YOUR WEIGHT MATTERS TO GOD

You might think your weight is a personal thing, one that God won’t get involved in, but contrary to our less than higher way of thinking, God does care about our weight and He is compassionate about giving us the answers we need to be free. 

You may also think being overweight is okay with God, and have even convinced yourself it is okay with you, but neither are truths that will set you free from being in bondage. Being in bondage is being held captive and Jesus didn’t give His life for us to be imprisoned, but He gave His life to set us free from anything that is not good, anything that would take away from our well-being.

Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy]. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.
(Isa. 53:4-5 AMP)


God cares deeply for us and has made provision for our health, happiness, peace, and our well-being. It’s clear when looking at the Word of God we are important to God and He wants to be a part of our lives.

God cares about our weight because it is not only a bondage; it also influences our health and well-being. In my own difficulty, I asked God to help me to lose the weight. His answer as usual was full of compassion and revelation. He said I should desire to be healthy rather than to be thin, and as I changed my eating habits to be as He intended, the weight would no longer be an issue.

Besides our health and well-being mattering to God, how we represent God in our appearance also matters to Him. When we call ourselves Christians, yet we are sick, overweight, distressed, and in bondage to food—when we don’t like ourselves—we are not representing God accurately.

So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them.
(Gen. 1:27)


We were created to be a reflection of our Father and it’s important to Him that we live in His likeness.

Can you imagine how the Father would look if He were standing before you? Do you think He would be overweight, sick with heart disease, diabetes, or have high blood pressure? What about having to take medications because of His eating habits? Do you think He would overeat, or eat food (man-made food) designed by Satan to kill, steal, and destroy?

Truly, take a moment and imagine with me how our Father would look. I imagine He would not only be beautiful inside, but outside. I imagine He would look healthy, strong, thin, and fit—a perfect image of Man, as Jesus was when He was here.

We were created in the likeness of our Father, a perfect image of a Man. We were created to be like God and to live in His likeness, to imitate Him (Eph. 5:1).

We have to make the choice to honor and esteem God by choosing to stay true to His intentions for us. We have to choose to be a strong representative of His, and when we make that choice He will empower us to do His will.

God wants to empower us with His wisdom. He wants us to know His intentions for our eating, which will also reflect His intentions for our health. When we live as God intended, we will represent Him in our health, well-being, and our vitality. When we are happy and have a zest for life we will be living the good life God intended - simultaneously proving God is good.

Enter through the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and spacious and broad is the way that leads away to destruction, and many are those who are entering through it. But the gate is narrow (contracted by pressure) and the way is straitened and compressed that leads away to life, and few are those who find it.
(Matt. 7:13-14)


Satan’s goal is to keep us miserable and on the path to destruction, using anything he can to accomplish his goal. His desire is to control us just as he controlled Adam and Eve when he convinced them to eat off the tree (disregarding God's command). Satan’s suggestive thoughts are controlling many of God’s children and have them in bondage to many things, one being food. It is one of Satan’s ploys to control us using food which causes obesity, sickness, distress, and misery. It is His plan to keep us downtrodden on that path to destruction.

The narrow path is God’s way and is full of His wisdom and revelation knowledge which will empower us to see clearly, living free from Satan’s control. When we walk the narrow path doing the will of the Father we will live happy and blessed as our Father intended. We will live free from being controlled by anything or anyone because we are committed to the Father.

I would like to encourage you today to be that representative God is calling you to be, not only in character, but in health and well-being. God wants us to show who He is, so that others can see His goodness and His compassion.

When we live as God intended we will be showing the Father’s true character, representing Him for who He is, concurrently helping others to make a clear choice for their life here and now, and for eternity.

FAST DOUBT — Living On The Word

God spoke this Word to me, fast doubt. I knew right away He meant instead of going without faith, the Word we need to have faith —go without the World’s opinion.

How often do we head straight for the Word of God rather than someone else’s opinion? How often do we seek God in His opinion instead of doing what everyone else is doing?

So many live on the world’s way of doing and fast God’s Word then wonder why they haven’t any faith, any hope, and they’re feeling down and out. It is clearly because they are following the wrong advice—the wrong instruction.

Matthew 4:1 Then Jesus was led (guided) by the [Holy] Spirit into the wilderness (desert) to be tempted (tested and tried) by the devil. 2 And He went without food for forty days and forty nights, and later He was hungry. 3 And the tempter came and said to Him, If You are God’s Son, command these stones to be made [loaves of] bread. 4 But He replied, It has been written, Man shall not live and be upheld and sustained by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God. AMPC

This is the same thing that happened in the garden. God said don’t eat off the tree but, Adam and Eve ate off the tree anyway. They made a decision to compromise the Word of God instead of doing the Word —the instruction God gave them.

The enemy tempted Jesus to turn stones into bread. That means Jesus can turn stones into bread. That also means He could have ate off the tree instead of doing the will of God, but He didn’t.

He could have made it about Him; after all it had been over a month since He last ate food. He was hungry so it seemed to make sense or it would for us, to turn those stones into bread. It made sense to Adam and Eve to eat off that tree. I am sure it looked good, and they would know what God knew, so it made sense to take it upon themselves to do what made sense.

We do the same thing when don’t have the Word or consider the Word of God. We do what makes sense instead of doing what God said. On the other hand if we do what God tells us to do everything will work out for our good.

Jesus clearly said food isn’t all we need, we need God. We need to feed on His Word and apply His Word to our lives. Doing the Word brings the Word to life. When we do those instructions that is when God can make good happen in our lives.

Also when we follow His directions that is when we take our authority over the enemy. If we live our lives dictated by the enemy then we have given him our authority and live in depression, sickness, disease, poverty and all the other things that come under the curse.

If we just hear the Word and don’t do it as James says we live in deception thinking we are right with God, but we’re not. But, when we apply the Word by doing it, the Word comes to life, it comes to pass, those promises come true.

If I am not into the Word of God, if I won’t do the Word or give it primacy then what I do is turn God into a flesh thing, a religious thing to satisfy my flesh as Satan convinced Adam and Eve to do.

If I disregard His commands and still think I am right with Him, I am just religious. If we disregard His command then we are without faith and the promises won’t come to pass in our lives.

Faith happens when we do the Word, when we live on the Word of God and turn to it as truth, that’s faith. Faith is opposed to doubt which is another factor. If we fast doubt, if we resist doubt rather than the Word of God we will live in faith, but we can’t live in faith if we are living the world’s way.

To fast doubt is to fast thinking as the world thinks - that which is sensible. Instead of doing what makes sense do the instruction from God — not what seems to be right. Jesus said in the world there is a false peace, that is what seems right. But the real peace is in Him and doing His Word.

It didn’t make sense for the ten lepers to go tell the priests they were healed when they weren’t healed —but they did and when they did they were healed

It didn’t make sense to for the man with the crippled arm to stretch out his arm in front of the Pharisee’s when he could be persecuted for it, but he did and he was healed.

Did it make sense for Jesus to lay down His life to suffer for us when He didn’t have to? It didn’t, but He did because He loves us.

Don’t live in doubt, fast doubt and live in faith. God is not trying to take from you, but Give to you. His instructions are so He can give to you.

Nothing Will Happen — If You Don’t Believe

Matthew 14:28 And Peter answered Him, Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water. 29 He said, Come! So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water, and he came toward Jesus. AMPC

Did you ever think about this? If you don’t believe —nothing is going to happen. If Peter didn’t believe he would not have stepped out of the boat onto the water. If he didn’t believe he would have never walked on the water. As well, he would have never had that experience of walking on water. That experience of walking on water gave him the confidence to know the impossibilities he could conquer in the power of God in his future.

Walking on the water gave him needed experience to tuck under his belt to believe God further in his ministry. The experiences he had with Jesus I believe had everything to do with his confidence in walking in the power of God even after Jesus left.

The same is true for us, if we never put our foot out there and trust Him —we will never have any experiences to have tucked away to look back to, to think upon — and to go forward in doing His work.

My very first adventure in trusting God gave me great confidence in Him to believe —I could through Him conquer more and more.

The thing I learned though —the thing that stops us along the way— is looking away. As did Peter, if we look away from Jesus we will fail. Peter looked away from Jesus, at his circumstances and then he started to sink.

Matthew 14:30 But when he perceived and felt the strong wind, he was frightened, and as he began to sink, he cried out, Lord, save me [from death]! AMPC

But — even though he looked away, the next right thing he did is call out to Jesus to save him. Of course Jesus was there for him as He will be there for us when we fail at keeping our eyes on Him.

Matthew 14:31 Instantly Jesus reached out His hand and caught and held him, saying to him, O you of little faith, why did you doubt? AMPC

To be of little faith is to look away from Jesus, but when we keep our eyes on Him then we can stay in faith. Don’t look away but keeping your eyes on Him means to be in constant fellowship with Him.

In receiving my first huge miracle there was absolutely no effort on my part in believing Jesus —because I spent day and night devouring Him and His Word. Because I took the time to constantly hang out with Him, it just seemed natural to do what He does. And when you do the same, take that time to hang out with Him, you will find yourself doing what He does as well. But, when you look away you will find yourself sinking just like Peter did.

Like Peter we have to get out on the water to make that thing change we are looking to change. Sadly though many never make it to that step. The reason is they don’t, is they don’t accept the importance in spending that time with Him needed to gain their confidence in Him. Peter spent all of his time with Jesus and that is why he didn’t think twice to do what his Lord was doing. He didn’t hesitate to get out on the water, but he hesitated only when he looked away.

If we don’t take the time to know Jesus and keep in fellowship with Him, we won’t have faith in Him. If we don’t have faith in Him then we don’t believe —and then nothing will happen.

Sometimes we think we believe something when we really don’t and the proof of that is in our outcome. If nothing you think you believe is happening then, really you don’t believe or it would have happened.

Peter got out on the water. Many don’t take that faith action as to get out there on the water, they just say it. If I say I am healed, but don’t act it out that I am, then I didn’t get on the water and if I didn’t get out on the water, nothing will happen.

If I say I believe but I act opposed to what I say I believe I am not really in faith but I am just saying I am. If I didn’t get out on the water, if I just said I did, it was because I was afraid to. If I am afraid to it is because I am not hanging out with Jesus.

We can’t expect something to happen when we don’t hang out with that Someone we need to trust who can make it happen. If we believe it is because we know Him and then we will step out on the water. Our faith to step out on the water will be in our relationship with Jesus.

You're Not Alone

Asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He replied to them by saying, The kingdom of God does not come with signs to be observed or with visible display, 21 Nor will people say, Look! Here [it is]! or, See, [it is] there! For behold, the kingdom of God is within you [in your hearts] and among you [surrounding you]. AMPC

Since the Kingdom of God is within us then God is always with us. That means when we believe and call upon Him we know He always there for us, we will know we’re not alone but that He lives within us.

I watched a movie the other night and a guy was calling out to God in desperation. It was a starry night, a beautiful moment as he went to God pouring his heart out to God. He was looking up to the stars looking for God, a gorgeous picture.

I love it when people turn to God because I know God is their answer. He is there and He does care. It was beautiful moment until this other guy showed up. He ruined the atmosphere of faith when he said —hey because you’re not going to hear anything from up there I decided to butt in. What a terrible thing to do I thought, but that is the world some live in.

It was upsetting to me to see that unbeliever not only display his doubt in God but transfer his doubt to the person who just started to trust God.

When we’re the most desperate we turn to God in hope and faith, and that is when God can do something. That’s when we find out we are not alone, that God is always there and always has been.

The thing is, is we can’t see Him except by faith and that is why when we are desperate, when we are looking, we can see Him.

Hebrews 10:38 But the just shall live by faith [My righteous servant shall live by his conviction respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, and holy fervor born of faith and conjoined with it]; and if he draws back and shrinks in fear, My soul has no delight or pleasure in him. AMPC

The opposed to that is doubt and in doubt we can’t see Him or have faith in Him and we will think we are alone with no answers.

That said God is pleased when we have faith in Him because we can see Him and He can actually do something in our lives when we have faith in Him.

I love this in the Message translation; it shows us how God is moved by our faith in Him.

Romans 1:16-17 It’s news I’m most proud to proclaim, this extraordinary Message of God’s powerful plan to rescue everyone who trusts him, starting with Jews and then right on to everyone else! God’s way of putting people right shows up in the acts of faith, confirming what Scripture has said all along: “The person in right standing before God by trusting him really lives.” Message

I like the word rescue because just as we talked about yesterday He is ready to rescue us, His will is to do good, change our lives from bad or okay to good, to His higher standards of excellence! That is God’s plan to do good in our lives and to be with us but, He can do that only as we have faith in Him.

What I can see in this translation is that in the midst of our faith God’s way of making things good happens —then confirming scripture that says the person in right standing with God is the one who really lives. In other words in the midst of your faith you will see God move.

The just shall live by faith, the one that has faith will live that abundant, good life Jesus said we would. That life is lived by faith in Jesus. Therefore when we have faith in Him we are not alone, we always have Him to count on in every circumstance whatever the need. He is there as we acknowledge that He is and is a rewarded of those who seek Him out.

When I talk to Him or about Him I can feel Him. When I call out to Him He answers me. Why? Because I have faith in Him that He is in me. He is inside of me because I invited Him to be. So by faith, by my belief in His Word, I know I am never alone.

To hear Him and feel Him is amazing, and as well it is amazing it when He shows up and does that miracle. When the thing happens that I had been asking Him for.

Having faith in Him makes that miracle happen and we know that because Jesus said over and again, your faith has made you well, your faith...

In that moment of faith the desired thing we hope for will manifest!

James 2:17 So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead). AMPC

Faith means you have to do something. Whatever that action might be it has to happen in the midst of you believing you have faith in God.

One thing for sure you have to do is get faith, increase your faith by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). If we believe we will live by the instructions in the Book.

If we believe then we will talk and act what we believe. If we believe God is taking care of us we will have His presence and peace because we paid attention, we took heed of His Word.

I need to know God is there, I need to feel Him, hear Him and have His way in my life. I am so grateful for His presence in my life and that happens in our lives by determining to have faith in Him. Determine to take time to build our relationship with Him.

That is where most miss it; they don’t want to take the time to know God. To me it makes so much sense. You can’t trust someone you don’t know. Yet many want that Someone they don’t know to make provision for them. That Someone they don’t know or have time for, or even agree with, to be there for them all the time.

That isn’t practical in a natural relationship so why would it be with God? If you want a relationship with someone you have to take time for that person and get to know that person.

Because people don’t know God they mistake Him for who He is not, they lack wisdom, they feel alone, and live short of His blessings.

Just yesterday I heard the news of another Pastor killing himself. They called it mental illness. Mental illness is the same as to say in my knowledge of the truth from the Word of God, that he was harassed and oppressed by the enemy.

The Word of God is truth and the Word tells us that we need Jesus to heal us from the oppression of the enemy.

Acts 10:38 How God anointed and consecrated Jesus of Nazareth with the [Holy] Spirit and with strength and ability and power; how He went about doing good and, in particular, curing all who were harassed and oppressed by [the power of] the devil, for God was with Him. AMPC

Anyone who doesn’t know, have the knowledge of the truth, the enemy can harass. He comes dressed up, not as himself but of something or someone that appears to be good. As Peter said looking for someone he can devour.

That person that he can swallow up in self pity, offence, guilt, condemnation excreta, he will. He will make that person feel alone, worthless and eventually get that person to the place of suicide.

Why? Because then he has another one out of the way of him doing his work. Especially a Minister of the Gospel, that one would be a great threat to him.

The thing we need to know is he is our enemy and we have to resist him. Submit to God resist the enemy and he will flee (James 4:7). When he comes to judge you, to condemn you and tell you how worthless you are, your part is to resist him and go to God. Don’t take on his lies as to fellowship with him and disagree with God.

In the midst of an attack and even before go to God and worship Him. Get in His presence and let Him love you. Read His Word and remind yourself of His goodness and the good plan He has for you. Fellowship with Him so He can prepare you and tell you things to come.

If you submit to God the enemy will be gone before you know it. But, you have to stay filled up with the Word. Get faith (Romans 10:17) so you can stay high and lifted up, above his criticisms. He will keep trying, he will come back again and again to try and harass us, but as we stay in faith, in the presence of God there is nothing he can do.

We are never alone if we don’t want to be. If you are sitting home by yourself it is because you want to be. If you didn’t want to be alone you would go and find someone to spend time with, someone to bless, or serve.

The same is true with God, if you don’t want to be alone, just reach out to Him and He will be there! Jesus said He is knocking at the door of your heart and if you open the door He will hang out with you (Revelation 3:20). All you have to do is open the door and let Him in.

Faith without action is dead because without faith there can be no provision, no console in fact no relationship. If you don’t open the door to Jesus there is no faith, in the fact that you can have a relationship with Him and He can be there for you.

If that man would have reached out to God instead of let the enemy pounce on him, he would be here today. Why? Because faith comes by hearing the Word, hearing God confirms we are not alone and when we are not alone, but with God, comes faith, revelation knowledge, guidance from the Holy Spirit comes and Joy comes!

Satan can’t take out a happy Christian that is why he tries so to hard to harass and oppress us!

God told me one day, He is not looking to take people to heaven, but He is looking for workers on the earth (Luke 10:2). God didn’t need that man in heaven but that man had an assignment and Satan stole it from him by getting him to take himself out!

We have to know Satan is lurking around in our thinking to try and control us and we are to resist him, yes in our thinking!

Instead of thinking his thoughts we have to think God’s thoughts. Think on these things, whatever is pure and lovely and of good report (Philippines 4:6-8). That is having our trust in God.

We truly are not alone when we commit to Jesus. When you ask Him to come and live on the inside of you, He really does. He really is there and is He is all you need for every need.

Everything Can Be Fixed!

2 Corinthians 4:18 Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting. AMPC

What we see is only there until we change it. That’s the plan, that’s it! God’s plan is for us is to change things to good. Just like He did when He said light be and it was, and it was good, God wants us to change things in our lives that are not good, to good. And— He has allowed us His authority, His power to do so (Matthew 16:19).

God has also given us all the same measure of faith (Romans 12:3) and a way to also get more faith (Romans 10:17). God has given us the keys to the Kingdom and His power to make us limitless in our endeavors to do His will.

In the Kingdom of God there are no limits to what you can do, and no limits to what God can do for you, and what God wants to do through you.

No matter what God loves you. No matter how many times you and I mess up God has a plan to fix what we messed up. There are NO limits to His love for us and He yearns to make things good in our lives. He has a plan through your faith to fix whatever you need to be fixed.

The plan starts as we believe. Believe and then anything can happen. Everything is possible when you believe. Jesus said so, there is nothing that is impossible for him who believes, therefore anything can be fixed!

All you have to do is believe and then anything can change! That is good news, and as good as news gets!

That means, whatever crisis you may be in, whatever needs changing in your life, it is possible for you to change it to good. There are no, no answers in the Kingdom of God. We can have things change from bad to good, or even not so good to good— everything is possible for you if you believe!

That is exciting; love it so when I hear God encourages us.

Love this scenario and want to share some thoughts with you in it.

—Mark 9:17 And one of the throng replied to Him, Teacher, I brought my son to You, for he has a dumb spirit. 18 And wherever it lays hold of him [so as to make him its own], it dashes him down and convulses him, and he foams [at the mouth] and grinds his teeth, and he [falls into a motionless stupor and] is wasting away. And I asked Your disciples to drive it out, and they were not able [to do it]. 19 And He answered them, O unbelieving generation [without any faith]! How long [shall I [have to do] with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to Me. 20 So they brought [the boy] to Him, and when the spirit saw Him, at once it completely convulsed the boy, and he fell to the ground and kept rolling about, foaming [at the mouth]. 21 And [Jesus] asked his father, How long has he had this? And he answered, From the time he was a little boy. 22 And it has often thrown him both into fire and into water, intending to kill him. But if You can do anything, do have pity on us and help us. AMPC

Okay here is one thing, the major thing I want to talk about —keep reading.

—Mark 9:23 And Jesus said, [You say to Me], If You can do anything? [Why,] all things can be (are possible) to him who believes! 24 At once the father of the boy gave [an eager, piercing, inarticulate] cry with tears, and he said, Lord, I believe! [Constantly] help my weakness of faith! AMPC

I love this Jesus said, you are asking Me if I can do anything? Haven’t you heard? The Kingdom of God is here! I Am here! Of course I can do something!

Then the father upon hearing Jesus tell him, yes of course I can do something — freaks out. The man can’t even talk he is so in awe of Jesus’ words, finally an answer to his son’s imprisonment! Finally he can live again, rest, breath again! He can’t talk but he can cry. Then after the shock, words form again and he can talk. He said to Jesus —I do, I do believe what you’re saying I do believe you can do this—help me though in my weakness of faith.

Obviously he had faith now, now that he heard Jesus. What relief, this can be fixed! Finally, finally an end to his son’s suffering!

My son was born with a birth defect and so I personally know what this man was feeling, the relief of hearing Jesus say Yes, of course I can do something is the most wonderful feeling ever!

So here is the result!

—Mark 9:25 But when Jesus noticed that a crowd [of people] came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, You dumb and deaf spirit, I charge you to come out of him and never go into him again. 26 And after giving a [hoarse, clamoring, fear-stricken] shriek of anguish and convulsing him terribly, it came out; and the boy lay [pale and motionless] like a corpse, so that many of them said, He is dead. 27 But Jesus took [a strong grip of] his hand and began lifting him up, and he stood. AMPC

There Are No Ifs —it reads in the Message Bible

—Mark 9: 22 If you can do anything, do it. Have a heart and help us!” 23 Jesus said, “If? There are no ‘ifs’ among believers. Anything can happen.”24 No sooner were the words out of his mouth than the father cried, “Then I believe. Help me with my doubts!” MSG

There should be no question if we are a believer, anything can happen if we believe! Let this encourage you now. Anything can be fixed! Jesus is saying yes, of course I can do something!

The other thing in this I want to point out is when the father brought his son to the disciples and they couldn’t do anything. Two things I want to mention.

One, we often bring our kids or ourselves to a preacher and if he can’t do anything we assume all hope is lost and we have to accept our condition. Jesus is lied about by many, and if we receive that lie —is when we walk away hopeless.

I have witnessed this way to often. I have watched people make choices to accept sickness and disease, and accept Satan harassing their children when they don’t have to. Because they have such confidence in a man they miss out on Jesus! Don’t accept the word of man but go to Jesus!

This man though didn’t stop there; he took it a step further and went to Jesus. He went to Jesus, not a man! He didn’t take no for an answer but he went straight to Jesus!

That is where I want to encourage you today. Go to Jesus, get His Word and receive from Him. Don’t let man dictate to you his opinion, but go to Jesus Himself and get the true opinion, the one that will change your life from bad to good!

Second —As His disciples we have to be in the place where those in need can come to us to get help. A place where a man who isn’t sure of Jesus can bring his son and receive healing from Jesus through us. His power, Him in us. A place where many can come and depend upon God’s workers in their need.

To Us Who Believe

Jesus was saying to that man, are you kidding, If I can do something? You haven’t heard? The kingdom of God is here! I Am here and you are asking Me, God, if I can do something?

Is it IF, has it come to that word, if? If He can? Yes the Kingdom of God is within us. I Am is here, in us who believe and yes He can!

God is about making good happen, He is about fixing things and His plan is to do it through us, His disciples! Will you be one? Will you do His greater expectations and be like Him? Will you say good, and expect good to happen? Will you receive His power and do His work?

He is counting on you to be a part of Him fixing things. Also if you need fixing He is waiting on you to come to Him and get fixed.

No Pain In Jesus Name!

Yesterday I had a sudden pain, and then I had no pain because I believe that Jesus already bore my pain for me a long time ago. Today I want to tell you what happened so I can brag on Him and how faithful He is, He was, and how faithful He will always be!

—Isaiah 53:4 Surely He has borne our grief’s (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy]. 5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole. AMPC

The pain started suddenly and as it did I went straight into my regular faith routine. I immediately put my faith into motion as I have always done and said out loud, “by His stripes I was healed, He bore my pain, my sorrow, my sickness and disease, no pain in Jesus name!” I cried in pain, as I continued to confess my well practiced phrase, —“No pain in Jesus name!”

When the pain didn’t leave soon enough, I asked God what was happening. I expected it to go because He said what I say will happen if I believe (Mark 11:23-24). It has always worked for me —ever since I started trusting Him. Therefore I fully expected the pain to cease!

God also said if I lack wisdom I can go to Him, and —He gives to all liberally without fault finding (James 1:5).

After I asked Him what the problem was He told me. He immediately brought to mind something I recently heard a minister of the gospel say about pain. The person said the pain is in our mind and that is why when the medical professionals put us out, we have no pain. Then God told me to go to bed and go to sleep and in doing so the pain would leave. God gave me the impression it was not a big deal, even as though it was all in my head —and I guess it was!

I went to bed and as I lay my head on the pillow, I had a vain imagination that made me tense. Just like Jesus said as soon as you hear the Word Satan comes, and he did come (Mark 4:14). Now I could picture in my mind rushing off to the doctor as if God’s Word wasn’t enough, as if those stripes did nothing!

“God!” I called out to Him in desperation! He knew I needed to hear Him again —and at once He reminded me of something He had said to me before, that I am fully sufficient in Him (Philippians 4:13).

At that I rested my head deep down into the pillow, feeling at peace and woke up with absolutely no pain! Isn’t He wonderful? Yes He is!

In the new day as God always does —He started talking to me. Today it was about His people. About how many are not rooted and grounded in Him. In a crisis as I had how most get anxious and hope they can find some help. Then in that panic state of mind they run off to find an answer not knowing that the answer they need, is Him and —He is right there on the inside of them. All the while God is there waiting for us to come to Him.

God showed me that He is saddened by this. That is when I knew I was to share this with you today. So you can know what I have —and that you can have it as well.

If we would just trust Him life could be easy and abundant as He designed it to be.

I love this new life I have found in Him and I am bragging to you about Him —not me. Personally, to me it is so much easier to climb in bed at bedtime than it is to get dressed, run to the doctor, and then to wait on the doctor. Maybe or maybe not get a correct diagnosis and then have to wait for the pain relief they decide on. As well, maybe having to come home in the same or in a worse condition than before.

Besides, Jesus bore my sickness, disease, my pain, and my sorrow, so why should I go to a doctor and pay a doctor to try and do what Jesus already did. Jesus already paid a high price for my healing. Why wouldn’t I take it, rather than struggle?

Now I didn’t get to the place in my relationship with God overnight, therefore I am in no way suggesting to you to do what I did without God guiding you. But, I am suggesting you come to a place where you fully trust and rely on Him. To the place where the price He paid for you —you can actually see and acknowledge. Otherwise, it seems to me, if we don’t acknowledge what He did, why did He even do it? If it was for nothing, if we won’t receive it —than why did He bother?

That is not me; I am going to acknowledge what He did for me. He bore my pain for me so I don’t have to, so I will declare that truth and receive, what is to me —such a precious gift.

How can you get to such a place? Seems like a hard thing for many, but the answer is simple. Spend time to get to know Him. You can’t trust the Someone you can’t hear —the Someone you don’t know.

You Got The Wrong Coffee

I had a dream from God. In the dream I saw myself tell my son he bought the wrong coffee. Then suddenly as I was telling him he bought the wrong coffee, I got confused with which was which. Did he get the wrong coffee? Which one do I usually get now I forgot?

Once I got to the kitchen in real life where the dream took place, I found myself looking for the right answer. I looked at the name of the coffee in the same moment I remembered the dream. I asked God what the dream meant and He said we rarely look at His Word to find out what He said which is why we get so confused and forget.

Then He led me to this context of our reality of how we live.

Isaiah 29:11 And the vision of all this has become for you like the words of a book that is sealed. When men give it to one who can read, saying, Read this, I pray you, he says, I cannot, for it is sealed. 12 And when the book is given to him who is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray you, he says, I cannot read. 13 And the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near Me with their mouth and honor Me with their lips but remove their hearts and minds far from Me, and their fear and reverence for Me are a commandment of men that is learned by repetition [without any thought as to the meaning], AMPC

Notice the excuses we have for not looking at the Word. I have heard these excuses from individuals I know who don’t know God, and at times I have my own excuses. Yes their lives are a mess only because of laziness, and in some cases the reality of them not wanting God to tell them what to do. The same is true with us who say we believe. We’re no different, sometimes we just want to do things another way.

The day before I asked God a question I knew the answer to. The Word tells me, I have looked. But, I wanted a different one, one that would suffice my flesh.

That was the purpose of the dream. I know the answer, it’s in the Book. But, am I too lazy to look. or don’t I like what I know to be true? Yes it is true; I wanted a different answer, one other than that was in the Book because I was lazy.

It takes work to look at the Book and commit to God to do it when there are so many lazy lanes to take. But, to take a lazy lane brings consequences we don’t like. Then those consequence we don’t like, the results of our laziness we turn the blame to God.

I felt I was to share this dream, this answer to our mass confusion with you today. Many of us tend to look to the wide path and do what seems easier, avoiding the Book. God wants us to know when we make this choice it is our choice, and we are headed then toward destruction.

God desires that we be with Him here and now and when we leave here. It is His desire we live that abundant life here and that happens when we live by the Book. He desires we not be lazy and look away. God wants us to know that the Book saves us from the second death and yes is our eternity.

Avoiding the Book is avoiding God and avoiding God is avoiding eternity with Him. His Book is not too hard as the enemy would have us think. God is saying open the seal and read it, it is life for us.

I hope that I have encouraged you today with this Word, to commit to God and follow the Book so that you can live in that good abundant life He intended for you today. God desires that you and I be that light that represents Him to those who won’t open the Book for themselves.

Lets be the light we were called to be. Let’s free from confusion, live by the Book and in His presence!

If Your Son Asks For An Egg

Did you know God is unhappy that we blame Him for our mishaps, for our lack, and misfortune? Even though many truly believe God does bad things to them the Word does not tell us that.

Luke 11:11 What father among you, if his son asks for a loaf of bread, will give him a stone; or if he asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, evil as you are, know how to give good gifts [gifts [i]that are to their advantage] to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask and continue to ask Him! AMPC

If we don’t understand God and His way of doing, if we haven’t accepted His love, His Spirit, we are going to think wrong thoughts about God because we don’t know Him.

We may even have walked with God for a while and still at times think wrong thoughts of Him. The reason being is we have to stay in constant fellowship with Him to know Him and for Him to reveal Himself to us. Just like in a natural relationship if we separate for a while we begin to think thoughts of each other that may not be true.

I watch this happen often, a person knew someone, had spent time with that person and they were friends. Then in a time of separation from that person and hearing some gossip, that one quickly changes their mind about that person, and without question. Now that person they were once friends with was no longer their friend just because of what someone else told them.

I personally don’t live by hearsay, but some people do and in doing so don’t know the truth, only someone else’s opinion.

With God the same thing happens, one stops hanging out with Him and then they hear something about Him, or don’t see something happen they were expecting to happen and turn away from Him, without question.

Today I would like to challenge you to live another way.

Each time something isn’t right with me and God it has been that I became distracted and each time then I have to go back to Him because I get some wrong thoughts I need cleared up. I don’t turn on Him— but I question Him.

The last time this happened God said the same thing He always says to me. “I haven’t changed, I Am still here, I Am still the same. You are the one who left Me, not Me you."

Even though He was saying this same thing this time —He said it with more of His feelings showing. He said, “If your son asks for an egg would you give him a scorpion?” I felt sad that I was thinking wrong and feeling sorry for myself because I could see His sadness in that I forgot who He was —and I was just being selfish.

I knew there must be a reason He didn’t use the other phrase recorded in the Word; if your son asks for bread would you give him a stone.

Wondering, I looked up the characteristics of a scorpion. It has a venomous sting and some species can kill humans. It can make you very sick and cause convulsions. Now I know the reason He said scorpion. He was clearly saying I Am not the one making these bad things happen in your life. I am not about to sting you and send you into convulsions, or kill you.

Even before I knew what a scorpion did I could note God’s feelings in the tone I heard, and in His hurt feelings I could sense, Thus a scorpion defined—confirmed God’s feelings to me.

Here I am complaining to Him in my stupor state, and all the while I was the one who left Him. I was the one that gave something else my attention causing me to forget who I knew, what I knew —and who I am in Him.

I wouldn’t blame Him if He didn’t answer me, but as kind and gracious—as mature as He is He did, and He does, and He always will, thank God!

He was the same, He was still there, never changed His mind, but instead of what I thought, He had been waiting for me to come back to Him.

Did you ever leave someone in the car while you did a quick run in the store? You didn’t plan on taking that long, but you ended up in the store for an hour. The person you left in the car had no choice but to wait. You felt bad that you made that person wait so long and might not have been to sure of what you would find when you got back to the car. Unless of course that person is texting you as they are waiting. “Where are you, how long yet? Are you coming now? It’s late I want to go home!”

We do that same thing to God constantly. He tells us His love for us. He sets us up for His good plan, we’re on this adventure, we have this awesome relationship —and then suddenly we’re distracted.

Kind of like this errand. Be right back, just gonna quick run in, leaving God in the car to wait. Making Him wait, and wait and wait, until you get back.

While you’re in there you forgot about Him, so God started texting you. “Waiting, don‘t, um, I Am here, where are you going? It’s late, oh, the time is near!”

When you finally get back to the car you start blaming God for all the things that happened while you were away from Him. Wow, and all this time He was wanting to look out for you, but you left Him in the car and ignored His messages.

I didn’t realize I was offended at God, that I started looking at my circumstances rather than at Him. The only way to know that is to go to Him and I am so glad I did. I wouldn’t have known He was hurt, and I wouldn’t have heard Him, if I hadn’t gone to Him.

I already know I am to call those things into existence that are not. I know the will of God and that He already did all He needs to do for me. So why was I looking at God and judging Him rather than judging myself?

I got weary in well doing and that happened because I was off doing errands without Him, which caused me to look at my circumstances. I left Him in the car while I did my thing, never having the time to converse —only complain.

But God never changes. We get off track and run around in circles worrying, while He is the same —waiting right where we left Him, patiently, for us to return.

God has given us the keys to the Kingdom and whatever we allow He has to allow. He made the rule and can’t change that rule —so now it is up to me to change things with His keys.

He gave me the keys to my own car, now He doesn’t have to take me anywhere anymore I do. Once I know how to drive why would I expect Him to drive me around? Why would I give His keys back to Him and tell Him that what I was once was doing was now too hard to do?

We get off track because we are not hearing God, but instead paying attention to the thing, listening to our circumstances speak to us —rather than us speaking to our circumstances.

We get off track because we leave God in the car too long and don’t take enough time to talk with Him but only complain to Him.

I would like to encourage you today to take God with you everywhere, don’t leave Him in the car, don’t leave Him home, but be talking to Him all the time and then you will know that He isn’t about to sting you and send you into convulsions, or kill you. But, rather —He is about to overtake you with blessings just as He tells you in His Word.

Faith Is Your Slave

God spoke this Word to me this morning. I was seeking Him for revelation in a situation I was in when He took me to Luke 17.

Luke 17:5 The apostles said to the Lord, Increase our faith (that trust and confidence that spring from our belief in God). 6 And the Lord answered, If you had faith (trust and confidence in God) even [so small] like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, Be pulled up by the roots, and be planted in the sea, and it would obey you. 7 Will any man of you who has a servant plowing or tending sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, Come at once and take your place at the table? 8 Will he not instead tell him, Get my supper ready and gird yourself and serve me while I eat and drink; then afterward you yourself shall eat and drink? 9 Is he grateful and does he praise the servant because he did what he was ordered to do? 10 Even so on your part, when you have done everything that was assigned and commanded you, say, We are unworthy servants [possessing no merit, for we have not gone beyond our obligation]; we have [merely] done what was our duty to do. AMPC

I didn’t get it so of course I said, “Lord I don’t get it, what are you saying to me?” He said clearly, “Faith is Your Slave!” What I did I just hear? I was astonished of what I heard and so I rushed to my computer to study this thing out!

Yes just as I heard Him say that faith is my slave, Luke tells us Jesus said faith is your servant.

So what is God saying? He is saying it is one thing to get faith but it is another to send our faith out to do it’s work. God was telling me that as I get faith by hearing the Word, I have to not just have coffee with my faith, not just believe, but I have to put my faith to work.

Paying attention to the Word, hearing it and getting it in our hearts is a major work we have to do to get faith. We should always be increasing in faith because and we need faith (it’s our substance) to activate the Word of God. Then after we have that faith —we have to go that extra mile and put it to work!

James 2:17 So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead).

Faith is the substance

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. AMPC

Thus we have to get faith and Romans 10:17 tells us we get faith by hearing the Word of God. The Word is God and so when we look at the Word we are getting faith. Faith also comes from hearing God Himself, as I did this morning when He spoke His Word to me. As soon as I heard I got excited because I had faith from hearing Him talk to me. My hope was without delay — as soon as I heard God speak hope to me faith came. Now all I have to do is follow those instructions God gave me to make my faith work for me by making it my slave!

What does that look like? As we keep reading we can see Jesus demonstrate as He put His faith to work. As soon as He finished explaining to the disciples how to make faith our slave, He put His faith to work.

Luke 17:14 And when He saw them, He said to them, Go [at once] and show yourselves to the priests. And as they went, they were cured and made clean. AMPC

Faith works as you order it to do what you believe. Jesus said go at once; show yourselves to the priests. He used His faith and gave them a faith action. By doing what Jesus said they had faith action (James 2:17) and were healed on the way. They put their faith to work by going to show what they hadn’t seen yet, but they believed — the priests.

Jesus taught us how to make our faith work.

Mark 11:14 And He said to it, No one ever again shall eat fruit from you. And His disciples were listening [to what He said]. AMPC

Mark 11:20 In the morning, when they were passing along, they noticed that the fig tree was withered [completely] away to its roots. 21 And Peter remembered and said to Him, Master, look! The fig tree which You doomed has withered away! 22 And Jesus, replying, said to them, Have faith in God [constantly]. 23 Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him. 24 For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it]. 25 And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him and let it drop (leave it, let it go), in order that your Father Who is in heaven may also forgive you your [own] failings and shortcomings and let them drop. 26 But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your failings and shortcomings. AMPC

Jesus clearly explains that first we have to have faith. Then we have to put it to work by saying it, and then believing what we say, and of course then expecting it. Expecting that our slave which is our faith in action will manifest our results.

The only stipulation is love, — of course

Entertaining Doubt

2 Peter2:20 For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through [the full, personal] knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they again become entangled in them and are overcome, their last condition is worse [for them] than the first. AMPC

God spoke this phrase to me this morning —entangled in sin. I had been concerned about someone in my life because I have been feeling rejected by that person. As I write I will refer to this person as Zoe.

God was showing me that when things get tough many turn away from Him —the very One they need. He said their condition after knowing Him and then turning from Him would be worse than their former state. The reason is that when we know what, Who we had — and then turn away from Him, we are fully aware of what we are doing. Actually the very words I heard from Zoe. Zoe knew, but Zoe had an opinion which Zoe exalted above God.

Someone like Zoe in the last moments before we stand before Jesus will hear the Words, you disregarded My commands, away from Me I never knew you (Matthew 7:21).

How does this dangerous place happen? God showed me that it happens, starts out when we entertain doubt. We are called to resist doubt but, if we entertain it instead we are resisting Jesus.

How does a simply doubtful thought get so dangerous? Doubt may seem as if it is a simply thought and one we look at as harmless, but, that doubt is just as much as a sin as when a man looks at women with lust (Matthew 5:28). Why? Because thoughts manifest into actions and actions then turn into sin.

Sin is opposed to the will of God and being opposed to the will of God is a result of blatantly rejecting God. What does that look like even is we call ourselves Christians? It looks like us blending in with the world, acting as though we haven’t been saved from our sins. It looks like saying one thing and doing another.

We can say we are Christians but if we don’t oblige God, really we’re not, we’re just liars.

Looking like the world and living in ignorance to God is opposed to looking like God. As His, if we are His we will look like Him—not the world. We will look different and even peculiar as we take on His will that transforms us.

In asking God about Zoe, I also had a dream and in the dream I was talking with a lady in my garage that sparkled. Her eyes glistened as she said —I think I know you from somewhere, is it church? I was in awe of her eyes and how they sparkled and it drew me to speechlessness because she illuminated Jesus. Why the garage and why was she in my garage? Even though my garage walls are white, to me a garage is usually a dark yucky place and the lady was visiting me in that place I was in, a dark yucky place in my life.

God was showing me through this dream that when we doubt and stay there we forget who we were in Him. I knew I was Zoe in this dream and I forgot what God looked like —and I was as well —forgotten. God was showing me through Zoe’s eyes where Zoe was at.

Jesus said that would happen in mark 4. He said if we don’t pay attention to the Word, even what we had is going to be taken from us. He said when we reject hearing we will forget what we knew was right. When we forget righteousness, and don’t pay attention to the Word, we invite sin. Getting entangled in sin — left unchecked will cause us to forget our salvation.

Entangled means twist, jumble, knot, snarl, or scramble. When we‘re entangled with sin, we don‘t know right from wrong anymore. That unclear state of mind, ones thinking without God has no surety or peace in it. Everything becomes messed up first in our thinking, then in our life.

When we’re entangled in sin, and as we doubt we won’t be recognized anymore as God‘s own. When we doubt we display confusion and act out confusion as we can’t sort right from wrong anymore.

After that God showed me the other side to the dream. Now in the dream He switched roles. Now I was the lady illuminating Jesus, I was who I am in real life to Zoe. God was showing me how Zoe sees me and how I am illuminating Jesus to Zoe.

When I was Zoe I was convicted by the lady and now I can see both sides. The conviction is meant to bring change and to draw God’s own to Him, but the choice it up to the person whether they come or not.

In the case of Zoe God showed me the enemy took that conviction and converted it to condemnation, then into offence, and then of course into sin.

Obviously sin is the result because we try to cover our pain, our self-condemnation with something, with a thing rather than go to God. Sin is a lot of things, but summed up sin is unbelief and unbelief is separation from God which ultimately causes us to run from God - and to sin instead.

The answer? If we are faithful to put Jesus first and have a close relationship with Him, then we will prosper in every area of our lives.

Nothing can overtake us when we allow Him in us. When we choose Jesus, He will empower us to be whole.

3 John 2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and [that your body] may keep well, even as [I know] your soul keeps well and prospers. AMPC

The answer then -avoid entanglement with sin, resist doubt and submit to be committed to Jesus -stay with Him, prosper by giving Him your attention. Let Him do in you what is too hard for you to do without Him. It’s that simple, you can’t without Him. You can’t do anything without Him (John 15:1-11).

Jesus is He is looking for those who will commit to Him, those who won’t turn on Him. Jesus is looking for someone who won’t doubt someone who won’t allow doubt to separate them from Him.

In this last day as we are divided, know that the division is doubt, or belief! Which line will you be in?

Difficult To Teach

Matthew 17:15 Lord, do pity and have mercy on my son, for he has epilepsy (is moonstruck) and he suffers terribly; for frequently he falls into the fire and many times into the water. 16 And I brought him to Your disciples, and they were not able to cure him. 17 And Jesus answered, O you unbelieving (warped, wayward, rebellious) and thoroughly perverse generation! How long am I to remain with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to Me.18 And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was cured instantly. AMPC

Jesus said to His disciples, and He is saying to us, we are unbelieving. We are warped (twisted), wayward (disobedient) and rebellious (disloyal) and a thoroughly perverse (difficult) generation! Wow Jesus just called us out. What is He saying to us? I think it is clear He is saying we are warped, we are twisted in our thinking and it makes us disobedient, and actually disloyal to Him.

Because we are not really listening to Him and have our minds set already on what we believe, I think we are difficult to teach.

Jesus said in Luke 10, I give you power, and authority to cast out demons, lay hands on the sick, and yet we become the sick.

Luke 10:19 Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and [physical and mental strength and ability] over all the power that the enemy [possesses]; and nothing shall in any way harm you. AMPC

No wonder Jesus became frustrated, He is teaching us how to live, giving us His power and authority to do His work, but, instead of receiving it we become the sick.

God showed me His frustration of us through a card game. I was trying to teach my son a new card game. He kept arguing with me about the card game telling me the order of the cards didn’t make sense to him and so it was wrong. I was truly frustrated with him.

God told me to get the game out again and to re-explain the order of the game. Through me reiterating the game God showed me my son was trying to use logic to fix the game, and that was why he couldn’t catch on to the game.

I confronted him and told him to put his logic aside and just except the theory that man who invented the card game used.

His logic made the game hard for him to play as well as remember and recall the order of the cards because he didn’t agree with the arrangement of the cards. All he could really think about was that it was wrong.

God then showed me we do the same thing with His Word. We try and fix His Word to the way we think it should be. With our logic we change the meaning of His Word. Inevitably we don’t get His revelation of His way working because we are so focused on what we think.

We can’t hear, we hear but we don’t hear.

That is why Jesus was frustrated. He was telling them they are difficult to teach. How long should I put up with you is a pretty harsh rebuke!

I believe He was saying to them and, He is saying to us today, you are difficult to teach. Because you won’t believe Me, you are trying to figure it out yourself, without Me, making it too hard to teach you. I am pretty sure Jesus was feeling like giving up! I am pretty sure He was convinced that we are pretty dense. And, I am pretty sure that is why He gets quiet sometimes.

He pours out His wisdom, His principles of the way His Kingdom operates but we get logical about it and argue it, instead of just do it. Instead of doing it we look for another way out. We are a pretty prideful people.

Finally as I laid out the cards and explained to my son that what seems to be right is changed, and now this is right because of the way the person set up the game, logical to him or not -he caught on. Because he took my correction and gave into what he thought, after some practice he caught on to the game.

God is saying that to us today. In His Kingdom it isn’t going to be like we think. He is the designer of His Kingdom and the operations and things will work the way He said they will.

He said His power when we believe is on the inside of us and when we lay hands on the sick they will recover. But if we are logical about it and think well, I can’t do that, or in this case this person must be taken to the hospital, we are thinking logical and logic has nothing to do with faith working.

If we would just let go of what we think, and do what we were told to do, then, we could catch on to faith working. Then, we can catch on to faith and laying hands on the sick and watching them recover. Then, we can even be the healed rather than the sick.

Ashamed

Imagine Your Life Without Trying To Fix It

Acts 10:38 How God anointed and consecrated Jesus of Nazareth with the [Holy] Spirit and with strength and ability and power; how He went about doing good and, [in particular, curing all who were harassed and oppressed by [the power of] the devil, for God was with Him.

Jesus went around healing all who were oppressed by the enemy. Yet we still live oppressed, we still live with the enemy constantly harassing us. Even though Jesus already healed us, even though He gave us authority over the enemy, we let the enemy control us with guilt and shame.

Today Jesus wants to set you free from shame, from that oppression the enemy has you imprisoned with, with the truth — with His truth.

How much of our lives have we lived in shame over something we did or something we keep doing? How much of our lives have we lived sinning over and over again with no control? Maybe its food: over eating. Or maybe it is buying more than you have money for? Maybe it’s jealousy? Maybe your temper is out of control? Maybe trying to prove something? Whatever it is, the truth of it stems from how you see yourself. Your sin, what you practice —is the result of the enemy oppressing you and harassing you with his distorted images of you. He plants in your thinking broken images of you that cause you try and fix them.

The reason most of us stay in that place is because we don’t know. We don’t know it is the enemy oppressing us. We don’t know that his attempts to steal, kill and destroy, in our lives is in the power we give him in our thinking. Yes the power we give him because we don’t know.

When we know the truth that Satan harasses and oppresses us in our sub consciousness with his lies —then can be set free. When we know his power in controlling us is with his distorted images we’re thinking, then we can take authority over him with that truth by changing those images.

Jesus said the truth will set you free (John 8:32).

Today if this is you, you can be set free from his oppression by knowing the truth. Just having the revelation knowledge, the truth will set you free.

2 Corinthians 10:5 [Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One), AMPC

Take captive every thought and make it come into agreement with the Word of God. Thinking what God thinks and not thinking the lies of the enemy gives you the power to be set free from his oppression.

Coming into agreement with God and asking Him to help you to see you the way He sees you, and asking Him to help you to take captive your thoughts will empower you and heal you of that wrong thinking you have had.

Thinking in agreement with how God thinks is our instruction and when we do that the enemy isn’t able to control us any longer.

Looking at yourself through God’s eyes will set you free from the bondage of the enemy. The truth will set you free (John 8:32).

Living in a lie, living in agreement with the enemies suggestions —will keep you in bondage to that lie.

Whatever we did or keep doing is sin, which actually stems from the wrong image we have of ourselves.

Let me say it again, whatever sin you live in, you live in it because of that wrong image you carry of yourself. Thus you have to be set free of that lie (the wrong image) to be set free of the sin your practice.

Yes all we have to do is repent and ask for forgiveness. But how do we repent which is to go and sin no more with that distorted image of ourselves?

The answer is— decide to get rid of that image. Decide that whatever you look like is okay because God made us the way we are and in His likeness.

So much of the time we don’t see ourselves as God made us (like Him) but a broken image of who we are through not His eyes but the eyes of the enemy. Don’t look at yourself through the enemies eyes (which is a distorted lie) but through the eyes of God who said you are fearfully and wonderfully made. I love the Message translation —look at it with me. Take in every Word from God to you!

Psalm 139:13-16 Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; You formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body. You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day. MSG

He, God —is breath taking and He has made us like Him. He has intentionally put you together the way you are. Therefore there is nothing wrong with you. You don’t have to be ashamed of how you look and even where you are in your life.

Growing up has many stages and takes time. Appreciate where you are, enjoy you new adventures now because in time they will be past adventures. Past adventures are more fun if you can look to as happy memories that you may even be able to laugh about. It doesn’t matter your age but that you are free to mature without the mistaken thinking of there being something wrong with you.

Enjoy yourself, who God made you to be. Enjoy others and who God made them to be. If you like who you are, it will be easy to like who they are.

God is in love with you and wants you to know the truth that will set you from the bondage’s you live in. Let Him heal you and let Him show you how He sees you so you can love and be in awe of who you are. So you can see you how He sees you and then love you life and live free!

Imagine your life without trying to fix it!

As Soon As You Hear

Today I want to tell you as soon as you hear your assignment from God the enemy will come and try to steal that direction from you.

Mark 4:15 The ones along the path are those who have the Word sown [in their hearts], but when they hear, Satan comes at once and [by force] takes away the message which is sown in them. AMPC

If he can’t keep you from starting he will try to get you to quit once you start. If he can’t get you to quit right away after you have started he will come up with another strategy, and another one.

He will work to keep the pressure on you to quit, by trying to get you offended or frustrated. He will use offence or distractions whatever will work to try to get you off of your assignment from God.

Mark 4:17 And they have no real root in themselves, and so they endure for a little while; then when trouble or persecution arises on account of the Word, they immediately are offended (become displeased, indignant, resentful) and they stumble and fall away. 18 And the ones sown among the thorns are others who hear the Word; 19 Then the cares and anxieties of the world and distractions of the age, and the pleasure and delight and false glamour and deceitfulness of riches, and the craving and passionate desire for other things creep in and choke and suffocate the Word, and it becomes fruitless. AMPC

He won’t try once or twice but constantly. He is always working to get you to quit, because when you do the will of God you have lived the purpose of life. The enemy knows your gift will make room for you, that all those unanswered prayers he has you focusing on are tied into your obedience to God.

Jesus said to seek God’s way of doing and being right, then those things we need will be added to us. He said those who don’t know God seek things and spend their lives doing so. We though should be doing our assignment with things needed and the things we want —added to us.

We can wisely estimate the simple concept that the direction Satan has in mind for us and the trap he sets for us over and over is to seek stuff —to live in self gratification.

Satan is not creative, but uses the same old things over and over to keep us in a trap, his trap of stagnancy. Living in the same place, in the same trap over and over never going anywhere.

Satan uses our feelings, our flesh, and circumstances to try and control us. Therefore those things are the things we can’t let move us. We have to be aware of his tactics and resist him.

In Action

So often we start out all excited about what God has called us to do but then when we start and nothing seems to be happening, we quit and slow down in our assignment —because we‘re not feeling it.

Sometimes before we become proficient in our assignment we have to practice it and while were practicing it there often times comes discouragement in the sometimes long time frame of preparing for our ministry —circumstance.

I want to encourage you today that even though you don’t feel it or see it, it is happening. In the spirit it is happening, what you are doing is purposeful and God is evaluating your work. He is watching to perform His Word, His work in you that He called you to do.

The enemy will try and get you and me to stop doing that assignment because he knows where it’s going. He often times will use those around you to discourage you by suggesting you are off track. Don’t let that happen, don’t let Satan use his methods to get you off of what you know God has called you to do. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. You know what you heard God tell you to do, don’t let distractions of the age, opinions, lusts of the flesh or anything else get in your way of doing the Word, what God has called you to do. Don’t let your flesh dominate you, don’t compare yourself to those we are flesh ruled, but be led by the Spirit!

Do what God has called you to do and keep doing it because when you do, you have won! You are the over comer you were called to be and then you will be living that somewhere over the rainbow kind of life! You will be living a life of purpose rather than a life only about you.

Mark 4:20 And those sown on the good (well-adapted) soil are the ones who hear the Word and receive and accept and welcome it and bear fruit—some thirty times as much as was sown, some sixty times as much, and some [even] a hundred times as much. AMPC

Follow The Leader

Did you know it is a greater work to follow Jesus? It is, He is our role model and He said He only imitates His Father. He said He only does and says what the Father tells Him to do and say.

John 5:19 So Jesus answered them by saying, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the Son is able to do nothing of Himself (of His own accord); but He is able to do only what He sees the Father doing, for whatever the Father does is what the Son does in the same way [in His turn and He told us to do the same.] AMPC

John 12:9 This is because I have never spoken on My own authority or of My own accord or as self-appointed, but the Father Who sent Me has Himself given Me orders [concerning] what to say and what to tell. 50 And I know that His commandment is (means) eternal life. So whatever I speak, I am saying [exactly] what My Father has told Me to say and in accordance with His instructions. AMPC

As doing the greater work, as one who believes we are to imitate God.

Ephesians 5:1 Therefore be imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father]. AMPC

2 And walk in love, [esteeming and delighting in one another] as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a slain offering and sacrifice to God [for you, so that it became] a sweet fragrance. AMPC

So much of the time we stay baby Christians and it is because we lack relationship with God. If we were true to constant fellowship with God we would be growing up into doing and saying, thinking as He thinks. We would grow from constantly asking of Him to serving Him.

A relationship with God is loving God and is caring about what He cares about. Being concerned with Him and what He feels is a true relationship with Him. That relationship then continually grows to the place where God will show us His heart more and more, and in that place we will find the tremendous love He has for us —His children.

Jesus came to show us the love of God, His passion was to fulfill the Fathers heart of love to us. When Jesus left He told the disciples (us) to carry on His work. To go about doing good, healing all who were oppressed by the devil. Being a witness for Him. Yet, even though we have been chosen to do His work, we let the devil oppress us. Instead of taking our rightful place of authority we give it up just as Adam and Eve did.

God wants us to know today that He longs for us to grow up in Him. He longs for us to be able to put on our boots and walk right on through the enemies traps not fulfilling the enemies dreams but God’s.

How do we do that? We submit to God and plain old just believe Him. When we do, when we make a decision to believe, then He can work with us and get us to the place where we belong —living the good life and doing that greater work we were called to.

One day when I was complaining about in being in the company of unbelievers, I heard God say to me “Follow the Leader.“ He explained, if you follow Me they will follow you.

What was He saying to me? Not what I wanted to hear. What I wanted to hear was I will rescue you and set you on your perfect mountain in your perfect castle, with those perfect people. Which one day that will be, but here and now we are in a war, we are on a quest, His quest to rule in love, conquering over evil.

That day He was telling me I have you in a great place to do a greater work for Me. Would you serve Me as you committed to do? Will you love this person, those persons in your life instead of escape (for yourself) leaving that person, those who don’t know any better —stranded? Will you go after those lost sheep with Me?

Will you just keep following Me, because if you follow me then that person, those persons in your life will see life, Me in you —and they will follow you.

I see that happening in my life now. Those who I thought were lost with no hope, because I stayed with it are imitating me. I feel so honored that God would use me. I am so happy and excited that I stayed with it. I feel as though I am a part of what God is doing. Doing those greater works, living a life that matters rather than just living my life for me.

When it didn’t feel like anything was happening God empowered, He encourage me to keep following Him. Now I can see the fruit. Me growing up to be like my Dad and those following me have met Him and some are just about ready to meet Him.

God is so good, He is so faithful. He has a plan that will not only perfect you, change you to be like Him, but a plan to bless you beyond even the blessing of being like Him. And of course He has a plan through you to save those who follow you!

May I encourage you today to Follow The Leader!

Contentment Is Priceless!

2 Corinthians 12:9 But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me! AMPC

I will never forget one time I decided to do something against what God was telling me to do. I didn’t do it yet —but I had decided I was going to go against what I knew I should do to be right with God. As soon as I made my decision I heard God tell me His presence would leave me if I kept to that decision. I started to feel His presence leave as He said it. It was a terrible, terrible feeling and I immediately repented and said I would do what He wanted me to do. Instantly I felt His presence return.

I couldn’t imagine living without God, His power in my life. For that brief few seconds when I did feel Him leaving me it was awful and I never want to experience it again.

In that moment my present situation that I was trying to get out of didn’t seem that bad compared to God leaveing me. Also, suddenly I knew that if I did what He wanted me to do I would have His grace— His power to do it. I knew in the moment or two that thus far in my life, the reason I was okay was Him —His presence in my life.

Samson felt it, he gave into the constant nagging of Delilah and told her his secret to his strength. She turned on him and he lost God’s presence in his life. That Power that protected him and gave him strength gone!

When you live in the presence and power of God you may sometimes take it for granted until you feel Him leaving you.

Satan is the root of the nagging in our lives and then when we give in we give into the absence of God in our lives. We can’t live two lives —either we will love one and hate the other or hate one and love the other.

Christians do it all the time though. I can’t understand why the choice wouldn’t be obvious to them who were enlightened. I mean you have to have been enlightened to originally have received Jesus. But it happens —as it happened to Samson, the pressure gets to us and we are tempted to betray our commitment to God.

The pressure, though is only pressure —it is pressure you can overcome because you have God’s power, His Spirit living on the inside of you. His is there to empower you to overcome that pressure. Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.

Yes a lot to deal with on your own without God, but you when you receive God, you have God’s Spirit living on the inside of you to help you do all things. He will strengthen you do His will when you make that decision to do so.

That day I did what God wanted me to do —not what I wanted to do. I trusted Him and He gave me the strength to do His will. What I didn’t want to do —I was graced to do.

The reason I didn’t want to do the will of God was because it was hard on my flesh and the enemy was nagging me to take care of it myself. There actually have been a lot of things I didn’t want to do, or have done, and didn’t want to do them. But I had to make a choice and I chose to do His will and not my own.

I did His will because I am smart enough to know I can’t make it without Him. I know I can’t function without God and I know also that He is a whole lot smarter than I am.

He keeps me from falling, and from failing. He keeps me from making mistakes, and decisions that would ruin my life. He keeps me on the path to the good life.

I like being able to depend upon Him and know that my path leads to righteousness and my eternity with Him.

He is jealous for me and looking out for me all the time and so that means I can relax. When I decide to do His will I am in agreement with Him and that means I can supersede in this life to the place of living blessed, happy and satisfied. Contentment is priceless. Having God conduct my affairs is the most wonderful thing I could ever have, ask for, or desire.

That decision that day would have had a devastating effect on my life and those I love. The enemy was harassing me to live my life for me and because of God I was able to resist that pressure and love anyway. Love to the degree I am called to love. I can only love past me —because of Him in me.

Now because I make His decisions and not my own I love my life! I can do all I need to do because of Him — because of His grace. His unmerited favor is enough for me.

Give And It Will Be Given

God has a way to meet our needs above and beyond what we can ask or think. But because we worry about our needs and take on a whole different system of living we don’t receive from Him by His intended plan, His way of doing and being right.

Luke 6:38 Give, and [gifts] will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will they pour into [the pouch formed by] the bosom [of your robe and used as a bag]. For with the measure you deal out [with the measure you use when you confer benefits on others], it will be measured back to you. AMPC

So how does that look in real life? We stop worrying just like Jesus said in Matthew 6. Why did He say to stop worry about our lives what we will eat, drink, and wear? Because worry stifles our return.

We can give and give and give but if we worry then our giving (our return) has been taken from us by the enemy. His ploy is to steal, kill, and destroy and he does that with worry, fear of what if it doesn’t work? Subsequently we’re thinking what will I eat, drink, or wear? With that —we’re off doing our own thing again, getting a few jobs, thinking about how we are going to take care of ourselves, with the eventual thoughts of money —and how will I get it. Then of course money is our God because we are always thinking about money (Matthew 6:24). Satan is sly and always has a plan to steal from us. But with the Word (God) as our source we can always win!

We are to live God’s way, seek Him, His way of doing and have faith in His system. —faith (confidence) in His way of living and being right.

Faith is pretty simple but we complicate it with negative thoughts, thoughts that exalt above the true knowledge of God, His ways, His plans that are good. And —those thoughts that we acknowledge, those thoughts we let exalt God’s truth —will pull our seeds of faith right out the ground!

Did you ever pull weeds in your garden and then by mistake pull out some beautiful flowers? That is an awful feeling, and then try to replant them? It doesn’t work to replant flower’s they’re just dead.

And so is it an awful thing when you have planted your faith and then some random thought comes along and you take it —pulling your faith seed right out of the ground.

All that work, all that time we take to hear the Word and then do it, and let one random thought steal from us.

The answer then to your giving and getting results is to just believe, replant the Word in your heart. Believe the Word, the promises of God, take captive your thoughts and think only those thoughts that God thinks. Get faith from hearing the Word and then just go ahead and jump in and do what the Word tells you to do.

God Is A Person

God is a real Person with real feelings. I believe that is what He wants us to have revelation of today. To know that He is not a fairy tale, He is not figment of someone’s imagination, but the very One who created us and is jealous for us.

Exodus 34:14 For you shall worship no other god; for the Lord, Whose name is Jealous, is a jealous (impassioned) God,

If you ever had anyone in your life that was jealous for you, you know you were flattered of that feeling that came from their jealously. Likewise if you sit in God’s presence you feel that jealous love He has for you.

When someone is jealous for you they watch you, and keep an eye on you to protect you. I can feel God doing just that in my life I feel His presence following me and keeping an eye on me. Why? Because I have entered into an intimate relationship with Him where I have given Him permission to fit me for His Kingdom— to be jealous for me.

That means I have asked Him to keep me in line with His love law to be able to live in His blessings, now and with Him in paradise when I leave here.

God desires we live blessed as to represent Him — to be shown as His, blessed and like Him. If we say we are His but look like someone else’s He isn’t pleased and in fact He is grieved.

God has high standards and expects we live by them. Showing Him, showcasing Him is what God desires for us. He wants us to look like Him —and to illuminate Him. Why does He want us to be an attraction for Him? Because it is not His will that one should perish and when we show who God is we are letting God use us to draw those In whom He is in love with (who He is jealous for) —to Him.

Being fit for His Kingdom takes being willing to be reshaped into the likeness of God. Yes were made already in His likeness, but as we grow in this worldly atmosphere and are obviously tempted by its owner we have to learn to make the right choices and as well we have to live as an over comer by not succumbing to the enemies ploys.

Therefore we have to ask God to correct us and teach us. We have to keep on knocking and seeking Him so that, that door of revelation knowledge we need to live in His Kingdom be opened to us.

If we seek Him as a vital necessity that makes us jealous for Him always keeping an eye on Him, wanting to know Him and what He is thinking all the time. Wanting to please Him by weighing all we do in His presence, making sure that we are not offending Him by our thoughts and deeds. Making sure we are on the same page as He is. Being jealous for Him means to keep track of Him and His feelings. To do that we have to keep an eye on Him all the time.

Can we make Him feel special as special as He does us? I think we can. In my relationship with Him I can tell as He is jealous for me to keep in step with Him, to keep me blessed and walking toward that good life He has in mind for me. I can tell that He is pleased when I go to Him and ask is this okay? How do you feel about this or that? Does this offend You or grieve You, if so I won’t do it.

Until I ask I can’t guess how He feels. Sometimes I can, but sometimes I am wrong. Therefore just like any relationship we have to find out what He is thinking. When we want to know He tells us. When we want to know He feels loved.

God is a person and has feelings and you can tell as soon as you start being jealous for Him, as soon as you start keeping your eye on Him, making Him your focal point you will see that you have made Him feel loved.

Did You Leave Jesus?

Revelation 2:4 But I have this [one charge to make] against you: that you have left (abandoned) the love that you had at first [you have deserted Me, your first love]. 5 Remember then from what heights you have fallen. Repent (change the inner man to meet God’s will) and do the works you did previously [when first you knew the Lord], or else I will visit you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you change your mind and repent. AMPC

Have we any idea we have left our first love?  I don’t think most of us do.   I had no idea I was unfaithful and often leave God for something that seems okay, or even more attractive. There was no way I could have even seen myself unfaithful to Jesus if He hadn’t shown me.

Constantly asking for correction God has been faithful to show me myself.  I didn’t realize that I often times betray Him because I didn’t look at Him carefully enough to realized He had feelings.  I didn’t realize He had feelings like I do and that I was hurting Him when I left Him.  I think most of us consider God as I once heard someone say, “It’s okay, God can handle it, He is God.”  

What I have learned in my relationship with God is yes He can handle it, but it still hurts Him when we leave Him for someone or something else.  

God is a real Person with real feelings.

We have to realize when we think of Him as God, but without feelings, it’s because without really knowing Him we create our own image of Him.  If we can’t see Him, if we don’t have the revelation knowledge of who He is, we tend to depict our own meanings and our own imaginary relationship with Him.  

You may not realize that if you don’t feel God’s feelings you could leave Him for a person, an event, a thing, or even for being peculiar. Peculiar?  Yes,  being thought of as peculiar because of Him, what someone might think of you if you take Jesus with you wherever you go.  

Jesus said we have left our first love and unless we change our mind and repent, listen, and overcome, we won’t be eating off of the tree of life in paradise.

Revelation 2:7 He who is able to hear, let him listen to and give heed to what the Spirit says to the assemblies (churches). To him who overcomes (is victorious), I will grant to eat [of the fruit] of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God. AMPC

We are so self-absorbed that we can’t see where we are at and that we have betrayed God.  We don’t see that we have left Him to fit into the world and for the approval of others. 

We long for approval from others and for acceptance from those who really are not even in the circle of God.  Jesus said your sister, brother, and mother, is the one who does the will of the Father.

Why then do we get so messed up when we are rejected by those who are against Jesus to begin with?  Why are we so afraid to be hated and rejected because of Jesus being ours?  The One we should be proud to take everywhere we go, is Jesus.  We should embrace our position as His and rejoice when men hate us because of Him!

Jesus said family would turn against family, and we can vividly see that happening.  If you have ever loved, you have also been hurt. When it is your own family that rejects you, it’s most devastating.  Devastating and heartbreaking, but we have to sort that out to be right with Jesus. We have to be committed to Jesus not a family member whatever their position is.

The very One though, the very One we leave, the very One we walk away from for those who will eventually turn their backs on us —is the One, Jesus who will never leave or forsake you if you stay true to Him.

John 15:18 If the world hates you, know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you belonged to the world, the world would treat you with affection and would love you as its own. But because you are not of the world [no longer one with it], but I have chosen (selected) you out of the world, the world hates (detests) you. AMPC

The Art of Giving Love

Matthew 25:40 And the King will reply to them, Truly I tell you, in so far as you did it for one of the least [in the estimation of men] of these My brethren, you did it for Me. AMPC

Did you know the art of giving love is a skill we have to develop to do the greater works in the Kingdom of God? It is, it is the greatest thing to love God and others and as we practice that love, we will become skilled at it.

My parents were compassionate and loving but still displayed the character of as the world does, to take care of their own.

My personality alone was never to be a nurse or to take care of an adult, but a child or an animal for me was a whole different thing. Therefore when it came to taking care of someone older I didn’t want to, especially if I thought they were capable themselves.

Another thing if the person I should take care of isn’t even nice to me, that made it worse yet, I didn’t want to do anything for that person.

I said all that to say just as an example to share with you what God has done in me. When I have those selfish feelings now because I have asked for correction from God, I get corrected.

I now can nurse anyone who needs nursing because God has asked me to. Whether the person likes me or not, or is nice to me or not I can do what God has asked because I want to please Him.

God knows a persons heart and the love they need and He expects us to develop the skill of loving those who need love for Him because He loves them. God expects us to practice love because we said we believed in Him. When we said we believed, we said we promised to pick up where He left off when He left.

I know God already loves me just the way I am, but if He is asking me to be Him for them then that is my work to do. In fact I believe the greater work Jesus is referring to is to love beyond what we feel. To love to the degree of loving someone else more than ourselves because He does.

Have you ever noted someone in need and walked away because of your own selfish desires? That is exactly what Jesus is talking about here. If we are first then we haven’t learned His love and can have to no part of Him. But, when we do for Him as we have committed to do when said we believed, then we have done for Him when we do for the least.

To be like Jesus we have to get skilled at giving in fact our life needs to be about giving, doing the work we have been assigned to by Jesus to do —that greater thing other than to take care of ourselves.

Matthew 25:34 Then the King will say to those at His right hand, Come, you blessed of My Father [you favored of God and appointed to eternal salvation], inherit (receive as your own) the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

35 For I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you Me together with yourselves and welcomed and entertained and lodged Me, 36 I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you visited Me with help and ministering care, I was in prison and you came to see Me. 37 Then the just and upright will answer Him, Lord, when did we see You hungry and gave You food, or thirsty and gave You something to drink? 38 And when did we see You a stranger and welcomed and entertained You, or naked and clothed You? 39 And when did we see You sick or in prison and came to visit You? 40 And the King will reply to them, Truly I tell you, in so far as you did it for one of the least [in the estimation of men] of these My brethren, you did it for Me. AMPC

Matthew 25:41 Then He will say to those at His left hand, Begone from Me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels!

42 For I was hungry and you gave Me no food, I was thirsty and you gave Me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome Me and entertain Me, I was naked and you did not clothe Me, I was sick and in prison and you did not visit Me with help and ministering care. 44 Then they also [in their turn] will answer, Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You? AMPC

This Life Or That One

This Life Or That One

Mark 8:34 And Jesus called [to Him] the throng with His disciples and said to them, If anyone intends to come after Me, let him deny himself [forget, ignore, disown, and lose sight of himself and his own interests] and take up his cross, and [joining Me as a disciple and siding with My party] follow with Me [continually, cleaving steadfastly to Me]. AMPC

Do you ever feel like you knew the Word and then suddenly you’re living in it and it has a whole new meaning, the message has changed? I would reference that to God growing us up.

Let’s begin then to grow here a little more than we have before. I have always thought I was carrying my cross until this last year— I must say He has carried my cross for me.

I know many would say that is the way it is suppose to be. Yes to a place where you can’t do anything without Him, but first you have to be in agreement with Him. First you have to say yes Lord. Even when it hurts you have to say yes Lord fix me. Change me to fit into Your Kingdom, into Your likeness.

Carrying your cross as Jesus puts it here is really giving up this life here of all your pleasures and interests—exclusively, to exchange this life for eternal life. Jesus is saying to be sided with Him we have to let go of the pull of fitting into the world’s mold of what it acceptable and not —and fit into His Kingdom standards instead.

Whatever you cleave to is what is pulling you away from God and God is going to ask you to lay it down. Now that is not an easy thing to do because it is actually a transformation of your character in which only He can do by your willingness. Letting go of the world and clinging to Him is not you anymore— but Him in you. Really the summation of salvation.

In this account of Mark, Jesus just finished telling His disciples what was going to happen to Him.

Mark 8:31 And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must of necessity suffer many things and be tested and disapproved and rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be put to death, and after three days rise again [from death].32 And He said this freely (frankly, plainly, and explicitly, making it unmistakable). And Peter took Him by the hand and led Him aside and then [facing Him] began to rebuke Him. AMPC

Peter was thinking he had to protect Jesus and instead Jesus said we have to deny our self if we want to follow Him. He rebuked Peter for the acts of love He was about to do for God, for us —for our salvation. Peter didn’t get it then, but he did get it later as will we when we submit to Him.

Jesus went into a lot of detail in His explanation of what it means to carry your cross.

Mark 8:35 For whoever wants to save his [higher, spiritual, eternal] life, will lose it [the lower, natural, temporal life which is lived only on earth]; and whoever gives up his life [which is lived only on earth] for My sake and the Gospel’s will save it [his higher, spiritual life in the eternal kingdom of God]. AMPC

Do you hear what He is saying?

Mark 8:36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his life [in the eternal kingdom of God]? AMPC

How often do we thrive on the world’s acceptance? How often do we just slip right into that mold the enemy has carved for us without even realizing it?

I can answer that it is all the time unless — unless you are asking God to keep you on the narrow path of transformation. That path that leads to your eternal life means you will give up this life, the life your flesh wants for that life with Him when you leave here. Many who cling to this life here will give up that life for this one— because they are oblivious to the fact that they are making a choice now.

I got this revelation because I have been seeking, knocking and the door as Jesus promised has been open to me. I have been asking that I make it to eternal life and in doing so have been corrected to the place where I wondered if I had to give everything up and found out yes I do.

Jesus makes it clear either it is this life of acceptance or that life. I pick that one, I choose Him. What about you, will you get this revelation for yourself; will you seek Him with all your heart, soul and mind and not be so sure of yourself, that you’re going to make it? Find out for sure, get before Him and let Him fix you instead of trying to do it yourself.