Marriage: the Way God Intended

I heard my Grandma Ginny say, so long ago, when one (believers) gets a divorce in God’s eyes we are committing adultery when we remarry over and over again. She has since gone home to be with the Lord. When she said this so many years ago I presumed she was not clear on the passage of scriptures. After all how many of us have come up with our own interpretation of scriptures.  Fast forwarding to this season God drops this exact topic in my spirit and yields such clarity. I wanted to shy away as my own marriage was barely holding on by a very thin thread, virtually non-existent. Of course, as God would have it and what came to me, “why not you”.

“If a man divorces a woman and she goes and marries someone else, he will not take her back again, for that would surely corrupt the land. But you have prostituted yourself with many lovers, so why are you trying to come back to me?” says the Lord. Jeremiah 3:1

I could bore you and tell you the statistics of the divorce rate in the church today is at an all time high of roughly 75%. I could also explain another victims perspective about how she was wronged the marriage. No, that’s not what God dropped in my spirit. I know it was from Him as it was an eye opening look on His marriage. So precise and yet raw at the same time. Here is God’s take for His marriage. The marriage in God’s eyes is intended to be modeled just as Jesus and the church. Our example in the body of Christ is Jesus (groom) and the church (bride). To date Jesus has never divorced the church. No matter what offenses have been committed He has never threatened divorce. If it were so He would have turned His head away from us long ago. Because of His unconditional love for us He has never looked away. We have blended in with the worlds way of doing things when we should set the tone. You see the greater is on the inside of each and everyone of us. Many will say…as an excuse I am not Jesus as He was and is perfect. Yet another excuse which is the most commonly used, I am not suppose to be unhappy. There are a host of other reasons and only God knows the hearts of man.

If God’s intention for marriage was to not last, why is everything when in comes to God; ever lasting, eternal life, completion, or finished work. Truth is, nothing about God makes one think… stops in the middle, half, partiality, little bit! We serve a God that is whole and complete in the fullness thereof.

If you are asking, I am on my 2nd marriage or greater what do I do from this point forward? Very simply, commit your sins to the Lord and He rights your wrongs with forgiveness and in His grace. Once we are aware of our offenses and what God intended then we are accountable. It’s when we don’t commit it to the Lord and we walk around in ignorance and not deal with the very thing that keeps us bound. We are free in Jesus when we know His way for our lives. Also, once you are married God honors that. It’s when we divorce and remarry and divorce and remarry, that we have just invited curses into our lives and for generations to come.

Now, dear brothers and sisters[a]—you who are familiar with the law—don’t you know that the law applies only while a person is living? 2 For example, when a woman marries, the law binds her to her husband as long as he is alive. But if he dies, the laws of marriage no longer apply to her. 3 So while her husband is alive, she would be committing adultery if she married another man. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law and does not commit adultery when she remarries. Romans 7:1-3

For those that are divorced and not remarried. This is your opportunity to get it right wit Him. Give it to Him and leave it there. you see God never intended for you and I to walk around with blinders on. He gave us His word as a road map on how we are to move in the earth.

Saving the best for last…For those who are die hards on the word of God and “know” His word, you will love this part. It is a fact, Moses gave a legal out for Christians to get a divorce. The small piece that most of us miss Moses gave a way out of marriage in his own understanding. Ultimately, it was because of the children of Israel’s hardened hearts. It was not authorized by God it was only due to the pressure Moses received from the people. You see what was found to be true back then 2000+ years ago, yet still true today, when man’s heart is hardened there is only one being that changes that fact as God chastens man. No matter how much man tries there is only one heart changer, that’s God. Where we miss the mark as believers, we fail to wait on God’s perfect will for our lives. You see microwaves did not exist back then, but man still had no desire to wait on God. Yet God waits on us no matter how long it takes to turn it around and never complains, never divorces us, nor never turns away from us.

2 Some Pharisees came and tried to trap him with this question: “Should a man be allowed to divorce his wife?”

3 Jesus answered them with a question: “What did Moses say in the law about divorce?”

4 “Well, he permitted it,” they replied. “He said a man can give his wife a written notice of divorce and send her away.”[a]

5 But Jesus responded, “He wrote this commandment only as a concession to your hard hearts. 6 But ‘God made them male and female’[b] from the beginning of creation. 7 ‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife,[c] 8 and the two are united into one.’[d] Since they are no longer two but one, 9 let no one split apart what God has joined together.”

10 Later, when he was alone with his disciples in the house, they brought up the subject again. 11 He told them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery against her. 12 And if a woman divorces her husband and marries someone else, she commits adultery.” Mark 10:2-12 nlt.

If you are saying how do I know these things, that’s easy God waited on me to turn it around. Now, I wait on Him and trust in Him until He fixes it…whatever it is, it will be better than ever before…His promise to me and anyone that will come around to His way. It’s your choice.

The Blood

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Such an appropriate post for such a time as this. When we don’t know where we came from, how can we know where God has purposed us to go…

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As quiet as its kept the phrase the blood, has massive meaning and packs bountiful benefits for every believer. As a result, this topic has been written and sung about in so many ways. I also pondered my Grandma Jenny’s way of always ending our conversation with, “stay under the blood”. Then there was the additional thought, how many ways can a person expound on this topic. As God would have it, He gave illumination to yet another piece to the puzzle, the Bible that is. Then I knew it is more important to be obedient and write, instead of suppressing the very thing He gave to me.  The blood, exploded within me and became a refreshing look at something so old. As yet something new and for such a time as this. I hope this newly shed light leaves a sweet and lasting impression on your heart.

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Calvary – Golgotha

The location  where Jesus hung on the cross is nothing new. Calvary Golgotha’s mount, is the place where Jesus hung on the cross along with two criminals. This is…

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The Blood

As quiet as its kept the phrase the blood, has massive meaning and packs bountiful benefits for every believer. As a result, this topic has been written and sung about in so many ways. I also pondered my Grandma Jenny’s way of always ending our conversation with, “stay under the blood”. Then there was the additional thought, how many ways can a person expound on this topic. As God would have it, He gave illumination to yet another piece to the puzzle, the Bible that is. Then I knew it is more important to be obedient and write, instead of suppressing the very thing He gave to me.  The blood, exploded within me and became a refreshing look at something so old. As yet something new and for such a time as this. I hope this newly shed light leaves a sweet and lasting impression on your heart.

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Calvary – Golgotha

The location  where Jesus hung on the cross is nothing new. Calvary Golgotha’s mount, is the place where Jesus hung on the cross along with two criminals. This is not new as we learned this growing up, we taught our kids and grand-kids for those that have them. Where God gives added insight, this was the only time where an attempt of sacrificial offering took place. The time was Abraham with his son Isaac. It was an attempt that God never intended for him to carry out. Although, he had every intention to sacrifice his son, God knew Abraham’s heart. He had a bigger plan that would not take place for years to come and served a greater purpose.

When Abraham took his son to the spot, two significant things took place; obedience and his actions set the tone. To set the tone means to prepare the way for what’s to come. After his obedience Golgotha’s mount became known for something else. That spot then became know as sacrificial offering. Also, after the tone was set no one else was sacrificed on that mount, until Jesus Christ and the two criminals. Even though this took place so many years ago it became the precedence again for what was to come. The precedence was and is, God always sets the tone before something great takes place.

Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God
 as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave[c]and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Philippians 2:6-8 nlt

Ultimate Gift

Just as the Bible is the same yesterday, today, and forever more, that too holds true for the blood. The significance of the shed blood of Jesus, over two thousand plus years ago are the benefits we received:JES_FROG_BLOOD

  • power – ability to conquer things on earth
  • healing – pray, speak, and receive healing for your body
  • deliverance – the very thing that has you bound and then broken

To fully understand the weighted benefits of Jesus shed blood we must expound on the ultimate selfless act , performed by Jesus. There was yet another three things that were beaming from this reference point

  • He did not have to do it
  • He could have come down from the cross
  • He knew His purpose

He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin
 and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed. 1 Peter 2:24 nlt

He desired to experience the very things that man had gone through to allow us the opportunity to benefit from the ultimate gift. We could say, Jesus was treated like a criminal and greater so that we would live freely. No man would have paid such a price, but Jesus did.

This is relevant today because the Lord set the tone way back then and He still does the same today. Just know that when you move in His will and purpose for your life He has already prepared the way.

These two songs have encouraged me, hope the same is for you: His Blood Still Works & O’ The Blood.

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END-U-RANCE

Do you posses what you need for endurance of your latest storm? I am here to tell you God said you have everything you need 2 Peter 1:3 nlt. He gave me the word endurance. No, it’s not a new word but He broke the word down in the simplest of terms. He let me know that we each have a course or race to endure. This is how He broke it down…End-u-rance;

  • E-endure
  • U-your
  • R-race

Have you endured your latest storm? Are you growing weary by the constant attacks of the devil or the trying times you see around you? Yes, you have been tossed to and fro, don’t get out the boat and stay the course.

Did you know God gives each and everyone of us a course. In the course we have everything we need for endurance. As believers where we run into obstacles when we try to walk out someone else’s course or we choose to end our course abruptly and go with freewill. One thing is for sure we have what we need to endure the course. We don’t have what we need to go through someone else’s course. Should we decide in our own understanding to end our course abruptly, we can’t receive what he has for us as the course was not completed.

And all nations will hate you because you are my followers.[a] But everyone who endures to the end will be saved Matthew 10:22 nlt.

Personal Endurance

I’d like to tell you that everything has gone smoothly since my youngest son has gone to heaven. That is simply not the case. I am learning so much as God gives me these FROG post to write. I also now know, in order to write these post it requires my faith (next level) to know that I am hearing from God and being fully persuaded to write exactly what He says.

I presumed I could only write and post once I have moved past the season of the topic, God gave me. I am now fully persuaded and realize there is healing in writing and reading. It has become clear that there are those that need this post as they are experiencing the same. If I wait to post once I get through those that are in the season of topic would miss the new information. God gently showed me this in His word and by example. I looked at the word endurance and how the word relates to me in this season. Wow, where do I start, well I have experienced aggravation by the enemy in so many ways. In every area of my life I have experienced spiritual attacks that produced real impact one after the other and simultaneously. From my youngest son (in heaven), marriage, family, business, job, church and personal relationships. There are three things that stood out for me to indicate I have endured:

  • still standing
  • I don’t look like what I have been through
  • I am not alone

So be truly glad.[b] There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while.  I Peter 1:6 nlt

I have tried making natural sense of it all. One would think why doesn’t she just give up and quit. Why is she still here? A family member told me as I have gone through, you are the female Job. I thought that is not a good thing to be compared to, we all know how his story went in the Bible. Family and friends told me to come  back home (CA). With all the different opinions one of the things that continues to resonate in my spirit is to endure. I am also certain and fully persuaded that I am not forsaken. God has not left me nor will he ever leave me alone. Even when my back was against the wall and all hope was not lost. I am convinced I am not getting out of the boat.

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Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised. Hebrews 10:36 nlt

What came to me yet again one true litmus test is as the attacks and test intensified for me that is a clear indication that breakthrough is here. The time is now the storm and rain has passed, I am still standing strong. Yes I have been shaken and rocked to my core but God continues to affirm, be still and know that I am God.

I encourage you today and going forward as you are being tried, tested, aggravated and attacked by satan don’t get out of the boat. Don’t give up. One thing that continued to come my way is the opportunity to share God’s love and compassion to those He loves. I noticed as I was obedient sharing His love to others an attack or aggravation always followed. When we are sharing God’s love and compassion it is not physical by in large its your light shining from the inside out. People see your light shining on you and me and they want more of what you have. That is why most people reached out to me or written me in this season. Now there are the moments where the Holy Spirit nudges you to say something specific to someone, be open to Him pouring into you.

This brings to mind I was visiting a large church, won’t say the name. God had me tell the young man standing next to me that He, “wanted him”. The Lord had me ask him, “are you a believer” (note – God never ask a question He does not know the answer to). He responded, ” oh yeah my grandfather was a big time preacher in Austin. I heard again, “tell him I want him”. I said to him, “that’s fine but God wants you”. I remember him looking at me very strange like how could she know that. He stood there stunned. Then he began to speak with his fiancée and then he hugged me and thanked me. He then proceeded down to the alter. I thank God, I got out-of-the-way of self to say only what He wanted me to say for His glory.

The very next day all ‘he double hockey sticks’ (hell) broke loose. It was so much happening at once I could not breathe. I realized later after I got upset with God, saying why didn’t you tell me this would happen. Let me tell you it is useless to get upset with God. Once I realized that, I continued to walk and move as God predestined me. I now understood this was an attack. God had to get me to the point where I knew an attack or aggravation would take place. The attacks were taking place to stop me from obeying God. The enemy would have won each time I said I could not take it anymore. I repented to God and then dusted myself off and stayed in the boat. God knew I would not quit He created me to stand. The same applies to all as He created everyone and placed special things on the inside of each of us to win souls first and for His magnificent Glory. That’s how He knows we have already endured as only he knows the beginning and the end.

Here is a song that truly encouraged me in a time when its the nature of man to weep. This is the song that came to me. I hope it does the same for you:  Every Praise

It Starts at the Root of the Thing Part 2

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Sin starts at the Root of the thing. The thing is whatever has surfaced in your life that needs to be removed or more effectively cast down. I used the word surfaced as the thing has been there at the root. Based on the season (God’s timing) and a traumatic occurrence taking place it triggered it to surface. The focus for this posting is sickness and disease as it ties into sins of a father. The next question is what sins are at the root?  The sins can be adultery, incest, robbers of God’s people, homosexuality, or sexual immorality just to name a few. The other important note, the sins were not just committed in our current day and time. It’s roots also goes back to our ancestors. This is referenced as sins of father/ancestor.

 You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me. Exodus 20:5

The Lord passed in front of Moses, calling out, “Yahweh![b] The Lord! The God of compassion and mercy! I am slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness. I lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations. I forgive iniquity, rebellion, and sin. But I do not excuse the guilty. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children and grandchildren;   the entire family is affected — even children in the third and fourth generations.” Exodus 34:6 & 7

Since Jordan has gone home to be with the Lord I have been walking in God’s healing of my heart. What keeps coming in my spirit, is this precise topic as God placed it on my heart months ago. I was not ready to deal with it as I knew there were significant personal ties. I also knew I had to acknowledge and pray against for my immediate family and generations back. Now that I am walking in my healing and His revelation, its time to move about God business and continue in His work.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8 nlt

We rarely hear sermons about this topic and that’s because it causes people to go within and face a thing we don’t want to deal with. Truth be told, if shepherds taught on this precise topic it would clear out sanctuaries all over. This is not a sermon that one can be watered down as it carries quite a punch to the believer.  During and after my latest journey there has been much revelation. I thank God for making it plain for me, so that I don’t remain in the dark not knowing.

In times past a cancer diagnosis was not so common place. Now in the times were are living in a cancer diagnosis is just about an everyday occurrence. I have heard the experts (doctors, nurses and the like) deliberate heavily on the origin of cancer. I have heard it originates from smoking, obesity, not in a healthy lifestyle, or genetics etc. Here is a different mind-set and that is this disease and others originate at the root of the thing and that is sin. Various sins causes the different types of cancers. You may be thinking what about the children diagnosed with cancer, aren’t they innocent? That’s an obvious thought and question. In our genealogy we don’t even realize the transgressions committed by our fore fathers and yet still have an impact on us today as well as our children, children’s -children, and children’s- children -children.

 Those of Israelite descent separated themselves from all foreigners as they confessed their own sins and the sins of their ancestors. Nehemiah 9:2 nlt

Once The Lord revealed the sin started at the root of the sickness, which in our case it was a brain tumor. Then I had to understand what sin was at the root. As I have gone along in life I never thought about the sins we committed or our ancestors, would cause harm or impact to us and or our children today. What became clear to me through God’s word we (everybody) have done what we wanted to do and never thought abut consequences. It’s also like we never thought God could see us, maybe the truth is we just did not care. Now we are here at this point and people are being diagnosed with cancer (one example) at an alarming rate and no cure in sight. I am seeing the same pattern manifest. When our loved ones go to sleep (death) permanently, where cancer was the diagnosis. The family creates a foundation to raise money for the cure. No, not every family does this but there are to many to count. God is showing me something that has been there all along and we are refusing to see. The next question is, what do we do?

First determine the sin – inquire of God – to inquire of God means to pray. I have heard it worded so many ways: draw nigh to Him, relationship with him, come to him and rest. However, its worded the result should be the same spend time in the Lord and he will reveal things to you.

Second pray against it – confess and cast it down – once you pray that’s it. We don’t have to continue to pray the same prayer. These steps are critical as that’s what we have missed from generation to generation… Also, these steps only apply to the believer, only those in covenant with Him. In this season I have wondered how can a non-believer go to the healing line to request healing, when he/she does not belong to God. Yes, a non-believer can go for healing but deliverance must take place first. Here again…I never thought about this topic before Jordan, was diagnosed and suddenly in this season, this thing drops in my spirit. I can’t seem to let it go. It has festered long enough, the time is now.

Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, My child, your sins are forgiven.

So I will prove to you that the Son of Manhas the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, 11 “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home! Mark 2:5-11

After the Lord gave me this revelation I could not fathom it because I kept thinking if I had known before I would have prayed against it and Jordan would be here. That was never God’s plan as he knew just what it would take for my loved one to turn it around. I know now my purpose is to continue being obedient and when God tells me to write – I write, when He tells me to speak – I speak, when He tells me to move – I move and I do it boldly. I am no longer moving in my own way and might, I am only moving in His will for my life. God love is unfailing.

“I tell you the truth, whatever you forbid[f] on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit[g] on earth will be permitted in heaven. Matthew 18:18 nlt

Note: This is such a heavy and informative topic, it will require subsequent postings (series) coupled with confirming scriptures…I invite inquisitive readers and others to submit your comments. This is a topic that really needs to spread out to the masses. Also, this does not, in any way discredit the doctors as God created everything in this earth. They are here for a purpose. I also know the doctors that treated Jordan clearly played a major role in his life from the time he was diagnosed. However doctors can only treat the symptom or scratch the surface. I know now everything happens for a reason and nothing is by accident or chance.

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Freedom in the Fullness

Slide3When it comes to your understanding of the Bible, do you find yourself in a fog? If you answered yes, you have an assurance there is freedom in the fullness God’s word. God’s word became life to me in this season as I cultivated my relationship in the Lord. Not only life but His word illuminated in my heart. Also, I consistently immersed myself in His word.

My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children Hosea 4:6.

It’s important to note this was a shift for me, as in earlier years (8-10 yrs. ago) when reading the word of God, it was like reading a foreign language. I would even go back through and re-read the scriptures and still not understand what I had just read. Here is the thing when I didn’t have clarity in God’s word it opened the door for various teachers to relay God’s word in partiality. It also allowed things that were not of Him to enter in, as it pertain to his word. Since I was not well versed in his word at that time, how could I fully understand? What also stood out to me, when we understand God’s word in the fullness there is freedom. The other side of that scenario; when we don’t have complete understanding in   God’s word, we leave ourselves open to bondage.

We essentially hold ourselves captive to the understanding of the Shepherds that are imparting the word of God to us. You are probably thinking, shouldn’t I trust my pastor, teacher, preacher etc., imparting God’s word to me? First things first; your trust is in God, not man. This is not to take away from the shepherd, only to set the tone. As more of God’s word was revealed and poured into me I began asking the hard questions. How can I discern God’s word and rightly divide in truth when I didn’t know for myself? One glaring fact came to me, God never assigned the shepherds to His church to eliminate our relationship with God.

For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Cor. 3:17

And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32 nlt.

Understanding God’s word in the fullness is likened to a prepared meal. Just as you would have partiality of God’s word and not have a full understanding. The similarity is true when we are missing portions to a meal as this is not a prepared meal. Conversely we are not free with partial understanding of God’s word likewise we are not full with a partial meal.

Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. John 17:17

Now, the real work begins, ask yourself how do I get a better understanding of God’s word? It is plain and simple – spend time in him and read your Bible regularly. As for me I seek him early, that works for me. For someone else the evening or late night, may be better. Finally, your relationship in God does not replace you going to church it is a necessary addition. Someone asked me why would I want to have a relationship with God? I responded, to ultimately know his will for your life and to keep you on course.

Here is a song that has motivated me to take my praise to the next level:

Every Praise

 

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God Loves All Things

A Love Story for All Seasons

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Have you ever heard the saying if you love something set it free, if it comes back to you, it’s yours. If it doesn’t it never was. I first heard this when I was a teenager. Someone special shared this saying with me when I thought I was in love and really didn’t know what being in love was at the time. It’s the way of the world; two people resolve their differences whether in a marriage,  friendship, even business relationships they go their separate ways. This is the solution far to often in marriages and other types of relationships. This outcome is okay in the world but in the body of Christ it is not.

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God‘s Way

Fast forwarding to right now something new but old came to me. I have a love one that had to go away for a season. God kept me in this season while the love one has been away. During this time He gave me the gift of healing in my heart, mind, and body. Where I thought I could not make it without that love one. I have learned better in this season. Not only am I moving forward in the things of God. I have learned God’s will for my life. If you’re asking yourself what did the love one do? Yes, this love one did me wrong and hurt me deeply. Ultimately, he did not take care of my heart. I am now stronger and walking in God’s peace and favor.

Now God is preparing me for that love one’s return. When he returns He wants me to receive him as he is and not accept him as he was. God also does not want me to hold him captive to the things of his past. Truth is, when God received me he did so with open arms (in spirit) just as I was. That is the power of God’s love and he expects us to do the same for the people we encounter.

As I thought more and more about this, I realized this is what God was preparing me for all along. As He pulled me through the valley he showed me how he covered, hovered, and cradled me all while he showed me what he expects of me as his sheep. He revealed I am to walk in love, even when it does not seem right. He removed the covering from my eyes when it comes to His majestic love for all mankind. He also revealed how he forgave me and remembered it no more. All of these nuggets of love he uncovered along the way. For me has brought me to a point of how I am to move in the here and now and forward. All the way through I kept telling myself I am not God or Jesus for that matter, how can I forgive and forget and how can I walk in love when someone has does these grievance acts to me? As I continued through the journey I better understood how I am able to do these things. It became very clear and in fact simple, we are made in God’s image and do as Jesus did when he walked the earth. You see when he walked the earth he was flesh and God did that for a reason. He endured the same things we are incurring today and greater. After that revelation I realized I could not use the excuse, I am not Jesus. Let’s be clear I am not Jesus I know that, but God set the precedents when his son walked the earth. He endured people talking about him, physical hurt, lies told against him and greater. Yet he still died on the cross for our sins. He could have come down from the cross but he didn’t, he paid it all. That is His majestic love for us all.

Now back to me receiving that love one just as they are. I am now ready to receive my love one just as they are. If you are saying, “you don’t know what my love one did to me”. You are right, I don’t know your specific circumstance and thats where your relationship with God comes in because he will order your steps and lead you on your course, taylor made for you. I know I get it, this is no easy feat, but we are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus. When I receive others just as Jesus received me then and only then you are walking in his love. 

Biblical Way

10 I appeal to you to show kindness to my child, Onesimus. I became his father in the faith while here in prison. 11 Onesimus[c] hasn’t been of much use to you in the past, but now he is very useful to both of us. 12 I am sending him back to you, and with him comes my own heart.

13 I wanted to keep him here with me while I am in these chains for preaching the Good News, and he would have helped me on your behalf. 14 But I didn’t want to do anything without your consent. I wanted you to help because you were willing, not because you were forced. 15 It seems you lost Onesimus for a little while so that you could have him back forever. 16 He is no longer like a slave to you. He is more than a slave, for he is a beloved brother, especially to me. Now he will mean much more to you, both as a man and as a brother in the Lord.

17 So if you consider me your partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. 18 If he has wronged you in any way or owes you anything, charge it to me. 19 I, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it. And I won’t mention that you owe me your very soul! Philemon 1:

After reading Philemon I realized how this passage spoke to me in volumes. Who is your Onesimus, that you need to receive as he or she is? This word was illuminating for me. I now know I am free in knowing the fullness of God’s word whereas partiality of his word is bondage.  You can be free today by reading your Bible.

This song has encouraged me hope it does the same for me: What Love Is This – Kari Jobe

A Prayer for the School Year

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We ask Lord God

Our kids set the tone for the school year academically, extra curriculum endeavors, and athletically

Refresh their minds and bring back anything they’ve learned in prior years that is beneficial

Their light shines in and out, to and fro

Stand up for right and not yield to things that aren’t of You

They help others where help is needed

Thank you for their teachers and that they pour into our children that which yields fruitful gains according to Your purpose

The teachers possess a passion to teach every student the teachable and untaught

Anything meant to hurt or harm our students, teachers and or administrators is turned around for the good. No weapon formed shall prosper

We cast down and do not accept sickness and disease as our children, teachers and administrators walk in divine health

We thank you Lord God that we see prosperous results for the 2013-14 school year. We decree and declare this prayer in Jesus name Amen!

Here is a song that encouraged me hope it does the same for you – You Are My Strength

God Moves When

TREE_OF_LIFEGod loves us so much, even when we are not in his will and yet he still loves you and me. He is epecially pleased when our faith, obedience, and righteousness lines-up. For all three to work collaboratively it requires the believer to move and speak in the unseen. If you are saying to yourself I have faith in God. You must know that even though you can’t see the thing (not visible) but you know you have a promise from God or receive what you’ve asked for, that is your faith at work. I wanted to lay the ground work before telling you one of the the many examples that took place during Jordan’s journey.

By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence 2 Peter 1:3 nlt.

As I sat down to write this post, I thought Lord I have faith – I am obedient – and I have righteousness. Then I really layed it all out on the table and remembered while Jordan, was moving through the diagnosis I thought about the time he was in for an MRI. I went to get something to eat, while waiting and I came across a woman that looked so much like my mom. I knew it was not her as she is no longer with us. I realized much later seeing the woman was a setup. God used the familiar to get my attention. I of course walked off thinking nothing of the encounter at that moment.

As God would have it, I passed back by her and she flags me down and ask for help. She said, “could you spare some money, so that I can get some food for me and my kids”? Bear in mind her appearance was not clean and not inviting. I told her, “I did not have any money”. She was not so far away, yet still in sight. Then the Lord began to deal with me and said, “Give Her All Your Change”, as I had a lot of change in my wallet. I inquired of the Lord, what will I have and here I am by myself with Jordan in the midst of verifying additional growths in his brain. The Lord said, “you do my work and I take care of you”. That always got my attention in this season, as I knew when God does a thing he far surpasses what I could ever imagine. I went  over to the woman as her physical state tugged at my heart, for so many reasons. I asked her, “would you like my change”, and she said yes, gladly. She then began to explain her story, how she was in a shelter with her two kids and how she lost her job. She also stated she was at the hospital because her daughter had the flu. The Lord also told me to pray with her.  I asked if it was okay to pray with her and she said please. Every little bit helps! I held hands with the mom and layed hands on her daughter. Here we are in the hospital all holding hands and praying.  I believe when you have a need God is at work,  it really does not matter where you happen to be. I prayed and she agreed in the understanding. After praying I walked away. I never saw them again, that day or to follow. I rested in the fact that in faith and obedience I moved in the unseen and what God told me to do. No, I didn’t see her by food or in a shelter. The main point was and is, no matter what I saw I moved as unto the Lord. God moves when faith, obedience and righteousness is at work.

Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it Hebrew 13:2 nlt.

I am giving such details as this all took place while Jordan was under going an MRI after having chemo earlier. I kept thinking Lord how can I help this woman in the midst of my storm with Jordan and in the natural it seemed like I was alone. I knew I wasn’t alone in spirit. After all of the excitement with the beautiful woman. Yes I said beautiful, as I saw her in a completely different light after those chosen moments with she, her daughter and son. Here is the blessing for Jordan and I, my best friend met me for lunch as I still had time remaining (Jordan in MRI). She and I ate lunch, mexican in the hospital cafeteria, her treat. She was also bearing gifts for Jordan and I. Talk about what a mighty God we serve. Also, what an awesome woman of God, to be in tune and obedient to the holy spirit and knowing exactly what we needed and little extra. We felt so special. Yes, in the natural we felt the love but I kept thanking God, he was mindful of us the whole step of the way. He saw us in our need and he sent his precious sheep to sow into our lives.

I was mindful of my faith, obedience and righteousness. I became emotional because I realized yet again he took care of us even as I kept thinking of me and Jordan. Once I stopped focusing on myself and Jordan, I was able to help someone else and he showed up mightily for us. Think on this for a moment – how could I have taken my mind off Jordan and help someone else? That is real simple, But God! God words sustained me as we Fully Rely on God , “You Do My Work and I Take Care of You”. There are countless other examples where God told me to do a thing to help others. Some were his sheep and others not his sheep. If you are asking how could God use those that are not his sheep? Those individuals had a change of heart because of Jordan and they turned their life around after meeting him, the very first time (maybe thats another post in the future, we will see where God leads). The point is God moves when faith, obedience, and righteousness is in action.

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see Hebrews 11:1.

I hope this posting helped you even in the smallest way. Please remember there is no condemnation in God’s word just be mindful and receptive to the holy spirit. You never know when God has you help the unlikeliest person, no matter what they look like – it just might be an angel!

Here is song that encouraged me, I hope it does the same for you – BONES.

I AM Where You Are

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God is longing for his sheep to realize he has never left us. He has always been there for you. As you’ve gone through storms, I am where you are. I am covering you and I am hovering over you as a momma bird to a baby bird. In order to receive My benefits you must know I am where you are. When you thought you were all alone, He has been right there. Friends and family may have left while you went through the valley, He was right there. As you were in the midst of your mess, He was right there.

This is where the enemy tries to trick you and me, by feeding us thoughts that don’t line up with His word. The enemy tries to make us think God has turned away from us, while we are in the midst of our mess. God wants us to know, He never left us. He knows our beginning and the end and yet he still loves us.

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 Isaiah 43:19 nlt.

Don’t allow condemnation to drown your thoughts of Him. If you continue to allow your thoughts that don’t line up with His word to condem you, you will move further and further from the things of God. As yet, he is so loving of you and me, even while we are in the midst of. The enemy tries to make us thnk we aren’t worthy of His love. That is so far from God’s truth. He loves us so, that his word comes through His shepherds. Then for those that may only visit Gods church here and there he sends his sheep our way to let us know the things of Him. Many of His sheep or not, have even experienced God via the television during a broadcast. However, His word comes to you, his love is evident. Caution, it is possible, we might miss the things of God because we didn’t recognize his presence through his sheep?

14 Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land 2 Chronicles

When you don’t know God’s benefits as his sheep, you can’t access them. The great I am is revealing a new thing in His church. My sheep have continued to move in church as usual. As believers do we ever give thought as to God seeing us? God says, you don’t think I see you but I see you to and fro in darkness. When your light should be shining as sheep. Your light has been extinguished because of your persistent disobedience. I am where you are. I am a loving God and my sheep must cleanse in order to reap the good of the land. God wants his sheep to receive all of their benefits / blessings.

.17 And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.

I am living proof that God is doing something new. It has now been just over four months since Jordan went home to be with the Lord. I can only say He has given me His peace (Jehovah Shalom) as Jordan is with him. God has also shown me, he is first and no other gods come before him. Me not moving in His course for my life because of Jordan, was me placing Jordan before God. It took me some time to soak that in and really get that in my spirit, I finally have it. God is 1st and no man or thing comes before him. I also am inspired by Jordan and his “never giver up” persona. I will hold that dear to my heart. When I felt like I could have given up I was reminded by Jordan’s tenacity. I’ll always remember Jordan but I am not bound by my youngest son’s physical presence no longer here on earth. I am moving forward in the things of God. You may ask, how can I move forward doesn’t it hurt that Jordan is no longer here? Well honestly it does not ache like it did. Also, I now know how God wants us to move forward and not allow any person or thing to come before him. That was revelation for me.

Various people are randomly approaching me in this season, to share their story with me in the hopes to encourage me. However as they begin to speak on their lost loved one. They become all tears and some even cry. They realize they are still hurting in the process. In that moment the encourager becomes the encouragee. This is a great segway to go to something that was revealed to me. Things we grew up thinking is apart of the Christian walk, God is showing us in this season the true things of Him. This does not discount the Bible at all but over the years things we thought God said or was written in his word;

  •  the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away – God did not say that, Job said that Job 1:21 nlt.
  • everyone grieves differently – the Bible nor God said this. Thou shalt not have any other Gods before me Exodus 20:3-5 nlt.
  • God loves only his sheep – His word does not say this. God loves his sheep and those that are not his sheep Deuteronomy 10:18 nlt.
  • God leaves us  when we are not in his will – God never leaves us nor forsakes us Hebrews 13:5 nlt.

What about you, do you think God left you while you were in your mess? Now you know God never leaves us he love us inspite of.

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