Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Are you suffering from Prophetic Dyslexia?

This afternoon as I sat to read my Bible I felt this bubble up inside of me and as much as I tried to put it off to write it down tomorrow I really felt I had to do it today. Therefore, I pray it blesses someone.

Hearing the voice of God is completely normal! God created humanity to be able to talk to and spend time with Him. Sadly, the concept of God speaking to us as people has been really twisted in these days, but the Bible is clear on the matter.

John 10:27 (NIV)
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

I always say that all the prophetic is: is being able to hear the voice of God whether it is for your life or someone else’s.

Dyslexia is defined by the World English Dictionary as, “impaired ability to understand written language: a learning disorder marked by a severe difficulty in recognizing and understanding written language, leading to spelling and writing problems. It is not caused by low intelligence or brain damage.”

It seems to me that there are many people in the world today that are suffering from prophetic dyslexia. I’m not trying to be derogatory by saying this, but listen to me for a moment.

God often speaks in words or a language that is a bit different than ours. Meaning? In Genesis 37 Joseph has two dreams. One is about all of these sheaves of grain bowing to his sheave, and another where the sun moon and eleven stars bowed down to him. Those dreams were from God, but was God saying literally sheaves of grain and the stars were going to bow to Joseph? No. God was using the sheaves and stars as symbols that one day Joseph would be in a position of authority to his brothers and eventually he was in the place.

God often speaks through dreams, visions, prophetic words and it is very important that we listen to His interpretation instead of our interpretation. When we shove our own meaning onto whatever He says, we are becoming prophetically dyslexic. We are trying to make whatever He saying fit in what we think it should. We are twisting what God is saying. Somewhere it is getting lost in translation, and I assure you the problem is not with God.

About 13 years ago, I was in a situation where I had done just that. I was sure of some situations and was sure then whatever dream, vision, or word I got I manipulated them to mean what I thought they did. Later I saw God completely turn the situation around, but I see now where while the words did come to pass. They came to pass differently than what I thought God was saying.

For example in Genesis 16, there is the story of Abraham and Sarah. God promises that they will have children. God even goes on to say that, Abraham’s decedents will out number the stars in the sky. They get older and older and older. Sarah gets frustrated so she tells Abraham to have a baby with her maid so Ishmael is created. Ishmael is never God’s chosen child. Ishmael was a fruit of frustration. Later Sarah conceives and has Isaac.

Many times, we hear the things that God is saying and we act so much like this story. In our heads we say, “fine God if you aren’t going to do this in my timing then I’ll do it myself and I’ll make it happen!” In the end, doing things out of frustration will only bring sorrow.

When Jesus was born there hundreds of prophetic words about the Messiah in order for him to be the Messiah he had to do. The Messiah had to be born in Bethlehem, come from Egypt and be a Nazarene. Do you honestly think Joseph had the ability to set with an ancient scroll in his hand and chart out all the places he had to move his family in order for these prophesies to come to pass? No! Joseph did what the Spirit of the Lord told him to and the words were fulfilled. His job was just to do what God told him to do. God made the rest work.

There is a prophetic dyslexic trap in the kingdom today and it’s causing frustration to spread like an unwanted fruit. If you find yourself constantly frustrated then where is your peace?

Real faith is not a roller coaster ride of emotions. I’ve seen this happen in the church too often. It’s not a I got a prophetic word so I’m on cloud nine but the next day nothing happens that we see yet so I’m back in the pit, and the next night God gives me a dream I’m up again and the next I’m down. Real faith is constant. It’s consistent and it doesn’t waver.

If you find yourself in the prophetic dyslexic trap then get out! It’s that easy. You have to retrain your thinking. Ask the Lord to show you what He is saying to you, and choose to stop trying to flip around his words to manipulate it into what you think. His ways are not always our ways. We have to get to know Him in order to be able to rightly discern what He’s saying. I believe that the key to a mature walk with God is simply trust. We have to learn to trust Him beyond what we think and see. We have to choose to trust Him beyond our circumstances. We have to learn to trust Him that He has a way even when we don’t see it. We have to trust Him.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Moving from Sustaining to Obtaining

Last week while in prayer I felt the Lord say to me “It’s time to move from sustaining to obtaining.” That day some things happened in my life, and as things are made final I’ll share more. But I began to think about this term and have decided today would be a good day to share my thoughts.

Many of you have heard me say time and time again that I’ve heard prophetic voice after prophetic voice say that these are days of change and new beginnings. I believe that this is the time and season we’re in as a church whole.

While the Israelites were in captivity they spent generations believing that one day they would be freed. When Moses showed up and the plagues began they had to have known that change was soon coming. God was doing miracles, signs and wonders in their midst and they knew this time things were going to be different.

Simeon and Anna (I’ve always been a little partial to faithful Anna Luke 2:21-39) waited at the temple every day they were growing older and older. They believed that that God had spoken to them that they would live to see the Messiah. They had to keep trusting God every day that God had really spoken to them, until the day came that the Messiah literally showed up before them.

Joseph in the Old Testament sat in prison for three years falsely accused and he had to wait, until one day his divine appointment happened and he was moved from being in the pit of prison as the second in command to the palace.

Abraham and Sarah thought that them having this promised baby in their old age was impossible but eventually they held the promise of God.

I could go on and on listing the characters in the Bible that had to go through a process and then one day their suddenly happened and they were able to see the hand of God the entire time. Go read Hebrews 11.

It’s time to go from sustaining to obtaining. Many of you are thinking in your head, “Well it hasn’t happened yet. How can I get excited over what hasn’t manifested?” You have to see yourself on the other side of this thing before you will ever physically be there. You might feel like your in a pit like Joseph but remember God loves suddenlies. See yourself in that palace. Every day might be the same thing day in and day out like Simeon and Anna, but you have to believe that one day you’ll hold the promise of God!

Someone recently reminded me that as runners train they always learn to visualize themselves crossing the finished line. You have to see yourself moving from sustaining to obtaining.

Matthew 14:29-31 (The Message)He said, "Come ahead." Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, "Master, save me!" Jesus didn't hesitate. He reached down and grabbed his hand. Then he said, "Faint-heart, what got into you?"

You have to stop believing the circumstances over what God has spoken. Stop looking at the waves around you and fix your focus on Jesus. Fix your focus on what He said. Fix your focus on God. It’s time to move from the sustaining to the obtaining! God doesn’t lie! He’ll bring you to the other side, but you can’t give up! You have to keep pushing through and see yourself on the other side. 

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

God Will Bring It Back Around!

I recently saw Carol Burnett interviewed and she relayed a story that I’d heard her say before but it reminded me of something this time. If you don’t know who Carol Burnett is, she is a famous American comedian and actress. Before she was famous she was working as an usher in a movie cinema right off Hollywood Blvd. This usher uniform she had to wear, I guess she relays was hideous and had epilates on the shoulders. Then anyone could come in at anytime during the movie and no matter where it was in the movie set down and soon the movie would start again. She says that one particular day this movie was in it’s last minutes and these people came up demanding they’d be seated right away. She was working at the aisle two door. She asked for them to wait five minutes because the movie was almost done, and I guess they went to get the manager. That manager stormed over to her and ripped off her epilates. He demanded she leave the building at once. “You’re fired!” he roared. I’m sure that was a pretty low point for her. She went on to become the comedic icon she is today. She says that when they called her to tell her they were going to honor her with a star on Hollywood Blvd, she told them she wanted the star right in front of that theatre. If that wasn’t good enough, in the interview she relayed that a few years ago that same theatre had fallen in disrepair and the owners called her and asked her if she’d like the door to aisle 2. Today that door is in her home, I’m sure it’s a reminder to her every time she sees it that all worked out in the end.

It is so easy when something happens that isn’t right to demand for justice. But I’ve learned in my years God always has a way to bring things around. You have to allow God the time to do that for you. The battle is not yours to fight.

Psalm 17:2 (NIV)
May my vindication come from you; may your eyes see what is right.

1 Corinthians 1:8 (The Amplified)
And He will establish you to the end [keep you steadfast, give you strength, and guarantee your vindication; He will be your warrant against all accusation or indictment so that you will be] guiltless and irreproachable in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).

When Jesus was brutally murdered on the cross that was a big injustice. He had no sin. The Bible says that he didn’t argue with his accusers.

Isaiah 53:7 (NIV)
7 He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before her shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.

I’ll admit the first thing I want to do when someone hurts me or ticks me off, is I want to kick their behinds. However we need to realize that God will bring the situation around. Some way, some how we’ll be able to look at the situation one day and see that God brought our vindication.

Give your situations and issues to God today. Allow God to fight those battles for you. Allow Him to make them turn around like only He can. We need to let the situation go and give it to God. We need to choose to let Him have it and let Him work on it. He has a bigger plan and purpose than what we see. Try trusting Him. You’ll be glad you did.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Please, Shut the door on the way out!

A few days ago while in prayer I had a vision that was for both me and several others in the body of Christ. I felt to share that with all of you for today’s blog. I believe it’s for many.

What I saw before me was a great light, and behind me was an open door that I’d already stepped through. But the door was still open.

Instinctively I knew what the Holy Spirit was trying to show me. It was as if I’d stepped through the new door, but I hadn’t closed the door behind me yet. Why is that important? Well think of it this way, if the door behind me was darker, I’m not going to be able to see much the entrance to the new place because what is behind is mixing with what is ahead leaving it a mushy mess. Even though I’d already passed to the new place the door is still open and the old place is blocking my vision of the new.

I have heard prophetic word after prophetic word that this is a season of change and new doors. I believe what God was showing me is that in order to see that I’ve stepped over into the new place I have to shut the door to what I’ve just come out. When we begin to walk in destiny it’s easy to allow our pasts to dictate to us what we see, but God is telling us we must close the door. We have to allow ourselves to be free from what is behind us. We have to allow ourselves to push into the new thing, and let go of the old.

Luke 5:37
And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined.

God is yearning to bring to that new place, but you have to let go of the old mindsets. You have to let go of all the ways it’s been in the past and choose to allow Him to change you and bring you into this new season. You have to shut the door to see the new place. You have to keep trusting in Him that this time it will be different. Just because you’ve gotten no after no before, when you do what He tells you to do, this time you’ll walk through to a new day. You must have faith that He is!

Isaiah 62:10 (NIV)
10 Pass through, pass through the gates!
Prepare the way for the people.
Build up, build up the highway!
Remove the stones.
Raise a banner for the nations.

You must pass through the gates and pursue destiny. You can’t prepare the way for the people if your so busy looking at what is behind you.

Keep pressing forward to what you know God has called you. Keep earnestly seeking after Him and trust Him. It takes faith to shut the door to what you’ve known before, but I promise you it’s worth it! Let go of the past and grab tightly to what is before you! God is a good God! Be excited, because there are new things in store for you!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Is your fruit made out of wax?

When I was a little girl and we used to go over to my grandparents house there was this bowl of wax fruit that baffled me. Even as a kid I wondered what use is that? Yes it looked pretty but it had no real use. This last week as I worked on a section in a book I just finished I found myself talking about wax fruit. It was a revelation I’d like to share with you today.

The Bible talks about fruit quite a bit. Here are just a few examples (NIV):

John 15:5
"I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

Romans 7:4
So, my brothers, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit to God.

Galatians 5:22-23
22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Think of it this way. You are a “tree” in the kingdom of God and you will bear the kind of fruit that your tree is. If you’re not a part of the vine then you’ll bear bad fruit. The vine is Jesus Christ.

The chapter I was working on in this book was about being fake. My point was there are a lot of people out there that are bearing fake fruit. Good fruit God can use, bad fruit at least can get burnt or thrown on a compost heap, but fake fruit? Well waxy fruit will do just that. It’ll melt in the heat.

I love what Prophet Chris D’Amico said at meetings that we recently had at our church. He said that “We’re like tea bags, what is in us comes out when we’re thrown in hot water.”

We need to have real fruit in the kingdom. We need to be people of substance. The world doesn’t need to see any more waxy or bad fruit. They need real fruit to see!

Matthew 23:25
"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.

Matthew 23:26
Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.

Appearances are good, and I won’t lie and say they never matter, but God is more concerned about the inside than the outside. If one is so caught up in only the outside appearance but isn’t addressing things on the inside. . .their fruit is becoming like that waxy apple. It will be no use to anyone, but just to melt it.

Be people of substance. Be people that aren’t just living to keep up with appearances but a person that has meaning and purpose. Be a purpose whose living with a purpose and on purpose. If you’re going to really pursue God’s plan for your life you must evaluate your fruit. Make a decision to be a producer of real fruit. Real fruit produces good seeds for more trees who will in turn produce more fruit. God wants us in the kingdom to be fruitful and multiply. Be real fruit!!

Monday, August 16, 2010

What is your influence?

Yesterday I was sitting in a leadership meeting yesterday and Pastor Greg said something that I’ve heard before but somehow this time it hit me. He said, “Even if you’re the most introverted person it’s said that in your life time you’ll influence at least 10,000 people.” That’s a lot of people! That’s just if you’re the most introverted. Think about the amount of people that ones like Billy Graham has been used to influence in his lifetime. The 10,000 people seems minor compared to the amount I’m sure he has influenced.

You are not merely in peoples life just for the sake of being in their life. I believe that God has a reason and a purpose for each life you contact. Will you influence them for the good, or for the not so good?

1 Corinthians 15:33 (NIV)
Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character."

I began to think about this statistic. What kind of influence am I leaving with people? What kind of influence are you leaving with people? Most of us have probably heard the phrase that you may be the only Bible a person ever reads, and, “Go out into the world and preach the gospel and if you must use words.” We are to be the living Bibles out in the world.

Some of you may or may not know that I just finished writing my 11th book, and it was my 2nd full length Bible teaching book. I’m really excited about this one, and I’ll share more about it as I get it published which I believe it’ll be soon. However for the book I found some scary statistics that goes on in the body of Christ.

According to the book UnChristian by Kinnaman and Lyons there was a very interesting study done by the Barna group. The statistics will floor you. 87% of outsiders think that Christians are judgmental, 52% of churchgoers feel the same way. 85% of outsiders think that Christians are hypocritical, and 47% of the church feels the same way. (http://www.urbanchristiannews.com/ucn/2010/05/how-to-get-past-your-church-wounds.html)

That folks is an epidemic in the church today!

James 2:1
[ The Royal Rule of Love ] My dear friends, don't let public opinion influence how you live out our glorious, Christ-originated faith. If a man enters your church wearing an expensive suit, and a street person wearing rags comes in right after him, and you say to the man in the suit, "Sit here, sir; this is the best seat in the house!" and either ignore the street person or say, "Better sit here in the back row," haven't you segregated God's children and proved that you are judges who can't be trusted?

We have to wake up and realize that we have a large sphere of influence whether we realize it or not. We have to realize that we have a choice as to how we influence them? We have to stop thinking that this journey is all about us and our own walk of salvation. This journey is about God, and allow His kingdom to come forth on the earth. His heart is that you would wake up today and realize it’s not all about you. It about Him. Choose to be an influencer for the good! Choose to live your live in such a way people look at you and want what you have.

I’ll close this blog with the lyrics of a song I’ve always loved. It’s “If we are the body” by Casting Crowns. Think about what it says and how you can use it in your life. Hope that gives you something to think about. Remember you are an influencer!

"If We Are The Body" by Casting Crowns

It's crowded in worship today
As she slips in trying to fade into the faces
The girl's teasing laughter is carrying farther than they know
Farther than they know

But if we are the body
Why aren't His arms reaching?
Why aren't His hands healing?
Why aren't His words teaching?
And if we are the body
Why aren't His feet going?
Why is His love not showing them there is a way?
There is a way

A traveler is far away from home
He sheds his coat and quietly sinks into the back row
The weight of their judgemental glances
Tells him that his chances are better out on the road

Jesus payed much too high a price
For us to pick and choose who should come
And we are the body of Christ

Jesus is the way

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Nacho Cheese Sweater

In the fourth grade me along with many of my friends would go and hang out at the local roller skating rink on the weekend. There was one particular afternoon that I decided to wear a primarily white sweater with light blue stripes. There was a particular boy that “liked me” and I was trying to look cool. I had just gone to the food court with my friends and had purchased some nachos. Throw a bunch of kids on roller skates who are already awkward and you get even more shaky movements. Some girl, I have no idea who it was now backed into me with my nacho’s in hand, and I lost by balance. Eventually I wore that nacho cheese. I wore it not just a little bit, but wore it as a giant round circle in front of my stomach. No amount of water helped it get out. The circle just grew like a giant blob. When you 9 years-old and your trying to look cool slow dancing with a boy at the couples skate it’s pretty hard when you have a giant cheesy stain on your sweater.

It would and could have been very easy for me to get angry and grumpy at the girl who backed into me. It’s funny that I remember what happened but I’m not even sure who it was who ran into me causing this fiasco. This girl I’m sure felt bad. She didn’t mean to hit me causing nacho cheese to fly. It was an accident and thing happen. You have to learn in life to laugh at yourself. Laugh at the situation. Don’t get so stressed out over the small stuff. I think we get so up tight sometimes while we go through life and we always have to remember it’s okay to laugh at ourselves. Things happen.

Matthew 6:25-34 (MSG)

"If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don't fuss about what's on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds. "Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.
"If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don't you think he'll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I'm trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God's giving. People who don't know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don't worry about missing out. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. "Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.

That is some of my favorite passages of scripture. Don’t sweat the small stuff. It’ll all work out. As mortifying wearing nacho cheese was to me at the time, now it’s a funny story.

It isn’t worth it to get so bent out of shape over the small things in life. Take a deep breath. Sadly little things like this can cause the worst strife and divisions amongst friends and family. In the end does it really matter? It was an accident move on.

Remember today life is so short, make count. Don’t spend your days being so uptight that you don’t enjoy it. God’s got everything under control, but you have to trust Him. He has your best interest at heart, remember that!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

It Must Be A McDonald's!

The year I graduated from high school my grandparents decided to take my sister and I on a vacation to Myrtle Beach. We have a lot of memories from that trip and a lot of laughs. I do not like long car trips, and inevitably if I can fly I will. The confinement starts to get to me. There was one particular instance in this car trip that I had to go to the bathroom and my grandmother insisted that we had to stop at a McDonald’s bathroom. According to her McDonald’s always had the “cleanest” restrooms. So we began traveling around trying to find the Golden Arches. While there may be a McDonald’s on every corner of civilized America there wasn’t where we were. We’d pass all sorts of other places and it wasn’t good enough. Minutes and miles rolled by and finally after begging her she allowed my grandfather to pull over at a Burger King. By this point I didn’t care, I was going to explode if we didn’t pull over soon.

Sometimes we feel like the process that we’re on in the Kingdom of God is like this. That we’re going through things for no rhyme or reason. As the pressure get’s harder and harder we want to scream and say “What is going on here?” But God has his reasons. He understands where we’re at and He understands that there are things we need to do and learn in the process.

My husband and I just sat down and finally watched “The Book of Eli.” While I could have done without some of the language the film is so awesome and I highly recommend if you’ve never watched it to watch it. As it began to unfold I realized that though this man had gone forward in faith for 30 years reading the Book every day there was a reason for that. Without the process he could have never been able to recite it in the end. (I’m trying to stay vague here for those who haven’t watched it, if you’ve watched it you know what I’m talking about.)

Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV)
“[ A Time for Everything ] There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:”

I can be so easy to get frustrated in the process, but I have a suggestion for you. Instead of getting frustrated perhaps you can just start trying to go with God. You get a lot further along if you stop playing tug-o-war and start working together.

He knows the times and seasons for your life. It is not his desire or plan that you be a frustrated person. But be at peace. Trust in your God and know He loves you more than you know. Trust that He is for you and who can be against you. Trust that He will never leave you nor forsake you.

We’ve all had our moments when we didn’t think we could go any further. Take a deep breath and know that you can. Because He is faithful, and He’s excited because He sees you through this season and knows that all will be good!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

You Can't Substitute Sugar for Flour

As a kid there was a particular oatmeal cookie recipe that we would make often. Depending on what was in the house we might change the recipe a bit but it would primarily be the same recipe. One particular instance I got this hankering (May not be a real word but it is in my vocabulary) for oatmeal cookies and I fled to the pantry to pull out the ingredients. My mom hadn’t realized we were almost out of flour, and only the remnants of about ½ a cup lay in the bottom of the container. Reason told me that I should abandon my craving. But we had plenty of sugar. I mean I could just substitute sugar for the flour. They were both white. . .it should work right? For those of you chefs you’re probably laughing at me by now. Just because I thought they looked the same, didn’t mean they were. What I did instead of making oatmeal cookies that day was managed to make a huge melting oozing mess on the pan. It ended up being more like oatmeal flavored lollypop melted across the metal. Sugar can’t be substituted for flour.

Many people view the things of God like this. When they can’t get the Word of God to stretch to the things they think it says then they try to substitute a worldly view with it. It’s like their mixing some of God’s words with the words of the world and think it will all turn out okay. I am hear to tell you today that’s not true. You can’t mix God’s Words with what the world says. What you’ll end up with is a mess.

Galatians 5:9 (NKJV)
“A little leaven leavens the whole lump.”

Meaning thinking that is okay to compromise a little and add a little of a worldly view to the things of God will affect you’re entire walk with God.

The Bible warns at various times not to be deceived.

James 1:16
“Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.”

Deception is the favorite tool of the enemy. Deception is when you believe that what you’re doing right. Just like I believed that because both flour and sugar were white it wouldn’t make a difference but I was wrong. It did. Taking on a worldly view of things even if in your mind is just a little bit will make a difference. You can’t add the ungodly to the Godly and think it will work. Even if you think it might look the same. It isn’t.

Consider it this way. If I was a pitcher of hot water, and burning under me was the fire and passion of God, and I began allowing drops of cold water to put out the fire under me and slowly add to the hot water what is going to happen? Soon I won’t be hot anymore. I’d be lukewarm. God doesn’t want a lukewarm church.

Revelation 3:15-16
“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.”

When you don’t know what God is really saying on the matter of what the Biblical view is, then seek the Word. Find it out. Seek the Lord. Seek Godly council. But you must be honest with yourself and stop trying to mix the two. The Bible cannot be treated like a smorgasbord. You don’t have the option to pick and choose the way you think it ought say.

1 Peter 5:8
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

I want to encourage you all today to examine yourselves. Seek God to anything in you that you’ve tried to substitute what God really said on the matter vs. what you had in your pantry already. You can’t water down the gospel to meet your own opinions. You can’t manipulate it to try to make it work. I say this out of love. We all need to check ourselves. Because if we do keep trying to make it work and substitute the false for the true, What you’re going to end up with is a big mess. I don’t know about you but I have never found a mess fun to clean up. Be encouraged today. God is a good God that loves you.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Seeing Through The Trees

My parents’ house is in a very wooded area in Ohio, and subsequently I always joke that I grew up in the woods of Ohio. As a little girl I would spend hours exploring the woods around the house. I can remember going out into the woods to pick flowers or wild raspberries. I used to love to get deep in the woods and be able to look up and see the sky through the trees. There was something I always found almost majestic about being able to look up and see light. It was if the leaves etched there way as a tattoo to the beauty of a crystal blue sky and I stood there in awe of God in nature.

Often we can feel like that in our spiritual walk. We can find ourselves in the deepest part where it can feel as if there is darkness all around. We can be so entrapped by circumstances that we can feel that we don’t see any light. But I speak to you today to look up. See the beauty in the sky. See through your circumstances. See past where you are right now.

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”

You might feel as if you are in a dark place right now, but you ARE NOT destroyed. If you’ve been born again the power of Jesus Christ is working on the inside of you. Though your circumstances may feel like they are pressing you down, you are not destroyed.

Look up! You’re help comes through Jesus Christ. Look up! As Kim Clement says, “You’re somewhere in the future and you look much better than you look right now!”

Despite of what you’re going through. Despite of how you feel God will never leave you nor forsake you. Look through the circumstances and see that God is there. See Him through your circumstance!

Philippians 3:12
[ Pressing on Toward the Goal ] Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.

Press on to the edge of the woods! Press forward through the circumstances! Take hold of what God has for you. Embrace it with a passion! See the sky through the trees! Choose to see past where you are right now! Know that God is for you so who can be against you! Know God is good and you can trust in Him! He’s got good plans for your life! Be excited today, and don’t forget to look up!