Archive for November, 2015

Let No Man Take Thy Crown!

November 24, 2015

The book of Revelations says, “Let no man take thy crown.” Have you wondered what the Lord was saying? It’s almost kinda scary to think that a “man” can take our crown. Does this mean we can lose our salvation? I believe what this means is that the rewards in heaven can be lost, but not our salvation. The Lord SEALS us with a Holy Spirit of promise when we accepted what Jesus did on the cross, and continue to “work out our salvation with fear and trembling” as the Scriptures say. What I believe this means is that it is a matter of our heart. What is IN our heart can steal our blessings, and it’s usually about “man.” It’s always about some sort of relationship with someone. I am so thankful this day that we have Jesus, our Advocate, Savior, who forgives us daily, that can help us KEEP our crown. By repenting when we know we have sinned, by speaking truth in love, by being honest with one another, and walking fearless because fear is not from God, we are “working out our salvation with (right) fear and trembling.” This whole Christian life is about holiness. And as Christians, we have the Holy One, Jesus, to keep up covered, so we can be holy as He is holy. If you think you can’t be holy, then think again, because God requires holiness. And He even says, “Be Holy as I am Holy,” or “Be Ye Perfect.” We can only BE these things when we have the Holy One Jesus residing inside us because all our holiness is holey (with holes!). 

So today, look up for your Redeemer lives, put off those things that you feel guilty about, those regrets, lost days, and look at what you have today. Live today, and receive the blessings and goodness of God through forgiveness that Jesus came to give us, giving us access to the Father boldly. Lift up your heads to the Lord who made heaven and earth, and be filled with His everlasting Love. Let today be a start of a new way, new heart, and a new clean spirit so you can experience holiness.

Luke 1:74-75 That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.

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.

Ephesians 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

1 Thess. 4:7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.

Last but certainly not least,

Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.

Together we can do this. We can walk in holiness, redeeming the time, watching and praying always. Let’s get back to the basics, the gospel of peace and love, everything else is nothing. I like what Paul said, “I know nothing but Christ and Him crucified.” I hope that is our prayer and attitude today as well…


That Dreaded Top!

November 23, 2015

Well, I have to share this with my loyal fans. As you know I get to “tell on myself” in hopes that it helps others.

About a year ago I got this amazing top. But, it was when a bunch of us ladies got together to exchange clothing. We have lunch, and then share our stuff with one another, it’s quite fun. Well, me and another lady loved this one top. Well, I ended up with it. From that point on, it appears this other lady really didn’t like me any more, and I thought it was because of that top. So every time I would put it on, or look at it in the closet, I would think she didn’t like me. So this past week (a year later mind you) I faced the moment of truth. I wanted to talk with her about it to see if I offended her about the top. I was trying to think of what I was going to say, I heard the Holy Spirit say, “Just have a friendly conversation with her, you don’t have to bring up anything else.” So I called, and we had a great visit!! What I realized was it was MY guilt causing me to THINK these negative things that weren’t true at all. So when I realized this, the guilt left! Now when I look at that top, it’s with endearing thoughts of my friend.

I just had to share this because many of our thoughts are stemmed from our own guilt. Sometimes we blame others, but really, it’s within us. Just a friendly reminder to stay friendly…. because that kind of love overcomes everything.

Remember to remember!

November 8, 2015

What was the first thought that came to your mind when you woke up this morning? Can’t remember? Well, that could be our problem. See, we are instructed to take every thought captive. Imagine a bird cage filled with all kinds of birds. Someone accidentally opened the cage and out flew a few of the birds. How difficult is it to find and retrieve those birds? It’s the same with our thoughts. They start flying everywhere, and pretty soon you go right down with them! But it doesn’t have to be so. We need to start paying attention, especially to that very FIRST thought that comes to us when we awake. That is the thought that will set us up for the day!

As the Lord was showing me this, I was also thinking of pride. Where does it come from? Is it in our actions? Is it in what we eat? No, it’s in our THOUGHTS! We can take these thoughts captive as well, recognize them for what they are, and repent, and replace.

Where does anger come from? Same thing… it all starts in our thoughts. How we processed something that happened, usually… to us. Then of course all things get added to it like bitterness, unforgiveness, etc.. But we can take these captive too.

So let’s take a look at 2 Corinthians 10:5 and see how we can apply this infamous verse to our lives today.

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

First we have to know that our thoughts are FULL of imaginations… So many what if’s stream in and out. So many negative thoughts of what others MAY be thinking about us. We have over 30,000 thoughts a day… are you taking all of them captive? So as we address our imagination, which by the way was not created for the devil to use… as God had a great imagination when creating you and I!  So we have to recognize what is an imagination… it goes on to say what that is… Every High Thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. So, when you woke up this morning, did you think of how awful you feel? Did you think how you were going to pay the bills? Did you think of how you were going to deal with the situation you had to face that day? Anything that brings no comfort or peace is HIGH AND LOFTY against the Word of the Lord. What is the knowledge of God? It’s His truth. Because it goes onto say, “Take every thought TO the obedience of Christ.” What does this look like? What does Christ as us to do? To love, forgive, and serve one another. Anything outside of those parameters is NOT in the obedience of Christ. I like what my friend Caspar McCloud says:  If you say something, put “In Jesus Name” at the end. You’ll soon see what thoughts are Godly and what thoughts aren’t! You may be surprised…. and this may be a way to gauge your thought life. Because frankly, some of us think we are positive individuals when in fact, we are so used to how we are, that’s just what we believe…  But it could be further from the truth..

I actually did this myself this very morning. As I awoke, I started thinking of the chocolate brownie I ate last night and started wondering if I was going to feel sick today. In times past, eating late at night would make me feel draggy, even dizzy, and I replayed that in my mind. I began thinking all kinds of negative thoughts, even before opening my eyes. Then I said, “Stop it!” I decided right then to change my thinking. How can I bless the Lord today? Who can I reach today? How can I love my husband today? Who can I call? If you’ll notice, none of these “thoughts” are about me!!! They are about others. I have learned that when I keep myself on my mind, I can get into all kinds of trouble in my mind. We are so worried about what we feel, what symptom we have that day, how we are going to make ourselves more comfortable… these are ALL high and lofty thoughts!!  They are PRIDE! That is why I mentioned pride earlier… when we think of ourselves, it’s prideful. What does the Bible say about pride? God hates pride!! So we should too. Not to hate yourself… but what is at work so we can come clean! Just this morning I did just that. I realized I still had a lot of pride, based on some of the things I’ve shared with you just now… but much more to be seen too that I’ve not mentioned. Pride comes from our thought life. We will only act upon it if it starts in our thoughts.

So if we can take these kinds of thoughts captive, you are well on your way to being a healthier and happy person. By the way, this will make those around you healthy and happy too! Negativity and corruption is contagious, holiness is not. So we have to live holy lives, and we start by taking every thought captive.

So right now… if you are feeling sad, alone, lonely, depressed, angry, fearful, etc… what are you thinking about?? Choose today to do something about it. Choose today to say, “Stop… I choose not to entertain those high and lofty thoughts that are against God’s Truth for my life.” And begin thinking about blessings! Think of what God has done and thank Him. Think of how you can bless someone today. I can almost guarantee you, your day will be much easier to face, and even could be enjoyable! What a concept…

When People Are Difficult!

November 6, 2015

As a minister, I have many opportunities to talk to people about their issues with other people, I have had my fair share as well. But the Lord showed me something today that will either make you or break you! And that is this:  “When people are difficult it’s because WE aren’t being honest with them.” Think about it. The only reason anyone could get under our skin and irritate us, is because we let them! And it’s done because we aren’t being honest with them about our own heart towards them. For example:  Let’s say you are visiting a friend and it seems every time you visit, you leave saying: “Every time I visit, I leave feeling bad about myself. Small. Insignificant.” Why is that? It’s because that person said or did something but YOU didn’t respond. You took it. You just leave. See,  we don’t want to hurt anyone, cause conflict, be confrontational, or even be honest because of FEAR of man. Fear of how they’ll respond. Fear of loosing that friend (and by the way, that isn’t a very good friend to do that in the first place). Fear, Fear, Fear… is the guiding light.

But let’s say that same friend begins saying and doing the same things at your next visit. What if you say, “Can I be honest with you? (And by the way, if we have to say that, what does that say?? Are we not being honest already??) “Did you know that your words are sharp, they leave me feeling sad. Well, I choose to forgive you and release all this from my heart.”  What do you think that person will do? You can even add, “I forgive you.” What a concept!! Remember, people that give pain is because they are in pain, perhaps this is a time to ask, “Are you doing okay? Can I pray with you about something?”

If you think about it, the last time you were irritated by someone, did you tell them they irritated you?  It’s time we start saying what we mean and mean what we say. When we do, did you know you can’t be manipulated either? When we are honest with our own hearts, speak the truth out of our mouth, we can’t even be manipulated. Truth doesn’t manipulate either…

When Jesus spoke the truth to people, He didn’t hold anything back. He would tell people, “Go and sin no more.” And others He would call vipers full of dead men’s bones. So, we need to be able to be honest as well. As a matter of fact, this is scriptural. To be honest and truthful will ALL men… at ALL times… Now, a person who truly does this will not be controlled, defiled, or manipulated. Now, there is a balance, because there is also discretion on when to speak the truth and what tone… but truth is still to be spoken.

I could get into “speaking the truth in love” but you can pick up my book called, “Nothing but the truth so help me God” that goes into more details at But for now… if you have difficulty speaking your mind, then it’s time to change that! Decide today to cast off all fear of man (the what if’s because fear is not from God) and begin to speak and walk in truth, today… in EVERY area of your life. It may be difficult at first, but that tells you how much you haven’t been honest… OUCH!

Are We Seeking To Be Healed?

November 3, 2015

Are we seeking to be healed? This morning I was thinking of some of my ailments I’ve been working through lately and asked the lord the past several days to heal me. Well, still not healed. I didn’t get upset or confused, I sought out the Lord in this area even more. This is what He showed me. Nowhere in the Bible does it say to Seek your healing!!!! Ouch! It says, to Seek God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and all these things (including healing) will be given. Then in the Lord’s prayer it doesn’t mention anything about getting healed. It asks for daily provision, to be forgiven of sins, etc., but nothing about healing our bodies. Then here’s one that really hit home. James 1:16 says to confess our faults one to another and pray one for another that you MAY be healed. I heard this passage correctly for the first time today!!! I’ve often used this passage when praying for the sick, but that was error. It says to talk to one another in honesty, then pray for one another… I believe to the degree we are honest with one another, praying fervently for one another, this opens the doors for our healing to come. This helped put things in perspective for me. Some of us have been seeking the healing first, when we need to be praying for one another to strengthen our spirit man and be restored in the area of sins. Many scriptures talk of Jesus saying, “Thy sins be forgiven, go and sin no more” just after healing them. So sins and sickness truly go hand in hand. So what are we to seek? God the Father, Jesus the Son through then power of the Holy Ghost… period. And watch the blessings you desire chase you down and over take you, including healing! I’ll keep you posted on my progress too, cause we are all in this walk together.