Disappointment – His appointment, No good thing will He withhold:
New Hope For The Day
In the Indian language there is a greeting, 'Namante", which means "I honor the holy one who lives with in you." May you feel welcomed and honored as I share my strengths and weaknesses from my days which turn into years. I share from my heart, my spirit with HIS wisdom; never acknowledging that I have arrived, but always pressing towards the mark to be more like HIM.
If you are going to be used by God, He will take you through a multitude of experiences that are not meant for you at all, they are meant to make you useful in His hands." Oswald Chambers
Please feel free to grab that cup of joe, or in my case a cup of hot chocolate, turn on some beautiful music, pull up a warm blanket, and let us together live life.
Thank you for "tuning in". I hope your day is wonderful and may HE bring you new hope for this day.
Monday, February 7, 2011
Disappointment – His appointment, No good thing will He withhold:
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
I repented of my sins and asked the Lord into my life at the altar of a little Brethren church in Plymouth, Indiana at the age of 13. I am still blessed to have a relationship as Facebook friends with the pastor who led me to the Lord that Sunday morning. In those early years as a young babe in Christ, I didn't live a holy and sanctified life, I tried but I fell more times than I would like to remember BUT the desire of my heart was to love and live for HIM. You know if you have an addiction, you cannot over come that addiction unless you change your environment and that's what I did. I left Plymouth, Indiana.
My first adventure was to Guatemala at 16 and then by 18 I was at Bible School in Tulsa, OK. It was not as rosy as it sounds for my relationship still struggled with the Lord. Those addictions, those demons can follow you even if you change locations. How many of you have learned that? BUT the desire of my heart was to love and live for HIM.
The very first time I heard from the Lord was in 1983 when HE gave me the scripture from John 15:16, "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you." I received this before I left for Bible School and took this as my calling in life and ran with it. Not necessarily understanding what all that entailed within the context of the words within the scripture.
As I was reared in a large well known Charismatic church it enabled me to associate with some great men of God when I moved to Tulsa. A very well respected pastor who is known internationally married Mark and I and we saw the Charismatic ministries of the 80's and 90's flourish. My life with the Lord was more stable and those addictions which were sin habits had been dealt with and our family life was growing with the faith and prosperity messages of its day. We wanted to be like those great men of God that we admired.
In January 1992, the Lord spoke to me again in scripture from Jeremiah 1:10, "See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant." By this time, we are no longer in Tulsa. We have two beautiful boys. Life is in full swing. As a family we were loving and living for HIM, but not exactly where we are suppose to be. We were on Plan B for we allowed the cares of this world distract us. We were no longer in the "faith movement", but learning about grace from a country church in Mississippi and now headed to Marietta, GA.
When we left for Marietta, GA I heard the Lord speak to me; "You are going for one thing, but it is not what you think." We spent the first 12 years of our life in Marietta going for the advancement of life in career and job. Mark became a Doctor and I had a wonderful real estate business by the time 2005 came around. We were serving in church faithfully loving and serving HIM, but nothing was going well. Mark was not able to practice and by this time our priorities were out of balance. I was the bread winner and acting as head of the house. Have I said, "things were not going well"? Life was out of control BUT we still had the desire with ALL of our hearts to love and live for HIM and we were with as much knowledge that we had at the time. God does not fault us EVER for all that HE wants is ALL our hearts to love and live for HIM. HE can and will take care of the rest.
The next couple of years the Lord started adjusting our careers and our hearts and by 2006 we were being positioned to give everything up and go into full time ministry. We were finally going to be getting onto Plan A after over 20 years.
Well as we have been serving HIM faithfully over the last few years full time we have had several life altering changes in our lives some very extreme, but what at this time I want to share with you is a mindset that must change as an American church, there are many mindsets that need to change but I'm going to share one at this time and it is for all of us as believers and especially those that are in leadership.
The American church has heard, I have heard for over 30 years, plenty of teaching about personal destiny; reminding us that God has a calling on every person in HIS kingdom. Even the Lord had spoke to me about personal destiny as I have shared above and HE may have even spoken to you. Most of this has been beneficial, but we must be careful that our teaching about our destiny does not deteriorate into a lust for greatness. Coming from the corporate arena this is ALL that is out there "winning is everything". The Leviathan spirit is strong. And just like so much of the world has come into the "christian lifestyle" this spirit has come in as well.
We must constantly place our desires for recognition, for significance, for power, and/or for fame on the altar. Even Christian ministry or ministers can become an idol in our lives and keep us from being used with ANOINTING. I just saw a ministry this week where the pastor had been buried on the grounds and a shrine was built to him. Come on people!
Paul said for us to have the attitude that was in Jesus, "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interest of others." Philippians 2:3-4
Jesus told the disciples that they must follow the path HE set before them. Jesus HIMSELF rejected Satan's methods of greatness. Jesus said to seek your own life, to pursue advancement, promotion or fame in the eyes of others is to forfeit fruitfulness in HIS Kingdom.
All of us in the church, especially leaders, need to return to these simple truths of self-denial. We need to learn humility. As leaders, instead of trying to fulfill our own destinies we need to equip other to achieve HIS purposes. We must be a bond-servant to Jesus and to the works of HIS ministries.
I believe that if most leaders would have had to live like we have lived for the past few years that they would not pursue the call to lead. But they see the Hollywood limelight that leaders have evolved into that are on television and to them that is their destiny and their promotion. Let me tell you - it is not! That is not what HE is looking for. That is what you are looking for.
I thank God that my desire has been to love and live for HIM and not for me or man.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
I believe that the most common mistake we make in understanding God's will is this: We get a right idea about what he wants us to do, but we miss his timing in carrying it out OR we don't see the view from HIS perspective and its our view with our own mindsets. Today, we are going to talk about HIS timing.
We have to remember that God's timing is different than our own. HE sees things from a different perspective and sees the whole picture, not just what we want, but what is best for us in the grand plan for our lives. All is part of a divine order and will be done in its own right and proper time. Of course, when we are hoping, praying and waiting for something, it's easy to forget this. After all, waiting is "remaining inactive in one place while expecting something." And being inactive means feeling powerless and at the mercy of the world - nobody likes that feeling. But we must keep in mind God's greater plan and HIS perfect timing:
"We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose."
"Trust in Him at all times, O people."
Personalities can altar how we approach "timing". Especially strong 'D' personalities like me who want it done NOW! Then the 'C' personality wants it done his/her way for his/her way is the only way. The D and C are my personality traits that I can understand from a weakness in the area of timing. Although God has grown me up into these other personality types they are not dominant for me which helps balance the weakness of my D/C personality. The 'I' wants to have fun as they are doing it and if it takes to long they get distracted and the 'S' is slow going and takes forever to make the decision to even do it. You may have your perspective and views of what you see and are welcome to share in my comments.
1. Trust - If we doubt God's willingness to hear and answer our prayer, we may begin to feel bitter when we think God has heard our prayer but is silent. Scripture teaches us that God is unchangeable, which means HE is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow and we can always rely on HIM to provide the best possible path for our lives! God said that HE will never leave us or forsake us. If HE seems silent now, it may because HE has another plan, different timing or a way to answer our prayer that has not been revealed to us yet. We must trust in HIS plan. We must wait and not begin our own plan.
2. Resist - We must resist the temptation to take matters into our own hands. Patience is powerful. Having patience is essential in many circumstances and the Holy Spirit is here to fill us with this patience when we feel we cannot wait another minute on God. The safest place we can rest is in God's Will. When we rest here, resisting temptation is easy. When we fill we can't be patient one more day we must pray all the more.
3. Pray - How many times have you given a prayer request to God and felt HE was deaf? During these times, you need to keep on praying, but pray the right way. God always answers our prayers, but it may not be the way we want HIM or expect HIM to. It may be a yes, a no or something better. When we don't immediately get the answer we want, we have a tendency to repeat the same prayer over and over until we either lose our voice or simply give up. After we have given our need to the Lord, we must turn our request into a "Thank you," and an attitude of expectancy, and say, "Not my will, but Yours, Lord." When we thank the Lord in advance for answering our prayers, it is an active display of our faith that demonstrates to God our confident expectation that HIS awesome power will provide for us.
"The prayer that begins with trustfulness, and passes on into waiting, will always end in thankfulness, triumph, and praise." ~ Alexander MacLaren
I can remember experience after experience where I have cried out to the Lord for help and deliverance. When going through those times, I think that if I could just get out of this one pit all would be well. However, not long after the Lord delivers me from one set of problems, I find myself in another whole set of problems. And again I am seeking HIS help with the same kind of desperate prayer.
It began to dawn on me that God has carefully planned out these 'pauses' in life in order to renew, strengthen, humble and focus us on God. This is much like the recommendation that one go around a fruit tree and cut off its roots - shocking it so that it will grow stronger and healthier roots. In this respect 'Waiting upon the Lord' is similar to pruning.
I love this quote by Chuck Swindoll: “God never forgets anything HE promises. That’s right…NEVER! God’s agenda continues to unfold right on schedule, even when there is not a shred of evidence that HE remembers. Even when the most extreme events transpire and “life just doesn’t seem fair,” God is there, carrying out HIS providential plan exactly as HE pre-arranged it. HE keeps His word.”
Sometimes God's timing seems delayed. Sometimes it seems God has forgotten. Then when HE does answer your not sure your capable of doing what HE is asking of you. But that's a devotional for another day.
But rest assured dear friends - HE has not forgotten. The same God who knit you together, is with you today. Waiting. Watching. Letting HIS plan unfold one day at a time. While we want to know the entire picture, we want to know the ending, that is not for us to know today.
Many of you have heard me say, "One can know the will of the Lord only as much as one day can hold and sometimes that is to far ahead to look." This has been my view of life since 2007.
Before we close out our time together I want to share one more encouraging word that I shared on Facebook: "You may NOT see anything right now!!! You may NOT hear anything right now!! You may NOT even FEEL anything right now!!! But, God is working BEHIND THE SCENES ON YOUR BEHALF!! It is a hidden strategy!! Not hidden from you BUT FROM THE ENEMY!!! You must be like Mary, when God hid JESUS in her!!! Don't give details to JUST ANYBODY!! Just say BE IT UNTO ME, EVEN AS YOU HAVE SPOKEN!!!"
Let's Pray: Father, I have been waiting for ________________ for so long now, and I come before You today to ask your help. I pray that You will increase my faith and patience so that I will put my whole trust in your perfect timing and plan for my life. I will put my complete trust in You with confidence and eager expectation of Your answer, whatever that answer may be and whenever that answer may come. Thank you that you are always with me. Thank you that You hear my prayers and will answer in Your time and in Your way. You, Lord, are without limits. Thank You for Your unfailing word and that You always keep Your promises to me. I believe with my heart, mind and soul Your plan for my life is the best one possible and I thank You for Your answer. Being in Your will is the safest place I can ever reside. In Jesus' Name I pray. Amen.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
A conqueror is:
1. To defeat or subdue by force, especially by force of arms.
2. To gain or secure control of by or as if by force of arms: scientists battling to conquer disease; a singer who conquered the operatic world.
3. To overcome or surmount by physical, mental, or moral force: I finally conquered my fear of heights.
How do you see yourself? Do you see yourself as a conqueror? or do you see yourself defeated?
Do you know how ever you see yourself it is being projected? You are either showing confidence and assurance or you are showing your negative inferior perceptions. If it's the latter, you own your own life unto God and only you can control your destiny unto HIM! It's all "upstairs" in how you think about it. You may have to erase a lot of garbage and retrain your thinking process. There is a lot of good books, good tapes, good friends who can help you. Quit living a defeated life! Begin to change it today!
Now, I want to talk with those who have a positive outlook in life and I want to stretch you by faith even further. Your pretty positive, upbeat, and can encourage those around you. Yes, you. That's who I am talking to.
Those that don't have a defeated life, stop short at thinking we are conquerors, BUT scripture says in Romans 8:37, ". . . we are MORE THAN conquerors . . .". I like the New International Readers Version, "No! In all these things we will do even more than win! We owe it all to Christ, who has loved us."
CAUTION: A conqueror is not arrogant or proud. For a true conqueror recognizes it is HE who is with in them that gives them the ability to conquer.
"The way to be very great is to be very little. To be very noteworthy in your own esteem is to be unnoticed of God. If you must needs dwell upon the high places of the earth, you shall find the mountain summits cold and barren: the Lord dwells with the lowly, but He knows the proud afar off." ~ Charles Spurgeon.