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Trust Is Power


The other night I was listening to the TV before falling asleep. The Duracell commercial was playing as I closed my eyes so I wasn’t paying much attention, until the tag line. “Trust is power.” It gripped me in that moment; I have not been able to let it go.

I’ve been in a season for a bit now where the highs and lows have been extreme. There has been a lot of tears, discouragement and disappointment, yet also laughter, joy and a realization that I’m not all alone. I would be lying if I said I have enjoyed every moment. A lot of it has sucked and sucked to the point where I’ve wanted to drive very far away and never come back. I have felt forgotten at times, overwhelmed, unappreciated, used, etc. But…trust is power.

You see, people will fail, disappoint, overwhelm, use, abuse, and ignore me. But God never fails. He always knows right where I am and what I need, and I find then that I’m not alone.

Trust is power. The enemy has been wreaking havoc lately and, frankly, I have let him. I lost sight of who I trusted in the moment of human weakness, but that one tag line from a battery commercial was the thing I most needed to refocus and recenter.

Trust truly is power. We are children of God! We are more powerful because of our trust in Him for He never fails, never forsakes and never leaves us on our own. He has our back and He knows what our future holds. The devil knows this, so he will do his best to cause us to question our trust in God and waver in our walk.

Not today, Satan. Not today.

Trust is power.

And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You (Psalm 9:10 NKJV)

But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” (Psalm 31:14)

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Believing Our Words


06716d14a5e50e76ff84a12b669ad104-prayer-request-so-true.jpg I’ve had a recurring thought pop through my head lately, to which I’ve become more attuned and attentive. It has taken a few different shapes and gone through many iterations, yet, it has the same base. Do I truly believe the words I sing in praise/worship songs and those I confess from Scripture? Do I have them so ingrained in my heart that when I open my mouth I know those words are true and faithful? Scripture is filled with examples of the power our words hold, as well as admonitions and teachings on how best to use our words.

In the beginning Papa created the world by speaking it into existence. He spoke. He saw. power of wordsHe declared it was good. He created man in His image and His likeness, which means we also have the power to create with our words. Proverbs 18: 21 tells us death and life are in the power of the tongue and we will eat the fruit of it. It is very important we understand the words we choose are the words which shape our very atmosphere.

I am not writing about our word choices. What has so captivated my attention is my belief, or unbelief, in what I am declaring. My faith in God and His word. Words are declarations and decrees. Praise and worship songs, prayer, regular conversations, secular songs – all are declaration and decrees. What is it I truly believe when I lift my voice and sing?

tumblr_n0bxmuL9fb1swm1iso1_400As a church, when gathered in worship or when alone, do we believe the words we are singing? Are they making an impact in our hearts and lives? For example, when we sing “Nothing shall be impossible
Your kingdom reigns unstoppable
We’ll shout Your praise forevermore
Jesus our God unstoppable” (Unstoppable God, Elevation Church) are we actually grasping how unstoppable He is? Do we fully know that nothing is impossible with Him? Or, are we simply singing along because the words are in front of us and we aren’t really paying attention to what it says? Another example is Break Every Chain. In this one, we are declaring the power in the name of Jesus to break every chain. Are we understanding the depth in these few simple words? It is easy to become caught up in the snappy beat, or the heart-tugging melody, yet miss the richness and power of the lyrics. The opposite is also true, we may not care for the melody or beat and therefore, completely miss the powerful message of the words.

What I’ve been thinking about recently has been convicting. The Holy Spirit pointed out my deafness to my confession through song because of familiarity. The same of prayer. Don’t ever discount those dry places and seasons – they teach a lot! I lost the beauty and vision of God when I stopped paying attention and simply put myself on auto-pilot. I had a crises of faith, I suppose you could say. Since He spoke so sweetly to my heart about this, I have had a renewed interest in what comes out of my mouth and my attentiveness to it. Do I still have fails? Yes. I’m not perfect, but I’m perfectly human and divinely loved. I pay closer attention to the words I sing; and I believe He is who He says He is, He does what He says He will do and His Word is living and powerful and never returns void. I believe what I am declaring through song, through Scripture and through my word choices.

Do you believe?

 

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Back to Eden


By Thomas Cole - http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=8417, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=182975I have this amazing friend who, because she thinks out of the box, challenges me to do the same. Once, while out for coffee, she asked me “What was Adam’s sin?” and I had to think. The most common answer is he ate of the forbidden fruit, which is true. But, is that actually the sin? Other’s would say he didn’t stop Eve, even though Scripture tells us he was with her when she ate the fruit. Also true. Before you suck in all the air from the room and get ready to charge me up, bear with me. I promise, I am going to a deeper level with this.

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth” (Genesis 1: 26-28 NKJV).

Perhaps Adam’s sin was not that he ate of the forbidden fruit, but that he forgot he was already like God.  He may even have lived eternally had the fall not occurred. Scripture tells us God made man and woman in His own image, according to His likeness. God breathed life into Adam. I believe Adam was no stranger to the supernatural while in the garden. After all, God walked with him and Eve in the cool of the evening; they were able to look upon His face and take in all His glory. I’d imagine some supernatural capability would be needed there. I wonder what they talked about, but that is for another day! Adam was also given the immense responsibility to name each animal (Genesis 2:19-20). Since there are so many animals, I’d like to think he had supernatural ability in that too! All in all, they had it made in this spectacular garden with God.

The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”

“Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’”

“You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.”

The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves (Genesis 3:1-7 NLT).

Part of me wants to believe animals could either a.) speak in our language, or b.) Adam and Eve could understand the animal language and converse with them as well. I’m willing to believe option b; how else could Eve understand the serpent speaking to her? The point is, she did. But, she really flubbed her answer, didn’t she? God never said they couldn’t touch it, He simply told them not to eat it. Now, Adam was with her, so why didn’t he jump in to the conversation? We don’t know if he did, or if he didn’t, Scripture doesn’t say. But, he was with her. She added something to God’s directive regarding the tree in the middle of the garden and the serpent, being the shrewdest of all the wild animals, took advantage of it. He added a lie of his own: You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” (vs 4-5)

God created us, not only in His image and likeness, but with free will. He challenges us, but they are only as difficult as we make them out to be. Adam and Eve were given a simple command with a simple reason. But, they forgot who they were and believed a lie, and they fell.

Since my friend asked me the question above, I have been meditating on the creation story. I believe the tree with the forbidden fruit was a downgrade and demotion for Adam and Eve. This is speculation, but it would seem the reason for God’s command regarding the tree was that He did not want them to also carry the burden of the knowledge of good and evil.  They were already like God by His creation, they walked in and with the supernatural, supernaturally provided for, able to walk with God and gaze upon His face. They had everything going for them, He blessed them and showed them favor. I’m even willing to guess aging wasn’t a factor for them either, since the Tree of Life had not been denied them. When God said they would die if they ate the fruit, He was right. They were already like God, they didn’t need fruit to make them so and because they disobeyed, they paid the price. They were booted from the garden, lost the personal fellowship with God along with His health and wellness benefits. To make matters worse, blood was shed to provide clothing for them, and aging began. They had become outcasts. God still cared for them, but now they

When God tells us something, He is not going to complicate it, He is not going to make it more than it is. He’ll make it understandable. Our responsibility is to heed His voice and direction through obedience, keeping to the simplicity He established. We must know that we know that we know that He always has good in store for us, no matter what we see in front of us. We must discern the voice of the Spirit from the cacophony of voices we hear daily, and we must never, ever, ever forget who we are!

Shalom 🙂

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Matthew 28:19-20


Matthew 28:19-20 VOICE

Making a disciple is not the same as “getting someone saved”. It is teaching them in the way Christ taught us, it is mentoring them, sharing life with them, and then freeing them to multiply the same way. It involves spending time with that person or group on a continuing basis, and growing together. You know, like raising children within a family. Jesus didn’t simply seek and save the lost, He left a heavenly blueprint on how to do it.

It behooves the Body to become more disciple-focused rather than salvation-focused. There are many willing and ready to learn and few who will stay and teach. Will you devote yourself to discipling someone? Raising spiritual children is just as rewarding as raising a child. 󾌵

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Praying Victoriously


I’ve recently had somewhat of an “aha” moment; when I say recently, I mean within the last few days. I love how Papa is always teaching me and connecting dots I felt had been left hanging. Years ago someone said to stop reciting our problems to Papa, praying from the place of victory instead. When our situations or issues are black and white, it is easy to know the victorious position. However, when the things we are praying for are somewhat obscure, it can be difficult to understand what victorious outcome we should seek because we never want to manipulate the hand of God.

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In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it (John 1:1-5 NLT).

In my “aha” moment, it was almost as if Papa said “Finally, she gets it!” I believe to pray from the place of victory is to declare God’s Word over and into every single situation. Not just a flippant nod to Scripture, but dig into it, break it down and speak it out. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you find a Scripture applicable to what you are praying about, and then declare it. Our enemy has no ground left to stand on when we occupy our space with the authority of Papa’s Word.

But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say…” (Matthew 4:4a NLT)

Our greatest example of how to execute this is Jesus Himself. When He was in the wilderness being tempted by Satan, His replies were “The Scriptures say”. This was not only an example of how to resist temptation but also how to pray victoriously. We’ve been given blueprints for victorious prayer and it is all right before us in Scripture.  Whatever situation or circumstance we find ourselves in or even when praying for someone else, there is a Scripture that is applicable and can be declared over it. Papa’s word stands. “The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it (Isaiah 55:10-11).

Shalom!