July 12, 2016
Perhaps you have read or heard how we are to store food and survival items to prepare for some disaster that may lie ahead. While I am not against storing up, I do have extra items on hand since we do live in an area prone to earthquakes and active volcanos. Not long ago, we had a power outage that lasted 22 hours, so for us, having extra essentials is a must.
In the spiritual sense, I believe that there are things that we should have an abundance of, to help and encourage others.
The word says in 2 Timothy 4:2 to be ready out of season. So what can we store up when we are hit off season?
The first thing that comes to mind is faith. We need faith that if anything does come our way, may it be some form of natural disaster, job loss, family breakup or illness, our faith is full to trust in the Lord to get us through.
We should have the word in our spirits to give to others to encourage, uplift and exhort, and to come up against any type of warfare that we may need to do.
We must know our authority in Christ. Who we are in Him, what He did for us, and that we are seated in heavenly places.
We should not have any fear, doubt or unbelief in our pantry. These are true killers to our faith, and will paralyze and cause defeat.
Romans 10:17 says So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Spend time stocking your pantry with the right ingredients, the word of God, and when disaster strikes you will be ready.
What other ingredients can you think of that we should have in our pantry?
Mention them below in the comments, I would love to hear from you.
July 5, 2016
Recently my husband went to a men’s meeting at church, and the guest speaker shared his testimony of restoration. He grew up as a pastor’s son, and from a young age he experienced loss. He lost being the firstborn and the only child receiving all the attention, later his dog, then friends when his family moved and so on. Because his life was one of a missionary status, they had frequent moves. He grew up angry and resentful, and thus did not get along well with his pastor/missionary father.
As the years progressed, he began using drugs and alcohol and his marriage failed. It wasn´t until much later that he returned to the Lord, reconciled with his father and was able to make amends and turn his life around.
I love these testimonies because it is filled with hope. Hope that yes, we do have a God that sees our pain and failures and we have a God that restores.
This man had to recognize he had a problem and allowed the Lord to work in his life to bring restoration once again.
It wasn’t easy. Habits had to be broken, and he had to intentionally change in many areas of his life.
It took discipline.
But he had something inside of him. He had the word of God. He also mentioned that his mother never stopped praying for him.
It isn’t easy to recognize failure and to apologize and come clean. It takes a strong person to do that. This man had the backing of his current wife, and most importantly, the backing of the Lord.
A new and better life. Reconciliation with his father just before he passed away. A growing ministry, and a heart of compassion and anointing to reach those that have experienced loss.
All of us can learn something from this story.
Allow Father God to turn your failures and weakness into triumphs. He will surprise you, and only He can turn things around and restore what the enemy has stolen.
As the example in this story, it took a strong man to admit his pain and failure, and it was there that when he humbled himself, the Lord raised him up again.
June 28, 2016
All of us at one point in our lives find ourselves running a race, whether we recognize it or not.
Races are different for each and every one of us. For some it may be just getting through the week, month or year. Other races could involve finishing a course, obtaining a promotion, a work contract, or crossing something off your bucket list.
As a young child I never had any dreams. They were not spoken of in the home, neither were goals, travels or college. I don´t blame my parents, they only taught us what they knew.
As I began dreaming of doing something different with my life, I found myself in a continual race. I put myself there, on purpose. This race is different because it involves Christ in me. In order for me to run this race, I had to allow God to mold and shape me, so that I can run my race more effectively.
My goals, dreams and aspiration of learning, growing, reading and writing will never stop. I had to learn to rid myself of things that get in the way. Not just sin, but distractions and deception. I run my race with determination, because it lies before me.
It was up to me to allow Him to do that. I had to leave the old behind to receive the new. Mindsets are difficult to leave behind. I had to learn to trust and obey. The result was maturity, healing, growth and a desire to learn and do more.
The fear of running my race no longer exist, I won´t allow it to get the best of me.
Hebrews 12:1 As for us, we have this large crowd of witnesses around us. So then, let us rid ourselves of everything that gets in the way, and of the sin which holds on to us so tightly, and let us run with determination the race that lies before us.
What is your race? What is your goal, what is your passion, and what is your why? Do you dare to allow God to work in and through you to make your dreams a reality? It´s ok to trust and let go. It works!
Once you are able to answer those questions, your race will be a joy to run.
June 21, 2016
In Reading John Bevere’s book, Good or God, there is a section where he talks about his love for Jesus. He compares it with dating, where all you do is think about the person you love, all day, every day.
I am sure we have seen couples where all they do is hold hands and look into each other’s eyes. You can’t pry them apart. They spend all day with each other, and if that was not enough, they spend the evening talking on the phone.
That is the love John Bevere talks about that we should have with Jesus, continually, every day, ALL. THE. TIME.
So I had to ask myself: Do I have that type of love for Jesus? Do I think about what it was like for Him to be hanging on the cross while I was still a sinner, the pain and humiliation He endured for me? Do I imagine what it must have been like for Him to carry the entire weight of sin on the cross, because of His love for mankind?
Somewhere along the way, the honeymoon turned into a routine. I pray, read the Bible, pray for others, go to church, thank the Lord and start all over again.
Col 3:1-2 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth
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Is my mind on the doing the work of the ministry, or the One that gave me the ministry?
Do I seek recognition, acknowledgement, or an intimate relationship with Jesus?
I don’t want my love for Jesus to be a routine, where it can get bored and I lose interest. I want that spice back, to fall in love with Jesus all over again. I want to set my mind on things above, Jesus, and His love and goodness for me.
As I started to purposely think about Jesus, especially before going to sleep, I noticed a change taking place. Jesus began to fill my thoughts, not my to do list and worries.
This is certain: The more I meditate on Jesus and His goodness, the more I fall in love with Him all over again.
Try to purposely think about Jesus and His love for you, and He will invade your heart all over again.
June 14, 2016
Have you ever felt or were told that you were unprofitable, or in other words, just not good enough? Maybe you have heard these words from others, or worse yet, you repeat these words to yourself.
Perhaps you have tried different things throughout your life and you have found failure. Maybe you wanted to start a business, a writing career, ministry, a different career path and life got in the way.
Philemon 1:10-11 says: I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten while in my chains, who once was unprofitable to you, but now is profitable to you and to me.
There was man named Onesimus, and at one time the scripture called him unprofitable. In other words, he was of no use. He was of no use to Paul and to the ministry. But something happened. The scripture says that Onesimus left, but when he came back, he was profitable to work alongside Paul. He became so valuable, that Paul says that he is his beloved brother and asked Philemon to receive Onesimus as he would receive Paul.
Imagine that, Onesimus at one time unprofitable, left, and upon his return was profitable to the ministry, to the Apostle Paul and to the Body of Christ.
I am a firm believer that we need to take some time to dig deep within ourselves to reflect, find out what our desires are and pursue our passion. To do that, you have to be brutally honest with yourself and find the answers to what is hindering you. The worst deception is when you lie to yourself.
I do not want to say when I am older, “I wish I would have tried…… in my life” Now is the time to act. As long as I have breath in me, I still have time to do something profitable, and that goes for you as well.
Whatever Oneseimus did, it worked. He came back focused, recharged and useful.
Don’t let fear, insecurity, unbelief, doubt, lies or others place a shadow on your dreams. Dig deep within yourself to find out what is hindering your passion, and come back profitable.
God can turn your failures into triumph. Every time you fail, it is something valuable to you, a life lesson learned which cannot be taken away.
Now is the time to be profitable, all you have to do is start.
May 13, 2016
Acts chapter 9 relates the story about Saul, (later known as Paul) well known and feared for persecuting the Christians. As he is on his way to do more harm, he is blinded, and falls to the ground on the road to Damascus.
Saul ask who are you, “Lord?” Jesus confirms his suspicions. He replies, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.”
While on the ground, trembling and blind, we see how quickly Saul changes sides. He goes from persecuting those of the Way, to asking Jesus, “What do you want me to do?”
The Lord replies with ¨ Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what to do.”
This was the first step of obedience that Paul did. He arose and went to the city. His change was so radical, that he became a follower of Christ. Thanks to the Apostle Paul, we have most of the New Testament written by him.
I saw several things here.
First the Lord can do anything to draw a person to himself. This gives me hope, because I know the Lord can turn around the most messed up person to serve him in a most amazing way.
Second, The Lord gave one directive to Paul. Arise and go to the city.
Third, just obey.
The Lord did not lay out his whole life plan at one time. He gave it to him, one step at a time.
If the Lord had told him his whole life story, about his imprisonment, stone beatings, being shipwrecked, missionary trips, do you think Paul would have backed out? I think I would have.
When we begin our walk with the Lord, He gives us only so much, one step at a time. For that I am grateful.
God´s ways and plans are always bigger than ours. As we continue our walk in obedience, the Lord is faithful to equip us to fulfill the calling upon our life.
For us to fulfill our calling there are two things we need to do. We need to ask the Lord what He would like us to do, and we need to arise and go into the city. It is then He will gives us the next phase of the plan.