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Surrender and Trust in God

We all have things that we are dealing with.  Some of those things are small and then some of them are large.  But those struggles can be a little easier when we just stop and take some simple steps.  I would like to say that I discovered these a couple of weeks ago, but the truth is that the bible points out time and again these are steps that we should be taking.

You say WHAT there are steps that can help in the struggles of life?  Yes there are steps that can bring peace and comfort in the middle of the struggle.  I am in the middle of a struggle to get guardianship of my Mother that has Alzheimer’s but I have had roadblock, after roadblock because of her boyfriend.  Just to understand he has been living with her for 15 years for free, so he is afraid he will lose a place to live.  So because of his fear he has not been willing to work with my sister and I on appointments that we needed our Mother to go to.

My Mother is at a point where she is very confused and does not understand things, so someone has to make appointments and take her to all of them.  It took 2 months before I was able to get her to a lawyer appointment, but I really just want you to understand some of the ongoing struggle.  Two weeks ago my husband so kindly called to talk to her boyfriend and to see if he had made a doctor appointment for her that we needed, so that we could go to court for Guardianship.  He said No, and she is not ready for that, and I am not going to do that to help you out.

When my husband got off the phone he looked at me and said he is not going to do anything to help you in this process.  I looked at my husband and said we need to pray.  He looked at me and said yes, like OK we will later on tonight.  I again looked at him and said we need to stop and pray.  My husband looks at me and said “Oh you mean now”.  I said yes NOW, God knows our hearts and God knows the situation.  This is something that we are unable to change, but God can change this situation.  I said this needs to be Gods will not our will, even though we want the best for my Mother.

At that moment we stopped everything we were doing and got down on our knees.  I prayed fervently and called out the truths of what God had shown me.  But I said I surrender this to you Lord and I trust that you will take care of everything.  I said Lord you know our hearts and I know you will do what is best in your plan for this situation.

The next day I was at a Youth Conference and the first speaker has a message about when Jesus walked on the water and Peter stepped out of the boat.  Now I have heard these verses discussed in many different ways, but that night it was different.  Jesus told the disciples to get in the boat and that he would meet them on the other side.  Even though he was not in the boat he never said that he would not be with them.  Suddenly I had an aha moment.  You might say WHAT!!!   Jesus had told me to get in the boat on this journey with my Mother, and he said that he had laid my path to walk.  But he never said that it was all going to be easy, in fact the BIBLE says we will face trials and tribulations.  But that does not mean that Jesus is not walking with us and it surely does not mean that he won’t be on the other side of the lake.

The rest of the weekend and into the next week I kept thinking about these things and I would continue to talk to God and reaffirm that I trusted that God had this situation with my Mother taken care of.  Then less than 5 days later I get a message from my Mother’s boyfriend.  He is being driven by fear which I know is not of God, but I know God allows confusion just like what God did with the Egyptians when the Israelite’s were fleeing Egypt.  Suddenly he has made a doctor appointment for my Mother and he is desperate for me to go to court to get Guardianship for my Mother.  In fact he was telling me I needed to go to court as soon as possible.

The hardest thing for many of us to do is to stop and surrender what ever is going on in our life.  We want to help our kids find salvation, we want to see our families do better, the struggles of life are many.  But what if you stop struggling and stressing about those things, you start getting on your knees and surrendering them to God.  God knows your struggles, but if you are anything like me you want to fix things yourself.  It can seem really hard to just stop and surrender.   But I think that if we would all stop trying to fix things ourselves and instead we would get on our knees and surrender things to God we will see change.  Stop trying to make everything our will and instead ask God to interject his will into our struggles.  We may start to find peace and comfort.  We may start to find out that life is not as much of a struggle.  We may really discover what it means to rest in the Lord.

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Did God Create Evil?

I had a young student ask me that question the other day at our youth group.  She was being honest when she asked me “Did God create evil”.  It caused me to pause and to think carefully about how to respond so that she would understand.  God is a good and loving father.  God did not create evil and sin, those are something that our enemy Satan is responsible for.  She was trying to process when sin was introduced through the Serpent because God created everything.

This made me think about giving her a good response so that she could understand but this morning it made me think that others may be just as confused.  No God did not create evil or sin.  Evil and sin were introduced in that moment when Eve ate from the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden.  But it was Satan that brought sin and evil into the world.

Yes God created everything including the angels.  Yes Satan was an angel that was cast out of heaven.  But this I know God is good and loving.  God is constantly fighting to win us back into relationship with him.  Just as Jesus said “Any kingdom divided by civil war is doomed.”  The same would be true for the Kingdom of Heaven as for the Kingdom of Darkness.  God did not create sin and evil just so that his glory could be shown when it was overcome.  No just as Jesus says “For who is powerful enough to enter the house of a strong man like Satan and plunder his goods?  Only someone even stronger – someone who could tie him up and then plunder his house.”

Our strong and mighty God is more powerful than Satan, and it is because of this that sin and evil can be overcome.  It is the light of our powerful and mighty God that puts out the darkness that sin and evil linger in.  It was pride and a desire for power that caused Satan to be cast out of heaven.  It was not because God created evil or sin.

I may not have all the answers and the only one that does is the Holy Spirit.  But this I do know, God is Good and loving.  God created man so that he could have a relationship with us.  That relationship was broken with sin.  But ever since sin entered the world God has been trying to bring his children back into right standing with himself.  God introduced the law and the 10 commandments after rescuing the people of Israel from Egypt.  This was done to bring freedom, but as it says in Romans 8:3-4 “The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature.  So God did what the law could not do.  He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have.  And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.  He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.”

Yes the law of Moses was unable to bring the salvation we needed because of our sinful nature.  But when we allow the Holy Spirit to guide our lives it leads us to life and peace.  The control of sin is broken, and we change our thinking not because we are forced to but because we are children of God, and we desire to walk in right standing with the Father.   I don’t know about you, but I know that this is true.  When I was allowing  my sinful nature to control my life it brought so much suffering into my life.  But when I started a relationship with Jesus that all started to change.  It was not anything that was forced, but a gradual change from within.  I stopped thinking about sinful things and my thoughts changed to Godly things.

I also know that God does not desire for us to be punished for doing things that are wrong or sinful, rather that is the consequence of our own actions.  God does always give us the option that will provide a better outcome and keep us in right standing but it always really comes down to our free will.  How will I handle my free will?  Will I allow the Holy Spirit to guide me in making good and wise decisions with my free will, or will I allow the enemy to guide me in making poor choices and unwise decisions with my free will?  I once was a slave to sin, but now I am a child of God.  That is my declaration that I make over myself.

When you choose to follow Jesus then you have become a child of God.  Yes you are no longer a slave to fear or sin.  But you are now an heir of God’s glory.  When you choose to follow Jesus you start to change, you find that shift in your thoughts.  It is a gradual change but it can be a radical change as well.  We have a powerful and mighty Father in Heaven.  He is the God that makes impossible suddenly become possible.  He is the God of miracles.  He is a loving and caring Father that chose you and I long before anything was even created.  Yes you were chosen before creation.

Ask Holy Spirit to help you have a deeper understanding of the goodness of Father God, and the truth will be revealed to you.  Holy Spirit will take you through the word and will reveal the truth to you.  Remember those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.  But those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things.  “For the sinful nature is always hostile to God.  It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will.”  But if you belong to Christ then you have the Spirit of God living in you.  The Spirit gives you life and freedom.  It is the power of Christ that helps you to overcome your sinful nature and to put your sinful nature to death.

 

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Jesus has changed my life

Hello everyone, and welcome to my blog.  My life changed in 2008 because I found that there is a difference in being a believer and actually having a relationship with Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior.

It has been through my realtionship with Jesus and God that my life has been transformed and I have found peace and freedom that I never had before.  My bible has become a voice from God, as well as the Christian music that I listen to.  As my life has been transformed, it has opened my heart to share with others so that they can find the freedom that I found.

When you walk with Christ, you start to change from the inside out.  Actually it happens and you might not even see the changes happening, but they are.  I was someone that lived life in fear of judgement from others and so I shut myself off from people.  I was not a hermit, but I was extremely shy, and I found it hard to trust people.  But I am no longer that person, I no longer walk in fear of judgement from the people around me.  Now I walk bold and confident because I have discovered a new freedom, and that is when I live my life for God, I don’t have to worry about what people think, but I focus on what God would think.

I hope that you find this site as a way to learn more about the Jesus that I have found and love.  For Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice to save man kind.  Jesus is not just a prophet, or a good person.  Jesus was both a son of man and a son of God.  Jesus suffered and was sacrificed on the cross so that we can be made righteous by the blood that was shed.  Jesus bore all of your sin and my sin, so that we could be seen as righteous in the eyes of God, when we belive in Jesus.  Jesus died, but rose on the third day and is now seated at the right hand of God, my Heavenly Father.

We now walk in a new covenant with God, and we have been given direct access to the Father through Jesus.  When Jesus died on the cross the veil was torn in the temple that separated the most Heavenly place where God was and opened up a way for us to talk directly with the Father through Jesus Christ.  Think about what this really means, it was the hand of God that tore the veil.  The veil that hung in the temple was 4 inches thick, and I read that it was 60 ft long, and it tore from the top to the bottom.  This helps you to understand the magnitude of what really happened when Jesus died, but he rose 3 days later.  Jesus has won the battle and taken the keys away from Satan.

So what does that mean!  Well it means that I don’t have to talk to a priest, who then talks to God, but rather I can talk directly to Father God.  Jesus has given us the ability to talk directly to God.  Jesus has made it so that we are washed clean and when God looks at us we are righteous.  Not because of things that we do, but because of the realtionship that we have with Jesus.  When we believe in Jesus that he was a sacrifice for our sins, that he was resurrected and now sits at the right hand of God, we get freedom.

I hope that you will enjoy my insights to living with God.

I want to be a Nobody that tells Everyone about Jesus

There is a Casting Crowns song out called Nobody.  It speaks of just how I feel.  My desire is to be nobody that wants to tell everybody about Jesus that saved me.  Of a loving Father that had a plan before creation to bring us back into right standing.

We have such a loving Heavenly Father, for he thought of everyone of us before creation.  If that was not enough he laid out a plan for salvation before creation because he saw the weakness of man and that we would fall into sin.  Yet that did not stop God from creating everything we see and know, even the far reaches of the universe and beyond.  What a love that he would send his beloved son who was perfect and did not sin, to bear the sin of the world.

What love Jesus had that he knew his fate, yet he bore it and asked for us to be forgiven as he died on the cross.  He was beaten so brutally, mocked and humiliated as the people he loved cheered for him to die.  Yet even as he was hanging on the cross he still had compassion on the world.  For it is by his stripes that we are healed, it is by his blood that was shed that we are made righteous.

As if that is not enough, we discover as we read the bible that God knows us so well that he knows how many hairs are on our heads.  He cares that intimately about each and everyone of us.  On top of that we are adopted as Children of God when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour.  This changes everything about us for now we are not just an average person, no we are now clothed in righteous clothing and we are celebrated.

Transformation from darkness to light

Today we had a powerful message at church about how God’s Grace transforms us from darkness to light.  As I have thought about this and what the light is I am just that much more in awe of our mighty Heavenly Father, Yahweh.  There was a time when I was not walking in the light, I was following a path guided by things of this world and the darkness around.  I was ignoring the light that was there to light my path and lead me on a safe journey through life.  Instead I stumbled along for many years banging into walls, and falling off cliffs with the challenges of life on my own without God.

But then I encountered glorious God and all his grace that covers us in a love that is beyone anything we can imagine.  I have been changed transformed into something that is beautiful, made into a new creation when I truly found my wonderful Jesus.  The light of Jesus will pierce through the darkness, pain, and protective walls of our hearts.  It begins to show grace as the lies are revealed to us and we find freedom as condemnation is removed from our lives.  The light will continue to grow brighter and brighter on our hearts to chase all darkness from us as we grow into something so beautiful that reflects all of Gods glory.

Without light nothing on this earth would survive.  Yes all life on this planet requires the light that is produced by the sun.  But the true light that is sustaining life and causing new birth is God.  We can see so easily that without light things will whither and die away like an old rotten piece of wood.  But when light shines upon anything you start to see new life as tender grass, and flowers will begin to spring to life.

The same thing happens to us, when we are shrouded in darkness we begin to shrivel up and die from the inside out.  However, the light of God can break through that darkness and can slowly and methodically peel away the layers of hurt, insecurities, even self hate.  As those layers are peeled away we are restored with confidence in who we are, boldness to share the truth with the world, we learn to walk in peace and calmness in the midst of the storms.

When the light is shining on us it reveals the danger ahead, you start to hear that voice danger, danger.  Yet it still requires you to yield to the warnings of the Holy Spirit that was sent to comfort us, and teach us.  When we yield we pass by the danger without falling off the cliff of despair.  The more we yield to the Holy Spirit the more our lives will be transformed from darkness to the light.  We will grow spiritually so that we are prepared when the battles come.

We see everyday how light overcomes the darkness from the sun rising in the East to turning on a light bulb or lighting a candle.  The darkness is chased back into the shadows.  Good things do not happen in the darkness, no in the darkness is when crimes happen because criminals feel safer because they are hidden.   But in the light you can see clearly everything around you, you can make wise decisions because you have clarity that only the light can reveal.

My prayer for you is that the light of God will transform your life, that you will be renewed in your spirit.  I pray that the Lord will reveal the beautiful person that each of you are in his eyes.  I pray that you feel the full love of the Father as you go through your day.  Amen.

 

God’s Light

I got to spend a weekend out in God’s beautiful country. Filled with beautiful views of the mountains, trees, completely disconnected from the world. As I looked up into the night sky at the stars shining bright, it reminded me that God shows us every day that he is here through his creation.
 
The night sky is a testimony of the light of Jesus. For we have the moon that is bright even when it is just a sliver and the stars shine so bright in the night sky when you are away from the city. As I watched the stars multiply last night I was reminded how Gods light will always pierce through the darkness.
 
No matter how dark the world may seem, the light of God is always there piercing through. You may not see it because of the other lights that are in your way, and you may even believe that the darkness will overcome. But we are always reminded that God’s light is brighter than the darkness will ever be.
 
The sunrise breaks across the horizon and it is the brilliance of Gods glory shining through. Then as the sun sets we see the darkness come in, but then the stars will start to show themselves, first just a few and then gradually millions of them.
 
So when you think the darkness is greater just look up and see that God’s light will always pierce through the darkness. Stand on the truth of what God’s word says and watch the darkness disappear as you take back your authority in Christ.

The Fire of God – Brings Revival

The time is here for revival across the nations.  It is time to take a stand and put on the full armor of God.  We were not made to sit idly by just letting life move on, feeling as if there is no hope, peace or happiness to be found.  NO!!!!! We are called to bring the Fire of God to the people.  It is time to stand up as rightful heirs and Children of God.  We have been adopted into the most prestigious family there is.  We have been given a free gift of Salvation that was paid for dearly by Jesus.  We have also been given again freely the Holy Spirit that resides in each of us as Followers of Jesus.

That is right we are not followers of particular Pastors or Teachers.  We are Followers of Jesus, and because of that we have been adopted into the family of God the Father and Christ Jesus the son.  We are now seated in places with the Lord.  Jesus has already won the battle of battles, so why sit around praying from a defeated position.  It is time to walk into our true identity, and to recognize who we are.  Then we can carry that into the Nations to bring revival across the world like a wild fire.

God is calling for revival and hearts are awakening.  Step into your full inheritance and pray and fight your battles from victory.  We are not fighting with flesh and blood.  That is right we are fighting a spiritual battle, but when you have the full armor of God and you know whose you are, everything changes.

Revival is people realizing that what they have been looking for in all the wrong places is really a relationship with Father God, Christ Jesus and Holy Spirit.  Yes all three parts of the trinity.  For they are all important and equal in power and authority.  There will be radical encounters and shouts of praise will rise up to the heavens as the weighty chains of oppression fall away.  There will be an increase in the gifts of the spirit and God our healer will bring healing to the hurt and the broken.

It is time for sons and daughters of the King Most High to move under the authority that has been given by the blood of Jesus.  We have been given the authority to fight and move forward in our battle with evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world.  The mighty powers of darkness are still weak to the mighty powers of light.  Done your armor, take up your battle pose and start speaking Heaven on Earth.  The heavens are open and they are calling for the warriors to stand up in this hour.  We are to be the hands and feet that bring revival to Nations.  We the people and children of God are to stepping out and carrying an abundance of the Holy Spirit with us that is spread upon the ones we come in contact with,.

Sound the trumpets for the time of revival has come.  The mighty fire of God is pouring down on us, it is time to stand up and do what God has called us to do.

Dry Bones it is time to come alive

I keep hearing dry bones, dry bones, listen to what the Lord has to say.  For just as when Ezekiel spoke over the dry bones in the valley, there is now a new message for the dry bones.  The Lord is saying again that he will put a breath into you and make you live again.  There is a new song for the hardened hearts that will destroy the walls, just like the walls of Jericho.

I am crying out to the dry bones, awaken and hear the Lord’s voice full of love for his children.  Hear the cries of a Father that is calling his children back into the stronghold of protection that only a Father can provide.  The Lord is saying “I am the creator of all things and I can resurrect you from the dry bones that you have become”.  My breath will fill your lungs with refreshing air that will expand your empty lungs.  A song and praise will flow from your lips as you realise the love I your Heavenly Father have for you.

Abba our loving Father spokes the world and everything into existence.  God’s words are powerful and mighty.  He is a loving Father that is always watching for the wayward child to return.  There will not be rebuke and ridicule, NO!  Instead there will be celebration in the heavens as the lost child has returned.

I see the cleansing waters pouring down from Heaven and as they cover the earth and the people there is great healing that will arise.  The wounds will be healed as soon as the living water touches them.  The flesh will be made new and the chains of oppression on the hardened hearts will fall away as Jesus has the key to unlock the padlocks that have been put upon those walls.

I see the dry bones in the valley that stretches for miles and miles, they are growing new muscle and flesh is forming on the bones.  New skin is covering their bodies and the hearts are alive.  As the breath of God fills there lungs a song of praise is exhaled.

Dry Bones, Dry Bones the creator is calling you.  Dry Bones, Dry Bones, the healer has healed you.  Dry Bones, Dry Bones feel the love of the Father.  Dry Bones the hope will arise from the ashes of defeat, for you are chosen and not forsaken.  Rest in the presence of the Lord and feel the power of his love as it pours upon your flesh.  Take in the breath of life and feel your heart awaken.  Feel the freedom that comes from the light of truth, and watch as the chains fall away.  As the light pierces through the darkness so does Gods redemptive love.  Shame is cast away and instead there is freedom in the name of Jesus.

The lies become exposed and the smoking mirrors break apart to reveal the lies that allowed the darkness to invade.  Suddenly freedom songs will arise and endless praise will rise from the lips.  There will be a uncontainable freedom that will be awakened as the dry bones rise up.

Spiritual Warfare

People the time is now for the church to take a stand. We are reminded in Ephesians to put on the whole armor of God. That is not for good looks, but so that we are truly prepared for the spiritual battle around us. We have Christ living in us as the Holy Spirit, the 3rd part of the trinity. We have been given the mind of christ through the Holy Spirit. Stop groveling in fear and stand up in the power that the Blood of Jesus has covered you in. We are not weak, No we are powerful and we are to walk with boldness. We are mighty warriors that have been equipped with the strongest defense, WE ARE FIGHTING from VICTORY. Jesus has already won the battle, and our enemy does not have power and authority over us. We are told to stand on the ROCK of Jesus, that is the truth of what Christ taught us so many years ago. Stand up my fellow soldiers, arm yourself, pray heaven on earth and go to battle. We have Christ Jesus leading the charge. Lock shoulder to shoulder and do not waiver. Stomp your feet and cry out the battle cry of Jesus. Rush at your enemy with bold confidence and watch the enemy cower in fear and defeat. Crush the enemy just as David crushed Goliath. We have a big and mighty God that is in full control. Jesus has the keys and nothing can take them away from him. Draw your swords and start speaking out the powerful and mighty words of Christ. It is time for us to start living in the full authority we have been given as Children of God.

Redemptive Grace Freely Given

I am not sure that many of us really think about the wonderful redemptive grace that we receive from our beloved Heavenly Father.  There is something so very powerful about Grace.  It brings healing and restoration instead of condemnation and shame. I have been thinking so much the last few days about grace and how that truly transforms our lives as we walk in relationship with Jesus and the Heavenly Father God.

When you look up the word grace it really refers to so much.  Grace involves forgiveness, mercy, salvation, repentance, regeneration and the love of God.  These are all such powerful descriptions really when you think about God’s Grace.  We are showered in so much grace by the love that is showered upon us when we accept Jesus into our hearts.  When we walk in the freedom of having relationship with Jesus and surrendering our lives to allow the Holy Spirit (Christ in Us) to work on transforming us from the inside out.

None of us deserve the forgiveness that is so freely given when we accept Christ and surrender our lives to the One True God Jehovah.  We are washed clean in that moment and are Holy in the sight of the Father.  We are given a salvation that we can’t earn and we sure don’t deserve it, however as we walk on this journey with Jesus it is freely given.  We are resurrected from the ashes of our broken lives into the more that God has for us.

As we become new in our journey with Christ Jesus, the Holy Spirit begins to make internal changes in us.  Our hearts begin to soften as the hardened walls come crumbling down, just like the walls of Jericho.  We are resurrected with Christ from the ashes of death from a life of separation from God to walking in full relationship.  Suddenly we are adopted sons and daughters.  We discover the truth that we were thought of and chosen before the beginning of creation.  We realize that it is God’s breath in our lungs and we feel our spiritual self begin to worship the Lord all the time.  It is not something we are forced to do, but it becomes something that we just have an internal desire to do.

Along with that amazing grace we are also showered with God’s kindness, along with all wisdom and understanding.  Yes that is right we are given wisdom and understanding, we just have to ask Jesus to reveal this to us in its fullness.  God created such a beautiful plan that is unique and yet mysterious to bring us his broken children to redemption through the sacrifice of Jesus.  A sacrifice that was made freely because of a love that is more than we can even imagine.

It can be hard for our human minds to really wrap around all of this kindness and forgiveness so freely given.  It is not something that we are used to, because as humans we tend to expect something from someone when we offer forgiveness.  But I can say that as we become transformed it becomes easier to forgive unconditionally and to shower others in that forgiveness, grace and kindness that has been showered upon us.

Just as Paul prays for the Ephesians I pray that our glorious Father in Heaven of our beloved Lord Jesus will give you spiritual wisdom and insight, so that you will also grow in your knowledge of God.  I pray that your hearts will be flooded with the light of Jesus, that you will discover your true identity in Christ, that you will discover that you are a rich and glorious inheritance, that you will see that you are holy and seated in heavenly places now.  I pray that your hearts will come alive and you will want to share the love of Jesus to let others know of the goodness of God.