YIELD

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In the midst of last week’s activity, the Lord spoke an interesting word to me: YIELD!

To better understand why He spoke that particular word, I set out to clarify its meaning. YIELD – to give over; surrender, to make room for somethingor someone; to concede and be willing to agree; to be flexible under stress.

At the same time, I also saw the familiar red road sign that says “YIELD”. The revelation re the significance of this word is related to stubbornness. A stubborn person is quite obstinate and self-willed. Refusal to yield to God, or others can be costly. Take time to weigh the cost or consequence of your “being right”. How right do you want to be? As I was pondering that question, 3 different people requested prayer because they had been in car accidents. Someone had refused to yield and give the other person the right of way. Yikes!

The price of such stubbornness in the natural is apparent :damaged cars, whip lash, broken bones etc. Not so apparent,but just as real, is the impact on relationships, finances, etc.

Alas, how much more the spiritual cost of being right which we may not immediately see. Wisdom is needed as somethings are best resolved with the heart….rather than the mind.

“Now do not be stiff-necked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves to the LORD; and enter His sanctuary, which He has sanctified forever, and serve the LORD your God, that the fierceness of His wrath may turn away from you.” 2 Chron 30:8

“But no, my people wouldn’t listen. Israel did not want me around. So I let them follow their blind and stubborn way, living according to their own desires.” Ps 81:11, 12

 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.” Prov 16:25

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE ILLUSION

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This is it….the big weekend!
Happy 4th of July…Independence day….a time to
celebrate America’s freedom.
Somehow, the traditional events of extravagant fireworks,
concerts, parades, barbecues, etc seem to lack the significance
of years ago. When we review all the rights that have been
taken away, it’s questionable what freedom we are celebrating!

I am remembering a beautiful summer evening from
last year. I had tied Stella dog to a tree in the front yard.
The leash was quite long and she loved having the freedom to
explore the front yard.
All was well until, suddenly, a large dog ran across our driveway.
Stella jumped up and took off after that dog with everything in her.
What happened next was horrible to see. When she reached the
end of that leash, the impact flipped her on her back; at the same
time a terrible sound came out of her.
Truly, I thought she was dying. ( Happy ending….the Lord
answered my tearful prayers and Stella recovered quickly.
I gained wisdom from the experience of what not to do.)

The analogy: America, like Stella, is under the illusion of
being independent and free. As a nation we have corporately
believed we are free. As individual citizens we have been proud
of our independence. Spiritually we proclaim we are free.
The only means of being free is to know the truth. John 8:32

FREEDOM: The condition of being free. The power to act,
speak, or think without externally imposed restraints.
INDEPENDENCE: Freedom from control or influence of
another or others.

The truth is our nation is almost at the end of its leash.

Pray for America!

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WRONG ADDRESS

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A letter came to our home address yesterday.
It looked important and perhaps even contained a check.
The problem was it was not addressed to us. I attempted to
find the person’s correct address online via various search
engines and then forward it to her.

During this process the Lord gave me the understanding of a
spiritual truth. When we correctly hear what the Lord speaks
to us and are obedient to His ways, we are in the right place
at the right time to receive all that He has for us.
God has good gifts for His children. However, too often, we are
not in the right place to receive them!

If we intentionally neglect physical care of our body and
purposefully indulge in harmful substances, we aren’t in the
best position to receive God’s healing mercies. In fact, rebellion
in any area of our lives positions us contrary to God.

Position can also be about geographic location. The Lord told
Elijah to go to Zarephath. He told Jonah to go to Nineveh. Jesus
told His disciples to meet Him in Galilee. He may be telling you
to go somewhere!

However, being in the “right place” is more than all this. What
the Lord specifically was showing me was the importance of
being correctly positioned spiritually, according to His call
upon your life. For example, If He has anointed you for worship,
you probably won’t shine as brightly teaching. He may have gifted
you to write, but you are busy doing something else.
Beware of distractions & foolish ambitions that promise much
but only deter you from your God given destiny, greatest anointing
and gifts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE HORIZONTAL FLIP

Photo editing can be quite fun, but also quite deceptive.
You can horizontally flip a photo, causing the right side to become the left,
and the left side to become the right.

While I was thinking about this, the Lord began showing me that this is what
we often do with scripture!

Proverbs 16:3 instructs us to “Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.”
The amplified Bible provides a deeper understanding: “Roll your works upon the Lord (commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable
 to His will, and) so shall your plans be established and succeed.” 

Here’s the picture: we take our plans, like a heavy burden, and roll them onto the
Lord, Who then establishes/ structures them according to His will.
How simple! We start with God first, give Him our plans, and He gives us
the wisdom how to best accomplish them.

It doesn’t happen.

Instead, we do the horizontal flip! We bypass God, go forward with what we think
is great, and then ask God to work it out.

The deception is believing that we are more capable than God to establish
our ideas and make them successful.
Wow! The question is: What would cause us to have more confidence in ourselves
vs trusting God?

Could it be a control issue? A fear of letting go and trusting God? Lack of knowledge
of God- His nature and the truth of His word?

Good stuff to pray about!

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ANXIETY

Tonight I kept seeing people that appeared to be squashed down by some invisible force. Their bodies were like boxes….some were so compressed they barely had any necks. Others were extremely hunched over. They all seemed so sad and discouraged. This was a picture of anxiety.

Prov 12:25 Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression……

The “invisible force” of cares, fears, and sorrow, had become heavy burdens, weighing  down the people. They had become weak, as if all hope and joy had been squeezed out of them.

ANXIETY is defined as a relatively permanent state of worry and nervousness; an emotional  response experienced in anticipating some undefined misfortune. Research reports that 40% of a person’s anxiety is focused on things that will never happen. 30% on things about the past that can’t be changed; 12% on things about criticism by others, mostly untrue; 10% about health, which gets worse with stress; and, only 8% is about real problems.

Clearly, worry is a waste of time….Jesus asked “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” Matt. 6:27   Why then is it so hard not to worry? With that thought, I suddenly saw a snake trying to wrap itself around peoples heads. Too strange…but it must mean something….. It does!

I found that the word “worry” comes from an old English word that means to “strangle or choke”. Amazing…so worry functions like a snake (it’s the python again), squeezing all hope and peace out of our mind and heart.

The snake’s bottom line hasn’t changed from its first appearance in the Garden of Eden. It’s agenda is to choke out what God has said. Prov 12:25 Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression,  But a good word makes it glad.

Truth is the real remedy for anxiety. A good word from God awakens the heart to new vision, hope, and peace! We have a God Who loves us and has promised He will never leave us or forsake us.

“For the LORD your God has arrived to live among you. He is a mighty savior. He will rejoice over you with great gladness. With His love, He will calm all your fears. He will exult over you by singing a happy song.” Zeph.3:17

What are you anxious/worried about? What unknown fears are wrapped around you, strangling your hope…squeezing you into a panic attack?

Don’t let it happen….get your sword (the Word of God) and cut off the snake!

the SWORD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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AN INTERESTING VISION

An interesting vision: J CellEverything was in shades of black and white. There was a long corridor, dimly lit with florescent lighting which reflected shadows on a shiny, dark, cement floor.

Prison cells lined both sides of the corridor. Each cell had one or two people who seemed surprisingly content in their bleak surroundings. Even more amazing was the fact none of the cell doors were locked! How puzzling this seemed….in such an oppressive atmosphere, no one was taking advantage of escaping.

As I walked down the corridor, I discovered there were specific sections of cells, each section having it’s own name. 3 of the names I saw were “Pornography”, “Alcoholism”, and “Deception”. At the very end of the corridor, there was a plaque with these words: “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil….” (Isaiah 5:20)

The prison guard, who had been watching me, was eager to explain. The reason no one even tried to leave their cells was they didn’t really want to be freed of their addictions or destructive behavior. In fact, they found relief and comfort in them. This was because they had become the means to escape or avoid aspects of themselves or life they didn’t want to deal with.

There it is….we resist giving up something that we have made our escape! It makes wrong right and bad good, but ultimately robs us of freedom.

Wow..may we  not be bound by seeking relief and peace in things that are ungodly!

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SPRING CLEANING

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And now…suddenly….it’s springtime! The warm sunshine and fresh breeze brought back childhood memories.

This was the time of year my sweet mama, of a gentle nature, turned into a samurai warrior. My sister and I were immediately recruited to join the ranks in the battle against dust balls, greasy stains, and various unclean invaders.

This was a ceiling to floor attack.

Everything that could be picked up was taken outside and shaken. Nothing inside escaped being lifted up, inspected, turned over and moved. Cobwebs and mold were no match for brooms and bleach. Few items escaped the pulsating, soapy water of the washer and fierce heat of the dryer. Only high quality, delicate items were carefully hung outside to dry. The grand finale, after several weeks, was a stunning showcase of cleanliness and order.

I can’t help but wonder what would happen if we decided to “spring clean” our lives. Anything that didn’t agree with God’s Word and a goal of excellence ….physically- mentally – and spiritually, would be tossed out. This would be far greater and more intense than my childhood experience.

None the less, I believe God is cheering us on (like mama) to get the job done.

“But who will be able to endure it when he comes? Who will be able  to stand and face him when he appears? For he will be like a blazing fire that refines metal, or like a strong soap that bleaches clothes.  He will sit like a refiner of silver, burning away the dross.” Malachi 3:2

Scripture tells us not to be conformed to the world. The Message Bible says it this way: “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work,  and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him”. Romans 12:1,2

Make a decision not to complain, to keep your eyes from unclean things, purify your heart, and walk in truth.

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and  meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious – the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.” Phil 4:8 Message Bible

AMEN!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ATTACHMENTS

SMALL CLIPS

I was certain …no, I was proud, that I had no attachments.
I was free and convinced of being unattached to external
circumstances. Nothing could hinder or slow me down.
Until…..just one small incident exposed the deception.

This isn’t about PDF files you attach to your emails. This is
about emotional attachments that join you together with
someone or something. Long standing attachments become
valuable sources of stability and reliability. When they are
threatened, the degree of attachment is revealed.

Such was my experience re my cell phone. My cell phone!
The phone number I had for approx 9 years couldn’t port to
my new carrier. The ensuing drama was short lived, ridiculous,
and painfully revealing.

The bottom line …my phone number had become my identity!
Those 10 digits represented me to others in every area of my life.
The task of reconnecting the past with the present via my new
number initially seemed an unquestionable necessity. The sheer
absurdity of that thought brought everything into right perspective!

The deeper issue was if I couldn’t let go of a cell phone number,
what about my life? Intellectually we can have all the right
answers, but in a real life confrontation, our response will reveal
whatever we really believe in our heart. Jesus addressed it this
way: “If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you
give up your life for my sake, you will save it.” Mt 16:25

How easy it is to allow emotional attachments to people, objects,
and geographic locations overrule God’s presence and guidance
in our life. We become one with whoever or whatever we join our
self to…”But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.”
1 Corinthians 6:17  There’s my true identity!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NO RESPONSE

I saw 2 people standing side by side, identical in every way. Suddenly, the person on the right began to glow from within. At the same time, many voices began chattering indiscernible words as black marks began to appear on the person on the left.

Whenever the person on the right acknowledged the black marks, they also appeared on him /her. Soon the person on the right was totally attentive and responsive to the black marks on the other person. This caused black marks on the person on the right to increase at a frantic pace. The light that initially glowed in that person became dim and was no longer visible. Ultimately, both people fell dead to the ground.

Wow-what a strange vision! But, then the Lord gave me the understanding. The 2 people are actually one person. The person on the left represents the physical body; the one on the right is our spiritual body. The inner glow is the light of truth, God’s Word, in our spirit-man. When the Word of God is sown in our heart, tribulation is sure to oppose and challenge it. Thus the chattering voices speaking negative words over us. Accusations that carry blame, shame, rejection, poverty….bold proclamations of incurable diseases, virus, cancer…..thoughts of suicide, unworthiness, etc.

The good news is destructive things against us initially can’t take root – they are resting upon the “old man” who died with Christ. In the resurrection power of new birth, all things have been made new! Our faith must also be firmly grounded on the true report that Jesus not only took upon Himself our sins, but also every sickness and infirmity. That is why scripture tells us by His stripes we are healed! Isaiah 53:5

However, if we begin to respond to these accusations, we give them permission to affect us. The more we yield and come into agreement with these “lying / false symptoms”, the deeper they become entrenched and manifest in our body or circumstances. Eventually, the person no longer lives in the spirit and is totally focused on the condition of their physical body and circumstances. The way a person thinks in his heart is how he is. Prov 23:7

So this is why we are called to be “overcomers”. An overcomer is a person who defeats, gains a victory over, overtakes, masters, subdues all obstacles and difficulties. Read Rev 22:11

Learn to overcome speaking and acting in agreement with false reports!

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JUMPING FROGS

 

frog_1024x768Most people are familiar with the “butterflies in the stomach” sensation.

Along this line, I had a recent prayer request re stomach issues described as a “jumping frogs” sensation.

This was a fairly new one to me, so I’ve been asking the Lord what was up with
the frogs. The revelation came this AM and I am excited to share it with you!

Frogs like to live in watery, muddy places, like ponds. Their slimy skin and
repugnant smell label them unclean. This is true, but mostly because of the
harmful bacteria they carry. Their constant, loud croaking throughout the night
can become quite irritating and annoying.

In the Bible, frogs were the 2nd of 10 plagues the Lord sent against the
Egyptians because Pharaoh refused to let God’s people go into the wilderness
to worship Him. (Exodus 8:4)
Suddenly there were frogs everywhere in the land; on the people, in their homes,
beds, ovens…everywhere. Pharaoh’s magicians also brought forth frogs, but then
couldn’t get rid of them. The frog invasion continued to multiply and became
unbearable. Pharaoh finally relented and said if the Lord would take away the frogs,
he would let the people go. Yet, when Moses asked when he wanted the frogs to go,
Pharaoh replied tomorrow. Tomorrow? Really? Why not right now? (Exodus 8:10)

The frog was intentionally chosen for this plague. It turns out that the Egyptians
worshipped a frog goddess (Heget or Heket), who represented long life and fertility
Pharaoh hesitated to immediately rid the land of the frogs as they were beloved
and held too sacred to be killed.
At the said time, the Lord did as Moses commanded and all the frogs died. Piles of
dead frogs were everywhere, causing the entire land to stink. This was difficult for
the Egyptians who were known for their cleanliness! The frog seems a humorous
choice through which God demonstrated His glory and sovereignty over their
idolatry of Heget.

Frogs appear again, this time in the New Testament. In Rev 16:13, three unclean
spirits, said to be like frogs, come out of the mouth of the dragon, the beast, and the
false prophet. The frogs are called demonic spirits with an agenda to deceive the
whole world.

Here’s the revelation: the “jumping frogs” are actually word curses. They are a
constant stream of words, (croaking like frogs) from self-appointed authorities, esp
women ( remember the frog goddess), released like a plague against a person’s
health, mind, and spirit. Their intent, as in Rev, is to manipulate and deceive. They
are lying words that directly oppose God and the truth of His Word. This will be
evident when people try to speak words into every area of your life….words that oppose decisions you’ve made, undermine relationships, ridicule new directions etc. Their
words cause strife, fear, and doubt.
Don’t wait until tomorrow to get the frogs out. Pharaoh delayed his decision because
he was fearful (of man) to take action against a goddess the Egyptians worshipped.
Don’t allow fear and intimation to stop you.

In the natural realm, people rid their garden and pool of frogs with salt. Likewise, we
are to speak words, seasoned with salt. Take the sword of the Spirit, God’s Word
of Truth, and exercise your dominion!

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