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11 Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, [a]the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].
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10 Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.
I have heard Joyce Meyer say many times how we will go around and around the mountain until we learn our lesson. Then we will cross the mountain into our ‘promised land’ when we learn the lesson and move on.
There has been a mountain in my life for so many years, I really don’t remember how long! As I look back, this particular mountain (I’m not going to tell you specifically what it is…lol…not telling on myself this time!) has been in my way since I was a young woman. One day I began to really wonder about it. Why did it always seem to crop up?
I went to the Lord with it because, frankly, I was sick of it! The Lord spoke to me the reason satan always used it was to get me off focus and to prevent me from moving into something He had planned for me. Seriously?????? I write about NOT doing this all the time! How could I have been so foolish as to not see this in my OWN life??? The answer is easy…I was concentrating on the wrong thing! Again, I write on this, too. Yes, I had to shake my own head at myself!
I learned our understanding can actually be clouded and brought out of focus with thoughts. Many times we like to blame the devil for them. He is responsible for some of them, but we are just as responsible because we let him pour them in and then we build on them.
Have y0u ever seen someone have a pity party? Usually there is something unfortunate that has happened, but they will take that isolated event of misfortune and turn it into a lifetime of woes! Who did that? Well, the devil could have brought the misfortune, but we chose to look back through life at everything that didn’t go just like we thought it should have and, BAM, you are in a full fledged, crocodile tear pity party! What makes it worse is when friends and family remind us of how blessed we are now. Then we get mad and decide to isolate ourselves because we are looking for sympathy NOT reassurances and reminders of how good God really has been to us! I mean that kind of crashes a pity party!!
I finally got sick of the whole pity party trip! I had, had enough of the scenery of this mountain and when I got to that point, God opened my eyes to what was REALLY happening in the spirit! When He did, I knew what I needed to do. I knew it was something I could overcome, because I saw satan’s antics and I knew how untrue they were. I saw the “fork” in the road and what would happen with the road I took. There was a good road where God would have me go, and there was a road of self will that led to nothing but more misery. Hmmm….do we really need to think about this one??
Thank God I saw the light and I don’t say that jokingly! I really saw it! I put my foot down and this was one time I said a few words to the devil! “Forget it! I know what you are doing and there is no way I am putting up with this anymore. Do y0u honestly think for one second I would be stupid enough to listen to your foolishness and let you ruin the rest of my life?? I rebuke you, satan, in the mighty name of Jesus! And don’t come back with this again! God directs my life and no one and nothing else does!!” That was the end of the MOUNTAIN EXPERIENCE!! Oh, yes, it was that easy! I literally felt it when it happened. It was as if I had run a marathon and I had WON THE WHOLE THING!!! I felt the exhileration of victory because I knew it was over and I had defeated, through Christ Jesus, something that had tried to control me almost my whole life!
Freedom feels good, friend…so does moving forward! It isn’t fun staying stuck in the mud. You get hungry, dirty, and time and others are passing you by. Are you going around and around a mountain? Sick of it? You are in a good place! Here is a prayer that will get you out of the mess and into the promise. I pray this straight from the word and I have saved the best for last. When you pray this, put YOUR name in it and your loved ones names. I promise you a spirit of Revelation WILL come upon you and them. When you finally get REVELATION, it is all over but the crying….this time it will be the devil crying instead of you!! Try it! You have nothing to lose!
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17 [For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him,
18 By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones),
19 And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength,
20 Which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His [own] right hand in the heavenly [places],
21 Far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age and in this world, but also in the age and the world which are to come.
22 And He has put all things under His feet and has appointed Him the universal and supreme Head of the church [a headship exercised throughout the church],
23 Which is His body, the fullness of Him Who fills all in all [for in that body lives the full measure of Him Who makes everything complete, and Who fills everything everywhere with Himself].
God bless you, precious reader! Go forward filled with the light of Christ knowing He, Himself makes His home within y0u if you are born again! If you will listen and watch, He will show you all you need to know for successful living! What a glorious promise! See you next time!! Remember, JESUS IS LORD!!!
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2 Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations.
3 Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.
4 But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.
When I write, I always think of it as though I am writing to a friend. It is basically a conversation I would have with a dear friend, and to me that is what my readers are…friends I just have not met in person, yet. I am going to spill my heart today as I would with a friend over coffee. This is one reason you see a lot of coffee pictures at the beginning of my articles. So grab a coffee and come sit with me. Let me tell you what has mulled over in this busy brain of mine.
Yesterday, hubby and I went to meet our daughter for supper. Her car has a broken axle and they cannot fix it until Monday. She cannot drive it, so she took my car. In hubby’s vehicle sometimes the heat works and at other times it doesn’t. He went out to start the truck and turn the heat on while I got ready. “Is the heat working?” I called out to him. “Let’s hope so!” he called back. We were expecting temperatures in the lower 30s last night so I prayed it would!
We got into the truck, and I brought a fleecy throw just in case. “WHOOP”, my husband said as he clapped. The heat was working! I silently thanked God I would not freeze this time. Then I made the mistake of thinking!! Thinking can get you into the worst of trouble if you don’t watch the kind of thoughts you are having. For those of you who may be wondering why hubby doesn’t just get the truck fixed (I have wondered that at times, too) the answer is he doesn’t so that he is sure if an “emergency” comes up, we are in a place where we have an “emergency” savings because we try to pay cash for everything we buy. With putting children through college, helping them get established, helping others who have needs greater than ours, my husband has not had the heart to put everything in savings, or even to put the truck in the shop.
I began to think of him and his generous spirit. We are both tithers and givers. We love to give! One time I would have given our house away had my husband not stopped me. I know that sounds crazy, but we feel the pain and suffering of others that much and we know God will provide for us so we give joyfully. Well, back to my point. As I thought of my husband and his giving that no one knows about, how he never complains about driving a 15-year-old truck, or anything else, I began to have a talk with the Lord. I should say “to the Lord” because I was doing all the talking!
“Father, here we are in a 15-year-old truck, our daughter is in a 13-year-old car, and I am still in my starter home while everyone else has new cars, beautiful homes, and I don’t know what else. Why? We do what You tell us. We give and tithe, gladly!! Where is the surplus?” At that point God brought Paul back to my mind. Paul said in Philippians:
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11 Not that I am implying that I was in any personal want, for I have learned how to be [a] content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am.
12 I know how to be abased and live humbly in straitened circumstances, and I know also how to enjoy plenty and live in abundance. I have learned in any and all circumstances the secret of facing every situation, whether well-fed or going hungry, having a sufficiency and enough to spare or going without and being in want.
13 I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who [b]infuses inner strength into me; I am [c]self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].
No matter what Paul faced, whether in plenty or in leaner times, he had taught himself how to be content! He knew God would meet all that was necessary and it wasn’t Paul’s aim to get rich in material things, but to be rich in the things of the Spirit! When he was in that place, he had things money could never buy! Like good sense and wisdom for one thing, but more than that, a personal relationship with Christ and a mighty grasp of the cause of Christ and the importance for it to continue!
I am not telling you this for you to say, “Oh, bless her heart! We need to send money!” OH, NO YOU DON’T! God is my supplier! We truly don’t need money! What I needed was a lesson. Before I voiced my thoughts to my husband the Lord had spoken to me days earlier, “Juliana, what if this starter home, this income, this way of life is the way it will always be? Will you still trust me to meet your needs? Will you be satisfied with what I have chosen your life to be?”
I had to think about that one for a bit. How would I choose? I mean it is indeed my choice! I can choose just as Paul to be content with the way things are, or to be upset with not having exactly the life I wanted instead of trusting God with how my life turned out whether I would ever know the reason for it or not. I had to decide to be bitter or to know my true treasure is in heaven and God would supply my needs on the earth, not necessarily all my wants!
I didn’t tell hubby that part, I only voiced the whys. Guess what hubby said? The same scripture God had given me and the same thing God had spoken to my heart. Confirmation always brings me satisfaction.
I think that is one of the reasons why I love Mother Teresa as I do. I am not Catholic, but I admire her and her work greatly! She lived a life of abasement, but yet she was rich in God! Her reward is great in heaven and that is forever, where moth cannot corrupt or rust decay! God’s purpose and plan for us is the very reason for our lives. God didn’t give life to me so I could drive an expensive car, live in a mansion, or wear designer clothes. He gave me life to make a difference in the lives of others in this world for the better! Anything else in life is just fluff that will never last, and most of the time, fluff leads to ego and sinful indulgence. I don’t want to face God with that on my “record”.
A life worth living is a life lived for God. This is a hard lesson learned, but so great when we finally truly conceive it!! Only then do we see things in a different light. We see things in the light of God’s heart, not His hand. We see the whole picture, not just in part. We see what truly makes us who we are meant to be, not what we think we should be for public opinions sake! We are free to be ourselves and to get off the rat race of the materialism of life and to take our place in what we were made to do and be!
When we face God, and we all will one day, then we will hear from His lips, “Well done, my faithful servant…enter in!” What does it matter if you gain the world and all of its wealth if you are shut out of heaven and are thrown into hell for all eternity? You can’t take it with you folks and you were never meant to!
My treasure is Jesus, and my satisfaction is knowing I lived my life His way. I never want the song sung over me, “I Did It My Way”! That would be the greatest tragedy!! I saw a saying not long ago, and I can say it has changed my outlook forever. It said, “My life may not have been what I had planned, but it is exactly what God has planned!” That, my friend, is a life truly worth the living!