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Leaving Worldly Distractions and Embracing Purpose

I am sorry that I have not wrote in a while. In all honesty, there has been a lesson in the midst of my absence. I have been feeding myself with so much media rather than that Word of God at one point it was hard to think straight. (YIKES!) I have allowed the world to come invade my mind and preoccupy me where I have been distracted, so distracted. For this I not only apologize to you but I repent to our heavenly Father.

However, the time was not wasted. It taught me quite a few things. One of the first being, how important it is to feed ourselves and meditate on the Word of God. The Lord put it this way to me, “Be the light and log off”. As the end of time draws closer and closer each day, there will be more and more people who will not understand what we are saying. We cannot make someone see if they have scales upon their eyes. Only God can make those scales fall off. However, when we do see things that grieve our heart, this is the perfect time to head to the war room and get on our knee’s before the Lord. There is a great reward for those who retreat to the secret place.

“But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.” -Matthew 6:6 NLT

God is the only one that can soften a heart and make blind eyes to see. But, when you proclaim the gospel, do not feel that it is wasted time. The Lord reminded me of this today.

For you yourselves know, brothers and sisters, that our visit with you was not without result. On the contrary, after we had previously suffered and were treated outrageously in Philippi, as you know, we were emboldened by our God to speak the gospel of God to you in spite of great opposition.” 1 Thessalonians 2:1-2 CSB

Not only did Paul recognize that what he spoke and taught was never wasted. He understood that even in great opposition, God is the one who makes us bold and courageous as lions (Proverbs 28:1). As time goes on, there is going to be more opposition against those who preach the Word of God. I am not saying this to be a debbie downer, it is what the Word of God says. However, this does not mean that we as those who truly walk as Jesus has walked to step back and be quiet. What hope is there besides the Word of God? Everything but the Word of God will wither away. It is our responsibility to be good stewards of the Gospel.

For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts.” 1 Thessalonians 2:4 NLT

Never forget, our Lord Jesus Christ knows what is like to be rejected for walking in (being) the truth. He is not one that does not sympathize with that either. He knows, so do not be scared to let him know what is going on in that heart of yours. He knows your thoughts even before you speak them (Psalm 139:4).

Last but not least;

When you speak the truth, God’s Word, and are rejected, do not let the opposition stop you. I do encourage you to always go before God and make sure that you are saying things from a pure heart. There is life and death in the power of our tongue. We must be careful to speak the truth in love, or else we are only a clanging cymbal. I encourage you to cut the distractions and get back to the heart of the Father. Know if you missed the mark, you are not alone I did too. Thankfully for us, his arms are always open and ready to meet us right where we are.

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Shake The Dust Off

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek.” -Romans 1:16 CSB

If there has been one common question in the family of God, it is what is my purpose? Or phrased a little bit differently, what is God’s Will? Throughout scripture we see regular people like you and I healing the sick, setting people free from demon’s, multitudes being set free through the blood of Jesus, and fire dropping down from heaven and huge crowds speaking in tongues. God’s will and desire for us to be apart of the miraculous power found through the Holy Spirit has never changed. However, I have seen over and over and even dealt with myself a few of these common denominators of why people do not live in fulfillment of the power of the Holy Spirit.

The biggest reason why I have seen people not living out the true will of God is because of their fear of man rather than obedience to God. When you are a follower of Jesus Christ you are faced with an abundance of rejection and even hatred for fulfilling the will of the father. If we hold onto the rejection of man rather than the acceptance of God, we are filled with grief, sorrow, and guilt we were never meant to carry. In fact, there is a common phrase that Jesus speaks to the disciples as he charges them to spread the Good News. You can find this phrase throughout Acts, Matthew 10:14-22, Mark 6:7-13, and Luke 9:5.

If they do not accept you, shake the dust off your feet.

Specifically, in Acts 13, we are shown Paul and Barnabas spreading the gospel through the region. As they were leaving, the people were urging them to stay and talk more about the Good News of Jesus Christ. Huge crowds were coming to hear the good news and experience the salvation and love found through Jesus Christ. However, there was one problem, the Jews were jealous. I could write a whole different  post on jealousy and envy and how it demonic, but I will save that for another time. These Jews were so jealous of Paul and Barnabas that they banned them from coming back! I know what you are thinking, “you mean to tell me that they were fulfilling the will of God and sharing the love of Jesus and they were being expelled from areas because of people’s jealously?”. Yes, that is exactly what the bible says.

So many people, including myself in the past, have their expectation in the wrong place. We oftentimes try to please man and say it is fulfilling the will of God. When our motives of our heart are to please people, when people hurt us, we stop doing what God asked us to do. We think that just because we are rejected, it could not possibly be fulfilling the will of God. This could not be further from the truth. Jesus himself did not even accept man’s glory,

“I do not accept glory from people, but I know you—that you have no love for God within you. I have come in my Father’s name, and yet you don’t accept me. If someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him. How can you believe, since you accept glory from one another but don’t seek the glory that comes from the only God? -John 5:41-44 CSB

The truth is, as Jesus spoke, the only acceptance and glory we should truly be after is what God so freely wants to share with us. You and I while fulfilling the purpose God has for us are going to be faced with many challenges and maybe even some pruning of people pleasing. When people do not accept what you have to say about Jesus, understand it has nothing to do with you and everything to do with their heart. Maybe like the Jews they are dealing with jealousy and envy or maybe they are not ready to hear the message but you have planted a seed that God will give growth to later.

What is important is that when you are rejected that you do not let it dull your roar or harden your heart. You are I are to shake the dust off just as Paul and Barnabas display in Acts 13.

“When the Gentiles heard this, they rejoiced and honored the word of the Lord, and all who had been appointed to eternal life believed.  The word of the Lord spread through the whole region. But the Jews incited the prominent God-fearing women and the leading men of the city. They stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas and expelled them from their district. But Paul and Barnabas shook the dust off their feet against them and went to Iconium. And the disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.” Acts 13:48-52

Paul and Barnabas set their attention on those who were appointed to believe in eternal life, they were not focused on the Jews that did not accept them and eventually kicked them out of the town. So how do we shake the dust off? Shaking the dust off simply means understanding that those people’s reactions were not based upon you doing or not doing something. It is understanding that their reaction was based upon them not knowing Jesus and rejecting what Holy Spirit was speaking through you. I would strongly suggest to fervently pray for those who reject or show hatred toward you. The saying I is true that the people that hurt us the most are the people who are in desperate need of our prayers. Even though they did not accept what we had to say, does not mean a seed was not planted. And it certainly does not mean we cannot pray for their hearts to be softened. God does not give up on his kids and neither should we! Shaking the dust off means rejecting the responsibility of guilt for the rejection of the message. God knows when we shake the dust off and does not take it lightly.

If we focus on rejection and do not shake the dust off we miss the joy of the progress this far and the appointed time for others. You are not held responsible for other people’s reactions. But you are going to be held accountable for your boldness and continuance of the Gospel. God desires us to be unashamed of the Gospel. He desires us to share the good news and if people do not accept what we have to say to pray for their hearts to be softened. Like Paul and Barnabas, if we are rejected or shown hatred we should not take it personally and understand that this is a spiritual war, it is not us being rejected it is the Holy Spirit in us that they do not like. Remember there was a time in both our lives that the scales did not fall off yet but we were so desperately searching for Jesus. Thank God for the people who prayed for us and planted seeds along the way. Thank God for the forgiveness that we have for hurting those people unintentionally because we were lost. We must be those people who shake the dust off and are unashamed of the Gospel. While there may be people who are not ready to receive the gospel, there is a field ready to be harvested. It is as simple as shaking the dust off of the past and sharing what God has done in your life. Are you willing to be bold and unashamed of the Gospel?

“My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work,” Jesus told them.  “Don’t you say, ‘There are still four more months, and then comes the harvest’? Listen to what I’m telling you: Open your eyes and look at the fields, because they are ready for harvest. -John 4:34-35 CSB

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Stepping Out In Boldness (Devotion)

God will bring divine opportunities across your path to speak of his love and the good news.
Do not be afraid or discouraged, he is with you.
He has even given us a helper to make us BOLD and to help SPEAK for us-the Holy Spirit, our Helper.
I challenge you today to step out of your comfort zone and share the Good News. It does not have to be complicated, simply share what God has done in your life. Share the freedom, wholeness, healing, and love~with boldness.

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Obedience & Warfare

There is a lie out there that when you are doing as God has called you to do, everything will be smooth sailing. While we do know that God is faithful, our protector, and our refuge, this simply is not true.

If we look at people through the bible doing as God has called them to do, this often brought criticism to the world. Look at apeter in Acts 11, preaching the gospel to those who were “unclean” from the world’s standards. This brought much criticism from those who did not understand what Holy Spirit had spoken to him. When criticism rearing its ugly head, remember who you call to and that you are already approved by God. Not only that, but you are appointed by him too. We see in Acts 11:12 that Holy Spirit speaks to Peter that he “accompany them with no doubts at all“. I think this is important to key in on, because sometimes we can he focused so much on the opinion of other’s that it causes us to doubt and waver. But the Holy Spirit instructs him before hand to trust in HIS plan and go with boldness and courageousness.

I feel like I talk about this alot on here…

However, it is important to realize there will always be “haters”. People’s responses to you doing what God has called you to do is a reflection of their hearts not yours. Do what God has called you to do, despite the critics. Walk with the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, bold, courageous, and fearless!

Another great example of this is our perfect example, Jesus.

He was perfectly obedient and flipped the world upside down! Remember, our home is not earthly it is heavenly. Therefore, just as Jesus did we should think and act differently according to the world’s standards. Jesus brought a heavenly perspective and all truth. Even when the “highest and most religious believers” were faced with Jesus…they brought hostility. Jesus see’s the heart and deals accordingly. Which is why it is so important to be obedient to Holy Spirit, despite what it seems like or feels like. God is after heart transformation, not just appearing good on the outside. Jesus suffered for his obedience and we should expect trials and tribulations as well. However, Jesus commanded us to “take heart, he has overcome the world” and “the suffering we endure now does not compare to the glory that is coming later”! We are on the winning side. Don’t get caught up in other people’s opinions and criticism.

Its oftentimes when you are doing exactly what God has called you to do, there is a ton of spiritual warfare. Do not be discouraged. Even through the storms of life God will refine you to be more like him and is working everything our for your good. Put on your armor, remember the real enemy. There will always be critics are those who do not understand. People’s approval and criticism does not matter. Follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. You are approved and appointed!

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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