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What is Truth?
There was an attempt made by yours truly to find a catchy quote about truth, but the truth is- they are were lame and found wanting of any substance. Nothing outside the word of God lends anything of value on the subject of truth. Truth is truth. Truth is devoid of opinion. Truth is devoid of doctrine. Truth is devoid of politics. Truth is devoid of agendas. Truth is absolute. Truth is not based on beliefs. Truth speaks on behalf of the One who ordained, or set it up from the beginning. I can say “my eyes are green”, that is absolute without a doubt, truth. If you say, “no Jen Weir, your eyes are blue”, you would be speaking a lie. Even if you really, really, deep down in the pit of your soul believe it- it’s still no truth. Even if you see the color as something other than green, perhaps because green eyes are not your preference, the facts are- my eyes are green. Regardless of your thoughts, beliefs and perceptions, the truth is, the eyes are still green. Now, if I were to say “my hair is blonde”, well now it’s a little more cloudy. Yes, my hair appears blonde because of chemicals and grey , but the truth is- it’s moist brown with a crap ton of grey. Eesh... now you know my secret. Even when something appears to be true, one must dig to actually know truth, you feel me? Truth seems so relative these days. Your truth, my truth, their truth. Not knowing what is actual truth can feel unnerving and chaotic. Case in point, almost two years ago I began to pray for truth of the world's situation to be revealed because I knew that truth was not being spoken. I'm still waiting for that prayer to be answered. God speaks truth. He is not a man that He should lie. He never changes so His truth never changes. How comforting is that? When our world is upside down, feeling off and crooked, there is still One who only speaks truth. Since our Father in the father of Truth, believing Him and His word brings life to those who hear it. For those who do not believe that truth or the One speaking it, then they do not hear God. It’s truly that simple. How do you know if you were listening to lies? You simply ask the question, "what is the fruit of this thought or word?" Meaning, what will be produced from what I am hearing? Does it lead me toward goodness, more truth, & beauty? Does it lead me to Love? Does it lead me to becoming free in every way possible? Jesus said, "You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." John 8:32 And that last bit, that my friend, is the pièce de résistance. Freedom. True freedom is found in truth. It is not found in finding your own truth, because really, how do you know that is actually the truth and not just something you or I drummed up in our minds? Truth and then freedom is something you experience in your spirit, it's supernatural, it's completely unexplainable. When we know the truth, when we find freedom, that is when we can begin, only begin to understand the depth of the Love the Lord has for us, and discover His wondrous plan for our lives. All the paths of the LORD are lovingkindness and truth. In other words- All the paths of the LORD are good & kind, sure & reliable, stable. Good, kind, RELIABLE, stable. Don't you want to know this stable, loving, good, kind, reliable and sure God? Then we must listen to His truth, we must rightly discern what is His truth in light of the lies we keep being bombarded with. In a world so devoid of truth, pause and listen to His word. Read His word, listen in your spirit rather than your soul. He will be faithful to reveal that truth to you. Do you not believe there is absolute truth? Do you not hear truth? If so, Messiah Jesus says you are of God. If so, then go share His truth today. Someone near you needs to be refreshed with actual truth. I guarantee it.
What the Blood of Jesus Does
There is power in the name and blood of Yeshua, (Jesus). It's time to learn and use it. For those who are saved by the blood of Yeshua (Jesus), it's more than time to appropriate the blood our Savior shed. The Gregorian calendar just flipped a page and all are looking to 2022 with anticipation, and if we're honest, some are fearful of what's next. For those saved by the blood of the Lamb, excitement, hope, joy and great wonder ought to fill our minds. For those washed in His cleansing and healing blood, fear has zero place in our lives. Believers, gather round. I need to teach you all something about prayer- and more importantly the power of your words & actions and your authority in the name of Jesus, by His blood. You see, there’s power in His name when spoken, but there’s extreme power in His blood. The other day the man sitting in the white house quipped that those with a needle shot would be in for a terrible winter. Death, illness, all manner o cursing came from his lips. When I saw that I said OUT LOUD, “I rebuke that in the name of Yeshua, AND, sir, you've made a mistake because actually I’m covered in the blood of the Lamb of God. A daughter of the Most High, how dare you come against the Lord's anointed ones. There is no way that any man or stab is going to dictate my future. The Lord Jesus does that again, because I am bought by His blood and there is a bloodline drawn around me, preventing ANY weapon formed against me to prosper.” You know what I did not do? Post about what he said. Mock what he said.
Because I would giving place to that word curse he literally spoke over everyone who did not do the thing they are demanding. Never have I ever been cursed or spoken against, on a national level, for not getting jabs. Never have I ever had to rebuke curses spoken to me and my children, to our faces so much before in my life. But ya know, the times they are a changin. The thing is- I KNOW how to shut it all down. Do you? If you know the Savior, then you should know. You have been given authority to in Christ to trample on snakes and scorpions. It is within our power to turn the tide, so to speak and end this. If you posted recent remarks or made a comment on someone else's write up about the person who spoke these heinous words, then friend, you do not fully understand and grasp the magnitude of the blood of Jesus and the power of His name. You don’t understand the power of your words and actions. And sadly, you haven't yet understood your role on this earth. You want to see this disease, all diseases eradicated? Then you will start acting like a child of God, no, a son of God and take your rightful authority. (Children act like children, sons act like adults and command authority) We all have a choice- to whine and wallow about it all, shake our fists to the powers that be. Or... we can stand up, out on the full armor of God, and having done all, stand firm on truth. The first would be stupid and futile. The latter would be growing up as a son of God. It's living up to your birthright and calling here on earth. You want to know what the blood of Jesus does? It protects, it heals (blood does that), it sets people free, it stops devils in their tracks from laying you out and so much more.
If this is new to you it’s ok. The Father loves it when we come to Him in humility and say “I’m a totally rookie here- teach me”, and He will. As children of the Living God, we can end this. But it will take sons of God to stand firm in their authority and stand on the truth of the Lord. The unshakable truth. We all must start standing in your authority and begin to speak THE truth to any and every situation. Do not blithely post funny memes, or haphazardly comment on someone's rant. Speak out loud against this disease and the people who are perpetuating it. Declare this bound in the name of Yeshua. Call it over, declare healing in the land. And having done all you know to do in the spirit, stand. Cease declaring and agreeing with what the devil is doing and start proclaiming what God HAS ALREADY DONE.
We’re not the victims, he is.
Because the Truth Will Set You Free
Whom the Son sets free is free indeed If you've followed along on this blog you'll remember the encouragement to stop quoting lies. Though perhaps it would have been better stated as "stop believing the lies being wrongly quoted". A much longer blog title to be sure, and yet, this is the basis and reasoning for the whole discussion. You see flippantly stating something as truth or fact (though there is a marked difference) is not only lying to someone in order to placate them or motivate to do something, it is damaging to their future. The future God Himself has ordained for them. Overstated? Perhaps, but not likely. In the case of teaching a man to fish so that he knows how to do it for life, while a lovely sentiment, is dangerously man centered and not God centered. As a reminder this was spoken by a man who neither knew our God nor acknowledged His existence. In other words quoting something that sounds biblical, yet is again, only fluff in life, steers folks away from the God of all and onto a path of self, self doing, self motivated, self self and more self. "God will not give you any more than you can handle", another dangerous motto in the American culture. Why? Because this lends itself to a very mean and cruel God. So what you're saying in this is that my God gives me what I can handle, so I can handle a kid with cancer, child born with a life threatening birth defect, the death of a baby, and drum roll please, the death of my husband? Oh and now He thinks I can handle finishing the job of raising 3 kids, parenting 2 adults still, running a business, ministry etc? Either God is utterly naive and blind to humans, or that statement is wrong. The Lord calls people sheep- not a compliment by the way. Sheep are known for their stupidity, for wandering in places they shouldn't, for needing someone to come rescue them and fight off attacks. If God would give us something we could handle it'd be a nice grassy knoll filled with goodies and treats for us to live out our days. The dangerous part is this- when we begin to walk through the valley of the shadow of death and have been told by well meaning christians that God will only give us what we can handle, we may have the notion to think we are the ones who need to walk ourselves out of the valley of death. We don't look to God. We look to everything else to get us out, make us feel better- something to steel us up another day. Pick yourself up by your boot straps and trudge on... The truth is God gave us His Son because we couldn't even. We couldn't get ourselves out of the pit, we couldn't save ourselves and get ourselves into His presence. The Word of God says that we hated Him, we were enemies of God, we were helpless. (Romans 5:8) If we could handle what is being thrown our way, we wouldn't need God- ever. What would be the point of the Lord sending His Son, and then the Holy Spirit? Jesus promised that He would send the Helper after He left. Why would we need a helper if we could handle it? What's the big deal in saying something that may motivate or offer some encouragement anyway? So glad you asked! Apart from God you can do no thing. (John 15:5) The One who created you said you cannot do a single thing with Him. Not one good thing. He is our ever present help in times of need, He is our Source, our life. So if we quip something that sounds good, sounds like a biblical concept but is neither, then we are speaking lies. There is no reasonable half truth, little bit of false encouragement. It is a lie. And a lie is separate from God. A lie comes straight up from the pit of hell. A lie causes one to think things that are simply not there. Take the discussion of money, for example. God says He is the one who gives power to get wealth. (Deuteronomy 8:18) Yet in our culture today believe you have to work at making something of yourself. Go to a good school, get a degree so that you can get a good job making good money. Hard work, school, jobs, all of these things are wonderful and necessary. But when we go about them from the stem of me, versus Him, now it's all kinds of backwards and misguided. We all have a book written about us, from God. He has our whole life planned, beginning to eternity. All we need to do is ask Him, seek Him, be curious about our book and what is written in it, so that we can partner with Him in seeing it come to pass. Unfortunately believing quippy lies is also emotionally damaging. And, has many times caused men and women to stay in abusive situations, all because someone told them one of these lies. I won't go into that because this is not the time or place. Yet I would be remiss if I did not mention such a thing. Many thousands of children were abused by a community all because there were taught a lie, a half truth. Now that we have opened the conversation of lies vs truth, I suppose it's fair to ask the question now what? The now what is this- know the Word of God. Know it like you would a spouse, a child, an intimate friend. Because then when a lie is presented you can easily discern the source and speak truth to it. In addition, this will help you in becoming the thermostat for any and every situation you find yourself in. You may just find yourself saying as I do, "what a lovely sentiment. Can you show me in the Word of God where it mentions this?" Question what's being presented. But don't take my word for it- go look in THE Word.
Stop Quoting Lies
Anymore when someone comes at me with a quote, statement etc about what I, you, we "should" do or be doing, I am often heard saying, where in the Word of God does it say that. It is interesting to me that for a people who loathe lies and fact checking, believers in the Lord Jesus are quick to chastise themselves with things that are thought to be scripture but are simply quotes from dead people. Nothing more. No life and hope in any of it. Here's one that is fascinatingly hilarious; Give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, he'll eat for a lifetime. More than hilarious, it's damaging to a believer in the Lord. While that may seem like an overstatement, it's truth. You see number one, this is not biblical. It's not even a biblical principle like the word trinity. It is in fact quite the opposite. Not only that, it's a quote from Buddha. What we have here is a quote, disguised as a scriptural reference that is nothing more than man's way of trying to gain good things for himself. Here's another one that is straight up heresy; "God helps those who help themselves" Now what is funny about this quote is nearly everyone knows it's not in the Word of God, and most attribute it to Ben Franklin. Frightening how free we feel when using God's name to further our own ideals and mindsets. Folks might think twice about that given the whole "don't take the Lord's name in vain" commandment. This catchy yet heretical statement likely originated from Algernon Sydney in 1698 in an article titled Discourses Concerning Government, not dear old Benny. The Word of God teaches the opposite. God helps the helpless! Isaiah 25:4 declares, "For You have been a defense for the helpless, a defense for the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat..." Romans 5:6 tells us, "For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly." It's one thing to encourage a friend, child, spouse etc to work hard in their calling. It's quite another to reprove someone in a way that says God will only help you if you make the first of several moves. A favored passage of mine is found in Romans 8:32, "He who did not spare His own Son, but freely gave Him up for us all, how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?" That phrase 'all things' in Greek means all the things. When we are encouraging one another and giving godly counsel, we must be extraordinarily cautious that we are not quoting something in the bible that is not even there. It reminds me of social media posts and folks busting one another's chops over something the writer never even said. Assumptions are damaging, embarrassing and cause more harm than good. In the case of quoting the Word of God to someone, understand the motive behind such lies. You see, we live in a world, no, a culture in the United States that is very much into self. Do it by yourself, make something of yourself, crush your goals- yourself. That is absolutely fantastic for those who do not know our Savior, after all, what help are they going to get? The universe? Hardly! The universe doesn't know to care a lick about a human, let alone have the power to cause anything good or bad to come into their lives. But for you, dear Christian. The Word of God says in Deuteronomy 8:18 "No, you are to remember Adonai your God, because it is He who is giving you the power to get wealth, in order to confirm His covenant, which He swore to your ancestors, as is happening even today." First of all, can we all finally agree that the Lord wants, desires and has plans to give His children the power to gain wealth? It's cool if we stop arguing about money in the Church yes? And second, did you catch it? It is HE who gives you the power to get wealth. Before verse 18 the Lord says "you will think to yourself, ‘My own power and the strength of my own hand have gotten me this wealth." You see, the Lord knows His kids, He knows we are credit takers even though we are powerless on our own. He wanted His children to remember it was Him, it's always Him and His doing. Never us. We have choices to step into His heart and call on our lives, but that is about as much of our doing as it gets. It's funny, when people tell me they are nervous to give a talk on something the Lord has told them to speak on I say "well you should be if it's you doing the talking." But it's not only in times of speaking, giving an event, writing or hosting a video conference. Even in the day to day living we must realize it is Him who gives us the power to gain anything good. What good you did today was not you, friend. Not one bit of it. How can it be when the Word says every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father of lights in whom there is no shifting shadow? The moral of the story is this- stop spreading lies about what God has for you and your friends in life. Why? Besides the fact that they are in fact lies, but because they keep you in bondage and prevent you from fully walking in the path and plan He has called you to. You see, you and I are called to be kingdom reps on the earth until He comes again or until we go Home. We are called to occupy, to do business on the earth until He gets us. But we cannot do that if we are under the assumption that we are to do it all on our own. we'll never reach Him and the full potential of what He has for us if we are quoting unbelievers who's desire was to keep man in bondage of works and striving their way to heaven. The gift of God is totally free. It's completely outside the ways of man- in every single way you can imagine. But you must know what His word says about the thing you're thinking about. You must understand His heart, His ways of moving on the earth. Because when you do, those lies you've heard along the way will sound like utter rubbish in your ears and nearly laughable. And when that happens, oh the doors that will open for you that will propel you into His goodness.
A Shift in Thought
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” The term love your neighbor, or love one another has been bantered around for centuries. Yet in the past 19 months it has been used as a weapon for those within the Body of Messiah. We have used those words on each other to demonstrate to the hearer that they are indeed not loving their neighbor by either not choosing or by choosing to take part in the current happenings of the day. It's disgusting and a pathetic use of the living and active Word of God. Or so the Lord told on my walk with Him... He is never impressed by how we defend our rights, did you know that? Never once in scripture does He admonish us to defend our God given rights. I find it interesting that many, myself included, have spent the better past of recent months volleying words of 'you shoulds' and 'you oughts' back and forth across the keyboard. Rarely are we compelled to say "it is written, in the Word of God..." Don't get me wrong, I have used the Word correctly, to encourage and exhort my brothers and sisters to not give way to fear. Yet in my mind I have looked askance at those who have different view points than me. It's not the words I have spoken in public, but those I have uttered to close friends and even, sadly to the Lord. He does care about our every need, want, desire and comfort. But more than that, He cares so very much about a hurting and dying world- all of which we as a people have completely lost sight of. Or at least He mentioned as much on our walk together. The Father gave me a rather upsetting revelation, well, upsetting only to my ego and pride that I thought I had already rid myself of. It's no secret to most people know where I and my family stand on the current events of the day. Even before the world attempted to turn upside down, I was like, "nah, I'm out. My kid got cancer, and he had some brain situations, I feel like we just ought to skip that part of childhood with stabs and pokes for my other children."
Turns out they faired much better health wise in their younger years than the first born did. As this topic has risen up recent the thought came to my mind that if it is made mandatory for travel, and if we are missionaries, (my family) then what am I to do? I mean, I can't throw my hands up and say "welp, guess those people can't get healing because this thing goes against my principles". I mean. I could, but, personality wise, it's literally not possible. Nothing will ever stop me from bringing healing to the nations. I pray you feel the same in this sense. I know our Father in Heaven certainly does. So as our family has pondered this, my daughter, who frankly is so incredibly wise, says "Mom. The word of God says 'they will drink deadly poison and it shall not affect them'." Quite the pierce to my heart from my wise daughter.
She's right. In fact, if push came to shove, shouldn't I be proclaiming that none of this will have any affect on me? And shouldn't I also (wait for it, here' comes the truth bomb the Lord laid in my lap), shouldn't I also be praying this for other people I know who have gotten this? If I call myself a believer in Jesus the Messiah, rather than posting data and stats on side effects and deaths, (Lord forgive me. I literally didn't know what I was doing!) shouldn't I be speaking LIFE over people and not shaming them for their choice? Do you realize that we speak and say the stats, that we are claiming them to be truth, and others will be affected by those side effects? Did you know that when we speak out loud about shedding etc we are claiming it as truth, as our own, and not what the word of God says about us and our bodies? We have the power to create anything with our words and yet... Before any of you pick up your pitchforks, everyone calm down please. Know that before I begin aligning with anything and seemed to have rolled over, I am and have been, claiming that I am exempt in every single way possible. I can assure you, the prayers I pray over this situation are quite unlike anything you all have heard me say in public. I am and have been proclaiming that this situation will be handled because I and others like me, have continued to do the very thing we have been called to do and that is bring healing to the nations- first and foremost by praying fervently for the nations. Remember, if you've got a challenge with this word, you must take it up with the Word of God. "And these miracle signs will accompany those who believe. They will drive out demons in the power of my name. They will speak in tongues. They will be supernaturally protected from snakes and from drinking anything poisonous. And, (here's my favorite part) they will lay hands on the sick and heal them." By the way, those words are in red, seems they might bare our attention. The Lord wanted me to know and you as well that if we indeed are going to love our neighbor, we must do it as our Messiah showed us how. To have compassion on those who are full of fear. To pray for those who chose a vaccine, that their bodies would respond in a favorable manner. To pray for those choosing to not partake in the vaccine, that they would be kind and loving with their words. And above all, to not become so consumed with what we think is the right road that we lose sight of the road the Lord has us on- make disciples of all nations.
My grandma use to say, “go ahead, throw yourself the biggest pity party. Get down real good and wallow in it! But then when you’ve cried it all out, get up. Pick yourself up by your bootstraps and get on with it.” Wise words from a wise women. Last night I began to feel sad, almost overwhelmingly so. Me being me thought what in the world is my problem? Other me goes, “ma’am, your husband died?” It felt more than that however. My son texted to ask something, and i just missed him more that a reasonable amount. My daughter was working late- I missed her too. My little ones were extra sad yesterday and it hurt more than ever to watch them grapple with new unfair feelings. Everything and everyone’s feelings seemed to be just more than what we had all been feeling. The feelings being felt appeared to be be unreasonable for the situation at hand. Tired of being weepy, I dumped a bottle of trauma life on and finally poured myself in bed. The Facebook memories the following day revealed the answer- trauma memory. Memories and traumas that are imprinted into the time of year and the body remembers. It remembers this time in years past where I felt deep pain and sadness. And also great joys mingled now with more pain. a year ago today we left a mission field and dozen of kids we love deeply because the city was pissed and trying to throw us out. Oh and we were terrified. a year ago today began the last family trip we would be able to take. And it was super fun. two years ago my husband, Mark and I had one of our most fun memories, watching the Yankees get embarrassingly crushed, hanging out with some of his coworkers and being squeezed on a subway together. Just me and him. It was one of his favorite memories he mentioned on the day he died. four years ago today our whole family went to Boston to pray over the city, ask for open doors. Another glorious trip. nine years ago my youngest baby, Selah was trapped in the NICU and I was fighting with doctors to let me take her home rather than be on their clutches any longer. eleven years ago, my oldest went into his first surgery to remove the cancer from his body. This began the trauma train in our son and in our family. I share this not for pity from readers but for the sake that I know many of your have your own trauma imprinting. In 2021 there certainly is a massive amount of trauma felt from the previous year, not to mention years past from other circumstances unrelated to 2020. You may fly off the handle or feel sad/angry/depressed and don’t really know why. Or maybe you do know & you want to cry, yet some uptight bonehead friend tells you that’s silly, you shouldn’t be sad about it or worse- look at the bright side. Things can always be worse. If you've ever been told that, I am so sorry. Your friend means well but yet doesn't know how to communicate well. So here's the advice from a recent widow long time understander of grief- Feel your feels, every single one. Feel all of them- cry it out. Dump a bottle of Trauma Life on your liver, don’t worry, it’s just a bottle of oil. It’s not a waste if it’s for you. Fall asleep to your favorite music. Eat your favorite ice cream. Let yourself do what you need to in order to move through the hard days and nights. And then, when you’re all cried out, you’ll be willing and able to get after it. You'll actually feel better and be able to say as the Psalmist said, "Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning." (Psalm 30:5) The truth of this passage knocks me over every time I experience it first hand. And for us, the following day brought a bright and sunny day, one filled with true joy and peace. And yes, I did exercise that half pint of ice cream off. It's been said that feeling let us know we're alive. Well, I'm not sure about all that, but I do know feelings let us know our desperate need for a loving Father who wipes away our tears and brings that joy and comfort like never before.
Show Where it Says
"Well, I believe this side of Heaven, I may not be healed." This was a friend's statement to me when discussing a chronic condition she was experiencing in her body. "Um.... I'm going to need you to back that up in the Word of God please.", was my reply. Plain and simple. No arguing with her about how wrong she was, no debating theology. Only a simply statement of "prove it." Prove to me through the very Words of God that He is unwilling to heal every disease, condition of ailment that befalls humanity. Prove to me through His spoken word, the manual for life and godliness, that it is not the Father's will for believers to be healed on this side of Heaven. Show me where it says these words... Show me a scripture where Jesus afflicted someone with a disease in order to teach them a lesson. And if you come at me with the 'thorn in the side" passage, I'm going to send you back to reread the scripture again, because turns out, the passage says "a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan..." This first of all, was not from God. Second of all, it was a messenger, a demon, sent from Satan to Paul to pester him. The Lord would did not say He would not remove it, that is all speculation, to be honest. All we know is the Lord said, "My grace is sufficient for you, My power is made perfect in weakness." So Paul gets all kinds of excited and praises the Lord for his own weakness and the Lord's great power that flows in and through Paul. And yet... we have made whole sermons, doctrines and false beliefs surrounding an oft misquoted (misrepresented) scripture. In any case- show me where it says... First of all, the Word of God says, He sent His word and He healed them. Psalm 107:20 In Jeremiah, the prophet is quoting the Lord and says, "For I will restore you to health And I will heal you of your wounds,’ declares the Lord" Jeremiah 30:17 In fact, Jeremiah is riddled with Scriptures about theLord's plan, will and good pleasure to heal His people. The Psalms are another one that is wrought with promises to declare and claim over our lives for healing, protection, provision, etc. And yet, we close churches because a pandemic breaks out. And yet, we race to a medical professional in order to seek out what is wrong with us. And yet, we search high and low for the right medication to help our conditions. And yet, we deprive ourselves of bread, all because our systems have become so out of whack, out of alignment with how the Creator designed it- all so we can survive another day. Has it ever occurred to anyone that there are scads of people now who cannot eat bread, yet, Jesus is the Bread of Life? The Word of God is called bread. But thousands, no millions speak out loud everyday " I cannot eat bread". Please do not miss the power of those words. If this is you, have you ever sought the Lord and asked, "why" you cannot tolerate bread? Have you asked Him to heal you? If so and your healing hasn't come yet, have you stopped believing He will indeed heal? Because with every, "I am gluten intolerant" statement you declare, you have negated the healing that was likely on its way. James calls this being double minded, or in the Greek, double souled. We cannot ask the Lord for one thing, then doubt and declare the complete opposite. Did you know Jesus was actually unable to heal people when He walked the earth? Can you imagine, Jesus was unable to do something. I'm certain you know why, but for fun, let's review. mark 6:5 says, "And He could do no miracle there except that He laid His hands upon a few sick people and healed them." I love how Jesus can't help but heal even a small handful. I imagine those were the remnant that wouldn't stop believing, wouldn't let Him go unless they received their healing. Jesus was unable to perform miracles, signs and wonders, in certain areas because of their lack of belief. Abraham believed God and it was counted to him as righteousness. A just man will live by faith. We know all these Scriptures but do we understand what they mean? Do we declare it or do we kill ourselves and block our healing with our very mouths? The promises of God are voice activated. Psalm 91:2 If you have believed God for a healing, miracle etc and have yet to see it, could it be you are unwilling to do what He has asked you to do in order to have the healing? Has He asked you to drink more water? Eat healthier? Take a walk? Change your thoughts? Get more sleep? Take an actual Sabbath rest? It's in the top 10, you know. Just like He says killing people is a bad idea, so allow is it with resting one day a week. In other words, has the Lord asked you to dip in the Jordan 7 times, yet your stubborn heart wouldn't allow because after all, why would God actually want you to do something so strange? "Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh will be restored to you and you will be clean.” 11But Naaman was furious and went away and said, “Indeed! I thought ‘He would at least come out to [see] me and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, and wave his hand over the place [of leprosy] and heal the leper.’ 12Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus [in Aram], better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage." 2 Kings 5:10-12 Are you Naaman? Has someone offered you an alternative, perhaps a diet change or an essential oil or supplement to assist in your healing and you stormed away in a rage? The Lord chooses to heal in whatever way He so desires. Jesus took mud, spit on it (disgusting) and put in on a guy's eyeballs. Then it didn't quite take so He does it again. He spoke a word and people were distance healed, no hand laying on. The disciples were sent out, anointed with oils and laid hands on sick people and they recovered. Hanker chiefs were brought to sick and lame, and they got well. A woman touched Jesus' garment, only the hem, and was completely healed, after she dumped all her finances on the doctors of the day. Hmmm, I wonder who catches that... We'd be wise to not use our personal experience in order to create a doctrine we are most comfortable with. If we haven't seen healings and miracles in our lives yet, we cannot take it to mean it is not God's will to heal this side of Heaven. The Word of God does not change, ever. It is still the same. The Father uses all manner of means and methods to heal, He's super creative that way. And yes, at times He may choose to allow a doctor into the situation. Yet, I imagine if we sought the Healer more on the topic, there would be far fewer docs out there and more who used the Father's means and tools. Perhaps even, He has shown you how to be healed- yet you are unwilling. Only He knows, right? If you have been in need of healing and have heard this side of Heaven it may not happen- you, my friend, have been told a lie. One that is straight from the pit of hell. Yes, even bible believing folks can speak the devil's words. Remember, Jesus never afflicted someone with a disease in order to teach them a lesson, and whenever someone asked Him, He was always willing to do the healing work of His Father. If you have been one to spread the lies, you'd better be crystal clear you haven't been a messenger of the enemy. Back up all your theology with the Word of God. I wonder, will you be as the atheists past, who sought to prove God wasn't real, yet upon further study of Him, couldn't deny He exists?
Don't be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith request before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell Him every detail of your life. Phillipians 4:6 TPT This month marks my 25th anniversary of coming to a saving knowledge of Jesus the Messiah. And in the past several years I have become increasingly more confused and challenged in decision making than ever. The ever-present covid business does not help, because the theys, others and somes certainly know exactly what we are all to think and do, correct? They say fix your eyes on Jesus. They say He can sympathize with our weakness. They say He loves us so much He died for our sins. They say not only that, but we have an untold amount of blessings, here on earth. Other theys say that we should be grateful for salvation- what Jesus did was absolutely enough. They say don't ask for more- you didn't even deserve salvation. (Romans 8:32 would say the very opposite, but hey, who am I to contradict the other theys) They say if I don't see these blessings flowing then- I lack faith. There's a curse on me. (thought that was broken at the cross but whatever) I did something wrong. I don't pray in tongues. I don't pray enough in tongues. I don't believe like I should. I need to give more money, more time, get up earlier to pray. I probably still have unforgiveness. I probably have the wrong motive, it's selfish. The "timing" is off. God's wants to teach me patience. (ummm Galatians 5 says I already have patience...) Other theys say I'll be blessed when I die. Heaven is where you get the Jesus goodies, not here. I shouldn't want things here on earth. 1 John counters that very thing. It's selfish to desire success in a business. Be content. They say I need to work really hard, give 110% effort. Stay up late, get up early, hustle hustle hustle. Make one last phone call, teach one more class- whatever you do don't back down. Maybe work three jobs if you have to until your business is up and running. Toiling and staying up in vain leap to mind. Some say my duty is to my husband first. He's the head of our home. let him lead in everything. He has the final say. I'm out of line if I make decisions for the family- even if it means the children have to suffer- he's the one in charge. Don't expect too much from him, he works hard, you know. Other somes say, NO! We are equal, co-heirs with Christ. I have as much right to work as he, in fact, the job share is equal. I'm just as responsible to provide as he is. If he won't teach the children about God then I must do it. Some other ones say the kids should be sheltered from the world. Don't allow them to see so much ungoldy behavior. Guard them. You're the gatekeeper of your home. Guard their hearts, eyes, ears and minds. Scrutinize every movie, every book, every song. Read the bible everyday but don't shove it down their throats. Oh wait- almost forgot to tell you- that last one is the husband's job so don't you dare pick up the bible and read it as a family. Reading it individually to them is fine- just not in a group. Just pray your husband steps up someday to lead you all. Because if you do it- you'll be charged with leading your family and overstepping your bounds- a huge no no with the somes of the church. Above all- home school! But make sure they're in a good godly home school community- you wouldn't want them to get bored looking at you all day, would you? Other some other ones say exposure to the world is key! Especially while in your safe home, with the safety of mom and dad. Get them in public school, but make sure it's a good one where they will have every opportunity to get good grades, get into a good college, get a high paying job so they can life a good life! Let them watch all the shows and movies their peers see- you wouldn't want them to be weird and different right? Rated R is fine, as long as no nudity because all the theys, somes and others agree- porn is bad. Violence, soft romance, totally cool because after all- that's in the bible. Let them listen to all the music they desire, it's such a great way for them to express themselves. Who knows? They may become inspired to lead worship for their church one day! You do take them to church right? Because all the theys, somes and other ones unanimously agree on that point- youth group is the very life of a young teen growing in their faith. No one ever ponders the possibility that it may actually be a classic case of Lord of the Flies, but again, whatever. Inexperienced youth, leading other inexperienced youth- solid biblically sound idea. They say you're not christian enough if you don't say Merry Christmas. Other theys say that's a pagan holiday and it's evil to celebrate anything other than biblical feast. They say you don't have to celebrate those because that's a law thing... I wonder what forever means to the theys... They say you don't have to rest once a week anymore, Sabbath is OT. Everyday is the same. Other theys say it's one of the reasons the children of Israel were exiled, because they didn't let the ground rest. You're in complete disobedience if you do not in fact, keep all the top ten, everyday. The theys, the others, the somes in my life have been so incredibly loud I find it difficult to hear truth anymore. I have raised children with the looming voices of the theys, somes and others in my life and finally, when fear gripped me so much I had zero clue of what to do next- a precious they told me something to the effect of it being a sacrifice of my children on the alter of ministry if I stayed in Massachusetts during such a tumultuous time. Another friend said that I needed to move somewhere that my people could have friends, community and I could wage war in that area. In other words, if I stayed put and fought it out- my children would suffer- irreparably so. If I go, it's clearly the best choice. Every decision I make tends to be counter to the entire culture I live in. To the world, to the church- yet, rarely to the word of God. With every decision I make, I hold my breath to see if it works because if it doesn't, I know somes, theys and others will say "yea it's because you didn't do xy or z, likely all of the above". When it works, no one sees how amazing the Lord is. Few believe the hand of God was in the decision, least of all those I share a home with. I followed the theys at times, other times the somes' advice. Still, things didn't go as they had said it would if I followed the advice... Assumptions are made, looks and glances are given. And the theys, somes and others tick off their lists in their heads of what they all see was amiss. Can I tell you- it's a little hard to keep track of an arbitrary to do list. Today in church I heard the speaker say my problem (he was addressing everyone actually) was that I haven't let the Father see me, have compassion on me, run to me, fall on me, kiss me. All from the story of the Prodigal son. Oh I see, there it is- my fault once again. Yea well, I suppose it always is according ot the theys, somes and others. But what I read in the Word of God is this. The real contender in anyone having a challenge in life is the enemy of their soul and the lies he spews, the lies steeped in fear. The fear of what if I make the wrong choice and lose my family? Or they get hurt, or worse? Maybe if I ask a few trusted advisors I can make sure I know that I am listening to God... I don't know, maybe you don't pray enough, maybe too much. Maybe you don't fast enough, or, again- too much. All I know is that all Jesus asks is for people to believe Him, in His words and have faith in Him. But you have all these voices clamoring and it gets real hard to hear His voice saying "this is the way, walk in it". When we hear His voice so clearly, we don't fail-ever. The Father doesn't know failure. He sees it in a fallen world, but in Him, no, not a thing. And when He calls us to something- we literally cannot lose. Failure only occurs when we second guess and begin to listen to the ever present loud mouths of the faith grasping and clawing for our attention. These are those who are uncomfortable with the possibility that you may be called to a different path than they. It reminds me of when people find out that I home schooled my children, immediately they would say "oh I could NEVER do that!" I wish they had heard themselves, to my ears it sounded so defensive of why they wouldn't want to spend a whole day with the very children they birthed. But I knew better. What they were really saying is how inadequate they felt to teach their own children. Their insecurities were showing and they didn't know it, much worse than a slip or toilet paper showing. There is a point to all of this, and it is that in every area there is a they, a some, an other. And what is said from their mouths is rarely steeped in truth but from a position of pain and regret, clothed in a bible verse here and there. Rarely anymore can we find a true trusted counselor, one who has zero agenda and only God's best in mind for you. The truth is there is only One who knows the exact reason this or that has or has not worked out in your life, in my life. Only by seeking His face can you truly know. If you are a they, some or other, be cautious of your words to a dear brother or sister. Be cautious of jokes you make, assumptions you have and things you perceive to be right or wrong. I can assure you, what you see in not always truth. If you have been counseled by a they, other or some, seek God in everything. Trust that He speaks to you, very clearly, not through shadows or "signs", but in words, dreams and visions. If it is abundant, then it is the Life that Jesus promised.
Biblical Emotional Healing
Let's see, before a world wide shut down, there were those who were barely hanging on. Before a world wide shut down, few walked in their gifts and callings from God because frankly, the ideas had been abused out of them. Survival was their jam. Before all of it, and now after, many have all but given up on the possibility of any healing, whether physically, emotional or otherwise would ever come from this. Survival is now a dream, coping is now the name of the game. But here's what I know. You were not born to survive. You were not born to cope. You were not born to barely hang on. Each of you, YOU, were created by God, for His purpose. He called you before you were a speck in your mother's eyes, for such a time as this. I do not use that phrase lightly, as I do not use the Word of God to blow smoke up anyone. Such a time as this... You see, a year ago I was gripped between choices, one to continue on the road I knew the Lord had me and my family on, or one to cave and not walk the path. We didn't cave. We walked it out. And it made a whole lotta folks mad. Real mad. So mad there were more threats than I could handle. See, we were alone in that. No support, no one to say, keep going. Because the truth is, when the po po showed up, folks scattered and wondered aloud if perhaps we were mistaken. It's true what they say, you know. You know who your true friends are when the cops come... So we left. We ran away from the battle line. We needed healing. We needed emotional and spiritual healing. Not catchy memes or platitudes. No cross stitched verse on a pillow. HEALING. We went back to what we knew. His word. His medicine. His healing. Three years ago the Lord gave me a course to teach, one born out of my own emotional pain, trials and victories. It was awesome. A lot of folks got healed and went on to do some pretty amazing feats. And now, because I know that if my family got raked over the coals, there are a whole lot of you who experienced the same thing. So, it's time to share yet another course, one focused on healing in the best possible way- using God's Word and God's medicine to heal His way and go do His thing. Being an all exclusive type, I would love to invite you all to join our course beginning Tuesday, June 1. But here's the thing. Not all of you are ready for it, and that's cool. That's why I have 21 in '21. But if you're like I was late last Summer, been raked over the coals because dang, 2020 got you feeling like a train wreck, then I especially want to invite you. Because here's the thing- if you invest this time, this Summer to heal, to find the Lord really means what He says about healing, then I know, dear friend, I know, that you will never be the same. And not only that, come September- this world will never be the same. If you’ve had cancer, you need this course. If you’ve had abuse, you need this course. If you’ve been in the military, you need this course. If you’ve been in combat military, you need this course. If you’re a first responder, you especially need this course. If you’re a momma with a child who has a diagnosis that is challenging, you need this course. If sleep escapes you because your mind races, you need this. There are spaces carved out for 20 people, who know that by September, their desire is to change the world. But first, they need to do some work. If that's you, I look forward to working with you. Biblical Emotional Healing here.
Unity Like You've Never Seen
Baseball is like church. Many attend few understand. ~Leo Ernest Durocher So true Mr. Durocher, so true. Unless you've attended a Red Sox game, you haven't experienced a truly fantastic baseball game. To be fair, I have yet to see the Cubs play at Wrigley and I hear the fans rival any Sox fan. Be that as it may, let's just say few ballparks hold the intensity of cheers and fan interaction like Fenway. First of all, the aroma of Fenway is like no other. The pizza, the hot dogs, the fries, and yes, the Dunks wafting around the stadium creating this overwhelming feeling of just good. Then the moment you enter into Yawkey Way you feel it, you've never felt anything like it. Understandably you can't even put your finger on it. Well, unless you're someone like me that perceives and studies what is happening other than what my eyes are seeing. That thing you felt, it's called Unity. Red Sox fans have a united goal and a common enemy. Let's be fair, Massachusetts have a common enemy, and a united goal- especially when it comes to sports. Don't get mad at truth now. In baseball the common enemy is the Yankees, the hated Yankees. It's truly ridiculous if I'm honest, the level of utter hatred that oozes from any self respecting Red Sox fan. Never would you ever hear an ENTIRE stadium chant "YANKEES SUCK!!", when the team isn't even playing the Yankees, nor would you hear that chanted at a victory parade, for a sport that is not in fact, baseball. At the Patriots victory parade this was being chanted while the Patriots were taking their bow. It's glorious and ridiculous all at once. Even my littlest one gets in one the action. It's the enemy that unites them. A common foe to hate and revile. The unity produces the most remarkable occurrence too- a fruit of love and kindness. I'll go to be with Jesus saying "the people in Massachusetts are the nicest I have ever met.", and I know there are many who would fight me on it. No matter, truth is truth. But the thing of it is at a Sox game, oh my, the niceness pours out in spades. Love gushes from every fan. If you're wearing a Red Sox shirt, expect to receive some love that night. You spill your beer on someone they might be visibly alarmed but when they turn around and see you're on the same team, they'll smile and say something like "nah nah! My bad, I probly knahked it outta ya hand. Hey how 'bout this game huh? Pretty wicked yea?" I swear they talk like that. Shoot, you might even get the guy you spilled the beer on to buy you another round if he happens to know that guy over on Boylston who sells the stuff with the thing. Anything is possible at a Red Sox game. When you leave the game, at mind you somewhere around 11pm-12am depending on if they went into extra innings, the love and respect pours through the streets. Oh, except if someone has had a few and sees their enemy. Well, then the fights break out, blood is spilled, cops are called. That gets ugly but, when you see your enemy, you attack, you don't wait for them to pounce. Crammed in the subway, I mean, jammed like sardines, laughing, singing Sweet Caroline, you literally don't care some guy stomped on your foot with his drunk self. Again, he has a Yastrzemski jersey on so, you know, all respect to that guy. At the victory parade, it's no different, except now we have a different goal. To cheer on those who worked so hard to do the job they set out to do- Damage to every single one of their enemies. And of course, everyone is wearing a Damage Done t-shirt to cheer on their beloved team. We didn't take part in the work, only whooped and hollered them onto victory. Really we did little for them but never underestimate the power of people being wildly excited for you doing your job. It's an energetic force that spans the globe and time itself. We were witnesses to their accomplishment and we were pushing them on with our voices to go and do it again next year! Baseball is like church, many attend yet few understand it. Psalm 133 says in the Passion translation- "How truly wonderful and delightful it is to see brothers and sisters living together in sweet unity!" Oh for real, Psalmist! I mean, I know they didn't go to a Sox game, but I'm thinking this is what they may have had in mind. It goes on to say, "It's as precious as the sacred scented oil flowing from the head of the high priest Aaron, dripping down upon his beard and running all the way down the hem of his priestly robes." That is an incredibly weird verse for our Western mind unless you use essential oils. The aroma of an essential oil being poured out, transforming your mind and healing your body- yea that is beyond anything you could know if you haven't experienced it. Lastly he finishes by giving another example for those who aren't priests, "This harmony can be compared to the dew dripping from Mount Hermon, which flows down upon the hills of Zion. Indeed that is where Yahweh has decreed His blessings will be found, the promise of life forever more!" In other words, when God's people are unified, there is a harvest of rich and fruitful blessings. Blessing of people coming to know Him, blessings of healing, blessing of deliverance. If a city filled with people who do not know our God can come together for one goal, one purpose and fight with one enemy, no matter their background and economic status, then why can't a people who claim to be saved by the blood of Messiah do the exact same thing- but better? Boston is the third darkest city, spiritually speaking, and yet- they got it together when it comes to being unified. For heaven's sakes, many people work in an actual UNION keeping them in the same mindset. Which, I gotta say, isn't a great one, but hey, unity right? But we have something better! Something far better than any Red Sox game ever on the planet. We have something so powerful, so compelling and yet- Unity is no where to be found. Daily I see articles and social media posts about this or that person, church, pastor who supposedly teaches something that isn't biblical. You know what they're teaching that's being called out? Miracles and gifts from the Holy Spirit. Daily I see posts and still more articles about the vaccine being the best thing this the Resurrection or the worst thing since the Fall. All from people who apparently walk daily with Jesus. Daily I see fights and brawls, people being keyboard warriors for something that is not eternal!! Just like the World Series, NONE OF IT MATTERS. None of it. The only thing that matters is there is an astounding number of people being prevented to come to know the Lord in such a tangible way- all because we can't get our crap together and fight our common enemy. That enemy is the Accuser of the brethren. It's his doing that has caused all the gross you see in the world. Him, not God. Him, not your neighbor, brother, sister, child, it's him. That liar from old, the ancient serpent. He's the one whispering fear and hate into your soul. He's our enemy, and perhaps this may sound heretical to you, but my Sox fans will get it. Perhaps at churched across the globe on Sunday morning the people of God ought to rise up and say "THE DEVIL SUCKS!" I mean, it's not an altogether wrong idea. Where the Yankees are simply doing a job, the devil is out to steal kill and destroy. And guess what, like the fans on the sidelines, cheering those who just had the most impressive win, so we too have such a great cloud of witnesses cheering us on- saying "you can do it!!! We're so proud of you!! Keep going!" That cloud of faith pioneers, they did some awesome and noteworthy things. But we, the people of God are called to do even greater works than they did! Even greater than our Jesus! Unity. Unity. Unity. It only comes when we lay aside our favorite doctrines (talk about not biblical), our favorite worship music, our favorite preacher and we pursue our Father's heart. Just as a Sox fan lays aside his status in the community, lays aside the fact the he once had a clean shirt but now there's beer spilled all over- just like that- so we to ought to lay aside everything that is causing us any hinderance and our own propensity for sin. We ought to run our own race, alongside these precious brothers and sisters in the faith- fully fixed on the Author of it all. Who, by the way, endured a Cross for us, endured such shame and torment, for us. But He considered it joy! What in the world? Don't you want to see a rich and fruitful harvest? Then lay it down, my friend. Put aside your petty concerns. Paul, who was beaten, ship wrecked and snake bitten did after all, call these our light and momentary afflictions. People of God, something greater is at stake than a Red Sox win. Won't you be willing to have a rich and plentiful harvest with me? They're ready, you just gotta lay it down.
Set the Record Straight on Provision
Faith. It's about believing, you may not know how it will happen. But you know that it will. When my son was diagnosed with cancer he was to have a surgery that was quite costly. Something to the tune of $14,000-ish. Of course we had health insurance so I knew we wouldn't have to pay that much. Yet three days before the surgery Children's hospital called with the amount we would have to pay-$800. Now, this may not seem like a lot to most people, especially people we knew who lived in Collin County, the wealthiest county in the nation. But for us, it was a lot. Unfortunately at the time I had listened to false teachers who told me that as a believer in Jesus the Messiah you wouldn't be rich and in fact, being wealthy actually wasn't acceptable. Contrary to what I read in the scriptures, I adopted this theory as my own and of course, lived accordingly. And prayed accordingly as well. Begging God to provide, hoping that we would get to have a few trips and adventures along the way with my children. Gross. Even typing those words gives me such a disgusted feeling. Because think about it- would my children ever in their lives beg me to provide dinner, clothing, or even a fun day? Goodness NO! And when they have acted like I never feed them it actually frustrates me. I'm a fabulous mother, why wouldn't I provide good food, fun adventures and beautiful clothes for them. Even giving little "happys" along the way? And yet, the Word of God says that even me, being evil, (compared to a perfect God, let's be clear) if I know how to give good things to my children, how much more does He? Well now. Isn't that something that is rarely shared. Good thing I'm here to set the record straight, agreed? So the cancer bill. At the time I didn't know how to believe God for financial needs, let alone wants. Can I tell you at times I thought that maybe it wasn't the will of God for my son to live- God is so misrepresented by the church. I even had christians tell me it may not be God's will to have children at all after I had two miscarriages. Some of you people really need to guard your mouth. But what I did believe was that I could argue with Him and command Him to change His mind if in fact, He planned on taking my son home early. Like, "nah, You can't have him for another 90 years and oh by the way, You had better get to work healing my son. Please and thank you." I wish I were lying that I had a different more reverent attitude, but it's where I was and yes, I did get all mother bear on the King of the universe. But God... being so rich in mercy chose to let my feistiness and rude tone slide and do what I asked, which was heal my son. Not only that, He straight up told me He would do it, before the surgery even took place. One night insomnia and worry overtook me so I played bible roulette and opened it to a passage in Isaiah that read, "your healing will come quickly". I didn't share that word from the Lord with anyone until very recently because I know humans and I know they love to tell me that scripture doesn't mean that and you know, you can't be going around taking bible verses out of context just to suit my own needs. Yea ok, whatever to that. As it turns out my son was healed quickly, just as He promised. That's all I'm going to say about that. For now... Two days before surgery a little white dog rolls up our driveway. I'm minding my own business in the house when the children come racing in yelling "mom mom mom mom!!! There's a white dog in the driveway, can we keep it can we keep it can we keep it???" I had a kid with cancer, was home schooling 3 of my four children, and running a full time hair business from my house, I did not under any circumstances have the time for another dog- let alone a stray. So like any sensible mother would do, I told them to bring the dog in and let's see what we have. We bathed it, blowed dried its nappy hair and fed the poshy thing. I mentioned we lived in Poshville USA, right? It was a white Maltese fluff dog. We then proceeded to pastes signs up everywhere in the neighborhood, all the while I was thinking, 'I do not have time for this. What on earth are we doing?' As you'll read in a moment, we were partnering with God and the angels- because this dog we found out later ran across a very busy road just to get to our house. On the night before my son's surgery, my husband in a last ditch desperate attempt to rid us of our new dog, Big Mike, (we had just watched the Blind Side), checks Craigslist for lost dog postings. Bingo. Found Big Mike's pictures right there with a number. The owners came running over about 15 minutes later and we meet them outside. The woman thrusts a check for $500 in my hands to which the poverty spirit immediately spoke up and said "oh I couldn't take this" and my wise husband said to her "oh yes we can." At the time I assumed it was evil to take money for doing a good deed. Again, that is just gross. In the morning we went to the hospital and Mark went to take care of the bill on account of it needed paying before they'd slice the boy open. I mean, that's fair. The details are fuzzy but somehow he learned we could apply for a discount. Being wise, of course, he promptly did just that. And low and behold, we had such a big family, we qualified for the big family discount, forever, from any and all procedures my son would ever need. Not only was $500 more than enough, the amount we needed to pay was $250, we had extra. Now here's the thing. Many of you might say, "oh isn't that nice of the LORD to give them extra for that hard season", and figure that was a one off. Yet, the word of God says the complete opposite. As a child of God, I'm to expect more than enough. As a child of the King of the universe I am to expect enough and extra. After all, do my children only expect me to feed the just what their bellies can fit? Heck no! Those little people plow through fresh baked bread from Grandma and then need our DiGize essential oil because they ate a little too much. My littlest mows through the ice cream and yet leaves half in her bowl because she's too full too finish. Enough. Extra. Left overs... At the time my husband and I were only faithful with money in the way we gave. We've always been tithers, we would never rob God of what's rightfully His. But we didn't know to involve Him in our finances, we didn't know that we have this covenant with God that says because we obey Him, He is actually obligated to Himself to bless us. (Deuteronomy 28) There was no one in my circle who believed that. All those people who I had met that told me those things had been removed from my life quite early in my walk with God. From then on I only heard sermons that said God would provide for only my needs, not my wants. What a total crock. What a load of heresy. You see, people say a lot of things. But I experience a lot more than most people say. Since Big Mike, since the healing of my son, then my daughter, I have learned that our God is not one to be stingy. It's like that song, Good Good Father says, "I've heard a thousand stories of what they say You're like. But I know...." I hear a thousand stories of ways that people blame God. Things like "oh God is teaching me a lesson through this illness." Ick Things like "oh if it's the Lord's will then I'll be able to _____". Can you imagine Jesus saying to the leper, "hey so I could heal you, but I think it's best that you learn to trust Me and be patient in suffering"? Can you imagine Jesus saying to the disciples rather than "you guys give the people some food", imagine if He'd have said "oh stink, you guys are right, we better send them away to scrounge and find some food before it gets too late. Or better yet, maybe if they go hungry they'll learn to appreciate my Father more"? And yet these are the types of things we tell one another. Worse, those of you who do not know my Jesus, have been told as much and frankly, it's probably why you don't believe in Him. It's hard to believe in a God who is constantly looking to teach life's lessons through pain and hardship. Yes, I have learned things through my hardships, but it wasn't the LORD who gave me those. Turns out, there's an enemy of my soul, of your soul, who is always lobbing disaster our way. But our loving Father, provided Jesus to stave off those lobs and bombs, has taught me to fight it through prayer. Since Big Mike the Lord has allowed me to prove Him over and over in the provision sense. I don't demand anymore, I partner. I ask His direction and will. But above all I know that my Redeemer lives and not only do I have eternal assurance, I have total and complete provision I will ever want or need- so says the Word of God. Have you heard or have you experienced? Have you heard or have you seen with your own two eyes? If you know God's character, His true extravagant nature, then you, like me, know our loving God. Isn't He amazing?
Do You Know Know?
Do you know, like know know? Or do you just, head know. There's book smart and then there's street smart. As you may have guessed, I sit in the street smart camp. Getting into the mix is what I'm all about. Getting down and dirty, yes please! Reading about it? No thanks. You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you fear. Such good words, right? I mean, Jesus said them so they are pretty quote worthy. That word know, it means to experience know, not read it in a book know. My oldest son use to go on and on about dolphins, the ocean and life there. He'd tell me all the facts that he read in his book and ask "momma did you know this and such about feeding a frenzy?" "Yes son, remember, swam with sharks in Tahiti?" "Momma did you also know that sea cucumbers live in the dark zone?" "No son, they also live in the sunlit zone, oh and they throw up if you play underwater football with them..." I had the knowing experience of swimming in the ocean, with dolphins, seals and seeing sharks out in their natural environment. I felt every word he shared because I have seen it, I remember what it sounds like at a 100 foot dive, how void and frightening the ocean is at night and how exhilarating it is each time you jump in the water and having bat rays fly right by. He can read about it and know about the ocean, but I know the ocean. When people share truths about God, miracles, healings, shoot- the supernatural, folks who study a lot get a little twitchy. Study is fabulous, in fact it's hard for me to take my nose out of the Word of God because it is an insanely supernatural book. It's supernatural to me because I have studied AND experienced the truths I have read. I see in scripture Jesus saying, "hey listen. That's nothing! Stick with Me and you'll do greater works than this!" So I position myself in order to require some crazy miraculous things to occur. I will say in can get a little frightening and exhilarating, just like deep dive scuba diving... When we study the truths God has for us through the lens of pain and experience, we think we know the truth, but we only know how that truth seems to have played out from our experiences. Sometimes people teach others from that pain and, well, they get it wrong. Maybe yo udon't know my Jesus because someone called you out and told you this or that was wrong- but what if they were the ones wrong. If nothing else, God is never wrong. His word, also not wrong. It says what is says. So my same son, has been to the beach, he's swam in the ocean, both Pacific and Atlantic. He's even dunk under a handful of times and had fish swim across his feet. But it was all scary and foreign because he has read the scary stories of sharks etc. Other people's experiences expressed out as this is 'always' what happens. I mean, how many folks go splash in Cape Cod each year yet virtually no one gets a bite? vs how many folks get laid out by vending machines... I mean, now that is a scary machine... And those little fish swimming across your toes? When you see them face to face, and try to swim to catch them, they make you laugh so hard you about spit the regulator out your mouth! Have you experienced the Lord through someone else? Through their words and pain? Or have you experienced Him for yourself? Because I can assure you, if you know know Him, then you will be set free and the word says. If you need to know Him, it is simple and all you must do is ask Him. Tell Him you've gone your own way and you are desperate for Jesus. The Word of God says if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and you believe in your heart that He is Lord, you're saved. You're in. Don't wait another day to experience Him in a profound and incredible way. And if you're someone who does know Him, are committed to Him, yet you don't feel free- then dear one, you have yet to know know Him. What are you waiting for? Tell Him to rewrite the words spoken over you, the lies you have believed- ask him to remove those. Start seeing the scriptures through the eyes of someone who wrote it from the most astounding Love ever experienced.