Sifted

Growing up I can remember my mothers homemade biscuits. She would rise early to prepare them for us. I can see her now with the flour, “lard” and milk.  She kneaded the ingredients together until it was mixed throughly.  She would then put some flour into a sifter and sift the flour unto the table, then roll the biscuit mix over the sifted flour.  This gave them a light coating. Then into the oven they went.  Her biscuits would melt in your mouth.

Luke 22: 31-32 Jesus said to Peter- ” Simon Peter, Listen! Satan has asked excessively that all of you be given up to him, out of the control and keeping of God, that he might sift all of you like grain. But I have prayed especially for you Peter, that your own faith may not fail, and when you yourself have turned again, strengthen and establish your brethren. ”

Sifting reduces flour or grain down to a fine powder like substance- easily can be blown away.

Satan is always preverting what God does. God sifts to remove the unworthy things in our lives and keeps the worthy. Satan does the opposite. He sifts to remove the worthy and leaves us with the unworthy.

His motives have never changed. He desires to reduce us to nothing. He is the author of confusion. He brings circumstances and situations to blow our faith away. Test and trials has been escalated.  Most of us are facing things we never imagined could happen.  We are being tried as by fire.

Many of God’s children have been sifted by the enemy. They have returned to the world’s way and they have allowed their faith to be blown away. Some once were on the front lines, but because of offenses, hardships and what seemed to be unanswered prayers they gave up.

But just as Jesus reminded Peter, He wants us to know HE is praying for us. He is standing in the gap for each of us. He will not give up.  He will not leave nor forsake us.

He is making intercession for us, right now. He believes in us. So much so that He laid His life down so we could walk in newness of life.

You may feel God is a million miles away on vacation. But He is just a whisper away.

He is an Ever Ready God. Ready to restore us, and then He will allow us to go help someone whose life has been sifted or blown away by the winds of adversity.

Thats the God we serve. He never gives up on us!!!!

 

 

Learn to Discern

While teaching at a Bible Study recently the phrase, ” Learn to discern” came out. It was hot off the press, no where in my notes. Straight from the Holy Ghost.

I couldn’t get away from those words, so I went to Vine’s Expository Dictionary to find out what it said about discernment. The meaning is the following:
To judge, to distinquish or separate as to investigate, to determine the excellence of defects of a person or thing. To test, prove, scrutinize, to decide. To discriminate. Judge by evidence whether they are evil or of God.
We are living in a time when discernment is much needed. Things can look or sound good to the natural ears or eyes, but can be so deceiving. Proverbs 16:35 There is a way that seems right to man, but the end is the way of death.  Man looks on the outward appearance but God looks on the heart. I Samuel 16: 7.
This is why we must guard our hearts. Deception starts with a lure to the flesh, little by little lies are swallowed–Our thinking becomes cloudy and now we are baited.

Discernment will keep us on the right track.  Our spiritual antennas need to be tuned to a High Frequency, to be able to hear from heaven.
The devil is a liar, there is no truth in him. John 8:44. He is not our Father.  If you don’t know the truth he will deceive you. Even if you know the Truth and don’t continue in it, you will not be kept free.  We have to keep looking into the perfect Law of Liberty to walk in our freedom. James 1:25

There are people who lie so much that when they tell the truth, no one believes them.  I know from experience. I had an older brother who loved to lie. He could make up some whoppers and swear by them. He would look you in the eye and never change his expressions. His lies sounded so real, after a while he became like the little boy who cried wolf. The day came when whatever he told was not believed.
There are a lot of wolves lurking around. looking for a prey. Searching for someone to fall into their pit of deception.  Too many people and even God’s people have fallen into this trap, because they were lead by the wrong voices.  My question today is this: “If everyone is jumping off a cliff, will you follow? Have you turned a deaf ear and become dull of hearing the voice of God?
What you compromise to keep you will lose.   If you have compromised your faith,  you make excuses for your actions and your choices, payday is coming. Satan will come knocking and demand that you pay.  The wages of sin is death. Romans 8:23
We are to be led by the Spirit and not by the flesh. Romans 4:18 Learning to discern right from wrong, good from evil is one of the jobs of the Holy Spirit. He will guide us into all Truths. John 16:13.  He will not get us off the path of righteousness. The path will get brighter, not darker.

Deuteronomy 28: 13 Tells us we are the head and not the tail, we are above and not beneath. That means we are to be in front of the enemies tactics and not following behind him picking up the pieces of his destruction.  Our armor is for the front parts and there is no covering for the back. That means we charge toward the enemy and not run from him.
Praise God, he is defeated.  We are living in perilous times. No more time to turn our heads and stick them in the sand and think everything is going to work out because God is in control.
Just this morning in my prayer time I said to God this stupid remark, “God raise us up”  Immediately He responded—-I HAVE ALREADY RAISED YOU UP AND MADE YOU TO SIT IN HEAVENLY PLACES IN CHRIST JESUS. ITS UP TO YOU TO TAKE AUTHORITY”
Yes, Sir!!!!!
Friends we are here for such a time as this. We are the ones left to wrap this age up.  Are you willing to surrender your will to the Will of God?  Time for the blinders to come off and for us to have eyes to see and ears to hear what the Spirit of Grace is saying.  The Apostle Paul said, ” Follow me as I follow Christ” I Corin. 11:1
A good leader is one that others want to follow.  If the blind is leading, everyone falls into a ditch.

My prayer for all of us is that the scales are removed and that the eyes of our understanding be enlightened so that we know the hope of our calling in Christ. Our calling is to be like HIM.
We hear the voice of God and a strangers voice we will not follow.  We are learning to discern.

 

Our Rights

In the society we live in today everyone is shouting for “their right.”  You hear so many say, ” I have a right to this or that”.  Some want to have their rights, but stand against someone else having their rights.

Sounds a little crazy, or could I use the expression, Selfish.  Thinking only about ME.

When we give our lives to the Lord, we should lay our ways down and strive to do it God’s way.  Just like Jesus said in the garden , “Not my will, but thy will be done.” Our will is to be surrendered. Self gets out of the way. It can be tough on the flesh. But who do we want to please?

In the Body of Christ there is so much offense.  You hear it said, ” I have a right to get mad. They hurt my feeling, so I have a right to not speak.”  They did this 40 years ago, so I have a right to hold this offense against them.”

“You do?????  Who gave you that right?    The devil himself, convinces people of their “rights”   Then one day, because of their sowing his seeds, the harvest comes up.   It produces a crop that you don’t want to gather.  All because of your ” rights.”

We give up our rights, when we make Jesus Lord of our lives.

Mathew 6:33A Seek first the Kingdom of God, (God’s way of doing and being right.

Jesus chose to go to the cross for you and me. He gave up His rights. So we could be made right with God.

And so it is in our own lives—– we give up our rights to walk upright before God and stay in right relationship with Him.

 

A Time for War

We just recently seen the movie War Room. I highly recommend this movie.  Don’t know how many people realize that we are in a war.

Satan is on the war path. He has brought division in our nation, among  our leaders, our education system, our races and most important division in our families.  People who once fought for each other and had each other’s backs,  have totally turned around to hurt and destroy with their mouths and their actions. The blinders are on and many are identifying with the enemy.

What a disgrace to the Body of Christ.  Better to not say you are a Christian than to conduct your life so unlike Christ. Ephesians 4:1 Paul wrote this: I therefore the prisoner of the Lord appeal to and beg you to walk (lead a life) worthy of the divine calling to which you have been called, with behavior that is a credit to the summons to God’s service.

We are at war, but not with each other. Our fight is not flesh and blood. II Corinthians 10:3-4 For though we walk in the flesh, we are not carrying on our warfare according to the flesh and using human weapons. For the weapons of our warfare are not physical weapons ( weapons of flesh and blood). They are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds.

We all need to have a revelation of that Truth. If all believers understood that,  we would join arm and arm together and put the enemy on the run.  “Submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee.”

Its time to serve notice on the destroyer. NO MORE, will you have the right to move about freely in MY Nation, ( this is my country) devil you are illegal and you have to go. We are calling forth leaders who will lead. When the righteous rule, the people rejoice. We will not compromise our faith in God We Trust.

NO MORE in Our Families. The devil has roamed about, seeking who you may devour long enough.  As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.  I arrest you in Jesus’ Name. We  expose every lying and deceptive spirit.We release the ministering spirits to begin to move about in every corner of  every member’s life in  our families.

Its way past time for us to possess our land.  Paul prayed that the eyes of our understanding be enlightened, so we know the hope of our calling.  I don’t know about you, but when Jesus returns I want to be walking in my calling.  I want to be up about the Father’s business and not the devil’s business.  My life will count for my Daddy God.

We need a determination to fight the good fight of faith, and lay hold of eternal life. The God kind of Life.  Stop allowing the enemy of God to use us against one another.  Stand together, restore one another and stop judging each other. Learn to forgive as we have been forgiven. Extend mercy when you want to extend judgement.

Together we stand, divided we fall.  Thank God we have read the end of the Book, and we know we win.  But until then we need our armour on, and stand against the wiles (tricks) of the devil.  The devil only has the place we give him. Plain and simply, grow up into all godliness. Knock the chip off your shoulder and give yourself completely to God.

Friends, it’s time to do some knee bends. Time to seek the Lord and stand in the gap for one another.  Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up.

To God be all the Glory!!!!

Redeeming the Time

While attending a Believers Convention a while back, I heard one of the ministers speak on Ephesians 5:11-17. Verse 16 just jumped out at me and I wanted to share some insight of this subject.  “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” The Amplified Bible says: “Making the very most of the time (buying up each opportunity) because the days are evil.
Time is a valuable thing, yet we somehow don’t treasure it the way we should.  When we are busy doing things we enjoy, time seems to get away.  But on the other hand if we are in the middle of a battle, time seems to drag.
We are instructed in the scripture to redeem the time. Redeem means to rescue, to recover, to deliver from. To redeem time means to use more diligence in the improvement  of it. To be diligent and active in duty and preparation.
So many times we forget how precious time is and how fast time slips away.  I personally have said that once I turned 50, it seemed as though I woke up one day and “O Well, here I am.”  _________ and counting.  Where did time go?   Some people say, time flies when you are having fun. Time flies regardless if you are having fun or not.
So what do we do to redeem the time we have on earth?
1. Regardless of what is going on in your life make the decision to enjoy the ride.  One day your time on earth will be over.
2. Make the decision to be the best at whatever God has called you to do.  Then go the extra mile.
3. Don’t waste valuable time trying to prove your point.  When life is over, its over.  What will be your legacy?
4. Learn to enjoy your time with other people.  Life is not about “ME.” God put us here to be a blessing to one another.  We reap what we sow. Sow love and love comes back.
5. To quick to forgive. Offences steal so much time.  Every day that one holds onto unforgiveness is one less day of spending “time” sharing in each others life.
(If we don’t forgive, neither will the Father forgive us.)
6. Last but not least: Spend “time” with the Father.  No time with HIM will go unnoticed.

Just a Thought

If your identity is in something that can be lost, you are identifying with the wrong thing.  Our identity should be in the Lord.

The Count Down

 
I have never been a fan of wresting or boxing.  It seems senseless as to why two grown men would want to be hit in the face and pouched in the stomach. Some people will do anything for money.
Do you know that life is like being in a ring with your opponent —who is satan. If a person doesn’t take the time to get fit spiritually the enemy will wear you out. 1 Peter 5:8 Amplified Bible says, ” that enemy of yours roams around like a lion roaring in fierce hunger seeking someone to seize upon.”

As we step into the arena of faith we are ready and courageous and determined to fight to the end. A few licks and punches but we shake it off and keep going. We have that winning mentality.
After a while the knocks get harder and we begin to get worn down. One lick after another and we begin to feel the effects.

Then out of no where, the blow comes, this is the big one. This is the one that can take you out.  We are down—- the count starts—- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8  all of a sudden we hear a voice inside, it is not over unless you quit. Thanks be unto God who always causes us to triumph in Christ Jesus.  In that few moments of time, when your head is telling you to give up, quit, it’s never going to change, you have to make a decision. With every ounce of strength inside of you slowly you pull ourselves up with this reminder, ” when I fall I shall arise”  I overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony.
My testimony is that I cannot be defeated and I will not quit.

We are up and swinging the Word of God again. The enemy thought he had us, but the Greater One came to our rescue. His grace is sufficient. Let the weak say I am strong.

Does this sound familiar?  Don’t think it strange when you are backed into a corner. There is someone somewhere who is facing the same bully.
God is so good, that when you feel like you can’t make it, He will have someone come to your corner and encourage you with His Word. They will wipe the tears from your eyes and help you get the fight back in your heart. They will remind you that you are strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

Today your bully may be health issues that just keep hanging around, maybe it’s financial burdens, depression, broken relationships. But with God All Things are possible, to those who believe.

Joy comes from believing. The joy of the Lord is our strength. That’s why satan is after your joy. If we keep looking at those bullies slowly but surely life becomes sadness.
God wants our mourning to be turned into joy.  Jeremiah 33:13
When we truly are believing HIM– the care is rolled over on Him. And He makes all things beautiful in His time.  It may not be tomorrow, but He is working to turn situations around. He is lining things up to give us the victory.

Don’t lay there in your sorrow. Get up, shake the dust off and be determined to win. Our lives are letters, someone is reading our story. They are watching our reactions. They are listening to what you are saying. What is coming out of your mouth?  Love or hate, victory or defeat.

As far as God is concerned the end has already been declared!!  James 1: 12 blessed happy to be envied is the man who is patient under trial and stands up under temptations, for when he has stood the test and been approved, he will receive the victor’s crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him.
We can lift our hands in victory and shout the
The winner is.  Write your name on the dotted line. __________________________

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”

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.