July 25 2016

Obedience To God

obedience to godWhen I first gave my life to God, three years ago it was after a few months of searching and questioning Him for what was true. I had many doubts about if the Bible was true, or how could there have been a flood, or how could God have created everything in 7 days? God was so patient with me, and so kind when showing me the answers. He showed me truth in ways that not only blew my mind, but opened me up more to who He is. When I finally realized that God is indeed the One True Living God, creator of the heavens and the earth, I got on my knees and said “take me Lord. Use me as a tool.” It was because of my full submission and willingness that God began an amazing journey in me.

Over the course of the next few months, God prompted me to make many, many changes in my life. It was through the voice of the Holy Spirit I knew what direction He wanted me to take, when making these changes. Most of them were huge changes (how I dressed, what I watched, what music I listened too, how I ate, etc.) and I was obedient to follow all of them. Some were very difficult and some were easy. But I listened, and I followed. I sometimes questioned, and sometimes did not, but I always obeyed.

God has asked me to do a lot of very difficult things. He has asked me to prophesy over pastors and pray and intercede for other church officials, among other things. It was extremely difficult to do some of these things, because it took me way out of my comfort zone. There were times I stomped my feet and complained and cried to Him because I didn’t want to do it. There were times I downright argued with God and told Him “no way”. I can freely admit to you I have had a bad, maybe even terrible, attitude when God has asked me to do difficult things. Not because I am proud of my bad attitude, but because I am not ashamed.

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

1 John 4:18

I have come to an understanding that there are reasons behind my bad attitude or disobedience. God is not angry with me for my behavior. He knows my heart, and knows why I have done what I have done. He is extremely patient and slow to anger, and not looking to punish His children. He wants to teach us and to bring healing to us, so He can perfect us with His divine and perfect love. It is through that love that we learn to trust God, to see that He does not break His word. He is who He says He is in the words of scripture. He is a good Father who wants to bring us into restoration. And that is exactly where I am at: restoration. Restoration is a process and a journey. You do not get there overnight.

I have gone into the depths of my soul with my inner healing. During this process I have strayed far away from that place of strength to serve God. I have just had to do my best to get through often times, and that is OK. God was not asking me to pray for others, or prophesy or anything big during this time. It has been a time of strengthening and healing places that I never knew even existed within me. That is until recently. I had quite a traumatic encounter with someone last year, as God led me to continually speak into this person’s life. I ended up feeling pretty beat up by the experience and wanted to basically have nothing to do with that person ever again. Of course that is not how God works. He has plans that are much greater than the sum of what we see in front of us.

Recently God has been quietly nudging me to once again pray for this person. I have to tell you I was extremely resistant to the idea. I felt hurt and angry, and wanted to “move on”. Yet God continued to gently nudge me into prayer. I fought and argued for days before finally, begrudgingly giving in. Aren’t I sweet? Children have to learn hard lessons in obedience, don’t they? Finally when I did agree to pray, I asked God to tell me what I was to pray. He led me into a very short and specific prayer and I was done. No pain there. Then He prompted me again. I have to admit I was really getting angry at this point. Why couldn’t I just move on?? After all, this person really hurt me. So for two weeks I would fight and argue, then agree to it begrudgingly. Finally it came to the point where the Lord asked me to not pray, but to send an email.

The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.

Psalm 103:8

I admit, I completely flipped my lid. The last thing I wanted to do was to have open communication with someone I felt had treated me terribly. Really. I did not want to do it and I did not care that God asked me to do it. I argued and fought for a week. I told God if He wanted me to do it, I needed confirmation. I asked my husband to pray. I was not going to walk into a trap if this wasn’t really God asking me. The Lord was relentless, in a very kind and gentle way, but relentless nonetheless. He made sure to remind me He had asked me to do this and I was not obeying. Why in the world would God ask me to do something that was painful and basically terrifying to me? Why!

The reason for the email, I thought, was to tell this person I forgive them. The irony in that is that I had not actually forgiven them at all. So I sat down in my quiet time and worked through my feelings for this person. I thought I had moved on, but in reality, I was holding on to a huge grudge. Holding a grudge is dangerous territory. It’s basically an open door to allow darkness to run through you. Which is the opposite of what I have been working so hard to heal from. So I asked the Lord to help me understand all my anger. It turns out, my anger towards this person was actually stemmed from a deep place within me, that was triggered by a very painful event from my past. It was not really this person that was causing me so much pain, it was the wounds of the past that had never been healed. This person was just a representation of some really awful stuff still deep within me.

Once I got to a place of understanding why there was so much anger, I asked to Lord to help me see how He sees this person. It was hard to hear, when you want to vilify someone, but of course the Lord never sees things from our human perspective. He sees things from a much higher plane, that is grounded in His perfect love and understanding. The Lord helped me to forgive someone who I had been holding on to hatred for, for almost a year. That was a huge moment. So finally, a few days later, I decided to just email the guy. I really did not want to, and had hoped just forgiving him would be good enough. Nope.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 

Philippians 4:4-6

As I began to write the email, I asked the Lord what to say. Well guess what? He did not want me to write to forgive him, He wanted me to write to ask to be forgiven. Seriously? That was even harder than what I originally thought I was writing about. It’s one thing to forgive someone, but it’s entirely different thing to see my own sin of anger towards another, and be humble enough to admit it to them. Wow. I thought it was bad just being asked to pray for someone that hurt me, and here I am now apologizing to them. I felt like I was opening a door to trouble and strife. I went through with the email, careful to say only what I heard the Lord asking me to say. Sent.

I had a panic moment. I was filled with fear that I had open the lines of communication with someone who had felt like an enemy. I had to talk through it with a friend and pray for God’s help. He would not ask me to do something that was going to bring me harm. He has a bigger plan. I had to remember that, and trust Him. It is hard. As I sit here writing this a few hours later, I actually feel gleeful. Gleeful! Who would have thought, that one act of obedience could bring joy into my very being. You see the Lord turned something that looked like one little random act, and used it for my good. Yes it will accomplish something I can’t understand yet, but it really brought me freedom. I found forgiveness, healing, and humility. All because I decided to obey the Lord. Wow. That is pretty big.

God is always going to invite us to do things that we feel are way to hard for us to do. And not just hard, but completely out of our comfort zone. We might feel unequipped, not worthy, or a host of other feelings about trying to do these things. The Lord knows much better than that. God does not call us because we are equipped or good enough to do it; He calls us because He is going to use it for our good. He calls us because in His eyes, we are worthy to Him. He calls us because ultimately He only wants to partner with us, and teach us how to do what He has created us to do. The reason we fail to obey is not because we are horrible people who are disobedient and worthless. No. Remember, God sees our hearts. The reason we fall short of what God is inviting us into, is because through many circumstances in our lives, we have created a well of pain that we have walled off with cinder bricks in order to protect ourselves. Then we walk away and forget that there was ever anything behind that wall in the first place.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

heartYet while we are convinced we are safe hiding those dark places away, we have also kept them from the Lord, the One who will heal us. And behind that wall is a festering wound that has such a foul stench it invites the very dogs of hell to come sniffing around. The Lord knows why we built the wall. He knows why we don’t want to look at those dark places again. He understands the pain that was so deep we had to turn a blind eye to it. He also knows the miracles He could work on those hidden places, if we would only let Him in. That is where our heart condition lies. Behind the festering wound we try so desperately to keep hidden. Without access to it, God cannot change us. He cannot violate our free will, by going to those places without our permission.

Instead of looking down on ourselves for our failure to obey God, or even for our bad attitudes about what He has asked us to do, we need to stop and realize there is a much bigger picture at play. Condemnation is not of God, but a trick of our enemy, the devil. He would love for us to focus on being “good” and obedient, and ignore the condition of our hearts. If we obey out of duty rather than love, we are not really obeying at all. We need to surrender the places of pain that have been damaged to God, and let Him bring us into righteousness. Then we can obey with grateful hearts, out of love.

I am still a work in progress. I have a long way to go. Obedience is not just an act, but a relationship. We need to work on having a right relationship with God, trusting Him and letting Him in, in order to truly come to obedience to God. Let God show you how tender His feelings are towards you. Take a chance and open the door for Him, and let Him help you knock those walls down. Stop beating yourself up because you fear to obey, and start allowing yourself room to breathe in His presence. Jesus will fill you and strengthen you, if you just sit in His presence. He will bring you the freedom and healing you so desperately desire. One step at a time.

And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

Ezekiel 36:26

July 18 2016

Testing Spirits

testing spiritsI have always had a high discernment for the voice of God, and often times can communicate with Him very easily. I have had many times where I hear His voice and I obey (whether I argue about it first or not is another story) and I have had many times where I could ask Him a question and hear His answer easily. I do not hear God speak audibly, but I hear Him speak in my mind. It took some time for me to grow discernment to know God’s voice apart from others, and a big part of that was trusting that I was actually hearing from God. Truthfully, I had some moments where I thought I was really crazy if I thought I was “hearing” God talk to me.

Through trust and faith I began to believe I could hear from God, and learned to trust Him. Through hearing His voice I began to understand more about the character and nature of our wonderful and loving Father. Through my healing journey I have really relied on my ability to hear God speaking to me to lead me through some dark places into His truths. Yet it was also through my healing journey that I realized I still have parts of me that are aligned with darkness. After being abused in satanic rituals for countless years as a child, I had little choice but to comply with allowing many demonic spirits to invade my being. I am going through a weekly process of healing these places, giving them to God, and allowing Him to bring light to the remaining darkness. It is a long process and I am glad that I have Jesus to bring me this level of freedom.

To be honest with you, I only starting recognizing that testing spirits was an important part of my relationship with God recently. I have had many moments when I struggle to hear from God. There are times I have prayed because I needed an answer to see what His will was in a particular situation, and I would get answers that made me feel very unsure. They didn’t sound quite right to me. So I would pray again and get a different answer. Often times the answer would conflict with the first answer. I started to get frustrated and confused, because I was no longer so sure about my accuracy with hearing the Holy Spirit speak to me. Finally I realized I had times where I was being deceived by false spirits posing as Jesus, or even by my own self.

For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.

Matthew 24:24

I knew of testing spirits and I had seen it done before. But I have gotten too comfortable in my own abilities, to see that I could be deceived. From that time on I began testing spirits when I would pray for God’s will or for His discernment, and I got that feeling that something was not right. Or if I was praying about something pretty big, I would always pray to make sure I was hearing from God. We must be aware because even Peter, who had a close relationship with Jesus, was led astray by the lies of the devil.

It is possible for any person to be deceived by false prophets and lies of the devil. We know that the devil disguises himself as an angel of light, posing as something good and attempting to lure us away from God’s truth. That is exactly the way he worked Adam and Eve. The devil has been around for a very long time. He knows the weaknesses of human beings and puts a lot of hours into finding out each person’s weakness. And because he knows the call each of us has on our lives, he knows how to get to us so he can steal that from us. The devil is a liar, and a wolf in sheep’s clothing. That is why testing spirits is not only important, but necessary. We must protect our relationship with God above all, because that is the sole target where the devil sets his aim.

We also have parts of ourselves that want to go against God, and even be like God. Just like Adam and Eve, we fall prey to our own selfish desires, and listen to unwise counsel (aka the devil). So when we are praying for the guidance and discernment of the Holy Spirit, we sometimes allow those parts of ourselves to pose as God, leading us into temptation. We can become very good at deceiving ourselves when it comes to gratifying to soul over the spirit.

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

Galatians 5:16

What exactly does it mean to test the spirits? According to the Bible, we need to test every spirit that comes to us to see whether it is from God or not. When the Bible says spirit, it means the spirit of a man and the spirits that come through man. We will come into contact with Christians who are aligned with darkness purposefully, and are set to deceive us; but we will also come into contact with Christians who have aligned with darkness and have no idea. It is through the darkness within them that they will attempt to deceive us, because there are evil spirits that are using them for this purpose.

When people have areas of themselves they have given over to darkness, this does not mean they are evil or bad. It means they have been deceived and have given over the truth for a lie. It happens to everyone at some point, and we cannot judge others by their actions, but only by the spirit. It is our job to continue to surrender our hearts to God, and work towards letting more and more of His Spirit into our persons. It is through this submission that we can be in alignment with God and His will for our lives.

How can we begin to test the spirits? Testing the spirits is going to be something that most people are going to have to learn and work on as they pray. For many it will not be a simple process, because there is so much coming against us from the world, the devil, our own motivations, etc. To begin we need to grow in our intimacy with Jesus Christ. It is through knowing God we can become familiar with His voice, His character, and His nature. It is also through our relationship with Jesus that we can begin to submit every part of ourselves to Him, allowing Him to bring freedom to places that want to come against His will for us. Submission is never an easy thing. As soon as we think we have completely surrendered, the Lord will always show us another area that we have hidden even from ourselves.

According to 1 John, here is how we test the spirits:

This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. 1 John 4:2-3

So when you are seeking after the Lord for His wisdom and guidance and you hear an answer, you can ask the voice some questions. You want to make sure that this answer is coming from the Most High, so obviously if you are hearing the Holy Spirit, it will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Here are some questions to ask: Is this a false prophet? Do you confess Jesus Christ is the son of the Living God?

As you are listening for an answer, remember that God will never answer inconsistently with His character or nature. As you are learning to distinguish His voice from others, be sure to compare your answer with scripture. God does not change who He is, and His word will always remain a strong testament to His character and nature. And any answer from God is going to bear the fruit of the Spirit with it. Therefore if the things you are hearing don’t produce love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control in you or those around you, then that is not the voice of God.

You can also take your question and answer to a reliable person who is strong in their relationship with the Lord for an outside opinion. But in the end, you must never rely on others for advice, because it could dampen your own growth in your discernment for the Lord.

If you are able to hear the Lord in prayer, then you can hear answers to these questions. If you are hearing answers to these questions that don’t line up with Jesus Christ being the Son of God, then you know it is not Him. If you feel strongly you are up against a false prophet, then simply ask angels of the Lord to remove them from your presence, or tell the spirit that it needs to loose and leave you, in Jesus Name.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Hebrews 13:8

Every single person has the ability to hear the voice of God. I have written a post about it here because it is a gift from the Lord for every one of us. If you are struggling to hear the voice of the Lord, there are many reasons that might be a problem. The first step is to just seek Him with all of your heart and soul and mind, developing your relationship with Him. You must trust that no matter what you feel, He is there, His presence is available, that He loves you, and He has never left you. I know many people do struggle with this issue, and I will continue to teach about it.

I want to be clear, that while the process of testing the spirits is very simple, it is a process of learning and growing as well. We need to be in the presence of the Lord as often as possible so we can know Him more. We need to keep giving ourselves and our lives to Him, so we can be aligned with His will. When we do not submit every part of ourselves to Jesus Christ, we are keeping them locked away from the Lord, making it impossible for Him to bring us freedom there.

He is our loving Father. He wants to be with us, to let His love heal us and move us. We were created because of love, and for no other purpose or reason. All we have to do is ask, and He is there. All He wants in return is our love. Nothing more. No works, no good deeds, no service, no certain behavior: just our love. Our love for God is our ticket to true freedom, joy and hope. We belong to Him, and with Him. Let us surrender, and taste and see that the Lord is good.

 

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

2 Corinthians 3:17

July 11 2016

Recognizing The Voice of God

voice of GodWhen I first came into a relationship with Jesus Christ, I wasn’t really sure how it was supposed to work. I was a little hesitant about praying, and whether or not I could do it. I had a lot of reservations about the whole thing. I mean, does God really listen to us? Can we really hear the voice of God? It seems there are so many people in the world, and when I first decided to take a step into talking to God I wasn’t sure He would be available for little old sinner me. I mean, who am I? A mom, a wife, a horrible wreck and sinner. Not too worthy of the attention of God of the Universe, right? Wrong.

Being a Christian means being in a relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the only way to God the Father, and it is through Jesus that we know God. When we make a commitment to give our lives to Jesus, we receive the wonderful gift of the Holy Spirit. It is through the Holy Spirit that we communicate with God, and understand what He has to say to us. It is an absolute miracle that God can live within us, and talk to us this way. Many people were starving souls, dying for the presence of the Most High God, before the Lord Jesus Christ came in the flesh. They would have done just about anything to have a relationship with the Living God, yet mankind had to wait thousands of years for that marvelous opportunity to come to light.

Thankfully God gave us this wonderful gift so that now we can communicate with Him, anytime and anywhere. So when we utter our prayers or just start blabbering on about our problems to God, He hears all of it, and He cares. Deeply. Once I had established a relationship with Jesus I was eager to please Him. It was really the basis for everything I was doing as I surrendered my life over to Him. I told God to take me, and use me as His tool. And He did! It was that eagerness and openness that allowed me to readily hear His voice and what He asked me to do on a daily basis. The Holy Spirit often asked me to do things that I thought were too difficult for me. Like giving up sugar so I could get healthy, or stopping the celebration of Halloween. Just little things, until I proved I was faithful enough to take on bigger things, such as giving a word to someone I barely know or prophesying over the pastor at church. Yet I was living so surrendered to the Spirit that it became easy to distinguish His voice above all others.

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. Romans 8:26

I know for some this ability seems radical and even impossible. Yet it is completely possible for every person to hear the voice of God. Does that mean God speaks audibly to us? For some, yes I believe He does, but for many of us we will hear God speak in different ways. For some it will sound like a voice in our mind, for others it will be like a vision or picture, and still for others it will be an understanding or knowledge. God does also speak to us through the Bible, but I want to be clear that God does speak right into our minds and spirits to communicate personally with us. This is very important to understand as we get into a deeper relationship with God the Father.

For some there will be a struggle to understanding whether or not they are hearing the voice of God. Like Samuel, God will call to us and we will not recognize His voice. God called out to Samuel four times before Samuel finally understood it was the voice of the Lord speaking to Him, and responded. He had no idea God would, or even could talk to Him. So Samuel believed it was his teacher calling to him instead. How many times have you heard a voice in your mind speaking to you, and you brushed it off this same way? Maybe you too were unsure of whether it was the Lord or just your own strange thoughts. It takes trust and building a relationship to begin to recognize which voice is the Holy Spirit and which is not.

How can we truly know whether or not it is indeed the Lord, our God speaking to us? The same way you would know who was speaking to you on any other occasion; by recognition. When your spouse calls you, you know it is them by their voice and by the way they talk to you. When your child calls out to you, you recognize their voice and the tone in which they use. When you are with friends in a group, you can pick out who is saying what by hearing not only voices but other subtitles of their personalities.

This is what the Lord says:

“Let not the wise boast of their wisdom
    or the strong boast of their strength
    or the rich boast of their riches,
 but let the one who boasts boast about this:
    that they have the understanding to know me,
that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness,
    justice and righteousness on earth,
    for in these I delight,”
declares the Lord.

Jeremiah 9:23-24

I believe we all have an instinctual knowledge of the voice and presence of God. I believe it is a gift He gives us before we are even born. How else could we make it in a world that is bent on tearing us away from God? We need to have some internal hard wiring that drives us back to Him as we serve here on earth. Yet we also have an enemy. A divisive and driven enemy, who wants to confuse us and turn us away from our knowledge of God. This means our enemy works very hard to bring circumstances into our lives that will drive us away from God and into fear, uncertainty, and weakness. When we are weak, we are easy targets.

That is why it is so important to continuously work on our intimacy with Jesus Christ. He is such a wonderful gift in this world. He is always present with us in our lives, always willing to listen to us, and always asking us to give ourselves to Him. All we have to do is stop and be. He already knows us, now it is our turn to get to know Him. Through this intimacy we can begin to understand the nature of God. Through His word we can understand His personality. Through His Holy Spirit we can understand and recognize our Father. Time with God is precious and more valuable than anything else in this world. It will empower us to fight against an enemy bent on our destruction, and teach us how to make love our top priority, whereas our priorities are more geared towards just surviving every day.

As we grow in our knowledge of God, we will grow in our recognition of His voice. We will have clear discernment on if we are hearing ourselves, God, or the devil. We will have a much easier time obeying God, because there will be no confusion. We will foster a relationship of trust, that will enable us to move mountains. Hearing God’s voice will bring His Kingdom down to this earth, and into the lives of everyone we meet. How amazing is that??

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me.”

John 10:27 

For some, the struggle to hear and know the voice of God goes much deeper. It goes to the extreme of just not hearing anything, ever. It feels as though God is ignoring you, and that you have lost all connection with Him. Or worse yet, that God has abandoned you. Be sure that no matter what you feel, God has not, and will never, abandon you. He has promised that He will always be with you in His word. Anything contrary to that is the work of our enemy, who would love nothing more than to steal your hope and kill your faith. Without God, we feel lost and alone, and are willing to trade in what we thought was truth for a basket full of lies.

These lies are what has gotten us into a place of being unable to hear God in the first place. The lies that we are not good enough, that we are crazy, that God is not who He says He is, and much more. Every person at some time or another is willing to give up on God because of fear, rejection, and pain. Just as Peter was willing to denounce Jesus, not once, but three times, we too have our moments of despair so strong that we give in to the powers of hell. In that moment, Peter thought Jesus had failed Him, and that Jesus was not who he thought He was. He succumbed to his own human frailties and walked away from the God He knew and loved. It only took a moment, and Peter never saw it coming. Neither do most of us.

The devil is a liar, and the father of lies. He has deceived many into untruths of who God is, and who we are. So we harden our hearts, and stop letting Him in. We get lost in a wilderness of pain and disbelief, and follow the voice of those that have seemed to know better than we must. We begin to disobey God, and despise and reject Him, allowing a coldness to grow over the places we once allowed Him in.

“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”

Hebrews 4:7

God has promised us a home forever. He has offered us a antidote to the sin of the forbidden fruit. All we must do is allow Him into our hearts and minds. In order to do this we must begin the process of surrender. If we have strayed far from God, we need to believe that He has not also done the same. We need to believe that truly nothing can separate us from the love of God, even our own hardened hearts.

When the Israelites were promised a land of milk and honey to make theirs, they were ecstatic. Yet when they heard that they would be some obstacles to overcome in order to get there, they became despondent and gave up. They forgot the battle was already won and focused on the problems they saw in the way. God never withdrew the promises from them, He just had to prepare the people to receive what they had already rejected. When Moses went up to the mountain to hear from the Lord, the people became anxious and worried that Moses would not come back. They really did love God, but they also greatly feared Him. They wanted Him, but they wanted to keep Him at arms length. That is why Moses had to go up to the mountain to meet with God in the first place; because the people could not handle the glory of God. So when Moses didn’t return in the timing the Israelites thought best, they sought to create their own God out of gold, and shaped it with their own human understanding.

That is what we often do to God. We are afraid to fully let Him in, yet we want Him in our lives. We don’t want to hear directly from Him, so we allow others who seem trustworthy to deliver words of God as a mediator. And when we don’t like the way our relationship with God is going, we begin to remake it so it fits in with our lives better. Even if that means we shut Him out altogether and make a completely new god.

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10

JesuswithmeGod is ever calling you back, and wooing you closer. He is the only thing in this world that is worthy of your time and attention. He is the sole reason you are even here. We are so easily distracted and led astray, being held captive to our own thoughts and feelings. We have to stop seeking God for all the answers, and start seeking Him for the truth. The truth of who He is and who He created us to be. We might think we have problems that we need His help with, or that we are under oppression, or have illness or despair cloaking every bit of joy. But I say to you, let all of that go; your desire for freedom from pain and oppression, your physical and emotional needs, and just come before the One and Only Living God. Soak in His presence. Be with Him. Know His presence, hear His voice. It is only through this relationship, this knowing Him, that you will find any freedom or any answers you seek.

We can never truly know the Living God if we are trying to live without Him. We can never begin to hear His voice when we have decided not to spend time listening for it. We were not made for this world. We were made for heaven. It is in this world that we will begin to know God in a deeper and more unique way. This world shows the glory of God through all His creation, and we can find Him if we just stop to see Him. He wants you. All of you. I know it hurts to surrender. I know it is hard. It is scary. But God is never, never going to hurt you. And even if you do hurt, that is a temporary and fleeting reality, that will never touch the truth of what God has done for your spirit.

Come one and all unhindered and unbound before the Living God and give Him your heart. Sit by His side and feel His love and comfort. Let Him feed and nourish your spirit, and heal your soul, just by His very presence. He is love, and love will never hurt nor punish you. Love will free you. Trust Him. He is here.

Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.

Jeremiah 33:3

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July 4 2016

Happy Independence Day

ea19d90c2a59486928f13f531d719372Happy Independence Day! Have a wonderful day! I will resume posting next Monday. God bless you all, my brothers and sisters!

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