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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.”
 
 
 
 
 
 

Spring is in the air

Today is a beautiful day! It is in the 70’s in Chattanooga, TN. It’s hard to believe it’s still winter. Everything is blooming and the pollen is very high today. I have spring fever. I don’t like the cold weather! It’s almost time to ‘spring forth’. I like the time change when it is daylight longer outside. It’s so hard to get up for work on those ‘fall back’ changes. It takes a couple of weeks to become accustomed to the change. It is a whole lot easier to get used to the ‘spring forward’ time change. You have that extra hour to sleep and it’s already light outside when you have to get up. The birds are already singing and it just seems happier and better.

Have a dream

Chase your dreams

One of the Merriam-Webster’s definitions of ‘spring‘ is to make a leap or series of leaps. I think it’s time for us to take a leap of faith and do things that we haven’t done before. Start trusting God to take care of the unknown and take that first step toward your destiny. In Mark 5:36, Jesus told Jairus, “Don’t be afraid, just believe.” Sometimes we are just to afraid to follow our dreams and then it’s too late. Don’t let your dreams pass you by. 

Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Where do you see your life headed? Is it in a positive direction or do you need to change the way your thinking? Stop trying to figure out how God will work it out, and just trust that He will. You never know, your dreams just might come true. You will never find out unless you chase your dreams and never give up!

Have faith in God

Mark 11:22 says, “Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God.” We can choose to put our faith in God, or in things that are going on around us and keeping us distracted. It’s all our choice. Like the woman with the issue of blood chose to believe that if she could just touch the hem of Jesus’s garment, she would be healed. In Matthew 9:22, Jesus says to her, “Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well.” 

What we put our faith in will determine what kind of life we will have. We can choose to believe that things will end badly instead of choosing to believe for the best. Mark 5:36 tells us, “Jesus told Jairus, Don’t be afraid, just believe.” What we believe will influence what we speak. Most of the time, what’s going through our mind pops out of our mouth. It is vital that we fill ourselves up with God’s word. Romans 10:17 says, “So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.”

Hebrews 11:16 also tells us that, “It is impossible to please God without faith.” That’s why the bible tells us to have ‘childlike faith’. We will start trying to figure it out and then we start doubting God. God’s ways are higher than our ways. We will never figure Him out and it’s really stupid of us to think we can. We can only use 10% of our brains and we think that we can figure out an Almighty God! Well, we can’t!

Don’t let fear hold you back!

2 Timothy 1:7 tells us, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.” The (KJV) says it like this, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and of a sound mind.” The Spirit in us is greater than the spirit of fear that is trying to stop us from achieving the plan and purpose that God has for our lives. When we have a spirit of fear, it paralyzes us. It gets such a strong grip on us, that we get tired of trying to fight it. Sometimes, we don’t even know how to fight it.

Believe

You are what you believe!

So, what can we do to fight fear? In John 5:8, the word tells us, “Then Jesus said to the man, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” Jesus was talking to a man that had been an invalid for 38 years. He told Jesus that he couldn’t make his way into the pool of Bethesda because nobody would help him and others would get in first and get their healing. Jesus wasn’t really interested in his excuses. If you want your healing you will get up and walk. Stop making excuses and just do it. It is really, really hard at first. But, if you make up your mind that you will do something, then you will do it.

 

The only way to defeat our fears is to conquer them. We must step out in faith. If we keep giving into them, we will never have the victory. You need to see yourself as victorious, as a winner!

Clear concscience

Hebrews 10:22 says, “…For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.” We all have a problem dwelling on mistakes we made in our past. Sometimes, something will pop into my head and I am so ashamed and embarrassed that I could have done that. I beat myself up over it and keep asking God to forgive me. The truth is, He has already forgiven me. When I asked the first time I was forgiven. He doesn’t remember my sins anymore. Psalm 103:12 says, “He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.”

The enemy is the one reminding us of our mistakes. He wants us to think we will never be good enough to please God. The only problem with that is, we are saved by grace. We are not saved by our works. Romans 9:12 says, “He calls people, but not according to their good or bad works.” Yes, we should go and do the works of Jesus-even greater. We can only do this by Salvation and the Holy Spirit. When we are saved from our sins, we are new creations. 2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” God doesn’t see us anymore, He sees Jesus in us. We are righteous through Christ Jesus! John 16:10 says, “Righteousness is available because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more.”

If you have a guilty conscience, it is the enemy trying to stop you from fulfilling your calling. Don’t let him steal that from you. Fight him and he will flee. James 4:7 says, “So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” We only have this one dry run at life, so let’s make the best of it. Start now and make the latter part of your days better than the beginning. You have the greater one living inside of you! 1 John 4:4 says, “But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.”

Dead or dormant

As we approach Halloween, I wanted to blog about something more fitting to the holiday. I don’t celebrate Halloween, but the idea around it is scary haunted houses, dead and dark things, and trick-or-treats. Do you ever feel like your dreams are dead? Like they will never come to life. When you know that you shouldn’t be sitting in a cubicle all day, that you should be doing something totally different than what you are doing today. I know, for me, the monotony of life makes me feel like I am going in circles instead of progressing forward in the area that God has called me.

I believe that there is a message in our monotony. If we don’t learn what it takes to do what God has called us to do, then we won’t be able to do it. The dream is dormant, instead of dead, until we get to the place we need to be to handle the calling. Life is a learning process. We won’t stop learning lessons until we die. If you feel led to an area and love that type of work, then chances are, God is training you to do it. It just takes time. Don’t give up and think it’s a dead dream -it’s just dormant until you are ready for it.

Just like leaves on the trees in the fall, they go dormant until the next spring. They get a fresh start in their new season. They have to go through the winter season before it is time to bloom out again. The trees are not dead, they might look dead, but they are still standing and producing carbon dioxide for us to breath. They are just not green and vibrant like they are in the spring and summer. In due season, your dream will come to pass. Just keep going in that direction and God will provide the right season for it.