My Recent Journey

As you have probably noticed I have been missing in action for the last several months. I have been on a personal journey in intimate reflection and pursuit of God.  During this time I have taken a break from teaching and writing as to focus all my attention upon my pursuit. At the beginning of the year my pastor gave a prophetic word that we as believers were to press in to God emphasizing the first few months would be crucial to setting us up for our future. Later, I heard the same word spoken by Chuck Pierce and it was affirmed in my heart to be a word for me. As I write this I cannot believe that was almost a year ago. It is hard to describe what happen within me when I heard that word. At first it gave me a sense of frustration- like what does that mean? How do I press in? How do I set myself up for the best future? Those thoughts caused me to contemplate the many such words I have heard over the years of my life.

The prophetic word sounds so exciting when it is spoken and we say yes that’s right on, I receive that. And then too often, in many cases, time just seems to slip away with no apparent result. Perhaps, we may see something come to pass that resembles the “prophet word” or we say something must have occurred within the spirit realm that we just were not able to see or we explain it away in its delay over time. Then we try to assure ourselves that it will come to pass in the future or worse, we just forget about it all together as if it were never spoken. But, that is not what I want to focus on today.

Once the frustration, questions and yes I must confess- doubt subsided, I set my heart upon fully embracing this prophet word. I determined in my heart and spirit to press in at any cost to fully realize this word and be assured to set myself up for the future God had for me. I had no idea, at the time, what that would encompass and what It would cost me. However, it was abundantly clear to me there would be no turning back and there would be no settling for anything other than the completion of what God wanted to achieve within me to set me up for His purpose.

I have learned many lessons on this journey that I truly feel have changed the way I see the world, religion and the Kingdom. Those lessons are setting me up to walk in the fullness of God’s specific plan for me. I have seen things in myself that I didn’t realize were there, that I have to admit, I didn’t like. I have discovered things I was not viewing from the perspective of God’s Kingdom that had become a hindrance to me. God has also exposed some mindsets that were rooted in religion not love that I most definitely needed to change.

On the brighter side, as declared in Romans 5:5, “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in my heart by the Holy Spirit who was given to me”. God’s love and peace has renewed my heart and set me on a beautiful path as I embark on another year. I hope to share many of these lessons I have learned in the coming year in hopes that they will encourage and bless you as they have me.

As I now ponder the time of year we are in, celebrating the birth of our Savior, I turn to a favorite passage, Isaiah 9:2-7. “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder. For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor. Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this”.

Let us keep at the fore front of our mind that Jesus came as the light of the world to dispel darkness and now we are to be that light to all those we come in contact with during this Christmas season and into the New Year.

My prayer for each of us this year is that we fully walk in His light, being light, that we may live a life of freedom and love.

Sheree

What Time Is It?

It is critical in the times we are living in to recognize our seasons and what God is doing at the time/moment in our history. As we build our lives around making room for Him, allowing our disciplines to create opportunity and place proper value to what is important to us, we will be equipped to take hold of His truths and bring them into our reality. We must start by asking, do we truly understand the season we are in and what we should be doing in response? There are strategies to be acquired that will continually propel us into the next victory as the Word says, from glory to glory, empowering us to fully capitalize on all the potential that each season of life holds. But, with every strategy there are tactics to be learned.  The way we think is directly attached to the way we act therefore, we cannot limit our thought process to only what we know. For us to Live in the proper season with full authority to carry out the purposes of that season, we will need to rely on the Holy Spirit leading our thoughts thus actions. These strategies and tactics for knowing the times and seasons and what is possible for us to accomplish in each season will require us to continually be asking God questions, thinking critically and pressing into the presence of God where He can reveal to us the many treasures of wisdom, insight, understanding and creativity that He alone can offer. There are no limits to the possibilities of a life lived fully embracing what God is doing and equipping us to do in each moment in time. A life fully lived is a life that is in the right place at the right time to see the fullness of what God is doing at that time.

FEAR-Protector or Inhibitor?

Fear- What a strong emotion. At times fear can appear to be a protector. It protects us from breaking the law, doing harmful things and taking unnecessary risk. If we take a deeper look at these fears however, we may find that they are all actually based in a fear of man. The fear of manmade consequences to our action, fear of man’s retaliation, or disappointing, hurting or failing someone.  On the flip side fear can be the very thing that keeps us from doing the thing that we should do or want to do. If we look deeper into these fears we may find as well, that they are steeped in a fear of man. Fear of failing, disappointing, angering or hurting someone as well as a fear of doing any of these things to ourselves. Many times the main fear is that we will look or appear stupid. Fear can appear to help us at times but it can also be a strong inhibitor in our lives. So, in light of these facts, what do we do with fear? How about we exchange our fear for trusting and following God. If we focus on following His precepts and doing as He leads and directs us we no longer have a need for fear. He now becomes our protector and deliverer. We can trust that He will only lead us to do things that are in our best interest and for that matter, things that line up with our laws along with the laws of nature that He created. He has placed so many gifts, callings, and abilities in each one of us that I would hate for any of us to miss out on due to fear. Next time you feel a fear rise up in you, I would encourage you to stop and get God’s perspective on the situation. As we learn to walk out this journey with Him, I trust we will find that there truly is no need for fear.

Let us come out of agreement with fear and place our hope and trust in a God who will never leave us of forsake us. For He is perfect love and perfect love cast out fear. 1 John 4:18

“For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you, ”So we may boldly say:

“The Lord is my helper;
I will not fear.
What can man do to me?”

Hebrew 13: 5-6

Dream Again!

What does it mean to dream? It is simply to visualize where you see yourself in the future. We are encouraged through scripture that, “Now to Him (God) who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20). The problem is some of us are afraid to imagine. We are afraid of being disappointed so we have stopped hoping. Let’s start to hope again and dream again by imagining a life where everyone around us is encountering the power, love and presence of God through us. Let’s see what God can do with that dream!

How Do You See Yourself?

Your thoughts of self can set the atmosphere around you causing others to see you in the same light. So how you see yourself can affect the atmosphere positively or negatively and in turn this effects how people treat and respond to you. So, if you do not like how others treat you, maybe, you need to take a look out how you view yourself. Positive self-image is just aligning how you view yourself with how God views you. And how does He view you? As a son/daughter worth giving His only son for. He thought you worthy of the life of Jesus and He sees you worthy of His love, favor and blessing. So, any thoughts of self that do not line up with this truth need to be taken captive and lined up with the truth of God’s Word. You are fearfully and wonderfully made, He has a plan to prosper you and give you a bright future, and He loves you with an everlasting love. There are many more truths in God’s Word that describe His thoughts toward you. Take hold of His truths as your truth about self and begin to positively affect the atmosphere all around you bringing others to the truth of who God is and how He sees them. I promise you, taking hold of His view of you will transform every area of your life….. bringing life.

See scriptures: Psalm 139:14; Jeremiah 29:11; John 3:16; Romans 8:31,39; 2 Thessalonians 2:16; 2 Corinthians 10:4-6 for your encouragement.

 

Heaven on Earth?

Jesus said to them, “When you pray, say:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven. Luke 11:2

 

Jesus wanted us to pray that His will would be accomplished on earth just as it is in heaven. My first thought is, He wouldn’t ask us to pray that prayer if it wasn’t possible. I don’t know about you, but when I imagine what heaven is like, it does not look like what I am experiencing here on earth. That challenges me to start asking some hard questions. Like, “Why Not?” and, “How can I make that happen?”

 

I think, first of all, we have to believe that it’s God’s will for us to experience heaven on earth.

 

Secondly, we have to loose ourselves in Him, recognizing that every true pleasure can only be found in our heavenly Father.

It was only when Adam and Eve looked for pleasures outside of what God offered them, that they lost their heaven on earth.

 

So, let’s turn our full attention to the things of God and get His plan to bring heaven to earth so that we can truly experience the joy, peace, freedom, wholeness that He designed each one of us to live and walk in.

When we are full of the light of Jesus, we will dispel the darkness in the world around us bringing about true reformation.

Let us take hold of the light of heaven and bring it into our world by letting the light of God invade every part of our being.

God’s love for us is so rich, so deep, and so powerful.

Lord help us to take hold of a love that transcends our human understanding so that through Your love we can fully grasp Your intent for our lives.

2014

Some of us look at the coming New Year with great excitement and anticipation of things to come or perhaps, just looking forward to a fresh start with all our New Year’s resolutions. Others however, look upon the New Year as just seeing another year passing with unfulfilled dreams, setbacks, or disappointments. No matter which category you find yourself in, it is important for all of us to take time, as the previous year has come to an end, to work through some things with God. Look back over all the good things that have happened and say, “Thank you God”, giving Him praise for all His goodness. Make note of the areas that you have experienced improvement in and thank God for His grace that has empowered you. Take some time to assess any areas of your life that you recognize a need to develop, like spending more time with loved ones or taking more time in God’s Word each day. Then ask for the Holy Spirit’s help in walking out those things identified. And finally, take a moment to look at any unresolved disappointment in the year gone by. Do not ignore these things or suppress them but instead, lift them up to the Heavenly Father that truly loves you and cares about every aspect of and hurt in your life and heart. Determine not to carry any unresolved issues from last year into your New Year. Those things we do not lay at the feet of Jesus will only contaminate the newness and anticipation of greater things in 2014. Look at your unfulfilled dreams and ask the Lord for new vision or creative ideas for a re-birth of those dreams or perhaps, He will give you a new one. There is nothing to be gained by giving up, settling in, or succumbing to the oppression that disappointment can bring by not surrendering it all into the hands of a loving God. But, strength, favor, and blessing does come to all who stand firm, press through and hold tight to the promises and plans of God. So declare with me that 2014 will be a year of Great Grace and breakthrough as your hope is renewed in a God that truly sees you and desires for your joy to be fulfilled in Him!

A Yielded Heart

As I sat in my favorite chair, with my warm cup of coffee in hand on Thanksgiving morning, I thought of the many things I had to be thankful for. Always, at the top of my list is my gratitude for my life of peace. For the true peace that can only come from my Heavenly Father. A peace that I feel no matter what war may be waging on around me. We are told through John in 14:27 Jesus words, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid”. This is the perfect peace that is described to us in Philippines 4:7, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”.  If you do not have this peace that I am describing, you now know that Jesus wants you to have it. Jesus is just a breath away. Invite Him into your situation, your day, your life. Jesus is described as a friend that sticks closer than a brother. If you have invited Him into your life and yet still cannot seem to feel His peace and presence, ask Him to reveal to you what is blocking you from feeling Him and the peace He has for you. Then ask Him to empower you to remove any blocks or obstacles. The funny thing about obstacles is, the longer you look at them the bigger they get. So, keep your eyes on Jesus, not the obstacles, and allow Him to show you how to navigate through them. Yes, you can talk to Him. Share with Him all that is in your heart, all that is troubling you. He wants to take you on a journey of discovering all the amazing gifts He has for you. He just needs a yielded heart.

Finding Your Unique Rhythm

As creatures of habit we have a tendency to look for formulas, traditions or consistencies we can rely on or follow that will give us our desired outcome. At times these pursuits can be productive as they lead us to a balanced, disciplined and organized life. However, on the flip side, our reliance on these set formulas and traditions can cause us to miss out on discovering our own Unique Rhythm with God. We can’t base our life and walk with God solely on the experiences of others. God is essentially saying: … “I want you to know Me and how I want to live and move and have My being within you.” This can only happen as we learn how God speaks to us as an individual and as we learn about our own unique personality and what He has put within us to use for His glory. I believe God has a special Unique Rhythm for each of us to flow in with Him. Fall in love with who He is and who He is within you. I know for myself, I don’t want to live anyone else’s life; I don’t want anyone else’s experiences with God ~ ~ I want to live my life totally and completely for, in and with Him. I want the life He has specifically created me for! So let’s set aside all pretense and performance and begin to fully embrace who God created us to be and within that Unique Rhythm, live free and sassy.