God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through? Numbers 23:19
I have been patiently waiting for our next house to come open for a whole month. How silly that sounds to my own ears, but living in a one bedroom travel trailer is something that takes patience, organization (messes can pile up quickly), and grace to do. I am so thankful God provided us with it and a place to park, but I am ready to ‘go home’.
I have found my ‘dream home’. If you have bought a house recently or sold one you know there is so much to it. In my naïve way, I kind of thought it would be like going to the grocery store and getting whatever you needed, neatly placing it on the counter, and then paying and leaving. How out of the ‘loop’ I am!
As I wait, I have found myself praying a familiar prayer. ‘If it is okay with you, Father. Thy will be done! Don’t let us make a wrong move!!” I have heard so many times, our lives can get messy because we didn’t say or do something a certain way and we caused our own demise. Yes, that is true to a degree. Something I have learned is God is not so uninvolved in our lives that He would let us totally mess it up beyond repair. God is merciful and full of graciousness and compassion. If your child were about to step into oncoming traffic, would you not reach out and grab them?? They have their own free will, yes, but you still have an element of control over situations in their lives when they are small. God will not ‘control’ us, but He certainly will protect us when we are doing our best for Him.
I remember Joyce Meyer teaching once that God told her, “Joyce, I am not as hard to get along with as some make Me out to be.” I know what He means when He says that. I think people many times measure God by their authoritative and exacting bosses, abusive fathers, or controlling spouses. We measure God by people and it will never compute that way! Why? Because you have tried to put the wrong variables together.
God is not a man. He is not like people who live and deal with others by whims, moods, or personality types. God is good and is love. His very nature is compassion and mercy! Do we try Him due to that? Of course not! But, we know God has only good planned for us and He will get that good to us!
If you saw your child doing their best at school, yet struggling in a subject would you punish them? If you are a good parent you would not. You would hire tutors, get them extra help, meet with their teacher to let them know you are aware there is a problem and you are there to help. Why? Because you know it isn’t that child’s fault. You know they are doing all they are capable of doing and your love for your child has caused you to feel compassion toward them. It has caused you to do things you would not normally have done to ensure your child’s success!
God is no different with us. He gives full grace and leads us in ways we didn’t know to go on our own, to get us to the best place, at the right time for us.
Thank God for reminders of his grace and mercy. In the meantime, I will patiently wait knowing He can be fully trusted.
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!!!
6 Behold, You desire truth in the inner being; make me therefore to know wisdom in my inmost heart.
We were going to eat and she told me about a paper she had to write. She began to tell me what the paper consisted of and why she wrote on what she did. She had to write on three of the most important things in her life. They were integrity, honesty, and character. As she told me more about it, she began to share with me how two years ago she had an epiphany about honesty.
My daughter has always been an honest person. I have seen her literally pick up a penny and turn it into the service desk at stores! This particular form of honesty was about her innermost heart. She had recalled the words of her grandmother who told her to always be true to herself; Not to ever try to be anyone else. God had made her uniquely her own person, and to never try to please people but to always stay true to herself and who God made her to be. I have to say my daughter made me even more proud at that moment. She also reminded me of something that is easily forgotten. Never be who others want you to be, but be who you honestly are!
I remember Joyce Meyer talking about when she tried to take on the personality of her pastor’s wife. It was an utter disaster! Her pastor’s wife was quiet, mild in her manner, and was extremely gentle. Joyce was a get to the point person, and truthful to the point it hurt. Although it was right, she was just extremely blunt in her personality! She tried and tried to be like this lady and all it did was frustrate her. If I remember correctly, it took her from being confident to being pretty nervous! Why? Because a fish is meant to swim, not to fly like a bird. In other words, when we try to flow in someone else’s personality and gifts, we are like a fish out of water. God has given you gifts, talents and abilities that are not mine and vice versa. We would be miserable trying to be anyone other than ourselves and we would have cheated people out of the gifts God put on the inside of us to use for His glory.
One year I decided to do a major revamp on our yard. I wanted new flowers, new bushes, and new trees. I have a friend who is wonderful at landscaping. She came to help me, and thank goodness she did! I remember I was shaping a small bush and I had huge hedge clippers. I didn’t have anything smaller and she laughingly made the statement, “That is like cutting a piece of paper with a chain saw!” Because I was using the wrong tool the bush suffered and so did I! I could not prune the bush as I needed to and it was difficult physically to use the heavy clippers.
How many times do we do that? We try to use someone else’s method of ministry, church growth, raising our children, keeping up with the neighbors, driving what everyone else drives, living in houses that are really too expensive for our budgets and all to “fit in”. What is bad about this is one day we all wake up to find we have wasted precious time by living a lie and are miserable in the process!
If we had just been true to God by being true to who He made us to be, we would probably already have and be in the place we dreamed of being in to begin with. God always rewards faithfulness and He always desires truth in our inner most man. Why? Because that is part of knowing our path and staying with His direction! It is using the right tools so we don’t cut our own feet out from under us.
Your way of raising your children may not be someone else’s way, but your children are yours and not someone else’s! If you are praying and are truly hearing the voice of God, you should not say, “But God that method isn’t really the method they use now! I will be criticized if I don’t put my children in a million sports and have them crying because they don’t have time to do their homework. I would have to serve dinner at the dinner table, instead of from a drive thru!! I may even have to quit my job to raise my kids and where is MY fulfillment in that???” I really doubt if you are a parent that is seeking God any of that would be said by you, but you get my point!
To your own self be true, and to be true to yourself you have to go to the One Who knows you better than you know yourself. You have to go to the One who knows your future and venture in trust into the unknown according to what God instructs you to do.
There was a multimillionaire who was a genius when it came to investments. One day he was asked what was his secret to such success. His answer was simple. “I buy when God says buy and I sell when He says sell, even though it looks like nonsense to the rest of the investors around me.” This man obeyed God financially without question. He never lost a deal, and he never lost a dime on any investment! He was literally admired and was sought out by the most successful tycoons of the business world! How easy to just trust, obey, and stay true to who God has made us to be and do what He tells us to do. It is so simple you almost miss it…almost!
Blessings to you, precious reader!! I will see you soon! Simply, Juliana
One time at a conference, I had a group of children come up on the stage to demonstrate a point. I gave each of them a gift, and each child gladly took what I handed them without hesitation. Several of them excitedly thanked me and a few even told me they love me.
These kids freely received my gifts. Not one of them said, “I don’t deserve this. I haven’t been good this week, and I can’t take it.” And none of them looked at me suspiciously, wondering why I gave them something. They just received it with joy!
The same way these children received my gifts to them is the way God wants us to receive from Him – freely and with joy. John 16:24 AMP says, “…Ask and keep on asking and you will receive, so that your joy (gladness, delight) may be full and complete.”
If you’re struggling with life, chances are you haven’t freely received God’s gifts, such as His love, grace, mercy and forgiveness, so you can have the life Jesus died to give you.
We tend to have a mentality of getting things, not receiving them. To get means “to obtain by struggle and effort.” If everything in life is a struggle and effort, you won’t enjoy much of it and you’ll be frustrated a lot.
Getting things puts the burden on us because we have to figure out how to manipulate circumstances to make them work out the way we want them to. But the Bible talks about receiving, not getting. We receive by faith, not through works. This is difficult for most people because we’re taught in the world that we have to earn what we get.
But God is not for sale. We can’t buy, earn or deserve Him. His gifts – forgiveness, mercy, grace, favor, salvation – are free. And we could never do enough to earn them or deserve them. Jesus paid the price that we could never pay to provide these gifts for us. We simply have to receive them!
I used to have a religious attitude and believed that my good works made me deserving of God’s goodness. This actually kept me from receiving God’s blessings because I was trying to earn them. I was judgmental and critical of others, too, and would get frustrated when someone who didn’t seem deserving of it in my eyes was blessed.
I remember a long time ago I had a neighbor who was also a friend, but I didn’t think she was as spiritual as me. She didn’t go to church as much as I did; she didn’t pray as much as I did; she didn’t give as much as I did. Well, at the time, I was praying for God to give me a fur coat. I wanted one so badly. Then one day she came over with a huge box in her hands. She was so excited! She said, “You won’t believe what God gave me!” She opened that box and there was my fur coat! A woman we both knew had just delivered it to her, saying God told her to give her the coat.
Immediately, I was so angry and jealous. But I responded the way a good Christian would, saying, “Praise the Lord! I’m so happy for you!” At the same time I was thinking, God, You’ve got to get her out of my house. How could You possibly give her that coat? It’s not fair. What about me?!
My heart wasn’t right. My motives were selfish. God wanted to bless me with His gifts, but I couldn’t receive them if I kept trying to earn them or deserve them. I had to learn to just receive.
We all need to ask God for His love, forgiveness, mercy, grace… Just say, “God, please bless me. I receive Your blessings in my life, not because I’m good and have earned them, but because You are good!” Then your joy will be full.
Most people don’t like confrontation. If you do, you are in the minority. Many are petrified of it and tell themselves that it’s just too hard. So, when faced with a difficult situation or person, they avoid it and instead run away…for as long as possible.
People run from all kinds of things—like something new, or change in general. They run from their past. And many people in our society run away from responsibility. But the problem with running away from something is that you stay stuck. You don’t make any progress.
Now personally, I never had too many problems confronting people. In fact, I used to be overly confrontational, so the issue was more about how I handled confrontation. I had to learn how to confront people and situations the way Jesus did. I also had to learn how to confront the devil. And still, every once in awhile God, will give me a little refresher course on confronting the devil so he can’t walk all over me and I won’t listen to his lies.
We need to be people who will no longer run away from difficult situations because God doesn’t want us to be afraid. He wants us to be bold, courageous, and to know we can handle anything that comes our way!
Look at 1 John 4:4 (AMP). It says, “Little children, you are of God [you belong to Him] and have [already] defeated and overcome them [the agents of the antichrist], because He Who lives in you is greater (mightier) than he who is in the world.”
The next time you feel fearful about a situation or person that you know you need to confront, just quote this scripture and remind the devil of his place. And tell him, “No! I’m not putting up with fear any longer.”
Maybe you just need to live with a little more oomph! I’m talking about Holy Spirit oomph that says, “I am God’s child, and I’m not going to be stepped on my whole life. I am the head and not the tail, above and not beneath. I will not live in fear. I will not run away from things. Because I can do whatever I need to do in life through Christ who strengthens me.”
You can confront your problem. Or you can choose to run away from it. But if you run, the Bible is pretty clear as to what happens to people who run away from what God has called them to do…
They end up in the wilderness.
I want to talk about two people in the Bible who ran away when they were afraid and how God helped them confront their fear.
Moses – God had a destiny for Moses. But at forty years old, Moses did something wrong and instead of facing Pharaoh, he fled and “dwelt in the land of Midian” (Exodus 2:15 NKJV), which was a desert wilderness area outside of Egypt. He spent the next forty years in a holding pattern. God had to work some things out of Moses before he was ready, at age eighty, to go back and lead the Israelites.
Hagar – In Genesis we read how this servant girl got caught up in a really bad situation with Abraham and his wife, Sarah. When Hagar became pregnant by Abraham, which was Sarah’s idea, this created a big fight between her and Sarah. So Hagar ended up running away. The Bible says she ended up in the wilderness by a spring.
Then an angel of God told her, “Go back to your mistress and [humbly] submit to her control” (Genesis 16:9 AMP). Ouch! Although it was definitely unpleasant and, I’m sure, extremely hard to do, Hagar faced her difficult situation because she knew God wanted her to do it.
What about you? Are you in a wilderness today because you are fearfully avoiding confrontation? You don’t have to stay there all your life and keep running away from things. You can get out of that wilderness and live in the promised land God has for you—if you will start confronting issues.