Ever Increasing in the Knowledge of God for Christ

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Why I Write

I write to find strength.
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I write to become the person that hides inside me.
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I write to light the way through the darkness for others.
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I write to be seen and heard.
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I write by accident, promptings, purposefully
and anywhere there is paper.
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I write because my heart speaks a different language
that someone needs to hear.
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I write past the embarrassment of exposure.
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I write because hypocrisy doesn’t need answers,
rather it needs questions to heal.
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I write myself out of nightmares.
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I write because I am nostalgic, romantic
and demand happy endings.
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I write to remember.
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I write knowing conversations don’t always take place.
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I write because speaking can’t be re-read.
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I write to sooth a mind that races.
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I write because you can play on the page
like a child left alone in the sand.
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I write because my emotions
belong to the moon; high tide, low tide.
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I write because I want to paint the world
the way I see love should be.
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I write to provide a legacy.
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I write to make sense out of senselessness.
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I write for the haters,
the lovers,
the lonely,
the brokenhearted
and the dreamers.
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I write because one day someone will tell me
that my emotions were not a waste of time.
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I write because God loves stories.
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I write because one day I will be gone,
but what I believed and felt will live on.
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By Shannon L. Alder

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Senility, Dementia, and Alzheimer's Disease

I have cause for concern that the enemy is attacking members of my family with mental diseases and strong holds. I asked the Holy Spirit to give me a Rhema word that will reverse the curse placed on my family, to renew and restore our righteous minds. For the weapons of our warfare are not material, but they are mighty through God for the destruction of strong holds. (2 Cor. 10:4)

Here is what the Lord gave me this morning.

CONFESSION:  We, the children of Albert and Earline McCarther,  are of sound mind and in our right minds. There is not one feeble one among us. No senility. No dementia. No Alzheimer's Disease. No double-mindedness. No memory loss. No psychosis. No confused minds. No feeble minds. No anxious minds. No poisoned minds. No evil minds. No carnal minds. No corrupt minds. No depressed spirits. No one born out of the loins of Albert and Earline McCarther will be affected with mental disease. We renounce it today in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. We put a stop to it immediately. We decree health and wholeness in Jesus' name for by His stripes we are healed.

For it is written, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind." (Matt. 22:37)

That means there is no part of our minds that does not love the Lord. There is no part of our minds that is not completely aware that it loves the Lord. We are fully in our right minds.

We serve the Lord with our minds, so of course, this is where the enemy attacks us most. But the devil is a defeated foe. We do not have to accept his attacks. We have been given authority over the devil.

It is written:

With our right minds, we serve the law of God (Rom. 7:25). Those who live according to the Spirit, do set their minds on things of the Spirit (Rom. 8:5). For to be spiritually minded is life and peace (Rom. 8:6). We have the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16). Willing minds. Sound minds. Our right minds. Ready minds. Mature minds. Sober minds. Pure minds. The mind of Christ.

Heavenly Father,
Let us be renewed in the spirit of our minds, with youth renewed like the eagle's. Let this mind be in us that was also in Christ Jesus. Let us press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus, guarding our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, who is the Author and Finisher of our faith. Let us walk in newness of life - carrying out Your blessed will, being confident of this very thing, that You have begun a good work in us and You will complete it until the day we see Christ Jesus face to face. Let us set our minds on things above, not on things on the earth. Give us power, love and sound minds. Remind us of Your awesome power that is able to set things right, and that nothing is too hard for You. We know You search the minds and hearts of Your people. If there is any wickedness in us, take it away and lead us down paths of righteousness for Your name's sake. Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Cleanse us from all filth and unrighteousness. Lead us back to our first love. Forgive all our iniquities. Heal all our diseases. Close doors to the enemy that we left open. Bind his attacks on every hand. Satisfy our mouths with good things and renew our youth like the eagle's. Renew our former strength that we shall mount up and soar high on wings like eagles. Let us run and not get tired. Let us walk and not faint. Our prayer is not that You would be with us as we decline, but that You will preserve us in our going out and our coming in from this time forth and even for ever more. Amen.

CONFESSION: We are McCarther children, a product of Mother Earline, the fruit of her womb. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her (Prov. 31:28). We are blessed and not cursed. We are strong and not feeble. We are the head and not the tail. We are above only and not beneath. We are children of the Most High God. Our mental functions are perfectly sound and we are made perfectly well.

Jesus said in Matt. 28:18, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth." He has transferred that authority to His followers. "Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you" (Luke 10:19). "And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover" (Mark 17:17-18).

Satan's tactics are withered away like the fig tree that Jesus cursed (Mark 11:4). The ax is laid to the root of the tree, and it is thrown into the fire, and the ashes are blown away.We are not subject to anything the devil will attempt to put on us, but we have been given the authority and power to put him down instead.

Therefore, I say to the mountain, "Be removed from here." Therefore, I say to strong holds of the mind, "Be removed from here and do not return anymore. In Jesus' name, I command a sound mind, my right mind, and a love and devotion to the Lord that shall not fade away."

Now thanks be to God who always leads us to triumph in Christ. To Him be dominion, power, and glory both now and for ever. Amen.  

Watch this video for an effectual prayer
over mental diseases.
Be at peace.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

The 45th President

Sixteen days ago, the United States inaugurated the 45th president to take the oath of office as President of these United States.

Oath of Office for the President of the United States
"I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute
the office of President of the United States,
and will to the best of my ability,
preserve, protect and defend
the Constitution of the United States."

Every day since then, when I turn on the news, there are increasing protests throughout the country and abroad, like I have never seen before, against this president's policies. Angry politicians, judges in opposition to his outlandish decisions, and citizens offended by his inauspicious ways of governing has been the headlines every day. America voted this man into the White House and now America is having buyers’ remorse.

In sixteen short days, he has successfully offended women, Muslims, Mexicans, heads of state in other countries, put our soldiers on foreign soil in jeopardy… and on and on. He was more concerned about the number of people attending his inauguration, than he was on the important issues America is facing.

The 44th president was in the White House eight years and we never saw no where near this level of protesting in all the years put together.

In His sermon on the mount, Jesus said we are the salt of the earth. He went on to say that when salt loses its flavor, it is worthless except to be poured on the ground to keep one from slipping down.

Sixteen days and counting, and the record number of protesting continue to sky rocket.

Proverbs 29:2 states, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan.” That is what we are experiencing right now, America’s groanings.

Congress refused to work with the previous president and they kicked and clawed at him every step of the way. Now the roles has reversed and this president is kicking and clawing at them. Sixteen days in, and he is already going against the promises he campaigned on.

America is only beginning to groan. The salt in the White House has lost its flavor and the Oval Office has become a dumping ground for hatred, greed and unprecedented self-centeredness. Frankly, it is quite unsettling. Evil men do not understand justice (Prov. 28:5). How did America allow herself to be hoodwinked by this man? We are better than this.

The wise shall inherit glory, but shame shall be the legacy of fools. Prov. 3:35

The apostle Paul said in Romans 13:1, “The authorities that exist are appointed by God.” So I say, “It’s not too late for God to turn this ship around.” Lazarus was raised back to life after he had been dead four days. Nothing is too hard for God.

Therefore, I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 1 Tim. 2:1-2

Let us pray…

Heavenly Father, we thank You that Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Everything is under Your complete authority. Lord, America is in trouble and we need Your help. We pray for those in authority in this country, that Your will be done through them. You can raise up and you can take down. All authority is in Your hands, not man’s. We pray for the civil unrest that is occurring right now on America’s streets and pray for peace instead. We pray for those in authority… the president and his cabinet, Congress, politicians in every state legislature, state governments, mayors, police officers, leaders at the Pentagon and anyone else I neglected to name. We pray that You will dismantle evil plans and prohibit injustices that are wreaking havoc in our country. We pray over the policies that will come out of Washington DC, that You will cause them to be for the good of our citizens and bring peace to our land. Put a stop to the policies that are no good. We pray that Americans will begin to turn to You in droves, and that revivals will break out in churches all across America. We are in trouble and need Your help. Cause the church to pray continually for peace and for competent authorities to rise up and take office. Our hope is in You, and in faith we call it done. These and all blessings we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Go in peace.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Modern Day Praise and Worship

After the children of Israel came back from Babylonian captivity, they began to re-build the temple. When the builders had finished laying the foundation, everybody came together for a ceremony to praise the Lord. The young people that were born in captivity, who did not remember Solomon's exquisite temple shouted loudly with joy. At the same time, the old men that did remember what Solomon's temple looked like, wept with a loud voice, so that it couldn't be determined which was which, but the sound could be heard far away.

This story is a good depiction of how I feel about the modern day Praise and Worship in the church. I am the old men remembering the good old days when we used to have anointed Testimony Services. The whole entire congregation would participate in the praise and worship, not just a few standing in the front entertaining the congregation in song and dance.

I weep for our church services today that are so full of actors and entertainers that we have edged out the real presence of the Lord.

When I was a little girl, I remember how the congregation lifted up our collective voices in praises and sang and danced before the Lord. That's when I learned how to play my tambourine. You could feel the presence of the Lord so strongly that everyone in the room was touched by His presence not just the entertainers up front.

Recently, I have been watching videos of some the good old days and it has caused me to miss it even more.  I am not putting down churches that use praise teams and praise dancers, especially if the anointing is evident. I am simply lamenting of how much I miss true praise and worship... and the foot-stomping, toe-tapping, Hallelujah-good-times we used to have before we got dignified in our worship.

The psalmist David said, "Zeal for Your house has eaten me up, and the reproaches of those who reproach You has fallen on me."

Here's a link to a video where they are having church like I remember.  I can hear someone's tambourine somewhere in the background. Back in the day, on Saturday nights, several churches would come together for what was called Joint Meetings. Any musicians that played instruments would all bring them and we would go to work. Anyone that could remain in a seated position was dead, because the Spirit was so high that no one could be still. And no one coming to church tired, left feeling the same way, because the anointing destroys the yoke. The Shekinah Glory (visible manifestation of God's glory) of God was there. We wept in His presence. We worshiped Him and danced before the Lord like David did.

There is a glimpse in chapter 4 of the book of The Revelation of our heavenly worship of the King. The 24 elders tossed their crowns at the feet of Jesus and said, "You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created." He is worthy of my praise. My prayer is that we will always keep the Main Thing the main thing, for we have an audience of One. What ever your mode of worship is, be real about it, giving glory and honor to the Lord Jesus Christ.

I hope you enjoy the video.

But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. John 4:23

Go in peace... and let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

We Are More Than Conquerors

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about success in life and how I personally match up to the word of God which describes the believer as overcomers, victors and more than conquerors.  Second Corinthians 2:14 states that God always leads the believer to triumph in Christ. I quote that Scripture a lot, but honestly I am not seeing an overwhelming flux of triumphant victories trailing behind me.  It is true that I have seen God perform awesome miracles and there are some awesome testimonies of God's deliverance in my life.  But Romans 8:37 says that in all these things we are more than conquerors through Christ who loved us.

There is a song by Hezekiah Walker that says, "I am not just a conqueror. Don't call me a conqueror because I'm more than a conqueror."  That means, I'm not barely winning, I should be winning by a landslide.  That means, I'm not winning by a field goal, I should be winning by three touchdowns.

The apostle Paul said, in all "these things" we are more than conquerors.  What things? He lists them a couple verses above... tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril or sword.

There is no reason to not be more than conquerors, if we are solidly rooted and grounded in the love of God and walking in the authority of Christ Jesus.  Only those that are not born again believers are without hope.

I heard another song on the radio by Kirk Franklin that said, "You're waiting on God?  He's waiting on you! So what ya gonna do?"  At first, I wanted to be offended by those lyrics, because I am holding tight to a bunch of prayers and prophecies that God needs to manifest at some point.  And He's waiting on me?  Really?

Hebrews 6:1 in the New Living Translation says, "So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again.  LET US go on instead and become mature in our understanding."  Zion, we not waiting on God, He is waiting on us.  He is waiting on us to realize that He has given us authority and power in Christ's name to overcome all of "these things" that I named above.

Who can snatch the plunder of war
from the hands of a warrior?

    Who can demand that a tyrant
let his captives go? Isa. 49:24 (NLT)

For who is powerful enough
to enter the house of a strong man
and plunder his goods?
Only someone even stronger—
someone who could tie him up
and then plunder his house. Matt. 12:29 (NLT)

About seven years ago, the Lord showed me a vision of Christ Jesus and me in a tug of war against six billion people.  They had their heels dug in the ground and was pulling with all their might.  On our side, Jesus was standing right behind me and we were just pulling the rope一we were winning and not even breaking a sweat.  We didn't even have a frown on our faces.  I heard Maya Angelou say that when she got a revelation that God really did love her she began to cry at the gravity and grandeur of it all.  She said, "I knew that if God loved me, then I could do wonderful things, I could try great things, learn anything and achieve anything.  For what could stand against me, since one person, with God, constitutes the majority."  That's why the six billion could not win against me and Jesus. Together, we constitute the majority.

What then shall we say to these things?
If God is for us, who can be against us?
Rom. 8:31 (NKJV)

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.

A few years ago, my sister and I made a pact that we would never settle.  We would push through for what is best and not settle for that's good enough.  Unfortunately, I have not stuck to the pact, and I allowed mediocrity to set in, knowing that I could do better than I've been doing... set my sights higher... achieve more.  I allowed the enemy to deceive me into believing that I wasn't smart enough, or bold enough, or outgoing enough, or aggressive enough to handle the big stuff.  So I set up camp half way up the mountain and stayed there. I was so discontent there that it through me into depression, and I did not think that I would recover.  That is a dangerous place to remain for too long.

When a tornado warning is given, we take cover in a safe place or a storm shelter, but we are not supposed to live all our lives in the storm shelter.  We need to stop cowering under our circumstances and put on the warrior mentality.  I was applying for jobs way beneath my skill level... begging and pleading with the Lord to let me get that job.  Zion, the Lord has equipped us to defeat the enemy, not to survive under attack but to remain on the attack.

Behold, I give you the authority
to trample on serpents and scorpions,
and over all the power of the enemy,
and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Luke 10:19 (NKJV)

And these signs will follow those who believe:
in My name they will cast out demons;
they will speak with new tongues;
they will take up serpents;
and if they drink anything deadly,
it will by no means hurt them;
they will lay hands on the sick,
and they will recover. Mark 16:17-18 (NKJV)

A story is told about a group of eaglets hatched in captivity and spent their whole lives like ordinary birds, on the low lands, eating what they were fed and not being bothered about it, because they didn't know any different.  They didn't know they could soar at heights no other birds could reach.  They didn't know about the strength of their claws that could clutch other animals rendering them defenseless.  Living in captivity, they didn't know that their eyesight was so keen they could spot a rabbit moving almost a mile away.

Zion, God has put soaring in our hearts, but we continue to fly at low altitudes.  I think this is why the Lord had me dwelling so much on success.  I have been living far beneath my privilege, and the Lord is saying "why won't My people raise the standard"?

LET US rise up as people of Almighty God.  Put on your strength. Stand up and fight.  Let the kingdom prevail.  With His power and might, we will not fail. (Tye Tribbett)

LET US take up our swords and fight. Defeat the enemy with the word of God.

LET US become rooted and grounded in the love of Christ and know that absolutely nothing can separate us from it.

LET US not settle in mediocrity because God wants to take us higher and higher.

LET US stop being weaklings and declare that we are strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

LET US walk in the authority Christ gave us through His name.

LET US believe in the power of the Holy Spirit who is at work in us and is able to carry out the will of God for our lives.

LET US suit up and go.

Behold, I send you out as sheep
in the midst of wolves.
Therefore be wise as serpents
and harmless as doves. Matt. 10:16 (NKJV)

We are more than conquerors.
Go in peace... fellow warriors.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Keep The Dream Alive - Don't Let It Die

Never Give Up (Song Lyrics)
By Yolanda Adams
Visions that can change the world
Trapped inside an ordinary girl
She looks just like me
Too afraid to dream out loud
And though it’s simple, your idea
It won’t make sense to everybody
You need courage now
If you’re gonna persevere
To fulfill your life purpose
You gotta answer when you’re called
So don’t be afraid
To face the world
Against all odds
Keep the dream alive
Don’t let it die
If something deep inside
Keeps inspiring you to try
Don’t stop
And never give up
Don’t ever give up on you
Don’t give up
Every victory comes in time
Work today to change tomorrow
It gets easier
Who’s to say that you can’t fly?
Every step you take you get
Closer to your destination
You can feel it now
Don’t you know you’re almost there?
To fulfill your life purpose
You’ve gotta answer when you’re called
So don’t be afraid
To face the world
Against all odds
Keep the dream alive don’t let it die
If something deep inside
Keeps inspiring you to try
Don’t stop
And never give up
Don’t ever give up on you
Sometimes life can place a stumbling block in your way
But you’ve gotta keep the faith
Bring what is deep inside your heart to the light
And never give up
Don’t ever give up on you
Don’t give up
What holds the pieces to complete the puzzle?
The answer that can solve a mystery
The key that can unlock your understanding
It’s all inside of you
You have everything you needs so
Keep the dream alive
Don’t let it die
If something deep inside
Keeps inspiring you to try
Don’t stop
And never give up
Don’t ever give up on you
Sometimes life can place a stumbling block in your way
But you’ve gotta keep the faith
Bring what’s deep inside your heart… your heart to the light
And never give up
Don’t ever give up on you
No, don’t give up
No no, no no
Don’t give up
No no, no no

Don’t give up

Go in peace.

Monday, December 26, 2016

My Confession

I turned 53 years old in August.  I get so jealous when I see young people who are half my age, going forth on the platform preaching.  The Lord has kept me waiting in the shadows all this time, but allow these young people with much less experience, to stand behind the podium – and it don’t seem right.  Perhaps it is my jealousy that is keeping me from progressing. Perhaps they passed the lesson on humility, where I did not.

I have been studying the Holy Bible for 17 years, knowing there is a calling, but I watch novices going forth instead of me.  I really should just be happy the gospel is being preached, whether I am preaching it or not, or whether there are only 3 people in my Sunday School class, or 300.  Perhaps my jealousy is the blessing blocker and when I can find it in my heart to be happy for others, doors may begin to open for me.

Jeremiah said when he tried not to speak anymore in the name of the Lord, His word was in his heart like fire shut up in his bones and he was weary of holding it back.  Jeremiah could not do it any longer.  I know what that feels like.  Yet here I sit upon a shelf, till my season shall finally come.

But don’t feel sorry for me.  I confess my sin, only to shame the devil.  The apostle Paul said “I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake.” (2 Cor. 12:10).

Don’t get me wrong, I love the Lord with all my heart, even though my understanding is unfruitful.  I will stand upon my watch and continue to study His word, till my season shall finally come.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Cor. 15:58)

Go in peace... and keep on keeping on.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

All Lives Matter To God

All lives matter to God
whether we are:

light-skinned or dark-skinned
pale or colored
Jew or Gentile
fat or skinny
short or tall
gay or straight
disabled or healthy
rich or poor
settled or homeless
single or married
pretty or ugly
unknown or famous
outgoing or reclusive
successful or unfortunate
friend or foe

And if all lives matter to God,
then all lives matter to me.

1 John 4:7-8  Beloved, let us love one another,
for love is from God, and whoever loves
has been born of God and knows God.
Anyone who does not love
does not know God,
because God is love.

Go in peace.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Strong Headwinds

There is a strong headwind coming against me trying to hold me back.  But it cannot defeat me because my God is able to make all grace abound toward me, so that I always have all sufficiency, in every situation, to do my job with absolute excellence, and come out on top.

I am not the victim here, but I am the victor, and not just getting by, but more than a conqueror.  Every foe is defeated!

Every stumbling block is eliminated as I continually move forward making progress.  I will not be driven backwards, I will be thrust forward, because my God is behind me and He is greater than headwinds.

With God, all things are possible.  I am the head and not the tail, above only and not beneath.  And thanks be to my God, who always gives Dee Richardson the victory in every battle, through the Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen.

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. (I John 4:4)

Go in peace.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Calling Things That Be Not As Though They Were

It is taught in the church that we have to say positive words out of our mouths or else things don't come to pass. And that is biblical, but I don't believe that it is complete.

The prophet Ezekiel was told by God to prophesy the word of the Lord to the dry bones and they would live again. Also, Proverbs 18:21 says death and life are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat its fruit (for death or life).

James said in his epistle that the tongue is like a ship's rudder that guides the ship in it's directions. It's like the bit in a horse's mouth that leads him about where the rider wants to go.

But the tongue by itself does not make dreams come true. Repeating mantras and confessions over and over everyday does not cause things to come to pass. If I am diagnosed with a disease, telling a lie that I am not sick is not the same as calling those things which be not as though they were.

Romans 4:17 says GOD calls those things which do not exist as though they did exist. God said to Abraham, "I have made you a father of many nations." This was before Abraham had any children at all. God is the Beginning and the End (at the same time). That means He is not just in our past and present. He is also in our future waiting for us to catch up.

God called that thing as though it existed, because to God it did exist. Abraham's part was to BELIEVE.

Our part is to BELIEVE!

Repeating mantras and confessions (on it's own) does not make something that does not exist, come into existence. Believing will. Now faith does.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of unseen things. Heb. 11:1
The word is near you, in your mouth AND in your heart. If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus AND believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness AND with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (Romans 10:8-10).

So anytime we confess a thing, we must also believe it in our hearts, otherwise its just empty words.

Jesus taught that many will say to Him on the day of judgment that they performed many miracles in His name and cast out demons and called Him Lord, Lord. But He will say to them, "I never knew you." Because salvation was not in their hearts, it was only their confession. The miracles that they were performing was because the name of Christ Jesus is just that powerful. Not because they believed in Him.

When Jesus was teaching about moving mountains into the sea, He said that if one speaks to the mountain AND does not doubt in his heart AND believes that those things he says will be done, then he will have whatever he says (Mark 11:23). Screaming at mountains is useless if the screamer has any doubts about what he is screaming.

We must have faith in God (Mark 11:22).

So... if I am sick, I do not have to lie and say that I am not sick in order to be healed. I simply have to believe that God is bigger than the sickness. God is bigger than the problems I am facing. God is bigger than the battles I am fighting.

QUESTION: How then shall they believe (Rom. 10:14)
ANSWER: Faith comes by hearing, AND hearing comes by the word of God (Rom. 10:17).

It is a mustard seed that is sown in the heart and continually grows.

A parable that Jesus told His disciples:
“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”  (Matthew 13:31-32)
So if you want to be healed from sickness and disease, read and study in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, where Jesus healed so many of His followers. Your faith will grow and you will believe in your heart that He will also heal you.

Now, I am not denying the "Speak It Before You See It" doctrine, I am simply saying that it is not enough. We must also BELIEVE in order to see it come to pass.

Go in peace.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Evil Boll Weevil

Weevil on a Cotton Boll
Once upon a time there were two sons, Shame and Disgrace, who tried to take over their father's cotton farm. The cotton field was about to harvest and the stalks were tall and full of bolls ready for harvesting. Disgrace came up with the scheme and talked Shame into carrying it out.

Three times Shame went over to check out the field. He was going to take the money from the sale of his father's cotton for himself. The first two times the field looked great and Shame was very pleased. This would afford him enough money to last the winter months. 

Meanwhile, prayers were sent to heaven concerning the hostile take-over. The third time Shame went to check out the cotton field, he was shocked to find that a swarm of boll weevils had taken over the entire crop and most of the bolls had fallen on the ground. What was poised to be a bountiful harvest was almost totally wiped out. Miraculously, there was not found, one boll weevil in the neighbor's cotton field next door.

Disgrace also had a farm with a bountiful cotton field and was poised to have a good yield as well, but because he came up with the scheme, boll weevils swarmed in and destroyed his field also. His cotton farm was separated from his neighbor's cotton field by only a wire fence, but the weevils did not touch his neighbor's cotton field, they only destroyed his own.

This is a true story, only the brothers' names were changed for anonymity.

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2 Chronicles 20:17 You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you.

Go in peace.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

On Whose Terms?

I am struggling in my relationship with the Lord because I have gone through a series of disappointments, one after another. The problem with serving the Lord, is that He is a Spirit. We can't meet up with Him at Starbucks and sit down for a face-to-face over coffee. We live out our lives by FAITH, taking steps that we are not sure of, hoping we're on the right path. Many times, it doesn't turn out as we had expected.

I seem to have a lot of promises, prophesies and visions and not enough manifestations of them - which are giving me pause to move forward. I keep turning corners to find another dead end street. A word from the preacher or a song on the radio says it is just around the corner, but it rarely is. From year to year we wait to see our desires come to pass, but the years keep passing by.

I know that I love the Lord with all my heart, but what if He NEVER comes through with all the things I'm expecting? Will I love that Lord even then? Is my relationship with Him hinging on whether or not He fulfills all my wishes, desires and dreams?

On the Mount of Olives, Jesus prayed in agony, "Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will but Yours be done." The Father did not remove the cup but Jesus had to drink from it anyways.  But what He did do was strengthen Jesus for the journey. Jesus said in John 4:34, "My food is to do the will of God who sent Me, and to finish His work.

Maybe the struggle I'm having is that I'm trying to push through my agenda and it doesn't seem to be what God wants for me at this time.  I have to turn my thoughts and desires toward what God's will is and serve Him on His terms. There in lies peace and rest for my weary mind and spirit.  Jesus said in John 5:30, "I do not seek My own will, but the will of the Father who sent Me."

Heavenly Father,
What is Your will for me?  Reveal to me what it is and give me the wisdom, the will and the do to pull it off.  I know You see my struggle and my inner wrestling.  I don't know whether to go left or right, and past disappointments are taunting me, keeping me up nights.  Speak Lord and give me guidance. Let me know what Your will is, then I will know what is expected of me. Do not let me flee to Tarshish, if Nineveh is Your desired plan, as the prophet Jonah did.  Help me with this! Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and let there be a time of singing and dancing with my tambourine, as the prophetess Miriam did.  Lord I concede that this is Your operation and Your terms and conditions by which I operate.  I am just Your unprofitable servant, doing what is my duty to do.  All I ask is that You let me know what Your will is, and I'll be the one to make sure that its carried out.  Set me on a clear path to victory because You always cause me to triumph.  In my Savior Jesus' name I pray.  Amen.

Go in peace.