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Questioning Authority


I had an unnerving situation one morning before taking the kids to school. I went back in the house with one child while the other stayed outside near the car. When we walked back to the car, she wasn’t there. My heart nearly stopped. Thankfully, she jumped out from behind a trash receptacle. I scolded her a little about what she had done and we began talking about “stranger danger.”

The kids know about stranger danger, but they have not had to practice it. Most of the time, where they are, I am there too. It’s important to teach kids a balance in whose authority to respect. When they leave our care we want them to respect the authority of a helpful adult, such as a teacher. We had a discussion about how to be able to tell if someone is a helping authority or not. We decided we need a safe word that only we know.

This situation had me thinking about some things. Biblically, we are told to respect God’s instituted authorities (Romans 13:1, Colossians 1:16). By the example of Satan, we also know that some authorities need to be questioned. That is why we need the word planted firmly in our heart. In Matthew 4, Jesus was being tempted by the devil in the wilderness; he counteracted every one of his so called authoritative innuendos with scripture. Jesus was aware that the dark dimensions of this world have authority figures too. Those are the authority figures that we need to question.

There might be an area in our lives right now that we need to challenge the authority of what we are being told or asked to do. It could be a faith issue, health issue, or a financial issue. It could be small voices telling you that you are not going to make it or why don’t you just kill yourself. The response needs to be- by what authority are you speaking to me? In the name of Jesus, we have the power to speak to the ungodly and false authorities that appear to us. Why not use the power?

My daughter who I had scolded said we should make our safe word about God because “a lot of bad guys don’t care about God at all.” Wow-How smart she is. The bad guys will never guess our safe word.

It could be a good idea to have a safe word with God so you can know if He is actually speaking to you. You might hear God confirm it, you may hear someone say it, or you might see it printed somewhere.

Know and believe in the authority Christ has given you. Challenge any authority that is not of Him.

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I BELIEVE I CAN FLY


But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. ISAIAH 40:31

I know it’s been a minute since I have written anything, I have been trying to gather my thoughts. I am still in the P.E.C.K.ing process and lovin it. Although I have hatched and am on my way to the “New Beginning” that God has for me, I have learned some things in the process. It is my prayer that you can learn from this process as well.

Sometime in August, I listened to Bishop Jake’s preach a message entitled, “Don’t Die In The Nest”. This was way before The Woman Thou Art Loosed conference. It’s funny how God had me to hear that message even before I heard “The Pecking Order and knew that I was a “Chick” that wanted out. I understand this message even more so now as it ties right in with what was preached at the conference.

Since I have hatched I’ve noticed lately that I have just been sitting in the nest not really doing anything, feeling comfortable, yet uncomfortable at the same time if that makes sense. The nest is a comfortable place, it was designed to be that way, at least for a while anyway. It was also designed to be a place of protection from the elements of the outside world, but it’s not a place for me to stay forever, especially after hatching. Now part of this sitting is necessary for my growth. As with any baby chick it is necessary to be fed by their parents. It is during this process that God has to hand feed me the necessary food and encouragement that I will need in order to gather the strength that I need to fly out of the nest. I have received some of this necessary nourishment while at other times just like a stubborn child I refused to eat what I knew was only going to help me.

God has begun to stir my nest because it has become a place of comfort. Sure I have hatched and I’m free, I’m out of the shell, but there is more to this then meets the eye. The process of life is always evolving. That New Beginning I talked about in my previous post, it can only take place as you spread your wings and fly out of the nest. Like the egg I had to peck my way out of was a place of frustration so now the nest has become the same. My Father is stirring the nest. He is saying it is time to spread your wings and learn to fly. Get out of the comfort zone or you will die here. Life will pass you by. I have noticed my self struggling to fly lately. So since I am a baby chick I decided to research the “Fledging Process”, which is the process in bringing up a young bird until it is ready to fly.

After the bird reaches a certain age the momma bird will start to fly over the nest with the food causing the baby bird to stretch upward out of the nest. As the baby continues to struggle to reach upwards its strength continues to grow. The baby will have days where it is ready to stretch and reach and days when it will say I give up, not today momma, this is too hard, but the momma never gives up on its baby, daily she encourages her baby bird with the reward of what is to be if the baby continues on in this process of fledging. Soon the baby bird will then have gained enough strength to hop out of the nest and take its first flight and once out of the nest the baby is rewarded.

After reading about the fledging process it all begin to make more since to me especially since I felt like I had hatched but wasn’t going anywhere. It almost felt like I was going back to place of frustration I mentioned earlier. I guess I didn’t realize that I would need to grow stronger in some areas before I could take off and fly. I needed to deal with some fears and other issues that were still trying to hold me down as well. I didn’t realize that the mistakes and struggles I was facing were actually there to strengthen me. They are a necessary part of the process of becoming all I am created to be.

I read the following quote today that kind of summed it all up for me. It’s by C.H. Spurgeon, taken from a book written by John Stotts entitled, The Birds Our Teachers. It reads:

“Brother, your failure, if you fail, will begin in your faith. The air says to the eagle, Trust me; spread thy broad wings; I will bear thee up to the sun. Only trust me. Take thy foot from off yon rock which thou canst feel beneath thee. Get away from it, and be buoyed up by the unseen element.’ My brethren, eaglets of heaven, mount aloft, for God invites you. Mount! You have but to trust him.

Isn’t that the key to it all? Trusting God. Taking that step of faith out into the unknown. Yesterday in church my pastor said, “Your Blessing is in motion.” How true is that. You cant just sit there and expect things to change in your life. You have to make a move. That requires trusting God. Sometimes we don’t make moves because we aren’t sure of where we are going or what lies up ahead but if we wait on God, trust in Him and spread our wings so we can fly He will lead us right to the place where we belong.

I don’t know what flying out of the nest means for you, it could be a new job, a change in your life style, a change in the way that you think. It could mean anything. I only know it’s time to step out. Its time to get moving. Time is running out. You have gained enough strength know and its time to spread your wings. God has been stirring the nest and just like the egg was an uncomfortable place so has the nest become such a place. Don’t let life pass you by my friend spread your wings and fly.

Soaring High,
Chanteea

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Perishing People Hinder Progress


Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing. 16 To those who are perishing, we are a dreadful smell of death and doom. But to those who are being saved, we are a life-giving perfume. And who is adequate for such a task as this? 2 Corinthians 2:15-16

God is just amazing with his revelations. When we ask a question, He will answer. After I wrote “Let the Lord Handle the Fools,” God gave me an insight that had gotten away from me earlier in my Christian walk. The word from Him came during a time when I was seeking comfort from someone’s demeaning comments to me. I needed to respond, but I couldn’t do it without stooping to that person’s level. I was angry and felt like retaliating. I began to ask God why this person was seeking to embarrass me and put me down in such a way. Then He gave me the word perishing.

The person on the other end of the hurtful, offensive comments was perishing. Immediately, I felt empowered in my spirit again and went to the scriptures and the dictionary. The dictionary.com definition of perish is to die, be destroyed, to pass away, and to suffer destruction. Another description, to suffer spiritual death, is right on the target. Some synonyms include: to be lost, checked out, to corrupt or be corrupted, decompose, expire, vanish and to crumble. These are all of the ways people can be suffering in their spirit right now.

Spiritual death is occurring to many of the people who we are encountering. These people are dying little by little in their spirit. While these people are perishing, they are trying to bring us down with them and discourage us in our walk with God. They fight even harder when they cannot break us. Like the scriptures say, we are the smell of death and doom to those who are perishing.

Second Corinthians two 4:3-4 explains the reason why people are perishing, “If the Good News we preach is hidden behind a veil, it is hidden only from people who are perishing. 4 Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.” Once again, Satan who owns this world, has robbed some people of their right to see the glorious light! That is why people are responding to us like vampires who burn up from the light. They cannot see the light that we are. They attack us because their understanding has been stripped. It is part of Satan’s ploy to hinder everyone’s spiritual progress.

Jude 1:10-11 reminds us what happens to people who remain in their rebellion and make no attempts to avoid perishing, “But these people scoff at things they do not understand. Like unthinking animals, they do whatever their instincts tell them, and so they bring about their own destruction. 11 What sorrow awaits them! For they follow in the footsteps of Cain, who killed his brother. Like Balaam, they deceive people for money. And like Korah, they perish in their rebellion. In efforts to keep history from repeating itself, we have a job to do.

As Christians, it is our responsibility to pray for people who are perishing. They are crossing our path for a reason. They need to see, hear, and be exposed to the truth so they do not end up like, Cain, Balaam, and Korah. The truth be told, although we believe, we may be perishing a bit in some area of our life as well.

I praised God for the revelation. I was able to take my power and rise above the insults and respond righteously. Perishing people will try to hinder your progress. Realizing that and applying the scriptures to your life and heart will make all of the difference. God has made us to stand up, stand out, to shine, and be divine! For His glory we continue to believe, stay in the right, and let God take control. Preach to and pray for the perishing and then praise God for the progress!

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Let the Lord Handle the Fools


“My people are foolish and do not know me,” says the LORD. “They are stupid children who have no understanding. They are clever enough at doing wrong, but they have no idea how to do right!” Jeremiah 4:22

 

Jeremiah 4:22 is speaking to me right now! I believe I have encountered some very foolish people as of late. I spend a good bit of my time trying to teach my kids in the way they should go and then somebody in their folly tries to counteract what I have taught them.  For example, several times in my path driving to and from the exit of our residence, there is usually someone in the street. It’s ok to be in the street, but if you see a car coming, then common sense should alert you to move, correct?

Yesterday as I was driving in, there was a lady and a man right in the middle of the road. They appeared to be discussing tree trimming. The lady moved out of the way and positioned herself on the sidewalk. The man, however, turned his back, continued writing on his notepad, and then turned around. He literally jumped as if to be surprised that there was a vehicle directly behind him. I find it very difficult to believe that his man did not even hear a car approaching or notice the fact that the lady moved away from him for a reason.

The old Monica would have blown the horn and had a few choice words for this fool. My kids were in the car and I sat there patiently, waited until he moved and drove right by. I could not help but think of the example I was setting.  I was more troubled by the man in street and him giving the impression to my kids that it’s okay to be in the street with your back turned to potential traffic.  Granted pedestrians have the right of way, but even I teach my kids not to abuse it by quickly getting out of the way of cars.

I see and sense a lot of people acting superior, authoritative, and indignant by purposely getting in and remaining in someone’s way just like that man was. That type of behavior can set off a chain reaction of sin from people who do not know God. Even though I am believer, these situations are disturbing.

Another neighbor, parks their car illegally in a place that is clearly convenient for them. However, their illegal parking place makes it difficult for me to park my car or get out of my parking space. I have thought about having that person’s car towed or putting a note on their window. In the meantime, I’m praying for that person to recognize and become aware of the impact of their actions.

I have done and said many foolish things in my life. There comes a point when a person should definitely take responsibility for their actions and be mindful how their actions impact other people. More importantly, there is a lot to be said about just being plain ole’ considerate. I have learned that God can and will be heavy handed about correcting people when He needs to.

The Lord is right. We are foolish! We are foolish in how we act, in what we say, and how we treat people. Every day that goes by we can choose not to be.  I had to turn that man in the street and the neighbor over to God. We need to be praying for people like this to wise up, do the right thing, and set better examples. Proverbs 26:4 says, “Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you yourself will be just like him.” Instead, say a prayer and let God handle the fools who cross your path too. I am already in agreement for the Lord to move on our behalf.

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Time to Agree


Matthew 18:19-20
“I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you.For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.”

I have been referencing the book of Philippians lately and I can see that God has a message here. Philippians 2:2 says, “Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose

God wants us to work as a team having by one mind and purpose. Agree means to be in harmony together or to be of the same mind. When professional sport teams sign a player, they are communicating an agreement that the person can help the team win games.

Given that we are in a spiritual war, shouldn’t we also incorporate teamwork? Granted, we already know who has won the battle. Yet, we still have to live day to day in the fight. An unknown author said, “There is no ‘I’ in team.” This statement is true for our prayer lives. We can spend time praying about needs and situations of our own and on our own, but what about everybody else? Can there be any victories with a team of one?

If we expect God to move in our prayers, we have to follow the instructions Jesus gave us and agree with people regarding situations. Our team should be comprised of two of more faithful people who understand the power of God and the power to be in agreement concerning prayer requests. Secondly, we need to ask the Father for what we want. We can ask for anything! The scripture says if two of us agree, we can ask for anything and our Father in Heaven will do it for us.

Wow! This sounds so simple to do, so why aren’t we doing it? There are several reasons why we are not following directions. We are afraid to be open about our situations for the fear of judgment and embarrassment. We are too prideful to let anyone know what we need or want. We do not want anybody’s handout because we can do it on our own. We cannot let people into the vulnerable places of our hearts because we will get hurt. Sadly, where there is fear, pride, and unbelief there is no faith.

Agree with me today that we can squash our fear, pride, and unbelief and truly start to see our prayers answered. When we agree about things here on earth as the scripture says, we are communicating consent to God to act on what we have asked of him.

Henry Ford said, “Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” Let’s work together to experience a movement in prayer like we never have before. Agreed? Speak the prayers and say the words: I agree!

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