Escape the Turbulence

A few years ago, I flew to Laramie, Wyoming. I don’t know about now, but at that time, the only way to get there from Oregon, was to fly to Denver, then board a little propeller 12 seat puddle jumper to get to Laramie. Denver was great, that airport has tons of things to do and I almost wished for a longer layover. The ride from Denver to Laramie was a completely different experience to say the least. That little plane was jumping all over the place, things were crashing to the floor, and people were getting sick all around me. Lovely. Worst hour of my life!

    Finally, after what seemed an eternity, the pilot, who was separated from us by a thin curtain, came on the loudspeaker and announced that he was taking the plane up higher to get out of the turbulence. He didn’t try to sugar coat it at that point, he just stated the obvious. So, he began an arduous ascent up higher as we all white knuckled it through the process. Low and behold, the turbulence stopped. We were in the air, going straight, and not being tossed around like a waterskiier bouncing the wakes. It was quiet.

    I heard the Lord speak to me this morning about getting above the turbulence. The earth is in turmoil, the United States is in turmoil as administrations change and as society adapts. There is a shaking going on in the current state of affairs. The news is violent all over the globe. Fear is getting it’s evil grip on people. But God says, get up here, get above the turbulence. Yes Lord! When I get under the shadow of His wings (Ps. 91), I am protected, safe and at peace. There is no turbulence in the presence of God. I find myself purposing to get into His presence, and the path becomes clear. The plans of God become clear, and the understanding that I am equipped for every battle is peacefully revealed. For I do not have a spirit of fear, but of power, of love and of a sound mind. I have the mind of Christ. Therefore, I am at peace because I know He goes before me and is my rear guard. I may live on earth, but I am a citizen of Heaven. I have favor.

    So loved ones, don’t allow the things of this world to distract you from the love of God. He has a future and a hope for you, a marvelous plan to prosper you and keep you in health. We are living in the most important time in history. We have to roll with some turbulence now and again, but when it happens, remember that you are welcome in the Holy of Holies. The veil of separation was ripped open by the work of Jesus on the cross. He eagerly waits for you, He is so happy to see us! Go there and rest in His strength, power and love. Let your heart be changed by Him, let not your heart be troubled. This is how we do it friends, this is how we live in victory!

Stop, Drop and Pray!

Do you ever notice that sometimes you’re just walking around, maybe shopping or exercising, and God downloads a piece of wisdom right in your brain. You get it, you understand the importance and the revelation, but are not quite sure what to do with it. You might not have the entire picture, but you know it’s there.

Or maybe you are praying and all of a sudden you absolutely know a thing. You know the enemy’s plan for a thing and you know what’s going to happen. And again, you don’t know what to do about it. Your brain engages and you start thinking it through. Pretty soon, it’s just confusing.

I’ve had this happen. I absolutely knew that I had heard from God and the word was prophetic and urgent. What am I to do then at that time? I think I finally get it. If I just command my brain to stop being logical, and enter in with my spirit, the instructions are clear. Stop, drop and pray! Get off by yourself, pray, intercede and stay with it.

The Lord has shown me that He organizes His intercessors to pray in unity, in one accord. Even when we aren’t together in one room, we can enter in to the heavenly upper room and pray in the Spirit together. I know that by faith. I am confident in that by faith. I have found that by submitting to intercession when called to do so, mountains move. Things happen, infrastructure is shaken, situations beyond my control or even thinking, are changed. Sometimes I see nothing, but later hear of an event that happened but no one knows why. It clicks in.

What a blessed thing it is to be a partner with the Holy Spirit and countless brothers and sisters in the accomplishment of heavenly plans. To enter the camp of the enemy as a spy and thwart his evil plans simply by praying is beyond my comprehension. Yet, we do it in the power of Jesus, by faith and in His name.

If this is what God calls you to do, I would encourage you to come and pray today. Just pray with your spirit, even if you have no idea what you are praying about. Know that you are part of a huge crowd of saints called together in one accord to accomplish things in heavenly realms. Release your faith to enter in, to join in and focus on God’s wonderful plans for this earth. Your part is important, your spot is waiting for you right on the front line. Start praising Jesus and move into his purpose. Blessings!

Stump Grinders

 

Today I was watching a couple of guys we hired, to grind stumps in the backyard. Mike cut down 50 trees last winter; got rid of messy madrones and fir trees so we could plant fruit trees and open up the property to some light. The guy used a big yellow machine with a huge circular saw to grind down the stumps and chop up the roots that he could get to. When he was finished, all that was left was a huge pile of finely chopped wood and dirt mixed together. It actually looks like really nice mulch.

The Lord brought something to my attention as I watched. No matter how long the guy worked on the stump, he could not destroy all of the roots. Now remember, the tree was cut down a year ago. You would assume it was dead, but still little shoots of life would pop up from the stump. It was so hard and so deeply rooted, that there was no way to pull the stump out. It had to be ground down to a fine dust and even then, the deeper roots still remained.

Look at Romans 8:35-39:

 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[j]

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Wow. When we are rooted and grounded deeply in Christ, nothing can stop us because nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ. When we study the Word of God, we renew our minds, fill our spirits with truth, and grow exponentially. Our roots in Christ go deeper day by day; from glory to glory. No matter what comes against us, nothing can destroy us, we always are victorious conquerors. We are righteous. His favor goes before us, protects us and gives us preference. We are a preferred people, simply because Christ is in us, the hope of glory! And all we need to do is love Him, study His word, and praise Him for all He has done in us. Praise Him for all he continues to work in us. And even if our mortal bodies cease to live in this world, our roots still remain here on earth, and with us in Heaven. Those roots are indestructible and continue to bear fruit.

Let’s work on our roots, let’s love one another as Jesus commanded. To seek first the Kingdom of God builds roots, builds character and gives us peace. Focus on Jesus, look into His grace. Build yourself up in your most holy faith. Blessings.

 

Christmas is coming!

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My Garden of Living Gifts

    I love flowers. I don’t always have time to take care of them properly; to fertilize and water and deadhead, but I love them. I get joy from looking at them around my yard. When I want to just be quiet and appreciate Jesus as creator, I look at the gardens. Every year they faithfully regenerate, they grow and bloom and get fuller, more lush. Every season brings greater volume, stronger plants and more of those luscious flowers.

    And so it is with people gifts. We love our friends, we nourish them and water them with the Word of God and we speak life into their spirits. We partner with people in the Body of Christ to accomplish Kingdom things. We build one another up in our most holy faith. We bear and share one another’s burdens. These are beautiful mature plantings in my garden of gifts from the Lord. Friends are truly a gift from Jesus.

     The Lord has given me family gifts; my children, Kelly, Shawn, Erin and Kerry. I didn’t give birth to them, but God placed me in a position to be a mom to them when I married their father. He has given me their partners, Chuck, Teffany and Ozzy. Together they have given me grandchildren and great grandchildren; an inner joy and wonder at God’s generosity. I’ve watched these precious ones blossom and grow. I’ve watched them wither and go dormant for a season, then renew and blossom again in magnificence; thicker, fuller, deeper, and more abundant. Jesus has given me Shelley, my spiritual daughter, who loves fiercely and blesses my spirit. These people decorate my soul house with beauty and love. My life would be a mess without them. It is my honor and privilege to pray for them, love them and encourage their lives. They grow in my garden and of living gifts from God. I look at every one of them with awe and wonder and love. They bring beauty and peace to me with laughter and joy. God uses them to restore my soul.

    Planted in my garden are spiritual gifts from the Lord that I love and nourish as well. I can’t just look at these gifts for my viewing enjoyment then tuck them away in a safe place. They need to be used. They are designed to be used continually and they never wear out. They need to be fed and watered and practiced over and over again to bring the word of Jesus to those who don’t’ know the good news. They are like some of the herbs in my garden. If I don’t cultivate the herbs, use them for cooking or medicine, they wither, lose flavor and go to seed. They are still available, just underdeveloped. James 1:17:  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

    I would encourage you today to use your spiritual gifts for the edification and encouragement of your people gifts. Seek and speak that word of wisdom, word of knowledge, word of prophecy, and word of encouragement. Use that gift of hospitality to invite someone over for lunch. Offer your organizational gifts to help someone who needs help in that area. Every gift is to be cherished, nurtured and cultivated, both your people gifts and your spiritual gifts. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, set aside what you need at the moment, and give into what others need with prayer and intercession. God will meet all the needs, exceedingly abundantly more than you can ask of think. I love this plan of His. His ways are higher than our ways, no human brain could have come up with this plan. Truly, the Body works together with parts that are seen and parts that are unseen. A perfect being is constantly working, with Jesus as the head. It’s amazing! Blessings!

The Container

    I was looking at my pantry, again! No surprise, I really have a sense of accomplishment when I look in that room. I have containers, lots and lots of containers. Some foods need to be stored in glass to protect the commodity inside, some just plastic or paper boxes. It all depends upon what preserves the contents most effectively. Dehydrated potatoes turn dark and unappetizing when stored in plastic because too much air is allowed to permeate the container. They do much better in glass. I couldn’t really freeze my homemade chili in mason jars, they would break under the pressure of expansion. It just shows me how very important the container can be and how taking care of those containers is crucial to preservation of what’s inside. One nick in the rim of a canning jar can prevent a proper seal and cause bacteria to invade. It’s imperative that I keep these containers clean and undamaged, ready to do the work I depend on them to do.

    And so it is with us. We are spirit, our bodies are the container. Yes, it is fearfully and wonderfully made according to the image of God. But it’s the spirit that is who we are, our essence. They work together to function as an effective ambassador of Heaven. We have to be good stewards of our container, but at the same time, not give it power and pre-eminence. The container holds the jewels. It is utilitarian, it protects the goods. We need to feed our flesh yet fight it at the same time. The flesh, our carnal man, is cunning. It hears the lie of the devil and perverts the will of God for our lives. It hinders us from developing our spirits. Our flesh is a wonderful thing, but it only a vessel; a container. The enemy uses our container to deceive us, to tempt us. Our spirits are not tempted; the enemy can’t mess with that. So, we are spirit, housed in flesh and nourished by God.

    My point is, you only get one container so take care of it. When not properly cared for, it can become weak and sick; bloated and worn out. It must be fed and cared for because it houses the precious Spirit of God. Our connection to God is our spirit. God is spirit, we are spirit. If the spirit is left undeveloped and immature, the flesh can hinder our communication with God. The spirit must increase; it must have the predominance. That’s not as hard as you think. It’s a lot easier to take care of your spirit than it is your flesh. You have to fight your flesh to get control, you spirit doesn’t give you any hassle. The enemy can try to distract you, but he can’t affect your spirit. If you determine to press in, to study the Word of God and worship Him, your spirit grows. By seeking first the Kingdom, you get your focus on Jesus. Your capacity for love increases, your spiritual gifts flow easily, you grow spiritually by leaps and bounds. You are set free from the earthly things that are such an annoyance!

    So you say to me, but I’m too fat, I just can’t stop eating ice cream! It calls to me, it haunts me. Cravings show up like clockwork every night at 8 pm! Ok, I get that, I’ve batted that all my life. Finally, I understand that I have to take those thoughts captive and cast them down. What if you’re handicapped or just stubbornly abusing your body not even realizing it? You have a purpose, diligently seek God for that purpose and stop allowing the hindering of your mind! I have to talk to my body and tell it I (my spirit) can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. He has strengthened and enabled me to win this battle and claim this victory for His glory! It can be done! It is a battle and I have to get off the couch and pick up my sword. The struggle is real my friends, but by giving in, you deny yourself abundance. You deny yourself what the Lord has planned for you in its fullness. Yeah, you are still a Christian, you are going to heaven and you have an amazing portion in the Body of Christ. You are still gifted and still contribute to the Body. I’m just saying we are designed to win this battle to be strengthened in the inner man and to be more in the Kingdom than we are at any given moment. The battle keeps us sharp, it’s actually discussed in Romans. So if you don’t like your container, polish it. Lose weight, gain weight, take a shower, see a doctor, feed it with wholesome food, treat it well. But please don’t disrespect it. The devil would love to pervert your way of thinking. He wants to take you down. If he can get you to hate yourself, he gets you to hate what God created in His own image. He made you specifically just like you are and for his good purpose. Stop judging yourself and focus on the bigger picture. Forgive my bluntness, but it’s realty not all about you! Clean up the container and don’t allow it to dictate to you. Start speaking life to your body, renew your mind about the container you have been given. Nourish and protect your heart and mind. Call on God for healing, stand on the scripture and believe in His goodness. His ways are higher than our ways, just go with that! Be free! Thank God for your container, praise Him and rejoice that you have been given such a miraculous, amazing, perfectly functioning vessel. I don’t mean to offend; I’m actually speaking to myself! Blessings and love my brothers and sisters.

Romans 6,7, and 8.

    

Dwell

I have an amazingly gorgeous pantry.  I love it, I can go in there and look at all that the Lord has provided, with awe and wonder.  I have a sense of accomplishment when I see all the beautiful jars of delicious home canned and dried food.  If feel confident that I can make meals for friends and family in a matter of minutes.  I am prepared for any crisis or emergency.  I don’t compare it to anyone else’s pantry, it’s mine, it’s the way I need it to be.   I don’t hang out in the pantry; I store things in it that I have made with love.  It’s just a room in my house, not a place in which I dwell.

How different it is with my spirit.  I need desperately to abide in Jesus, to dwell in His presence, and to be found in Him.  I have learned that I can’t compare myself to another because God works in us individually, as we allow.  We go from glory to glory.  The rapidity of the process depends on our own willingness to pursue Him.  We can, however, encourage one another and learn from one another.

Somewhere along the line I stopped going from mountaintop to dry valley experiences.  As I cried out for more, for wisdom and understanding; and as I spent time seeking His eyes and studying His Word, the road to righteousness leveled out.  Not that we are not righteous, just that we travel a road through life that reveals more and more as we go.  I began to notice that although life brought times of sorrow and times of joy, I was always in Him.  I noticed I was dwelling in the secret place of the most high.   As I sought more, I snuggled in deeper.  Instead of ups and downs, the path was straight.  The things of life didn’t affect me as much as they once did because I viewed them from my seat in the heavenly places.  (Ephesians 2)   I had a changed vantage point.  Things that once were confusing or saddening, were understood as just another piece of the grand plan God has for my life.  I can see heavenly purpose in almost every situation, and even when I don’t clearly see it, I know by faith that it’s there.  This emboldens me, it gives me confidence to continue counting every life event as all joy.

I can say, okay Lord, what is your purpose here, how will You use this thing for Your glory?  Is this warfare against the enemy?  Is it warfare against my flesh?  Am I reaping something I’ve sown?  Reveal what I need to seek forgiveness for and show me what I can take from this and use to glorify You.

To abide in Jesus is to ever be surprised by His love and protection versus being caught off guard by life’s challenges.  To abide is to dwell in His presence, to be in Him at all times as life unfolds.   He is not distant and He doesn’t require a special procedure.  He waits for me!  He wants me to just come to Him.  I know I can find rest in times of pain, I can rejoice in times of abrasion, and I can find reasons to praise at all times.  The closer I get to God, the further I get from my flesh and from bad decisions that lead to sin.   Seek first the kingdom of God and the rest truly is added to you.  I have learned that it’s up to me, I need to study the Word, ask for clarification and wisdom, and spend time praying.  The investment of my time has reaped a hundred-fold return in His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Every time I look into the perfect word of God, I see something deeper; a new revelation.  There’s always another layer, something new to discover and tightly grasp.  This is why I need to continually study the Word.  It is nourishment to the spirit, food for the soul.  It is exhilarating and prophetic and encouraging.  Sometimes I find myself forgetting to breathe simply because of the spine-tingling wonder in those words.  I live and move and breathe and have my being in Him.  I am always aware of His presence.  I am never alone.  Jesus reveals truth to me through His Word, how to live, how to love and how to know His voice.

Romans 8:1  taught me this:  We are free from indwelling sin because we walk according to the Spirit, not the flesh.  Verse 5 teaches, “for those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.”  You will set your mind on what the Spirit desires, what the Spirit communicates to your spirit.  It doesn’t happen instantly, it’s a lifelong process of seeking, learning, resting and renewing the mind.  “To be spiritually minded is life and peace”.  Of course it is!  The more spiritually minded we are, the less our flesh affects us.  Little irritations bother us less and less.  Our mind is on the Spirit so the things of the world lose significance.  Therefore, we are free from the laws of sin and death.  We are freed up to love unconditionally and live eternally now!  That’s more good news!

So today I urge you to seek God right from where you are.  Seek His Word, seek His opinion and seek His glory.  Pray, learn scripture and talk to your friend Jesus continually because He is right there beside you.  Sing a song of worship to Him and thank Him for His lovingkindness.  Abide in Him.  Make the effort to put your focus on Him in everything you do and He will lift you up.  You will never be the same!     Blessings friends.