Christian Life

Infiltration and Distraction

      in·fil·trate
      verb
  1. enter or gain access to (an organization, place, etc.) surreptitiously and gradually, especially in order to acquire secret information

    Have you heard it said, the devil goes to church to? I have. In fact, I’ve said it. Have you heard about witches running the prayer teams? I heard about that from a minister who was given Revelation and shared with the local pastor. The woman was speaking in some type of tongue and the minister commanded her to say clearly what she had been speaking and she was calling upon the power of Satan. She was a busy body who was sent there to garner information, infuse chaos and bring destruction.

    Definition of distraction

    Noun

    1: something that distracts : an object that directs one’s attention away from something else

    2: the act of distracting or the state of being distracted – especially : mental confusion

    If you look at the definitions of these two words, then you compare to what you see going on perhaps in your own life as a Christian or in the lives of others around you in the church, I think you will be able to affirm that one or both of these are occurring at any given time in or around you.

    As we are kept busy, or in a tizzy, we become ineffectual. if we don’t rightly discern spirits, through the Holy Spirit, there can be all kinds of demonic activity going on even within the church walls.

    I encourage myself and you to pause today and pray for discernment of spirits and laser focus on God’s purpose for your life along with the strength to walk-in and pursue it.

    God bless you!
Christian Life

Are You Baptized?

How often do you think about the Holy Spirit? What do you believe about the gifts of the Spirit? I’d like to revisit the second chapter of Acts.

AND WHEN the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all assembled together in one place, When suddenly there came a sound from heaven like the rushing of a violent tempest blast, and it filled the whole house in which they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues resembling fire, which were separated and distributed and which settled on each one of them. And they were all filled (diffused throughout their souls) with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other (different, foreign) languages (tongues), as the Spirit kept giving them clear and loud expression [in each tongue in appropriate words].
Acts 2:1‭-‬4 AMPC
https://bible.com/bible/8/act.2.1-4.AMPC

Some say that this gift is not for today. Some say that the Spirit will only give you utterance to speak in a foreign Earthly language as referenced in this passage. Some acknowledge that you may be speaking in a Heavenly language that is unknown here on the Earth. I’ve even had some individuals claim that it is satanic to speak in unknown tongues. I’m sure that since he mimics God so much, he probably has some version of tongues.

We use the term baptized in the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost in the church oftentimes with the evidence of speaking in tongues. To be baptized is to be all in, completely immersed, evidence of being decided.

The Holy Spirit is the one that gives us power to stand, to overcome. I know that many of us were raised in various denominations. But I challenged us to go directly to the Word of God rather than the tenets of men.

God wants to give us good gifts, the best gift of all is Himself. The Holy Ghost is part of the triune God of the Bible. What would cause us to reject the gift that He is trying to give us of Himself?

I would encourage you that strength comes more and more as you activate the gifts of the Spirit. It says in the Bible that the Spirit prays and groans. He knows what we need and can express in a way that doesn’t get circumvented in the logic of our mind as we speak in our own Earthly native tongue. When we pray and praise using the gift of tongues, we are infused with His power, given strength for the day and more aptly armored for the battles that we are facing.

Please don’t turn his gift away.

Christian Life, love

What’s in Your Mouth?

I work in a secular setting where I don’t have the breadth of freedom I wish I had to say all of the things that are so important to people’s souls. Certainly, the Lord has opened doors over the years and I am very thankful to Him for so doing.

But as I contemplate the Christian Life and our purpose, it leads me to ask what is in the mouth of the believer. I am noticing a divergence within the church. I think it’s important here to remind us of the scripture that says a house divided against itself will not stand. It is also important to remember that Jesus said if we deny Him before man He will deny us before His Father in Heaven.

I don’t know if it’s a trend but I suspect so. What am I talking about? I am talking about us trying to be so palatable to the world and so ingratiating that we blend in. We are a set apart people, the Word says. It says we are the salt and the light here on Earth and that a city set on a hill cannot be hidden. It also says if the salt loses its savor it is good for nothing but to be trampled under foot.

I find that some parts of the body are allowing Satan to come in full force. There is a shying away from words like Christian, holiness, Bible and even church. The Bible says come out from among them and be ye separate. If you have what I have and I’m not doing well, I will not seek you out for help because you’re in just as bad of shape as I am. But if you have something different, something extraordinary that is drawing me to you because I know in some way you will point me to the right answer, I will come running to you.

In the business world I’ve been told to dumb myself down. In my personal life I’ve been told the same. In the church world I’ve been told to not be so bold because I might frighten away those that are not yet believers.

But the Lord is speaking to me greatly about my identity, knowing who I am and coming out from the herd or the crowd. I really have to go the way of the ministers that are boldly declaring the new things that God is doing, which are in alignment with the principles of who He has shown us He always has been and always will be in His Word. In fact, He tells us in His Word He is doing a new thing and asks us whether or not we are perceiving it.

One such minister speaks about God calling him to be a forerunner and how it’s a very lonely and unenviable position in many cases. That reminds me of the Apostle Paul and the disciples that Jesus called, who worked alongside of Him and really were emboldened in a fresh way after His Ascension.

I am discontented and troubled within my spirit as I compose this. I am really coming to the point of realization that just as Jesus offended so many of the religious persons of His day and I am called to resemble Him, His warning is so correct that if they hated Him they will hate me too. And I am getting so comfortable with that idea.

The terrifically sad part of that to me however, is that there is a division that is going to be magnified in the church as there are both wheat and tare growing up together not just outside of the church walls but within them. Now of course I understand the church is not a building but I say it that way to draw a distinction between those that are truly a part of the church, the body of Christ, versus those that suit up, show up and do not know Him or even those that ultimately will walk away from a once held faith in Jesus..

Listen, it’s been said that you’ve got to stand for something or you will fall for anything. We are in a day and age of great wickedness and turmoil where those claiming to be Christians who are very well-known are judging and making statements completely antithetical to the Word of God, the Bible. Whose side are you on? Today is the day of salvation, God told us in His Word. We are not promised tomorrow nor even a breath in the next moment.

Right is right, not relative. Please contemplate that and ask God to speak to you and embolden you each and every day to speak what He would have you to speak even in the face of friends, family and enemies.

May you perceive God’s blessings today.

Christian Life, Compassion, love

Vision Obscured

He saw her the way God does. She saw him the way God does. Hopes, dreams, aspirations…

But, he never saw himself the way God does. And she never saw herself the way God does. So, there were years of pain and heartache, wanting to walk out from behind the walls but feeling paralyzed.

Without God goggles, they would never get it together.

But, one day, they cried out in desperation for new eyes, new visions, to replace the distortions of self that caused the pushing away of the most precious gift.

The walls disappeared and love reigned supreme. Healed hearts, united at last.

Christian Life

Hello Weary Warrior

Are you weary? Do you feel like the whole world is staring at you and either that you just don’t have the answers or you’re just tired of being in the spotlight? You want to lay down and rest but it just seems that everyone expects you to keep going.

Today, Jesus reminds you to rest, to hide in Him…Take on His yoke and burden which are easy and light.

Christian Life

Keys to Which Kingdom

I wonder how many of us are giving up our power, the keys to freedom through the choice we make of what we say every day.

I gave up my power and gave up my keys to the enemy for so many years without knowing it. The Bible is so clear that the power of life and death is in the tongue. But what does that really mean?

For any of you who have been hurt by domestic violence, it is so painful and can seem absolutely to stop you in your tracks. You want justice maybe. Perhaps you just want people to sympathize, empathize or console you in some way. Perhaps you are so filled with bitterness in your soul and it just spills out. I say this from an understanding perspective since I have been there, not from the seat of judgment.

Even if you haven’t experienced domestic violence, it is so common in our culture to talk all about our problems and issues when were sitting with the hairdresser or chatting with our friends at the mall or over a cup of coffee.

What I did not understand until the last year or so was the truth of scripture in relation to the tongue. Finally, I was in a place where the Holy Ghost could reveal to me that I needed to be quiet and stop seeking my own form of justice and rallying the troops so to speak. Because, in actuality, when I was recounting things that had occurred, I was actually handing Keys over in the form of my words so the enemy and allowing him creative space in my day-to-day realities and experiences. He was all too happy for so many years to take those keys, push me into the prison cell and lock the door behind me.

Since changing the way I behave / speak, I have taken the keys out of his hand and relinquish them to my Dear Lord, who only has good plans for me.

During this year or so, maybe even closer to two years, I have seen the Lord turning circumstances around that I never thought possible and doing things that I don’t know I ever even imagined. I have further learned the connection between spiritual health and physical health.

Just about two months ago, the Lord granted me a request I have been praying for for so many years. In brief, I became very ill 26 years ago next February and 21 years ago had my colon removed in its entirety and my intestines reconstructed to avoid living with an ostomy. In October, the 21st to be exact, I actually felt the Lord doing surgery on me after I received a prophetic word earlier that day. He has given me a new colon. You can read more about my journey in my upcoming book.

As long as I continued in the muck and the mire and giving the keys over to the enemy, I was limiting the Lord’s ability to work in my life; because God has given us the power to create with our words. My way of trying to get justice and fill my need for comfort, actually prevented me from health and connection to the True Comforter on a deeper level that is necessary for peace, health and growth.

I hope this testimony and word helps you to take back the keys and allow the Lord to unlock your emotional prison cell.

Blessings, my brothers and sisters, for now and as we walk and speak life into 2019.

Christian Life, Compassion, love

Restoration

As I compose this, the thunder rolls outside my window reminding me of the eternal battle between good and evil that affects our daily lives.

So much damage can be done when we give into selfishness or are the recipients of someone else doing just that. The Lord brought to my mind the concept of restoration which has been the theme of quite a few sermons I have heard over the last year or so and so came the concept of selfishness as well as the concepts of selflessness and healing.

I’ve come to realize that restoration does not mean that God will put us back in relationships that we dread with people who are still not healed. Part of what it means, is that he will restore us to the point that the cracks in our hearts are removed. He can make everything new as though it was never broken or scarred.

I had a very good conversation with a very dear person recently. It is a relationship that has undergone some restoration for which I have prayed in various ways over time. It can be so tempting to pray a particular result with respect to how we relate with another individual or group of individuals. However, when we begin praying that God changes us and that God heal the other party or parties involved without dogmatic agenda as to the end result of the relationship here on Earth, God can do so much more than we can ask or imagine even in our wildest dreams.

In the conversation I had, I saw skepticism replaced with faith and a warm heart shown willingly after it had been hidden so deeply for many reasons for many years.

I believe this is a season of restoration where what is broken in you can be healed and made as though it never happened.

God is waiting to hear you cry out to Him.