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20 entries from January 2015

Empowered Living: Romans 8:12-17

Happy Saturday, my friends! How are you doing? Feeling more empowered yet? Still soaking in the truths from Romans 8:9-11? I loved your comments on Wednesday, and I love that we’re on this journey together. Please keep sharing your thoughts in the comments. We inspired and encourage one another when we do that. Today we’ll dig into Romans 8:12-17. I’m only using the NIV and Voice translations to keep things a little less cumbersome, so pull out your favorite translation and be sure to read it there as well. NIV: 12 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. 14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God... Read more →

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Where's My Breakthrough?

My friends, Well, I’m here. After a bout with the stomach flu. Sheesh, it’s a mystery. I experience miraculous healing in my wrist yet I continue to fight on this challenging front of colds and flues. Can I just toss this statement out there. The Kingdom of God is often times mysterious. I want to write more about the mysteries of God and how he answers prayer but today, I feel compelled to speak to all of us about breakthroughs. Last week Dineen and I shared our testimonies of answered prayer and healing and last Friday, Penny, shared her astounding testimony. If you missed it, click here and watch it. I’m still amazed. But how do we walk through seasons where everyone is receiving breakthroughs, answers to prayers, even miracles and yet you remain, what appears to be forgotten? Can we talk about that today? Because I know that there... Read more →

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Empowered Living: Romans 8:9-11

Hello, dear friends! Today we will delve a little further into Romans 8. I may need to include less translations so that I can cover more ground and the posts don’t get too long, but for this section of Romans I did want to include more. There’s so much to be gleaned here in verses 9-11. First of all, these verses say we are not controlled by our sinful nature. We are controlled my the Spirit if we have the Spirit of God living in us. I’m sure you’ve noticed changes in yourself—things you used to do no longer hold any appeal or may even repulse you. I believe it’s also an ongoing process as we learn to be more spirit controlled in our minds and less controlled by our “fleshy” nature. Just as I’m sure you can see this in your pre-believer, we battle with it too at times,... Read more →

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Empowered Living: Romans 8:5-8

Welcome back to our study of Romans 8, my dear friends. I am just loving digging into God's Word and reading your comments! That is such a testimony to my heart and spirit of how the Holy Spirit unifies us and reveals the truth of God's Word to each of us as a community. Amazing! Please keep sharing. Today let's start with Romans 8:5-8. Paul brings out a vital truth in this section that is so foundational to the heart and strength of empowered living—living empowered by and walking with the Holy Spirit. It starts in our minds, my friends. If I can bring one truth across to you above all else is that in order for us to live empowered lives of faith, we must have transformed minds (Romans 12:2). If you recall, I wrote a seven part series on this last year, sharing my own journey of how... Read more →

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The MOST Astonishing SUMite Testimony. Your Mouth will Drop Open!

This five minutes will leave you speachless and fill you with amazing faith. It is absolutely worth your time to watch. Dineen and I nearly bawled our eyes out in great joy and hope. Thank you Penny for sharing your testimony. I pray that all of the SUMites experience our Providential God in miraculous ways such as you did. Hugs, Lynn My friends, this video brings great glory to God. PLEASE share it everywhere you can. Let's make it go viral. Hugs. I cry every time I think of how God planned THAT day. The day I was broken. The day I cried put with nothing. The day that I was read THAT passage. God is so good. He truly is a miracle worker. God is good. Penny. :) Matthew 21:18-22 Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. Seeing a... Read more →

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Another Healing Testimony

“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it." — John 14:12-14 Dear friends, I will resume our study of Romans with my Saturday post. I just felt so compelled by the Holy Spirit to share this with you and follow Lynn's lead in sharing a testimony. I pray you are encouraged and emboldened as I was to first hear testimony and then put it into action. Love you! ~Dineen Read more →

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Healing Testimony by Lynn Donovan

There is great power and faith building when we "hear" the words of testimony. I'm about to share my healing testimony with complete faith that those who hear it and are ready for healing will receive it. Please leave your requests for healing in the comments. I will pray for you for your healing. I love you my friends. Have an amazing week in His Presence. Hugs, Lynn (Turn on the sound) Healing Testimony January 2015 Lynn Donovan from Spiritually Unequal Marriage on Vimeo. Testimony of the healing power of Jesus Christ. Lynn Donovan. January, 2015 Read more →

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Empowered Living: Romans 8:1-4 (part two)

Welcome back to our study of Romans, dear friends. During the night the Holy Spirit pointed out to me that we are not just spiritual beings but supernatural beings. I love that verse that says we are seated in the heavenly realms with Jesus (Eph 2:4-7). The deeper I go in my relationship with Abba Father, King Jesus and Holy Spirit, the more this makes sense. The Word says He is in us and we are in Him. And Jesus is seated in the heavenly realms, thus, so are we. Amazing! That makes us supernatural beings as well. Now back to Romans 8:3-4… When we go further into verse three, Paul gives more clarification as to why the law had failed. I so appreciate the way the Voice translation brings that understanding to the surface: NLT: 3 The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness... Read more →

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Empowered Living: Romans 8:1-4 (part one)

My friends, we're embarking on our study of Romans 8 today, but first, please take a moment and pray over Lynn and her family. Her granddaughter Elise spiked a fever yesterday of a 103 and there are other challenges she is dealing with in her family. Let’s pray a mighty force and hedge of protection around her and her family, for health to reign in the Donovan home and for great wisdom and strength to flow through her and her family to handle these challenges. With our prayers and in the mighty name of Jesus, we declare the Donovan home will overcome ALL these challenges by the Spirit of the Lord and with great victory and glory to God. In the mighty and powerful name of Jesus, amen! Thank you, SUMites! Now, onward with Empowered Living. Many of your comments to my introduction on Wednesday confirmed that we are following... Read more →

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An Introduction to Empowered Living

My friends, we're already two weeks into 2015. Can you believe it? Our fasting and praying brought us into this new year (our year of freedom, remember?) in a powerful way, and I believe we will continue to see breakthroughs as we are being brought to new levels of faith and living in Christ even now. Before Christmas I was feeling led to write a series on Romans 8, a very powerful chapter and one that the Holy Spirit brought me to over and over again in 2014 for understanding of what walking in the Spirit means. I'm still on this journey but want to share with you some of the things I've learned as key to empowered living in Christ Jesus. But first, I want to start with a key verse in Proverbs. I came across this nugget in my Passion Translation of Proverbs as the Holy Spirit's answer... Read more →

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40 Daniel Fast - For Some

Hello Everyone. I’m still lingering in awe of our Lord and all that happened in our fast. I believe we are going to see the results of our fast unfold in our lives and the lives of many others in the months ahead. I can’t wait. Please, please share your breakthrough with me and Dineen this year as we want to honor and thank Jesus for His love and care. Today’s post will not be for everyone. I know many of you want to continue in an extended period of fasting. I know I am going to continue to fast. I’m going to continue a fasting lifestyle that the Lord placed me on since September. And I also want to be open and honest about something that tends to be an area where the SUMites struggle. It’s going to be hard to own this truth but let’s just put it... Read more →

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Day of Praise and Thanksgiving: The Glory Within

Dear friends, this has truly been an amazing week of fasting and praying. This community is so beautiful. I just can’t say it enough. We are even more united than ever. And I KNOW that sends the enemy running in fear. I have to tell you I was bragging about you all Tuesday evening. I went to an evening service at a different church to check it out. This church meets on Tuesday and Saturday evenings because they share a building with another church. The pastor and congregation are believing this year will bring them their own church building. We chatted a bit and I shared how our community doesn’t have four walls either, but we are still the church, the body of Christ. Our story of this ministry seemed to encourage him too, praise God! As I prayed for our community fasting and praying Tuesday morning, the Holy Spirit... Read more →

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Breakthrough - Disappointment- Thanksgiving and More On Our Final Day Of Fasting

Hello Sumite Family – Church Without Walls. Can you believe it’s already the last day of our fast? Reading through the comments has been amazing. I have prayed for all of you. This has been an amazingly sweet time with our Lord. And as I spoke to Dineen yesterday about this fast, we marveled at all God has done, the tenderness He has displayed and the answers to our petitions. Dineen and I paused a moment and we turned our conversation to prayer: Jesus, we sure hope Rosheeda Lee is watching our community from heaven. What she started here years ago, this annual fast, has had lasting impact on us as individuals. Lord, we know that the prayers and declarations spoken during this tender time will bring about great glory for Your name and bring many into Your Kingdom. Lord, Jesus please hug Rosheeda for us. We love and miss... Read more →

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Day 4: Asking Day

In a SOZO healing session, when we give something over to God, we are directed to ask Jesus what He has in return to us. I confess, the first time I encountered this, my reaction was to wonder if this was offensive to my Lord and Savior. Did I have that right to ask? When I asked, He quickly replied with something He wanted to give me to replace what I had relinquished. Sometimes it was just an affirmation of His love. Other times, He had specific things to give me. There have even been times as I’ve prayed for myself or others that I received the word, “Ask.” Jesus was telling me or the person I was praying for that He was waiting for us to ask Him for something. His Word even tells us this: Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on... Read more →

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Day Three - The Promises Fulfilled

Yesterday we approached the Alter. We surrendered our shame, guilt, our failures, our inadequacies, pain, disappointment, devastation ….. Our brokenness. Listening to our Father today, I hear Him say to me, “Lynn, you have stood upon my promises and have remained faithful. I cannot deny my own Word.” There have been many years in my past that all I had to grasp were God’s distant promises. But I held on to them. Sometimes shakily. Praying and willing myself to trust God’s promise, I would wake up at night and speak them out loud. I would repeat them over and over to myself. I remember a long season in my past where all I could do was to repeat, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I can do all things… (Phil 4:13) This promise alone push me... Read more →

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Day 2: Altar Offerings

My friends, my heart is so full of love and awe—of you! Reading your comments the last two days…I’m so touched and blown away by your prayers for Lynn and I and for each other! Wow! I can just see Abba nodding His head with pride and pointing out this online community to the heavenly host and saying, “See? This is what the body of Christ really looks like." Wow, wow, wow… And it’s with that full heart that I share today what God spoke to me about our community. On Sunday as I was worshiping at church I was also praying for the words to share this week, for whatever was on Abba's heart for us. The word "annihilation" came clearly to me. Now that's a pretty strong word and not one I use often. I asked Abba to clarify, to help me understand His heart. And this is... Read more →

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Day One- A Samaritan

On our first day of fasting I am compelled to pray for our pre-believing spouses. And to that end I want to share how Jesus reached unbelievers. It a model for all of us on how to attract people to the Kingdom, especially our spouse. Turn with me to John 4. This is the story where Jesus meets a Samaritan woman at a water well. (Please, please pause now and go read all of the story. If you do I promise that the Lord is going to enlighten you to some possibilities you haven’t considered.) I want to point out quickly some details of this story. Vs 4:Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon. Vs 7: He asks her for a drink. He is alone and is speaking to a woman. In this culture Jews never spoke to Samaritans and... Read more →

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Welcome To The Powerful Fast Of The SUMite Nation

Good Sunday Morning SUMites: Lynn here. I want to greet you and welcome you to our annual week of fasting and prayer. We begin our fast tomorrow morning at sunrise. What is so amazing it that there are people from all over the globe who are fasting and praying in one accord through this week of the SUMite fast. I’m convinced when we arrive in heaven we will be permitted to see and understand how our individual fasting and prayers were joined together in the spiritual realm and how we, The Sumites, impacted our world. I truly believe we are that powerful in our love and prayers. Today, I want to ask you to consider what word or scripture verse or both God is leading you into for your current season of your life. Write them down in your Bible or somewhere that you can look at these again at... Read more →

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Let's Get Ready!

My friends, your comments this week have been so powerful and encouraging! I'm in awe of how God is moving in this community to bring such unity. We ARE the church of Christ, right here and online, of all things. Who would have thought that possible? ALL things are possible with God, AMEN! I want to share Angie's comment from my Wednesday post. Such a testimony to the miracles that our Abba Father is releasing into our lives to honor our faithfulness. And I agree with Lynn—we will see amazing things happen during this fast and through the rest of the year as a result of our fasting. I BELIEVE! And my friends, after what I have walked though spiritually this year, it feels so good to be able to say that. God didn't let me go and I didn't let go of Him. So, if you are still wondering... Read more →

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Fasting For The Miracles

Hi Everyone, I want to share a special story today. Remember that on Monday I shared God is speaking the word expectant over me. And my spirit has been filled with an extra measure of hope. Great hope. Fantastic, miraculous hope. This Christmas season the Lord has revealed some unexpected nearly impossible realities. My son and his wife and their hope for reconciliation and then on New Year’s Eve, another miracle. Let me explain. A couple of days ago my daughter who is 19 years old, she and I were talking about the unusually cold weather we are having here in Southern California. She said to me, “Mom, I’ve seen snow and played in snow but I’ve never been in a snow storm. I’ve never experienced snowflakes falling around me.” I didn’t realize that for all of her life she hasn’t experienced the wonder, beauty and fun of falling snow.... Read more →

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