Can You Handle The Truth

If the truth sets you free then why do people get upset when the truth is told?

I have been reading in Jeremiah 42 and how the people begged and asked for a message from the Lord and they still chose not to obey it when they received it.

In Jeremiah 44 God is asking them- Why are you hurting yourselves continuing to worship idols- why do people make Me angry by making idols?  

So as I was thinking on the above question regarding truth, here are my thoughts:

Maybe it’s because people want their own wills and ways. They would rather remain in bondage instead of choosing to be free.  

Some get addicted to the attention of pity and a victim mentality so they will keep asking for truth from idols (other people) instead of seeking God. 

They have no real intention of ever following it. 

When people seek other people’s opinions or views as truth they get varying responses. Usually a watered down version that still feeds their egos and they like that and want more of that because it feeds into their neediness. 
But when people do get an in your face obvious truth they will reject it and swallow the bait of offense instead.

They don’t like what they hear.  

They can’t really handle the truth.

When we seek God and His truth- we only get One Truth- not one that feeds our egos.

The real truth is what people don’t like so much because they will have to act on it and make a choice to change their actions and behaviors.

Like picking up our own mat and get to steppin.

Before picking up that mat it first requires us to make a choice. 
Will we leave our pity, victim mentality, egos and warped perceptions in order to pick up that mat? 

I believe people reject the truth, get upset and instead seek their idols and remain in bondage because they aren’t willing to make the choice to change. 

When you hear the truth you must act on it. 
We are only as bound as we choose to be. 

Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” ~ John 5:8 

                  ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Your Next Step

Friendly Tip: You Will Be Strengthened and Lifted Up!

 

Yes, I am back and thank you for welcoming me back. It has been several months since I have contributed to Restored Ministries Blog. I have thought about writing because I know this is part of my ministry; but honestly I feel like the enemy has been trying his best to take me out and keep me from contributing.    

 

THIS WEEK, I HAD AN OVERWHELMING SENSE OF WORRY (about returning to blogging) & TODAY I HAD AN OVERWHELMING SENSE OF ANXIETY.  

 

Here’s what I learned:

When you have an assignment that GOD wants you to focus on, we often become stuck in a season of planning to do it. We then move into a season of deciding to do it and right before it is time for us to move forward, sometimes we get this overwhelming sense of anxiety. Anxiety is a form of fear. The enemy wants to block us from our blessings. Instead of allowing the enemy to take me out, I write anyways, specifically- write about my experience.

 

This message will be for someone…

You were gifted with your baby and now you’ve succumbed to an overwhelming place of worry and fear. You are wondering what to do next. You have the solution; because I know he has told you exactly what to do. Start pressing towards your next step and often you will need to pray towards your next step. Yes, press on and pray towards your next step knowing that he is with you. What’s so amazing on the other side is that he will hold you with his strongest hand! Believe in the power of GOD and move!

 

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 41: 10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” 

Friendly Activity: Make a list of two things that have been on your heart. Next to each item, make note of what you know you’ve been called to do in that area. Pray and ask GOD for strength and make a move. Trust me, he will help you, let us know of the results.

 

May you find rest in the Lord!

 

Good Night Friend!

 

 ~Lereca Monik

Living Greatly 


For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 ESV

Theodore Roosevelt’s quote from 1910, really impacted me this week. I have reflected on what in means to be in the arena, in my own life, and those around me. I wonder how many people will live their lives [outside of the arena] watching and secretly wishing that they knew how to master the skill of the person inside. I entertained thoughts on what it would be like if we all found a place of surrender, experiencing the courageous vulnerability that we often critique. I couldn’t help but to wonder if our voices and actions will continue to show the discontent that sits within our heart?…Only because it seems more comfortable acting out, rather than looking within to find out why it is there.

It takes gathering and taking in information to cultivate the deepest places within, even the ones still waiting to be discovered. It’s about stepping out of what is familiar, while all the time knowing that we will still fall. Yet, at the same time, holding onto confidence and understanding that no matter what the end result will be, we will get up, dust off, and try again. 

People who dare greatly have learned who they are, not by succumbing to their past mistakes, or even the ones that will come. Daring greatly means living without labels or being defined by what seems to be the “norm.” It is about stretching beyond our own beliefs and understanding that there will always be room for growth in our self and in the way we perceive others. 

To be in the arena means that we have accepted that we will continue to experience pain, even if we master the skills needed. 

And…..living greatly……means we won’t live in fear which paralyzes us from the next experience, or lesson that might take us a little further. Many of us live in the arena. We have fallen and we continue to get back up. We have failed, but refuse to allow the pain, from our failures, to define our identity. 

We are confident in who we are because we know a God who doesn’t critique us by the standards of the world. We choose to live in vulnerability because that it is what was demonstrated to us each day that Jesus lived here on this earth. 

We live in the arena because we know that we were created for more. And because we have the opportunity to be alluminated (by the example given from Christ) to all of those around us.

Let us all examine our hearts and allow the Lord to teach us how to be stretched where blindness stunts growth. May we all step into the arena, with confidence and expectation mirroring the greatness that was given by a man who calls us his own, Jesus.

May you be blessed in this day.

~Baring His Beauty

  Tiffany Thomas 

The Hard Way 

For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. Matt.7.14.ESV

For many years, I lived limited in my surroundings. As I considered and lived out who I thought I was, I found myself feeling unworthy and without purpose or direction.

Traveling on roads that are covered with debris and obstacles, can cause one of two things. Either you look at what is there and decide it’s not worth moving and then head back, or you start moving the debris and obstacles out of the way, clearing a path so that you can continue on.

I admit, that I have turned back several times. Low confidence resulted in missed opportunities, undeveloped personal growth, missed relationships, and reaching others. I didn’t understand who I was, or the light that shined inside of me.
I couldn’t accept that God created me for him.

But thankfully, about five years ago, God met me in the dark. He replaced the enemy’s lies with his own truth, and a stagnant placement with a passion for innovation.

He told me who I was in him and then guided me to where I was able to learn it for myself. He led me to the narrow road.
He said, “I delegated you for my people, and the only way to press forward is by getting up.”

“You have to be standing before you can move.”

God, allow us to experience your gate which is narrow. Remind us that living the hard way leads to life which is in you.

May we find life abundantly today.

Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas

Fitness


WORTHY THOUGHT: Physical and spiritual good health is essential for what God has planned for you.

Our physical health is susceptible to disease and injury, but we need our faith to sustain through these tough times. Physical exercise is important but spiritual exercise is more essential. Both discipline and devotion are needed to make you effective as a healthy Christian. 

For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for the both present life and the life to come. (1 Timothy 4:8)
Stop being a gambler with your health, and instead be an investor to take care of your body, mind, and spirit. -Joyce Meyer

I believe this statement Joyce Meyer said is to take care of your physical body and your spirit body. Your Spirit body is the temple where the Holy Spirit resides. 

Do you not know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s spirit dwells in your midst? (1 Corinthians 3:16) 

Paul also wrote; Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? Your are not your own, you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.(1 Corinthians 6:20)

We never outgrow the nourishing milk of the Word (1 Peter 2:2) 

But we cannot grow physically unless we also have solid healthy food, eating and exercising; it takes both. 

So wether you eat and drink or whatever you do, do it for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)

We all know the more fit and healthy we are the more we be better able to sustain ourselves for the long haul. God needs us to be spiritually healthy to be a good witness.

God cares about our fitness so we can be a good witness! 

          ~Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

We Are The Choice We Make 


                     We all have choices.

We can choose to trust God or we can choose to trust in ourselves or others.

We can choose to stay stuck in the past and rehearse every hurt or we can choose to grab ahold of the great Promises for our future in Christ.  

We can choose to live in doubt and unbelief and be tossed around by our unsteady emotions or we can choose to Agree, Believe, and Confess the Word of God over every situation. 

We can choose to eat crap, over indulge in food, alcohol, smoke cigarettes or do drugs, lay around in bed or on the couch all day watching TV or playing with our gadgets online and continue to defile, vandalize, and destroy our temples or we can choose to altar our flesh and honor and respect our bodies as we should by no longer being a slave to our addictions and compulsions and instead choose healthy foods, habits and exercise. 

We can choose to stay in a dead end job or relationship or we can choose to better and respect ourselves and make a change and give some people the much needed Gift of Goodbye. 

We can choose to gripe, complain, and moan over our misfortunes or we can choose to praise God even when we are suffering and don’t understand or like what is happening.  

We can Choose Blessings or we can Choose Curses…. 
But Guess what? 
We get to choose
And you can’t choose both! 
Stop saying – I don’t have a choice.  
          You always have a choice.  

The choices you make may not be what God wants for you to make. God may have already told you what you need to do and you are still dragging your feet in disobedience.  

We must tune in and turn to God. Read, hear and do what His word says. Get up and turn off the TV and all the other devices and voices trying to influence you so you can make sure you are choosing wisely.  

Don’t just be hearers- be doers.  

            We are the choice we make.   

You can either choose to 

Give up 

Give in

Or Give it all to God! 

Choose Wisely! 

Look, you’ve got two choices: you can be blessed, or you can be cursed. If you obey His commands, which I’m giving you today, you’ll be blessed. If you don’t obey His commands—if you leave the path I’m showing you today so you can worship other gods who are foreign to you, then you’ll be cursed. ~ Deuteronomy 11:26-28 The VOICE 

You must be doers of the word and not only hearers who mislead themselves. Those who hear but don’t do the word are like those who look at their faces in a mirror. They look at themselves, walk away, and immediately forget what they were like. But there are those who study the perfect law, the law of freedom, and continue to do it. They don’t listen and then forget, but they put it into practice in their lives. They will be blessed in whatever they do. James 1:22-25 CEB 

Jesus looked at them intently, then said, “Without God, it is utterly impossible. But with God everything is possible.” ~ Mark 10:27 

~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Run Your Race 


As I was praying and pondering what to write for this post, I kept thinking about what the Lord gave me to encourage our Prayer Team with at church. I believe the following scriptures will encourage you in your walk with the Lord.

Whatever God has called or told you to do, always remember that He is right there beside you to help you carry it through.

 Look at the first part of Genesis 18:14. It says, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?”.

Now look at the first part of Numbers 11:23.    “Is the Lord’s hand shortened?”

Sometimes we can get our eyes on ourselves and our inability to do something. 
We need to get our focus back on God! 

Whatever God has called or told us to do, He is NOT going to change His mind about it! 

Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 19:26: But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Whatever God has called or told you do, I urge you to get started on it! Even if it’s baby steps-start walking! Then at the end of your race, when you stand before the Lord you can say, “I glorified You on earth, having accomplished the work you gave me to do.” John 17:4.

                 In God’s Love,

                 Tracy Mason

Scriptures taken from Bible in Basic English.