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Loud Voices & Choices

The Lord has been speaking me over the last several days about The Last Supper and the Crucifixion. (See Matthew 26 & Luke 23 in reference to this post.)

Throughout Luke 23, his word reveals that Pilate told the crowd, not once, not twice, but three times that Jesus was being wrongly accused. He speaks of Herod even knowing that Jesus was innocent, and that is why he was “mocked”, “held to contempt”, and “dressed with bright cloths”. I do want to state here that Herod and Pilate were actually enemies before this. Yes, the enemy will bring people in your life to distract you from what God has planned and ultimately encourage you to do the wrong thing. He even sometimes tries to make you think that this person is the enemy, rather than him. He wants us to misplace our war on what we can see, rather than what is really happening in the spiritual.

I want to show you a piece of Luke 23 (I encourage you to go back and read this whole entire chapter for yourself):

Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate addressed them again, but they kept shouting, “Crucify! Crucify him!”A third time he said to them, “Why? What has this man done wrong? I have found in him no grounds for the death penalty. Therefore, I will have him whipped and then release him. But they kept up the pressure, demanding with loud voices that he be crucified, and their voices won out. So Pilate decided to grant their demand and released the one they were asking for, who had been thrown into prison for rebellion and murder. But he handed Jesus over to their will.” -Luke 23:20-25 CSB

The world and the enemy can be REALLY loud sometimes, especially when it comes to going against the perfect will and word of God. Now let me make this clear, I am not saying that Jesus going to the cross was a mistake by any means. Jesus knew long before that he was going to be crucified, we can see this through his prayers in the Garden of Gethsemane. However, when it comes to applying this to our own life, the world likes to put on the pressure to do the wrong thing, make decisions based upon emotions, and please them rather than doing what is according to God’s perfect will. They often accuse us of thinking something is wrong, when the word of God clearly states what is right. This is why it is so essential to not only put on your armor for the day but continually get in the Word of God to renew your mind. One cannot do the will of God if they do not know what his voice sounds like or what his will is.

Pilate wanted to release Jesus. He spoke up 3 times to say that Jesus was innocent and had done nothing wrong. Yet, the voice and pressure of the world was what he honored rather than holding true to what he knew was right in his heart. How many times have we done this in our life? Fell into pleasing people rather than following the Will of God?

Jesus knows that holding true to the Father’s will can be hard and there is suffering involved. He perfectly displays this in the midst of these chapters. Yet, do you remember what he said? “Forgive them Father, they know not what they are doing.”

This powerful statement made by Jesus when he was about to take his last breath continually plays over and over and over every single times I am going through trials and tribulations. When we are waging war, we are to pray to God as Jesus gave us the perfect example, “Forgive them father, they know not what they are doing”. Most of the time, the devil has the world so caught up in deception that they are blinded to see what is truly right and pure.

I do want to point out, there is always room to repent until Jesus comes back or our time is up here on earth. This is actually displayed in two specific places in scripture that he has revealed to me within the last couple days. But right now I feel that we are to stick to Luke 23. While Jesus was hanging on the cross, slowly suffering and dying the most painful death ever. There are two other men beside him being crucified for crimes they had committed. They were being justly being punished for what they had done. One of them spoke up and wanted Jesus to get him out of this mess if he was such a great God. As I read this and reflected, I look back at times where I made the mess and then wrongly blamed God for my mess. (Sorry Abba and thank you for your grace and mercy!) But, the other man beside him spoke up with boldness and courageousness.

“But the other answered, rebuking him: “Don’t you even fear God, since you are undergoing the same punishment? We are punished justly, because we’re getting back what we deserve for the things we did, but this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”And he said to him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”-Luke 23:40-43 CSB

Jesus was willing to forgive, even in the midst of suffering and we are to follow his example.

When we call on us his name with an open heart, he remember us. He makes a place for us in his Father’s house. It does not matter what our past is even if we are suffering the consequences of it right now. Jesus is always willing to forgive. Many talk about as he was raised again and this is great to focus on. But let us not forget what he did ON the cross. He displayed grace and mercy for all.

We are also to stand with Jesus and the Father’s will, despite how loud the world can get. We should not allow the pressure or the loudness of other’s voices take precedent what is TRUE and the PERFECT will of the Father. While many will not understand why you are saying or doing the things you are doing, there are promises that comes during the midst of suffering.

I am not sure who you are or where you are today…

Maybe you are like the man who wrongly accused Jesus of the mess he created…there is grace and mercy for that.

Maybe you are being wrongly accused and are suffering just as Jesus did…there is grace for that.

Are you in the crowd? Believing a lie about who Jesus is and what he has done for you? Maybe you have mocked him and got it all wrong? I have some really good news, there is Grace for that too.

Last but not least, maybe you have been too scared to speak up for what you know is right and just in the eyes of the Father. He has grace for that too!

Abba is always willing to forgive, so do not let your past get in the way of doing what is right. Start today, pray and ask for Boldness and Courageousness to speak up over the loud voices and do what is right even if it feels like the world is against you. Remember who is FOR you! Pray to the Father just as Jesus did, “forgive them Father, they know not what they are doing”. Never underestimate the power of God and what is exchanged through prayer. Let God’s voice and will be at the throne of your heart, despite what the world has to say. The suffering you endure now, does not even compare to the glory that is coming later.

Prayerfully read through these scriptures and see what Holy Spirit is speaking to you today:

  • Luke 22-23
  • Matthew 26
  • 1 Peter 4:17-19
  • Romans 8:18
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God Never Sleeps

One of the beautiful things about God is that he never sleeps, he never gets tired, and he is always there to listen. I wrote this at 2:35am because I wanted to share that he is always there. I know this because he is there for me too, even when it is really late. He isn’t a half eye open, halfway awake,semi paying attention God. He is ready to listen at all times, with whatever is going on in your heart.

If you have trouble going to bed, is it because he wants to speak with you? Yes, you may be tired but do not carry your worries or concerns into tomorrow. Today was enough. He is a 24/7 365 type of God. Nothing you bring to him is too small, too big,or irrelevant. If it matters to you, it matters to God.

The problems, circumstances,challenges you have been facing, the thoughts that you keep ruminating, and the things that seem impossible…GOD has the answer for. The PERFECT answer! He knows every heart’s intention and every action that has been taken, from beginning to the end. I have to say that makes him the perfect one to go to with whatever is going on in your heart and mind! He said that your sleep should be sweet and that he doesn’t give you worry or fear. He gives you peace, a peace only he can give!

If you are reading this right now, pour out your heart before the Lord. He is always listening and interceding on your behlaf. Let him take your burdens and give you his, which are light and easy to bear. God never sleeps, he is always on time, and is the best advice giver. He is the only one who knows the heart and has the ability to change it. Lay it at his feet and let his peace reign.

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Shaking The Foundation of Hell

Paul and Silas, undaunted, prayed in the middle of the night and sang songs of praise to God, while all the other prisoners listened to their worship. Suddenly, a great earthquake shook the foundations of the prison. All at once every prison door flung open and the chains of all the prisoners came loose.
Acts 16:25‭-‬26 TPT

There are three things I briefly want to touch on in these 2 verses.

One being, there were people surrounding Paul & Silas who were listening to their prayers and praises to God.

The second thing is that even in the midst of being “chained down” and imprisoned, they still praised God for how good he is.

The third being, because of the power of their praise and prayer, it set other people who were bound down free. Their praise shook the very foundation where they were held captive and bound down.

In conclusion, the very words we speak to the father and the praises that come put of our mouth are powerful and yes, people are listening. They may not say they are, but people’s true desire in their heart is the love of Jesus. No matter the circumstance, even if we feel bound, we should be inclined to have communion with Abba and praise him. He never changes and his love endures. Therefore, our praise should be endless too. Our praise can be the very thing that not only sets us free but shakes the foundations of hell (prison one is entrapped in) and sets other people free around us too.

At first glance, you see that Paul and Silas prayer & praise set them free. Yet, in reality, it shook the foundation that kept them and others captive. Their prayer and praise broke the chains that bound them down and set them free into what God had called them to do.

My encouragment to you this morning is, in every circumstance pray and praise. God hears every word you speak and your praise to the father loosens things that have tried to keep you bound! Not only that, but people are watching. Do not be a people pleaser, but a God pleaser. My prayer is that our prayer and praise is so contagious is free’s others just as Paul and Silas.

The words you speak, the prayers you give unto the father, and the praise you bring are all contagious and have the power to shake the foundations of hell. God has given you to the power to praise and pray in every circumstance. Even when you are not sure what to say, the spirit will speak for you. When you feel weary, he will give you strength. When you feel bound, he sets you free. When you feel like you are just surviving, he brings you to a place of living abundantly!

There is nothing he won’t do for us.

In every circumstance pray and praise. You never know what new freedom is awaiting you or the freedom it may bring to who you are surrounded by. There is nothing God won’t do. Hell cannot stand a chance. The victory is already won. For the power, the glory, are yours Lord forever and ever. Amen!

Scripture for Meditation & Application

I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Psalms 34:1 NKJV

Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph!
Psalms 47:1 NKJV

Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Romans 8:26 NKJV

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28 NKJV

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:31‭-‬39 NKJV

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6‭-‬7 NKJV

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My Messy Prayers

I have been going through a lonnnnnng season of trial and tribulations. I want to share a little bit of what God has put on my heart and taught me during this season.

He has pointed out many people throughout the bible who have been straight up vulnerable with God. It didn’t matter what they were going through they didn’t leave a piece of their heart hidden from God. Their prayers and calls to God were in deep anguish, agony, and sorrow. We see this throughout the Psalms a lot! Another example that God has had me focus on is in 1 Samuel 1-2.

Often times it wasn’t that I was intentionally keeping what I was going through hidden. I just didn’t want to complain. I didn’t want to be negative. What really happened when I didn’t tell God what was on my heart, was my thoughts of hurt and negativity later spread to my heart and soon my actions began to change. I was no longer acting in the spirit, I was acting in my flesh. In a sense, I was trying be independent instead of relying on God. Instead of speaking to him what was on my heart, I buried it down deep and it blossomed into one ugly rotten mess. Oh man was it a mess. It seems silly now, but I almost didn’t want God to feel like I was burdening him with my problems. What I was doing was keeping God out the equation. I was not coming to a solution because I was hoarding the problem. By not being real with God about what was going on, I was carrying a burden I was never meant to carry. I didn’t give room for God to be God. I was acting in pride. Not being real didn’t allow him to change my heart and see things from his perspective.

God spoke very clearly to me and said:

Be vulnerable with me. Give me enough time for me to speak. Listen to my voice. I already know what you are going to say before you say it. I am not like anyone else. I am not like those who have hurt you. My love is not conditional based upon circumstances. I am the one you can count on. I am like no one else you know. I want every piece of your heart. I am all knowing. I keep my promises. Follow the Spirit. Be a woman of prayer, endless faith, and constant worship.

I’m really not sure where I began to feel like I was “burdening God with my problems” but that is not how God feels when we come to him in surrender. We are never meant to be without the guidance of the Spirit. God wants us to come to him with our prayers being real and raw and messy. He is the one we should be coming to like that. God is the one who can turn the worst situation, feelings, or unpleasant thoughts into a thankful heart.

When we withhold what is truly going on with us from an all knowing, steadfast, everlasting, loving God, we are really cutting ourselves short. We aren’t avoiding complaining. We aren’t avoiding negativity. God wants us completely surrendered in every part of our heart. He wants us to completely trust him and be vulnerable and messy. There is nothing that can surprise him. There is nothing he can’t do. He wants to love on us through our messes. He wants to love on us through our hurt. There’s never a moment he doesn’t want to be with us.

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”-Philippians 4:6-7 NLT

 “Because of Christ and our faith in him,we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.”-Ephesians 3:12 NLT

I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”-Ephesians 3:16-20 NLT

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”-Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV

Side note:I am so sorry I have been sparingly posting on here. College has slowly taken over my life but God is still at work in my heart and life. I try to post a verse of the day every single day on Instagram and Facebook. So be sure to get connected. You can find the links on My Mission & Vision page 🙂 I can’t wait to be able to write more soon but feel free to search through old posts and share what God is doing in your life. I would love to hear from you!