Positioned with a Purpose

I recently taught at a women’s conference in Knoxville, Tennessee about being Positioned with a Purpose. The following is part of the message that I felt needed to be shared to encourage your faith.

Most of us are familiar with the scripture in Jerm. 29:11  God has a plan and a purpose for our lives.  Its a good plan.  Phil. 1: 6 Being confident of this very thing, that HE which hath started a good work in you, will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.
You hear many people instruct others to “seek for the plan of God.”   Sounds spiritual, doesn’t it?  Yet the Word of God tells us to seek first the kingdom of God, Amplified Bible says, “God’s ways of going and being right”   In other words, learn to do it God’s way.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding, in ALL your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.
Stop trying to figure out how God is going to do things.  And stop trying to fix things.  Only God can do what God can do. His ways are perfect.  When we enter into that rest of letting go and letting God, we have stepped into our wealthy place.  I’m not talking about money. Its a place of contentment, a place of peace, which money can’t buy.  Its a place of grace.  A place where you watch the hand of God at work and all you do is show up.  When God called Moses to lead His people out of bondage, the first thing Moses did was to look at his ability.  He informed God of why he wasn’t  qualified to be his man. God saw something in  Moses that Moses didn’t see in himself.  Moses ask God, “when they ask me who sent me, who am I suppose to say?  God’s reply was,” tell them I AM sent you”

God, the Great I AM is sending each of us out.  We don’t have to worry about what we are going to say–Because I AM will fill our mouths.  We don’t have to fear, what man can do——Because I AM will never leave us, HE will never forsake us.

What is it that you need from God? Who is God to you?  Is He just your Saviour, (that’s good, but He is so much more)  Whoever you say He is, is what He will be to you.  HE is our healer, our provider, our protection, our safety. And on and on it goes. He is our EVERYTHING.

Story after story in the Bible we can read how God positioned certain people with a purpose.  There’s David, Daniel, Joseph, Esther, Mary, Peter, Paul John, just to name a few, that God had a plan and a purpose for their lives.
And he has a plan and a purpose for each of us. We have been called into the Kingdom for such a time as this.  Esther was prepared and bathed in oil for a year before she was brought before the King. She was called with the purpose to save the Jewish nation from slaughter.
So have we been bathed in the Holy Spirit, (which oil represents) and one day very soon we will be brought before the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
I believe with all my heart, God is calling us to take our positions , because HE has a purpose.  Don’t listen to people who say, ” I can’t see you doing this or that.”  Its not what everybody else sees in you,  Its what God sees in you. He saw David as a King, while David was in the field with his congregation of four footed animals. But he was ministering to his King.  Promotion comes from Lord.
Time to pull away from all the distractions , time to lay aside every weight and the sin that does so easily deceives us, and look to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.

The Cost of Freedom

Today we celebrate the 4th of July. Independence Day. It was a day our nation declared its freedom from the British Empire.

Freedom is never free. It always cost. Someone pays a price, so others can enjoy the benefits. Men and women have courageously stood in the face of the enemy and would not compromise their convictions.  So many never returned from the battle field.  Then there are those that came back carrying battle scars. Not only in their bodies, but in their minds.

As I compare the battles fought and won in the natural realm, I am reminded of the battles we fight in the spirit realm. Satan comes to separate and divide.  The Body of Christ is the largest army in the world. We have all the weapons necessary to win every battle.  We have a Commander in Chief that knows the end from the beginning. He never sleeps nor slumbers. He is no respecter of persons. He promises to never leave nor forsake us.  In our darkest hours, He is there.

There are soldiers who have deserted their post. Many have forgotten who the enemy is, and have turned on each other.  Instead of locking arm and arm, they are going head to head.  Trying to prove who is right or wrong. Instead of following orders, they are doing things their way and listening to the wrong orders.

Are we waving the white flag to surrender to the enemy? The Word of God tells us there is more of us than be with them.  Let us go beyond color or culture and remember the Blood of Jesus runs red in all of us. It’s His Blood that unites us.  United we stand, divided we fall.

 

 

Awake from your Sleep

I Thess. 5:2. For you know perfectly well that the day of the return of The Lord will come as unexpectedly and suddenly as a thief in the night.

Jesus is coming soon. The signs are all around us. Gross darkness is covering the earth.  Many of God’s children have fallen asleep. They have fallen into a state of apathy. They have closed their eyes and shut their ears to the Truth. Compromise is the norm. What God says is sin, man is justifying to feed their flesh. Sin is sin, it’s the breaking of God’s law. There is a wage to be paid. Romans 6:23  Many have sided with the enemy, because it was more convenient and seems more to their advantage.  Instead of trusting in the arm of The Lord, they have sought after the arm of the flesh.

God is our source. Our trust should be in Him, not in any man or woman. No job can be your security and no political party has the answer.
Only God can fix what is broken.

Blow the trumpet in Zion (the church) sound the alarm. A call of repentance is going out. A call to return to the God of our salvation.  The voice of God is telling us to stir ourselves up and get the fire of God  burning once again.  Speak to your dry bones and tell them to live again.  The Body of Christ must be alert for there is an enemy that wants us deceived so that he can steal, kill and destroy. John 10:10.  He has done his job, the Church has failed to do her job. The giant fell asleep.

No more—  for there is an Army rising up. Putting their armor back  on and after doing all that the crisis demands, stand firm in faith. Being strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. This army is holding steady, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.  They have eyes to see and ears to hear what the Spirit of Grace is saying. This group of soldiers are not being moved by the sense realm, but being led by the Spirit.  Romans 8:14

Let the Church arise and God’s enemies be scattered.  It is time to seek The Lord. Is 55:6.

A Place called REST

Jesus said in Matthew 11:30, “Come unto me, all you that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest, take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you shall find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burdens are light.  The Amplified Bible says, “ I will ease, relieve and refresh your soul”
The Webster Dictionary defines rest as , a period of inactivity, relief from anything distressing or tiring, to be at ease or at peace.  American Dictionary of the English Language says rest is to cease from action or motion of any kind. To cease from labor, work, or performance.  To be quite or still; to be undisturbed.

In this article I want to be honest and open because I believe so many diseases come from people being dis-eased.  God’s children are walking time bombs because of the  pressures that others have put on them or things they put on themselves. We see a need and we try to fulfill it.  God is not moved by needs, if He was there would be no starving children and no homeless people. He moves on faith.

Broken relationships will destroy you if you allow them to. As hard on the flesh that it is, there are situations you can’t fix, so you have to let go and let God take care of it. God has called all of us to a ministry of reconciliation, but there are people who don’t want to be a part of this ministry.  It takes both parties to reconcile. Do your part, then trust God to do what only He can do. Cease from your labor. I heard a minister say once  and its worth repeating. “Never expect anything out of others and you will never be disappointed. “  Only put your faith in God.

Over the last few months I have asked myself, “Why am I doing what I am doing”   You could call it a self examination. A check up on the motives of my heart. Is this the will of God, or is my will? Are the things I am doing for the Lord a burden or a blessing to my life. Do I feel so much pressure to do something for God that I put myself under a burden of weights.  Jesus said in John 10:10, Amplified Bible, “ I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, til it overflows.)
The question we should all ask ourselves, “Am I enjoying my life?”  Jesus gave His life, so that we could enjoy our life.

I have heard people say,” God showed me that we should be doing this or that”.  My answer is: if God showed you and He didn’t show me, then He must be talking to you.

Pressures come from well intended people.  But sometimes we take on more responsibilities than we should and then we are running on overload.  We can so easily become like Martha, and we are not doing the main thing like Mary chose. That was to sit at the feet of the Lord. A time of refreshing in the presence of the Lord. A time to be eased, relieved and be refreshed in our souls.
Life in general can put pressures on us. Test and trials come to steal your joy. The joy of the Lord is our strength. Nehemiah 8:10. No joy, no strength.  Ministers of the gospel are so weighted down from carrying the cares of the church or  just doing ministry that it affects their physical well being. Lots of sick ministers preaching healing and they can’t even fight off a cold.  Sad to say we can get caught up doing things that God never said to do and we open the door for the enemy to attack our bodies.

I know from first hand experience that when God calls you to do a particular thing, His anointing is on it. He gives you the grace to walk in it. Because its His ability in you to do what you can’t do for yourself. You flow with it and it is no struggle. You recognize without HIM you could not be doing what you are doing.  You are not trying to make it happen, its just happening. You stand in awe of HIM. It is a humbling experience to know the Creator of heaven and earth choose you to do something for Him.
I am not saying there will not be opportunities to confront us, but when God calls us to do a certain thing, He will equip us with whatever we need to finish the task.  When God’s hand is on something, no devil in hell can stop it. Remember its all about HIM, not us.
Hebrews 4:9 There remains a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into His rest, he also has ceased from his own work, as God did from His.  Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same examples of unbelief.

When we are not resting in God we are in unbelief.  Faith is a rest to the people of God.
Hebrew 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are  compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which does so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.
There is a difference between weights and sins.  If it wasn’t, it would have all been grouped together.
Weights are pressures and burdens, something heavy on us.  Sin is to know to do good and not do it. Missing of the mark.  Jesus never told us to be weighed down and  to carry our own burdens. Jesus is the Good Shepherd and sheep are not made to carry heavy loads.
There are things we do that are not bad but we add them to ourselves and they steal our time, our joy and it feels like a heavy burden on our backs.  One of those things that we ask ourselves, “how am I going to get all this done? “ Sad thing about this is that God never told us to do certain things, so we end up struggling to get it done.

Life is too short  and we only have one life on this earth before we step into eternity.  What good are we to anyone if we are broken down and worn out?

I believe the Lord wants us to find our place so we can walk in HIS grace. Take a look at all the things you are trying to accomplish and ask the Lord to show you  what His plan is.  Too many times we get caught up making the plans and ask HIM to bless it.  If its HIS plan, it will be blessed.

Spending time praying in the Spirit will bring to pass God’s perfect will. The enemy will steal that from us so that we continue to be busying ourselves with good deeds of the flesh  (works) and we end up in God’s permissive will and miss His perfect will.  Romans 12:2
Jesus  was sent here to fulfill a mission.  He knew the importance of spending time with His Father.  He said, “I only do what the Father says to do and I only say what the Father says to say.”  John 8:28-38
He received His instructions for each day in a place called REST.  Its a place that you are  fully trusting in the promises of God. They  are yes and amen to you.  No matter what is going on around you, the Word inside is bigger.   If God said it, it will come to pass.

I encourage every reader to take time to visit this place. There you will find peace and joy. And you will find answers waiting in His presence.  Your flesh will not want to be still—but make a decision that this is most important thing you could be doing.

And to help you get things finished,  HE will give you back the time spent with HIM.

The Way to Peace

John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have perfect peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration: but be of good cheer (take courage: be confident, certain, fearless! For I have overcome the world. I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you. ”

Do we really believe His words?  The world only offers hurts, disappointments, one trial right after another.
But in the midst of all of these sorrows, we can walk in total peace. A peace we can’t explain. It’s a knowing on the inside that God is on our side and we don’t have to be afraid of what man can do.
The enemy is AS a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.  He can only make a lot of noise, trying to put fear in the heart of God’s people.  His job is to steal, kill and destroy. And he has done his job. He has used God’s own children to fight against each other and destroy one another.  As long as we war against each other, the attention is not on him.
Today, the storms of life may be raging all around us, but we can have this confidence that we are going to the other side.  We are not going to get blown away, or pulled under with the current.  When we fall we shall arise, when we sit in darkness the Lord shall be our light. Micah 7:8. When we pass through the waters, God is with us, when we walk through the fire, we shall not be burned . Is 43:2
If we are abiding IN HIM (in His Word) we can step out on the bough of our lives and say “Peace be Still.”
Ps. 91 assures us that when we are abiding in the Secret Place, we are hid under the shadow of the Almighty.  We don’t have to be afraid of what man is doing. Our trust is not in man, but in the One and Only True God. People will let you down. Those you thought would always be there for you, can suddenly be gone. The only one we can really count on is the Father God.  HE is that friend that sticks closer than a brother. God is there in a time of trouble, He promises that He will never leave nor forsake you.  His Word can be counted on.
God’s Word promises us that when people may come against us one way, but they will flee seven ways. That a thousand may fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you.
Trouble will flee, because His banner over us is love.
The key to God’s protection is to continue to dwell in HIM. We have been called by the Name of the Lord. He has called our name and we answered that call.  He is not going to desert us in a time of trouble.
Isaiah 26:3 YOU will guard him and keep him in perfect  and constant peace whose mind is stayed on YOU, because he commits himself to YOU, leans on You and hopes confidently in YOU.
The world will rob you of peace if you listen to bad reports about those things that you have prayed over.  You have to keep and guard your heart, so that your mind will stay still.  Trusting in God.  No matter how bad a report is, be determined to believe the report of The Lord.  All things are possible to them that believe.  Stay connected to the Vine. When we are connected to HIM, we can have a knowing EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT.
Then and then only can we walk in a peace that passes all understanding.

Chains that Bind


Amazing Grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me, I once was lost but now I’m found, was blind but now I see,
My chains are gone, I’ve been set free, My God My Saviour has ransomed me.
Praise God we no longer have to live a life as a slave, bound by chains of defeat.

As we walk this journey out, we can reflect back on how much we have been set free from. A yoke of bondage was choking the very life out of us. The enemy has no pity. If he can trap you in one area, he moves on to another. He is no respecter of age. He would rather get to a child so he has their whole life to torment and abuse.

It’s like a chain. One link connects to another. James 3:14 but if you have bitter jealousy (envy) and contention (rivalry, selfish ambition in your hearts, do not pride yourselves on it and thus be in defiance of and false to the Truth.
Ps. 73:6 Therefore pride is about their necks like a chain.
If sin is not dealt with, it goes from one extreme to another. What starts out small can grow into a mountain that is hard to climb. We could call it a chain reaction. One thing affects another.

Chains are used to pull objects, to hold things together, they are used to harness, their main purpose is to hold something in place. To keep it from moving.
Sounds like satan doesn’t it.  Satan, who is the clasp, wants to bind (harness) us so we are paralyzed and can not fulfill our God ordained purpose.

Through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ the chains were broken, but we have to choose to walk in that freedom.  A born again child of God can hold onto what they have been set free from. They can continue to live in their past, continue to blame other people and live bound to the enemy. When we conduct our lives in this manner, we do not know who the enemy is.  Jesus said it all hanging on the cross: ” Father forgive them, for they know not what they are doing.”

Today, you can shake off those chains that bind, you can walk out of that jail cell of your past. You hold the key—- Jesus gave the keys to us. Get up and start acting like a free man/woman. Take off the grave clothes and the mask that you have hid behind.

What a shame for Jesus to go through death, hell and the grave, for us to sit bound up by an enemy that has been stripped of all authority over our lives. Col. 2:13-15
Ephesians 2:6 And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together (giving us joint seating) with Him.

Someone might be thinking, “You don’t know what I’m going through and what they did to me”.  First, you will go through, read Is. 43:2. Second, get over the pass. Unforgiveness is a link in the chain.  Unforgiveness leads to bitterness and bitterness leads to hate and hate is as murder in your heart.  Remember one link is connected to another.

Today is your day—- Have an earthquake experience, just like Paul and Silas. See yourself loosed from the chains that have bound you.

We are free to be free.

Entrance Denied

 Proverbs 4: 23 Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flows the springs of life.

We are the gatekeeper to our hearts. Many thieves and robbers of our faith will show up trying to get to our hearts.  Their intentions are to contimate the springs of life.  To stop the flow of living waters.

The thief enters in through the thought life. One drop at a time. One negative thought leads to another.  What starts out as small and insufficient becomes a polluted river.  It ends up flowing into others lives. One person can poison so many people.
Unless we take charge and refuse those thoughts entrance, they will become so real we will find ourselves acting them out in real life.

As a man thinketh in his heart so is he.  When we open our ears to polluted talk (things that are contrary to the Word) we have given the enemy a key to our heart.
Our reaction at that very moment should be to  hold a sign up that says, Access Denied. When opportunity arises to get offended quickly slam the No Entry door.

We all know of people that have allowed their hearts to become harden.  It’s easy to get like that if you don’t guard your heart.  Listening to the voice of the enemy will cause your heart to become harden.  Jesus speaks in a still small voice and the enemy pounds away.  Repeating the same thing over and over and over until he convinces us —– “it must be so”.
Test and trials in life can take you down a roaring current. It’s a decision that each of us make to row against the flow.  The easiest thing on the flesh is to run from problems and not face them. Have you ever noticed that the Armour of God is for the front parts. We face the enemies, not run from them.  No matter how long you run, the devil has a way of finding you and using the same trick. Until you shut the door.

What have you allowed to enter into your heart. What kind of water is flowing out your spout.  People everywhere are looking for a cup of fresh water.

Today each of us can make a choice to drink only from the fountain of Life.  It starts with a pure heart, and that comes through repentance. Then shut the door and keep it shut from anything that would give the enemy of our faith entrance into our house (hearts).

Have you been desensitized?

Desensitized means to render insensitive or less sensitive. Past feelings. To make emotionally insensitive or unresponsive.

The Bible tells us that in the last days people will grow cold because of the multiplied lawlessness and iniquity. Matthew 24:12.
When we look around it’s not hard to see how the hearts of so many people has become cold and calloused. Life revolves around “ME”  The saddest thing is that its happened to the children of God. They are walking in darkness and have been so desensitized they don’t even recognize  the change that’s taken place in their own life.

Test and trials can make one bitter and not better. An attitude can be taken that ” no one is going to hurt me again”.  The only way out of that is through the grave. The enemy will provide many opportunities to put us through the fire. But when we walk through the fire, God has promised to be with us. Is. 43.  The fourth man will show up and bring us out. And we won’t even look like we did when we started through.  He makes beauty out of ashes. Glory to God!!!

The love of God has been shed aboard in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. Romans 5:5  And yet it’s not being displayed so the world will know us by the love we have one for another. John 13:35.
Proverbs 28:14 Amplified Bible says, ” Blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) is the man who reverently and worshipfully fears the Lord at all times (regardless of circumstances), but he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.  Calamity means disaster and distress.

Can you remember when you did something or said something that you knew wasn’t right and it bothered you until you got it right?  Now, it’s as if it doesn’t matter. You know the saying,
“oh  well”, or “whatever” seem to have taken the place of godly sorrow that works repentance.
And we wonder why the power of God doesn’t manifest as it did in the early days of our salvation.  Have we gotten away from walking in the compassion of The Lord?  The Bible says,  Jesus moved with compassion, because HE is compassion.  Every where compassion (Jesus) went healing and deliverance took place.

When we walk through the crowds do we want to be seen or do we want Jesus to be seen through us.

We need to quit looking for an emotional high and once again fall in love with the Most High. Our hearts should be tender before God and very sensitive to each other. Sometimes that means we don’t say what is on our mind.  I Corinthians 13 tells us what love would do.

Our cry to God should be Lord forgive me for expecting something out of others that I am not willing to give. Change my heart. Help me to see others through your eyes.

Its Time

It is time for you to accept personal responsibility for your inward condition. You have to treat bitterness, resentment, and unforgiveness like they are enemies that have come to corrupt your soul. You must see them as bandits that have come to steal your joy, your peace, and your relationships. Stop blaming everyone else for all your bad attitudes, and acknowledge that there is something inside you that needs to be removed! Jesus said you must speak to that “sycamine tree” and tell it to go (Luke:17:6)!

✦ If you don’t speak to your emotions, they will speak to you.
✦ If you don’t take authority over your emotions, they will take authority over you.
✦ If you don’t rise up and conquer your flesh, it will rise up and conquer you!
✦ So quit letting your emotions tell you what to think, what to do, and how to react.
✦ It’s time for YOU to do the talking and to take command of your own thought life!

Just something for you to THINK ABOUT TODAY! – Rick Renner

No Fault in You!!

Several months ago I was listening to a broadcast and this example of the Father’s love was shared.  After missing the mark (or just sinning) the wife placed her husbands face in her hands and made this statement, “I find no fault in you”
Those words dropped deep into my spirit. I had to ask myself, are you looking for faults in others,  because if you are, you will find it.
No one has arrived. God is still working on everyone of us.
How many times do we as “believers” look for fault in one another.  It’s so easy to see what others do and pass judgement, but we can so easily overlook what we do.
We don’t realize that one sin is as great as the other. We take the place of being a self appointed Judge.

I heard this said many years ago, “we judge others through a magnifying glass, but we judge ourselves through rose colored glasses.”  How true that statement is!!

In the darkest hours of Jesus’ life when He was standing before Pilate, His accusers screaming for His crucifixion Pilate said, ” I find no fault in Him.”
When judgement is being passed on someone, will we as Christ’ followers take a stand and refuse to join in with the accuser of the brethren.  So many times it becomes an open door to speak “what is on our minds“.  By doing so it reveals what is in your heart.  For what is in the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.  When we allow clutter to fill our thought life, it evidently shows up. What we continue to mediate on shows up in our actions.  We can read the Bible everyday, but if we don’t make the decision to act upon what we have read, we just have a lot of head knowledge and not revelation knowledge.

The Bible says that love covers a multitude of sin. It doesn’t expose. The hardest of hearts can be melted when Love is poured out.
Jesus paid an awesome price for each of us, He gave His very life. No matter what we have done, no matter how far we have run from Him, He stands before the Father God and says, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do. ” Then he looks at us and says  “I find no fault in you”

Mounting up as Wings of Eagles

I recently taught this at a church in Knoxville, Tn. and I felt there maybe someone who needed this encouragement.

Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who shall stand in His Holy Place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart.
Ps. 24
There are times in an eagles life when he goes to the mountaintop to be renewed. He beats his beak on the rocks and  he also plucks his old feathers out.
He stays there until he grows new feathers and his beak is sharpen. Now he ready to live between 30-40 more years.  Amazing isn’t it.

We have been called to the mountaintop to meet with God. To be re sharpen and to shake off anything that is hindering our flight in this life.  God wants us
to soar like the eagles.

Ps. 91:1-4  Are you living under God wings of protection, or are you beating the wind trying to do life on your own. His wings of protection is His Word.
That’s our secret place, or our hiding place. No matter what comes against us, we can be sheltered in by His Wings. The storms of life may rage, but as
long as we stay under His protection, no harm can come near our dwelling. Our cry should be to God like David said in Ps. 17:8 ” Keep and guard me
as the pupil of your eye: hide me in the shadow of your wings.
When we are doing verse 1 of Ps. 91, then and only then can we say of the Lord, “He is my refugee and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.”
The Word instructs us to acknowledge Him in all our ways and He shall direct our paths. God has a way of maneuvering us through the
winds of adversity, right into a bright path.
Its time to soar. We can’t soar if we are always caught up at looking at what’s going on around us. That’s a web of deception to keep our focus
on the problem and not on the Answer.
Is. 40:28-31  Too long some stayed in the comfort of their nest. Many have let someone feed them-just like a baby bird–your mouth
has been opened and someone comes by and drops food or the Word into your mouth—Now is the time to take what you have eaten and give
it to someone else.  Step out of your comfort zone.
For some you have let circumstances clip your wings. You have allowed what others think of you cripple your journey. You are more aware of
what the crows  have said than what God has declared over you. Maybe you have been wounded by birds of prey. They are there to stop you from
flying high to get to where God wants to take you.  Stop allowing others to cause you to set on the fence row and wish you could be used by God.

A word of warning—-Stop gathering with the pigeons. Eagles don’t mingle with the pigeons.  Pigeons gather in flocks to scramble for food. You can hear the sound
of a flock of pigeons, sounds like a lot of mourning and complaining. Then as someone shared with me, they go and ” dump” on things.  All of you know what
that means, I don’t have to go into detail.  Too many times we let people dump their frustrations and their gossip onto our lives.  Then we have to go through a
process of cleaning it off of us.
An eagle is very different. They don’t gather with the pigeons, they are too busy soaring through the storms or gliding as they look for prey. They move swiftly
and quietly.   I’m reminded of how Jesus would walk through the crowds sometimes not even noticed. Lots of people could use His example.  You don’t have to
be seen to be noticed. Remember birds fly in flocks but eagles fly alone.

Have you given up inside, have you accepted the circumstances that are going on around you. an eagle will never surrender to the size or strength of a prey.
It will always give a fight to win its prey or to regain his territory.  Get back up and begin to take back what the enemy has stolen.  Mount back up, spread
your wings and begin to fly.

Storms will come, but an eagle flies right into it. Taking it head on. Not folding up or running from it. Be not afraid, “Only believe”.

We have all been called to be eagles because God is no respecter of persons. We just have different flight patterns. Let God navigate your flight.
and stay under His Wings.

The Strong Man

1 Peter 3:4
” But the hidden man of the heart is the incorruptible adornment of a meek and quiet spirit which is very costly in the sight of God.” It cost the life of God’s Son.

The hidden man is the you that is in you that will put you over in life.  Inside of each of us God put a will. That “will” becomes the strong man.  By a choice we will to go one way or another.
Whatever we yield our will to will eventually become our master. God’s will for our life is to conformed to the image of His dear Son.  Romans 8:29

God gave us a will, He did not make us robots. HE created  man to think for himself.  His perfect plan for mankind was to choose to follow after HIM.  Romans 12:2  There is a good, acceptable and perfect will of God.
Our highest level of spiritual maturity is the ‘perfect:” will of God.  That happens when our will is  conformed to His will. When Jesus was facing the cross, He knew what was going to happen to Him. He, being human cried out to God, ” Father, if  You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but (always) your will be done.  Luke 22:42 Amplified Bible.
He submitted His will to the will of the Father God.
On the flip side, we all know what happened in the Garden of Eden. God expressed His will to Adam.  Genesis 2: 16-17  And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, ” You may freely eat of every tree of the garden, But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and blessing and cursing you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it, you shall surely die.”  But when faced with a choice, Adam went against God’s will and allowed  the man on the inside to bow down  to an outside force. He could have chosen to obey  God just as easy as he chose to disobey. God lets us decide our destiny. Spiritual death is a slow thing. It took Adam 930 years to die.  Separation from God comes little by little. One choice leads to another choice. The end is destruction.
Sin pays a wage. Payday will come.

The will of man is a powerful thing. Paul said in Romans 7: 15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that I do. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing, for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inner man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin, which is in  my members.
O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from the body of this death?  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord, so then with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.

The enemy of our soul seeks ways to bind the strong man inside of us.  He attacks our emotions to play with our minds and the end result is to break our will.  When this happens you are no longer in control of your own life. Now he has a stronghold in your mind.  You become a puppet to people and situations.  Someone else is in control of your life. The choice was the wrong tree.  Which lead to paying the consequences.  When we know to do good, and don’t do it,its sin.  The choice has been made by your will to go the way of the flesh (what pleases you instead of what pleases the Father).   All the time, the real us is crying out to lead us in the way of righteousness.  Too often the Word (God’s Will ) is twisted to fit our agenda.

Can we be like Jesus?  When opportunities come up that comes against our flesh, will we make the choice to let the Strong Man arise and follow after the things that please the Father God, or will we continue to choose to let an outside force lead our lives and end up paying the consequences. 
Thank God for the Blood of Jesus, His mercy and His grace will give us the Victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  He has given us the ability to allow the Strong Man to stand up and do what is right, just because its the right thing to do.

Who is at the steering wheel of your life?

If you are headed to a certain destination in your car, you probably have a route you take, so you steer your car in that direction.  On the other hand if you are riding with someone, they are in control, so they take the route they choose and you are just along for the ride. Either way you get to where you are going.
Life in general takes us in all different directions. sometimes we look at our situations and wonder, “how in the world did I ever get to this place in my life? ” But when we finish our race we want to know that we have gotten to the place God destined us to be and doing what God called us to do.
Too many times we allow other people to take control of our lives and steer us in the direction of their choosing. Sometimes the actions and influence of others will take us on a journey that we perfer not to go.  Its the plan of satan to stop God’s plan. As tuff as it may sound, the only life I have control over is my own life. When our children are small our job is to steer them in the direction of the Lord. You should never force your children to be what you didn’t become.  Steer them toward God and God will take them where He wants them to go and do what He has placed in their hearts to do.  An example of this is that parents try to make a football player out of a doctor.  Once a child is grown and gone its up to them to steer their own lives.  Your job is just to continue to pray for them.

When test and trials come our way (and they are coming) we have to make a choice. Will we give up or get up and go on?  Are you going to let the enemy have the steering wheel?
Are you going to let him take control of your life and drive you over the cliff?  Thats his plan to steal, kill and destroy.  John 10:10
The enemy is always trying to get us off our path.  The Word of God says we have a bright path. Where there is light, you can see clearly.  If he can’t stop us from stepping out in our walk with God, he will set up roadblocks and detour signs. ( You better do this or do that).

Thats all designed to get us going in a direction thats leading to nowhere. It becomes a burden and not a blessing. Jesus said in Matthew 11:30 “My yoke is easy and my burdens are light.”  Sheep are not built to carry heavy loads. Ps. 23 says “He makes me to lie down in green pastures, ( a place of flourishing)  He leads me by still waters.”  (Not turmoil and confusion).  God is not the Author of Confusion.

The question I pose is this. Who is at the steering wheel of your life? Are you being lead by man and their opinions or by what God says in His Word?  Is your thinking in line with God or are you allowing others to think for you?
Jesus made this statement. ” I only do what the Father says to do and only say what the Father says to say.” In the garden praying to His Father, his flesh was crying out, “Is there any other way?”   ” Not my will, but your will be done. ”
He allowed God to stay in control, to steer his life through death, hell and the grave.  Thats dedication and committment.  Too many times when our backs are against the wall, we will take the easy route. Whatever is easiest on the flesh.

My friends, its easy to serve God when everything is bright and beautiful. The test of faith is when you don’t know what to do or which way to go——-at the cross roads of your life.
Thats when you have to look up in the face of God and say to Him, GOD I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO,  BUT MY EYES ARE UPON YOU!!  I acknowlege you, in all my ways and I know you will direct my path.