He chooses the weakest of things to display His might in the greatest of light.

Sometimes we have to go back to the drawing board and wipe the slate clean and start over. It’s a hard process but necessary and has always been extremely fruitful for me. Anytime I have done this in the past and told the Holy Spirit, “I am determined to know nothing, only what You show me. No preconceived ideas or mixture of my own desires, just You.” He always rushes in like a flood of new, fresh, sweet Wisdom that is peaceable and full of goodness. 

This is a hard thing because there are very real promises that God has given us and how can it be right to let go of something that He has given? Hold on in faith right? To the end! And yet we are to hold on to nothing except Jesus, so where is the dividing line? You are supposed to hold on to God’s promises, they are not supposed to hold on to you. That is where the line is drawn. You can always tell when it is out of alignment because God’s people will be burdened down with sorrow holding on so tightly to things. Trust me, I understand. We rationalize it out in our minds, “How can it be wrong? I never even wanted it until You showed it to me God!?” No desires supersede Him and at any moment He should be able to require it and You should be just fine without it. You argue that you would be fine, but only God truly knows. That’s why I always cry for truth in the inward parts, only He really knows what’s there.

I’ve heard often, God’s love is unconditional, but promises are conditional. This is true, without a doubt. God is both kind and severe and requires obedience. However, I don’t know if some people understand the vastness of God’s love and I think this saying can often cause God’s people to give up. Who said it was over? So you messed up, are you dead yet? You’re mistake probably caused some delay and made things a bit harder, but you’re alive and so is Jesus. Those are good odds. The only time something is over, is when you quit. I learned this the day my son died. I don’t usually talk about it but there is a lesson in it if you want to hear.

I picked my son up out of his crib, fear paralyzed me as I felt rigamortis set into his little 3 month old body. He felt like a stiff little cabbage patch doll. I literally felt death in the hallway as I laid him on the floor. My first response was to cry out for Jesus to show up. As I was screaming for Him, I realized that there was no hope or faith in me, just fear. So I really could not blame Jesus for not showing up. Even though I knew he was past saving medically, I did CPR until EMS came and they looked at his white face and blue lips and said, “Oh no Heather, he is gone.” They gave me time alone with him. This will probably be more than most people can handle, but it’s what happened. I have gone through a lot of hard things in my life and I often hear things audibly or see things with my natural or spiritual eyes and it can be a good gift or not so good. At this time, it was not so good but I learned something. Not until this moment, when I couldn’t look at his body anymore, I didn’t want to remember him that way. I turned and placed my head on the floor to cry, and I gave up. It was in this moment that I heard laughing, like reveling, going on around me. It would pass by my right ear and then my left in a repeated circular motion so that I knew that they were dancing in victory around me. It was devils. I threw my fists down on the floor, so angry, and said, “Stop! What do you want!?” Immediately they stopped. Suddenly I discerned him, I think it was death, come close to my right ear and say, “I stole your baby and your marriage is next.” And it was true, my marriage suffered an onslaught afterwards that I never could have imagined. What I did not expect is that the attack would come through me. I somehow assumed it would be the other person, aren’t we laughable? The devil is smart with tactics but he is so stupid. What he didn’t know is that God didn’t want me in an abusive marriage anyway and the destruction would end up being a wonderful deliverance. But the whole point of the story was this; Eli had already passed sometime during the night. One might argue that was the moment the battle was over? Or perhaps the moment I found him? No. When did hell begin to revel in victory? The moment I gave up. I beat myself up a lot that I was not able to raise Eli from the dead, but the harsh truth is that I could have. It did not have to be over. Reality is only those things that you accept. I’ll never get to go back and re-do that; the night I laid him down or the morning that I found him. So going forward I am simply determined that I won’t quit, even at death, until I am dead.

God requires obedience, yet remember, all of God’s promises are accessed by faith, not works. Don’t give up if you have messed up. The blood of Jesus is adequate to cover our mistakes as if they never even happened. And while promises are conditional, faith can move ANY mountain. When Moses struck the rock instead of speaking to it; I wonder if he could have had faith and went to God like he did in the past, “God if I have found any favor in Your sight”, and entreated on God’s faithfulness. If he fought, I wonder if God would have let him in the promise land. Maybe, we will never know now. Would Eli have come back to life? Maybe, we will never know now. No one dared to cry restore.

But his people were [robbed and plundered] trapped and imprisoned in holes with no one to rescue them. All they owned had been taken, [they are a prey, a spoil] and no one was willing to shout, “Give it back! Restore!” Isaiah 42:22

In Exodus 17 God told Moses to strike the rock. This was a picture of Jesus our Redeemer being broken for us. Then in Numbers 20 God told Moses to speak to the rock. This was supposed to be a picture of continued pull upon the Rock of our Salvation. We do not crucify Him again, but Moses messed up but struck the rock so God said they will not enter the promise land. Had he understood, obviously he would have done things differently. Harsh, but necessary to paint the picture for many future generations of Christ’s redemption. I wonder though, if Moses fought for God’s faithfulness and if God’s mercies could have been entreated so that the picture of Christ was preserved AND His great mercies were displayed. I think it is very possible. Maybe he did, it doesn’t say.

God’s wrath only lasts for a moment but His favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may stay for the night but joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5

When God turned the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing; then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.
Psalm 126:1-2

Sarah wept for 25 years. Joseph’s dream held for a long time. Israel was in bondage for 430 years. David was denied the throne for some time. But to each one, their captivity was turned around, sorrow into joy, struggle became breakthrough.

I don’t believe God would show me such amazing promises for me to get to the end and miss out on them because of a failure. He knows that I of all people, am the most frail. I am the most unlearned and unwise. I am the most weak. I depend on Him, literally, more than any person that ever was created. He would not have chosen to show me a promise that He did not provide super abundant grace for. I call it “the Heather grace” because I am the most needy person on the planet.

“So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty. Who are you, Oh great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain. And he shall bring forward the top stone with shouts, crying “Grace, grace to it!” Then the word of the Lord came to me: “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; his hands will also complete it. Then you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you. Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel?” Zechariah 4:6-10

The same grace and favor that He gave to begin a good work is the same grace and favor that will complete it (Phillipians 1:6). He chooses the weakest of things to display His might in the greatest of light. Bobby Connor says, “God knew all about ya but He still chose ya. Why did He have to stoop so low?”

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Shield of Favor

But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory,
the One who lifts my head high.

Psalm 3:3

For you bless the righteous, O LORD;
you cover him with favor as with a shield.

Psalm 5:12

David said this, no doubt speaking of God’s protection from his enemies, but also due to the fact that God lifted his head high and brought him up from a lowly state into royalty. Even while he was being chased out of the city, I believe his trust was that God would be his shield and would restore his throne (2 Samuel 15:25).

These verses are jam-packed with reality for me, as Jesus was so kind as to visit me one day and literally become my Shield. Thank the Lord for it because I was in heavy onslaught, but what an unexpected surprise! There was no praise and worship music going, the atmosphere was not peaceful at all. In fact, quite the opposite. A man of authority over me at the time was spewing out verbal assault at me and harping on weaknesses and lies that only I knew were areas that the enemy would come at me. We were sitting on the floor across from one another and I was sitting Indian style. I felt every word he said to me like a sucker-punch and so my shoulders hung low and my head bowed down while I cried. Suddenly, out of no where, I saw Jesus come in the room from my right. Thankfully, this was not the first time I had seen Him so I knew it was Him. Also by discernment, I knew it was Him as He and God always seem to come in from the right like that. He walked up to me and sat down in front of me so that we were sitting face to face. I was very aware that He had positioned Himself with His back against this man who was speaking to me abusively. As if to say to me, don’t listen to him, I’m not. Jesus put His right hand on my left shoulder and He put His left hand on my right shoulder. His arms stood out broad, as if to both cover me and to stand firm. Immediately, my shoulders and my head began to lift up. Every lie that came out of that man’s mouth, Father would counter and say, “No Heather, that’s not true. You’re my daughter and I love you.” And Jesus stayed with me until the man left.

Many times, I don’t know everything the Lord is saying or showing to me in the moment that I see Him or hear Him. I was contemplating this much later on, thinking, “What in the world was that?” When God shows Himself it’s always very purposeful. I began to realize some of what Jesus was doing. He Himself was being my shield and taking all of those fiery darts on His back for me. I know the verse that He is our shield and buckler, but never thought that the Lord Himself would ever literally come and be our shield. It became even more real to me that He literally already has borne our griefs, carried our sorrows, and even taken persecution in His own body for us, even that which is still yet to come.

So, we know faith is our shield but this reminded me more of favor to be honest. Scriptures relative to favor just started to pop after this and I prayed them without even realizing it. Odd scriptures that don’t usually strike me I started to pray. 

But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn:
I shall be anointed with fresh oil.

Psalm 92:10

You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
Psalm 45:7

Mostly, all of this reminded me of, and correlated mostly to me, with David and with Mary. Interesting those two correlate in lineal royalty. The angel appeared to Mary and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David.” (Luke 1:28-32). And later in verses 51 & 52 she says, “He has shown strength with his arm; He has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; He has brought down mighty kings from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly.” 

I am watching the Lord rescue His children right now in such a mighty way. I feel like I have never seen Him move so sovereignly. He has such a rich and royal inheritance for His children that He wants to bring us into. He is displaying the strength of His Right Arm with powerful signs and wonders, with great and mighty exploits that are absolutely undeniable. I feel like now is the time that He is parting the sea, bringing His bride out of bondage, drowning her enemies, and drawing her to Himself. With great zeal, might I add. He is very jealous for His bride. What an amazing time to be alive and to know the greatness of His everlasting covenant. I just wanted to share that because this is happening throughout the body of Christ; I am not anything special. I keep hearing powerful testimonies from many of God showing up sovereignly. I want to encourage you to press in to Him for everything that He has for you, for this is such a pivotal and paramount time in history. There really is not much time left; Jesus is coming so very quickly. Get ready. He is moving so powerfully right now, just lean in slightly and He will take over! I highly recommend that you just allow Him to sweep you away in His goodness.

The Gift of Divine Grace

Inspired by Kathryn Kuhlman and Hudson Taylor

Wonderful provision of divine grace has been made for us to experience complete victory and completely unbroken fellowship. No matter how depressing the circumstances, provision has been made for the child of God to walk in unbroken fellowship and victory with Him. It does not matter how great the pressure, whether the pressure comes from God or anything else as long as it presses you toward His heart. The gift in large measures is unaccepted. It decreases it’s value to you. And it has terms. All things that are valuable are costly. While this gift is free in regards to natural currency, it is costly in heaven’s currency. Heaven’s currency is a full surrender. It’s terms are a full surrender. Which the average Christian is not willing to make. Jesus Christ is either Lord of all or He is not Lord at all.

God is not looking for men of great faith, He is looking for common men to trust His great faithfulness. Not many mighty, not many noble are called. To which no flesh can glory in His presence. God uses men and women who are weak and feeble enough to lean on Him. How then is it possible? Hudson Taylor said, I have found that there are three stages to every great work of God. First it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done. All of our difficulties are only platforms for the manifestations of God’s grace, power, and love.

I struggled for the longest time, trying to understand what a child of God should look like and tried to be that. To grab ahold of everything made available through my inheritance in Christ. How to walk with God in completely unbroken communion, and yet I felt a disconnect. I hated my sin and I hated myself and with all the hate that I could muster, I still could not create more power to become like Him and become more one with Christ. I prayed, fasted, made resolutions, and read the Bible with much conflict and harshness towards my flesh. And when I made only small strides after strong battles of conviction and hate for myself, I was tired. And quite frankly I was frustrated that my communion with Him was not as continuous as I knew it could be. I thought with anguish, will there always be this strong conflict until the end? Will there be any rest? I knew there was such a onness that was purchased to walk in, but how do I enter it? I knew there was a key in holiness but I could not even well define the word, much less be holy. The world’s view of holiness seemed to mean to be free of anything unclean, to be set apart, to only do right. I had already shut off the TV, the radio, every strong outside voice. I knew, this was not holiness, but a type of byproduct. So then, what is the difference between righteousness and holiness? I thought holiness was a gradual work toward being made clean and perfect. So I came to find that righteousness means to, by faith in Jesus, be blameless. So that we CAN stand in His presence without blame. But holiness IS to stand with Him in His presence. Holiness is not the absence of things unclean or to only be set apart from the world. Holiness is to be set apart in Him, it is to be present with Him.

By faith a channel is formed by which Christ’s fulness plentiously flows out. This is the well spring springing up from within. The once barren branch becomes brand new, grafted in and now portioned amongst the fruitful vine. He is most holy who has most of Christ within. How can you have more or less of Christ? You must make room for Him in your life. Little room for the anointing, little anointing. Big room for the anointing, big anointing. Jesus Christ is either Lord of all or He is not Lord at all.

Reedeming the Time

“Be careful, how you live–not as unwise but as wise. Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.”
Ephesians 5:14-17

Concerning, “Redeeming the time“, there is a difference between times and seasons. A “time” is a general idea of a duration (such as an age or era), and a “season” can be as specific as to the very day, with a set beginning and a set end. The harvest season for a known region for example, can be as precise as the weather and only vary by about a week, if at all. That is the idea behind, “In due season ye shall reap if ye faint not.” It is not a harvest to come in a general future, but it will come at a set date, most probable to meet a specific need.

In the word “redeeming,” a metaphor is drawn from the conduct of a purchaser who goes into the market and there secures a price for that which he desires to possess. Life is opportunity. One is given a time to go and purchase whatever he or she desires to possess. But be careful, a thousand years to us is but a day to the Lord. So our life is just a short season to the Lord with a set beginning and end. To us however, it is a time, a general duration of which the end is unknown.

We should also take note that time only goes forward, it never goes backward. Each day and every passing second is a moment that we cannot get back. Psalms 139 says that the Lord saw and wrote in His book, each day of our lives before we were even born. Therefore, everyday He has a specific purpose for us to fulfill. A day is like a door with a one-sided knob, it can be opened to go through, but once it’s shut you can never open it again. If we fail to achieve His plans for that day, I believe He is merciful and faithful to help us fulfill the overall purpose. His mercies are new every morning! If we messed up yesterday, praise God we can try again today! However, I also believe that He is rigid and just and the rewards of those opportunities that were set for that exact day, once lost, can be lost forever.

Proverbs says, “a word spoken at the right time is as a golden apple set in pictures of silver.” Perhaps if you miss your timing and you repent, God may be merciful to still give you golden apples, but you will certainly lose the pictures of silver. God is faithful to His Word and He faithfully rewards the promptly obedient servant, as delayed obedience is disobedience.

So to redeem the time is to purchase the time. I promise that a purchase will take place no matter what it is that you seek to possess. You will give the efforts and passions of your life to something. What you “possess” in the end is another question.

I find it interesting that there is no hebrew verb in the Bible to express “to have”, to express that we are even capable of possessing anything! It is all an illusion. Someone in the world might bring me the title deed to their house to prove to me that they own it, to show me that they worked hard for it. I could argue that they still do not possess it. To possess something implies that you have the power to keep it forever or as long as you will. A storm may come tomorrow and wash your house away and there is nothing in your power to stop it. Whether you want to give something away, lose it, have it stolen, hold on to it until it corrodes, or until you die; it’s departure from your stewardship is certain.

However, there are some things that we have been given power, divine permission, to possess. They are not earthly and they cannot be seen with the natural eye. The person of the world might call me crazy for arguing that he doesn’t possess his home, of which he can present the address and title deed to. He would also say that I am crazy to claim that which cannot be seen for my possession. God tells us about incorruptible things that we can possess. Therefore, if I can possess it then I can purchase them now, attain them now, and keep them forever. We must remember who holds all the power and where ours comes from. That man’s title deed to his house is power to him, which could foreclose tomorrow. The Word of God is power to me. The entire Earth will one day pass away and time will fold up and end, but not one word of scripture will ever cease. You can call me crazy, but I will say that’s all a matter of perspective. I choose to agree with God, who is the ultimate authority in the universe.

This life is opportunity. We are given time to go and purchase whatever we desire to have for our possession. The time is certain, it will pass whether you use it wisely or not. The sluggard will not plow today because it is cold, therefore at harvest time he will beg and have nothing. The purchase is also certain. Your time will be spent putting your energy and passions into possessing something whether or not you know a purchase took place. What you decide to purchase is up to you. I strongly suggest that one soberly contemplate the marketplace for that which is eternal. Secure the price and count the cost. The time is short, the purchase is sure, but eternity is not. Occasion has a door, those outside who did not buy, may beat on the door; but the shut door will only answer,too late, too late, the door is shut.

Your worth

The truth about God and all of His creation is constantly berated by this world. The god of this world hates you. You were so uniquely and specially made. There is just not a very good word to describe our uniqueness in the English language. In the past, when scripture mentioned it, I would think we were being described as odd, or weird, because He said we are a peculiar people. But now I understand that there is not a good word to describe our singular, distinct, sole, and unmatched creation. The devil has no claim to your rights that he is so jealous of. Like the thief that he is, his only tactic is to lie to you in order to steal them from you. And so, the world often is blinded from seeing the true value of human life. This is evident in the many wicked deeds of man, such as: Hitler’s plan to commit genocide, hateful muslim’s schemes to bomb multitudes, mass shootings, serial killers, etc. Life in general is sorely taken for granted and hidden by our frailty. Even animal abuse is a sad devaluation of life. God loves all of His creation and values life dearly. The story of Balaam’s donkey in Numbers proves that God cares so much, even for the life of animals.

The Lord kept telling Balaam not to go with  the servants of Balak because they were bribbing him to curse God’s people. God said no, don’t curse them, they are blessed. But he got up, saddled his donkey and went with them and it angered the Lord. So the Lord sent an angel to stand in his pathway to block his way and his donkey saw the angel and the sword in the angel’s hand. So the donkey turned into a field and Balaam beat her to force her back into the way they were going. So the angel stood again in another path, this time with a wall on each side so the donkey could not turn aside. So when the donkey saw the angel in the way, she turned to the wall and it smashed Balaam’s foot between the wall. So he beat her again. Now a third time the angel stood again in their path and this time even more narrow so that there was no where to turn, to the right or the left. When the donkey saw the angel she fell down under Balaam and he beat her again with his staff. So the Lord finally opened her mouth so that the donkey said to Balaam, “What have I done to you for you to beat me these three times?” And Balaam answered her, “Because you mock me. I wish I had a sword, I would kill you!” She said, “Haven’t I always been your donkey that you ride? Do I ever act this way?” Balaam said, “No.” And his eyes were opened by the Lord to see the angel in the way with a sword drawn in his hand. Balaam fell down on his face in fear. The angel said to him, “Why have you beaten your donkey this three times? I stood in your way because your way is wrong. Your donkey saw me with a sword and turned away three times, if she had not done so, I surely would have killed you and saved her life!” Balaam repented.

Oh, how I wish this would happen with all God’s creatures that are mistreated! All life is so valuable and God sees how we treat all living creation [not just eachother], which that in itself is sorely neglected. God is not hasty, all will be revealed in due time, until then His mercies are available and we must make them known, thank God!

So what is your worth? We think that God and His gifts are our inheritance. This is true! But Ephesians says that we are God’s inheritance. We are His prized possession and we are bought with a price. He forsook His glorious throne, stripped Himself of His title as Supreme ruler of the universe [God] and made Himself like a man, a lowly servant to all sinful man in the flesh; His name Jesus Christ. He bore every one of our sins and pain in His body, abused, rejected, and shamed on the cross.

Imagine the person that you love the most in life. Would you die for them? Some think this is a hard task, but many say, “Oh, I would take a bullet for you!” There is no greater love than to lay down your life for your brother. Would you endure the most painful death ever designed, crucifixion for them? Would you go to hell for them? Jesus did for you. He knew He had to go there and He had to have faith that God would not leave Him there! Wow! That becomes hard for us to be honest with ourselves about. That is amazing love. I simply ask so you can try to fathom God’s love for you. Crucifixion wasn’t designed to kill a person, but to humiliate and torment them until they eventually died. The actual cause of death I think was probably different for each case, but most suffocated. I have studied that many hung for about 3 days before they actually died. When Joseph went before the Governor and asked Pilate for the body of Jesus, he marveled that Jesus had already died. Jesus only hung on the cross for 6 hours, from 9am to 3pm. Pilate wanted to make sure he was dead before promising his body for burial, so he sent a soldier to make sure. Many believe that this is when and why a Roman soldier took a spear and pierced His side, because Pilate sent someone to make sure He was dead. The Roman soldier came back and said, yes He is dead. Jesus was severely beaten and marred beyond the resemblance of a human being so I believe he died from blood loss and shock once He permitted it to take Him. But many crucified were not beaten so badly, so it took a long time for them to die and they would eventually suffocate. The arms being hung out so wide was painful and would break bones in the wrist, the muscles would stretch and sockets would come out of place, lengthening the arm span by inches. This being so painful would make one want to put pressure on the feet, but they would nail the feet together at a 45 degree angle so that pressure would cause the bones to break in the legs. This is why God promised before hand in scripture that not one of Jesus’ bones would be broken. So this would be excruciating for a person, but not enough to kill them. The over-stretching of the body and chest however would make it difficult for one to breathe out, to the point where all they can do is take in little sips of air and eventually suffocate.

Now. Knowing all of this, would you endure this death for the person you love? I only ask so you can try to understand what great love God has for us! The bible says, “it pleased God to bruise Jesus” for us; He loves us so. Jesus knew everything He would endure, this is why the prayers of consecration in the garden of Gethsemane were so difficult for Him that He sweat blood.

The Supreme Ruler of the universe, the Father of Glory, stepped down from His glory to suffer this death for you, specifically and uniquely you. The bible says that He knew you, all of us, before He even made the Earth. He knew your name, your purpose, His plans for you, how many hairs are on your head, the color of your eyes, the intensity of His desire to have a relationship with you [specifically and intimately], and what that intimate relationship would mean to Him and even cost Him. He values you above His own life. This was so hard for me to grasp due to the absolute weakness and fallen state of our earthly vessels. My utter lack of talent, poor self-esteem, and no worth in life made it hard to see that hidden truth. But our worth is found in Him, we must believe it! You must see how much more His glory is able to be seen in the weakest person. Had He chosen to reveal His love through mighty, deserving, perfect men and splendorous angels, surely people would think that it was by something that they did or by the awesomeness of that person that God Almighty would choose to commune in a son-ship relation with them. He did not choose the mighty, He chose me and you. Lucifer’s splendor was magnificent! So he exalted himself. Then God said I will make man in my own image and they will be my sons and daughters, and I their Father. These frail vessels will reveal how richly merciful, loving, and beautiful I truely am. And you think you are so mighty and wonderful Lucifer? Mightier than Me? I will not only defeat you, I won’t even use my strong armies; I’ll use the weakest, lowliest of vessels to defeat the proud and utterly humiliate you! Isn’t that beautiful!? God is so good. I pray that many come to understand His great plans and how valuable they are to the Father. That He gave His own life for them, He would not withhold anything from them; He loves them so! That those who suffer in this life with Christ, He will glorify as a living, everlasting sign and wonder, a testament of His great mercies and stead-fast love to all generations.

JESUS IS ALIVE

Reinhardt Bonnke said that he used to pray everyday, Jesus come and be with me! Finally one morning he woke up and realized he was praying lunacy. Jesus is alive! He is in us and with us; He never leaves us!

I love the POWER [absolute, ultimate authority] that is in the simplicity of the cross. Jesus Christ and Him crucified, that is all the Gospel that we need.

People think that the forgiveness of sins is a motion that we go through. First say this, then pray this, and only believe, and it is done, now walk it out. True, there are steps we take by faith to count it done. TRUE! But what I’m wanting you to see is that when we are forgiven of our sins, it is a miracle! An actual rebirth of our spirit man happens instantly. It is the POWER of God unto salvation! There is no one else who could forgive sins, there is no other way, because only ONE has all authority to loose you from the debt and bondage from sin! Only Jesus died, only Jesus was crucified, ONLY JESUS IS RISEN AND ALIVE TODAY AND FOREVER! He paid the price for the debt of the sin of all mankind, that power to pardon sin is His and His alone!

We have all sinned and needed the power of God through Jesus to be born-again. I simply marvel this morning at that power. The guilt and shame that shackles so many who have made wrong choices! I know that prison, it’s death! The regret that torments the mind of so many people who have been led astray.

Whether you did it by choice or it’s a tragedy that you simply blame yourself for.. sin, regret, guilt and shame is a REAL prison with no way out. There is no escape, not even through death. Jesus Christ is the ONLY one who took back the keys to death, hell and the grave! And He is alive TODAY and forevermore to set anyone free who would simply call on His name!

It’s so on my heart today that many are shackled by the choices they’ve made in the past. People living in utter guilt and shame. Perhaps you did something immoral, a sexual sin. Perhaps you had an abortion, you canceled the life of another and you are bound by its horror. A choice you can never get back. Perhaps you were once in an intimate relationship with the Lord and you’ve completely turned your back on Him. Your so cold now that no matter how much you try, you can’t seem to find your way back. You know why? Because you don’t stumble onto God and come back into a relationship with Him through motions. It’s not a ritual, it is a miracle!!! The power of God instantly and literally transfers your spirit from darkness, over into His light! It is the POWER of God!

I promise you this today; MY JESUS LIVES!!!! To every person reading this; I BREAK every chain of Satan off of your life NOW in the name of Jesus! I LOOSE you and set you completely free today! Be bound by your sin and sin again NO MORE! Enjoy the freedom of heaven, NOW in this life and in the one to come! What a great and terrible price Jesus paid. He is not willing that ONE should stay in bondage or perish, but that ALL would come to the knowledge of Him and have everlasting life!

Receive that for yourself today, it’s free and you can go free. The best decision you could ever make is the one to serve Jesus. Not an ounce of regret will ever touch your mind or heart again. Only the peace and the joy that comes from His presence… Thank you blessed Savior!

If you want to pray the prayer of salvation or rededicate your life to God, I believe that God has set you free, now pray this prayer out loud, “Father, thank you for sending Your only son Jesus to die for me. I believe He died on the cross, rose again, and is coming back again for me. Thank you Jesus for coming into my heart. Wash me and cleanse me in Your blood! Fill me with Your Holy Spirit! I turn my back on sin today and I dedicate my life to you God. Walk with me, talk with me, and use me. Let me never be the same again! Amen.”

Examine Yourselves

Numerous times in the Bible, it says examine or test yourself. (Psalm 119:59, Jeremiah 31:19, lamentations 3:40, Ezekiel 18:27-28, Haggai 1:5-7, 1 Corinthians 11:27-31, 2 Corinthians 13:3-5, Galatians 6:4). Why would this be important? Clearly, our own thoughts and perceptions are not to be trusted! Often we come to a decision or belief about someone else or ourselves, and more likely than not, it is so far from true. This is why we are not worthy to judge others, we can barely judge ourselves clearly. Matthew 7:5 says, hypocrite, first take out the beam from your own eye; and then you can see clearly to take the mote out of your brother’s eye. While yes, we tend to base our opinions off of real circumstances, what is [reality] is only the spiritual things in God, which are not seen! For we are spiritual beings, with a soul, housed in a physical body and moving to what we can see. All we can see are the visible things in the natural; yet this is not who we are. If we then are so blind that we cannot even trust our own thoughts, what then shall we do?

The Bible tells us to do three things:

  1. Examine ourselves
  2. Test ourselves
  3. Train ourselves to think on right things

Examine yourselves to see if you are even in the faith! Wow, we can be so deceived and justified in our own minds that we can believe that we are saved and we are not even in the faith! The way that I like to examine myself everyday, is similar to taking communion. Paul said it’s possible to take communion [symbolic of our faith in Christ] and to do so unworthily. You are unworthy if you take it without judging yourself so to escape chastening from God (1 Corinthians 11:31-32). Similar to taking communion, I proceed in prayer in this manner.

  • I thank God for giving us Jesus Christ, His only son as a sacrifice for our sins.
  • I ask Him to forgive me of anything that I have done knowingly or unknowingly to sin against Him. And I use this opportunity to soberly and honestly look inwardly, does anything in my heart condemn me? [Remember, we are purposefully judging ourselves to keep from deceiving ourselves. It benefits no one if we are dishonest inwardly.] (1 John 3:20-21) If it condemns me, then I deal with it and talk about it with the Lord. How would He have me fix it? Generally it is as simple as confessing our sins to Him and denouncing it, or turning from it.
  • If it does not condemn me or I have dealt with it, then I recieve His forgiveness, joy, peace, goodness, and love. I am refreshed. Now I am free to commune with Him unhindered. I can boldly ask for things in faith and accept His promises, knowing that He hears me and that I am in Him.

This is examining or judging ourselves. But the Bible also says to test yourselves. A test would not be an inward judgement but an outward test. For this I look at works. Often people look at the works of the flesh listed in Galatians and feel great that they can easily cross themselves off that list. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexualimmorality, uncleanness [homosexuality], sensuality [lusts], idolatry [putting anything before God], sorcery [cursing others], enmity [having enemies], strife [arguments], jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries [comparing ourselves to others], dissensions [associating in clicks], divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21)

But we cannot stop there. To test ourselves would be to see if God’s fruits are manifest in our lives. This is how we know we are connected to the True Vine. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such thingsthere is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5:22-24)

Now it is easy to say, I feel love, joy, and peace. But this does not mean it is outwardly working as a fruit in our lives. So what does that look like?

Manifestations of the Holy Spirit will be earmarked by:

  • A Christ-like spirit of love, patience, and faith in God.
  • Soberness and keenness of spiritual sight or vision
  • Deep humility of heart and meekness of spirit. A lion-like courage against sin, sickness, poverty, disease, discouragement, failure, and every other thing that would cause defeat in a Christian life.
  • Absolute clearness of mental faculties in intelligent action to carry out Bible instructions concerning our known duties and personal life as a Christian.
  • Free from fault finding, whispering, or slander to anyone and freedom from works of the flesh.
  • The lack of a condemning and judging spirit, or seeking to hurt anyone by thought, word, or deed. All divine leadings will be for the edification and betterment of all concerned and will be in accordance with the golden rule (Matthew 7:12).
  • Freedom from ignorance from divine will at the moment. When one is moved to act quickly or urgently workout knowing if it will glorify God or not, it would be best to wait and pray until it is clear beyond all doubt. If God is moving a person, it will not insult Him to try the spirit and intelligently judge whether the action is biblical or not, for God commands this judgement on our parts before we act.

When we are given over to walking in the Spirit of God, this is an example of what that looks like. Works of God tend to liberate men from sin and all the works of the devil, or they are for encouragement in what God has done for them. Works of the devil tend to blind, cause sin, discouragement, lack of faith, and failure in life. Just as the devil requires lies in the minds of men to hold them in bandage, so God requires truth in the mind for the true working of the Holy Spirit. Demons will cause a person to be hindered from the truth.

Therefore, these are some common things in the mind to beware of:

  • Neglecting things that cause enlightenment in spiritual warfare
  • Easily fall prey to critisism
  • Pressing cares that keep you occupied from taking time to wage a successful spiritual warfare
  • Forgetting easily things that will give victory over sin (prayer, praying in tongues, praise, worship, the Word, assembly in church)
  • Being discouraged easily when conflict seems to be coming against them
  • Failing to use your authority in Christ through His precious blood, His name, and the power of the Holy Spirit
  • Failure to run to God and resist the devil in conflict
  • Failure to do the whole will of God intelligently as it becomes known as you walk in the light of His Word.

These tips will help you easily notice things that are distracting you from walking in the fullness of the Spirit. Now finally, the third thing the Bible says to do to keep ourselves from deception is to think on the things of heaven, the truth! (Philippians 4:8)

As we think about ourselves in truth, what God says that we are, then we begin to come into agreement with Him. Our lives will begin to line up with what He says we are; for as a man thinks in his heart, so is he (proverbs 23:7). Then, when a lie comes to us, telling us that we are something that we aren’t [to rob us of our inheritance] then we can easily judge this thought to be foreign and strange. We will not come into an agreement with a lie, only the truth, for that is all that we meditate on.

 

Inspirations and recommended reading:

  • the Bible, Dake’s annotated version
  • God’s Plan for Man“, by Finnis Jennings Dake