Sunday, February 27, 2011

Don't Be A Dud!

When I was a little girl I can remember the excitement of the 4th of July. For several years the town would set off a fireworks display from the back parking lot of the mall. My grandparents lived down the road from there. My family would congregate in grandma and grandpa’s back yard to watch the fireworks. It was as if the display was just for us as my sister and I frolicked around my grandmothers perfectly manicured marigolds with sparklers in hand. I remember the excitement of watching a firework should up in the sky. It was if the entire town must have waited with baited breath for the explosion to pierce its sparkle across the night. It was mesmerizing. But I also can remember the disappointment that hung like a curtain against the wind when we saw a firework go up, and nothing happened. It was a dud.

We as humans are created in the image of God (Gen 1:26). God has put so much inside of us. He’s filled us up with talents, gifts, and abilities. They’re like gunpowder underneath our rear at times. We are yearning that we can do the very destiny He’s called us to do. Creation even, is excited for the day the sons and daughters of God take their rightful place.

Romans 8:19 (Amplified Bible)
19For [even the whole] creation (all nature) waits expectantly and longs earnestly for God's sons to be made known [waits for the revealing, the disclosing of their sonship].

Romans 8:19 (The Message)
18-21That's why I don't think there's any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times. The created world itself can hardly wait for what's coming next. Everything in creation is being more or less held back. God reins it in until both creation and all the creatures are ready and can be released at the same moment into the glorious times ahead. Meanwhile, the joyful anticipation deepens.

Sadly so many things can affect the sparkle and gunpowder. The weather or circumstances can cause us not to display what we were created for on the earth. But God speaks to us time and time again that we are to shine no matter the conditions. We are to do what He created us to do.

Don’t be a dud in the kingdom. God has uniquely formed and fashioned you to do something that only you can do. The angels are excited to watch what God will do in your life if you will only choose to let him light the fuse and watch you go. To some of you it seems as if God keeps trying to light that fuse and you keep turning around to put it out. Soar to what He’s called you to do. It takes more time and energy to fight against God’s will than it does to fulfill it. You’ll be a lot happier fulfilling it.

Don’t let the rain or the humidity dictate to you how far you will go! You sparkle the way you were made to sparkle. It doesn’t matter what is going on around you. The time will come for you to shoot into destiny. Don’t be a dud! Choose to shine for Him!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Mr. Bear is Not going to Squash-You-All-Flat!

When I was a little girl my grandmother used to read a book to my sister and I called "Mr. Bear Squash-You-All Flat". Some years ago my sister found me a copy to read to my girls. If you’ve never read the book, it’s a fun children’s story with some good spiritual applications.

Mr. Bear Squash-You-All-Flat is a mean grumpy bear who goes through the forest loperty-lop and squashes the forest animal’s homes. Until one day Mr. Bear Squash-You-All-Flat tries to squash a home that was inside a big tire. The tires occupants hide their faces thinking that they’ll have to find a new house, but he can’t squash the house. He gets really mad and runs loperty-lop even further and tries to squash it and instead flies up in the air and bangs his head against a tree branch. Mr. Bear Squash-You-All-Flat leaves that part of the forest and the animals never hear from him again.

Many of us approach dealing with any adversaries in our lives like the animals did to Mr. Bear. We run and hide. We think this is the end; We’ll never get past this situation in our lives. We think all is hopeless. But we so easily forget that the adversary isn’t all powerful. He has his weaknesses. While it may look like all hope is lost, the story isn’t over yet. We can’t forget the authority that we have on this earth as believers. We have to know that God can and will fight for us.

Isaiah 54:17 (NKJV)17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD,
And their righteousness is from Me,”
Says the LORD.

I have good news for you. I’ve read the end of this book. God’s side wins. It may look like the “Mr. Bear’s” around you seem to be mean and tough, but God’s side wins!

Joshua 1:9 (Amp)9Have not I commanded you? Be strong, vigorous, and very courageous. Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go


You stand strong and keep your chin up. The enemy of this world is not going to take you out. You’ve got a destiny and purpose to fulfill and you keep going. Don’t you let the “Mr. Bear’s” talk you out of moving onward with God. You don’t need to run any hide! God’s your victory. You will see the breakthrough!!

  

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Because It's A Surprise

This weekend we got the opportunity to go to the beach with some dear friends of ours. I knew when the chance arose that if I told the kids where we were going we would get riddled with questions, and prying as to when are we going? How we were going to get there? Was it time to leave yet? Etc. Etc. If you’ve been around young children you understand what I’m talking about. So I made the choice to surprise them. However I made an error because I told them there was a surprise and instead of hearing questions over and over again about going to the beach I got questions over and over again about what was the topic of the surprise. I found myself wanting to scream “JUST TRUST ME!” over and over again.

There are times in life we don’t always know exactly where the Lord is leading us. He usually doesn’t reveal everything to us. Maybe we can see the long term goals in our lives but those short term goals seem a little vague. I know there have been times I’ve asked the Lord twenty million questions and acted just like my kids. “God, where are we going? God why do I have to go here for? God this is not comfortable? God what are you doing?” The questions have gone on and on. God loves us His children, but I would bet there are times He’s spoken to each and every one of us with the gentle correction of “JUST TRUST ME!”

If God is really Lord in your life you have to start trusting Him despite what you can understand. You have to realize that you can’t see the whole picture, but God can. He sees the end from the beginning and while things may not make sense to you, God sees the bigger picture.

Isaiah 55:8-11 (MSG)
8-11"I don't think the way you think.
The way you work isn't the way I work."
God's Decree.
"For as the sky soars high above earth,
so the way I work surpasses the way you work,
and the way I think is beyond the way you think.
Just as rain and snow descend from the skies
and don't go back until they've watered the earth,
Doing their work of making things grow and blossom,
producing seed for farmers and food for the hungry,
So will the words that come out of my mouth
not come back empty-handed.
They'll do the work I sent them to do,
they'll complete the assignment I gave them.

There is a cry resounding from heaven, and I can hear it loud and clear. God is beckoning His people to trust Him. He’s saying “Yes, I know it doesn’t make sense right now, but Trust Me. I have good plans for your life!” Will you trust Him today? Will you be at peace knowing that He loves you more than words can say, and His plans for you are awesome. Trust Him today. You’re best is yet to be! 

 

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Getting to the Toy at the Bottom of the Cereal Box

When I was a kid, I can remember getting a new box of cereal and being in eager anticipation of getting to the toy. Maybe I’ve grown up and the way I look at the toys in cereal boxes has changed, but I remember they used to have to coolest toys in those cereal boxes. Inevitably I’d open the box expecting the toy, only to find out that the toy had been hidden in the bottom of the cereal box. One would have to eat the entire box of cereal before they could even get to the toy. Sure one could have dumped all the cereal out and gotten the toy, only to put the cereal back in the box, but in my house growing up my mom would have never let us do that! We would have to wait. It our young minds the waiting was excruciating. Day after day went by, and we would be waiting and waiting. In the eyes of a child waiting for any length of time is too long. Would this be the day we could get to the toy? Would we ever get to the toy? We wondered why we could just thrust our hand in the box and see if we could see a corner of the plastic wrapping. Secretly we tried, but only when no one was looking. Eventually it would happen. After days of eating the cereal, there was finally the day when we lifted the box up and the toy came sliding down into our milk to splatter us in the face. But we didn’t care, because finally we had our plastic piece of fun, and all was well with the wait.

As we get older, I have found that the promises of God are a lot like that toy in the cereal box. We open the box and get excited at the prospect of things He has spoken. Then we see all the cereal or things we have to go through to get to the toy. Some of us stay diligent in getting to the toy, and some of us get really tired of the same old cereal and try to trade it for another box because perhaps the other cereal would work out just as well. Then those people who trade cereal’s get frustrated that their not getting the toy they really wanted.

The joyous day will happen when the toy will be seen but you have to stick with it.

Romans 5:3-5 (New King James Version)3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

If that box of ‘Frosted Flakes’ seems to be getting too old for you. Stick with it! Because perseverance helps produce character! You’ll get to the toy at the bottom of your cereal box, and you’ll be glad you did! God has awesome things in store for you, but you have to stick with it. Enjoy the cereal along the way, it’ll be well. He has plans for you, and you’ll be excited on that day when you finally get to see it. Be encouraged!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Some Updates Worth Praising Him About!

Today I’m going to keep it short and sweet for this blog. Many of you have heard some of these things that are updates, and many of you haven’t. So if I’m repeating myself to some of you . . .sorry! I am just so overwhelmed at God’s faithfulness and I need to testify. Many from various locations read this blog and I felt to share this today.

Many of you have heard my story. God told me He was calling me into ministry at 12, and to write my first book at 16. I’m now 32. . .so it’s been awhile. Really, minus some things here and there in life I’ve been going towards that goal ever since. Many of you have been part of my life to witness that finally after all of these years I’m beginning to see break through in this area. As you know, I signed with Destiny Image for my first full official published book to be released. Many of you also know that Dan and I launched Doveagle Ministries last October, and have been prayerfully seeking out churches and now public high schools for me to begin speaking.

Recently we had some new exciting things happen and I wanted to share. My editor called me. They’d brought my name up in a marketing meeting and I guess the room got very excited. They were going down the list of all the work I’ve done in the last several years and they were very excited to be a part of my book that their publishing. The book title has since been changed to “Cursing the Church or Helping It? Exposing the spirit of Balaam”. On Thursday, I found out that Pastors Hank and Brenda Kunneman of One Voice Ministries have read the book and are endorsing it. If you haven’t heard of them, their awesome! I term them as Christian preaching rock stars. Their endorsement means a lot to me, and I am in awe how God has set this entire thing up. There have been so many divine appointments, dreams, and prophetic words that I'm starting to see fulfilled.

I have spent years going forward with a vision that to me seemed impossible. I’ve had different options over the years, and yes, there were days I wanted to quit. But I want you all to hear from me today that God is faithful. He’s faithful to you too. Keep moving forward! I know the process can get long and frustrating, but God is able!

Isaiah 55:11 (NKJV)
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.


I would ask that all of you continue to pray for us. There is a lot to be done in our ministry and in the book in the next year before it’s released in March 2012. Many things need to come together, but I am awe that truly God opens doors no man can open. (Rev 3:8)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Your Fruit Is Not Bad. It's Just Still Green!

A few days I was talking to one of my best friends in the world (love you girl) and we were discussing the fruit from a situation. She’s been going through a lot recently, and felt that there was no good fruit coming from a situation. To which I responded, “You’re fruit isn’t bad. It’s just still green.”

The Bible uses the symbolism of fruit often.

John 15:5 (NIV)
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing

Romans 7:4 (NIV)
So, my brothers and sisters, 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 for God.

Matthew 7:16 (KJV)
Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

The concept behind this is simply if you are a good tree then you’ll produce good things in the kingdom, or if the situation you’re walking through is a God ordained situation they’ll be God/good things eventually as a result.

I love mangos. I am convinced those things are like nectar from heaven itself. Sometime ago I bought some from my favorite fruit and vegetable store, and I eagerly anticipated coming home to a nice juicy treat. However when I cut into the mango I soon discovered the mango’s were too hard and weren’t ripe yet. As a result what I thought would be a nice treat turned into something that was sour and barely edible. I left the others in the refrigerator for several days later so that they would ripen and be good. Truthfully I forgot about them setting in my fridge but when I found them a week later the fruit was perfect. I would not have realized it was from the same batch of mangos.

Sometime like my friends situation the quality of the fruit can’t be discerned right away. Green fruit or immature fruit may appear to be bad. But really it’s just immature. Immature fruit tastes sour and not ripe. It can appear to not to be good, but really it just needs more time on the vine, or thrown somewhere to ripen. It needs more time in prayer. It needs someone to love it enough, see potential in it enough to let it set there and mature. You can’t get impatient.

Sometimes it can be bad fruit, you need to discern the situation with Godly wisdom!

Time is an amazing thing. I’ve watched situations in my life that seemed hopeless and helpless eventually work out and turn around. God brings the fullness of it about but I can’t keep trying to work on it for Him. I need to let him do what He has to do in the situation, so that in HIS timing things might be fulfilled.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 (KJV)
1To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
9What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?
10I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.
11He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

It’s your job to pray and trust God. It’s your job to water that tree with the word of God and continue to believe that God’s will would come forth. But you can’t make that fruit mature. You have to set back and trust God that He will. He holds the times and seasons in His hands. Let Him do His job. He will bring it to pass.

Don’t get frustrated that the fruit isn’t ripe. Just trust God that He will work it out. I promise you that He won’t disappoint you. Other people might, but God won’t. Good fruit will eventually come from good trees. God’s ways are perfect. Keep praying and trust Him.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Leave Your Bags At The Door!

Over the holidays, my husband had purchased the book “Become a Better You” by Joel Osteen. Having just finished my own book I am settling into my between writing a book ritual of reading a lot and researching for the next. On Friday, I was having some thoughts that I knew were contrary to what God is doing in my life and I emotionally cascaded on Dan. He smiled patiently and told me to read Joel Osteen’s book. I knew that this was one of those times that it was God’s instructions coming through my husband, but all day Friday I avoided it. When Friday night rolled around, I was still in an emotional funk and Dan responded by asking me if I had started reading that book yet. Finally, I started to read it.

Isn’t awesome how there are times where the Holy Spirit can direct us to be in a place to hear the exact thing we need at that moment? I needed to read this book. As I read it, I sat in tears as the Holy Spirit continued to bring things up to me that I needed to work on.

One major vein continued to impress upon me, and I felt I needed to bring it up to all of you today.

In Osteen’s book, he talks about being in a government building once and there were two sets of doors. In order for you to open the next door, the doors behind you needed to be closed. He was saying that we can compare that to our own lives in the sense where we need to walk forward into the things God has called us to, and leave the past in the past. Personally, I began to see this issue occurring in my own life. There is so much God has called me to, and I’m beginning to see some fulfillment. However, in order for me to step into the new door that has been prophesied time and time again I have to let go of anything that could be holding me back.

I realized for my life this thing that I had to let go of was the ‘season of the process‘. That I’ve been through so much to get at this place in my walk, I couldn’t let that weigh on me. I have to let all the weight of all the times people have told me no I couldn’t do or be what God had called me go, and press forward into the new door.

In order for you to grab hold of your destiny, you must let go of all those things that have weighed you down in the past. Whether it’s the “weight of the process” like me, or maybe it’s past failures, or disappointments. Whenever it is, you have to let go of the baggage to go through the next door.

Philippians 3:12-14 (NIV)12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Take time today to let go of those things that are weighing you down. Take time today to consider what is holding you back from walking in the fullness of where God wants you to be. There is a door before you that God has destined for you to step on through. Let your past go, and step into destiny.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Someone has to be wise enough to look 'stupid' in the face and call it stupid!

I just finished the rough draft for my 12th book. This one is on hearing the voice of God and walking out your destiny in Him. I wrote the above statement down and I have been mulling on it for a while.

I have gotten very annoyed with the typical Christian. We have become so afraid to speak up publicly when sin or immorality is displayed. For years the concept of separation of church and state has been shoved down our throats like a bunch of ipecac, and society tells us we are supposed to take it. The concept of “separation of church and state” was written in a letter, and it is only point was that any religion should not be forced on another person. It was never meant to be a justification for ramped immorality in our government. To add to that I say that includes the religion of lawlessness and atheism that seems to be running our culture today. I as a Christian have a right not for it to be forced down my throat without me speaking up.

We as Christians need to start standing up for the truth. That does not make me a suicide bomber or a picketer for believing that. Our motivation cannot be hatred, but our motivation needs to be love. It means I open my mouth when I need to open it.

John 3:16-17 (NKJV)

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

Jesus did not stay silent when all those around him thought He should. In fact he was always in the middle of the hypocrisy of the Pharisees and Sadducees trying to speak against what they were doing. He was trying to correct them in love.

Matthew 21:12-13 (NKJV)

12 Then Jesus went into the temple of God[f] and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. 13 And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ [g] but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’”[h]


Jesus learned a very important lesson. He knew when to say something and He knew when not to. We as Christians have to stop being so afraid to speak up when we know we must. If we don’t know what to say in a situation ask the Holy Spirit to fill your mouth with the words you need.

We as believers have to start being wise enough that we’ll look at stupid and ignorance in the face and with love tell it what it is. God loves the world. Let’s show the world some love today. Don’t be afraid to speak up when you need to.

2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Trust in Him and use the voice He gave you!