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Recognizing and Exposing

How easy it is to be deceived..

Last week I took a step into my ministry and BAMM.. the enemy came at me. After the battle I am looking back, seeing the steps I took, and the steps of the enemy.. He comes immediately, and he knows where we are weak.

I sent a word online, and the next thing, I got a call from someone very close to me, he told me that he was getting a divorce.

# 1 an attack against my loved ones. I was helping my daughter do some laundry and I fell, I bruised my back and cut my arm.

#2 an attack against my physical body. The next morning as I was getting ready for the day, after my shower, I felt weak and started to sweat..

# 3 another physical attack. I had lunch with some friends, and that went great.  I was invited to a friends house that evening for dinner. I was at home until it was time to go to dinner. I left the house and  parked in front of her house and the firey darts started to come at me.

#4 Lies and doubts of the enemy.. coming as thoughts. ‘Are you sure this is the house?’ ‘Are you sure you have the right time?’ ‘If you knock on the door, you will feel really stupid if you are at the wrong place.’ ‘You were supposed to pick up another friend, and you didn’t.’

I even started receiving excuses and reasons why I didn’t show up. ‘You can tell everyone that your back hurt so bad you couldn’t get out of the house.’ ‘You forgot the date and time.’  ‘You fell asleep and didn’t wake up.’

I left the front of the house and drove down a couple of blocks, came back and texted the friend and asked if dinner was ready.  I didn’t get a reply sooooooo, now time is slipping by, and here come some more darts as.

#5 doubts and accusations, ‘If you go in now, you will be late and cause a disturbance.’  ‘They probably didn’t really want you to come, or they would have answered the text.’ ‘They should have called you by now to see where you are’.. ‘You might as well go home, you are tired and you need to get some sleep, and your back hurts, so you will not be any fun at the dinner anyway.’

I did go home, and after I got home, the darts continued.   ‘Why haven’t they called you?’ and and and, and … They don’t really care…  I was allowing the enemy to

#6 control my thoughts and emotions.  This went on all weekend. After the weekend,  I finally I decided to call one of the friends and he asked me: ‘When did you get home?’  I proceeded to tell him that I had been home all weekend and he said ‘We thought you went to Idaho’.. I realized at that point what a battle I had been in.

How easy it is to come under the influence of the attacks, lies, and doubts of the enemy.

Recognizing and Exposing the Enemy is our job here on earth.. Defeating him with words is our responsibility.

Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives in the death.

There is nothing we can do without the BLOOD of Jesus, and we release the POWER through speaking.

Sharing a test imony is a way to release the POWER of God, and to overcome the enemy.

Ouch and Amen

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A Child’s Playground

I have been thinking for some time about a teeter – totter. God is on one end and I am on the other. He is up and I am down. I have burdens that are holding me down and I am not willing to push, with my strength, to get up, or give the burdens to God and be lifted up. Either way I am in trouble. I won’t stay up with my just my strength and if I keep my burdens, I will never be up. When I am up it feels good to be exalted, but I can’t do anything but just sit there. If I am down, I can sit there, or be lifted up again. It is up and down, up and down, up and down.

This morning I thought about a swing, I was in the swing, and God gave me a push and I went forward, then I went back, just to get another push. I went higher, and higher, but I always ended up going back. I went back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. I was having fun and it was exciting but I didn’t get anywhere. Even if I used my own strength to get higher, I still just went back and forth.

I started then to think about a child’s playground.

There are monkey bars. Climbing up, stretching out, hanging on with all my strength, going to one side, just to drop down, or turn and go back. Up and down, back and forth.

The slippery slide is another fun time, up one minute, and down the next. Climbing the ladder in order to have a brief moment of excitement. Then starting the climb again.

The merry go round is summed up in it’s name, merry while we go round, round and round and round. Sometimes slow, other times fast, depending on others to make us move at all.

When we play hopscotch we have one foot up while jumping on the other, or jumping with both feet only to reach the other side , just to turn around and go back.

Jumping rope requires a person to jump over a rope, over, and over, and over. Up and down, and up and down.

Playing tug of war, one person pulling against another. Trying to get the other person to cross over the line.

Hide and seek is another rather interesting game. Someone is IT and it is their job to find the ones who are hiding. There might be a time when you sneak around and touch hone base and get in free.

God showed me a playground, children playing and having a fun time, up and down, back and forth, round and round. children playing the same games over, and over, and over again.

What about you? What about your spiritual walk with God. Are you up one minute and down the next? Are you spending your time at the playground trying to get a cheap thrill? Or are you spending your time in prayer trying to get a relationship with God. And as a result, receive miracles and blessings?

Are you on a spiritual teeter totter with God, up one minute and down the next? Using your own strength trying to get up, or holding on to the burdens that you should have given to God.

How about the swing, God pushes and we say higher, higher, only to go back again.

The monkey bars speak for themselves, are you doing something that makes you look like a monkey? Are you stretching yourselves, and hanging on for dear life, only to drop when you get the other side?

Merry go rounds can make you dizzy, not able to walk a straight walk.

Are you jumping up and down, over and over, the same thing day after day. Is it time to get out of it, before it trips you.

Have you drawn a hop scotch path for your life, only to jump on one foot and the the other until you get to the other side. and then turn and go back again.

Are you playing tug of war with your flesh, a friend or the enemy? If you are pulling against the enemy, just let go, you don’t want him on your side anyway. If you are battling flesh, let go and let God’s strength pull you through. And if you are pulling against God, give in, yield to His power and cross over to His side.

Hiding so someone can look for you. Sounds ridiculous. Getting in free, if no one finds you. In God’s Kingdom we are always the ones hiding. And He always knows where we are but he calls All e All e Outs in Free. He has given His Amazing Grace so we don’t have to stay in hiding.

For God’s sake, grow up! He wants us to move out of child’s playground and experience the rides and walks he has designed just for you and me. He is calling us to Launch Out, Step Out, Go Forth, and Move from Glory to Glory. He wants us to take a Step of faith to accomplish something, to get somewhere, and to glorify Him.

Ouch and Amen

Wondering and Wandering

I feel like I have been wandering around in the wilderness for a long time, wondering what I should be doing. I know that I haven’t been praying, reading the Word, or studying like I used to, and I wonder why. I feel like I am still connected to God, but I am not obeying God and moving forward to the promise and purpose that God has for me.

I thought about the Israelites. They had been delivered from slavery, and they ended up wandering around in the wilderness for 40 years because they believed the negative report of those who checked out the promised land. They wondered why God had brought them out of Egypt. They didn’t see all that God had planned and purposed for them.

I haven’t been wandering around for 40 years, because I haven’t been free from the slavery of sin that long, but I haven’t crossed over into the promised land either.

Jesus was led into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He was there 40 days, but he did not sin. He had a vision, a plan, and a purpose. He did not give in or give up. He didn’t wonder or wander. He knew and used the Word of God to resist the temptations and to come against the enemy in the wilderness.

It is easy to think, or to wonder about what I should be doing, and then my mind starts to wander. My thoughts are not God’s thoughts. I need to know and use The Word to defeat the enemy and his lies. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil.4:13

God’s word to me:  You can either wonder and wander forever, or you can — Trust in the Lord with all your heart. And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes, Fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones. Pro. 3:5-8  It is your choice.

Our understanding, or our thoughts, are not God’s. When we lean on, or trust in our thoughts, we will usually end up on the wrong path, going in the wrong direction, wandering around in the wilderness. Wondering and Wandering is not God’s plan. He has a plan and a purpose for each of us. When we focus on Him and listen to Him, He will direct our paths. He will give direction and instruction, to get to the promised land.

My vision has been sparked. I believe God is saying that I should RE-FIRE instead of RETIRE

What about You?

Ouch and Amen

One morning I was thinking about all the commandments in the Old Testament, and there were many. It would have been a real challenge to follow them.

Jesus gave us 2.

Matthew 22:34-40  But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying,  “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”  Jesus said to him.  ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.'”

To love the LORD and to love others. That shouldn’t be too hard. He also gave us a Great Commission:

Matt.28:18-20 And Jesus came and spoke to them saying. “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make diciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

hmmmm “making disciples of all nations, baptizing, and teaching to observe all things I have commanded you.” That seems to be a little harder.

Is a commission and a commandment the same? I think so. We are told to do, or not to do, something, by someone in authority.

I can remember my parents (someone in authority) saying: ‘I want this done, and I don’t want any if’s, and’s, or but’s about it!  No excuses, just get it done! It was a commandment from my parents. As a child of my parents I had a choice to obey them or not.  BUT as a child of disobedience, I usually suffered a consequence.

As a child of God, I also have a choice to obey or not to obey the commandments and commission He has given me. I know I have not been a very obedient child.  I have used many excuses why I did or didn’t do something. My excuses have not ben very original or believable. He has been very patient to listen to them even though I am sure he has heard them ALL. AND He has always given me another chance.

 I have decided that woulda, coulda, and shoulda, are close relatives of if’s, and’s, and but’s.  If I woulda, I wish I woulda, I really shoulda, but I wish I coulda, but, if he woulda, it woulda made it easier for me. AND if you woulda, I coulda

Regret is a consequence of woulda, coulda and shoulda…

When we are disobedient and punished for it, we may come back with: ‘OUCH, I promise I won’t do it again.’   OR   ‘I’m sorry, will you give me another chance?’

When we are obedient and we hear the blessed words; “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” It puts a smile on our face and peace in our heart.

Ouch and Amen

Stretch Out

One morning I was laying all cuddled up in a ball, with my blanket covering me. I was feeling cozy, warm and comfortable.

I believe I heard God say: ‘Stretch Out!’

My answer was: ‘BUT God, I am so warm and comfortable here where I’m at, and the rest of the bed is cold.’

And then I heard: ‘You might feel a slight chill at first, but your body will warm up that part of the bed too.’

‘Okay, I’ll stretch out, — You are right again, it isn’t that uncomfortable, and it didn’t take too long to feel the warmth again.’

Then God said: ‘Jump out of bed!’

‘BUT God, the house is cold, the sun isn’t even up yet. It will take a really long time for the furnace to warm up the house. I have been obedient, I stretched out, when you told me too. Isn’t that enough?’

God answered with: ‘I don’t think so!! Get up and get moving, get going, Move– M0ve– Move. Remember I’ll be with you. You will be much happier moving, than just laying there, because you will soon become uncomfortable where you are at.’

And sure enough, I became uncomfortable in my warm spot. I had to go to the bathroom. I felt the urgency to step out of my comfort zone.

The same principle hold true in our spiritual life. We may feel warm, happy, comfortable, and secure right where we are at. But there will come a time, when we are called to: ‘Stretch Out, Jump Up, Move, Move, Move. Don’t be afraid.’ You might feel uncomfortable for a while., You might even feel a little cold for a season. But in order to meet a new day, to take care of the new challenge, you have to move, meet the day. and deal with urgency’s as they arise.’

Be obedient to the urging and the urgency of the job to be done. The Holy Spirit is saying ‘You better go now, it might be a long time before you get another chance.

Because of your obedience you will be ON Fire, not just warm. When you feel the urging within you and take care of the urgency at that time, you will feel the freedom and total release in your Spirit, Soul, and Body.

Ouch and Amen

I woke up one morning thinking about the word ‘complacent’ , and I continued to think about it throughout the day. I didn’t particularly like the word, so I broke it down to Come Place Sent. I thought about when God said Come, and Peter walked on water, and then I thought about Abraham being Sent to a Place he didn’t even know. hmmm Come Place Sent.

Genesis 12: 1,4 Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family, and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. ” — 4. S0 Abram departed as the LORD had spoken to him.

I believe the Lord is trying to tell His people something, if He is not talking to you, He is certainly talking to me. I looked up the word complacent in the dictionary.

complacent: adj. 1. pleased, esp. with oneself or one’s advantages or accomplishments, often without awareness of or concern for some defect, problem, or potential danger; self-satisfied; unconcerned, 2. pleasant, compliant

complacency: noun  a feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of, or unconcerned with, unpleasant realities or harmful possibilities: self-satisfied; smugness.

I started to think about Abraham’s  life again, he was calm, secure, and satisfied with his life. God called him at 75 years old, to leave what he had known, what he felt comfortable with,  and to GO to a Place he did not know.

Have you heard Jesus speak the words ‘Come’ or ‘Go’?

Is there a Place in your life where God is saying: Matthew 11:”Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

What is your testimony, can you honestly tell others,  “I have been Sent by God”?

God said that the harvest is white and ready for harvest. He tells us to pray for laborers to be Sent out into the fields. There are many fields out there. God can find a job for you to do during the harvest if you want one. He said that one sows, another waters, and another harvests.  But each laborer has an important part to play. An important Place to be.

Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 

James 5:7 Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.

Matthew 9:27 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest”.

‘Lord, here I am, use me’, is not an easy thing to say, much less to do. To leave our comfort zone, our self-satisfaction, is a major task. The enemy does not want to let us go. And our flesh does’t want to leave either.

I heard a message, the same day I heard the word ‘complacent’, about the ‘spirit of complacency’ eroding our strength in Christ, our relationship with Jesus.

So I looked up the word erode: to eat away, to gnaw, to diminish or destroy by degrees; to eat into or away by slow destruction of substance (as by acid, infection, or cancer) To wear away by the action of water, wind, or glacial ice.  e.g. Inflation eroding buying power.

I truly believe that complacency has been the stronghold behind, or in front of me, stopping me from answering and responding to the call of Jesus. ‘Come to me. I will Place you in a land of promise. You will be Sent to others to proclaim the good news, to plant seeds, to water and to harvest.’

Ouch and Amen

FIRE

Habakkuk 2:2 Then the LORD answered me and said: “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry. Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; But the just shall live by his faith.”

Several years ago I had a dream.  I usually don’t dream, so this was a different experience. The dream was more of a nightmare.  It was very vivid and real.

I was at my condo in Ft. Collins Colorado, I had 2 of my grandkids with me and I happened to look out a bedroom window and I saw an airplane landing in a body of water. I called the kids to come and see. The plane was somehow loading water into a container under it. We watched the plane for a while and then I looked into the distance and I seen fire and smoke on the horizon.

I turned on the local radio station and they were warning everybody of the fire, and telling everyone to be ready to leave their homes if needed.

I realized my daughter and husband were not home and I decided to go tell them about the fire. I left the kids at home, and went looking for my family. They were in a bar. I called them aside and told them about the fire. They listened to the report, and then went right back to the bar.

I went home and continued to listen to the radio until it went off the air, then I loaded up the kids and started to go in the opposite direction of the fire.

I went about 2 blocks and turned a corner. I ran into disaster. There were sirens,  auto accidents, fires, screaming  and panic all over the place.

I woke up.

I kept thinking about the dream, I couldn’t quit thinking about it. I was bothered by it.  I finally asked the Lord to explain it to me if there was a meaning to the dream, or remove the thoughts from my mind, if not. The Lord gave me an interpretation that settled my soul, at the time.

He explained that the fire represented coming tribulation,  and seeking tell my husband and daughter was good, but He asked why I didn’t  tell anyone else in the bar.  Leaving the kids at home alone,  was very foolish. I thanked God for the that part of the interpretation, even though it hurt. BUT what about the panic, the crisis, when I turned the corner? God explained that this is what the world will be like after the church is taken out.

Like I said, this interpretation satisfied my soul at the time.

BUT the other day I was watching the news and seen planes fighting fires. The vision came back to me in a much more real way, especially when I found out the fires were in Colorado.

I started thinking about the dream again. The fire, still representing the coming tribulation, the crisis is what the world will be like after the rapture.

Then I heard a message about prophecy, and was convicted, and felt I was to share this dream with others.

We have had unusually warm weather in Wyoming, with a lot of wind, and no moisture. Fire is all around us. We can see smoke in all directions.

The truth is:  “The crisis is just around the corner.” We should be telling others, and be ready to evacuate this world ourselves. We can look around, see the signs, hear the WORD, and still go back to what we were doing. OR we can listen to the WORD of God and obey it.

Matthew 24: 36-44 But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away; so also will be the coming of the Son of Man be. Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming in an hour you do not expect.

The enemy knows his time is short. But does the church? We may talk about the last days with fellow believers all the time, but are we doing anything? Are we telling our loved ones, and others? Some are going to listen, and leave the old life, and some will go back to the worlds way, but we should be prophesying, telling others, about the future.

Ouch and Amen