Hear His Voice

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John 10:27-28 KJV  “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:  And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand”

Don’t be threatened by people or circumstances.  Don’t be distracted by the noise.  Don’t be distracted by negative emotions or any thoughts that exalt them above God’s truth.  Just listen to the Shepherd’s voice.  He knows the way.  Only one thing has ever been needful.  It is to hear his word, and to follow him anywhere he may lead.  If he says it is OK, it is OK.  If he speaks and says to stop, stop.  If he gives you a morsel of word to think on, chew on it and be still as it nourishes your body.  He knows the way, you are not an orphan.  He will not abandon you or lead you astray.  Without him we can accomplish nothing, but allowing him to lead and following him will lead us the right way.  Thank the Lord today for giving you the great shepherd to follow.  Listen for his voice.  What is the Shepherd saying to you today?  Lord speak, your child is listening.

Psalm 23:4 KJV  “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me”

 

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High Places & Heavenly Realms

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Have you ever given much thought to what it means when we are told that we were raised with Jesus and seated with him in heavenly realms (Ephesians 2:6)?  We all know that when we received salvation, we were promised to go to heaven when we die right?  However, this spiritual place of heavenly realms is not limited to the afterlife.  Rather, we have been placed in that spiritual position now as we have placed our faith in Christ.  We have been seated with him in heavenly realms, even as we dwell on earth still.

When the bible discusses dwelling places, it is generally discussing the focus of our mind and our heart.  What do we fixate on and dwell on?  We our mind focuses is where our mind dwells.  This is called our dwelling place.  As the Psalmist mentioned in Psalm 84:1-2,  “how lovely are your dwelling places, O Lord of Heaven’s armies.  I long, yes, I faint with longing to enter the courts of the Lord”.  It is not likely that this psalmist had actually visited heaven as we think of heaven when we die, at least his physical body had not yet entered it, yet our spirits have been risen there.  He is referring to the realm of heaven.  This is where we have the ability to dwell even now.  Life on earth is not meant to be lived in sorrow, but rather with joy.  This is what Jesus was saying in John 10:10 when he said that he came that we may have life, and to have it in abundance.  My friends, it is possible, and probable that when you dwell with Jesus, in your heart and mind you literally transcend the realm of death and enter into his heavenly realms.  For this we ought to give him thanksgiving.

High things that we think on, are things that seem to transcend normal earthly order, yet its where our hopes and desires reach for.  This is where Satan attacks us as well.  He will bring about a “high” thing for our hearts and minds to dwell on, yet these are no where near being exalted to the heavenly realms where God and Jesus reside.  If he can capture our mind, and direct where we dwell which is anywhere other than God’s intended heavenly realm, then he brings us pain, torment, death and destruction.  Here we reap every bad fruit and consequence of straying from God’s intended path of blessing and destiny.  It starts with where our hearts and minds dwell.  In 2 Corinthians 10:5 we are told to cast down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the true knowledge of God.  It would be so hard to list every possible “high thing” that Satan captures our minds with.  For one, I don’t know every high thing, and two the list even as I do know it is endless.  Let’s consider a few high things that rob our high places or dwelling places that were meant for heaven: drugs, and the high they give, addictions, idols and the false or temporary satisfaction that devoting our standards to them bring, pride- promoting ourselves to an elevated position that leads us to worship ourselves rather than the truth and what is right.  A desensitization to what is sinful and wrong, sensual indulgences of many kinds including fornicating with beats, multiple people, adultery, and the very idea of being free to do so with its own sense of promising fulfillment.  Witchcraft, philosophies, spiritualism of many kinds that give a sense of spiritual indulgence yet it all leads us away from the truth.  Then we have deception, which is mixing the truth with the blatant idolatry and fornication with the devil, who makes us think that mixing scriptures with sinful pleasures is alright.  Here’s the bottom line, none of these “high things” that intoxicate our dwelling places even for a moment will ever truly lead us to heaven or God.  They are all meant for one reason, and one reason only, to “steal, kill, and destroy” John 10:10.  Oh you may not believe it for the moment and might laugh at the notion, but I’ll tell you that even if you never suffer an ounce of dissatisfaction while living on earth, you will see the truth wholeheartedly when you do die, forever separated from God who you neglected to get to know.  “High” things that exalt themselves against the TRUE knowledge of God are not of God at all, they are just a lie.

I love the way the truth of God’s dwelling place is spoken about in Psalm 16:11 NIV

“You make known to me the path of life;
    you will fill me with joy in your presence,
    with eternal pleasures at your right hand”

And Psalm 91:1 KJV it states, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the almighty”

These are all talking about where we set our minds.  How do we set our minds on God and dwell in his dwelling places?  Isaiah 26:3 KJV discloses this secret to us, it states,

You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You”

Dwelling in heavenly realms, in God’s courts, in his secret place, hiding under his wings is thinking about and caring about what he thinks, what makes him happy, praising him, praying to him at all times in all kinds of ways, and striving to be right in his sight, throwing off willingly every hindrance that besets.  It is thinking on his promises, meditating on his words and eating them to your fullest satisfaction day and night.  It is waiting on him.  It is seeking the truth about his will by searching it out and in his word and committing your ways to it.  It is considering him in all your ways so that he can make your paths straight.  It is trusting him in spirit and in truth.  It is loving him.  In short it is making him your God, worshiping  him with your life, and not putting any other God above him.

Oh Lord, how lovely are your dwelling places.  I will forever praise you my King, My Messiah, My counselor, the lover of my Soul, my brother, my husband, My God

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Everything Works Out For Those Who Truly Believe

The Lord had spoken to me this past month and told me that he was going to deliver me from all my troubles.  He reminded me of the scripture that says so in Psalm 34:19.  Since then I have seen various small improvements in my life, financially, mentally, he is leading me to change some physical habits, emotionally I have so much peace.  As soon as a concern begins to rise up, I am reminded of this promise he had said, that he would deliver me from all my troubles.  You see before I was so used to everything going bad so my mind would automatically become worrisome, even though I believed it would eventually work out, I just didn’t know how soon that would be so I still worried and sometimes gave room to fear.  Now that I am fixing my mind on him and his promise, seeking him in all my ways so that he can make them straight, believing his promise, and seeking him when I just have a question, he is giving me peace.  His voice is a gentle whisper, and his presence is full of grace and love.  Fear still tries to creep in but he can’t stay long because the peace of God’s presence has taken over.  His word also says that he keeps in perfect peace those whose minds are stayed upon him (Isaiah 26:3).  Hand and free bird hope faith love bird buddha carefree

Big H, Little h

 

Big H, little h, what is that about?  It is about making the big H big, and making the little h little.  The big H equals “Him”, or God.  The little h represents all the high things that we exalt above him, rather than making them little.  Examples of the little things that are high includes: worries, cares of this life, things we want or think we need, hobbies, and basically anything that distracts us from God’s will.  In this case we have placed more emphasis on the lower case h’s, placing them in a high place in our mind, while the Big H has become lost, or low towards the bottom.  In order to have true equilibrium in our lives, the little high things need to be brought down to be lower than the Big H, and “He” needs to tower over them.  Big H needs to be exalted.  Think about it, what are you worrying about right now?  What is occupying your mind, heart, and life outside of God?  “He” said that we are to put no other God before him, and that we are to love him with all of our hearts, minds, and strength, but the little h’s have taken over our lives and distracted us from making “Him” capitalized.  We need to bring the “high things”, or the little h’s down and start magnifying the big H, which is “Him”.  Make the Big H your capital H today and all else will fit perfectly into place.

Qualified- The Veil Was Torn

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Matthew 27:50-51 KJV

“Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.  And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent”

The veil was torn after Jesus died.  What does this mean?  It means that we were qualified.  Qualified for what?  Prior to the event of Jesus crucifixion, only the qualified high priest was permitted to enter the Holy of Holies, a small room with a candle and golden alter, which was hidden by the veil.  There, he burned incense and sprinkled sacrificial animal blood on the alter to God because this was God’s requirement for the remission of sins.  This was done once a year, and it was a solemn and sacred event.

When Jesus died, the veil to the Holy of Holies tore in half.  This means that we are now qualified.  We are now holy enough, righteous enough, worthy enough, esteemed enough, and honored enough to approach God.  No more veil, no more requirements such as washing the feet and hands for cleanliness because we were made spotless by the blood of the lamb.  No more blood sacrifices are required, because Jesus was our sacrifice.  No more justification by keeping the law is required, because Jesus became our justification.

Since Jesus’s death qualified us, God now calls us, and then justifies us (Romans 8:30).  Then, after he justifies us, he glorifies us as a royal priesthood, a spotless bride.  How does God justify us?  He calls things that appear to be not as though they are.  We see our failures, but he shows us our justification.  Just as one might justify a child’s behavior to someone, God justifies our behaviors to us.  He gives us faith.  So why do we need to be justified if we are already qualified?  We are not really justified until we know that we are justified.  We are qualified, but unless we believe that we are qualified, its as if we aren’t because the righteous will live by faith (Romans 1:17).

What have we been qualified for exactly?  For heaven, for life.  To live justified, redeemed, and forgiven.  To have unhindered intimacy with our creator who now dwells among us, in the spirit of our hearts, and throughout our lives.  To many he calls for them to join with him, but sadly they refuse.  Most don’t know that they had been qualified.  Some still erroneously think that Christianity is just for the weak, deceived, radical, or the perfect.  Jesus Christ gave his life so that yours can be saved, through faith.  Those who choose to live without Christ are also choosing to die without Christ.  We will live by what we believe, and we will die according to what we believe as well.

If you say that Jesus Christ is Lord, and you truly believe that  he was risen from the dead, then you will be saved (Romans 10:9).  Why do we have to say it if we want to be saved?  Because that means that you truly believe, because from the abundance of your heart, your mouth speaks (Luke 6:45).  He has qualified us, do  you believe?

Those who do truly believe can now “give joyful thanks to the father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light” (Colossians 1:12 NKJV).  Thank you God for sending us Jesus, who was your Son, to qualify us to also be your sons and to enjoy all of your inheritance.  I believe!  Thank you Jesus for dying for us.  I praise you God.  Amen.

The Eye of the Storm

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The life of a Christian who wants to be close to God can be like a major storm.  Everyday for a long time my life felt like a storm.  First the storm was a a result of bad choices I had made, but then I decided to surrender my life to Jesus Christ.  I had given my heart to him already, but this time I made a real commitment that no matter the cost I would follow Christ.

The storm for a Christian who is struggling against the pull of the world, and turning to God to walk the straight and narrow is a bumpy one.  There is the temptation to follow old patterns, and when there is no longer old patterns to deal with new ones arise.  We are striving to be in our rightful place in the Kingdom of light, yet the darkness is still clouding our eyes and fogging our feelings and our thoughts.

New idols call to us to be focused on and worshiped.  Things in our life goes wrong, for me it was a vehicle, a water pump, a home, slander, rejection, loneliness, fear, doubts and more.  Probably the hardest hardship I’ve endured is overcoming myself.  Letting go of old thinking patterns and belief systems.

There is certainly resistance when we first start walking with the Lord.  There will always be resistance.  It gets easier when we learn how to dwell in the eye of the storm.  This isn’t about being a better person, or by sheer will power.  This is about being in-step with the creator.  Hiding under his wings, embracing him as a Father, and letting him be in charge.  It isn’t until I started listening to his voice, and dying to my own will because I believed he had so much more in store that I started moving about life in the eye of the storm.

The storm still rages but greater is he who is in me.  We can look at the odds, fix our eyes on impossible outcomes, on unmet perceived needs and wants.  We can focus on failures within ourselves or blame our problems on others, or we can turn and look at God and tune out everything else that swirls around us, about us, breaking our house windows, blowing out the doors.

When we focus our sight on what is wrong with life, then we are navigating life in the storm, dodging debris.  Fighting the fights that were not ours.  As long as we keep looking to physical evidence and expectations, only feeling frustrated, we will remain in the storm.  It won’t stop.  Even if you overcome this one obstacle, then bam there’s another.  You dodge the metal pipe blowing by your head only to side step and be knocked over by the door.

I am grateful now that God allowed me to be in the storm long enough to get the hint that the storm just does not stop, unless God stops it.  I had to learn how to simply step into the eye of the storm.  Walk by faith, not by sight.

The eye of the storm is where God is, and it is always calm there.  It is always safe.  It is always sunny, except when it is time to close my eyes and rest, but even in the dark there the peace keeps in my heart.  His mercies are knew every day.  He has died for me unconditionally and as long as I still have breath I can repent, over and over again.  He is faithful, his love is enduring, he is slow to anger and to find fault.  His love is genuine and true.  He is always in control.  God, through Jesus, is the eye of the storm.

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Demonic Whispers

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Most people who don’t know the truth believe that our mental disorders are medical diseases.  Science has proven that there are certain brain chemistry changes in people with diverse mental diseases.  This helps aid the development of medication to help stabilize the nerve synapses and the hormone levels.  Being a medical professional myself, I advocate taking medication to help treat all of our illnesses.

Yet, as a Holy Spirit filled Christian who has been taught a lot about the unseen realm of the supernatural, which is confirmed by the Holy Bible, I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that science will never trump God’s truth.  As a matter of fact, science only evolves to finally conclude the ultimate truth, which is the Holy word of God.

According to the word of God which yes was written over a thousand years ago, inspired by the Holy Spirit, we are taught that the earth that we see, is built on the word of God.  The earth manifests God’s truth, it will never dispel it.  And in the areas where it has not yet evolved, it is temporarily ignorant.  One truth that I have found to prove that is the development of CBT or cognitive behavioral therapy which is probably the most effective behavioral modification program that teaches us to learn how to change our behaviors by first changing our thoughts, all the while it has been written in the ancient Holy Bible that we are to place our thoughts on things above.

As we dig into the bible and are enlightened through the power of the Holy Spirit (by the way, if you have never been saved you will not likely experience this enlightenment, because with salvation comes the Holy Spirit who teaches us the truth by the word of God, you can be a bible scholar and still not know the truth), we learn some valuable lessons about spiritual warfare.  We are told that our battle is not with flesh and blood, but with spiritual powers and wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12).  The real truth of the matter is that what we see from a science lab is a physical manifestation of a spiritual transformation.

All those low things that plague us, anxious thoughts, feelings of hopelessness and suicide, feelings of low self-worth, lust, pride.. the list is endless are geared by demonic whispers.  We have believed those whispers, embracing them as our own tainted thoughts.  I believe that taking medication and going to counseling is a worldly way of trying to resolve a spiritual issue.  Whereas, if we deal with the demonic stronghold behind those whispers, the cause of the psychological wound stops.

I had experienced depression with suicidal ideations since childhood.  When I was a young adult I was diagnosed with some mood and anxiety disorders and given medication to take.  The doctor told me that it would only get worse as I aged and that I would likely end up being hospitalized for it.  I would take the medication, stop the medication, take it, stop it.  At one point I accepted that I would always be dependent on psychotropic medications for the rest of my life, and that having major depression would always be my disability in life.  Then God started exposing the truth to me, he brought many anointed prophets into my life to pray for me, and then Satan was exposed and I was delivered from that spiritual bondage.  I can truly say that I am no longer oppressed or depressed.  I just don’t have that problem anymore.  Through God’s intervention, the lie of depression was exposed, the root cause being exposed then with that truth and prayer that issue was resolved.  I’d been healed, hallelujah.  Do I still have bad days?  Sure.  Do I get down sometimes?  Yes.  Though I would never call it depression because it isn’t like that anymore, maybe sad or discouraged.  Those feelings are normal, but depression, major depression, and the like are not.

There is so much more to say on this topic but I’ll conclude this topic for now and pick it back up another day as I’m led.  What thoughts are you experiencing today that have you anxious, confused, discouraged, depressed, hopeless, irritated?  Any that you are aware of?  You think they are really your thoughts, but are they really?

Lord, please expose the enemy and guide us into all the truth so that we can be freed from captivity.  Thank You God.  Amen.

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