It´s time to change your focus

We have all seen children or adults in wheelchairs, whether they are there since birth or from an accident we don´t know.  One thing we do know, their legs are not working. 

Sometimes the legs can be thin, no muscle mass and they are atrophied.

Now imagine the beggar at the gate beautiful.  Lame since birth, his only way to make a living was by begging at the entrance of the temple. This man had never ever stood on his feet.

When Peter and John are about to go into the Temple for their prayer time, they see this beggar at the gate and Peter says,  “Look at us.”

This was not to draw attention to themselves, but they needed the full attention of this beggar for the miracle Jesus was about to perform.

There have been times in my life where I needed to stop and pay attention, as I can get easily distracted.

Peters next words are all too familiar to us.  “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”

How could he rise up, he is lame?  The word says, but then he was lifted up and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. He received his strength as he rose. He needed to put some action into his healing.

I have found out in order to receive what I am believing for, I need to act upon it in faith.

In summary:

  • Fix our eyes on Jesus, don´t be distracted. This beggar asked for money, instead received a new pair of legs. We never know how God will surprise us.
  • The man sat at the same place, every day taken there by some family member. Perhaps its time to change your focus from asking to receiving in faith.
  • When we can´t stand on our own, reach out for that helping hand with gratitude and your strength will return to you.

Bible reading Acts 3:1-9

 

His promises are yes and amen

Ephesians 1:17-18   that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

Recently I have been going through a time of waiting upon the Lord. Waiting for His promises, praying, believing, declaring, and fasting.

Nothing.

There are times where the thought goes through my mind that these words spoken over us are just not going to pass, so I better do something.

I think Abraham had the same thought, and made a mess of things.

After my pity party, I went back to what I do best, prayer and journal. I share this with you in case anyone reading is going through a time of waiting.

Where there is hope, your eyes are enlightened and will see the glory of my inheritance.

You see me and have held on to the promise I have given you. Your hope does not fade away, neither do I. My promises are yes and amen, and my word will not fall to the ground, but it will bear fruit and flourish.

I had to get back to what lies ahead of me, get back to the vision, the promises, and that way I will not perish.

Get back to what was promised you, believe it and see it. Don´t let it die, fight for it, and you will receive your reward.

Be blessed.

Desire

James 1:15  Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

As I was reading the book of James this verse jumped out at me.  I went back to read it over a few times, and the context of these verses is birthing sin.  When our sin becomes a desire, it is conceived in our hearts and proceeds to give birth, which as the word says brings forth a spiritual death, separation from God. This is the same death Adam and Eve experienced in the Garden of Eden when they ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  

 

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So I thought, if this can happen to sin, what about our dreams and desires that are birthed by God in our spirit, can they too be conceived in our spirits, and then give birth to blessing and bring forth life?

When a child is conceived, there is an incubation period of nine months for a full-term baby to be born.  During this time, the soon to be parents and family members talk about the baby, the growth, who will the baby look like, watch their diet and even name the child.

The same should be true when the Lord has given us a desire. It is incubating in our spirits, and we should cooperate with the Lord to make sure that we don´t suffer a spiritual miscarriage. The incubation may be longer or shorter than nine months, but when it comes to the Lord, timing is not an issue.

How do you know what you are thinking about is of the Lord? For me, it´s a desire that was placed there and the more I think about it, the more it grows within my spirit. I start meditating and praying about it, and even journal to see what the Lord is telling me. I may even read books on the subject and see what other information I can find online.

Many desires are thrown away by people thinking its just their imagination. God has given us an imagination, and desires, and we can prosper with these. God wants us to prosper!

If you are thinking about something that is out of this world, and it stays with you, it´s most likely the Lord giving you a dream. Water that dream with the word, with prayer and with faith and in due time, your desire will be full grown.

I forgive, but I still hurt

Colossians  3:13 Be tolerant with one another and forgive one another whenever any of you has a complaint against someone else. You must forgive one another just as the Lord has forgiven you. 


Forgiveness is a commandment in the Bible, and it´s a choice. As believers, we know we must forgive those who have hurt and wronged us, but to be honest it can be difficult.

We know we are to forgive because we have been forgiven, and it´s supposed to bring healing to us, but I still felt pain.

But what happens when we forgive, and still feel that sting in our hearts, like we need to do it again?  I have been there, forgiving the same person year after year because I felt I have not forgiven him. Every time his name surfaced, I felt anger and pain, and my cycle of forgiveness would start all over again.  

I often thought to myself, If I forgave, why do I feel I need to do it again? What I later realized is that I needed inner healing for these painful feelings to go away, because my hurt was not healed.

I did the following steps listed below, and this took away the pain and feeling of unforgiveness. You don´t need a professional for inner healing, you can do this on your own, and it does not take very long.

Pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you and for Jesus to be present.

Go back to the event, feel it and see Jesus in the midst. Ask the Lord what emotions have not been healed from that particular event. Write down the hurt/damaged emotions. Take your time, don´t rush. You may receive more that one emotion.


Ask Jesus to heal the wound in your soul that was caused by the negative emotion, and let Jesus move freely during the event.  If it is a traumatic event, you don´t want to relive it. Just go to the end of the event.


Tell the Lord you receive His healing and ¨see¨  Him healing you.  For me, he was pouring the balm of Gilead on the wound of betrayal, it was powerful!

Next, forgive the person who caused the pain.
Bring the memory back again to your mind, don’t just think about it, feel it and see Jesus.  If there are no emotions coming to the surface, you are free.

Now ask the Lord the show you the truth about this event.  For me, when this certain event happened in my life the Lord showed me a deep frustration this person had at the time, and I just happened to be in the crossway of his fury at the moment.

My emotion was betrayal, and I asked the Lord to replace it, and he did with goodness.

I brought the memory again to check if there were any other emotions that had not been healed, and repeat the process if there are.

After doing this exercise, I finally felt that yes, I have forgiven this person and the hurt was gone. I knew this because I brought the memory up, and had no emotion.

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Be blessed.

Gratitude makes the heart happy

Have you ever spent time with a person or family that are going through a difficult time?    I have at certain times, and always try to help in some way with either an encouraging word, a prayer, some cash or even food items.

A few weeks ago a friend and myself went to visit a family going through a very challenging time in their lives.   We did not know them, and  were asked to visit  as they needed some prayer and hope.    It did not take long to figure out what their main problem was.

We were with this family for over five hours with prayer and guidance, and not one time did we hear anything positive come out of their mouths.   When we asked them to give thanks to the Lord for something, anything, nothing could come out.  We received blank looks.

It´s important to find the good in all circumstances and give thanks.

The last part of Luke 6:45 says   For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Their hearts were filled with frustration, disappointment, heartache.  I am not minimizing their current situation, but giving thanks  is vitally important.

If the worse comes out of our mouths constantly, the enemy takes advantage of that and then we don´t see the light at the end of the tunnel.

We had to explain to watch their words and begin declaring victory. With their words, they need to begin to turn the tide. With their words they need to give thanks, to praise the Lord, and listen to worship music.

This brings me to the season we are in where we celebrate life.  The life that Jesus gave for us, his death on the cross to take our shame, our sins, our guilt and give us eternity in heaven with Him.

Living in a developing nation has his drawbacks in many areas, but there is always something to be thankful for, and I look for it.  If I look for the bad, I will find it.  If I keep looking, I will find more bad things to complain about.  But I choose to look for the good.

Look for something to be thankful for, even in the small things and begin to praise and thank the Lord.  What we have is salvation, and that alone deserves our praise.

One thing I am thankful for, the view from my home.

The view from my house

 

How to be bold and courageous

Have you ever been in a place where everything around you was in complete disarray, and all you wanted to do was escape to some tropical beach?

I have many times.   During those difficult moments, besides wanting to run away the words would escape me to explain or confront said situation.  All I could do during my prayer times was God, please remove so and so.  God, please get me out of this situation.  God, I need a miracle.

Being shy and insecure during those time did not help much either.

How to be bold and courageous

 

I really did not want to face what was in front me.  Obtaining a tan was my best option.

I  found out this is the wrong approach. God was teaching me life lessons on growth, maturity and even speech.  Be ready in season and out of season came to mind.  We will face situations that we are uncomfortable in, and running away will not help, nor will we mature and learn from it.

I have learned to ask for boldness,  (not hesitating)  courage, (being able to face difficulty) and eloquence of speech when needing to confront or deal with something I am highly uncomfortable with.

In Acts Chapter 4, Peter and John were facing prison and beatings because in the previous chapter they prayed for a lame man since birth, and he was instantly healed.   Everyone knew this man and he was over 40 years of age. This tells me he was a permanent fixture at the entrance of the Gate Beautiful.

Now that he was healed, Peter and John found themselves in a dilemma.

Peter and John prayed for boldness, and the council had no choice but to let them go.

I found out the words I do not say can become a prison to those that need to hear the truth.

As Peter and John prayed for boldness, I now do the same, whether there is a difficult situation or not.  It´s best to be prepared for when it does come upon me, I will find myself to be ready.

Instead of asking God to take everything away, I pray for strength,  courage, wisdom, boldness, stamina, and grace to continue.

After a prayer like this, I find myself energized and I know God is with me.

Can you imagine if:

  • Jesus did not face the cross
  • Moses did not go up Mount Sinai
  • Noah did not build the ark
  • Saul/Paul did not accept the call to follow the Lord

There are many more examples, but you get the picture.

During difficult moments in life, it´s who you become in the process that counts.

Don´t give up, keep asking God to gird you and He will not fail in His promise to keep you and give you wisdom.

 

 

Why obedience is important to you and God.

In sharing the Christmas message at church, our pastor focused on Joseph, the husband of Mary and his obedience to the Lord.

I don’t recall hearing many sermons about Joseph during the Christmas season.  It is usually about Christ and His sacrifice, and mostly about Mary and her response to the Angel –  Behold, the maidservant of the Lord.  Let it be to me according to your word.  Luke 1:38

Obedience

In hearing about Joseph, our pastor pointed out key truths.  He was a son of Abraham,  a just man, wanting to please God, obedient and operated in faith.

Imagine for a moment.  Joseph is engaged to Mary, and the scripture says before they came together or were married, Mary was found to be pregnant. Joseph did not want to disgrace her, and he made plans to break off the engagement silently.

How do you think Joseph felt at hearing this news?  His betrothed was pregnant, and not by him.

As Joseph was thinking about how to end his relationship, it was during this time an Angel came to him in a dream and informed him Mary was pregnant of the Holy Spirit.

Would you believe a story like that?  Joseph did, and his obedience to the Lord is recorded.  Not only here, but also when he was warned of yet in another dream to escape Egypt to save Jesus´  life.

I have been meditating on this sermon all week, and I ask myself, where have I been disobedient to the Lord in my daily life?  It´s so easy to read this story many times over, but never stop to think about Joseph´s obedience in all of this, and how vital it was.

This type of obedience took courage and faith.

If we read of all the accounts in the Bible where the Lord calls someone to operate in obedience, many times it goes against logic.

  • Moses parting the red sea
  • Moses striking a rock and have water gushing out of it
  • Noah building an Ark
  • Gideon choosing only 300 men  to defeat the Midianites
  • Sauls conversion on the road to Damascus

Of course, there are many more examples of obedience in the Bible.  If we strive to be obedient in the smallest of things in life, imagine how the Lord will trust us with the bigger things that come our way.

The bigger things may result in blessings, greater gifting and anointing upon our lives and satisfaction that you are in God´s will.

Operating in obedience to the Lord demonstrates our love for Him.

John 14:15  “If you love Me, keep My commandments.

My prayer for 2018, When I hear the voice of the Lord leading me in a direction that may seem unlogical, may I be obedient.