Monthly Archives: August 2011

Can you Hear me Now?

 As a man thinks, in his heart so is he. Proverb 23:7
Just like a constant drop of water on a rock eventually leaves a mark on the rock, so will  words when they are heard over and over and over. 

Spoken words are powerful.
The numbers of words filtered through your ears is more powerful than their source. And even if you tried to shut down all the sources that you believe are a menace, you cannot shut down the one with the greatest impact. This would be your own voice. Whether you realize it or not your words are constantly defining your reality
. You are defining your world.
Thoughts – words – actions ->>is how the movie of your life rolls. You think, speak and act accordingly, so be kind to yourself. Speak truth. Negative thoughts distort your selfimage. Did you know you are your first best friend forever? If what you hear yourself saying is not helping you, then you might want to consider changing your thoughts for God’s thoughts. You may say right now… but what I say is my truth! Yes, you are right! You think about it, you say it, and you live it out…

Renew your thoughts.
How about you renew your mind? Even though you may be a new creature in Christ it takes time to renew your thoughts. I am still working on mine. It is on ongoing process. Create new thoughts based on God’s words. Redefine your reality with His words. His words are true. God is for you! He loves you, has thoughts of peace for you, sings over you, is with you and has plans for you. (Jeremiah 29:11) Why would you not agree with His words? They are life.

“As a man thinks, in his heart so is he”
Proverbs 23:7

Every time you put God’s Word into your thought life, you are making an investment… Change your thoughts – Change your words- and Change your Life!


I Can Pick My Harvest!

The rainbow of red, yellows and browns, the dancing leaves and the soft change in temperatures truly make autumn a beautiful season.  God’s creation not only showers us with beauty, but it also speaks volumes of truths we should reflect on. Every season has a story and the story of autumn is more than just colors. It is all about harvest.

Harvest is life in motion.

It is the joy of bringing forth and receiving the fruit of the land as it births the product of the seed planted and nurtured weeks before.

Seed-time-harvest, this is the order we see in nature and in our spiritual lives harvest comes in the same way. You sow the seed, you nurture the seed and in due season you bring in the harvest.

Did you know that you do not get to pick and chose at harvest time?

What decides your harvest? Whether you realize it or not you sow first, you plant first. This is when you decide your harvest. What you reap depends on what you planted. You don’t get to pick and choose at harvest time… you pick your harvest when you sow.

If you are not pleased with the harvest in any area of your life don’t be discouraged. You can change it by planting new and good seed with God’s help. He is The Miracle Worker.

Now remember, planting is work and it is possible to have a good harvest even in the midst of hard times so never faint. Protect your seed. God’s word will equip you with all the knowledge you need to birth a GREAT HARVEST in your life and in your family as well!

Heart Food

Galatians 6:7-9  Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

 2 Corinthians 9:6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.


~ Your Place Is Your Grace ~

1 John 2:19 ~  says; They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us…

If people leave, let them go and stop trying to make people stay in your life who are not tied to your destiny. There is an ordained place for you in the Body Of Christ and you ONLY want those body parts around you that BELONG there.

We should all be striving to find our place and fulfill our destiny in God. We should also be helping others find their’s. You will have a lot of people come “through” your life. Enjoy them, learn from them, help them, receive from them, and love them. A very small percentage will be with you for the entire journey.

When people are in their proper place in Christ they experience the fullness of God’s grace and the richest of relationships. If you are NOT in your place you are likely to struggle and have shallow relationships. Here is a little phrase that has helped me remember this:

If you’re out of your place, you’re out of your grace, and you’ll eventually fall on your face!

~ Fellowship Brings Joy To Relationship ~

Fellowship is relationship in action.

Fellowship is not just hanging out, although hanging out can be fun and have some value. You must be intentional and deliberate about connecting with people. The goal is not to have a thousand friends. You can be friendly, but maturity moves you from quantity (amount) to quality. You should have some people in your life that you can have quality fellowship with because fellowship adds value and brings joy to relationship. We need one another, and we are called to “community.”

The Bible says it’s not good to be alone. We were made for fellowship to enhance relationships. This is true with your relationship to God, and part of your relationship with Him involves relationship and fellowship with other believers. Your gifts, talents and abilities are not just for you; they are to be shared with others, especially with those in the body of Christ. When we bring all of those gifts and abilities together we experience God on a level that we would never enjoy being isolated. Christianity cannot be practiced in isolation. If you do, it will become irrelevant.

Fellowship cannot just be “programmatic.” It must be “organic,” it occurs naturally. Don’t expect the church to meet all of your needs for fellowship. You must bare some of the responsibility. You must actively pursue Godly interaction with other believers. Fellowship must be intentional and it requires investment on your part. Scripture makes it clear: Mark 12:33, John 13:34-35, Acts 2:42, Romans 12:10, and Hebrews 10:25.

New Testament scriptures teach mostly about how we treat one another and live together. It tells us to: live in harmony, love one another; accept one another; instruct one another; greet one another; serve one another; bear with one another; make allowances for one another; be kind and compassionate to one another; speak to one another; admonish one another; encourage one another; spur one another on; offer hospitality; and edify one another. That’s just a part of the list!

You are going to have varying levels of fellowship. You cannot be on the same level as everybody and that is ok. No matter where you are spiritually, you have the ability as well as the responsibility to contribute to the fellowship.

When you are in fellowship with somebody, you should be adding value to that person. Those people who do not add value to your life do not belong in your life. People will fit into one of four categories. Adders, multipliers, subtractors and dividers. If you are in a group with all subtractors and dividers, you need to find another group!

Above all, fellowship is to be God honoring. Do not mess around with things and borders that could potentially bind you or make you fall.

None of us is a whole body. We are all “parts” and we need one another… or it just doesn’t work. You should have friends that are not believers so that you can be salt and light, but you have to limit what you share together.

We are called to and we need true fellowship. Be deliberate about this! Ask God, who directs traffic, to put “valuable” people in your life to fellowship with.

~The Good Fight~

Ephesians 6:12 ~ 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Some people walk through life never realizing that there is a war going on in the spirit realm. I can understand this about unbelievers but Christians should be aware, not just of the battle, but that they are participating in it whether they know it or not.

You see, the battle is for your soul first, and if that battle is lost to the enemy, he fights to keep you defeated and ineffective in this life. You are the object of the fight; you are the purpose for the battle. The devil hates you. If he had his perfect will he would kill you, but he will settle for giving you a “beatdown” in this life. Here are a few things that will help you.

1) Be aware that you have an adversary.

If you read the book of Job you will see that Job was completely unaware that he had an adversary. Knowing that you have an enemy will make you aware and alert for attacks.

2) Be aware that the victory is already won in Christ Jesus. 

Ephesians 1:20-23 ~ 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also
in that which is to come.
22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His
body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

God has put all things under Christ’s feet. Christ’s feet are in His BODY. Therefore all things are under OUR feet because we are the body of Christ.

3) Take your place and make your stand.

Our Lord has won the battle in the spirit, but we must enforce it in the natural. Things are always won in the spirit before they are won and manifest in the natural. The way we obtain our victory is to take our stand in Christ. Ephesians tell us how to take our place and maintain it until we see the victory.

Ephesians 6:10-18 ~ 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.

I was a Christian for years, knowing what this verse said and even being able to quote it but was not DOING the verse. Most Christians are aware of this passage and still don’t walk in it because they don’t really believe that it will make much difference in their life. If they only knew the damage that it does to Satan’s plans they would be relentless in this. Remember that it is only the doers of the Word that are blessed.

4) Stay in faith. Keep the pressure on.

1 John 5:4 ~ For whatever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.

We know that Christ paid the price for our sin, our sickness and our poverty. We have been redeemed from destruction and the curse, yet we see Christians all the time struggling with sickness, disease, poverty and destruction.

Don’t settle for anything short of your complete redemption. Take your stand and take what is rightfully yours. It is your inheritance.

~ The Law Of Life ~

Romans 8:2 ~ 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. (NKJV)

These are the two Spiritual laws that govern everything. We must choose what law to live under.

In 1908 Dr. John G. Lake was on a missionary trip to Africa when the bubonic plague broke out killing many people. He cared for and prayed for the sick as well as help bury the dead.

Britain sent a relief ship with medical supplies and a corps of doctors to help. When they encountered Mr. Lake they asked him, “What protective equipment have you been using?”

“Sirs,” Lake replied, “ I believe that the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death. And as long as I walk in the light of that law of life, no disease or no germ will attach itself to me.”

The doctors urged him to use their protective measures and Lake refused. Instead proposed an experiment for the doctors to perform on him. Lake said to take some of the foam from the lungs of a deceased plague victim and examine them under a microscope and observe the living plague cells. He then put the foam in his hand and the doctors watched the plague cells die before there eyes. Needless  to say they were amazed! Dr. Lake told them, “That is the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.”

Romans 8:1-4 ~ 1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (NKJV)