Things aren’t always what they seem…

You know the Spiritual world is more real than the natural world that we see with our own eyes. It’s funny how our perception of life can change with one touch from God. We can see our battles as temporary and truly insignificant because we hold onto God tighter than what we can see. God’s Word that tells us We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us (Rom 8:37). Trials can be something to glorify God instead of beating us down. We can choose to glorify God instead of our problems and deny the enemy the satisfaction of giving him praise for our difficulties. We can speak the peace and the power of God right into our trials just as Christ said. Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.“If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it” (John 14:13-14). We can be the victor instead of living beneath something or even defining ourselves by whatever trial we’re facing.

If we have this power that Jesus Himself gave to us, using His name to combat anything that comes against us, than why do we have prayers that go unanswered? I have a struggle of my own that I keep asking God to replace with something new and good and I believe He is. Until I see this manifest completely I have my part to do as I seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness and I feed my inner man with His Word so I can become stronger. He has given me the upper hand. I do not have to live beneath any thing. The Devil is a liar. 1 Peter 2:24 says Jesus paid for me to be free of any and every infirmity attacking me. By His wounds I have been healed. It’s true that I believe more of what comes out of my own mouth and I will eat my words because Proverbs 18:21 says so, The tongue has the power of life and death. I had better be in the Bible declaring the truth over myself, my family, or anything else of great value every single day. This takes my time. It doesn’t just happen. I have to do something.

The Bible says, Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because I tell you, many will try to enter and won’t be able… (Luke 13:24) To strive to enter through is the word ἀγωνίζομαι agōnízomai. Strong’s says this means the believer must struggle, literally (to compete for a prize) figuratively (to contend with an adversary), or genitive case (to endeavor to accomplish something):— fight, labor fervently, strive. The Bible says, Now everyone who competes exercises self-control in everything. They do it to receive a perishable crown, but we an imperishable crown (1 Cor 9:25).

Now this is not an easy task. This is not just going through the motions. Just attending church on Sundays and Wednesdays. It’s not even just turning on your Christian music or serving in a ministry consistently in your church. This is much much more than that. This is proactively forsaking our lives for Christ. Giving up our desires, our preferences, our opinions, our rights for the sake of the Gospel. Luke 9:23 says, Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. And John 15:4-5 says, and that means we must remain in Jesus. He is the vine and we are the branches. Jesus said if we remain in Him and He in us we will bear much fruit but apart from Him we can do nothing.

The Bible explains the Spiritual life as something of absurdity to the natural mind. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned (1 Cor 2:14). The natural man will dismiss what he cannot understand. How many Christians do that to things in the Bible? Maybe they’ve been taught things in church and because they don’t question things themselves, by studying the Word, they never grow into mature believers who know the truth and it allow it to set them free. Walking in truth led by the Holy Spirit. They remain stagnant. They do the same things over and over and over again. The cycle of Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday is all they see. Back and forth to work they go. And church on Sunday. With vacations thrown in between. There’s nothing beyond that. Christ paid much too a high price for us to only live like that.

So the question is what do we do? How do we live beyond our today or move on and soar in the strength of God? I think we have to really put God first in our hearts, in our lives, in our days, in our plans. Plan my day around Jesus instead of Jesus around my day. Start praying everyday. Include His Word in your prayer time as He leads you to. Read the Bible everyday and don’t read for length but read because you want to hear God speak to you. The primary way God speaks is though His Word. Allow Him the time to tell you things. Study His Word. Study topics in areas in which you struggle. Allow Him to reveal Himself through His Word. Write things down. My Grandmother told me this many many years ago. She said this was so important. I should write everything down. She was right. Because I wrote down my entire book before I had it published or even had the plans as to how to have it published. It was hand written even before it was on the computer. It was a compilation of writing things down as God spoke to me.

It’s a new year. A brand new start. The possibilities are endless. Make God first place in your time, in your thoughts, in your actions, in your desires and in your heart. See how He reveals Himself to you in a real way. Spiritual warfare is real. You enemy the Devil does not want you to do these things because when you do really make God really first place in your heart, you’re a real threat to Him. He won’t bother you if you don’t bother him. Be a part of what is most important. That is building the Kingdom of Heaven today that will last for tomorrow and forever and way past this lifetime into the next. This is what it’s all about.

 But 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)

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A Real God

Just in the last week God has reminded me of how real He is. I have been reminded of how much God wants me to experience the His real presence over the last week. Our God is real and He’s really interested in having a relationship with you.

I have also been having vivid dreams about Heaven lately. I read online today that Joe Biden is going to be put in office as president and I immediately thought this is the beginning of the end of America. Its the beginning of the end of time.

I have these visions that we are just playing parts in a theater production as we go about our days here on earth. Its like how a movie portrays. Time is getting short. Ask God to reveal Himself and He will so you can see Him really before its too late.

If you don’t know my God personally He invites you to get to know Him. Its an eternal decision that is of utmost importance that you settle right on this side of eternity. Open the Bible and see what He wants to speak to you because He will speak directly to you. Right into your personal circumstances and it will blow your mind.

“If we say, “We have fellowship with him,” and yet we walk in darkness, we are lying and are not practicing the truth…If we say, “We have no sin,” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say, “We have not sinned,” we make him a liar, and his word is not in us”. (1 John 1.6, 8-10)

We all die. Where will you go when you do?

(John 3.16-18) “For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. “Anyone who believes in him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.

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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