Archive | February 2012

You ain’t give up squat.

Does God take things away?  Job 1:21 says that the “…Lord gave and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord”.  In my human reasoning, (not the fruitful way to reason with God) I had trouble relating to a God who takes away.  From my personal experiences, I had much taken from me and I did not equate someone who takes away as someone who loves me.  See what I mean?  Consequently, I had a battle in the background of my mind about the love of God toward me if He takes things away.

Once again, God spoke through my pastor, Asa Dockery, and shed new light on a question that I pondered quietly for a few years.   Sometime in February – okay – I forgot to journal the date – but I wrote the expression because it caught my attention.  Pastor was quite expressive when he explained what our Lord said.  “Jesus said, “You ain’t give up squat.  Look at what I’m going to give you when you let it go.”  I love our pastor’s southern drawl and speaking style.  He pulls no punches.  Anyway, I considered what he said and the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart.

He brought to mind the times when all four of our children were infants and toddlers.  We had to go through a stage when each one had to give up their pacifier.  Our daughter had a favorite bear and one son had a favorite blanket as well as pacifiers.  Coaxing each one of them to give up their “security” took some doing.  I’m sure many can relate to what I am saying.  As their parents, we knew it would be very silly for them as young adults, still getting comfort from a pacifier.  Then God said to me, “well, you are still trying to get comfort from “this” and I have something better for you if you will give up your pacifier, Georgia.”

I cried, just like each one of our children did.  But not because I did not want to let my pacifier go, but because I realized that I had believed a lie about God’s character.  He never takes anything away.  We really don’t have to give up “squat”.  Just like we coaxed our young children gently into laying down their infant pacifiers so that they could pick up something better, God only asks us to do the same.  I think that many of His children are still carrying around their pacifiers.  By laying down the thing that was a temporary fix, we can pick up what God has for us.

Do you see it?  So, in actuality, God never asks us to give up anything – only to lay down something in order to pick up the next thing that He has waiting for us.  If you are holding on to something and are afraid to let it go, ask your Father to help you grow up.  Honestly, He has something better that brings much more comfort than an old pacifier.

What does the “sacrifice of praise” mean?

Hebrews 13:15

Amplified Bible (AMP)

15Through Him, therefore, let us constantly and at all times offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and glorify His name.
God showed me something this past Sunday as I was worshiping.  My thoughts distracted me as I pushed to enter into His presence.  I was mentally thinking about my guests (first-time visitors) and how they would perceive the building, the service, etc.  I was thinking about the chains that the enemy has people bound in as I looked around the room and noticed that many could not raise their hands in praise and worship.  I was observing people and allowing my thoughts to wander about in the natural happenings in the sanctuary.  I had to press in.  So I closed my eyes and purposed to decrease so that He would increase.  I wanted the soil of my heart ready to receive good seed.  And He spoke quietly to me about the “sacrifice of praise” while worshiping Him.
Forget about the other people, what you are having for lunch today, what so-and-so said to you, your finances, your physical body, everything,, including what your guests will think.  Sacrifice all those thoughts to Me.  Enter into a praise of Me where  you  have sacrificed all of you, your circumstances, others all your thoughts about self and laid them at the foot of the Cross.  Then, worship Me.
That’s the sacrifice of praise.  Oh, that the Bride of Christ will enter into such an intimate place where only She can go.  Let us  not be distracted by outside thoughts when we are in the bed chamber with our Husband.

Will you past the test?

Testing occurs on a regular basis in the battle for your soul and today, I was given another test.  I had an opportunity to obtain an item for “free” that I really wanted and was a desire in my soul.  At first glance, I was excited about the “gift” from God.  I even had loved ones tell me it was a gift.  So, I made plans to go get the item.  But a problem arose.  I began having an uneasiness in my soul about the item.  So, I asked the Holy Spirit specifically to let me know if it was okay to obtain this item (valued at about $2,000) at no charge.  He began to whisper truth into my spirit.  I tried a few more times to “rationalize” the find as God and I talked back and forth.  But the uneasiness persisted and suddenly, my spirit was settled.  I knew, just like a teenager arguing with a parent about why she should have something (knowing that it was wrong, but wanting permission from her parent to do it anyway).  She suddenly realizes that her parent was right.

The peace of God flooded my soul.

Then, I saw it clear as day.  The enemy was trying to rob me of my future destiny by getting me to come into agreement with him, thereby opening my soul up to demonic spirits.  By my own permission, I would have allowed these spirits to mess with my blessings that God has in place for me.  I quickly repented and thanked God for His guidance.  He reminded me that I must be tested and tried and come through the test in order to receive promotion in the Kingdom.  Just like Jesus in the wilderness, Satan made the temptation seem right, even using Scripture.  But Jesus rebuked him and defeated him at his own game.  I did the same thing today.

It’s difficult to explain the joy in my spirit as I realized that I had passed a test which I had fallen victim to several times in the past.  What test?  Trying to obtain something that God says is good through methods that are not or before the timing and release of God to possess the item.  Pastor Asa Dockery just preached a message on January 29, 2012 about this very subject, called “After the Fast Has Ended” and today, I passed the test.

Thank you, Father, for perfecting me.

Why did You let these things happen to me, God?

One of my dear friends, Sue, posted this on her Facebook.  I don’t know the author, but I tweaked it a bit.  We blame God for many things that are not His fault.  In fact, nothing is God’s fault.  We need to grasp this and stop placing blame on our Beloved Father.  And, actually, this is how our conversation should be with our Papa!  Intimate!  Smile, God loves you.

Me : Father, can I ask you something?

GOD: Sure.

Me: Promise you won’t get mad?

GOD: I promise.  I love to reason with you.

Me (frustrated): Why did You let so much stuff happen to me today?

GOD: What do you mean?

Me: Well I woke up late…

GOD: Yes.

Me: My car took forever to start…

GOD: Okay….

Me (growling): At lunch, they made my sandwich wrong and I had to wait so long.

GOD: Hmmmm…

Me: On the way home, my phone went dead, just as I picked up a call.

GOD: All right.

Me (loudly): And to top it all off, when I got home, I just wanted to soak my feet in my foot massager and relax, but it wouldn’t work.  Nothing went right today!  Why did You do that?

GOD: Well let me see….. the death angel was at your bed this morning and I had to send one of the other angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through that.

Me (humbled): Oh…

GOD: I didn’t let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that might have hit you if you were on the road.

Me (ashamed): …

GOD: The first person who made your sandwich today was sick and I didn’t want you to catch what they have, I knew you couldn’t afford to miss work.

Me (embarrassed): Oh…

GOD: Your phone went dead because the person that was calling was going to give a false witness about what you said on that call, I didn’t even let you talk to them so you would be covered.

Me (softly): I see, Father.

GOD: Oh and that foot massager, it had a short that was going to throw out all of the power in your house tonight.  I didn’t think you wanted to be in the dark.

Me: I’m sorry, Father.

GOD: Don’t be sorry, I’m just trying to help you trust Me in all things, whether they seem good or bad to you.

Me: I will trust You, Father, forgive me.

GOD: And don’t doubt that My plan for your day is always better than your plan.  Remember, My thoughts are higher than your thoughts.

Me: I will remember, Father, thank You for everything today.

GOD: You’re welcome, my beloved.  Remember that I am with you always, even unto the end of the age.

What if we treat our Bible like a cell phone?

I received this in an email and copied it here.  I can’t give credit to the author because I don’t know who wrote it.  I cleaned up the grammar a bit.  There are people who love the Word of God more than their cell phones.

Have you ever wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone?

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What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?

What if we flipped through it several times a day?

What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?

What if we used it to receive messages from the text?

What if we treated it like we couldn’t live without it?

What if we gave it to our children and grandchildren as gifts?

What if we used it when we traveled?

What if we used it in case of emergency?

Hmm…where is my Bible?

Oh, and one more thing.

Unlike our cell phone, we don’t have to worry about our Bible being disconnected because Jesus already paid the  bill.  No dropped calls.

So, what are your priorities?

Do you “pick up” when God, Jesus or the Holy Spirit is calling you or do you “ignore message”?

Do you worship money?

Until one week ago, I would have been offended if someone told me that I worshiped money.  As a believer for over 30 years, I would have passionately denied it.  But, after over a decade of hindrances to our finances, even though we have been faithful in tithes and offerings, we continue losing things that we toiled and labored so hard to obtain.

After suffering another setback, I cried out about our financial needs.  What hinders us?  Do we have unforgiveness in our hearts?  Are we poor stewards?  Are we doomed to continue in this cycle of debt and lack?  Where are Your promises on our finances?  Why are so many of Your people suffering as we are?  Why are the people of the world who don’t give You one thought obtaining and stealing the riches, even from Your people?

After years of preparation by God, He knew that I was ready to receive His answer in fullness.  In one hour, the Lord answered every one of these questions by leading me to a blog by Pastor Janie Baer.  I was searching for something else when I came upon this blog.  He showed me very simply that I have been worshiping the god of riches, Mammon.  And I was not offended.  Instead, I was pierced in my heart with such grief and sorrow for having my heart turned toward another lover.

I had an image in my mind of what I was doing to the Lord as being similar to a wife who has a loving, wealthy husband who adores her, but she approaches him, asking him for money to spend it on her extravagant desires, which includes a lover.  When she is finished and her funds are depleted, she returns, begging and crying, asking her husband for money to do the same thing again.  He keeps giving to her, because he honors her free choice and loves her, but his heart is broken.  He knows that she is not living in the fullness of his blessing and favor because of what is in her heart.

We are appalled at the thought of a woman who would do such a thing to her husband, or at least I am appalled.  When God showed me that this is what I have been doing to Him, I was on my knees, asking for forgiveness.  In fact, I was sickened for the church, as I believe that most of the body of Christ is committing spiritual adultery with Mammon, which means the god of riches, and like me, has no clue.

I encourage you to ask God to reveal what’s in your heart.  If you are worshiping this false god, repent, turn back to your Husband and worship Him alone.  It will set you completely free.  Besides that, do you see what’s happening all around you as a result of a world that worships money?

Here is the link to the place that I started to learn what’s been in my heart.

http://godswordalive.com/unrighteous-mammon-and-the-anointing

Be blessed by God and learn to live under His anointing, which brings all the riches and resources you’ll need for your assignment.