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Give Up Trying to Make Yourself Happy

You are not powerless. By an act of your will refuse to view yourself and your circumstances as devoid of hope. God is still on the throne.

We aren’t called to be groveling beggars always on the outside looking in on the life we only wish we had.

There is no use waiting for this or that to manifest as if your life will finally be worth celebrating at some later date of dream fulfillment. We have one life and it must be lived passionately and intentionally moment by moment if we are ever going to experience it as God intended.

Whether sitting beside a dying loved one or walking down the isle to marry your long awaited promise, whether in debt up to your eyeballs or jet setting the world on a grand sightseeing adventure, the deepest longings of your heart are for God.

God is.

Whatever your character is now, whether a person that delights to do the will of God or a person that resists Him at every turn, isn’t going to shift just because what you are waiting for God to do in your life comes to pass.

Let God mold your character to fit the vision He has for your life. He knows what He’s doing. Cooperate. Don’t allow your longings to steal the purpose of the day called today.

If you are still focused on what God can do for you and not on God Himself and what He wants to do in and through you, it’s time for a shift. The word says in Mark 8:24,

‘If anyone intends to come after Me, let him deny himself [forget, ignore, disown, and lose sight of himself and his own interests]’

Messages on financial prosperity and prophetic words on dream fulfillment and the Big plans God has for our lives are wonderful and have their place, but until we learn that we are not our own, were bought with a price and that our comfort, needs and desires should not be on the throne of our hearts dictating how we are experiencing God’s love, goodness and beauty, we will never possess true abundance.

Give up trying to make yourself happy. Get yourself off of your mind. Mindfully look for ways to bless others and be a blessing. Good intentions, planned to be acted on when your ship comes in are nothing but illusions of obedience. If you believe yourself poor and pitiful with nothing to give and lamenting all those that aren’t giving to help you, you’re likely to stay stuck right where you are indefinitely.

God’s Word is chucked full of maps on how to have fullness of joy. Read it. Don’t imagine you would be satisfied if others would do what it says. Get real with yourself. You’re the only one that can stand in Gods way of helping Himself to your life.

‘But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.’
-James 1:23-25

Headed to the post office now to send a few more signed copies of my new book ‘Blooming Where You’re Planted: 52 Prophetic Words for Being Fruitful In and Out of Season,’ to individuals that have purchased them through my online store.

The box of books pictures here are those that have been donated by generous supporters like you! 😀👏🏻🙏 I am taking them to a women’s work release program for female prisoners and sending a portion of them to a homeless shelter in Arizona where a single mother with three children that follows this ministry is currently residing. She reached out to me last week and asked if there was a book fund she could apply to for herself and other ladies there. I was glad to tell her there was!!!

Your support is making the difference in the lives of others❣

If you would like to sow hope, life and encouragement into the lives of female prisoners and women struggling in homelessness by purchasing a book or several books for donation please follow the link below for instructions.

You can also purchase a book for yourself on Amazon or if you would like a signed copy sent directly from me to you go to my website and order there.

www.emilyroselewis.org/store

Believe

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If I laid out all of the dates and times, all of the specifics of how I intended to answer each of your prayers and fulfill your hearts desires, would you have any need for faith? If you trust in Me, you will enter My rest. Take My hand and walk by faith, not by sight. Walk in My Spirit and the constraints of time will lose their power to tie you in knots as you anticipate how I am working all things for your good and My glory through the passing of time.
 
Step into the abundance of the NOW fulfillment. If what you are believing for is My will for your life it has already been accomplished. If you are grabbing and agonizing over one of the promises I have left for you in My written Word, stop. I am. I am the same yesterday, today and forever. By faith receive from Me all that I am and all that I have promised you. Accept My Words as truth and free yourself from the bondage of unbelief.
 
Take the limitations off of Me by relinquishing control. Do not bind My hands with your specific demands on how you believe I am to work in your life. Release your ideas of what is best for you. Your mind is finite and your view incredibly limited. You do not always know what is the best path and your limitations often block you from receiving the benefit of My hand of protection keeping you from the snares you steadfastly believe are your withheld blessing.
 
I have given My Word, ‘No good thing will I withhold from those whose walk is upright.’
 
Believe.

Blooming Where You’re Planted

I need your help getting copies of this book of prophetic inspiration into the hands of women that are in circumstances that may seem like God has abandoned them to bring them into intimate contact with the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Love, the God of all-comfort.

With your help, lives will be changed, hope will grow and women in incredibly difficult circumstance will be encouraged to Bloom Where Their Planted!

Straight from the heart of God, ‘Blooming Where You’re Planted: 52 Prophetic Words for Being Fruitful In and Out of Season’ will feed your soul and speak directly into relvant life circumstances to bring a wealth of help, comfort, wisdom, peace and strength.

Purchase one for yourself and make the difference in the life of incarcerated and homeless women by your donation of an additional book(s) through Emily-Rose Lewis Ministries.

Today I am having fun signing and packaging these books to send to those that have already purchased their copy while praying the Lord make a way for me to distribute countless more through prison and homeless outreach. I need your help!

The child in me just loves stickers. 😉 Especially puffy ones.

www.emilyroselewis.org/store/ for info on purchase or donation

Codependency Is Not Ministry

Don’t join people in their captivity in the hopes of setting them free. It won’t work!

God does not take pleasure in His children putting their righteousness, peace and joy in jeopardy in a misguided effort to help someone else.

In relationships, especially with people that do not serve God, boundaries need to be established and the secret place where we are called to abide with the Lord should be guarded with all diligence.

Don’t confide in or take counsel from the ungodly if you are not looking to invite confusion. Don’t walk hand in hand with sinners if your not trying to be led astray.

We are called to be in the world and not of it. We will have people God calls us to be in relationship with for His purposes that are not like minded. Use wisdom and discretion. There are many warnings in scripture about being unequally yoked to nonbelievers. We are not to be partners with them. It’s not being judgmental. It is protecting what has been deposited in us.

Be willing to let go of anyone God is removing or that you know is keeping you from moving forward in Him. And to those that He has ordained for this season, keep your perspective, God’s perspective. Jesus was a friend of sinners but He didn’t trust Himself to them and He kept the perspective of Doctor-patient.

If your looking to an unsaved person or a person who is in rebellion to meet your emotional or intimacy needs, you are opening yourself up to be influenced, used or manipulated for evil and it is a sign post that needs to be evaluated for your own spiritual health.

Codependency is not ministry.

‘Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.

That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither-whatever they do prospers.’
-Psalm 1:1-3

Now is the Day of Salvation

No more waiting for the fulfillment of that which was promised to you. Today is the day of your salvation. What the enemy has toiled and maneuvered and manipulated to thwart in your life is not being held back by My hand. Reach out with your arms of faith and take hold of that which is already yours. Not tomorrow, not a week from now, but today. This very day what has been stored up for you is being poured out in abundance over your life. The scales from your eyes are falling off. Your preconceived ideas as to how I would answer the deepest cries of your heart are being removed so that you can perceive My goodness that is already in your midst.

Don’t look back. Yesterday is gone. The pain of yesterday is over. Feel it no more. Root out any false belief that you owe those things that are now dead your mourning. You owe nothing to anyone except a continued debt of love. Love on. Live on. Move on.

Love endures all things, this is your day to believe that the death you have endured, was to build your faith to believe, that what I have put in your lap is the beginning of the fulfillment of My promises to you.

I am proud of you and pleased with you. You have learned to follow the signs that I have placed along your path and My Spirit that I have placed within your hearts with less hesitation. The thoughts that contradict what I have shown you don’t hold the power to create fear in you as they once did. Now you are able to walk by faith! Open your eyes of faith wide and take in the scene before you. Do you see what I see? The possibilities unfolding before you, the path straightening beneath your feet, your provision in full view of those beautiful eyes of faith that you now see by, unimpeded by the fear of death?

Feel the bubbling brook of joy and the waves of peace. These are the indicators that what you are believing for you’re are receiving. Follow joy. Follow peace. Let the dead bury their own dead. No more mourning for those things that were brought into your life only to prepare you for this day. Again I say, NOW is the day of salvation. Do not pray, ‘Come quickly Lord.’ I am here with you already. Pray, “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done’ and open your eyes and see the truth of My Kingdom and My will being made manifest in your life.

Your Life is a Grand Adventure!

Trust Me and do not be afraid. Trust in the ability I have given to you to be led by My Spirit. Do not allow doubt and unbelief to cause you to second guess yourself after you have made a decision by My guidance.

The enemy wants to tie your emotions up in knots; to riddle you with anxiety by causing you to worry that I am not the one leading you, and that the steps you are taking will lead you into failure and defeat. These are lies sent to infiltrate your mind and draw your thoughts away from Me and My plan; from peace.

The moment you feel yourself sinking and second guessing yourself, draw away into the secret place of solitude with Me. Even if you only have moments or minutes, focus your eyes on the cross and listen as I bring My Word up from your spirit into your mind. Take those words and meditate on them until they calm the waves of worry that threaten My rightful place in your heart.

Do you need conformation that the decision you have made is by My guidance? Ask Me and I will graciously give to you all that you need to walk forward in confidence. I take no delight in seeing My children confused and taking steps of obedience in fearful reluctance because they desire to please and follow Me but are afraid of falling into a trap. My Word is a light to your feet and a lamp for your path. You are not walking in darkness anymore. Step out in faith knowing that I will honor your genuine, heartfelt desire to please me, regardless of the possibility that you will take a misstep. Your wobbly steps of obedience can not mess up the good plan I have for your life.

As you move forward, letting go of what lies behind and pressing towards the good things that are ahead, your sight will improve. With each step of faith that you take, the path before you will appear brighter, for you will gain confidence in Me as you see Me cause all things to work together for your good. There are many things that will remain obscured from your view until the appointed time. I won’t reveal them to you until you are ready.

Seek My face and not just My hand.

Do you need a sign? Ask for one. And then put aside all preconceived ideas of what I plan to do, how I plan to do it, and who I plan to do it through and watch. Wait for me to confirm the steps you are to take. As you lay aside all of your preferences, My hand will move to reveal My ways. Keep in mind that My ways are above your ways. I will show you which way you are to go, but I will not always show you more than a few steps ahead on your path. If I did this, the command for you to walk by faith would not be necessary. As it is, you must walk by faith, that at the next turn I will be there too, showing you the next step; teaching you which choice is right for you on that next leg of our journey.

Your life is a grand adventure! Do not let the threats of danger cause you to recoil from the challenge to plow ahead. I have provided all that you need to live a victorious life in Me.

The provision and relationships that you need will meet you along the way. There is no need to horde today’s provision for fear of tomorrow. Give freely as I lead, without fear of lack.

Let go of those people and situations that are no longer producing life. Allow me to cut away those things that are dead. Do not cling to the corpses of the past. Release your past and past relationships into My loving hands. I will either bring those dead things back to life and restore them to you along the way, as I see fit, or I will bring you into new life in another way.

You must let go of what is dead. I am the God of the living.

Have no opinion as to how I am going to meet your needs. Know only that l, beyond a shadow of a doubt, am meeting all of your needs according to My riches and glory. Taste and see that I am good.

Doors Will Be Opened

Run towards the goals and visions that I have placed in your heart with unflinching faith. I am only placing a bridge under your feet for the next couple of steps in front of you. Do not wait for the waters to dry up, the mountains to be moved, or for an opening in the wall that rises up to block your progress.

Move confidently and joyfully forward and trust that when you reach the waters, they will dry up or part; when you come to a mountain, it will be cast into the sea or I will give you wings to soar above its heights; the walls that seem to be barriers to your progress will crumble with your shouts of praise, or a door will appear at the exact moment you are about to be stopped by the blockade.

Sing and praise; use the words of your mouth and the meditation of your heart to co-create with Me all of the good things I have in mind to do in and through you. Allow the obstacles and challenges that you encounter to purify your heart and draw you closer to me. Seek first My kingdom and My righteousness and All of these things will be added to you as well. With every bit of increase, sow the first fruits into My Kingdom and watch in amazement as I multiply back to you what your seed, watered by faith in My word, will bring forth in your life.

Give and it will be given.

Bless those that come against you and do not curse them. Trust in my ability to bring justice into your life. Do not expect people to pay you back. I am the keeper of all of your accounts and as you release your enemies in love, I will be released to settle their accounts against you, in My way and in My time. Be on the lookout for how I will be restoring to you what has been stolen in this last season. Remain faithful to me, even when you are surrounded by those that are unfaithful.

Give yourself fully to the work of My Kingdom. Know that even in the areas of your life that are ‘unspiritual’ I am there and want to use you as a container for My glory in the earth. I have placed you in dark places to be a light; a beacon of hope to a lost and dying world. Let My hope fill you as you look to me to meet all of your needs. Come to me for refreshing. Rest with me and be still. Be still and know that I am God. I am the One that meets all of your needs.

Do not neglect to ask Me, even about the small and simple things in your life. Ask Me for wisdom and insight into your dealings and open your eyes to the varied ways I will be speaking to you the things that you need to hear to be clear as to the direction I am leading you.

One step at a time.

One day at a time.

March forward with unflinching faith.

Mountains will crumble.

Waters will part.

Doors will be opened.