A personal God

Last night I experienced God in a way I have not in a long while. God reached down and spoke truth to me concerning things I have battled in my heart but not expressed to anyone. There was a stumbling block I have battled against for awhile that was something I could not overcome. I have been pushing to get into the Presence of Almighty God in my own strength. A couple of ladies with their hands on me God spoke through.

God is so personal and He desires so much for us to reach up to Him. The Bible says blessed are the poor in Spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled. We trip over ourselves, and our pride makes us miss the best part of God. His presence.

When those ladies spoke of the things they said I knew it was from God because I don’t know these ladies. They don’t know me. But God knows me better than anyone. He knows me. I was so grateful for the prayer. It made me truly realize that God sees me. He cares. He waits on me.

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By yourself

Jesus said come away with me and be refreshed (Mar 6:31). The Spirit led people into the desert (Mark 1.12) So they went away to be by themselves to a remote place (Mar 6.32). Why do you think that was? I think we as persons get into our routines and just get stuck. Even if we sincerely desire change it may take a drastic change to help us change. We want that change to be something we choose not something to be brought on us by the enemy that makes us fall flat on our face and bring us to our knees, in order to humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand to bring about true change. Sometimes it’s necessary we take a ‘sabbatical’ so to speak in order for us to hear God’s voice insteadof our own. Just as Apostle Paul spent much time walking alone, just him and God, He was built up in spiritual strength because he sought the supernatural presence of God. This made him strong in the Lord and the power of His might.

So what are you doing today to prepare yourself for the day?

Are you being refreshed by the Presence of God on a daily basis (Acts 3:19-20)

Take thought to this. Be Blessed

“Then 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 of your heart” (Jer 29:12-13).

Turning the head of God..

..Moses did this. Moses, if you remember, murdered a man and then ran to the desert and remained there for 40 years. In that time I believe God was humbling Moses to prepare him for his calling. In Numbers 12:3 it says at that time, “Moses was a very humble man, more so than anyone on the face of the earth.” The Bible says that God communicated with the Prophets, during this time, through visions, dreams and riddles but not with Moses. With Moses God would speak to him face to face. Which meant Moses so pleased God, as he humbled himself, that He turned the head of God. It prepared him to walk into his calling. That calling was supernatural in nature. It was gonna take a strength that Moses wouldn’t have the ability to exert on his own. I’m sure it was beyond anything that he could imagine himself needing or even having.

As you read throughout Exodus and Numbers Moses went into the Presence of God time and time again to make intercession for individuals, and God’s people as a whole, asking for forgiveness, mercy or help. Moses went to the outskirts of the location where the people were, to meet with God. He had to inconvenience himself by leaving his location to go to a place he knew God was going to show up, in the Tent of Meeting or on a mountain. He would spend a lot of time basking in God’s presence, getting strengthened, having sweet fellowship with God.

In Numbers 12 Marium and Aaron spoke harshly against Moses, behind his back. Maybe it was because they were jealous of Moses’ fellowship with the Lord. Maybe they wanted, deep down, a sweet time with God themselves and because of that they slandered Moses. As a result, Marium was hit with Leprosy. She went to Moses to defend her in front of God and he being humble enough stepped up and asked God to not hold that sin against her. He pleaded with God to heal her.

Who does that? Sets aside his pride and genuinely pleads for the mercy for his so called “enemy”. It is someone who sees the spirit behind the person acting out against them. Someone who loves their enemies. Someone who is full of God. Someone who truly loves his brother as himself.

What about you? Do you see this as something you could aim for in your life? If so, you would reap blessing incomprehensible in your life because you went after whats most important. Take God as His Word. He doesn’t lie (Numbers 23:19). What His Word is sent to do it always accomplishes (Isaiah 55:11).

 “…In every relationship, each of you must wrap around yourself the apron of a humble servant. Because: God resists you when you are proud but multiplies grace and favor when you are humble. If you bow low in God’s awesome presence, He will eventually exalt you as you leave the timing in His hands” (1 Peter 5:5b-6, TPT).

What inconveniences would you have to reach sweet fellowship with God Almighty? Under the new Covenant we are privileged to be in, how much more will we get by pleasing God internally? Its a goal. Its a thought. Make it an action today. It takes one step of faith at a time…dieing to ourselves daily (1 Corinthians15:31).

“Create a new, clean heart within me. Fill me with pure thoughts and holy desires, ready to please you… The fountain of your pleasure is found in the sacrifice of my shattered heart before you. You will not despise my tenderness as I humbly bow down at your feet” (Ps 51:10, 17, TPT)

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A little reminder

This morning I am reminded of a cool little healing I got see take place in my home. My cat had this little purple bubble show up on the bottom part of his jaw. After putting the pieces together I figured out what the culprit was. He’s a strange cat because sometimes he would carry shoes in his mouth, like a dog. Shoes are dirty and it was creating infection in his mouth that was making an abscess on his jaw show up. So I started treating him with natural antibiotics but they didn’t seem to make a difference. Then I was led to just start petting his head and together him and I would thank Jesus, over and over again each day, for his healing him. And don’t you know I watched the bubble shrink and after a short little while that bubble disappeared.

It was a lesson for myself with my healing. I am reminded to thank Him everyday for healing me. So today I start the day not with requests but with thanks to God for the healing that’s taking place in my brain.

What about you? What can you thank you thank God for today as you wait expectantly? The Bible says, “Give thanks in all circumstances because this is the will of God in Christ” (1 Thes 5:18).

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A past unpublished piece of work…

In a checkout line at the store this morning a man struck up a conversation with me. He looked at the hoodie I was wearing and read the emblem ‘Bambi Lake Roscommon, MI’. He proceeded to tell me that he had property up near Houghton Lake. He said that when he gets up there he immediately steps out of his car and takes a deep breath of relief. Its a place to relax from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. I replied, “it’s beautiful up there. You know you’re definitely not in Waterford anymore when you get out there.” I walked out of the store with a trailing thought. Why is it that people long to get away from everyday life so often?

Now I don’t work a full time job and deal with the grind Monday thru Friday that most people do. Earlier this year I did have the opportunity to step into that arena when I was hired to work in a medical office. The three months I spent doing the 8-5 rush went so fast its almost a blur to me. It did however give me enough experience to know what I wanted not to spend me life pursuing: money and vacations. I’m not knocking anyone that does work full time and earn vacation time off to enjoy. Its just not for me.

God continues to point me to Scripture telling me to fix my eyes on things above not on things in this earth. Recently I had not one but two people point something out to me about myself that I never really put much thought to. I have a gift. God has given me the ability and constant desire to share Him with whomever He puts in my path. An evangelistic spirit my Grandpa called it. Almost anytime I am having a conversation with someone, in the forefront of my mind I think ‘how can I steer this conversation to God?’

Sometimes I imagine how people must view me. I don’t measure up according to the worlds standards. I am married and have been for almost eleven years. We do not have any children. And I’m not sure if we ever will. I do not hold a four year college degree. In my adults years I have steered away from ever finishing with one. I am an everyday person who does what is put before them. Currently I house clean and blog. If there’s anything I am passionate about it is getting people into the family of God and helping them to experience freedom through learning God’s Word.

I know God is always at work in and around our world. He’s always moving and inviting us believers to become involved with Him in His work wherever we are planted, everyday. I still feel like God has a call on my life to do something. And I’m not much but I am willing. It makes me think of the Scripture when Samuel was sent to pick out from Jesse’s boys which he would anoint to be the next king of Israel. As each of the seven eldest brothers passed in front of Samuel he could see they were great in stature, from all outward appearances looked distinguished enough for royalty. Though Samuel was not moved to appoint any of those men as the candidate. Finally he spoke up and Jesse mentioned of his youngest son who was a sheep herder. The Bible describes him as reddish in complexion and some versions speak directly about his beautiful eyes. To Jesse, David was from all outward appearances the least of his brothers. But from God’s perspective David had just what He was looking for lead His people. The Scriptures say, But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart (1 Sam 17:6, KJV).

Truly I wonder if this is true for myself. No I am not always right on. Sometimes my mind wanders and I don’t always do or say the right thing. But deep down I know what is right and what is wrong. I do my best to live up to what understanding God has given me. I know when I’ve wronged someone and I know better then to let it linger. I am very quick to make peace. Because number one, I know what its like to live in the state of unrest but also I know my relationship and communication with God hinges on this.

Sometimes I think I live too much in my head and not enough in reality. I do honestly love God more then anybody else in my life. I have learned that my life in the physical and spiritual realm relies heavily upon this. Jesus said his first and most important commandment was to love God with every fiber of our being, along with loving others as ourselves (Luke 10:27).

What about you?

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In Jesus name

I command things to be done in the name of Jesus. Monday this week I woke up with a smile on my face. I had a thought circulating through my mind. It was actually a memory from a few years back. I haven’t shared this with too many people and I think that’s why it still baffles me to this day to think about. That may be why it never came up in the conversation when I shared what happened later with people.

It was a trial I woke up to not expecting one morning. We had done improvements on our home in recent times then. There wasn’t much more to do to our home. We had lived in our house for maybe 7 years. One morning I got out of bed to find half of our family room flooded with water. The carpet was sopping wet. The water had climbed maybe a foot up the wall.

I walked in our utility room, which is connected to the outside door leading into the garage, and saw a strong steady flow of water pushing through the sides of the door from the garage into the room. It was unlike anything I had ever seen or even imagined that was happening.

I stood there for a minute considering what I should do. I was at a loss for words as the water pushed through the cracks between the wall and the door like a flood. I became overwhelmed and asked God what should I do. Suddenly a thought entered my mind. ‘Command the water to stop in Jesus name.’ I raised my hand toward the door and spoke ‘stop in Jesus name.’ I watched that steady flow of water quickly come to a trickle and stop completely. I had never seen anything like that happen. It obeyed my words because I used the name of Jesus.

Jesus said in His Word that anything we desired and prayed for would be done for us if we believed we have received them (Mark 11:24). This was truly the case for me. I was out of options then and there as I watched this water push through my door. Because I had a relationship with the Lord I had the authority to command it to be done. I have by no means arrived to perfection but something I do know is really how much I need the Lord (John 15:7). Enough not to seperate myself from Him because I do need HIS grace so much to survive.

I have missed the mark according to Romans 3:23. But I do not remain in that state; not purposely. ‘I do try to run the race to obtain the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus. I go into strict training. I don’t beat the air as if I’m shadow boxing. I strike a blow to my body and make it a slave so that after preaching the Gospel I myself will not be disqualified for the prize’ (1 Cor 9:24-26). A boxer has to look forward to his opponent so he will hit the mark. He throws off those heavy weights that entangle and slow him down. He runs with perseverance the race marked before him. (Heb 12:1-2). Not constantly looking to the right or the left to distract. Not giving the enemy any power to hold me down with trials. But I look straight ahead. I carefully choose the path I take so I can run steadfastly and keep from getting caught in things I should not. (Phil 4: 25-27). Fixing my eyes on Jesus is the only remedy for the battle. Keep marching forward as the commander orders. Then I can be trusted with the authority He allows His trusted soldiers to use.

It’s a life long lesson that I can move progressively toward or away from.

What will you choose today?

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Restless Heart

My heart has been beating differently these last couple of days. Something is stirring inside me. I picked up a book yesterday and read the entire thing from front to back and something began a stirring within me..

I woke up this morning with some verses going through my head. I began repeating them to myself aloud. “I die to myself daily”. “Less of me and more of You”. “Humble myself under the Mighty Hand of God and in due time He will lift me up”. Not realizing I was setting myself up for the day..

After I finished that book I really started considering how closely I was listening to the voice of God throughoutmy everyday. Obeying His every prompting. And how so often over the years I’d failed to do this. It hurt my heart. How could I just walk passed someone in the store, hear God tell me to stop to talk with them, share the love of God with them, and not even turn my head and yet walk right on by? There have been SO many instances over the years where I walk through the store wondering how many of these people know Jesus? And how many people are headed straight to hell? I repented and finished my day.

Today I went to the grocery store. I had to pickup a few items. I found myself actually teary-eyed walking through the store. I was wondering as I passed people if they knew Christ. Then I started stopping people to tell them God loves them and Jesus died for them. Many replied they knew that and kept on walking. I came across a young girl with a little boy in her cart and looked right at her and told her God loved her. We began a conversation. I asked her if she knew the Lord. She replied that she did. I asked if she’d received the Holy Spirit. If she had been baptized in the Holy Spirit. She asked if that meant she spoke in tongues. I went on to tell her this baptism was important for her to be able to walk in victory in her relationship with the Lord. She said she hadn’t and so I asked if I could pray for her right then and there. I asked her name and laid my hand on her shoulder. I began praying for her to receive the Holy Spirit. I began weeping for her as I prayed. I asked the Lord to meet her needs, whatever they were. I asked her if she went to church. She named a place but asked where I went. I told her where I went and told her not be content with what she was learning but to go after MORE of God. I gave her my card with my phone number on it.

Over the last few weeks God has been giving me revelation on just what will happen come the time of judgment. How many people believe they’re headed to heaven because they made a confession of faith once, maybe as a child or sometime in their adult years but walked away in disobedience. Never lived their lives for Christ. And when they’re called to give an account for their lives they won’t measure up.

As Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 9:24, 26, 27: Don’t you know that the runners in a stadium all race, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way to win the prize…So I do not run like one who runs aimlessly or box like one beating the air. Instead, I discipline my body and bring it under strict control, so that after preaching to others, I myself will not be disqualified.

This is what my heart misses. The pleasure of pleasing my Lord completely. NO more will I fear. NO more will I walk on by opportunities. I ask for them. I will step into them. God use my life. Lord please don’t let me waste my life on myself. Use it for YOUR glory.

If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (John 8.31-31)