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You Are Not an Egg


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 The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring. Isaiah 58:11NLT

 

Do you recall the Mother Goose nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty? “Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king’s horse and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again.”

In this scene, the king’s horses and men were looking at a tragic accident that could not be fixed. There was no way for Humpty Dumpty to be rebuilt. Imagine an egg falling off your kitchen counter.  Likely it breaks. You cannot put it together again and you cannot use it.

You are not an egg.

You may have taken a fall. You may be down and out.  You may feel completely broken or shattered as an egg. The devil thinks you are an egg. He thinks he can break you. He can toy with your mind and make you believe lies about yourself and your situation that are not true. Your heart will get broken. Your spirit will get broken. You may lose your job, home, money, or family and friends. The good news is that you and all of those situations can be fixed. The Lord rebuilds and restores. God makes the promise in Isaiah 58:11.

Seek the Lord, allow Him to speak to you, and get your restoration process going. He is waiting to rebuild and restore you like a well-watered garden. God wants to bless you in this New Year.

Prayer

Dear Lord,

Humbly we come before you asking for forgiveness of sins and chance to be restored, refreshed, and renewed. Only you can provide the food and water we need in our spirit to renew us. Speak to our hearts and minds in everything we do. May You alone direct our path and lead us in victory for this new year. ~In Jesus name~ Amen

 

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Stay Calm


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You have probably seen the “keep calm” pictures on Facebook, Instagram and other social media. What does it really mean? If you type the phrase into Google, you will find that the slogan goes all the way back to World War II. It was introduced as a British public safety poster to strengthen morale during wartime. However, for me, the saying has a spiritual connotation.

One of my favorite past times while reading my Bible is breaking down scriptures into simplicity to help me apply it to my life. Actually prior to doing a little background on the slogan, I searched out calmness in my Bible.

At the time of this particular Bible study, I was struggling with a personal relationship with another believer. As I grow older, it bothers me how people believe they are justified in their critical, condescending, and judgmental natures about other Christians. Let’s be real- women can be especially prideful and belittling in this manner toward other women. I am guilty of being on the receiving end of this teaching by the example set within the church!

I have now come to believe that God is not pleased with this nature. It is truly ungodly and it is confirmed in Romans 14:10-12 MSG, “So where does that leave you when you criticize a brother? And where does that leave you when you condescend to a sister? I’d say it leaves you looking pretty silly—or worse. Eventually, we’re all going to end up kneeling side by side in the place of judgment, facing God. Your critical and condescending ways aren’t going to improve your position there one bit. Read it for yourself in Scripture: “As I live and breathe,” God says, “every knee will bow before me; Every tongue will tell the honest truth that I and only I am God.” So tend to your knitting. You’ve got your hands full just taking care of your own life before God.”

In my nature to fight for what I believe, I was tempted to continue my quest to be heard. But, God said no. As in any war, including the spiritual battle, there has to be a period of silence. He led me to one very valuable scripture in Exodus 14:14 NLT, “The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”

The word “calm” reminded me of the keep calm pictures online. Although entertaining, they have a point. Calm is defined as freedom from agitation, excitement, or passion. It is further defined as absence of motion or animation, to remain still or near still. Being calm is staying at peace, in a resting position, and remaining harmonious. The call of this scripture is to stay in sync with God despite the issues going on-He has got this.

The bottom line is that when people, even church folk, are putting you down, acting holier than thou, and passing judgment, stay calm. That person has to answer to God and that mentality will not get them very far. Not to mention, staying calm is a biblical command from God. It is confirmation that he will fight for you.

He promises that those who judge will be judged: Matthew 7:1-5 MSG, “Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.”

We do not have to do anything when people judge us. It is hard lesson to learn but God is a better teacher than we could ever be on this topic. Keep praying that eyes, ears, and hearts are open to seeing and repenting of this nature. Meanwhile, the Lord continues to fight for you- just stay calm.

Prayer Starter

My dearest Lord! You are so compassionate with us even when we fail You. We ask forgiveness for the stiff-neck and obstinate ways about us that are offensive to you. Forgive us for being so troubled in our character that we cause other people to stumble into unbelief. We are often unaware of our own blindness, but You see it all. You provide correction, direction, and an escape.

We pray that we will adhere to your command to stay calm in the mist of trouble that we encounter in any shape or form. We all will answer to you eventually. Let our goal be to lift each other up and encourage one another daily as your scripture further commands us to do (Hebrews 3:13). In the precious name of Jesus we pray- AMEN!

 

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The World’s Viewpoint Needs a Change


“Those people belong to this world, so they speak from the world’s viewpoint, and the world listens to them.” 1 John 4:5 NLT

 

Like many of you, my heart has been heavy for the family of Trayvon Martin. Sadly, it is much like the heaviness I felt for the families of Sandy Hook Elementary not so long ago.

I have three children. I cannot imagine how I would feel if I lost one or any of them in such a horrific manner. I believe I would be devastated and grieved beyond belief. There would be no words, no comfort, no relief, and no justifiable explanation, especially for killing a child- my child.

As a parent, I would feel guilty for not being there or somehow protecting my child. I would beat myself up over why I did not teach them enough about self-defense. The haunting question of why I couldn’t save them would compel me into madness. I would wish for more time to spend with them and hug them without letting go. I would profess my love for them every moment of the day.

I feel the fear now, as my family and I go out into the world each passing day. There is a lingering “what if” scenario that plays out in my mind. I wonder if we will make it back. I wonder if we as a family or individually will be confronted with the horror of a violent person waiting to ambush us. What would I do if I feared for my life or my family? Would I take a life to protect us?

Nonetheless, it is clear that the fear that grips my heart is compelled by the escalating ignorance of this world and its views. The world we live in has allowed its very morality to suffer because it chose to accommodate convenience.

The world used to teach and emphasize the protection of children by all means necessary. At one time, children were considered special possessions regarded as worthy inheritors of this world. At one time, adults were especially preparing a world worthy of inheriting.

Somehow, the view point of commitment to the future became an inconvenience. I further suggest that the commitment was broken right about the time when people who spoke the truth were killed for doing so. The people who tried to effect changes for the good were killed for doing so. The people who fought for the rights of other people were killed for doing so.

The world that once boldly pronounced, “We, the People,” changed its viewpoint. The longstanding viewpoint to protect and defend at all costs, progressively killed everything that was true, good, and right. Truth, goodness, and righteousness were all deemed inconvenient by the standards of this world. The world taught people how to kill the truth, goodness, and righteousness in this world.

Everything that is true, good, and right has the face of a child. Suddenly, people were free to kill, molest, corrupt, neglect, and abandon children like wild animals. Indeed, the world we live in wrote a license for open season on our children. Now, the blood of children, our children, speaks from the grave.

The world once taught that we are entitled to justice. What is the standard for justice now in this world? Could it be that justice is now based on convenience? In the lurking depths of a painful heart, would there be that indignant desire to retaliate and seek revenge. Would upstanding citizens stoop to the level of a killer believing it would free them from their pain? Would they convince themselves that killing was justified because their heart hurt so much? The laws of this world teach that vigilante killing is unacceptable and punishable. However, is this not a contradiction based on the learned judgment that people we fear should die? Should we not seek justice on our own if the entitlement is lost due to someone’s convenience.

The point is that this world has taught many erroneous viewpoints. The world cannot even comprehend its own contradictions. By substituting principle for convenience, the world now adapts to its erroneous viewpoints instead of enforcing correction.

Therefore, it is not the world or the people we must focus on. We must focus on the reflection we see in the mirror. The reflection that knows the difference between right and wrong. The reflection that understands that the world will never change unless we change ourselves first. We must focus on the motivation and the mission for the change we wish to accomplish. Our children. Save our children.

The World We Live In Needs A Change. We cannot live in fear of continuing to do what is right. We cannot resort to the world’s ways of handling situations by accommodating convenience. We must all do our part to restore truth, goodness, and righteousness that this world once stood for. Our children are depending on us.

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Deja Vu


So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. 1So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. Hebrews 4:14-16 NLT

Have you ever had the feeling of doing something or being somewhere like you were encountering it for the first time? There is a fancy French word for that called “déjà vu.” Déjà vu in the literal sense means already seen. It makes people feel as if something is being seen or happening for the first time, when it really isn’t.

This happened to me recently in a spiritual sense. As you know, I had a major move in my life last year that caused me some unforeseen emotion. I was excited and adventurous at first. Then I was fearful and anxious. Later on, I became angry and resentful. In the end, I was experiencing full-blown grief.

Little by little, even though trying to walk with God and keep myself afloat spiritually, I was changing. I was sensitive to comments people made. I took things personally when people did not show appreciation for things I did or they didn’t return my call or text. I started complaining more about the little things. I was easily frustrated. I was withdrawn, not talking openly about my troubles. I wrestled internally with a lot of emotion to the point of stuffing my true feelings.

All of that little by little complaining and stuffing led to a big outburst and then a meltdown. I could no longer contain my emotion concerning one incident that recently happened. I blew up and said things in my anger. I feel guilt for blowing up and being critical. I felt pity thinking God doesn’t even love me and why should I even have a relationship with Him. I prayed over my agony of having so much emotion weighing me down and confusing me. Why was I cursed with being such an emotional creature?

Thank God, He provides answers and a way of dealing with it. After all of the emotional drama, I was led to pick up a book on my shelf by Joyce Meyer called Managing Your Emotions.

I remember when I first received that book. I saw the advertisement for it on her TV program. At that time, I was going through depression off and on and seeking healing for my soul. Since I was a stay-at-home mom with no income, I knew I could not buy that book. I remember right at that moment, I prayed that someone would give me the book as a gift. I knew I needed it.

Within a week, I received that book in my hand from someone who was a spiritual mentor in my life at the time. She knew I suffered a great deal in managing my emotions. She had also had her own battle. The book is inscribed by her and dated June 13, 2007. She included two scriptures: Psalm 20:4-5 “May he grant your heart’s desires and make all your plans succeed. May we shout for joy when we hear of your victory and raise a victory banner in the name of our God. May the Lord answer all your prayers” and Mark 11: 24 “I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. The gift of this book provided me comfort, relief, and hope.

I picked that book up today and began reading it. It was like I never read this book before in my life. I got to a page where she shared that she got to a point when she didn’t understand why she was an emotional wreck. She heard God say He was going to test her emotions. My light bulb came on- I have been through this emotional storm before! I had already taken this emotional rollercoaster ride at another time in my life. It felt like the first time I was going through this, but it wasn’t. It was déjà vu.

I was never at odds with God, people, or even myself. I was at odds with the sin inside me. It is the grace of God that He makes me right with him.

Now that the revelation has been made, I feel so much peace. I read through the scriptures in Joyce’s book and I bookmarked them on my mobile Bible app. This is my armor for equipping myself against this scheme in the days to come.

I have been reminded that emotions are great when handled properly. When we live for Christ we have to make our emotions obedient to Christ and his desires not ours. I share all of this so that someone else can know that they are not in the battle alone.

Our goal is to get strong, be strong, and help someone else overcome their battle. Be encouraged today, that God loves you and gives you the grace you need to survive the storm. We have already won the battle.

Ephesians 6:12
[ A Fight to the Finish ] And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.

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Rejection is a Relief


Rejection is a Relief

Most writers keep some type of journal and I am no exception. Recently, I was reading through some prayers I was mediating over a couple of years ago and one of them caught my attention. I had gone through a period of rejection with a loved one and asked the Lord, “What good is a life of rejection?”

Rejection is a refusal to grant or accept something or someone as is. It is an act of casting off or discarding. In my life, I have been rejected in many situations including relationships, friendships, employment, etc. At times I thought even God rejected me! Joseph, David, Job, Naomi, all experienced so type of rejection in their situations. Rejection can leave people feeling hopeless and asking what’s wrong with me.

In my notes, it appeared I had an immediate revelation from Psalm 118:21-22. It says, I thank you for answering my prayer and giving me victory! The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing, and it is wonderful to see.”

Even though the scripture reference is made about Jesus, at the time when I was reading it, God revealed that He chose me as an essential, indispensable representative of His kingdom. I have been constructed to carry the word and be a light. Just as the world rejected Jesus as His son and savior, of course people would reject me. The lesson is that Jesus was given the highest honor because of his rejection. Although I am not given an honor as such, I have seen the very people who rejected me get completely embarrassed and have to end up asking me for help or advice. The sad thing is that the person does even recall rejecting me to begin with.

I could choose to walk around feeling sorry for myself because I do not fit in or I’m not somebody’s first choice. I could walk around angry, have an attitude, and hate people. The truth is that I am not meant to fit in. I’m not meant to be accepted by this world. The world wants a new thing, the latest thing, the better thing, but without doing the right thing. I am uniquely designed to stand out. Nine times out of ten when people reject me, I am better off!

Praise the Lord that rejection is a relief. It is an honor to be rejected by people. Psalm 118:5-7 confirms that God has my back, “In my distress I prayed to the Lord, and the Lord answered me and set me free. The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me? Yes, the Lord is for me; he will help me. I will look in triumph at those who hate me.

God is doing a wonderful work in me. In hindsight, we will soon realize that rejection is a wonderful blessing in disguise. It is a relief to be rejected. The burden is off of me and it comes full circle. The people who rejected us will soon find themselves in predicaments wishing they had accepted us. Embrace it and keep moving forward.

Pray With Me

Dear Lord,

Rejection is not an easy pill to swallow. It hurts deeply and causes anger. It is embarrassing. You know exactly how to turn rejection into a blessing. Help me trust you to know that you will make that rejection a blessing. You will cause the rejecting person to need me. You are doing wonderful things in my life. I trust You!

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WHERE IS YOUR FAITH


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MATTHEW 6:25-33

Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

More often than not, when I hear people speak or when I am reading I hear what I call, “TITLES” in my head. This morning while reading it happened again. What I read was, “Where is you faith,” but what I heard was “Where IS you Faith?” Is your faith in yourself? Is in the government, your job, your bank account, your friends, or is it in GOD?

So many times because of disappointments, distractions, and let downs we tend to lose our faith in God or we just lay it aside not really realizing that it was ever missing. When we do that we unknowingly are putting our faith in ourselves or other things and not in God. Through the distractions and disappoints that arise in our lives the enemy has lulled us in to putting our shield of faith down. God does not want us worrying about anything at all. I know that is a hard thing to comprehend sometimes especially when life is hitting you hard but its the truth. We see from the scripture God is saying, “What are you worrying for, if I can feed the birds, if I can clothe the fields with beautiful flowers, then surely I can handle what you need.” Its our job to BELIEVE that, to put our faith and trust in Him and His word.

Philippians 4:19 And My God shall Supply ALL my needs according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus.

So today, I challenge you to ask yourself, “Where IS my faith, where did I lay it down?”

CHANTEEA

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HAPPY “RE” NEW YEAR!


HAPPY "RE" NEW YEAR!.

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HAPPY “RE” NEW YEAR!


Do not remember the former things nor consider the things of old. Isa 43:18

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. Phil 2:5

Happy “RE”New Year!! I actually started this blog on New Years Day but due to unforeseen events I could not finish it. So January 2 was my second attempt to “RE” start what I had already started, and I was well on my way, got to the end of the blog and hit the wrong button and LOST IT ALL!!! So here I sit having to “RE” do it all over again!! Isn’t that where we find ourselves at the end of every year. Having to “RE”start things we had already started in the beginning of the year?

The prefix “RE” means to do again, to start over, or to turn around. Ha! Ha! Ha! Jokes on me right! God sure does have a sense of humor. At the end of every year we sit down and “RE”view the previous year. The progress we made, the obstacles we did or didn’t overcome. The promises we made to ourselves that we kept or didn’t keep. We make New Year “RE”solutions to better ourselves in the upcoming New Year. We are going to lose that extra 50 pounds, we are going to get out of debt, finish school, etc, etc,…But aren’t those the same goals we had in previous years? I mean seriously, take a look back over your life right now and ask yourself, “Just how many of those goals have I actually accomplished?” Do you find yourself having to begin all over again on goals that you set in the beginning of last year? Why do we have to keep “RE”starting over again every year? Good question, the answer is YOU CAN NOT BEGIN A NEW YEAR WITH AND OLD MIND. If you take your old mindset into the new year the only thing that will have changed is the date on the calendar.

The Lord spoke to me and said in 2013, THE NEW IS UP TO YOU!!! If you want to experience a NEW YEAR like never before then YOU have to do something about it! God had already given us everything we need to succeed in life. First of all He sent His Son Jesus to die on the Cross so that we could have eternal life. (John 3:16) With the acceptance of Christ and what He has done for us, we gain a NEW life and a clean slate. That’s called “RE”pentance. We have turned from the way we were living before we accept Christ and the sacrifice He made for us and we have a chance to start fresh. All the mistakes we made, are making, or are gonna make are forgiven.

Secondly, He has given us His word, with which we must “RE”new our minds. And be not conformed to this world: 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. (Rom 12:2) The word of God has the ability to give us a NEW mind. Our old ways of thinking and doing things will change once we “RE” make our mind over with what the word of God says about us. When our minds are changed our lives will change. There is Power in the Word of God, but in order to experience that power working in our lives we have to work the word. How do you do that, you ask?

Your mind and life will be “RE” made over as you read and speak the word over your circumstances. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. (Prov 18:21) You must search the Word of God for the scriptures that pertain to your situation and start speaking them over your life even when it looks like nothing is happening. On January 1, when I sat down to begin this blog the unforeseen circumstance wanted me to bring my old mind into the New year. The thoughts that I was having were screaming, “this year is gonna be just like last year, you are not gonna see anything different just more of the same struggle and fight, BUT, THE DEVIL IS A LIAR AND AIN’T NO TRUTH IN HIM! I know what promises God has given me concerning certain situations so when circumstances arise that scream otherwise its my job to STAND on what the Word says, even if I have to do so with tears in my eyes. You see its important that you watch your words and not speak against what God has promised. That is exactly what the enemy wanted me to do that day. He wanted me to agree with him that the only thing that had changed was the date on the calendar, he wanted me to give up on coming back and starting this blog all over again. He made sure I didn’t have the time to do it either. I may have had to wait a couple of days but you can best believe God had a plan.

IF you want to experience the newness of 2013 then you must realize that the “NEW IS UP TO YOU!” You must realize the new has to begin in your mind. Make a decision to search the word and watch your life change for the better.

Father God,

We come before You now asking You to forgive us where we have fallen short. We thank You for the gift of Your Son, as well as Your Grace and mercy. God the Your Word says that YOUR Grace is sufficient for us and YOUR strength is made perfect in our weaknesses. Help us God to accept that and press on towards the life You have predestined us to live. Empower us with Your spirit that we may do what we know to do when the enemy comes against us. Give us wisdom in all areas of our lives as we walk in the NEWNESS of this NEW year. Help us to realize that every test we have walked through in 2012 will bring forth a testimony to encourage someone else in 2013. We thank you for keeping us and all that You have done for us in the past, present and future in Jesus Name AMEN!

THE NEW IS UP TO YOU!!!!
CHANTEEA

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Accessing the Spirit of the Lord


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The Lord led me on a wonderful bible study last week regarding the Spirit. I stumbled on Hosea 4:12 that says, “My people consult a wooden idol, and a diviner’s rod speaks to them. A spirit of prostitution leads them astray; they are unfaithful to their God” (NIV). Right away my eyes fell on spirit of prostitution. In the prior verses, Hosea states that the priests, prophets, and people were sinning to the point of destruction. The spirit of prostitution that was on them and they were unable or unwilling to overcome it.

A spirit can simply be defined as an angel or a demon. Dictionary.com further defines it as a divine influence working in the human heart, feelings, or mood. The people who Hosea was addressing had a heart for prostitution and adultery.

When we are baptized as believers, we are filled with the Holy Spirit. In Acts 2:38, after Peter informs the crowd that they crucified Jesus he says, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Although we have this amazing gift of the Holy Spirit, we are not accessing the power that the Spirit possesses. Instead, we are functioning on our own human spirit. The human spirit was contaminated when Adam and Eve ate the apple. When they physically consumed the apple, they accessed the sinful nature of mankind.

The Spirit of the Lord is embodied with power. In Exodus 35:30-35, Moses conveyed to the Israelites that the Spirit of the Lord had been given to the chosen people: “Then Moses said to the Israelites, “See, the Lord has chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 31 and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— 32 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, 33 to cut and set stones, to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic crafts. 34 And he has given both him and Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, the ability to teach others. 35 He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers”

These men are examples of being filled with the Spirit of the Lord and were given wisdom, understanding, knowledge and all kinds of skills. When we possess the Spirit of the Lord we have access to His power and these gifts too. What spirit are we accessing and why? Is it a human spirit or the Spirit of the Lord? Is it spirit we need to overcome or are we unwilling to do so?

Honestly as of late and in addition to the usual demands of life, I have felt a spirit of tension and fear as the holidays approach. In general, I fear the unexpected. Since we have moved away from our family, our holidays will be different and I do not know what to expect. There are no travel plans as usual. There are just things on my heart that I have to deal with because the human spirit tries to rule me. These are spirits that I constantly have to battle against and rebuke. The sinful human spirits take our power away. It is important to be on guard, read the Word, and stay prayed up.

I have learned to extend an invitation to God in prayer to please grant me a willing spirit to sustain me. My prayers access the Spirit’s power. If I commit my spirit to him he will rescue me. Therefore, I have to believe that the holidays will be just as wonderful because God planned it all out in advance.

Here are a few biblical references to those human spirits that we need to pray off of us.

Evil/Impure Spirits- Mark 3:11; Mark 5:2-8, Mark 7:25, 1 Timothy 4:1

Embittered Spirit – 1 Samuel 30:6; Psalm 73:21-22

Haughty Spirit- Proverbs 16:18

Anger- Ecclesiastes 7:9

In obedience, we should commit our spirit to the Lord. Our goal is live our life by the Spirit and work toward gaining the fruits of the Spirit (Romans 8:41). In doing so, our spirit can be a lamp God uses to light someone’s path. Fred Hammond’s When the Spirit of the Lord song says, “When the spirit of the lord comes upon my heart, I will dance like David danced.” Start dancing, singing, and praying today and let that song led you into accessing a godly spirit.

Prayer Starter

Heavenly Father, I want and need the power of Your Spirit. Please attend to me as I fight off the human spirit that drives me to feel fear, anger, bitterness, pride, and a multitude of sinful spirits. Help me not to succumb and dwell in the negativity around me day after day. I believe you have good plans for me and want the best for me. You have plans to prosper me and give me a future. Your love for me has no limits. In Jesus’ name I pray for your Spirit of wisdom, understanding, and knowledge to come upon me this day and every day. Amen!

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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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