Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A Call to the Broken

I cried out and You responded.
But not in the way I expected.
You didn't yell, You didn't curse, You didn't belittle...
You didn't even bring up my past.
You responded with a gentle touch, with a soft tone.
You responded with love.
You heard me though I didn't speak -- but cried out with my soul...
Hurt, broken, ashamed, and afraid of what You might say or do.
Yet You heard that quiet cry...and You responded.
You rushed in and You healed me
You cleaned me up.
You bound my wounds.
Then You turned me around and sent me back in
     to find and bring out the rest of your broken daughters.
You sent me in with Your message...
Calling all broken! Come!
I am sent by the Most High to you, dear sister.
He knows you are broken.
He knows you are wounded.
He knows you are afraid...
And He loves you!
Calling all broken! Come! 
You are loved.
You are valuable.
You are precious.
Let Him mend you. 
He is gentle. He is kind. And He loves you
He has a purpose for you.
Come! I'll take you there. 
He is waiting for you.
Just come!

Listen! The Lord’s arm is not too weak to save you,nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call. ~Isaiah 59:1

Saturday, May 3, 2014

White Elephants

I've noticed that whenever God is getting ready to do something in our lives, whether it's bring something awesome into our lives, take something out, or move us to the next level spiritually, the enemy starts to attack pretty hard. Have you ever wondered why? Why does the enemy start to attack us? Because if he can distract us for even just a moment, we will delay or miss entirely the blessing that God is getting ready to pour out on us!

Distractions...they come in many forms. They're like a white elephant. We don't often see a white elephant, but if we do it is a great distraction. It is rare, it is beautiful, but when you have to take care of it, you find that it takes more time than you expected. It's the same way with life's little distractions. 

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Whether it's a comment from someone, a phone call, an event, a letter, a disturbing doctor visit, whatever it may be, we all have things in our lives that can distract us from focusing on Christ and allowing Him to lead us in, around, or straight through the various things in our lives. Sometimes, before we know it we find ourselves right in the middle of distraction, beautiful or not. The difference between staying the course or becoming distracted is where our focus lies.

But what about those sneaky things that just seem to pop up with no warning? Those things that hit us square in the face with controversy, drama, or just plain malicious intent? What about that? Then what do we do? I don't know about you but the first thing I do is get upset, maybe cry...a lot. Then I wonder why. After that I usually want to talk to someone about it and cry some more. And then... I get mad. When I get mad is when I realize that I've been duped yet again by the enemy and distracted from my mission. That makes me mad.

When we allow people and things to distract us from our walk with the Lord, we have allowed the enemy to use not only them, but us as well. There are people who need to hear about all the good things God is doing in our lives. When we are distracted by the attacks of the enemy, we are wasting precious time and someone somewhere didn't get to attend their Divine Appointment. Oh, they may not know they had a Divine Appointment, but God knew. I don't like to think that I have missed sharing with someone what He has done for me because of an enemy attack!

So, how do we possibly get around distractions? FOCUS! By staying focused on Christ, we can lessen the distractions. We won't lessen the attacks of the enemy, but we will be better equipped to handle them, thereby lessening them. Here's how you can stay focused:

Stay prayed up. Talk to God every day, many times throughout the day. By doing this, you keep thoughts of Him at the forefront of your mind.

Never stop praying. ~1 Thessalonians 5:17

Stay in the Word. By reading your Bible every day, you are filling your heart, soul, and mind with God's Word, which will in turn keep you reminded of His promises. It will also help you fight the enemy's attacks.

But they delight in the law of the Lordmeditating on it day and night. ~Psalm 1:2

Memorize Scripture. Memorizing verses will help you bring forth God's Word for when you are attacked, and also for when you have those Divine Appointments.

I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. ~Psalm 119:11

Surround yourself with motivating and uplifting music, reading material, devotions, and especially godly people.

And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. ~Hebrews 10:25

Keep your distance from those things and people who you know cause you distractions.

Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights. ~2 Timothy 2:23

Don't let the white elephants of life cause you to miss out on all the wonderful blessings that God has in store for you! Find your purpose, trust the Lord, and stay focused.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Are You Listening...Really?

Have you ever wondered if you were truly hearing from God? Is He speaking to you? And if He is, are you listening to Him? Or are you blowing Him off and rendering His Word as cutting or hurtful? Such profound questions.

When I speak to groups I often expound on the fact that many times we don't readily hear God so He will send us a messenger to bring His Word to us. Then, there are those who take it upon themselves to give us a "word" from God when in all honesty it isn't a word at all, but that person's opinion. Having said that, how can we know that what we are hearing is truly from God?

Throughout the years, I questioned the validity of things I was hearing. However, being intimidated by everyone I came in contact with it was difficult to discern whether or not I should listen. The pastor on Sunday, sure. He was a man of God. Of course his messages were from the Most High. My husband, of course I would listen to him. But what about people who come up to you and say, "God told me to tell you this?" What then? I have discovered three simple truths on how to discern if something truly is from God.

First: Is it positive? If something comes from God, it will always be positive. God doesn't give negative messages. He also doesn't give us a word that will confuse us. Sometimes we may misunderstand them as being negative or confusing. Especially when we are hurting or not walking the path God wants for us. God's Word always brings you into the light. But there are also those who will claim to "know" what God wants for you and it is completely negative. That my lovelies, is not from God. Always look for the positive.

For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding Yes!” And through Christ, our Amen(which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory. ~2 Corinthians 1:20 (emphasis added)

Second: Is it helpful? When God has a message for his kids, it will always be helpful. It may not be what we wanted to hear, but if we are going in the wrong direction, He lets us know. Sometimes, we just want someone to agree with us, right or wrong. We want to be justified in our actions. We get complacent. We get caught up in what we want and therefore we can't see the forest for the trees. 

Instead, we look for enablers to tell us, "You’re so right!" But when we hear, "God's Word says..." we blow it off. Some people even go as far as getting offended by hearing God's Word and take it as an insult to injury, saying we are being hurtful. However, if the messenger is truly sent by God, and is inspired to give you that message, whatever you do please receive it in the grace and love that it is given.

May he send you help from his sanctuary and strengthen you from Jerusalem. ~Psalm 20:2

Third: Is it godly? The thief comes to seek, kill and destroy (John 10:10). So of course there will be people who come and tell you, "What do you want to do that for?" or "I don't think God is calling you to do that." This usually happens when you are actually following your calling, or walking in your anointing. Sometimes it happens when you are waiting for a word from God, and you absolutely know that you are on the right track, and someone comes along and tells you something totally opposite of what you know is right. That’s when you need to run!

Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world. ~1 John 4:1

Even so, when you do receive a word from someone, go to the Bible and check for yourself! 

You may have all three of these things, you may not. But rest assured that if you have prayed about it and are truly seeking God's direction in your life, He will give you an answer. Also, you have to be willing to receive the message. If you aren't, anything that is said whether it is from a godly messenger or not, you will be hurt and offended by the message. 

Before I was healed, I was swimming in a sea of intimidation and depression. I couldn't discern a good word from a bad word. The night God healed me though, He sent a messenger to me; someone I completely trusted and knew had the anointing to give a God-inspired message. How do I know? It was positive, it was helpful, and it was godly. And I received it. 

Lovelies, when someone who has an anointing, a God-given gift, speaks to you and says, “This just popped in my mind…” and gives you something from God’s Word, my advice to you is, LISTEN...and receive it with an open heart and mind. You may just be given the gift you’ve been waiting for.

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