Like a lion is NOT a Lion.

Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

1 Peter 5:8 NASB 

This passage is almost always associated with attacks when weak. But lately it’s been coming to mind for so much more than that, which I always heed as a warning. This morning I was given additional texts so here I am sharing what’s been given. Bare with me as I attempt to piece this together. 

As you see I bold the like a roaring lion, when a lion roars it is essentially speaking. And those that are near LISTEN intently. Another word I want to point out is it says “LIKE” a roaring lion. Why is this so important to notice? 

No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

2 Corinthians 11:14 

Because Satan, the Devil, disguises himself as the Light, Jesus, GOD. When he sees a weak prey he then looks to devour him by the things that he SAYS. He will speak directly to your pain. How can he know your pain so perfectly? Because he orchestrated it of course.

 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

John 10:10 NASB 

So what happens when he gets in your ear, in your pain and weakness? This is why Peter warns to be be SOBER & on ALERT because he will come to you as a messenger of light. To help you, he will speak scriptures to you and guide you to healing. You might be wondering why in the world would Satan want me to know scriptures? Because if he can’t twist them and enslave you then you begin to worship HIM as God, his whole purpose in life is to be seen as God. What better way than through scriptures. 

We are warned repeatedly about false teachers, apostles and prophets. Do you think they will use anything other than what you consider the “WORD”? 

Paul continues in 1 Corinthians 11 telling the people how they are the ones who accepted this enslaving. 

For you tolerate it if anyone enslaves you, anyone devours you, anyone takes advantage of you, anyone exalts himself, anyone hits you in the face.

2 Corinthians 11:20 NASB

We see the same thing happening to the Galatians. 

You foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified?

Galatians 3:1 NASB 

They too believed in what someone had told them. Let’s continue in Galatians to see what they had believed. 

This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Did you suffer so many things in vain-if indeed it was in vain? So then, does He who provides you with the Spirit and works miracles among you, do it by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith?

Galatians 3:2‭-‬5 NASB

Interesting. It appears that they had been freed and then believed they must WORK to finish what Jesus had done. 

Let’s jump to Timothy and see what Paul has to say. 

Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds. Be on guard against him yourself, for he vigorously opposed our teaching.  At my first defense no one supported me, but all deserted me; may it not be counted against them. But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that through me the proclamation might be fully accomplished, and that all the Gentiles might hear; and I was rescued out of the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom; to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

2 Timothy 4:14‭-‬18 

Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

1 Peter 5:8 NASB 

Alexander did much harm to Paul by vigorously opposing the teaching of FREEDOM IN CHRIST. Paul was rescused out of the MOUTH of the LION. From the words of SATAN. Paul warns them to be on guard. Same meaning as be on alert. 

Friends, I share this with you today because so many are falling prey to worshiping Satan disguised as God. You’re not sober in mind, you’re riddled with idols therefore you’re unable to see and hear the Lord through them. You’re doubleminded and enslaved to your flesh. You’ve been slapped in the face and have accepted it. 

Be FREE from your flesh. Walk in your freedom and know what the Spirit of TRUTH says about WHO YOU ARE. 

I urge you to read the Book of JUDE, understand that this book is a warning to the Church today. Then I urge you to read the letters to the churches in Revelations. What I write is not my opinion but what is happening to the children of God, today. They have been bewitched. 

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Tribulation 

You also became imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much tribulation with the joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.

1 Thessalonians 1:6‭-‬7 NASB

Have you ever been ministering/mentoring a new believer and when they begin to joyfully walk in the Word that was given to them they immediately had trials thrust upon them? 

We’re always ready to blame the enemy for these trials. I’m so guilty of this. I just did this a couple days ago. But today as I began reading this jumped out at me. And quickly I was reminded of the time when I first came boldly to the Lord and how many trials were thrown at me. I blamed the enemy believing he was trying to steal my joy, cause me to stumble. Never did I consider that these trials were placed to strengthen me and allow be to become an example to other believers. 

Which explains why we rejoice in ALL things. Because we know that the Lord is strengthening us. There’s no storm or trial too big to change how this story ends. 

Just a little thought from my morning study. 

Be blessed. 

I love Jesus! 

I love Jesus so much. I truly get overwhelmed with emotion when I think about all that He’s given me. He’s rescued me from. Taught me. Shown me. But most of all, I love Him because of who He is and who I am because of who He is. 

I didn’t grow up knowing God. It wasn’t until almost my 30s did I truly start desiring a life with Him. Even still I had no idea who Jesus really was. 

Until the day I said out loud “I don’t even know who Jesus is” I can remember where I stood in my back yard. As if God had made sure to take a snapshot of the day His baby girl was ready to know Him and Herself. 

To say getting to know Jesus was easy would be a lie. Romans 7 talks about the battle we have with our flesh and our Spirit and this battle happens witjin our mind. Unfortunately for me, and I’m assuming most, it bled out through my actions. I was so double minded holding on to my flesh and having such an agonizing death of it. 

It took almost 3 years to truly die to MYSELF, 3 years after confessing the sin of unbelief. 

My mind was always mine to take hold of. The mind of Christ is ours, it’s our PROMISE LAND. We’ve just got to believe in the PROMISES He’s given us. 

Today, I rejoice in those horrendous years. Without them I wouldn’t know the beauty that I possess today. Knowing who I AM, knowing who Jesus is, is truly the sweetest gift God can give us. 

The Promise land is ours for the taking. And today I pray if you struggle with unbelief in any area you confess and begin the process of coming to know Him as He truly is, GOD. And knowing who you are in HIM, ONE. 

I love Jesus and this is one of the many reasons why. 

Words Matter 

​My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your sight; Keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them And health to all their body. Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life. Put away from you a deceitful mouth And put devious speech far from you.

Proverbs 4:20‭-‬24 NASB

If His Words give life, what do you think happens when we have a deceitful mouth and devious speech? 

We must guard what we say, sing, and think. What we hear and allow to take root in our hearts and minds MATTER. 

Her sins are many…

It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.

1 Timothy 1:15 NASB

Have you ever looked at an old picture of yourself and thought “WOW, if only people knew just how lost I was behind that smile?” 

This is my current Facebook profile picture. It came up on my ‘memories’ and I thought how appropriate for the frame they have saying “Saved by His Amazing Grace” so I posted it. 

I can’t stop looking at it with such gratitude. Knowing that in that moment I was an alcoholic stripper, having an emotional online affair with a married man, and had no idea who Jesus was. 

For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.”

Luke 7:47 NASB

Today, 12 years later I sing His praises and rejoice at the life He redeemed me from. 

He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; Many will see and fear And will trust in the Lord .

Psalms 40:2‭-‬3 NASB

I don’t hide my past from others. I hope to never forget how far I’ve fallen. I desire to stay empathetic to those who are broken and lost in darkness. To show them that He is a Good God and desires that we ALL be saved through the blood of Jesus Christ. 

I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, And I will not remember your sins.

Isaiah 43:25 NASB

Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances. You will live in the land that I gave to your forefathers; so you will be My people, and I will be your God. Moreover, I will save you from all your uncleanness; and I will call for the grain and multiply it, and I will not bring a famine on you.

Ezekiel 36:26‭-‬29 NASB

Then He said to her, “Your sins have been forgiven.”  And He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Luke 7:48‭, ‬50 NASB

He knows my ways 

I dream intense dreams. Ones that linger throughout my mind during the day. I’ve dreamt of things to come and have received many messages in them. 

Recently I have been blessed amongst the chaos of my dreams. 

Once I was so drunk I could barely see and someone proceeded to tell me about how the “Universe” wanted me to do something or other and I interrupted her and said “I appreciate the gesture but I live for Jesus Christ not the universe so you just wasting your words”. 

Last night there were animals attacking and terror all around. As I sat in a room with a father and a son the father was so hard on his child using the scripture to condemn him. When he was done I could see the hurt in the child. I held him and whispered “God is Spirit therefore His Words are meant to be read as Spirit. Let go of what was just spoken and read what your Heavenly Father says”. The child began to search the scriptures and joy and happiness came back to his face. 

Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts;

Psalms 139:23 NASB

I share this with you because God shows me that amongst the world, amongst the mistakes, the chaos, the attacks by the letter He has searched my heart and knows my ways. In my dreams I confess Him always. 

“Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 10:32 NASB

His message is still the same as when I began writing again. Continue to seek Him first. He will guide our Ways. He will comfort our hearts. He will show us who we are in Him. 

I pray you have eyes to see your true heart. Your true Father. I pray you remember who you are. 

They’re watching 

​Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 22:6 NASB

As parents it’s our responsibility to raise our children in the way they should go. 

Do they see you lying to your friends, co-workers,  or their other parent? Do they see you taking the easy way out? Do they hear you gossip to your friends? Do they see you getting drunk? Do they see you dating person after person? Do they see you having sleep overs without being married? Do they see you texting while driving? 

They’re watching you to train them in the way they should go. 

Do you praise God when things go right, how about when they go wrong? Do you trust in God when times get hard or are you consumed in your emotions? 

Children are sponges. They absorb what they see more than what you say. 

Be on guard when you live as a parent because you’re raising someones spouse, your grandbabies parents. 

Choose to live by example and care more about who they become versus what you want. 

Choose them over you. 

Noble minded 

Wishful Thinking by MercyMe. https://shz.am/t109838504

Have you ever been taught something that went against what you once believed?

The brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. Therefore many of them believed, along with a number of prominent Greek women and men.

Acts 17:10‭-‬12 NASB



Oh how I long for us to be considered noble-minded. I remember several years ago I had learned something new. Something that challenged everything that I thought was true. Something that honestly kept me somewhat sane during what seemed like an endless amount of pain and suffering.
When I was told this truth I immediately wanted to reject it. But everything I had known to be true was shown to me through the scriptures as was this new teaching. So I didn’t reject it, as my flesh desired me to. I went home and eagerly searched the texts and began to see what was spoken was indeed truth. 

As I believed I could literally feel layer upon layer of lies being washed away. I was being washed by the Word. Ever since that day I have lost my double mindedness and my helmet of salvation has been secure. My mind is guarded and kept in perfect peace just as Jesus promises it will be in Philippians 4:7.
One day I hope to be led to share this truth but it must be God who leads me and not myself.
The point of this sharing is I could’ve rejected what was being shown to me. What went against ‘common teachings’. But I like the Beareans eagerly searched the scriptures to test what was said to see if it was TRUE.
When I listen to the song listed my heart rejoices because of this exact verse.

Never again will ever be bound to my flesh. All because I chose to believe what was written verses what many have taught. 

Remember who you are….

Jesus is the cure

Do you have those days when you wake before your body says you’re ready? The dogs are going non stop, and the devil is right there just waiting to ruin the rest of your day? This morning as I cleaned up puppy pee for the 5th time within an hour I grumbled not so nice thoughts about this 8 week old puppy. Turned on my phone clicked on Facebook and read “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation” then I read a post about addiction and how an addict struggles every day for the rest of their life. Talk about a sweet reminder from my Daddy about who I am and where I’ve come from.

I left a comment on the post and in not so many words said Jesus is the cure from addiction.

Do you believe that? That Jesus is the cure? That our grumbling can be cured? Scripture says to do everything without complaining, and I know that if there is a command to do something, I CAN do it with Christ. So He is the cure. But how is this even possible? Well when I took out my bible a card from my precious Kayla fell out and it has Philippians 4:8 on it “ Whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.”

Our thoughts will manifest. We have to submit every thought to Christ. If it does NOT line up with Jesus Christ than WE must cast it down. That’s right folks, WE MUST CAST IT DOWN. God will give us the weapon of His word to do so but it must first begin with us desiring to cast it down.

Many times we get caught up in the “whining” that we just wallow in it. I know you know what I’m talking about. Man is that pit so easy to fall into….because it’s a hidden pit isn’t it? One that hides within our minds. One that no one else can even see to help guide us out. This is why it is SO vital that we have the word hidden within our hearts so that we won’t sin against the Lord.

Many people today are so addicted to sermons and devotionals that they don’t know the Word for themselves. They are unprepared for the war that they are in. They are always seeking for someone else to explain it to them. Friends, this has got to stop. YOU need to be the WISE virgin in the parable of the 10 virgins (see Matthew 25:1-13). We are told that NO temptation is too great for us, that God has prepared a way out. Then why do so many of us fall into temptation? Because we do not KNOW HIS WORD. We know mans words. Man interpretation of HIS Word. (ps. JESUS IS THE WORD…many of you do not know JESUS)

My challenge to you is still the same as it was before. FAST from ALL other teachings and stick to the Word and the Spirit to teach you. Stop leaning on the teachings of another….whether you realize this or not….you are addicted to the mixed wine being poured out. Seek truth. You have the mind of Christ if you are a new creation, believe Him and know He will give you all wisdom.

~sometimes I just gotta write~

It is written…

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I was once consumed with books. My home holds over 600+ and my Nook an additional 500+. Now I haven’t read them all but had hoped one day I would. Then last February during a 10 day fast from sleep and food (would catch a couple hours every 3 days or so) I had several experiences that I’ve never truly been able to explain. It has been a pivotal turning point within in my walk to say the least. During one of these days I felt as if I had a fresh baptism of the Spirit of Truth. It was pressed upon me so intensely that everything had to be truth, there couldn’t even be a partial truth spoken because one wrong word could change everything. Eve changed what God had told them and death seeped into all mankind. This is also the time when I was told that all I ever needed to leave my children was the Bible. That all the other books were pointless and would only confuse them. His Word was all I Needed.

It took me a month before I finally felt that this was true. And for almost a year now I’ve been on a fast from all other teachings. Slowly I let go of devotionals only reading ones that I felt led to. Weeding out sermons, commentaries, and everything else that watered down what was already written. And today I have never felt more mental peace and security in my life. Mainly though the clarity and confidence in what I know now is unshakable.

God has always been my teacher. He has assured the way for me to hear His Voice and I no longer need another to affirm what He has told me.

The text that inspired this over share is:

Ecclesiastes 12:12 NASB

But beyond this, my son, be warned: the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body.

I remember when I first read this my selfishness rejected what it said. Today as I read these words, and see the weariness still within others who go to other books and sermons for comfort I can’t help but say “Wish I would’ve listen sooner”
It is written…Go to Him and let everything else Go.

Isaiah 26:3-4 NASB

“The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You. “Trust in the Lord forever, For in God the Lord , we have an everlasting Rock.

I encourage you to fast from all other teachings for 7 days (or more,preferably more) and only read Scripture allowing the Holy Spirit to give you understanding. Believing He will as it is written in James. Your belief changes everything and when you begin to weed out the chaff that has been planted within your mind, May you SEE who YOU truly are! Blessings friends. (Ps. Fasting even means from blogs like this.)