Archive for July, 2010

July 31 – Do you get Frustrated?

July 31, 2010

How many of us go through a day and get agitated, frustrated, and irritated? Well, what if I told you that you never have to feel those things ever again? Would you believe it? The Lord taught me how to deal with frustration, and so I want to pass it on to you. By doing these simple things, you will not lose your peace in those situations, but come into a greater understanding of what is really  happening.

There are two steps to this, and so here is step #1:

When we get frustrated, we are trying to do what only God can do. We get frustrated when something doesn’t go the way we want, or the person is doing what we want them to do, or we can’t do what we want to do, etc. We get frustrated when we try to change things that we cannot change! We are trying to be “God” in these instances. We have to repent for trying to be Him, and take our peace. I like to say it this way, “When we get frustrated, it means we are stepping on God’s toes.”

So the next time you get frustrated, stop and say, “Father forgive me for stepping on your toes and for trying to be you. All things will work out, maybe not my way, but your way. Help me to stay in peace and not sweat the stuff that is YOUR stuff.” I got free from frustration the day I started applying this to my life, and I have to say that I don’t get frustrated any more.

Step #2 – Frustration also comes when we have not been honest. Like I said, I don’t get frustrated any more, well, I found myself the other day “feeling” frustrated. So I stopped and asked myself what I’m trying to do that only God could do. But in this case, that wasn’t the case. In this case it was because I wasn’t truthful with someone. And if we aren’t truthful, the other person continues doing the thing you don’t want done because they are basing their response on our lies. Let me give you an example:

I am working on a project. And a friend of mine wanted to help work on it. The job is really a one-person job and would be hard to have another help. But, I went along with it. Then I started “feeling” frustration. I began getting mad at the person, I was feeling like I wanted to pull out of the project all together, I was getting irritated, etc., and it was coming out in my actions toward my husband, and others around me. So I went to the Lord about it, and this is what He said. “You are not being honest with your friend. You don’t want to work on the project together, just tell him.” Oh… I said…  But of course, telling someone the truth could hurt their feelings… but we have to stay in truth as the Bible says. So that’s what I did. I prayed first though, so that my hurt and frustration with him didn’t manifest… and I simply shared my heart and the truth of the matter.

My peace was restored, and I even apologized to him for not being completely honest with him about it. He received it well, and now I’ll be working on the project, but after it’s done, he can go over it for his input.

We also must consider something else. Are we being true to ourself? Are we being honest with ourself? Are you doing things in life that you don’t want to be doing or don’t have peace about doing? We need to be true to ourselves people… this is not only good biblical sense, but will eliminate more of your frustration.

I hope that you take these into consideration, because frankly, frustration is sin, and we need to stay free from that. And I believe what I shared with you WORKS… when we DO it..


July 30 – Fearless Living

July 30, 2010

Fear is a huge epidemic in our world today, among everyone, especially Christians! I know, I was one of them. I had been filled with anxiety, stress, panic attacks, phobias and fear for over 30 years and 18 of those years AS a Christian! But God met me, and he healed me in 1998 when I learned what I’m about to share with you. It took me years to discover, so hopefully, this will help you so you won’t have to wait years if you are suffering as I did.

I like to call it:  SPL – Safe, Protected and Loved.  When all of these 3 elements are present in our life, there is NO FEAR.  The Bible says that “perfect love casts out all fear and torment.” Perfect love consists of all of these 3 things. I know that when I’m with my husband I feel so awesome because I “feel” safe, protected and loved. But when we had an argument, or a misunderstanding, I don’t feel all 3… and fear comes in to then cause me to think all kinds of things like divorce, he doesn’t love me, anger, jealousies, etc. But thank God that doesn’t happen often because our love is really strong and awesome.

However, if we are in a relationship where these 3 things don’t exist, and even if you are in a relationship like that, we still need to experience all of these things from our Heavenly Father. We need to know that he 1) Loves us 2) Protects us 3) And provides safety; all the days of our life. When we get these three things from God, it doesn’t matter what people do or not do, we are living fearlessly!

Since man cannot love perfectly, I would suggest we simply receive all these things from God, He’s the only one who can love perfectly…

July 23 – “GO”

July 23, 2010

This will be short and sweet…  But to the point!

Have you ever said to God, “Lord, here I am, send me?”  We reference the scripture found in Isaiah 6:8;
“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.”

Many people are waiting around for God to send them… but let me give you an insight into this verse. There is a small word in there that makes all the difference, and that word is “go.” Jesus was saying who is willing to go?  So now let’s look at a New Testament scripture – Mark 16:15 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” There is that word again, “Go.”

Now remember, in the Old Testament, Jesus didn’t impart the Holy Spirit as He has for us today yet. They were given the Holy Spirit by God as needed, but they had to simply live by pure motive and obedience to a law. So when in Isaiah God said, “Who will go?” And that individual said, “here I am, send me.” This person had to let God know He was willing. But, under grace, and living under the New Testament, we all have been told to “Go” who have the Holy Spirit residing in them every day.

Many are waiting around for a church to send them to Africa, or a letter in the mail telling them what to do. You have been told what to do… go! Even if it’s to the local grocery store, or a neighbor’s BBQ, but we have to do something… and that is “Go.” This is faith at work…  The Bible says, that faith without works is dead. By going, you are working your faith.

So, today, you have been released to Go. Don’t keep saying, “Here I am Lord, Send me.” Just go do it! Whatever it is on your heart to go and do, go and do!

July 21 – Only What We Do For Christ Will Last

July 21, 2010

My husband and I just completed a green house in our back yard. It’s really cute. We designed it as we went along, and the Lord helped us do it of course. During the building project though, I neglected to do some things I should have been doing, like, reading the Bible, returning phone calls, getting rest, eating right, etc. I was so consumed with the project.

Then there are other projects on our list to do as well, maintenance on our house, property, etc. And each and every one of those things could consume me…  needless to say, next project I’ll do it a bit differently…  But that’s not what I am talking about here…  what I want to say is that no matter what it is we do out of wood, hay and stubble, it will all burn in the end. As I stood there looking at that wonderful work of art, I said, “Lord, I really like what we built, but I’ll tear it down now if it hinders you in my life.” And with that He opened my heart to see further. This is what He said, “All the stuff you have to do “around here” doesn’t amount to a hill of beans up here.” Well, at least it’s a “hill of beans?” So, it’s not that we can’t do these types of things, it’s that we better put it into it’s right place, and not before God.

I think we all have times we put “things” before God. The vacation, work, building stuff – like me – arts, crafts, etc. But we can also do them WITH God…  And though I did trust God to help me on the building, especially when I moved a ladder and the electric stapler flew one way and the screw driver flew the other, just missing my head, I knew He was there working with me on this. It could have put me out, possibly for good! But, God was faithful… though perhaps I wasn’t to Him.

There just has to be a balance in all we do. It’s like with eating foods. We need to eat 80-85% soluble foods. Why? Because our bodies need the liquid because we are made up mostly of water ourselves, and that’s what our body needs to function. So we can eat starches, proteins, etc., but in each meal, only 15% or less should be on the plate of those things!

I find it interesting that 80-85% of ALL disease has a spiritual root! (You can read about it more in medical journals and in a book called “A More Excellent Way” by Pastor Henry Wright. Case studies, after case studies of people’s lives changing when they dealt with their spiritual root behind the disease or sickness.

But it’s interesting how the percentages jive…  If I need to feed myself 80-85% fresh live water soluble foods and don’t, is there a connection with our health? If 80-85% of all disease is spiritually rooted… hmmm… something to consider. It brings me to the scripture found in Romans that says, “Anything you do that is not of faith is sin.” And that passage is talking about FOOD!

So I encourage you to pay attention to your life today, what you put in your mouth. What you do with your time. No one can do this for you! And perhaps by “seeing” what you are truly doing, you can then pray for God’s help and guidance to make some life changing decisions.

July 9th – Churches – what are they supposed to look like?

July 9, 2010

This is a great opportunity to share my heart concerning what a church is supposed to look like and what their function is as a local church. In reading 1 Corinthians 14:26 – the “early church” setting, I think we need to revisit that and begin to apply those principles to our churches. It just seems that the church is a place to go, put in an hour or two by listening to someone on a stage, and then going home. But frankly, that’s not what was supposed to happen. Yes, Paul preached, Jesus preached, but they also conducted small church groups in homes. We can’t have one without the other.

I have been reading a book called “Disciple Making Minister” and it has truly confirmed all that Tom and I have thought for the last several years. That something is terribly wrong in our churches. That there isn’t supposed to be a “stage” per say.. but a gathering of saints to comfort one another, share what God is speaking to them, a word, a psalm, an exhortation, to build up the church. We don’t see that happening in the setting that it is in. There are prayer lines, etc., but we are supposed to minister one to another, not just from a few select. And in church services, where can people respond to God’s leading? And what about communion? It was never intended for us to grab a wafer and small cup, then go sit in a chair and remember Christ. It says that when you come together (eating) break bread together, and remember Him. Sounds like a pot luck to me, WITH communion in the midst. We can do it each and every time we meet!! Not just the traditional once a month thingee…  And many don’t attend church when they know there is communion because they know church will go longer, or they just don’t think it’s important! Truly, I used to be one of them!!!

What I see in churches today, they go and sit and listen to a few select people at the podium, then go home. THAT HAS TO CHANGE!!!   Yes, we can still have a government… elders, deacons, etc., but they are servants not “extra special” people who “earned” this. Anyone who is saved can fill these positions (by meeting the scriptural criteria – and one is not that they’ve been saved for years!) What happens is that many churches make the people prove something, that they are ready and worthy of office..  In the first churches, those who were converted became candidates…  But what happens is that in some churches, they find a new convert and put them to work in the nursery or sunday school! That isn’t to be so either. They still need to grow and learn in a “group” setting as this. And seasoned leaders are to help hem grow in becoming a disciple, then make disciples. Frankly people, we don’t have a lot of time left, and can’t wait for some to get out of seminary school to do something with their lives. We need to do these things now!

Let’s say someone who shares or speaks is a bit off in their theology. Well, what a great time to do a Bible study on that subject. Perhaps the person “didn’t know” the truth? This way each person who is even leading is even taught!!

I have a friend who is now a large part of this ministry. She was healed and set free March of this year and I have now added her to my board of directors. Many said, “Oh my, don’t you want to wait and see if she is okay?” Why? If she isn’t then we’ll talk about it as we go. But waiting for what? We can’t have fear about this. And she has become an intricate part of this ministry, exercising her gifts to help further things along. Truly a blessing. If I would have listened to people saying that, I don’t think LAM would have progressed as much in the past couple of months as it has!!!  We have to stop judging each other and allow each other to live to their fullest. And as with this woman, she is opened for correction, for counsel, etc., and I with her, because we are sisters in Christ. A teacher is not above anyone, they simply bring people into a place of self-recognition to become greater than their teacher. Isn’t that what Jesus did? He said, “Greater things will you do than me..”

In this type of gathering, the leadership (facilitators) can also be “human.” They CAN get close to the sheep… so many pastors are “alone” because they are “told” not to get too close to the sheep… I was told that too! But then the leaders get burn out, they are alone, and can’t be honest themselves…  That has to change. A pastor only helps guide the people to become great in the kingdom of God. And the first thing for a pastor to be is transparent with his flock. Then if there gets to be too many, that they do a “new” church plant, in another location/home. And this is how we evangelize/disciple the world…

With that said, I’m going to do the same thing.  I want to really get more involved in people’s lives in making disciples of all men, teaching them to observe all Jesus has taught, baptizing people, etc…  That is the great commission. And though I have seen many go from this ministry and start their own, I still could see more of that happening from a home church setting. That way the person leading it doesn’t have to come up with a 3 point message, unless that’s what they choose to do for that meeting, no specific preacher, no teacher, just coming together as I described. Yes, order, as everything will be done decently and in order, and that could be a formal guideline in the meeting, that no one talks over another, etc…  And that each person has their moments to talk. We have to allow the sheep to experience what it is like to help…  instead of being spectators.

And while I’m on my soap box… this thing we call a “building fund.” Let’s stop putting all the money we could use for real ministry, and just meet in homes. Even in yours! That way all the tithes, gifts, can be used for the greater purpose. Okay, I’m off my soap box now.

These are just a few things that came to my heart LOUD AND CLEAR this morning.  If you believe this to be something you want to do, then do it! Invite people to your home… it’s as easy as that. You don’t need credentials, you don’t need permission from anyone… you have been given permission by God himself… go now and do it…

July 7 – The Oil Leak

July 7, 2010

All I can say right now is “Father forgive us, help us, for we are killing the planet that you gave us to care for.”

Humanity has truly messed things up. Even if we aren’t the ones who caused this leak, we are guilty by association. We are human!

As in the days of Noah, so shall the days be before the coming of the Lord. I truly believe this is one of those signs prior to Jesus return. Weird things going to happen on the earth.

I would like to share my heart on this, again, it’s only my opinion, so don’t stone me if you disagree. That is why we have freedom of speech… well, not for long… but that’s another topic for another day.

This oil leak was the result of greedy people. It’s all about money. Making money, cutting corners to get it, and not looking at the consequences of those actions. There is a passage in the Bible that says, “count the cost.” Not just how much it costs, but the possible outcomes if things go wrong. It’s like any choice we make, that is what we sow, and whatever we choose, we will reap. It will be good or bad, but we will reap something. So we have to choose things for our life wisely so that we reap good things. And, whatever we sow today, our children will also reap.

This is what is happening in America. We are reaping what our ancestors, and current people in government, have sown. It’s not that it’s a punishment from God, it’s simply reaping our own choices. In the case of the oil leak, we are reaping someone else’s greed and carelessness.

So what do we do? We repent, and return to the mercy and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Each and everyone one of us, in our prayer closets. 2 Chronicles 7:14 gives new meaning to me these days, it says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Folks, our land needs to be healed!!!!  So what am I saying? We need to humble ourselves, pray, turn from our wicked ways (heart), then He will heal our land! But based on our land not healing, we are still not meeting the condition for the healing of our land.

Many think that “they” did it to us, etc., perhaps, but we still need to take responsiblity for our own heart, thoughts and actions, even in the littlest things. We all have to come clean before the Lord, confess our sins, and ask for mercy and help and restoration to live a pure and holy life before our God. Then the condition for healing our land will be met!

Also, many don’t think they can be evil because they are Christians. Well, I have ocean front property in Georgia that I would like to sell you! The Bible says that an evil person is a person with doubt and unbelief in their hearts. Hmmm…. sound like anyone you know? Let’s get our heart purified today, and then watch God heal our land with supernatural intervention. Because frankly, that is what we are going to need in this case!!!

July 5 – Christians and Disciples – any difference?

July 5, 2010

There are two levels of Christians, the uncommitted believers and the committed disciples. However, there should be no difference. Once you have believed for salvation, you ARE a disciple! We need to all go and learn what being a disciple is. The 12 that followed Jesus were called “disciples.” Only 3 times was the word Christian used, and only after they were first called “disciples.”

Once we are saved, we ARE His disiples. But people don’t see themselves as such, because then they have a responsibility to fulfill…  that’s why people are stuck, they don’t realize how to pick up their cross and follow Him. When someone was to be crucified, they carried their cross. Everyone knew that those people were dying… that’s where the phrase came from – deadman’s walk.  That’s what we are to do everyday… carry our cross is “knowing” what we have to go through and suffer through to get to the other side. Laying down our own needs, wills, and desires for the cause of Christ.

So if you believe you are a Christian but not a disciple, then repent now, and begin seeking out what it means to be a disciple. There is a great commission for ALL of us disciples – to go out and make disciples of all nations, teaching them to observe all that Jesus commanded… Getting people ‘saved’ isn’t the great commission, it’s teaching them the truth of who Jesus is, THEN that’s when the spirit can cause them to believe. That’s why our “soul winning” doesn’t work so well. We have to first teach them something  before they can believe. That is why it says, “Faith comes by hearing the Word of God.” But we are out there saying, “if you die, where will you go?” we need to stop that and begin saying, “Guess who has your back? Guess who is protecting you and your family?” Can I introduce you to Him?  Let the Holy Spirit convict for salvation! If the door is opened for us to pray with them, then cool. But we need to leave that work to Him.

Let’s begin today by repenting that we haven’t fulfilled the great commission, I have to too! And ask for divine connections to share our faith. Only then will others see, hear, and be freed.

July 1 – The word “in”

July 1, 2010

Boy, I can’t tell you how that word has been so powerful throughout all scriptures.

Revelation 14:9 says: And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb..

Pretty serious stuff? Take a look at that little word. It talks about the mark of the beast being placed “in” the hand or forehead. Unfortunately, some Bible translations such as the NIV says, “on” the hand. So how much power does that little word have? Power over life and death!

Did you know that the person who invented the “chip” that is to be placed in the hand thought he was doing rightly? He read the NIV, a Christian man, that says “on” the hand, so he believed what he invented was not prelude to the Mark of the Beast. Well, not until he realized he was reading the wrong Bible version. Once he realized that that word is not on but in, he fell on his face and repented to God. But, but they it was too late, that technology is out now and will be used by the Beast!

There are other passages in scripture that uses the word “in.” We need to be “in” Christ. He is “in” us. “In” Him we live and move and have our being. That word is so critical to your life.

This revelation began forming when my husband and I were talking one day. We were talking about the awe of God and I said, “I just can’t believe or understand or see how God can “know” everything. It’s beyond my comprehension. There are billions of people, not to mention those before and those yet to come. Truly amazes me.” Then, my husband said, as he has in so many conversations, with his “one liner” (I call Tom’s Tidbits – and you can read more of his tid-bits on my newsletters at said, “It’s not that He knows everything, He’s in everything.”

When he said that, I comprehended! I understood now how He knows everything! Because he is in everything. I recall watching the movie “Count of Monte Cristo.” There was a part in there where he and his future wife was standing in a room. And she was trying to convince him there is a God. He said, “God is not here.” She said, “Yes, He is, He is in the air, he is in everything around us, even in a kiss.” Well, after watching that part I just wanted to gag…  sappy…. then after my conversation with Tom, that no longer was sappy. Because it was a true statement. (It’s interesting that even the “world” knows more than us… whoever wrote that line knew something about God..) Anyway, what I’m saying is that God is in everything, everyone, so he knows everything! Pretty cool, eh?

I would encourage you to take some time to research this word yourself. That little 2 letter word is the difference between life and death, hell and heaven, peace or fear, forgiveness or unforgiveness, etc. And have a little chat with Him.