Focus

Are you focusing on the diagnosis more than God’s Promise of deliverance?

The righteous cry, and the LORD hears And delivers them out of all their troubles. ~ Psalm 34:17

He renews our hopes and heals our bodies. ~ Psalm 147:3

Are you focusing on the aches and pains instead of God’s Promise of being the strength we need in our weakness?

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9

Are you focusing on how far you have to go to turn some things around or God’s Promises about not worrying about tomorrow and making all things new?

Don’t worry about tomorrow. It will take care of itself. ~ Matthew 6:34

Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.~ Isaiah 43:19

And He who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also He said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true. ~ Revelations 21:5

Are you focusing on how you will ever get from simply A to B not ever believing you will ever make it from A to Z or God’s Promise that He is the Alpha & Omega – The Beginning and the End – the EVERY place in-between because He promises to never leave you or forsake you?

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. ~ Revelations 22:13

Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid or terrified, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you; He will never leave you or forsake you.~ Deuteronomy 31:6

We tend to fixate on our problems instead of focusing on God and His Promises.

We will also gravitate to where our focus is.

We must adjust our focus!

There is a Promise for every problem you face.

We must believe that Every Promise In The Book (Bible) is ours.

It’s time to put your name on it!

~ XXOO Michelle Cosby Bollom

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God’s Name

Don’t shout out a quick or flustered “Oh My God”, “Good Lord”, “Jesus Christ”, or put a Dammit behind God’s name. There is no power in that.

Actually, on all of those you are using God’s name in vain.

God’s name when used properly has unlimited Power to bless, heal, save and protect.

Use it properly!

~XXOO Michelle

No using the name of God, your God, in curses or silly banter; God won’t put up with the irreverent use of His name.~ Exodus 20:7 MSG

Do not use the Lord your God’s name as if it were of no significance; the Lord won’t forgive anyone who uses His name that way. ~Exodus 20:7 CEB

Wilderness Daughters

When they heard you were summoned to the wilderness 

They laughed and mocked you

They were happy when your 

life came to a screeching halt

They thought you would 

die in the wilderness

That the hard processes 

would get the better of you

 

They didn’t know your God

The distance He would go 

for those He loves

He will leave the ninety-nine 

to look for the one 

hurting soul

You were standing there

all eyes on you

Wishing the earth would 

swallow you

Your heart torn to pieces

Many questions on your lips

Still you made your way 

to the wilderness

Whispered yes, when 

you wanted to hide

You could have ignored 

Papa’s whisper to come 

away with Him

Be like Orpah and never 

pursue your destiny

This was just a detour

Leading you to where 

He always knew you 

would reign

You fought your way

through your pain and scattered emotions

While holding on to Papa 

with all your might

You could live without 

many things, but not for 

a second without Him

Worship became your

greatest weapon

Silencing the voice of your 

critics and the voice of satan 

Something irrevocable was 

birthed inside of you during 

these trying times

Where deep would follow 

Deep blindly

You found your reason for living

Your purpose for existence

You love Him more than life

You didn’t know that those

Papa greatly uses

He calls aside

He invades their lives

He trains them intensely  

Till He can make them His 

dwelling place

We didn’t disappear like 

they wished we would 

Pain could not stop us

Religion could no longer 

cage us

We did not die in the wilderness  

The wilderness matured us 

in ways we never imagined 

All over the earth the wilderness daughters are arising

Everything about them are different 

They carry the sound of 

heaven in their mouths

Its a weighty sound that 

was obtained through persecution, rejection and fiery trials

It cannot be imitated by the 

ones who never visited the wilderness

They wear their scars, boldly 

and unapologetically

Their scars prepared them 

for their destinies

Lionesses are arising from 

the wilderness dust

Shining with His glory

Ready to take their places 

No longer intimidated by 

fake giants

They know their worth

They know who they are

They are ready to invade 

the earth with the heart of the Father beating through them!

~ Ebigale Wilson

Wilderness Daughters

The Journey

When Weariness Tries To Settle In

Some days weariness settles in. Sometimes it is because of weather. Sometimes it is because we are ill. Sometimes we did not care for our bodies and had lack of sleep. Sometimes it can happen because of accusations thrown against us.

All of these scenarios and situations cause us to become lazy and lack motivation to fulfill daily tasks. Sometimes we lack energy because of physical symptoms, but we must remember that emotions affect us as well.

As a parent it is never fun to see your children coughing, sneezing, blowing noses and just genuinely feeling yucky. We also do not like it when they face attacks from others. We want them to be ALL we know they can be. We want them to run, play, and be full of energy.

If this is the desire of our heart for our friends and family, how much more does our Father and Creator want us to be HEALTHY and FULL of energy? How much more does HE want us to overcome the weariness and walk in HIS strength?

Most of us know what the Word of God says about being weary, but here are a few reminders:

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all of you who are struggling and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (CJB)

This verse is probably one of the top Scriptures used when others want to encourage you to give HIM your struggles. If we struggle physically, HE is our rest. If we struggle emotionally, HE is our rest. He TELLS us to GIVE Him all of our issues, trials, and burdens.

How we release them to Him is different for everyone, but usually writing them down and burning them bring a release to our soul. It is a physical act of “letting go” and releasing our heavy yoke to Him.

Isaiah 40:31 but those who hope in Adonai will renew their strength, they will soar aloft as with eagles’ wings; when they are running they won’t grow weary, when they are walking they won’t get tired. (CJB)

Yet another very popular verse we hear when others know we are struggling. My question to you about this verse is, “DO you HOPE???” We hear this verse so often, but what do we do with it? Do we REALLY HOPE? It is quite clear that one way to NOT grow weary is through HOPE!

After releasing your burdens to Him, write down ALL that He has done for you and find HOPE!

Nehemiah 8:10 Then he said to them, “Go, eat rich food, drink sweet drinks, and send portions to those who can’t provide for themselves; for today is consecrated to our Lord. Don’t be sad, because the joy of Adonai is your strength.” (CJB)

This verse was a surprise to me when I Googled verses for those who are weary. This is how it was on the site I found, so then I wanted to look at the scenario around the words. “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10

When I read chapter 8 of Nehemiah I found that Ezra, the prophet, was teaching the Children of Israel from the Torah. As he was reading, the Israelites began to weep. It doesn’t say if they were convicted, or just overwhelmed with God’s love, but we know they began to cry. In response, Ezra told them to not be sad, but go enjoy the day because it is, “consecrated to our Lord.”

The Children of Israel were READING the WORD of God. They found ALL they needed in it and were told to go eat, drink and care for those who cannot provide for themselves. They were told to ENJOY all they were given! ALL of this came because they LISTENED to the WORD of God.

The final words of the verse are key: “Don’t be sad, because the JOY of Adonai is your strength.”

Friends, I truly believe that when we GIVE Him our burdens and we find HOPE in HIM, than we do not have to grieve. We can find JOY and STRENGTH. We will be able to face any trial that comes, whether it be physical or emotional. Whether it be an attack from our body, or those around us, when we look to HIM, He will be our source of ALL we need.

The final reminder is to READ His WORD. It is through HIS Words that we find HOPE and JOY. HIS PROMISES that will help us face every day.

When we come to the realization that reading HIS Word brings Hope and Joy, than we can find REST in Him. We will RESTORE ourselves to Him. We are then REFRESHED to walk forward day to day.

 

Love and blessings,

Rose Horton

 

 

 

No Darkness In You

How many times do we think thoughts similar to this:  

“What’s WRONG with me?”

“Why on earth did I respond that way, am I an idiot or something?”

“What’s going on in me to make me act like this?  I’m so messed up.”  

“Here I go again….must be something broken on the inside of me.”

<can you see me raising both hands?>

But let me share what God showed me is INCORRECT about these thoughts that I was having.  Y’all, this revelation set me FREE!

If you’re born-again, you’ve actually been crucified with Christ (see Galatians 2:20).  Being crucified means that you’ve DIED.  You’re dead.  And if you keep reading that verse you’ll see that you’re actually so dead that it’s now Christ living IN you.

Romans 6:6 says it in a similar way:  “We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.”

If you don’t believe me, have a look also at 2 Corinthians 5:17-21.  

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.[a] The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling[b] the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

We’re new creations…reconciled to God…no longer enslaved to sin…He makes an appeal through us, calling us His ambassadors….and we are His righteousness.

And what does Romans say?

You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus[d] from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. – Romans 8:9-11

One more, just for good measure.

19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own…” – 1 Corinthians 6:19

Now you may be asking, “God lives inside of me…yeah, I get it. What’s your point?”

1 John 1:5 states that there is no darkness in God. And if there’s no darkness in God – and God lives in you – isn’t the logical conclusion that there’s NO DARKNESS in YOU???

And Ephesians 5:8 says it this way:  “for at one time you WERE darkness, but now you are LIGHT IN THE LORD.  Walk as children of light” (capitalization mine).

Darkness doesn’t necessarily refer to just evil such as murder or worse. The word “darkness” in 1John 1:5 is the Greek word skotia which means lack of light, but also wickedness as well as things done in private that result in misery.

So the thoughts that we think that don’t produce or increase the Light but bring misery – such as, “what’s wrong with me” are NOT coming from within us.

Let me ask you this question:  Who told you that something was “wrong” with you?  It certainly wasn’t Holy Spirit.  The Bible says that there’s no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus (so He wouldn’t speak in condemning or guilt).  The Bible says that’s it’s the kindness of the Holy Spirit that leads to repentance (“something’s wrong with you” definitely isn’t a very kind thing to say).  The Bible also says that Holy Spirit comes to convict the world of sin BUT believers of righteousness (we were convicted of sin when we first got saved…now, He exposes any lies that we may be believing that would cause us to act contrary to our righteous nature, but He’d never tell us anything is WRONG with us because HE LIVES INSIDE US and we have a NEW NATURE and 1 John 4:17 says that as Jesus is so are WE).

I am CONVINCED that thoughts like these come from external, demonic sources.  The devil is a liar, and the father of lies and there is no truth in him (John 8:44).  The devil is rejected, without hope, without peace and incredibly ticked off so he will do whatever he can to taint the thinking of a born-again soul and thus contaminate your mind and behavior to be like his.

Perhaps we need to repent of agreeing with his lies and start to partner again with what Holy Spirit says about us.

Precious friend, there is nothing WRONG with you.  There is only something wrong with your thinking.  You have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16) and the helmet of salvation to guard your mind (Ephesians 6:17) and you have weapons of warfare that are NOT of this world (2 Corinthians 10:4).  Maybe this is an invitation to USE them!

Remind yourself who you are.  There is no darkness in you!  

Ephesians 1:6 says that He has made us accepted by the Beloved.  You are accepted.  Loved. Chosen.  Valued.  You are not rejectible, and there is nothing wrong with you.  You are the sweet aroma of Christ.  And by faith you do nothing BUT shine.

So keep shining that Light!!!!!

 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. – 1 John 1:5

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. – Galatians 2:20

 

 ~ Mandy Woodhouse

Enough

I have had ENOUGH – means you’ve reached your tolerated level.

That’s ENOUGH – means you have reached an acceptable amount.

But what really is Enough?

ENOUGH – means adequate for the want or need; sufficient for the purpose or to satisfy desire.

So why do we always throw in those doubt words…..

Like:

Coulda Shoulda Woulda

Need to

Hafta

Outta

Maybe

Possibly

Almost

Why do we keep buying the lie that we are not worthy enough, smart enough, pretty enough, talented enough, loved enough, liked enough, old enough, young enough, have enough or do enough.

Why can’t ENOUGH just be ENOUGH?

No striving

No wrestling

No doubting

No second guessing

Just Simply Take God at His Word!

You ARE adequate and sufficient for His purpose because He says you are.

You Are Enough because He is ENOUGH!

~XXOO Michelle

For His divine power has bestowed on us absolutely everything necessary for a dynamic spiritual life and godliness, through true and personal knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has bestowed on us His precious and magnificent promises of inexpressible value, so that by them you may escape from the immoral freedom that is in the world because of disreputable desire, and become sharers of the divine nature.

~ 2 Peter 1:3-4 AMP

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A Deeper Unity

Oneness, the desire of both God and man.  It is the heart cry of The Father, and it will be the great lie of the antichrist.  The Father longs for his children to get along so well that we move and act as one.

Even we long for unity between ourselves and between ourselves and Our Father, though we often can’t see our way to Our Father’s heart or to reconciliation with our fellow man.

And, admittedly, it is often a difficult and trying venture to maintain between ourselves “the spirit of unity in the bond of peace” and to live with Christ as “one in Spirit.”

In the seventeenth chapter of the Gospel of John, Christ prayed that we would all be unified with one another, with The Father, and with himself.  He gave two means for this unity, our common name and his personal glory bestowed upon us who believe.  

The unity from a shared name is the easiest to realize and mimics that unity found in natural families that share the same last name.  It mainly requires that we just accept each other and help each other.  

The second means that he gave for our unity, his glory bestowed on us, is a deeper unity, and it requires some cooperation to achieve it, for we must have some understanding of the nature of this inherited glory and then respond to it by nurturing it in our individual lives and in the life of the church.

The best way to describe these two aspects of unity is to observe the unity between children in a family as they grow into adulthood.  

As children, all that is needed for a mutual feeling of unity in the family is the simple fact of a shared name and ancestry.  As children mature and grow and discover each other’s unique gifts and powerful ways of expressing the family identity, their bond of unity matures; their unity is now partly based on the shared “glory” of the family legacy.  

There is still the unity of the shared name and blood, but now the unity is deepened by the broader understanding of what it means to be part of the family.

Christ spoke, “I have given them my glory, that they may be one.”  In the Old Testament, God said, “My glory I will not share with another.”  So, what has happened under the new covenant in the New Testament?What is this glory of Christ that Christ now bestows on us his followers?  

Christ’s glory while he was on earth was the fact that he was God The Father’s sole representative to the world.  

If you wanted to find out anything about God during his day, you had to come to him.  Knowing him was the key to the kingdom.

Now, we are in charge.  

Today, if someone wants to inquire regarding the nature of the kingdom, they must come to us. Granted, they might be able to read the New Testament for themselves and enter into a covenant relationship with Christ based solely on their own reading and Holy Spirit led prayer.  However, practically speaking, most people need someone to tell them about Christ and explain to them who he is.  

That someone is now us.

Christ’s glory has at least three unique aspects: his devotion to the Father, his devotion to the kingdom, and his devotion to us.  He perfectly reflected The Father’s love.  This glory that is now ours has at least three unique aspects: our devotion to Christ, our devotion to the kingdom, and our devotion to one another.  When we are “walking by the Spirit”, in obedience to Christ, we can powerfully express the Father’s heart to the world, just like Christ did.  

In fact, Christ himself abides  powerfully and passionately in each of us, working through each of us as we play our individual parts, for each of us is now a unique and invaluable member of the “body of Christ”, the church.

To facilitate our working together as a team, each of us has been endowed with one or more “spiritual gifts” as described in Romans chapter 12, 1 Corinthians Chapter 12, and Ephesians Chapter 4.  Ironically, these gifts that were designed to unite us have sometimes been the very vehicles that drove us apart.  This is not altogether bad, for if we disagree and move apart for the sake of peace, then we may expand into new territory and reach people with whom we otherwise would never have come into contact.   

However, at some point, we may have to be mature enough to come back together to work together with those with whom we may not fully agree, especially in complex projects such as community evangelism and city wide revival.  

Cooperation is needed because individual churches often excel in one aspect of the kingdom while neglecting other just as important aspects of the kingdom.  No one church has the market cornered on truth. The full expression of church life requires the various proficiencies of the different denominations.  

We all need to respect the reverence of the Catholic liturgy, the freedom of Protestant teaching, the powerful representation of zeal in the charismatic churches, and the intimacy and community of house churches.  As is stated in 1 Corinthians 12, “the eye cannot say to the hand nor the head to the foot, ‘I have no need of you.’”

Within each church, there should be a multiplicity of spiritual gifts in operation.  There are seven gifts listed in Romans 12, nine in 1st Corinthians 12, and five more in Ephesians 4.  There are gifts of leadership, mercy, service, teaching, prophecy, and healing.  There is the gift of tongues, the interpretation of tongues, the discerning of spirits, wisdom, and knowledge.  There are evangelists that excel in preaching the gospel, pastors who specialize in caring for the needs of the saints, prophets who hopefully keep the church focused on Christ, and apostles who venture out and start new churches.  Each gift is precious and needed in Our Father’s great house.

The scripture declares two aspects of the acquisition of these gifts.  First, that “the Holy Spirit distributes the gifts to each one as he wills.”  Second, that we are to “desire earnestly spiritual gifts, especially that we may prophecy.”  

So, we see that there is a sacred partnership between us and God.  He does his part, we do ours, and everyone is blessed.

As far as the utilization of these gifts, there is divine order in the way that these gifts should manifest, and we do well if we observe these guidelines.  Ignorance of the proper place and practice of the gifts is just as undesirable as is the ignorance of the gifts.  We must “study to show ourselves approved, workmen who need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of God.”

When we are diligent to fulfill our responsibility in the ministry of the word of God in the church of God to the children of God, blessings abound.  

People grow and mature, heaven is pleased, and people are saved.  The much ballyhooed revival that has been promised and proclaimed as imminent may actually come to fruition.  

Our Father and Jesus are always willing and waiting to fulfill their responsibility in our lives for Christ is the “author and finisher of our faith.”  As Psalm 80:17,18 says, “Let your hand be upon the man of your right hand, upon the Son of Man whom You made strong for yourself.  Then we shall not turn back from you.  Revive us, and we will call upon Your name.”

~ Brad Heilhecker

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A Restored Life

She takes me on a journey 

to places in Papa that I 

have never been

She has been where I 

never tread

I hang on every word that 

flows from her lips

It is like ointment poured forth over my bruises and pain

Going deep, reaching my soul

Forcing me to take a look 

at my life

I don’t know if it’s the glow 

on her face

Or the peace that emanate from her being

Or the wisdom that flows 

from her lips

If I could only dwell in the shadows, which she calls home

Oh, how I long for life changing encounters with Him!

There’s no sign of the pain 

of her past

The cobwebs that used to 

keep her trapped

Had to let her go

For she dwells in the heart 

of the Father

Releasing the fragrance of heaven in the earth 

Her life a testimony of the power 

of the cross

She is a breathtaking picture 

of a restored life

Her face glows as if it was 

set alight by Papa himself

She gently moves through 

the crowd, ready to embrace the broken and lost

Leaving prints of Papa’s love wherever she treads

She can relate to others pain

She visited many painful paths

In her darkest hours, she was obedient to His call

When Papa summoned her to 

go deeper with Him

She joyfully abandoned everything

To go on a life changing journey with Him

He reached for her when 

no one would

Setting alight her dying embers

With one glance in her direction

She was forever changed

She couldn’t make pain her habitation

She used it to catapult her 

into His dreams for her

Oh, she is head over heels in 

love with Her Father

A tried and empty vessel

She died many deaths

She burns with His love

She drips with His oils

Her laid down life, her 

offering to her King

People are drawn to His 

divine love in her

That’s all she has, no silver 

or gold

She laid it all down, for what she has gained

Can never be compared to earthly wealth

Like Paul says “I have suffered the loss of all things and count them 

as rubbish, in order that I may 

gain Christ”

She now can relate, because she is dead to this world!

She now knows that she’s 

only a piece in His big puzzle

And that there are still many daughters that need to encounter His deep love for them!

~ Ebigale Wilson

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