Uprooting the Mountain Called Fear

Psychologists will tell you that there is a healthy level of fear that we should all have experienced growing up to help us understand danger. Teaching a child to be leery of strangers; and to respect fire or a hot stove are healthy levels of fear. Many of the fears we learn as children can be life-saving.

The Bible teaches us that the fear of God, or Elohim, our creator, is a healthy and acceptable fear. (Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe. Hebrews 12:28 NIV). This is not a fear that holds us in bondage or that is oppressive, but one that is holy, reverent, and loving. It is mixed with hope and trust. The individuals who walk in the fear of God, walk in humility and awe at the greatness and wondrous majesty of Him, who by His word, hurled the universe into place and breathed life into clay; creating mankind with all of its spiritual and human complexities. Having a reverent fear for God is spiritual and natural. It always produces faith in us and confident expectations of good. Continue reading

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Resting in Grace for the Gifts We Carry

Many of us already know that Grace is the unmerited favor of God extended to us. We can’t earn it by our good works. We certainly don’t deserve it because there is not a 24 hour period that goes by that we can truthfully say we did everything right, thought perfect thoughts, or said everything right. The Bible assures us that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”. (Romans 3:23)

It is the mercy of God that bestows Grace upon us. The dictionary defines mercy as, “compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm”. BUT God, because of His mercy, had a plan to deliver us forever from the penalty of sin and the curse of death and sorrow that had become our destiny in life. Romans 3:24 offers us hope and deliverance declaring, “and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus”. It is that same Grace that makes the gifts we’ve been given by the Holy Spirit easy to operate through as we bless others and glorify God. However, the gift(s) we carry can become a double edge sword if we are not careful. Continue reading

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The Kind and Patient God

Jesus shares a parable in Mark 12:1-9 of a man who planted a vineyard and secured it by putting a fence around it. He supplied the vineyard with everything it would need to be successful; setting up a wine press for harvesting the grapes and building a watchtower so the vineyard could be kept safe from enemies and intruders. The man rented his vineyard to knowledgeable farmers with the agreement that they could also have some of the profits from the vineyard. Satisfied with the agreement and all he had done, the man left the country.

The parable was about God. It portrayed His kindness and generosity. Yet, Jesus told the story to show the hardness of man’s heart. (photo via Pixabay.com)  Continue reading

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Jesus Christ, Lord and Master

We call Jesus, Lord, without realizing the bigger meaning behind that name. Many prayers begin with, “Lord, Jesus…”. Why do we call Him Lord?

I don’t believe I’ve ever heard any one refer to Jesus as “Master”. That is a name we find difficult to use. That name means you acknowledge someone is superior to you; that they have power and authority over you. That name demands submission. Nations have fought to be free of controlling Monarchs. Generations of young people have fought against established governmental or parental rules in the pursuit of being their own person. Those who have dealt with slavery or have ancestral history of slavery, would, no doubt, seriously object to the use of the name “Master” in any culture. To be honest, I don’t believe I have ever called Jesus, “Master” either; never thought deeply about it – that is until now! (Photo via pixabay.com)  Continue reading

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Could You be a Christian Prodigal

If there was ever a cry from our Heavenly Father’s heart, it is “Where are My children?” He is aware that there are many who have adopted Him as Father, but the adoption was not legal because it was never sealed with the acceptance of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, as their Savior. God knows His own, of course, because they look like Christ in the Spirit. However, to those who have been sealed with the sacrificed blood of Jesus, God continues to ask, “Where are My children?” It is not a question of geographical location, but one regarding our spiritual whereabouts. Today, more than ever, there is an urgent cry from the Father’s heart to Christians every where, “Where are my children?”. Could you be the Christian Prodigal God is looking for?

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Word From the Lord

Around three am this morning, I heard these words from the Lord, in my spirit.

“Behold America is changing. Her borders are closing. This is My doing, for I am a just God. Everyone wants a better life, yet many come, and never develop an appreciation for this country.  You have tried to trust in human instinct, and friends, and friends of friends, but look at the devastation that has brought throughout your country. Your currency still says, ‘In God We Trust’. Look at it often and PRAY. This statement is to be an everlasting Stone of Remembrance of how I, yes I, led you here and established a nation of freedom and put My name on it. (See Joshua 4) Many of you have gotten fat off this land,  and that has caused you to become proud and walk independent of My ways. But why are you rebellious My sons and daughters? Why do you not seek Your Creator for His righteous council and perfect wisdom?”

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Our Gifts, Our Weapons of Power

Ephesians 6:11-18 warns us in this way, “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

I believe God has transitioned the body of Christ into a new season of development. We are full of knowledge and teaching, yet we still speak negatively and walk in fear of our future. This is because our knowledge of God’s goodness is not mixed with faith. Do you know that negative talking for a Christian is a form of evil speaking? It does not line up with the Spirit of Christ within us, which is the word of God, and it opens the door to the evil one, Satan (Proverbs 18:21; Ephesians 4:30,31). In this season, the Church is called to rise up, undistracted by the chaos of the world, and begin to connect with the mind and heart of God. The strivings and anxious concerns of yesterday are over. God is not sitting nervously on some distant throne. He is still large and in charge and He is shifting the mindset of His Church! Continue reading

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Spiritual Lessons from the Caterpillar

caterpillarI added two small buddleia bushes in my garden this summer. They are called butterfly bushes because butterflies are attracted to them. I was so excited with the anticipation of beautiful butterflies flying around the yard. (photo via Spirit-to-Soul.com)

One day, I walked outside and discovered little fuzzy creatures crawling in my drive and along the side of the garden. They were caterpillars. I thought, “What a nuisance!” Those roly-poly, fuzzy creatures were crawling all around the garden near the butterfly bush. Then it finally dawned on me, caterpillars become butterflies! I was witnessing the beginning stage of the butterfly. That’s when the Lord began to teach me some spiritual lessons through the caterpillars. Continue reading

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Storm Warning! Are You Prepared



Storm warning! Those are the words you typically see trailing across the bottom of your television screen accompanied by an ear-piercing sound when severe weather is imminent. It means everyone in the direction of the storm should take safety actions immediately. The rains come in hard, as the winds whip through the air like giant unseen tails. Storms can be expected when weather patterns produce violent disturbances in the atmosphere with strong winds, usually with rain, thunder, lightning, or snow (per online definition). Those who are in the path of nature’s storms can easily find themselves in the dark with no electricity. They bump over chairs searching for candles or flashlights. Too late, they discover that there are no matches for the candles they can’t find and the battery in their trusty flashlight is dead. Say, “Unprepared!”

Some storms pass over us, and others hit us with a vengeance, head-on. However, there are other storms that come our way that are life-storms. These affect our spiritual atmosphere by creating strong winds of adversity around us; thunderous conditions in our homes, and every element of disaster and destruction in our personal lives. There are storms that come against our character and integrity, and storms that blow hard against our finances, our health, and our loved ones. Its intent is to rattle the walls of our faith or bring it down all together. We all want our life-storms to pass over quickly, or fizzle out before it reaches us or our families. But sometimes, we are caught smack in the middle without any warning signs.  (Photo via Pixabay) Continue reading

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Heaven is Connecting with Earth

sun-raysHeaven has come down to us!

Friday, August 19th, while driving around 6:00 in the evening, my eyes were drawn to the sky ahead of me. I noticed the sky was alive and bright with billowy clouds. The sun was fading in intensity as the day was preparing for evening. I was fixated on the beauty of God’s sky. (By the way, no other traffic was near me, so all was well.)

Suddenly, my eyes caught a wide beam of light piercing through the sky. The light beam’s origin was above the clouds.There was a large hole or opening in the sky that the light was radiating from. Its beam could be distinguished from the natural brightness of the sky. The light beam traveled all the way down to the ground. I knew I was seeing an open portal from heaven to earth. (Photo via Pixabay.com) Continue reading

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