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A Promise for Our Non-Seekers

16759585_sMy friends, I have a story to tell you and a powerful nugget to share with you today. As you know God moved me my hubby and me to Florida in December. I have to say I am loving it here more than I ever imagined possible (Eph. 3:20). And I am seeing and understanding each day how this move was and is part of my word for 2015—Sanctuary.  

My new church here is the setting of this story and the driving force of this story is the Holy Spirit. You see, the first or second week I came to church, He pointed out a particular person and told me to take note of her. I knew that meant at some point there would be an exchange between us. He’s done this before so I’ve learned to pay attention.

That exchanged finally happened last Wednesday, my friends, and the “nugget” I received from her was meant for the entire SUMite Nation. Don’t you just love our Papa God? He’s not only working in each of us individually not only for our benefit but for the benefit of our entire community too.  

And with Easter just days away, this is a huge encouragement and hope booster. It’s one of those verses I’ve read many a time, yet this time the Holy Spirit brought it into focus with the help of a new friend. 

Now read this and keep your pre-believer in clear focus as you do.

And later Isaiah spoke boldly for God, saying, “I was found by people who were not looking for me. I showed myself to those who were not asking for me.” — Romans 10:20 (NIV)

Then Isaiah is so bold as to say, “I have been found by those who did not seek me; I have shown myself to those who did not ask for me.” — Romans 10:20 (ESV)

Did you catch that? This is God saying that even those who don’t seek Him find Him. And that second part gives us the reason why. God shows Himself to those who don’t seek or ask for Him. 

Now you know I had to dig deeper. The Greek word for shown is emphanēs and means to show openly, manifest. The definition further expounds with “God giving proofs of his saving grace and thus manifesting Himself.”

Wow! I was so blown away by this, my friends, because I have prayed this for my husband in the past, for God to show and reveal Himself to my pre-believer. And now I will pray boldly in line with this meaning that God would manifest Himself to my sweet guy. 

I pray this nugget blesses you as much as it did me. The fun part of this story is I asked the Holy Spirit on Saturday to arrange another meeting with this dear woman so I could thank her again and tell her how He set us up. I kid you not, the first person I saw when I walked into church on Sunday was her, right in front of me, not more than three feet away. And she was just waiting for me to come speak to her. I am so excited to see what comes of this new friendship, my friends. Truly, God brings us the people we need exactly when we need them. Amen?

And I am undone again at the promises God has for us right in His Word. I have another one to share with you on Saturday that I think you will find most precious as it exemplifies our Jesus’ great love for us before He ever came to die for us—a prophetic word about Jesus, our Shepherd.

In the meantime, please keep my, my hubby and our two poochies (River and Riley) in your prayers for a smooth and safe trip. Today we are on our way back to California for a few months. I have to say it’s challenging me to leave right now, especially since things are just starting to happen in the spiritual realms in my new church. I’m seeing now that this is the place God had in mind all along and He’s putting all things into place, just as He promised me He would. Plus He’s telling me to trust Him for what He has in store for me in San Jose too, so I will trust Him and wait expectantly to see where He’s leading so I can follow. I so appreciate your precious prayers. 

And I love you so much, my friends. My spirit just jumped for joy at this insight into Romans 10:20, and I couldn’t wait to share it with you! I’m looking forward to reading your comments about this revelation God has given us and hearing how it has inspired you. God is so GOOD!

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Easter Praise-A-Thon

FAITH HOPE LOVE CROSSHello SUMite Nation, 

Again!!!!!! 

You did it again! This amazing family on the web emailed and left comments for Heidi that will fill her blossom tree. THANK YOU. You wrote words of faith, hope and love. 

THAT is what the family of God looks like. THAT is unity in Christ. You loved on this woman that you didn’t know. She will be forever touched by your kind words of love, prayers and scripture verses of encouragement. 

I adore you! 

As I’m typing I hear the Holy spirit whisper into my heart, “I’m so proud of the SUMite family. This nation, each person, is stronger than they think. They are mighty in deed and power. And their love reaches far past the darkness. THEY are the unlikely world changers. I love them with a fierce love.” —The Lord Almighty 

My friends, Easter is next Sunday. Today, what I want to do is chat about Jesus. Today let’s give a love offering to Jesus. The Son of God. The redeemer of our lives. Who frees us from the demonic, heals our hearts, souls and illnesses. Jesus who gave us the keys to the Kingdom. 

So, today on Palm Sunday. Share your favorite scripture passage, share your heart, testimony about how Jesus has change your life with faith, hope and love. I CAN’T wait to read the comments this week. 

May the Lord bless you and keep you;
May He make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
May He lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.

See you in the comments. Let’s make this praise-a-thon stir the heavenly host so that they join in. Watch for angels this week!!! Love you so much, Lynn

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Guest Post: The Truth by Joanne Marsh

My friends, I'm so excited to share Jo's post with you today. She shared this truth with me recently in an abbreviated form and I asked her to write about it, because it's so foundational and encouraging. I pray it lifts your perspective higher than it's ever been before. 

Thank you, Jo, for giving us a glimpse of your faith journey. We love you! Hugs! ~Dineen and Lynn

 

The Truth

As God connects with each of us in unique and personal ways to guide us, my direction comes through visuals. Sometimes I get a photograph. Other times the Holy Spirit takes a snapshot. And on some occasions such as this time I am about to share, I get a “prize” to pick up, like I have been on a treasure hunt with my Daddy. In this instance, two years ago while I was out walking, I passed by a tiny object on the ground, and I felt nudged to collect it.

This week the whole story came to fruition as I was listening to one of my favourite teaching programs. In this particular lesson the speaker talked on Spiritual Authority. Who is the enemy? How does satan fight us and what authority does he have?

As this particular teacher explained his own encounter I was FLOORED to hear his words create an image in my mind of the very object I held in my possession for two years!

In his story he recounted how a room in a relative’s home was realized after many years, through circumstances and events, to house some demons. He figured to enter in finally and rid the house of these unwelcomed inhabitants. In doing so, his mind began to conjure up images of the dwellers there with him as he commenced with Spiritual Warfare prayers and, getting a bit anxious about how they might look like, he began thanking God that he wasn’t able to actually SEE them.

At this point God intervened with a reply to him saying, “You have it all wrong! They aren’t who you think they are at all. They are in fact tiny, cowardly creatures, huddling in the corner, but they have a BIG mouth!”

The second I heard “BIG mouth,” I realized the object I have in my possession is a visual example God gave me to SEE and share with others to know who the enemy really is after all is said and done.

YellowToyA bully with a big mouth.

The truth about bullies is that they are in fact cowards. Cowards are described as “yellow.” The fact that the item I have in my possession fit the description exactly was no coincidence. Right down to the detail of a BIG mouth, which Dineen helped me realize after all this time is shaped like a COFFIN!

The enemy speaks death. He is here in our lives to kill, steal and destroy all the plans God has for us. He doesn’t want us knowing who he really is, so he speaks lies and deceptions. He distracts us and tricks us in very subtly, conniving ways.

Life with Jesus as our Saviour has empowered us with the Holy Spirit. This authority is exactly what satan has been fighting for since the day he lost the battle. As long as he can keep our mind entertained and distracted from God’s Truth, we give him power. Without our consent he doesn’t have a partner to use and therefore is rendered powerless. We have to be conscience of what our mind is focusing on and choose the truth.

I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn't receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it." — Mark 10:15

In this world and the way it reasons, all I shared here would sound like a wild childhood fable, but believing in Jesus and what He died for allows us to live with one foot in the Kingdom. When we are able to grasp that as Truth, we walk by faith and not by sight.

There is complete healing to be experienced in knowing who the enemy really is.

The Word is the Power to close the lid on that coffin mouth! Faith is the key to lock it tight! The Armour for our protection is in Ephesians 6:10-18.

Again, be a child. DRESS UP for your own protection!

 

JoMy life has turned into a treasure hunt with God since losing a precious canine family member. What satan steals from us, God will replace with joy as we keep our eyes on Him. The communication grows with each precious gem I discover, sifting my life for GOLD. (You can also visit Jo's website at http://cupofjo2008.wix.com/artworks)

 

 

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Easter Community Miracle - SUMite Nation

My SUMite Friends, 

Might I ask you today to join me in another Community Miracle? 

In October, 2012 Dineen and I attended a conference together that radically changed our faith life and our ministry. It was an amazing conference. However, what you like don’t know is that one other woman traveled with us that year. She happened to phone me and I mentioned the conference. The next day she called me and said, “I want to go with you.” So, she did!!! Her name is Heidi and I have known her for years. Several years ago her family moved into the house directly behind mine. And her husband is my dentist. 

It truly is a small world at times. 

Anyhoo, Heidi is an amazing woman of faith and has traveled some difficult journeys. She is on one of those unexpected journeys right now. A month ago, doctors detected a brain tumor, not cancerous, but aggressive that is growing behind her right ear. She is scheduled for surgery on March 31. They will remove the tumor but they must do so at the expense of her hearing in her right ear. 

Heidi called me about six weeks ago and I have been praying for her. And since that time, God has placed a project firmly on my mind. I can’t ignore any longer the Lord’s request. So, here is where this amazing community of brothers and sister, Sons and Daughters, of the King come into the picture. 

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Spring Tree

I recently purchased a fun tree. It’s a lit spring, blossom tree. It’s really cool. (see photo) 

God wants me to give Heidi a tree also but to have little notes of prayers and well wishes hanging from it from dainty ribbons along with a few beautifully decorated Easter eggs. The Lord is leading me to have the tree set up, loaded with notes, cards, prayers and eggs to surprise her when she returns home from the hospital. 

So, today my friends, would you write a prayer, a note of hope, anything that I can print off and attach to the tree for Heidi. Dineen and I would be so thankful that you would help us to overwhelm Heidi with this kind of surprise. 

I will take photos and share them with you sometime in early April. If you want to email me a note for Heidi, Please click here for my: email me. If you want to mail a card, please do so. But if you only have a minute, please leave a prayer or your thoughts or a scripture verse, your name and city, state, nation where you live. 

I know she will be deeply touched. I know I will be too. I love all of you so much. You are amazing people of God. Thank you for giving selflessly to the Kingdom of God. I declare, Great is Your Reward. Love and hugs, Lynn 

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The Temptation of Jesus

BibleStudy-TemptationofJesusMy friends, the Holy Spirit has me reading the book of Luke right now. Again, He seems to be pointing out particular stories and giving me deeper revelation as part of our preparation right now. These are exciting revelations and exciting times. We are hearing more and more reports of breakthroughs throughout this community and all over the world, actually.  

So, please don’t lose hope if you’re still waiting for your breakthrough. God hasn’t forgotten you and He certainly isn’t mad at you. He’s always working for your good and putting things into place for your breakthrough. If anything, lately, I am stunned over and over again at the perfection of His timing. Trust Him to do this good thing in your life and just because you don’t see a shift or change around or in you doesn’t mean He’s not working. Just this week I was surprised by a major breakthrough that I thought God wasn’t dealing with yet, because I couldn’t see or feel any change or shift. How wrong I was…

Today I want to revisit something we’ve talked about in the past and expand upon it. Let’s look at the temptation of Jesus and four foundation areas the enemy attacks:

And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry. 

The devil said to him, “ If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” 

And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.’” 

And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, and said to him, “To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.”  

And Jesus answered him, “It is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve. ’” 

And he took him to Jerusalem and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written,“‘He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you, and on their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone. ’”

And Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’”  

And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time. — Luke 4:1-13 

First I want to point out two things that were true of Jesus. One, he was full of the Holy Spirit as well as led by the Holy Spirit (vs. 1). This is our model of walking in the Spirit and living filled by His power. In fact, we are commanded to be filled with the Holy Spirit (Eph. 5:18) so ask Him to fill and empower you. He’s already there so get Him fired up! 

Two, Jesus endured every temptation (vs. 14). We are not shown every temptation, but we are shown four very specific areas that Jesus is tempted. This is what the Holy Spirit showed me— that these are four foundational areas for us as human beings and these needs were created specifically in us by the Father to be filled by Him.

The first one we’ve discussed already, which is identity. The enemy uses the phrase “if you are the son of God” in an attempt to create doubt in Jesus as to Who he is. Feel free to snicker here and say, “as if!” Jesus knew Who He was and Who He belonged to. And we can know this too as children of God and co-heirs with Christ (Rom. 8:17). This is the rock and foundation of our faith on which all other parts are built. If built on sand, it will crumble. If built on rock—the truth of Jesus—we will stand firm even through testings and trials. Identity’s antithesis is anonymity, which makes us ineffective believers because we are swayed and influenced more by the world and the opinion of others than the truth of who we are.

The second test shown here is about provision and trusting God to provide. The enemy tells Jesus to command the stone to become bread. We know that Jesus was hungry and in need of food. In times of need the enemy will come in and tempt us to work in our own ability to provide instead of trusting God to provide (materially, mentally, physically, spiritually, etc.) for us. Trust is so foundational to faith, because if we doubt God’s goodness and His intentions to provide and take care of us, we are not trusting Him. We then become reliant on ourselves to provide instead of God. This trust of provision’s antithesis is self-reliance, which winds up burning us out.

I also want to point out that the rest of the verse Jesus referred to in man not living by bread alone is in Deuteronomy 8:3 and says “but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.” So God’s Word is one of His highest forms of provision for our needs. Chew on that for a while…

The third test is about our significance in our purposes and callings as worship of God. The enemy tempts Jesus with the very glory He already knows is His, but the enemy puts the twist of placing himself as the recipient of Jesus’ worship. When we walk in accordance to what and how God has designed and equipped us, we are worshiping and serving Him in truth. When we seek the glory for ourselves, we become self-seeking and self-motivated—self-worshiping. In this case, the antithesis of significance is idolatry. 

The fourth test we are shown is about security. We have this basic need to know we are safe and taken care of. Here the enemy is tempting Jesus to test His security in the Father. But what this really is about is God’s character. Jesus’ answer to satan clarifies this with His reply about testing God. The Hebrew word ekpeirazō implies a test or questioning of God’s character. Makes me shudder to think about it. And clearly here, the antithesis of security is insecurity.

Finally, notice how each of these areas build upon each other. When we are clear in our identity as to who we are and Whose we are, we are able to trust God to provide for all our needs and we are secure in our significance and purpose in His plans for us.

Take notice too that Jesus was weak and most likely tired. The enemy knows he hasn’t really a chance against a child of God who is strong in these areas so he hit us in our times of weakness. The thing is, he still doesn’t seem to realize that in our weakness, we are strong in Jesus (2 Cor. 12:9). So, really and truly, we choose whether to give the enemy a “a chance in hell.” We don’t always recognize his attacks but when we do, we can still stand against him and his lies and turn back to the truth. Take notice that Jesus’ greatest weapon was the Word.

And there lies my final point (yes, cue broken record here). If we aren’t reading God’s Word, we won’t know things like our identity, that we can trust God, that we are significant to His kingdom and that we are secure in Him. It’s all in the Bible, my friends, just like I’ve shown you today. Read it regularly with a pure heart (1 John 1:9) and with the Holy Spirit’s help (1 Cor 2:10).

On Saturday, our very own Joanne M. with be sharing her insights on just how “puny” the enemy really is. I am so excited for you all to read her post. In the meantime, my friends, I pray you have an amazing week basking in the truth of who you are and whose you are. Strut around your house and say, “I belong to God and He’s got me covered in every way.” 

Wonder what our pre-believers will say… ;-)

Love you like crazy!

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Weary From Long-Term Issues

There is enormous insight in a well know passage in the book of Luke. If you have issues. If you are weary. If you are wondering where your breakthrough is... THIS VIDEO LOG is for you. 

I love you my friends. Have a great week. Lynn

 

 

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A Change in Perspective, Part Three

21167907_sDear friends, I’ve been sharing insights the Holy Spirit has been giving me on certain passages of Scripture, specifically how Jesus first changed the perspective of the person before healing or restoring them. Honestly, the more I study it, the more my spirit and mind tune in to. I’m now seeing how these and other healings that Jesus did are almost like a partnership. Jesus is very intentional in how He talks to the person first, discerns their heart and need. Remember, Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit (Luke 4:1), just like we are, so again, we can truly appreciate how our Savior came to truly walk “among us and like us.”

Today’s insight is brief, but I believe it will change our perspective this time. Take a look at the verse below.

 

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.” — Luke 4:18

We recognize this as a powerful verse, read by Jesus from Isaiah 61:1-2 at the synagogue in Nazareth as a bold and truthful statement of who He was and why He’d come. This was right at the beginning of His ministry and His proclamation was not a welcome one.

What I want to zone in on though is the word “blind.” In the Greek translation, the word is typhlos and means opaque, smokey, blind (physically or mentally).

I’ve always thought of it more as the physical blindness, especially in light of the blind men Jesus healed (John 9, Mark 8, Luke 18 - these use the same word). But this time the Holy Spirit wanted me to see more.

Even as I am writing this, I am struck by the fact that the very people listening to Jesus read this that day were probably some of the most “blind” people He encountered. They were truly mentally blind

Upon further investigation though, I discovered typhlos is related to the Greek word typhoo which means to inflate with self- conceit:— high-minded, be lifted up with pride, be proud.

And if we look back at this moment of history with Jesus standing among the men and rabbis in this synagogue, it is clearly pride that is keeping them blind. And I’d imagine fear as well—fear of losing their places of authority, which is so sad to think about, my friends, because they lost their true authority by rejecting Jesus.

Wow…even as I’m writing this, revelations keep coming. And I see our pre-believers in this same place. I for one am sure pride is part, if not most, of what keeps my husband from acknowledging Jesus.  

But this isn’t something we have to be discouraged about. I believe this is yet another insight the Holy Spirit is giving us to understand our pre-believers just a little better and to change our perspective too. We can pray for their spiritual and mental eyes to be healed, for pride to be rebuked in the name of Jesus and perhaps even ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the roots of fear in our spouses. What fear keeps them from seeing? Truly seeing…

What do you think, my friends? I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

And I love you like crazy!
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Chronicles of the Donovan Clan - Spring Update

Well my friends, I think it’s time finally, to give you an update on the Donovan Clan. 

If you have been a reader here for longer than a year, you will remember that my son and his family relocated from Las Vegas to California last January. They moved in with us and lived here for a little over a year. Well, except, if you remember my son and his wife separated in June. I was heartbroken and bereft over the pain in all of our lives. We all were. 

This was especially difficult as I am an advocate of marriage and to watch my son’s marriage crumble in my own home, well, it was beyond devastating. 

Time marches on. It was a difficult year. Elise was sick often. I was sick often. Now as I look back I see with clarity that the last six months of the year were steeped in spiritual warfare. I wanted to write so badly, as this book is about to explode out of me. Each time I thought I would sit down to write, bam, another illness put me on the couch for two weeks. And that would usually follow two weeks of care for a very a sick little baby. I was her primary caregiver last fall/winter as her father worked the night shift and slept during the day. That kind of care is all consuming. 

Sheesh! 

That is all I’m gonna say about that except that I’m SO glad it’s over. I’m writing now and so amazed at how Becoming Brave is coming along. Elise is well. I’m well. Jesus is awesome. 

With all this said, I want to share something for which I prayed, yet, somewhere didn’t think was likely to happen. Next week my son is heading to Las Vegas to move his wife back to California. 

A miracle indeed. 

Thank you Jesus. 

IMG_2613[1]My friends, I’m so thrilled. My granddaughter turned two on Tuesday. She is so fun and cute that she wrecks my heart each time she says, “Nana, please.” I’m just wrecked. 

I know there are many reasons that this prayer was answered. I’m glad I decided to forgive and not hold on to offense. 

My son now lives five minutes away. They come for Sunday dinner. We celebrated Elise’s birthday and were all at the beach. Life is good. This is what I was intending all along when this great adventure began over a year ago. 

I realize that there are many remaining issues but I am a praying mama. It is likely that I won’t write much about them and their lives in the future. I feel as though the Lord wants to work in their hearts and I must remain slightly at a distance. Thank you for praying for all of us. 

But it’s my glorious honor to share the answers to prayer and glorify our King. He listens to His children and He is good Father. He is always good. I love you, Lynn

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A Change in Perspective, Part Two

On Saturday I shared how the Holy Spirit has had me reading the book of John and revealed some insights into two of the stories there. These insights have had me on a new tangent to understanding what it means to have a change of perspective, specifically when Jesus brings a change to our perspective and how He does this. 

This time we’ll look at the story of the adulterous woman…

7200751_sBut Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people were coming to Him; and He sat down and began to teach them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?” They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court. Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.” — John 8:1-11 NASB

Oh, the wonder of reading between the lines. The story of the woman caught in adultery is short and yet the mystery that lies between the words is vast. I think one of the first questions I will ask Jesus in eternity is, "What did you write in the sand?”

Yet I suspect each person there saw in those words what they needed to most. Truth is truth when we are speaking of the Bible yet how each of us applies it is a different matter. And need. 

Jesus did not condemn this woman (Romans 8:1). He forgave her and set her free. He showed her a different perspective. His, instead of her accusers, which is probably all she knew. Again, He "lifted" her from this place as a sinner and showed her a new possibility, another choice. The veil parted and life entered in.

Did you notice that the older one left first? Did they recognize their own need and darkness? Had wisdom found a place in their years that allowed them to read the words in the dust and see their own hearts? They set into motion a turning away that would perhaps save them as well as the rest. 

Perhaps even on the path of restoration…

The woman stood among the crown. She neither spoke or was spoken to until the end. She watched, observing, shifting her perspective from her accusers—her condemners— to the one who will never condemn.

"Where are your accusers?" He asked. It's the obvious question spoken to point out the truth. No one can stand pure on their own ability. To accuse one is to accuse ourselves.

The truth lies in the spoken as well as the unspoken. They are the last two there and Jesus will not condemn her. Perhaps the final question is, "Will you condemn yourself?”

"No, Lord," she said.

He spoke what her aching heart still needed to hear. "Neither do I.”

As Paul says in Romans 8:1 there is no condemnation in Christ. Jesus said and showed it over and over again. And He still does.

 

Healing-is-Beach-walk-2Last week I said I had another testimony to share. This is from Stephen Scoggins, author of the Journey Principles, blog. It’s an amazing story of how a friend’s encouragement helped change his perspective in a critical moment. 

The Promise of Something Greater

 

 God is crazy about you, dear friends! Love you!

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Spirit of Self-hatred - Annihilated.... Hallelujah!

There are many reasons why Dineen and I serve in ministry. There are times when it’s tough as people are broken, sick, oppressed and lost. We, the mismatched are truly on the front lines in our own homes, warring for our families. 

Ministry can be tough but it’s for moments like Tiffany’s that I get up every morning. It’s for victories like this that I pray with relentless power and love over our SUM family. It’s for lives that are touched by the love of Jesus that I remain always thankful to serve in any way, the Kingdom of God. Dineen and I continue to pray for your breakthrough. Love and hugs, Lynn 

Tiffany: 

LYNN! I HAVE TO SHARE WITH YOU AND MY FELLOW SUMITES!! 

I received the email for this post in my inbox on Monday at 1:07am (Post Title: It’s Demonic In Nature). I am just now seeing the email and have JUST read your post. 

I have been struggling the past few years with self-condemnation and self-loathing. I mean bad, to the point where I would be constantly telling myself (sometimes even audibly) and describing to my husband that I HATED myself. That I absolutely hated myself. Not allowing freedom from things already forgiven! Not forgiving myself. Not giving Jesus full reign over my life. Quenching the Spirit, etc. I would constantly be crying out to God for help and opportunity yet blinding myself to His work in my life. 

Monday morning I woke up it was probably 5 am and instantly I got on the ground faced down, bowed before the Father. Now this is NOT something natural to me. There I was in the presence of my Creator. In those intimate moments, I just felt something so unique...I have felt God's grace and mercy and been overwhelmed by His love before but this, this was different. 

I have been delivered from all my insecurity and self-loathing, hatred and condemnation. 

I knew it was a miracle because like I said before this was totally unnatural of me. I had no idea until this moment that God is doing a mighty work in all of us and how amazing to see His deliverance for all of us. It's been almost 2.5 days since my encounter "on the road to Damascus" and I have never felt happier and at peace. 

It's like Jesus spoke over me, "It is FINISHED!" 

I have started putting on makeup again and doing my hair and taking time to pamper myself because I finally believe I am worth it...a child of the One True King! I hope I have done a decent job at explaining this because I feel I have no words to truly describe this miraculous work in me. 

How amazing that even in our online community where 2 or 3 are gathered in His name, mighty things happen...more than we can ask or imagine. 

Than you Tiffany for this testimony of God’s love in your life. My friends, press in to the love of our Lord for your miracle. Get on your face if you need to in complete obedience and allow the Lord of the Universe immerse you in His fathomless love. 

Pray in the comments. Let’s pray for one another. I want to post miracle after miracle here where the SUM Nation BELIEVES in a God who can do anything. 

I love you my family. I truly love you, Lynn

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A Change in Perspective, Part One

My friends, Abba Father has Lynn and I both working on books, separate books, but we are very much involved in helping each other. I can’t tell you how much I love that, to be able to support and help her and for her to support and help me. 

God impressed this book on me last year and I’ve been waiting for it to come into focus a little more. The title is Chosen, Transformed & Restored. And today I want to share a part of something that will be in the book because I believe it’s so relevant right now. 

As I shared in previous posts, the Holy Spirit has had me reading the book of John and revealed some insights into two of the stories there. These insights have had me on a new tangent to understanding what it means to have a change of perspective, specifically when Jesus brings a change to our perspective and how He does this. 

IStock_000011544315XSmallLet’s take a look at the story of the blind man…

Now there is in Jerusalem by the sheep gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew Bethesda, having five porticoes. In these lay a multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, and withered, [waiting for the moving of the waters; for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool and stirred up the water; whoever then first, after the stirring up of the water, stepped in was made well from whatever disease with which he was afflicted.] A man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had already been a long time in that condition, He *said to him, “Do you wish to get well?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus *said to him, “Get up, pick up your pallet and walk.” Immediately the man became well, and picked up his pallet and began to walk.

Now it was the Sabbath on that day. — John 5:2-9 NASB

The first thing that struck me in this passage is that Jesus asked the man, "Do you want to get well?" As I underlined this, the Holy Spirit drew my attention to the fact that the man had been ill for a long time.

Sometimes long term illnesses and conditions become places of false comfort or an unwelcome part of our identity (i.e. Jesus calls me healthy, I call myself sick). The man answers, "I can't." He’d already decided this is how it is, who he is, and the way it is. 

So Jesus first asks a key question to move the man out of this well-known and well-worn place of existence into the possibility of healing, freedom, something new. He pulls the man from his reality into the realm of possibilities, and as we know all things are possible through Jesus.

The second aspect the Holy Spirit drew into clarity is that the man perceived only one way to be healed—in the pool. Jesus, being who He is, could have very well used the pool to heal the man, but He doesn't. He brings healing to the man simply with words and a command. The man's expectation has once again been pushed to see another alternative.

And because Jesus has first posed a question to make the man question his long held expectations, He is able to open the blind man up to the impossible and consider it as possible. His spiritual eyes are opened first. Then and only then, could his perspective be changed.

How often do we deal with or walk into situations (both good and bad) with our minds already set upon what is possible and what is not? Then to have a question asked or an alternate idea proposed only to think and wonder how we had missed it. 

The truth of God's Word is that constant question, "What is truly possible with Jesus?" And it answers the same every time. All things (Phil. 4:13, Luke 1:37).

Starting last Thursday, we’ve been sharing on Facebook SUMite Gillian Russell Meisner’s amazing story about her journey to Texas in 2013 to attend the conference Lynn and I did there. I’m including the links to her three part testimony because it too shows what happens when Jesus comes and changes our perspective. What we once though impossible truly becomes possible.

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And next week I will have another story from my book to share and another link to a testimony I know will inspire you to reach beyond the limitations you perceive. 

My friends, ask Jesus to change your perspective in any place where you feel stuck. Then expect Him to answer that prayer. I just watched this happen last week with a friend. It was amazing. That’s a story I’ll save for the book.

Love you, my friends. So grateful for each of you.

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They Heard A Voice

This week something supernatural happened that made national news. I will say that I'm not surprised as I have expected that the world is going to see more and more of God's supernatural intervention in our world. What so great about this story is that four men corroborate the story.

A mother and baby were in a car that careened out of control and cashed upside down in a river. The mother was killed on impact and the baby survived for 15 hours strapped upside down in her car seat. That is a miracle in itself but what I'm interested in is what happened when the fire and police arrived to initiate the rescue. 

Rescuers Heard A Voice

Then, suddenly, they started hearing the distinct sound of a woman’s voice, calling to them to help.

We heard a voice saying 'help me, we're in here.' It was clear as day. We replied back 'hang in there, we're trying what we can.'

“We replied back ‘hang in there, we’re trying what we can.’ ”

The voice motivated them to push harder because they believed there may be someone inside who was still alive. With their adrenaline pumping they pulled the heavy, water-filled car onto its side and discovered the driver was dead.

The officers had no explanation for the mysterious voice that appeared to come from inside the car. Beddoes said he said he wouldn’t believe it really happened had not the other officers heard it, as well.

“I don’t know what I thought I heard,” he said. “I’m not a typically religious guy. It’s hard to explain — it was definitely something. Where and why it came from, I’m not sure.”

 

Listen to this video and share your thoughts in the comments. Hugs, Lynn

PS. You know I'm just seeing the title of this video and NO I don't think the voice is the mothers. Just sayin'.

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The Joy Set Before Him

30181917_sDear friends, last week I felt the Holy Spirit leading me to do a three day fast for my husband. Now fasting is not easy for me but something about this felt important...pivotal...timely. I've shared in the past how God led me to read the story of Jericho and told me four things: my husband was my Jericho, I was to march around him in prayer, the seventh year would be the most difficult, and at the end of seven years my husband would be spiritually healed.

That was fourteen years ago. I have no idea as to the delay for this word, but I have held fast to it, trusting God to do what He said. And last week, He led me to reread this story again. The very next day I read a message that was all about the story of Jericho. The author connected it to Purim and called for a three day fast to "march" into breakthroughs.

Once again the Holy Spirit connected the dots for me so I determined to fast. Prayed for the strength to do this, and waited. One phrase kept filling my mind the two days before I was to begin this fast...

The joy set before Him...

…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. — Hebrews 12:2 NASB 

As the phrase continued to run through my mind, the Holy Spirit whispered to my heart...the joy set before you...

It kept ringing in my spiritual ears, begging the question what joy was set before me? What did the Holy Spirit want me to understand? The meaning became clearer. That I could find strength to run the race, to fast for these three days as I focused on the joy set before me. The "vision" of my husband as a lover of God. Seeing him come to Christ in full faith, to walk with Jesus all the days of his life. 

The joy set before me...

As I fasted and made the sacrifice I saw the joy set before me—to see Mike saved. And it spurred me on.

My friends, in this revelation came yet another one that has undone me again. I continue to think and meditate upon it and I am overwhelmed once again by the love of Jesus for us.  

​Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end. — John 13:1 NLT

For in His time here on earth with His mission constantly before Him and the understanding of what was to come, He chose to come and bear the shame of the cross. 

No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.” — John 10:18 NLT

Why? For the joy set before Him. What was that joy? 

We are. We are the joy set before the Lord. Each and every one of us. Every single person who has, is and will walk on this planet is His joy. 

Our pre-believers are His joy. That cantankerous neighbor is His joy. Your children are His joy. You, my dear one, are. His. Joy. 

The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike! — John 4:36 NLT

It's that simple and that beautiful. 

My fasting did not save my pre-believer. Only Jesus can. But I do believe it played a part in God’s plan for my husband. And in this call of obedience, He gave me an understanding of His heart for all of us. As we pray and contend for those we love, we can set our eyes on the joy before us, knowing that as Jesus chose the cross and endured the pain and suffering, His eyes were set upon us.

Set upon our pre-believers. And remember His final words?

It is done.  

It is done. I believe Him, my friends. I believe. And I am totally undone. 

Love you so much!
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It's Demonic In Nature

In the past two weeks I keep hearing it. 

2 corIt whispers in the car, while in the shower, especially when I’m driving. It’s a voice that’s anything but tender, loving and kind. It’s the voice of darkness and lies. 

What is going on here? 

It’s been years since this menacing voice of condemnation has pestered me in such relentless fashion. I started to recognize what was happening after I spent an entire day squirming, blushing, paining from the ugly voice. I wonder if this happens to you? 

Let me explain. 

An old, old, embarrassing memory pops into your head and your mind rushes with embarrassment. Thirty minutes later, another memory. This time it’s a recollection of a personal and a specific situation where your actions/word hurt someone very deeply. It’s as if your mind relives the entire scenario with painful details. 

You shake your head and clear that memory and wonder, Where did that come from? Then not long after, another crappy memory of pain, where you were embarrassed, and you wish with everything within you that you could take it back. Do over. Die and be buried? (Okay, that last one is extreme, I know.) 

Anyone??? 

Is it just me? Unlikely. This is the work of a condemning spirit. It’s absolutely demonic in nature. Its purpose is to steal your mind and heart away from the progress you have made in your faith life. It’s only mission is to cause you to worship it. How can you worship a demonic spirit? By reliving painful and embarrassing memories and thus take your mind away from Jesus (idol). It wants to destroy your confidence and peace by causing you to relive sinful moments, (now get this) for which you have already been forgiven. 

Ugh!!!!

Okay, so why is this happening? Especially in the light of our recent Romans study where we learned there is NO condemnation in Christ Jesus. I can explain my circumstances and I hope that you can then see how sneaky this ugly snake can be, recognize it, and then depose it to the Abyss. 

I’ve been struggling for months to begin writing my next book. Most of you know this. Finally, and I MEAN, finally all the sickness, family drama and demands on my time ceased. (Can I just say: Nice try devil but …. FAIL). Since God has put barriers around me now to push forward, I have been actually writing well and putting words on the screen with amazing downloads from our Father. 

So the devil can’t stop me anymore by waging an outward assault, so this minion comes in and says I will start bringing up all these old memories that make her squirm and steal her thoughts, to distract her and keep her off task. 

Yep. That’s exactly what happened. Twice. 

The first time this nonsense went on all day because I didn’t catch on early enough. I fought off these painful memories nearly all day. Then once again a week later, same thing. 

However, this is where Papa’s girl finally realizes what is happening and I put an end to it, toot sweet (Is that a fitting phrase?) 

Immediately, I said something like this. And I said it out loud with conviction and full confidence in my Jesus to execute my words: In the name of Jesus, I command you, condemning spirit, to leave me and go directly into the abyss. You can never return and I will never allow you to stir up old sins for which I have been forgiven. I have confesses my part in my past and I have been fully forgiven by my Savior, Jesus. Those past sins are at the bottom of the sea. As far as the east if from the west and I stand fully justified and empowered through the authority, blood and love of Jesus. I declare you have no right to my mind. EVER! In Jesus name. Amen. 

Lord Jesus, thank you for showing me where the enemy comes to steal my life. Thank you for Your Holy Spirit that brings freedom to my mind. Thank you for your love. Thank you for the angels that are taking that enemy snake to the pit, never to return. Amen. Hallelujah. 

SUMite Nation: This week, let’s have no part of negative thinking, condemnation, revisiting of forgiven sins. Let ask the Holy Spirit to fill our minds with compassion, love and the purposes of Heaven. In Jesus name. Amen. 

I love you. Have a great week. I know many of you will have a breakthrough in this area this week because the enemy has been exposed. 

THANK YOU Jesus!!!

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Powerful SUMite Testimony of Faith

My friends, I want to share a precious testimony from one of our SUMites. She posted this on our 1Peter3Living Yahoo Group and when I read it, I knew right away it need to be shared. We never share anything from the 1Peter3Living group without permission first. So I emailed Becky and asked her if I could share her words here. Here is her reply:
 
Please do, I want it to encourage as many people as possible and I don't care if it has my name on it or not. I actually deleted my facebook account. The Lord has brought me to a place of full reliance on Him and I am so thankful for it and the faith He has given me. I'm thankful for everything He's doing and already done and I want to boast in Him and His good works. :) —Becky
 
Here is Becky's beautiful and inspiring testimony:
I just have to share what God is doing and has already done. The Lord has put on my heart lately the words "if only you knew" and it has made all the difference. He has given me the faith to see that He is on the other side of everything I'm going through, everything all of us are going through and His words to us are "if only you knew."
 
If only we knew that He has ALREADY answered our prayers and our future is a memory to Him, then we would not be afraid and trust Him with complete, reckless abandon. 
 
If only we knew how much joy we have on the other side, we would not become discouraged and we would keep our eyes on Him.
 
If only we knew the plans He has for us, we would seek Him every opportunity we have so that we would not stray from the path He has planned out for us.
 
He revealed this to me after a fun filled morning sledding with my children. My daughter was refusing to sled down the hill in our front yard and I thought to myself "if only I could get her to understand that it's safe and she would have fun." She finally decided to get on the sled and after about 15 more times up and down the hill, she was one happy little girl.
 
The Lord reminded me that my situation is similar except I didn't KNOW for a fact that my daughter would be safe or that she would have fun. Anything can happen and she could've hated it. But God KNOWS what is in our future because He has already seen it and He's asking us to trust Him and seek Him in every way, every day so that we will stay on the path He has for us.
 
He's also asking us to have enough faith to claim His promises. But that faith is honestly a gift. I woke up this morning with a new prayer that consisted of thanking God for already making my husband a brother in Christ and restoring our marriage and that was nothing I did, but everything God did. I pray that He would give all of us the faith we need to claim His future promises as His past and thank Him for what He has already done, from His view, not in our past.
 
It never really made sense to me before but I feel like the Lord lifted the veil about gave me new perspective about His purposes and plans. I pray that this has encouraged someone. I am claiming right now that my husband is already a brother in Christ, our marriage is restored, and everyone we know realizes and witnesses His power. God used all of this to bring my family members to Christ, including my children. And, as it says in His Word, our household was saved  (Acts 16:31).
 
In Christ,
Becky Walker   
 
They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household. — Acts 16:31
 
King Jesus, today, we, Your SUMites, stand in our belief and trust in You. And we claim the promise in Your Holy Word that says if we believe, our household is saved as well. We believe, we believe, we believe! We believe You have saved us and our household too. In Your Powerful and Saving name, Jesus, amen!
 
Walk forth boldly, SUMites, and TRUST YOUR GOD!
Love you!
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The Power We Have To Sanctify Our Spouse

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Matthew 18 19In the last week, through scripture, other books I’m reading, and email, I’ve been continually drawn to OUR power passage. 1 Corinthians 7:12-14. (See it below.)

I am coming into new revelation that this passage is even more powerful than we think. When combined with the passage from Matthew 18:19, which is also being hammered home in me, I’m in a place of powerful belief and prayer. 

So, I think I want to revisit this passage and re-inspire you with what the Lord tells us when we are in a mixed – mixed up *grin*- marriage. I know that we have a ton of new readers who perhaps haven’t found our writings on this passage. So while I’m busy working away on my next book, please let me share again from Winning Him Without Words: 

I’ve lived many seasons unequally yoked and only now am I reaping the rewards of the hard work of forgiveness. I am able to teach my children about Christ, to love my husband unconditionally, and to dwell daily in the presence of my Savior. But, because I have traveled through the difficult seasons where many of you are at right now, I have a heart for your pain and I understand the real struggles you face. I have lived where you are living, and I wasted too many years stuck on the path. More than anything, I don’t want one more woman wasting years imprisoned in a bad season. It is God’s desire for us to discover that marriage is fun, fulfilling, rewarding, and godly. 

Godly, you may wonder. How can a believer and an unbeliever have a godly marriage?

For the rest of you who are in mixed marriages—Christian married to non-Christian—we have no explicit command from the Master. So this is what you must do. If you are a man with a wife who is not a believer but who still wants to live with you, hold on to her. If you are a woman with a husband who is not a believer but he wants to live with you, hold on to him. The unbelieving husband shares to an extent in the holiness of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is likewise touched by the holiness of her husband. Otherwise, your children would be left out; as it is, they also are included in the spiritual purposes of God (1 Cor. 7:12-14, THE MESSAGE). 

Let this passage bring you comfort and security. You are a follower of Jesus and it’s by your faith he will bring about his good and perfect will in your home. Can I get an amen? AMEN! 

I was reading something recently from Smith Wigglesworth. This man astonishes me at his antics within the power and love of God. He paid a visit to a woman whose husband was an unbeliever and who had left her. Smith said the following to her: The situation is yours. The Word of God says that you have power to sanctify your husband. Dare to believe the Word of God. …. The situations is yours. Get down before God and claim him for the Lord. Get into the glory just as you have got in today, and the Spirit of God prays through you, you will find that God will grant all the desires of your heart. 

My friends, I don’t fully understand how our faith sanctifies our spouse, but I’m willing to learn. I’m willing to believe. 

PS. Wigglesworth saw the woman a month later. She told him how her husband had come home that night and she prayed through the night right through to victory then laid hands upon him. He cried out for mercy. The Lord saved him and baptized him in the Holy Spirit. The power of God is beyond all our conception….. 

Such a great story. Makes me smile to imagine my husband crying out for mercy… So let’s stand together today upon God’s promise of Matthew 18:19 and pray together for our spouses full, Holy Spirit, deliverance, salvation. In Jesus name. 

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Our “Right” as Children of God

IdentityBlockMy friends, another clue arrived in my inbox last Thursday morning, a simple verse from John 1. But my spirit stirred and I knew the Holy Spirit was showing where to read next, where the next treasure hunt would begin. 

I read the first five verses of the book of John several times, enamored by verse five:

The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. — John 1:5 NASB

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. — John 1:5 NLT

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. — John 1:5

Darkness (evil, the enemy) cannot overcome God's light (His presence), nor can it comprehend it. This is a foundational truth and the roots of our hope in Jesus. But the bigger treasure had yet to be found. The Holy Spirit nudged me on.

The first 18 verses of John 1 are like poetry. Abstract yet astonishing in their truth. I know I could never understand them without the help of the Holy Spirit to translate and reveal their meaning and hidden treasure. Much like the parables that Jesus spoke as He walked the earth, John 1:1-18 is the parable of Jesus—where He is, why He is, Who He is.

The connection of His identity is embedded in the Bible and in the Living Word of God. Jesus is the Word. My friends, this boggles my mind. As we read the Bible, we are reading Jesus. From Genesis to Revelations, He IS every word. 

And I think we know this in the sense that we understand the whole Bible was written to establish Who He is, why He came, when He would come, and that He will return. But I want to propose something a little deeper here.

We know the power of God's Word, and I know I most likely sound like a broken record yet again in saying that reading, studying and "consuming" the Bible is key to everything in this life and even the next.  

If we are to walk fully in our identity in Christ, we have to know Who He is in order to know who we are.

If we are to walk in the gifts of the Spirit, then we need to know how the Holy Spirit works in God's children by reading and "watching" how Jesus and His disciples did this. If we want to understand Abba Father and His will for His children, we must read the Bible to get a fuller and growing understanding of His character and His purposes for His children. 

Simply put, the Bible is living and breathing, because it is Jesus. John says so right in those first 18 verses.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. — John 1:14 ESV

Jesus is the Word and the Word is Jesus. And yet there is more...

We are given the Word as a most precious gift. To read, cherish and yes, to even seek its treasures. One more I'd like to present that the Holy Spirit finally led me to. I love how He does this with such subtlety and heart. He gives me just enough to get started and allows me to make the discovery as He assists in connecting the dots. He is wise in His methods as He knows this is how we keep the truths we unearth and place them like trophies on the shelves of our faith lives—precious reminders of our steps of faith into greater victories.

And here is His latest reward in this search.

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, — John 1:12 NASB

But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. — John 1:12 NLT 

In the Greek translation, the word "right" used here is exousia and means power to act, authority. This goes so much deeper, my friends, for my first thought of this verse before digging deeper was it’s simply a title. Yet this verse from John reveals it's more. This "title" also comes with power and authority. Just as Luke said.

​And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. — Luke 9:1-2 ESV

And He called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all the demons and to heal diseases. And He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to perform healing. — Luke 9:1-2 NASB

Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. — Luke 10:19 ESV 

Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you. — Luke 10:19 NLT

It would be easy to, I think, to wind up with heads full of this heady power, yet John is clear as he continues to give the fuller picture. That as Jesus became human (while still fully God) and came to live among us, He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness (John 1:14), and that as the law was given through Moses, God's unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus (John 1:17).

Jesus reveals the Father to us, and His power and authority are balanced by His love and faithfulness. 

They cannot be separated. Perhaps that is where we wind up stumbling and feeling ineffective, my friends. Power and authority without love is legalism. And love and faithfulness without the undergirding of this power and authority winds up self-powered, limited, then burned out (working in our own strength).

We talk a lot about God's love as I believe the Father's heart right now is for His children to know that we are loved beyond reason and understanding. But I sense a shift in His message coming that will help us embrace more fully not just who we are in Him but also what we are capable of being and doing with and through Him.

Study these verses, my friends, and ask the Holy Spirit to give you greater meaning and understanding of what the Father is empowering you to do as His precious child. I know the answers will inspire, bewilder, overwhelm and empower you, all in the best possible ways of His Son Jesus. Amen!

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What Gods Love Looks Like

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Taste and see psalm 34 8I have to share that the word “family” has taken on an entirely larger implication in my life this past week. So, to say that you are my family, please know that I’m overwhelmed with authentic love and hope for you. Let me explain. 

I’m working on a new writing project and praise Jesus, the downloads are now flowing. It’s been astonishing. I’ve waited nearly a year for this past week and the few weeks that are ahead to hear the voice of God and His heart for the assignment He’s given to me. And this week in particular, I’m writing about the love of God. 

The love of a Father. 

Well, I don’t know how in the world you can encapsulate the love of God into a single chapter. However, I’ve asked the Holy Spirit to write this out because God will figure it out for me and then, I can’t wait to read it myself!!!! *grin* Really! 

So as I’m trying to figure out what specific attributes to share and asking myself, How do I explain the love of God, the Lord decided that I need to experience His love through profound experiences all week. I am so full of the love of our Father today that when I arrived at church, I hugged everyone I could get my hands on. The Father’s love poured off of me onto people. I just couldn’t help it. And wouldn’t you know it; almost all of the worship were songs about the love of God. I just can hardly stand up under the relentless expressions of my Daddy’s love this day. 

Today I feel I am to share what I’m experiencing and learning. I pray you are wrecked by our Daddy’s love this week too. 

Last week as I prepared to write on this topic my prayer and conversation with God turned into cries to experience His love. I cried out, “Father, I want a baptism of love. I want to be overwhelmed by your love. I want to experience a love so grand, so profound that I see (things, people) as you see them.” 

Let me share some insights of my week. They are not in any particular order:

  • I’m no longer an orphan. I’m a daughter of the King.
  • I don’t need to strive for His love. I need only to rest and receive His love.
  • I am His happy thought.
  • I am His smile.
  • I’m the one He waits for in the morning when I wake because He’s missed me while I was sleeping.
  • His love is abundant living.
  • He has good gifts for His children. That means me…. and you!
  • He is fun.
  • He is hilarious.
  • He is protective.
  • Because of the love of God my finances look different. My health is different. My relationships are different. My perspective, hope, and future are different.
  • I’m released into my creative calling. I thrive living in what I was created to do since before time began.
  • I have a destiny.
  • My value, my identity, dignity and dreams are restored.
  • I am His treasure.
  • I hear His voice.
  • I know God will bless what I’m doing instead of asking God to bless what I’m doing.
  • I’m His favorite. (So are you.)
  • I have a family. 

Do you know what it means to others and unbelievers when I truly understand that I am loved by our Father?

  • People are safe with a daughter of God.
  • I view other sons and daughters as someone with whom I used to compete and now I see them as someone I can complete.
  • I look for the gold in people and their holy destiny thus I stop treating them based on their history.
  • I celebrate sons and daughters instead of tolerate them.
  • We are lovers, warriors and ambassadors.
  • We are moving from a church (organization) to a family. 

God is love. —1 John 4:16

God is good. —Psalm 136:1 

My friends, when we truly believe these scriptures guess what happens. We see God differently. When we see God differently we then see ourselves differently. When we see ourselves differently we then see others differently. 

My family, my dear adored family, I know that our Papa’s love can touch every deep fear in our heart and leave us forever change, healed and restored. We need only to cry out and ask to see ourselves as our Father sees us. 

Taste and see that the Lord is good. —Psalm 34:8  I’ve come to believe this is one of the most powerful scripture verses in the entire Bible. Oh what a different life we can live when we step out of unbelief and truly know that we know in our knower that God is love, God is good and God has good things for His kids. 

Thoughts? 

I pray that when you read this phrase today: I love you, that you somehow hear the Father whispering the words directly to your heart. 

And finally, imagine what our pre-believers might experience if we begin to see ourselves as God sees us. A Holy mind-blow!!!!!!!!!! 

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Thanks Lief Hetland. You inspired the many affirmations of this post.

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