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Change of season is defined on Merriam-Webster.com as: to give a different position, course, or direction to; alteration; transformation.

Ecclesiastes 3:17 (NLT) says, “I said to myself, “In due season God will judge everyone, both good and bad, for all their deeds.” In each season, things change. Change is inevitable. We can either embrace it or fight it. We need to keep changing and growing in knowledge and truth so that we can lead others, by example. God will judge everyone. Christians and non-Christians alike.

Matthew 7:5

Get the plank out of your own eye first!

We need to all search ourselves. I have noticed that too many “Christians” point out others faults, but they are doing exactly the same thing. They don’t see it in themselves. Matthew 7:3 (NLT) says, “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own?” As Christians, we need to first, judge ourselves, our motives, and our walk with the Lord. During this autumn season, I challenge all of us to reflect inward and change what needs to be changed in us. Let’s use this time as a personal reflection in our own lives. We can better help others when we are not acting like non-Christians.

If you call yourself a Christian and are acting like a non-Christian, then you might not be where you need to be, as a Christian. I urge you to do an inward evaluation and see if you are following your feelings or if you are following the truth of the Bible. People should know that we’re different. Jesus was different.

What are you focused on?

What are you spending your time focusing on? Philippians 3:13-14 (NLT) tells us, “No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead. I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” The only way to get freedom from depression, or anyfile-oct-02-6-37-58-pm other bondage that is controlling your mind and life, is to focus on Jesus.

Seek out the truth in God’s living word. When you focus on what’s going on around you, it can seem overwhelming or impossible. That’s exactly what the enemy wants you to think about.  Philippians 4:8 (NLT) says “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing, fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” 

When we take our eyes off Jesus, we start looking at all the ugly that the world has to offer. At first, you might think it’s great or fun, but it soon proves to be devastating. That’s why God’s word tells us to choose life instead of death. The wages of sin is death. It’s really that simple.

How deep are you rooted?

My last post was about soul wounds compared to weeds and roots. Now, I am going to blog about how deep your seeds are rooted. In Matthew, Jesus tells us about different seeds. He talks about how deep the seed is rooted. The seeds that are planted in shallow ground were eaten by birds and never had a chance to take root. Some of the seeds ended up on rocky soil and had shallow roots. These faded quickly because they were not rooted deep enough to produce. Even others fell on among thorns that choked them out. Some, however, fell on fertile soil and took deep root to produce abundant crops.

The deeper the root, the more healthy and productive they are. The deeper that we are rooted in God’s word, the more productive we are too! This does go both ways. Weeds with deep roots tend to choke out the harvest of whatever they grow near. If your soul has wounds that are deep, you will produce a negative, unhealthy harvest. But, if you are deep-rooted with God’s word, you will produce an abundantly good harvest. The bible says that we are known by our fruit. Are you producing good fruit or bad fruit?

How deep are your soul wounds?

While weeding my flower bed, I noticed that not all weeds are the same. I thought of these different types of weeds as a comparison to soul wounds. Some of the weeds were very easy to pull up. The roots were shallow. We have different levels of soul wounds. Some are shallow and obvious and pretty easy to deal with. All we need to do is recognize that they are there and take a little time to get rid of them. These soul wounds are from small hurts that don’t take up a lot of time in your mind. You don’t really dwell on them, but they are a nuisance. Proverbs 27:6 says, “Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.”

Some weeds are spread out a little wider across the flower bed. They are harder to pull up and it takes more time and effort to get the whole weed out along with the root. These roots are also deeper in the ground. These kind of soul wounds take much more time than the shallow wounds to get rid of. Sometimes the problem is much more complex than you think.

Psalm 13:2 tells us that, “How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? How long will my enemy have the upper hand?” There is a type of weed that has needle-like thorns on it and very deep roots. They seem to weave around the flowers and bushes and try to overtake them and kill them. When I tried to grab these weeds, I noticed that it was very hard to get any type of grip on them because of the thorns. Also, the roots were so deep that it was easier to just cut the weed off instead of trying to  pull the root out. Don’t be fooled by these type of wounds. You won’t be healed if you don’t get to the root of the problem. You might have to remove smaller weeds to find out where these type of weeds truly started.

Don’t be a sell-out!

Are you a sell-out or are you all-in? Do you prostitute yourself out instead of committing yourself to the One who will set you free? Do you give into lusts instead of keeping yourself pure before the Lord? The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). That’s why we need to remain pure and blameless instead of giving into our flesh. When we turn away from God, He will turn away from us.

In Hosea, God instructed him to marry a prostitute. There was a lesson that God wanted him to learn in this experience. Son #1 was named Jezreel, meaning –God will punish Israel and bring an end to Israel’s independence because of murders that Israel committed against Jesreel. Daughter #2 was named Lo-ruhamah, meaning ‘not loved’ –God will not longer show love to Israel. Son #3 was named Lo-ammi, meaning ‘not My people’ –for Israel is not God’s people and God is not their God.

God’s people sold themselves out for food and clothing (Hosea 2:5). Like today, some sell out for food stamps and just enough to survive, but not enough to better themselves with. People are happy to live on what the government gives them instead of working and providing for their families. They won’t try to make a better life for themselves or their children, it’s a vicious cycle of generational welfare. I have family members that have never worked a job in their life. I can’t relate to that. This generation is lazy and that is a sin. (2 Thessalonians) tells us that people that are unwilling to work shall not eat.

Repent! (Hosea 6:6-7) God wants His people to show love, to know Him and to keep His covenants. We can only have a move of God if we repent. God assured Hosea that later, His people will come back together and be planted again in their land. In that day, Israel will be called ‘My people and the one’s I love’.

Do not give up

“Winners never quit and quitters never win.” I’m not sure who came up with that saying, but it is very true. If you give up, then you will never win at what you are trying to do. It may be hard or it may look impossible, but if you keep pressing toward your goal, it can be achievable. It’s all up to you. How bad do you want to like your life? How bad do you want to be happy and see the good in something? You have to know that everything is not bad. It is mostly just the way you perceive it.

2 Chronicles 15:7 says, “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” I really needed to find that verse today. My job is having some instability and it seems like the people that actually work are not being recognized.  Thank you Heavenly Father that you see where I am right now! He cares for you and if you seek out His will and His word, you will find comfort and strength. I really don’t know how people live if they don’t have Jesus. He is everything to me.

To give up means: to abandon; to yield control or possession of; to desist of; to declare incurable or insoluble.

I honestly have to fight every day for a sound mind. The enemy is always attacking and he will not give up. I am not giving up either. I know that the one that is living in me is stronger that the enemy in this world, so I will win. I will keep pressing toward the mark. I will be a warrior dressed for battle and I will take the land!

Forgiveness is key

I have been thinking a lot about forgiveness lately. Why do we think that we should hold on to un-forgiveness? What does it help? Who does it help? I have never known of a person able to change a bad situation because they won’t forgive somebody. Forgiveness is the key to changing any situation.

Luke 6:37

Forgive others

I wonder if there is anyone that hasn’t done things that others could not forgive you for. Do you want them to forgive you? As Christians, we should long for forgiveness from others. We all do stupid things sometimes, so we should know that others do stupid things too. If someone does something that shows that they are untrustworthy, then forgive them and be happy that you’ve learned a valuable lesson. Don’t fall for it again.

Un-forgiveness doesn’t hurt the person that you won’t forgive, it just hurts you. It causes stress and health problems. Let God take that from you and gain your freedom from it! It’s not worth it. To top it off, God can’t forgive us unless we forgive others. After all, we all fail God daily and need His forgiveness. We must be willing to forgive our brothers and sisters. The word tells us in John 20:23 that if we forgive others then they are forgiven, but if we don’t forgive them, then they are not forgiven. But, the verse in Luke 6:37 says that we are not forgiven if we don’t forgive others. As we forgive others, we are forgiven. Forgiveness is key!

 

Look upward not inward

I have had quite a wake up call this weekend. I just want to be real with anyone that might be reading this blog post. I will admit that I have been struggling with depression for the last month or so. I am not sure what happened to bring me down, but I have really been fighting in my mind. God has convicted my heart this weekend. The reason this has happened is that I have been looking inward instead of upward.

For some reason, I have let the enemy’s lies take root and make me feel down and depressed. I know better! I think that when you have a lot going on and you are busy, the devil will bombard your mind with lies. If you entertain those stupid lies, they will take over. I can’t believe I let the dumb devil get the upper hand, even for a small time! God is so good and I couldn’t see the blessings because I was starting to focus on the uncertainty going on around me.

God reminded me that He is in the storm. He will bring me through! He is for me and not against me so what on earth am I worried about? I have been repenting this weekend and I feel so much better. I know that I have been attacked and so have a lot of other Christian people lately. Something is happening and the enemy wants to shut us up. Don’t allow it! Not even for a minute! I will not shut up because there are so many that are hurting and need to know that God will deliver them. He is faithful. Don’t ever give up. He will never give up on you!

What does it mean to be ‘Spirit Filled’?

On Monday, I blogged about being filled by the Spirit to be ‘born again’. Now I will elaborate on what the bible says about being ‘spirit filled’. In Exodus 31:3, the Lord is telling Moses about Bezalel son of Uri, in the tribe of Judah, “and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills.” Micah 3:8 says, “But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgressions, to Israel his sin.”

The Holy Spirit dwells in us and gives us power, wisdom, knowledge, understanding, skills, justice, might, and truth.  This is given to us freely if we only confess with our mouths and believe in our hearts that Jesus is our Lord and Savior. John 15:26 says, “But I will send you the Advocate —the Spirit of truth. He will come to you from the Father and will testify all about me.” The Holy Spirit is our Advocate. He is on our side.

The Holy Spirit is also known as our comforter. John 14:26 says, “But the comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” To be ‘Spirit Filled’ is to have the teacher and the teaching all in one. We will be equipped with everything we need for whatever God has called us to do. Even when we are not qualified, He qualifies us.                   

In the wilderness

Do you ever feel like you have been in the wilderness? I can honestly say that I wandered in the wilderness for 40 years, just like the Israelites. Moses led the people of Israel into the wilderness to escape slavery. When things started getting tough, the people started murmuring and complaining. Exodus 14:12 says, “Didn’t we tell you this would happen while we were still in Egypt? We said, ‘Leave us alone! Let us be slaves to the Egyptians. It’s better to be a slave in Egypt than a corpse in the wilderness!’ they complained.” Even still in Numbers 14:2, the word tells us, “Their voices rose in a great chorus of protest against Moses and Aaron, ‘If only we had died in Egypt, or even here in the wilderness!'” You know what, they got exactly what they said. The died in the wilderness!

We talk ourselves out of a lot of blessings. Sometimes we just need to shut our mouths so that we don’t curse ourselves. As long as everything is going our way, we are happy and praising God, but when things start getting hard, we start blaming God. These people wandered through the wilderness 40 years until they finally died out. Numbers 14:16 says, “The Lord was not able to bring them into the land he swore to give them, so he killed them in the wilderness.”

Wilderness is defined as a wild and natural area in which few people live; a confusing multitude or mass; a bewildering situation. 

If we don’t learn to speak positively and speak the word of God, then we will be wandering through the wilderness until we finally do learn. Hopefully we will learn, some people don’t. I actually got very tired of wandering through the wilderness. I still have some trouble with my mouth, but I am trying really hard and moving forward. I am definitely in a better place now that I used to be. I can finally say that I graduated from the wilderness! I have moved into my Promised Land.