Archive for April, 2015

Can Being Abandon be a good thing?

April 21, 2015

This morning, I received such a revelation that is going to change the way I think and live, I hope it does for you too.

In ministry, I have received more requests about having been abandoned and rejected than any other issue in life. I had to ask a question. Why is that so? Well, as I dealt with my own abandonment issues, and even wrote several books on it, there is something I failed to see. One thing that no one really wants to hear, until they are ready, and that is we are to abandon ourselves!

Let me explain. For so many years I have taken care of myself. Done things that are good for me. When I would conduct conferences or minister to others, I was still on my mind. I was living in a box I made for myself, and didn’t even know it. But I heard the Lord say, “Go deeper.” That doesn’t mean to dig into insights, but go deeper outside myself, into that area of real love, humility, and selflessness. This is HUGE.

For years I would say that the Lord came to give life and life abundantly. But what we all do, and I have done it too, is say, “The Lord came to give me life and give me life abundantly.” But that’s not what it says. Today I wrote this in my journal: “Enjoy Life.” I left out the “my” as I always would say.  “Enjoy my life.” And when I said, “Enjoy life” this includes everything and everyone. Not just me!

There is a scripture that also says, “All things work for good to those who love the Lord.” And again, we would read it like this, “All things work out for MY good….” Again, we are being self-centered and self-deceived.

This was hard to see today, because as a minister, I’ve given a lot of my time, effort, to everyone I come in contact with who has contacted me for help, but there was always an element of “me” in there. What was in it for me? Would this be a connection with someone who may help me do something? When I would teach in LA, I would want to leave quickly after the meeting so I could go to Disneyland. When I conduct a conference in another city, I look forward to sight seeing. These aren’t bad things, but they have their place. I recall doing a conference once and the woman who held it wanted me to wait until her husband got home to pray for them as a couple. But I didn’t. I said that I had to leave. But the reason I had to leave was because I wanted to go see the ocean! I left a great opportunity of helping a hurting family who just lost their daughter, to go “enjoy myself” by the beach! Now friends, that was hard to admit, but this shows me today that I am wiling to go deeper, OUTSIDE myself, into the things of the Lord. Because abandoning oneself isn’t about being tossed aside, it means to abandon ourselves to the love and care of the Lord, demonstrated by how we love and care for one another.

I know of one such person in my life that actually lives this way. He gives selflessly to me, every day. He is a great example of living deeper, outside himself. It’s been there all along, but I didn’t see it, because I had myself on my mind all the time. And that is my husband Tom. I’ll be having a little talk with him today….

A scripture comes to mind: Prefer others over ourselves.  That means, to think of others more than we think of ourselves. You may already “know” that, but do we “do” it? The truth is, when we do that, our lives will be filled to overflowing, more than we can ever hope or dream. Let’s take that plunge today! Let’s go deeper outside of ourselves in the Lord’s pool of clear clean water, truth, and love.

I had some repenting to do today. How about you?


You Can’t Make People Believe

April 20, 2015

I hope that what I’ll be sharing here is going to free some of you from thinking that “its your job” to get people to believe God. The Lord gave each of us free will, free to believe and not believe. It’s clear in this passage: Mark 6:10-11 10 And he said unto them, In what place soever ye enter into an house, there abide till ye depart from that place. 11 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.

We have a way out of all that burden! If you come to a person, and they don’t accept, or even reject what you have to say, move on! Even Jesus had this happen to him. He went back to his own home town and couldn’t heal very many people because they didn’t believe who He was! They said, “Oh, he’s just that carpenter’s son.” or something like that. They didn’t know He was the Son of God and full of miraculous wonders if they only believed. So be encouraged. It could be that they are not ready to hear. Go to those who are ready to hear so you can help them. I have found that those that weren’t ready, somehow come back to me years later and say,  “Okay, I’m ready now…” Many have asked me to call a loved one that needs help. I don’t do that any more. I found that when I would call them, they aren’t ready at all to hear what I have to say. So I wait for them to call me. It keeps the burden off me, and puts it where it needs to be, on the person needing the help. Jesus didn’t heal everyone either, He healed those who came to Him. There isn’t anywhere in the Bible where it says, “come over here and let me heal you.”  It always says, your faith has made you whole, or something like that. Jesus doesn’t force anything on anyone, even healing. He won’t go against our will. Some of us have said, “But i want to get well…”  But you keep your anger, fear, distrust, broken relationships to yourself. Not willing to address those things in your life.

There is a connection to restoring relationships with God, self and others, that truly impact our health. I have seen it first hand many times, including my own life. I suffered of great anxiety and panic attacks, it crippled my life for over 30 years, 18 of those as a Christian. I kept asking for healing, but it didn’t come. Then one day I learned I had a part to play in all this, and came to the truth about my own heart, repented for what was not of God, learned that “God’s love in me” would cast out all fear, I knew I needed to “receive” His love. I “knew” He loved me, but hadn’t acquired it for myself. (You can read about it in my book “A Matter of the Mind”) But, it caused a transformation, and almost instantaneously, the anxiety stopped. Not that i didn’t have to face stressful or fearful things again, but I didn’t have anxiety and panic attacks concerning them anymore. From there, I was equipped to handle these types of things as they came my way and have been teaching others ever since. See, once a person gets a revelation on their own belief system, they may find the truth that makes them free.

Do I have the Mind of Christ or the mind of Linda?

April 8, 2015

I was enjoying a ride in my car the other day and was thinking all kinds of things. I was thinking about that person and why they act like that. I was thinking about what plans I had. I was thinking how to complete a task. I was thinking how to buy the property next door to us. I was thinking about so many things. And while I was thinking I heard myself say, “Do you have the mind of Christ or the mind of yourself?”

Well, of course, I had the mind of Linda. It’s so easy to get caught up in our lives and taking care of things. But the truth is that we can have both worlds if we keep theming of Christ, because He will make sure everything is taken care of. Not only what we deem important, but in doing those things we will be led and directed by the Holy Spirit when we CHOOSE to put on His mind.

It’s an act of our will. It just doesn’t happen. I have to say, “Lord I have the mind of Christ. Show me and direct me and lead me in the paths of righteousness for Your names sake.” I have to on purpose do this, otherwise the “mind of Linda” takes over!!

Perhaps no one out there is like me, but for those who are, one thing I need to say. Even when you see yourself acting self-serving, just repent! Don’t get mad at yourself and think you are a horrible Christian. Everyone is dealing with something, so free yourself by being kind to yourself, and letting everything stay in the past. Even what you just did 2 seconds ago is in the past!!

My heart for you is that you find ways to keeping the mind of Christ active in your life. And one way we do that is simply to acknowledge Him in all our ways. It doesn’t mean we have to sit in a pew or live on our knees, it means that whatever you do, do it as unto the Lord, do it for His sake, and in doing this, your “mind of Christ” will grow.

I know when I’m in the “mind of Linda” is when I lose my peace…   LOL

Do You Have Hind’s Feet?

April 7, 2015

Okay, if you were to look at your feet, I’m sure they don’t look like deer feet… but of course we know this is an allegory. When scriptures say that “He maketh my feet like hinds feet” what does that really mean? How does GOD do that? Through trials and tribulations of today.

I was reading again in my little book called “Hinds feet in High places” by Hannah Hurnard and found this: “So remember this, as long as you are willing to be “Acceptance-with-Joy and “Bearing-in-Love” you can never again be crippled, and you will be able to go wherever I lead you. You will be able to go down into the Valley of the world to work with me there, for that is where the evil and sorrowful and ugly things are which need to be overcome. Accept, bear and obey the law of love and nothing will be able to cripple you from your hinds feet or to separate you from Me.”

We know when we have developed hinds feet is when we overcome everything that comes our way. Instead of the mountainous things walking all over us, we will walk over them. Then you will know you truly have developed hinds feet. Never to let this world bring you down, but stand on top of those things so you remain constant in joy and peace. We are called to believe, and our hinds feet come when we truly believe and trust God in all things, no matter how difficult the climb. There is peace there.

I love this song that says, “Life is full of circumstance and care, God wants to know what you’re doing under there?”

So what are you under today? Choose to STAND ON TOP of everything that has you bound, and watch your hinds feet develop so that you can go wherever the Lord asks you to go.

Bind me to the altar

April 1, 2015

I’ve been reading a book called Hinds Feet in High Places. I’ve read it several times over the years, and this time seems to be the most profound. Since I’ve been changing from glory to glory, the book also changes because I am in a different place each time I read it. It’s also true with the Bible, that is why some things pop out at you when you read it, even though you read that part before. It’s because you weren’t in a place YET to understand and receive.

So this part I read caused me to cry out to the Lord, and truly changed me right then and there. It said:

“I am a very great coward. I am afraid that the pain may cause me to try to resist you. Will you bind me to the altar in some way so that I cannot move? I would not like to be found struggling while Your will is done.”

As I read this, I realized I had not been bound to the altar, meaning, truly surrendered completely all that I am, all my plans, all my ideas, visions and dreams. This revelation caused a deep change in me, and I pray that it does for you. Because only when we are truly BOUND to the Lord in this way, will we Abound in all things.

“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”