Monday, September 30, 2013
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Wednesday, September 4, 2013
For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints- 1 Corinthians 14:33
One of the things that women desire most is peace. We want to know that things are going to workout, that our dreams are going to come true, addictions will be no more, our bodies look good, and that we are going to get the job of our dreams. The list could go on and on. Peace actually means; quietness, internal calm and my favorite definition of peace is this; freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions. We are emotional and we all know it. We respond in fear, panic and sometimes if we are being honest drama queens. We want the world to know how big our problems are. We need for people to understand that we aren't over dramatizing because to us its our reality. After reading this verse I looked deeper into two words that caught my eye. Author and confusion. The word author means creator of. Confusion means to bring ruin; to make embarrassed; and to disturb in mind or purpose. God is not the creator of unfiltered emotions, negative thoughts and emotions that often bring about actions that inevitably lead us into ruin that result in shame and yes embarrassment? wow! Our thoughts always lead us into choices. We choose to walk in the direction of our beliefs regardless of whether or not they line up with truth. Because we desire peace this internal calm we chase outside temporary reliefs. In my own life I have been faced with circumstances & situations that have knocked me down and instead of looking to the author of peace I chose to move into an emotional downward spiral and allowed food to be something that I truly believed would instantly bring me a moment of peace. I would feel full for only a moment and then I would be filled with guilt and embarrassment. GOD IS NOT THE AUTHOR of CONFUSION. Satan intends for you to live a life of ruin through panic and drama. He knows if he can keep you constantly in a state of CONFUSION and emotional chaos you will never be able to fully live out your purpose. Remember confusion means to disturb in MIND or PURPOSE. He is out to derail you! God is however the author of your peace. He intends for you to live your life with an internal calm trusting that He is in control and fully FOR YOU. He wants you to be free of oppression and He no longer wants your emotions to dictate your destination. Today look at your "go to" things. Anything that replaces God is an idol and those things need to come down in the areas of your heart and your follow through. Know that the enemy takes every shot at you to surface your weaknesses and then he goes beyond the line of attack to make sure you are suddenly immobile for Christ. Our emotions WILL keep us from seeing God and experiencing His plans for our lives. Christ however takes your weaknesses and the things that keep you up at night and on your face before Him and transforms them and weaves them into His power so we can live victoriously for Him and in Him. Today is a new day know that your Creator wants to calm that raging war within you and bring calmness to your weary soul. Believe that!!
Monday, September 2, 2013
More than anything I want girls and women to discover who they are in Christ. I want them to chase dreams that seem so out of reach. I also want that for myself. When you set out to find yourself you will always come up short because you compare, try and fix and step in the danger of envy and jealousy. I heard a beautiful truth this weekend from Lisa Allen at the True Beauties revival. She said “comparison gives the other permission to determine your worth”. What an incredibly true statement. As women we often recognize all that we don’t have and all that others do and we begin chasing those things in full pursuit of becoming who they are. God not only hand crafted you in the image of Him and called you His masterpiece, He also designed you with a specific purpose. I can’t walk in the fullness of singing I sound like a dying chicken but I can encourage, motivate and lead people. A few weeks ago my family along with some friends made a trip to the beach. A friend of mine was fishing at night and when he caught a fish he brought it over for all of us to see. It was gasping for air, jerking back and forth so hard that he dropped it and after floundering about in the sand he grabbed it took it back and through it in the ocean. I suddenly realized that is me trying to live my life my way. That is me falling into food addiction. That is me falling into the comparison trap. That is me trying to find purpose. That is me chasing dreams alone. But just as Paul threw that fish back into the ocean to live again, to heal from the wound of that hook God cast us into a massive sea of grace that covers, restores and heals us as we see our need for Him. What a beautiful picture of redemption. John chapter 4 is the passage about the women at the well. It is about an encounter that forever changed this woman’s life. The word moment means: a: a minute portion; b: a comparatively brief period of time and the word encounter means: to engage in conflict with; to come upon face-to-face to; come upon or experience especially unexpectedly. After reading both definitions I realize that I no longer want just a moment with God I want to encounter Him so much that it shakes me up and moves me out to run and tell others about His goodness and power. This women didn’t just have a brief moment with him she encountered Him and because of that a conflict surfaced (her past/present) and she experienced Jesus face to face and He unexpectedly but completely changed the course of her day and most importantly her life. WOW! We get so afraid to be ourselves in the presence of God because change hurts, healing often stings and because we strive to have it together we would rather just come into God’s presence on our own terms. Ladies that’s just a moment! When you stand before God just as you are that moves the hand of God to transform your thoughts, unlock truth and ignites dreams within you. Just like that Samaritan woman you no longer see your past you just see God and you want everyone around you to know it and to taste the hope you have been given. I love verse 22-24 in the message version of John 4;
23-24 “It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply andhonestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.”
Are you living moment by moment in desperation of mountain top experiences with the Creator? You will never be satisfied. Encounters bring about change, conflict often surfaces but victory always will follow because you are no longer focused on reaching the mountain tops are getting out of the valley it’s a relentless pursuit of just being you in the presence of a Holy God and leaving the results, dreams, healing and redemption to Him. Get lost in Him and you will never be the same. It’s time you encounter Him!!