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Dare to Believe … Five Minute Friday on Day 24 of 31 Days of Writing!


It’s Friday! That means I not only try to write this post in 5 minutes, with no corrections or edits, but I also attempt to fit Kate’s prompt to my 31 Day Writing Them of Healing Scriptures! Not an easy task sometimes … but hey, I’ll take the dare! ūüėČ

Today’s Prompt is … Dare!

When I had my heart event 5 years ago I stepped into trusting God for my healing. I had that God experience on the gurney {you can read that here.} and dared to step out to change my lifestyle.

But that wasn’t the only DARE I encountered.

After I got “well enough” I dared to share healing with my family. My family who live with many, MANY, health issues, covering all areas of one’s life. From several forms of depression to addictions and various health issues. And their response was tantamount to …

HOW DARE YOU!

Yes, how dare I think I’m better than them, or that God would heal me and not them. They didn’t understand God the way that I did. They don’t enjoy the relationship I enjoy with Him. And if they read this, and some might, there will be issue with this.

But yet again, I DARE to share this, my understanding of what God says about my {OUR} healing!

Healing is a promise to us from God! We received it in our Salvation Package! I love calling it that. God bundled Salvation, Grace and Healing into our package contract!

And it cost us NOTHING! No monthly fee … no cancellation if we don’t hit the mark, or pay the debt. FREE … healing, like salvation and grace, came free when we came into Covenant with God!

Full Definition of COVENANT – Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

1:  a usually formal, solemn, and binding agreement :  compact
2a :  a written agreement or promise usually under seal between two or more parties especially for the performance of some action
In the Hebrew scriptures, an agreement or treaty among peoples or nations, but most memorably the promises that God extended to humankind (e.g., the promise to Noah never again to destroy the earth by flood or the promise to Abraham that his descendants would multiply and inherit the land of Israel). God’s revelation of the law to Moses on Mount Sinai created a pact between God and Israel known as the Sinai covenant. In Christianity, Jesus’ death established a new covenant between God and humanity.
Jesus is the promise, He is the seal on the contract of our Salvation!
Isaiah 53:4-5
Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains , yet we considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God . But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.
I dare to believe God at his word. I dare to share, at the expense of being criticized by others, the amazing love that God had for us that He sent His only Son so that we could have life with Him. That we could experience what it means to be created in His likeness. To enjoy a life free of illness and pain. If only we would believe.
Yesterday’s post was about God’s Instructions and the instruction book … wherein He gives us the most vital instruction of all … To BELIEVE … that whoever believes … WHOEVER … that is you and me and everyone! Shall NOT perish but have eternal life … that, right there, is the promise of healing!
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

I dare you to believe! Check it out … John 3 is an amazing Scripture.

Thanks so much for reading! Blessings.

Thank You for Reading. Andrea

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Healing Scripture Day 23 of 31 Days … A Journey


Exodus 15:26¬†He said, ‚ÄúIf you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.‚ÄĚ

Instruction … Often we long for, and voice that longing in our day to day, instructions in life. We’ve heard people say, and probably said ourselves: “I wish there was a book of instructions for life.”

There is a How To For Life book! The Bible.

basic.instruction.before.leaving.earth

basic.instruction.before.leaving.earth

A popular acronym used by Christians:

Bible:“Basic. Instructions. Before. Leaving. Earth.”

Well, if you’re one that has built your faith into a relationship with God then you know this to be true, as cheesy as the little cliche has become. If you are new and learning … I assure you once I chose to live my life according to God’s will and timing my learning of the Word and applying the same to my life accelerated and became almost easy.

Note I said Almost Easy. This is after all life and we were not promised easy … we were promised it would be worth it. And so far, for me, it’s been worth it.

The scripture I began with is instruction for life … It was to the Israelites who were trying to get to the promised land; but true to human behavior they were complaining and fussing that it wasn’t coming as quickly and as easily as they had envisioned. They had to be continually reminded, encouraged and instructed to follow God and His timing.

They couldn’t wrap their heads around the process. They couldn’t get past putting human attributes to God. Like us they were human with human faculties … and they would get a few step forward and fall several back, into their own understanding.

Yes! The Old Testament is relevant to us today … it reveals our human-ness if we pay attention. The Israelites were just like we are today!

So as to healing … it’s God’s promise to us from the very beginning. Like I’ve said many times on my blog; Our healing was delivered in the Atonement and received at the exact moment of our Salvation!

Our salvation and our healing are one in the same!

We were created In His Image, In His Likeness. We were created to be just like God, and God is NEVER ill. He’s NEVER had a cold, or the flu, or cancer … NEVER; and neither did His Son!

So the instruction for healing here, is much the same as any other instruction for Life … And were given EVERYTHING we need for life … and Godliness {In His likeness!}. And the scripture above is clear … for us it’s to get in The Word, get to know God and His will, His plan and His timing and live your life accordingly. The exact instruction is spelled out right there in His words.

His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. 2 Peter 1:3

He has a separate the name Healer:

Jehovah Rapha: The Lord Who heals!

 

I encourage you to get into the book of God’s Instructions for our life and find EVERY.WORD. He said about your healing. You see, I know that I am healed, regardless of what I am feeling in this body or am hearing from the “professionals” and then I refer to His Word and I trust in THAT WORD while doing what He has instructed through the doctors. After all it was our Healer who created the Doctor. ūüėČ

Do you need healing today? Won’t you let me pray for/with you, according to His Word and Will for you life? I would love to be in agreement with you for your complete healing … it’s yours, right here and right now!

Thanks so much for reading. It is my sincere hope that I have sparked a glimmer of hope in you to seek your healing for Jesus, The True Physician. Blessings.

Thank You for Reading. Andrea

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Humbly Speaking About Humility | Tuesday@10 on Day 21 of 31Days


It’s Tuesday again, the day I attempt to utilize the Word Prompt from Tuesday@10 into The 31Day Writing Challenge! Some are easier than others … this one took some pondering, though I know what I wanted to get across.

This weeks prompt from KarenBeth is Humility and it certainly took a bit of time to wrap Healing up into Humility.

So may I humbly submit to you, my offering of prayer and healing to you, today.

Breaking Through to the Other Side of It ...

Breaking Through to the Other Side of It …

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” James 4:10

True humility is a virtue I desire, most Christians desire; but like many of God’s characteristics, humility is not one I come by naturally.

Humility is not a value; it doesn’t express weakness or timidity. It is, rather, a gift from God, by grace, that should be revealed through our character. Humility, by definition is the opposite of pride.¬† And Jesus taught on humility, while on earth.

“Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 14:11

People who are truly humble do not seek attention, they do not seek to push a personal agenda. Genuinely humble Christians seek only to advance God by being the example of what God does through them, as individuals. It’s not about me teaching you how to pray, or instructing you how to receive your healing. It’s my showing, through my life and experiences, how God The Father has worked His plan through me!

God works mightily through the honest humility of people!

I can humbly tell you that I don’t know why I am alive today, after the diagnosis of congestive heart failure 5 years ago. I haven’t lost the necessary weight yet that would ensure heart health; though I’ve made strides and then failed. But I’ve gotten up from that failure to stride again, by the grace of God! It’s not me … my health is completely about God and His plan for me.

It is in all humility that I stand in awe of God’s Works, when it comes to The Hubs life and battle with the diagnosis of cancer! It is definitely by His Grace alone that we have come to this place in this battle full of life and love and testimony of healing and health. It is by God’s grace that The Hubs continues to stun the doctors with vibrant lung health even as they refuse to tell us that the cancer is gone and he is healed. And it will be to God’s Glory and Honor alone when they come to the conclusion that The Hubs is, most definitely Healed and Healthy! I anticipate, with great joy and excitement, that testimony!

I don’t have the answers, except that I believe God at His Word that I am {we are}¬† healed and that He has a purpose for me! I do not know the time of these miracles and their testimonies … I just know that they are there for us in God’s time. When this healing will make the most impact upon those around us!

When I stumble, and oh how I stumble, I do my level best to get back up and resubmit myself, humbly and with repentance to my Father God, always thankful that He is there with His Word to help me back up so that I can follow His instruction. I confidently put my trust in God and do not arrogantly demand that God allow me to do things on my own. I am useless on my own!

And speaking with honest humility, I have to say that I don’t do the above, ANYMORE! And when stress or life or emotions have me leaning back into my own human-ness; I humbly ask God for forgiveness, as soon as I come to my senses.

“Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress; he sent out his Word {Jesus} and healed them, and delivered them from destruction. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his Wonderful works to humankind.”

Psalm 107:19-21

… let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind.

Being thankful is a part of humility. It’s admitting that I don’t know everything, in fact I know very little of what I need to do in life, without Him to guide me. And oh, let me tell you how thankful I am! Actually there are no words to describe this gratitude!

And humbly, we declare and decree the Word of God.

‚ÄúGreater is He that is in me than He that is in the world.‚ÄĚ
I thank God that ‚ÄúBy His stripes Iam healed.‚ÄĚ
And ‚ÄúNo weapon formed against me shall prosper.‚ÄĚ
All the honor to God the Father that ‚ÄúI shall not die but live and declare the works of the Lord.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúI will not forget the benefits of God. He heals all my diseases.‚ÄĚ
I stand in awe that ‚ÄúThe Lord restores health to me and heals me of my wounds.‚ÄĚ
I thank Him, humbly that ‚ÄúAffliction will not rise up a second time.‚ÄĚ within me.
Thank you Father that ‚ÄúThe power of the Lord is present to heal you.‚ÄĚand me. In Jesus’ name I pray Your Words back to Your memory Lord, that You would see me, Your humble daughter, and bestow upon me Your healing touch. Amen.

 

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Healing Sunday {3} A Reaquainting with the Jesus of the Bible ** 31days of Healing Scriptures


On this 19th day of this challenge we had a much loved guest preacher in and OH how God confirmed and worked; from praise and worship to the prayer time at the end it was ALL about …

Jesus

The Jesus of the Bible and His finishing of what He had come to do! Quickly let me share with you the confirmation {for and about my lil’ Sis), instruction, a video and what I came back home with.

The Confirmation: 2 Timothy 1:7 ~ A well known and used scripture!

7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

My sister has something going on health wise, and RN or not these things frighten her; whether it’s herself, her children or just anyone she cares about. She’s frightened of dying, I think, and of other “health” issues that are prone in our family. So she shared on everyone’s favorite social media outlet and asked for prayer and I answered. She knows God is with her and she knows that He’s always taken care of her; but like many of us in these situations she wondered if she might be asking too much this time, again, I believe. This time she has a specific fear: the side effects of Chantix, the quit smoking drug. She’s trying to get healthier and the drug touts some interesting side effects.

My response was: You’re going to be fine. YOU know God is with you! And I shared with her 2 Timothy 1:7.

Well the confirmation that I had ministered to her correctly was today’s sermon and the Scriptures used; including 2Tim 1:7. Gotta Love it when God let’s you know you’ve done well like that!

The Instruction: Getting to REACQUAINTED with The Jesus of the Bible! The preacher said that years ago he had started to do something specific. When he was feeling aches and pains or downright sick he would go to the New Testament and read the stories about all those that Jesus had healed, and in no time he would be well again.

Jesus Cross

Instruction: Say, Pray and Read what God says about your illness, malady or just that little bout of sniffles.

The preacher’s message was, It is Finished.

John 19:30 When Jesus had tasted it, he said, ‚ÄúIt is finished,‚ÄĚ and bowed his head and dismissed his spirit.

Jesus’ last words from the cross. You see Jesus came to finish something … He came to destroy the works of the devil, and He did! Healing is a result of that finished work!

With it He gave to us “not a spirit of fear; but of POWER, LOVE and a SOUND MIND. Study that out sometime …

We have the authority and Power to overcome illness!

We have have the Love of God within us and are called to give that back out!

And …

We have been given Soundness of Mind to do ALL of this.

Do you want more and more of God’s kindness and peace? Then learn to know him better and better. For as you know him better, he will give you, through his great power, everything you need for living a truly good life: he even shares his own glory and his own goodness with us! And by that same mighty power he has given us all the other rich and wonderful blessings he promised; for instance, the promise to save us from the lust and rottenness all around us, and to give us his own character. 2Peter 1:2-4

Do you want more? Then join me and get to know Him better … Follow Jesus to healing by reading about all the healing He performed in the New Testament. Read, follow and pray how He healed and receive that healing yourself! The more we know Him and His character the more we receive His great power and everything we need for life and godliness … then receive more of His own character!

The better we know Him, the closer we get, the more His character becomes apart of us!

Press in andGod will respond to you, Manifest Healing comes within that response.

And now a video of the fabulous song we sang in worship of Him today! Wish you could hear our worship band playing this … it was amazing! One of young ladies has an incredible and anointed voice and she sings this with such moving emotion, I can’t even explain it in words, it must be felt. =) May this bless you!

We are not shaken, we are not moved …. We wait upon you Lord! Let this song wash over your spirit and I promise you will feel the healing begin as He responds to your praise! ‚̧

Thank You for Reading. Andrea

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Healing Prayer … getting The Word In | 31 Days: 16


Rx - The Word of God

Rx – The Word of God

It’s October 16th and we have 16 days left in this challenge of 31 Days of Writing.

Yesterday I rededicated my focus on God and getting His healing Word in. Thinking about it more, I wanted to the next 16 days to be  full of scriptural healing prayers. Surrendering my doubts and fears to God and filling up on His healing words.

So I went about researching His healing bible verses and found this, on Belief Net.com: Healing Bible Verses. Researching bible verses has become easier with Google, for sure! But don’t forget, it is important to read before and after any scripture to receive full understanding. Full understanding of what God is saying is pertinent. =)

 

Lord,

I am Your child, I am and will continue to be attentive to Your words;
    to Your sayings I will incline my ear.
I will not allow them to  escape from my sight;
    I will keep them in the midst of my heart.
 For they are life to those of us who find them
    and healing to our entire body.
 With all vigilance, I will keep my heart,
    for from it comes the source of life. Amen

Proverbs 4:19-23

This is my beginning prayer, today.¬† I will continue to pray scripture, today, because if there’s anything I learned on this walk with my Lord it is that praying His Word never fails. These words are His will … they are His promises, unsullied by my thoughts or ideas or interpretations. It is the Word He inspired in Solomon {who is said to have written most of the Book of Proverbs} to share with us. As most know Proverbs are a guide book, depicting clearly the right and wrong ways to live this life. There is incredible guidance in this book.

I pray that these coming 16 prayers might get into your heart for healing. No matter what that healing is … Spirit {Heart}, Mind {Thought and Reasoning} or Body {Physical}.

Tell me, if you would, what healing do you need prayer for today … tomorrow? Let me know in the comments and I will share and pray healing prayers with you, for you, because I believe when we intercede for others our own healing is manifest.

I saw this quote recently, author unknown.

All Christians are called to prayer, for intercession.

Won’t you allow me to pray for you today. =)

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Belief and Healing | 31days:13


Uprooted

Uprooted

My motivation for this 31 Day Journey Through Scripture for Healing was and is to get God’s promises for healing – Divine healing into my head and ultimately into my heart. My true spiritual heart where I can continually tap into what I honestly see as truth in regard to healing.

My desire is MANIFEST healing, manifest health. I want to walk, not just in, as this gives me the ability to walk “out” of; I want to prove out Manifest Health. I want to be able to tap into the KNOWLEDGE that I am healed in Christ – inside and out.

Yet this desire causes me stress.

Because I’m not attaining it right now.

Because I have moments; many right now, when I realize I’m not hungry, and in fact I feel quite the opposite, yet I go and get that comfort food that my mind is telling me I want.

Because I need to move, yet I have no, absolutely no, motivation to get up and start what I know I must do to be healthy. Walk, move, do something, do anything!

Because, though I believe God at His word I must beg Him to forgive my unbelief … not in Him, not in His promise … but, my unbelief that I could be the recipient of Him and His promise of healing. I really believe that though I understand in my head it has not dropped those 18 inches to my heart.

My heart that that literally NEEDS to receive healing.

To my heart where The Spirit actually resides within me!

And God said we could …

Ask, Seek, Knock: Matthew 7

7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

There it is … helping the God information get from my head to my heart!

But am I asking? Or … am I sitting here, unmotivated, hoping God will look down on me and just give me what I should be asking Him for. This says that I must ask.

I.MUST.ASK. Maybe I do not have because I do not truly ask God to handle this. Maybe I’m doing this alone, on my own power … and I can’t, I really seem not to be able.

James 4

2b You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

The stress of knowing that this obesity I struggle with is due to some past harm within me; that this is the symptom of a physical or emotional wound is the same stress that blocks my ability to get well.

I believe this. So here it is … another layer of the onion that must be peeled away so that God’s Divine Healing can manifest within me.

I don’t have to rehash the harms and wrongs and wounds that I have truly dealt with. I now have to find that tiny shred of¬† “YOU ARE WORTHLESS” that I allowed to be deeply instilled within me.

No. That’s wrong … I didn’t allow the original instillation of self doubt and lack of self worth … what I allowed was the wallowing in and the coveting of that wound so that I could remain resentful by rights of those abuses. So in the time it took me to cultivate that crop of resentment (years) it was able to blossom in some deep and dark places within me that now must be rooted out and exposed to the light.

And this is where I agree that Christianity has a touch of brain washing to it.

I am human. On some of the harder days I forget I am chosen and loved by the Father Creator. It’s not that I cease to know this truth, it’s more that it fails to rise up in me to remind me. And this is because I am distracted by the hardness of the moment.

Let’s face it … during times of stress we humans forget things. Even us Christians forget and try to do things, figure things, that are not within our understanding.

What I need to remember: God’s Sovereignty.¬† I was made in His image. I have His DNA, we all do, and that is perfect.

But … I am not God.

I’m almost 50 years old here. I have never conquered this obesity. It’s roots were deep, I know, and God and I have worked hard to remove them … but like a tree that is cut down, the roots, underground must be destroyed, ground out, so that the tree does not begin to grow, again in that area again. The root must be destroyed, too, so that it will not move, underground, unseen, to rise in a new location where it blooms and grows anew.

Roots

Roots

 

Destroying the Roots

Destroying the Roots

 

 

 

 

He is God, alone. And I believe and I ask Him to take this remnant root and destroy it, once and for all, so that I may walk out that promise He gave me on that gurney 5 years ago!

Thanks for reading my faithful friends.

Andrea

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Inscribed upon my Heart by God: Andrea, Writer.


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I’m having a slow, tired, rainy day. Most of us experience these. However, mine, in the gloom of an overcast, rainy Jersey day, becomes a thing of negativity. Having slept in due to fatigue, and this Wednesday being the first day in two weeks where I was not bound to an errand based schedule, I inadvertently slipped into a depressive state.

At noon I forced myself up and moving. I am always amazed at how quickly I slip right back into my old man.

Instantly…

I begin with I’ll take a twenty-minute rest and two hours later that rest has turned into a sleep that sets me off track.

Off track in body, mind and spirit.

Yes…that is all it takes for me.

Those who have suffered with depression, and I do not participate in depressive states of being any longer!, understand that sleep is an enemy. A symptom, not a remedy!

I grabbed my cold cup of coffee from earlier…I know, some don’t understand cold coffee ūüôā I was raised to nurse a cup of coffee all day! Got dressed, folded some laundry and headed to the office feeling fatigued.

An over-sleep induced fatigue, I was not feeling well…

Depression!

I ditched a few of my e-mail devotionals as they were not speaking to me and then opened Kim Potter’s , A New Thing Ministries motivational for today, “Write it Down”. I also read part of Sarah Markley’s blog for this morning; “Sarah Who?”, but stopped because I felt it didn’t speak to me…that is until I coupled it with Kim Potter’s!

Depression makes me feel invisible, unnoticeable, unWorthy…all lies. I know these lies intimately and the masquerade as truths. Truth Imposters spoken by others….angry parents, the school yard bullies, the popular girl in class, the cute boy who laughed when you bought his attention for something it was not…LIES of invisibility and scorn.

As I lay there in my late waking, trying to motivate myself into being productive, I thought about all those productive things God has gifted me with.

ONE stands, mocking me…because I know it was a restored gift, and I cannot figure out by what (who) or how the brick wall of fear was erected!

ME…

*ANDREA, WRITER.

Sarah in her post this morning, found that being one of a zillion Sarahs on the planet caused her to always lead with her last name to identify herself. She found it demeaning that people didn’t recognize her voice or know which Sarah she was.

I think I am in a different place. I find myself demeaning myself in regard to the gift I know I have been called to use.

I believe it is the title; WRITER… How pretensious of me to believe that I am a Writer…see I couldn’t even put it in bold.

…then I think, or the Holy Spirit rises and speaks…how sinful is it that I don’t believe what God has given me…

I love to write. I am good at writing.

I’m not exactly a Story Teller, I am a Life Teller.

I share from where I am, I write from my heart, perspective and life.

I have been given an assignment to write. To write a specific book. Yet I cannot put the pen to paper, or the words on the screen.

I sit, in sadness; depression and think¬†“maybe tomorrow”!

And then….

I just feel less than. Not able, a nothing…a nobody. NOT WORTHY!

I am choosing this, I know…

In my morning (afternoon) devotions I was given another, more personal assignment, from God.

“Write the vision down and make it plain; that YOU, ANDREA may run when you read it.” Habakkuk 2:2, adaptation.

Kim’s motivational explains that when we write these things down they become registered in the Kingdom. While God instructed that things be written, engraved or inscribed on stone, wood or metal, today we have to our avail, as well, the permanency of the internet.

We all know that once something is in cyberspace it is there for all time!

In Habakkuk 2:2 the definitions of the key words are these:

Write: inscribe, engrave, describe or detail in words, register, record and decree

Vision: see, perceive, prophesy – BEHOLD

Read: call out, proclaim, summon, appoint

Oooo I forgot to add this quote from Kim Potter’s blog, very important:

¬†“Just this morning I was reading something that confirmed this action; I want to share it with you ~ KP”

            It is from Bill Burns, he said the Lord said; I would have My people to once again be a people of faith.  My challenge to you now is to begin to walk in an absolute faith that refuses double-mindedness and negativity; a faith that refuses to allow the enemy to gain the victory over you. So rise up, you people of faith, for it is by faith that you overcome the world. It is by faith that you enter into a fullness of life in the kingdom of My Son, says the Most High.  Come forth in faith and walk in the power of it.  Demonstrate the kingdom and manifest the supernatural and the fullness of that which I am doing.  Begin to decree and to declare and to write a thing, for as it is written it is released in to the heavenlies and it shall come forth as My word and My word does not return to Me void, says the Lord. 

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† As it is written it is released in to the heavenlies and it shall come forth.¬† I encourage you today to write your vision and make it plain – in doing so, you guarantee its release and it’s coming forth.¬† Remember, His word does NOT return void.

Today I will engrave in words and on my heart that I am Andrea, Writer. I will see, I will behold the gift and assignment given me by God, done; completed. I will proclaim and thank my God for the gift that He has graced me with, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Rearranging Your Thoughtlife…


 

How to Change Your Mind….and Your Life!

As I was spending time with God the two scriptures continued to come to mind.

Psalm 118:24   This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.(NIV)

Romans 12:1¬†¬† So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life‚ÄĒyour sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life‚ÄĒand place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.(Message)

Many practicing Christians have eventually find that the theme their Pastor is on, at any given time, is the theme of every preacher, self-help guru and even the secular world. God is cool that way, that even in what one may consider not Christian the theme of the day (season) is the same in both the heavenly and worldly realms.

The bible does say:

Matthew 5:45 But I tell you: bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, [so] that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes HIS SUN to rise on the evil and the good, and sends the rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

Seems to make sense that the seasons and messages (sermons/teachings) God sends our pastors to refresh us, He would give to the pastors equivalent¬†secularly. He did send HIS SON so that ALL would be saved…

As my morning moved forward in its day¬†to day¬†routine¬†8 am finally rolled around and my husband was in his home office, my youngest had left¬†more than an hour earlier for work, and the oldest, home for the day had just walked the pups. One of my beloved Dachshunds stood at my¬†knee indicating he wanted to be picked up (oddly they do this much like a toddler does, they seem to reach up for attention and comfort). I lifted the youngest red and he cuddled to me, his affection warms my heart, and I soak that up. Well he had been barking at my husband when he was going into the office, and I was his second choice, so as I walked to the glass door of hubby’s office to show him how cute Habby¬†(the dachie) was being I looked in and saw¬†my husbands rough body language and facial expressions caused by my call. I would be dishonest if I didn’t admit to instant hurt and¬†anger at this reaction.

I returned to my desk to prepare for my days work (I’m the church secretary and I get to work from home right now due to health and¬†the church’s transitions) hurt and frustrated.

::A bit of backstory for those who just wandered in: For the last three months I¬†have lived with a poor heart diagnosis. Mind you, I have not given in to the names of these issues, I do not own this illness, I embrace God’s promise of divine wellness. I do listen to the doctors and follow¬†their directions¬†so as to heal and step into my wellness, my wholeness. Therefore, my men have had to pick up more of the household slack, on days when it is very hot or something is too heavy or I am fatigued or exhibiting warning signs. ::

Now three months into this transitioning lifestyle change that they have been, in part, forced to participate in is beginning (or for some have always been) to be frustrating. For me as well.

In the same three months my Home Group leader has been teaching us from Working With The Law~11 Truth Principles for¬†Successful Living¬†by Raymond Holliwell. How many times have you heard “It will change your life!”? I know, right? Well dear reader…this book WILL CHANGE YOUR MIND AND YOUR LIFE! Simply because the concept is rooted in prime biblical truth. The Law is God!

Three months of teachings, three months of determined, obedient adherence¬†to the biblical principles in God’s Word and Holliwell’s¬†book and I have changed. We were in the book for a month when my awareness of my every thought took my fear and revealed it in serious health issues. simultaneously God spoke and I have moved speedily to wellness and have made changes in my lifestyle that has affected my family, good and not so great.

When my husband had his temper tantrum (sorry, it is what it is) and I had to walk away hurt and frustrated, and change my thoughts. The ANTs (Automatic Negative Thoughts) began to surge toward my thoughts and I knew they had to be changed, the thoughts, immediately. I instantly begin to pray in tongues when life indicates a problem is brewing, and even when the unexpected crashes into my day to day. I would relate it to visually seeing an enemy and immediately talking to him/her, showing no fear, and not just trash talk! Rather, firm and  authoritative words, letting the enemy know right away that he/she does not have the upper hand.

This is how one must approach negative thoughts. We must talk back to that niggling voice that tells us we are less than what God says we are.

If you are a new Christian, or of another belief system, let me tell you that your creator made you to have dominion and every good thing on this earth. My Creator has a name, and all other  false rulers answer to the Creator of ALL Things. His name is I AM, God the Father, God the Spirit, and God the Son. For me there is no other, and what definitely gives me heart, is I know He is your God too, whether you call Him Bob or Father, He loves YOU TOO!

God says we are His Children, adopted into the Kingdom because He first Loved US! I did not find God, although that is how I used to display it…He was never lost, I was! I have been excepted into the family of God because God, Himself called me there at 36 years of age! Now, I know that I know that I was called before that, but my free will and my existence¬†did not allow me to hear the still small voice, or obey the whispers of God earlier than that. However, when I did submit and listen to the small voice it was no longer small…I had taken so long that it was a firm command of a Father.

In my diligence to pattern my life after the will of my Father God I had garnered the favor to have been given the ability to change my existence almost immediately. By the time the dogs were settled in for their morning nap (8:30am) and my husband had emerged from his cave no! office to go to his day job I was feeling better. He apologized and I accepted, I always do, I can’t stay mad at that guy!¬† ūüôā¬† and the day moved forward in positive flow.

Again, I would be less than honest if I said I wasn’t still hurting, but I did say that I was learning how to change my thoughts. Transformation is a process, it is not a thing that happens overnight, that is a blessing. “To be transformed” in the original Greek means: an ongoing process. To transform one’s mind according to the scripture Romans 12:1-2 takes lifelong diligence; it is literally a life long process of opening oneself to God’s power of renewal.

This is not the world’s view¬†of transformation, and when viewed one can see that the world’s concept of transformation or renewal doesn’t seem to be quite the improvement that they advertise it to be. The world seems to think that changing the cover or the appearance or the name of something is transformation. To appear as if change has occurred, all the while the inner workings¬†continue to rust and corrode until nothing works correctly any longer. The world doesn’t even know that they can change the way they feel, from bad to good, less than to worthy. They don’t know…that is why we were sent! To show them they have a different set of choices!

I know, you will hear things like, “I can’t help what I feel!” or “I can’t get in trouble for what I think!”. From experience I can honestly tell the world, to both those poor¬†excuses (which I once believed not long ago)

YES! YOU! CAN!

Transformation is a change of mind and a change of heart, and they only being that is capable of doing this is the individual, with the assistance of God. Let’s start with a simple and biblical list to change our minds and our hearts, shall we? Scripture¬†that even the secular world has heard and used (because God gives us all the same tools, some just have taken shop class yet!):

¬†Philippians 4:6-9 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. 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‚ÄĒthe best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.(Message)

With that in mind I encourage you to do what I myself will be doing today. Renew your mind when what comes up is not fresh and good for the thinking. Because what is not good for the thinking is not good for the body or the spirit!

We MUST take care of the BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT to gain wellness and wholeness. If we focus our thoughts on the Kingdom, the body and spirit will line up with the mind and we become perfect in God’s eyes.

Blessings Loves!

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In My Words, simply…Romans 8:31-39


So what do you think?

With God on our side, like the book says, how can we lose? Look at this…

If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition. Exposing Himself to the worst thing for a person, human, parent!; by sending His own Son, is there anything else that He wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us?

…and this being True…Who would dare to stand against God, messing with His chosen? Who would mess with the children of God?

Who could even possess the courage to point a finger?!

Check it…The ONE who died for us ~ Who was raised to life for us! ~ is in the presence of God the Creator, God the Father, at this very moment, sticking up for us! Acting as our pro-bono Defense Attorney, our Advocate!

Do you think anyone is going to have the ability to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us?
THERE IS NO WAY!
Not trouble.
Not hard times.
Not hatred.
Not hunger.
Not homelessness.
Not poverty.
Not bullying threats.
Not backstabbing.
Not medical death sentences.
NOT even the worst sins listed in the scriptures!

You say…”…well they kill us in cold blood because they hate Jesus. Christians are picked off, at large, one by one!”

None of this fazes us! Because Jesus does love us.

I AM absolutely pursuaded-convinced that nothing ~NOTHING~ living or dead. Angelic or demonic. Today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable.

ABSOLUTELY NOTHING can seperate us…You…Me…Everyone…from God’s love. Simply because of the way that Jesus, the Master, has embraced us.

Our worst deeds have been paid for. Each one of us has been chosen, adopted by God!
Nothing can touch us!

Keep heart…be courageous!

As posted by Pastor Luffman…
Courage defined is the capacity to stand by our Core. Whatever has your heart is at the core of your being and determines your courage.

Jesus is my core…and I courageously call His Name!
What is at your core????

Blessings Loves ‚ô•
‚Ɗɶ Andrea

***adapted from the Message Bible!


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Anger and Frustration: A Termination Plan ‚Ć


God's Promise

The Rainbow is God’s promise that He will not annihilate His creation again. Some are determined to believe that God’s promise only holds the truth in that He said He would not annihilate us again with water…

I do not believe this. God has no reason to manipulate His children. He is a God of truth and love and compassion. This is proved solely by the Cross. How can one doubt the Cross?

Are we a group of doubting Thomas’?

This morning my devotionals all spoke of a Glowing. First was the morning e-mail scripture:

Revelation 21:9-10 ‚Äď It shone with the glory of God

One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, ‚ÄúCome, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.‚ÄĚ And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. ‚Äď Revelation 21:9-10

The next was a motivational/devotional from A New Thing Ministries, by Kim Potter, that reminded me that my Hope comes from the LORD.

In my life I have found that the root of much of my problems in life are wrapped in dark anger and frustration. Anger and Frustration are not unlike the mylar wrapping paper people use to make it difficult to unwrap a gift, as a prank. Did you ever notice that most times these pranks are used on children?

When did it become humorous to steal the joy of a gift, to a child,¬†by causing undo frustration and anger. This reminds me of those bank commercials where the salesman cheats a kid, favoring another, with the tag line “a kid knows when things are unfair!”

Anger and frustration are like that. They bring one right back to a time when they have been cheated in a similiar fashion as the current situation. Making it difficult to do anything but commiserate with one’s past…thereby virtually removing the ability to move forward.

It is simple. One cannot move forward when enveloped in anger and frustration. Therefore I find myself, diligently, pulling at the stretchy mylar of this root in my life.

As a mature and faith filled woman of God I find it painful to find myself in these places of dessert in my heart, in my life. It makes kindness and mercy and even love very difficult to project. Who believes a declaration that begins “I love you…but…” ? What happens when we say this to God?

“Father, I love you and trust you, but…..why???…….” The Word says it makes God sad.

As Christians, all would agree that, we are a Victorious Church. We believe what the Word says to be truth, therefore we are a peaceful, happy and most elated people on the earth. So why, then, do we struggle with anger and frustration?

Speaking for myself, I believe it is an indulging. A virtual pitty party on my part. I find it happens when I am tired and weary or when I am under the weather. Oddly, this does not happen when I am in crisis. During a crisis I know beyond a shadow of a doubt the God is my only answer. That only Jesus can save my caboose from going off track. The self pitty begins after God has shown His glory to me or through me….

So how does one eliminate this from a life?

Renewal of the mind. In the book, Working with the Law, by Raymond Holliwell, he says, “The wise man changes his mind, the fool never.” There can be no progress without change, no growth without renewal.”

Biblically this relates to Psalm 1:1-2 (and others) “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But, his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night.”

Basically the solution is one’s focus. Focus on these thing…things that are truth, things that are lovely…….(also biblical!) Change your mind and change your life is the mantra in today’s modern world, both biblically and secularly. However, I believe, that this time the two are having a true “meeting of the minds”.

Holliwell wrote his book in 1964. Many before have subscribed to this message before him…

* Genevieve Behrend who passed around 1960. She wrote Your Invisible Power and Attaining Your Heart’s Desire.

* Robert Collier, who passed in 1950. He wrote about and ascribed to the personal belief that success, happiness and abundance were attainable by all. He wrote The Secret of the Ages and Riches within Your Reach.

* Charles Haanel (1949) whose most famous work was The Master Key Sysem, which is a 24 week program with lessons to greatness, which was published in 1912.

So many people understood these principals, so long ago. Was it because they lived in a time where God had more presence or when families enjoyed a better understanding of God, and lived it.

So my focus to eliminate angry and frustration from my daily life is focus on God. I have begun to put my name, my person, into the scriptures I pray. One cannot go¬†wrong praying scripture. This simple practice continually reminds God of what it was He said…He loves when we soak ourselves in His¬†Word long enough for it to become ingrained and spoken from the heart. ¬†Like Isaiah 43:1-2, which I inserted myself…

“…thus says the LORD, who created me (Jacob), He who formed me (Israel): Fear Not, for He redeemed me; He called me by my name (Andrea); I AM HIS. When I pass through the waters, I (God) will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow me. When I walk through the fire, I shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch me.”

 ~ We always have hope, because our hope comes from the LORD.

~ I remind myself, daily to hope in God, in all circumstances of this life of mine.

~ I TRUST God, alone.

~ I remind my self, with scripture, that God is always faithful.

My Goal: To worship God, at His feet, daily, thereby walking in His blessings continually.

“my God will, daily, load me with benefits.” Psalm 68:19

Blessings Loves 

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