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3 Kinds of Hard Times and 1 Way to Prosper

At some point in your life you hear this phrase. “Tough times build your character.”

Then you think, “Okay, I have enough character!”

God promised us the more abundant life. Should that be enough to set us on the right track? After twenty some years studying the Word and bumbling through mistake after mistake myself, I’ve narrowed it down to three possible ways a person can fall on hard times, and but there’s only one way to prosper.

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We Get Hit With Temptations or Pressures by the Devil and Fall into Hard Times.

Our bodies and minds are very frail sometimes. We get tricked into thinking something is a good way to react to a pressure, or temptation and YAMMOAHH we are down for the count. Diseases, sickness, pleasures and temptations come crashing in and we are tossed around like a rag doll.

“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive” Ephesians 4:14

I had a time in my life in my late teens, early twenties when I’d go party with my friends. After a few beers you forget which one is the designated driver and things went down hill fast. This lifestyle can be a habit. Habits are hard to break. We can make a habit out of having hard times, but it really bites.

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23

In the end, the wages of sin is death. This is a principle. Death as in “corrosion”. It corrodes our heart, our mind, our life, our finances and our motivation. Life on this rock without abundance, blessings upon blessings and the wealth of understanding or growth that comes from getting God’s wisdom and input.  The next way is…

We’ve heard the Word, but not enough to Believe on It

God has done a really huge thing for us. He gave us salvation but then he also asks us to renew our mind. God never does anything for us that He asked us to do for ourselves. It is on us to search out His wisdom. It is on us to learn His ways, His Word and His Will. He never forces it on us. It’s a personal choice to seek God and His truth.

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” 2 Timothy 3:16

What I’ve seen people do is this. God exposes them to a better way to live their life, a smoother way to operate or a “correction”. Some of you who are sensitive to these little corrections catch on quicker, but some of us slow ones need a few reminders.  Let’s take these quick verses as an example.

“Be  ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;” Ephesians 5:1

The word followers is the Greek word “mimētēs” which means to mimick. So we are supposed to love like God loves, act like God acts. How do we find that out?

We go over to 1 Corinthians 13. This probably the most memorized and read section of scripture in the whole world. Keep in mind that God is LOVE.

“Charity (Love or Agape) suffereth long, and is kind; charity (love) envieth not; charity (Love) vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh (calculates and records) no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

This is a list of 15 characteristics of the love of God. God who is love is always longsuffering and kind. It or rather, God, is not easily provoked, nor does He calculate and record all our evil against us. If this is how He acts and we are supposed to be imitators of Him, it stands to reason that we should learn everything we can about these characteristics and try to incorporate them into our life.

When we know how we are supposed to act, but don’t do it. That’s on us. So we have to keep working on us. And really what would it hurt to work hard and do it? It’s not like we have to bleed and die on a cross or anything. Jesus Christ already did the hard part. We have the easy part! Lol…

Those kind of hard times make our prayer life a hit miss target practice. Our results are patchy and there are looming problems on the horizon.

The third way and the most dangerous way to mess up is…

We’ve heard enough of the Truth to believe, but choose not.

“But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven” Matthew 10:33

God is no respecter of persons. He doesn’t judge based on what our status is at church or how long we’ve been a deacon. He sees if we have fulfilled the conditions of the promises in His Word. Of course there is mercy and grace by the tons. But when our actions are deliberate, conscious and against truth, we have tied His hands of blessing.

Reproof is the correction of error that has become a habit pattern or a doctrine in our lives.

Here’s the facts, we can’t possibly know everything about God. Either He is all-knowing and all-wise, or He isn’t and He fits in our man-made boxes of religion. I was told once that it takes a huge amount of spiritual maturity just to believe that God is good always. Ha! Imagine that one for starters. God is ALWAYS good. If that is true, we can’t blame Him for all the sickness and death in the world, we have to blame someone else.

There is only one right way to prosper, to seek Him.

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33

Seek and keep seeking. I know now that I have a long way to go before I get there. I’m always adjusting. In fact, just this morning I asked God who I need to apologize to and change my attitude towards. THERE was a LIST! Ha!

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:” Romans 3:10

I think that’s why humility is such a big deal to God.

On that note, God bless you today!

First 3 of 5 Keys to Getting Prayer Answered

“I’ve prayed and prayed Molly, but I’m not getting my prayers answered. I’m frustrated!” said the struggling Christian man to his wife.

“God works in mysterious ways. Maybe he doesn’t think we are going to church enough to get our prayers answered,” Molly replies, while wondering what could be wrong with them if God isn’t answering their prayers.

I’ve noticed God gets a bad rap among believers sometimes, because they don’t understand the following procedure. At your work there are procedures for everything, who do you think invented that concept? These five steps, when followed, will put your priorities in order and cut to the meat of the situation. Remember the wonderful scripture in; Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed (quietly stayed) on thee, because he trusts in thee. Okay now get quiet on the inside and do step 1 through 3.


Here are 3 of 5 Steps to Receiving anything from God.


  1. Ask God: What is Available? This question’s answer will put things in perspective immediately. James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. If you find out that what you are praying for isn’t available, or get a “No” as the response when you ask God, then ask a variety of “What is available in the situation?” questions until you get a “Yes”. Such as; you are praying for a new career or job. You ask God, “Is it available for me to get a new job?”, “Yes” is the quick reply. Next thing to do is step number 2.
  2. Ask God: How do I receive it? This question will be answered directly or indirectly. (The quieter you are the better you will hear his voice) In our example above you asked about a new job. An example answer may be, that the name of an old business associate pops into your head. Or out of the blue a friend calls you needing to hire someone. Or God plainly says, look in the newspaper. There are so many options here that number three is immediately the next step.
  3. Ask God: What do I do when I’ve got it? When you get the job, maybe this advice would be, “Show up five minutes early everyday and make sure to give 100% while you’re there. You never know. Or he may say something like,”Make sure you have them take the most they can out in taxes every pay check.” If you are following these steps with all the prayer requests you have, God will be able to work mightily in the situations you are in. Takes all the mystery out of it, huh. Here are a few verses to substantiate your thinking on these three steps. Look for the next post to see the last two critical steps to “Getting your Prayers Answered.”

III John 2 Beloved I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospers.

Philipians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

Ephesians 3:20 Now (not ten years from now, now) unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.

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

I John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

John 14:13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

See next post for the last two steps.

023: The Mental Garden Space Phenomenon

Since the beginning, God sought those who would stay His. In the early days of humanity, Adam and Eve were His. But creating us with freewill has been the biggest challenge. It is also the biggest reward. We have a choice. This weekend I read through an amazing reference in Matthew 13, about the garden of the human heart and how it receives the Word of God. What if we could choose to stay His, what if we could build our mental garden space into a blessed place to live, like the real garden of Eden? What if the strength of our faith and mind could become a gardening phenomenon? We can. Here’s how!

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Look at the amazing revelation we can get from just a few verses.

“And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; 4 And when he sowed, some [seeds] fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: 5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: 6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: 8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. 9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.” Matthew 13: 3-9

The apostles didn’t understand that. So they asked him what it meant.

“10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?…

So he explained in plain terms.

18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. 19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth [it] not, then cometh the wicked [one], and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. 20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; 21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. 22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. 23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth [it]; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” Matthew 13:10&18-23

When we have the Word spoken to us, it’s our choice whether to receive and how to receive it into our lives. All believing equals receiving so if we believe to hear the Word and receive it, we plow our the soil of our mind deep with the rich fertile choices.

I’ve noticed, most people have an acre of ground in their mind.

Each one is riddled with experiences, learning and or rocks of unbelief. Whether it’s fertile or not is up to us. When God’s Word comes along by way of a teaching, we have a choice. We can either throw the rock out and pull the thorns or we can let the seeds of the Word fall where they may. Wouldn’t you rather get the rocks and thorns out of God’s way? When ever there is confusion in the Word of God, it’s either our lack of understanding, or something wrong in the translation. Every time I run into something in the Word, I check it and check it. When it is the genuine, accurate, rightly divided Word of God, I pull out my preconceived ideas (rocks and thorns) and plant the seed deep. Then, I keep watering that concept, by studying it in the rest of the Word, so I really understand it. I let gestation occur. Once fully grown, that new understanding about God and or His Word, will produce fruit. But I must allow this to happen, in fact I’m in charge of believing for it.

The definition of renewing the mind is; Put the Word of God in Mind and Act Accordingly.

What are some of the fruits we can enjoy from this kind of mental gardening?

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

God has, since the beginning, wished to walk and talk with you. He wants to tell you of all the good things He’s done without tripping over any rocks of unbelief.

Today is just the beginning of an amazing eternity with Him. So till your mental space and replace the rocks with fruit bearing trees until you become a gardening phenomenon.

God bless you today!

 

 

Keys to Identifying and Avoiding a Persecution Complex

You might… if you are a right-winged Christian, be expecting me to join the ranks of pastors and teachers in Christianity reminding you of all the persecution on Christians in America. But alas, I will not. I will not join the many who say we are persecuted because we believe in Jesus Christ. These are the people clinging to extremes. They believe if we are different, we are judged, punished and/or isolated.

No…but I do feel we alone defeat ourselves with this thinking.

First let’s define it:

Persecution: is a program or campaign to exterminate, drive away, or subjugate people based on their membership in a religious, ethnic, social, or racial group.

Many times we think we suffer persecution because someone changes a rule about how we can go about exercising our religious rights, such as; prayer led by a school teacher at school. We can still pray in school anytime we want to, but a public school teacher/employee of the government is not allowed to direct a prayer during their working hours. Did this mean we can’t have prayer in school? No. But the rule led many to believe that Christians suffered persecution. Some took the suffering on and to a whole new level.

They made it a persecution complex. A persecution complex is the thought, or “group-thought”, that they are victims of persecution where it does not exist.

Here’s my question. If we live in a country free from restraint upon your religious beliefs, why are we all looking to be anybody’s victim? Today in America, persecution is simply a victim mentality. In the incredible country we live, with its rich resources and abundance of community, how can we get tripped up into thinking we are victims of persecution? It doesn’t make sense. Being a victim renders you powerless. It steals the joy from your walk, divides you from the continual gratification of fellowship and positive environment and in essence keeps you from enjoying the abundant life.

Persecution is not a difference of opinion or  a difference of belief.

Persecution comes from oppression of those with a difference of opinion and manifests itself as torture, subjection, and pain upon someone or some group to keep them from being who they are. Does that sound like a godly endeavor? The Jews suffered true persecution under Hitler’s rule. But do we in America as Christians, really suffer from governmental persecution? We have the freedom to say whatever we want. We live freely among other religions and practice our beliefs in everyday life. We can go to our own schools, colleges, churches, concerts, group meetings, and gather by the thousands! How is that persecution? We can study, speak and commit our entire lives to our faith freely unobstructed by our laws. How is that being persecuted? Shouldn’t we use this freedom to live as robust examples of God’s abundance, grace and wisdom? Believing we are a persecuted group could keep us divided. It could keep us from enjoying this greatness of the life and time we live in. It could keep us in bondage to negativity and always looking over our shoulder for the next conspiracy. It keeps us living in fear.Fear vs love-001

Could someone benefit from Christians having a persecution complex? Sure. But who?

“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 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

Who divided us? Who is hiding the truth from people? The god of this world!The devil doesn’t want you unifying and working towards a cause together. He wants to keep you fighting and victimized. That would definitely keep him from prospering in his goals. Here’s an example of how the devil got the early Church fighting among themselves.

“1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. 3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. 4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. 5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

7 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? 8 This persuasion [cometh] not of him that calleth you. 9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. 10 I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be. 11 And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased. 12 I would they were even cut off which trouble you.

13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only [use] not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, [even] in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.

16 [This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” Galatians 5:1-15

Love energizes believing! IF the devil can get us to stop loving each other and start pointing the finger at all our differences, we won’t see signs miracles and wonders. We won’t be examples of God’s greatness in this life. We’ll only see what the devil wants us to see, the negatives! Then…

Where does walking in love come in?

I heard it said once; “When a man is really walking with God, it’s very difficult to find a pigeonhole to put him into.” VP Wierwille

Persecution and a persecution complex puts a leash around your neck. When a group thought is to treat or act in a certain way, against those who think different then you, the individual, are dutifully required to follow suit. Even if that means bullying someone, or persecuting them because they are different. But Paul says, this is not the way to walk in love by faith and stay out of being pigeon holed.

On the other side of the coin, if you believe that because you and your group is different that you are receiving sub-par treatment and persecution, then you start looking at all the bad in your life and how “being different” brought you to this miserable state of being.

We are not victims of this world and our choices, but witnesses to them.

We have a rare opportunity to be the light of the world, the city set high upon the hill, the salt that adds to the flavor of life. We are not victims! We are victors! We are over-comers! We choose life and light and godliness!Strong Romans 837-001

“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors (super conquerors) through him that loved us.” Romans 8:37

God bless you today!

 

2 Things To Remember As You Grow With God

Some days, the work that needs to be done creeps out of its allotted time slot and other emergencies creep in. Suddenly your whole day is shot. How can we get anywhere with that kind of take over? How can we grow with God? Is He upset that we haven’t spent more time with Him or working on His endeavors?

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These are questions I used to ask myself all the time. Until I really understood two things that changed my walk forever.

First,

God is not mad at you.

Nor, will He ever be. That would imply that He stops the whole universe of activities just to sit and stew about you. Does that even sound like the God of Love? He can only give what He is. God is Love, God is Light. In Him is no darkness at all. God knows you have a busy schedule and life. He knows what challenges we face everyday. The freedom comes when we give Him our schedules and ask for help from God when prioritizing. Then we see that His Word becomes living when we live it. The Word becomes loving when we love.

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Romans 8:1

Right now there is no condemnation because we live in Christ. So many of us have preconceived notions that we have to go on a mission trip or teach Sunday school in order to really serve God. Serve Him everyday by asking how He’d handle situations. Get in the habit of asking Him first.

Second,

It is Just as Easy to Think Good of People, as to Think Evil.

So many people think evil first of those around them. Why? Is that productive? When it comes to moving on in your life and dealing with issues, absolutely not!

“Charity (LOVE/AGAPE) suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.” 1 Corinthians 13: 3-7

“Charity” is the Greek word “agapeo”, which means; the love of God in the renewed mind in manifestation. This love is a spiritual love and a conscious decision. We must embrace it by choice. IF it is just as easy to think one thought as it is to think another, just decide to think the loving thing. Think about what you are thinking about. It’s your mind. It’s your choice. We are not victims of our choices, we are Ambassadors for them.

I think the biggest changes in the walk of a believer come after they truly understand God and have the right perspective on Him and when they fix their thinking about other people which includes themselves. I shouldn’t be so surprised that those are the biggies. After all, Jesus did say these words.

“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40

God bless you today!

Peace vs. Complacency

Sweat…it’s such a beautiful thing, when it’s on someone chiseled and gorgeous. Sweat on me…that’s something else entirely. Lately, I decided to add sweating to my diet. Did you know that you’re body bathes you in sweat when it gets overheated? But there’s a border-line. I can decide to sweat or hold off and walk a little slower so I won’t overheat. I can stop before I have that slimy, sticky feeling. All the trainers will tell you to burn the fat, lose the toxins and win over your body, you have to sweat.

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There’s a border line like that in your walk with God too.

Instead of burning the fat, we have to burn the ballast. What is ballast? Ballast is the heavy substance, like gravel or sand or iron that weighs down and stabilizes jets, boats and other traveling machinery. It slows down down as well. The more ballast a cargo ship carries, the more fuel it needs. Growing with God requires that we get rid of our ballast. The ballast is the stuff that weighs us down in our walk.

What could be the ballast in our walk? Ballast is anything in the senses realm that stops us from fully operating our gift of Holy Spirit and or connecting with God. Why could Paul do and get the results he got with God? Because he traveled light. He had burned all the ballast off in his life.

“And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,

He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.

And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.

Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.

When they heard [this], they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

And when Paul had laid [his] hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

And all the men were about twelve.

And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God.

But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus.

And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.

And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:

So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.” Acts 19: 1-12

Paul was a lean, mean believing machine!

He didn’t let anything get in the way of his walk with God and the power he knew he’d been promised. He was bold, he grew, he matched stride for stride in the race against the devil.

“And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.

Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all [men]: and they counted the price of them, and found [it] fifty thousand [pieces] of silver.

So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.” vs. 18-20

They believed and burned the ballast away in their lives. What things in our lives keep us from this kind of mighty growth? Are there books? Music? Television? Is there social media? Is there video games that suck the joy and truth from your life? Do you want to travel light with God? Then get rid of whatever it is get rid of it.

We can have emotional ballast as well. This can turn us from joy-filled, beautiful humans into bitter, hardened ones. Joy is an inside job. It comes no matter the circumstances. Happiness is from happy circumstances. But we don’t always have those here on this planet do we? Even in those times we can have God’s joy. So many think that we need to sit back and be content with what we have. Don’t make a ruckus. Don’t upset the apple cart. But sometimes we need to upend that cart and find the rotten apples underneath.  Content can be mistaken for complacent. Complacent is more often than not mistaken for peace. Complacency is a dangerous state. Because the devil can pile on the ballast in our life and if we don’t do something about all that garbage, it will destroy us.

Those people brought together their curious art their books on black art, white art, and today we have much more than they had back then in the way of media. But after they burned it, they grew mightily and the Word of God prevailed. How many of us have the courage to do this? I even thought about doing a little burning ceremony of my own. Life is too short to be slowed down. Yes, we already get in to heaven. We know that but our rewards come from how much we stood on the Word of God. It comes from how much we steward our lives.

This teaching will change your life, I know because it did mine.

God bless you today!

Ba Humbug or Be Still and Know?

Have you been suffering from a lack of “Holiday Spirit”?

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I sat down on Christmas day thinking…”Okay Terri, wake up, get in the mood, start feeling it.” The holiday just didn’t seem to have the kick it used to have. My sweet sister-in-law, who works in retail, said the same thing. This year just didn’t feel very “Christmasy”, and she was inundated from the moment she hit the door of her store. It can’t just be us. There must be others out there. And doesn’t God want us to have the Christmas Spirit? What do I do personally to change my Ba Humbug into Be Still and Know?

My first go-to move is to put up and decorate the tree, then I bake a batch of cookies, sing a Christmas carol, or just turn on Christmas music. I’d try to find the most festive meals and work on planning it out for the day of events. BUT STILL…even on the day of Christmas there was nothing, nada, zilch in the festive department.

I begin wondering…”What’s wrong with me?”

Then I saw this verse and sighed.

“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness and peace, and the joy in the Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit).” Romans 14:17

One of the phrases in this verse reminds me of another verse.

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33

Do you see the phrase there, “kingdom of God,” and the word “righteousness.” I ask myself, what do I already know about those words? I know that God is Holy, and God is spirit. He can only give what He is. So He gave the Holy Spirit as a gift to us after the day of Pentecost. I know that all Spirit is invisible to the human eye. In the verse in Romans 14:17, we see the words “peace” and “joy”. I’ve seen those associated to the Holy Spirit elsewhere as well.

“Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like:….that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:19-23

If we keep reading, we see into the heart of the meaning a little further.

“If we live in the Spirit , let us also walk in the Spirit.” vs. 25

What could all this mean?

For me, it reinforces the effusive and unrestrained meaning of Romans 14:17.

Who do we serve, and how?

“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness and peace, and the joy in the Holy Ghost (or Holy Spirit).” Romans 14:17

Let’s read on…”For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men. Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace and things wherewith one may edify (build up) another.” vs. 18-19

Wow, did you see that? Do you see what the bolded words emphasize? It’s all about our heart. It’s in who we serve. Are we serving and asking God if you were me how would you handle this heart? In Christ, here means in the anointing that we received. It’s in that gift of Holy Spirit. We can only access the spirit by  doing one or all of the nine manifestations of the gift of holy spirit. When we do those, we receive joy, peace, longsuffering etc because that is the outcome of doing them. Think of that song, “JOY to the World the Lord is come…” what if everyone in the world today knew how to receive JOY? Joy is a spiritual fruit. Happiness is condition based and circumstance based, but JOY can only come from God. Wow. Righteousness comes from right believing and peace, well, we all know Peace comes from the God of Peace. Not from tinsel, songs, traditions, or dinners. It comes immediately from the well-spring of life. God. The Father of All Spirits and Spiritual things.

Here’s an exercise to try.

Get somewhere quiet. Close your eyes and speak in tongues for five minutes as slowly as you possibly can speak. Breath in and out with each word. You will not know the language or understand it. IF you’ve never done this don’t worry, there is no wrong way to speak in tongues. You just pretend like your speaking a language that you’ve never learned. It’s so simple a 4-year-old could do it. Trust me, the God of Flesh made you and created this wonderful manifestation…you can’t break it or do it wrong.

When you’re finished, you will “feel” better. But remember, that “feelings” are a physical and emotional thing, not spiritual, so if you don’t “feel” different, don’t worry about that either. Sometimes it takes a while to learn what joy, peace and all the other five fruit of the spirit “feels” like. We’re not used to them in our society. That’s why I recommend you doing this exercise diligently 3-5 times a day for the first week. By the end of the week you will have a new perspective.

This exercise is between you and God. You have to move out and believe. Anytime you take a step like that towards God and His Kingdom, you receive from Him. I like to go into new things with an open heart to God. I ask, “What could I learn from doing this?” or another question I ask is, “Will it hurt me or will I regret doing it?”

I ask those questions because, I’m cautious about new things, just like many of you. But I also know that I will not grow if I never try anything different?

If the Apostle Paul can write these words, “I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all.” in 1 Corinthians 14:18, there has to be something to it. Paul believed so big, that he moved the Word of God across all Asia in a span of two years.  Special miracles were wrought by the hands of Paul, and Paul was the one God revealed the greatness of the Mystery to the saints, I think there was something to this speaking in tongues thing. We know that when we do any of the nine manifestations we are walking IN the spirit. How could we go wrong?

Below I have some links to help you if you are new to this concept. It would be a great New Year’s resolution to grow with God.

God bless you today!

To learn more about dynamic spiritual growth, download Terri’s workbook, “The Five Basics for Growth, The High Octane Christian Series Volume 1” for $2.99 as an ebook or order it for $10.00 as a full size soft cover workbook + S&H when you email her at terri  @  terriporta  .com.

Also, if you’d like a quick, free “101 course” about how to speak in tongues click here on this linked document. It explains what it is, and how to do it.

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