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My ALL in ALL ..March 2, 2104

“Lean on, trust in and be confident in the LORD, with ALL your heart and mind, and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. (6) In ALL ways know, recognize, and acknowledge HIM, and HE will direct and make straight and plain your paths.”

My dear friends, I have been struggling with changing my eating habits for years now. Today, I was entering my food intake from yesterday, and I wrote the following in my “notes” section:

Depressed today. Things are snowballing..eating like there is no tomorrow, as if eating can solve anything!?! I am really crying as I write this. Life is just out of control…out of MY control…time to PRAY..IT is ALL in HIS control!! Praise Him!!

It was just when I wrote “Life is out of control” that my mind realized..I am NEVER in control..and honestly, why would I want to be?

Praise Him for nudging my brain in the right direction, and placing my eyes not on my problems, but HIS answers! I am faithful in my belief that the Lord has my life under control-in fact, just this week He “rescued” me from a financial mistake. To be perfectly honest, it is not that I am distrusting, it is that I forget. Yes, I forget to trust. I know many of you are just shaking your heads..lol, but, I know I will get this..I will! Because, now it is just a  matter of listening to the voices in my head and heart, and when I am headed in the wrong direction, I will confidently turn my head toward the LIGHT, the TRUTH that is JESUS!!

I think of where my own understanding and insight has taken me, and I want to shake myself! I know now that HE has it all worked out. I am unable to see the “Big Picture,” and HE does just that! ALL I have to do is ask! So, here goes:

Heavenly Father, I ask you help me with learning to eat in a more healthy way. I ask that when I am unnecessarily hungry, I stop and see if I am just feeling bored or lonely before eating food I do not need. I ask your forgiveness in making food an idol in my life, and help me fill the void of loneliness and depression with YOU, your words, your face, your place in my heart. In JESUS name, Amen

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You Alone

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Help me Lord to let it go.

You alone,

can hold my tears

In the palm of your hand.

 

You alone,

can take the

Pain and sorrow when

The loss has been too great.

You alone,

can lift the burden

And lift our souls.

Help me Lord to let it go.

 

You alone,

can teach my mind

To know your wisdom

and walk in grace.

You alone Lord, have helped me let it go. 

~Zoey

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Grace (study) pt 5

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. (Philippians 4:11)

Want here indicates need. Learning is a process that takes time.

I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. (Philippians 4:12)

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:13)

When read in context, this scripture isn’t talking about signs and wonders…it’s talking about being content in all situations…and being at peace with God.

TV preachers promise return on blessing which usually somehow winds up equal to materialistic gain.

The greatest blessing we can hope for is absolutely possible to receive while we are hungry and broke!

Paul said that he was fasting & hungry often…..

So what’s the benefit of living for God if He isn’t going to fix all the problems? The benefit is learning that happiness, peace and joy are completely independent from this world.

How else does the world know who the real people of God are?

Two houses…one on a rock and one on the sand. The difference was what happened when the rain came.

Few Christians get to the point that they can be trusted with great trials. We must determine in our hearts that we will learn to trust Him….and refuse to allow fear cause us to just be spectators.

Many days that I have the most pressure…the most strife…the least amount of patience are the days when I didn’t start out by going boldly to the throne of grace.

Grace gives us the strength to SHOUT over the testimony without yet seeing the completed work!

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Credit to: Bishop Chester Wright

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Grace (study) pt 4

Grace_wordleI am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
John 15:5

God intends for his grace to be the only source of my ability to do anything.

The greatest blessing you can pray for someone is to pray for grace & peace from the Father be upon them.

 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:   John 1:12

The power is God’s GRACE to live!
We notice that there’s a colon at the end of that verse, so we must continue on….

Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:14

If Jesus is full of grace and truth, what should we also be full of?

And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace. John 1:16

The more we yield to the will of God, the more grace He provides. He only uses what we yield to Him. It isn’t God’s will to wrestle with us until we give in to His will. He is seeking those that will just let go.

What have we to fear in letting go? The devil?

Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Luke 10:19

The devil can’t do anything to me that the Father doesn’t allow (remember Job?). We aren’t vulnerable to the devil. Our God is not frail and weak. He causes all things to work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Rom 8:28). So anything that the devil throws at you is intended to grow you toward God.

God loves us so much that He will allow things to happen just to get rid of the parts of our nature that separate us from Him. Those attacks should be reminding us to humble ourselves, to seek God and to live a repentant lifestyle.

You can’t fear God & the devil at the same time.

Job was doing fine as long as he continued to worship God, but then he began to claim he didn’t deserve what he was going through.  Saying, “why me, I don’t deserve this trouble” is a way of blaming God for it.

We blame God when we can’t see past what’s happening to see what God really is doing.

How do I love God during trouble? Grace through faith.
Grace helps us to have the right attitude during the worst storms.

Credit to Bishop Chester Wright. This study can be found on YouTube by searching his name and “grace”

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Grace (study) pt 3

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 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

Want to know if you are spiritual? What percentage of your prayer is about eternal things?

The average Christian prays – IF they pray – for God to alter the temporary pain, problems and pressure of their life. Many Christians live in the natural with spiritual things sprinkled in for flavor when God wants us to live in the spiritual with the natural sprinkled in.

Is prayer intended to change things we don’t like or is it intended to get us to the place where we can be at peace with what’s going on in our life?

The reason Jacob wrestled with God was because he didn’t like what was going on in his life. He wrestled until God took his ability to fight away (touched the hip). Jacob didn’t win that match. You can’t out will God!

Now, let us look back at Hebrews 4: 15-16:

“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

The words “let us” implies that is it a CHOICE and “boldly” means with confidence.

Crying in brokenness in prayer is fine, but begging God….as in “poor me, God why don’t you feel sorry for me” just isn’t necessary.

In the OT was mercy, but in the New Testament Jesus Christ brought grace. (John 1)

Mercy = God doesn’t give me what I deserve.
Grace = God gives me what I don’t deserve.
Mercy = Deals with my past
Grace = Never considers my past

Mercy does NOT deal with the future or present tense, it is the removal of past transgressions.

You can’t hold on to your past and expect to have a future at the same time. We must first accept God’s mercy and then receive grace (Hebrews 4:16).

To “find grace” means to pursue it until it has been found.

Anyone that claims to have the grace of God at work in their life but has not repented of sin is not walking in biblical grace.

The clearest definition of grace can be found in Philippians 2: 12-13

“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”

So, what phrase is most misused in Christianity? “saved by grace”
It has become the anthem of unrepentant hearts. “God understands my hang ups. I’m saved by grace anyway.” Or “I don’t have to do all those good deeds. I’m saved by grace.” What about, “Boy, I messed up big time. Oh well, I’m under grace. I’m forgiven.” But not sorry and never repented……Or even someone saying they are so thankful for grace in their life, yet living with a shopping addiction.

Grace does NOT excuse us from obeying God. It is not a salve for our conscience. Grace is actually the means by which we are able to obey and do the works that we previously weren’t able to do.
Lord, I’m thankful for your mercy. It is Your mercy that heals the past so my scars no longer have to be wounds. Today I am casting all the unhealed wounds on You, Jesus…because you promised to comfort all who mourn. Today I accept the unconditional love of God into my life so that I can begin/continue to be made whole. I understand that upon repentance, I find mercy and I then can obtain grace. I know that when I come to the end of my own strength & ability that I can go to the throne of Grace w/ confidence….and repent for trying to do it on my own in the first place…..then Jesus will give me grace to do what needs to be done.

I will seek God FIRST so that I will already have empowerment from God to do what I cannot do myself. By grace I can choose healthy foods, by grace, I can exercise, by grace I can apologize, by grace I can forgive, by grace I can get the job done, by grace I can seek a holy lifestyle-separated form the things of the world, by grace I can succeed!!! Today I receive God’s grace by faith and today is a GOOD day in Jesus name!

Credit: Chester Wright

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Grace (study) pt 2

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When the Word of God is revealing to me that my heart isn’t what it ought to be, rather than despair, I can rest assured that God understands.

Hebrews 4: 14-16 “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

How presumptuous of us to believe that we wake up, breathe, get dressed, move and work all by ourselves. Do we think that we do this all on our own because we don’t take time to pray about every little thing?

There is NOTHING I can do by myself. I am stealing glory from God if I don’t acknowledge the fact that it is in Him that I have my being.

God is limitless in what He will do through someone He can trust to give Him the glory.

So, how do I know if I am taking God’s glory?
When I wonder what people think about me after I sing, helped in outreach, witnessed, gave testimony, taught a lesson, and preached a sermon…..

How do I know if I am giving God the glory?
When what I do changes people’s opinion of God and causes them to want to get to know Him better.

So…that having been established….

This ain’t heaven.

God never promised to make our life pain free or pressure free.

In fact, it seems as if He always leaves an amount of trouble in our life so we will always remember that we need Him.

It doesn’t matter how long we’re here on earth. What matters is whether or not we allow God to complete the work He started [that is intended] to equip us for eternity.

What’s more important…what you can see, or what you can’t see?

2 Corinthians 4:5-7 “For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”

Notice….”we preach not ourselves.” The reason is, because whoever is supplying the power is getting the glory.

If I’m living my life myself, then I’m not out of the way  for Him to manifest His life in me.

I can’t save anybody. I can never come up with a good enough method or program or outreach strategy to do anything.

Acts 9:5 “And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.”

An ox goad was a stick with a pointed piece of iron on its tip used to prod the oxen when plowing. The farmer would prick the ox with it to steer it in the right direction. Sometimes the animal would rebel by kicking out at the prick, and this would result in the prick being driven even further into its flesh. In essence, the more an ox rebelled, the more it suffered.

What I have to do is put myself out of the way and depend on Jesus to order my steps through the empowerment of His grace….it takes FAITH to walk that way!

Credit to Bishop Chester Wright

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Grace (study) pt 1

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Get liberated from the inability to obey God’s Word.

Living “for” God, working “for” God is not scriptural.
It is tradition.
It is religion.

The bible tells us to STOP living altogether.

Galations 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

If I’m not living any more then I don’t have to do anything “for” Him….He is doing the living FOR ME!

He can’t live through me until I’m first dead to self. How do I die to self? By discerning my thoughts & intents and coming to the end of myself.

Everything God requires of me is impossible – on purpose.

Colossians 3:3 “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

Things God wants me to learn about Him:

  • He is gentle – He will never force Himself on me, never violate my will. He gave me a choice and will not take that away.
  • He is humble – This doesn’t mean that He thinks low thoughts of Himself.  This means that He doesn’t have to keep proving He is God just because someone ignorantly says He is not. He is humble enough to be patient with me even when I shake my fist in His face during a moment of weakness.
  • His first desire is to forgive, heal & restore – Judgment is never his first desire.  His longsuffering is NOT an excuse to keep the same old attitudes.

Credit to Bishop Chester Wright

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Overcoming Shame (study) pt 11 -the end

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Our guilt is not a problem with God, but our shame is.

Guilt is only a problem when we don’t recognize it and repent.

Micah 7:19 – He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

Psalm 103:12 – As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

Isaiah 38:17 – but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.

If you are condemning yourself, you won’t believe that God has forgiven you either.

You cannot move forward if you are still living in your past. If God has so readily forgiven you, why do you feel the need to continually repent for the same thing that He’s already forgiven you for? Shame tells you that you weren’t forgiven when you repented.

This is how it works:
I sin. I go to God and repent. I feel better. The accuser comes & reminds me of what I did. I didn’t repeat the offense, but suddenly I feel unforgiven. This is NOT of God! It is shame. But if I don’t recognize that it’s shame, I will think it’s guilt. I repent again. I don’t feel any better this time. The enemy tells me it’s hopeless. Do you know why God didn’t forgive me the second time?

BECAUSE HE DIDN’T EVEN KNOW WHAT I WAS TALKING ABOUT! He put it away from Himself the first time I repented!

1 Timothy 3:7 – Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

Reproach here means “insulting treatment”

Believing the lies of shame will bring your thoughts into captivity to the enemy.

2 Timothy 2:25 –  In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

Oppose themselves….they are against themselves…..A person with shame is their own greatest enemy.

When you are living with the lies of shame, you’re in a state of delusion (lacking reality). The lies may feel true (I always fail, I never accomplish anything, I’m a quitter), but they are LIES.
Recovery from this must be taught. Consider this:

Lazarus, a friend of Jesus, had passed away. Four days later, Jesus came and called him forth out of his grave.

John 11: 44 – And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

Lazarus walked (or probably hopped) out of his grave still bound by his graveclothes. Jesus SPOKE to the people that were there and told them to loose him.

The thing that identified Lazarus as dead still had him bound, even though he was alive. Jesus raised him, but charged the church to loose him.

It is our job to loose the bound once they have been resurrected from the dead.

1 Peter 5:8 – Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Sober = to be discreet, clear thinking

Lies & accusation of shame impare the thinking just like drugs or alcohol…shame causes you to think wrong things: (I always fail, I never accomplish anything, I’m a quitter).

Jesus was God manifest in flesh. He was human, but why wasn’t he subject to satan’s lies & accusations?

John 14:30 – Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.

Nothing in Jesus belonged to satan.  It is God’s will for you that there be nothing in you that satan can claim as his own.

We MUST identify & deal with the things in us so that satan cannot stake claim to us. Unhealed (or not dealt with) wounds are open doors for the adversary to come in and make you afraid, cause you to stumble or make you ashamed.

Forgiveness of yourself and others closes that door.

2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Galations 3:27 –  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

Here’s another one to consider:Luke 17: 12-19 – And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.

And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole. Ten men were healed but only one came back to worship the Lord. Jesus made him whole. Wait a minute….if Jesus had already healed him of leprosy, what did Jesus heal him of the second time?

Being a leper meant that the men were outcasts. They had to stay away from everyone else. If they were walking along and saw someone approaching them along the way, they had to yell out “unclean!” And the person approaching would most likely steer way clear of them.

The first time Jesus healed him of the disease.

The second time, Jesus healed him of the shame of being a leper.

Many of us come and get healed of spiritual leprosy (sin) but never come back to be healed of our shame.

2 Timothy 1:7 – For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,” (Luke 4:18)

It is God’s will for you to be made whole.

(credit to Charles Wright & Tabernacle of Joy..you can look this study up on YouTube)

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Overcoming Shame (study) pt 9

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Revelations 3:18 – I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

Adam & Eve were in the garden and Genesis 2:25 says “ And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.”

After they ate of the forbidden tree, they hid from God. If you’ll notice, God went looking for them.

GOD DOES NOT HIDE FROM PEOPLE WITH SIN & SHAME.

PEOPLE WITH SIN & SHAME HIDE FROM GOD.

God asked them, “Who told you that you were naked?” —He wanted to know who they’d been talking to. (they’d been talking to the accuser)

Lifestyle of shame (attitude)
Shame promotes a lifestyle of extremes.

When people with shame are up, they fear making mistakes.
When people with shame are down, they are full of mistakes; they have surrendered to shame because they failed to hide it. (fall back into same old self destructive patterns).

When people with shame are up, they avoid talking about their problems; they are hiding flaws to avoid rejection.  (Have you ever been to a church where no one ever seems to have any major problems in life…and there isn’t much weeping and crying out to God?)

When people with shame are down, they talk about their problems with everybody.

When people with shame are up, they lack trust & are suspicious of the motives of others.

When people with shame are down, they distrust themselves more than anyone or anything.

People with an attitude of shame presume rejection and act in a way that produces it. The thinking (subconscious) is this:

“If I reject me, I assume you will reject me also, so I will subconsciously act In a way that forces you to do what I already believe you will do.”

“Psychology” means “the study of the soul.” (Google the etymology of the word)

Psychologists can’t fix this. They can only teach you to cope.

GOD DOESN’T WANT YOU TO COPE, HE WANTS YOU TO CHANGE & BE HEALED.

“but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” ~Romans 12:2

(credit to Bishop Charles Wright & Tabernacle of Joy..you can look this study up on YouTube if you’d like to jump ahead.)

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Good morning all! I hope you enjoyed our (USA) Independence Holiday. I find it ironic that it is a day we celebrate freedom from the British rule, yet many of our citizens are held hostage working the holiday, due to the financial greed of our USA business owners. (Just a thought.) I wanted to refresh our memories with a short review of the previous 5 days of the study. Buckle your seat belts, here we go!

Day 1) The Lying Tongue: The foundation of any relationship must be built on honesty. God is not pleased when we try to maneuver around complete honesty by using deceitfulness, half-truths, or exaggerations.  It is crucial to your walk with Christ to avoid lying in any form. The ends do not justify the means, for in the book of Revelations (Rev 21 v 8, 27)  God warns “All liars shall have their part in the lake of which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. (The first death is eternal separation from God.)  (27):  “…no wise enter into it (the great city, the Holy Jerusalem), anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie..” Ref: Proverbs 12 v 22: “Lying lips are abomination  to the LORD: but they that deal truly are His delight.”

Day 2) The Flattering Tongue: Not having strong enough faith to believe the LORD will provide, so we try to get what we want by insincere flattery to gain our way.  There are many instances in the Bible where GOD shows favor to His children, so they will never had to resort to any self-effort to achieve profit or survival. Ref: Psalm 12 v 3: “The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things.”

Day 3) The Manipulating Tongue: The crafty use of words or actions by a self-serving person to gain tangible (wealth) or intangible (favor) advantages. Generally used by Satan to take away the God given right of free will.  When we are in good standing with the LORD, we have no use for manipulation, as God grants us favor.

Day 4) The Hasty Tongue: Words said in haste without the benefit of calling on the LORD or Holy Spirit for wisdom and guidance.  Engaging our tongue before engaging our mind. Not taking the time to gird one’s self with the armor of the LORD. Examples of a hasty tongue are: responding without praying, obligating (committing) ourselves before really thinking it out; possibly having to back out of the obligation, and offending by making comments without regarding other’s sensitivities. Words and time once used cannot be reclaimed. Ref: “James 1 v 19: “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak..”

Day 5)  The Divisive Tongue: Satan and his minions know the power and effectiveness of 2 or more believers working in harmony for their LORD. The main goal of Satan is to separate, isolate and conquer the followers of God. What better way than to isolate a follower, and then plaque him/her with self-doubt, fear, and feelings of helplessness. When feeling like these bare targeting your thought’s and heart, it is easy to sow discord among the followers of Christ.  The person that is targeted by Satan may not even be aware of their own actions, because their outlook on life is devoid of the light of the LORD, and it is difficult to have a good judgement when surrounded by darkness. Discernment is a powerful trait in the followers of Christ. When we use discernment, the Holy Spirit will bring the truth to light for all to see, bringing peace and resolutions of our problems. Small or large trials that require discernment can be examples of trials won. Strong relationships are born and cultivated when our skills to understand one another and bring peace are employed, refraining the urge  to isolate and divide the children of GOD, because of our own insecurities. Ref:  Proverbs verses 16-19: “These six things doth the LORD hate:…….(19)..and he that soweth discord among brethren.”

As you can see, there are serious and dire consequences for not following the guidance given to us in the Bible. The tongue can cause us to be cut off for eternity from the LORD, burning in the lake of fire and brimstone.

I hope all you reading this will note the seriousness of this study. The tongue can bring us joy, but more importantly, Satan wants to control it, so it would be in our best interest to think before we speak, and pray before committing ourselves.

Now, on to Day 6!

May the good LORD bless you abundantly for heading his warnings,

Nicolette