What Surrounds You?

A friend of mine posted this photo of a tree in New Orleans.

As I was looking at it, I immediately heard in my spirit, “Be careful what you surround yourself with…it will become a part of you!”

I’m sure that this metal support was put around the tree to help it grow. But, as we can see, there came a point where the metal began to become a part of the tree itself.

The tree is still growing, but we can see that the metal is affecting the integrity of the tree. It’s not meant to be a part of the tree structure – but because of it’s close proximity on a continual basis – it has become part of it.

I hear the Lord saying that we need to be aware of what we surround ourselves with! What are we allowing to transform us? God or man?

Do we surround ourselves with the Truth of God’s Word or do we surround ourselves with manmade truths and opinions?

As in the photo, we can still grow and continue our lives apart from God’s plan…but our lives will not display the beauty and purpose of our creation.

Brothers & Sisters! May our lives be a life of holiness, beauty, and truth in the Lord and not be marred with things of the flesh that will negatively affect our growth.

What surrounds us on a daily basis? What are we allowing to become a part of our lives…a part of who we are?

[photo credit: Will Griffis]

Renewed Purpose!

I am sitting here the day after my birthday feeling a renewed sense of purpose. I desire to be all that God wants me to be! I don’t want to hold myself back with my own limited expectations. I want to live out GOD’S expectations of me.

LORD, I place myself in Your hands! Empower and Anoint me for the days ahead to be Your vessel of “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control…”.

May You be honored in everything I say and do. Forgive me, Father, where I have fallen short! Manifest Your purposes in and through me, O LORD!!

I’m willing…I’m ready! I stand with an open heart, an open spirit, an open mind, and arms opened wide! Fill all of me with YOU, LORD!

I worship and adore You!!

SHIFT YOUR FOCUS!!

I don’t know about you, but there are times in my life where I find myself thinking back on my life journey and having regrets.

It would be so great if everything I have done and everything I have said was perfect. It would be so great to have no regrets…to not have a burden for things that highlight what an imperfect, flawed, and weak vessel that I was and continue to be.

I am not perfect. But, I know One who is! Jesus Christ, my beloved Lord and Savior, is perfect in all that He says and does!

I am so humbled and thankful that He loves me in spite of all of my weaknesses and flaws. I am so humbled that He still can use me for His glory in spite of all of the things that I do wrong.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

And I am comforted in knowing that He has used all of my mistakes and “regrets” to help mold and shape me into who He is calling me to be!

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Brothers and Sisters, if you are going through a time of regret, don’t let it stop you from forging ahead and answering the call of God on your life!  God doesn’t focus on what we lack…He focuses on who we are to become in and through Him!  And we are not to focus on what we lack…but we are to focus on all that we have through His abundance!

So!  Today I choose to shift my focus away from myself and all of what I am not…and I choose to align myself with God and shift my focus onto all that I am through His amazing grace and through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit!!

Will you join me?  One, two, three…..SHIFT!!

STEP OVER!

[vision]    I saw many approaching a door that the Lord had placed in front of them…doors of opportunity; doors of increase; doors of advancement; doors of leadership…

In the vision as they approached the door, the threshold was so big it was as a wall within the door.

As I looked, I saw the threshold begin to decrease in size quickly…to the point that it was easy to step over and go through the door!

Threshold= a strip of wood, metal, or stone forming the bottom of a doorway and crossed in entering a house or room.

A threshold is what you step across when you enter a room. A threshold takes you from one place into another, and when you’re about to start something new, you’re also on a threshold. 

synonyms:  doorway, entrance, entry, door, gate, gateway, portal…

[interpretation]     As our faith rises to the point of taking that step forward and leaving behind those things that are holding us back – we will see that wall that is obstructing our ability to cross the threshold into our New Season begin to decrease.

As we draw closer and closer to the Lord and closer and closer to our destiny in the Kingdom – we will come to the place of being able to step over the threshold and crossover into a place of New Beginning.  I see the threshold becoming smaller as we continue forward and not look back.  Our commitment to KEEP GOING in spite of opposition is what will bring us to the door.  The armor of God in place and His praise upon our lips is the key to entering in.

Beloved of God – put on the HELMET OF SALVATION, the BELT OF TRUTH, the BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, and SHOES READY WITH THE GOSPEL OF PEACE!

Take up the SHIELD OF FAITH, and the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT!

PRAY AT ALL TIMES IN THE SPIRIT!

KEEP ALERT and GET READY to STEP OVER THE THRESHOLD!!

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NEW YEAR – 2017

IT’S A NEW YEAR!

It’s time to leave behind those things that have bound you up;

that have kept you from living the life that God has called you to live;

that have caused you to live in darkness instead of light.

IT’S A NEW YEAR!

It’s time to tune our hearing to God’s frequency of sound;

to tune out the sounds of disharmony, disunity, and disappointment.  

IT’S A NEW YEAR!

It’s time to rise up and discard our dead, unproductive life habits

and embrace a life of faith, power, and love.

IT’S A NEW YEAR!

BE RELEASED INTO YOUR DESTINY!


ONE STEP AT A TIME!!

As I am sitting here drinking my coffee, I find my thoughts going to those that are in a time of uncertainty in their life situation.

I feel your desperation for things to be different. I hear you crying out to the Lord to change your life.

Dearest, precious, beloved of God! As I am sitting here, I also feel the faithful, all-encompassing, powerful Love that God has for you! He has not forgotten you. He hears you…He sees you…He has such an amazing plan for your life!

Even though you may feel that what is happening in your life is holding you back…remember that God can cause ALL things to work together for your good.

Our lives are full of life experiences – good and bad. But, our powerful Lord uses all these experiences to mold and shape us into a vessel that will display His glory!

I hear Him saying, “One step at a time!”

What has He called you to do today? Don’t discount what He can do through that one obedient step! Don’t downplay the importance of what may seem to be a “little” act of obedience.

It’s okay to feel uncertainty…it’s okay to want to see things changed…BUT, walk forward – one step at a time – knowing that God is with you! And He is going before you preparing the way!

You will make it to your destiny, beloved! ONE STEP AT A TIME!!!