Archive for May, 2014

Fear Not Your Health Issues

May 29, 2014

This morning, I woke up feeling pretty good, then something started changing. I got a little light headed and began thinking about it. I started thinking, “What if it turns into a dizzy spell?” And from that point on I started feeling worse. Why? Because I began fearing… My thoughts produced a chemical reaction causing my body to go into a “flight or fight” mode. Fear will escalate the small issue into something bigger! So right then after realizing this, I said, “I will not fear. I may have a dizzy spell, I may not. But I will NOT fear it!.” This immediately took half the symptoms away!! Now I can go on with my day not “under” anything, but “over” it… and then facing the real issue at hand.

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When is “isolation” good?

May 24, 2014

One of the things the enemy wants to do is isolate us.  Make us pull away from people because it hurts at times to have relationships. He does this so he can pick you off. It’s like the lost sheep. If it gets separated from the fold, the wolves can pick it off easily. But when it’s in a herd, with the shepherd, it doesn’t have a chance. So, being isolated is not good when it comes to having relationships. Even God said, “It’s not good for man to be alone” so He created Eve. Also a scripture that says, “Among many counselors there is safety.” Not just a bunch of people that have some sort of degree or it’s their profession, but we actually counsel and minister one to another. So fellowship is a good thing!

So when is “isolation” good?

First, isolation is good when we “separate” ourselves and spend time alone with God. Jesus did it, so that is a good thing. But he always returned to the masses.  And He always had close friends with Him. Or when we need to separate ourselves from evil doings, people, etc.

Then there is what I call isolated incidents. Let me share a personal testimony on this. I have been teaching a class about traumas. Well, lo and behold, when I finished the class, that week the Lord showed me I had a trauma to deal with. See, I had a really bad dizzy episode (lasted almost all day) about two years ago. Well, since that incident every morning I would lay in bed thinking I was going to have that episode again, and so would get into fear about it. But, so far, it hasn’t reoccurred. However, each day I’m tormented by that. Then the Lord told me this… “Linda that was an isolated incident, stop bringing it into the present.”

That was enough for me, and when I realized that I was doing this, and asked the Lord to forgive me and heal that trauma, realizing I had been in fear about it, so repented, the next morning – NO…. thoughts about it! I just woke up and got up, and it’s been like that ever since.

What the Lord showed me was that I had brought that into every day! And that there will be times when I have a dizzy spell, but it’s not to be connected to previous ones. They are all isolated, so treat them as such. Because if we don’t then we will fall into fear and cause it to be worse that it really is. Because all those OLD thoughts about it will flood into the current situation, making it bigger and worse that it really is.

What a release this was. Now I wake up looking forward to enjoying the day, doing amazing things, and not “worrying” if today I’m going to have a spell! And even if I did, there is no fear in it….  and to treat it as an isolated incident!

Do you feel like you just don’t fit in?

May 22, 2014

I heard something today that truly caused peace to over flow over me… I hope it does the same for you.

We try our whole life to fit in. We may even feel like the “outcast” or the “3rd wheel.” When we get together with others, we don’t seem to belong. Well, that is actually good news!

We are always trying to fit in, but the truth is, we we were born to stand out. See what the Word says….

Matthew 5:14-16

14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

 And another scripture:
2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
Sometimes we are wanting to belong for the wrong reasons…   Sometimes it’s because we are afraid to be alone. Did you know that eagles fly alone? They are majestic and strong because they do what they know to do without the need for other’s approval. It’s important to take a look at yourself and decide why you want to “fit in.” Perhaps you already do, with the RIGHT crowd!!  Or perhaps you are an eaglet? LOL

There are Two Reasons we Suffer

May 17, 2014

This morning I was reading in 1 Timothy 4:1-2. There are two reasons we suffer in the flesh: For Christ and for our own sinful choices.

Verse 1 says: Those who suffer in the flesh ceases from sin. It’s painful to obtain!! We want to be loved and touched and feel good. But if you are not married and fall into bed, you will suffer for it won’t you? You will end up in fear, hating yourself, regret, condemnation and guilt and more. But if you choose to abstain, you will also suffer because it’s painful to not “have” what you want. Then you are doing it for Christ’s sake.

So we suffer 1) For good that we do because of Christ  2) For the sin that we do because of ourselves or others

1 peter 3:17 says: For it is better if the will of God be so that you suffer for well doing than for evil doing.

Many cry out to God saying, “Father, help me through this suffering.” But many of our suffering is of our own sinful choices. Then we want God to come along and rescue us. Yes He will, but first we need to repent. There could be consequences to our choices too, impacting not only us but others around us. You will suffer for wrongs done because you may start to feel guilty or ashamed. Isn’t that suffering? That is sinful suffering.

But when we suffer for Christ, there is a JOY that comes in it. We know the truth, and the truth makes us free. We know that we can trust God through this kind of suffering because we are partakers of Christ’s suffering (1 Peter 4:12-13).

I encourage you to take a look at the areas where you are struggling or suffering in… and you decide if it’s for the cause of Christ or for your own cause???  And rejoice if it’s for Christ, but repent if it’s your own…

1 Peter 4:15 says,: Let not of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or an an evil doer, or a busy body in other men’s matters… okay… are we suffering because we gossip (same as murder) or cheat and lie (same as a thief) or any sin (an evil doer) or controlling and manipulative and nosey (busy body)?? We have some ‘splainin’ to do!!

Read 1 Peter Chapters 3-4 and see for yourself what you need to do to get free of your own self-inflicted suffering and find strength when you suffer for Christ’s sake.

And as Jeremiah 5:25 says: WE prevent good things from happening to us because of our sins and iniquities.

I don’t talk to God, I listen

May 14, 2014

One day my husband and I were talking. He had shared a huge revelation he received that actually impacted both our lives. I was so pleased at what he shared with me, and then I said, “You must have had a great conversation with God.” And he said, “I didn’t say anything, I just listened. What can I say anyway??”

Well, I didn’t really have any more thoughts about that, but then the next day I was listening to the radio and someone was reading Ecclesiastes 5 – the whole chapter – and I was totally amazed at what I heard. It confirmed what Tom told me the day before.

Ecclesiastes 5:1-2 

Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil. Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.

Tom continues to amaze me at his wisdom!!! I’m so glad the Lord put us together and that he is in tune with almighty God! 

What Are We Supposed to Do?

May 10, 2014

Have you ever asked the Lord, “What am I supposed to do, just tell me and I’ll do it?” Here are some things the Lord has told us to do, and friends, it’s up to us to do them. He gave us free will to choose for our lives, and we need to start being responsible and good stewards of what we have been given. I hope this blog really helps in that area….

So, first lets take a look at some scriptures:

2 Corinthians 7:1  Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

From the beginning of this verse, it says, “dearly beloved” that means Christians… you and me… so what does it go on to say, let US (including himself) cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit… So what exactly does this mean and how do we do it?

First let’s look at the flesh:

Remove anything that can defile your body. Including what you watch on TV, what you eat, what you listen to. This is how I gauge  it… will I “do” any of these things I’m watching or listening to… then don’t. For example: I’m not an adulterer, so why watch movies that constantly have people sleeping with people. We have a choice. Remember, your body is the temple of the Living God.

Now lets look at Spirit:

1.  What is in our heart? Is there anger, bitterness, fear, jealousy, etc.. in there? Then repent. The bible says to confess our sins so we are cleansed. That’s cleaning the spirit.

2.  Then ask God to fill you will His love and compassion. Because it’s His love that casts out all fear and torment, and anything that causes torment is not clean. God’s love is needed to help the spirit be clean. Forgiveness is the key by which we are cleansed. Receiving God’s love is what keeps us clean. And believing what Jesus did on the cross covers all our sins. 

Okay, perhaps you already knew that. But here is something that the Lord showed me the other day. When I take care of my spirit, the flesh is also taken care of. When I deal with strife, stress, anger and fear by finding faith and trust in God, my body will relax, my hormones will balance, and I will have peace. And peace produces a healthy body. So I read this passage a little differently now:

Cleanse yourself of the things in your spirit and your flesh will also be cleansed! My paraphrase of course… but you decide if it’s true for you?

And cleansing ourselves, is what we are to do. Many are still waiting on God to cleanse them but haven’t made any efforts (or know how) to cleans themselves. God isn’t going to come down and change the TV station. He’s not going to do the grocery shopping. He has given those things for us to do. And the choices we make are from what is in our heart. We are commanded (instructed) to cleanse OURSELVES.

2 Timothy 2:24-26 says it this way…..  know the truth so that we can recover ourselves from the snare of the devil. Recovering ourselves is the same as cleansing isn’t it? We are to DO something ourselves.

Do you remember the story of the prodigal son? The father didn’t go looking for him… he waited until the son was in view and then went running towards him. God is waiting for you too. To just look His way. To run to Him. To do your part.

Isaiah 1:18 says, “Come, let us reason together says the Lord..”  That means we have a part to play in our sanctification process. Stop waiting for God to do it… for when Jesus said, “It is finished” that means it is finished. Before Jesus ascended to Heaven He told His disciples, now go and do what I have taught you to do, baptizing in the name of the Son, Father and Holy Ghost. 

When the disciples came to Jesus asking “What are we supposed to do?” What did Jesus say? “Believe on the one who sent me.” In other words, believe God! Believe all He has said in His Word. Do those things that are written. Watch God move on your behalf because the conditions of His Word are met. This isn’t about salvation, it’s about living a full and productive life on this earth.

Zechariah 8:16-17 says it this way:

 These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates: And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the Lord.

Our work is cut out for us, but what a wonderful work to do!!!

Do You Know Why We Can Trust God?

May 9, 2014

The reason we can trust God is because he ALWAYS tells the truth!

Think about all the people in your life. Can you trust them? I bet out of them all, you only know of a few you can really trust. It’s because they are honest with you. You don’t have to guess how they will respond. You aren’t suspicious of their intentions. Everything is clear. They don’t change with the weather. That is the same with God. He never changes!! We can depend on that. We can trust that about Him.

So, it’s time we start being MORE honest with ourselves, with others and with God. Because perhaps we aren’t being trusted by others?? Let’s choose today to be like our Dad in Heaven… and be honest.

I like what the courts make people say before testifying, “Nothing but the truth, so help me God.” God is the only one who can help us speak the truth.

God is love right? So when He speaks, it’s always in love. When He tells me something I need to hear, I receive it well because He speaks it to me in truth, compassion, mercy, and kindness. Yes, sometimes He has to go to extremes to get my attention, but He always does it in love, because He is Love!

That’s how we are to tell the truth as well, through our love. But if you aren’t made perfect in God’s love, or have difficulty receiving love, or think no one loves you, or you were raised in an unloving home, then I bet you have a hard time being honest with others, and even yourself.

What I have realized is that when someone lies to me or isn’t telling me the truth about something (cause even leaving things out is lying), instead of getting mad I need to use that as an indicator to pray for them. And if they’ll let me, minister to them in the area of fear. The only reason people lie or don’t tell the truth is because of fear!! Fear of being rejected. Fear of not being loved. Fear of retaliation. Fear of being discovered. Fear, Fear Fear.

Lets say I was talking with you for over an hour face to face. I excused myself to go to the bathroom and noticed a huge smudge on my cheek. I then would say to myself, “Why didn’t they tell me?” That’s a fair question. But instead of getting mad at them, we need to turn it around and say, “Why are they in fear?”

So, I hope you join me today to be trustworthy, to be honest, to love just like our Father in Heaven.

When a Dream is Squashed

May 4, 2014

As you know, I share a lot out of my own life in hopes it helps another find their way too. By being transparent and exposing my junk, you too will find freedom.

Well, the bubble popped! What I mean is that I got a breakthrough and came to the other side in the area of having a dream of mine squashed.

I had left a church a few months ago by the request of the pastor because I said some things to him he didn’t like. Things that caused him to have to look at himself but he wasn’t willing to go there. And if you know anything about this ministry, it focuses on being truthful. Just like the blog I did last… out of Zechariah chapter 8 where one of the things we are commanded to do is be honest. So in my honesty, I was asked to leave. Of course, we all know that there is more to it than this because God was moving me out anyway, it just took “an act of God” to do it! I was a little hard headed, but that’s for another story.

What I wanted to say is that, I thought I was over it. I was moving on. God was opening doors and my life was getting full of amazing things. Then yesterday I went to a flea market and the church was there inviting people to go. I was okay when I saw the pastor’s wife, who is a really nice lady, and we talked and visited for a bit. It wasn’t uncomfortable at all, and truly happy for the things they were doing.

Then as the day wore on, Tom noticed something. I was being a bit snappy. He said that throughout the day and it only made me feel pain shoot in my chest. I knew that can only be caused by a broken heart and told my husband that I couldn’t fix it, but waiting on God to do it. I knew I had a broken heart, but wasn’t really sure why.

Then a few hours later my husband said to me, “I know why you have a broken heart. It’s not about the pastor or his wife or how things transpired to your leaving, it was that YOUR dreams were squashed.” He said that because of the way I was feeling, he didn’t realize how deep the hurt was. And it was because I had dreams and hopes of doing some great things in that church. As the worship leader, I had opportunity to usher people into the presence of God, which manifested in almost every service. As a small church, there were things I wanted to help to do spread the word by doing events, outreaches, plays, etc. Was so excited to be a part of a local church where I could help make a difference in the community and now it was gone!

Once Tom said that to me, and the “light bulb” went off as to why I had the broken heart, I was able to get healed. See, it’s not that God had to fix anything, nor did he have to do surgery on my heart to heal it, truth made me free! I said, “Father, I have a broken heart from my dreams being squashed. I know you love me and have good things for me. So I trust you in this. I trust for new dreams, new vision and new hope of things down the road to come. I forgive the church, I forgive myself for being dismayed and please return my hope.” So as I had a little talk with the Lord, I was made free!

So what were the indicators I had a broken heart? Snappy (of course) angry, wanting to run away, sad, hurt, feeling depressed and just wanted to be left alone, and last but not least. I remember pondering in my heart and one other indicator came to the surface, the need for justice. I felt I was treated incorrectly and wanted the church headquarters to know. I had drafted a letter and was about ready to send it, but then I got freed!  I threw the letter away because the need was now gone. No more need for justice, or to state my cause, it was all gone! That my friend, is true freedom. Because when I was healed of my broken heart (through my acknowledgment of the truth as to why my heart was broken), all this stuff dropped off.

So as I’m sitting here writing this, there is no pain, no tears, only new opportunities in God. That dream may have been squished so I’ll make a new dream! As I was processing this I said out loud, “Father You love me.” In that one statement held the key of my being okay in all this, because He works all things for good and has not abandoned me. That is something to be hopeful about again. So stay tuned as God unfolds things to come…

Radio Program For You!

May 4, 2014

Hello friends: I wanted to let you know I’m starting a radio broadcast on Tuesdays starting May 6th at 6:00 PM (PST). So be sure to tune in. If you forgot, you can always listen to the program in the archives…  This first talk is on “Dealing with Stress in a Stressful environment.”

http://fringeradionetwork.com

What Are We Supposed To Do?

May 3, 2014

I was reading in Zechariah today and found something that answers that question, “What are we supposed to be doing?” I have a friend that was struggling with having value in her life. But I believe the value we have in our life isn’t what we have obtained, but what we “do.” Scriptures say to be a “doer” of the Word and not only a hearer because that can lead to being self-deceived (James 1). So let’s look at what Zechariah 8:16-17 says:

These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates: And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the Lord.

So, to take it one at a time:

1) Speak the truth with EVERYONE at ALL TIMES.

2) Executie Judgment. What does this mean? The answer is found in Zechariah 7:9: To execute judgement is to show mercy and compassion to every man and to not oppress the widow, poor fatherless or the stranger!

3) Not to imagine EVIL thoughts in our hearts against anyone. This one is huge. Because just thinking suspicious or negative thoughts of another is sinful! I have to tell a story on this one. As the Lord brought this passage of scripture to me, I saw the times I’ve thought negatively and suspiciously. I actually did it yesterday. I saw something that took place and immediately thought it was against me. Then I caught myself and said, “I will not THINK any evil, but the opposite.” So I began thinking of the very opposite of that person, and began to think good things. Then I found out later it wasn’t about me at all!! Our thoughts need to be taken care of one at a time as they come up. By listening to our hearts and getting those thoughts in line with the Word of God will help keep us out of trouble later!!

4) And get rid of vows you have made that are for self-protection. Well, that’s how I read it anyway. Because those false oaths can keep us trapped! We need to forgive everyone so that we can be free from all vows and oaths that we make for self-preservation. We need to believe and trust God with all things.

So, that’s what I gleaned today. Something we can all do!!