Note from God Today

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. 2 Corinthians 4:17

Trying to figure out your life by peering into the future is futile.  By faith and trust you must understand that your future is a bright as My promises.  I alone know your future and what I have in store for you.  Every aspect of your life is in My capable and sovereign hands.  

I’ve given you one day at a time so that you will stay dependent upon Me.

Like going on a trail ride in uncharted territory, the leader knows where he is going.  You need only to follow and enjoy the journey.

I will never lead you astray.

Didn’t I say that I will give you the desires of your heart?  I know what you desire, even what you need, before you ask.  However, I want you to co-labor with Me by asking (prayer), being thankful in all things, and receive with joy each day, knowing that I am leading you.  I will supply more than you could ask, think or imagine.

Come, walk on My feet and dance with Me.  I have you securely in My loving arms.

Everything in this life is temporary, even if it feels like a permanent condition—especially when you go through adverse circumstances.  

Will you trust Me?  Will you let go of the reins and allow Me to lead you?  I don’t force you to enjoy the life I’ve given you.  You alone must choose to rejoice in it—no matter what it brings.  Have faith that I am making all things work for your good.

Trust is what I want from you.  You must learn to trust Me completely in order to see Me in every area of your life.

I AM your Provider.  Look to heaven as your eternal home.  Take your eyes off of the temporary and see the eternal permanent riches of My love that I am pouring out on you.

Let go and trust Me. 

I love you, 

Papa

Dear Self:

Dear self:

I fully accept you—and where you’re at in your life right now.

I give you permission to become all that God has created you to be and all that He’s called you to do.

I give you room for process, repentance, forgiveness, and acceptance. 

You have permission to experience and explore your life so you can choose what you want and don’t want in your life.

I give you permission to dream, to create, to soar, and take risks.  

I give you permission to re-write the narratives that you’ve formed in your mind as you continually discover God’s truth.  

I give you permission to be brave and to embrace the uncertainties of life as you believe in the goodness of God.  You are never stuck because God gives you the solutions and the faith to overcome every obstacle.

I give you permission to love yourself well, and to love others in the same way.

I give you permission to accept this day as it unfolds—knowing that God is directing your steps.  He never leaves you, never forsakes you, and nothing in all the universe can separate you from His immeasurable love and care for you.

I give you permission to rest, to let go of the past, the negative, the trauma, and to embrace the uncertainties of life—knowing God is absolutely good and you are safe in His arms as He fills you with hope, joy, peace, and love. 

I give you permission to enjoy and rejoice in the life that God made for you before the foundations the world when He created you.

I give you permission to believe you are who God says you are, and that God is who He says He is.  He loves you, He wants you, You are His and He is yours for eternity.

Dear self…no one can choose this for you—you alone must choose it.

Communing With God Today

“Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” John 8:36

The Lord is saying, “You are mine, I accept you just the way you are.  I love you and accept you my child, just as you love and accept your own children no matter what stage of life they are in.”

We are growing, we are learning.  We are becoming more like Jesus in our life’s journey—we will not reach perfection in our souls until we are home in heaven with Him.  Our spirits are already perfectly One with Him now.

Although we walk in repentance, we are not sin conscious, we are righteousness conscious.  Walking in repentance and forgiveness is a wiping away of our transgressions—a reset for the soul.  We also forgive others as He forgives us.

I heard the Lord say, “No more rejection, regret or remorse.  I have set you free to love Me, yourself, and your fellow man fully and wholly as I created you to do with no hinderances.  You will no longer struggle with your identity—you are who I say you are, just as I am who I say I am.  You can trust Me with every part, every detail of your life—past, present and future.”

I also heard the Lord say, “when I walked this earth, My disciples didn’t start out as saints, some were far from it!  They became what My Father created them to be as they said YES to Me and spent time with Me (except for Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Me.)  I only require your YES and your desire to follow Me.”

My reply to Him was that He would give me more hunger and desire to follow after Him.  I was reminded that in the world, a man eats to satisfy his hunger.  In the Spirit, as we eat of the things He has for us, we become more hungry.

Let this be your heart’s cry today: “Lord, break down and break through the walls and structures I’ve built around my heart/soul that I thought I needed to build to defend and protect myself from the negativity/evil in my life.”

We once lived without God’s Holy Spirit to show us the truth.  Because we were originally created with His divine nature, we were instinctively aware that the negative and evil done (by us and to us) was not good.  Now that we have Jesus and are partnering with Him, together we can undo the wrong, the negative, the evil to reveal God’s goodness in our lives as He re-writes our narrative.

All our sins, all of the negative and evil deeds, have been washed away by the blood of Jesus.  Our heavy burdens—our baggage—that we’ve carried around with us, we get to lay at the foot of the cross and see it covered in His blood.  We then go beyond, to the other side of the cross into freedom to be who God created us to be.  We no longer struggle with sin, false identity, condemnation, shame or guilt.  We pass through that narrow gate beside the cross (where there’s no room for baggage) and walk into our destiny and assignments that God has ordained for us before we were even born.  Selah

Changing Habits

They say it takes about 6 weeks to change a habit, depending on how much we are using this new information.  There is a pathway in our brain that automatically jumps to the ‘default/I know this’ mode.  To illustrate, I changed the location of my garbage can from under the sink to a new auto-opening garbage can that sat on the other side of the kitchen.  It became comical as I would automatically open the cupboard under the sink and throw my garbage on top of the items I had replaced the can with.  I resorted to putting a yellow sticky note on the cupboard door that said NO!  This worked for a couple of days and then my mind started to ignore the note as I would again open the old cupboard door.  Finally, after a couple of weeks, I started to remember that the garbage can was in a new location!  It took a couple more weeks to automatically remember.  Now I don’t even have to think about it—I just do it.  

Because we have a default mode (out of habit) in ways of thinking, sometimes we have to remind ourselves that we don’t think out of the old man/carnal mind anymore.  Using the garbage can is a good analogy since the old location (our carnal thought processes) is replaced with a completely new and different location as we remember to go to the Holy Spirit.  Think in terms of the old way as ‘garbage’—there’s a brand new way of thinking!  However, this new way is accessed by repetition and intentional work on our part as we remember that the new location is the Holy Spirit that we need to first go to! Fortunately, the Holy Spirit reminds us that He is present within us!

by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh.—Hebrews 10:20

Jigsaw Puzzles

Putting together a thousand piece jigsaw puzzle is not easy.  It is rewarding and satisfying to finally finish it, but it’s something that is worked on little by little—even months to complete.  Our lives as Christians are very similar. 

In putting my puzzle together, I was convinced that pieces were missing!  However, I knew what I had purchased was complete and all the pieces had to be there somewhere.  I carefully laid out every piece on my board and painstakingly went over and over them to find that one piece that I thought I knew would fit into its (obvious) place.  I was so excited to finally find the piece that fit into the right place, only to realize it didn’t look anything like what I thought it should look like.  That particular piece was not obvious laying on my board among all the other pieces, but when I put it in its place, it made perfect sense.  I heard myself saying many times during this process, “Who knew this was the piece I was looking for?”

Once I found the right piece, it would almost ‘click’ together.  It was obvious that it was the right one because of the way it perfectly fit together with the other pieces.  More than once, I would put a piece in a spot where I thought it was supposed to be, but it just didn’t set right or make total sense as I placed the pieces around it.  It almost fit perfectly and looked like it should be there—it was so close!  Once I realized the piece I had mistakingly put in wasn’t supposed to be there, I took it out and put the right piece in its place, which made more sense in the picture.  After awhile, my puzzle began to take on the true image of the completed picture on the box.

I began to see that my life was a lot like this puzzle.  As I laid out the pieces of what my picture was supposed to look like, I realized something very fundamental—I needed to keep looking at the picture on the box to put my puzzle together.  I would be so lost if I didn’t have the finished picture to look at!  Jesus is our completed picture that we are to keep looking at to make the pieces of our lives take shape and look like Him.

I like things in my life to fit the way they are supposed to—God made me that way.  However, I’ve learned that I need to be patient in the process.  Those pieces will come as I continue to look for them.  Some pieces are not obvious, others are.  I also know that I’m not able to find those pieces the moment I want to find them to complete my picture.  This has everything to do with my ‘control’ issues.  It’s obvious that I’m not the one in control of how fast I can find the pieces and put them together.  

Even though God uniquely designed each one of us, the ‘picture’ of our lives is supposed to look just like Jesus  (…as He is, so are we in this world. —1 John 4:17).  What a process God has done in my own life as I remember how my pieces came in the ‘box’ of my broken humanity.  The Lord lays out all of our pieces so carefully and puts them together to fit into the perfect picture of what He created us to be—just like Jesus—whose picture is on the box!

The surprising benefits of putting a puzzle together, besides finding the pieces that fit, is the time spent with Him in the process.  I love the time we spend putting puzzles together.  Our communication is so sweet as we talk about all the pieces of my life.  He shows me things He has done in my life and is doing now—about my future, and even about heaven.  I talk to Him (pray) about all my concerns and cares.  It’s the same way as we go about the everyday routines of our lives.  We just need to remember to keep our eyes and attention on Him—He’s already with us.

Who knew that putting a jigsaw puzzle together would be something God would use to show me about my life, how to be conformed into His image, and drawing closer to Him?

Things to remember:  

Keep looking at the finished picture—Jesus.  Be patient.  Don’t ever stop.  Keep searching, working, praying, and praising.  Read your Bible, forgive yourself (and others), be grateful and thankful, and repent for things He shows you where you’ve missed it.  Allow God to remove the pieces that don’t fit in your life and replace them with the right pieces (He will even show you the pieces that fit in the places where you didn’t think they would fit).  Have faith that all the pieces are already supplied, just look to Him to show you and wait on His timing.

Who is Your Father?

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There is no one like the God of Jeshurun, who rides across the heavens to help you and on the clouds in His majesty.   Deut. 33:26 (NIV)

Family is God’s idea and He has created the family unit, complete with a father and a mother. When a family functions the way God intends it to function, the family is nurtured, healthy and fruitful.  Because we live in a fallen world, we don’t really see a perfect family model—other than, of course, God the Father, Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Most people who’ve had a bad childhood would say they are envious, even jealous of people who’ve had an amazing childhood.  If they’re truthful, they would say they even struggled with bitterness and rejection because of the way they were raised at some point in their lives (mainly by their fathers).  An intentionally present father in the home makes all the difference.  (I’m not excluding the importance of the mother).  Consequently, there is a father factor in nearly all social ills facing America today.

Statistics and numbers don’t lie—they paint a very real picture.  These are just a few of the many statistics for the United States:  85% of youth who are currently in prison grew up in a fatherless home.  39% of students from first through twelfth grades do not have a father in the home.  Children without a father are 4 times more likely to be living in poverty than children with a father.  1 in 3 children do not have access to their father.  It gets worse…Fatherless homes make up 57% African-American, 31%  Hispanic , and 20%  Caucasian/White households.  The U.S. Census Bureau reported in 2011, that 44% of children the homes headed by a single mother were living in poverty, while just 12% of children in married-couple families were living in poverty.  The National Center for Fathering states that 72% of Americans believe that a fatherless home is the most significant social problem and family problem that is facing our country.  The NCF also states that more than 20 million children live in a home without the physical presence of a father.  Millions more have dads who are physically present, but emotionally absent.  If it were classified as a disease, fatherlessness would be an epidemic worthy of attention as a national emergency.

Good and functional families produce amazing children, as dysfunctional families produce children who struggle with identity and values.  The opposite can be true, although rare.  The Bible says in Matt. 7:17, “A good tree cannot produce bad fruit nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.”  The problem is actually in the ROOT of the tree.  Luke 3:9 says “And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees,  Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”  What this scripture is NOT saying is a blanket statement that all the bad trees just need to be cut down and burned!  The Passion Translation says it like this:  Even now God’s axe of judgment is poised to chop down our barren tree right down to the roots!  The word root is a metaphor of offspring; progeny, a sprout, a shoot.  It’s what we produce; the offspring that comes out of our own hearts.  The axe of judgment is poised to cut it down, but what changes whether the tree (we) will survive or not is by our repentance.  God wants to change the root that produces the bad tree/fruit.  Repentance breaks open the heart and changes our attitudes toward God and others.  Repentance means: a change of mind.

One can only see the destructive behavior of someone who has been raised in a fatherless home, or in a society that tells them they’re not good enough because of their education or the color of their skin.  There have been centuries of abuse, hurt, and injustice.  This grieves God as it should every person who calls on the name of Jesus.  We, who belong to Christ, are all children of God our Father and part of His family.  If we have been born-again, our past and our upbringing does not define who we are as born-again believers.  Through Christ our path in life changes, starting with the fact that we now have the the most perfect and greatest Father in the universe and is carried out by our personal choices.  The Bible says we (Christians) are no longer of this world, but citizens of heaven.  We are saved from this world’s systems, but the truth is, we still live in it.  

God is our true Father, who is perfect, kind, loving and gracious, plus every other positive adjective we can think of.   We, as His children, can approach the throne of grace with confidence that He will never stop loving us as a perfect father loves his child.  Since so many people don’t know what a perfect father is, we find it hard to relate to God as Father.  There are people who have had horrible fathers and can’t seem to relate to a loving Father we call God.  Unfortunately for them, God is feared as a harsh task master; coupled with the fact that He’s invisible to our earthly eyes. It would be great if we could actually see God with our physical eyes and talk face to face with Him. The Religious people in Jesus’ day thought that as well and said, “Show us the father”.  Jesus replied,  “If you’ve seen me, you’ve seen the Father.”  (John 14:8-9)

God would that all repent and be saved, He doesn’t want anyone to perish.  (2 Pet. 3:9) What is the deciding factor here, if not us?  If it’s God’s will to save everyone, why aren’t we all saved?  I truly believe that for every problem, God has a solution if we would turn to Him for the answer.  You may not be able to change everyone else in your life, but you can change your own life through the power of Christ’s shed blood.  Jesus has the answer, because He is the answer.   Every person has a destiny in this world—we all count.  God did not make you by mistake—He made you with intention and with a purpose.  It’s our job to find out what that purpose is.  It starts not by just accepting Jesus into your life, but by actually surrendering your life to Him.  Dying to yourself is the only way out of this fallen world.

Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of the Son he loves? Col. 1:13 (KJV)  I love how the The Passion Translation states this verse: “He has rescued us completely from the tyrannical rule of darkness and has translated us into the kingdom realm of His beloved Son.”

We were born into a fallen world—it has problems.  Satan is the prince of the power of the air.  He had gained legal right to usurp this world’s order…only until we are born again and find out who and whose we really are!  All authority has been given to Jesus and we (believers) are IN HIM. (Phil. 2:10, Luke 9:1, 2 Cor. 10:8,  If all authority has been given to Christ, that means the devil has none!

How many people in hell are forgiven?  The answer is; all of them!  Christ died for the sins of the whole world.  We are the ones who choose to believe on Jesus or not.  God leaves the decision up to us. Mankind has always been accountable for his own choices and actions.

My whole point is that God wants us to be reconciled to Him as our Father.  Romans 5:10 says, “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”  It’s the great exchange—your life for His life.  Your subjected truth to His objective truth.  It all starts with God as Father.  God did not create us to be lost, orphaned and confused of our identity and purpose.  Be reconciled to God through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.  Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life; no man comes unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)

It’s All About Perspective

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Recently, the Lord showed me how I had been offended in the past at many things in my life.  It’s true that I’ve been hurt by people and circumstances that I really had no control over.  I’ve especially been deeply hurt by people and leaders of the Church.  I knew what the Lord was saying was true because I’ve heard the rhetoric in my heart and mind before, but never really applied it to my life or connected the dots within myself.  Why hadn’t I seen this about myself before now?  Perhaps I wasn’t ready.  No doubt, this shelter-in-place order has brought about a lot of self-realization.  We’ve slowed down—listening to our hearts and our thoughts has been easier during this time.  (God uses all things for our good.)

Realizing the truth that I was carrying offense at things, people and situations, I consequently ended up doing a spiritual social-distancing without even noticing it.  I became more of an observer in life, and without realizing it, I found myself staying 6 feet away from people because I didn’t want to be hurt or disappointed again.  Fear of people, fear of failing and fear of rejection was at the core of my decisions to distance myself.

We do a spiritual social-distancing because we don’t want to catch the opinions of others, thus being infected with something bad to have to deal with.  Being offended literally builds a fence around us personally.  We smile on the outside like it doesn’t really effect us, but on the inside we are retreating into ourselves because of some sort of internal pain or a lack of knowing how to process what we are feeling.  We close the door to people, things, teachings, opinions, and situations because our trust level has been compromised.  We don’t want to get in close contact with what people carry because we have no immune system.  We then take on a victim mentality that says, “if they wouldn’t have said that or done that to me—if this didn’t happen to me, I wouldn’t be in the place I’m in right now.”  It becomes their fault—we have given up all responsibility to steward our own lives.  Again, some of us have no spiritual immune system. 

On the other hand, I’m not saying we need to subject ourselves to everyone and everything.  Even Jesus did not entrust Himself to people because He knew and understood the fickleness of human nature and He knew what was in man—in their hearts. (John 2:23-25)  Discernment of the Spirit is desperately needed in our lives.  That’s why it’s a gift of the Holy Spirit.  God gave us these gifts because He knew how vital they would be to maneuver through our spiritual lives.  Also, even though our discernment is most likely correct, it’s what we do with it and how we process the discernment that makes all the difference.  We need God’s perspective of the discernment we are sensing.  Are we responding to Holy Spirit or are we simply reacting to what we see or feel out of our own carnal minds?  The best way to process discernment is by asking the Lord if what we are discerning is from Him and how does He want us to proceed with it.  When our perspective of something is in-line with God’s perspective—God just might surprise us with the answers of how we are to respond. 

Revival is for the Body of Christ—the Believers, and it starts within our own hearts as individuals before it can become a corporate revival.  Revival is like many little fires coming together to make one big fire.  It sparks something in our own heart.  It quickly jumps to another person as the Spirit is able to ignite that spark into a flame.  We need one another to sustain a revival.  True revival is spread to others and is meant to be done in a group or a community of people.  When you have logs burning in a campfire and you remove one of the burning logs to the outside, it will soon grow cold and go out.  We need to get close enough to the flame (to one another) to catch fire and keep burning.  This is an intentional act on our part. (i.e. putting yourself out there to catch what is being carried.)  However if we go around offended at what we observe, we can completely miss what God has for us.

On the outside, revival may look like something you really wouldn’t choose to be a part of or associated with.  We need to allow ourselves to get close enough to catch what other people carry.  What do other people carry that we personally need?  Oh sure, we can play it safe and stay at a distance but that won’t get us to a true sustaining revival.  True revival is caught like a virus and we need to get close enough to be infected with what God is doing.  We cannot be offended or else we won’t allow ourselves to come close.  Revival looks messy. We need to jump in with our whole heart and let God sift things out for us personally without being offended or caring what other people think of us.  

God wants to birth something in us.  When a woman is in childbirth, she could care less what other people think of her in the process of giving birth.  She doesn’t care what her hair or her make-up looks like.  She doesn’t care if her house is clean or her laundry is done.  She cares only about giving birth to her baby.  She is focused on that ONE THING and no one better get in her way!

We need to catch this kind of ‘virus’!  The One Thing—The Main Thing that matters is to give birth to a personal revival in our own lives by being around a corporate revival (other believers) that infects us with what God wants us to catch and burn with. This is a lifelong make-it-personal revival because we need to intentionally put ourselves back into the fire to burn hot and not go out.  We won’t get there if we are worried about what other people think of us or if we are offended by anyone or anything else.   We need to get God’s perspective and repent of our own.   Selah.

Identity Theft

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A prevalent atrocity in our culture today is the issue of stolen identity.  If you’ve ever fallen victim to this fraudulent evil, you have felt the personal violation of this crime. An entire industry has been created to fight for our personal identities. Statistics say there is a new victim of identity theft every 2 seconds in the U. S., amounting to over 16.8 billion dollars in 2017.

I believe what happens in the natural is an indicator of what’s happening in the spiritual. Every person on the planet has fallen victim of their true identity because of the fall of mankind.  We were created in the image and likeness of God, which speaks of His nature and who He is.

God is our true Father and we are His children. Not long after birth, we begin to lose the innocence of who we were created to be. We have fallen victim to identity theft in that we forget who we are and whose we are.

Christ died for the sins of the whole world to reconcile us back to the Father. We have been forgiven because of the blood of Jesus on the cross. Regrettably heartbreaking, many people will die not knowing they are forgiven. Hell is populated with forgiven people because they simply did not receive the free gift of salvation from the only One who has the power to offer it.

Orphaned and lost, mankind wanders the earth not knowing that God is their true Father. Their identity has been stolen from them and their eyes have been blinded to the Truth. Even some who have received Jesus as their Savior, so often fight spiritual battles by not believing the whole truth of who they really are. They spend their lives trying to earn God’s love and acceptance – thinking their performance has to be just right so they won’t lose God’s love and acceptance.

The truth of your identity is found in Jesus Christ.

The Bible says if you are in Christ, you are a brand new creation, (2 Cor. 5:17) Your spirit and His are now one (1 Cor. 6:17) – like pouring 2 glasses of water into one pitcher. We don’t need to wrestle with our identity. We are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. (1 Cor.1:30.  In Him we live and move and have our being. (Acts 17:28).  It’s no longer I that lives, but Christ who lives in me. (Gal. 2:20). We are not justified by our works, but by faith in Jesus. (Gal. 2:6).

Let this understanding of the truth sink in deeply. Know that He is also working on your soul (mind, will and emotions), which is in a continual process of being conformed to the image of Jesus. But your spirit man is perfect in Christ. By one offering, He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. (Heb. 10:14.)

He not only took our sins, He became sin in our place. His body was also broken for our bodies. Healing as well as eternal life is available to us through the cross of Christ.

We are saved, healed and delivered through the cross by the sacrificial shed blood of Jesus Christ. Our identity of who we really are in Him must be realized in order to walk in the fullness of God and the incredible inheritance He has provided for us.

Identify with Jesus.

Lord, thank you that Your crucifixion was my crucifixion – Your death was my death – Your burial was my burial – Your resurrection was my resurrection – Your victory is my victory. My true identity is that I am a child of God, my Father, and He loves me extravagantly without reservation!

And to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (Eph. 3:19)

Just say Yes

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Then He (Jesus) said to them, “The harvest is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest” Luke 10:2

I walked by a pond in a garden that I was told had fish in it. I looked but couldn’t see any at first, so I threw some small pieces of bread into the water. Within minutes I was looking at a shoreline full of Koi – very hungry Koi!

I was so taken by these fish – I fed them everything I had. The Lord began to speak to me that these fish are like people; If you feed them, they will come to Me.  I thought, what do I have to feed people? I heard Him say, “Give them what you have”.

Jesus said in John 6:35, I am the bread of life: he that comes to me shall never hunger; and he that believes on me shall never thirst.

We have Jesus and can give Him as the bread of life! Even if people don’t want ‘the man’ Jesus yet, they’ll take His peace, His love, encouragement, hope, comfort and anything else we have of Him to give them. Even the smallest gesture – a kind word, a glass of water or maybe just a heartfelt smile and saying hello. We don’t know what someone may need at the moment, just give them what you have. Maybe it’s meeting their needs on a larger scale, giving them money or a car or clothes or furniture. Whatever you give, it will be given back to you – pressed down and running over. In what measure you give, it will be given back to you again.

To reach a lost and dying world we must say Yes to God. We may fall short in our abilities, but God doesn’t call us to be His disciples on the earth because of our abilities. He responds to our Yesour availability to Him and equips us as we go. He doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called. I call it ‘on-the-job-training’. We don’t have to have perfect character first because God will always be working on that part of us, just begin to share with people who Jesus is and what God has given you – He’ll take it from there.

If you are a Christian, you have all you need! By receiving more and more of the love, the grace, the blessings of the Father, we will naturally spill over and give it out to others. We are the light of the world, we are the salt of the earth. Jesus is in you in the form of the Holy Spirit. Step out in faith, get free from the fear of man and give out what you have to the hungry, lost souls right where you are. The need is great – the laborers are few. We’ve all been given the ministry of reconciliation.

For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. John 6:33

Just say Yes to Him. Let God turn your Yes into an Amen! He sees and supernaturally uses everything we give out in His name – even if it’s planting one little seed in someone’s life. One plants, one waters, but it is God who gives the increase (1 Cor. 3). He will increase us and reward us for stepping out in faith, which is called fruit that abounds to our account.

By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.  John 15:8.

You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. John 15:16.

Testimony (short version): While in Brazil, our group of 5 women went to a hospital to pray for children in the ICU. There was a grandmother there whose grandchild was born prematurely and was addicted to heroine. The mother had left, so this grandmother was left alone to watch her little granddaughter struggle for her life. We prayed for the baby and then we prayed for the grandmother, who was devastated to say the least. As we prayed for her, we realized that she didn’t know Jesus, so we asked her if she wanted to receive Him into her life. She said “no, I’m not ready. I really don’t believe.” She then shared with us how hard it was on her financially to come to the hospital to be with her granddaughter. She was very poor and had to travel a long distance by bus to and from the hospital. We were still praying when all of the sudden, a few of us turned around (at the same time without a word) and got money out of our purses. As we filled this grandmother’s hands with money, she began to weep. This wasn’t a small amount of money for this little Brazilian woman – it was more than she made in a year! As she continued to weep, we heard her say, “I want this Jesus you are talking about.” We prayed with her and she received Jesus. Because of the supernatural move of God on her life to supply an incredible need – she was convinced that God is real!

Give God your YES! This is what we are born-again to do and to be… we are Christ-ians. He meets all our needs.

 

Authority

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Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Matt. 6:10

It’s not so much that God is ‘sovereign’ or ‘in control’ – but that He has all authority and He has given all authority to Jesus. We, as Christians, are Christ’s body. We are ‘in Him’. Jesus has given His church (His body/His bride), this authority to rule on the earth through Him – to bring heaven to earth!

We are to use our delegated authority in this world/this realm to bring about on earth what is already in heaven. Not to command or determine the lives, ways and paths of man, but to command and determine what the spiritual forces are to be surrounding man (ourselves). We are to cast down evil and darkness so the Kingdom of God can be established on the earth and in one’s life and circumstances. We are the light of the earth – light bearers.

This is truly ruling and reigning with Christ to establish the Kingdom of God upon the earth. We do this by our words.

By our choices, we determine and rule by the words that proceed from our mouths. Our words are weapons that push back darkness and bring in the light.  The soul’s only power is the power to chose and the power of the word spoken out of the heart (our beliefs). This is why it is so important to have the knowledge, understanding, wisdom and will of God. We find these in His Word. We align our heart and our will to Him/His Word and speak accordingly.

(Photo by Brandon Cole)