I was posting recipes. God had spoken to me to add them in, albeit temporarily. I have to say, they were popular and I am glad I was able to share some things my mom and grandmother shared with me, but the purpose of this blog is not to share recipes. I never intended it to be a recipe blog site.
Jesus said it best when He said it isn’t what goes into the stomach that is important but what comes out of the mouth. In other words, you have to eat, but more important than your physical body is the nurturing of your spirit! What comes out of your mouth shows the substance of your heart and it also shows what your mind thinks about. Your mouth shows you what you are made of and you will either speak life or death. There is power in your tongue, so there is power in your mouth!
An acquaintance and fellow writer told me one time, “If you want readers, don’t write devotions. People aren’t interested in devotions or Christian literature anymore.” I felt like someone had slapped me! Our lives should EVOLVE around Jesus. You will only GO as far as you GROW.
We need to know how to hear from God, how to get a grasp on God’s direction for our lives, how to have a spirit of wisdom and revelation at work within us. Solomon didn’t ask for an exotic food or decorating sense or how to look like a ‘celebrity’ when God told him to ask anything from Him and He would grant it. He asked for wisdom!
Wisdom should be the main thing we all are searching for, and if you are smart, you will search for it in Jesus Christ. Even demons know Jesus is God so don’t pretend you don’t. Deep down, you absolutely know it!! Many just do not want to admit it. Admit it while you can for the day will come when it will not be able to save you from hell and it will be too late…you will admit it one day anyway. Every tongue is going to confess Jesus Christ is Lord the Bible says! Do it now while you can still save your soul!!
You will find me bolder. I am not here to pacify you, nor am I here to sooth wrong thinking. I don’t mean to offend, but if the truth hurts then let it change you instead of fighting it. You will lose every time! The truth always stands…ALWAYS! You are fighting a losing battle and why would anyone want to continue to be wrong?
I have found I don’t have to back down from any thing God has called me to do. At the moment, I have sold my home and we are without a real address. I am not homeless. Thank God for a Christian couple who opened their home to us temporarily, but I had to let go of what I had to move into what God has and is preparing for me and my family. I will be writing on more of this adventure in faith in the near future.
I have gone from being ‘safe, steady as she goes, no changes’ to being a risk taker in God! By faith, my family will step into literal air this Friday. God will show us the direction we are to go as we listen and we will go where He says. I guess you could say I am flying, wide open! I hope you enjoy the journey with us.
Recently someone said something to me that really stung! At first, I thought “What a mean thing to say!” But as I thought more about it, of course my mantra of, ‘this is the devil wanting you to be offended’ came to my mind, followed by ‘don’t let him win!!’ The odd thing was, God pushed that whole mantra away and asked me this, “Did it hurt? Why did it hurt?”
Hurt feelings many times originate from a state of PRIDE! Isn’t it funny what failed satan is the number one thing that traps us? Everything stems back to it. Offense, jealousy, anger, selfishness, and I could go on with a million more sins, but they all originate and stem back to “How dare you treat me this way” or “How dare you not give me my way” to “That is offensive to me”! When you hear a lot of these words “my, mine, I, me” be on the look out for PRIDE! They are telltale signs!
As I thought about what this person said and why it ‘wounded’ me to the core, God told me to look deeper. When something stings it is usually because a wound is superficial or near the surface. If you have a sore and something acidic touches it, it hurts! Something about this person’s comment stung me. Why did it do that? Because what they said had a degree of truth in it and it touched my, oh so sensitive, pride! If there had been no truth to it, it wouldn’t have bothered me. I would have disregarded it, laughed even, knowing it was bunk! But it wasn’t bunk.
Oh, this person had pulled my emotional bandage off and spoke an abrasive truth to me! Nevertheless, abrasive or gentle, it was truth! Without knowing it they had done me a favor…they caused me to face truth in my innermost being. They had not meant to be mean or insensitive, but that is how I took it. Another sign of pride. Love believes the best and I chose to believe the worst! That is not walking in love. The opposite of love is PRIDE! Oh, there is that ugly word, yet again!
As I began to deal with the fact I had let an old sin creep in without realizing it, I had to thank God for this person’s honesty toward me. I also had to choose my attitude about it. Since it had caused me to face my innermost being and what laid there, I had to be grateful. Without truth and repentance you don’t get the blessing of peace, joy, the overflow of the anointing where you pray and before your eyes miracles happen. There is a price for everything and for that kind of power and anointing the price is selflessness! It is putting ‘me’ aside and letting God increase in me. It is letting go of the immature and selfish ‘ID’ and dying to ME!
Did it hurt? Look deeper, dear friend! If it did, more likely than not, you have some soul searching to do yourself! Please God and be honest in your innermost being. It may hurt for a moment, but the benefits of repentance and choosing God’s way are endless. We all have to grow up at some point and the sooner we do the better life will be! I hope after reading this you never see “hurt” quite the same way again. Let it empower you, not disarm y0u.
New King James Version (NKJV)
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Make me hear joy and gladness, That the bones You have broken may rejoice. 9 Hide Your face from my sins, And blot out all my iniquities.
12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
Fear is a horrible thing because it brings great torment to our minds. Fear is what satan uses to try to control us. If he can slip into our thinking with fear, he can literally get us to a place we cannot even leave our homes for fear of what could happen to us if we leave what we feel is a secure sanctuary.
Fear will kill you if you let it. Fear causes stress, disease, and even mental illness. How do we overcome fear? How do we live fearless lives? How do we live filled with peace everyday of our lives? Let us look at what God says about freedom from fear!
Notice in the verse from John 14, Jesus tells us to not let our hearts be troubled (fearful, anxious). This tells us WE have the power through the Holy Spirit to control fear. When my children were younger, they would ask me if I would let them spend the night with a friend or if they could do other various things. I had to give permission to my children for them to know I was letting them or allowing them to do what they were asking to do. When we “let” something happen, we have given permission or allowed something to take place.
Many times fear will come knocking on the door of my mind, and if I don’t guard my thoughts as the Bible tells me to, I will inadvertently allow that thought to come in and bring great trepidation with it. Let me give you an example. My husband is a federal agent. When the government shut down recently my husband was furloughed. I began to really read the news, watch the news, and pay close attention to articles in special news magazines. I noticed the more I did this, the more my mind became anxious! I began to pray less, and I began to think more on the state of our country and how hopeless it seemed. Needless to say, this was not building me up in my “most holy faith”, as God’s word tells us to do!
I went to the doctor during this time and got some blood work back that unnerved me as well. I had been having symptoms of what the blood work indicated and when I saw the results were positive I was a bit upset. I went from being a bit upset to being full blown afraid!! Let me tell you, when fear comes on you it is more than a little disturbing! If you have ever been panic stricken, you know it is literally tormenting! You feel completely out of control and hopeless. This is in no way God! What has happened? We have allowed fear to oppress us, unknowingly, yet still very effectively!
You must never forget God tells us fear is a spirit! It says in Ephesians 6:12, For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere. Our battle is not a physical battle. I cannot pick up a gun and shoot satan and then say, ‘Well, that takes care of that’. I have to pray, seek God’s word, and stand on His promises to defeat fear and bring faith back on the scene of my mind and life!
In order to defeat your enemy, you have to know who the enemy is! When we were in the Korean war, our soldiers were not sent to England to fight it. Remember people are not your enemy! The enemy is the devil! Love the person, but pray for the area the enemy has accessed to oppress and even use them to bring fear into our lives! Fight on the right battleground, which is in the Spirit!
During the Korean war, our soldiers didn’t wear the fatigues they wore in “Operation Desert Storm“. When our soldiers fought in “Desert Storm”, they wore khaki and brown fatigues because their fatigues had to match the terrain in which they were fighting. Had we sent our soldiers out wearing the green fatigues they had to wear in Korea, they would have been sitting ducks! Our military had to have a strategy to protect our men and women during that war, and to win the war. It is the same with the battle that rages in the realm of the spirit. God tells us to put on the full armor of God to win against satan in Ephesians 6:10-20! God will give you scriptures to stand on, tell you what to pray as you ought, and He will give you instructions on how to overcome if we will take the time to listen. God will give you the strategy for victory every time!
I had defeated by the blood of Jesus and the word of God a spirit of fear years ago, but I had through feeding on the news more than the word allowed, without realizing it, the fear to creep back in. God reminded me to pick my scriptures on fear back up and CONFESS them daily! I was to plead the blood of Jesus against fear, and I was to guard my mind concerning the news. I was to stay informed, but to pray instead of fretting. God did not want me to have more secular news coming into my mind instead of the “good news” of His word! More word, more power! Balance is a very important thing, and I had gotten out of balance in this area!
Here are scriptures God gave me to stand on and meditate on when fear would try to overtake me. Pray these scriptures, think on them instead of what is trying to scare you or bring anxiety to you! These verses will bring you great peace because God tells us His word is alive and it performs what He has sent it to do and will not return to Him void (without having a full effect)! I also make certain confessions where these are concerned and I will list those after the verses as well. God bless you, precious reader, as you apply them to your own life!
Amplified Bible (AMP)
He who [a]dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].
2 I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust!
3 For [then] He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.
4 [Then] He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler.
5 You shall not be afraid of the terror of the night, nor of the arrow (the evil plots and slanders of the wicked) that flies by day,
6 Nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor of the destruction and sudden death that surprise and lay waste at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you.
8 Only a spectator shall you be [yourself inaccessible in the secret place of the Most High] as you witness the reward of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your dwelling place,
10 There shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near your tent.
11 For He will give His angels [especial] charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all your ways [of obedience and service].
12 They shall bear you up on their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and adder; the young lion and the serpent shall you trample underfoot.
14 Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation.
1. I will face the day with joy and not dread for I am hidden by God from disaster and evil…Verse 1
2. I am healed, whole, and healthy because no evil shall befall me nor any plague (in the Hebrew, plague translates ‘disease’) shall come nigh my dwelling (translates ‘body’)! verse 10…What isn’t from God is from the enemy and God wants me well, therefore when symptoms ATTACK me, it isn’t coming from God! God would never attack me! The devil wants me sick, not God!! My body functions to perfection!
3. I am protected at all times! Verses 7-16
4. I will live and live well until I am satisfied! Verse 16 and 3 John 1:2
5. Good things are coming to me ALL the days of my life, not bad, and I will be satisfied with my life! Verse 16 and Psalm 23:6
6. I do not fear or dread bad news. Psalm 112:7
7. All my needs are met. I do not lack any good thing! Psalm 34:10, 3 John 1:2
8. I live in the blessing of God…My life is not cursed because Jesus took the curse for me! Deuteronomy 28:2, Galations 3:13
9. No known or secret thing shall reign in my life for God vindicates and keeps me from enemies’ evil tactics! Isaiah 54:17
10. I can do all things! No challenge today will cause me stress or make me give up! God will show me how to do what I could not have done on my own! Phillipians 4:13
11. I am God’s favored, therefore I can walk in confidence knowing good things are coming to me no matter what the circumstances look like! Psalm 5:12
23 And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude],