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Respect Does Not Mean Agreement

Respect is not synonymous with agreeing with another person. I think for some this is a real challenge on a regular basis and for many of us it can be on an occasional basis. It’s lovely when we can agree and see eye-to-eye on everything; but that is not realistic.

I was having a conversation with someone, as I have had in the past many times over. Unfortunately, there is a recurring meta theme that it is desirable to always see things the same way and if not, to sometimes threaten conflict. The need for total, unquestioning agreement is born out of insecurity in many cases.

What do we gain by always agreeing? What if we are agreeing on something that is dead wrong or feining agreement? In psychology, we call the latter, pseudomutuality. Isn’t it more respectful to speak genuine opinion and certainly of most profit, to speak truth based on the Word of God?

I also have had opportunity to dialogue with others recently about what it means to live your life as a Christian especially in these days, which I believe are the end of the age. It is concerning to me when I hear studies citing that up to 88% of Christians do not read their Bibles, at least not on any sort of regular basis.

I’ve had several encounters recently where I made comments about believing we are in the final days, the mark of the beast, being willing to be martyred for the cause of Christ and so on.

I am so concerned for the state of individual Christians and the corporate Church. (I am specifically refraining from using the term the Body of Christ because not everyone in the church is part of the body.) By no means am I saying that I have arrived or have it all understood or figured out. I do firmly believe, however, that we are to embrace the main purpose for our lives – being transformed and conformed to the image of Christ. I also believe that if one does not stand courageously through the power of the Holy Ghost now, that they will almost certainly be doomed as times get tougher.

I think that we/the True Followers, will be labeled as nuts and doomsday propagators as we take a stand. I think a lot of people are not benefiting from pursuing the deep level of relationship that can be had with Heavenly Father, Lord and Savior and Holy Ghost. I know I’m not fully satisfied and want to grow closer on a daily basis.

By the power of Holy Ghost, I’m all in! What does that mean exactly? The bottom line of it is that I want to seek a deeper relationship and hear from Abba daily, in fact several times a day, clearly. I want to stay in an attitude of prayer and be in prayer throughout the day. I want to go to the mat for the Lord! He has raised us up for such a time as this. Now is not the time to cower or shrink back. In Luke 9:62, Jesus said, “Anyone who puts their hand to the plow and looks back, is not fit for the Kingdom of Heaven.” Now is the time to stand, be radical as led by Holy Ghost (not provoking the satanic realm from your own desire), be bold andcourageous (not intimidated) just as we are encouraged in Joshua 1:9 because God is with us everywhere we go! It means being a martyr if that’s what we are called upon to be. Martyrdom is actually a great privilege.

While people are kindly silent when I express these sorts of what I believe to be truths based on the Word of God, I wonder, are they ready? Are they ready? Please, get ready. God, help me to stay ready!

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Limited by Logic?

Many of us are familiar with Proverbs 3:5-6; but let’s look at more of that chapter as well.  “My son do not forget my teaching, But let your heart keep my commandments; For length of days and years of life [worth living] And tranquility and prosperity [the wholeness of life’s blessings] they will add to you. Do not let mercy and kindness and truth leave you [instead let those qualities define you]; Bind them [securely] around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart. So find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man. Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart And do not rely on your own understanding. In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way]. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord [with reverent awe and obedience] and turn [entirely] away from evil. It will be health to your body [your marrow, your nerves, your sinews, your muscles-all your inner parts]…” Those are verses 1-8a in the Amplified version.

In the culture we live in, what was considered conventional wisdom, common sense and the like are not thus anymore. Our carnal mind as the Word says in Romans 8:7 is in direct conflict with/an enemy of God Himself. Therefore, we must be careful to use all of the tools God has provided to us. We need godly scientists, teachers, philosophers, dare I say theologians, therapists and restauranteurs to name a few areas of focus. God gave us our brains and logic; but if we solely rely on such, we will miss the supernatural. God is doing a new thing. He tells us that and asks if we are perceiving such in Isaiah 43:19.

I hope today you will dig deeper into what God is doing, hear what He is saying and respond in the Spirit.

Be limitless!

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Living Bibles

We’ve probably all heard it said that we may be the only Jesus some will ever see and the only Bible some will ever read…So, I guess that makes us living Bibles. Hebrews 4:12 tells us that the Bible itself is, “alive and working” (ERV). When we portray the love, kindness, morality and standards the Bible sets forth, we are that city that is set on a hill and is unable to hide or be hidden as the Word describes us.

Targets, we become in the contemporary culture of moral relativism. In fact, I was watching Caryl Ayala from Texas Mass Resistance, online tonight who relayed that a pastor would not speak to his congregation about the sexualizing agenda being promulgated in the public school system because he chooses, “love over truth.” My dear friends and those who do not call me friend, lying is not loving.

I’ve left jobs because I would not “get with the program”. I don’t want to use the world’s definition of love as I watch folks blithely slip into a bitter eternity. In my industry and more and more across all sectors of society, all types of sins are called choices, rights, beautiful and so on.

The reality is that Satan is attacking the family, as Caryl astutely asserted; because it is a reflection of the kingdom of God and His Gospel spoken of in the Bible. If he can annihilate the understanding of the need and eradicate the desire for the basic building block of society, he has accomplished a tremendous feat. When pastors, political figures, teachers and joe citizens are afraid of standing in the gap and proclaiming truth, he has reason to cheer as more and more are blinded and there is a need to enlarge the very borders of hell itself. (Yes, hell is a real place of eternal separation from God, not just a poorly named city in California.)

This is not hate speech. We are truly seeing everyday in our society, a Scripture that growing up and even through my 20s I could not imagine how it could possibly come to pass: Isaiah 5:20-21, “Woe unto them that call evil good and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!” (KJV)

Please understand, I work in a culture that promotes all types of sexuality and other choices contrary to God’s plan and desire for us, which are born out of His omniscience and perfect love. That does not mean that I am shouting in peoples faces or that I always comment to the contrary. We must be lead of the Holy Ghost as to time, place and when we are to speak up, what words He would have us use. Sometimes silence is golden and shows much love. I just hope that we are lead of the Spirit and don’t cower to get more backsides in the seats on Sundays or compromise when it is time to boldly declare truth.

God bless you with peace, wisdom, discernment, courage, boldness and meekness today! We need it all!

Christian Life

He Speaks in the Night Season

I am at a crossroads and was awakened by a dream that lead me to prayer.

I picked up my phone to do some reading in a Bible app and God showed me two blog posts that ministered to me with words in due season. One quoted familiar Scripture passages from a translation I don’t typically read and caused the Word to come alive and speak in a way that was fresh to my spiritual ears.

God will send help and direction just when you need it. Don’t give up. And if you’re lacking clarity, fasting along with prayer and Scripture reading is a recommendation. My flesh hates it…That merely underscores how important it is…We are supposed to deny our flesh, take up our cross and follow Jesus, according to the Word.

When was the last time you fasted a meal, your favorite television program or…?

Blessings, my friends!

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30 Pieces of Silver Changed the World

Much like the vantage point of the photograph, Judas Iscariot had an obstructed view of all the potential Jesus had in mind for him.

In Matthew 26, we see how this man was overcome by satanic influence. It seems that there was greed, jealousy, bitterness and hatred afoot. He chose the dark side rather than to pursue the calling that would have been pleasing to the Lord.

When he went to seek out a price to betray the Lord, he was granted 30 pieces of silver. He was so bold to plot and plan and look for the first opportunity to betray Jesus.

When the time came, he went up to Jesus and gave him a kiss on the cheek. All the while, Jesus calmly still called him friend. I truly believe that if he had repented at that time, he would have been saved. None of us were there at his last moments and there is possibility that as he was preparing to hang himself he cried out in anguish asking for forgiveness. I’m not here to debate one way or the other on that. We do know that the Bible tells us it would have been better for the man that betrayed the Son of God to have never been born. And we know that God loves each and everyone of us.

We also know that the Word tells us that some vessels were created for clean and some for unclean purposes. It also states that the Father doesn’t want anyone to perish but to find eternal life through Jesus His son.

And clearly, we read that Christ could have called down armies of angels and spared him the agony of the cross.

But, I want us to evaluate the impact that one choice can make. One selfish, fleshly decision, was part of an event that changed the whole world. Even though Judas later felt remorse and threw the 30 pieces of silver back into the temple, the dye was already cast.

So may we walk as wise, not as fools, especially as this segment of time and opportunity is rapidly coming to a close. We will all be accountable for the good and the bad that we have done. May we remember to be quick to repent when necessary. May we be readily kind and show forth God’s grace to a world in need.

He said that whatever we do to even the very least, we have done it unto Him. Quite a sobering thought.

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The Gift of Discontentment

So here’s something to think about, the gift of discontentment. That may seem strange especially in light of what the scriptures tell us, insofar as we are to be content in whatever state we find ourselves. However, what I am talking about is what begins when we are getting ready to be birthed into a new season of life and ministry.

When you get that unction and know that you can’t be still much longer, that’s what I’m talking about. It’s like your own spirit is lit on fire by the Holy Spirit and you know you can’t stay the same much longer and fulfill your destiny.

I know that many of us may find ourselves in this place. May we pray for guidance, humility and direction from the Lord. In fact, here’s a prayer inspired by the Holy Spirit.

Father, in the name of Jesus, guide and guard my steps. Get me off of the enemy’s frequency, I pray. Loose my tongue to speak only what you would say. Enliven my ears to hear only what you speak and the cry of those that I need to run to in order to lead them out of captivity by following the leading of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus name, direct every part of every path and make the crooked places straight today. Amen.

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Angels of Mercy

The Father keeps bringing me back to something in my journal that He said I need to share with you.

Several years ago, I encountered angels. I actually only recently had the revelation from the Father that I truly was protected by the angels during the moments I am going to share with you now.

During my pregnancy, I endured a satanic attack carried out by a human being in which things were thrown at me, property was broken, I was slapped and pushed.

After things were thrown at me and I turned to avoid being struck on the front, I was slapped in the back. I, for some reason, turned around to again face the person acting on behalf of the enemy and was then pushed backward, tripping over the items that have been thrown.

The next thing I knew was that I was in the bathtub. I don’t have recollection of how I got into the bathtub. But there I was sitting upright in the tub and noticing I was bleeding from my toe and that some of the blood was on the tub.

What the Father recently revealed to me is that it was angelic intervention that covered me so I had zero awareness of the most frightening part of that incident and placed me safely in the bathtub.

Even though it was a very bad situation, God sent me help. In Psalm 46:1, He tells us that He is our refuge and strength and a very present help in our time of trouble. He was my help and strength that day.

If you’re feeling tired, weak or discouraged, please just look up and reach out to him with your whole heart. He says if you do, you will find Him.

P.S. My daughter was preserved that day. PTL! He has His eye on you, remember are a pearl of great price, yes, the very apple of His eye, one created in His image and likeness!