It has now been seven years since I started this blog. How quickly time goes by! We are many members but we are one in the body of Christ. Therefore you do not journey alone! Hopefully through this site you will be encouraged by the fact that many things you are going through in your own walk, others are going through (or have gone through) as well. Sometimes we think we are "going through things alone." But we are not. God said that "He would Never Leave Nor Forsake Us." (Hebrews 13:5) and that "There is Nothing New Under The Sun." (Ecclesiastes 1:9). No man is an island. It's easy to forget that. May the words in this blog help you to think, encourage you in whatever spiritual state you are in and may the Lord use them to help us to grow in Him! He is the Author and Finisher of our faith!

I don’t want any readers to think that I am “promoting” being a prodigal. I definitely am not. But what I am hoping to do – is to encourage those of us who either have had or are currently experiencing a hard time in our walk to be honest about it. Personal conviction is a powerful thing, especially if you truly love the Lord. I think that sometimes the Body of Christ critiques and judges to the point where the person who is at the other end of that pointing finger feels ostracized, alienated and alone. I don't think that that is what Jesus intended. When I read through my Bible - I see a firm yet gentle restoration that Jesus ministered to those around Him. Look at John 21:15-19. When Peter who was at an all time low point in his walk - he was firmly, yet lovingly restored by Jesus. He didn't tear him down, or yell or make him feel any worse then he already did. He spoke to him lovingly and gently - and in doing so, Peter was able to repent and minister in a much more powerful, humble and confident way and it became one of the largest ministries ever.

Please note that I am only a vessel, my calling - to write. I dedicate this blog to the Lord and ask that He use it to reach out and touch whoever needs a special, loving, personal touch from Him. My hope is that the Holy Spirit allows you to see Him through the words (and not me). We go through things so that we can extend our right hand of fellowship behind us to assist and help someone else. Our Bible is the same today, as it was yesterday as it will be tomorrow. (I am far from perfect and do not profess to have all the answers...) but the good news is - Our Heavenly Father does! His love, forgiveness, grace and mercy is real!Nothing you are experiencing in your walk comes as a surprise to Him! May He be glorified through this blog and may God bless you at whatever stage in your walk you are in!~

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October 23, 2014

Unloose Those Shackles! Be Free!

God promises to set you free from bondage isn't time you allowed Him to remove your shackles?
Rise above it.  Whatever the situation – take courage and rise above it!  Sometimes we can get so caught up and trapped in situations that we had no business stepping into, but what the devil has meant for evil God can use for good!
If you are a prodigal and you are stuck in the mire of a situation and feeling like you will never be free – that is a lie of the devil to keep you from being and doing ALL that the Father has for you to do.  Sometimes if you aren’t strong enough to close the door yourself – God will close the door for you.  He has a higher calling for you, of that you can be sure because the devil never bothers those who are complacent.  He’s not concerned with them because they will always be fence sitters, they are lukewarm and they are not a threat!
If you are on your journey back home and all you see is the filth you’ve accumulated during your prodigal time and it is slowing down your walk back home to the Father, the Word of God says:
 “Though your sins are scarlet I shall make them white as snow.” (Isaiah 1:18)
Instead of allowing yourself to wallow in the scum at the bottom of the barrel, allow yourself to float with the cream at the top!  That is where God meant you to be and the blessings He has in store for you are so much more than what you could possibly imagine.  Stop beating yourself up! Stop settling for less than what God has for you! Yes, a lot of the circumstances we get tangled in are made up of our own bad choices and of our own doing, but they are not ones that God intended you to encounter.  That being said, nothing comes as a surprise to Him, if He can make diamonds out of coal surely He can sure turn your situation around for His glory.
Listen prodigal, look at your situation! Is it one you are hiding so that no one else can see? Something you delete off your Facebook for example? Is it one you cannot openly declare? Is it one that causes you pain or sorrow?  Is it one that is emotionally unhealthy? One filled with emotional blackmail?  Is it an addiction?  Addictions come in various packages – sometimes you can be addicted to a person!  Sometimes you can be addicted to a lifestyle – don’t just think of the typical addictions (that are just as serious) like smoking, drugs, sex or alcohol.  Sometimes the traps of the devil come in the prettiest of wrappings.  It makes sense if you think about it, the devil uses things that are appealing or tempting, you’d never be attracted to something that was not.  Think about it.  Is it a situation that is off-balanced?  Is it one that causes you to be in solitude, separate from everyone else? Or makes you feel bad about yourself?  These are all signs that this is not God’s best for you.  God wants you to walk in the FULLNESS of life.  The Bible says:
 “I have come that you may have life and have it ABUNDANTLY.” (John 10:10)
Here is the thing: It is your choice.  You can choose God’s best or you can choose less.  The price to pay for less is your peace, your joy and the heart knowledge that you are not walking in the fullness God intended you to have.  Your life is mediocre and humdrum and stale and you feel as though you simply exist from day to day.  You have a sense that there is more to life than this but you won’t do anything about finding the “more” because you just don’t believe you can achieve it or deserve it.  God has given you free will and the choice you make is the life you’ll live, stagnant.
A person can be trapped in that line of thought and lifestyle for years, or for their entire life.  How sad is that?  It is when we listen to that niggling thought, like a pesky fly buzzing around our head that we decide to DO something about it.  I call it the “No-more – Jello-Pudding-for-me, Ma!” moment when we have had enough and we get up out of our chair, push the chair into the table and walk away.  Walk away from mediocrity, walk away from being treated in manner that is less than you deserve.  Walk away from the addiction.  Walk away from someone who refuses to put you first! Walk away from the lies and petty promises!  Walk away from the highs and the lows!
When you are willing to make a choice for better, knowing that there is nothing better than God’s good and perfect will for you, your life will change.  How will you know what that is?  By the fruit of the Spirit:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23)
When you have reached that point of walking away from the merry go round (God did not mean you to be on a life ride that just goes around and around in a continuous unending journey of circles), you will be ready for the next chapter of your life – don’t be fearful, be excited!  Are you hurting? In time God will heal the pain and it will be nothing more than a scar and a story to share, a story which the devil may have intended to use for his glory and to destroy your life to a story of victory that God has used to minister to others and glorified His name.  If the devil had “really” been smart he would have left you alone in the first place because there is nothing more powerful than someone who realizes that it is nothing BUT the blood of Jesus, God’s grace, His mercy, His love and His forgiveness that keeps them going.  Someone who has become humble enough through their prodigal time to share with others that, yes I missed the mark (big time!) and travelled a path God did not intend me to travel, but in doing so I have learned that there is NO one worthy, NO one righteous and perhaps before I may have thought that I was... Heaven cannot be “earned.” It is only by the precious blood of our Savior that enables us to be able to come boldly before the throne of God. I have learned compassion, I have learned humbleness and I have learned that unless you have walked in the shoes of someone else, you have NO idea what they have been through.  You have no right to judge.  Instead of focusing on what someone else has done or is experiencing or has experienced perhaps you need to take a good long look at your own self and the things YOU need to change?  The Bible says:
"You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye." (Matthew 7:5)
and Jesus also said:
"When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw the stone." (John 8:7)
Careful observer, that is a dangerous place to be. People look on the outside, God looks at the heart.  What is your heart telling you prodigal?  Listen to it.  You’ll be glad you did.

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