 12 years since I’ve had one, praise God.

I sought the Lord, and He heard me and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4

Food for thought: LET NOT your heart be troubled (John 14:6) - implies that we play a part in whether our heart is troubled or not.

Be careful if doctors have you on something like Xanax, it can slow your heart rate and relax you too much when you're trying to sleep ... or antidepressants, they just make you not care about anything but don't fix anything. They don't care to get to the root, they just want us drugged out. There's a place for medications, but in moderation and as the Lord gives peace and a leading to.

The best cure I've found is reading the Psalms as often as I can or writing down a bunch of peace scriptures and reading them ALL THE TIME and especially refering to them when having the most trouble. If you're not able to hold or motivate to read God's Word, you can download a Bible application to your phone (like YouVersion) or use one on the computer (like BibleGateway). You can read on your phone, on the computer, or have the programs read the Word to you.

I actually made a CD of scriptures IN MY VOICE (because we trust our own voice) and play it all night when I sleep (because our subconscious hears it) when I'm having trouble.

It’s time to confront some things. Confront fears, confront people, confront issues in our life that we haven't submitted to the Lord yet (like our schedule, our will, our desires, our way of thinking, the people that we worry about, our finances, our relationships, etc.).

Prayer: Father, in the name of Jesus I pray peace, Your perfect peace that passes understanding, to wash over us. You ARE our peace, Lord Jesus. Comfort us with Your love and Your presence that helps to cast out all fear. Help us to submit to You, for that's when the enemy will flee. Help us to surrender our all to You and confront issues that need to be confronted, so that we may find healing and draw closer to You. In the name of Jesus, amen.


see also: Shoot – We Ain’t God No Reason to be Fearin’
                  
Don't Expect It
                  The Unpardonable Sin



 

 

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KEEP IT ZIPPED

6-27-12

 

 

 

 

 

Beloved, I implore you as aliens and strangers and exiles [in this world] to abstain from the sensual urges (the evil desires, the passions of the flesh, your lower nature) that wage war against the soul. 1 Peter 2:11

 
 
 
 
 
Ismael usually comes before Isaac – so don't fall for the first thing that comes through the door.It's a shame the Ismaels (wrong for us) usually come along before the Isaacs (right for us). Set some standards ladies, DON'T fall for the first 'Joe Doe' that comes along just because you’re lonely or want a way out of the house.
We DESERVE to have GOOD relationships where people treat us RIGHT. And, it takes a lot to be secure in ourselves and be trusting if we've been hurt a lot.
Don't ignore the warning signs the Holy Spirit is trying to show you. If you see signs from the person you’re dating that make you uneasy TAKE A STEP BACK AND PRAY NOW before you get too hooked.
Make sure you got that discernment working, instead of just fuzzy feelings. If he's pressuring you into having sex to prove you love him, he's not respecting and honoring you. You DO NOT have to have sex with somebody to prove you love them, walk away from those who try to force you in to it.
If he won't make time for you now and put you first now, he sure isn't when he knows for sure hes 'got' you. If he isn't treating you right and telling you the truth now, what makes you think he will when he knows for sure hes 'got' you.
If he's not treating you with respect, why are you with him in the first place --- move on. Ladies, steer clear of those who are controlling, jealous, possessive and/or emotionally & physically abusive.
Know that going to church and talking about God all day doesn't mean he's the right one or that He's really saved and living for the Lord.
No trust = no relationship.

Not being vulnerable with each other is a definite relationship killer. When a guy's willing to put aside their own feelings and expectations and the way they
 ‘appear’ some of the time might be a

good indicator of who or who wouldn't be worthy of us. A healthy relationship is give and take, which means the men should attempt to minister to our emotions and us to theirs to make it work.It's in sharing that we form closeness. Men see closeness as weakness. So it's not always that they can't be emotional, they don't want to so we can’t see their vulnerabilities.
 
Are you sure you really wanna settle for that??? You're smarter and worth so much more than that. You're a LOT stronger than you think you are. R-E-S-P-E-C-T yourself. Stop being with and/or going back to the one who brings you more pain than happiness, it’s not worth it to continue to invest your life into someone unworthy of your love. Quit lettin' people talk you into stuff that you KNOW in your heart is wrong. Make wise choices today, not pressured ones.
Surround yourself with those who encourage you and help you to feel good about yourself ... you want to be lifted up, not brought down.

A friend recently asked me if you pray for God to change someone for the better that she wanted to be with why didn’t He? God always answers our prayers, just not always in the time or way we want. Each person still has their own free will, so I think our prayers are 'in the waiting' for a person to want & ask for help. We have to want to change. God works through our prayers to try to reach the person but they can still choose to say yes or no. So we keep pray and believe for the Holy Spirit to woo them to Jesus. But we DON'T have to stick around while God is doing His work, it can bring harm and heartache.
Don't hold on to what God has told you to let go of, it'll hold you back ... God wants to do a NEW thing.
GOD'S choice is always the right choice and ONLY HE can see the end from the beginning. Whether He has a partner in the waiting for you or whether He has set you aside for Himself and chosen for you to remain celibate and live a life just devoted to Him … trust Him to have the plan that’s best for you.
A woman who is no longer married or has never been married can be devoted to the Lord and holy in body and in spirit. But a married woman has to think about her earthly responsibilities and how to please her husband. I am saying this for your benefit, not to place restrictions on you. I want you to do whatever will help you serve the Lord best, with as few distractions as possible. 1 Corinthians 7:34,35

I'm so IMPRESSED by and PROUD of today's young people that have choosen celibacy till marriage or just to remain devoted to the Lord's work till Jesus comes back.
Remember --- a guy'll say just about anything to get in your pants, zippers up ladies.

Father, I pray that You help us to keep our mind and thoughts stayed on You. Guard our hearts. Give us discernment to know who to let into our circle of closeness and help us to be able to abstain from fulfulling sexual desires unless we are married. Give us grace, lead us not into temptation, and give us discernment about who we are supposed to be in relationship with and who we're not. Keep those away from us that aren't good for us. In Jesus' name, amen.

 

 

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AVOID BURNOUT

6-22-12

 

 

 

 

But he [Elijah] went a day's journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a lone broom or juniper tree and asked that he might die. He said, It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am no better than my fathers. 1 Kings 19:4




Those who are addicted to approval frequently get 'burned out.' For them there always exists the danger of attempting too much. They so desperately want to please that they do everything they feel is expected of them and then some. Sometimes they say yes just because they cannot say no, not because they think their actions are the will of God. They burn out for lack of discernment or because of unwarranted guilt. And then, their anger builds.

We become angry when we feel all used up and pulled in every direction. Burnout makes us angry, because we recognize deep down inside that it is not normal. We become angry with the people pressuring us, when in reality we are allowing ourselves to be pressured. To avoid pressure from others and from ourselves, we must take control of our lives under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Once when I was complaining about my heavy schedule, I heard the Holy Spirit say, 'You are the one who makes your schedule. If you don't like it, then do something about it.'


Prayer: Lord, pressure comes from every side, and it seems impossible to keep up. Help me to take control of my commitments and eliminate what is not of You. Amen.





From the book The Confident Woman Devotional: 365 Daily Devotions (except the picture) by Joyce Meyer.

 

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ENCOURAGE YOURSELF IN THE LORD

6-9-12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David was greatly distressed, for the men spoke of stoning him because the souls of them all were bitterly grieved, each man for his sons and daughters. But David encouraged and strengthened himself in the Lord his God. 1 Samuel 30:6

When no one gets in line to tell you what a great job you're doing, when no one seems to agree with your decision to obey God the best you can, what can you do?

Do what David did: Encourage yourself in the Lord! A band of Amalekites captured the wives, family members, and property of David's entire army when they were away from home. Upon returning, and after crying until they could cry no more, many wanted to stone David. In the midst of this crisis, David encouraged himself in the Lord (1 Samuel 30:6).

When those you have loved and worked with leave you, taking their support with them - encourage yourself.

When your family misunderstands you and your friends betray you - encourage yourself.

When those who have been your comrades in battle decide you are to blame for their problems and pain - encourage yourself.

Some of the ways you can encourage yourself in the Lord:

Speak victory
during the test.
Speak the Word,
no matter how you feel.
 
Remember your calling,
it'll empower you with purpose and perseverance.
Know that God has His hand on your life.
Where God guides, He provides.
Whom God appoints, He anoints.
 
Remember past victoriesand accomplishments.
Read over the testimonies of what God has done through your life and ministry.
Recall the memories of God's working in your life to see how far you've come.
See things from God's viewpoint,
for until you get God's perspective on your life,
you will always be overwhelmed with the impossibilities.
Get rejuvenated with a fresh outlook from the throne of the Almighty.
 


It's time to stop hating yourself and walking around with a long face. It's time to stop letting the enemy walk all over you like you're a doormat ... he should be under your feet, not you under his! Life is a great big canvas, throw all the paint you can on it.

In a dark place? Use it for soul searching and to draw closer to the Lord. The hurt that tries to hinder us can actually launch us into our destinies. Rise above your circumstances.

Sometimes ... you just have to encourage yourself.

Father, I pray that You be the lifter of our heads. Encourage us. Give us hope and the will to go on. Renew the vision You have for our lives to us, for without a vision we'll perish. Help the Holy Spirit to rise up from within us to take a strong stand against the enemies of our soul, including depression and discouragement. Help us not to lose sight of the fact the the victory has already been won. In Jesus' name, amen.


see also --- Yearning for God in the Midst of Distresses
Psalm 42
                 --- AFTA Blogpost Contemplating Suicide
                 --- AFTA Blogpost Prescription for Depression
                 --- AFTA Blogpost You're Worth So Much More Than That
                 --- AFTA Blogpost Do You Hate Yourself?

 

 

 

 

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CAN YOU JUST SAY NO?

6-7-12

 

 

 
 
 
 
They triumphed over him (the enemy) by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony.
Revelation 12:11

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Saying it's easy to stop drinking alcohol for an alcoholic is like saying it's easy to stop drinking coke and coffee or to put down the donuts forever.


Ungodly addictions are counterproductive. Instead of helping the person adapt to situations or overcome problems, it tends to undermine these abilities.

For example, a gambler might wish he had more money - yet gambling is more likely to drain his financial resources. A heavy drinker might want to cheer herself up - yet alcohol use contributes to the development of her depression. A sex addict may crave intimacy - yet the focus on sexual acts may prevent real closeness from developing. When someone is addicted, they will continue to engage in the addictive behavior, despite it causing them trouble.
I was what they call ‘a functioning drunk and drug addict’. I thought I didn’t have a drinking or drug problem because, despite drinking from the time I got up in the morning till the time I went to bed at night, popping pills, smoking weed laced with other drugs, and smoking two packs of cigarettes a day, I thought I was ok because I otherwise held a ‘normal’ life holding a good job and appearing to be ok. I’d go out every single night and get up and go to work every single morning. I had drank and done drugs for as long as I can remember. It started early in my school years. There used to be a 7-eleven by my old school and I’d go by a bottle of wine or beer or something like that and a can sprite or coke, down what I could of the alcohol and pour the rest in the can and bring it right into the classroom with me and I’d slide it in my desk when I wasn't gulping it away. Chewing a lot of gum helped disguise the smell. Harmless, huh? Nope. It lead to a more and more destructive lifestyle as the years went on. Why do it? Probably because I was subconsciously trying to numb the pain of the child inside me that had been hurt over and over and had no one to share or go to (in part cause as a child my parents were a big part of the problem) and from shame and guilt. The traumatic events that have happened to me and around me over the course of the years just seemed to 'cement' my love for alcohol and drugs. I hid things pretty well from those who loved me, didn't let anyone see everything I was doing. I didn't feel safe sharing my secrets with anyone. The addictions were my escape and my crutch, though they failed me miserably.


A lot of people portray addicts as hopeless, unhappy people whose lives are falling apart. Many people with addictions do not believe they are addicted as long as they are enjoying themselves, and they are holding their lives together. I personally LOVED the lifestyle and couldn’t get enough.I couldn't see all the harm it was causing in the beginning, either that or I did and just didn't care. Had it not been for Jesus, I’d still be doing the same thing now, because at the time it was so hard for me to lay those things down and I fought laying them down tooth and nail.

Near death combinations of drugs and alcohol has taken a toll on my health. That's definitely been a factor in stopping the old lifestyle. It's really not all it's cracked up to be. It's really not that glamorous. In an effort to help me stop traveling the road of destruction I was on, the Lord slowly began taking away desires of the lifestyle I had. There'd be times I'd try so hard to get high or a buzz and couldn't. I'd start feeling empty when I would be out, like it was amplified that there was a hole in me that needed to be filled a different way (with Him). I experienced hangovers and migraines from the alcohol. I developed asthma from long term chemical exposure at a state job I had, dumb me would still try to smoke when I couldn't even breath. I'd mix so many drugs and alcohol, and oh yes, the doctors said anti-depressants would fix everything so I was taking them all at the same time. There were times I'd pass out at the wheel, times I wouldn't know the function to eat or go to the bathroom, or I'd be hungry and know I was supposed to eat, but would forget how to eat, how to even hold a fork. All these things that were 'supposed' to help weren't making things better.

My dad’s an alcoholic. Still. After all these years, he thinks he’s ok and not drinking too much. Ok, whatever. I guess he doesn’t see it‘s a problem when his daughter gets up in the morning and finds her dad passed out in the ditch at her house. I guess he couldn’t even make it home so he came here where he felt safe. I guess he thinks it's ok to come to my front door and almost fall off the front porch time after time cause he can't even stand up. They say the genes that can predispose you to things like alcoholism and other addictions can be passed down. I don’t know if that's true or whether I got anything like that from him or not, but I do know that even if I did I still can make a choice to do better, seek help, and say no.

You know, the lure of the things of the world can be so very strong and seducing. It’ll just suck you right up in there if you let it. Before you even know what's happening. We have to get to a point where we make a decision, whether we want to take a stand, do the right thing, and just say no. We have a choice to make, and the one we make affects those around us, not just us. Choose carefully.

 

 

 

 

Things aren't always as easy as you think they'd be. If you haven't been there, how would you know? It takes lots of Christ's love and grace to say no to some things of this world. People need those who love and support to walk along side of them, judgers DO NOT aid in the healing process.


 

 


 

God wouldn't ask us to do something (like staying sober and being watchful) without empowering us to accomplish it. Each step of obedience that we take is a victory. Pain is nothing compared to what it feels like to quit.

Let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. 1 Thessalonians 5:6

When I first got saved, the Lord lead me to read
Romans 8 every day for a month. I still read it every chance I get. It touches on so many aspects and the Lord has brought me so much healing through it. It tells us there's no condemnation (no guilt) if we're in Christ, that we are accepted by Him and God is our Father and how much God loves us and that we can NEVER be separated from His love.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: ‘For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are MORE THAN CONQUERORS through him who loved us. Romans 8:35-37

Paul said in the Word, I die daily. And that’s what I’ve had to do in my walk to be a better person and please the Lord, say no to the flesh daily, and when I fail (which is all too often) repent and keep stepping (instead of receiving guilt and going back to old ways.). Some days are better than other days. Some days I just plain blow it. Thank God for a loving Father who forgives when I come to Him in repentance, who loves ME not my ACTIONS, and who’s always there for me. I’ll never have to walk this road alone, and neither will you if you ask for help. God’s love has helped win me out. If you stay in God’s presence long enough, you can’t help but change. The more of Him we have in us, the less room for the things of this world. We’re works in progress.

Am I totally fixed, cured? Of course not. But I’m a long ways down the road closer to being whole in Christ than I used to be. I’m a work in progress. I’m on my way.

Things may look bleak, but rest assured that your hope and trust in Jesus as your great escape GUARANTEES you a way out. For whatever you're going thru know that JESUS is aware, HE understands and HE's somehow gonna help you.

Drinking, doing drugs, smoking ARE NOT the way to fit in or make friends. If you have people in your life trying to force you to do those things, get away from them. You don't need those things and you don't need the people. Don't give in to peer pressure.

DO NOT think that being a Christian makes you immune to struggles like those I have described here. What being a Christian DOES DO is give us a helper and teacher, the Holy Spirit.

Submit your life to the Lord. Ask Him for deliverance from what has you bound. Cooperate with the Holy Spirit. Trust. Relinquish control of your life, your emotions, your actions and feelings to the Lord. Ungodly addictions WILL NOT fix you or your situation. Stop reaching for the wrong things to help you. Don't be discouraged by set backs. Forming new habits to replace old ones takes time.

And just say … no.

Father God, help us to make right choices. Take away the desire for ungodly addictions from us. Fill the voids. Heal our hearts and love on us. Help us to stand strong. Send godly people in our lives who can make the road to wholeness a little easier. In Jesus' name, amen.

PS - As I wrote this, I started thinking about the MANY ungodly addictions/disorders I've struggled with besides drinking and drugs ... including sexual addiction, sexual perversion, anorexia, reaching out for food for comfort, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression ... the list goes on. I'll try to touch on these things in future posts.


 

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GOD'S OUR SHIELD

6-4-12

 

 

 

 

Many are saying of me, 'God will not deliver him.' But You are a shield around me, O Lord; You bestow glory on me and lift up my head. Psalm 3:2-3






We receive messages about ourselves from the important people in our lives. We internalize these messages and carry them with us, repeating them to ourselves as if they were gospel truth. When the messages are shaming messages then the internal chorus chants 'You are not lovable. You are beyond repair. Even God cannot help you.'

This chorus is a chorus of lies. The psalmist rejects these lies. And we need to begin to reject these lies as well.

The Lord is a 'shield around me', the psalmist says. A shield protects. It comes between the blows of an enemy and a person's vulnerable places. Most shields are small and can only protect a limited area from attack. But the shield which the Lord provides completely surrounds us. We can let this shield protect us from these attacking messages.

The psalmist also says that the Lord 'bestows glory on me and lifts up my head'. Heavy burdens of shame, neglect and abuse have bowed our heads. The Lord listens, pays attention and cares about us. God's love counters the voices of our internal shame-chorus so that we can lift our heads. God replaces our shame with glory. It is a picture of a ragged, neglected child whose head is bowed and shoulders are bent. A king sees the child and goes to him. The king gently lifts the child's chin until his eyes meet his own smiling eyes. He asks the child to come home and live as royalty with him. The child is loved, honored, protected. You are the child. God lifts your head and bestows glory.

Father, I pray that You help me to stop listening to lies about You. Help me to stop listening to lies about me. Be a shield around me. Bestow glory. Lift up my head. In Jesus' name,amen.

 

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NOTE TO ENCOURAGERS - ARE YOU FEELING THE WEIGHT?

6-1-12

 

 

 

 

Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Know that if you're an encourager, the enemy will attack you with the opposite of that gifting ... discouragement. If you're gettin' hit with depression, in part it's because the enemy is scared of you and the damage you're doing to his kingdom.

If you're feeling discouraged, get in the Word and read until you get your peace back. Being an encourager can drain your strength, so continual feeding on God's Word and spending time in His prescence is essential. Are you feeling the weight? When you help someone through something, be sure to ask the Lord to fill you back up and cast that persons cares on Him instead of walking around trying to hold yourself up under the weight of everyone's burdens. If you can, pray with the person you're helping right then and there, so ya'll can lift the burden to the Lord together. Burdens are too heavy for our shoulders and we weren't designed to carry them.

Cast your cares on the Lord, for He cares for you and HE WILL SUSTAIN YOU; He will never let the righteous be shaken. Psalm 55:22

God's placed a beautiful gift within you. Don't let it be trampled on and smothered, lift your head high knowing that your heavenly Father is with you and is carrying you and rooting you on.

At night we may cry, but when morning comes we will celebrate. You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy. Psalm 30:5,11

Be encouraged all you encouragers ... YOU ARE GONNA MAKE IT. You're gonna make it, after all.

You CAN do it.

Father, I pray that You encourage us, give us joy, and give us words in due season for Your people and speak them through us. Be in agreement with me, Lord as I speak LIFE and HOPE to all those who just don't think they can take it anymore ... you WILL go thru, in Jesus' name.

 

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BELIEVING FOR A LOVED ONE
5-25-12

 

 

 

 

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 2 Corinthians 1:3,4




 


The Lord has really been good to me, I AM so grateful that He spared me from the road I was traveling on. God's no respector of persons. What He did for me, He CAN do for your loved ones.


The best advice that I can give is to not grow weary. Do what you know to do (pray and be supportive). What's left after having done all is to STAND. The Lord is loving and cares for our loved ones deeply, and He knows just how to reach each one. The Lord's gonna be patient and wait for them to come to Him for help, just like we all have to. We all have to get to that point of desperation. I know that our heavenly Father is pleased with us, sees and feels our heart, and will answer our prayers in His timing. We can't rush the work of the Father.

Our loved ones are really blessed to have people like us in their life, who loves them and hasn't given up, even if everyone else has. We're doing right when we aren't judging or rejecting them... just loving them ... LOVE WINS
ONE OUT.

LOVE WON ME OUT.

Prayer: Father God, I pray that You woo our loved ones by way of the Holy Spirit. Draw them to You. Love on them. Be there for them. Help them to call out for You, for You have never rejected those who seek Your face. Minister to them, love the hurts and pains of the past away, take away ungodly addictions, help them to live for You. Keep them safe from all harm and be gentle with them as You work to reach them. Help us to know our part, be loving and supportive (but not enabler of ungodly actions or addictions) and give us peace and renew our hope as we wait on You to move ... suddenly. In Jesus' name, amen.



 

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DON'T EXPECT IT

5-24-12

 

 

                    

I am Safe by Natalie Grant



The days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts and forebodings]. He who has a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of circumstances]. Prov 15:15

Stop being afraid, it doesn't matter what it looks like. A lot of times, God works behind the scenes ... but He's still at work. Why live in fear, expecting bad to happen like it always has in the past? Live forward and trust your Father for better days.

They do not fear or dread bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them. They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly. Ps 112:7,8

When good things are happening to you, don’t wait for the ball to drop, instead, believe you’ve seen the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

I had fainted (given up), unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Psalm 27:13


You CAN face the unknown in confidence with Jesus by your side. There are no guarantees in life other than the promises found in Jesus. BE STILL. The things we worry about, stress about, and busy ourselves with are just distractions for the enemy to deter us from His cause to win souls and heal hearts.

Don't live in fear or dread of what MIGHT happen. Step on your fear and it'll turn to courage.

We usually get what we expect.

Expect good.

Father, speak to our hearts. The battles rage within, and only You can quieten the restlessness, fears, anxieties, and questions. Our hope lies in You Lord God, drive our hurts and fears away with Your presence and love. We don't have to be afraid or fear the future anymore, because You're with us. Thank You Lord, in Jesus name, amen.

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TURN TO GOD

5-21-12

 

 
 
One who has unreliable friends soon
comes to ruin,
but there is a Friend who
sticks closer than a
brother.
Prover
bs 18:24


 

 


 

A friend is someone you can be yourself with. A friend is someone who knows your weaknesses and respects your strength. A friend is someone who believes in you, when you cease to believe in yourself. A friend is someone who answers your call before you call. Jesus is our Friend. The best friend we could ever have. He wants us to come to Him, be transparent with Him, and tell Him anything and everything. We need to turn to God in our times of need. Our heavenly Father will NEVER desert us or turn His back on us.

The Lord is a friend to those who fear Him. He teaches them His covenant (shares His secrets with them). Psalm 25:14

It's not a sign of weakness to ask for help. Be real and be willing to seek out help from others if the Lord leads, pride isn't going to bring healing. The people around us can be used by God, they can be 'Jesus with skin on' to us. If someone comes to you ... be supportive. Listen. Pray. Don't be judgemental. If you want respect, you gotta give it. If you wanna keep a friend, treat 'em like a friend. If you have nothing nice to say PLEASE don't say anything.

The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense. Proverbs 27:9

Don't let feelings rule you. A lot of times healing can be painful --- go for it anyway. Quit tryin' to justify that sin.

Father, help us to come to You when we're having trouble or have a need. If You have a person that You'd like to use to help us or bless us through, lead us to that person and help us to ask for help. Bless those who are willing to counsel and walk alongside of us. In Jesus name, amen.

 

 

 

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GOD'S HAND

5-19-12

 

 

 

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with My victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10

I feel safe, knowing God is holding my hand - leading me, guiding me, and rescuing me.

Thank You, Father.


 

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THANKS, MOM

5-13-12

 







Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne?Though she may forget,
I will not forget you (says the Lord). Isaiah 49:16


Have a child who hasn’t surrendered their life to the Lord or have you not seen or talked to them in awhile? There were SO many years that I said no to my mom about going to church and a few years that I didn't talk to her at all, because I was hiding in my shame living my life the way I wanted and because of the way she used to treat me. But now, I with honor serve the Lord with gladness, and I see my mom so much she's probably getting tired of me (I learned to forgive her by realizing that though she messed up a LOT, I believe that she really did do the best she knew how). If you’re wondering if your child will ever come to the Lord or if your relationship with your child will ever be repaired, find hope in one prodigal (me) that found her way back. Be encouraged, God's not finished ... He's the Repairer of the breach … His arm IS NOT shortened that it can’t reach into your circumstance and bring healing, no matter how long the hurt and pain has been there.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we don’t give up. Galations 6:9

Has your mother passed away, left you, or don’t want to see you? Our loving, heavenly Father will never leave us, reject us, or stop loving us.

You've always been right there for me Lord; don't turn Your back on me now. Don't throw me out, don't abandon me; You've always kept the door open. My father and mother walked out and left me, but God took me in (adopted me as His child). Psalm 27:9,10

You may know someone who appears to have no children. Please be sensitive. There are many mothers whose children are in heaven already, due to miscarriage, illness, abortion, etc.

Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you.I have made you and I will carry you;I will sustain you and I will rescue you. Isaah 46:4




This is a picture of my mom from last week (we're holding hands). My mom’s getting older, doesn’t get around as well as she used to, and doesn’t remember a lot. But she’s my mom. And I’m grateful for her. I so thank God for her. For a godly heritage. For not giving up on me. For praying for me. For loving me, though we don’t see eye to eye on so many things, she still tries to be there for me. Sometimes I think she’s still trying to make up for all the lost years we had … her for the way she treated me, and me for shutting her out of my life for so long. I forgive you, mama. I forgive you. From the bottom of my heart. I release you from having to make up for everything. I’m so sorry for all the years I disrespected you and tried to (subconsciously) make you pay for the past. Forgive me. I love you mama, Happy Mother’s Day.

Mother/daughter relationship issues? Open your heart to anything God might want to do to heal the broken places. Jesus came to set the captives free - but we have to ask Him and be willing to receive the healing. Ask the Lord to teach you to love your mother in spite of rejection and troubles. No matter how much it hurts to come face to face with our own failings, God wants to reveal them so He can replace our weakness with His strength.

Pick up the phone, send a card, pay a visit … love on your mother NOW, you never know how long you’ll have her around.


Father, love on mothers, and all those acting in a mother capacity today. Bless them, mend relationships. For those who are without, bring comfort. Fill the voids. I pray for unity, peace, healing, and salvation in familiesHelp us to be a blessing to our moms, like they have tried to be for us. May we always treat them with the respect and love that they’re due. In Jesus’ name,amen.


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THE UNPARDONABLE SIN
5-10-12





The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9






If you're worried you committed the unpardonable sin (rejection of Christ forever) you probably haven't, if you had you wouldn't care.

Hearing the thought in my head that I'd committed the unpardonable sin kept me from seeking Jesus FOR YEARS, stupid devil. I still remember when I first heard the lie. I was about seven, and I was sitting in the back seat of my parents station wagon. It was night time. I heard the lie in my head so loud that I'd committed the unpardonable sin that I could have sworn that everyone in the car heard it, too. Scared me half to death. I believed the lie. I received the guilt. Ashamed, I buried the thoughts, didn't think I could ever talk to or come to Jesus (even though occasionally I tried), and didn't tell anyone about it for years. Every now and then when I tried to talk to Jesus, I'd remember the words I heard all over again and feel hopeless and like I was unworthy to approach Him.

Years later, as the Holy Spirit started wooing me, I began to hear a bombardment of the lies that I'd committed the unpardonable sin again. And right behind it came this voice, which I now know was coming from the Holy Spirit and I just knew I was supposed to say it aloud when I heard it. I heard, and confessed 'If there's even a 1% chance that I didn't commit the unpardonable sin I've still got a chance to serve Jesus and go to Heaven. I'm gonna take that chance.' Keep in mind, that in hearing this voice I hadn't even dedicated my life to the Lord yet. But saying it gave me power to believe there was STILL hope for me ... and there was.

I'm leaving you well and whole. That's My parting gift to you. Peace. I don't leave you the way you're used to being left - feeling abandoned, bereft. So don't be upset. Don't be distraught. John 14:27

I used to be in the clubs every night boozing and partying. Bless His heart, the Holy Spirit, tried so hard to get through to me any way He could. When I would be getting dressed and ready to go clubbing, He started telling me 'I love you.' I thought it was satan lying to me trying to get me to serve him. So I'd say back to the voice, 'I rebuke you satan, in the name of Jesus' ('cause I had a Christian upbringing). The Holy Spirit would say, 'I love you, MICHELLE.' I'd say, 'That ain't gonna work, I rebuke you satan, in the name of Jesus.' I just knew in my heart, wounded as it was, that Jesus certainly couldn't love ME. God forgive me, I was rebuking God because the voice was His, not satans. The Holy Spirit followed me right in to the clubs - I would be out on the dance floor, where I was so often, and it would be like there all of a sudden was no one on the floor but me (alone in the crowd). I felt so out of place. It was becoming less and less fun. The Holy Spirit was trying to change my desires, so that the wrong I was doing would no longer be fun for me, so that I'd see the void & need for Him that I was trying to fill with other things.

Looking back I love how the Holy Spirit kept working with me, refusing to give up on me, being patient, till I came to Him. It actually took severe heart and breathing problems to get me to the point of desperation (stupid stubborness) and to call out on my Jesus and ask Him to come into my heart (for the second time - the first time was twenty years earlier - I didn't stay in the Word and went back to my old self after a week).

God will NEVER give up on us. God still loves us even when things go wrong, He's still our Father and He still loves us.

The enemy's tactic - draw us away from God by planting seeds of doubt - RESIST. Don't live under the guilt and fear like I did, any longer ... Christ WILL NOT cast out any who come to Him with a sincere heart.

All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out (drive away). John 6:37

Ultimately, rejecting Christ forever is the only way we can commit the unpardonable sin - come to Jesus and repent if you need to.

The Lord knows how to reach each of us.


Father, I pray that You quieten the voice of the enemy. Help us to trust and focus on Your voice alone, give us discernment for it. Remove any guilt that we've committed the unpardonable sin after we confess our sins to You. In Jesus' name, amen.

 

 



 

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ESCAPE FROM THE GUILT TRAP

4-29-12

 

How often do you commit a sin, and then fail to find a way to move past the regret and shame you feel? Most people wrestle with guilt from time to time.


The dictionary defines guilt as 1.) "the fact or state of having committed an offense, crime, violation, or wrong, esp. against moral or penal law" and 2.) "a feeling of responsibility or remorse for some offense, crime, wrong, etc., whether real or imagined."1 In other words, guilt has two components—the actual offense and the feelings that accompany it.

A. Handling our Guilt. Once we start to feel remorseful about our wrongdoing, we often fail to respond to our guilt in a healthy manner.


B. The Purpose of Guilt.
Guilt is actually a God-given emotion. It has at least three functions: to prompt us to ask for forgiveness from those we hurt; to motivate us to make restitution whenever we can; and to draw us back to the Lord. In terms of our relationship with the Lord, the solution to guilty feelings is simple.

  • Read about David's experience with guilt in  Psalm 32:1-6.


C. Receiving Forgiveness.
Many believers are unable to receive God's forgiveness due to the emotional programming they've received from their upbringing, their church, or their culture. For instance, their parents might have expected them to be perfect, so they have a difficult time accepting ourselves when they make moral mistakes. Or, other authority figures may have emphasized what horrible and shameful children they were when they did anything wrong and refused to comfort the children after disciplining them.

How can you escape these negative patterns of dealing with guilt? The secret is to train your mind to believe God's truth—found in His Word—instead of your feelings.

  • Acts 10:43  says everyone who believes in Christ receives forgiveness for his or her sins. All sins that we confesss are forgiven (Colossians 2:13).

If you feel guilty after confessing your sins, you know your feelings are not lining up with God's truth. Find Scriptures that talk about God's forgiveness and your righteousness in Christ, such as Colossians 1:21-22. Write them down in a list or on note cards. Then, read through the encouraging verses and dwell on what they mean. Your emotions will eventually follow your thoughts, and you will be free from feeling guilty.

Closing: Christ's death made a way for you to be completely free from the guilt of sin—not only the offense but also the feelings that accompany it. Admit your guilt to God and those you offended, make restitution when you can, and return to living in a manner that pleases the Lord.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your amazing grace that covers our sin. We never have to wallow in feelings of guilt. Remind us to turn to You, focusing on the truth in your Word, instead of trusting our emotions. I pray this in Jesus' name, amen.



I read this today on Charles Stanley's website (
story reference) and it was written by him.

 

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THERE'S POWER IN KNOWING WHO YOU ARE IN CHRIST
4-24-12


 



But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 1 Peter 2:9,10

One of the main things that holds us back in our Christian walk is not believing what God says about us. We don't embrace who we are in Christ, we reject the Word of God concerning ourselves & instead embrace guilt, condemnation and self-hate. Self-hate keeps the Holy Spirit from overflowing our lives and setting us free from patterns of behavior and sin that traps us and thus we don't grow.

When when surrender our lives to Christ, we become new. Colossians 3:10,11 says, 'we have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of the Creator ... Christ is all and is in all.' In other words, how we identified our life before Christ no longer applies. Our identity is no longer determined by our physical heritage, social standing, our racial distinctions. Our identity lies in the fact that we are all children of God and we are in Christ.

At the place where they were told 'You are not My people,' there they will be called 'children of the living God.'Romans 9:26

Who we are determines what we do. It's so important to believe we are a child of God, because we can't consistently behave in a way that's inconsistent with how we perceive ourselves. If we don't see ourselves as God sees us, then to that degree we suffer from a wrong identity and a poor image of who we really are. It's not what we do that determines who we are, it's who we are that determines what we do.

Finding out who I am in Christ has been so powerful for me. It has made so much difference in my walk with God. It's built my confidence and helped me to know I can do what I need to do and be who I am because Christ lives in me. Learning who I am in Christ has also helped to dispel fears and doubts. I can stare the enemy face to face, knowing HE must back down because of who my Daddy is and that Christ lives in me.

No longer live as a defeated Christian. Stop hating yourself because of what you've done in the past. Choose to forgive yourself, accept God's forgiveness, and let yourself off the hook.

You are special, you are wanted, you are loved, you are accepted, you are the home of the living God.

Because you are His sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, 'Abba, Father.' So you are no longer a slave, but God's child; and since you are His child, God has made you also an heir. Galations 4:6,7

Believe and be free ... we are NO LONGER products of our past.

Not sure who you really are? Read (out loud if you can) the list of Biblical truths below that reveal who God made you to be, compiled by Joyce Meyer. Read them, confess them, get them deep down in your spirit, and believe them.

Father, I pray that You help us to learn and believe who we are in You. We belong to You and You love us. Reveal to us just how important and special we are to You in Jesus' name, amen.


 

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Knowing Who I am in Christ by Joyce Meyer

I am complete in Him Who is the Head of all principality and power (Colossians 2:10).
I am alive with Christ (
Ephesians 2:5).
I am free from the law of sin and death (
Romans 8:2).
I am far from oppression, and fear does not come near me (
Isaiah 54:14).
I am born of God, and the evil one does not touch me (
1 John 5:18).
I am holy and without blame before Him in love (
Ephesians 1:4; 1 Peter 1:16).
I have the mind of Christ (
1 Corinthians 2:16; Philippians 2:5).
I have the peace of God that passes all understanding (
Philippians 4:7).
I have the Greater One living in me; greater is He Who is in me than he who is in the world (
1 John 4:4).
I have received the gift of righteousness and reign as a king in life by Jesus Christ (
Romans 5:17).
I have received the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus, the eyes of my understanding being enlightened (
Ephesians 1:17-18).
I have received the power of the Holy Spirit to lay hands on the sick and see them recover, to cast out demons, to speak with new tongues. I have power over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means harm me (
Mark 16:17-18; Luke 10:17-19).
I have put off the old man and have put on the new man, which is renewed in the knowledge after the image of Him Who created me (
Colossians 3:9-10).
I have given, and it is given to me; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, men give into my bosom (
Luke 6:38).
I have no lack for my God supplies all of my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (
Philippians 4:19).
I can quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one with my shield of faith (
Ephesians 6:16).
I can do all things through Christ Jesus (
Philippians 4:13).
I show forth the praises of God Who has called me out of darkness into His marvelous light (
1 Peter 2:9).
I am God’s child for I am born again of the incorruptible seed of the Word of God, which lives and abides forever (
1 Peter 1:23).
I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ unto good works (
Ephesians 2:10).
I am a new creature in Christ (
2 Corinthians 5:17).
I am a spirit being alive to God (
Romans 6:11;1 Thessalonians 5:23).
I am a believer, and the light of the Gospel shines in my mind (
2 Corinthians 4:4).
I am a doer of the Word and blessed in my actions (
James 1:22,25).
I am a joint-heir with Christ (
Romans 8:17).
I am more than a conqueror through Him Who loves me (
Romans 8:37).
I am an overcomer by the blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony (
Revelation 12:11).
I am a partaker of His divine nature (
2 Peter 1:3-4).
I am an ambassador for Christ (
2 Corinthians 5:20).
I am part of a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people (
1 Peter 2:9).
I am the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ (
2 Corinthians 5:21).
I am the temple of the Holy Spirit; I am not my own (
1 Corinthians 6:19).
I am the head and not the tail; I am above only and not beneath (
Deuteronomy 28:13).
I am the light of the world (
Matthew 5:14).
I am His elect, full of mercy, kindness, humility, and longsuffering (
Romans 8:33; Colossians 3:12).
I am forgiven of all my sins and washed in the Blood (
Ephesians 1:7).
I am delivered from the power of darkness and translated into God’s kingdom (
Colossians 1:13).
I am redeemed from the curse of sin, sickness, and poverty (
Deuteronomy 28:15-68; Galatians 3:13).
I am firmly rooted, built up, established in my faith and overflowing with gratitude (
Colossians 2:7).
I am called of God to be the voice of His praise (
Psalm 66:8; 2 Timothy 1:9).
I am healed by the stripes of Jesus (
Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24).
I am raised up with Christ and seated in heavenly places (
Ephesians 2:6; Colossians 2:12).
I am greatly loved by God (
Romans 1:7; Ephesians 2:4; Colossians 3:12; 1 Thessalonians 1:4).
I am strengthened with all might according to His glorious power (
Colossians 1:11).
I am submitted to God, and the devil flees from me because I resist him in the Name of Jesus (
James 4:7).
I press on toward the goal to win the prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward (
Philippians 3:14).
For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, love, and a sound mind (
2 Timothy 1:7).
It is not I who live, but Christ lives in me (
Galatians 2:20).

Joyce Meyer's Story Reference & Website- you can download the confession list from this link & put it up on the wall or in your Bible for future reference.
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GOD'S GREAT LOVE

4-18-12

 




I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,
may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy
people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep
is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses

knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of all
the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:17-19



 

God’s love for us is so deep that we have a hard time comprehending it. It reaches down to us through the darkness of this sinful world, eventhough we are hopelessly undeserving. The Bible says that before God created our planet, He had decided to display the depth of His love for us through His Son’s death on the cross.

He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 1 Peter 1:20

In my imagination I look back over time and see the Lord raising mountains to majestic heights, cutting valleys for flowing rivers, and stretching out vast plains. I envision Him creating the mighty oceans and beautiful lakes. Then I see Him pause and reflect on the goodness of His creation. He gazes at that part of the world where His Son will be born. He knows that Jesus will be rejected and crucified. With a sweep of His hand He could obliterate the world and spare His Son from the agony of the cross. But He doesn’t.

Because of God’s love, the Son came to earth and was slain. On Calvary He died to pay the penalty for our sins.

God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John3:16


Eternal life is made possible by God's eternal love.

Oh, how great is God’s love for us.
God's love does not waver, does not get pulled off track, does not run dry with time. God is not regretting anything He has done for us. He would do it all over again, if needed. His love is not conditional on how wise or perfect we are.

His love never fails.


Prayer: Father, help us to realize just how much You love us. You loved us so much, You sent Your Son to die in our place. That kind of love, unconditional love, is beyond my comprehension. Thank you doesn’t seem quiet enough. May we spend our life trying to bring You the honor that You’re due. In Jesus’ name, amen.


 

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BACK TO LIFE MOVEMENT LAUNCH HOUSTON, TX on 3-17-12

3-26-12

 

 
 
For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this? Esther 4:14

The above video is from the Back to Life Movement Launch March 17, 2012 at Planned Parenthood in Houston, Texas. The speakers included Laura Allred, founder of the Back to Life Movement, Lou Engle, co-founder of The Call and Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life. It also includes the testimonies of three women whose lives have been affected by abortion.

This 21-day trek for life started on March 17 and will go through April 6, 2012. 39 young women ~ each representing one year of legalized abortion in America ~ set out to walk 270 miles of open road from the nation's largest Planned Parenthood center, located in Houston, Texas, to the courthouse in Dallas where Roe v Wade was born.

I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Joshua 1:3

Watch the walk via streaming
http://backtolifemovement.com/

Prayer: Father, I pray that You keep everyone involved, including the walkers, coordinators and their families, safe and healthy. Give them strength, encourage them, heal their hearts, and pay all their financial obligations. Bless them for having the courage to speak out for the unborn and making a difference. In Jesus' name, amen.
 
 
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YOU'RE WORTH SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT
2-1-12
 
 
 
 
Many are called, but few are chosen.
Matthew 22:14
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sometimes we're the last to recognize God's anointing on our life and just how special we are.

As a believer in Christ, we are justified by faith and, therefore, are accepted by God.

Accept compliments with a simple 'thank you', instead of 'Oh, it was nothing.' When you reject a compliment, the message you give yourself is that you are not worthy of praise. We all know that it's God who works through us, but it still takes a willing vessel.

Use positive affirmations to enhance your self-esteem. Write them down if you have to, and repeat the statements several times during the day, especially at night before going to bed and after getting up in the morning. Whenever you say the affirmation, allow yourself to experience positive feelings about your statement.

Be careful of what you watch, listen to, and say. Whatever material you allow to dominate your mind will eventually take root and affect your behavior.

Everyone fails every now and then ... allow yourself time to change. Don't be too hard on yourself.

The Lord upholds all those that fall, and raises up all those that are bowed down. Psalm 145:14

Stop comparing yourself to other people and putting yourself down. You can't have an appropriate image of yourself as long as you repeat negative phrases about yourself and your abilities ... God made you special.

You're worth so much more than that.

Examples of positive confessions:

I like myself.
I accept myself.
God accepts me.
I am a friend of God.
I am valuable.
I'm a lovable person.
God is for me.
I have a lot to offer.
I am special to God.
Nothing can separate me from God's love.

Prayer: Father, I pray that You help us to see ourselves as You see us ... precious in Your sight. Reveal to us just how special we are and how much You love us. In Jesus' name, amen.
 

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GOD LISTENS AND ANSWERS
1-12-12
 
 
 
I (the Lord) will answer them before they even call to Me. While they are still talking to Me about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers. Isaiah 65:26
 
 
 
 
 
Father, I come to You through Your Son Jesus ...

I pray for uncommon favor today. Shower us with Your blessings, Lord. Bless our finances, pay our bills, may we have so much that it's an overflow for all those around us.

Pour Your strength into us, refresh us and fill us with Your mighty power. Give us Your peace Lord, that passes understanding, in our hearts and minds. Touch our hearts and remove any heartache or pain, bring healing and restoration. I speak life to the dead areas in our lives ... live in Jesus name. Remove pain and heal our bodies, help them to line up with Your Word, for by Jesus' stripes we're healed and made whole.

I speak restoration to divided relationships ... give unity, peace and healing. I curse the enemy off the institution of the family. Get your hands off our spouses, our children, our parents, our homes - RESTORATION'S coming.

Help us to hold on Lord, because I know that You're a move suddenly God, it's gonna be any day now. Help us to put our hope in You Lord God, cause that's when we won't get hurt and disappointed.

Help us to walk in Your ways Lord God and not our own. Show us the way to go and what to do. Help us to hear Your voice above the crowd, give us discernment Father.

Thanks for imparting wisdom for our situations, help us not to lean on our own understanding. Help us to simply trust You Lord, for trusting is where true rest is found. Thank You Lord God, for the privilege of being able to take it all to You in prayer.

Thank You Lord God, that You hear and answer.

I love You with all my heart heart Father God. In Jesus' name, amen.

God knows your situation. Trust Him. You are His child, He loves you, and He knows exactly what your needs are and is making provisions before you even ask.

God really does listen and answer.
 
 
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REGARDLESS OF WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE ...
12-10-11
 
 
 
 
The Lord your God has set the land before you: go up and possess it, as the Lord God has said to you; fear not, neither be discouraged. Deuteronomy 1:21

If we've yielded to discouragement, it's usually because we gave too much thought to the past or to the future. We don’t have to let our yesterday determine our tomorrow. Stop entertaining the lies of the enemy. We shouldn't even be giving him the time of day.

If it seems like things are getting more difficult, remember that when the intensity heats up, it means you’re closer to your victory.

When clouds of discouragement roll in and darkness settles around you, hold the hand of your Father who promises to never leave you or forsake you. We serve a faithful God, and He’s working behind the scenes on our behalf.

… I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord. Jer 1:8

If you've got God living on the inside of you, you AREN'T a quitter, DON'T you dare give up. Every thought, word and deed for Christ carries you away from discouragement. Only He can give us the peace that passes understanding.

When you’re feeling discouraged – praise Jesus, read the Psalms, pray in the Spirit, call or write a friend to encourage them, keep a daily journal of what God speaks to you and go back over it during tough times, keep being faithful and do what you already know to do.

You hold on okay, 'cause this too is gonna pass.

Regardless of what it looks like … God's still gonna take care of it.

Father, I pray that You remove discouragement from our lives & let the sunshine of Your unfailing grace light our way. Lift the burdens my Lord. In Jesus’ name, amen.


related post -
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CHRIST IS MY VICTORY
12-8-11
 
 
 
 
Psalm 91
from The Message Bible
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
You who sit down in the High God's presence,
spend the night in Shaddai's shadow,
Say this: 'God You're my refuge.
I trust in you and I'm safe!'

That's right—He rescues you from hidden traps,
shields you from deadly hazards.
His huge outstretched arms protect you—
under them you're perfectly safe;
His arms fend off all harm.
Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night,
not flying arrows in the day,
Not disease that prowls through the darkness,
not disaster that erupts at high noon.
Even though others succumb all around,
drop like flies right and left,
no harm will even graze you.
You'll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance,
watch the wicked turn into corpses.
Yes, because God's your refuge,
the High God your very own home,
Evil can't get close to you,
harm can't get through the door.
He ordered His angels
to guard you wherever you go.
If you stumble, they'll catch you;
their job is to keep you from falling.
You'll walk unharmed among lions and snakes,
and kick young lions and serpents from the path.

'If you'll hold on to me for dear life,' says God,
'I'll get you out of any trouble.
I'll give you the best of care
if you'll only get to know and trust Me.
Call Me and I'll answer, be at your side in bad times;
I'll rescue you, then throw you a party.
I'll give you a long life,
give you a long drink of salvation!'
 
 
 
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HEAD OF THE CHURCH
12-3-11
 
 
 
Christ is also the head of the
church, which is His body. He
is the beginning, supreme over
all who rise from the dead. So
He is first in everything.
Colossians 1:18
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The church is often called the body of Christ. Each person in the church has an important and unique role as a member of the body. But what good would a body be without the head to sustain, guide, and direct it?
 
Jesus Christ is the head of His church. Look to Jesus to give you life, strength, and direction.
 
Father, I pray that You help us to have unity in the body of Christ. Give us, I pray, life, strength and direction as You sustain and guide us. In Jesus' name, amen.
 
 
 
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TRUSTING GOD
11-4-11
 
 
 
Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He’s the one who will keep you on track.Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God. Run from evil. Proverbs 3:5-7 
 
 
 
 
I recently read Romans 4 (see below) from the Message Bible (2011 NavPress) and was deeply encouraged by it. The writers of the translation really knew how to put things in todays terms to help simple-minded folks like me 'get it'.
Though your situation may be seemingly hopeless, believe anyway. Decide to not live on the basis of what you see you can't do, but on what God said He would do. God will make good on what He says. With a word, God can make something out of nothing.

Pray and expect God to answer. Prayer is simply talking to God. Everything will come in the time that God has prepared it to come, so keep praying until something happens. If you ask, God'll give you strength that you never thought you'd ever have.
The Lord asked me yesterday, 'Why do you continue to worry and stress over things that I've already told you I've taken care of?' Good question, why do I? Lack of trust obviously. The more we get to know about God and His character, the more we trust. Getting in the Word and staying in it helps us to get to know our Father better.
 
God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey Him & the power to do what pleases Him. Phil 2:13
 
How long are we going to do things our way, before we realize we have to relinquish control to make it ... give it up. Sometimes, it's a good thing that we feel like we're loosing control. Don't trust your own instincts more than God and His Word, He's faithful and won't let us down ... BELIEVE.
 
Focus on the Lord and not the problem. Let's keep our eyes on Jesus instead of our circumstances. Don't panic, we're not alone. Even when we can't see which way we're going, God will show us the way to go. We've come too far to loose hope. Our better days are still ahead of us.
 
Having done all ... stand. God's gonna take care of EVERYTHING. Simply trust. With God all things are possible, so I'm gonna keep believing.
 
We don't have to have everything all figured out. Let's let Daddy figure things out and handle them.
 
Father, I pray that You speak to us and our situations. Help us to hang on to every word that You give us. Create a spirit of hope and expectation that will never die, but instead grow each day, knowing that You will always come through for us, at just the right time. Give us peace while we wait on You, trusting that You have everything under control. In Jesus' name, amen.


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Romans 4/MSG

1So how do we fit what we know of Abraham, our first father in the faith, into this new way of looking at things?2If Abraham, by what he did for God, got God to approve him, he could certainly have taken credit for it. But the story we’re given is a God-story, not an Abraham-story.3What we read in Scripture is, "Abraham entered into what God was doing for him, and that was the turning point. He trusted God to set him right instead of trying to be right on his own."

4 If you’re a hard worker and do a good job, you deserve your pay; we don’t call your wages a gift.5But if you see that the job is too big for you, that it’s something only God can do, and you trust him to do it-you could never do it for yourself no matter how hard and long you worked-well, that trusting-him-to-do-it is what gets you set right with God, by God. Sheer gift.

6 David confirms this way of looking at it, saying that the one who trusts God to do the putting-everything-right without insisting on having a say in it is one fortunate man:7Fortunate those whose crimes are carted off, whose sins are wiped clean from the slate.8Fortunate the person against whom the Lord does not keep score.9Do you think for a minute that this blessing is only pronounced over those of us who keep our religious ways and are circumcised? Or do you think it possible that the blessing could be given to those who never even heard of our ways, who were never brought up in the disciplines of God? We all agree, don’t we, that it was by embracing what God did for him that Abraham was declared fit before God?

10 Now think: Was that declaration made before or after he was marked by the covenant rite of circumcision? That’s right, before he was marked.11That means that he underwent circumcision as evidence and confirmation of what God had done long before to bring him into this acceptable standing with himself, an act of God he had embraced with his whole life.

12 And it means further that Abraham is father of all people who embrace what God does for them while they are still on the "outs" with God, as yet unidentified as God’s, in an "uncircumcised" condition. It is precisely these people in this condition who are called "set right by God and with God"! Abraham is also, of course, father of those who have undergone the religious rite of circumcision not just because of the ritual but because they were willing to live in the risky faith-embrace of God’s action for them, the way Abraham lived long before he was marked by circumcision.

13 That famous promise God gave Abraham-that he and his children would possess the earth-was not given because of something Abraham did or would do. It was based on God’s decision to put everything together for him, which Abraham then entered when he believed.14If those who get what God gives them only get it by doing everything they are told to do and filling out all the right forms properly signed, that eliminates personal trust completely and turns the promise into an ironclad contract! That’s not a holy promise; that’s a business deal.15A contract drawn up by a hard-nosed lawyer and with plenty of fine print only makes sure that you will never be able to collect. But if there is no contract in the first place, simply a promise-and God’s promise at that-you can’t break it.

16 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 backwards. He is our faith father.

17 We call Abraham "father" not because he got God’s attention by living like a saint, but because God made something out of Abraham when he was a nobody. Isn’t that what we’ve always read in Scripture, God saying to Abraham, "I set you up as father of many peoples"? Abraham was first named "father" and then became a father because he dared to trust God to do what only God could do: raise the dead to life, with a word make something out of nothing.18When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do. And so he was made father of a multitude of peoples. God himself said to him, "You’re going to have a big family, Abraham!"

19 Abraham didn’t focus on his own impotence and say, "It’s hopeless. This hundred-year-old body could never father a child." Nor did he survey Sarah’s decades of infertility and give up.20He didn’t tiptoe around God’s promise asking cautiously skeptical questions. He plunged into the promise and came up strong, ready for God,21sure that God would make good on what he had said.22That’s why it is said, "Abraham was declared fit before God by trusting God to set him right."23But it’s not just Abraham;24it’s also us! The same thing gets said about us when we embrace and believe the One who brought Jesus to life when the conditions were equally hopeless.25The sacrificed Jesus made us fit for God, set us right with God.

 
 
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DON'T LOOK BACK - ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
9-22-11
 
 
 
 
 
I sought the Lord, and He answered me,
He delivered me from all my fears.
Psalm 34:4



 
 
 
 
 
Verbal abuse causes you to live in fear - wondering what's gonna happen next, waiting for that pen to drop, walking on egg shells, but God didn't give us a spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7). After my abuser wined and dined me and reeled me in, then we moved in together. As soon as that door closed, they knew they had me and verbal abuse came - I was told I was stupid every day, that nobody else would ever want me, that I would never amount to anything, that I could never make it on my own, they would curse and scream at me ... it literally destroyed my soul. Separated me from my family, my friends, all to try keep me dependent on them.

Some say there's no harm in verbal abuse. I disagree. Being barked at and screamed at all day long removes the peace from the home, removes the unity and you get to where you can't make decisions on your own. An abuser is all about control, and God wants us to be led by Him, not some abuser.

We ought to obey God rather than men. Acts 5:2

Physical abuse came later - throwing chairs, raping me and laughing while I cried, beating my head against the wall dozens of times during each episode, beating me repeatedly in the kidneys, telling me how to dress and what to do, would hit me over the head with a cast iron skillet if I didn't put my clothes in the hamper, would take me on suicide rides in the car and try to kill us, would sit me in a corner and throw knives at me, would push me out of the bed after we had had sex because they didn't want to sleep with me, would throw me out of the car and leave me, one time they let me out with some friends of theirs on the side of the road and then told them to gang rape me. They ran me and my mother off the road (we were all in separate cars) and at my mothers once they broke in to try to pull me out of the house.

Know that forced sex, whether you are married or not, is rape. We aren't a toilet or a possession of theirs, we're children of God and His temple.

Once God removed them from my life (I finally defended myself and then hi-tailed it out and never looked back) I didn't see them for another 10 years or so, and that was just in passing. God protected me ... because IT WAS TIME and He said ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. All their threats to kill me and my family were hogwash. Not that it always is, but when He says go or kick em out - do it. My experience has been that eventually the Lord removes one or the other cause He doesn't want to see us suffer. He says in His Word that He'll only allow the innocent to be taken advantage of for so long. Anyway, as you can imagine, I don't have a lot of sympathy for abusers, verbal or anything else. FYI - 9 out of 10 verbal leads to physical.

But in that coming day, no weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the Lord; their vindication will come from Me. I, the Lord, have spoken. Isaiah 54:17

Sad to say, so many people (including some ministers) say that we should stay with our abusers, try to make it work, win them over with love, and pray for them. Oh, please. Let those people advising that try living in an abusive situation like getting their face bashed in or demeaning them all day long and then see if they counsel, 'just pray'. Without God, an abuser will NEVER change. No matter how many times they tell you they're sorry or that they'll change or buy you things, it just ain't happening without God. Get out people. Set aside money, prepare a 'to go' bag with important papers, find a 'safe house' and ... get out. Let God fix them, while you're safe somewhere else. When you get out, don't look back or reminisce about the handful of good times ya'll may've had. One hit in the whole time ya'll were together is enough reason to never go back. Cut them soul ties.

Trust God, He has your best interests at heart.

You don't have to be afraid anymore, you'll find out the truth and it'll set you free.

Prayer: Father, I plead the Blood of Jesus Christ over us. Protect us. Lead us. Guide us. Tell us what to do and show us which way to go. Give us a way out. Help us not to look back or go back. Heal our hearts. Love on us. Fill the voids. In Jesus' name I pray, amen.



Psalm 143

1 Hear my prayer, O Lord; listen to my plea! Answer me because
you are faithful and righteous.
2 Don’t put your servant on trial, for no one is innocent before you.
3 My enemy has chased me. He has knocked me to the ground and forces me to live in
darkness like those in the grave.
4 I am losing all hope; I am paralyzed with fear.
5 I remember the days of old. I ponder all your great works and
think about what you have done.
6 I lift my hands to you in prayer. I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain.
7 Come quickly, Lord, and answer me, for my depression deepens.
Don’t turn away from me, or I will die.
8 Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you.
Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you.
9 Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me.
10 Teach me to do your will, for you are my God.
May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
11 For the glory of your name, O Lord, preserve my life.
Because of your faithfulness, bring me out of this distress.
12 In your unfailing love, silence all my enemies and destroy all my foes,
for I am your servant.

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Anonymous & Confidential Help 24/7

http://www.thehotline.org/

 
 
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PRAYER TO BEGIN THE DAY
9-19-11
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Look to the Lord and His
strength; seek His face always.

Psalm 105:4
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Lord gave me this prayer back in 2002. I have it in a frame on my wall in the kitchen and pray it whenever I get the chance.

Abba Father, in the name of Jesus, I thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You that You will never leave us, nor forsake us. Be not far from us.

Baptize us in Your love. Reveal Your unconditional love for us to us - let us see that love in everything around us. Remove all obstacles that keep us from receiving that love.

Help us to know who we are in You. Lead us and guide us, in the way that we should go. I pray for a fresh anointing and re-newed strength.

Bless us so that we may bless others. Love people through us. Speak to people through us. Heal people through us. Let them see Jesus in us. For You are what it's all about.

Amidst the rush of the day, it's comforting to know that our job is to simply trust and obey. YOU do the work. Your response to me one day when I repeatedly told You, "I'm trying, Lord. I'm trying" was "I see you trying. Stop. Start leaning. Trust the Spirit. You can't do it. Why do you even try? Do you think that you can do a better job that I can? Only My spirit through you can do it ... that's what grace is for."

Work Your perfect will through us. I'm honored that You choose to live in us, Lord. Thank You that Christ in us is the hope of glory.

Thank You Father, in Jesus' name.
 
 
 
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OBEYING GOD AND NOT SEEING RESULTS YET?
9-13-11
 
 
 
'For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor
are your ways My ways,' says the LORD. 'For
as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are
My ways higher than your ways, and My
thoughts than your thoughts.' Isaiah 55:8,9
 
 
 
 
 
 
Are You Obeying God & Yet Not Seeing the Results You Hoped to See?

Don't give up.
Keep your eyes on Jesus.
Reverance God above your own expectations.
Obey Him, even when you don't understand what you see.
Focus on what He has called you to do and trust Him for the rest.
God's ways definitely aren't our ways.
Respect Him and trust Him enough to know that His ways are the right ways.
Seek His ways above all else.

by SLF
 
You will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord ... Jeremiah 29:13, 14

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. Ps 34:17
 
God's not finished with us yet. Don't give in when faced with adversity. We don't have all the answers, none of us do. But we serve a loving, compassionate God who does, and He awaits for us to call on Him.

God answers.
 
Prayer: Father, help us not to grow weary while we wait on You and the good plan that You have for us. Give us grace to wait and renew our strength. Give us what we need to go through. Help us to go about doing good and taking care of Your people while You work in our situations. Having done all, help us to stand. In Jesus' name, amen.
 
 
 
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CONTEMPLATING SUICIDE?
7-3-11
 
 
 
 
'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.' Jeremiah 29:11

Contemplating suicide? DON'T do it. Instead, call on Jesus and seek help at 1-800-273-TALK or go to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline's website.

God loves you - whether you believe it or not - and He DOESN'T want you to end your life. No matter how hard life gets, know that with God there is hope - eternal hope - in a relationship with Jesus Christ.

NOTHING will be ever able to separate us from the love of God that's in Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom 8:39).

Cover your mind and thoughts with the Blood of Jesus. Cast down thoughts of suicide. Don't listen to or entertain the voice of the enemy anymore. When a thought of suicide comes to you, speak out loud … ask the Lord for a scripture or you can use the above Jeremiah 29:11 one or use Psalm 118:17 – I will not die but live, and declare the works of the Lord.

You are worth so much more than that. Start seeing yourself as your heavenly Father sees you. You are special. You are loved. You are accepted by God. You don't have to be perfect (you can't be anyway) or try through works to earn His love. His loving, unfailing grace and mercy will carry you.

Put your faith and hope in Christ and His love for you, for you are never alone if you know Him.

Go ahead, ask Jesus for help, for He answers.

Prayer: Father, I pray that You renew our hope in You. Give us peace, heal our hearts, give us a reason to want to live. Strengthen us Lord God, according to Your Word. In Jesus' name,amen.

If you would like to pray a prayer of salvation surrendering your life to Jesus go here: Do You Know Jesus?
 
 
 
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THERE'S A REASON FOR THAT TEST, YOU KNOW
7-23-11
 
 
 
 
Blessed are those who endure when they are tested ... James 1:12

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We're always being tested - by major changes, delayed promises, impossible situations, unanswered prayers, undeserved criticisms, etc.


When you understand that all of life is a test, you realize that nothing is insignificant. Every day is an important day and every second a growth opportunity to deepen your character, demonstrate your love and make you depend more on God.

Are you in a time of testing? If so, know that God NEVER allows the test you face to be greater than the GRACE He provides.
God won't allow you to be tested beyond your power to remain firm; at the time you're put to the test, He'll give you strength to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

Every time you pass a test, God notices and makes plans to reward you. James wrote in James 1:12, 'When they pass the test, they will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him.'

HANG IN THERE, for God WILL bring you THROUGH the tests of life and make you stronger and wiser.

Prayer: Father, where would we be if it weren't for Your grace? Thank You for equipping us with what we need to go through, for going before us, and for holding our hand through our journey. Wash away the disappointments and discouragements with Your love, Lord and renew our hope in You and the good plan that You have for our life. In Jesus' name, amen.
 
 
 
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GOD HATES ABUSE - SO STOP BEING A MARTYR & LET GO
05-26-11
 
 
 
 
For the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I hate divorce and him who covers his garment [his wife] with violence. Therefore keep a watch upon your spirit [that it may be controlled by My Spirit], that you deal not treacherously and faithlessly [with your marriage mate]. Malachi 2:16

 
Husbands, love your wives and never treat them harshly. Colossians 3:19

 
 
 
You've probably heard more times than you've wanted to that God hates divorce. But did you know that God ALSO hates abuse? Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19) and we are to take care of and protect them. The Word also says to guard our heart with all diligence (Proverbs 4:23).

The Lord has delivered me from many abusive relationships, including the last one which was a verbal, mental, emotional, physical & sexual abusive relationship that lasted 10 yrs. - He can do it for you, too. I always felt like when I had chairs or knives or fists or hateful words thrown at me that when I called on Jesus He heard me but didn't do anything - but He did - I'm still here. The enemy and all my abusers have lost their power over me because of Christ's love for me and His Blood that covers me. If you're still around, you're a fighter and a survivor, too.

We are to be controlled and led by the Holy Spirit, not man. We should never submit to man to the point of sin (whether or not they are our husband, parent, or leader). It's better to obey God rather than man (Acts 5:29).Sad to say, so often out of fear or people pleasing (not wanting to offend), we obey man. Be obedient to the voice of the Lord and instead of being afraid of repercussions or retaliation, trust God for the outcome. Go to God for wisdom and the final say so regarding your relationships - not your friends. Friends can listen, support and advise but don't know what's best for you - only God does.

Without a radical moving and healing from God, an abuser will NEVER EVER change - even if they cry, beg or give gifts - DON'T fall for the lies. Men who abuse women are so chicken and so weak and what happened in their past is NO excuse or reason to do it. They think it makes them feel like a man and they need a mother figure to slave for them that they can control. They also want to have their own personal 'sex slave'. Abusers gain control through brainwashing and fear tactics (like I'll kill you or your family, you can't make it without me, nobody else would want you, or you don't have any money). That and the involvement of children is why some choose to stay anyway.

If someone yells at you, controls you, hits you and separates you from friends & family - you're being abused - pray for a way out and get out. Respect yourself and Christ in you enough to not allow others to abuse and belittle you. Don't allow others to take advantage of and mistreat you because of their position and power. 1 Corinthians 6:14 says not to be unequally yoked. God HATES abuse and DOESN'T want you to live in an abusive situation. You ARE NOT your abuser's savior. You can't fix them, change them, or save them. Jesus should be your Lord (there's only 1 God, 1 Lord, 1 Savior), not a man. 1 Corinthians 7:16 says, 'Wife, how can you be sure of converting and saving your husband? Husband, how can you be sure of converting and saving your wife?' DON'T be deceived into thinking you have to stay with your abuser to keep them from suicide, it's not your responsibility. DON'T worry about 'what ifs'. DON'T stay for the children, the abuser will probably abuse them whether you're there or not. Take you and them to a safe house. (SafeHouseCenter.org 24/7 Helpline: [734] 995-5444). Pray and let God do the work.

Our worth is found in God, not in how people treat us. DON'T define yourself by how you are being treated by an abuser. You ARE NOT a punching bag. You ARE a child of the Most High God. You ARE special in God's sight. You ARE valuable. You ARE loved. You ARE accepted.

God has a GOOD plan for our lives. The Word says in Jeremiah 29:11 'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.' Allow Christ's unfailing love to sustain you. You CAN live without your abuser. You CAN have friends that aren't tied to your abuser. You ARE NOT crazy, stupid, or unwanted. You CAN make it on your own - dependent on GOD. You WILL and DO amount to something. You CAN make good decisions on your own - with God's help. You ARE strong enough - God gives you the strength. God DOES hear your cries for help.

It should also be noted that it's a misdemeanor to know that a crime (like abuse) is being committed and not report it. It's a felony to commit abuse - whether they are your spouse or not. It's a felony to commit rape - whether they are your spouse or not. Be a listening ear to those in crisis situations, they don't need your judgment. If You Suspect Domestic Violence, go here
http://eshanya.webs.com/ifyoususpectdvorcsa.htm

Being abused? GET OUT and call 911 - and DON'T let fear and threats talk you out of pressing charges. We won't think less of you, instead we'll be proud of you. If you're being abused, get out and don't look back.

Prayer: Father, I pray that You stop the cycle of abuse across this land. We curse ungodly soul ties in our lives and pray for deliverance from abuse and help us not to return to toxic relationships once we've been delivered. Help us to treat each other with love and respect. Help those of us being abused to get help. Protect us from further harm, Lord. Heal our hearts, minister to those places where we have withdrawn and retreated to in order to protect ourselves. Love on us. Help us to put down the old ways of thinking and doing and begin to trust You enough to do a new thing in us. We will press through. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Helpful Scripture

I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.] John 16:33
If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Romans 8:31
Greater is Jesus in us than he that is in the world. 1 John 4:4
God will redeem them from oppression and violence, for their lives are precious to Him. Ps 72:14
When you lie down, you will not be afraid; yes you will lie down & your sleep will be sweet. Proverbs 3:24
NO weapon trying to form against us is gonna prosper (Isaiah 54:17)!
JESUS is our Husband & He removes our shame: Is 54 http://bit.ly/gdamZG

 
 
Helpful Numbers & Websites

If you have been or are being abused now, GET HELP NOW - call the National Domestic Violence Hotline(
http://www.ndvh.org)1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
Signs of Abusive Men
http://eshanya.webs.com/signsofabusivemen.htm
Male Victims of Domestic Abuse http://www.aardvarc.org/dv/malevictims.shtml
Power & Control Tactics Used in SAME-SEX relationships http://bit.ly/l6n4OR
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence - 'Safety Plan' http://bit.ly/a3LWvg
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence - 'Protecting Your Identity' http://bit.ly/dD6a7h
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence - 'Internet Safety' http://bit.ly/aVhr3X
Trauma & Abuse http://helpguide.org/topics/trauma_abuse.htm

See related post: Step Away ... from that Stale Cracker! http://bit.ly/ihCXye


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THE DAYS TWEETS
02-26-11

For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who says to you, FEAR NOT, I am the one who helps you. Isaiah 41:13
 
 
 
 


DON'T stop believing.
Jesus is our ONLY hope.
Let go and let God.
Trust God and not man.

Behold, the former things have come to pass and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I TELL YOU of them. Isaiah 42:9

Jesus is our Healer.
I've got a feeling EVERYTHING is gonna be alright.
STOP listening to lies of the enemy - One way to identify them - when you say 'the devils been lying to me saying ...' what comes next is a LIE.
This too SHALL pass.
Relax in the LOVE that CHRIST has for YOU.
Hold fast to the words that the Lord gives you, for He WILL come through for you.
What in the world would I do without You – You're my Husband, Savior, Father, Best Friend, Healer, Provider, Deliverer – You're my EVERYTHING Jesus!
Our heavenly Father has us in the palm of His hands.
Apart from Christ, we can't do ANYTHING.

When you attacked powerful nations, the Lord MADE THEM run away, and no one has EVER been able to stand up to you.Any one of you can defeat a thousand enemy soldiers, because the LORD GOD fights for you, just as He PROMISED.Deep in your hearts you know that the LORD has kept EVERY PROMISE He ever made to you. Not one of them has been broken. Joshua 23:9,10,14

Stay close to the Vine and feed on God's Word and you'll go far.
God's got the WHOLE WORLD in His hands.

Prayer: Father, I pray that you touch our hearts and fill uswith an overwhelming knowing of the love that you have for us. We need You so much, don't abandon us. Fill the voids. Heal the hurts. Strengthen us according to Your Word, in Jesus' name, amen.

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SIMPLE WORD FROM THE LORD TO ME 2-7-11
02-08-11
 
 
Jesus said, If you love Me, obey My
commandments. All who love Me will
do what I say. My Father will love them,
and We will come and make Our home
with each of them. Anyone who
doesn’t love Me will not obey Me …
John 14:15,23,24

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It's in the fire that you get to know Me.
The more you know of Me, the more you love Me.
The more you love Me, the more you obey Me.

Prayer: Father, help us to hold on to our faith in You as we go through fiery trials. Give us a desire to want to know You better, love You more, and honor You by doing our best to be obedient. Give us grace. Live Your life through us, Lord. When we fall short, help us to stop beating ourselves up ... there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. In Jesus' name, amen.
 
 
 
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SO, ARE YOU STILL STANDING?
01-09-11

 
 
 
I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. Psalm 27:13, 14

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
God's mercies are new EVERY morning. His grace comes RIGHT WHEN we need it.

If you are believing to see the promises of God come to fruition in your life - DON'T give up. God IS a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

You may be tired, things may seem dark, but remember it's always darkest just before the dawn appears. When you are weak, that's when God's strength will rise up in you.

DON'T give up because God wants to pour out His abundant blessing in every area of your life. When the bottom falls out, when it looks like you've hit an all-time low, hold on to hope. You don't know what God has around the corner.

Jesus triumphs in EVERY circumstance.
Keep standing, keep believing, keep declaring God's Word over your life.

Having done all ... STAND.
 
Prayer: Father, help us to keep holding on to You and Your promises of hope. Not one promise of Yours has ever failed, so give us the grace to keep pressing in and not give up. Renew our hope - in You. Be ther lifter of our head. Encourage us and use us to encourage others. Refresh us and help us to be ever filled with Your Spirit. In Jesus' name, amen.



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YOU WANT ME TO DO WHAT?
12-22-10
 
 

 
 
Let the Lord's people show Him reverence, for those who honor Him will have all they need. Those who trust in the Lord will never lack any good thing. Psalm 34:9,10

Worry reveals that we aren't fully trusting God.
We need to trust God instead of worrying.



 
 
 
 
When we rely completely on God, we'll stop pleading with Him and begin to thank Him for answering our prayers. The secret to victorious faith is to dwell on the Father's ability to handle our problems. GOD is the Man with the plan, so we need to quit trying to figure everything out.

For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, declares the Lord. Isaiah 55:8

We don't always have to be so strong, you know. It's ok to let our guard down and be ourselves with God. We need to get over ourselves, and if we want God we need to swallow our pride, ask Him for help and receive it. We have to forget all that in our mind like, 'we have to defend ourselves', and 'we have to take care of ourselves, for no one else will' and instead ASK JESUS to do it.

Now that we know what we have - Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God - let's not let it slip through our fingers. We don't have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He's been through weakness and testing, experienced it all - all but the sin. So let's walk right up to Him and get what He is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help. Hebrews 4:14-16

Every challenge presents an opportunity for the Father to display His faithfulness and love. Instead of yielding to thoughts of fear and failure, we need to make a commitment to trust God, even when we dont' know what tomorrow will bring. We may experience failure and life may not always turn out as we planned. But ultimately, God will be glorified and we will be blessed.

The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord will answer my prayer. Psalm 6:9

God doesn't just listen, He listens INTENTLY and answers. So we need to just go ahead and believe God from the get go ... for we know that He always turns out to be right anyway.

We are NEVER beyond Abba Father's reach - He can be trusted.

Trust Him.

Prayer: Father, I confess my sins. Help me to focus on You, and completely surrender to Your will. As I pray for the needs in my life, help me to live as if my request has been granted. Help me to cast down thoughts of doubt and fear as they come instead of dwelling on them, and help me to speak Your Word in faith Lord God. In Jesus' name I pray, amen.




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ABIDING REST
12-4-10
O, my precious Savior
to whom I ever cling;
Please take each care and burden
My soul to You does bring.

For there is not one moment
I can live without Your grace;
How I need Your strength and love
Your tender, consoling embrace.

To guide me in each hour
As I know Your plans are best
So I may walk with joyful hope
In Your sweet, abiding rest.

Jennifer Messing
In The Shadow of His Wings

 

 

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YO, DON'T FORGET TO MEDITATE ON GOD'S WORD
12-1-10

 

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord & in His law he meditates day & night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; & whatever he does shall prosper. The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish. Ps 1

 

 

 

This is a beatitude (a statement about life). It's a word of wisdom.

There are two promises here, rewards for our obedience: stability and prosperity. But, there is action required on our part.

God’s plan for growth is to avoid the counsel of foolish individuals. You either walk in the path of the righteousness or the wicked. Notice the comfort level of walking the wicked path: walking, standing, and then sitting. The more you hang with the wicked, the more at home you will feel and eventually just camp out and sit down.

We are to listen to wise counsel. It's found in God's word. His instructions are to meditate on it day and night. If we desire to grow in God and gain wisdom in our walk with Him, we must be in His Word.

The person who soaks in the water of God’s word will become a strong tree, bearing fruit. The wicked are called dry chaff, which will be blown away. We need nutrients and strength, which can only come from the author of life, God Himself.

God’s Word promises that if you stay watered, with your roots firmly planted in Him, no matter what goes on around you, because your inner man is strong, your leaf will not wither. Our hope and trust is in the unwavering, immovable Word of God. Delight in God and allow Him to delight in You. Always remind yourself, when facing opposition, weariness or just a sense of hopelessness, that the Word encourages you to BE STRONG. Whatever you do shall prosper. If you are not prospering, look at what you truly are planted in, make the changes, and you'll prosper.

I want to be the oak by the stream that looks so magnificent because of the constant flow and nourishment from the water and life that surrounds it. I want my life to count for something and prosper in who I am as a believer in Christ.

The Lord 'watches over' the righteous. He is with us and is our guide as we seek to bring honor to Him.

Prayer: Father, I thank You for who You are and what You're doing in my life. I can rely on You. You never change and You'll always love me. Fill me with Your joy today and help me to think about You all day long. Bless my day with Your presence. Let my thoughts be thoughts of You. Let my words and actions be pleasing to You. Create in me a desire to make Your Word my strongest delight, and the primary guiding influence in my life. I praise You and thank You for who You are in Jesus' name, amen.

 
 

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UPDATE ON MY MOM'S HEALTH
11-28-10

 
 
 
 
If thou will diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and will do that which is right in His sight, and will give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee. Exodus 15:26
 
 
 
 
 
 
My mom's red blood cell count and platelets have been real low. The doctors say

she must be slowly bleeding somewhere but haven't figured out where for sure yet.

 

Two weeks ago I took her for an endoscopy, and it showed gastritis, which is inflammation of the lining of the stomach. This past week I took her for a colonoscopy, and although the Doctor could only see half of the colon due to mom's spine collapsing a few years ago (so she's scrunched up), it showed that she has Diverticular Disease - which means there's a pouch in her large intestine. The doctor will discuss further details of whether to do more testing at her appointment next week. He did sound pretty sure that the colon is where her loss of blood was coming from.

 

She’s very weak right now, but God’s been good to give her faith to go through and He’s helped keep her spirits up..I so appreciate everyone's prayers, we've had such peace as we've gone through this. Please continue to hold my mom (Virginia, 70 yrs. old) in your prayers.

 

Prayer: Father, I pray that You continue to bring healing, peace & strength to my mom. Give wisdom and direction to the doctors. Thank You that You are her Healer Lord Jesus, Amen.

 

 

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HOW'S THAT WAITING THING WORKING OUT FOR YOU?
11-27-10
 
 
Wait for the Lord, be strong and take
heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14
 
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Psalm 37:7
 
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean
not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Don't you just enjoy a nice, long WAIT? Oh, if we could have simple faith in our heavenly Father, that He's going to take care of our needs and rescue us when we need it. So often, we either don't believe He's going to come through for us (and why, because deep down we know He ALWAYS does), or we don't think He's going to do it for us like He would someone else.
 
What God does IN US while we wait, is as important as WHAT WE ARE WAITING FOR. There's important growth that can only happen to us in these times when we suffer through long periods of waiting. God knows waiting is good for us. AS WE WAIT, He's at work in us ... molding us and shaping us ... maturing us.
 
The people of Israel wandered in the desert for 40 years. It helped them to grow up. He took away their pride and proved that He would provide for them. God wanted them to reach the Promised Land, but He was more concerned that they arrive PREPARED than that they arrive SOON.
 
Remember how the Lord your God has led you in the desert for these forty years, taking away your pride and testing you, because He wanted to show what was in your heart. He took away your pride when He let you get hungry and then He fed you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had ever seen. This was to teach you that a person does not live by only eating bread, but by everything the Lord says. During these forty years, your clothes did not wear out, and your feet did not swell. Know in your heart that the Lord your God corrects you as a parent corrects a child. Deut 8:2-4
 
We need to learn to be PATIENT. Often we want God's resources, but we don't want His timing. We want His hand, but we don't want His calendar. We forget His work in us while we wait, which is as important as what we're waiting for. We must learn to trust that God knows what He's doing.
 
Maybe you're single and you feel a legitimate longing for intimacy. You're tired of being alone. Waiting is so hard and maybe there's a relationship at your fingertips that promises to take that loneliness away but you know that it's not honoring to God. You know in your heart this isn't the right person for you ... but you are tempted to think, I've been waiting long enough. I'm going to reach out for whatever satisfation I can get in this life and worry about the consequences later. But when we're faced with times like this we must find the courage to WAIT on God and to be patient and trust His timing to say, Ok God, I will take You at Your Word. I will not get mixed up with a relationship that I know would dishonor You and bring damage to the souls of those involved. Even though I don't know what tomorrow holds and even though I sometimes feel like nobody in this world understands how painful it is to be alone, I will trust You. I will wait.
 
We may be tempted to take things into our own hands, but we must learn to trust our God, to say with the Psalmist, I trust in You, O Lord; I say, 'You are my God.' My times are in Your hands (Psalm 31:14, 15). We must cling to Jesus' promise in Luke 18:7 where He said, God will always give what is right to His people who cry to Him night and day, and He will not be slow [according to His perfect timing] to answer them. When we experience seemingly endless times of waiting we need the patience of the man who prayed, God, I cannot grasp Your mind, but with my whole heart I trust Your love.
 
We need to be HUMBLE. To wait for someone is to realize that I'm not in control. I'm not calling the shots; the timing is not up to me. To grow in times of waiting on God we must remember that we are not in charge. We're the creature. He is the Creator. He is the Potter. We are the clay. This is the principle that Proverbs 3:34 refers to when it says that God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. It's right that we should wait on Him for when we trust God with this kind of quiet humility we are saying that we understand that He is able to take care of us in the waiting times. God's God and we're not. He sees the big picture and we can't.
 
We need to have an inextinguishable HOPE. Hope believes that things will get better eventually. It gives us the strength to endure until tomorrow again and again.
 
Romans 5:3-5 says, Suffering produces perseverance; perseverance produces character, and character produces hope. Hope is the fuel that keeps a person going in tough times. While waiting, we need to act on what we know, obeying God as though we can see the outcome. When we do this we become more confident in His instruction, more hope filled people.
 
Thomas Merton wrote, 'The more we seek God in daily prayer; the more we study His Word; the more we trust Him enough to follow His commands ... the more we see that He is worthy of our trust and then the more hopeful we can be - even in times of waiting.
 
We don't get to know God and then do His will. We get to know Him more deeply BY DOING His will. We enter into an active relationship with Him. And in this relationship we develop a faith that is ... sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1), a faith that is confident that He who began a good work [in our lives] will carry it on to completion no matter how long it takes (Philippians 1:6).
 
Wait ... patiently. For it's in the waiting that we gain our strength (Isaiah 40:31).
 
Prayer: Father, I pray that even though I may be having a tough time waiting on You, You will help me to find peace in Your timing and Your ways. Give me the hope and the strength that I need to continue, and to make right choices. Help me not to grow weary in well doing. In Jesus' name, amen.
 
 
 

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GOTTA LOOK OUT
11-26-10
 
Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life. The heart is where life starts. Don't talk out of both sides of your mouth; avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip. Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions. Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you. Look neither right nor left; leave evil in the dust. Proverbs 4:23-27

As I was spending time with the Lord in the Word the other morning, I remembered a time a few years back when my friend's son was little. I'll come as close as I can to remembering the story right.

He had a computer that he used a lot and my friend was concerned about the things he might be exposed to. One day, she came in, sat down at the computer, and typed one little suggestive word on the keyboard, just to see what might come up. She said that the thing went crazy, pulling up all kinds of websites, tons of pop ups and instant messaging some of the vilest things she had ever seen. She tried everything she could to get the things to close, but the more she tried to 'x' out the more popped up. She wondered how all this could come from one little word. It had grown so vast, she could no longer control it or get rid of it.

Panicked, she sat on the floor crying and called out for her husband. He ran in and asked what was wrong, and as she tried through the tears to explain what happened, he ran to the outlet and just pulled the plug on the computer.

She was frustrated and angry that the world could have that much influence over her son with just typing one word.

Though she pled the Blood of Jesus over her mind and cast down the thoughts and visuals when they came to mind, she just couldn't get some of the pictures off her mind. She imagined what it must be like for a young, vulnerable, inquistitive child.

The Lord instructed my friend to pray the Psalm below every day for a month after this situation happened.

Psalm 101

I will sing of Your love and justice: to You, O Lord, I will sing 4.
I will be careful to lead a blameless life - when will You come to me?
I will walk in my house with a blameless heart.
I will set before my eyes no vile thing.
The deeds of the faithless men I hate; they will not cling to me.
Men of perverse heart shall be far from me; I will have nothing to do with evil.
Whoever slanders his neighbor in secret, him will I put to silence.
Whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart,him will I not endure.
My eyes will be on the faithful in the land,that they may dwell with me;
He whose walk is blameless will minister to me.
No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house;
No one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence.
Every morning I will put to silence all the wicked in the land;
I will cut off every evildoer from the city of the Lord.

Guard your heart from compromise people. We need to be careful of the sin that we let creep in. The things that we think are no big deal or just this one time. The things that we watch on TV. The things that we listen to on the radio - the music with suggestive words. The tweets that we read and send. The billboards that we see. All the things that we think are okay or seem so innocent. All that we put through our eye gates and ears affects our soul, in one way or another. One thing usually leads to another.

Be careful what you put before you.

Prayer: Father, I pray that you guard our eyes, hearts and spirits. Protect us and our families from things that we shouldn't see, divinely if You have to. Lead us not into temptation.Strengthen us according to Your Word, that we might not sin against you. May we not compromise. Help us to just say no. In Jesus' name, amen.
 
 
 

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PLEASE KEEP MY MOM IN YOUR PRAYERS
11-20-10
 

Jesus was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5

 

My mom's red blood cell count and platelets have been real low. The doctors say she must be slowly bleeding somewhere but haven't figured out where yet. The only thing they've suggested it might be is cancer.

 

I took her for an endoscopy this past Wednesday and all it showed was gastritis. I'm praying that it might have been her stomach bleeding and that the Lord healed it, thus not showing on the test. She's going back in for a colonoscopy next week. After that will be a bone marrow test. I so appreciate your prayers and please keep praying for healing and strength. FYI - she's 70 yrs old and her name is Virginia.

 

Prayer: Father, I pray that You continue to bring healing, peace & strength to my mom. Give wisdom and direction to the doctors. Thank You that You are our Healer, Lord Jesus.

 
 
 

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SHOOT - WE AIN'T GOT NO REASON TO BE FEARIN'
09-23-10
 
This blog was taken from my tweets I sent out from my Twitter account (www.twitter.com/answer4theailin) on 9-28-10.

Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord is with us wherever we go.
Joshua 1:9

The presence of God in our lives helps us overcome fear. If we know by faith that
God is with us, we can take on any challenge with confidence and courage. The
basis for not fearing is simply this: God is with us. We may not always feel God's
presence, but we can trust God's Words and remember that He'll never leave us.

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for You
are with me; Your rod and Your staff they comfort me. Psalm 23:4

We have a big job to do (spreading the Word) but don't let it intimidate you – fear
not.

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a
sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

God is trustworthy – we don't have to know what He's going to do, simply knowing
He's with us is more than enough.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not on your own understanding.
Proverbs 3:5

Fear is a spirit that produces feelings like sweaty palms or butterflies – but to
'fear not' means to do what you need to do anyway. Do what God's called you to
do – even if you're afraid. When fear attacks, just go ahead and do what God's
telling
you to do anyway. I think it was Joyce Meyer that said to simply – do it afraid.

Meditate on scriptures from the Word of God on peace and on God's love when
you feel afraid or are facing an overwhelming situation. God's Word will strengthen
you to keep pressing forward, no matter how you feel.

Fear used to come against me so strong when I had heart trouble that it would
literally consume me. I told the Lord, I'm rebuking the fear, telling it to go. I know
I have authority, how come it's still here paralyzing me? The Lord gave me such
a simple answer, 'You're telling the fear to go, but you're NOT BELIEVING it's
gone when you command it to. BELIEVE!'

Don't be afraid. I am with you. Don't tremble with fear. I am your God. I will make
you strong, as I protect you with my arm and give you victories. I am the LORD
your God. I am holding your hand, so don't be afraid. I am here to help you.
Isaiah 41:10,13

God just loves us SO much, you know – no matter what.

Prayer: Father God, my Lord, You are just SO amazing. I humble myself before
You and worship Your holy name. I pray that You bring peace to us and our situations. Help us to know who we are in You. Help us to receive the perfect love that You have for us, that casts out fear. Give us grace & confidence as you
perform Your will through us. In Jesus' name, Amen.
 
 
 

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LORD
08-2-10
 
Philippians 2:10,11 - At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven
and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ
is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
 
In his letter to the Philippians, Paul tells us that one day every knee will bow
and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
 
One day, everyone in every corner of the world will recognize His power and
authority over everything. Either willingly or unwillingly, everyone will one day
admit that Jesus is God and Master over all.
 
Don't wait - bow your heart and life to Jesus and confess that He is Lord.
 
Prayer: Father, I pray that You woo us by way of the Holy Spirit. Lead us to
repentance. Draw us close to You. Help us to call You Lord and Savior, for
You are worthy. Give us grace to follow You and to be obedient. We submit
ourselves to You, completely and relinquish control. In Jesus name, Amen.
 
 
 

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JUST PRAISE HIM - THAT'S IT
07-23-10

 

 

Psalm 37:4 - Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and

secret petitions of your heart.

 

I told the Lord yesterday that I was tired of begging for things that I'm believing

for. He told me, 'stop begging and start praising, for the answer is on its on its way'.

 

I told the Lord I felt like a wall is put up to stop me every time I try to do some-

thing. He reminded me the 'wall of Jerico' fell with praise.

 

No matter how thick your 'wall of Jerico' is, it's gonna fall.

 

So ... I'm praising and forgetting all that other stuff.

 

Psalm 27:13,14 - I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of

the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He

will strengthen your heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

 

Do not give up - your miracle is in the works.

 

Prayer: Father, give us strength to praise You, especially when we don't feel like

it. You are so worthy of our praise, whether You ever do anything past salvation

for us or not. Thank You for working and moving in our lives. In Jesus' name,

Amen.

 

 

 

 

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YOU MIGHT FOOL PEOPLE, BUT YOU CAN'T FOOL GOD
07-14-10

 

Romans 2:13-16 - For merely listening to the law doesn't make us right with God.

It is obeying the law that makes us right in His sight. Even Gentiles, who do not

have God's written law, show that they know His law when they instinctively obey

it, even without having heard it. They demonstrate that God's law is written in their

hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they

are doing right. And this is the message I proclaim - that the day is coming when

God, through Christ Jesus, will judge everyone's secret life.

 

If you have to hide to do something, it may be wrong, inappropriate or dishonest.

 

Sometimes people get so caught up in their lies they don't remember who they

told what - it can be exhausting trying to keep it all straight.You can end up with

self-deception & you wind up not really knowing what the truth is yourself & you

lose a piece of yourself.

 

What's wrong with just being yourself & letting people make their own decision

about whether to like you or not?Sometimes we don't even give people a chance,

don't give them much credit.

 

Isn't it time to let the 'image' you've made of yourself go?

 

People have been thru so much hurt & pain, so why would so-called friends want

to put you through more?

 

God sees all and knows all.

 

Ephesians 5:12 - For it's shameful to even mention what the disobedient do in

secret.

 

Matthew 10:26 - So do not be afraid of them. There is nothing concealed that will

not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.

 

Prayer: Father, help us to be the type of person that You would want us to be.

Help us to be the type of friend to others that we expect from them. Help us to

be open and honest, not telling or spreading lies about ourselves or others. Guard

our lips to only speak the truth. GIve us grace, Lord. Forgive us if we've hurt

others with the stories we make up, and help us not to do it anymore. In Jesus'

name, Amen.

 

 

 

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WHY CAN'T WE HEAR?*

07-9-10

 

Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.

But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden

His face from you, so that he will not hear. Is 59:1,2.

 

Sometimes there is so much "noise" in our lives that God simply can't hear us.

But wait a minute. We're talking about the Almighty God, here. What could

possibly plug up His ears so that He can't hear?

 

Sometimes we plug God's ears with our sins. Often we come to Him, expecting

Him to hear us and answer our prayers but we aren't willing to let go of the things

that are keeping us apart, that are keeping Him from being able to hear us!

And just what are those 'things'? Pretty much any sin will do, but the book of

Ezekiel offers further insight: 'Son of man, these men have set up idols in their

hearts and put wicked stumbling blocks before their faces. Should I let them

inquire of me at all?' Eze 14:3

 

Is there something that you put in a higher place than God? Do your priorities

always reflect a "God first" attitude? Is there something you just aren't willing to

let go of? If so, then it is causing interference, and God simply can't hear you. If

it seems God isn't answering your prayers, search your hearts for pet sins and

for "other gods".

 

But what if that sincere heart search comes up empty? What if there aren't any

pet sins or "other gods" in your life, and you know God hears you? Why, then,

can't you hear His voice?

 

The reason we often can't hear Him is that there is so much interference in our

lives. The interference is sometimes caused by worry and sometimes by stress.

 

Sometimes it is caused by our personal desires or the fact that we are focusing

on our problems instead of on Jesus. But whatever the cause, He hears us and

He answers us, but something keeps us from understanding His voice.

 

So what's the solution? Move closer to the person you're speaking to. Turn your

ears towards His mouth, cupp your hand around your ear, and put your full

concentration into listening.

 

What happens? You'll eventually understand what He's trying to tell you!

 

When you can't hear God's voice, you need to move closer to Him. You need to

focus your attention on Him and Him alone. You need to focus your faith on Him,

forgetting the problems all around you, ever believing that He will come through

with an answer. You need to push aside your personal desires and be willing to

let Him lead in your life. Only then will His voice begin to resound, crystal clear.

 

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy

set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right

hand of the throne of God. Heb. 12:2

 

Prayer: Father, help us to slow down & listen for Your voice. We choose to lay down things we've put before You. Forgive us for our sins. Speak to our hearts, Lord & help us to understand what You're saying. Help us to be willing & obedient. In Jesus' name, Amen.

 

 

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GOD'S TRAINING CAMP

06-1-10

 

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which

God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

 

God's preparing you for the ministry He has for you. He works at both ends

of the process - in your life to prepare you for a unique role of service, and

He's preparing ahead of time the work He'll give you. In His timing, of course.

So wherever you are right now is God's training camp for future service.

 

Joseph's prison term prepared him to be God's man on Egypt's throne.

Moses' years in Pharaoh's court equipped him for his tasks as leader of

Israel. For years Joshua served as Moses' aide, and Elisha did the same for

Elijah; God was preparing them both as successors. Paul's years in Arabia

were readying him for years of missionary service. Even Jesus experienced

an extended period of preparation in the carpenter's shop of Nazareth.

 

Wherever you are right now, God is giving you experiences that are training

you for future service. It may be over a long period of time or only a few

minutes, but He equips us with what we need to serve Him.

 

Think of your circumstances today as God's training camp.

 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, things get so overwhelming sometimes. So often

nothing seems to go right and we just get frustrated. Help us not to grow

weary or despise small beginnings. Renew our hope today, Lord and remind

us that You're in charge of our lives if we've submitted ourselves to You - so

there's no reason to worry anymore. Help us not to sweat the small stuff. In

Jesus' name, Amen.

 

 

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PRESCRIPTION FOR DEPRESSION

05-18-10

 

Psalm 42

 

As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for

God, the living God. When can I go and stand before Him? Day and night I

have only tears for food, while my enemies continually taunt me, saying

'Where is this God of yours?' My heart is breaking as I remember how it

used to be: I walked among the crowds of worshippers, leading a great

procession to the house of God, singing for joy and giving thanks amid the

sound of a great celebration!

 

Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God!

I will praise Him again - my Savior and my God!

 

Now I am deeply discouraged, but I will remember You - even from Mount

Hermon, the source of the Jordan, from the land of Mount Mizar. I hear the

tumult of the raging seas as Your waves and surging tides sweep over me.

But each day the Lord pours His unfailing love upon me, and through each

night I sing His songs, praying to God who gives me life.

 

'O God my Rock,' I cry, 'Why have You forgotten me? Why must I wander

around in grief, oppressed by my enemies?' Their taunts break my bones.

They scoff, 'Where is this God of yours?'

 

Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God!

I will praise Him again - my Savior and my God!

 

Life can be hard on us and when things don't happen the way we want them

to or expect them to, we can get very disappointed. As a result of the

disappointment, we get discouraged. Left unchecked, that discouragement

turns into depression, which is anger turned inward.

 

The cure for depression is a prescription plan that the Lord gave me based

on the Psalm above:

 

Pill 1 - hope in God, not man

Pill 2 - remember what God's done previously for you

Pill 3 - praise Him

Pill 4 - encourage yourself

 

Following this prescription, we can put depression in it's place, often before

it even begins. If you are battling with life's experiences and find yourself in a

state of depression, odds are you are an encourager. For the enemy throws

the opposite of what we are at us.

 

It's time we start encouraging ourselves like we do others. We all need to be

uplifted sometimes.

 

Prayer: You are the lifter of our heads, Lord (Ps 3:3), so I pray that You

help us, Father, to put on the garment of praise for the spirit of mourning

and heaviness (Is 61:3), to arise from the depression and prostration that

circumstances have kept us - help us to rise to a new life (Is 60:1) and I

pray that You rejoice over us with Your joy, oh Lord (Zeph 3:17). Thank

You that weeping only remains for a night - joy does come in the morning

(Ps 30:5). Help us to praise You, Lord, whether we feel like it or not - for

You are always worthy of our praise. In Jesus' name, Amen.

 

 

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DO YOU HATE YOURSELF?

05-12-10

 

If we don't forgive - God does this:

Matthew 6:14,15 - For if you forgive people their trespasses [their reckless

and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment],

your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others

their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them

go, and giving up resentment], neither will your Father forgive you your

trespasses.

 

If we don't forgive - the enemy does this:

2 Corinthians 2:10,11 - If you forgive someone, I will also forgive them. For

if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sakes in

the presence of Christ, lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we know

very well what his plans are.

 

We are commanded in the Word to love on another, but I ask you, do you

love yourself, or do you hate yourself?

 

When I first got saved, the Lord brought me through deliverance of many

things. When He started walking me through forgiveness, I heard a sermon

on it. Like I try to do with all sermons, I wanted to apply it to myself. So I

asked the Lord who I needed to forgive.

 

I wasn't expecting the answer I got, 'yourself'. Ok. Had never even heard of

that before. So many don't know that we need to forgive ourselves. But as

the Holy Spirit started ministering to me, I realized that I hated myself. So

how in the world could I forgive myself? I had hated myslef so much and what

I had become that I didn't even clean the mirrors in my house, for I couldn't

stand to look at myself. I sure couldn't look in my eyes, 'cause they are the

windows to the soul. And it just wasn't very pretty what I'd see.

 

After the Lord revealed to me that I needed to forgive myself, I reluctantly

chose to, by an act of my free will (not my feelings, because I didn't want to)

to forgive myself. The Lord then led me to stand in His Presence for a minute

to actually receive that forgiveness. I felt such a weight lift from off my

shoulders, I couldn't believe it. Coming to Him and asking for forgiveness set

me free. Period.

 

All these years I've subconciously been trying to punish myself by hating

myself and holding on to the guilt. I was trying to make up for the work that

Jesus had already done at the Cross for me. That work was enough, Jesus

didn't need my help. Jesus became the guilt offering for me, so I don't have

to carry around all that guilt and condemnation for all my sins and wrong

choices that I've made in life. Since Jesus did all the work for me at the Cross,

who am I to say I can't forgive myself?

 

The Word actually says that we are loosed to the tormentors when we don't

forgive (see Matthew 18:21-35). I've felt that torment and at times through my

spritual eyes could see it. It's scary. And the enemy has plans to use us not

forgiving ourselves to cause us harm and all sorts of pain and anguish. Some

cut themselves. Some commit suicide. Some abuse others. All trying to

relieve the feelings of torment from within.

 

We even wear masks to make us look different to people, thus more accept-

able. Sometimes we wear too much makeup, or hang our hair over our eyes,

or pretend to be something that we're not, all because we're hoping that

people don't see what we believe to be the ugly inside if they could really see

us/knew us.

 

We forgive others every day. Can we not do the same for ourselves?

Isn't it time we forgive ourselves, and let ourselves off the hook?

For whom the Son sets free, is free indeed!

 

Prayer: Help us, Lord to see ourselves as You see us. We choose to lay

down our anger, bitterness, resentment, self-hatred, guilt, condemnation, and

shame for ourselves and wear the robe of righteousness that you have provided

for us when we give our life to You. We choose to forgive ourselves. I love

You, Lord. And thank You for helping me to be able to face myself, live

with myself, and love myself in a healthy way, 'cause it's been a long time

coming. For once in my life, I want to live. In Jesus' name, Amen.

 

 

 

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STEP AWAY ... FROM THAT STALE CRACKER!

05-10-10

 

John 8:36 - If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

 

When we become involved with someone, we form ties, called soul ties, with

them. A soul tie is a tie or a bond between two people in the realm of the soul,

which is the mind, will and emotions. There can be good soul ties - that are

healthy, and bad soul ties - which can be very destructive.

 

We have a soul tie with everyone we've slept with and those in close non-

sexual proximity, too.

 

Godly soul ties are those in which we lift up and encourage each other and

not put down, abuse, take advantage of, or control each other. These are

healthy relationships.

 

And then there's the ungodly soul ties. Maybe you got involved with a person

that abused you, controlled you, kept you from your family and friends. Or

maybe you were molested/raped or had some other type of bad experience

with someone.

 

Maybe you've split up with a person that wasn't abusive, maybe they were

good and you messed up. Or you both mutually decided to go your separate

ways or divorce. Or maybe they passed away.

 

Good terms or not, if the person is in your past, the soul ties need to be

broken.

 

If you have ungodly soul ties in your life, you need to break them now. For

those who have been raped - the soul ties need to be broken now. For every

person you've ever sleep with, if you're not in a godly relationship with them

right now, it needs to be broken. No need to hold on to that person or persons

any more. It's safe to let them go.

 

For bad soul ties, if God's delivered you from a relationship with someone,

don't lower yourself by driving by their house to see who the new 'miss thang'

is in their driveway now. You're not just belittling yourself, you might be keeping

soul ties attached that way, that you need to be cutting and leaving severed.

 

Keep it real ... you'll be fine without that person that hurt you. No need to

reminess or hope for the way it used to be. If God's removed someone from

your life, let that stale cracker go! Remembering those few little good things

about the relationship or feeding thoughts that 'it really wasn't all that bad' or

longings for them can open a door the Lord probably wants to remain closed.

And it can unintentionally cause you to go running back. Don't do it!

 

Quit dredging up that old stuff. Step away from that stale cracker. God's got

something new for you, but you have to let go of that old thing first. Were they

really all that great, anyway? Were they ... not working, unattentive, abusive,

rude, demeaning ... PLEASE, PEOPLE ... don't go back to that! Believe

better of yourself than that. If you keep going back, you're basically abusing

yourself just as much as they were.

 

Seemingly innocent conversations, sharing intimate vulnerable details and

becoming emotionally dependent on a person and always thinking about

them and thinking that you can't live without them are all signs that you need

to step back and re-evaluate your relationship with that particular person.

 

Be careful who you hang around and be careful who you share your heart with.

 

Proverbs 4:23 - Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.

 

Prayer: Father, in the name of Jesus we pray that by way of Your Holy Spirit

You bring to our remembrance anyone that we need to break a soul tie with.

We call out each name to You, Lord and we break that soul tie with _________

in the name of Jesus. We pray that the tie stays severed and that we don't try

to go back to try to reattach them. We believe in You, Lord and trust You and

Your judgement as far as who to let into our hearts and lives and who not to.

Thank You, Lord for protecting us and keeping us from getting involved to

deep with those You don't want us to. In Jesus' name, Amen..

 

 

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HE HEALS US ... ANYWAY!

05-3-10

 

Isaiah 57:18,19 (NLT) - I have seen what they do, but I will heal them anyway!

I will lead them and comfort those who mourn.Then words of praise will be on

their lips. May they have peace, both near and far, for I will heal them all, says

the Lord.

 

For those of us who think we deserve where we're at or what we're experiencing

because of what we've done ... we need to take the above scriptures to heart

and receive them personally for ourselves.

 

It's the Lord speaking in these scriptures, and He wants us to know that He

hasn't forgotten us or left us to wallow in the mess we've made for ourself.

 

Instead of saying 'you made your bed, so lie in it', our unfailing, merciful, loving

Father wants us to know that because we're His, He's going to rescue us out

of that in which we've gotten ourselves in to, and He's going to heal us and give

us peace ... anyway ... even though we may have put our on selves in the

position we're in.

 

A good friend of mine wrestled with guilt for years because she married a man

that she knew the Lord was telling her not to. She suffered years of torment

and abuse at that mans hand that could have been avoided if only she had

obeyed the voice of the Lord.

 

Thank God, just like these scriptures say, even though she disobeyed and got

herself into the situation that she was in, the Lord had mercy and compassion

on her ... and got her out. He's since brought her much needed healing and

peace. Now she's free ... and the words of praise are on her lips.

 

We serve a loving and compassionate God, and when we submit ourselves to

Him, He restores us, bringing healing into our lives. He’s gonna take that bad

situation, turn it around, and use it for good.

 

In verse 20 of the same chapter, it says that for those who choose to still reject

the Lord, they'll be like the restless sea, and they will have no peace.

 

I received this word from the Lord on Sunday, and I shared it with the friend

mentioned above just before we went into the prison in Dayton to do the chapel

service. The Lord led her to share this with the inmates and I believe that they

can identify with this because so many beat theirselves up and live with guilt

and believe that they deserve the punishment of being in prison for what they

did to get there ... maybe according to the law, but God STILL forgives and

restores - regardless.

 

Our sweet, Heavenly Father's gonna love us out.

 

It's time we forgive ourselves, let it go and move forward from here.

 

Prayer: We humble ourselves before You this day, Lord. Thank You so much,

my Almighty Father, for loving us out and for taking the Holy Ghost broom to

clean up our messes and to right the wrong decisions we've made in life. Thank

You for healing us despite ourselves and giving us peace. Help us choose to

forgive ourselves and move on. Help us to be obedient. Amen.

 

 

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HE ANOINTS US

04-26-10

 

Psalm 23:5 - You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.

You anoint my head with oil; my [brimming] cup runs over.

 

There was a note about this scripture in my Amplified Bible. It says:

 

It is difficult for those living in a temperate climate to appreciate, but it was

customary in hot climates to anoint the body with oil to protect it from excessive

perspiration. When mixed with perfume, the oil imparted a delightfully refreshing

and invigorating sensation. Athletes anointed their bodies as a matter of course

before running a race. As the body, therefore, anointed with oil was refreshed,

invigorated, and better fitted for action, so the Lord would anoint His "sheep"

with the Holy Spirit, Whom oil symbolizes, to fit them to engage more freely

in His service and run in the way He directs -- in heavenly fellowship with Him.

 

Prayer: Thank You, Lord for covering us with Your blessed Holy Spirit. We need

all the preparation and protection that we can get. I love You, Lord. You're my

life. Amen

 

 

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GOD REALLY DOES COME THROUGH

04-22-10

 

Psalm 23:1 - The Lord is my Shepherd {to feed, guide, and shield me}, I shall

not lack.

 

The Lord really is our Shepherd. Not the government, our spouse, our job, our

paycheck (or lack there of), or our bank account. HE alone supplies all our

needs. And, it's up to Him what avenue it comes.

 

Because He's our Shepherd, we have eveything we need. We don't have to be

moved by the changing times or economy. The Word says that even in the time

of famine, we won't lack anything (Psalm 37:19).

 

Prayer: Thank You, Lord for Your perfect peace, especially right in the middle

of all the turmoil of uncertainty. It's good to know that You're still on the Throne

and still in control. I so appreciate the way that You take care of me, and thank

You in advance that You always will. Bless us, Lord. And help us to use

appropriately what You bless us with. Amen.

 

 

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CAN HE REALLY DO IT?

04-19-10

 

Romans 8:28 - And we know that God causes everything to work together for

the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for

them.

 

So can He? Can God really do it? Can He really cause everything to work for

our good? Such an awesome scripture of hope, that even if we're in a bad place

right now, the Lord IS going to have good come from it if we're His.

 

So many studies have been done on this scripture, in part because so much

comes against us and we need someone or something to give us hope. Only

God can turn our messes into masterpieces. With that in mind, looks like I'm

going to have a lot of art work lying around, 'cause there's so much overwhelming

me and coming against me right now. The Lord led me to this passage this am

when I asked for a scripture of hope for what I'm facing right now.

 

God has a plan and a purpose for each of our lives. Don't doubt God. He can

make something good come from your situation. Don't spend your time trying

to figure out what God is going to do. Just make sure you recognize it when He

does it.

 

He cleans up our messes. Don't go by what you see ... go by what you know ...

your God loves you and will never leave you. To God be the glory that delights

in His children and wants to pull us from our ashes.

 

Lean on the Father ... He can be trusted.

 

Prayer: Thank You, my Lord, for the stillness of Your presence. It quietens the

storms that are within. I pray that You help us all to hold on while You are working

everything out to bring us victory over the enemy. Help us not to grow weary.

 

 

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ARE YOU WILLING?

04-18-10

 

Esther 4:14 - If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance for the Jews will

arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. What's more,

who can say but that you have been elevated to the palace for just such a time

as this?

 

We all have a calling. We all have our area of the world, big or small, that we

can impact. We must see that God loves us all and is using us, even at this

very moment, if we're His and willing.

 

The word 'elevated' in the verse above stands out for me ... we have been placed

in the positions of authority that we are in because of our Lord. Whether it be minister, parent, boss, older sibling, the person in our friends group that people look to for leadership, the librarian that checks out books. Whatever place you're in, the Lord put you there. Will that position be wasted?

 

This is the question that the Lord woke me up with, burning in my heart ... 'are

you willing, Michelle?' I told Him to help me, that I was scared, but that I was

willing.

 

Are you willing to go the extra mile to further His Kingdom, so that you can take

a part in His will being done? We may not always understand His leading or

have all the answers, but we serve a God who knows all and that we can trust

with everything that is in us. Surrender your all to Him, and don't look back,

for you've been summonded here by God, my friend, for such a time as this.

 

Do it ... afraid.

 

Prayer: Help us, Lord, to be willing to follow Your voice and do Your will, despite

our fears and questions. Calm us with Your love as You lead us. May Your

Kingdom come on earth as it is in Heaven. Amen.

 

 

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I'M BACK

04-17-10

 

We made it back from the conference today, safely. I appreciate all your

prayers. The conference was full of God's presence and anointing, and we

received new hope to continue the work of the Lord. I've shared some pictures

via my Twitter account and will be placing more there, here, and some videos

on my YouTube page soon.

 

Prayer: Thank You, Lord for getting us to and from the Hope for Life Conference

safely. I pray that you bless all those who attended, included the speakers.

A special blessing, please over The Justice Foundation and Operation Outcry

who hosted the event. Supply abundantly their needs. Amen.

 

 

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ON THE ROAD AGAIN

04-14-10

 

Myself and Nona Ellington (@eaglesrestore) are headed out to Dallas, TX

where The Justice Foundation/Operation Outcry is hosting their 'Hope for Life'

convention this year. We'll be there Wed - Fri and then we're headed on to

Dayton, TX for our Plane State Jail/Post-Abortion Recovery Group. Please keep

us in prayer. Have a great rest of the week everybody!

 

Prayer: My Lord, I pray for traveling mercies for all those attending the con-

ference. I pray for peace, unity, Your leading Holy Spirit, and that we all are

touched by You as well as used by You. In Jesus' name. Amen

 

 

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IN HIS MERCIES WE'RE NOT CONSUMED!

04-11-10

 

Nehemiah 9:31 - But in Your great mercy, You did not destroy them completely

or abandon them forever. What a gracious and merciful God You are!

 

A friend just caused me 2 remember that this is my 10 year anniversary free

from alcoholism, drug addiction, smoking, etc. So ... thanks Lord!

 

Prayer: Give us all strength, Lord. One day at a time, help us to keep our mind

& thoughts stayed on You. For if we stay focused on You and fill our hearts with

You, there will be less room for all that old stuff. Help us to stay in Your

Presence. For in Your Presence we can't help but change. Amen.

 

 

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BE CAREFUL ABOUT JUDGING!

04-10-10

 

Romans 2:1 - You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on

someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning

yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.

 

This could be a scary passage if you really thought about it. When we judge

others, we are really bringing judgment on ourself. The Word says what we

point out in other people is really within us. Ouch! We seem to point out

others sins so easily, without paying much attention to our own. None of us

are perfect, no one has it all right. We need to lead others to Christ and let

Him be the judge of their thoughts and actions. We should just do our best

to instruct and guide one another with love and care. Don't constantly be on

others back for the wrong that they do. What about the wrong that you do?

Instead of criticizing, bring them to God and show them where they can find

true life. Lets be honest with ourself and with God and own the struggles we

have. He can handle it. We don't have to try to make ourselves look better by

trying to judge and belittle others. Our identity and who we are should come

from the Lord.

 

Prayer: I pray, Lord, that You give me patience to love and not judge. Help me

to deal with others the way I'd want them to talk to me with one of the issues

I'm going through. Help me to walk in love and just be a support for others.

Instead of critcizing, help me to be a light and to guide them safely into Your

loving arms. Amen

 

 

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YOU NEVER KNOW!

04-9-10

 

The Lord reminded me earlier of a time that I was supposed to go out street

witnessing with a friend (like we always did on Saturdays). I almost didn't go

this one particular day because I had a real bad migraine. I believed that the

Lord wanted me to go anyway, so I went on. As soon as I got there, one of the

gentlemen that we witness to took my hand and asked God to take my pain

away and immediately it went away. How much more for us would He do if we

would go wherever and whenever He says? You never know!

 

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that you can use any one of us. We're all in this

together. Help us to do as You ask, regardless of how we feel, knowing that

You'll meet us there.Help us to just be obedient. Amen

 

 

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HAPPY RESURRECTION DAY!

04-4-10

 

Jesus IS alive! This is the day that we celebrate the fact that Jesus rose from

the grave after being dead for 3 days. He went to the cross carrying our sins

for us, died, went down to hell to get the keys of the kingdom of Heaven and

Hell, and then used His power to raise Himself back to life. Hallelujah!

 

Prayer: Thank You, Lord that You chose to suffer and go to the cross so that

I and others that are Yours could have forgiveness, healing, prosperity, and

eternal life. I am forever grateful. Amen

 

 

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* via Lyn Chaffart (except 4 prayer)