May 22 2017

Armor Of God: How It Protects You, Piece By Piece

armor of godThe Armor of God is an important part in the Christian walk of faith. It is described not only as a valuable asset against the schemes of the enemy, but also for faith, truth, righteousness, peace and prayer. When we put on the full Armor of God, we are putting on the strength and might of the Lord Himself. In this world we are up against rulers and authorities of the Second Heaven, and only through the power of God are we able to fight against them.

Each piece of the armor correlates with areas of weakness and where we are most vulnerable to attack from the enemy. If we are careful to put on the full armor every day, we will find the strength we need to keep fighting the good fight of faith. We will find ourselves better able to persevere through times of trial and affliction. We will begin to understand our areas of weakness, and how to allow the Lord to shelter and protect those vulnerable areas from being trampled on by the snake.

The Armor of God consists of seven pieces, which is the number of completion and perfection. The seventh piece is the most overlooked piece of the armor, which is praying in the Spirit. Some translations of the Bible make a crucial mistake of separating this last piece of the armor from the rest, which is exactly as the enemy would have it. Praying in the Spirit is our heavenly connection to God, interceding on behalf of ourselves as well as our brothers and sisters.

Here I have listed each individual piece of the armor and what area it protects, and how it protects us.

The Helmet of Salvation protects our belief systems, how we see the world, our mind, including how we think and judge things around us. When we wear the Helmet of Salvation we are protecting our minds from the thought processes and belief systems we are inundated with daily. The enemy would love to get a hold of our minds and program us into his way of thinking. He would have us put ourselves first, seeing ourselves and the most important thing.  That way we would put God and others underneath ourselves, making of ourselves an idol. We would never recognize this self worship, because our thoughts and beliefs would already be centered around self, making it seem perfectly normal.

The Breastplate of Righteousness protects our heart, will, mind and emotions. With the Breastplate of Righteousness covering our heart, we are protecting our very soul. The soul is the center of our mind, will, emotions and heart. Our soul is also the very thing the devil wishes to capture the most. If the enemy take hold of our soul, then he can take us with him into the pit of hell with him. The devil hates us more than anything, and would love to see us go down in suffering on that last day with him, when he is finally cast down by God’s judgement over him. The enemy will stop at nothing to find ways to capture our hearts, especially through manipulation. If he can turn our thoughts and feelings to things of this world, the things the he tells us are good and righteous and pure, then he has full access to our soul. We will stop believing in God’s Word and instead believe in what we feel is right.

The Belt of Truth protects our thoughts and our self-control. It holds the armor together. The Belt of Truth is especially important, because without it we become grounded in the lies of the devil. Once we begin to believe his lies, they take root in our hearts, and create false belief systems within us. Our beliefs are an integral part of who we are, shaping our thoughts and actions. Beliefs are not a conscious thought, but are the core of who we are. If we do not let God shape our thoughts, the devil will surely take up residence in them, steering them in the way he would have us go instead.

The Shoes of Peace protect our relationships, our interactions with self and with others. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is our peace. It is the message of love and hope that keeps every Christian going in a world where things seem hopeless and desperate. It is that knowledge of God’s goodness that shapes our relationship with God, as well as with yourself and others. When the message of the Gospel gets distorted by listening to the enemy lies, it begins to deteriorate our relationship with God. We begin to see God as a God that will judge us for every wrong choice we make, or abandon us because we aren’t good enough. Once our relationship with God begins to fall apart, then it affects the way we see ourselves. We begin to believe we are worthless and unlovable. This in turn affects the way we interact with others. If the God that created us can turn against us, then who should we really trust? The Shoes of Peace are vital for Christians to walking the path side by side with Jesus Christ.

The Sword of the Spirit protects our relationship with God, including our worship, praise, scripture reading & understanding and praying. The Sword of the Spirit is the Word of God. The Word of God is not only the living words of the Bible, but also Christ Himself. When we stand firm in the knowledge and understanding of God’s Word and follow Christ’s leading in our lives, then we walk in righteousness with Him. This is the way we were meant to live. Without these things we begin to lose our ability to connect with God and hear His voice. We begin to lose interest in worship, praise and reading the Bible. Without the Sword of the Spirit the enemy can twist God’s truth just enough so it seems true, but is actually distorted. Just as he did when he tempted Jesus in the desert. Jesus showed us how to use the Sword of the Spirit to fight against the enemies attacks.

The Shield of Faith protects our spirit and our spiritual self. The Shield of Faith can extinguish the fiery arrows of the evil one. These arrows are enough to pierce us through. Even when we pull out these arrows, we cannot pull out every piece. They always leave behind bits of hate, malice, anger and revenge. They begin to corrupt our spirit and allow our soul to take over, leaving us ravaged by our soulish desires. Our flesh wants to have its way, to be at the center of the stage, and if we don’t protect our spirit, the devil will feed every one of these fleshly desires until we are gorging ourselves on his evil ways. It is only with faith that we can walk in a world as a spirit. God is spirit, and so is man. Faith is what sets us apart from the rest of the world. Faith in a God that is greater than any evil, greater than our own weaknesses, and greater than even death. While the enemy seeks to corrupt us daily, we walk with a faith that is unwavering through the Shield of Faith, allowing us to let the Spirit guide us, not ourselves.

Praying in the Spirit activates our armor and brings us to completeness, as well as heightens our awareness of the Spirit. We are commanded to pray in the Spirit at all times. Praying in the Spirit is an act of humility on our parts. We are praying in a heavenly language that we cannot understand, and in doing so we are giving our requests and praises to God. We are fighting an unseen battle with our heavenly prayer language, and interceding not only for ourselves, but for our brothers and sisters in Christ. When we do not use our prayer language, we are missing out on important connections to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit edifies, encourages and speaks to us through these prayers, lifting up our inner man and strengthening our spirit. We often don’t have words to say to express our innermost being, and our prayer language can truly break strongholds and bring freedom to our hearts. When we don’t have words to pray for others, our spirit can lead the prayer through our prayer language, and it is very powerful. We must not let the enemy convince us that using the prayer of tongues is wrong, evil, strange, or of demons. That is exactly what he would have us believe, because this is the prayer of warfare. Without it, we are missing a vital link to the throne room of heaven.

prayerAll of the pieces of the armor of are individually important, but collectively, they are an unstoppable force. They represent the best of what God has for us. A righteous relationship, walking in the full power of the Spirit of God, sowing good fruit and caring for all of God’s creation. We must work daily to pray the armor on ourselves, whether it is as simple as “Father please dress me in my armor”, or more complicated by putting each piece on, one at a time. It does not matter how we do it, as long as we do so.

By putting our armor on daily we are reminding ourselves of the important connections we have through God’s weapons of warfare. We do not fight as the world fights, but as mighty warriors who rely on the strength and wisdom and understanding of the Father of Lights. It takes humility and patience to walk with the Lord, using His armor to bring peace and stability into our lives. Take every day to learn more about your Father in heaven, and allow Him to mold and shape who you are, so you can learn to stand strong and fight.

For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.

1 Corinthians 10:3-6

May 15 2017

Hope In The Fiery Trials of Life

hopeWe all go through seasons in life. Some up and some down. Some good and some trying. God is always with us through all of them, no matter what. However, sometimes it really seems like He is much farther away than at other times. Sometimes it seems that He is completely silent when we need Him most. I have had many hard days in my life when I was very sure God was very far away. The circumstances of my life and the suffering I was enduring was a clear indicator that God no longer cared about me.

I think we all go through season in our lives where we believe God does not hear our cries. We look for evidence in our circumstances that God is listening. When we don’t see tangible proof of God moving, we feel abandoned and lose hope. For me, it has been very easy to lose hope. I have been in many hopeless circumstances, and have brought that hopelessness with me into many seasons of my life. What I didn’t know was that even in the most hopeless of circumstances, God is still moving.

I know for many people, they have given up on hope because they feel God is silent. They have been praying and praying and begging God to fix their circumstance or heal their pain, but nothing ever changes. If God is really moving, if God really does answer our prayers and hear our cries, then why do we not see any changes in our lives? Maybe it’s because we don’t know what we are supposed to be looking for.

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

2 Corinthians 4:18

Recently I went through a bought of severe affliction in my life. I am no stranger to suffering. I have seen my share of suffering, time and again. However I have taken great pains to go through deliverance and healing, and to give myself over to the Holy Spirit for renewal as often as He has asked. So why then, as a Christian who has been promised an abundant life, was I finding myself once again in the midst of suffering?

At first my affliction wasn’t so bad. As the days turned into weeks, my physical pain became greater. As the weeks turned into months, my physical pain turned into emotional anguish. My begging and pleading turned into anger and despair. I was certain God had given up on me once and for all. If He would not spare His servant, who has been so faithful to to Him, from this kind of suffering, then surely He was no longer listening to me. If God did not care for me, then I had no reason for hope at all.

Even in the midst of my despair I continued to seek healing from God. I have inner healing session weekly, and several times I addressed my affliction. I went into deep places of emotional trauma from past events that were directly related to my current suffering. Each time I was sure it was enough and waited for the healing to come. However, instead of healing I would only see temporary relief and then actually get worse.

I have refined you, but not as silver is refined. Rather, I have refined you in the furnace of suffering.

Isaiah 48:10

How does a person go into that level of healing and not get better, but get worse!? I could not fathom it. It only drove me deeper into confusion and despair. As upset as I was, I was unwilling to completely give up on God. While part of me was dying inside, another part of me was willing that I should fight for the truth and God’s promises over my life. So I continued to seek God and answers to why my trials would not end.

Finally, when I could take it no longer, the dam burst open and heaven itself poured out over my heart. I had to be willing to look into the darkness in my soul and see things I never wanted to know, but Jesus met me there. It was in that dark place where I was willing to humble myself, that Jesus was able to open His arms wide and let His healing rivers of Living Waters flow. It was not that He could not before, it was that I had to keep fighting to get to the root of the problem. Without getting to the root, the wounds were continuing to fester and swell through out my life in unmanageable ways.

Many times Jesus has shown me where He was in the midst of my afflictions and trials. Even when my physical being could not detect Him, He was there. God is spirit, and He does not move in the ways of man. He moves in the ways that protect our spirit. Our spirit is eternal, and can either be dammed to hell or have everlasting life in heaven with the Father. If we forsake our spirit, then we will find the consequences unbearable. Jesus is not willing to see that happen, and so behind the scenes, He is working in unimaginable ways to protect and provide that for us.

Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,
    for in you my soul takes refuge;
in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge,
    till the storms of destruction pass by.

Psalm 57:1

We have to understand that the enemy is going to do whatever it takes to convince us that God does not hear us, or has abandoned us. That is why we must live by faith and not by sight. Our emotions are going to deceive us because our hearts are wounded and betrayed by the world. If we continue to live by allowing our souls to lead, we are going to miss out on some of the best moments in the presence of God.

God is in the midst of every trial and tribulation in this life. Jesus never promised us an easy life, He promised an abundant life. What does an abundant life look like? A life led by the Spirit of God, and full of His presence, grace, compassion, mercy, hope and love. A life led with trust in our Father and intimacy through His Spirit. Abundant life means the abundance of His Spirit in our lives, filling it to overflowing with all these good things He provides without measure. Heaped on and poured out endlessly, if only we will open our hearts to receive Him.

I did come to a point of total healing in this particular trial. It taught me one very important lesson, one which I gleaned from the Book of Job. When Satan came into the throne room of God, He didn’t ask for God’s permission to test Job. God Himself pointed Job out to Satan. He said “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?”

But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.

Job 23:10

Why would God point out Job to Satan, when He knew Satan would want to immediately target Job for destruction? The reason God wanted to bring attention to Job was because He was proud of Him. God knew that although Job had some issues with pride and self worth, He was indeed a true lover of the goodness of His Father God. He knew that through some refining in the fire, not only would Job learn to become humble, but that it would build His faith and relationship with God. He knew that even through the fire, Satan could not turn Job from God. It was simply impossible.

So a testing and refining from the trials and tribulations of life actually bring us closer to God, and further from ourselves, and the plans that enemy has to destroy us. What could possibly be a better outcome? By the end of my trial I was able to cry out, thank you Lord, that you have deemed me a blameless and upright woman of God, who turns away from evil. Thank you God, that you have brought me through the fire and refined what needed to be purified, so I could be closer to you. Thank you Lord that your love is stronger than any testing of the devil, and that in your strength, I will overcome.

Let this be your prayer and cry today. Your Father is standing with you right now. You need only to believe it.

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Romans 5:3-5

 

 

May 8 2017

The Dangers of The Dead Church

dead churchWhen I first began attending a Christian church regularly four years ago, I had no idea there was such a thing as a dead church or even a church that is full of the Spirit. I didn’t even know what the Holy Spirit was. All I knew was that my soul was like dry bones and my spirit was crying out for the life quenching living waters. I had been desperately seeking God for years, I just couldn’t bring myself to call a higher power God. My whole life had been nothing but pain and despair, and as far as I was concerned, God was a major factor in all of it.

That first morning we sat in the pews of this strange place where I never thought a sinner like myself could fit in, I felt strangely at home. The worship band played rock-like music and the sermon was comfortable. A couple of weeks later however, the service changed from its norm and the Senior Pastor asked everyone to kneel at their pews and take a moment to think about our sin and ask for forgiveness. I had never had an opportunity to sit and think about the things I had done recently to hurt others in my life, let alone offend God.

Yet here I was, in a silent church hall, repenting of the sins against my husband, and family, and even to this God who I wasn’t even sure how I felt about. I was sobbing uncontrollably, thinking about the damage I had caused to my loved ones, and how terrible I had been towards God. I walked away feeling lighter; freer. There is something absolutely wonderful about coming to grips with the fact that you have not been perfect and you don’t ever need to be. You just need to be forgiven.

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

As we attended services weekly, I became used to a certain style of service. I am a creature of habit, as I am sure we all are, and so I enjoyed the stability I became accustomed too. Then a few months later they changed the location of the service from the sanctuary to the gym. I was very unhappy about such a move, because I couldn’t understand why anyone would want to have a church service in a gym, when they had a beautiful sanctuary instead.

So my husband and I decided, reluctantly, to attend the earlier service, which was dubbed the ‘classic’ service. The classic service had a different feel to it, with a choir and hymns, instead of a worship band that played rock n roll style music. It also had an older congregation with less people our age. Neither my husband nor myself knew any of the hymns, but we soon grew to love the classic service as much as the modern service.

I came to see such a clash between the generations at this church. While the modern services were held in the gym, at the same time the classic service was held in the sanctuary. The older generations attended the classic, while the younger generations (for the most part) attended the modern service. The two generations hardly came into the same room, unless it was an all church service. It became very disconcerting to me, that the church was so full of strife.

from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

Ephesians 4:16

People fought and were angry about so many trivial topics, I was completely astounded. Some people were angry because the modern service had doughnuts and coffee, while others were angry because the service ran to long. Some were angry because they didn’t like the music and others were angry that the service was too casual. There was a war within the church and none of it had to do with Jesus at all, yet everything was done as if it was all for Him.

When we left this particular church I began to realize that the problems of the church extended far beyond this one church or even denomination. I saw so many wars and so much conflict on issues that absolutely tore people apart. People truly believed that the issues they were deeply concerned about were issues that affected God Himself. If God was unhappy with these issues, then they could not rest. What these people did not realize is God only has one issue He is concerned with: our hearts.

It was extremely painful to leave this church body. It had become our home, our family, our life. However, we had so many problems with witchcraft and spiritual abuse we had to leave. Once we began to get some healing and space from church in general, we began attending a new church. This church was the polar opposite of the previous church we attended. Each service was exactly the same. Same speaker, same songs, same casual attire. All ages and races were together, and everyone worshiped together without strife.

Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21

We really enjoyed the new atmosphere of this church, because there seemed to be more unity. However, we quickly began to notice that church seemed more like a show or entertainment event, then a church service.The stage was always set with a light show and a fog machine. The worship team and church leaders went out of their way to be casual and hip, so they could connect with a younger crowd. They premise was to create a counter culture to main stream church, but what they were really doing was creating a culture to a new god. Self.

While I enjoyed the new found freedom I had to move and express myself through worship, I also began to be filled with thoughts of self instead of thoughts of Jesus. It took me a long time to realize that the atmosphere was not truly creating a place of ushering in the Spirit, but of worshiping self. By creating an atmosphere where we are focusing on being comfortable and casual, we were really fostering self gratification.

When the worship leaders and the pastors become our idols, there is no room for Jesus to be the main attraction. We start putting our souls on the center stage, and ushering in the spirit of the anti Christ, not the Spirit of God. The church appears to be alive, because there is excitement and shouting and action all around, but the truth is for all the seeking we were doing, we were never connecting with the Holy Spirit. We were connecting with spirits of the anti Christ that appear to be like Christ.

This is not a new phenomenon. In fact, the dead church has been around since the Book of Revelation.

“And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: ‘The words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars.

“‘I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead.  Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God. Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you.  Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy.  The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels.  He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

Revelation 3:1-6

This is a warning to the churches of this age. If they do not wake up and repent, the churches that are on the verge of death are going to fall out of God’s grace and favor. Too many churches are relying on being led by the soul and not by the Spirit. They put on a show of being alive, but inside the walls are thousands of dead people, looking for hope and grappling onto the church out of blind desperation.

They are ever seeking, but never finding what they are looking for. They are being filled up, but wondering why they still feel so lost and confused. They are searching for the truth, but only finding more lies. The dead church is feeding on the people, instead of feeding the people. It’s spirit is crushing and manipulative, because it is soul driven. It is leading people astray, instead of leading them into life.

Death cannot heal or bring the power of resurrection. It can only bring more death. It is time for the church to wake up and recognize this mass movement is counter cultural to God Himself. Each one of us needs to seek the face of God for ourselves, so we can find out who He truly is. We need to stop relying on the church to teach us who God is, and start allowing Our Father to teach us instead. Only then can we begin to rebuild the church on the foundation of the Holy Spirit, and bring it back to life.

 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.  If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw,  their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward.  If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.

1 Corinthians 3:11-15

 

 

 

 

March 27 2017

The Human Soul And Free Will: God’s Design

free willBefore we were born, before the foundations of the earth were laid, and before time even was, we were with God. We are not here on earth by accident or by God’s cruel intentions. We are not just lost and waiting for someone to come save us. We are spirits, created by by God; but God did not create our spirits at the moment of conception. He created our spirits and prepared us beforehand to come here to the earth to fulfill the plans He has for each of us. He chose each of us according to His will to walk with Him here on this earth and have a depth of intimacy that is only possible in this earthly tent.

As a human, we not only have a spirit, but we have a soul. Our soul consists of our bodies, minds and emotions. Our soul gives us new ways to experience life. We have access to a great depth of feelings such as love and joy, and we also have senses so we can experience pleasure and passion. These are all wonderful gifts from God that help us to understand who He is and to know Him better. We can use our bodies and minds to know God, to experience Him, to worship Him and to partner with Him. That is so much more than we could do if we were only a spirit. What a wonderful gift God has given us by giving us this life!

We have such a rich and wonderful experience prepared for us by God, gifted through the earth, all creation, our souls, relationships, and so much more. These are all things that God intended to be good and pure, just as they first were when God created everything. Adam and Eve had the pinnacle of what God purposed for us, but it was through sin and evil that they fell far away from our original design. In order to truly experience and know God, He had to gift us with free will. Love is being surrendered and vulnerable, and in order to really experience God’s love fully, He needed for us to decide to choose Him first.

Everyone who is called by My name, And whom I have created for My glory, Whom I have formed, even whom I have made.

Isaiah 43:7

For some, free will seems more like a curse than a blessing. They see that they have made mistake after mistake in their lives and they want nothing more than to surrender their free will completely to God, in order to be “better” or “good”. Yet it isn’t our free will that needs to be surrendered to find God, but our hearts. Our hearts are the filter in which we see and experience the world around us, including God. So when we hold back our hearts from God, we will find that struggle to have intimacy and knowledge of Him difficult.

Love does not control, nor does it hate, but because we partnered with sin in the Garden, we have allowed our worldviews to be tainted by these things. We no longer see things through the eyes of innocence and truth, but we are jaded by the evil on the world instead. We have allowed our senses to be overcome with pain and our bodies to be numbed so we no longer have to feel that pain. We have filled our minds with lies of the devil and allowed him to penetrate into that sacred place that was to be holy for God: our hearts.

The devil has one purpose, and that is to steal us from God. He has our entire lifetime here to do his dirty work and convince us that everything we should know about God is in fact all lies. Just like in the Garden, when Adam and Eve allowed the devil to convince them into believing what they knew of God was a lie, and what Satan offered was so much sweeter. They accepted that lie and paid the highest price of all: alignment with the devil and his will and plan for them.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.

Psalm 51:12

The devil has held us captive for thousands of years. We have strayed so far away from the truth of who we are and who God created us to be, that many Christians live in fear daily. They fear sin, the devil, evil, death, judgement and condemnation, and even fear if they are truly saved. Meanwhile the devil is sitting back laughing because he thinks he has really succeeded in his plan to destroy our knowledge of the Truth of God.

God did not just create us and leave us here on earth with the devil. What kind of loving Father would place His children in a world full of evil, run by the devil, with only the hope that maybe they will accept Jesus and go to heaven. What kind of plan does that sounds like for the Ultimate Creator and Almighty God? Sounds like a slick deception if you ask me. No. This brings me back to the truth that God created us before time began as spirit, and gifted us with bodies on this earth. We are already spirit who knows God and we already have that hope built up inside of us. So that no matter what deceptions the devil has up his sleeve, we still have an unshakable connection with God that can never be destroyed. Except by the fires of hell.

The ultimate battle here on earth is for our free will. The devil has come to steal, kill and destroy, but God has come to offer us life. A life that is aligning our free will, with the will of the Father. When Jesus came to earth, He laid down all of His glory and power so that He could become like us. He submitted His will to the will of the Father. Jesus could have at any given moment said “I’m done with this” and went back to His throne in heaven. Yet He continued to pour out His life like a drink offering, all the way to the cross.

And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

Mark 14:35-36

We see how difficult it is for us to lay down our lives and free will to God, but imagine how much harder it was for God in the flesh to lay down all of His power to become nothing. And He did all of this for us. Not only to give us a free ticket to salvation, but also to model His life in a way that we can now emulate. All glory and honor goes to the Father when we lay down our free will and align it with the will of the Father. And that glory flows through us like water, filling up every place that our feet take us in this life. It is the highest honor any person can be crowned with.

The devil may have done a mighty job in your life to turn your free will away from the Father and towards the Father of Lies, but that does not mean a thing to our God. He is so much greater and stronger than any of the evil that has been perpetrated on you in your life. He is going to take every bit of it and use it for your good. He is going to use to enhance your journey into walking out the call He has over your life. All you have to do is begin by agreeing with who He is. He is good.

Let God’s goodness wash over you right now. Let His love envelope you, to the very core of who you are. Allow the Father to take you back to the place before time where you can remember being with Him, in His arms. His love is pure and holy, washing over you with His loving embrace. Begin to let Him show you who He created you to be, and align your heart back to His.

God is not angry with any one of us for walking away from Him. He is not even hurt. He understands why we do what we do, and all of the choices that we have made, even more than we understand them. He is waiting to help us gain insight into our choices and reasons for not surrendering our hearts fully, and to bring us freedom. We are His, and He is ours. Forever. It is time to take back what has been stolen, and bring it before the Father for restoration. He is saying, ‘come home.’

But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

Luke 15:20

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February 27 2017

Your Purpose And Call For The Kingdom of God

your purposeBefore the beginning of life as we know it, we were one with the Father. We made our home in Him, as we awaited the time when we would be called. Each of our spirits was joyful and full of love in heaven, expectantly awaiting what lie ahead of us. The chance to choose to come here to earth to fulfill your purpose. The purpose that God created us for, and the reason why we are here.

Each person on this earth is here for a specific reason and purpose. We have been called out by God, chosen by Him, before time began, to partner with Jesus Christ in this world. Each person’s call is unique, and each person’s journey to get there is a part of their story. How long have you wondered ‘Why am I here?’ ‘Why was I born?’ Isn’t it the ultimate question we all spend our lives searching to find the answer?

When I first came into a relationship with Christ, I felt that my questions had been answered. I felt quite sure that the whole reason I was born was simple: to love God and to know Him. While this is true, this is only a foundational truth; a truth meant to ultimately stand on as we continue to seek our reason and your purpose here. It is a very important part of why we are here, and without knowing God and experiencing His love, it is impossibly to move forward in your purpose.

 But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace

Galatians 1:15

As I began my journey of inner healing and found out that terrible abuse and more had happened to me during my lifetime, all my questions of ‘Why?’ came flooding back in. What kind of God would allow this to happen? If I was here to love God, then what was really the point? Because loving God had only brought me a lifetime of pain and hell. It was not ultimately worth it in the end to even live through such hell.

That is when God began to give me a glimpse of a much bigger picture of my life. I was not simply born just to live and know God. I was born to serve the purpose that He called me out to. Not only that, but it was the entire reason I was here and had suffered. I began to have hope that all my pain and despair in life were not for nothing. That indeed there was something much greater that I couldn’t fully grasp yet.

This new found understanding helped me to continue on my healing journey and helped me to see God in new ways. Many times God has brought me into His throne room and sat me down on His lap. It is in these moments that I have experienced not only His amazing love, but also where He has shown me great truths about my life. The Father has sat me on His lap and shown me exactly how I came to be here and why.

 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will

Ephesians 1:4-5

As He sat me on His lap I saw it played out before me like a movie. My spirit in heaven before I was ever born. My spirit knew the Father and loved Him more than anything. My spirit was in heaven and happy and full of love and life. And when my Father asked me if I was ready to go to the earth, I literally jumped up and down for joy. Yet it didn’t end there. My Papa told me He had to show me something before I made the decision to leave Him and go to earth.

The Father showed my spirit the great attack that would come, even at the moment of conception. He showed me the war that would come throughout my life, as well as the pain and the torture. However, He also showed me how that was a part of my covert operation to infiltrate the darkness, and come out the other side. That I would have the chance to use all that I learned in the enemy camp to fight the darkness, side by side with Jesus Christ.

When my spirit saw this pain and devastation, I felt fear and terror within me. Yet I was resolved, because my love for my Papa was so great, and my trust for Him so wide, that I knew I would be OK. I knew that I would be protected. I knew that I would return home to Him, unharmed. So I said yes. Not just yes, but an enthusiastic yes, jumping at the chance to partner with my Daddy. I was overjoyed at the chance.

Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

Jeremiah 1:4-5

As soon as my spirit left heaven, the attack came in the form of generational curses and blood rights. Even in the womb I was attacked, yet God sent angels to protect me, even there. Throughout my life God has sent angels to teach me, and Jesus to protect me. Even though my choice to infiltrate darkness has been hard, it has not brought me down. I have made my way out, and I am here, in the arms of the Father. I trust Him and I believe in Him, and I am willingly partnering with Him to fulfill my call.

As The Father showed me all of this, I was in shock. It seemed too good to be true. My life was not a waste. It had purpose and great meaning. I was not beaten and tortured and filled with darkness for nothing. It was to help people. To bring them hope. It took time and more experiences with God to further understand and digest this truth, but the seed was there, in my heart. And from there it began to bloom into something beautiful.

No one is here on this earth for nothing. No matter where you are or what you are doing, just like me you had a moment where you too sat with your Daddy and were given the choice. The choice to fulfill your purpose and partner with Jesus in the most amazing ways. It does not matter what the devil does, or what role he played in trying to steal you away. The Father is going to do everything He can, without violating your free will, to bring you right back home where you belong.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

1 Peter 2:9

All things we have suffered and sacrificed will be rewarded and turned around for our good. Just knowing that I am not here on this earth for nothing has brought me the greatest of comfort. Our life here may start roughly, or may feel like it has been full of torment, but we do not have to finish this race in vain. We can persevere and finish this race with all glory and honor from the Lord, our God. It all starts with a choice.

Do we want to believe that God has chosen us and specifically called us out for a purpose? Do we want to do the work to grow in our relationship with Jesus, so we can build a firm foundation of His love that we can grow on? Do we want to do the work it takes to bring healing into our broken souls, so we can began to live for the purpose that God has made for us? If we can answer yes, even if it’s only to one question at a time, we can do this. We can run this race well.

No one on this earth is a failure. While we may not all reach the place where we understand our purpose and reason for being here, that does not make us failures. We will still be rewarded, because we said yes to God’s call. We were willing to fight the fight, and come here to do a good work. That alone is enough reason for God to reward us with much grace and mercy. We see God as this far away God that is so uninvolved in our lives, letting the world go to hell. When all the time He is right there with us, and has never left our side.

And who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

2 Corinthians 1:22

Our Father is a good Father. He is full of love. This world is a temporary place in which we come to fulfill our purpose for being here. Yet our lives do not end there. No matter what, we have the choice to choose Jesus and at the end of this physical life, we will continue on back to heaven to rejoice in the arms of the Father. We will forget all of our pain and strife and hell. We will cry no more tears, but instead know that we were faithful servants to our Lord.

Unfortunately some people do turn to evil and do not turn back in their lives. They make a covenant with evil and refuse the covenant they made with God. It takes a great, great deal of evil in order for this to happen. Many, many people will be saved, and most likely more will be saved than not. God is willing that none should perish. He is always at work in each of us to ensure we can use our free will to chose truth, love, joy and hope over evil. No matter how hard the devil tries to destroy us.

I pray that today you receive sweet revelation from the Father of His love, and that you continue to build yourself up in Him. Without knowing God as a Father, and experiencing His love, it is difficult to come to the place where we can experience this level of depth in Him. God wants very much to share all of this revelation with you about your purpose in this life, and when you are ready, you can be sure He will. Trust in Him, and never let go of hope, because this world is waiting for you to walk out your purpose. For some, it really is as simple as breathing, because our breathe saturates the air around us with the love of the Father.

For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

1 John 5:4