Learn to HEADBUTT the Devil

Have you ever had a moment where your mind is bombarded with thoughts…maybe even feelings…that are so strong it’s hard to not believe them or define yourself by them?

Usually, those are lies that the enemy wants us to believe are our own thoughts, when in reality they are external whispers being delivered to us by the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:10). This last season has been the Holy Spirit teaching me how to not engage these thoughts, how to take them captive and how to stand in my true identity as a child of God who knows and lives out of what GOD says about me.

The enemy is on the prowl right now, desperately trying to get Christians to believe untruths about themselves. I use the word desperate, because that’s exactly what he is! The devil is desperate because he knows that his time is coming to an end, and the people of Jesus have victory over him. Sadly, one of the things he uses most to keep us in bondage to lies is our very own salvation, because so many Christians have no idea just HOW MUCH Jesus has done for them, above and beyond just forgiveness and entry into Heaven. When you don’t know what you have, you won’t use it.

What if every Christian was fully aware of exactly what Jesus did for them, and thus who we are in Him?  I long to see Christians in my generation in history truly grasp the substance of their salvation.  I long for us to learn to use the Heavenly weapons of warfare to overcome the devil’s lies.  Revelation 12:11 says that “they overcame him by the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony.”  We have a better understanding these days about the blood, but what about the word of our TESTIMONY of what Jesus fully did for us?  If we only knew and believed, I know the lies would no longer have any power.

The Lord showed me a silly picture for my friend once, which I would love to share with you because I feel it is actually a tool to help people learn to fight the lying thoughts and feelings with their Spiritual weapons instead of worldly philosophies.  

I looked over at my friend one day, and I immediately saw everything in the natural turn into a cartoon. I’m a prophetic seer, so I wasn’t surprised by this manifestation, although I had never seen the world through cartoon eyes before! When I looked over at him, I saw that he had the full armor of God on his body (Ephesians 6), and he was swinging that sword of the Spirit like he was ready to cut off the head of a giant. I saw that there was a sneaky demon coming toward him, and as he was going after it with his sword, he did not see that there was another, larger demonic force approaching his head, unnoticed, from above. What I saw next was both hilarious as well as profound: As soon as my friend had killed the demon in front of him with his sword, he quickly turned to the sneaky demon above him and he headbutted the demon with his helmet of salvation! The demon was headbutted a few times before it was defeated, but when it disappeared, I knew that it was indeed gone. Soon the cartoon encounter ended, and Ben was hugely encouraged by what I saw!

Perhaps, like me, you have always been told that the helmet of salvation is actually a defensive weapon used to cover the mind, or used to protect the mind or thoughts of the believer.  I’m not disagreeing with this teaching, but I would also like to propose that when the enemy begins to throw lying thoughts at us as believers, we have every right to take that helmet and begin to use it as an offensive weapon!  

As it is the helmet of SALVATION, once we know the true substance of our salvation and the fact that we are truly free indeed (John 8:36 – “Whom the Son sets free is free indeed”), we can fight off the enemy by using what we know about our salvation to not just protect our thoughts, but to conquer every lie that the accuser tries to throw at us.  I believe that working with the sword, the shield, and all the bits of the armor, we can stand even more victorious when we know what that helmet of salvation actually means to us.

It sounds a bit ridiculous, but I feel that we need to get really good at using that helmet of salvation to not just protect our mind, but to headbutt the devil out of our lives! The only true power he has is what we give him when we partner with his lies. I challenge you this week to ask the Lord to remind you about your true testimony, and what Jesus did for you and how Jesus transformed you – and then headbutt that old liar back to hell where he belongs!

— Mandy Woodhouse

Time To Dream Again

Looking through some of my writings from last year, the Lord drew me again to this word of encouragement for those who may have forgotten their purpose, or who have possibly lost the passionate dreams that they originally had from the Lord.  I feel that this word is pertinent to many during this season of frustration, feeling silenced and having normal life distracted by this pandemic.  

I know that His plans for His people have not changed, even if they have been disrupted.  I felt this week that He wanted to remind us of the dreams, plans, and passions that He put inside of us – REGARDLESS of what our bank accounts or job situations may look like in this season.

One of the things that He pointed out to me this week is that some need to go back to a time in their walk with God when money was of no real consequence to them. A time when they were full of radical faith and holy spirit dreams and were willing to let go of everything just to get to the ends of the Earth for Jesus. The days when they would sell all they had for the treasure in the field (Matthew 13:44). A day when, though the bank account may have said otherwise, every single bill was paid for and every need was met in an Ephesians 3:20 way.

I heard Him say that fear often masquerades as “worldly wisdom,” but you are not of THIS world! Even with children. ESPECIALLY with children, your God will meet ALLLL of your needs according to HIS glorious riches in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).  

His plans for you are to PROSPER you, not to harm you.  He has a HOPE and a future for you (Jeremiah 29:11).

DON’T SETTLE FOR THE WORLD, or its ways, when you were created to take the enemy’s camp.

“Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal” – John 6:27.

This is a season for sons and daughters of God to DREAM BIGGER, and not disregard the seedlings of dreams that were taking root at the beginning of 2020.  I feel such a challenge to begin to once again water those small dreams and nurture them, without forgetting or “shelving” them because of lack of finance or fear of the unknown future.  

If you are delighting in Him fully, then chances are the desires and dreams in your heart have been planted there by Him anyway (Psalm 37:4).

Today, I call you up into remembrance of what the Lord has done and has promised!! He will never lie or change His mind (Numbers 23:19).  He will always provide, always give you sufficient grace, and always guide your steps.

Don’t let what you see in the natural hold you back – it’s time to DREAM again!

— Mandy Woodhouse

The Continual Burn

Leviticus 6:13 – Fire shall be kept burning on the altar continually; it shall not go out.

This verse grabs my heart.  It has honestly been a verse that I have meditated upon for months now, trying to squeeze out every bit of glorious revelation that I can.  

Looking at this scripture, I feel like some would see this as a strict commandment.  And although I know that it’s something the Lord does want for us; I have come to see it as an INVITATION more than a rule or a law.  It’s an invitation into greater levels of INTIMACY and FIRE like we have never known.

I asked the Holy Spirit a few weeks ago how to keep the fire burning – how to not allow it to go out.  And His response shook me.  He said, “You BURN OUT when you RUN OUT of OIL…stay oily, and you will keep burning for Me!”

To stay oily, we need HIS oil.  And thanks be to Jesus, it’s OURS, in full, because of our inheritance in Him.  We can come boldly to Him, and stay in His presence, where we find every ounce of oil that we need.

Although oil in the Bible tends to represent some sort of special anointing, I believe that the OIL the Lord mentioned to me here stands for so much more!  According to the Collins Dictionary, as a variable noun, oil is a thick liquid that is used as fuel and for making parts of machinery move smoothly.  Oil is found underground.

Sometimes, you have to dig deep into INTIMACY to find the oil that makes your heart continue to burn.  Often, oil is the thing that makes your time with Him smooth and keeps you from “grinding” in the natural.

As a verb, the Collins Dictionary states that oil, when put onto something, keeps things protected.  Your life, your calling, and your FIRE is protected when you keep it oiled in the Spirit.  And INTIMACY is the way to stay oiled.

Also, as a variable noun, oil is used for cooking and used to soothe skin and often has a pleasant smell.  When I think of cooking, immediately I think of seasoning (I’m from South Louisiana, so the two go together).  As Christians, you and I are called to be the “salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13), and too much salt makes one thirsty.  Praise Jesus, we are called to make people THIRSTY for JESUS, the LIVING WATER (John 4:14; John 7:38).

Likewise, we carry Jesus, who is the HEALING BALM (Jeremiah 8:22) and we are His sweet aroma to the world (2 Corinthians 2:15).  

Have you ever shared a small space with someone wearing strong perfume? You walk away smelling like them. We need to stay in a small space with Him to keep His aroma strong.

Another noun that represents oil is in oil PAINTS.  As ones who have been restored to the image of our Father, the Great Creator, we have the amazing ability to COLOR THE WORLD around us with His love.  And that love can only be found, refilled and remembered while in the SECRET PLACE with Him.  

Everything we do goes back to INTIMACY.

So, in essence – as hard as it is to understand it – in order to stay burning for Him, we must stay burning for Him.  We must daily drench ourselves in the oil of His presence, His love and His grace. The fire CAN and SHALL be kept burning continuously as we allow Him to burn continuously in and through us.  To burn, we must STAY OILY.  And to stay oily, we must BURN.  It’s actually who we are in Him, and what we were created for.

— Mandy Woodhouse

Move Mountains With Your Mouth

“Listen to the truth I speak to you: If someone says to this mountain with great faith and having no doubt, ‘Mountain, be lifted up and thrown into the midst of the sea,’ and believes that what he says will happen, it will be done.” – Mark 11:23, TPT

Lately, I’ve had more of a fire in my bones than ever when it comes to MOVING MOUNTAINS with my declarations.  It’s been a long journey with much practice and on-going understanding, but I am finally realizing what an absolute weapon my tongue is when I decree something and see it shift.

I know that I teach on this often, and I have written about it in the past, but I feel the Lord is placing an urgency in this hour on His people learning to decree things aloud with their mouths.  

Especially in 2020, the “year of the mouth,” when the enemy came and made certain there would be masks covering mouths while others are fighting off the spirit of intimidation which has been assigned to keep them silent.  I am feeling strongly that we MUST make heavenly declarations.  When we decree what Heaven is saying, supernatural answers are released.

Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts. Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain. And he shall bring forward the top stone amid shouts of ‘Grace, grace to it!’” – Zechariah 4:6-7

I read this verse today, and I almost leapt out of my skin!

Zerubbabel was a guy that carried authority.  He was an influential leader hired to help build the foundation of the temple.  And Zerubbabel KNEW the authority that he carried.  Just look at what he says: “Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain.”

I love that he challenged the mountain, and told it what its future would hold!  I love that Zerubbabel grabbed ahold of his authority, knowing that it was by the grace of God and the Spirit of the Lord that he had the authority he had.

Mountains do indeed move with that kind of understanding and authority in action.

What a challenge in my Spirit this scripture brings.  As daughters and sons of the Lord of hosts, we have the same authority that Jesus has because He gave it to us.  We are powerful, influential leaders building upon the foundations of those who have gone before us to build the amazing kingdom of God on earth.

Like Zerubbabel, we can speak to the mountain, reminding it who WE are and tell it to MOVE, in Jesus Name!

You and I have the authority to tell every mountain to GO.  We can level mountains with our decrees.  We can use our tongues to speak BREAKTHROUGH and life over every situation.  We can speak TO the mountain, instead of ongoing chatter ABOUT the mountain.

Children of God carry authority to move mountains, period.

May we be the people to KNOW the Word, HEAR from the heart of the Father and DECREE TRUTH to the mountains in our lives and see them LEVELED TO THE GROUND, in the Name of Jesus!

Decree with me now:

Mountain, you must MOVE in the Name of Jesus!  Who do you think you are, Oh Mountain?  Before [insert your name here], you shall become a PLAIN!

— Mandy Woodhouse

Just Ask!

ASK!

For the past month, I have heard the Lord say over and over to me: “JUST ASK.”  I have shared this with my Church, and I want to share it with you as well – What do you need? This is a fresh invitation to ASK.

“Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he?” – Luke 11:11, NASB

You can come boldly, confidently and securely, because you are His CHILD. You are His precious one. You are NOT an orphan. You are NOT a victim.  And He is a GOOD FATHER, who only longs to give you GOOD THINGS when you ASK HIM.

Ask for the first time, or ask again. All ears are on YOU.

ASK! I hear Him say…ask, I will hear. I am waiting to shower you with My love and My provision and My ever-increasing glory. I want to give you MORE. I want to bless My children. I want to meet your every need. I am so FOR YOU.  I’m just waiting on you to ASK ME.

Ask and I will give you the nations (Psalm 2:8).

Ask and I will tell you great secrets you do not know (Jeremiah 33:3).

Ask in my Name and I will do it (John 14:13).

Ask and I will give you wisdom (James 1:5).

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened” (Matthew 7:7)

Now is your season.  If you’ve been afraid to ask God for things in the past, I invite you to do so NOW.  He’s a good Father, waiting to give you good things.  And even if what you ask isn’t what He has in mind, you can TRUST that because He is a good Father, the answer to your prayer will be BETTER THAN EXPECTED (see Ephesians 3:20).

Another thing to note is that He does not WITHHOLD any good thing from you, if you love Him (Psalm 84:11).  He doesn’t hold out on you because of your mistakes or bad choices.  He is a Father who loves to dote upon His children!

“For the Lord God is brighter than the brilliance of a sunrise! Wrapping himself around me like a shield, he is so generous with his gifts of grace and glory. Those who walk along his paths with integrity will never lack one thing they need, for he provides it all!” (Psalms 84:11, TPT).

Go for it….just ASK!

— Mandy Woodhouse

Pushing In

Is anyone else feeling the need to really FIGHT FOR INTIMACY right now?

There is something happening in the spiritual atmosphere around us. I feel and see so many distractions, feelings of “numbness” or “tiredness.” Some are just outright demonic attacks on our time with the Lord. It makes me want to push in MORE THAN EVER for the fullness of what He has for us, mostly because I know that pushback only comes when something great is moving forward.

Intimacy with Him is more important now than ever.  There is a place of intimacy in the Father’s arms where we feel absolute love and acceptance. This fuels our soul and makes us stand firm in identity, which then leads to increase in our lives and ministries.  There is great intimacy for us with the Holy Spirit, where we are empowered to execute in the natural what God has prepared for us in the Spiritual.

There is a deep intimacy with our savior, Jesus, where we know who we are and how truly transformed by Him we are. These are the places where we find true satisfaction and all that we need.

It is such a profoundly important place to be. Intimacy is where fear falls away. Where identity and affirmation are restored. It is where we are empowered and loved and our perspective changes, and thus the world around us changes. Even circumstances change. Intimacy is actually where we were created to be. It is where we come alive and fully awake.

It is the single most important thing in our walk as a Believer….

… and it is the most attacked. It is constantly confronted with busyness and distraction. A fog sometimes comes over people when they try to go deep, and the feelings of not feeling connected to Him can be overwhelming.  These feelings can lie to us, making us feel not enough or lacking.  Ironically, it’s actually in His presence where we find the truth that we ARE ENOUGH and that we have everything we need in Christ.  The devil is so crafty.

But I hear the Lord say KEEP PUSHING IN! DON’T LET GO! In His Presence, we find EVERYTHING we need. I cannot stress enough, it’s where we were CREATED to be.  Eternal life IS KNOWING HIM intimately.


No more listening to the lies of the enemy. No more allowing feelings to dictate. It’s time to rise up in authority and PUSH IN. GO DEEP. As you draw near to Him, He promises to draw near to you. His heart is WIDE OPENED. Come as you are.


I break off every assignment of the enemy off of your time in the Secret Place, in Jesus Name!


THIS is who you are. PUSH IN!

This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. – John 17:3

— Mandy Woodhouse

Encouragement For The Replanted

Then the nations that are left all around you shall know that I am the LORD; I have rebuilt the ruined places and replanted that which was desolate. I am the LORD; I have spoken, and I will do it. – Jeremiah 36:36

Have any of our readers ever experienced personal root shock? Trust me, you’d know if you had.

In a ministry leadership meeting I attended recently, we were asked to reflect upon our past year and how we feel we have grown, how our character had been refined, and how we feel we have changed.  

The only words that kept coming to my mind were the words “root shock.”

I am so familiar with root shock. My parents both had green thumbs, so we always had plants around our home growing up.  I remember this one plant that was in a larger pot on my parents’ back porch.  It had grown quite large and leafy-green, and it was even blossoming and dropping seeds yearly, but my Mom was convinced it was being stifled in that pot.  My Dad decided to replant it in another part of the yard, and he did everything one is supposed to do when replanting greenery.  The plant apparently had root shock the first few months it was transplanted, so my Dad had to prune it WAY BACK to almost nothing so that the roots could get everything they needed from the soil and recover more quickly.  

Within months, the plant had not only recovered, but it had grown so large that it was actually taller than the one-story house, and the blooms on it were the size of a small animal!  My Dad again had to keep it cut back to beneath the roof and keep it watered and well-looked after.

People can have root shock too.

The past 12 months – pandemic aside – has been “root shock” for me.  And I know for a fact it has felt the same for many others in the body of Christ.  Like my husband and I, many have moved countries or states.  Many have left old jobs for new, old friendships for what feels like isolation, and many have been removed from communities that they thought they would serve forever.  Almost like pieces on a chess board, it feels like the Lord has strategically been moving and placing people in new areas as He sets up His “check mate” on the enemy in the last days.  All will know that He is Lord, and how amazing that we get to play a part in that.

If you have indeed experienced a form of “root shock” and pruning over this last little time, I want to encourage you with this little prophetic picture of the plant from my parents’ yard so many years ago.  

Perhaps you were blossoming and thriving where you were, and now the pruning has been so painful you wonder when you will ever feel the blooms again.  Maybe you have been pruned so hard that you feel exposed, vulnerable, even lacking. Let me encourage you, through Jesus we only ever have REBUILDING, REPLANTING and RECOMPENSE!  He prunes us so that we can endure the amount of fruit that He has actually called us to carry in this next season.  He replants us for the sake of not only OUR BEST, but also to fulfill the destiny He has for us and for the world.  Even when we find ourselves desolate and barren, we can trust that there will be NEW LIFE spring forth, with more fruit than we had ever expected!

Don’t despise the replanting.  

The root shock doesn’t last for long.  When you stay well-watered and in the sunshine, your growth will explode!  Be encouraged!

— Mandy Woodhouse

Time To Occupy!

Look, I am giving all this land to you! Go in and occupy it, for it is the land the Lord swore to give to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and to all their descendants.. – Deuteronomy 1:8

But Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.” – Numbers 13:30

Yesterday, a word dropped into my Spirit during my morning prayer: OCCUPY.


Now being the nerd that I am, I quickly took to Google to get a definition of the word. Google defines “occupy” as two things:

  1. To fill
  2. To exist (within a space)

The Cambridge dictionary’s three definitions utterly blew me away!  I know that you will love the first one as much as I did:

  1. An army or group of people who move into and take possession of a place and refuse to leave
  2. To have a particular job or role or assignment
  3. To keep thoughts busy

Wow….a group of people who move into a place, take possession, and REFUSE TO LEAVE.  Sounds like a feisty, faith-filled kingdom group of people to me!

I heard the Lord say that it is TIME TO OCCUPY THE LAND THAT HE HAS GIVEN YOU.  Whether your nation, your home, your sphere of influence, or just simply a promise that God has given you – it is time to fill that space and REFUSE TO LEAVE.  It’s not time to hunker down and wait it out.  There is such an invitation to take a hold of your territory, whatever that may be, and OCCUPY!

Next, He said that it is TIME TO FILL YOUR ASSIGNMENT!  Regardless of whether you are a parent at home with your children, or a doctor, teacher, barista, insurance agent – OCCUPY YOUR SPACE!  If you are a prophet, teacher, intercessor, evangelist….IT’S TIME TO OCCUPY YOUR ASSIGNMENT!  

It’s time to rise up.  It’s time to take possession of what He has promised you, and refuse anything less.

Lastly, the Lord said that it is time that we OCCUPY OUR THOUGHTS WITH GOOD THINGS. It’s time that we start putting ONLY the truth of what the LORD says about situations into our thinking. It’s time to start seeing, hearing, and meditating on Kingdom realities that feed the truth into our minds that GOD IS VICTORIOUS! And through Jesus, WE ARE VICTORIOUS.

It’s time to occupy. Just as Caleb says in Numbers 13, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.”

The time is gone for the Bride to just maintain a normal existence.  The time is here to OCCUPY THE LAND!

And through Christ, all things are possible.
 

— Mandy Woodhouse

Pause In His Presence Part 15

What Did God Say?

Until the time that his word came to pass, the word of the Lord tested him. —Psalm 105:19 (NASB)

Oh, this verse!!!

I have struggled with this verse in the past.  I have struggled, because I just could not grasp why the Lord would make a promise to someone and then TEST THEM until the full promise manifested.  

Isn’t He a GOOD GOD?  Why would a good God say that He would do something, and then test someone until He followed through?

When I read this scripture last week, I felt the draw to just pause in His presence and allow Him to speak to me through this verse.  As someone who has been waiting on a few promises from God for a great deal of time, I had several questions on my heart regarding Psalm 105:19. “What do you mean by this, Lord?” I asked Him.  “Please explain Your heart to me, because I just don’t get it.”

He first directed me to look at the Hebrew meaning of “word” in this scripture.  The meaning of “word” (h0565) is simple:  The utterance of God.  Basically, I felt a challenge from the Lord to remember what He has actually spoken to me in the past.  He gently guided me through several promises I have yet to see, and all of the scripture, prophetic words and words that came directly from His heart to mine in the years that I have been waiting.

“What have I said to you?” He asked me.  

I use the word “ask,” but really, His question felt more like a challenge.

As I sat in His presence, recounting all of the things that the Lord had spoken to me about my promises, I began to ask again about the word “test.”  He led me again to look up the Hebrew meaning (h6884), and I found that this word does not mean something that’s unbearable or cruel.  It means refining, yes; but the word also means “to cast,” specifically in fire.  To cast something is not just to burn it – a “cast” is an object made my shaping molten metal material in a mold.  

According to Google, the things that are cast most often are TOOLS, WEAPONS, and JEWELRY.

Here is what the Lord spoke to my heart when I realized the weight of this “testing”:  Every promise is for an appointed time, with an appointed purpose.  Psalm 105:19 refers to Joseph, who was “tested” while waiting for the fulfillment of the dream he had regarding leading his brothers.  Joseph needed that time of molding and casting so that he could be the EXACT SHAPE NEEDED to lead a nation.  Joseph was given a word – an utterance of God through a dream – and needed to be WEAPONIZED before the word of the Lord could come to pass in his life.  Joseph needed to be weaponized because the Lord’s word to him was about more than just Joseph.

Some translations make it clear that Joseph’s character needed a refining.  I am sure that is true!  But if we focus on “refining” of character, we may miss the point entirely.

Joseph needed refining not because something was wrong with him or because he wasn’t good enough or lacking.  Joseph needed refining because what God chose him to carry was of such weight, such greatness and such importance, God needed Joseph to be fully weaponized to walk in the glorious promises that the Lord had for him and for his nation.

Every promise of mine and yours has a Heavenly purpose, and that purpose is larger than we are.  I would encourage those who are in the waiting and being tested to go back to the Lord and ask Him to lead you into the truth about your promise.  Ask Him to open your eyes to see beyond yourself and beyond the fulfillment of it, and ask Him to show you what “shape” He is casting and refining you to be.

Chances are, the word that He has spoken to you is weightier and more magnificent than you could even imagine.  

Whether you are a weapon against the forces of darkness, or a tool to smash through lies and strongholds in others, or a jewel to display the splendor of the King of Kings….do not despise this season of testing while waiting on the utterances of God to manifest in your life.

Surrender to the “casting,” and allow Him to shape you for maximum Kingdom impact.  And hold God to His word while you wait – He loves your faith!

— Mandy Woodhouse

Pause In His Presence Part 14

Forget Not His Benefits

“Bless the Lord, Oh my soul, and forget not all His benefits.” —Psalm 103:2, NKJV

“Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things that He does for me.” — Psalm 103:2 NLT

I was reading Psalm 103 this week – one of my favorite Psalms of all time – and I found myself pausing to reflect more on verse 2.  At other times, I would have found myself camping at some of the juicy verses that come later, but verse 2 really caught my attention this week.  I feel like at times, the rest of the passage is indeed so rich that people tend to unknowingly skip right over this little verse when it is so packed with goodness on its own.

I love the New Living Translation. “Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things that He does for me.” Let “all that I am” praise the Lord.  That phrase literally means our whole self; our appetites, minds, desires, emotions, passions, and inner beings.

Everything that seems to make up ME, that’s what’s to praise Him!  I would assume that would also include the negative emotions, the negative feelings and thoughts – it’s ALL to bow to Jesus and bring Him praise.

“May I never forget the good things that He does for me.”  Gosh, what a ploy of the enemy to make us FORGET.  Other translations say “forget not all his benefits…” and that word “benefit” means all of His deeds, all of His rewards and all of His recompense towards us.  Let us not forget his recompense!  Let us not forget His deeds!  Let us not forget how He sent His very own Son as a sacrifice for what WE did wrong, and how that He took upon Himself our own sin, sickness, mistakes, failures, pains, traumas, anxiety, etc.  

Let us not forget that Jesus actually transformed us on the inside, making us new creations and changed our nature to be like His (2 Peter 1:4).  Let us not forget.

In my personal life, I sometimes begin to forget.  I get focused on the things that have nothing to do with God’s kingdom, and I can sometimes forget to look at my true reality, which is Him.  I believe that remembering all the good things that He has done for us actually helps to refocus our eyes upon our true reality, which is His kingdom.  If everything within me can not forget what He has done, then the rest of the worldly troubles stay in my peripheral vision, and my heart stays fixed upon truth.

Perhaps that’s why the rest of Psalm 103 is so incredibly rich; because the writer knows that God has done good deeds, and he is calling them to his remembrance!  When we remember, then our whole selves can praise Him.  And when we praise Him, we enter into new levels in the Spirit where nothing else will do.  THIS is the true Kingdom.

May I encourage you today to REMEMBER.  If you must, grab a journal or a piece of paper and pause in His presence.  Quiet yourself before Him, and then jot down all the deeds, all the good things the Lord has done, all that was done for you at calvary.  Ask the Holy Spirit to remind you where necessary.  Make a list, and then REJOICE!  Celebrate with everything that you are, and watch not only your perspective change but also the atmosphere around you.  He is so worthy of ALL of our praise.  THIS is our true reality.

— Mandy Woodhouse