Sunday, October 1, 2017

OBEY THE PROMISES, TOO

Lawyers are an interesting group of people.  And by interesting, I mean they have an interesting way of viewing requirements, rules, laws and edicts.  

Typically, (most if not all) lawyers view laws as challenges.  They read a rule and immediately begin to contemplate ways to circumvent the rule without really breaking the rule.  I am a lawyer, therefore I feel uniquely qualified to make this sweeping statement. (smile)

I used to try this approach when confronted with God’s laws.  Sometimes if I thought the rule was a bit too hard to follow, I would begin to justify a softer approach.

Every time I did this, however, my disobedience caused serious problems.  When any of God’s children disobey Him, we cause the Spirit of God that lives within us to shrink in power.  When we lose our Holy Ghost Power, we no longer have access to the 7 gifts of the Spirit: (1) discernment; (2) capacity to perform even when the body is tired, sick and resistant; (3), judgement - craving & pursuing only the things that are good for us; (4) reception - an ability to hear the voice of Truth and respond accordingly (5) ability to love even when hurt, angry, abused; (6) telepathy - an ability to communicate spirit to spirit; and (7) intuition - abillity to hear God's still small internal voice and to respond accordingly. Without access to the Spirit it is more difficult to successfully navigate through Life on this side.

Jeremiah 42:6
Whether we like it or not, we will obey the LORD our God to whom we are sending you with our plea. For if we obey him, everything will turn out well for us.”

This week, as I journaled, I learned about another aspect of obedience.  As children of God, we are not only admonished to obey God’s commandments, but we must also be obedient to God’s promises!

This means that when God promises to deliver you from a bad situation, you must likewise be obedient to the promise by responding to the promise in faith.  You should not laugh at the promise because it seems so outlandish. You must not take matters into your own hands to bring the promise to fruition. You must not wallow in depression as you wait for the promise to be fulfilled.  Instead, you must rejoice in the promise of God and whistle as you prepare for the promise to occur.

Obedience to God requires that you not only follow the law as written but to also believe (and act like you believe in real time) ALL the promises of God.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

ENCOURAGE YOURSELF

This week, I felt like I faltered a bit in my faith.  Despite all that God has done for me, I felt overcome with anxiety and fear.   These feelings worked like an ancient dark elixir sapping my joy and my vitality.  I felt so agitated that a few times while I worked, I had to actually get up from my desk and actively encourage myself.  Picture me walking around my home office in a Hello Kitty kimono reciting the following Principles aloud.

Principles:
  1. To know God is to love God.  
  2. And to love God is to trust God.  
  3. And to trust God is to rely on God.  
  4. And to rely on God is to live without anxiety or fear.  
  5. And a life without fear or anxiety is a happy life.


Reciting these Principles helped me to calm down so that I was in a position to quietly reflect on why I was so anxious.  

6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4: 6-7

It turned out that I was anxious because I was fearful that God had not heard my most recent Prayer for assistance.  For 5 years, I have prayed for help to for a specific issue.  Yet, God had not moved.  In my mind, I was running out of time. 

When I finally got quiet and began to reflect on God and how He has moved in my life, I began to relax because I began to see a pattern. 

8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.  Philippians 4: 6-7

In the past, whenever I have asked God for seemingly impossible things, He has moved in a very particular way.  In my experience, God uses every situation, good and bad, to improve my character, endurance, ability to love and knowledge of Him.  In other words, every situation I face is used by God for the purpose of making me more like Christ Jesus, the ultimate example of a spirit filled man.

No matter what I place on my Prayer List, I must remember that God is more interested in the journey to obtain the goal than about the actual goal itself.  Yes, God will answer prayer.  But, the process will not always be pretty or pleasant.  The lesson that I get from this journey of Life is that If you trust God and His way, you will not only reach your goal but you will become a better person in the process.

This means that if I pray asking God to heal my leg that was broken in 3 places so that I could not only walk without a limp but I would be able to dance in heels, God will do it.  And in the process God will take me on a journey to learn discernment, patience, forgiveness, joy and eventually healing.

If I pray asking to be approved for a home equity loan despite student loan debt, I will eventually get the loan, but the process may take 2 years during which time, I learn how to streamline my business, improve my credit score and save for my retirement.

God is a healer and a “way maker.”  But, his methods are not for the timid.  Instead, God’s methodologies will yank you out of your comfort zone; and stretch your resolve, your love ethic, your faith and your courage. 

I encourage you to follow God’s precepts come what may because when the dust settles, you will be a stronger, better YOU!


It is a promise, darling.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Relax, It's Magic!



I believe in magic.  I believe that a spark exists in all of us that when cultivated can spur us on to do great, noble, wonderful things despite hurdles, counter forces and popular opinion.  The magic I speak of is not Disney branded magic, it is not ushered in by a clicking of “ruby slippers”.  This magic does not emanate from a “Fellowship of the Ring” nor is it properly described as “the Force.”  Though my name is not Harry Potter, I see/feel/wield magic all around me.  

There is magic in Christianity.  There is good and evil.  There is sorcery, miraculous healing, battles to the death.  There is intrigue and resurrection and super natural power that takes the form of the most unlikely characters.

Each of us are lead characters in our own saga.  We like all super heroes/heroines are given supernatural gifts at birth from an all Powerful Force.  We like all supers must cultivate these gifts through study, training, and mentorships with other great warriors.  After our training we are set up to face a series of tests that grow in difficulty.  Sometimes we get wounded so badly that we have to retreat.  Other times we barely defeat the Evil One - appearing so bruised at the final battle scene that we can hardly stand.

What I know is that no matter the test, my God has already ensured that I will win- meaning I will learn what I need to learn to move up a little higher in my development.  My only job is to train diligently, try my best, remain obedient to the Principals of God, and discipline myself to spend daily quiet time with God to be refreshed, renewed and ready to meet the next challenge.

We don’t have to look to Hollywood for our next adventure.  We are the heroine/hero of this Epic Life Story and we have all we need to triumph!  

Ephesians 6:10-18

10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

A New Reality

Reality TV theatrics are being adopted by the general population at an alarming rate.  The pattern is simple: A feels slighted because of something B said or did; A seeks advice from C; B seeks advice from D;  Soon thereafter A and B encounter each other and the "hair puling" ensues.  

But, what would have happened if after feeling slighted, A and B went (separately) to a neutral omnipresent G for advice before taking any action?  What if after receiving guidance, A and B followed the advice of G to resolve the conflict instead of taking matters into their own hands? 

Since we are finite beings we can never fully understand the complexities of our neighbors, friends, colleagues, family members, enemies.  Truth is relative and has many sides.  Therefore it is best to seek advice from an omnipotent being who knows all the angles instead of a mere mortal.  

The God that I serve is so accessible that I can actually converse with him like I converse with a good girl friend.  I can share my fears, my disappointments and my hurts with my God.  I can seek forgiveness for my missed opportunities.  I can ask for help to fix a complicated situation.  I can seek specific guidance on issues as mundane as where to get my lashes done.  I can also seek guidance on life altering issues like: whether to quit my job to pursue a hobby full time.

Seeking help from God requires a listening ear, discipline, patience and obedience.

But, God promises to answer us.  And He never goes back on His word.

"Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened for you." Matthew 7:7

To clarify, God’s timing while perfect is not akin to our timing.  In other words, He does not always answer immediately. But He will answer in time enough to act.  We must then learn to WAIT on God before taking matters into our own hands.

“Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes. 8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret, it leads only to evildoing. 9 For evildoers will be cut off, But those who wait for the LORD, they will inherit the land.” Psalm 37:7-9

While we wait, we are not to wait idly.  Instead, we must work to cultivate a listening ear.  This means, we must spend consistent time with GOD to learn to distinguish His voice from the chatter of others.  We must spend consistent time praising GOD, thanking GOD, reflecting with GOD on each day’s activities in order to spot patterns in how He interacts with us.  In other words, we must pray constantly.

14 Dear brothers, warn those who are lazy, comfort those who are frightened, take tender care of those who are weak, and be patient with everyone. 15 See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to everyone else. 16 Always be joyful. 17 Always keep on praying. 18 No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:14-18

In my walk with God, I have discovered that He speaks to me in several ways: 1) personally by sending messages that pop into to my mind like a new idea; 2) through advice from other Spiritual Warriors (other believers with faith that has tested over many many years); 3) through vivid and detailed dreams; and 4) through patterns in my life that seem to repeat (upon reflection, I can gauge a lesson from these acts).

Because I try my best to set aside quiet time to sit with God, I am being rewarded.  I am developing a listening ear.  I am learning how to hear God’s direct guidance and advice in real time. 

There is an alternative REALITY in Christ, darling.

Seize it for yourself today.  

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Don't Worry. Be Happy.

Lately sleep eludes me.  Each night it is the same.  My eyes flutter open around 3 am and anxiety grips me.  I am worried.  How will I do it?  How will I rise to meet the newest challenge?  Who told me that I could produce a tv show, work full time and teach a law class?  Who is gonna pay for all of this?  Am I insane?

The thing about God (and the Holy Spirit) is that the more time we spend with Him, the more we begin to rely on Him to help us reach our goals. And the more goals we reach, the more we begin to ask God for greater and greater things.

The sense of HOPELESSNESS or even HELPLESSNESS  that we feel when we step outside of our comfort zone is understandable.  But, we must combat this feeling with FAITH.

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.  Hebrews 11:6

Faith is Hope in the face of seemingly unsurmountable obstacles.  Faith is knowing  with certainty that ALL WILL WORK OUT IN THE END even when all seems lost.  Faith is knowing that God, his angels and principalities are ever present even when we can feel nothing but discomfort.

Faith enables us to work effectively.  

But we do a disservice to ourselves when we work believing that our work is what makes the difference between success and failure.  Yes, our work is required.  But it is God’s work, it is the work of His Spirit that enables us to reach our goals.

If it is God’s work that ensures success, we should continue to dream BIG in faith come what may.  

There is no need to worry about the outcome.  God has already taken care of the outcome.  

So when those thoughts of inadequacy molest you, combat them with the knowledge that God will provide whatever is needed when it is needed.  Rest…knowing that God will intervene so long as we do our part: pray in faith for the desires of our hearts, seek God’s guidance, act when directed and be obedient to the Word of God.


It’s out of our hands.  Whew, what a relief, darling!  

Sunday, November 6, 2016

A 2ND PARADIGM SHIFT

This week during my quiet time with God, I believe I had another paradigm shift.  

EUREKA!

  1. You never have to summon God to come to your aid  

In actuality, God is ever present.  He is here within you and around you.  During the times that we feel distant from God, we should simply pray that the scales will be removed from our eyes so that we can better “see” Him.  

  1. God’s Power is Never Stagnant

God Power is really God’s Will in Motion in our lives.  In order to access God Power you need only do one thing, move “self” out of the way.  God Power is free flowing when we abandon our will and allow God’s will to take precedent.  

How?  The only way I know to learn to embrace God’s Will as opposed to our own will is to learn to trust God.  If you trust God, you will trust Him to lead.  

But how can you trust God if you do not know Him?  

When you read the word of God, you learn about the character of God (His likes and His dislikes).  You learn about the behavior that is pleasing to God.  You learn how God delights in giving His children the desires of their hearts.  You learn that He will not abandon his people even when they make mistakes.  You learn how to identify the people of God in a fallen world.  You learn about the miracles of God that occur even now.  

And GUESS WHAT? Over time, you learn how good God is.  The more time you spend talking to God and learning of God, the more you realize that God only does good things.  And then you start gradually relying on God more and more.  First you assign God small tasks, e.g., assistance paying bills, healing for a friend, a path forward at work.  Soon you learn to pray more and more effectively and then you start to see God move on the things you have entrusted to Him (not always in the way you want but always in a good way). Now, you start to relax.  You are now eager to abandon your strategies for success opting to let this Awesome GOD take the lead.  

And darling, at that moment (the moment you move over to the passenger seat), you will be AMAZED at what God Power will do for you and for those you entrust to Him.


I am a witness, darling.

Monday, October 24, 2016

A PARADIGM SHIFT

Like most folks, I struggle to remain optimistic in the face of disappointment, heartbreak and challenges.  While I am learning to rely more on SPIRIT and less on my own ability, I notice with a sigh that the higher I get, the more trouble I see.  “Is this as good as it gets,” I wonder?  

The truth is that the Christian journey is fraught with difficulty.  The idea that life on this side of glory will be difficult is not make believe. IT IS A PROMISE.

I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. John 16:33

The good news is that if we commit ourselves to growing in the SPIRIT, we will face these challenges with POWER that will enable us to triumph: come what may.

Triumphing, though can take many forms.  Sometimes, triumphing does not mean an immediate removal of an obstacle.  Rather, to triumph can take the form of a paradigm shift.  

This week, I hit upon an interesting point that did wonders for my outlook.  

When challenges abound and prayers seem to go unanswered, don’t abandon your Spiritual practices.  Instead, turn your focus inward.  Why? When you switch your attention away from your problem and direct it towards improving yourself, you unlock Spirit Power.  Once this GOD Power is released miracles will happen.  I am a witness.

This concept of “an imprisoned GOD” represents a paradigm shift for me.  When I am confronted with financial difficulty, discord in my personal relationships or missed opportunities, I MUST NOT give up.  Instead, I should look within.  ALL REFORM BEGINS WITH SELF.  

Instead of simply asking for relief, ask God to show you the things within yourself that need to be righted.  Once you receive your marching orders, get busy working on these things with Joy and Rejoicing.

You did not choose Me, but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit--fruit that will remain--so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you.  John 15:16


Help is on the way, darling.  It is a promise.