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Can’t find your keys? or the Remote? what about your brain?


One of the great novelties about God is he really is interested in every detail of our lives. I am convinced he loves flare.

Joyce Meyer writes about how she is always losing her keys.  She was in a rush to get out of the house only to have no idea where she placed her keys. She stopped and prayed. In her heart God showed her where the keys were.

Another time she was having guests over. The remote control to the TV was no where to be found. She prayed,

Holy Spirit, show me where the remote control is, please.”

God gave her a Word of Knowledge and led her to the remote.

If you have family members like me who forget to put their brain in first gear,  do as Joyce and I do.

Pray for God to reveal where they lost it! LOL!   It works.

Just imagine. If God gives us his time for our own forgetfulness of such trivialities, how much more do you think he wants to communicate with us about that which is important?

John 14: 26 “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”

Excerpt from Joyce Meyer’s book: Trusting God Day by Dayday by day

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Missing Something?


The airport parking lot was almost full so finding an empty space was virtually impossible. Running late into the terminal waving your boarding pass you barely miss crashing into some kids. By-passing the need for relief a fast sprint in and out of visitors finally you see the boarding area. Racing to the attendant to hand her your ticket, she points at the window to show you your plane.

“I am so sorry sir, but there is your plane heading down the runway.”

Out of breath, the plane leaves without you.th

 

Don’t you just hate that?

 

That feeling of missing something. A free trip. Lunch with a friend. The job you wanted but didn’t get.

Is it possible to ever come to a place where you never feel you have missed anything?

The answer is yes. Once you have been stripped of everything material, physical, mental and emotional there is only one thing left. The spirit that lives within us.

God is a spirit. He relates to us through the Holy Spirit he has placed within us.

After we are left with nothing, we begin to get “tunnel vision” where we only hear him, feel him and recognize his voice.

Joseph experienced this. Moses did too. David understood while he ran for his life from Saul.

There are issues within our hearts that must take a hike especially since most of our seeking God is self-centered to begin with.  Often this is accomplished through the idiotic choices we make, or as Joseph did by taunting his older brothers with his dreams. Moses was kicked out of Egypt for killing a man and David outshined the King.

Imprisonment for 13 years, wilderness living for 40 and running from cave to cave to survive will or should knock the self-regard out of anyone.

Once we have lost the quest for earthly desires, missed appointments or the “all about me fun” questioning what is really important takes precedence.  These false choices or actions we had depended on to “make our day” all of a sudden become our adversaries. It is then we first begin to seek God for his presence; to simply sit with him enjoying his company.

We will only find what we are looking for in Jesus. There is no other satisfaction; no other comparable.

“I am my Beloved’s and His desire is toward me.” Song of Solomon 7:10

He yearns for us to go deeper with him so that he may impart to us his secrets, knowledge, wisdom and ways.  

As time passes we begin to place him first realizing what a privilege it is to have this personal intimacy with the Creator of the Universe.  The joy of being sold out for Jesus trumps all pain, persecution, rejection, abandonment, fun, entertainment, and that lost flight to an earthly paradise.

All of a sudden you comprehend Jesus is paradise. 

No need for a plane ticket after all.

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Identify Your Identity


 The Observer:  “I know I am going to Heaven; just don’t want to get involved too much.

 The Martha Syndrome: “Me too. There is so much to do for God. We just have to keep busy doing the work of the Lord.”

The Kingdom Believers: Have you thought about how getting to know God would change the world? He is more interested in a personal relationship with us than all of our busy activities working for him.  God can do what we can’t, but prayer and communion with him will bring about the supernatural workings of the Holy Spirit through us. That is what is needed to make a difference in the hearts of people. It is the only way to stop or prevent the enemy from his rage and attacks. Once you get to know God for who he really is, love for him is overwhelming.  You will want to get involved and stay involved. You will hunger for Jesus that can’t be matched by anything else.”

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3 different views of following Jesus

The Observer is a classic example of getting in the gate.  Remaining clear of the details of following the Messiah is paramount.  Fear that God will send them to some foreign country to be a missionary or a remote part of the earth keeps them at bay.  The Observer is satisfied living the life of a Christian from a distance.

The Martha Syndrome has become the church.  When Jesus visited sisters, Mary and Martha of Bethany, it was evident they both loved and admired him but in very different ways.  Many Christians today have taken the work of God to a whole new level.  Burnout of activities from being asked to serve the Lord has superseded the relationship resulting in the Martha Syndrome. Martha couldn’t sit still while Jesus was in her house. She was worried and upset that Mary sat at Jesus feet listening to him intently instead of helping in the kitchen with the dinner meal. We are not built to serve God in our own physical strength; we need the Holy Spirit and that is only achieved by quiet time alone with him on a daily basis.

The Kingdom Believers are the seekers of God who choose to be in his presence and experience a deeper intimacy of his love as an ongoing, 24/7 lifestyle.  The relationship becomes tangible as if to touch the heart of God by abiding quietly in him. Giving God first place; allowing the Holy Spirit to enlighten the spirit within the seeker to fill them to the core with the supernatural.  This stirring of the soul to find God in every hour and minute of the day is active and sincerely resonating all over the world.  This small group is in preparation for the harvest in the making.

Matthew 9:38 “Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

God’s army of disciples must come out of the Kingdom.  Seasoned Christians full of the Holy Spirit who have sacrificed their time to be alone with God instead of accomplishing that which comes from the flesh.

The need is to identify with Jesus by letting go of a self-centered existence and become the expression of the Savior.  The more we know Jesus, the more we become like him. His presence brings about a stirring in our souls unattainable anywhere else.

We have a battle that is raging into a war.

God is calling the “survival of the fittest” of his sovereign crown to fight for lost souls to bring them to the cross of Jesus.

Do you hear him calling?

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Destiny Assignments (Part 2)


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Seeking God with your whole heart is the only way to find out your life assignment.

Time alone with the Holy Spirit will grant you clues for your calling. Reading the Bible and allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to you through God’s word will open doors of knowledge and wisdom.

The following are steps to follow to find your assignment to carry it out.

 

  • You must first accept it as a God given approved assignment and is not to be altered
  • The Holy Spirit will qualify you to solve the problem through instruction
  • Understand you may feel inadequate or fearful
  • Do not stay where you are not assigned

 

Of utmost importance in discovering your assignment is to realize the attacks, persecution and enemies that will be unleashed to try to stop you. The evil one uses friends, family and your closest relationships to question, interrogate and accuse you of everything from blasphemy to questioning your doctrine.

One of the greatest lessons God ever taught me was this principal:

 Get over being offended.   WHY?

→You will not be appreciated. You will be resented, misunderstood and despised.

→Others will feel convicted and discomfort around you due to the intimidation of not discovering their own assignment

→Seasons of pain and crisis are normal when seeking your assignment

→You will lose your best friend; possibly family members and acquaintances.  

→Labels will be laid upon your head to discredit and humiliate you

When you discover your assignment, your enemy will emerge. Once you absorb the reality that you will find yourself alone in a boat with Jesus, you will not be hurt, offended or take it personally what others may do to you. In fact, you begin to see them as Jesus does. Your view of people changes even when they slap you around.

Understand they are not where you are spiritually. Jesus understood this perfectly even as he was betrayed by one of his own.

As backward as it sounds, learning these vital warnings will change your thinking, guard your heart and give you freedom unimaginable.

Satan is determined to stop you. He is not interested in you as much as what you are assigned to do. He fears the completion of your assignment and will sabotage and distract you any way he can.

You are probably asking yourself about now “why would I want to do this? It sounds miserable?”

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Try God: Watch your Mouth and Actions (Part 6)


gardenofedenfContrary to popular belief demonic spirits do not rush into our lives. They have nothing to lose so accelerating the process is not part of their plan. Insignificantly they creep in. Lust, or a social drink by one who has alcoholism in their family are a beginning for the progression of destruction. Temptation, torment, sin and death are the aim of evil spirits. What was it the serpent enticed Eve with in the Garden? An apple. Delicious, healthy and small. Yet it led to the downfall of man.

James 1: 14 “Every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.”

Rick Joyner, a modern day spirit filled prophet wrote in his weekly newsletter one of the biggest sins and hindrances to the Christian church is “unbelief.”  The church has thrown out many beliefs God never intended to be eliminated. How has this happened? The enemy managed to get the separation of church and state, preaching on healing, speaking in tongues, prophecies and the gifts of the spirit to be recognized as wrong, or only meant for the church in the days of the Book of Acts.

Satan has Christians believing they should stay out of politics. Jesus healed people when he was on earth, not now. Speaking in tongues occurred only on the day of Pentecost. Prophets are false and the gifts of the spirit simply don’t exist.
Don’t wake me up.

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The devil has the church believing Christians should remove themselves from the political arena. Why? If we have dedicated, Holy Spirit filled leaders the enemy would not be able to do what he is doing now.

Even with doctors/medicines no one would be alive today if God wasn’t in the business of healing people.

Prayer languages, prophecies and the gifts of the spirit couldn’t be used today: they would profit the Kingdom of God even though it says in Acts 2: 17-18 “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.”

What did that say again?  It says “in the last days?” duh…. If Paul said “Besides this you know what hour it is, how it is full time now for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed; the night is far gone, the day is at hand. Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.” (Romans 13:11-12)

And Peter said “The end of all things is at hand.” (1 Peter 4:7)

So, if Peter and Paul spoke of the last days 2000 years ago, what are we living in now?

The church has affectively run the Holy Spirit out. Our conversations, attitudes, nature and physical appearances have allowed the enemy to choke the life out of Christian circles.

The words that come out of our mouths should be sanctified; full of grace. (Ephesians 4:29)

Our actions should be like Jesus. (1 Peter 1: 15-16)

2 Corinthians 4: 6 “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness, “made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

That face.

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Packaged Faith from the Sewer


Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

From Dei Wellman on Faith: the young in Christ need to understand that it takes time to gain a relationship with Jesus — it’s not instantaneous. One has to work at a relationship, in order to gain Faith, to understand that God has got them in the palm of His hand. Learning and understanding and doing Provers 3: 5 – 8 takes time. James 1:6.http://ladydeidre.com

From Pastor Rob Barkman on Faith: It is one thing to want to believe that God exists and He is watching over us etc etc etc. It is an entirely different thing to come to an end of ourselves, where we see we have sinned against God, we can do nothing to save ourselves and we can only come before Him. Knowing that He must save us from our sins because we can do nothing to merit that salvation of our own doing. I believe this is the first step to God-given salvation. Our greatest need is to come to understand the person of God, His holiness and justice; the nature of sin and it’s fruits; and our sinful condition.
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God just comes up with some of the most fascinating ideas. He performs what we don’t see coming. He adds parts of this and that and lo and behold we receive loads of what we didn’t ask for.

It’s kind of like “packaged salvation.”  We received it all when we accepted Jesus as our Savior but that is only the beginning.

Visualize a newly, endorsed convert. The enemy runs and hides, angels begin singing “Hallelujah! Hallelujah!” and God gets to tear open another package of damaged goods so he can fix it.

The package comes with an index full of directions, plans and additions. Like most people, (especially men) they don’t read the directions! They ignore the detailed plans and the execution of those plans.

The process of repair can take a very long time. Some need to be sent off to a “repair shop” for an overhaul.

Others want reconditioning, reconstruction or replacement of parts.

And some, well they just need to learn how to read the directions.

No matter where you are in the packaging process, God adds qualifications or character traits to each follower as they mature. For instance; who knew God would provide a need for someone they didn’t think about or even know to do anything about because they were so busy doing what they were suppose to do to start with?

A few years ago I noticed a foul smell coming from our bathroom. It seems that someone prior to living in this house really liked flossing their teeth. Instead of throwing the floss in the trash, they threw it in the toilet! It became apparent the sewage line was backed up…….whew…..it was awful. Anyway I called a plumber and begged them to send someone ASAP. They did. He was as shocked as I was when he stuck the long, long, very long snake in the sewer line in the yard and came out with floss. A lot of floss. Wads of used floss. He shook his head and told me, “You wouldn’t believe what people put down their toilets.”

Writing him a check for his work, I sensed the Holy Spirit telling me to ask him about his family, and life. He had lost one job, but finally found that one. His wife had been sick for 5 years and could not work due to a brain tumor. He spoke of how he loved this woman and how he had taken care of her, but wished he could do more for her. All their money had been spent on medical bills.

He started to cry. Her washer machine had broken and she had to wash their clothes by hand. He told me he couldn’t afford to buy her a used one much less a new one.

I handed him the first check.

I handed him the second check.washer

Gazing at the 2nd check he asked me “what is this check for?”

I replied, “Go buy your wife a washer machine.”

Tears flowed from his eyes like a flood.

“I can’t take your money. You don’t even know me.”

“Yes I do” I replied, “You are a man trying to do the right thing. Now go buy your wife a washer machine.”

Hugging me and thanking God, he waved goodbye and drove off.

I refrained from telling Mark this story until……3 weeks later I received a letter in the mail from his wife. Now it was my time to cry.

The letter remains in my desk drawer as a reminder of how the Holy Spirit works behind the scenes. You see, it wasn’t about the money or the sewer backing up and it certainly wasn’t about me.

God knew what he needed. God knew how he had unselfishly cared for his sick wife. God knew this man needed a faith pick me up.

When we prioritize our lives with God, that which we don’t see coming, shows up in a package of faith he gives us. He takes care of us in areas we don’t have time or the ability to deal with because we are wrapped up in doing his work to begin with.

As God gives us the Gift of Faith, it grows with each and every one of his miracles he performs; and most of the time when we least expect it.

God will place people in our path, give us favor with those we don’t know and even use a stopped up smelly sewer as a reason to build not only our own faith, but to pass it on.

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