It’s been awhile since I posted last and I’m happy to say, I haven’t been gone forever, just busy. Today, I’d like to invite you to join us. We’ll be doing our first 8 week Bible study/workshop on the “5 Basics for Growth” Book. As I’ve been preparing for this workshop setting, I realised that each chapter touches on a subject in a very simple way that could be studied in far more depth. We are going to have so much fun, and don’t worry there’s not a ton of homework, just a ton of learning. Here is a video commercial that I hope you’ll all share on your social media pages.
Have you ever been in a situation where questions are overwhelming and they out-weigh all the answers? It is stressful! I’ve been in that place. Where the only answers I get are negative and the only options I see in front of me involve sacrifice from me and I want to cry. And then, I talk with someone, or meet someone new, and suddenly all of that changes. Suddenly, I have hope again and it came from the most unlikely thing. I feel like everything will be okay.
It reminds me of the Samaritan women at Jacob’s well.
She had seen her share of hard times, in fact, she was living a nightmare! She bounced from bad relationship, to bad relationship and I bet she was feeling hopeless and brokenhearted.
6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with [his] journey, sat thus on the well: [and] it was about the sixth hour. 7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. 8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.) 9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
Here’s one more man asking something of her, but he seemed different. He was a Jew and Jews were not allowed to converse or do anything with Samaritans.
10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knew the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. 11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? 12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? 13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. 15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw.
This man had answers and he seemed to know about something a lot bigger than she did. He was talking about living water? What is this living water? Is it something she could physically haul around in a jar? Everlasting life? Whoa, now this man is really peaking her interest. Her heart leaps with joy at the thought of living water. Hope springs anew.
“16 Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. 17 The woman answered and said, I have no husband.”
He’s going to judge me and surely he will push me away! I better tell him the kinder version.
“Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: 18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.
19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. 21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
24 God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth. 25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messiah cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. 26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am [he].
Suddenly this Woman Knew What to Do
Jesus Christ had compassion for this woman, but he also told her one of the biggest mysteries of all time. All-be-it still cloaked in mystery, but looking back he revealed the truth about the salvation plan.
Do you think this woman had found answers? Do you think she had hope?
“27 And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her? 28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, 29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? 30 Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.”
Jesus hadn’t condemned her, he brought her answers. Answers that changed her life forever. Those same answers apply to us today. How many of us know how to worship God in Spirit? If you would like to learn what the Bible says about it, email me and I’ll send you a handout explaining what it is and how to do it.
Living waters are still flowing, let them change your life forever.
God Bless You Today!
“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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Oh boy did I just kick a can of worms…
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!
Have you been feeling down? Have you wondered if God really loves you because circumstances have left you wanting? I’ve had several friends get hit pretty hard this last year with situations that left them breathless. Did you know that even when hit the hardest you can still have peace with God? You can still have prosperity. In fact, let’s take back your life!. Let’s make such a turn around that you call this your summer of prosperity!
There 3 Key Ingredients to Life-Morphing Change with God.
We must LEARN the right perspective. The right perspective is that God is still teaching you. Be open to that. When WE think WE know it all, we tie God’s hands to teach us something new. Learning is a key ingredient. Hunger is always the best seasoning in any meal. It’s also the best seasoning in any lesson. We have to want change. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve talked to people who want to simply hang on to their mind-set. Let’s see, the one True God, Maker of the Universe has something to teach you and show you. But, how can He when you have crossed your mental arms at Him? How would you teach someone like that?
No, we have to stay hungry and stay open to hearing God’s thoughts on any matter.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9
And this is really important, we must BELIEVE FOR the change that we want to happen. So many times we get caught up in the doubts and worries of situations. They only get worse when we let our minds do that. Our mind is a weapon in our fight. We can use it to focus our believing or we can let it wander and destroy all the good that has been wrought in our lives. God gave us freewill so He could have fellowship with us one-on-one. So we have to get our minds behind in the fight for our own peace.
The devil doesn’t want us renewing our minds. He wants us distracted and flustered with drama. He wants us all upset. But if we visualize our own success like an athlete visualizing a home run hit, we too can start seeing the momentum. God wants a relationship with you. God wants you to prosper abundantly as it says in John 10:10b, “I am come that they might have life and have it more than abundant,”. Take back your believing and start believing for success. Every time a negative situation comes up, make your mind track with the truth of God’s Word.
There is a part (B) to this ingredient, we not only must believe in our own success, but we must believe God is willing and able to give it to us. He is equally willing and equally able to pour it on in our lives. God is faithful to supply all our needs just like He promised AND He is able to supply all our needs. If this is difficult for you then you need to do the extra hard work to convince yourself of that. GO to God’s Word. Find the abundance verses then say them over and over and use them to train your brain.
And finally, you must DO what God says to bring about that prosperity. So many people hear or see things come to pass that don’t seem right and they just take it on the chin. They let the situation go on and on never stand up for themselves or their abundant life. We can’t do that here, not on this earth, where it says in 2 Cor. 4:4 that Satan, the god of this world has blinded the minds of men. We have to be the ones with the light. We can’t go the same direction as the wandering blind masses go. We have to stand up to all that. We have to DO things differently. In addition, if we hear all this great stuff, but never do anything we’ll never see the change we so desperately need. Do is the biggest little word in the whole Bible. “Be ye doers of the Word, not hearers only.”
Success and prosperity are well within your reach now.
God bless you today!
Have you ever noticed that change sucks?
(I feel a rant coming on.) Sometimes there are cold fronts in relationships and changes in people around me and I don’t like it. They start avoiding me for no obvious reason and I get down. But, I can also relate. Oh yes, I fall victim too. Hey, I’m just being real with you. But…
Last night, I realized how those changes start and I caught it before the winds of change blew too strong in a situation and changed my heart and the relationship. Here’s what happened.
I started moaning and groaning about my “treatment”.
I felt, unappreciated. I felt like I had to go to all this trouble to fix dinner, and nobody acknowledged or realize it. The more I thought about it, the more I became upset.
How many times in our life do we feel unappreciated? Do you feel that way too? Unnoticed? No one validates how you feel? Yep, that was me.
All I wanted was a, “Thank you”, or a, “Wow, you must have gone to a lot of trouble to do this great thing and I appreciate it.”
Then, I decided, mid-pity party, that I was way outside my normal M.O. My normal M.O. (mode of operation) was thankfulness for the hungry people in front of me. Or those that teach me new things and care about my life. Or, for those who are relieved and thankful for me too. Ha! That’s my normal M.O. The change was the complaining and the grumbling.
So, I prayed like this. “God, I feel totally sorry for myself right now, but I also don’t like it that no one understands how hard it is to cook for picky eaters. Food I work hard to put together, gets a slight wrinkled nose. Not, a ‘Wow I love this’. I don’t like that God. But, I also don’t want to change my attitude towards them, because I love them. I love them a lot. Can you help me? Can you make me better, and make this situation better.” I said this prayer out loud and with all the emotion of a pissed off Mama. (Hey, just bein’ real with you.)
Suddenly, my heart calmed down.
I had prayed before deciding what to make, so I looked around my kitchen, through my “fix-only” options for dinner, and started throwing things together. It was a weird new dish, I’d never made before. When they sat down, there were raised eyebrows and silence. Like, “we have to eat that?”, was running through their minds.
My husband started dishing everyone up. Their smiles melted and they groaned, but in delight, not in disgust like I thought. My son, who doesn’t like cheese, tasted the meaty middle and gave a surprised grunt and then sighed. I couldn’t believe it.
They gobbled it up like I served their favorite pizza.
They loved it! Then the compliments followed. They wanted to know how I came up with it and where I got the idea. They had two helpings, even my son! I am still shaking my head. Then it hit me, if I would have let that bad thought continue to prey on my attitude, I would have missed all that wonderful joy and satisfaction I gained later.
There’s the old saying, “You can’t help it when a bird poops on your head, but you can sure keep it from building a nest there.”
It’s about the renewed mind. The devil will always throw discouraging thoughts at our mind, but we can decide if we should dwell on them or not. He loves to make us think we are the victim of some unfair situation. But, and let’s be honest, how many times have we bled on a cross and died for some ungrateful sinners? Never!
When I think about that, it gets me real thankful, real fast. You and I live in the one of the best times in history, not to mention the most filled with opportunity. Are we going to focus on the positive or the negative? Don’t let the devil trick you out of the relationships, joy, abundance or prosperity in your thought life. Take control back. It’s your mind. You can think what ever you choose.
“29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 and be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:29-32
God bless you today!
Our criticisms are ours alone to carry. They do nothing but prevent strong relationships, strong self-esteem and rob us and others of a greater sense of accomplishment. We alone live in isolation from them.
I have felt the brunt of other people’s criticism, at times, and realized that I don’t need to carry someone else’s opinion of me around with me. That burden is their hardship. I can leave their opinions right where I found them, with none the worse for wear. You see, I get to decide what information I keep. I get to stop hurtful criticisms before I take them personally. And I alone allow the good things into my heart like the Word of God.
It reminded me of this fabulous verse.
“Keep (guard) thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23
Our heart is our inner most thoughts of our mind. This should be a tightly controlled secure zone. No thoughts get in or out with a complete screening by the guard (you) and the Keeper, (God).
We’ve been told a lie.
From our teenage years up we start putting ourselves down. We start comparing and getting lots of outside information about our inner thought life. We decide early to take it into our hearts and believe it. But we aren’t taught how to filter and guard that information, or judge whether it is good for us to hear. Until one day we become our own worst enemy! Now we can’t trust even our own thoughts and mind because it will attack.
Do you know what cancer is? It’s when our own physical cells turn against us. Our bodies naturally want to heal. But cancer and AIDS and lots of other diseases, make our bodies fight that good natural order. It eats us from the inside out. Suddenly, we can’t trust our own cells to know what’s good for them. We have to inundate them with something radical and change their attitudes.
“But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. (about yourself)
Lie not one to another (or to yourself), seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;”
Other people did this stuff to us, they trained us, so now we do it to ourselves. Yet there is no profit in it. We have to decide to take in the new radical change and trust that God knows what is good for us to think, hear, speak and believe. His word is pure. There are no toxins!
As you read this section think of how you treat yourself…
“And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
Forbearing one another (yourself!), and forgiving one another (yourself!), if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. (for yourself!)
And above all these things put on charity (agape), which is the bond of perfectness (maturity).
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. (for yourself!)
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” Colossians 3:12-17
You were created for success in all things. You were created to do good works by your Father. He loves and wants you to see the highest and best potential in your life. Sometimes that means forgetting the criticisms and clinging to the truth about yourself. When changing your attitude and renewing your mind about yourself, …
“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;” vs 23
It takes hard work.
You have to stop yourself mid-thought and change the direction. You have to develop new habit patterns of thinking God’s Word about yourself.
“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” 2 Corinthians 10:5
It is called pride when you exalt other opinions over God’s. That includes your opinions about yourself. Isn’t pride what got the devil thrown out of heaven?
You have to decide to leave other people’s criticism and condemnation on the road where you found it. God thinks you’re worth that and HE knows everything. He especially knows what’s best for us.
“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. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:” 1 John 1:5-6
We want to do the truth!
God bless you today!
EXERCISES FOR PRACTICAL LIVING
This is a new section. I’m going to add in a little exercise that you can do to practice this principle.
What you’ll need:
- Empty Notepad
- 30 Minutes of Quiet time
Sit comfortably and speak in tongues for 5 minutes while controlling your thoughts. Think only of yourself, your body, your mind, and your healing.
Open your eyes and ask God these kind of questions:
- God, if you were me, how would you think of My life?
- God, if you were me, how would you think of me personally?
- God, if you were me, what kind of person do you think I am?
- God, if you were me, how would you change how I think of myself.
- God, if you were me, what would you shoot for in my life goal-wise?
- God, if you were me, what area would you say I’m best at.
When you think of answers, write them down. Write down the first thing that pops into your head. If you see anything written that is unedifying, a criticism, or negative, that thought was not from God. Soon you’ll be able to suss out the thoughts He gives and your thoughts. So go back again and again.
Repeat exercise everyday for 5 days, then ever other day for the next 10.
After that, ask God for a prescription for further doses of this medicine. He may say, take a dose once a week for the next year, He may say more or less.
Keep in mind this is your walk with Him. It will rise or fall to the degree of seriousness, effort and believing you put into it.
I heard once this statement, “The beginning of knowledge is after you think you know it all”. LET God in. Let Him correct what the World has taught you about yourself. Trust me you are worth it!