Larger Than Life

There is a not so subtle trap in some aspirations.  Those that aspire to be “larger than life” and immune to the limitations and frailties of earthly life put themselves in a precarious position which is unsustainable.

Even though the facade can be maintained for a season, it is fraught with dangers.  For who do we turn to for help if we are pretending to be self sufficient?  And what do we do when our crowd of admirers finally sees our “clay feet,” and leaves us forlorn and rejected?

Much better to be of a lowly spirit and run with a humble crowd. The “bold and beautiful” and the “rich and famous” just don’t need us, and they never will. They don’t even feel the need for God, much less his lowly assistants. The poor, weak, and sick do need us. Our humble Lord needs us. Let us remember the grace of Our Lord who “though he was rich, for our sakes he became poor, that we through his poverty might be made rich.” He is our benefactor, not the rich and powerful of this world.

One day we will all be “larger than life.” In the resurrection, we will receive glorified bodies, souls, and spirits. Our fleshly bodies with their accompanying temptations and humble frailness will be replaced with our bodies of light. We will still be ourselves, but we will be the 2.0 version. At this time, we will lose all desire to return to our fallen earthly vessels. We will be limitless.

Time and space will be eliminated as obstacles. Pain and heartache will be gone forever. Yes, my friends, we will be larger than life as we carry on face to face communion with “The Father of Lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

— Brad Heilhecker

Remove Anything That Hinders


Living an abundant life sometimes requires that we get rid of a few things first.

Sometimes we must delegate, relinquish control, cut it out, or simply say “no” to some things so we can say “yes” to God and what He has purposed for us.

~ XXOO Michelle Bollom

We have all these great people around us as examples. Their lives tell us what faith means. So we, too, should run the race that is before us and never quit. We should remove from our lives anything that would slow us down and the sin that so often makes us fall.

—Hebrews 12:1 ERV

A Single Mother

You will find her alone

Mostly away from the 

crowd

Trying to mend the broken 

hearts

Of her hurt children 

Picking up the pieces 

left by wounded grown-ups 

In the background 

She feels safe

No funny looks

No bad vibes

No married women that think 

she is on a mission

to break up their homes

She is a single mother

Or a “single” married mother

Not by choice….but she 

steps up

With Papa by her side, she 

can conquer the world 

She fights her own demons 

away from all eyes

Puts her “I have it all together” 

mask on in front of her children

Protects them with her whole life

Sick

Tired

Scared

Broke

She is always on duty

Her love and support their world

Changing roles instantly 

comes naturally to her

A mom

A driver

A teacher

A nurse

To more advanced roles

She can handle them all

Away from all eyes

Father is mending her broken heart

Little by little He restores 

her children 

As she leans completely 

into Papa

He leads her to His waters 

of perfect rest

Sometimes the road is dark

Her load heavy to carry

Her emotions running wild, 

but she is learning to rule in 

deep waters

Holy Spirit is mentoring 

her to raise children who are emotionally healthy

Perfectionism is out by the door

Her children needs a mother 

that loves them unconditionally 

A mother who is present 

Who celebrates their growth

Loves and guides them through 

their mistakes

She dedicated her children 

to the best Father 

Together He guides and 

leads her to raise them

As she goes through her 

processes, so do they

Together they heal

Together they take back what 

the enemy meant for their harm

Collecting the spoils left by 

past generations

Every generational curse

under their feet

Father knitted her together 

in her mothers womb

Everything she would need

He deposited in her

Though she started out 

alone and scared

He walked her through 

every season

Calmed every storm within her

Holy Spirit was truly her Helper

Her Teacher 

Her best Friend

She is raising children with 

high morals and values

Children who put Jesus first

To the world she is just a 

single mom

With her ponytail

Worn clothes

Face without make up

To her children she is their 

safe place

Their oasis of love

Their super hero

A representative of Christ

She laughs at the days to come 

She knows the One intimately 

who holds her families lives in 

His hand!

~ Ebigale Wilson

A Single Mother

The Journey

Hot Or Cold

Cold… this weekend was one of the coldest we have experienced. I woke up this morning and it said 3, feels like 0, on my temperature app. Once again, I’m just thankful for the SUN! Being cold isn’t fun, but after reading this verse again I realize that being “warm” is really not ideal.

We have all heard the verse from Revelation 3:15-16:

“I know what you are doing: you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm, neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of my mouth!

If we stop and think about it, lukewarm weather is when the germs breed. They don’t like the cold and they don’t like the heat. There are some that thrive in hot and cold, but most like a warm environment.

That is something to consider and think about. We might get sick when it is cold out, but then we go inside where it is warm and often the “warm” environment can keep the germs alive. Usually you sweat it out with a temperature. You “kill” the germs with heat.

If this is the case, why do we want to live lukewarm lives? If we live around lukewarm people than it will cause us to get “sick.”  Knowing that lukewarm is where the germs thrive should make us want to be hot or cold. And yet, that is when we complain the most. “It’s too hot!” Or “it’s too cold!” are common phrases. Being “just the right temperature” seems to be so ideal.

Maybe “being the right temperature” is not so ideal. I’m wondering if maybe being “too hot” or “too cold” might actually be a positive thing. If we transfer this to the realm of being spiritually hot or cold, we definitely understand that extremes are better. We need to be in or out. And yet, so much of what those in communities of faith are living is “lukewarm.” More and more are caving and walking away from the Words of Truth.

The Words above make it clear that God dislikes those who are lukewarm. He will vomit them out. God does not want germs in His family! Vomiting gets rid of the virus.

It is time we think about our actions. Are we reading the Word desiring NEW insight? Are we reading the Word with excitement? Are we reading the Word with the desire to share the Truth with those around us?  

We have choices. We need to decide if we want to be HOT or cold. It’s time to stop being sick. Today, I will enjoy the cold knowing that HE brings the heat and I can trust HIM to take care of everything. Today I will choose to LISTEN to Him and be HIS fire to those around me.

Love and blessings,

Rose Horton

Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash

There’s Power in the Name of Jesus

I’ve been thinking so much lately about the Name of Jesus.  The very Name above all names (Philippians 2:9).  The very Name that causes everything and everyone to one day bow to Him and confess Him as Lord (Romans 14:12).  The Name that causes demons to come out (Mark 16:7).  The beautiful Name – the ONLY Name – that brings salvation (Acts 4:12).

We had a worship service at my Church this past Friday night, and every song we sang was explicitly about Jesus.  The Spirit fell so heavy for a few moments, I could barely sit up.  People were physically healed instantly, saved, and even emotionally healed.  It was GLORIOUS.  I love lifting up Jesus in that way because He always meets us there.

I felt a challenge from the Lord early 2018 to always bring it back to Jesus.  And that challenge still stands.  Regardless of whether I am writing, preaching, teaching or even just chatting with a friend, I felt the weightiness of keeping Jesus FIRST in everything I do or say.  And not in the cliché, “Sunday School,” trying-not-to-sin kind of keeping Jesus first.  I am talking about a sincere AWAKENING to the POWER and PURPOSE in the Name of Jesus, and all that He is in this world.

Jesus – above hype, above inspiration, about self-help philosophies.  My Jesus.

Anyone who has read my writings or heard me teach knows that my heart is strongly to equip the saints for the work of the ministry by teaching them about their IDENTITY in Christ.  But He has been speaking me lately about the fact that it’s identity in CHRIST – we’d be nothing without Him.  

Knowing our identity is not just about us walking in freedom and shining a bolder light in this world (though that is indeed part of it); knowing our identity glorifies JESUS because our identity is actually JESUS living resurrected INSIDE OF US (2 Corinthians 5:17-21).  

How often I have forgotten that I carry my Jesus within.  As He is, so am I in this world (1 John 4:17), and how can I walk in my identity as Jesus when I am distracted by everything but Jesus?

I’m definitely not taking a jab at the Church or ministry or even the world, but I am finding that a tactic of the enemy in these days is to get us to focus on everything else, taking our eyes off of Jesus.  

Many times, we forget to USE His POWERFUL NAME!  Personally, I have found myself many times chasing after breakthrough instead of  chasing after Jesus (Who IS breakthrough).  I have caught myself praying for wisdom while I try to find a way quickly through sickness instead of declaring the healing truth of JESUS over my body, when it was by the stripes of Jesus that I was actually already healed (Isaiah 53:5).  

At times I see how easy it is to turn to worldly philosophies and ways of doing things when we have the most POWERFUL NAME EVER CREATED living inside of us, just waiting for us to step out in faith and do even greater things than even He did (John 14:12-14).

In a world that is so full of little gods and big problems, let us not forget the POWER in the Name of JESUS.  

Let us remember that only Jesus is the WAY, THE TRUTH, THE LIFE (John 14:6). Let’s stand against the spirit of the age who works overtime trying to get lovers of Jesus to become so busy and overwhelmed by the world that they forget that they are now living ABOVE the world, thanks to JESUS (Ephesians 2:6).  Put that glorious Name on your lips, and DON’T STOP SPEAKING IT!  

~ Mandy Woodhouse

Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, Just to take Him at His word; Just to rest upon His promise; Just to know, Thus saith the Lord.

Jesus, Jesus how I trust Him, How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er, Jesus, Jesus,

Precious Jesus!  O for grace to trust Him more.

– Louisa M.R. Stead 1882

 

 

Communion

Taking Communion Unworthily…
It can be about willful sin.
But, for me,
Discerning the Lord’s body is about intimacy.
I can’t fake it.
Or, turn it into a religious ritual.
As long as I live in this skin there will always be issues,
and sins.
But, if I can learn to let Him dig deep down into me…
So that He can reveal to me those things that I need to see,
That’s where intimacy is born.

To just stand still,
Let Him kiss me,
And not run.

It’s not about being perfect.

When I eat His body and drink His blood,
I let Him in.

That’s Communion.

~ Wendi Hildebrand 2/8/2020

Father Had His Way

She asked me if she could 

speak to me

Calling me to the side at 

a women’s meeting

For a few seconds I am thrown 

by her words 

“I am so glad for what happened 

to you”

She proceeded, a beautiful 

Muslim woman around 60 

years of age

“If you didn’t go through 

your painful journey, you 

would not have been able 

to bring hope to so many women 

We all can relate to your journey

Each one of us can take 

something with us”

Walking away from her, my journey finally made sense

Every tear

Every rejection

Every humiliation 

Every betrayal

Every painful day

I now see what Papa saw 

all along

I only saw in part

A blurred picture of a journey 

with many detours, pain and questions 

In my darkest hour, my 

deepest pain, Papa asked 

me to deny myself

Papa knew that my heart 

was hurting beyond repair

Yet He also knew that if 

I would allow this crisis to 

draw me closer to Him

He would heal my heart

Use my journey to help others 

to find their way through tough journeys

Papa was after my stained 

and damaged heart

He would move mountains 

to see my heart restored

He is coming for a bride 

without spot or wrinkle

He is showing off by using 

those, who people wrote off

The ones with the most spots 

and wrinkles 

To show His sovereignty in surrendered lives

Father is raising up, and bringing 

to the forefront the sons and daughters He trained in seclusion

Whose testimonies have 

been tried and tested in 

the fiery furnaces

When these sons and daughters open their mouths they release

a weighty sound

A yoke breaking, demon slaying sound!

A set the captives free sound!

A signs, wonders and miracle sound!

They will be recognised by 

the sound they release 

They said yes to Papa, when 

they wanted to run and hide

Through every tear, every 

dark night, every struggle 

they chose to hang on to Jesus

Through every challenge, trial, character training

Father had His way in surrendered sons and daughters

They don’t crave platforms 

They crave His presence 

They don’t crave applause 

They crave His blessing

They do not crave wealth or anything this word has to offer

They only crave being with Jesus

Their only credentials is going 

hard after Jesus

In every season good or bad

He is the One we love more 

than life!

~ Ebigale Wilson

Father Had His Way

The Journey