Dethroned: Fear

Fear cannot reign nor can it rule. Do you hear the Lord? Fear is not from Him. It can exist but it is not eternal. We all have something we are afraid of but it cannot have authority. Fear may be a natural response but we have supernatural power. The supernatural trumps the natural each and every time.

Let’s not give fear supernatural power, let’s not make fear an authority figure in our lives, and let’s not allow fear to sit on the throne of our hearts! Let’s be bold sisters! Let’s overrule the fear that tries to take root in our lives.

The Lord must be ruler, Master, and Lord over all of our lives. He is the One who frees us, He is the One who determine that power, love and a sound mind shall rule, and He is the One who has all power and authority in His mighty hands. Let’s toss fear at the feet of Jesus. No longer are we afraid! We are free-Hallelujah!

We don’t fear what will come: the future is in the Father’s hands. We don’t fear a repeat of our pasts: it is finished. We don’t fear our enemies: they shall be our footstool. We don’t fear Satan and His schemes: We, in Christ, have the victory!

Dethrone fear sisters! Let’s make sure that Christ alone sit on the thrones of our hearts and minds.

Peace and Blessings

The Quiet Place…

The silence can sometimes be deafening. It’s challenging to simply sit in quiet. The whistling of the wind, the creaks of the room, and the noises of nature can be too much to bear at times.

And we humans find ourselves enjoying the distractions and chaos on some level. Think about it: who has music playing while they are working? Who has the television going while you are preparing a meal? Who has the radio or a podcast on while attending to daily tasks?

And these are not bad things at their core, many people have had lightbulbs appear as they listen to a great podcast. Others have specific worship songs that have ministered to their souls. A good show can produce that hearty laugh that’s needed after a long day.

But the quiet place can be transformative, the quiet place can be the very place where you get the energy you need to power through to the next step. Let’s look to the Lord:

In Luke 5, just cleansed a leper. He just finished ministering-so withdrew to pray. He went to that quiet place to refuel. He went to the quiet place to receive their power He needed to move forward. The quiet place is needed and necessary for the people of God.

The quiet place can be scary. The quiet place can be loud. Oh but it is in the quiet place where you develop the mind of Christ. This place is where you get the Holy Spirit power to be an ambassador for Christ. The whistling, the creaks, and the chirps are symphonies used by the Lord to soothe our weary souls. Being with the Father in the quiet place is the sound we need to hear His gentle and wonderful voice.

Peace and Blessings

Massage Therapy…

Massages are considered to be therapeutic. They can help one become more flexible, help one relax, and can be a tool to alleviate pain and discomfort. With the right touch and pressure, a stuffy nose can be resolved, a stiff shoulder can move without pain, and a fussy baby can be sent to a peaceful sleep.

Christians need massage therapy. Not in the context of the world’s perception of massages but we need our hearts to be massage. Hearts become heartened for a number of reasons: trauma, failed relationships, toxic friendships, and the list goes on. We are warned about guarding our hearts because from them flow the wellspring of life. How can anything flow from a hardened place? We need some massage therapy and who better than to go to the Kings of King for His loving touch?

Oh how we need the Father to massage our tender hearts with His love and care?! A stony heart cannot be penetrated with the power of God’s Word. A heart of stone cannot produce living water. A heart of stone must be submitted to God for a heart of flesh.

The Lord wants us to love Him endlessly. He wants us to care for others tremendously. And we cannot do that without some massage therapy from the Father. Our softened hearts leads us to being submissive. A softened heart is led to repentance. A heart of flesh facilitates true worship.

Friend, you may have been harden by the ills of this world. You may have been hurt and abused. You may have experienced trauma. Turn to the Father for massage therapy!

Peace and Blessings

The Power of Can’t…

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” Henry Ford

Have you ever taught a young child how to do something? When experiencing difficulty, they usually say-“I can’t do it” or “It’s not working”. As the adult, you generally find another strategy to use so that they can gain the concept. You may even simply encourage them to try again. And whether it takes once or five more times, they usually get it done.

The usage of “can’t” prohibits us. Saying that we cannot do something limits us. Every variation of cannot limits us and if we think about it, we limit the movement of God. Instead of saying, “I can’t give it up” or “I don’t have what it takes to accomplish this task”, we must switch our language to focusing on what God can do. The moment “can’t” leaves your lips, it manifests! There is life and death in the power of the tongue.

Let’s remove those limitations, let’s take the limits off! May we diminish the power of the “can’t”! May we decrease it’s power and increase the power of the Lord in our lives! The Lord can and will do that which is according to His will and His way! Let’s take our eyes off the “can’t” and put it on the “can” of the Lord! What can God do? He can do the impossible:

The moment “can’t” tries to leave your lips, submit that thought immediately to the Lord. You can lead that business. You can start that company. You can become debt free. You can be healed and made whole. This isn’t about prosperity gospel, this is about acknowledging and submitting to the power of the Lord!

Destroy the power of “can’t” and allow what the Lord can do in you and through you be made manifest in your life!

Peace and Blessings

Will You Rejoice?

Habakkuk chose to rejoice. The prophet rejoiced even though:

“Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls…” Habakkuk‬ ‭3:17‬

The prophet didn’t focus on the drought or the barrenness of the land. The prophet focused on the Lord and His goodness. The prophet chose not to focus on what’s in the Lord’s hand but what’s in His heart.

Will we rejoice? Will we rejoice when the cupboards are bare? Will we rejoice when family drama seems to be intensifying? Will we rejoice when that door closes? Habakkuk was knowledgeable of the Lord His God and His capability to restore. The prophet knew that His Father was the Creator of the Universe. He knew that the promises of the Lord stand the test of time and complexity of our situations.

Rejoice regardless dear sisters! Rejoice in the Lord in the midst of the pandemic! Take joy in the Lord and regardless of your circumstances! Have plenty? Rejoice! Have little? Rejoice! Need answers? Take comfort in the God of your salvation! It’s not about what we see, it’s about what He said-Rejoice in the Lord, always!

Will we rejoice?

Peace and Blessings

Advancing The Gospel…

Your hard work is not in vain. The hard work you are putting in will produce that degree, will start that business, and will help you get healthy. Your hard work is cementing a future, the work is achieving a goal, and your work is producing change.

Work produces work. We have to ask ourselves if the work we are doing matters, for the Kingdom. Yes, working out will make us healthy-but does it matter in the course of eternity? Will the degree we receive position the generations coming behind us? Will the new business further the Gospel?

What you do, what has happened to you, must be viewed the lens of the Gospel. How does your story-the hard work, the victories, and the tragedies-affect the advancement of the Gospel? Let’s look to the Word for direction:

Will we make this declaration? The victories, the turmoil-will we declare that what has happened to us has served to advance the Gospel? Believers must see their life’s story through the lens of the Gospel! You and your degrees and trauma, your powerful and murky testimony, can be used to tell the world about Christ! This is the design of the Gospel, to use those who have been called to tell the world about Christ, with their light and life, to tell all who will listen, how they have overcome! All of who we are can advance the Gospel.

Jesus sat at the well with a woman who had 5 husbands and used her position and story to tell the world that the Messiah had come! He used a Samaritan who was with a man who wasn’t her husband, how good is the Father! Please don’t think that your story isn’t worthy enough to be a tool to point the world to our Savior.

We know you’ve been through, we know that you’ve accomplished much and we know that you’ve overcome so many trials-your beautiful and messy and complicated story can be used to advance the Gospel!

Peace and Blessings

Fill Me Up!

Do you find yourself on empty? (Check out our post from last week Empty Cup…) If so, we want to encourage you to fill yourself up! We best fill ourselves up by sitting at the feet of the Savior. Emptiness is associated with experiencing a drought. Emptiness can be sadness. Emptiness can mean that you are just unsatisfied. But there is good news, we can find it here:

He will satisfy you! You know how you can eat junk food but still find yourself unsatisfied? Or maybe you can have a simple home cooked meal and be full as a tick? It’s all about the content when it comes to filling yourself up!

We want the Lord! Temporary relationships, meaningless work, toxic friendships will never satisfy! Eating the things of this world won’t fill you up! There is satisfaction in Christ! There is contentment in Christ!

Feeling discontent? Feeling sadness? Feeling dry? Seek the Savior and savor His living water! His Word promises to fill us, never to leave us longing again. Cry out for the Father to fill you up! He will fill you with purpose and direction, He will fill you with love and joy, He will fill you with peace.

This isn’t a cliche, this isn’t a momentary statement, this is truth-because the Father said so! If we are not careful, this world will drain us dry! Oh but we have a Father who will love us back to life! We have a Father that will fill us up with Him!

Let this song minister to you as you seek the Father to fill you up: https://youtu.be/LZzets3JTA4

Peace and Blessings

Power of Praise…

Music can produce emotions and feelings. Christmas songs tend to either get us into the Christmas spirit. Songs from your childhood tend to invoke feelings of nostalgia. The right worship song will make us a blubbering mess.

Praise and music are often connected. Praise and worship songs. Praise and worship leaders tend to direct the choir or musical ensemble of a church. Praise can be defined also as commendation, being approved, or admired, and a grateful acknowledgement in words or song. We may praise our children and spouses, along with other things, but we tend to use praise to express ourselves to the Lord.

Praise is an act of worship to the Lord, as evidenced multiple times throughout scripture. However, did you also know that praise has power? Let’s look to the Word:

Praise caused the foundations to shake! Imagine what power we would experience in our lives if we opted to praise instead of worry! Imagine the foundations shaking as you make a joyful noise unto the Lord! Imagine if we opted to dance our way through our tears, frustrations, and pains! Imagine the chains falling as you praise the Lord! There is power in your praise!

Friend, displaying our admiration to the Lord will shake the foundations of our very lives! Walls come down as we sing our worship songs. Singing thank you to the Lord helps us move from being ungrateful to thankfulness. Your acts of worship eliminates the worries! Your “holy, holy, holy” sends your cares to the Lord!

Let praise be what you do! The world tells us to cry and weep but do you see what Isaiah tells us? The Lord responded to praise! Your tears matter to the Father but it will be your praise that initiates a response!

Activate the power that is given you by way of the Holy Spirit with a sound of praise!

Peace and Blessings

The Greatest Gift…

is Jesus Christ.

It is through Him that we have access to the Father. It is through Him that we are able to pray and communicate with God. He tore that veil. It is through Jesus Christ that we can be saved. He alone, saves. His finished work on the cross defeated death, Hell, and the grave. Christ provides us gentiles with God’s protection, provision and promises.

Jesus Christ is the greatest gift we could ever receive. Through the gift of Jesus Christ, we have access to another important and great gift…

The Holy Spirit.

God’s Holy Spirit cannot be overlooked. His Spirit is our Comforter and as Jesus Christ left the Earth, the Holy Spirit was sent to be our Comforter until He returns.

This gifting is not some ghost hiding in a barn that only appears at night. This gifting isn’t some spirit that roams to scare and frighten, absolutely not! Some call Him the Holy Ghost , others the Holy Spirit. This does not change His function. He is our gift!

When He is eliminated from the conversation about God the Father and Jesus Christ, our Lord, we fail to grasp the significance of the gift left for us. The Holy Spirit is an active and vital part of the Trinity. He is deposited when we receive salvation and He is indeed a gift. Those who come to Christ need to know the beauty and the overwhelming nature of the Holy Spirit.

He convicts to produce change. He comforts because He knows that we will suffer for our faith. He communicates the heart of God. He brings forth good fruit within us. He changes our hearts from stone. He prepares us for the return of Christ. He transforms our mind. He makes us new. He know the mind of our Father.

He is our gift. He is our promise. There are some denominations who baptize with water, others who don’t. But we, who follow Christ, are ALL baptized with the Holy Spirit once we receive and accept Christ.

And this promise, this gifting is not just for us:

“For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” Acts 2:39

Embrace the promise, accept the gift.

Peace and Blessings

From Petition to Praise…

Does your prayer pattern look somewhat like this?

Monday: Lord, please bless me with ______…

Tuesday: Lord, I need ______…

Wednesday: Father, I am asking for _____…

We repeat the same pattern throughout the week and start back over on Sunday. And make no mistake about it, we need to ask for that which we need. We need the restored finances, we need the basic necessities, and we need the reconciled relationships. And our petitions are heard and received by the Father! That’s enough to rejoice right there!

However, have we ever stopped and transitioned from petition to praise? Have we ever stopped asking and start acknowledging the Lord for who He is? Whether the prayers have been answered or not, let’s be committed to praising God for who He is!

Asking for healing? Praise the Lord for the Healer that He is! Asking for restoration? Give God the glory for He is the Restorer! Asking for protection? He’s the Protector! Go on ahead and give Him the praise!

Praise acknowledges the Savior. Praise announces that God gets glory! Praise gives victory to the Lord and not your problems! Praise reminds us that ultimately God’s in control! And praise, in the midst of your petition, is an active working of your faith:

Praise is an amazing demonstration of your faith! Your praise is an active expression of beliving that God will answer your prayer. It’s believing that the Father will meet your needs! As you present your petitions to God, we are believing (faith), that He can and will do it (well, we should be…)! If you are bold enough to petition God for that BIG vision, let your boldness carry on as you give Him a BIG praise! My sister, let your petitions lead you to praise.

As you rest those prayers at His feet, stand up strong and praise God for the answered prayers. We praise Him for His attentiveness to our cares and concerns. Praise God for He is absolutely worthy of your praise. Rejoice and be glad because the Creator of the Universe longs to fulfill your heart’s desires.

Make your petition known, make your praise LOUD.

Peace and Blessings