The Mental Battle is Real – So is its Victory

It’s time to no longer allow the enemy to take bits of truth and turn it into a twisted daggar.

This last year has been mentally challenging for many of us. But! We with the power of the Holy Spirit working through us can break through those strongholds that are twisting our mind into a frenzie!

Those areas that take a piece of truth and mix it with an assumption, add in some hurt, dissapointment, anger and resentment and you get a fortress in your mind the enemy has built walls around.

Keeping that fortress may allow you a time of self pity, which can feel justified at first, but it will always hurt more. Self pity is the lock and chain around the fortress. We must be willing to acknowledge self pity is wrong and that it is justifying our sinful response instead of acknowledging God’s ability to set us free.

The weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood]. Our weapons are divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.We are destroying sophisticated arguments and every exalted and proud thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought and purpose captive to the obedience of Christ,being ready to punish every act of disobedience, when your own obedience [as a church] is complete. – 2 Corinthians 10:4-6 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2Corinthians10:4-6&version=AMP

The only things that can break that is the truth of the word of God, the power of the Holy Spirit, repenting of holding on to those lying thoughts as truth and a determination to stop mulling over those painful thoughts after we receive forgiveness.

The next step is putting into action a plan for a new course. Finally seeing it through. You can get help all you want after that. But if the first steps are not taken it won’t do a lick of good. Conquer the battle in the mind first.

This is my testimony this week. I pray it helps you on your own journey of freedom.

How to Stand Firm

Wow, Matthew 24:13 jumped off the page this morning. Especially the definition of
STAND Firm.
So HOW do we do that when everything appears chaotic around us? It starts by knowing who we stand firm with! The character and words of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are unchangeable. His words Always come to pass. Maybe not in our timing, but his Promises are true. The word of God, the Bible is our firm foundation. It is not a book of nice stories, it is the infallible words of God with accurate historical facts. It is our rock and our source. It never changes.

Our PEACE is not determined by what we see outside, it comes from trusting and yielding to the Holy Spirit. He is our pure peace. We might have fun doing things in life, but it doesn’t bring true lasting deep peace. It is in that place of peace where we can relax and ask God to speak to us. It could be through his Word, through worship, soaking, praying in the spirit, or just being quiet. He wants to speak to us more than we want to stay quiet and listen.

Our HOPE comes from knowing His Word, Believing in Faith and acknowledging He is in Control and will keep his people in the shelter of His wing. He has given us authority through His son Jesus to rule and reign with him in heavenly places. He has put the enemy Under our feet. (Romans 16:19,20 Be exellent in what is good, be innocent of evil. And the God of Peace will soon crush Satan underneath your feet) We put on our armor Ephesians 6. We know we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers and rulers in heavenly places. But, Jesus took the keys of sin and death from the devil after his death on the cross. Jesus said, I am he that liveth and was dead and behold I am alive forevermore. I have the keys of hell and of death. (Rev 1:18)

Our HOPE is knowing that our citizenship is not on Earth. If we belong to Christ, Heaven is our home and we eagerly await our reunion with Him. Phillipians 3:20 Our confidence in this comes from Faith in His Word.

If there was ever a time to read our Bibles it is now!

Pandemic: Never before is hearing God so important. Seek Him!

Today I was, Soo ready to finally have a chance to escape and deliver a little table to our client in Seaside, OR. Awesome drive here listening to Elevation Church live. Delivered a piece of furniture for the first time with a mask and gloves on. Not normal.

https://www.facebook.com/elevationchurch.org/videos/227573958565893/
Made me reflect on Pastor Steve Furtick’s message this morning about getting back to normal. Very thought provoking and timely. 3 months ago most of us were running around like a chicken with our heads cut off. Dreaming of vacations or things slowing down. Ha! Watch out what you pray for you might actually get it 😂

We are all experiencing a new normal. Some want to get back to the old normal. But what is the normal God has for you in the future. Is it to reexamine our priorities? Spend more time with our families? Not jam pack our schedules with so much busy stuff? Not spend as much money on entertainment or eating out? Imagine how many more opportunities you have now to pick up the phone and catch up with a distant relative or friend. Imagine all the blood pressures that are being naturally lowered and more good endorphins that are being released to bring health and healing to bodies. How many more walks have we taken, I know a lot for myself. More peace.

But joy? Ha 🤔 Joy is always a choice. Even with more time at home, there are things that get in the way of our joy. For me I have been struggling with having to cancel our long awaited and months planning for 20th anniversary trip. I’ve waited 10 years to be in the tropics again. This week I had to cancel multiple fights and a resort stay far away. I had been on a 6 month happy high and it all came crashing down. Running our own business from our home takes a massive amount of grace for our marriage, family and sanity. I needed a break.

But! That is no reason for my attitude to go down the drain, be easy agitated and frustrated. What I need to do is stop and start thanking God for his blessings and pray for all those who are being negitivy affected in this pandemic.

Seaside, Oregon

Driving to the beach today, I began to reflect on the fact that, this Earth is not our home. We are only given a handful or more decades on this planet. There is more to this life than the pleasures we so desire. There is a reason we are breathing, to get to know Father God and help others understand the gift he has given us, Eternal Life.

But living a life with the benefits of heaven doesn’t start when we die. It begins when we start seeing and living life through an eternal kingdom perspective.
What does that mean?
It means we look at each day, every season or trial with the question,
How will God reveal himself himself to me at this time?
What lesson does he want to teach me?
What blessing is he releasing?
How can I touch others with his love in this time?
What is keeping me away from spending time with Him in this time?
What is He speaking to me?
Am I waiting to hear His voice?
How can His power and majesty be shown through this?

God is wanting to show all of us something very specific right now. Each one of us are walking a different path. He doesn’t just throw our a generic word. He has something specific for you and your family. Seek him like never before. In Psalms it says, to those who seek Him, He will be found by them. Call upon him to share the secrets of His heart. He also says, he will reveal his secrets to those who fear him. The world has slowed down. If we take advantage of this once in a lifetime moment, seek His Face! WE WILL FIND HIM LIKE NEVER BEFORE! Don’t miss your chance!

It’s Show Time

I have such a huge feeling of anticipation in my spirit this morning. God is about to do something incredible that our minds can’t even begin to comprehend. 
The understanding of the victory of the cross is more than what we celebrate on Easter! It is realizing that the same Jesus who took stripes on His back for our healing and poured out his blood for our salvation – is alive and interceding on our behalf right now before the Father. Can you believe that Jesus is interceding for you!!! He wants you to win! He wants you free! He went through the pain for YOUR healing! All of heaven is on their feet cheering for you! You are not alone! 
If God is for you, WHO can be against you? Declare God’s promises over your life. Repent of the lies the enemy is trying to take you out with! Receive the Truth from the Holy Spirit. READ THIS VERSE BELOW OUT LOUD WITH FAITH AND CONFIDENCE! It is the Word of God and is alive and active for you!

Its going to be an amazing season.


UPDATE: 

I am laughing so hard right now. As soon as I finished the last sentence of this blog, Some recorded voice from the back of my van said, IT’S SHOW TIME!!” 

Trying not to freak out as I jumped. Because I just cleaned out my entire van yesterday and there was no toy in here to make that noise. I have been in the van this morning for 2 hours and have never heard a sound like that. 😂 I think God is trying to say something. I’m excited and anticipating something, even though I don’t know what is coming!!

2017 the Arising of the Watchmen

I have been sensing strongly in the last year THE ARISING OF THE WATCHMEN. They are those who feel compelled by the Spirit of God in prayer and in word and deed to proclaim what the Spirit of the Lord is saying. Not only in the prophetic but in the present. Those who have an eye to see beyond what is happening in the natural but to see the spiritual significance behind it and how it connects with other events past present and future. Many times watchmen are misunderstood or told they are too spiritual about certain things. I believe that watchmen are called by God to have an eye and ear to heaven and the ground of earth. They are also those, especially this year, who God is raising up to call the church to prayer or action. When you read Ezekiel 33 you will see the responsibility of the watchmen. Those who are called into this area of ministry should not take it lightly. It is a serious responsibility but the result is much freedom, protection and release of joy. There is a difference between a watchman and an intercessor. It is one thing to be alerted of situations and another to go before the throne room of God and declare His purposes from heaven to earth. 
I am so excited for what God is going to do in 2017. It is beyond anything I have ever felt going into a new year. At the same time, like never before, in the last year I have been stirred in my spirit to be on guard and vigilant with what the Spirit of God is saying. I know going into this next year will be the fulfillment of so many words that God has spoken over us personally and the church. I am standing on God’s promises and declaring His words to us that we will go forth like branches over a wall bearing fruit. 


INCREASE – INCREASE – INCREASE!!! This is a year of INCREASE. The harvest is coming in and our doors are open and ready, as well as, our feet outside showing love and revealing who Jesus is! Get ready for new assignments, and new levels of promotion. Its coming. God going to supply every need in the church, in your homes, at your jobs, in your schools! I see loaves of bread falling from heaven and to each person it becomes exactly what you need for your situation. He knows and is faithful to provide. 


This is a time to TRUST like never before because He is going to set you up in front of Cliffs where you will have to make a giant leap, or choose to go back to where you came from. This is not a time for going back it is a time for taking a leap of faith and trusting God that He has provided the promised land on the other side. 


Confidence in who God is and his promises are the foundation of faith. When we know that God loves us and has good things in store for us we can firmly be grounded in his promises. Hallelujah! Im ready for this year! Are you?

We are winning! The Year of Hope

Its a good thing that God said He will build His church, we have to be like Peter which means “the rock”, solid, immovable, reliable, and strong. The rest is in God’s hands. He has given us the keys which allows us access to whatever we need. We are overcomers and we are WINNING! No power of hell can overtake us! Its in the book!! Partnering with Heaven to release His treasures on Earth is our greatest reward and daily adventure. 

Matthew 16:18-19 New King James Version (NKJV)

18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed[a] in heaven.”

I want to see breakthroughs in areas people have been praying for and we are entering into a season where God is pouring out His Spirit in new and powerful ways. He is strengthening our foundations and renewing our purpose as His will is gladly obeyed. Favor – Blessing and Increase our released as we become His hands and feet to our community. New Hope- New Strength & Freedom is ours!

The Keys to Hope & Joy – God’s promise to believers

The Word Of God is LIFE if we want it. So many times we go through our day weighed down and wishing things were different, BUT it doesn’t have to be like that!! God wants us to Rejoice Always and Again I say Rejoice.Even in the pits David rejoiced. We do not realize that many of the Psalms we read were written when David was running for his life before he even was put on the throne as king. He knew his destiny, he was anointed by Samuel for the task as a boy, but he had to fight for his life against everyone who is against him. Take time to read through the book of Psalms, especially when you feel overwhelmed. 

There’s nothing like the word of God to pick you up, set you straight, give you hope and assurance of the promises that God’s word will never fail. It’s impossible! It is impossible for the words and promises of God to fail!!! Take THAT lies! You have NO place in my brothers and sisters! You have no place in the body of Christ. Holy Spirit reveal the TRUTH and set Your People FREE!!!

Its all about our Attitude!! A choice. Listen to Peter. This is a Powerful Reminder to Cast Our cares on HIM

1 Peter 5:2-11 

Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example. And when the Great Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of never-ending glory and honor. In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders. 

And all of you, dress yourselves in humility as you relate to one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. 

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 

Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. 

Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are. In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. All power to him forever! Amen.

It is very interesting to me that God said to Cast your cares on him because he cares for you RIGHT BEFORE HE gives a huge warning to Stay Alert!!! Because the enemy is prowling to devour you. 

It is like He knows a secret about not carrying unnecessary hurts & burdens because it opens up the door for the enemy to mess with us. We are supposed to stand firm and keep our heart and emotions not filled with hurt and bitterness. WOW !!! THE WORD OF GOD CAN PREACH!!

Don’t allow your pride to hold onto bitterness and hurt!!! It gives the enemy legal right into your heart and mind! He will mess with you, bind you up, create jealousy, evny, hatred, anger and all sorts of evil to bind you up -UNTIL YOU SURRENDER YOUR HURTS to the Lord. Ask forgiveness for holding on to the hurt and allowing any of the evil attachments mentioned above or others creep in. Receive His forgiveness. Ask for the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth for the lies you are believing about the situation and walk out the steps of forgiveness to the person who hurt you. Then RESIST the Devil!!! Draw close to God. You are an overcomer because of the blood of the lamb and the Word of YOUR Testimony! Take Your Freedom BACK!!

Wake up Sleeper! Praying for Paris

  
This verse has been burning in my spirit all night as I have been praying for Paris, France. My heart is crying out for the world to wake up and see the hope, peace, salvation that only Jesus Christ can bring. As we are praying for France, pray that the eyes of the worlds hearts are opened to see the hope of their callings!

For this reason He says, “Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine as dawn upon you and give you light.” 

Therefore see that you walk carefully living life with honor, purpose, and courage; shunning those who tolerate and enable evil, not as the unwise, but as wise sensible, intelligent, discerning people, making the very most of your time on earth, recognizing and taking advantage of each opportunity and using it with wisdom and diligence, because the days are filled with evil. Therefore do not be foolish and thoughtless, but understand and firmly grasp what the will of the Lord is. Do not get drunk with wine, for that is wickedness corruption, stupidity, but be filled with the Holy Spirit and constantly guided by Him

Ephesians 5:14-18

  

Time to Shake off those Grave Clothes – HOPE

There are many times in our life where we want a quick solution and way out. We hate walking through the pain or watching others walk through their own difficulties. God gave me this verse this morning, but it was not what I wanted to hear. I wanted a quick fix and a solution. But when I looked again at the verse I saw the revelation He is teaching me. He wants to guide me in truth, in the Hebrew the word truth here is ba-a-mit-te-ka and means: faithfulness and reliability. If God came to our rescue right away, every single time we would have no reason to have faith. He does not hold out on us to intentionally bring pain but to show us we can always rely on him no matter what, that he will always be here. 
Dont forget what Mary and Martha went through, they thought their brother was Lazarus was dead and gone for good…BUT JESUS WHO IS RICH IN HIS MERCY…. Came and commanded the Dead to Life. Jesus wants to come to you today and command the dead things in your life that you thought would never come to pass TO ARISE!! It is time to shake off the grave clothes and look to your salvation because HE is here. HAVE HOPE AND WAIT UPON HIM WITH EXPECTATION!!! 

http://www.livelifeoutloudforgod.com 

 

My favorite song for seasons like this is Hopes Anthem by William Matthews. I hope it blesses you as it does me!

You can get his album here, it has blessed me like no other

http://www.amazon.com/Hopes-Anthem-William-Matthews/dp/B0055V0HUC

Hello!!- He Is Doing A New Thing – Don’t You See It!

For those of you who need HOPE awakened inside of you let this verse be your promise, as we forget the past and look forward to what lies ahead, We press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Jesus Christ, is calling us. Phil 3:13-14.

Isaiah 43:18-19 “But forget all that—it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new.See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?I will make a pathway through the wilderness.I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.

I love seeing the parallel of the Old Testament and the New Testament in these two promises.

My Favorite Song, Hope’s Anthem! Let your hope be stirred this morning!!