Use Your Weapons: Spirit-Inspired Singing

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Distractions can become like a guard rail, coming down to hault my complete awareness of the Lord.

Worries of the world and it’s busyness may become abundant in my thoughts, pushing out thankfulness to my Lord in the moments of my life.

But then I use my weapons, as I change my atmosphere with the sudden sharp light of singing life-filled words.

They stream through my thoughts, with key words and ideas that point me back to my ever-present Lord. (*Matthew 28:20)

I consider the fact that, like me, the Lord also desires and needs to know that He is appreciated and thought of (**Ephesians 5:19-20)

The Lord inhibits praises and spiritual victory truly does follow daily.

Many dark presences have also drawn back from around me while I’ve sung what the Spirit brings to mind.  There is no room for darkness when powerful beams of words circulate through and occupy the space i’m in!

And when that evil darkness, or my flesh, suggests distortions and false thoughts about the Lord’s good character, the Spirit provides…

He provides me with pieces of songs that interrupt what could have been a downward spiral of deceit from my enemy.

Thank You, Holy Spirit!

And because I am connected to the spiritual realm, I’m sure angels gather around to listen and occupy the spaces where darkness can’t be!

*And never forget that I am with you every day, even to the completion of this age.” (*Matthew 28:20)

**Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5:19:20)

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Revealing the Lord’s True Character: John 11

20170423_162233While sitting with the Lord, I received a revelation concerning the Lord’s character through one of Jesus’s miracles.

John 11 excitingly contradicts man-made, religious beliefs that say the Lord ’causes’ or ‘allows’ bad things like permanent sickness, pain, suffering, and other defeat, for a person to have to live with throughout their life….or that rather these terrible things are for the purpose of bringing glory to God if they remain in a person’s life.

John 11 shares the instance where the man named Lazarus becomes so sick that he dies.  Everyone around him is grieving believing that they wouldn’t see this man again until the resurrection.
But Jesus declared that it was for God’s glory that the man Lazarus be raised from the dead and be made well! He DID NOT claim that the tragedy of Lazarus remaining sick and then dying, as the final result, was what was going to bring God ultimate glory!
The full and instant healing is what brought the Lord true glory, through praise and the crowd believing in Him.

He said, “This sickness will not end in death for Lazarus, but will bring glory and praise to God. This will reveal the greatness of the Son of God by what takes place.” (John 11:4)

It was when the healing and restoration took place that brought the crowd to Him. That is the Lord’s true character. He does not want His people suffering and deprived! Why would anyone eagerly be drawn to a God whom they believe actually puts, and then keeps His people in suffering, pain, deprivation, and defeat?

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Use Your Weapons: God-Given Visions and Dreams

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Sometimes I see what appears a defeating and hopeless circumstance, and my own mind is troubled.

For what I see in the natural seems like the set and unchangeable reality…

But then I use my weapons, as the Spirit gives me a truer insight into what is possible for me, with the Lord, through visions and dreams.

Glimpsing into the lense of the Spiritual realm reveals what is already provided for me

and shows me that there is more to something when I otherwise would have believed I had to give up on it.

Visions and dreams give me special information on how to alter what is happening in the physical world

and by faith, I receive the confidence, in what I hope for, to be made manifest (*Hebrews 11:1).

Glimpsing these supernatural ‘maps’ can provide advanced information on where to obtain the blessings the Lord has provided for me, revealing how to pray and what to pray, and showing what actions may be effective to make those things which are not yet existent, in the physical or perceived by the five senses, into being (**Romans 4:17-21)

Not only are these spiritual weapons for my defense, but at times I can use them to bring motivation, clarity and encouragement to others of the family of believers.

For those of the body are made to help one another with weapons when needed (***1 Corinthians 12:7)

Thank You, Lord, for visions and dreams!

*Now faith is the assurance that what we hope for will come about and the certainty that what we cannot see exists (Hebrews 11:1)

**“In the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist” (Romans 4:17 NRSV)

***To each person the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the benefit of all (1 Corinthians 12:7 NET)

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Use Your Weapons: Spoken Words

20200806_201549I once unconsciously spoke showers of death over my life; every word like a raindrop keeping me drenched and cold.

I claimed negative feelings, thoughts, and fears that I never wanted to own as mine in the first place.

Even against the Lord’s true intentions I had accused and spoke words that cut off the flow to true freedom in Christ and the flow of faith that is able to receive abundance.

But then I began using my weapons, like scripture and revelations, that greatly unleashed power of the Spirit’s movement in my life.  The Spirit gained the space to run joyfully.

My battles against descending thoughts and spiraling feelings were conquered, to be consistently made obedient to the truths of Christ (*2 Corinthians 10:5)

Through the understanding of the power of words,  I’ve grasped freedom in an effective way…in a victorious way.

Life truly is in the power of what is spoken (**Proverbs 15:28, Proverbs 18:21), so I will only speak sun-rays of beauty over mine and others’ lives.  

And if declaring the Words of life were effective enough for Jesus to cut off Satan’s advances in the wilderness (***Matthew 4:3-11), then such is a reliable tactic for me!

And what revelations are quietly spoken to me in my Lord’s presence, I will give voice to for building my faith and remaining free in my mind!

I will be conscious of my words always, In Jesus Name.

*We capture, like prisoners of war, every thought and insist that it bow in obedience to the Anointed One (2 Corinthians 10:5)

**The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking (Proverbs 15:28)

**What you say can mean life or death. Those who speak with care will be rewarded (Proverbs 18:21)

***The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’  Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down.” […] Jesus answered him, “It is also written, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test”.

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if  you will bow down and worship me.”  Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only. Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him (Matthew 4:3-11)

 

 

 

 

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Faith That Makes Progress

20200429_114810I recently had a prophetic dream about hindersome high waters that were stopping a friend from moving forward on his path, but then I saw that friend physically motioning his hand to lower the water.

The Lord helped me interpret the dream, as He revealed that this friend’s lowering the water and then moving forward on an accessible path did not represent the result of prayer alone,  but also action to complete his faith.  When he took action, however the Lord prompted him, my companion was moving forward on his path—as prayer was lowering the water.

Faith is active.  It requires involvement.

Deceptive, manmade religion often teaches that a believer has no say or part in changing a circumstance or receiving blessings.  It teaches and believes that the Lord alone will bring something about when He is ready and when we’ve patiently waited long enough to learn something from that painful, idle waiting.  Absolutely not!

Faith does not take on the attitude that if something was meant to happen, then it will happen while we then only pray and wait helplessly or lazily.

Instead, faith is actively responding in trust when the Lord directs or prompts  in a situation.  James makes an argument concerning active faith,

Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense? (James 2:14-17 the Message)

You may be believing and hoping to recieve something from the Lord so dearly.  Know that the Lord truly wants to make sure you recieve everything He has waiting for you!  He already has provided it, so the progress is made by you reaching out and recieving it.

Remember the woman in the crowd who suffered from a health issue of blood? The gospel of Mark records,

‘In the crowd that day was a woman who had suffered horribly from continual bleeding for twelve years.  She had endured a great deal under the care of various doctors, yet in spite of spending all she had on their treatments, she was not getting better, but worse.  When she heard about Jesus’ healing power, she pushed through the crowd and came up from behind him and touched his garment. For she kept saying to herself, “If only I could touch his clothes, I know I will be healed.”  As soon as her hand touched him, her bleeding immediately stopped! She knew it, for she could feel her body instantly healed of her disease!’ (Mark 5:25-29)

This woman heard the truth about Christ and what He had to offer everyone who was coming to Him in belief.  After declaring what she believed in word, she completed her faith by acting in what she stated.  If she would have stopped at the declaration of her words, but not have responded in action to the prompting to find and approach the Lord, would she have received her healing that day?  The ones who were healed were those who actively responded to what they heard and believed (like believing that they are healed and other miracles).

The woman may have eventually found healing from going to the apostles in the book of Acts, but it was more immediate for her to respond when she did.  She also wouldn’t have been a witness to us who read the new testament today if she wouldn’t have responded actively,  and just keeping her statement of belief in her thoughts.

Same with my friend in the dream.  How could my friend make tangible progress by just watching the waves lower but not doing anything in response?  Especially when he is saying he believes for breakthrough?

Now, actively responding in faith requires something to respond to.  Abraham in the book of Genesis responded in faith to a prompting from the Lord to sacrifice Isaac.  The woman with a blood issue responded to Jesus being present and offering healing at that moment.  There is Zacchaeus, who actively responded both to the day and time Jesus came to his area—he responded to the prompting from the Lord of him coming down from the tree to host Jesus at his house.  And then there is Peter.  When him and the disciples were in the boat, he walked on the water when Jesus prompted him to come to him.

All of these people responded to the Lord’s directions!  They all believed that the Lord did want to bless them and their trusting actions showed it!  If you have been waiting and longing for something from the Lord that you can find as a blessing offered in the scripture, then are you responding in belief…not just in word, but in God-inspired action?

 

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The Voice of Freedom in Christ vs. The Religious Voice

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The voice of freedom in the Lord says that I have a part to play in my life. I am partnering with the Lord and can have a say in getting results (timing, relational, recieving healing, recieving other blessings, etc.) through understanding and authority.
The religious voice tells me that I might hope to recieve sympathy from the Lord, but otherwise that I am powerless in what happens in my life.

The voice of freedom in Christ says that, when some negative situation afflicts or threatens to afflict, it is NOT the Lord who afflicts and causes the problem. It is Satan or his team of darkness who are trying to steal, kill, and destroy my life and others. Therefore I have the authority and power over the situation to not allow it to steal, kill, and destroy,  or even continue. The Lord has said

“Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy” ~Luke 10:19

The religious voice says that I cannot  do anything about my situations or afflictions. It tries to convince me to accept a powerless attitude; one that has to just deal with the problems until they run their course and until I have suffered long enough to ‘learn something from it’. (Speaking against this voice is the verse-

“We have not been given a Spirit of fear, but one of POWER, love and a sound mind~2 Timothy 1:7)

The voice of freedom encourages me to approach the Lord boldly and confidently, knowing that He is my ally.

Let us have confidence, then, and approach God’s throne, where there is grace. There we will be treated with undeserved grace, and we will find help ~Hebrews 4:16

Freedom in Christ makes clear to me that I never have to approach the Lord religiously, thus telling Him that I am nothing or a nobody and acting like it …the Lord created me, so I don’t spend my time telling Him that He created nothing special.
I don’t need to beg or plead to Him. He calls us friends, not desperate, poor people who are deprived.

I don’t call you servants anymore, because a servant doesn’t know what his master is doing. But I’ve called you friends, because I’ve made known to you everything that I’ve heard from my Father~John 15:15

The religious voice speaks the opposite of course, trying to make me believe that the Lord is a dictator who is not an approachable and generous ally.  It says that He is One who looks at my performance and is inconsiderate of my need for gentle help and patience.

The voice of freedom in Christ knows that all things are possible and that the Lord does not withhold anything good from me. I don’t need to prove myself good enough to receive.

“Anything is possible if a person believes”~Mark 9:23
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“The Lord does not keep/withhold any good thing from those whose ways are upright ~Psalms 84:11(the word upright means-complete, whole and without blemish—in which Christ has made us all these things if someone is born again).

The religious voice tries to convince me that the Lord will move, give me something and answer me only if I’ve proven myself strong enough in faith and have ‘done everything right’.

The voice of freedom in Christ says that if the time length of seeing something come to pass is at all prolonged, that it is not a matter of having to prove something or do something perfect to cause a result.  Prayers can have the power to shorten time till seeing results.  I just have to ask the Holy Spirit how to direct my prayers.  Even when there is a waiting time, part of standing in faith can be remaining victorious while I’m between the times of declaring my blessing or result, and receiving them physically.
The religious voice speaks that if something goes wrong, something is troublesome, or hinders blessings from being physically recieved, then I have to just sit and wait, without any hope of having a say in it.  Also, the religious voice will try to convince me to blame the Lord for everything that negatively happens or blessings being hindered and delayed.

The voice of feedom in Christ says to stand by the Lord’s strength.

“I can do all things by means of  the One strengthening me”~Philippians 4:13

The religious voice would say that I’m all on my own and have to hold everything together on my own strength.

Now I ask, what voice are YOU listening to and is it guiding you FURTHER from the Lord or NEARER to Him? 

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In My Lord’s Defense

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I remember when I moved out of a dreadful little house I had rented with a roommate.  Poor conditions and questionable neighborhood safety made it a bad memory.  I then took a leap of faith and moved into a much nicer rental house by myself, even though the owners were planning to sell later that year.  In the meantime my privacy and a safe neighborhood were so enjoyable!

One morning, as I was meditating in front of one of the house’s large windows, I began entertaining a negative thought.  I started wondering if, since I was in such a pleasant place and was enjoying it, perhaps it meant the next place i came to would be very unpleasant.  Was I getting a short relieving break to refresh until the next dreadful situation?  It was like I was believing that the Lord only had a limited amount of blessings for me or only WANTED to give me limited enjoyable outcomes and blessings.  What a religious misunderstanding of the Lord’s character!  It was very limited and harsh as I look back, especially now after having gained greater understanding of His beautiful character since then.  How often have I been thankful for my changed perspective! The Spirit did eventually lead me to an even better living situation, at just the right time, thank the Lord.

I remind myself of this situation often.  Sometimes because of the seemingly endless moments where I hear people respond to enjoyable/pleasant days or occurrences, like the weather or the morning routine that seems to work out smoothly, with fear.  These fears commonly sound like “Just wait, we will probably pay for it later” or “Don’t expect it to last” and other comments of dreaded future assumptions.  I respond by telling them to just enjoy the pleasantness they are experiencing now and that what they are dreading does NOT HAVE TO be a guaranteed reality.

These people, and I’ve run into many of them, make it sound that to enjoy something is setting them up for disappointment afterwards and are afraid to trust that it won’t be short-lived.  But blessings don’t have to be limited or short-lived.

These worries and assumptions show a great lack of understanding and perspective about the Lord’s generosity.  If reading the Bible through the understanding of the Holy Spirit, the generosity of the Lord, like privileges, blessings and enjoyment that have been made available, are amazing!  One verse shares that a believer has

“Endless treasures (currently) available to them in Christ” ~Ephesians 3:8 (NLT, word ‘currently’ added)

Also, Christ states that

I have come that they may have life, and have it in all its fullness” ~John 10:10

Other translations use the terms ‘abundantly’ and ‘in abundance’.  He isn’t a God who is out to get His creations or to mislead them.  He doesn’t have a limit on what He can give and has given His people.  Blessings and pleasant things don’t  have to be limited.  He has wanted to give so much love and blessings that those who are His can’t even completely comprehend it, as assured here,

“May you experience the love of Christ, even though it is too great to understand fully.  Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God” ~Ephesians 3:19

The Lord DOES want to give abundantly of His love and blessings, He HAS given abundantly,  and they don’t have to be limited in our lives!

 

 

 

 

 

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The Reliable One

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I’m thinking about Abraham and Sarah, who, even after recieving messages and confirmation of recieving the blessing of a child, went ahead and had Abraham sleep with another woman and impregnate her.

I always considered them so foolish for treating their marriage so carelessly, even though it was apparently the custom of the day for couples, who couldn’t have children themselves, to use another woman to build a family through.

I am sure that, as much as Abraham heard from and encountered the Lord, he would have received understanding that he was waiting for further promptings/direction from the Lord on the matter.  I’d be quite unconvinced if the Lord was said to have been the One who directed Sarah and Abraham to have a child by a different woman.

I believe they began struggling with belief that the Lord was truly going to be reliable.  They may have questioned whether He was going to be consistent in keeping His word to them.  Was He going to allow them to hope in expectation and then crush it by helping them to physically receive their blessing?  Perhaps they were leaning on their own understanding, which might tell them that they had to make it happen themselves to recieve it, thus using the custom they knew.

I have been mindful of these entraping thoughts on my own journey to physically recieving blessings that I have specifically asked for.  When in those feelings of hopelessness concerning my Lord’s reliability, my trust is really pressed roughly on every side.  When trust goes down, the feeling of responsibility on self to need to figure everything out and hold it together on my own strength rises up.  But even on days when I don’t see the progress and process, there is no reason to doubt the Lord.

To believe Who the Lord says He is and to know His character becomes the vital key to not doubting.  The Lord is Love and to mislead or break trust are NOT loving characteristics for any relationship and not of the Lord.  Misleading and trust breaking tear down a relationship….and the Lord says in the Gospels that

“A kingdom divided against itself will collapse.  A home filled with strife and division destroys itself.  And if Satan is fighting against himself, how can he accomplish anything?” ~Mark 3:24-26

If the Lord is hurt us in these unhealthy ways, then He would be tearing down His own body/household.

So, on days when what you see or feel doesn’t seem to be matching what you know the Lord is guiding you in and wanting to bless you in, you can hold on to who He is and have confidence that His intention is still to progess forward. And each detail, some seemingly so small, isn’t always immediately noticeable, but will make up the bigger physical manifestation of the blessing!

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Nothing is Lost

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I was sitting at my meditation spot, in front of a large window that overlooks trees, when the Lord gave me a simple, yet powerful perspective about feelings that would prove to be very helpful in the future.

I watched the gray-touched clouds move quickly and consistently in front of the sun, so that it stayed rather uninviting for outdoor enjoyment, not giving the sun a chance to reach me through the window or shine rays on the lawn.  A realization then came to me; no matter what kind of day, with the various types of weather we have, the sun is actually always there in the daytime.

Normally, people tend to say “it is a sunny day” or “the sun is out”, but in reality the sun is always ‘out’ in our day hours ( on a larger scale, the planets revolve around the constantly-present sun).  The only reason every day doesn’t appear to be sunny is because of the cloud coverage and/or man-made interferences.

In spiritual terms, the cloud cover is like feelings of doubt and fear that can create the appearance that we’ve lost access to the gifts, blessings, power, communication, reliability/surety of the spiritual realm and the Lord.

Victory, freedom, authority, joy, blessing, progress, trustworthiness of the Lord and everything that the constantly-present Lord has made accessible to us is always present.  These treasures,  like the sun, are ALWAYS present despite the feelings that are caused by thoughts and by whatever battle may occur in our mind.

 

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With Some Intention

 

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I used to wonder if finding love always happened in an immediate and spectacular way (to the person, it’s probably spectacular in significance!).  The Lord, though, is not always in to doing something immediate and spectacular because one of the ways I’ve found His blessings and answers to appear is in subtle ways.  At least in my life they do.  That means I don’t immediately notice something all at once having been answered, but is progressive.

Love doesn’t just suddenly come to two people on a bus who make eye contact or walk past each other in a park.  A relationship begins with putting the desire into the Lord’s care and, after deciding what you are looking for, it takes intentiality of friendship with someone that can subtly build into a marriage relationship.

One day the Spirit shared with me that a relationship (or any blessing) begins with deciding how much you care about it and that can determine what you are willing to intentionally do and the fears you are willing to reject by the Spirit.  You decide if it is worth you being taken out of a comfort zone through spiritual promptings and not allowing fear or expectations of everything happening immediately to restrict you, in Jesus’s Name.

The men in the gospel of Mark, who were trying to get their paralyzed friend to Jesus, were coming with the expectation of recieving a blessing and it was their intentionality that helped them receive what the Lord wanted to bless their friend with.  It is said,

Since they couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof over the place where he was. They dug through it and let down the mat on which the paralyzed man was lying” (Mark 2:4)

The group of friends didn’t stop efforts in obtaining what they desired when they couldn’t get through the door to the house because of a difficulty (or the appearance of one).   They didn’t automatically decide that it wasn’t meant to be just because Jesus didn’t walk right up to them as soon as they approached and made it work immediately.   They had a part to play in trusting and taking a step.

I wonder if the thought of climbing to the roof was truly their idea or if it was divinely inspired….I think it is possible.  Even though they didn’t have the Spirit to prompt them in every situation -to encourage them to be intentional any time they needed it-we DO have daily guidance when we ask.  The Spirit knows the route to fully recieving the blessing physically…and it is a trustworthy route!

Every love story is different because the Lord is that creative!  Spiritual promptings will vary.  But if a relationship is truly of the Lord, then the intentiality will always be fruitful. It’s a matter of first asking the Spirit to guide you through with every detail that the Lord has already gone ahead of to fulfill the blessing of companionship.  Understand that every detail is so vital to receive, especially to prepare you for such a long-term relationship!  The rest definitely takes trusting the Lord while acting on promptings and wisdom from the Spirit, even when it is not the way you would have thought to work it out.   Then just receive, be thankful that the Lord delights in blessing you, and that He wants to take care in every detail of your relationship!

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