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Trust

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Proverbs 3:5-12

The Message (MSG)

5-12 Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
    don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
    he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.
    Run to God! Run from evil!
Your body will glow with health,
    your very bones will vibrate with life!
Honor God with everything you own;
    give him the first and the best.
Your barns will burst,
    your wine vats will brim over.
But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline;
    don’t sulk under his loving correction.
It’s the child he loves that God corrects;
    a father’s delight is behind all this.

Trust is having faith in someone and what they have told you, before you see it with your eyes.  If you tell me you will meet me at 6:00 p.m. for coffee at the local coffee house and I trust you,  I am going to be at the coffee house at 6 p.m. believing you are going to be there, too because you said you would be.  That is trust.

God tells us over and over to trust Him.  In order to trust God, God has to tell me something and there must be a wait time before I see what He says.  If there is no waiting period, if what He has said manifested immediately, then I have had no need to trust, nor have I trusted.

For years, as much as I hate to admit it, I really didn’t trust God completely with my life.  I knew God’s Word was true, I knew if I prayed it over someone else God would fulfill it, I knew that on certain things I needed God to do He would fulfill His Word to me, but deep down I wasn’t sure He would fulfill every thing for me.

One day God spoke to me about this attitude.  He had me look back over my life and find an instance where everything had not worked out for my good.  He asked me if the things I had worried about were ever as big and insurmountable as I seemed to think they were.  I could not find even one instance that God had not worked every single thing for what was best for me, nor could I find an instance where I worried that it was as bad as I thought!  Not one!

When I realized the time I had wasted worrying when I could have been enjoying peace, I had incredible regret.  Even in our darkest of epiphanies God brings good news!  I said to Him, “Father, I wasted so much time and my life doing the very thing You said not to do!  I have worried about money, what other people thought, what if this or that happens.  I have marred my witness by telling others how trustworthy and faithful You are, yet doubting it for myself.  None of this can be undone!  I regret so much!”  God was so compassionate to me in that moment.

He reminded me of the workers in the field in the Bible.  Some had been working in the field since early that morning.  Others came at noon, and others came when the work was soon to come to a close.  Every worker was paid the same amount, which was about a penny.  It wasn’t about when I arrived at my epiphany, but rather that I had finally arrived!  In other words, God redeems the time that has been wasted.

There is no way to lose with God!  He has every situation in life covered, and until I see the end result I am to think on all the other times in my life I didn’t have the answer.  In that time, even though I couldn’t see it, God was working every thing out for my good!

Trust God.  It is so simple we almost miss it!  Put your faith in Him, because He is ‘a sure thing’!  He watches over His Word to perform it in your life and mine.  Trust when it all works out and trust when nothing seems to be working out at all.  God is up to something and it is making things in your life and mine line up to be the best they can be!  We never lose with Him!!  Wait on the Lord, and you will see.

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Hearing God’s Voice

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HEARING GOD’S VOICE

Deuteronomy 28

The Message (MSG)

28 1-6 If you listen obediently to the Voice of God, your God, and heartily obey all his commandments that I command you today, God, your God, will place you on high, high above all the nations of the world. All these blessings will come down on you and spread out beyond you because you have responded to the Voice of God, your God:

God’s blessing inside the city,
God’s blessing in the country;
God’s blessing on your children,
    the crops of your land,
    the young of your livestock,
    the calves of your herds,
    the lambs of your flocks.
God’s blessing on your basket and bread bowl;
God’s blessing in your coming in,
God’s blessing in your going out.

7 God will defeat your enemies who attack you. They’ll come at you on one road and run away on seven roads.

8 God will order a blessing on your barns and workplaces; he’ll bless you in the land that God, your God, is giving you.

9 God will form you as a people holy to him, just as he promised you, if you keep the commandments of God, your God, and live the way he has shown you.

10 All the peoples on Earth will see you living under the Name of God and hold you in respectful awe.

11-14 God will lavish you with good things: children from your womb, offspring from your animals, and crops from your land, the land that God promised your ancestors that he would give you. God will throw open the doors of his sky vaults and pour rain on your land on schedule and bless the work you take in hand. You will lend to many nations but you yourself won’t have to take out a loan. God will make you the head, not the tail; you’ll always be the top dog, never the bottom dog, as you obediently listen to and diligently keep the commands of God, your God, that I am commanding you today. Don’t swerve an inch to the right or left from the words that I command you today by going off following and worshiping other gods.

As I took my walk today, I prayed in the spirit just as I always do when I take my walk.  God spoke to me these words…

If you will heed My voice, listen and obey what I tell you, the blessing will chase you down and overtake you.  My Word will not fail you!  It will stand against all powers of the enemy.  Not only will it not fail, but it cannot fall…it will not fall by the wayside fruitless and unproductive.  It will root and bring forth the harvest that I have planned for you and your family and none can stop it!  I will smite your enemy before your face, and you will rejoice in my grace and in my tender mercies because you listened and obeyed me!  I have been in your future.  I know what is there.   Just as a guide does in a mine field, so shall I do with you.  I will lead you in the way you are to go and lead you AWAY from the all the enemy has thought to do.  I will lead you away from his plans that are fraught with evil plans and schemes.  

My Word will manifest in your body, your finances, in opportunities, and in your spirit!  The enemy has no way of sabotaging it!  He will stand and watch Me bless you, in utter frustration knowing the blessing has been pronounced and it CANNOT be stopped! (Numbers 23:19, Psalm 23:5)

I didn’t call you to save the world.  Only I can save a soul.  Take off the heaviness of trying to do only what I can do!  Only a soul willing to be won can be won…even I, your God, cannot save the soul that is determined to go their way and remain lost.  I didn’t call you to make anything happen.  I am the great I AM!  Just as I told Moses, so I tell you, speak what I tell you to speak, but leave the results up to Me!  I am the Savior of the nations; You simply pray, listen, and obey.  I will cause My plan to succeed in your life as you heed my voice!  Be at peace!  I gave my Son to bring peace, joy, and righteousness to you and to all who would receive Him.  Now rest in me, do what I command, and My plan will be fulfilled and completed in you, and oh what joy and peace will be yours!

This is not a word from God just for me, but for ALL who will listen and obey.  God is talking, are you listening?

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My Mother, My Teacher

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My mother has played a very dominant role in my life throughout my almost 53 years of living.  She was my Sunday School teacher when I was 6 years old, and she taught me the Bible.  I would sit on her bed when I was a little girl and Momma would begin to teach me things and quote scriptures to prove her point.

I was never an academic powerhouse.  I had a hard time hearing something for the first time and remembering it.  Repetiti0n and lots of it was the way I finally got it through my thick skull!   But, when Momma would quote the Bible to me, it was like my mind became a steel trap.  She only had to say it once and I had it forever, even until today, many years later.  

There were snippets when Momma would literally mentor me.  She was a busy lady because she went to college while I was in school and taught as a public school teacher many years after I was grown.  She was involved in various organizations and I didn’t always get ‘focused’ time with her.  Like all mothers and people in general, it is hard for us to stay focused and concentrated on one thing for long periods of time.  We don’t learn until later in life the ‘things’ really didn’t mean as much as we thought and our attention was wasted.  I don’t blame Momma for this because I fell into the same trap with my own children.

When Momma was focused on teaching me life’s lessons from the Bible, it was as though I was a sponge that couldn’t soak in enough!  Until this day it is that way.   My mother is 76 years old come May and I am anxious for more of these ‘mentoring’ times.

One day recently, Momma and I had to make a couple of trips to Houston, and fortunately my mom began to teach me invaluable things about Jesus!  I, yet again, soaked it in and craved more!  During Easter, her teaching began to surface in my mind and God began to feed into my spirit in a mighty way.  I had new information and I will never lose it!  It brought revelation in a way I will use today, and it will bring me great peace in the years to come.

I began to post some of it on Facebook.  Soon many shares began to show up and many retweets and favorited tweets on ‘twitter’ came from it.  Momma hates modern social media, but little did she know her message was literally going out to thousands!  You touch far more for Christ than you even can dream that you do!

I long for my mother to teach me more earnestly from her vast knowledge and wisdom.  No greater heritage could she leave me.  Nothing more valuable or comforting as the years progress and as long as Christ tarries His coming will I ever be given!  Everyone needs a mentor.

People want titles, initials, inventions, and legacies left after they are gone…they all mean squat compared to what you give from God’s mouth to your ear to someone else’s heart!  Change your priorities because if these are your priorities you are missing the whole boat!  Your significance is not in what YOU accomplish, but what GOD accomplishes through you!  Don’t let this be a cliché’ but a reality…please!  People need what God has planted inside of you!!

Jesus was a mentor to twelve, and you are expected to be a mentor as well…don’t lose the great reward of something you can never imagine may affect the future of so many.

 

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Jesus Died to Heal You NOW!

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God does not need a safety net in case it looks like someone’s prayers aren’t going to get answered.  He doesn’t need you or me to make excuses for Him if things don’t turn out a certain way.  Why do prayers fail to get answered?  Because people pray prayers in unbelief and in ignorance of what God’s Word says about what they are praying for.

I used to say, if someone didn’t get healed on the earth, they got the ultimate healing in heaven because there is no sickness there.  One day the Lord corrected me.  He said, “I don’t want you to say that anymore.  I didn’t give my Son to die so there would be no sickness, death, or sin in Heaven.  These things have no access to Heaven and never have.  They are on the earth.  Jesus died to give you salvation, healing and deliverance on the earth.”  Need proof?  I am so glad you do!

Look at 1 Thessalonians 5:23.  It says:

1 Thessalonians 5:23

Amplified Bible (AMP)

23 And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through [separate you from profane things, make you pure and wholly consecrated to God]; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved sound and complete [and found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).

You as a person are made up of three parts.  A spirit, a soul (mind, will, and emotions) and a BODY!  What is God’s will?  That our spirit, soul, and body are preserved sound and complete.  In other words, Jesus died to give salvation to the spirit man, deliverance to the soulish man, and HEALING to the  PHYSICAL MAN!  

No sin can enter heaven.  That is why Jesus was the sacrificial lamb.  When we are saved our spirits are sealed until the day of redemption with His blood.  Why?  Because with sin, you couldn’t stand in the presence of God.  Satan was kicked out of Heaven before he could go through with his sin because Heaven MUST and always will remain pure and undefiled by sin!

It would be silly to say if I am not saved on earth, I will ultimately be saved in Heaven.  How foolish to say the ultimate salvation is in Heaven.  If you aren’t saved when you die, you won’t come near Heaven.  Jesus died to bring salvation to the earth, not bring salvation to Heaven.  If the ultimate salvation was in Heaven, then Jesus died in vain.  Nobody would go to hell when they died.  They would go to Heaven and experience ‘ultimate’ salvation.  What a load of malarkey!!!

The same is with healing.  Your spirit is not sick.  When you go to the doctor, the doctor doesn’t run tests on your spirit, he runs tests on your BODY!  Your ultimate healing is not in Heaven, but on this earth!  Jesus died not to heal your spirit from disease, but to heal your BODY from disease!  Your body doesn’t even go to heaven when you die, but your spirit and your soul does!  How can your body get healed in Heaven when it never goes there?   Your spirit and soul do because the word says to be ABSENT FROM THE BODY (the body is not with you any longer at death) is to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8).

The Bible tells us there is no sickness in Heaven.  Again, proof healing cannot take place in Heaven because there has to be a sickness for there to be a healing!  If we can’t approach this from a Biblical standpoint, common sense has to tell you this is right!

There are people who say they are believing God to heal them and die.  What about that?  When it boils down to it, we really don’t know what is in a person’s heart, and if wondering about these cases cast any doubt in your heart about the validity of God’s Word, you need to stop trying to figure it out.  If God doesn’t tell us, it was none of our business!

God says from the Old Testament to the New Testament, He will heal, save, and deliver ALL who ask Him to.  Some people decide they want to go to Heaven now.  God honors that wish.  There are others who don’t believe but don’t want to upset their family and friends and don’t tell them they just can’t put their faith there.  I’ll give you an example of this.

I know a minister who is a mighty man of God!  He  preaches the same thing I am telling you.  This minister’s father got cancer.  As my minister friend and his wife and children walked into the hospital room, he asked his father if he could pray for God to heal him.  His father looked at him and said, “Son, I have to be honest with you.  I just don’t have the faith for God to heal this cancer.  I do have the faith that when the doctors go in, they can get all the cancer surgically and that is what I want you to pray.”  What a blessed and honorable thing for this gentleman to do.  Instead of telling everyone he believed when he didn’t, he was honest!  He had the surgery and pulled through and lived for some time.  

What if this man had been dishonest out of fear of what people would think?  He could have confused many believers, including his family!  What he did was honorable and kept the truth of God’s Word preserved in the hearts of his grandchildren and children!  Today, that son has a mighty healing ministry!!  I think part of that reason is because of his gutsy father, who took the chance of looking doubtful, instead of making God look like maybe He didn’t always stand by His Word.

Think about this, dear reader.  We all have to reconsider our own beliefs at some time and we MUST make sure they line up with the Word of God  throughout the Bible.  My sentiments may be sweet, but God’s Word is TRUE!  Let us make sure we keep it in proper perspective!

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Then Suddenly…

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We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.  Proverbs 16:9 NLT

On a morning recently, as I was checking my Facebook, I saw a post by Lone Star Jake of Lone Star Inspirations.com.  Jake is a fellow blogger and he is also one of my friends on Facebook.

Jake got married not too long ago and is blissfully happy!  He often post about his sweet bride, Mrs. Lone Star Jake.  One of his post grabbed my attention, and when it did  a light bulb went off in my head!

When I woke up on a particular morning with my coffee in one hand and the other hand typing out fb.com, I immediately noticed the first posting was by Lone Star Jake.  It just ‘grabbed’ me.  This is what it said (I am using it with permission and changing the names).

Would you like to hear a story? Two years ago from today, I was volunteering at ??? School of ??? Ministry for set-up/tear down for a speaker. I had saved seats for 4 of my classmates However, one of them brought an extra friend, and being the gentleman I am, I offered to move. I sat some ways back with a few other friends. I looked behind me and there was the future Mrs. Lone Star! After class, I shyly walked up and introduced myself. That moment changed my life! I would like to thank all folks involved. All of you played a part in my favorite romance story which I believe, was written by God.

As I read this God began to speak to my heart about it.  He had me notice when Jake woke up that morning, he had no idea God had gone before him and arranged a day that would forever change two people’s lives.  He had no idea God had gone before him and had literally orchestrated a blessing, not only for that day, but a blessing for every day of his life from that day forward.  He had no idea his friend was bringing a friend.   It may have looked like he had served and served his friends, just to have to move and sit alone, yet that decision pushed him toward an orchestrated and divine destiny!

As I thought about this love story, God reminded me He goes before us and makes the crooked paths straight.  Your life may not be anything like you want it to be and relief may not seem anywhere in sight, but God has gone before you and orchestrated great things for your life, too.  God doesn’t play favorites.  What God did for Jake, He will do for all.

I thought of my children, who have yet to find that special person.  One ‘small’ decision on their part will lead them straight to who God has for them and He knows how to set up the circumstances to get them to take that path.  I have prayed many years for my children’s spouses.  I know God has not only heard me, but has answered me and they will be a blessing to our family.  

I know God has gone before me and prepared a house for hubby and me.  One change in plans, one prompting of the Holy Spirit to ‘turn here’ is all it takes to walk right into the incredible blessing God has planned for us!

My brother is an attorney.  He was working on an important case and needed to speak with another attorney that was working with another firm on a portion of that case.  It was so important that he speak with him.  He would call and this gentleman would be unavailable.  Later, this gentleman would call my brother back and my brother would be unavailable.  It was as if they were just missing each other by seconds.

My brother had to fly to New York for a business meeting.  He had prayed God would help him meet with this man.  Time was growing short and the necessity of that meeting was becoming more and more urgent!  

 My brother and the other attorney are both from and are still living in Texas and my brother made a mental note when he got back to Texas he HAD to see this gentleman as soon as possible.  My brother’s flight had been delayed while in New York and he had to take another flight which made him have to go to another gate.  This meeting was weighing so heavily on his mind, as he walked quite a ways out of the way to get to the gate where his rescheduled flight would be boarding, he was praying about it.  Just as he rounded the corner, there sat the man he needed to speak with.  He was on the same flight from New York to Texas as my brother.  Ready for this?  Their seats were side by side.  By the time they got to Texas, their business was taken care of and all was well!

You see, friend, things such as delays, a change of seats, unexpected events in life, etc. can change your whole future and they happen so fast you stop later and think, ‘Whoa!  What just happened and how??  I couldn’t have worked that out so perfectly if I tried!’  God always has a way of getting your destiny to you, and He is never late nor can the enemy stop it.

You may have been the low man on the totem pole, so to speak,  all your life but when God gets ready to promote you, you are getting promoted!  You may have lived in abject poverty all your life, but when God commands the blessing, God also has a way out of poverty and into ‘the palace’.  People may have thought you weren’t much of anything, but when the time comes God will raise you up and His glory will so shine upon you, people will stop and say, “Who would have thought??” just as they did with Jesus’ disciples.

They had impressed no one.  That is why people were so dumbfounded as they were used by God.  Because they were known to be ‘unlearned men’ yet they spoke as though they had been to the greatest schools and had been trained under the greatest teachers.  No matter what your level  of education is, or the lack thereof,  it won’t and can’t stop God’s blessing and favor upon your life!

Stop trying to make things happen.  Stop trying to make God hurry His plan.  Stop trying to figure out how He is going to do it and start believing He is.  He has the way, keep your mind clear to hear His voice.  Before you know it, you will be living the vision.

 

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