Today’s Declaration 10/22/14


Today’s Declaration:

“I am redeemed and I am blessed. I am the head and not the tail, and I am a lender not a borrower. I am in Christ and because I am in Him, this is where I live and move and have my being. My identity is tied to Christ, not to what I do or where I live or how I serve. I am loved and I love, I am His and He is mine.”

Walk in your Christ-given identity today.

Shalom!

Fear – Mongering


I’ve been thinking about fear and how as a nation, we are taught from a very young age to fear. And this lesson is not a healthy fear of the Lord, either, it’s the media and politicians fear mongering to gain footholds into every facet of the American household. Fear is the weapon used to encroach upon and infiltrate our lives, it is one of the deadliest tactics the enemy uses against people and it is one the church has fallen for.

There is a fear, however, that strikes down and halts the fear Satan uses, and it is the fear of the Lord. The fear of the Lord is not a terrorizing, paralyzing or dread fear, it is a liberating and awe-some fear! It is a holy, reverent fear that is grounded in love. It is this perfect love that casts down the fear Satan has tried to paralyze the Church with.

Church, we must come back to the reverent fear and awe of our Holy God, only then will we gain the wisdom and boldness necessary to trample on the head of our enemy and crush the paralyzing fear mongers where they stand.

With our news focused on Ebola and/or Isis, as well as, what politicians are trying to stop the Church from doing across our nation, we must remember to separate fact from truth. Fact is, these things are happening, Truth is Jesus has already taken care of them. We must believe what He did and act upon it, but we must do it with the fear of the Lord and not the fear of the tempest.

Psalm 91: 3-6 (NKJV) “Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.”

Shalom!

Below is a link to one of the devotionals I follow, I thought this was definitely worth sharing!

http://www.dot-k.com/ebola/

Knots


1424474_10154608726905092_6040361780801076962_nAs someone who regularly works with yarn, one thing we crafters cringe about is the dreaded knot in the skein. There is nothing more frustrating than stopping a piece of work to pick and worry a knot until it comes free. This picture is the tangled mess one of my pets left me to unravel, it took two days and the help of my toddler grandson to undo.

The Lord has been speaking to me about knots. Most of us have knots in our memory banks, they are the places where our thoughts and emotions park sometimes. Often we can be taken back to the place where we have tied a knot with a scent, a word, a place, a song, a person, a situation, etc. There are many of us who camp in the place of our knots, holding on to what once was and not looking into what will be. It is to the campers that God is speaking today.

I hear the Lord say, “I AM the UNDO-ER of knots. No matter how twisted the knot where your camp is, I WILL UNDO it! I do not desire for you to hang on to the past, you must progress forward. All your attempts to move in the place of your knot bear no fruit, for you are holding on to the branch I have pruned out of your life. My purpose and My plans for you are good, I have so much more for you, but you are like the children of Israel when I led them from Egypt – looking behind and complaining for what you once had; not seeing the Promised Land directly in front of you. Just as I did with them, I AM NOT TAKING you FROM something, I AM TAKING you TO SOMEWHERE! Partner with me, release your knots to me and free up your hands and feet. Just as knots bind, twist and tighten, the knots where you have set your camp have bound, twisted and tightened around you and only I CAN and WILL UNDO them! Pick up your camp for the fire of My LOVE is preparing to burn and UNDO your knot. Set your face like a flint towards Me and let Me undo you and propel you forward into the place I have for you.”

Then the whole congregation of the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. And the children of Israel said to them, “Oh, that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and when we ate bread to the full! For you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger” (Exodus 16:2-3 NKJV).

Let your eyes look straight ahead, and your eyelids look right before you. Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established (Proverbs 4:25-26).

Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:13-14).

Shalom!

Today’s Declaration: 10/20/14


Today’s Declaration:

“This is a new day, a gift from God to me. I will make the most of this day and praise Him through it! My praise is a weapon of my warfare and when the enemy raises a hand to me, I will stop his attempt with praise to the King. I am a warrior!”

Be a warrior today!

Shalom :)

Burden of Busy-ness


Well, I have gone and done it again – thinking, that is.

I’ve had a single thought parading around my head all day “the burden of busy-ness”. So, as usual, when these thought-parades begin, I start listening because I know God is talking.

As an introvert, it is very easy for me to get into the pattern of work, home, work, home, church, work, home…how many others can say the same? I’m not naturally social and therefore I don’t naturally seek out social activities. If I make plans, I make them in advance in order to mentally prepare for the event, because to me, it is an event. However, there are times, though few and often far between, where I recognize my need for social interaction because, after all, God created us for fellowship.

Why am I telling you this? Well, in the past, one of the reasons I have used to avoid large social gatherings is because I was always too busy. Being busy is a great strategic tactic for both the introvert and the extrovert to either avoid social interaction, or draw attention to it. In today’s world, being busy is a status symbol as well. Not surprisingly, this busy-ness has infiltrated the church.

As the Church, our churches tend to keep us busy and here is where the devil gets real sneaky. We are kept so busy serving in ministry, attending church events, small groups and conferences that we miss the every day conversation of different people, especially people we don’t go to church with. God did not create us for fellowship only with the folks where we go to church, He desires for us to fellowship with all Believers. It is in this diverse fellowship where we hear the wonderful things He is doing in, around and through the Body; it is in these conversations where we are challenged to either speak up or step up; it is in laughing with others where all are refreshed and encouraged; and often, we discover new talents and gifts when we step out of our comfort people-zone.

John 10:10a says, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.” We must remember that thieves are sneaky, they use stealth and cunning to take what isn’t theirs. Satan is a thief, he steals time, energy and resources by keeping us busy. Serving the Lord in our local churches is not a bad thing, it’s what keeps the local church alive, but serving in the local church to the extent that fellowship with friends, relatives and believers from other churches is forsaken is a problem. Always remember, Satan will always mix a little truth in with his lies, and we must practice discernment at all times.

I learned years ago that I needed to balance my busy-ness. I still don’t have it all figured out, but I’m working on it. My heart breaks for all the friendships that are no longer face-to-face fellowship because of the burden of busy-ness.

With this phrase in my heart, I am going to make a point to keep my busy-ness in check. If I ask to hang out, know it is a legitimate and genuine request for fellowship. You have something I need, and I have something you need – it’s called each other.

Shalom!