Friday, May 22, 2015

ALL Things are Working For My Good!

"As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good..."  
- Genesis 50:20

I can't get these words out my mind and spirit. Just say it and get it into yours and listen to the words you speak, "All things are working for my good." That is a correct statement. The good, as well as the bad. The hard, as well as the easy. The place that you are in and the situation that you are facing is going to work out for your is intentional.

It can be difficult to understand the struggle, but the glory that follows is a sure win. Remember Joseph? His life consisted of several struggles, one after the other. He faced adversary and hardship on every side. He was rejected by family, falsely accused by those he thought were friends, and lost years that he should have been prospering in.

But, thanks be to God who gives us the victory! - I Corinthians 15:57

Every rejection, every accusation, and every day that was lost, God turned it ALL around in his favor to work out for his good. In the end, nothing was lost, but all was gained. God made his enemies his footstool and He restored years and time.

Get it? God is doing the same for me and you. Walk it out, endure until the end, and you will see that nothing has been lost, but all is gained. You are in a temporary spot, being prepared for a permanent blessing.

You are victorious!

All things are working for your good. All things!


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Deliverance takes time, but God will do it: if you let Him

I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. - Psalm 34:4

Deliverance takes many forms. By definition it means to be saved from something dangerous or unpleasant. That dangerous or unpleasant thing can be the obvious drugs or alcohol or it can be something less obvious and invisible like past circumstances, past relationships, or even one's self. It's easy to spot an open sin. But, how about the sins that plague the mind? Not so easy then.

We can find ourselves in a constant mental battle needing deliverance from our self and our history or past. Have you ever found yourself "over something" only to find out year's later, that you really aren't over anything? Issues and events from childhood, hurt relationships, familial pains, bad decisions, wrong choices lie dormant in our mind and the enemy finds the right time to bring them to the surface, causing us to feel less than and inadequate, which can ultimately lead to doubt, depression, and unbelief.

Thirteen years ago, I was so incredibly hurt and pained that I began to harbor and show hatred. I didn't know how to move past the tears and heartache. What I did know, was that I needed to be healed and delivered, what I didn't know, was that it was a process; a process that I had to be willing to go through.

I was sure that I had been delivered and I was positive that I had been healed, until I was confronted with the situation almost a year later. Every feeling that I previously felt, instantly resurfaced. Everything that I thought I had given to God and was set free from, was still right there, in my spirit, ready to come out and show its face. I wasn't delivered at all. I was still hurt. I still felt pain and I still need to be healed. During down times, I would think about the hurt that was caused to me. I would victimize myself.

The second time around was different. I gave it completely to God. I exposed myself to Him, confessed my sins, and stayed in constant prayer. When I drove, I prayed. As I waited in lines at the store, I prayed. Cooking meals in the kitchen, I spoke to God and prayed. This deliverance didn't necessarily take place in church on the altar, but it happened one day during my daily walk with Christ.

Confronted again with the situation, I felt nothing; absolutely nothing. My heart did not ache and my spirit of forgiveness was not comprised. Years later, the same thing. Today, the same thing.

My mind needed to be delivered from circumstances that negatively affected me. I had to be delivered from myself. 

Satan has no power. The only thing he does is deceives us and this deception begins in the mind.

An idle mind is the devil's playground - Philippians 4:8.  

Every pain, every heartache, every individual that wronged you, has no power over you. Don't think about, but think about it. God has made you victorious. He has called you above. Every set back is a set up for God to elevate and bless you. 

Use your story as a testimony of deliverance. Your past choices do not have to negatively affect your present joy. Hurt relationships have no bearing on where God is taking you and the people He has prepared for your life. You are more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37). Give it ALL completely to God. Let it go and let God. Is it easier said than done? Of course. But is it possible. Yes. Is God able? Absolutely, YES.

Friday, April 17, 2015

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17

I am so happy that I have and know Jesus. What an absolute difference He makes in my life. He is the reason I smile. He is the reason I have joy. He is the reason I am not affected by negativity. What a long way I have come, all thanks to the love and workings of Jesus.

Sometimes, I am amazed at my own self. I am amazed at how quickly I can let something roll off of my back and keep it moving. I didn't always have that testimony. My heart would harbor anger and harbor it for a long time. I dealt with episodes of an unforgiving heart.  Once you hurt me or did something disapproving...that was it; you were instantly cancelled out of my life. My heart was cold and my feelings unaffected.

But hallelujah for deliverance. Now, I can say this joy that I have the world didn't give it to me and they have no right or authority to take it away. I have compassion and I operate like the God I serve, I offer second chances and am able to easily forgive and let go.

And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him (Colossians 3:10)

Once we come into a true relationship with Christ, I mean a real intimate place, we can't help but be changed. And, it is truly a thin line between the old and the new. One day you will notice that you have no desire to do the things you used to do or interact with certain people. One day you will notice that all you want is more of Him. One day you will notice that if God be for you, who can be against you. One day you will notice a change.

During our daily walk with Christ we are ever changing and our heart and spirit are being renewed. Take notice of your life. Take a quick look back. See, where God has brought you from, but even more, see where He is taken you.

I know you want more and you desire to be in an even greater space, but thank God you are not where you once were. You are not where you once were physically, emotionally, or spiritually. Right?

God is doing a work in you that even you won't believe. Trust in Him. Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6).   

Change! What a wonderful change that has come over you (and me)!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Testimony Tuesday: I am back!

I'm back! It has been way toooooooooo long, but I am officially back in the place to blog and talk and share the goodness of the Lord. It has been on my heart for quite some time to return, but there just never seems to be enough time in the day, the week, the month, the year (you get it), to get certain things done. We have 24 hours in a day, which should be enough, but it doesn't seem like it.

I have made a decision to return and rebirth this blog. I have let others go, but I want to be here.

There has been so much that has taken place since I last shared. God has done so much. I have been through ups and I have been through downs. I have been restored in areas and I have matured in others. I have gained and I have lost. I can't wait to share all that I have on the inside with you.

Let's go!

My prayer is that I will be a blessing and testimony to someone along the way. I don't desire to pump this blog up and spend hours and hours promoting, instead I believe God for the increase; how ever He sees fit.

Tuesday's I will use for a testimony day. Doesn't mean that I will post every Tuesday, but when I do, it will be to declare a testimony. And, you can share your testimony, too (in the comments section)

Since it is Tuesday, this is my testimony. The blog.

Like many things in life, we start off on fire and excited, but along the way we become discouraged and lose momentum. I thank God for focus. I have examined and reexamined, and reexamined some more, areas in my life that needed order. Despite where I was, I let things go, prioritized and started over. It was difficult making some decisions, but once made, I realized that the 24 hours that God has given us in a day, really are enough.

My testimony is, my focus is clear and I am allowing God to lead me into destiny. He knows the desires of my heart and with a clear focus, they are becoming more attainable, everyday.

Thank you Lord.

Peace & Love,


Saturday, December 14, 2013

Be the midst of the storm

Whenever I am put in a position to encourage someone, I am instantly taken back to a time in my life, where I was so low and discouraged, I didn't think I was going to pull through. I was so disenchanted and extremely sad in my spirit, although my outward man displayed a different characteristic. I was faking it. My heart hurt and my mind didn't know what to do. I can't pinpoint my lowly state to just one thing because it was a mix of things, situations, and occurrences.

What I remember most about being in that place, was how terrible I felt and how badly I wanted to be released. My spirit was troubled and needed complete deliverance. I began to find encouragement in the word of God; whether from my own self studies or across a pulpit in church. It was by no means easy to encourage myself and allow God to lift me up. Although I couldn't pinpoint the problem, I was the one trying to solve it. I was going about in my own way besides letting God have His way.

So when I am in a position to encourage someone, like you today, I say, "stand still and see the salvation of the Lord." (2 Chronicles 20:17). Even though it does not feel like it, God is nigh and He is going to step in and send a change your way. 

It is not God's will for you or me to be troubled in our spirit and disconnected from the joy and abundant life that He has for us (John 10:10). Words can be so much easier said than done, but God is able and God will do it. Besides faking it, I had to learn to faith it! I had to call those things that were not as though they were. You have to call those things that be not as though they were!(Romans 4:17). Go ahead, try it.

"I am HEALED."
"I am FINANCIALLY well."
"I am being RESTORED."
"I have the JOB /CAREER that I desire."
 "Thank you God for SAVING my loved one(s)."

I promise you, the more you speak the words out of your mouth, the more your spirit will begin to agree and take hold of it, causing a change in your life. We can't predict when the storms of life are going to come, how long they will last, or when they will pass, but we can endure the pressures that they bring by being encouraged in the midst of them; knowing that trouble doesn't last always.

Lord, I speak life, the abundant life that your word speaks of, over the life of myself and your people. It is not your will for us, your children, to be sad and heavy laden, because for that you said you would give us rest. I take the power that you have given me through your Holy Spirit and I command the storms to cease and the sun to shine. I pray for the season of miraculous change in our life today, through Jesus name. Amen.

*Please find time in your studies to read the quoted scriptural texts given in this post, for your strength and edification.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

If God said it...

Times get rough and circumstances of life can cloud our faith judgement, causing us to fear and doubt. But I want to tell you, if God said, He is going to do it. You may have to go through the valley, taking bumps and bruises, or you might have to go through the fire and feel some heat, but that which God has declared over your life is true and will come to pass.

You have to confess and declare it into the atmosphere! 

Don't think you don't have anything to do in this process. As often as you can (which is everyday) speak God's promises over your life. God has not forgotten you. The promises of God are yea and amen (2 Corinthians 1:20). You have to continue to look to the hills where your help comes from. Declare:

If God said it, I believe it, and that settles it.

Friday, September 20, 2013

3 Issues of Control that Hinder our Walk with Christ

The issue of control is one of the toughest battles we face as Christians. As human beings, our nature is to grab control of the aspects of our life that appear awry. However, when walk with Christ, we must give up that need and replace it with trust. We must trust that Father God, is bringing us to an expected end. To grow in faith and strengthen our walk, follow these 3 steps and concepts:

  1. You can not change the past, no matter how hard you try. You can't rewrite history. There are things that we all have done, in Christ and out of Christ, that are shameful. Living in the past can cause death to your present and future. You must accept the past for what it is: gone, over, finished. You can not allow yourself or anyone to bring up the negatives of your past as a weapon to tarnish the person that Christ has established today. The old man has passed away, and behold all things...all things...all things [within you] are made new. - 2 Corinthians 5:17
  2. Forgive and move on. It is your duty, as a follower of Christ to forgive and pray for those that harm, hurt, and despitefully misuse you - Matthew 5:44. However, you have no control over people forgiving you. You must accept the fact, although it may hurt, if someone chooses to not forgive your imperfection or act of ill will. Cleanse yourself, ask for forgiveness from the Father, and the individual. Once you have done that, if said person chooses not to forgive, your hands are now clean and the "ball" is in their court to do what is right in the eye of God, and that is to forgive. You can not chase behind a person, begging approval, forgiveness and favor. You can not allow guilt to rise up in your spirit and cause you to waiver in your walk.
  3. Control your spirit and your tongue. Isn't this a doozy? How hard is it for you to walk away from a situation that disturbs you without adding your two cents? For me, this was super hard. I always wanted to fight my own battles. I always wanted to get my point across and let the culprit have it. Tisk, tisk, tisk. This is not the system of the kingdom. Let go and let God. The Lord will fight your battles. - 2 Chronicles 20:17. This is what we are taught and should adhere to. Your teeny, tiny tongue is unruly and hard to tame (James 3:8), but we must bridle it, because it is powerful. Your tongue is so powerful, it holds [the power] of life and death (Proverbs 18:21); therefore, careful what you say, because it cannot be retracted. When you feel pushed to the max, and feel as if you must go to battle, do it in prayer. 
          Watch your spirit and refrain from disobedience. A person that can't control his spirit is like a city
          with no walls. - Proverbs 25:28  Do not place your spirit in environments or situations that are
          corrupt, giving way to evil; allowing your good works to be spoken evil of.

Incorporate these steps into your daily walk and watch your walk with Christ be strengthened. Your spirit will be refreshed, and you will learn to trust and depend on Jesus for all things.

Tell me this:

What issue of control do you battle with the most?
How easy is it for you to walk away when you want to "fight" for yourself?
What is your encouragement for people that are having difficulty moving from their past?