Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations…
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
But I said to you, “You will possess their land; I will give it to you as an inheritance, a land flowing with milk and honey.” I am the LORD your God, who has set you apart from the nations.
Know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself; the LORD will hear when I call to him.
Do you ever feel lonely, isolated, alone? Do you ever wonder “where have all the people gone”? I think these are natural thoughts from time to time, but we need to think about the root of why we are thinking them, not trying to find the answer to the questions and the feelings they can bring.
When you are a Christian, finding the root of what you are thinking about and who the source of the thought is, is critical. Satan comes as an angel of light, and if we don’t put a hedge up around our minds and our thinking, he can easily come in appearing to be an innocent sheep, when he is a wolf in sheep’s clothing!
I had a pastor’s wife years ago who had struggled with her thought life. She was and is one of the wisest ladies I know. I have never seen anyone in my life hear from God as she does! How did she go from fighting tormenting thoughts to being a loving, praying powerhouse for God? She began to ask a simple question when thoughts began to flood her mind. That question was and still is, “Who’s talking?” When she began to take every single thought “captive” that didn’t bring her joy or honor and praise to God, she knew who the source of that thought was. Soon, she and the Holy Spirit were in control of her thinking and she hasn’t stopped propelling into the things of the spirit since.
Satan loves to come and tell you how useless you are, how nobody ever calls, how you are all by yourself, but have you ever stopped to wonder why you are really alone? Or could you be ‘set apart‘? I have found when I am having extended periods of ‘alone time’ it is because God wants me to be alone with Him. If I will go into prayer and praise during these times, I find there are mighty plans, purposes, and direction God is wanting to talk to me about. He is in the still small voice when we are “set apart” from the crowds, not in the noisy restaurants, shopping malls, or the movies where it is loud and we are concentrated on anything and everything but Him. When we realize we haven’t been left alone by friends and family, but we are being set apart from the crowds for prayer, our whole perspective changes on being by ourselves! We are never alone because God is with us, and that is when He is ready to have time with you!
Take advantage of these ‘set apart’ times, precious reader. This is where you get the ‘mind of Christ‘ and where the Holy Spirit will pray out vital things to your present and to you and your family’s future! You will actually become excited the phone DIDN’T ring, because you know now what that means. A blessing and the instruction you need to have it fully is coming your way!
God bless you, dear reader!! I will see you soon! Simply, Juliana
23 And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude],
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!
Amplified Bible (AMP)
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!!!
19 So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.
20 A man’s [moral] self shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; and with the consequence of his words he must be satisfied [whether good or evil].