Lessons I’ve learned…

Ever have one of those days when you want to write, yet you’re not really sure what topic you want to write about. God hasn’t given you anything concrete to write, yet you still feel it stirring inside. No? Is it just me then? Possibly….

I tend to write a million blogs….in my head. Yet 1% of them actually make it here. I’m cautious as to what I write; more now than say 3 years ago when I started this blog. Why? Well….I’m not really 100% on that one. I want to always make sure I am authentic, and as transparent as possible. BUT….when I’m in a season of learning something new, I’m more cautious of what parts of this learning process I share with the “blog” world. I do not want to misrepresent the One whom I represent. Jesus Christ…God…aka my Papa….and I don’t want to act without the prompting of the Holy Spirit. I want to always know that what I write brings Him honor. Some way….some how.

I’ve had a lot of wonderful things occur within my life these past few months. Actually some really HUGE things. And typically I would be all gabs about these blessings, but something inside says… “Nah….let’s just keep them between those of us who know” In the past this would be because of worry of what others might think. I had an unhealthy relationship that I allowed to cause me a lot of internal doubting.

Today though I have an inner peace as to why I’m not naming all of the amazing things that have happened. I feel as if God is saying….”Oh, honey we are just beginning. Don’t spoil the main event with the appetizer” Apparently my Papa confuses His analogies just for me. LOL

I would like to share some things I’ve learned over the last few months.

First thing I learned is: when you’re fearful of something happening, and this keeps you from stepping forward….God tends to allow that “thing” to happen. Possibly to show you that the fear was a lie and you do survive…in fact when the hurt is over and you’re thankful it is not only over but that it occurred….you then begin to THRIVE!!!

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Second: Pruning is not only a natural part of growing, it’s a MUST. Pruning is a term used in gardening. Well God tends to prune things and people out of our lives that are stunting our growth in HIM! Do NOT stop Him, AND do not think that the things or people He is trying to prune from you aren’t going to be good things and good people. Some times we have to let go of the GOOD, in order to get GOD.

Third: Dream Big! Ask God for MORE! MORE of His presence…. MORE Encounters with Him. MORE, MORE, MORE. Do NOT settle….do NOT limit what He is wanting to release into you and your life. ASK FOR MORE!!!

Fourth: And this one is one that I have known since the get go (and I mean since my born again birthday). The Bible is absolutely TRUE, and it’s 100% for TODAY. Nothing in it is no longer available to us today. God KNEW who would be reading it when He had the men pen what He wanted. The Gifts of healing, casting out demons, speaking in tongues and so on those are ALL still available to US today. I know….but don’t take my word for it….ask God for yourself. Ask God to reveal Himself to you…..See I had faith like Gideon. So for the last 3 years I have repeatedly asked God to make the wool wet, dry, wet, dry, wet, dry…..you get the picture. And want to know something…..He has. Now I am able to hear Him more clearly and know by the 2nd or 3rd time that He is in fact speaking directly to me.

Helping others hear the Voice of God has become a passion for me. I want others to truly understand what Jesus meant when He said in John 10:14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me” I have realized that what I thought was my purpose, giving children a voice…actually has been about helping His children hear His Voice.

Oh….and last but not least I have learned that there are some amazingly sold out Christ lovers in this world….and God has brought so many into my life via Facebook. I am truly thankful! Love you my I AM MBK family!

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~sometimes I just gotta write~

 

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New Commandment?

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Do you KNOW that ALL of your sins have been paid for? Forgiven? No wrath will come upon those who believe in their hearts Jesus is Lord and GOD raised Him from death, confess with their mouth these beliefs? (Romans 10:9,10) when this true conversion comes then we begin to live with the power of God within us, as we OBEY the commands of Jesus. They are LOVE, and GIVE. Give LOVE in whatever form that is that they need. We place OTHERS ABOVE ourselves.

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We FORGIVE everyone who hurt US and everyone who continues to hurt us. This is a forever thing. This is a NEW (yet old) Commandment given to us.

My dear friends, I am not writing to give you a new commandment. It is the same one you were first given, and it is the message you heard. But it really is a new commandment, and you know its TRUE meaning, just as Christ does. You can see the darkness fading away and the TRUE Light already shining.

If we claim to be in the Light and hate someone, we are still in the dark. But if we love others, we are in the light, and we don’t cause problems for them. If we hate others, we are living and walking in the dark. We don’t know where we are going, because we can’t see in the dark. 1John 2:7-11 CEV

It IS possible and there are two men in the bible that have forgiven AS they were being murdered. Do you know their names?

Here’s the key, they BOTH were filled with the Holy Spirit of God. We need to ask for MORE of God’s power each day, everyday,  and every situation. Its only by being ONE with the Father that we can do anything.

image I am the Vine and you are the branches. If you stay joined to me and I stay joined to you, then you will produce lots of fruit. John 15:5

Friends, there is too much at stake to carry around this bitterness within us. Jesus hung on the cross and asked the Father to forgive US for what we have done. Stephan asked that their sins not be counted against them, AS they were stoning him. And what did he see? Jesus STANDING in the Throne room. (see ACTS 7:54-8:1)

What do we do when someone comes up to speak at a conference that we have great honor for? That’s right we STAND. Jesus showed Stephan great honor by standing for him.

This is what we ALL should desire, for Jesus, Son of God to stand when He sees us because we have taken His Life literal and choose to become the ones who reflect HIS IMAGE in ALL areas of our life. There is too much unforgiveness and it is time that we call on the ONLY ONE who can empower us to forgive those who hurt us daily. We must ask that God pour out HIS Spirit and reveal to us the dark areas of our hearts.

Not because we fear our salvation. That is already ours. No because our LOVE and HONOR for Jesus is so GREAT nothing in this life is worth more. May we continue to die to ourselves and may His Holy Spirit continue to be poured into us. Each day may we rise asking God what we can do for HIS Kingdom. How can we be the change that He desires in our communities? And then we must realize that we NEED to ask Him every day, all day, for MORE, MORE, MORE, of HIM. ALWAYS SEEK MORE!

~sometimes I just gotta write~

Acronyms…

Last night God added to my assignment with the word MORE!
Make Our Revival Eternal
Friends, Revival is happening in the USA – Don’t MISS it. This ONE is Eternal! There is MORE!

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I have a thing with acronyms…or I should say God likes to give me meanings to words that just sticks with me forever. The first one that biblically was YHWH – immediately I heard within my Spirit “You Have Work Here”.Then the most powerful was given to me during the hardest time I’ve had since coming to the Lord. Right before I woke up I kept repeating “Meaning of LIFE – Live Intentionally For Eternity.”Last night when I read a pretty picture that said HOPE I heard “Heaven Our Perfect Eternity”. Just now as I turned to ACTS 1 to begin to study I thought how fitting that this book is called “Acts”. Then I heard “A Church That Stands” I went to write this and tried changing it to “Saves” but as I wrote the word “Stands” came out. Which shows me yet again another…

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Do you not know that YOU are the HOME of the Holy Spirit?

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One day in your temple is better than a thousand anywhere else. I would rather serve in your house, than live in the homes of the wicked. Psalms 84:10CEV*

*disclaimer: Please know I know the context of the Psalm 84:10; I just felt it important to share with you what I just heard from the Lord as I read it.

First, I’d like to remind us of what 1 Corinthians 6:19 says: Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; (NIV)

The Holy Spirit of God, which lived within Jesus as He walked our earth, now, lives inside of you and I. (if you are born again, See John 3 for explanation of what this means) This morning I read the above verse like this “One day in your temple, Crystal, is better than a thousand elsewhere.” It still hits me with a quickening from within, that causes my eyes to instantly tear reading it like that. Why? Because friends, I struggle daily believing that God, the living almighty Creator of Heaven and Earth would CHOOSE to live within ME! But see as quickly as I wanted to argue with what I heard within my spirit this morning, He, my Papa reminded me of the scripture that confirms that He IS talking to me, by using my earthly Dad’s birthday 6/19.

But being who I am, I couldn’t just hold onto this. I know that I have many many many lady friends on my Facebook page that need to know that GOD…..the Almighty Creator of Heaven and Earth LONGS….truly LONGS…DESIRES for YOU to KNOW deep within that HE LOVES LOVES LOVES YOU. When a man rejects you and you have that aching pain from within that cries out “why won’t they love me?” This is what Jesus feels when He sees you turn from the goodness He daily tries to give to you.

He doesn’t want us to feel this pain, this is why He became man and died for us. He took away that wrath, the pain, it’s all gone and accounted for. We just have to believe it. WANT it. And when I say believe it, I mean believe that we deserve the God quality of LOVE & LIFE.

Friends, this is being read my men also, and I want you to hear what I am saying also. Everything about YOU that you try to hide or mask because it seems to out of the norm….that is His unique fingerprint that He places within ONLY YOU. Please do not keep that from US. In Luke 19:11-27 & Matthew 25:14-30 Jesus talks about those who are given different amounts of talents/money. Those of us with the small amount believe that what we have isn’t worth much so we keep it hidden….and friends can I please tell you this breaks the heart of Jesus. He CHOSE us to rise up, and the small piece of Him that He has placed within us….if I may be so bold to say immolates the life that HE CHOSE here on earth.

He chose to be born to a common family, whom had to flee for their lives from the King of the Nation. GOD the CREATOR of the WORLD, chose to be a no-one, to save everyone. Please do not think, believe, or walk out in disbelief from what I am writing to you, what Jesus told me as I lay on the ground after being touched by the Holy Spirit.

He LOVES US so deeply, and LONGS for us to LOVE HIM the way that He loves us.

SO this morning as I read, ““One day in your temple, Crystal, is better than a thousand elsewhere.” I heard (hear) Him saying all over again “That’s MY girl” I pray that you will read this and add your name and allow His words penetrate your heart and KNOW truly how much He desires to have an intimate relationship with you.

And if you haven’t been baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, and think this isn’t for you, I want you to read this:

The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and they are life. Yet there are some of you who do not believe. This is I tell you that NO ONE CAN COME TO ME UNLESS THE FATHER HAS ENABLED THEM. (John 6:63,64a,65 emphasis and paraphrase mine [yet remember who lives within me])

Your physical actions do not keep the Fathers love and desire for you to be in Union with Him away. He IS calling YOU RIGHT NOW. And will continue to call you each and everyday, all day. Come to Him… Cry out to Him right now. Ask Jesus for the Life He designed for you…and invite the Holy Spirit into your body, temple, life. Praying for you now!

“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you WILL be saved. It is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” Romans 10:9,10

Have you settled for less?

If I knew back then what I know now I would never have gotten married. Don’t get me wrong I know my children and all that God has done in my past is part of my purpose. But to be able to devote my entire life to God…..sigh bliss. I will raise my children to be Kingdom focused and I am praying for their spouse to also be Kingdom focused. I will prepare them to seek out Gods calling on their life and to know the importance of being yoked with another that has the same calling. Marriage is a gift. And I know that a married couple equally yoked working for God will advance the kingdom in fierce ways, that many single people can’t. A chord of 3 cannot be broken. Marriage shows beautifully what it’s like to be yoked with Christ. If done properly.

Jesus died to bring me to God. A man is to love a woman as Christ loved the church. To love someone so much you devote your entire life preparing, building up, and then binding that relationship with the sacrificial love. When our order within a marriage is off…eventually the kingdom you’ve created will break. Its can run pretty well for awhile, but everything not done the way God intended will break. And the true purpose for the union will not be reached. I think of how Paul said to Timothy finish the race. I’m envisioning this couple running around the course in three legged race. At times when they are in sync with God’s design your unable to determine whose leg is in control of the third, (which one has dominant controls) then there’s the other couple. The dominate one is easy to see bc they’re carrying the other….until they’re unable to anymore and then they need to rest. Which means they stop the race collect their strength and then begin again. Can they advance Gods kingdom absolutely God’s word will not return void. So finishing the race still earns them a ribbon for participation. But they forfeit any prizes associated with the winners who placed in the race.

Which marriage represents yours? Are you running the race with excellence?  Or have you settled to just finish satisfied with the ribbon? 

~sometimes I just gotta write~

to wives…

WOW! God taught me important lessons 3 years ago through sharing my personal experience in writings. I absolutely love going back and reading my old writings. But today, this exact moment God spoke to my present situation in an entirely fresh and powerful way. God you are amazing and I thank you for using my life, and for allowing me to be used by you. You make me sound so smart. I love it!

Wives this was written for us. Its one that we don’t want to hear, and many will reject it. But no matter what type of marriage you have this pertains to you, and I ask Holy Spirit to prepare the hearts of those who will read your message! In Jesus Name AMEN

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I have to admit that even though many people have been hurt by my honesty, as I have been hurt by many others honesty. One thing that I will never deny is, if this ‘honesty’ was delivered by someone that has a grasp on who I am, where I’ve been, and cares about me, although if delivered horribly, I will still hear what it is they’re saying and of course pray about why it hurt so bad. Before I became a Christian I still would ask myself (more like interrogate) “Are they right?” If I don’t think they are….I’ll ask myself then…well what the heck happened then? Is it possible they have issues? Well, that one is easy YES…. 🙂 This observation however true still did not solve the problem or mend our relationship. Thus the interrogation begins.

My high school friends can attest to this when I say “I…

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Let us come into agreement for God’s children!

Heavenly Father, I come to you on behalf of your children. I ask that you release the Spirit of Truth and the time of judgments begins today. Reveal to your people the deception hidden within their hearts. Cover every marriage with protection from any satanic holds created by lies, words, and belief systems that are creating many hindering spirits to rise up and cause divisions. Break them all, free them and impart truth to restore all that had been destroyed. If any of your chosen are tied to any person or thing that keeps them from walking out in your design, remove it TODAY. Lastly God pour out your favor on your people. Build up their storehouse so the anointing is all that enters their minds. Never again will they be a slave to money or any other possession of this world. By the power of the Blood of Jesus Christ, let it be! Amen Amen Amen.

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the father of lies…..have you welcomed him into your home?

             42 Jesus told them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, because I have come to you from God. I am not here on my own, but he sent me. 43 Why can’t you understand what I am saying? It is because you are unable to do so! 44 For you are the children of your father the Devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning and has always hated the truth. There is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 So when I tell the truth, you just naturally don’t believe me! 46 Which of you can truthfully accuse me of sin? And since I am telling you the truth, why don’t you believe me? 47 Anyone whose Father is God listens gladly to the words of God. Since you don’t, it proves you aren’t God’s children.” John 8:42-47

 

       

      9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Colossians 3:9,10

Our OLD SELF (If you have been born again in water and Spirit see John 3) has died and we are now a new creation. BUT Satan wants us to hold onto our old self, even if it’s just a few things here and there and the main one I can see among families is LIES! We allow these “little” lies in and I’m afraid that you are not truly aware of WHO it is you have allowed into your home….into the very place where your children lay their heads down at night. The FATHER OF LIES has set up shop in YOUR home and it was YOU who welcomed him when you lied to your husband. Lied to your wife. This means that it is YOU who needs to evict him.

How do you do this?

Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results.   James 5:16

Understand that there may be consequences of these lies, be accountable to them. However, you MUST do so in order to restore the peace within your home. To restore the safety of your children.

Those who are being confessed to….remember your role in this life. Remember that we are to forgive as we are forgiven. Confess your feelings and begin anew. If you’re breathing….there is still time.