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Thursday, September 4, 2014

A Person of Integrity

Psalm 112:1-3 (ESV) 
1 Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in his commandments! 
2 His offspring will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.
3 Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever. 

Being a person of integrity means making a decision once and for all to follow all the teaching of God's Word, and to live by God's standards. Being a person of integrity starts with taking a look into our own hearts and seeing the things we hold as dear, and putting to death that which is in opposition to God's Word. In Psalm 66 David addresses the secret sins in his heart and confesses them before God. That is the place that a person of integrity starts, looking inward. Do we want to follow the teachings of Christ, and become more Christ-like? Or are we content talking about Christ and living as the world and our sinful nature would dictate to us? The Lord once showed me that calling oneself a Christian, but living as the world is a person who takes the Lord's name in vain. In God's eyes, it is sin. Really, when we don't put God first and work hard to live by His holy standards, we are creating something in our lives to be an idol. What consumes your secret thoughts? or even your actions? Are you focused on the things of this world? Are you focused on a past lifestyle that you long to return to? Do you think about lusting after the flesh? Do you consume your time gathering material items? Are you consumed with a man? or another person? Recently I saw on facebook a post that said " Share this if you want to see God's Word return to our country". Sounds good, but here is the problem, we want others to live by God's standards, but God is saying to us, if you would live by My standards and be an example to others, they would follow. When Christians live by God's Word, all of it, every page of it, then the world will see the Truth and the power in our lives over our sinful condition and they will see Jesus. As Christians we like to put on display how much we love Jesus with lots of chatter, while we keep hidden in our hearts our real desires. But God is not like man, He is looking into our hearts and will judge us rightly, our outward appearance doesn't get His attention like our hearts. Do you want the blessings and the rich rewards promised to you in Psalm 112?
Then GREATLY delight yourself in God's Word this week, and deal with the issues in your heart that would offend the Lord. In the end, it will not be what you say that affects the lives of others around you, it will be how you live. In the end, it will not be how many hallelujahs you shout, but how much your actions reflect Christ-likeness. There is a great line in the movie Shawshank Redemption. The character, Andy says "get busy living, or get busy dying". As a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, we are to get busy living for Christ, or we will be busy working toward a backslidden condition leading to death. Which is it?

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

What legacy will you leave behind?

The two greatest commandments are to love God with all your mind, with all your heart and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself. The person God places in front of you each day is the neighbor you are to love. God is sending us into the world to love people and impact our communities with the message of God's heart for them. As we step out into the unknown, whether it be to poverty stricken areas of our own communities, or simply to the person next door, we step out of a comfortable lifestyle into an adventure with God, fueled by His love and empowered with His grace. At the very least, we expect to see our lives changed from glory to glory and become more like Jesus as we take this journey. In our obedience to go into all the world with the message of the cross, we find that simple steps of faith trusting in God to meet us and use us as ordinary people, will have extraordinary impacts on the lives of others around us. This is our destiny! May your heart expand to include not just a passion for God, and His Son Jesus Christ, but also for the people of the world, whom our Lord willingly laid down His life for. May God fill you with His heart to love the least, the broken, and the lost.
As christians we need to be finding ways to leave a legacy of our life here on earth. God rescues us, and then calls us to rescue others. This world matters to God, therefore it should matter to us. This is a time we need to find ways to consider the needs of others over ourselves. Our legacy should be one of laying down our life so others could find theirs. There are many simple acts of kindness we can show to the world that would demonstrate the love of God. Most people have a misconception of God. They see Him as a mean, intolerant punishing God that distances Himself from hurting people. That's because they see Him through our lives. Does the world see you or Jesus in you? What legacy will you leave behind?

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A Double-minded Person is Unstable in Everything

Every individual who makes a decision for Christ in their lives has to come to a place where they choose between the old sinful patterns of behavior and this new life in Christ.

Our problem as humans is all too often we have trusted in ourselves for so long that it is hard for us to turn over our will completely to God.  So we battle within ourselves over our old desire to the pleasures of sin and this new behavior that will glorify God.  In many cases individuals make decisions in life that take them down a deep dark path that leads them to a place teetering on complete self destruction and sometimes death.

 Many people who get saved, find they still continue to struggle with the destructive thoughts and behaviors from their past, but now they have become keenly aware that this lifestyle is no longer acceptable in their new relationship with a Holy God and there lies the conflict.   And it is here that some waiver between two opinions, two lifestyles, and James 1:8 calls us unstable.  We are unstable in our marriage, unstable as a parent, unstable as an employee or employer and unstable in other relationships including our relationship with God.  So why do some individuals feel pulled back into the past that they have come to despise?  Why do they struggle with a lifestyle of sin?  In Ephesians 6: 10 we are told, “we wrestle with principalities and powers of darkness.”  Could this mean that there are forces that hold us captive to decisions from our past?  In some cases, the answer is yes.

So it is here that we must look at the need to break off the powers of darkness that at some point we gave permission to come into our lives.  In this process of deliverance we need to look at what weapons God has given us for this very purpose.  Jeremiah 1:10 says that before we can plant or build, we need to “root out, pull down, destroy and overthrow “demonic strongholds.  Many times this work is not done sufficiently and we jump ahead to building on top of layers of dysfunctional behavior and lies.  If we were to build a house on a piece of land that already had a dilapidated run down building on it, we would understand that before we do anything else, we must remove the building, including the foundation of that building to make room for the plans and design of the new structure. It is the same for us.  We need to remove the old foundation of beliefs and patterns of thoughts that are rooted in sin, so that we can construct this new glorious building that will bring honor to the Lord.  Once we demolish the demonic strongholds, then we can prepare to build up the individual with the Word of God.

In scripture we learn that when the strongman is bound, the area in which he once occupied must be filled or he will return and bring his friends and the condition will be worse for the person.  So we must begin to fill this vacated area with truth.  If we simply break a person free from the grip of the enemy and never teach them how to keep themselves filled with the reservoir of God’s Word, the person will continue to be tormented and struggle with sin issues.  Our adversary is relentless, and Daniel 7:25 warns us that he will do everything he can to wear down the saints.  He wants us to give up.  But when we learn who we are in Christ, we begin to believe God’s promise of success, and the power from on high to persevere in order to win the prize. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Time to confront the Enemy

Yesterday, I spent the afternoon with a special group of ladies that meet once a month and pray for the Church and the Nation.  Usually our time together consists of some quiet time to listen for the Lord's leading in how to pray.  During this time, the Lord led me to 1 Kings 18 which is the familiar story of Elijah calling down fire from heaven and confronting the false prophets of Baal.

In Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 we read that there is a time for everything.  God works in seasons, and He wants us to know those seasons.  In verse 8 it reads...a time for peace and a time for war.  And right now we are in a season to advance the kingdom of God, this is a "time to confront the enemy".  In 2 Samuel 11:1 "In the spring when the kings went to battle, David sent Joab with his servants and all Israel, and they ravaged the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem."  David was not where he was suppose to be and the account that follows begins with the lust of the eyes and spirals downward from there ending up with adultery and murder.  When we are not in the place where the Lord wants us, we open ourselves up to the enemy to seduce us into sin. So it is important to know the season God has determined for His Church.  Here is the word the Lord gave me based on 1 Kings 18.

Verses 1& 2: "And it came to pass after many days that the word of the Lord came to Elijah, in the third year saying, "Go present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the earth.  So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab, and there was a severe famine in Samaria."  The first thing we learn from these verses is that there was a famine in the land.  Actually, there had been a three year drought and the famous showdown between Baal and God was over which one would bring rain to end the drought. Verses 3&4: "And Ahab had called Obadiah, who was in charge of his house.  (Now Obadiah feared the Lord greatly). For it was, while Jezebel massacred the prophets of the Lord, that Obadiah had taken one hundred prophets and hidden them, fifty to a cave and had fed them with bread and water." Obadiah was most likely a believer that worked for Ahab and certainly was conflicted between his job, his boss and his God and God's people. So we can assume from this that it was not safe for Elijah to return to Ahab because he was a wanted man. But he did anyway. Here is what the Lord is saying in this,  we are coming into a season where God is asking us to confront the strongholds of the enemy head on.  Let's look back at chapter 17:1-6 "And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years except at my word.  Then the word of the Lord came to him saying, "Get away from here and turn eastward and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. And it will be that you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there." So he went and did according to the word of the Lord, for he went and stayed by the Brook Cherith  (it is interesting to note that the hebrew origin of this word means, separation) which flows into the Jordan. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening and he drank from the brook."
So we learn that the Lord had instructed him to go to a place that was out of the jurisdiction and reach of Ahab and separate himself from any confrontation so that at the appointed time, he could be refreshed for the season of battle between the prophets of Baal and God. It's important to understand the reason Elijah called for the drought in the first place was in chapter 16 verses 32,33 where we learn that Ahab "set up an altar for Baal in the temple of Baal, which he had built in Samaria.  And Ahab made a wooden image.  Ahab did more to provoke the Lord God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel who were before him."  So the drought was a direct result of disobedience, defiance, and the occult worship of Baal and Asherah.  Ahab at this point had married Jezebel who was a zealous worshipper of Baal and his supposed wife, the goddess Asherah according to Canaanite mythology. In her zeal, she ordered the death of the prophets of God, because she wanted to force everyone to believe in her gods.  Baal was considered to have power over the forces of nature, therefore those who believed in him expected him to produce rain bringing an end to the drought.  Listen, we are in a time of history where we are suffering from a spiritual famine.  For a country where close to 80% of our citizens own a Bible, many of those people have never read the Word of God.  So they are deficient in knowing what is Truth.  Our culture is constantly demanding that we bow to all gods, except to the One true God.  And it is our time to "Arise and shine for the Light has come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon us." Do we believe that?? Next week all of Christianity will celebrate the victorious resurrection of our King and the reign of His kingdom forevermore.  If we truly believe that God declares that the glory of the Lord is risen upon us, then we must believe He is calling us to confront the enemy of the Church. Because the Light has come to eliminate darkness.  As light bearers, we are the ones called to carry the light into dark places confronting and exposing.  Those spirits that hold many in captivity to the powers of darkness, have even wrecked havoc with those who have made decisions for Christ.  Scripture teaches us, that the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead, dwells in us.  But most times, we as believers do not operate from that dunamis, dynamic explosive resurrection power! We settle for a form of godliness denying its power.
Back to our text in 1 Kings, verse 21; "Elijah came near to all the people and said, How long will you halt and limp between 2 opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him.  But if Baal, then follow him.  And the people did not answer him a word."  Now I find that curious that the people didn't respond.  Was it from doubt? unbelief? fear? What was their problem? Why didn't they speak up?  What is happening to us today that we don't  respond with boldness like Elijah? Let's face it, it will cost us! We have come under "political correctness." What's amazing here is, if we stop to think about it,  Elijah didn't even have the same access that we have today to the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and look what he accomplished.  Before Christ and His ascension into heaven, and the day of pentecost, believers were limited to the power of the Holy Spirit. Praise God that we can walk in the Spirit of God all the time as long as we understand that we must yield to Him.  It is time to put away our flesh, and clothe ourself in the power of God.

So if God is calling us to confront the enemy, then we need to know who the enemy is.  Let's look at this worship of Baal, Asherah and the Occult that was so prevalent throughout the land.   Baal was considered the male god over the forces of nature and worked through false prophets who operate in divination and the female queen of heaven Asherah, who was his supposed wife.  Asherah was the goddess of fortune telling and was worshipped through temple prostitution.  So we see through Jezebel's worship of these gods, and her influence over her husband and eventually her seduction of many throughout the kingdom there was a huge sexual perversion and evidence of the occult that operated hand and hand and created a stronghold which needed to be torn down.  I think it is safe to say, that today those same influences are being imposed on us in America. Every form of sexual perversion, and the occult both abound and are becoming more and more acceptable even within our churches. And our opponents are zealous to force us to accept and bow our knee to their gods.   It is worth noting that when Elijah confronted the false prophets of Baal, and the power of their god, he not only trusted that God would reveal His power through the altar that Elijah erected, but he would then have to destroy the stronghold by destroying all the false prophets.  Now that does not mean that we as Christians go around killing everyone, but we wrestle not with flesh and blood but with principalities and powers of darkness.  This means in our season of war, we must tear down the strongholds that our enemy has built up, tear down the spiritual strongholds and then replace the void with Truth spoken in love based on God's Word. Before you go into battle, make sure your heart is right before God, and that you know your position in Christ and pray from that position of authority.
Here are the steps needed:  1. Identify the strongholds of demonic activity, and repent for your own participation when applicable, then repent on behalf of the Church. 2. Aggressively take the authority that God has given us to use His POWER to destroy their strength. 3. Speak God's promises and His Word of Truth into the atmosphere and decree and declare prophetically His purposes.  Let's once again call fire from heaven to destroy and dismantle every demonic altar our adversary has erected.  This is a season of war.  This is a season of advancement.  Go confront the strongholds of darkness and speak light and life into the atmosphere.  God tells us in His Word, that greater is He within us, then he that is in the world!  We will win this battle if we step out in faith, call upon the power of God, and confront the enemy head on! 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Spring into a new season

This has been a particularly long and harsh winter.  At times it seems as if spring will never come.  But it will. Song of Solomon 2:10-14, " My beloved spoke and said to me; Rise up my love, my fair one. And come away.  For lo the winter is past, the rain is over and gone, the flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.  Then the fig tree puts forth her green figs.  And the vines with the tender grapes give a good smell.  Rise up my love, my fair one and come away!  O my dove in the clefts of the rock.  In the secret places of the cliff.  Let me see your face, let me hear your voice.  For your voice is sweet and your face is lovely." 
Jesus is inviting us to come deeper into our relationship with Him at this time.  If we want to leap into the excitement of the spiritual season of spring, then we must come to the secret place and spend time with our Beloved Christ and allow Him to whisper into our hearts the secrets of His heart.  The Lord is calling us into an excitement with Him in a new season for the Church.  If we would go deep into His heart and abandon ourselves to His love, He will lift us to new heights. 
I have shared with you in previous posts my Journey of Love and the lessons I have learned from God along the way. I have learned so much of what it means to be Christ like.... but I have a LONG WAY to go.  I long to hide myself in the secret place, and climb to the clefts of the rock which require my complete trust in the Lord as He carries me through the places of spiritual difficulty. It will be in these seasons that we will see the greatest transformations of our lifetime. We can't be content to simply be ourselves anymore, we need to allow Christ to have a bigger role in our lives in 2014! I think the way things are going in the world, we will need more of Him and less of ourselves to be able to stand firm!  In the Beatitudes we are told, blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be satisfied. Being thirsty and hungry is a good place to be!  While the rest of the world searches for meaning and purpose and comes up empty- those who are seeking all of God's righteousness are full!  As I am sitting by the fire, I realize that keeping a fire alive requires a lot of attention. I must stoke it often, and add logs as fuel for my fire so that it continues to generate the heat necessary to warm our home. I am reminded of when Paul told Timothy in his second letter to "fan the flames".  Paul knew that we can burn with passion for Christ one moment and then let the pressures and distractions of this world cause our fire to grow dim and in some cases go out. Therefore it is necessary for each of us to "maintain our passion for Christ" by stoking the fire with the Word of God, and by spending time in His presence. The fresh Wind of God's Spirit must continuously blow over us to bring a refreshing, a renewing and the power to sustain that passion.  As the winter winds blow, may the flame within you for Christ and His kingdom be stirred up by the Mighty Wind of God. Let God overtake you this year, let His Holy Spirit fire consume you and allow His Father's heart to envelope you with His love.  Do not settle for what was...instead, allow God to do a new thing in you and watch it spring forth in this new season of your life.  

Friday, March 7, 2014

Lessons Learned

Love in the Most Unlikely of Places

The lessons I learned from the 16 years in my journey of love were from the most unlikely teachers in the most unlikely settings and the wisdom and truth gained truly became an invaluable source of information.  Along the way in my journey of love I learned; as I gave a cold drink of water to someone who was thirsty, Jesus Himself revealed to me His heart of compassion and flowed like a Living Stream of water to quench their thirst.  As I clothed someone who was naked or vulnerable and scarred from a lifetime of abuse, I found Love came in the form of a heavenly blanket, and covered over a multitude of sin. When I fed someone who was hungry whether physically or spiritually, I found the satisfied feeling of being filled with a freshly baked loaf of bread that came straight from heaven that filled my heart with the sweet aroma of Christ’s love.  When I took strangers into our home, I sensed the Lord placing in my heart His love and acceptance toward them that knit our hearts together and bonded us into an eternal family.  And when I went into prison, and looked into the eyes of desperate, discouraged and discarded female inmates, I would see the burning passion of a jealous God for His lost daughters.  His heart would swell so large that the flames of His love would burst into fireworks visibly replacing the darkness with a piercing light that penetrated every fiber of these prodigal daughters producing an atmosphere of acceptance with the Holy presence of Jesus.  Sensing His Love for them, they would run into His arms, desperate for His warm embrace to assure them, they were loved by the Beloved and tearfully they would give their broken hearts to Him.   And in the dry places of a person’s spiritual life, I would see an all consuming fire spark a flame that would reach into the forbidden cracks and crevices where secret sins and lies try to hide but were no match for the smallest spark of heaven’s heat as I witnessed the enemies of God melt like wax goes before a fire leaving behind a soothing healing balm in its place. 

As I left the comforts of my safe existence inside the walls of church life, and stepped into this hostile world filled with hatred and out of control rage and anger, I found that this journey of Love took me deep inside the heart of the Father where Love flowed like a mighty river with grace and mercy, sumptuously rich in passion with extravagant love for people, all kinds of people, from all kinds of backgrounds with all kinds of twisted stories tangled in roots of bitterness and unforgiveness.  

In my journey of Love I witnessed “Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful and does not display itself haughtily.  It is not conceited, it is not rude and does not act unbecomingly.  Love does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking.  It is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it.  It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.  Love bears up under anything and everything that comes; it is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything without weakening.  Love never fails, never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end.”   
1 Corinthians 13:4-8

I have learned so much about love in the most unlikely of places, from the most unlikely cast of characters…but I have also learned I have so much further to go in my journey of love and so much more to understand about how to love as Jesus loves.  I do know, Love redeemed us from the depths of despair and death lost its sting.  Love sets us free from the bondage of sin so that we can experience the fullness of Christ and His Kingdom.  Love heals our wounds and gives us a new identity in Christ.  Love triumphs over every evil thing that our adversary can throw at us, so that we can live a victorious life.  Love lifts us from the depression in which our past circumstances have held us and Love is available to every person no matter how great their sin.  Sin separates us from God, but Love draws us into His heart.  

Love was demonstrated to us in the form of a cross, where the blood of the spotless Lamb covered over our sin and gave us the right to be called the children of God.  And Love awaits His Beloved Bride as she prepares Herself for the wedding feast where she will stand ready in all her beauty without spot or blemish.   Some day a radical radiant Love will brilliantly shine through the Body of Christ as we reflect the true image of Christ and the shekinah glory of God unhindered by sin, will break forth and darkness will cease to exist.

John 3:16,17  “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, shall not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world but that the world through Him might be saved.”

Journeying into the Father’s heart revealed to me that it is not possible to say, I love God, but not the people of the world.  I must stay close to God, listen how His heart beats for those who are perishing and allow Him to fill me with His amazing Love and His passion for all people, especially the least of these.  It was there on my journey I found Perfect Love.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Part three of Journey of Love

In this leg of my journey from the pew to the prison, I would become aware of demonic forces that held women captive even when they wanted freedom.  I saw how very destructive cyclic patterns of learned bad behavior, terrible choices and wrong thinking had become so entrenched in these women that it would take layers of peeling off oppressive demonic strongholds which had become so intertwined into their very personalities.  These particular women no longer knew what was real and what was fabrication. It was apparent that there were so many levels of hurt, mistrust, abuse, and false teaching about God, coupled with an enormous amount of rejection, guilt and shame which led to rebellion and a lifetime of looking for love and acceptance in all the wrong places.

The population of women who had come to this level of brokenness, had created a street name, a fictitious personality that reflected who they had become on the streets just to stay alive.  They made up new identities for their street character, which would eventually hold hostage their true feelings and even erode their core belief system just to accommodate the fictitious person they had created for survival.

This became another test of loving the least of these for sure.  I needed to learn how to address this complex, multi-personality individual and somehow try to separate the real identity from the false one.  This was not going to be an easy task since the demonically possessed false personality was generally more dominant.  I knew that God loved the real person, but He also wanted to carefully disassemble the entrenched demonic layers of lies so that the woman could be released into freedom.

 Most often, I would discover the emptiness inside these women stemmed back to fractured relationships with their father and they became codependent in extremely abusive relationships with men.  These women were usually verbally abused, physically abused and sexually abused.  They had often been severely beaten, raped multiple times, and sent out to prostitute so that this man they loved, or at least thought they loved, could collect their payment.

The strange thing I came across, was how so many women blamed their moms for all their problems, holding their mothers responsible for the abandonment they felt from their father’s walking away from the family.  They even refused to hold their fathers responsible for all the abuse they had suffered by his hand.  It was obvious that deep inside each of us is this instinctive longing to be loved by our father.  So many moms were bearing the guilt for crimes they didn’t necessarily commit.  With strong maternal instincts, this didn’t always make me the good guy. I had to somehow, take the blows of bitterness and resentment meant for their mothers, and ask God to show me how to love beyond their vicious attacks.  I must be honest, that took some doing. I still wrestle with that one from time to time.  But our need to be loved and get approval from our father is so important to the wellbeing of a young lady, that it becomes necessary for her to discover that her Heavenly Father accepts and approves of her, and in her relationship with Christ, the Father finds her faultless.

It was here in the dark cells of prison, cut off from all relationships, they could only turn to the one relationship that really mattered.  Feeling abandoned and forsaken by lovers and family members they became desperate for love, and they looked to the Lord.   In this caged environment behind bars, their hearts became softened with tears of regret and remorse, and the soil that was left uncultivated for a season, was now ready to hear the truth of God’s Word.  In some cases, women had to learn their true identity as a human being, as well as their new identity in Christ. 

The Lord showed me that the Body of Christ needed to learn how to lovingly dismantle the fortresses of a lifetime of lies, replacing each lie with the Truth of God’s Word.   In order to reach this level of deliverance ministry it is so important that we earn a level of trust.  Breaking the chains of this type of bondage required digging into the most vulnerable places opening the individual up to more hurt and rejection. So building trust was key, but it also took time, lots of time.  Trust didn’t come easy, I had to work hard at earning it, by listening to them, praying for them, trying to allow the love of Christ to flow through me and then waiting for the Lord to instruct me when to speak.  It became my mission to befriend them, and once again I found that I was deficient of the Love required to do such a task.  I found myself asking the Lord to give me more of His heart to fill me with a greater capacity to love the unlovable. 

As the inmates would get released, I would make myself available to them for follow up services and discipleship.  Only a handful would contact me, but it would be with this group I would continue to build relationships.

With the deterioration of the family unit so prevalent in our society, I found it important to work on this spiritual concept of being the family of God, since it is such an integral part of becoming a believer.  We can’t find success in our walk with the Lord without coming into true fellowship with other believers.  So in everything I did whether on the inside of prison or outside, I put into practice the very familial rules of running my own household.   I implemented my two decades of experience as being a stay at home mom, and used it to become a spiritual mom to many women who longed for a parent’s love and guidance.
In this, we were bound by God’s love and so it became natural for us to come together around a family style meal, fellowshipping and continuing our practice of praying for one another.  We worship our King, and find standing in the stillness of His presence, and listening for His voice a favorite part of our time together.  And yes we still share the struggles of life, and we offer solutions found in scriptures even if the only advice we have is,” when you have done all else, stand”.

Taking to Flight

Along this journey of Love I found I had to release the butterfly so that it can spread its wings and fly on the breath of God.  It must show off its real inner beauty and the details that have been so carefully crafted by its Creator’s masterful hand as He fashioned them into this new creature.  Ready to take the hard lessons of life learned in the darkness of their cocoon, they must take to flight and share the freedom they now have in Christ and the riches of His kingdom with the lives of others who are trapped in the same demonic fortresses of sin. Hopefully they find church families that love them with the same love of Christ and they find a place where they can share the gifts that the Father has placed in their care as He uses them to lovingly minister to other broken lives who see no future beyond their shattered dreams.  These are the ones in Isaiah 61 the Lord calls “oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord so that He will be glorified, who will rebuild the ancient ruins, they will raise up the former desolations and renew the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations. “ 

God has called them to be builders for His kingdom.  They will do His dirty work and travel to the dark and dank places of society.  They will seek out others trapped in the hidden places.  They will look relentlessly for the lost and lonely soul, and will cry out in the middle of the night hours for God’s love to reach hearts that are hardened as they remember the depth of their own sin.  They will anguish in prayer over the depravity of humanity and their hearts will break as they know all too well how the Father’s heart broke for them. They will pray without ceasing for the lives of others who have yet come to know of this transforming love.   As they step out into the purposes and plans the Lord has prepared for them, their hearts will be full knowing how deeply they are loved by their Heavenly Father who has always loved them and carried them on wings of eagles until they were able to spread their wings and fly.