Do You Ever Get that Feeling?

Do you ever get that feeling that you’re being followed?

This weekend my family and I went on a camping excursion. We went off grid for 3 whole days. Phew…I cooked on a camp stove with propane, used an out house and pumped water from a well for my family by hand. It was amazing! I loved every minute of it.

Nature is a healing balm! But it can also be very BIG and very scary. Everywhere you look there are warnings that say, you are in “bear country” and to keep everything locked up tight. They even provided bear boxes, so animals can’t get in.

On the last night, I wake up at 3 in the morning. Nature was calling. This is no big deal at home, relief is across the hall, but now, I have to put shoes on, coat on, find the flashlight in the pitch-black and unzip the tent to the biggest night sky I’ve seen in years. I swear I could see real solar systems!  But then have to trek up the rock laden path and across the road to a stinky dark metal door, while keeping my eyes open all around me for bears. It was no problem on the way there. I was half asleep. But there’s this warning posted inside the outhouse door with a picture of a grizzly. (something like this one below)

bear warning

Now, I’m awake.

I slowly open the door and shine my flashlight all over the place. It’s clear for the ten feet around me. I walk quickly back to the bushy path. By this time, my heart is thudding so loud in the quiet I’m afraid it’s attracting animals all by itself. I reach the edge of our campsite where there is a large bushed area and shine my light at it. Suddenly something big moves in the bush. I freeze and stare straining my eyes to see in the black night. It moves again. I shine the light up looking for that icy red-eyed gaze. Nothing.

I have to walk directly beside that bush to get down the hill to my tent.

It moves again.

I can’t see anything.

I rush towards it and cut across. I can hear it moving too, faster now. As I run, I keep my light down and across the bottom of the bush because I don’t want to trip over the rocks on the path down. The noise follows me.

I run to the tent, unzip, get in, re-zip and lay down as fast as I can.

Then it occurs to me. I’m laying behind a micro thin layer of material that it can smell through, hear through and, in one swipe of the claws, see through. I strain to hear any other noise over the swishing sound of the river going by.

Nothing.

Then I realized that it wasn’t that big of a movement noise. It could have been a raccoon or a squirrel for all I knew. The sound had been a startled sound and quickly diminished as I ran in my tent.

I waited.

Nothing.

Now, I have a choice.

These are the moments that test your mental restraint. All those years, twenty to be exact, of practicing a stayed mind calmed me. I took a deep breath, stopped the emotions from swirling and asked God this.

“Was that a bear, God? Am I going to be a midnight snack?”

Quiet as the night, my inner voice responded with whiplash speed, “The closest bear to you is over ten miles away. You are my daughter, nothing will hurt you.”

I took another deep breath and fell sound asleep.

The next morning, while cooking breakfast, I heard the rustling of grass behind me again and looked. A friendly, and very fat field mouse with the softest brown eyes looked up at me from under a stump. I smiled and shook my head. “You really gave me a fright last night.” I muttered and continued to stir my pancake mix.

Sometimes what we think is the biggest situation in our lives, is really just a lot of noise. But we let situations cause our minds to get lured into the chaos we “perceive” around us, we involve others, we produce so much racket ourselves that now the problem is self-induced. How is that good?

We are believers, our renewed mind and stayed mind are the two things God asks US to control. There have been many, many times when I’ve given into that feeling and lost the battle to my lack of discipline. It has literally taken all of those twenty years to get to this point and I’m still not there. I’m not by any means perfect. If something strikes me just right, I have to really work hard to fight for my mental control. But what is it worth? I slept like a baby. I wasn’t tossing and turning all night. I didn’t have to worry.

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Isaiah 26:3

Aren’t those words a healing balm?

No matter where you are the devil is out there roaring, and roaring and making a racket in the pitch black woods. IF it feels like something is following you that’s because it is. You can have any reaction you want. You have freewill. Do you launch at those around you? Do you “lose it”? Or do you ask God if it’s something you need to worry about and go back to your abundant, peaceful life? Anyone can lose control. Even toddlers do. But can you be the mature one? Can you do the loving thing and keep your head?

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

God bless you today!

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Next To God, All We Have is Each Other

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“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.” 1 Peter 1:9-10

We were chosen, picked out, called out, invited to the party. And next to God, we’re all each other has. So why do we let bitterness and anger grow? All that does is divide us. Why not work it out? Why not do the good that God so wants us to do? Let go of petty arguments and strife, which, in reality, is distraction.

“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,” 1 Peter 1:18-20

“Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:” vs. 21-22

Be genuine.

Don’t be fake. Don’t use false pretenses. Be real with people, especially those who are of the household of faith. Unfeigned is that word, un fake. Or without masks. Love people with the real deal love of God.

 

We are lucky to be alive in this world, how much more to be chosen by God for something much more wonderful.

Okay, so Terri, I have a problem with someone who’s a Christian, a fellow believer. How do I get it dealt with? 

If you have something to say or someone has done something wrong against you, go to the person. Do Not go to all their relatives, friends, co-workers etc. That is called gossip. If someone comes to you to tell you these things, you are participating in gossip. No. This is not how things get handled. Go to the person first. If they continue causing you problems, take them before another trusted christian adviser. Below is what Jesus Christ recommended.

“Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.” Matthew 18:15-17

There is a procedure.

IF you know that what you are about to tell the person is going to get you out of fellowship with God, maybe because it’s so emotional, go straight to step two. Here’s why. You have to stay in fellowship with God. If you can’t hear Him, because your screaming or too angry to stay calm, it’s a pointless discussion. When you have someone who’s affect on you is a loss of control, just go straight to step two. We are supposed to have a stayed mind and be in control of our emotions so that this can be handled and not keep coming up over and over. God had a plan for His family. It is one of peace and joy not of contention and strife.

I hope this helps when dealing with people.

God bless you today!

 

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The Bible May NOT Be Written to You

Oh boy did I just kick a can of worms…

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Yesterday, I told you that there is one more thing that will help you prosper. Well, this is a biggie! Probably the biggest.

The Bible is written to them that believe. God rewards them that believe.

“But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.” Galatians 3:22

We are called believers for a reason. So what happens if you don’t believe? What happens if you draw back away from God?

“Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.” Hebrews 10:38-39

We are not of those who draw back. But if we were, what would happen? Well, God created humans, Adam and Eve, originally with body, soul and spirit. When they lost the spirit and were tricked out of their dominion by the devil, they lost that connection with God.

We innately yearn to fill that hole where the Holy Spirit dwells. We work to fill it with other things. We “Believe” in other things. Some may worship the sun, the moon, money, commerce, sex. Really, anything will do as far the devil’s concerned. He just doesn’t want you believing in the one true God. He doesn’t want you worshiping the one true God with your tithe, your time, your thoughts or you life. So he distracts. He knows that the Bible empowers and instructs those who believe. If you were the devil, what you do about that?

“In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” 2 Corinthians 4:4

But it’s time to wake up. It’s time to believe! It’s time to live in the light.

That’s what God originally intended. We don’t lose anything by worshiping and believing God. We gain everything.

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6

We must believe!

If we do not believe, if we pull away from God, is the Bible really written for us?

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” James 4:7-8

These are all actions we have to take. Arguing over the Word, arguing over semantics, asking endless questions cause endless and fruitless debate. God wants us to believe. He wants us to come close.

Can we do that? Can we lean in harder to Him?

God bless you today!

How Protected Are You In This World?

 

square walled city

In the days of Jesus Christ,

many cities used walls to defend themselves. They didn’t have missiles, guns, or nuclear weapons back then, so they surrounded their most precious population with high walls. You can see the people riding donkeys on the bottom of the picture, these are massive structures. There were guardsmen on the top of each outcropping watching day and night for enemies approaching. In in most cases, the gates were closed every evening. If someone came to the gate, they had to declare their name, business and intended length of stay.

Take a look at these gates.Rhodes walled gate

Would you feel exposed while explaining yourself at these gates? Arrows were aimed down at you as you spoke, waiting to fire and take you out?

Once inside the city, you could feel safe, although your conduct was scrutinized by the residents living there, you could feel like you were in a safe place. You were protected. If you lived there you knew that the safety of your family, livelihood and future depended on the careful screening of input and inflow at the gates.

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” John 10:10 

Jesus Christ came so we could have…

  1. Life
  2. More life
  3. And Life more abundantly.

Life is the Greek word, “zoe” which is: life lived to its vigorous fullness and veracity. I should say it differently to catch the meaning.

Jesus Christ came so we could have LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!! and a more abundant LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Do you see? It’s big! It also includes protection of that life. Life is the opposite of death, disease, sickness and decay. Abundance is the opposite of lack, poverty, famine, and need. What does this tell us about God? God wants us to have those things. When we don’t, something is wrong. Something or someone is stealing, killing and destroying us. There are gaping holes in our walls. So how do we diagnose the problem? How do we fix it.

 

It goes back to before Jesus Christ. 

In the following record, God’s children were struggling with tremendous lack. (Something akin to what we see in the church today) Finally, God had his minister Malachi say something about it.

“Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation” Malachi 3:9

He saw their problem.

The whole nation was hurting and it was bad. Then He tells them why. They robbed God. Whoa, robbed? What does that mean? God doesn’t use money, or need food or clothing or even houses or land. God is a Spirit. How could they rob Him? You are right! They couldn’t rob God Himself. But they kept back their tithe and used it for their own lives. The tithe (is a tenth of your gross income) was, and still is, meant to feed and help the ministers of God doing God’s work here on Earth.

I don’t get how that made them cursed?

Let’s read on at what giving would do for them.

Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.

And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delight-some land, saith the LORD of hosts.” Malachi 3:10-12

 Do you want the devil rebuked by the God and Maker of all the Universe? How about a good reputation? How about God pouring out a blessing that you don’t have room enough to receive. Ha! That sounds GREAT to me!

It’s not that you’ll be cursed if you don’t do it. It’s just plain ol’ consequences. It’s like a car that has water put in its gas tank. Eventually the water is going to get in the lines and clog everything up. You’re car needs the right fuel. Your abundance and protection need it too. And we do this out of a thankful and grateful heart for all the stuff God does and DID for us already.

Today we went over part one of this topic tomorrow we’ll cover part two. There is one more thing that if you don’t do, you’ll only get partial results, which for most of us is still pretty awesome.

In the mean time,

God bless you today!

Pure Simple Joy

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What is the most powerful force on earth? Is it fear? Is it joy? Is it heart wrenching pain? Nope. It is love. They say there are situations where Grandmother’s have pulled cars off their grandkids and pregnant mothers have moved refrigerators off their toddlers. Love energized that incredible act of adrenaline. Men who can’t swim jump in and save another person. Of course one could argue, well Terri those things were done out of fear, not love. I beg to differ. Because in most all of those stories the hero says something like this. “I wasn’t even afraid, I just suddenly knew what had to be done and did it.”

“I wasn’t even afraid.” What a statement! As if they knew that fear would lock them down and keep them from doing what needed to be done.

Do we ever have that kind of love in a relationship? What if there is an emergency but in a desperate, sort of, passive way? Are we willing to love and do what needs to be done in those kind of situations?

Jesus Christ knew what needed to be done. He didn’t face it with fear, he faced it with love. Could we do that?

What if we know in our hearts that love, agape, is the most powerful force on earth? When we use agape, we say the right thing at the right time using “Rehma” which can only come from God. We have the right heart, the right mind. It’s all lined up and done without hypocrisy. WOW! Who could resist such a force?

I know I couldn’t.

A great way to learn to love like that is to learn first how to get quiet. Quiet your mind. It rattles on and on all day, just tell it to be quiet for 10 minutes a day and you’ll be surprised how much easier it is to hear God. Our minds are like puppies let off a leash running to and fro. We have to train them, discipline them.

“And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:

And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.” 1 Kings 19:11-12

Then we ask; God, if you were me how would you handle this situation?

The first answer, before you can get your mind there, is His. But always double-check it by asking over and over just till you’re sure. He will never tell you anything that contradicts God’s Laws, or Man’s Laws. Practice this at least two thousand times. Yep. I said two thousand. Which means more than once a day for a year or two. Sadly enough that’s how distracting our society is.

I used to think, “Well, if I just had a quiet walk in the mountains or a place far away in the peaceful wilderness, then I could hear God and get closer to Him.”

So what? I’m gonna have to wait till I get some spare time to be away from my family and business and all my responsibilities to get a hold of God? God wants to help me out now in the midst of the busy life I live. It is available to have inner peace and a spiritual walk with God every day at every moment no matter where you live or what your busy lifestyle. God IS a pretty BIG GUY, after all.

Here’s what happens, and I’m sure I haven’t seen it all. You start putting the Word of God in your heart through the Bible everyday. You start spending time learning and practicing all nine manifestations everyday and before long, God and you are in a continuous conversation with short pauses of silence and wonder. JOY explodes in your heart every time you see Him at work in your life or in those around you. It’s literally impossible not to love others with that real deal love of God, while filled with His love. You can’t help it. It’s like an eagle living in your heart, ready to burst out at any second.

“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5

It doesn’t mean that you won’t deal with tough situations. It means that you deal with them a little better and a little better and a little better as you grow.

I feel like I rambled a little today but I hope you feel encouraged. God’s just the best thing going. He’s the new high.

Get on and go!

God bless you today!

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