Saturday, August 15, 2020

August 15

My mission statement is: Training believers to break bonds and live free. My posts are a representation of that mission, and hopefully, it’s working for some. I continue to comb through the scriptures, looking for lessons to bring to whoever God places within my path. Today, as I was lingering in Isaiah, I came across a scripture that adds depth to that mission. An essential part of breaking bonds is fasting. I know that I mentioned fasting a couple of days ago as a way to hear the LORD more clearly, but it never crossed my mind to instruct you to fast to help you break free from the enemy’s stronghold. I find this revelation quite interesting being I prayed on Thursday for him to open my mind to something new, and here it is Saturday, and he gave me an answer. I live a life of fasting by giving up the American tradition of eating three meals a day; our bodies don’t need to eat that often, so that’s probably why Americans are so fat. Fasting may be why I’m able to hear the LORD more clearly in the morning; my mind has fasted. The clearer his voice is, the easier it is to release the ties that bind. If for health reasons, you’re not able to skip meals, meet with the LORD first thing in the morning, before your meal; you’ll hear his voice more efficiently, and he will begin helping you break free from the strongholds that are keeping you from living your best life.

“Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Isaiah 58:6

Friday, August 14, 2020

August 14

I’m meticulous about the image I create in my home; I like for it to be peaceful and visually pleasing. As I’m reading and studying, I suddenly notice something out of place, it’s the clock! During the night while I was sleeping, my husband moved it and strung the cord to the first available receptacle, and now my eye-pleasing decor is marred, blemished, and unsightly! What would this place look like if I didn’t keep everything in check? Thankfully, I am the savior of my house and will cover the transgressions of the oppressor, and bring visual peace to my existence once again. Even though I’m the one who bought the clock, I am not the one who made it bring visual distress. This strife did not come from me! This weapon formed against peace shall not prosper! 

I may have dramatized this story a bit to give you a sample for the following verses, but because the promise is so good, I didn’t want to pass the entire section over just to get to the one famous verse. God created everything, including the one who makes the weapon, but the conflict didn’t come from him, but they will fall! The LORD will vindicate us! No weapon formed against us will prosper. Remember these promises when the enemy comes after you.

If anyone stirs up strife, it is not from me; whoever stirs up strife with you shall fall because of you. Behold, I have created the smith who blows the fire of coals and produces a weapon for its purpose. I have also created the ravager to destroy; no weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD and their vindication from me, declares the LORD.” Isaiah 54:15-17

Thursday, August 13, 2020

August 13

You cannot demand that God do for you. I spoke to him this morning, asking for him to open my mind to something new, maybe tell me what I don’t know about him. I couldn’t possibly know everything; he is too magnificent for me to understand him completely. However, I received no new revelation. We should desire to know more, but we can’t demand it or expect an answer right away. Could I be opening myself up for a trial? Maybe! I certainly hope not, but I think he reveals himself when we are at our weakest. I will not fear what is to come, but be thankful that he pays attention to me, and hears me when I cry out to him for more revelation. Do you desire to know more about God? Are you satisfied with your relationship? Make it a goal to seek him and all he has to offer; he is majestic and worthy of our attentiveness. Show us your glory, LORD!

Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, you are very great! You are clothed with splendor and majesty, covering yourself with light as with a garment, stretching out the heavens like a tent. He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters; he makes the clouds his chariot; he rides on the wings of the wind; he makes his messengers winds, his ministers a flaming fire. He set the earth on its foundations, so that it should never be moved. Psalms 104:1-5

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

August 12

I’ve been following a low-carb diet for nearly two years. Before, I had gained more than twenty pounds and was very uncomfortable in my own skin. I lost the weight within the first three months, but because I noticed other benefits, and wanted to keep the weight off, I continued to follow it. You may think this sounds crazy, but lately, I’ve added a few extra carbs, and have noticed that my connection with the Holy Spirit has suffered a bit. I haven’t lost my connection, but my hearing isn’t quite as healthy as it is when I’m entirely sacrificing sugar. I like my close relationship with God, and if I think sugar and carbohydrates are standing in the way, then I must let them go. It is true that your mental clarity improves when you eat a ketogenic diet, but don’t ask Google, or the internet, it will tell you that your brain needs sugar to function; that’s just another lie we choose to believe. Have you come to a point in your walk with God that you will make sacrifices to keep a strong relationship with him? It doesn’t have to be your diet, though I would recommend it, it could be something like your time. It may be inconvenient at first, but eventually, you will find that you love your connection with God more than what you sacrificed. Try it; I guarantee you will be pleased with the outcome.

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Romans 12:1

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

August 11

No matter how bad this world becomes, we are here for a reason. Will there be a great revival in our time that puts us to work? I hope so. There is a conspiracy culture at work, and the things revealed are a depiction of hell on earth; whether they are authentic, I do not know for sure, though there seems to be evidence, making some very heinous acts appear to be true. Do we fall for this, or should we be careful what we believe? Is this the darkness being brought into the light, or is this a work of the enemy to instill fear? The things I’ve seen about children and human trafficking is almost more than my mind can handle. I’m so disgusted, and if any of it is true, it makes Sodom and Gomorrah look innocent. We have a purpose in all of this, whether these allegations are true or not, and that is to be the light in the darkness! We are to give hope to the hopeless and calm the fears of those who are gripped by it. We are not going to change the trajectory of this world, Satan rules it, but we can change the outcome for some, and reveal Jesus to our dying world. Do not be overcome by the rumors, but be ready to share the love of Jesus to anyone who might need salvation. God will reveal if you need to get involved when it’s time.

Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Isaiah 40:1

Monday, August 10, 2020

August 10

Richard, my husband, is the best grandpa, and all of our grand-boys love him. He has an over-the-top personality, and a smile that melts your heart, but he also has a booming voice. Our newest grandson is very sensitive to noise, and startles easily. Richard loves him with all his heart, but lately, he cries when he holds him. It’s the cutest thing to see; he smiles at first, but then his face turns upside-down. Richard is no quitter, and he keeps trying, and it seems to be working; last night he was able to hold him for a long time without him shedding a tear, I think he might be getting used to his voice. Did you know that God continues to go after those who keep rejecting him? God’s love reminds me of Richard and his love for his grandson. Many people reject God and don’t want to hear his voice, but he keeps pursuing them in the hopes that they will turn and believe in his goodness and love. If you have a loved one who has yet to accept Jesus as Savior, just know that he never stops chasing after them; keep praying for their heart to change, and hopefully, before their last breath, they will turn and trust him.

“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. Luke 15:4-5

Sunday, August 9, 2020

August 9

I’m on the board of our Home Owners Association, we had to meet to handle the issue with the bats. We had planned to meet in the cul-de-sac outside of my house, but the weather turned, and it began to thunder with lightning popping, and then it began to rain. We moved our meeting into my garage; we are still protecting one another from the Coronavirus. The meeting was successful, so now, when it is lawful, we can remove any bats that may have made their home in the eaves of some of the houses. Isn’t it funny the people have to follow the law, but the bats don’t? They were uninvited guests, but we can’t evict them until the appropriate time. God has a plan to remove the evil of this world too, but we have to wait until the right time, so we have to contend with it until the assigned day. This situation is similar to the parable of the weeds being sown into the crops by an enemy; Jesus said to let them grow with the wheat and then separate them at the harvest. The day of reckoning is coming! We will evict the bats, and the weeds will be burned at the harvest. Hang in there; our troubles are almost over. The enemy may try to discourage us from meeting to handle the issue, but seek shelter under the covering of the Lord, and you will be safe.

Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, “Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’” Matthew 13:30