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Are you invisible or invincible?

As Christians, we are called to go and preach the good news to all the world. Can we honestly say that we are fulfilling our calling? The Bible tells us that many are called but few are chosen. Is it possible that the few that are chosen by God are the ones that actually walk out their calling? Jesus said for his disciples to go and do even greater works than He did. How many of us have done anything in the name of Jesus? We do all kinds of things that please us or make us happy, but do we take up our cross and follow Jesus…ever? We are invisible as Christians. We stand in the crowd and try to fit in and go unnoticed. God set us apart as Christians! When we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we became a new creation. That means we were set apart from the world. 

We are invincible! Jesus came to this fallen earth as a man to give us a chance to make a difference. Are we making a difference? It looks like the only difference Christians are making is turning people away from the Gospel instead of the other way around. Our lives are supposed to be a living sacrifice, but instead we cower down like we are defeated and won’t fight for the cause of Christ. Paul said in Philippians 1:21, ” For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” We should be ready to die for what we believe in. How many Christians in other countries are persecuted to the death for their belief? There are many. We are coddled and weak Christians in this country. We have taken for granted the blessings and freedoms that we have received because we are a nation, under God, and we became a useless and powerless Church. If a satanic church can be founded in this Christian country, then we have failed! There is now an alter to Baal in New York City and very few people seem to care. It looks like we have failed miserably!

Invincible is my word for 2018. Merriam-Webster defines Invincible as too powerful to be defeated or overcome. That is what I am claiming for me and for the Christian Church. Psalms 24:18 says, ” Who is the king of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, invincible in battle.” We have Jesus on our side, so we are invincible. He fights our battles. Romans 8:37 says, “No despite all those things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loves us.” We are invincible because, as Philippians 4:13 tells us, “I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”

Who is willing to stand up and stand out for Jesus? Are you going to remain invisible and be like the zombies that are only interested in pleasing themselves? Or, are you going to be invincible and fight the good fight of faith! This is a war. It has been waged against us from before we were ever born. The enemy tried to kill us before we took our first breath of oxygen. The devil is after souls, so we should be after souls too. Jesus loves ALL of us. Yes, even sinners. Jesus even loved the ones that drove the nails into his hands and feet. He loved the ones that mocked Him and the ones that cried out “crucify him!”. Jesus understood that they didn’t know what they were doing. He understood that it was the evil one that had deceived them. Let us stop being the powerless, invisible church and step up to be the invincible, mighty Church that Jesus instructed us to be.

I wrote this blog just a few days before Rev. Billy Graham went to be with the Lord at the age of 99. He was an invincible man! He walked the walk and talked the talk. We can’t rely on just one or two to do what needs to be done. Now that he’s gone home, we as the Church need to step out and fulfill our calling.

Obedience is greater than Sacrifice

When I spoke in front of a women’s group for the first time, someone told me afterwards that obedience is greater than sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22). I hate to speak in public and I am very uncomfortable when all eyes are on me. I did horrible, but I did it! God doesn’t really care about how good we are at something, He just cares about us doing what He has called us to do. He will work everything out. It’s not about us anyway. We can’t change hearts or minds, that is done by the power of the Holy Spirit. We just need to be the vessels of change. I believe that even though I muttered my way through that message, someone needed to hear it and was helped by it. Sometimes people just need to see that you will get up and step out even though it hurts.

I guess God asked me to do something that I know for a fact I couldn’t do without Him. Like I said in my message that day, ‘If God called me to do it, He will get me through it’. He did. I trust Him. I have history with Him and He has NEVER let me down. I look at my kids and know in my heart that God loves me. He actually let me have the opportunity to raise them up. What a privilege and an honor! He let me see a small part of what true love is. We need to also remember that God even loves the unlovable. We generally love people that love us. Jesus loved the people that murdered Him. If you have ever wondered what love is, there’s your sign! 1 John 4:10 NLT, “This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.”

My prayer has always been that God would help me to help others, even if that means speaking in front of a crowd or writing a book. I want others to know that they don’t have to feel depressed or hopeless. John 10:10 KJV,“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Jesus didn’t come for us after we die. He came to help us now, through our life on this fallen earth. He came to give us power and strength to overcome the enemy and his plans.

Will you obey God’s calling even if He asks you to do something hard? You know that street preachers don’t really want to stand out there and be mocked and made fun of. They are answering the call of Jesus even though it’s not fun or easy. Mark 16:15 NLT, “And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.” To God be all the Glory! It’s all worth it for just one soul to be saved from hell. Jesus came for the 1. He left the 99 for the one that needed Him. Matthew 18:12 NLT,“If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost?” That is beautiful! That’s my God!

Diamond in the rough

I love diamonds! What girl doesn’t, right? I love that my birthstone is a diamond. I’m not into all that ‘witchy’ stuff, but I do like the fact that a diamond is the stone of April. The only way to cut a diamond is with another diamond. They are made of the hardest material in the world. The diamond is the strongest of all stones. Even though it doesn’t look very strong, it’s beauty is deceiving. I like to think of myself like that. I might not look or feel strong, but I actually am. I might be a diamond in the rough, but I’m still a diamond!

God is cutting away at the hard, rough edges and creating something that defies logic and imagination. He is creating a masterpiece. It’s a process but the end result is still the same. I am a beautiful jewel created just as God wanted me to be. I spent my entire life thinking something was wrong with me because I’m different than everybody else. That is so stupid! We are all different. That is what’s so beautiful! We are not the same! I say embrace your uniqueness and don’t let others make you feel bad about yourself because of your imperfections. Your imperfections were actually perfectly designed by our living Creator to make you-YOU. Who’s to say something is not perfect anyway? It’s usually someone that is trying to hide all of their insecurities by pointing out and focusing on yours. 

Don’t waste your life trying to be like other people or trying to fit in with the crowd. God has set you apart and nobody can truthfully call you ugly because God has called you beautiful. You’re not the one with the problem. Ask yourself why someone would bring up something about you that could possibly hurt your feelings or make you sad. It’s because the devil in them is using them to stop you and keep you down. Don’t let the enemy win. There are always going to be haters. They really can’t stand it when it doesn’t bother you, so don’t let it. Just remember that God is with you and He doesn’t make junk.

Jesus put a ring on it!

On 8/21/17 we had the most amazing total solar eclipse that spanned the entire United States. I’ve never seen such an awesome display of God’s glorious creation. I love how it made a diamond ring just when it came out of the total covering. It kind-of reminds me of our spiritual covering and our engagement ring from our bridegroom. He’s coming for us soon.

Baily’s beads – Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baily%27s_beads

Diamond Ring Effect
Diamond Ring Effect
As the moon “grazes” by the Sun during a solar eclipse, the rugged lunar limb topography allows beads of sunlight to shine through in some places, and not in others. … The diamond ring effect is seen when only one bead is left; a shining diamond set in a bright ring around the lunar silhouette.

 

Okay, here’s what I’m wondering. This is only my thoughts, so please don’t think I am saying that this is the way everything is going to happen. I really don’t know. Nobody does. But, since the U.S. is not going to be in existence during the end time, what is going to happen to take us out of the picture? My personal thought is that Jesus is going to get us out of here so that we can have our Marriage Supper of the Lamb with Him, and then the dominoes will fall as they may here on earth. Without Christians around to pray blessings over our country, then our country won’t be blessed anymore. That’s the only way it’s going to fall. I don’t think it will happen while true Christians are here praying because –God hears our prayers. Proverbs 15:29 (NLT) “The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayers of the righteous.”

Remember how God protected Lot from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, just because he was the only righteous man in the city? Genesis 19:29 (NLT) “But God had listened to Abraham’s request and kept Lot safe, removing him from the disaster that engulfed the cities on the plain.” I believe that God will protect us too. Why would He leave us to be tortured under a totally ungodly ruler. Our prayers are stopping the anti-Christ from revealing himself. When we are gone, it’s on! I pray for my kids and family. I don’t want them to be here when all this devastation happens. Please Church, pray for your loved ones and don’t give up on them. I am sad when I think about how many people don’t have anyone praying for them now. The time has gotten so bad, and each generation that passes is farther and farther away from God and his covering. It won’t be long. Things can not keep going the way they are going. That’s the truth!

Determined to self-destruct

Have you ever known people who were determined to self-destruct? People who don’t seem to learn from their mistakes? We all make mistakes, but our mistakes don’t make us failures. Whether or not we are smart and tough enough to learn from our mistakes will determine if we are fighters or failures.

If we keep repeating that same bad action or bad habit over and over again without learning a lesson from it, we are failures. If we correct our mistakes and don’t keep repeating them, then we are fighters and over-comers.

It’s pretty much that simple. Don’t keep complaining and wallowing in self pity if you keep doing the same ole thing and nothing changes. That’s insanity! You like it if you keep doing it! You must like the attention more than getting the breakthrough. Change if you need to or accept the misery you have chosen to create. You can’t have both!That is what I had to learn the hard way for myself. I couldn’t let my surroundings keep me depressed. I had to force myself to find something good to focus on. I chose to focus on God instead. If you wonder why you are having the same arguments year after year or why you are at the same place you were at 5 years ago, it’s because you haven’t made anything new or good happen in your life. Take responsibility. It’s not everybody else’s fault, it’s yours!

Essentially, you need to repent. The word of God tells us to repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Acts 3:19 says, “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” Yes, that means that we all need to confess that we have sinned and stop blaming others for our mistakes. Let God help you fix your mess. He will keep letting you try to fix it as long as you hold onto it. But, when you repent and confess that you screwed up, He will help you. The choice is yours. 

Fake it until you make it

Matt 15:18 tells us that things that come out of a persons mouth come from the heart and defiles therm.


Mark 11:23 tells us that if we would just believe, that we could tell a mountain to go and throw its-self into the sea and it would be done for us. So, this verse tells me that God will do for us what we believe. It’s not us doing it, it’s just us speaking it forth.

I have heard both sides of whether people should fake it until they make it. One side says you should never fake it because you are lying if you pretend to be happy or healed or whatever. Then you have the other side saying definitely fake it until you make it! This is seeing into the spiritual instead of the natural. I lean more toward that side of the line. 

I have, many times, told people that I’m doing great or that I don’t need anything, when, in fact, that was not the case. But, if I started speaking everything that was not going right, I would be giving life to the lie of the enemy. So which is it? Fake it or speak the lie? Are we healed by the stripes for Jesus even if we don’t feel healed or are we getting our healing in heaven? Didn’t Jesus come to earth so that we might have life and life more abundant?

You can’t go by your feelings. You’re feelings will lead you straight to hell. Besides, I don’t necessarily believe that people are faking it, they are just calling forth those things that are not as though they are. Don’t we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us, who has resurrection power? Didn’t Jesus say that we would do greater works than he did? So, isn’t that Biblical? Romans 4:17 says that God gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not. 

Time for rest

I have once again been inspired by my vacation to beautiful California. I am relaxing at the pool at our hotel and the view is like a tropical paradise! It’s so relaxing. I haven’t been able to relax in so long that I forgot how. Thank the Lord it comes naturally in an environment like this! Our bodies need rest. We are not made to be in the go 24/7/365. There is a time for rest. I have planted my seed of work and study and now it’s my time for harvest! Ecclesiastes 11:6 says, “Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plane. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest.”
When it’s harvest time, that means you can sit back and enjoy everything your hard work produced. We need the rest in between the times of work. That’s how we get rejuvenated and refreshed to do it all over again, with the right attitude! The time for planting is never ending because we don’t want to become idle and useless. Ecclesiastes 11:6 says,”Plant your seed in the morning and keep busy all afternoon, for you don’t know if profit will come from one activity or another – or maybe both.” God has a plan for us and we should try to accomplish our tasks. But, He knows we need rest too.
Rest in the Lord and be recharged to take on the world!

Turbulence

Flying to San Francisco today, we encountered turbulence. I got inspiration while bumping through the air at 20,000 and some odd feet up above the clouds. Sometimes life is turbulent and bumpy. Really, most of the time. I have learned the hard way to take full advantage of the good, smooth times and just try go with the flow when it starts getting hectic and hard. It’s a little scary when you don’t have any control of the outcome. I really hate that. But, it’s a learning experience. We don’t have control anyway, we just think we do. Anything could happen at any time and there is nothing we can do about it.

So, does that mean that we give up on living just because we’re all going to go through tough times? I’ve been reading in Ecclesiastes and King Solomon was so pessimistic about life and happiness. It’s kind of funny to me because he had everything and he still felt depressed and hopeless. Here I am, a nobody and I have felt the same way. I guess money and fame really can’t buy you happiness. So what is the answer then?

Jesus is always the answer. He’s the answer to salvation and He’s the answer to happiness. The joy of the Lord is my strength! When I feel down and out, I have NO strength– physically, mentally, or spiritually. Life comes with turbulence but the rough times make you stronger and wiser. If you never fought the battles in your life you wouldn’t know just how strong you really are! I guess that’s why we press on, so we can try to live an abundant life. Jesus is the answer there too. He came so that we might have abundant life. That part is up to us. 

Are you going to let turbulence scare the life out of you or are you going to ride it out and overcome it? It only lasts for a short time and then there are clear skies!

Roots -Weeds and Soul Wounds

While weeding my flower bed, I noticed that not all weeds were the same. Some of the weeds were very easy to pull up, but others were spread out across the flower bed. They were a little harder to pull up and took more time and effort to get the whole thing along with the root. These roots were deeper in the ground. Then there were the wees with needle like thorns on them. They enter-twined with the flowers and bushes and tried to overtake them. When trying to weed these out, I noticed that the root was very deep. Sometimes it was winding pretty far away from the actual weed. So, if I just snipped the weed at the soil line, the root would still be there.

Since these little devils have thorns, it took special care to find just the right spot to hold the weed while pulling it up. Sometimes it took another special tool to stab and dig the ground to hunt for the root bulb. The root could wind around several flowers and bushes under the soil. It really meant business. It meant it was not going to die. It meant to kill out what was around it so it would thrive.

Weeds are like soul wounds. Some are pretty easy to deal with. They are pretty obvious. They’re not too deep and you can pluck them out-no problem. These are not the wounds that you think about all the time or the ones that keep you up at night. They don’t make you re-live the painful re-enactment each time you think about it. In fact, you might not think about this type of wound at all. You just know, as a Christian, you need to deal with it so you can grow in your faith.

But, then there are the wounds that have made deeper roots in your soul. These have been festering for a while and have gotten bigger over time. These wounds have affected the way to respond to certain people or to certain situations. You might not even know why something made you react a certain way. In my experience, when you react in an un-Godly way to something, there is a soul wound that has some deep roots that need to be dealt with. These are not nearly as easy to get rid of since they are deeper and have spread to other areas. Now your personality has changed all because you have neglected dealing with this wound earlier.

The really difficult wounds to get rid of has actually entangled in every area of your life and the thorns have scarred you. This wound is trying to literally kill you. It is so deep that you probably have no idea where it came from or how to find the root of it. You could be sick, or depressed, or angry, or full of hate (maybe even all of these things) and you don’t have the strength to pull it up. You keep getting stuck by the same thorns when you think you found where to grab, so you let go. It takes determination to go and get the gloves and a tool to dig for the root, instead of just clipping off what you see. Those thorns hurt! If you really want this weed gone, you must dig your feet in the ground and use your tool to expose the parts of the root that is hidden. You can then pull that root to find where the bulb is. It takes time and effort, but that root bulb is there. If you stop before you find it, then it will keep coming back. But, when you get that deep root bulb out for good, you have conquered that evil prickly weed.

The first thing you need to do to heal any soul wound is repent and forgive.

Psalm 7:12 If a person does not repent, God will sharpen his sword; he will bend and string his bow.

Matthew 6:14 “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you.”

Colossians 2:7 “Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”

Ministry of Reconciliation

2 Corinthians 5:11 NIV, “Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience.”
 2 Corinthians 5:18 NIV, “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.” 
Fingerprint of God
We are each unique and are marked by God.
 
 We are all called to the ministry of reconciliation. I never really knew that before about 5 years ago when I just happened to read this in the bible. It really excited me because my new job, at that time, was ‘reconciliations’. I took it as a sign from God. From there, I was reconciled with my dad and several other people in my life reconciled with me. It really felt like a season of reconciliation to me. 
 
Sometimes we don’t have a clue what our giftings are or where we fit in. If you ever wondered, this is it. Always strive to reconcile others to Jesus and reconcile people together. We are called to be united. Divided we fall. Matthew 12:25 NIV, “Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.”