President Obama, Mitt Romney

Are you disappointed with who won the election or tempted to believe God doesn’t care or that he’s lost control? Or that he is allowing the nation to fall apart? Maybe you’re upset about who’s in control of the house or senate. Does it looks like the wrong people are in office and your nation and community are in a downward spiral? Not true. Whether you voted for President Obama or Mitt Romney, let me show you that regardless of who won the election – it’s going to be ok for you.

Here’s a promise from the Bible that you can count on when everything looks like it’s falling apart:

Romans 8:28 says, And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. (NLT)

Let me clarify a few things about this promise that all things work together for good:

  1. The Bible doesn’t say that EVERYTHING that happens is good. It says God can work it into something good.
  2. The Bible doesn’t promise that we will ALWAYS see the good right away. It may take time.
  3. God can bring a good that we don’t recognize.
  4. God doesn’t say he will bring good out of bad FOR EVERYBODY – only for those “who love God and are called according to his purpose” (For Christians who are genuinely walking with God.)

Here’s an example from God: God had tough things happen to him too. God’s son died. Tough right? In fact, God’s son was murdered.

And let’s not forget Jesus, God’s son, was tortured, then killed. It didn’t look good when it all went down. But hold on…

It ALL happened for YOUR GOOD!

Let’s recap. Situation – Jesus was killed.

What good was in it for you? It gave you the way to be forgiven and saved from hell.

Hebrews 4:14-16 says, Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help. (Message)

God and Jesus Identify With What You’re Going Through

Whether we’re talking about the election or anything else in your life, know Jesus is in touch with your reality. God knows about tough stuff, and will make all things work together for you and this nation. So if your disappointed, don’t worry, God has everything under control and he will make even the election results work together for your good.

If you’re wondering how to keep and hang on to your healing let me give you a few pointers because I don’t want you to lose out.

I had this great idea that when I turned 40, I would bite the bullet and compete in a triathlon. I workout every day. I’m fit. And I thought, “Shoot, I can handle this. I’m in just as good a shape as most 20 somethings.”

I love swimming, so that shouldn’t be a problem; I used to swim laps every day anyway. I love biking, that would be a cinch, the breeze coming at me at top speed is invigorating. But I hate running. That would be the booger!

I do run. In fact, I like the feeling I get after a run and that high that comes from pushing through the wall. But I still don’t like to run. Partly because I have always had knee problems.

The culprit: torn ligaments and tendons that never received the proper recovery time because I don’t like sitting still. And I pay for it dearly. It has always kept me from running comfortably for more than 2 miles at a time.

I still really wanted to complete this triathlon. So I started training. My best friend bought me an “Iron-woman” triathlon watch for Christmas so I could keep track of my times… I had the bike. I had the sports clothes and athletic shoes. Yes, I had all the gear, but I still didn’t have a good knee.

It wouldn’t cooperate. Most days I pushed through the pain but eventually I realized if I didn’t get my knee fixed I couldn’t compete.

The problem with getting my knee fixed was that surgery was required. And like I said, I can’t stand the thought of being down. I workout almost every day and to me the 6-week downtime while recovering sounded like a death sentence.

I love and require movement. I rarely sit still unless I am reading or working on my laptop or iPad. I couldn’t imagine being immobile for 6 weeks. So… I decided to quit training for the triathlon.

That didn’t fix my knee problem. Flash forward 4 years later, I’m now 44 (at the time of this writing), and still having pain in my knee. It slowed me down when doing my Insanity Workouts. Not fun. But one day I realized something.

Something every believer needs to realize.

We don’t have to live with pain. We can receive a healing and keep it.

I know. I know. You’re wondering how.

First you’ve got to know that God’s Word has the key to our healing.

Proverbs 4:20-22 says,

My son, attend to my words; consent and submit to my sayings. Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart. For they are life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh. (AMP)(Bold letters mine for emphasis.)

This says God’s word will bring healing and health to your flesh. But you have to keep the word in the center of your heart.

Second, God’s Word point blank says that Jesus paid the price for your healing.

1 Peter 2:24 says, 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. (NLT) (Bold letters mine for emphasis.)

With that knowledge under your belt…

Here’s the key to keeping your healing:

*Hold on to your healing by what you think and say.

Once you realize Christ grants you full healing, and you can believe for it, you have to fight for it. And fight you will because here’s what usually happens – you start to feel better but then in time you feel a symptom return. A little bit of pain comes back. Or the swelling returns. Or you see some other manifestation.

What’s happening here is that the enemy is trying to get you to focus on what you see and feel in the natural instead of focusing on the truth in the supernatural.

Why the Enemy Wants You to Speak Against Your Healing

He’s trying to get you to say the opposite of what God gave you. Satan knows what you speak is what will come to pass. That’s why he wants you to speak how you feel instead of speaking what you know. He knows the power of your words.

The truth of God’s Word is this – you have been given healing. So – you can’t, can’t, can’t begin to think like the enemy does. And you certainly can’t, can’t, can’t begin to speak like he does.

Resist the enemy by resisting the urge to say how you feel physically. Spin it around and say, “I know God healed me and I am going to feel it. I am getting better. My strength is returning. My sickness is leaving. I am healthy and whole.”

How to Lose Your Healing

Don’t change your confession of your words. This is where you can loose your healing. You have to hold on to your faith confession.

Hebrews 10:23 says: Let us hold firmly to the hope that we have confessed, because we can trust God to do what he promised.

See it? You’ve got to hold on to your confession of faith. Hold it, don’t let it go or slip away!

How To Hold On to Your Healing:

1. Take in the Word.

Let the word have its home in your heart. (Col 3:16)

The more at home the Word feels in you – the more comfortable you will be with thinking it. Which is good because thinking it prompts you to speak it.

2. Think the Word.

As a man thinks in his heart, so he is. (Proverbs 23:7)

If you think you’re healed, you will be healed.

3. Speak the Word.

Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)

If you start to feel symptoms come back speak to the devil and tell them to go away. Quote God’s word to him. Tell your symptoms to leave.

Resist Sickness Just Like You Resist Sin

It’s God’s will to heal you just as much as it is to forgive you of sin. It’s God’s will that you resist sickness, pain, and disease just like you resist sin.

If you start feeling pain, say: “Pain I resist you. I refuse to be in pain.” Pain must leave. If you start feeling sick, say: “Sickness I resist you. I refuse to be sick. Christ healed me of all sickness.”

This is resisting the devil and what he is trying to put back on you through unbelief and using what you say. But if you hold fast to your confession of faith – you will keep your healing.

How I Fight When Faced With Pain

Any time the devil tries to tempt me with a little pain in my knee, I go into fighting mode. I resist his attacks by thinking and saying out loud: “Knee you are healed. Pain, you have to go because Christ paid the price for my healing. My knee is strong and feels good.”

All that may sound silly to some who don’t believe. But guess what? It works. Scientific studies reveal that physical bodies respond to words.

I am happy to say since learning this – I don’t suffer with knee problems anymore.

Now, the question you are all dying to ask… “Will I compete in a triathlon?” The answer… No. But not because of a knee problem. I just don’t want to run!

So come on, if you want to keep your healing, hold onto your confession of faith. That’s how you hold on to healing!

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Is Social Media Ripping Off Your Time With God & Others?
If your finding your relationship with God and others a little challenging, consider if time spent with your smart phone is ripping time away from the important people in your life. Let’s find out if your most important relationships are in danger of sabotage by social media.

Social media can kill your relationship with anybody but especially God. He doesn’t scream out for your attention like the other people in your life. But maybe the important people in your life have quit screaming!

Fact: social media is fun. It’s cool to be in the know. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google Plus, Pinterest, and Linkedin, can even help us engage with our family, friends, and circles of influence. But for social media to be an advantage it needs to enrich our relationships rather than rob from them.

Here are a few questions you can ask to determine if social media is killing what you really want to thrive.

Social Media Tilt-Meter Test:  (See if any of these apply to you.)

  • What’s the first thing you reach for in the morning? Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest or your Bible?
  • Upon waking, who do you comment to first, your mate or your friends on social media?
  • If you added up all the minutes you spend on social media each day – would it be as much as you give God for Bible reading and prayer?
  • Do your know more about what’s going on in the life of your peeps than you do your kids?
  • How often do you check in with your tweeps and peeps in comparison to how often you check in with God?
  • When your dining with a loved one, do you know more about what’s on their plate, or more about the dish you just found on Instagram?

There’s nothing wrong with social media, as long as it doesn’t snuff out the time you need with God or other important people in your life.

Try the Media Fast Challenge:

Go on a social media fast. Try it for a week. You will be amazed at how much more time you have to talk with God and others. Instead of grabbing your phone or electronic device, read your Bible and other good books. Take time to think. Enjoy a walk with someone important in your life. Or hey, just take a walk by yourself. Remember what it’s like to smell the roses.

Unplugging will help you get your groove back. It will reset your brain. 

If you can’t resist the urge to check in with your tweeps and peeps, then delete the apps. Go ahead. It’s ok! You can always get them back.

Yes, you will miss social media at first. The first time I did a social media fast I thought I was missing out on everything important. But here’s what I learned: The world around me isn’t as important as what’s really important. God. My husband. My kids. My close friends, and yes…me!

You’ll find social media a hard habit to break. But once broken it will bring freedom. Freedom to your relationships. With God. With others. With yourself.

Don’t let social media rip away your time with God and all that’s important. Take a little media break. You’ll have greater clarity when you return…and better relationships.

 

Let’s find out why we don’t always receive all of God’s promises before we get to heaven and how to change that fast!

You’ve heard it before. God has a book full of promises. But how do you know for sure you can believe God’s promises are available to you right now? I’m talking right now – in the land of the living. Right now – before you get to heaven.

God wants you to have his best! You’ve probably heard Joel Osteen say it. Maybe you heard it from Joyce Meyer, Creflo Dollar, or Joseph Prince.  Maybe it was your pastor or an evangelist. Heard what? God wants you to be healthy, succeed, prosper and be blessed beyond measure. Really? Then how come maybe you aren’t?

Well, ok, maybe you are…to a degree. But not every believer is truly living in a place of health and abundance in every area of their lives, are they? So what gives?

Heaven on Earth

When I was a kid my mom and I used to play a game of sorts. We used to take turns describing what we thought heaven would be like. I would always start: “Streets of gold to for riding bike.” She’d say, “A huge kitchen with the most up to date appliances!” (That’s living in abundance!) I’d say, “We’ll have the biggest house we’ve ever seen. It will have lots of bedrooms, a big TV, and mega sized popcorn maker.” She chime in, “And the bathrooms will sparkle like diamonds.”

No more scraped knees. Everyone will be smiling and singing. And I always wondered if I’d get to play soccer 24/7 in heaven since it was my favorite sport as a kid. I imagined the nicest soccer goals you’d ever layer eyes on. A field greener than artificial turf and softer than a pillow-top mattress… Of course these aren’t things we are promised in heaven, but a kid can dream right?

So let’s stop imagining. What do you know about heaven according to the Bible?

  • There’s no sickness
  • There’s no lack
  • There’s no sadness
  • There’s no hurt
  • There is peace
  • There is love
  • There is prosperity in every realm – body, soul, mind, spirit, and environment. In other words – the works!

This is what God’s will is for heaven.

Now take a deep breath…

This is also what God’s will is for earth.

Then why don’t we have it all on earth?

Simple. We don’t always believe we can have it all on earth.

But Jesus said:

“May your will [God’s] be done on earth as it is in heaven”.  (Matthew 6:10 NLT) Brackets mine.

Did you catch that? Jesus said whatever is meant for us in heaven is meant for us on earth.

Good news: You can have it all. On earth!

That sealed the deal for me but in case you’re still not sure consider these scriptures:

  • “I will see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13 (Then land of the living means here on earth.)
  • “I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).” John 10:10 AMP (Life meaning, this life, now.)
  • “Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. Who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.” Psalm 103:2, 3 (You have already been healed. Past tense.)
  • “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.” Ephesians 1:3 NLT (We are blessed now with what’s in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ NOW.)
  • “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and [that your body] may keep well, even as [I know] your should keeps well and prospers.” 3 John 1:2 AMP (Prosperity in every area for your earthly body.)
  • “God is not a human being, and he will not lie. He is not human, and he does not change his mind. What he says he will do, he does. What he promises, he makes come true.” Numbers 23:19 NCV (Nuff Said!)
  • “And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” Philipians 4:19 NLT (He’s obviously talking about our needs on earth because we won’t have any needs in heaven.)

That should be good enough right? But we are sometimes duped into thinking we will only receive the totality of these things when we get to heaven. What twists our thinking? How can we be moved from believing what God says to something else? Try these on for size:

4 Reasons You Don’t Always Receive God’s Promises Before You Get to Heaven:

  1. Disappointment from unanswered prayer (causing unbelief)
  2. Wrong teaching of the scriptures
  3. Religious ideas or traditions that contradict the truth of God’s Word (Mark 7:13 NCV says: “By your own rules, which you teach people, you are rejecting what God said. And you do many things like that.”)
  4. Wrong thoughts

The problem sometimes is that we believe God for salvation that redeems us from sin but we don’t believe God for salvation that redeems us from lack in all other areas.

It is not God’s will for us to lack in any area of our lives. When we do, it’s because we don’t believe God paid for us to be blessed in every way and we’re not walking in his truth. He says he came to give life and to give it more abundantly. Lack is the opposite of abundance. So if there is lack in any area of your life, sorry, that’s just not his will. And if that’s where you are, you’re in good company.

The disciples also struggled with faith in some areas yet lacked faith for other things.

You may know this story in Matthew 14:13-21. The disciples believed in healing. They had just done mighty miracles. But then they came up against a lack financially. The crowd of 5,000.

The crowd was hungry and the disciples had no food to give them. That spells lack my friends. They had faith for God’s blessing to heal physical bodies, but they lacked faith for God’s blessing to meet their financial need.

See, even the disciples struggled with faith. They had it for one area, but struggled to believe for another. How about you? Do you have faith for one area of your life, but not for another?

Do you find it easy to believe you can prosper in your relationships, but find it hard to believe you can prosper in your finances? Do you find it easy to believe for your salvation? But hard to believe for God’s blessings in any other area of your life? Do you find it easy to believe God forgives you of your sins right now but hard to believe he will heal you right now?

I want to encourage you to take the same faith you used to receive salvation and apply it to EVERY area of your life. When you do, you will start to walk in a state of blessing like you have never experienced before. Every area of your life will prosper. Body, soul, mind, spirit, relationships, finances, career, you name it…you’ll get the works!

Heaven on earth. It’s no game. It’s real for those who believe.

If you’ve enjoyed this post, 4 Reasons Why You Don’t Always Receive God’s Promises Before You Get to Heaven & How to Change that Fast, you’ll probably want to check out this post called, “The Key to Knowing If It’s God’s Will to Heal On Earth”  And if you haven’t subscribed for free posts when they are hot out of the oven – do so here and pick up a gift when you do. Enjoy heaven on earth!

 

If you’re tired of daily Bible reading plans that land you in guilt city like I was, move on over to a no-pressure plan that will refresh your soul. 

When I was in college I bought a Chronological Daily Bible. Along with others I thought it would be an great accomplishment to read the Bible through in one year. I started countless other “Read the Bible in a Year” plans but never finished. Maybe you’ve done this too.

This time though, I determined, “I’m going to make this work.” After all, the Daily Bible I bought broke the reading into segments so I could finish it within a year – IF I was faithful to read everyday. And when I say read everyday, I mean read a BIG honking chunk everyday. But sadly here’s what happened…

Problems With My Daily Bible Reading Plan That You May Have Experienced Too:

It became a chore rather than something I enjoyed. I no longer looked forward to my time in God’s Word. It had become a rountine rather than a refreshing that I desperately needed.

My goal became reading to finish instead of reading to be replenished. Reading for the sake of completing rather than reading for the sake of understanding. Reading for accomplishment instead of reading for communion.

When I got behind, it was tough to catch up. Two days trying to catch up was even harder, three days – forget it. (That’s when most people give up.)

My conclusion: What ‘s the big deal about reading the entire Bible within a year anyway? Is a year the magic number that will usher you into a bigger blessing of some sort?

So here I am, a student of the Word, who has spent over 20 years in full time ministry, have a degree in pastoral theology, have taught thousands and thousands of people from the Bible, yet still I have NEVER read the entire Bible through in one year’s time. I have read the Bible from cover to cover, yes, but not crammed within the time frame of one year.

So shoot me!

Does that make me any less serious about studying God’s word? No, that makes me smarter.

No-Pressure Reading…

I will not bow to the customs and traditions and whims of men and women. I will enjoy every time I read my Bible because I do so with no pressure. It’s just me and God. Slowing down and giving him time to speak. Slowing down and allowing myself time to hear.

There are days I read multiple chapters depending on:

  • How much time I have.
  • What I am studying (If I am working or researching for a teaching or a writing project).
  • What I feel God is leading me to do that day.

There are days I read only a verse or two depending on:

  • How much time I have.
  • What God is trying to show me in what I just read.
  • When I begin praying that scripture over my life and over the lives of my loved ones and camp out there because I am so moved by it.

Know what kind of Bible reading blesses me and brings me freedom from pressure?

Taking It Slow.

When I take it slow and enjoy the tasty morsels God’s throwing into my mouth I’ve hit the sweet spot. Sometimes I read one verse and stop. I chew on that verse, thinking about it, muling it over in my mind all day long. As I do, God speaks multiple things to me about one little verse. It’s like swallowing a sip of coffee with multiple complexities. I savor the flavors being uncovered at every level.

Biting Off More Than You Can Chew

If you take too big of a chunk of scripture you can’t get as much out of it. It’s like putting too much food in your mouth and being forced to chew fast and swallow. Not as enjoyable as when you have time to savor every bite.

So Here’s a No-Pressure Bible Reading Plan:

  • Take just one bite of scripture at a time.
  • Don’t bite off more than you can chew.
  • Give the scripture time to digest.
  • Enjoy it!

So give yourself a fresh new Bible reading plan without guilt or pressure. It will taste better and will do your spiritual body good! Be free. Taste and see that The Lord is good!

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The Key to Knowing If It’s God’s Will to Heal on Earth
Not sure if it’s God’s will to heal you or someone your praying for? Let me give you the key to knowing  if God will heal you and others on this earth. Read on. But take your blinders off!

I’ve had that question myself. I’ve seen people very close to me die of terminal illness. Friends and family. And even though we prayed long and hard for those people to be healed, in the back of our minds, many of us were thinking, is it God’s will to heal them?

I once believed God could heal, but wasn’t always totally sure he would. Know what I mean? Of course I believed God could heal, I’d seen him do miracles for other people. But I also saw others who didn’t get their healing. And this is why I began to wonder if it was ALWAYS God’s will to heal.

How Doubt Crept In
When I didn’t see my loved ones healed of terminal illness I even tried to rectify it in my mind like this: “It’s God’s will to heal, but it may not occur until a person gets to heaven. So yes, they will be healed, it just may not happen here on earth.” Man, did I miss it. Let me tell you what I have learned.

Like Healing, the Car I Gave Away May Not Have Been Received 
At 14 I started working at Dunkin Donuts. I saved every penny I earned after I tithed and in a year and a half I had enough money to buy a car. Not just any car. A brand spanking new car. Yes, this 15-year-old gal bought herself – a brand new car – all by herself. I was so excited. I worked so very hard for that car. I went to high school by day and worked nights and weekends so I could pay for my car myself.

When I went to college I met a missionary from the Bahamas who desperately needed a car. At that time I was able to buy another car so I gave the missionary my first car. Again, that was so exciting for me. I gave him something I worked my butt off for. Completely bought and paid, I handed him the keys and we had it shipped to the Bahamas.

Now, how do you think it would have made me feel had that missionary called me up and said: “The car you gave me is here. It’s sitting on the dock. I have the keys, but I just don’t think it’s your will for me to have it”? I’d probably think the guy was brain dead. And not very grateful for what I had given him. I could have said:

Fool, I gave you that car. It’s paid for. I worked hard for it. Take it. It’s yours.

Besides, do you really want to keep walking everywhere?

Because he couldn’t believe that I gave that car free and clear, he didn’t receive it and make it his. If there would have been even the slightest bit of doubt that car had not already been given to him, he wouldn’t have received it.

For some, this is what we do with healing. Jesus already paid for it. He gave us the keys. Healing is ours if we will believe it belongs to us. But it’s our choice if we want to walk away without receiving it.

Look how the Bible shows healing is ours for the taking:

 Isaiah 53:5

But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. NLT

1 Peter 2:24

Christ carried our sins in his body on the cross so we would stop living for sin and start living for what is right. And you are healed because of his wounds. NCV

Note the healing is past tense. The healing has already been paid for. So when we slip into unbelief asking whether or not it’s God’s will to heal on earth it must make God scratch his head. I can imagine him saying, if I’ve already given you something my son paid for, why would you not believe I gave it to you?

It all boils down to believing it’s yours without any shadow of doubt.

James 1:6, 7 NCV

But when you ask God, you must believe and not doubt. Anyone who doubts is like a wave in the sea, blown up and down by the wind. Such doubters are thinking two different things at the same time, and they cannot decide about anything they do. They should not think they will receive anything from the Lord.

The Key to Knowing if it’s God’s will to heal on this earth is thisbelieve what his word says.

And don’t doubt it. If you doubt, you won’t believe it’s his will and you won’t receive healing.

If you do believe what Jesus already worked so hard and paid for, then you can take it. That’s when it will become real. It’s God’s desire for you and your loved ones to be healed on this earth. Don’t leave healing sitting on the dock when he’s given you the keys. It’s God’s will for you and your loved ones to be healed before you get to heaven.

 

Knowing If Your Faith is Up to Par

Ever tried to figure out if you had enough faith to get the job done? Maybe you’re a bit like Bryan. He looks like he has faith. If you need a prayer warrior you’d want him in your corner. The guy can pray up a storm. Bold prayers. Spot-on prayers. He knows what he’s doing.

Ahh, but when Bryan is alone and left to fend for himself, guess what? He doesn’t believe in his own prayers. It’s not prayers that indicate faith – it’s something else.

We know the Bible says, “Without faith it’s impossible to please God.” But how much faith is the right amount? Let’s find out if you’ve got enough faith.

Here’s How to Check Your Faith Level:

Listen not just to what you pray – listen to what you SAY. What you say indicates what you believe. If what slips out of your mouth when you’re not praying doesn’t match up with what God’s Word promises, then you really don’t have faith in God’s promises.

Matt 12:34 says,

Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

You will spontaneously speak what you believe. If you want to know how much faith you have just listen to what oozes out of your lips. The Psalmist writes in chapter 116 verse 10, “I believed, therefore I spoke.” What you really believe dictates what you say.

Some questions to ask yourself:

  • What do you say when you are under pressure?
  • What do you say when you are upset?
  • What do you say when no one else is around?
  • What do you say under your breath?

Here’s the deal – What seeps out of your mouth is what you really believe. 

Remember the story where Jesus and the disciples were caught in a storm? It’s in Mark 4:38. Waves were pouring into their boat threatening to sink it. Petrified, they woke Jesus up and said in a panic, “Don’t you care that we are going to drown?”

Drown? Really?! Didn’t they realize they were with Jesus, the guy who could save them? Weren’t they just listening to him explain how the kingdom worked and watching him do miracles up and down the street?

You would think hanging around Jesus and watching him in action would boost faith. But when the boat started rocking, what came out of their mouths revealed how much faith they had: “Don’t you care that we are going to drown?”

Do you see what they said and what it revealed? They said, “we are going to drown.” That’s what they believed. That’s not faith!

If you want to know how much faith you really have, listen to what comes out of your mouth when you’re not praying. It’s a dead give-a-way!

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Are you God-Possessed? Here’s How to Tell
Wouldn’t you love to be so full of God that people could actually describe you as being God-possessed?! Wow! What a compliment! But how can you tell if you or anyone else is REALLY God – possessed? Take a look and I’ll show you…

God is love. 1 John 4:8

 Ok, so if you have love, God is in you. True? You could say, you are God-possessed if you are love-possessed. God is operating inside you. But how can you tell if you have God’s kind of love in you?

You might think, “If I feel love welling up inside of me so that would mean I have love.”

Not so fast!

The question is not – Do you feel love?

The question is – Are you releasing love to those who are faithless, hopeless, and starving for true love?

God didn’t just feel love for us. He released his love for us. And this is how he did it…

 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 NLT

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16 NLT

His love was proved by what he gave. He released.

Love: It’s not about feeling it. It’s about releasing it.

  • Are you loving people today who don’t deserve your love?
  • Are you loving people today who are hard to love?
  • Are you loving people today who don’t love you?
  • What about tomorrow?

Consider what Jesus said about releasing love:

So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. John 13:34 NLT

I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. From John 15: 9, 10, 12, 13 NLT

You can’t release what you don’t have.

If your releasing love, it’s inside you.

You’re possessed…by God!


How to Make a Difference With Little Things – Video

Everyone wants to make a difference in the world. Learn how you can make a BIG difference with LITTLE things. I’ll share a story of how I blew it – so you don’t have to! A little bit of salt goes a long way – here’s how you can be the salt of the earth. Watch this video so you can make a big difference in someone’s life.

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Got a dream you desperately need to come true? Want your desires fulfilled? Of course you do. But let me rock your thinking for a moment. Think God is waiting for you to get things right before he gives you the desires of your heart?

I hope not. Cause if that’s so….you’ll be waiting a looooooong time!

God fulfills our dreams and desires based on his deeds not ours.

Psalms 37:4 says:

Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (NIV)

NOT…

When God is delighted with you he will give you the desires of your heart.

Nope. Not how it goes.

Read this slowly:

God already delights in you.
He’s not waiting on you to get it right.
He’s waiting on you to delight in him.

Got that? It’s not based on your performance. You can’t do enough to get God to make your dreams come true. He just wants to be your delight.

A Snapshot of Delight

My favorite moment every day is early in the morning when my husband and I first get up. While everyone else is still snoozing away we sneak in an extra long hug as the coffee is brewing. Ahhhh, I delight in his hugs. It’s something I treasure. Morning breath, unshaven face (his not mine), and his arms around mine starts my day in a delightful way.

How can you define delight? It’s being taken with something. Allowing the sweetness and the goodness of someone or something to enrich your life. And when you find something delightful, you give it priority. So if you delight in God, you’ll give him priority. Look at how this provides a win-win for you…

Seek first God’s kingdom and what God wants. Then all your other needs will be met as well. Matthew 6:33 (NCV)

We can paraphrase this and combine it with the verse in Psalms:

Seeking God first is delighting in him and it moves him to provide you with everything your heart desires. (Author’s paraphrase)

How does this work?

When you delight in God something amazing happens. Your desire actually begins to mimic his. You end up desiring what he wants you to desire. Something goes off inside of you that screams, “His way is best!” God plants his longings deep in your heart and you want them so bad you crave his will and BAM! His desire becomes your desire.

Your Delight in God is More Important Than Your “Do”

It’s got nothing to do with what you “do”. You can’t work your way into getting the desires of your heart. Your good works aren’t going to work your way into God’s favor. Look at this verse below…The reward goes to those who seek him and delight in him, not to those who work their butt off trying to be perfect and righteous.

And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. Hebrews 11:6 (NLT)

If you diligently seek the Lord, a.k.a. – “delight in him” he will reward you and give you the desires of your heart.

So if you want to increase the likelihood that God will give you the desires of your heart, trade your “DO” for “DELIGHT”.

Dreams. Check!

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