How to Get Past Your Fear and Find Your Anchor

I’m so tired of being fearful. How about you? Every time I turn on the news I cringe in fear. I am afraid that more people are going to get shot, fear that the hate is going to continue with the violent protests and the massive shootings. There are more and more people that

Many false prophets will appear and mislead many.  Because lawlessness is increased, the love of most people will grow cold. But the one who endures and bears up [under suffering] to the end will be saved. This good news of the kingdom [the gospel] will be preached throughout the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end [of the age] will come. – Matthew 24:12-14 AMP

When I think of an anchor I think of a boat. Yeah, it’s that big metal thing you throw overboard to stop and stay in one place. Anchors give us a source of stability and strength as they fix us in a place in the middle of the wild waves of a storm. We all face plenty of storms these days, with the pandemic, the mass shootings, the hate all around us, etc. I don’t know about you, but I need an anchor to hold me safe and strong to God and His Word. In the storms of this life I need some hope. The Bible tells us that HOPE is our anchor and we can enter the most Holy Place of God with that hope!

This hope [this confident assurance] we have as an anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whatever pressure bears upon it]—a safe and steadfast hope that enters within the veil [of the heavenly temple, that most Holy Place in which the very presence of God dwells], where Jesus has entered [in advance] as a forerunner for us, having become a High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. – Hebrews 6:19-20 AMP

I love this song by David Crowder – The Anchor

Lyrics

For anyone battered
For any heart shattered
For anyone sinkin’ down
Hold on, hold on
For all of the sinners
For the weary and weathered
Thrown and tossed, hope is lost
Hold on, hold on

There’s an anchor
In the rage of the storm
When the walls are closin’ in
In the darkness all alone
Just prayin’ for the daylight
Peace for the soul
There is grace for the mornin’
When you feel like letting go
There’s an anchor
There’s an anchor

To all who have faltered
There is an altar
And bring your plea on bended knee
Bow down, bow down
All you sons and daughters
Run to the Father
You’re not too far from open arms
Come home, come home

‘Cause there is an anchor
In the rage of the storm
When the walls are closin’ in
In the darkness all alone
Just prayin’ for the daylight
Peace for the soul
There’s grace for the mornin’
When you feel like letting go
Oh, there is an anchor
There’s an anchor
Ooh, there’s an anchor, ooh-oh
There is an anchor, oh, oh, oh

Just a touch, You calm me
Just a whisper, You love me
Without judgement, You hold me
No one ever has known me
You made me

There’s an anchor
Holdin’ time in His hands
A rock you can stand on
A mercy without end
Ooh, a love that’s eternal
Bore all of our sin
A King that is comin’
The Great I Am

He is the anchor
Oh, He is the anchor, oh
Ooh, He is the anchor
Oh-oh, He is the anchor
Of my soul

He is the anchor
He is the anchor
Of my soul
He is the anchor

Songwriters: David Crowder / Tommee Profitt

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;

And through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you.

When you walk through fire, you will not be scorched,

Nor will the flame burn you. – Isaiah 43:2 AMP

The Sparkle in You

I recently started watching Greenleaf, a movie produced by Oprah Winfrey about church.  I love the drama. I love the humanness and all the real truth about people. We all sin, we all fall short of the glory of God.  But God…forgives us of our sins if we repent and be baptized in Jesus Name. There is a new life that begins and an old life that ends when we are baptized.

I’m only only on season two but I’m hooked already. I love the music, and the choir, and the hats on all the ladies. It is addicting! I recently came across a quote that stopped me in my tracks from this movie:

Charity: “Why does everything I do go wrong?”

Bishop Greenleaf: “Don’t you know the sparkle depends on the flaws in a diamond. I look at you now and you’ve never been brighter!” – Greenleaf S2:E7

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Wow, that got me. I always thought my flaws  disqualified me from the Kingdom of God. I was wrong! We all try to hide those imperfections don’t we? Especially at Church I believe. Yeah, we put on the Sunday dress/suit, hat, smile, and our “Hallelujah, Praise the Lord” attitude and pretend everything is going great. Our fellow brothers and sisters do the same thing. We all sit and shout and dance – all while each of us is hurting inside.

Dear Lord, help us all to become more transparent and truthful. I’m guilty, I admit it.  I guess it’s my pride. I don’t want to share everything with everybody, that’s ok, that’s wise. But I do need to share something with somebody. Otherwise how can they pray for me? I can’t ask for help if I’m not willing to talk about it. When we go to the hospital or doctor’s office we are the first ones to list the symptoms we are battling in our physical lives. What if we could share with a few people that we trust the mental and spiritual battles we are fighting? I wonder what Church would look like then?

God’s Word for You:

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another [your false steps, your offenses], and pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored. The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power].” – James 5:16 AMP

“Consider it nothing but joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you fall into various trials. Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace]. And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing.” -James1:2-4 AMP
Because of the surpassing greatness and extraordinary nature of the revelations [which I received from God], for this reason, to keep me from thinking of myself as important, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan, to torment and harass me—to keep me from exalting myself! Concerning this I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might leave me; but He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you [My lovingkindness and My mercy are more than enough—always available—regardless of the situation]; for [My] power is being perfected [and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.” Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ [may completely enfold me and] may dwell in me. So I am well pleased with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, and with difficulties, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak [in human strength], then I am strong [truly able, truly powerful, truly drawing from God’s strength].-2Corinthians12:7-10AMP
Love is to be sincere and active [the real thing—without guile and hypocrisy]. Hate what is evil [detest all ungodliness, do not tolerate wickedness]; hold on tightly to what is good. Be devoted to one another with [authentic] brotherly affection [as members of one family], give preference to one another in honor; never lagging behind in diligence; aglow in the Spirit, enthusiastically serving the Lord; constantly rejoicing in hope [because of our confidence in Christ], steadfast and patient in distress, devoted to prayer [continually seeking wisdom, guidance, and strength], contributing to the needs of God’s people, pursuing [the practice of] hospitality.-Romans12:9-13 AMP

My Prayer for You:

Dear Lord, let us not look upon our weaknesses as bad. For when we are weak You are strong! Let our cracks burn brightly and bring others to you, in Jesus Name!

12 Signs of Being Under Spiritual Attack

There are times that we need to declare the Word of God in the atmosphere. Spiritual warfare is real. There is good and there is evil. There are angels and there are demons, They are not just on TV, they are real. We all have the choice on whom we will serve. There WILL be a battle in this world for your mind, your thoughts, your heart, and your soul.

“Little children (believers, dear ones), you are of God and you belong to Him and have [already] overcome them [the agents of the antichrist]; because He who is in you is greater than he (Satan) who is in the world [of sinful mankind].” – 1 John 4:4 AMP

God is for us and not against us. But this life isn’t all rainbows and butterflies. There will be many that come against you because you are a believer in Christ. It happened to Jesus, and He said that it would happen to us as well.

 I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]” – John 16:33 AMP

What are 12 signs of being under a spiritual attack?

  1. You feel discouraged, depressed, or defeated
  2. You have lost your hunger for God and His Word
  3. You are being deceived to stay in sin or tempted to sin
  4. You are always tired, fatigued, or drained
  5. You start having negative thoughts that are not healthy
  6. You battle with guilt, condemnation, or shame
  7. You are revisiting old emotional wounds and thinking of going back to how you were before Jesus
  8. You are confused over what you believe anymore
  9. You are having relationship problems
  10. You are overly anxious, fearful, or stressed
  11. You start planning revenge on those who hurt you
  12. You feel worthless, lonely, and lose faith that things will get better for you

How to Declare the Victory over Spiritual Attack

Prayer is essential in overcoming a spiritual attack. I had to get back to reading God’s Word whether I felt like it or not. I had to flood my mind with His Word with Apps like Audible, Dwell, and Biblegateway

Search for Bible verses on the subject you are dealing with. For me, I have had 2 years of illness and malaise. I had to find scriptures on the Healing Power of Jesus. I had to read them out loud and announce to myself, God and the enemy that Jesus can and will heal me.  For more visit:  GODS WORD IS YOUR MOST POWERFUL WEEAPON IN THE BATTLE.

I also have felt fearful and stressed. Here is how God brought me out of it, 14 QUOTES ON FEAR AND WHAT TO DO WITH IT

I have also battled feeling worthless and was full of despair. I had to start to believe what GOD said, more than what my thoughts were saying. Here is how God helped me: LETTING GO OF THE PAST AND NEGATIVE THOUGHTS

In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [draw your strength from Him and be empowered through your union with Him] and in the power of His [boundless] might.  Put on the full armor of God [for His precepts are like the splendid armor of a heavily-armed soldier], so that you may be able to [successfully] stand up against all the schemes and the strategies and the deceits of the devil.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places.  Therefore, put on the complete armor of God, so that you will be able to [successfully] resist and stand your ground in the evil day [of danger], and having done everything [that the crisis demands], to stand firm [in your place, fully prepared, immovable, victorious].  So stand firm and hold your ground, having tightened the wide band of truth (personal integrity, moral courage) around your waist and having put on the breastplate of righteousness (an upright heart),  and having strapped on your feet the gospel of peace in preparation [to face the enemy with firm-footed stability and the readiness produced by the good news].  Above all, lift up the [protective] shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. With all prayer and petition pray [with specific requests] at all times [on every occasion and in every season] in the Spirit, and with this in view, stay alert with all perseverance and petition [interceding in prayer] for all God’s people.” – Ephesians 6:10-18 AMP

 

 

Forgiving Your Enemies

We have all had enemies. People who don’t want the best for us, people who mock or ridicule us, abusers, liars, cheaters, etc. I used to get angry at them. I mean how could they do that to me? Don’t they have a conscience? But I found that the more stuff happened, the angrier I was. That was not helping me heal, it was preventing me from healing.

Yes, I had to accept that what others do or say is NOT my responsibility. I was not the fixer. I was not the Holy Spirit. I had to love a person enough to let them be fully responsible for their own behavior. If they were a jerk – it WAS NOT my fault. I also learned one important thing that helped me in all future relationships:

“What you allow is will continue” – Elizabeth Gilbert

This one scared me, because I had buried my head in the sand and allowed ALOT of things, and guess what? They continued! It took me years to break this self defeating behavior and lots of the Word of God, with lots of Counseling. It was worth it. I had to learn how to let go of all the anger I held onto. That is where Jesus had to help. I had a lot of “private rooms” in my mind where I wouldn’t let anyone in. It’s hard to heal if you just sit in the darkness. I started seeking out how to forgive my enemies.

This made absolutely no sense! Really pray for my enemies? Oh my, that was a big ask. But after being so miserable, I thought, ok Jesus, I’ll try it your way…I started praying for my family members who are following the New Age way and want nothing to do with Jesus. I started praying for my exs – ugh- who had abused me and my children. I started to pray  because I was so mad at God I was blaming Him for stuff too.

“If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” – John 20:23 NKJV

Until I had a thought (well it was a revelation really). What if my forgiveness of them opens the door for Jesus to walk in? It seems like if I hold onto their sin, than they don’t have an open door to Jesus. They remain in the dark. I don’t want to be that person. This verse tells me I can forgive anyone and they are forgiven. That’s a lot of forgiving to do!

I believe everyone needs Jesus. I don’t know how anyone can go through life without the Savior, the Comforter, the Healer, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Jesus came to seek and save them ALL. What if I prayed for my enemies and then God walked in? All things are possible with God. If I lift HIM up He will draw all men/women to HIM! So why not?

Remember Jesus on the cross? He said,

And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” – Luke 23:33-34 NKJV

Remember Steven as they were stoning him?

“Then they cried out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and ran at him with one accord;  and they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul.  And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.”-Acts7:57-60 NKJV

We DO have the power and the responsibility to forgive sins, God said so. What if instead of getting angry and resentful, we forgive and forgive, and forgive and ask God NOT to charge them with this sin? Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do.

Also, if I choose not to forgive them, the Bible shares what could happen to me:

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor (fellow man) and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, love [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for] your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,  so that you may [show yourselves to] be the children of your Father who is in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on those who are evil and on those who are good, and makes the rain fall on the righteous [those who are morally upright] and the unrighteous [the unrepentant, those who oppose Him].”– Matthew 5:43-45 AMP

 

Do not let unwholesome [foul, profane, worthless, vulgar] words ever come out of your mouth, but only such speech as is good for building up others, according to the need and the occasion, so that it will be a blessing to those who hear [you speak].  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God [but seek to please Him], by whom you were sealed and marked [branded as God’s own] for the day of redemption [the final deliverance from the consequences of sin].  Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor [perpetual animosity, resentment, strife, fault-finding] and slander be put away from you, along with every kind of malice [all spitefulness, verbal abuse, malevolence].  Be kind and helpful to one another, tender-hearted [compassionate, understanding], forgiving one another [readily and freely], just as God in Christ also forgave you.”-Ephesians 4:29-32 AMP

 

 For if you forgive others their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins], your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive others [nurturing your hurt and anger with the result that it interferes with your relationship with God], then your Father will not forgive your trespasses.”-Matthew 6:14-15 AMP

 

 Whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him [drop the issue, let it go], so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions and wrongdoings [against Him and others]. [But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your transgressions.”]”-Mark11:25-26AMP

 

Also, God promised to avenge us. It’s not our job to keep score. God knows, and I trust Him to deal with it. My job is to forgive. Forgiveness is not a free ride for more abuse. God doesn’t want that for us. I did need to make changes on what I would allow and not allow. I had to learn to forgive myself too.

What are your thoughts on forgiveness?

 

Hold On and Don’t Let Go

I’m tired of this world, aren’t you? Sometimes it just doesn’t make sense. I refuse to believe that our life here on Earth is all there is. There has to be more than living, dying, and paying taxes right? Yes, there is so much more…

We each get to choose to live in faith or fear. It’s one way or the other. I had lived many of my years in fear. Fear of failing, fear of success, fear of imperfection, fear of love, fear ad infinitum! I’m sure I’m not alone. I didn’t grow up in church at all. I had only been there when someone died, ick. Not a good first impression. Especially in downtown Chicago when the mass was in Latin. I felt like I fell off the turnip truck in the middle of nowhere. How about you? What was your first time to church?

 

Once I was in my 30’s or so I started going to many, many different types of 12 step meetings. Of course, most of these were held in the basement of a church, lol.  One night the Pastor came down and invited us all to come to church.  I thought why not? What could it hurt? I was already a mess trying to find myself.

Sunday came around and I made it there by 10:30 am. I don’t really remember the message but I liked the hymns. And everyone was so friendly. It was rather strange I though, but normal to them. I remember the Pastor saying I had to repent, and ask Jesus in my heart to forgive my sins. I didn’t know what a sin was at that time. And I certainly did not know Jesus.

I guess the scariest thing I heard was John 3:16-17

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

What? I am a new person and why on earth would I want to live forever? My life was miserable as it was. I was recently divorced, lost custody of the kids, in a new town, and at a new job.  Who would want to relive that for eternity?

I kept going to Church to learn more. Mostly because these people were happy and laughing all the time. I hadn’t laughed in a very long time, mostly just tears. As I progressed on my journey I finally read the Bible, accepted the Lord, and learned that I could have a NEW LIFE! Praise the Lord, Hallelujah! Why didn’t they tell me that at the beginning? I would love a new life, sign me up! Now that was something that I could hold on to and not let go!

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. – 2 Corinthians 5:17

Then I made a choice: faith in God over the fear in my life. Has it been easy? No. But it is worth it! I started thanking God for all sorts of things, even before I saw them with my eyes. If God can make this whole world by framing it with His Word, then He sure can make a new life for me using that same Word! And yes, God can and will give you a NEW LIFE, He promised!

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.  By faith we understand that the [c]worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. – Hebrews 11:1-3

 

 

 

 

Not All Storms Are Bad

We are all in need of a new season. These past few years have been very exhausting for most of us. I am grateful that we are coming out of the Winter and into Spring soon. I love Spring with planting, fresh breezes, and all things coming back to life. I can’t wait to dig in the dirt again and plant something new. How about you? What are you looking forward to?

I have learned these past few years that not all storms are bad. Sometimes I need a little rain to grow. That’s definitely true in the Spirit as well. There would be no life without some rain to help things grow. God made the rain, and it was good. I will wait patiently in the rain/storm and put my hope and trust in God. He promised to be with us wherever we go.

God’s Word

  • Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not be terrified or dismayed (intimidated), for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. – Joshua 1:9 AMP

 

  • Are there any among the idols of the nations who can send rain?
    Or can the heavens [of their own will] give showers?
    Is it not You, O Lord our God?
    Therefore we will wait and hope [confidently] in You,
    For You are the one who has made all these things [the heavens and the rain].-Jeremiah14:22 AMP

 

  • Then Moses called to Joshua and said to him in the sight of all [the people of] Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you will go with this people into the land which the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you will give it to them as an inheritance.  It is the Lord who goes before you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or abandon you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” -Deuteronomy31:7-8 AMP

source - christianforums.com

 

  • For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
    Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
    “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    So are My ways higher than your ways
    And My thoughts higher than your thoughts.
    “For as the rain and snow come down from heaven,
    And do not return there without watering the earth,
    Making it bear and sprout,
    And providing seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
    So will My word be which goes out of My mouth;
    It will not return to Me void (useless, without result),
    Without accomplishing what I desire,
    And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. – Isaiah 55:8-10 AMP

 

  • Rain down, O heavens, from above,
    Let the clouds pour down righteousness [all the blessings of God];
    Let the earth open up, let salvation bear fruit,
    And righteousness spring up with it;
    I, the Lord, have created it. – Isaiah 45:8 AMP

My Prayer for You:

Dear Lord,

Thank you for the reminder that you are with us during our storms. Thank you that Your ways and Your thoughts are higher than ours. I’m grateful that our future is secure in You whether it is raining or sunny or foggy or whatever. Thank you for Your Word that gives me hope, peace, and a future, in Jesus Name.

  •  For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.  Then you will call on Me and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear [your voice] and I will listen to you.  Then [with a deep longing] you will seek Me and require Me [as a vital necessity] and [you will] find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.  – Jeremiah  29:10-13 AMP

I Was Remembering All the Wrong Things

It’s been a year, right? We have all been through so much. One thing I have learned is that God still speaks. And I’m still listening.

“So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel! ” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:9-10 NIV

This is how I ask God for direction, “Speak Lord for your servant is listening.” And God answers, but not the way I thought He would. Isn’t that God? Yep. As I thought about the past year all that came to mind was the bad things that happened. Sickness, Covid, no Thanksgiving, home bound with no visitors, silence, isolation, depression, etc. You know. I’ll bet this year has been hard for you too.

But then God stepped in. No, it wasn’t a burning bush or tablets of stone. It wasn’t Jesus on the boat or on the mountaintop. Actually God spoke to me with Google. Yes, Google! Go figure. I use Google Photos to back up all my pictures so I always have access. My husband and I have helped too many customers who had their photos on the hard drive of their computer. Until the hard drive fails, and you lose them all. Well Google Photos has this really cool feature – Memories. If you have a day that you take a lot of pictures they put them in a movie for you. This was great when my daughter got married.

Earlier this week I got an email from Google that they had my 2021 year in review memory ready. Really, I didn’t ask for it, they just did it. I pulled it up and watched it. Then the tears started falling. it was all the GOOD things that happened in 2021! I was remembering all the BAD things that happened this past year. But God used Google to remind me of all the GOOD hints that happened. Thank you Jesus!

I could frame this last year with the good or the bad. It’s my choice. God let’s us choose. I choose to remember the good. What we focus on gets magnified. If I focus on the bad I become more fearful and paranoid. If I focus on the good, I build my faith and hope in God and my future.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV

Next I searched out what I am supposed to be remembering. Am I supposed to remember the bad things or the good things?

“Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:18-19 NKJV

I also found out I need to remember God and what He has done. It’s not all about me! Praise the Lord! When I remember God my heart is full and I am grateful, free, and happy.

“I will remember the works of the Lord; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old. I will also meditate on all Your work, And talk of Your deeds. Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary; Who is so great a God as our God? You are the God who does wonders; You have declared Your strength among the peoples. You have with Your arm redeemed Your people, The sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah”
Psalm 77:11-15 NKJV

What about you? 

 

The Wind of the Spirit Quotes

The other day I took our two dogs outside to play. I sat on the doorstep and had a heart to heart with God while Max and Ruby were playing. I said, “Lord, you know I have been stuck in this season and going nowhere lately. I need your help. Can you please just give me a refill of your Holy Spirit again? I want to be full of your Spirit Lord and not my own.”

It only took a minute. Then God poured out this tremendous fall breeze. I looked up and felt the wind of the Spirit fill my heart once again. “Yes Lord, Yes!” All I had to do was ask! Yes, just ask. Somehow I thought that once you got the Holy Spirit you just had it forever. But I wanted more, so I asked, and that is what Jesus says we can do.

And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.  Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” – John 16: 23-24 NKJV

” If you, then, being evil [that is, sinful by nature], know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask and continue to ask Him!” Luke 11:13 AMP

 

The Wind of the Spirit Quotes

 

  1. “I’ve never seen the Holy Spirit, but I’ve seen His powerful wind blowing through people’s lives.” — James MacDonald
  2. “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” – Acts 2:1-4 NKJV
  3. “It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict, God’s job to judge and my job to love.”― Billy Graham
  4. “Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” – Acts 2:38-39 NKJV
  5. “Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’  The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” – John 3:5-8 NKJV
  6. “The wizard [of Oz] says look inside yourself and find self. God says look inside yourself and find [the Holy Spirit]. The first will get you to Kansas.
    The latter will get you to heaven. Take your pick.” ― Max Lucado
  7. ” Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.”  When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.
    So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” – John 20:19-23 NKJV
  8. “After all, prayer is the difference between the best you can do and the best God can do. And that’s a big difference!
    If we hit our knees, the Holy Spirit will do the heavy lifting. If we hit our knees, the Holy Spirit will reveal things that can only be discovered in the presence of God. If we hit our knees, the Holy Spirit will give us God-ideas for our ministry, family, business – for our lives.”
    ― Mark Batterson
  9.  In Him, you also, when you heard the word of truth, the good news of your salvation, and [as a result] believed in Him, were stamped with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit [the One promised by Christ] as owned and protected [by God].  The Spirit is the guarantee [the first installment, the pledge, a foretaste] of our inheritance until the redemption of God’s own [purchased] possession [His believers], to the praise of His glory.” – Ephesians 1:13-14 AMP

 

Just Keep Planting

I admit it, I have been in a dry season lately. Sometimes I get tired of fighting life and just hibernate. I know, not the best idea. But let’s get real, has that ever happened to you? When I look back over my life I can think of numerous times I have felt this way. I try to wish it away, listen to motivational preachers, listen to Christian music and pray, but the soil is still dry and cracked in my soul.

I know this will pass. It always does. I think back of how God rescued me from myself or others or situations in the past. He does it every time. Thank you Lord that You are faithful and have never forgotten me.  Even when I don’t feel like it, You lift up my head and crown me with loving kindness and mercy. You have never left or forsaken me.

Lift up your heads, O gates,
And be lifted up, ancient doors,
That the King of glory may come in.
Who is the King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty,
The Lord mighty in battle. 
Lift up your heads, O gates,
And lift them up, ancient doors,
That the King of glory may come in.
Who is [He then] this King of glory?
The Lord of hosts,
He is the King of glory [who rules over all creation with His heavenly armies]. Selah.”  -Psalm 24-7-10AMP

 

 

 

Bless and affectionately praise the Lord, O my soul, And all that is [deep] within me, bless His holy name.
Bless and affectionately praise the Lord, O my soul,
And do not forget any of His benefits;
Who forgives all your sins,
Who heals all your diseases;
Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you [lavishly] with lovingkindness and tender mercy;
Who satisfies your years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the [soaring] eagle.”-Psalm103:1-5 AMP

 

So how do you water a thirsty soul? I have to drown it with water – the living Word of God. The Holy Spirit promises to fill me up, even to overflowing! Spending time in prayer and in reading or listening to God’s Word pulls me up and out of how I feel. The rain of God’s Word will irrigate my dry heart and fill it up so I can receive the Word in my heart!

“Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again,  but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”-John 4:13-14NKJV

 

From: wallpaper4god.com

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures;

He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever.” -Psalm 23:1-6 NKJV

There WILL be a harvest in our lives – but only if we JUST KEEP PLANTING!  Let us plant more seed, the Word of God in our lives to see the harvest. Don’t give up now, our stories aren’t finished yet. God is still writing…

 

Prayer is Power

I want to live my life plugged into God.  I have lived much of my life plugged into other people, things, jobs, kids, but now I want to reconnect my power cord to God’s power.  The power of God is the Spirit of God and prayer connects us to God. Prayer is a dialogue, a two way conversation. Prayer is also a current, like electricity. It turns on the light of revelation. Lord, let my eyes of my inner man/woman be opened

“Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God’s people everywhere, I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.” – Ephesians 1:15-18

There are times that God will show you who to pray for and what they are battling. But just Just because you see something in prayer doesn’t mean you should share it with everyone. We are all subject to authority. Just because the Holy Spirit tells us something  – that doesn’t give us permission to share it. God may be looking for a person to pray for another individual. We don’t need to confront that person either. We we can pray and when God says its time to have a talk with them we go to them individually at first, then with 2-3 witnesses, and only then to the church body. We don’t get to release anything at anytime.

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.” – Romans 13:1-2

When it is time to share with them, let us also remember the master strategy for Prophets.  Love the sinner and hate the sin. When dealing with evil we need to shine the light in the darkness.  Without exposure, it empowers their wicked schemes. Prophets are like spotlights. They shine the light of God’s truth in the dark places of the human heart to bring light, love, and Jesus.

“Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.  See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good.  Abstain from every form of evil.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:14-22

 

Our Mistakes Do Not Define Us

Mistakes. We all make them. Wrong choices. We all do them. But what do you do with that?

 Mercy

Questions to Ponder:

Are you one to forgive and forget?

Do you hold onto those mistakes to beat yourself up with later?

Do you expect yourself to be perfect?

Are you angry when you or others make a mistake?

I have to admit it – I am a recovering Perfectionist.  I used to have very unrealistic expectations for myself and for others. I was miserable. And I made everyone else miserable. I could not receive grace or mercy from God because I would not accept it while I was trying to be “perfect”. For me, it shut down my heart. I didn’t allow myself to “let my guard down” with God or anyone else. So I became a “platstic person”. I was never good enough in my own eyes. And neither was anyone else. But I would smile on the outside and say I was just fine…

It took the love of God to break through my mask of perfection. The more I read the Word, the more I received forgiveness and love from the Lord. He loved me right where I was at, and encouraged me to get up and try again.

If God forgave me, who was I to condemn myself?

And who was I to criticize what God had made?

Forgive yourself

What freedom I found when I finally gave myself permission to make mistakes. Wow, I can’t tell you how great it is to be human today. And now I can extend grace and mercy to others too. Because I have received grace and mercy from God. I forgave myself. God did. Jesus died for all my sins. I believe it. I receive it.  And now I can forgive others.  I can only give to others what God has given me. If I could not receive forgiveness for my shortcomings how could I forgive others for theirs?

I encourage you today. Forgive yourself. God already did, and I forgive you too – for whatever. Accept healing, accept grace, accept mercy – Jesus died to give it to us.  It’s ok to be human today! That’s how He made us anyway. And I really think He already knew we would need His help!

“But you shall be named the priests of the Lord, They shall call you the servants of our God. You shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, And in their glory you shall boast. Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, And instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; Everlasting joy shall be theirs.” (Isaiah 61:6-7 NKJV)

Church is Hard

Recently a few of my friends shared this poem with me. It rang so true. I remember when I first came to church, it was so hard. And then going through life I have been in most of these situations. How about you?

Church is hard.

Church is hard for the person walking through the doors, afraid of judgement.

Church is hard for the pastor’s family, under the microscope of an entire body.

Church is hard for the prodigal soul returning home, broken and battered by the world.

Church is hard for the girl who looks like she has it all together, but doesn’t.

Church is hard for the couple who fought the entire ride to service.

Church is hard for the single mom, surrounded by couples holding hands, and seemingly perfect families.

Church is hard for the widow and widower with no invitation to lunch after service.

Church is hard for the deacon with an estranged child.

Church is hard for the person singing worship songs, overwhelmed by the weight of the lyrics.

Church is hard for the man insecure in his role as a leader.

Church is hard for the wife who longs to be led by a righteous man.

Church is hard for the nursery volunteer who desperately longs for a baby to love.

Church is hard for the single woman and single man, praying God brings them a mate.

Church is hard for the teenage girl, wearing a scarlet letter, ashamed of her mistakes.

Church is hard for the sinners.

Church is hard for me.

It’s hard because on the outside it all looks shiny and perfect. Sunday best in behavior and dress.

However, underneath those layers, you find a body of imperfect people, carnal souls, selfish motives.

But, here is the beauty of church—

Church isn’t a building, mentality, or expectation.

Church is a body.

Church is a group of sinners, saved by grace, living in fellowship as saints.

Church is a body of believers bound as brothers and sisters by an eternal love.

Church is a holy ground where sinners stand as equals before the Throne of Grace.

Church is a refuge for broken hearts and a training ground for mighty warriors.

Church is a converging of confrontation and invitation. Where sin is confronted and hearts are invited to seek restoration.

Church is a lesson in faith and trust.

Church is a bearer of burdens and a giver of hope.

Church is a family. A family coming together, setting aside differences, forgetting past mistakes, rejoicing in the smallest of victories.

Church, the body, and the circle of sinners-turned-saints, is where He resides, and if we ask, He is faithful to come.

So even on the hard days at church—

The days when I am at odds with a friend, When I’ve fought with my spouse because we’re late once again. When I’ve walked in bearing burdens heavier than my heart can handle, yet masking the pain with a smile on my face. When I’ve worn a scarlet letter, under the microscope. When I’ve longed for a baby to hold, or fought tears as the lyrics were sung. When I’ve walked back in, afraid and broken, after walking away.

I’ll remember, He has never failed to meet me there.

– Jacob Waldron