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The Power Of Belief

Do you feel like there are many projects unfinished, wounds unhealed, personality traits unsanctified? Have you been feeling overwhelmed by seeming unsurmountable financial debts or obligations? Are you struggling with confusion; about your future, the plan God has for your life, in your relationships?

These kinds of feelings and issues can leave us tied up in knots and those knots can wind us up tight in negative thinking, which can lead us into anxiety and depression.

Last night I had a lucid dream (I was aware I was dreaming as I dreamed). I believe that the lucidity of my dream was given to me specifically to write this post and stir up your faith.

To be conscious in a dream is to be aware of our ability to change the outcome; to have power over the dream story.

Our dreams are significant because they reflect our lives in symbols.

In the dream I was holding a tangled ball of string. It wasn’t just one strand of string slightly tangled, it was many strings intertwined into a tangled mass and balled up.

I knew it was humanly impossible to untangle it, but in recognizing I was dreaming, I knew I could affect the outcome in any way I desired.

I pulled the ball in half, untangling the whole bunch in the process.

In this dream parable lies the answer to many of life’s problems: Activating our faith. Having the belief that God has given us power to change things.

When we realize that we are not powerless bystanders to our own lives and problems, but co-creators with Christ, we can begin untangling the messes in our lives. Each strand of our existence can be straightened out and sewn into the beautiful tapestry that is our life.

Christ died the death of a criminal, paying the price for our sins, delivering us from the curse of the law. He sent His Spirit to guide us and empower us to live victorious lives. We are more than conquerors through Him who loves us.

We are no longer victims but victors.

I don’t care how long a problem has been present or how hopeless the situation may seem, begin to believe that within you lies the power to see those issues and relationships heal and straighten out.

No lack. Believe the Word of God! He will supply all of our needs.

No fear. Believe the Word of God! Perfect love casts out fear and we are loved perfectly.

No confusion. Believe the Word of God! We have the mind of Christ.

No despair. Believe the Word of God! And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

No death. Believe the Word of God! For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Run With Patience

Sometimes we need a refresher course on the importance of God’s grace in keeping us from living a lower, common sense life.

It is God’s grace that lifts us up out of what we can comprehend with our own limited mindsets and understanding into the unseen realm, where by faith, we can walk confidently through the things we don’t understand.

It’s important that we learn to ‘run with patience’ – doing our daily duties, keeping our commitments and serving God, even when we are full of sorrow and uncertainty.

Anyone can sit and wait for the emotional and spiritual storm to pass, but when we run and exert ourselves, in spite of our pain, we are strengthened in The Lord and gain endurance.

God’s grace empowers us to live victorious lives in the midst of great uncertainties and seeming injustices.

Grace enables us to walk in the certainty that God is a good and just God, even when our prayers seem to be going unanswered.

I believe this, even though I don’t always see the evidence or feel victorious.

I don’t trust my eyes or my feelings. Bridging the distance between what is fact and what is truth in my life is only possible by grace, through faith.

I thank God for his grace. I thank him for the joy that He gives even in the midst of suffering. I thank Him for the courage that I have found through Him.

I do not fear pain like I once did, because I know him.

Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. Whisper the name of Jesus and remember. Remember His promise, that we are not alone. We are not orphans. He has sent the Spirit to guide and comfort us.

Do not be afraid to walk through doorways of pain on your path to healing and wholeness.

We are not subject to random coincidences.

God has a plan for our lives and will redeem our problems and pain when we put our trust in Him.

God Is For Us

It is an amazing discovery when we come to realize that God, the Creator of the whole universe, is concerned with our daily lives in a deeply personal way.

Satan will do his best to convince us otherwise through other people, our circumstances and by suggesting to our minds thoughts that are contrary to God’s word and character. We need to remind ourselves when we are struggling with doubt and discouragement that the devil is a liar and our flesh and feelings can’t always be trusted either.

We must stand on the Word of God and His promises.

Only then can we resist falling into the trap of fixing our eyes on what we see and what we can understand with our own limited human understanding and begin to rest in the assurance that all things are working together for good to those that love God.

God is still on the throne.

He is a God of order and His understanding is far beyond ours; nothing is just randomly happening to us.

Our steps are ordered by the Lord!

He has not left us alone but has given us the Holy Spirit to comfort and guide us through every day and night of our life in victory.

Victory is certain. The battle belongs to God. He goes before us and makes a level path for our feet. Our part is to trust and obey.

Meditate on this today. God is for us!

A Life Upgrade

I am upgrading your life.

You have been ordering off the dollar menu long enough.

You have been trying to purchase for yourself, out of your little, the things that you need for a full and victorious life.

Instead, offer your little to Me and receive in exchange all that I Am.

Through My death and resurrection I have purchased fullness of life for all who come to Me.

I care about your health; mentally, physically and spiritually and long to infuse each area of Your life with My healing and strength.

I have the provision you need to accomplish all that I have called you to do with excellence.

Your unbelief and fear are blocking the flow of My life to and through you. I need you to believe in and trust in My words to you completely. You have already seen what your unbelief and fear have purchased in your life. Now watch and see what manifests when you place your confidence fully in Me and My word.

Begin by bringing the worthless currency of worry, unbelief and fear to Me and exchanging them for an impartation of My Spirit’s anointing that will bring you into a level of gift faith greater than you have ever experienced.

Much of what you have believed to be faith in your life has been a counterfeit. I have been stripping you of this false faith that you have clung to; faith in your abilities to accomplish anything of value apart from Me.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.’
-John 15:5

-Aug 1,2014
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The Maze

I see a large maze from a top view. Lots of paths with dead ends, lots of doors leading to nowhere. There is a person fumbling along through the maze. They realize there is a definite destination, and that the destination is good, and that the only way to get there is to go through the maze; taking wrong turns, making u turns, opening pointless doors.

After seeing the person moving through the maze, going down corridors, opening and going into different doors for some time, I notice that they now have a blind fold on. They are still having to feel their way through, but are beginning to realize they are blindfolded and completely blind to where they are going.

Realizing this helps them. They pause to assess the situation. They realize the blindfold is to train their ability to be led by spiritual, instead of physical, eyes.

I see a lot less pointless searching. Less frustration. Less frantic looking. Less anxiety. A door is opened, stepped into even, but instead of plowing ahead there is a pause. There is no need to go further because of a knowing, apart from sight, or even touch, that the door leads to nowhere.

Back in the hallway the person grows silent and contemplative, slowly beginning to trust their ability, until eventually they are at a complete stand still. They stand waiting; listening.

Measured, but confident steps, are taken down the corridor, hands still feeling the surrounding walls until they stop confused by the wall mounting up from the floor directly in front of them.

Standing in front of the wall a recognition that the path is straight through the wall arises. Hands pressing, groping for a possible lever that might open a hidden door finally fall to their side, defeated.

Having grown more confident in the silences, they listen. With a deep breath they step forward, straight into the wall, straight through the wall-it parts to make a way before them.

Things begin to make sense; the maze,the doors that lead to nowhere; the dead ends; the blindfold; they are all for training.

I still see the person in the maze from above, but I shift perspectives and see the blindfolded persons’s point of view:

They are being led by a Light. No walls, doors or corridors exist for them.

There is only darkness and Light.

They are learning to follow The Light.

Pay Attention To Your Instincts

To fight the good fight of faith you must be able to recognize the enemy. You have to know when things are normal and when they are wrong. Pay attention to your instincts!

We struggle against spiritual enemies in high places and in our own hearts and minds. Stand against the demonic powers that attack your mind, will and emotions. Guard your life and heart against people and situations that the enemy may be using to attack you.

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Although it may not always be possible or advisable to leave every relationship that is being used to hurt you, it is always possible to cover yourself in the blood of Christ and be led to victory in every situation and relationship by walking in obedience and being led by the Spirit of God.

We do not have to live defeated!

Pick up your weapons and fight the good fight of faith.

The victory has already been won.

Is Your Advice Harmful or Helpful?

‘Mourn with those who mourn’ should be applied to when someone is sharing their burdens and prayer requests with you. Its happy, faith filled Christians, myself included, that are most likely to offend in this situation. Love sometimes is best shown through just listening with empathy. Every time someone comes to us with a prayer need we don’t have to give our opinion or unsolicited advise. For starters, unless we are speaking the very words of God in and for that situation we may just be puffed up with pride believing we have all the answers. When someone is trusting us enough to share their heart and struggles with us its important that we show them respect enough to listen in humility and not jump on their position of vulnerability as a captive audience to spout off cliche Christian statements and affirmations or to preach about what they could be doing differently (that we often believe we are already doing better; after all we don’t have the problem they are sharing with us!)

It’s not always pride that motivates this annoying habit; genuine concern, coupled with enthusiasm for the things of God can cause us to blurt out whatever first pops in our head if we are not walking in godly wisdom.

This is not to say God’s Spirit will not nudge us to give a word of knowledge or even correction, but lets begin to take a moment to listen to people’s hearts and bear each others burdens when they are entrusted to us and not immediately jump to the conclusion that a prayer request is automatically an opportunity to council. Pause for a moment before plowing ahead with words and wait for discernment. Then, if the Spirit has a timely word for the person, speak it. Otherwise, remain silent and pray as was requested.

‘After they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned…strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”’

-Acts 14:21-22

‘Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Jesus Christ,” said Paul to Timothy in 2 Tim. 2:3.

I believe it is a fallacy that every bit of suffering and setback is due to something we are lacking spiritually speaking. God’s ways are often unfathomable. Lets encourage each other in The Lord. Instruction and rebuke have their place in the body of Christ but I am not so sure that their place is always to be in the moment when someone is hurting or lacking and shares a prayer need. Let’s be compassionate. If we must speak, perhaps a timely word about a situation where we have also been hurting or in need and how God carried us through would be most appropriate and helpful.

-Emily R Lewis, July 4th 2014