And Samuel said, “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams. 1 Samuel 15:22
This past week I received a phone call from an acquaintance. I have known this lady and her husband for a few years now and they are always in some type of mess. Usually their messes consist of money problems, marital problems, or both. These messes, 99.9% of the time, are made by themselves and by them alone!
I was having much-needed relaxation time with hubby, and I have noticed when just the two of us get away that is when satan wants to raise his ugly head through some type of ‘crisis’! The first thing that happened was I wrote an article on a somewhat controversial subject and someone who is supposed to be a Christian (I can’t make that call, it is between God and them) lit a shuck into me, as we say in Texas, and called me everything from a liar to an idiot (in so many words), telling me I “skew facts to make them what supports MY platform”. Then this woman calling bawling and basically calls God a liar and not true to His word! I had ENOUGH!! It is one thing to accuse me (and I would be very careful doing that if I was one that was tempted to do so because God tells me what to write and He won’t put up with His handmaiden being falsely accused and attacked!) but it is a whole different thing when you accuse God in my presence! I will not stand for it!!!
This woman began to try to quote the Bible with, “God said He wouldn’t put more on me than I can bear! If that is true, why did God let this happen?”. The first thing I thought of was the prophecy that was spoken over me during the revival we just completed a couple of weeks ago at my church. God said people had tried to intimidate me to shut me up from speaking the truth, but He was putting a boldness on my mouth and I would speak the truth in love and not hold back. That was all I needed! I said to this lady, and I said it sweetly, “God didn’t put this on you. You put it on yourself by acting foolishly. You cannot blame God for any of this! God gave you common sense and you didn’t use it!” I have never heard tears come to an end so quickly. Instantly, the crying stopped! She was trying to get money out of me and that stopped, too! I knew this because God showed me through discernment.
I have heard people do this many times over the years! Why does God let one thing after another happen if He is a loving God and can stop it? Because He has given us free rule over our lives. God did not make us robots where He could push a “Do Not” button or a “Do This” button, but people with free wills. He isn’t going to force anyone to serve Him! Many times other people’s wills will effect our lives. That is why it is so important to know the word and protection scriptures. That is why it is so important to know the power of the name of Jesus to cast out devils and to stop evil in its tracks with the use of Jesus’ name where it concerns us! We have the authority to stop evil from happening to us, but if we don’t use it we tie God’s hands!
God has given us wisdom, common sense, and the Word of God to know what to do and not do. If we violate it, we have left the covering of grace and put ourselves in an unfortunate place. God is good and cannot do evil. When evil does come over things we knew better than to do why blame God when you never allowed Him to be part of your life to begin with?
Know God’s word and apply it and you will know great peace and blessings. Go your way and when life turns upside down, don’t shake your finger at God and scream “Why??” Take a good look in the mirror and choices you made that were in direct opposition to the Word and then repent and ask God to help you! He will, but the next time it comes time to make a decision, you will consider God first if you are smart!
I know this is a tough one today, but it had to be said. I pray you are blessed, dear reader, and that you remain in God’s ways! See you soon.
Yesterday, for some weird reason, I was craving oatmeal and a piece of toast! Yes, just one piece…don’t ask me! :) I went to McDonalds and got the oatmeal (since I don’t even like oatmeal) and came home and decided grape jelly would be great on that ONE piece of toast.
I got out the toaster and began to search out the butter and jelly as I toasted the bread. I could NOT find grape jelly. I scoured the refrigerator high and low…no jelly! I was so disappointed! I decided I didn’t need the added sugar, but still, I wanted it. I ate all of it for supper and was satisfied and went on my way.
I needed something out of my pantry a little while later and when I opened the door and walked in, guess what I saw! You got it, GRAPE JELLY! Hubby had gone to the grocery store a few days before and, instead of putting the jelly in the refrigerator like I normally do, he had put it in the pantry.
This struck me. God spoke to me and said, “You wanted the jelly, and you had the jelly the whole time, you just did not know it. Had you known you had it you could have applied it to the toast and enjoyed it. It is the same way with My truth about healing, peace, deliverance, salvation from every distressing care, etc.. People have it all at their disposal as Christians, they simply don’t know it, therefore they can’t apply it and enjoy the benefits of it.”
We can’t use or employ what we don’t know about. The following is a true story. There was a very rich man who employed a maid for many years. She retired and many years later she was living in a cold water flat, extremely poor, and had hardly any food at all. She became extremely ill and her neighbor called for an ambulance. When they arrived, above her bed was a sheet of paper. As they looked at it they asked her, “Does this belong to you?” She said, “Yes, I worked for this person for many years and when I left this is what they gave me.” The ambulance driver asked, “Do you know what this is?” She replied, “No, I can’t read.” He told her it was a note from the person she had worked for. He told her, her former employer had provided for her retirement and she could have lived in luxury all those years. It had been signed by John D. Rockefeller. Why did this dear lady live in abject poverty? Because she didn’t know what she had. It wasn’t she didn’t have it, it was she didn’t know what it was or how to use it!
53 Who has believed what we have heard?[a] And who has the arm of the Lord been revealed to? 2 He grew up before Him like a young plant and like a root out of dry ground. He didn’t have an impressive form or majesty that we should look at Him, no appearance that we should desire Him. 3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of suffering who knew what sickness was. He was like someone people turned away from;[b] He was despised, and we didn’t value Him.
4 Yet He Himself bore our sicknesses, and He carried our pains; but we in turn regarded Him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. 5 But He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment for our peace was on Him, and we are healed by His wounds.
Look at the beginning of this scripture. It says, “Who has believed what we have heard?” Again, faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. It is essential we believe ALL of the Word of God! We can’t say one thing is still for today and another isn’t. We can’t believe God’s Word according to other people’s experiences. Just because someone says they believe something, only they and God know if they do. Some people are embarrassed to admit their faith can go so far but can’t stretch to certain areas, leaving many confused when what they said they believed didn’t work! Don’t be embarrassed about that! We all have that from time to time. That is when you grab a prayer partner and say, “I need you to pray for me!” Never let the devil bring shame, precious heart! You will get there IF you are WILLING to believe! It is those who make all kinds of excuses why God’s Word won’t work that don’t receive! They negate the truth through doubt, while others simply never know what is at their disposal!
If you are going through something today, get your Bible and ask God to direct you to the scripture He has for you! Then stand on it, receiving it by faith. Don’t let what anyone elses experiences have been or someone’s reasoning stop what God has promised you! You stay with God no matter what you see!! He WILL fulfill it in your situation if you don’t back off what HE has said! Never forget, Jesus didn’t forget or leave anything out that you would ever face. You are blessed and provided for in every area of your life!
Blessings in abundance to you, dear reader!! I will see you soon! Juliana
The Number One Problem in Marriages—Strife
Harmony at home is one of the greatest blessings in life. It’s also one of the easiest blessings to lose if we don’t make a decision to do all we can to nurture our marriage relationship.
From the Scriptures you can learn the proper attitude about marriage: “Let marriage be held in honor (esteemed worthy, precious, of great price and especially dear) in all things. And thus let the marriage bed be undefiled (kept undishonored); for God will judge and punish the unchaste [all guilty of sexual vice] and adulterous” (Hebrews 13:4, The Amplified Bible).
When a couple ceases to view their marriage as precious and dear, they can become selfish and contentious with one another. Left uncorrected this attitude will lead to full-blown strife and can eventually lead to things such as sexual sin, divorce, physical injury or death.
We must learn from the Word of God how to live in harmony with each other. If we aren’t doing what it takes to live in harmony, then we are choosing to live in the destructive arena of strife.
Strife is deadly. It opens the door for the devil to steal, kill and destroy our home life. Any time we’re in strife, we give the devil permission to take us captive—at his will. II Timothy 2:24-26 says, “And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient. In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; and that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.”
Strife gives the devil the upper hand! Throughout the Scriptures, God warns us about the danger of strife. Yet, it’s still one of the most common problems among believers. Of course, we don’t purposely let it in. We don’t wake up in the morning and say, “I think I’m going to stir up some major strife at home today.” We just inadvertently let it slip up on us—one minor irritation at a time.
If you have a tendency to let things irritate you, then decide to overcome that tendency. Take a big stand against those little opportunities for strife. If you’ve spent a lifetime getting your feathers ruffled over every little thing, it may take a while for you to break that habit, but you can do it. You may have to work at it a moment at a time, but when you do, you’ll be in a place where God can guide your steps and save you from some grave mistakes.
Strife feeds on selfishness. And one of the easiest places to remain selfish is with those dearest to you, in your own home. Being in front of other people often provides an added incentive to operate in love. You can find yourself being nicer and more courteous to friends and acquaintances than to your own family. At home with your family, temptation can come to allow selfish privileges that promote disharmony—as if selfishness had no consequences at home. You may find yourself saying things to those close to you that you wouldn’t dream of saying to anyone else. Thoughtless, hurtful words spoken to our spouse or children can set us up for a strife-ridden home life.
Disagreements happen in every relationship, but it’s more important to avoid strife than to appear justified in our opinions.
So how do we stop strife? We do it by going to the Word of God to seek His wisdom in settling disputes. The wisdom from above is peace, loving and easily entreated, willing to yield to reason.
A husband and wife will see things differently, but if they are both committed to the Word, strife can’t exist. If each of them walk in love and give the Word of God first place in their life (instead of selfish desires), Satan will have no foothold to bring disharmony and division. Allowing the Word of God to be the final authority in settling disagreements will take the pressure off everybody and it will restore harmony in your home.
A Christian husband and wife who learn to live and pray in harmony are mighty instruments of the Lord Jesus. When they agree and pray together about something, it will come to pass (Matthew 18:19). The rewards of living in harmony and backing each other with prayer are more than worth the effort it takes to walk in love with each other.
Don’t let the devil trick you. The moment that you become aware of Satan trying to move you into an area of strife, stop him immediately with the Name of Jesus. Learn to resist strife just as you learned to resist sin and sickness. The Word says, “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory…” (Philippians 2:3). Obey God’s Word and be free from Satan’s evil works.
If you need further counsel, please consider contacting your local pastor or a pastor in your area who is full of the Word of God. Allow him to minister and counsel with you. –Kenneth Copeland Ministries kcm.org
The LORD will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand
to. The LORD your God will bless you in the land he is giving you. Deuteronomy 28:8 NIV
When I taught school years ago, I was a HOSTS (an acronym that stands for Help One Student To Succeed) coordinator until I retired. We went to a HOSTS convention every year and this was the time we learned from other teachers. Awards were given and a banquet thrown to honor HOSTS teachers from all over the United States.
Every morning before our breakout sessions began we had a different speaker. I would love to say each one affected my life greatly, especially since we had governors, senators, and various government representatives that attended. Actually there was only one woman and only one part of her speech that actually hit me with something I could take with me the rest of my life.
I don’t remember her name but I will never forget her “agenda”! She worked for the HOSTS Corporation. She came in, in a lower level position and wanted to work her way to the top. She craved success, but had no idea of how to meet it. She did eventually became on of the executives of that company and did it in record time. I think within a year she went from the ” bottom’ to some type of vice-president with them. She began to talk about how she accomplished such a feat in such a small amount of time when at first she was “clueless” about how to do it.
She found the most positive people she could and stuck to them like glue! She listened to every word and took it to heart. If there was a negative person who downed the company or anyone in the company in any way she removed herself from that conversation and stayed with the “positive” people. She began to mimic the behavior of these successful people. She learned “how” they worked and put it into practice in her own position. She took on their attitudes. Within three months she was “noticed” and promoted. At that level she continued to seek out the positive and successful people at that level and before long she was promoted, again. Her last sentence of her speech grabbed me and I shall never forget it. She said, ”You will become who you are around the most”!
People definitely influence you. I am not saying we cast people aside. If we did that how would they ever learn to change? There is a category of people who don’t want to change. They are negative, arrogant, “it is my way or no way” and these are toxic attitudes. Unless God gives you a special call and anointing for this type of person, they can and will drag you down. Before you know it you begin to see the negative in everything and magnify it as they do. These people we love, but from afar and we get to the “afar” place as fast as we can! But, I have found there are more positive people in my life than negative, by far!
These people encourage you. They are always saying something that teaches you, promotes your thinking and ideas to higher levels. They walk in God’s love and do ALL according to His commands, not just pick what is easiest on the flesh! I haven’t always been around these particular people, but in the past year that I have been it is like the anointing that is on them rubs off on me. It causes those around them to be better people and causes them aspire to be even better for God!
This last year of my life has been like no other! God has done things in and for me I only dreamed of! Suddenly, dreams turned to realities. As my heart spilled over onto “paper” I got a good look at what was in it! Some I was happy to see and some I was not. Seeing yourself in print is a good thing. What you read just seems to stick with you! Thank God He gave me the courage to write the good, but also the not so good! Thank God He helped me change it or I wouldn’t be living out my dreams right now! I truly believe that.
Stay with successful, full of the Holy Spirit people! Stay with people who eat, breath, and drink the presence and Word of God in! Stay with people who walk in God’s love toward others! Learn all you can and act on and out what you learn! You will be excited to see, before long you will be prospering in the spiritual. It won’t be long until you will prosper in the physical, as well. Where the spiritual goes the physical always follows! If someone is spiritually corrupt their physical lives will be also. If someone is spiritually successful, their physical lives will be also! One definitely follows the other! Stay with Godly people and watch the heights you meet in the physical. The Bible says you will be headed for certain success and who doesn’t want that?
Blessings in abundance to you, precious reader!! I will see you soon! Juliana
Don’t let the pain of obeying God hinder you. You will receive your promise if you continue to trust and DON’T DIG YOUR SEED UP! I know this sounds like an odd statement, but it is something which will help you stay with obedience and keep you from becoming discouraged in the process.
A great example of this is when God told Abraham to leave his father’s house and he would show him a land he knew not of. Basically, Abraham packed up his belongings, took Sara, his nephew Lot and all the servants he had and off they went with no destination in mind. He walked out on sheer trust in God’s voice. As time went on and tragedies struck in various manners, how easy it would have been for Abraham to have wondered if he had done the right thing. His wife had been captured by an evil king, his nephew gave up on his idea and decided to part ways in the middle of nowhere, sickness struck the camp, and still there was no promised destination in sight! How easy it would have been to turn and run home to Daddy. How easy it would have been to say, “God, did I really hear you or was that just me?”
In Mark 4:15 it says
What happened? God spoke and satan shows up! He has shown up to steal the WORD sown in us! I know this is talking about a message a minister preaches and the Word of God itself, but where does that message come from? Where did that verse for you to stand on come from? From the mouth of God! When God speaks to you to do something, don’t think the devil won’t come like he did to Eve and say, “Is that what God REALLY said? Maybe that was just you!” No, precious heart, it wasn’t just you! You don’t think like that on a regular basis and neither do I! If it was just us we would be thinking like that all the time! What is that stinking devil trying to do? Dig up your seed! He will bring all kinds of thoughts and even some junk in the physical to get you to doubt what God has told you; hold firm! Don’t ever let negative circumstances cause you to head in another direction than what God has told you to go.
My son is a body builder (not the ones you see on television, just muscular). He knows what he has to do to get his desired outcome. One of the things he does is lift weights to the point of his muscles revolting with pain. This is called “Resistance Training“. Instead of quitting he pushes past the pain and continues knowing if he doesn’t quit, soon he will see the results he was looking for! It is the same with faith. Faith is like a muscle. When you work it the stronger it becomes, but sometimes there is discomfort in the process. Keep pressing, keep working your faith “muscle” out. When it hurts, tell the devil forget it, you are sticking with it and you WILL SEE THE END RESULT OF YOUR FAITH!! God said it, therefore it is true!!!
Know your enemy is out there prowling around seeking whom he may devour. He is also seeing who will cast their faith in God away. It may not look good, but since when did God say if it doesn’t LOOK good, you better worry? You better figure this thing out! You better get some people who can promote you and what He promised because He just doesn’t know about this one! Since when did God stand up, start walking the floor over you saying, “Oh, Jesus what are We going to do about this??” NEVER! The Word says He knows the end from the beginning. It may be a good thing the legs of that chair were kicked out from beneath us. Maybe the chair holding us up was our dependence on some person or some thing, and we looked there first before looking to God! Praise God, now we HAVE to look to Him for help and that is a VERY GOOD THING! It teaches us God is ALWAYS our source….ALWAYS!! He isn’t worried. He knew whatever this thing is was going to happen and has already made a way of escape!!
Glory to God we are progressing every day! Stay with your faith and trust, precious reader! Work your faith muscle out!! You will most certainly see your promise and be stronger for it! You can’t lose with God; there is absolutely no way! See you soon! Juliana