Archive for October, 2013

What is the most important thing to know?

October 31, 2013

I’ll start with what the Lord showed me, then end this blog answering this question.

A couple of nights ago I woke up feeling pretty sick. I didn’t understand why, but when praying, I learned the reason why. But it didn’t negate the body symptoms, they were still there. I didn’t like the way I felt, but knew God was with me. I found comfort in that. In times past I would fall into fear and say, “Why is this happening to meeeeeeeee?” “I’ve been working hard on doing the right things. I’m singing in the choir. I’m writing books for You Lord. I’m helping others get free from sickness and disease… so why this?” But I didn’t this time. All I said was, “Father, you are with me. You love me and I will not FEAR this symptom. I choose to believe this will pass and will work for my good.” And with that, I went back to sleep and woke up feeling so much better. There were a few other things I also did. For one, I had to repent for going to bed mad that night (this adds to our health issues by the way). So after I repented, and began speaking affirmations. I chose not to blame God or put condition on Him by what I think He should do for me. I just accepted this at the time, and thanked God, and enjoyed His presence while I wasn’t feeling well. What a difference it made too. The Lord showed me this is a sign of maturity…. and I like that. But that isn’t what I wanted to elaborate on… what I wanted to talk about is what He showed me through this.

As I was pondering on what took place the night before, He said. “Think about all those people who do not know me, they have no comfort from me when they are sick.” That hit me like a ton of bricks. And then I heard the scripture in my head, “The Lord rains on the just and on the unjust.” In other words, the same things that happen to unbelievers also happen to believers. We may always have something to face in our lives, it keeps us dependent on God, but we have Him to go through everything. What about the unbelievers. I can’t see how they can go through life without the Lord. And that’s when the Lord gave me the answer to the question, “What is the most important thing to know? “To know that our names are written in heaven.”

Luke 10:20  Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. 20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

In other words, don’t be all happy about casting out devils, laying hands on the sick, having a big ministry, being blessed by the Lord… but rejoice that your names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. So that morning (yesterday) I was reminded of the mandate to Christians. To seek that which is lost and share the gospel truth. A great nudge in the direction for my life right now. Though I do minister a lot to the Christian, I am going to start reaching more of those who do not know Him.  (Selah)




Who could ever know what the Shepherd will allow her to go through….

October 28, 2013

This is a quote that I read in a book called, “Hinds feet in High Places.” (Page 77) It spoke volumes to me, and hit me to the core. This is something I believe many of us struggle with. What will be our “next” test? What will we be asked to do? How much pain will it be? What will it cost me? What will I lose? How long will it last? These are questions I believe many of us ask from time to time. Like the old saying, “Now what????”

I had to repent to the Lord when I read this, because I started to “fear” what may be coming down the pike. I am already going through some bizarre things that I never had even when I was living in a lot of dis-ease (anxiety, stress, panic attacks, phobias, IBS, candida, etc.). I am truly going through things that I never even thought would ever be an issue, yet, there it is. Sometimes we can get mad thinking we have gone through so much, then only to have to go through some more. And who would I get mad at?? God. Just as I was writing this, I felt this personally. And of course, repented right away. Because the promises of God are true… He only allows things in our life to further our growth in Him. We can’t always understand this…. that is what faith is for.

And I like the “but God’s” in the Bible….   Because “though I walk THROUGH the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, because the Lord is with me…”  “Have not I commanded you, be strong and of good courage, be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord they God is with you wherever you go.”  How about Acts 7:9 And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him.

The things we face or will face is faceable.. (if that is a word) when we have the Lord. Not just know He’s there, but with you IN where you are. Not on the outside looking in, but on the inside looking out. The Holy Spirit is your eyes and ears… coming from within. We need to “acknowledge” God so that we are led by the Spirit of God. It’s when we start looking at all our “stuff” in our own eyes (and strength) that we get into trouble and despair.

I just needed to share this this morning…. perhaps someone needed this.

I want……. I want…….. I want…….

October 9, 2013

Perhaps this is a song you’ve been singing, like some of us… including me… at times. So let’s take a look at this “song” to see if it’s scriptural and what we can do about it.

The first thing that comes to mind is Psalm 23.  The Lord is my shepherd, I shall NOT want. Then that means if I have wants perhaps I haven’t made the Lord my shepherd?

I was discussing this in a class I did last week. And a comment came up that a Shepherd pokes and prods the sheep, sometimes aggressively to get the sheep to move. And that’s how we see God at times. Hitting us, pushing us, making things happen to get our attention, etc. But… I want to introduce to you the Good Shepherd.

Scriptures say that Jesus is the good shepherd and that His sheep HEAR His voice. All He has to do is talk to them, and they will listen, if they are listening. And the times He uses his prod, is lovingly. Because as you go on to read in that Psalm it says… Thy rod and staff they comfort me. Well, to me, it doesn’t sound like we are being beat up by the shepherd at all… but that we are always comforted by Him. He uses those times of course corrections through His love and mercy by the power of the Holy Spirit that resides within us. He’s the “lamp” unto our feet. He lights the way if we would only look. His Word have we hid in our heart that we might not sin against Him. That means we are responsible for what we do and where we go.

The shepherd is getting a bad rap. We know that Jesus is the Good Shepherd, but this Psalm was written BEFORE Jesus came on the scene… So who is David talking about? He is talking about God!

Many see God as hard, a tyrant and mean, judging and condemning all the time. But that’s not the truth. That is the “god of this world’s” mentality and actions. Because though it appears in the Old Testament that God did some pretty strange things, we are to look at scriptures THROUGH the blood of Jesus. Through mercy. Through salvation. And it sheds a complete different light on everything.

Okay, so I called this the “I want” blog…  so here’s what I want to say about that. If we have a lot of “I want’s,” make a list of them. Take them to the Lord and tell Him you are sorry for making these wants bigger than Him. That the only want you have right now is to be content where you are right now, and that He already knows what you have need of. When we have a want. Put it into perspective. Because those wants demonstrate desire, and sometimes those desires are inherent. For example… I want more of God in my life. That is a good want,. But if I say, “I want to make a million dollars.” Well… need I say more?

We need to take a look at our motives for our “I wants.” Because sometimes we have wants that only God can give. Like wanting to be married, wanting to have children, wanting to have a good job. These are wants that, for the most part, only God can truly provide. And we get into trouble when we go out and try to get our wants on our own. Look what happened to Sara? She wanted to have a baby so had her handmaiden get pregnant by her husband. Not realizing God was going to open her womb the following year to have one herself. So, when these kinds of wants come up… we have to examine our heart to see if we are disappointed toward God in any way. It appears to me that when I have a “want” it means I’m not looking to the Lord for it. Especially if it becomes my focus or consumption. We have to stop and take all our wants to the Lord and let Him sort them out. And choose to trust Him even MORE in these times.

“I want….” robs you of your peace. It’s actually a selfish issue. And when we are selfish, there is NO peace. So if you you want peace… the price is contentment where you are, and believing God is taking care of everything in your life, including the desires of your heart.

Scriptures say to delight thyself in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. To delight in the Lord is to believe Him, and when we believe Him we can love Him. And when we love Him, we can hear Him, and we can be led to achieve these desires in a RIGHT way.

Psalm 23 goes on to say…”He makes me to lie down in green pastures, He restores my soul.” These are things GOD makes happen… but it’s only when we have made Him our Shepherd. And we make Him our Shepherd by believing and trusting Him in EVERY area of our lives. Repenting when we go out and “Try” to make things happen without the peace that leads. Let’s get off that treadmill, and wait. “Be still and know that I am God.” Wait on Him during these times of “I want” and watch what happens!