Monthly Archives: May 2016

Keys to Hades

Who are You?

Have you ever been going through a dry season with God for so long, and you look around at all your church family and see them receiving one blessing after another, and scream HOW LONG GOD!? First of all, that which feels like a dry season is a time of preparation and testing, and all you can do is keep moving forward even when you don’t feel like. I watch and read a lot of books, and lectures from Joyce Meyer simply because I believe her gift is teaching about controlling your thoughts, and if you can control your thoughts then you’re least likely to spew negativity. The Apostle Paul tells us

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

Joyce is also the first one I heard teach about not operating by how we ‘feel’, but by doing what is right. Let’s face it we are feely, emotional creatures, this is how God made us [Geneses 1:26], but what do we do with these feelings that seem to come out of nowhere and are totally against the fruit of the spirit? The enemy would have you start believing that you don’t have the spirit in you, and this is where you really need to know the Word of God which is the sword of the spirit so that you can fight the good fight of faith. The war begins in our minds and if the enemy can get you to go against what the Word tells us, then he has won the battle, but he doesn’t stop there. Get this now because it can possibly save your life – THE ENEMY COMPLETELY AND TOTALLY HATES YOU AND HE WILL NOT STOP UNTIL HE HAS DESTROIED YOU! So what do we do? Every day we have to put on the armor of God [Ephesians 6:10-18], we have to know who God is, who Jesus is and what he’s done for us, and most importantly we have to know who we are. The Holy Spirit is telling me that too many of God’s children don’t know who they are, and what’s been done for them. They are walking around in ignorance.

So I tell you this, and testify to it in the Lord: You must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardness of their hearts. Having lost all sense of shame, they have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity, with a craving for more. Ephesians 4:17-19

For years, I have felt jealousy towards my brothers and sisters every time I saw God raise them up to walk in the gift God has given to them. I would smile and pretend I was happy for them, but inside I was burning with jealously, and mourning for myself. See, I have been studying, worshiping, and serving God for over 5 years, but I still didn’t know, or should I say recognize, what my gift was. I would go home and plead with God to release me from this feeling and to show me what my gift was. To empower me to walk in that gift, to raise me up. But I would hear nothing and the following Sunday or sometimes the Sunday after that, I would have to face the same thing over again. I hope you see what part of the problem was – self-centeredness, pride, ego…. I had to die to self. I thought that I had, but as you go deeper with God, He will revel things to you about you that are not pretty. But we must face these things so that the Holy Spirit can change and prepare us for God’s kingdom. So how do we walk in the fruit of the spirit? We must first die to self, and this takes time and lots of studying God’s word. We would all like to be like the Apostle Paul… Have Jesus knock us off our high horse, blind us to the world for three days, and then come out fighting the good fight of faith with conviction that cannot be shaken, but for most of us it doesn’t work that way.

Have you ever been reading your bible or a related book and all of a sudden a passage or teaching that has been read or preach before, now becomes relevant, becomes real like a light being flipped on? I’m sitting in bed reading John Eldredge’s book Moving Mountains when I ran upon this revelation

1. God is my creator and He is all powerful, all love, and that He loves me!
2. I am the daughter of the most high God, made righteous through the blood of Jesus
3. God gave us the power to rule and have dominion on this earth when He created us, but we gave it over to Satan in the garden of Eden.
4. Because of God’s love for us, He sent His son to pay the price for my sins (past, present, and future) and there is NOTHING I can do on my own to receive forgiveness. It all flows through Jesus and His loving mercy and grace.
5. When Jesus conquered death, He took back the keys to the kingdom that we had given the enemy.
6. Now watch this because this is crazy love… Jesus gives us back the keys to the kingdom (BOOM! There it is!) that God gave us in the garden, we gave to the enemy, and Jesus took back! He gives it back to us! Hallelujah! Praise Jesus! How crazy it that! [Matthew 28:18, Philippians 2:8-11, Ephesians 2:6]

I am seated in heavenly places! I have authority as the daughter of the most high God through Jesus and I must start walking in that mind set or else I’ll be giving back the enemy what Jesus died to get and give me. Fear of stepping out and believing this is what Satan is counting on. I don’t know about you but I refuse to live in bondage to this world, I have the keys to the kingdom of heaven and I plan on walking in that freedom! Won’t you join me?

Garden of Eden

Are We Different?

As I begin to study for the bible classes next lesson, I am drawn into just how similar Abrams day and ours really are. We like to think that we are more cultured, more advanced, more humane, but are we really? The bible tells us in Genesis chapter 11 starting at verse 27 that Terah is Abram’s father. Now we know by studying the table of nations that Terah and Abram are the direct descendants of Noah and that they are also in the line of Shem from which the promised seed of woman (Jesus) would come from. The story begins by telling us that Terah moved his family from Ur of the Chaldeans (there were several Ur’s at that time, but by saying they were of the Chaldeans this lets us know they were part of the Mesopotamian Empire) to Canaan, but stopped and settled in Haran (also Harran) which was also part of the Mesopotamian empire. Some theologians have speculated that God spoke to Terah first, but due to his occupation (idol maker) I personally doubt it.

Located on the southern plain of Mesopotamia, Ur – in Greek means “land between two rivers” – was a thriving metropolis. Situated between the great Euphrates and the Tigris rivers, Ur enjoyed the prosperity of trade that these two massive rivers afforded along with fertile land and subtropical summers that produced barley during Abrams time. With a population of over 24,000, Ur was flourishing. It had vast libraries, increased production with the invention of the potter’s wheel, cylinder seal replaced the stamp seal, invention of the chariot, metals which replaced stone tools were in full swing, there were columns and sculpture, the development of writing, and massive Ziggurat’s were constructed. And, along with all this growth was polytheism. In the Mesopotamia empire there were literally thousands of gods and goddesses, but according to the Nuzi tablets that were discovered during an excavation in 1925-1931, Nanna god of the moon was the most prevalent. Crafts, science, literature, and magic were some of the things that highly interested the people of that day, and they had a god for each of them. There was Marduk the god of sun and magic, Ishtar (later become Asherah) goddess of sex and war, Shumugan god of cattle, and Baal god of crops and storms. Amulets were made to keep in homes or wear for protection, and priesthoods were created to be mediators between mankind and the pantheons that ruled the heavens. Pagan worship became very ritualistic as sacrifices (sometimes human) were made, the gods were fed by placing food before them, temple prostitutes appeared as important in matters of fertility, and people adopted household gods to serve. This is the era and world Abraham grew up in. There is no doubt that he would have been influenced heavily by his surroundings.

When you compare today’s culture to Abrams, do you not see the similarity? We live in a city with schools, libraries, internet, television, information at the push of a button. We walk around with cell phones that tells us where to go with turn by turn direction, and what our ‘friends’ are doing without having to talk to them. Glorifying ourselves with selfies and seeking approval from everyone with how many ‘likes’ we get on Facebook. We have become a society that is always reaching for the next greatest ‘thing’… a new car, new IPhone, new house, promotion at work, more power, more money. And, yet we’re not taking the time, precious time, to seek the one who gave it all to us. Today’s idols have become money, things, and ourselves, and we are sacrificing our families to get it. We rush around in this microwave world, throwing our loved ones on the alter, to get what we want. Just this morning I read about a 5-year-old that had a heart attack. We may not have temples for our idols, but we worship these things none the less. When we put anything first, before God, in our lives we are worshiping these things.

In the beginning God created Adam and Eve, Why? Bottom line… He wanted a family that loved Him AND each other. You may say, ‘well, I have to work to support my family’, and this would be true, but you do not have to sacrifice time with God and your family to do it. Any job that requires this, is not a job God wants you to have. He wants you to depend more on Him than you do yourself. The story of Abraham is a story of faith. Believing in what God tells you and depending on Him. During a time when polytheism was more prevalent and having grown up with this in his home, it took more faith to believe in a One True God that was only talked about as though it were a bed time story, then it would you and I. Some would argue that God is dead, but I tell you He is more alive and active today than in Moses day. Miracles are happening all around you every day just slow down and take the time to witness them. On faith Abraham took God at his word, and pulled up stakes and traveled to a distant unfamiliar land. On faith Abraham took God at his word, that he would become a great nation when at 75 years of age he had no children. On faith Abraham took God at his word that He would give him and his descendants all the land of Canaan. On faith Abraham took God at his word, that the promised messiah would come from his seed. Abraham took the time to stop and worship God, to talk to God, to build alters to God. On faith Abraham believed in the stories of old (before the flood) and the One True God!

Will you take the time to know God and his promises to you? And will you step out in faith and take God at his word? Or will you continue to rush around in the world, gratifying yourself and sacrificing your family and peace of mind, and wonder ‘what happened?’ when it all comes crashing down around you? God gave you free will, but I’m here to tell you the end is near.