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Stop the Voices in Your Head

Have you ever heard voices in your head? No I am not crazy.  But I do know that not all voices are good – and sometimes we just need to tell them to shut up.  Especially the accusing voice.  The voice that likes to condemn, and put down, and talks about how unworthy you are.  Can I say right now, that is NOT the voice of God.  God is the lifter of our heads.  It is the enemy trying to get us to run and hide in the bushes. Because we have a Royal Calling – a Destiny in the Kingdom. And we have been authorized to advance the Kingdom – we are Ambassadors of Christ. We carry His Power and Authority to do His work. That’s why the enemy keeps trying to talk to us and get us to run and hide. Like Adam and Eve did after they ate that apple – they went and hid in the bushes.

Psalm 3

 

But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.

(Psalm 3:3 AMP)

 

 

Remember Eve in the Garden with the snake? He told Eve that God was holding out on her. That if she ate that apple she would be like God. But guess what – he lied to her. SHE ALREADY WAS LIKE GOD! That stupid snake told her she was NOT something that she already was!  So, the enemy accused her. Told her she was NOT…when she already was. What does the enemy accuse you of? What is that voice in your head falsely accusing you of?

If you hear – You are NOT pretty – it is a lie.  God says You are fearfully and wonderfully made.

If you hear – You are NOT smart – it is a lie. God says You have the mind of Christ.

If you hear – You are NOT going to be free – it is a lie. Jesus Christ already paid the price for your freedom. You are free!

See what I mean? Don’t believe that voice. It is not true.  That is why it is so important for us to read the Word.  How do we know what is true if we don’t know the Word? How can we tell the enemy to shut up because God says…..if we don’t know what God said.

The Accuser  is no longer in God’s ear whispering. We do not live in Job’s era.  God kicked the Devil out of Heaven.  He doesn’t live there anymore. This is New Testament times. However, now the Devil may be in your ear accusing you. Just because he says something does not mean it is true.  He lied to Eve and I think he is the father of lies.

You are of your father, the devil, and it is your will to practice the lusts and gratify the desires [which are characteristic] of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a falsehood, he speaks what is natural to him, for he is a liar [himself] and the father of lies and of all that is false. (John 8:44 AMP)

 

Cast him down – God already did. Enforce the victory!  Do not let that condemning voice talk anymore – it is your head. Take control of your thoughts. Any thoughts that are not in line with the Word of God YOU have the AUTHORITY and LEGAL RIGHT to take them captive and kick them out!  Yes, there is a battle going on  - but we know who wins!  Take charge of your thoughts! We get to kick out the bad ones!

 

2 corin 10 For though we walk (live) in the flesh, we are not carrying on our warfare according to the flesh and using mere human weapons.

 For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds,

 [Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One),

 Being in readiness to punish every [insubordinate for his] disobedience, when your own submission and obedience [as a church] are fully secured and complete. (2 Corinthians 10:3-6 AMP)

 

 

And more good news – Jesus is the one who is whispering good things in God’s ear about us!

Jesus intercedesWho shall bring any charge against God’s elect [when it is] God Who justifies [that is, Who puts us in right relation to Himself? Who shall come forward and accuse or impeach those whom God has chosen? Will God, Who acquits us?]
Who is there to condemn [us]? Will Christ Jesus (the Messiah), Who died, or rather Who was raised from the dead, Who is at the right hand of God actually pleading as He intercedes for us?

(Romans 8:33-34 AMP)

 

God wants to lift our heads. I think I’ll let Him – what about you?

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Are You the Tortoise or the Hare?

How do you see yourself these days? Are you a tortoise or a hare? Are you impulsive? Or does it take you forever to make a decision? Have things changed for you over the years?

I found a great character lesson online from this simple story. This is from LatoyaEdwards:

What we learn from Hare:

Pride comes before the fall: The Hare’s main character flaw is his pride. It’s what makes him think it’s okay to take a nap during the race and ultimately costs him a victory.

Fast isn’t always best: Hare is sure that he’ll win because he’s fast. But being the best at something isn’t always about speed. My oldest son struggles with this during school work. He likes to speed through his assignments so he can get on to the next thing. Most of the time it ends up taking him twice as long because he makes a lot of mistakes

Boasting is not a good way to make friends: Hare liked to brag about his speed. So much so that most of the other animals didn’t want anything to do with him. My boys are just learning that boasting about what they are good at can make others feel sad.

Lessons from Tortoise:

It can be good to be the underdog: I love that the slowest animal in the forest is able to work hard and win the race against the fastest animal in the forest. I like to point out to my boys that they can do more than they (and others) think they can.
Hard work leads to success: Tortoise put in his hours of preparation to get ready for the big race. He got in shape and had a plan. I remind my boys that that need to work hard at their tasks in order to success

 

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I remember when I was younger. I was definitely the Hare. I did not think before I jumped. I would rush into whatever I wanted just because I could.  But things have changed. I guess I got burned a few times. And learned from my mistakes.  Today I am more like the tortoise. I am not so fast to jump into new things. I am slower in thought and deeds and more purposeful in my activities.

 

What about you? Are you a tortoise or hare?

 

 

Living in Kingdom Authority

Have you ever seen someone have authority and not use it? Like if there was a car accident and a Doctor just drove by. Or if there was a shooting at a restaurant, and the Police Officer kept eating. Or if there was a Minister and he was so caught up in his own issues, he didn’t offer to help any of the sheep.  Yeah, sucks doesn’t it.  To have the authority to make a life better – and choose to do nothing.

I recently came across a teaching I heard at one of the churches God brought me to. I need to revisit this, as I confess too, sometimes I don’t use the authority God has given me.  Sometimes I don’t want to rearrange my schedule. Sometimes I am selfish. Sometimes I just don’t even see other people’s needs because I am so consumed with my own. Forgive me Lord. Please give me an opportunity to share the Kingdom, in Jesus Name.

 

Seek the Kingdom

 LIVING IN KINGDOM AUTHORITY

As we learn, we grow, and God expands our territory.  We are to operate in Kingdom Authority.  We are a representative of Jesus Christ, a citizen of Heaven. He has given us the authority to operate and demonstrate God’s power.  We are called to reveal God to people. And as we share the Kingdom, He tears down people’s arguments and builds faith. And God has chosen to use US to do it. We are Kingdom Builders.

God’s image and glory will fill the earth.  He said so.  We are created in God’s image. We are sent by God – His Ambassadors to accomplish His will on Earth. Ambassadors don’t have the power – but they represent the Power.  An Ambassador has the leagal right to speak for the greatest power. And our Power – Jesus Christ. The Name above all Names. The Head of Everything. That is who we represent.

When Jesus sends us we are sent to speak, do, or say something particular. Something that Father God has told us to say or speak to someone. And when we release His Word, the Father in us will do the works. Not us – our job is to say what He says to say – and watch and see what God does with it!

 

And they were amazed at His teaching, for His word was with authority and ability and weight and power. (Luke 4:32 AMP)

 

So Jesus added, When you have lifted up the Son of Man [on the cross], you will realize (know, understand) that I am He [for Whom you look] and that I do nothing of Myself (of My own accord or on My own authority), but I say [exactly] what My Father has taught Me. (John 8:28 AMP)

 

 This is because I have never spoken on My own authority or of My own accord or as self-appointed, but the Father Who sent Me has Himself given Me orders [concerning] what to say and what to tell. (John 12:49 AMP)

 

For the [uttered] words that You gave Me I have given them; and they have received and accepted [them] and have come to know positively and in reality [to believe with absolute assurance] that I came forth from Your presence, and they have believed and are convinced that You did send Me. (John 18:8 AMP)

 

Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in Me? What I am telling you I do not say on My own authority and of My own accord; but the Father Who lives continually in Me does the (His) works (His own miracles, deeds of power). (John 14:10 AMP)

 

How did God create things? He spoke them.

Seven times God spoke something in Genesis and it happened.

He was revealing what was already in His mind.

The Authority of God’s Word cannot be separated from His Power.

In God’s mind it is already done.

God is waiting for the vehicle of expression – us!

 

Speak boldly my brothers and sisters in Christ. As it is in Heaven let it be on Earth.  Let us speak health and healing to each other.  Let the blind see, let the deaf hear, restore the years the locusts have eaten, and let the Kingdom of God come!

 

The Kingdom

 

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I Told Myself This Would Never Happen Again

I told myself this would never happen again. After getting out of the last abusive relationship, I vowed to myself that I would never let someone treat me like that ever again.  And yet, not knowing how sick I was – the next relationship was more abusive than the last.  The stakes were higher, the abuse was deeper, and let’s just say there are a lot of sick folk out there.  I want to share this part of my story today.  I see other women going from man to man, from abuse to abuse, looking for the next Prince Charming.  And it hurts. It hurts to see it.  Because you know the price you paid to get out. And you don’t want to see another woman/girl hurt.

 

Narcissism

I wasn’t born stupid. Really. Intelligence has nothing to do with it.  I was deceived. I believed all the pretty little lies he said. I wanted a picture perfect marriage. I wanted the white picket fence.  Who doesn’t? I mean it’s not like you know the end from the beginning.  Hey if I knew then what I know now, my answer would have been, “NO way, not in a million years!”

 

After relationship upon relationship with Abusers I was forced to look in the mirror.  No I did not ask for it. No I did not want it, but lets face it – my ‘people’ radar was broken.  I was trusting people that were not safe. I was putting myself in a position to be hurt – again and again.  And I had to make a new choice. A choice to learn what a healthy relationship looked like, and admit that I wasn’t in one.  That hurt too.  What I thought I had was a lie.  The truth has a way of shining into the darkness and peeling away the lies I kept telling myself. Yeah, all the pretty little lies we tell ourselves – because we are afraid. And fearful. And have no friends, and no money by this point.

 

Lies I Told Myself While in an Abusive Relationship:

  • It will get better
  • He just had a bad day
  • He just needs a beer
  • I am really a screw-up
  • It’s all my fault
  • I wish I wasn’t so stupid
  • I should have…
  • You are lucky to have him, you could be alone
  • It’s not really that bad
  • Every husband hits his wife, right?
  • Nobody said it would be easy
  • Everybody fights like this
  • Maybe I could just jump off a bridge
  • You can’t get a divorce – God will hate you forever

 

If you find yourself in an abusive relationship, get help today.  It really does not need to stay that way. As for me, I couldn’t do it alone.  I didn’t know how.  My first stop was the local YWCA and the Domestic Violence Center Advocate.  She listened as I shared my story. No judgement, no pointing fingers – she listened. And then I met a whole building full of other women who had been through the same thing.  Girl power. I was not alone. And me and the kids could be free. That was like a breath of fresh air right there!

 

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God Collects Her Tears

God Collects Her Tears

Copyright 2014 Diana Rasmussen

She’s wearing his old t-shirt
just to fall asleep
Puts her head on his pillow
holds him in her dreams

The hole in her heart
is shouting out loud
Fake smile can’t hide it
She’s so tired of crying

She’s a prisoner of hope
it won’t always be this way
He did the crime
now he’s doing time

Minutes turn to hours
when he’s behind bars
A day’s a thousand years
as God collects her tears

 God collects tears

 

 

You’ve kept track of my every toss and turn
    through the sleepless nights,
Each tear entered in your ledger,
    each ache written in your book. (Psalm 56:8 MSG)

Evicted

EVICTED

Copyright 2014 Diana Rasmussen

You don’t get to rent

free space in my head

You’re evicted from my heart

you tore it to shreds

cutting me with words and lies

Stop trying to come back in

with haunting nightmares

Your fantasy is not mine

My reality is not yours

Hit the road Jack

I don’t want you here

no more, no more, no more

 

This poem is for all my followers still stuck in an abusive relationship.  Here are are few ideas on how to escape. You were not meant to be abused, ridiculed, laughed at, hit, hurt, punched, demeaned, criticized, or shamed. The Abuser is NOT from God. God is the Author of Love – not hate.

 

 

 

10 Quotes About How Grace Finds Us

Grace. Sometimes I think I try to hard. It’s like I have to go looking for it, like a buried treasure or something. But, from what I read, it’s not like that. Grace comes searching me out, especially when I need it most.

 

10 WAYS GRACE COMES TO FIND USGrace 2

 

“As long as a believer is worrying about whether or not they are truly saved, they will never grow up in spiritual maturity. It basically guarantees that a Christian will remain stuck in spiritual infancy. And worse, it paints a picture of God that is not only untrue but also unbiblical. It cheapens the gift of salvation – the gift of grace – and make God look like a finicky human.”
― Will Davis Jr., 10 Things Jesus Never Said: And Why You Should Stop Believing Them

 

“His grace is cheapened when you think that He has only forgiven you of your sins up to the time you got saved, and after that point, you have to depend on your confession of sins to be forgiven. God’s forgiveness is not given in installments.”
― Joseph Prince, Unmerited Favor: Depending on Jesus for every success in your life

 

“It’s not the law of religion nor the principles of morality that define our highways and pathways to God; only by the Grace of God are we led and drawn, to God. It is His grace that conquers a multitude of flaws and in that grace, there is only favor. Favor is not achieved; favor is received.”
― C. JoyBell C.

 

“Maybe if we focused on being light & less on the dark, we might actually see things change.”
― Michael M. Rose

 

“Under the law, even the best failed. Under grace, even the worst can be saved!”
― Joseph Prince, Unmerited Favor: Depending on Jesus for every success in your life

 

“God reminds us again and again that things between He and us are forever fixed. They are the rendezvous points where God declares to us concretely that the debt has been paid, the ledger put away, and that everything we need, in Christ we already possess. This re-convincing produces humility, because we realize that our needs are fulfilled. We don’t have to worry about ourselves anymore. This in turn frees us to stop looking out for what we think we need and liberates us to love our neighbor by looking out for what they need.”
― Tullian Tchividjian

“Grace isn’t just forgiveness, it is forgiveness fueled by surrender.”

― Amy E. Spiegel, Letting Go of Perfect: Women, Expectations, and Authenticity

 

“Jesus Himself has already paid the price for your sins, so stop condemning yourself! Today, when you look into the mirror, what do you see? Do you see yourself trapped in all your failings, mistakes, and sins? Or do you see what God sees? My dear friend, when God sees you today, He sees Jesus. Use your eyes of faith and believe that as Jesus is, so are you. In God’s eyes, you are righteous, you are favored, you are blessed, and you are healed. You are freed from all sin, all pangs of guilt, all forms of condemnation, and every bondage of addiction!”
― Joseph Prince, The Power of Right Believing: 7 Keys to Freedom from Fear, Guilt, and Addiction

 

“Where God’s grace takes you, grace will increase your capability and your capacity. Grace will empower you.”
― Edmond Sanganyado, The Good Shepherd: Grace sets back your setbacks

 

“Beloved, pursue Jesus and you will experience wisdom in every area of your life. You cannot try to earn, deserve or study to acquire God’s wisdom. It comes by His unmerited favor. His wisdom will give you good success in your career. It will cause you to succeed as a student, parent or spouse.”
― Joseph Prince, 100 Days of Favor: Daily Readings From Unmerited Favor

 

Grace

Don’t Disqualify Yourself for What God Has Qualified You For!

Don’t’ disqualify yourself. Especially for something God has already qualified you for.  Before you were born He gave you special gifts.  And guess what – nobody can take them away.  The gifts of God are eternal. They are before repentance. Yes, that what the book says.  Ever wonder why there are so many talented people out there?  That’s how God made them. And He is so good that He gives us all gifts whether we come to Him or not. And He doesn’t take them back either.

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So don’t let other people disqualify you. They don’t get to tell you what you can and cannot do with your gifts.  God does. He was the one who gave them to you – not them.  If they don’t want to let you use them to bless them – let it go and move on.  It’s not really about you anyway. Some people get very insecure when they see you operating in your talent.  Don’t be boastful. Don’t be prideful. Just respect their decision and move on. Don’t let people reject you because of their own insecurities.

 

Being perfect is not based on what we do. It is not to be without fault. We all have faults. We all have shortcomings. The bible definition of perfect is to be complete – and in Christ we are.  All of our weaknesses He uses to display His glory an His strength.  We are whole, we are complete, and we are finished in Christ. Just be.

 

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And for me, I had to repent of disqualifying myself.  I would hear one bad report and throw in the towel. It was easier to quit than to take a stand and say, “No, you don’t get to tell me that. I do not receive that, in Jesus Name.”  God doesn’t make junk. I had to stop criticizing myself because when I did, I was criticizing something God had made.  And who am I to criticize Him and His handiwork?

He made you with love and tears.  And He loves you – right here, right now.

 

 

 

From BibleGateway:

For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. (Romans 11:29 KJV)

For God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable. [He never withdraws them when once they are given, and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call.] (Romans 11:29 AMP)

God’s gifts and God’s call are under full warranty—never canceled, never rescinded. (Romans 11:29 MSG)

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Need some motivation motivation?  Here is another Prayers and Promises Video to help encourage you.

 

 

Happy Birthday Opa!

Happy Birthday Opa!  This song is for you and Oma.  Your love for each other never dies – you showed us that.  And even though Oma may be dancing in Heaven today, I know she is waiting for you there.  And you two will dance under the moon again.  Love you, Diana

 

Song Description

I knew I couldn’t sing this one – it was ‘too close to home’ for me, so I asked Cyndi to do her magic…she is so talented and brings the heavenly element into this song. Bravo Cyndi, bravo!

 Story Behind the Song

I wrote this one for my father-in-law and mother-in-law. Opa was an Army man and he met Oma while stationed in Germany. They got married and traveled the world from station to station. They had 3 kids – Bob and Rick were born in Okinawa, Japan.  Kris was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After 20 years, they settled in Monroe, WI. I met Oma and Opa when I met my husband Bob. Their love for each other has inspired me ever since. Oma passed away in 2012, yet Opa still loves her – their love lasts forever. I know they will dance again in Heaven someday.

 

 

HEARTSTRINGS

I miss you like
The stars miss the sun
Walk down memory lane
I know I’ll run
Into you there

I hear your voice
Echoing my name
I wander in the wind
And wonder if you’re still the same
I come undone
I come undone
Your Heartstrings capture me

Smell the sea, feel the sun
See the stars touch the night
Your Heartstrings capture me
Oh I come undone
I come undone

Break

Linger longer
Rearrange my mind
Please make room for you to stay
As the days slip so quietly away
I come undone
I come undone

I hear your voice
Echoing my name
I wander in the wind
And wonder if you are still the same
Your Heartstrings capture me
I come undone
I come undone

Break

Peace waves
Hope stays
Love lives forever
Love lives forever
Love lives forever

 

Music & Lyrics
Diana Rasmussen
©2014
Melody & Lyrical Arrangement
Cyndi Corkran
©2014

Lyric Credits Diana Rasmussen/Lyrical Arrangement C Corkran
Music Credits Diana Rasmussen/Melody C Corkran
Producer Credits Rasmussen/Corkran
Performance Credits Keyboard

 

 

Recovering From Rejection – Part 1

Rejection. Not being chosen. Not being wanted. The spurning of affection.  Betrayal. We have all been rejected for something in our lives.  We have all been betrayed or rejected by someone we thought who loved us.  But what do you do to recover from that feeling?  How do you, ‘get over it’?

Here is a great teaching by Pastor Bev Tucker from  Life Church in Roscoe, IL. And here are my notes on her tremendous sermon.

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REJECTION 6-28-14

It is not God’s desire for us to be broken. He wants us to be whole. He paid the price for us to be well. It was paid for on the Cross.  As His Bride we should surrender to His will for us. He took every bondage, every abuse, every sickness, every sin – and bore it upon His body. Don’t let Him die for nothing.  His desire is for us to be well. Receive ALL that He died to give you. He was not sick while He lived here on Earth. But when He went to the Cross – that was the place He took on our sickness, our brokenness, and all our sins.

Kingdom of God – come. As it is in Heaven, let it be on Earth.  He was despised and rejected and forsaken by men.  He does not want us to walk in rejection.  The sickness of man is not always physical.  Rejection is a sickness of our soul. We do not have to walk in abandonment. We do not have to continue to walk in rejection.

 [He exclaimed] O my love, how beautiful you are! There is no flaw in you! (Song of Solomon 4:7 AMP)

The Bride of Christ is beautiful. There is no flaw in her – that means us!  The Blood of Jesus has so cleansed us that there is no flaw. He took it. We don’t have to care about what other people think about you.  You will never accomplish the will of God in your life if you are trying to win men’s affections.  The Word says He has borne our griefs, sickness, distresses.

 He was despised and rejected and forsaken by men, a Man of sorrows and pains, and acquainted with grief and sickness; and like One from Whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we did not appreciate His worth or have any esteem for Him.

 Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].

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. (Isaiah 53:3-5 AMP)

Jesus paid the price for us to be whole. No matter how broken you have been – you don’t have to stay that way.  Be careful who you listen to. If you only listen to Dr’s, Pshychiatrists, Psychologists, the News – what will you imagine?  Begin to see yourself healed, whole, and blessed.  Say that you are blessed.  Say you are rich. Say you are healed. Say you are well. Say you are saved – 2000 years ago it happened – even if we just accept it today.  Begin to see yourself healed and whole.

Rejection affects our soul – our mind, will, and our emotions.  Rejection will hinder you from receiving from God as we believe that we are not worthy enough.  The focus turns to ourselves instead of Jesus.  If you have a negative imagination you will bring yourself down. You get to choose who you will align yourself up with – either the world system or what God says about you.

Rejection brings about personality malfunction. It can come up as children or through the generations. When a person has had rejection it can come various ways. Either as a child, or up through the generations. It brings about dysfunction in our personalities because we don’t deal with it.  At church we deal with our sin, but what about dealing with sickness, rejection, brokenness?  We shouldn’t tolerate the spirit of rejection anymore than we tolerate sin. They have no right to be in our lives. We don’t have to believe everything that people say – if we get a bad report we don’t have to believe it.  Don’t let it make a nest. Don’t accept it. Our provision was on the Cross. Jesus carried it. We don’t have to carry that – He already did.

 

Rejected people reject others.

If you continue to live in rejection, you may be finding yourself rejecting others, rejecting good, and rejecting God.

It’s a mentality.

It’s a personality dysfunction.

You could be rejecting your healing.

You could be rejecting your blessing.

 You could be rejecting everything God is trying to do for you.

We don’t have to figure out if we are worthy or not.

It was paid for.

 

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God Makes No Logical Sense – 7 Kingdom Rules that Defy Logic

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God really does not make any logical sense.

1+1 does not equal 2 in the Kingdom of God.

This whole Kingdom thing, the invisible becomes visible.

The real is not real.

The dead live.

Life is everlasting. We don’t die – we just fall asleep till Jesus comes back.

Jesus resurrected from the dead. He brings life.

Wow, you either believe or you don’t . But don’t expect it to  to make any sense logically. Seriously. It will not make sense in your head. That’s why they call it faith. You can’t prove it. but you can see it – like the wind. You can see what it does and where it goes by the way things move. It just is. Either you believe it or you don’t.

7 KINGDOM RULES THAT DEFY LOGIC:

 

1.  Division means multiplication.

Remember the bread and the loaves? Divide it, break it,  and it multiplies. Yeah. I think my math teacher was wrong! And hey, I guess I should have skipped that Calculus class, lol!

Jesus Feeds the Four Thousand

2.  Subtracting means addition.

Remember Gideon and 20,000 to 10,000 to 300 with empty jars and trumpets? Here is a refresher. I had to read it again too. I just remembered God made absolutely no logical sense in this story, and I loved it!

Gideon Defeats the Midianites

3. Praise brings Victory – not killing each other.

Remember Jericho? Walk around a wall for 6 days and give a mighty shout. And on the 7th day – God brought down the walls! And the enemy was defeated with a shout! That makes no sense, but I love it!

Joshua 6

 

4.  The swords we use are not made of metal – but are the Word of God.

Kingdoms are thrown down – by the Word. Princes, Principalities, Powers  are defeated – by the Word.

The Armor of God

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God,so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,  and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvationand the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.  Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,  for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. (Ephesians 6:10-20 NIV)

5.  Jesus brings life, and life more abundantly – not money, fame, fortune, or relatives.

Yeah. Life in the world is at war with life in the Spirit. That’s just how it is. Want money, fame, fortune? Welcome to the world. Want eternal life? Then deny yourself, take up your cross, and as He said, “Follow me.” Life isn’t measured the same in the Kingdom of God.

6.  The Blood of Jesus brings life – not death.

In the world of logic, when someone bleeds to death they die. The life is in the blood. In Jesus case – his blood brings life, and life more abundantly! His blood protects us. His blood heals us.  In the horror movies blood brings death. But in the Kingdom of God, Jesus blood brings LIFE! Forget not all his benefits:

Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. (Psalm 103:1-6 NIV)

7.  God SPEAKS things into existence.  And so can we.

God said, ” Let there be light. And there was light.” Out of the mouth flows the abundance of the heart.  The power of life and death is in the tongue. What are you talking about today?  How sick you are? How bad you feel? How broke you are? Change your words. I had to start saying what God said. My mouth had to get into agreement with what God said, not what I felt. I am blessed. I have more than enough. My cup runs over. I am the head and not the tail. I will lend to many nations. I am loved. I am chosen. I am wanted. Out of all the people on Earth GOD chose us to be His! And then things changed.

 

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Peace in the Storm

rain35Peace in the Storm.  Do you like storms? I remember sitting on the porch with my mom and watching the storms. The lightning, the thunder, the rain.  I love the smell of the rain.  They are so pretty to watch – when you are in a safe place.

 

But what if you are stuck in the middle of the storm?  Have you ever had to pull over in the car because you couldn’t see? Sit and wait for the storm to pass? It wasn’t so fun then. When you are stuck in the middle – with nowhere to go.

 

Take a relaxing journey with me – and meet Peace…

 

 

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU:

Matthew 5:9 – Blessed [are] the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Philippians 4:7 – And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

2 Thessalonians 3:16 – Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord [be] with you all.

John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

 

 

MY PRAYER FOR YOU: peace 15

Dear Lord,

Peace is not the absence of trouble but the presence of You.  Let us be more aware of  Your Presence in the now. We fix our eyes upon You Jesus, and rest as You calm our hearts and minds in the midst of whatever storm we are going through, in Jesus Name.

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