Taking Defensive Action

Chatter is a term used often in shows about espionage. That term is used to describe the information received from eavesdrop on communications from suspected terrorists. They use the information from the ‘chatter’ to plan defensive action. Well, we are privy to lots of chatter too and we don’t have to eavesdrop to get it. The world; the enemy; our haters (naysayers); and even our own minds can be the means to our sabotage.

Chatter in the world carries false messages for us. False messages like:
– We are not worthy because of our ethnicity – FALSE
– We are not worthy because of our past failures – FALSE
– we are not worthy because of our lack of education – FALSE
– we are not worthy because we’re not married – FALSE
– we are not worthy because our womb does not produce children – FALSE
– we are not worthy because our personality makes people uncomfortable – FALSE
– we are not worthy because we’ve been divorced – FALSE
– we are not worthy because we’ve had an abortion – FALSE

When the world says that all of these messages determine whether we are worthy .. they all are RUBBISH!! Trash!!! Waste!! Debris!! Lies!! Don’t let these statements guide your mind and heart in understanding who you are in Him.

I am so glad today that I know that the chatter I hear in the world is not my truth! Neither is it your truth!

As a believer in Christ – we need to learn to take this chatter and take defensive action against these terrorists that are threatening our abundant life in Christ.

The Word of God tells us that we should tear down twisted philosophies and take wayward thoughts and emotions captive and bring them in line with what His truth is. That means we have to believe Him and that we have to believe that His word is our truth – our only truth. We have to remember and speak to ourselves the truth.

As a Christ follower I am worthy (worth it) because He has taken up residence in me and has called me; and when he called me He put me in right relationship with Him; and when He put me in right relationship with Him, He committed to complete all that He started in me for my good and for His glory. I am far from perfect, but my imperfections do not disqualify me from living the abundant life that He has laid out for me.

I will be an asset in this world and not a liability because God has made it so. Chatter — sometimes you have to shut it down! Don’t let your circumstances, your friends, the naysayers, the haters – keep you from living holy; from living free; from living in joy. You are an overcomer – not in your own power, but by the power of the Holy Spirit that resides in you. When I was living in Ghana I loved to hear them say “Let Them Say” – which means their words have no power over me so they can talk all they want.

I encourage you today to believe that He has counted you worthy of His calling and worthy of the sacrifice He made for you at Calvary. I encourage you to have the faith to shut the chatter down in whatever form it may come. Let them say!YOU — JUST BELIEVE!

Who belongs?

When we proclaim God’s truth concerning salvation, it should be with the hope that people will be drawn in – desiring to know this truth. It is not for us to decide who hears – only that we proclaim.

Our attitude toward the lost, those who do not believe in Jesus, must be that we want them to know that God loves them and thus we too must love them. Tattoos, short skirts, sordid pasts, etc. should never keep us from sharing the truth! The Truth that is meant for the world!

Instead of rejoicing at the desire of the lost to hear truth – the book of Acts shows us that the Jews, during those times, despised sharing what they perceived as ‘their truth’ with anyone outside of their own people. Well, in present day – we fit the definition of God’s people if we are believers in Christ. We need to be careful not to have the same heart as that!How much are we doing to ensure that this truth is recognized by us as His truth and not our own. How much are we doing to ensure that we understand that all who believe, belong with us! Now – there is no such thing as our own people, there are only people who belong to Our God. We are his people – and the sheep of His pasture! Children of God! Servants of God!

We better make sure that we see that all who believe … belong!

Father, help us not to be selfish with our truth and our faith. Place in us a desire that all men should know and honor You!

Earnestly Seeking – Sincerely Following

Amaziah became king at 25 years of age and the scripture says that “He did right in the sight of the Lord, yet not with a whole heart”.  Amaziah was given victory after victory and then was deceived in his own mind and began to follow after other gods – forsaking the Lord. When Amaziah turned away from the Lord — no more victory — his own people sought after and then took his life.  Read the whole story yourself – 2 Chronicles 25; 2 Kings 13, 14)

This story can help us today.  We learn from Amaziah that when we follow God, but not with our whole heart – we will not only deceive ourselves, but we will be deceived and it will lead to our ruin.

It is easy to point out a person who is wicked when the wickedness plays out as murder, lying, adultery, etc.  But there are people who seem to follow after God who are also wicked.  There are those who do the things that look godly because they know how to look godly, but whose hearts are not at all for God.  I think we call them – Religious People.  I can’t speak for you — but I do not want to be one of these people.  

When I go to church; study the Word of God; help people; pray, etc. – I want to be doing it because my heart earnestly seeks Him and thirsts for Him.  If not, I am deceiving myself and others – and in the end our destruction will come swiftly.  Amaziah followed the ways of God but not wholeheartedly and became victim to unwise counsel, and was ultimately found to have turned away from God completely before he was killed.  We might not be killed, but there are things that are worse than (or as bad as) death!  To avoid ruin – it is important that we not just mimic the ways to God but that we seek to follow after His ways with our whole hearts.  This means that we do what we do for the Kingdom because of our sincere devotion to the King of Kings and out of a heart of gratitude for all that He has done and Is doing for us.

Father, Help us to love you with our whole hearts!  Teach us what it means to desire to serve you and to love You sincerely.  May our hearts shy away from seeking our own desires over Your perfect will and may we be found to be true seekers and true worshipers for all of our days.  Amen

Look … it’s in there

There are times when I’ve experienced people who clearly do not know, believe, or serve God. My desire for them to be better messes with my mind! Do I want to walk with them to a right path? Do I want to destroy them? Do I want to separate myself from them? Makes me wonder .. what do others, in the Body of Christ, think of me when I blunder in my walk? Do they walk with me, leading me to the right path? Do they want to end my ministry life? Do they want to cut off all contact with me?

What I know for sure, is that the Almighty God knows me. He knows when I’m weak and when I fall off track. He never walks away from me — not even for one moment. He opens my eyes to see where I stepped onto the wrong path and He roots it out of me! And the beautiful part is that He makes my heart long for Him … long for my life, my words, my thought, my actions – to please and glorify Him.

One of the things I thank God for, as a mom, is His way of correction. I try to do it the way He does it. With my sons, every lesson ever taught was directly from the Word of God. (Yes! They sometimes got a spanking!) If they lied … they were talked to from Colossians 3; Exodus 20, etc.; If disobedient – Ephesians 6:1; John 15, etc.; If angry or annoyed … Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:12-14. They were talked to and then fervently prayed for. The wonderful view later was that they became men who have no desire to live in a way that is apart from Him and they’ve learned that any mistakes will be forgiven and washed away.

God knows me – He knows us all – from the inside out, and can/will cleanse and change us for the sake of His Kingdom.

Praying that for each of His children, for my brothers and sister in Christ all over the globe, that we will go to Him sincerely asking to be corrected – ensuring that we will have everlasting joy! Praying that as I see the lost, the disobedient believer, or even the confused person – that I will have the humility to teach the Word, to pray sincerely for them, to walk with them down the path to The One that knows us all from the inside out.

If at any time you’re not quite sure whether you can be free of wrong behavior, wrong choices, wrong thoughts … trust me, it is right there in the Word of God. Just take a look! It’s in there …

When we take the wings of the morning – or dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea … even then we will find Him there! Our God! The Omnipresent God! And our souls shall hide in Him!

Kingdom Steadfast Boldness

I was watching one of the awards shows and it amazed me to hear a few of them who have said that they are believers in Christ say that the glory belongs to God. Well, I could start off saying that they were dressed half naked and using profanity at the same time … but let me move on. Looking at them reminded me that all of us who say we are believers in the Almighty God are surrounded in this earthly realm with many who do not really believe. Because we are in a realm where it is believed that saying “God” is powerful enough, we can be lulled into a sense of complacency. We sometimes are led to believe that all we have to do is call upon the name of Jesus, and all will be well … forgetting that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the base of all that we say that we are. Christ’s death and His resurrection is the base of Christianity; without this base our hopes are no more!

Allowing the world system to step into our minds and hearts will leave us thinking that it doesn’t matter what other people believe AND that it is not our business to ‘push Christ on them’! But if we believe, REALLY believe, that Christ is who He says He is and who God says He is; that He died and was raised to the end that our victory has been secured, then we must also know that there is no more worthy thing we can do but work fervently, passionately and full throttle for His Kingdom!

We cannot merely accept the idea of His resurrection – we have to let it become a heart belief!

If you really believe in the power of His resurrection – don’t waver; don’t be discouraged … work passionately for the Kingdom of God, Our Father!

Unless you believed in vain … be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil (labor) is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:2,58

Father, please help me to go hard after the things that build Your Kingdom. Help me to love so that people are drawn to You. Help me to be bold about the ONLY truth. Help me to remember at what price You secured me for Your own purposes. And let me not be weary in well doing! Amen