Monday, December 22, 2014

Death That Brings New Life

     When one speaks of "dying to self" as God tells us to do in His Word, I believe it is to be a very practical thing. Offering ourselves as a living sacrifice results in us "choosing" in each and every situation that comes up in our day to glorify Him. Of course, this "choosing" can only be done in the power of the Spirit; certainly not in our self-willed flesh.
     Can I give an example from my life yesterday? Because God had kept my awareness alive of "dying to self" throughout the day, I was able to identify when this was being challenged, or should I say, when I was being tempted to have my own way. My husband and I had some confusion over what he was going to do, and what he told me he would do, which would affect our plans to do something for others. When he divulged to me that he had to go to a pre-planned meeting, although he had said he would be available for our plans too, my emotions skyrocketed and exclaimed great displeasure about this. He responded too from his fleshly emotions, raised his voice at me, and left the room to go take a shower. During this grace period, I knew the Lord had brought us both, I prayed that He would have His way regardless of our former plans, and that I would be accepting of them, knowing that the main thing was to bring Him glory, and so I opened my will up to the plans being changed.
     When my husband came out of the shower, he sat in his recliner, and we talked about what had transpired in our conversation earlier that day concerning our plans. It seems that he had thought his appointment was earlier in the day, and that it wouldn't interfere with our plans. Then he laid out a plan where our son would fill his place for a short time, and he would come later and complete our plan together. I explained how I had relied on him to carry out a part of the plan, because I didn't feel comfortable doing it. I said that he was much more able to do it. After having my say, I accepted his plan for a temporary substitute, and I believe in this, God was glorified. I had died to the perfect plan I had created, and opened myself up to a new way to have it accomplished.
     That is an anatomy of an example of "dying to self." Did it hurt? Yes, it hurt and hopefully killed, and brought to new life, a piece of my soul. This process of "soul redemption" happens daily if we are opened to it, and if we rely on His power in us to do it. As the process continues, His life comes forth in us and is seen through us to the praise of His glory, which is one of His great purposes for our lives on this earth!!!!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Spirit Arise and Let His Enemies in Us Be Scattered!!!

     Our souls war against our spirits. What a statement! Until our spirit takes dominion in us there is a part of us that wants it destroyed. These parts in our souls, which does this warring, are the parts that have not yet been brought to the cross. They are alive and are against the Spirit of God through our spirit from coming forth; much like the anti-Christ wants to destroy Christ in us, himself.
     What is our answer to this dilemma? Of course, Paul gives the answer when he realized his own problem of the internal war. Thank God for Jesus Christ he says! Christ resides in the being of those who believe and have submitted to Him, and so we can be assured that He has won this war and will win, if we will but enter into it by offering our "souls" for their destruction; living sacrifices.
     The satanic input through our unredeemed souls has access to us to try and bring about our coming forth as God's sons and daughters. Influences through the technology we expose ourselves to, relationships that are soul-based, and through us "living for self" instead of "unto God" gain access and strength. That is why it is of utmost importance for us to seek Him to show us what and how we must make changes, by His strength to close the doors to these satanic influences. They affect us more than we know. In fact, our "un-knowing" could be due to him already impacting us and has caused our lack of discernment.
    Please, brothers and sisters, take this to God and ask for His revelation about all of this. It could be the difference between you living your life as an "earthling" or of coming forth as His sons and daughters, for all to see His glory.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Touch My Heart, Lord

     I am getting ready to have heart surgery. Not the physical kind, but the spiritual. After reading part of the book, "Ask Your Heart" by Dixie Lea Hunnings, I am hearing God beckoning me to STOP any and all inner activity and to let Him do this for me. I stand amazed that the parts of my heart that I have hidden due to past hurts and misunderstandings, has more to do with my overall struggling and relationships than I have known or thought. I had always just believed it was the renewing of my mind that needed done. While that is entirely true, could it be that we have defined our minds incorrectly, and that we have a mind of the heart? "As a man thinketh in His heart, so is he," says God's word. This indicates that our hearts do "think." If our minds were just renewed, it would be a sterile, and flat life, much like a robot. But  when the minds of our hearts are renewed, Life full of love, warmth and joy result! I am always stunned when God brings me new light which supplants the old; when He replaces our false beliefs with His Truth.

     I don't know how this surgery will take place. All I can do is "abide in Him" and let Him take the lead into this strange, but wonderful place He has for me to go, knowing that He will be right there with me. I know it has something to do with Loving myself and loving others though. I sense that it will help me come out of isolation and not be afraid to "be myself," nor fear others. Right now, I can't see clearly, but I am willing because I know that He will lead my besides green pastures, and that He will restore my soul, and that I will lack no good thing. Who would resist that? Someone with broken heart pieces would, like me before. But not now. I take His hand, as a little girl, and let Him "walk with me and talk with me," for He loves me so. He even calls me by my name.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

No "Settling In" for Me

     I can't even believe what it is that I believe, but I do. I even seem like an odd ball to myself, if that's possible, but then I remember that I am indeed an alien and a stranger here. It's terribly discomforting to be in this world, and yet not of it, or not from it.
     Sometimes this transitional housing gets lengthy, and I long for home and want to go there, and be there; in a place where I truly belong and am embraced.
      My security is in Him, but I sense that there will be nothing on this earth like looking into His eyes and being filled with His love for ever and ever and ever. It's not til death do we part; it will be never-ending. That day can not get here soon enough, cause I'm just passing through.

Friday, December 05, 2014

I Cast Out the Spirit of Christmas In Jesus Name!

     I was led of the Lord the other day to stand in the gap on behalf of so many who are blind, and cast out the Spirit of Christmas from the mind, wills and emotions of everyone in Shreveport, La. This may be a surprising statement to most of you, because most of the time, one thinks of Christmas as being a "good" thing.
     Well, the Spirit of Christmas is an unclean spirit that has been successful in supplanting the Spirit of God in believers and nonbelievers alike. Anything that is full of ritualistic activity (many call "tradition") which someone is consumed with, which produces a euphoric high, coupled with spiritual justification (Jesus is the reason for the season, or we're just celebrating the birth of Jesus) and with money driving the whole thing, is a full-blown unclean spirit that the souls of men need deliverance from. And so, I did it.
     After that I started to notice if anything had changed in the natural. I sensed a small subduing of this "spirit" but nothing of any great significance. That didn't mean it was still present, but that only in God's timing would the complete manifestation happen.
     What I did notice though was that I was completely free of it. It's been about 10 plus years now since my husband and I have not celebrated christmas, due to the revelation God has shown us concerning it. Each year, though, during this time of the year, I am tempted to once again take of this drug. In the past, I always have done a very little something. Last year, I had a centerpiece that was more "winter" than "christmas," I told myself, and I did a little "winter" decorating in the garden too. But this year, I am totally free. I am not even wanting to do anything, and don't feel bad about it. It feels good.
     Let judgment begin in the house (the people) of God, and let it begin with me.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Has Death Already Been Destroyed?

     Consider that death has already been destroyed, and yet is being destroyed. The Scripture that says "the last enemy to be destroyed is death" (I Cor. 15:26)is actually translated in the present future tense as " death is being annulled," showing the "restoration of all things," as referred to in Acts 3, which indicates a process.
     How can we believe death has been destroyed?  Did not the very resurrection of Jesus, with the precursor of dead Lazarus brought to life, show that? Jesus had to die a physical death and then resurrect to have victory over it. He is the first-born of many sons.
     Now, He resides in us. He is eternal Life. I will leave it at that.
     Could it be that because we "accept death" that we are putting our expectation there, and succumbing to it?
     "He must reign until all enemies be put under His feet." (I Cor. 15:25) -After Jesus' ascension, wasn't He seated at the right Hand of God and began His reign, due to His victory? And what did He have victory over except sin, death and the devil?
I am contemplating these things today in light of the fact that my father-in-law passed away yesterday morning. I saw him fight harder than anyone I know to stay alive for many months, and am now wondering if he had known he could win this fight (the enemies' last attack on the human being) by having Christ in him and with that, His victory over death, perhaps he would have still been here? Could Christ be hoping that someone would catch this vision of His victory already and enter into it, accelerating the Kingdom coming to this earth as it is in Heaven? I'm not making conclusions, but just asking questions.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Hunkered Down for His Purposes

     A few days ago, I heard that it was planning to rain today, which is the day that my husband had planned to boil shrimp outside for his father's birthday party. Another advantage of it not raining would be that I could put a few tables outside so the house wouldn't have to be so crowded with 32 people coming.
      My first impulse was to "pray it away," or to ask God to give us sunshine which He is perfectly capable of doing. But I was stopped from doing this on the inside. Instead, the thought occurred to me that He was wanting us to have to make adjustments, and the sense of it had to do with us all being in closed parameters for something He desired to do.
     It seems by my holding back from asking what I wanted to happen, and yielding to His leanings inside me of withholding my prayer in this way, that Christ is taking more ground in me. His desires are rising, while mine are declining, and that's a good thing.
     Because He has shown me this miniscule detail happening, I am awaiting what He will do because we all are under one roof together and not scattered. I believe that when we become "One" with Him, and His desires supplants ours. that we have the advantage of being able to "see" His plans and purposes in ours and others lives. Again, it's a matter of "not my will, but Thine be done." His is always better, richer, more significant, and wondrous than ours will ever be. It's worth denying ourselves.