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Shifting into a "Divine Paradigm"

Posted on July 20, 2013 at 7:33 AM Comments comments (4)
"But seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you"  Matt. 6:33

"Jesus wept, Amen!"  With no real reverence, hunger, or expectation, but rather a "There God, I prayed" kind of prayer.  Many of us would never pray this kind of prayer intentionally.  And yet, in the business of the day and the demands of life (High stress jobs, family demands, social functions, school, Church offices and events, household projects, relationships and the list goes on) We can easily find ourselves drifting into a state of praying out of obligation rather than admiration.  

Have you ever had the kind of morning where  Dred was sitting beside the bed after  Anxiety sounded the alarm?  Worry had laid out your clothes while Fret hurried you along.  Peace gently tapped you on the shoulder while Wisdom spoke "Before you leave, talk to me.  I have something I'd like to say."  But because Rush pounded on your bedroom door, you spoke a few lines of "Thank you Father for all you have done and please help me get through the day, Amen" kind of prayer?  All the while fearful of what you would have to face.

As the day goes on, nothing seems to be going quite right:  Your favorite cup somehow now has a leak.  You can't find your keys, you missed the bus or had a flat tire.  You were late for work  got a call from the school that one of the kids is sick and has to come home and this is just within the first 3 hours of your day.

Phl 4:6  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;                                                
If we are not careful, the cares of life can frustrate the quality of our lives.  Prayer is an essential part of our existence.  It is a "Must!"  Prayer is our lifeline to God our Father and without it, we are like a person with a breathing disorder functioning on small percentage of air.  

God is wanting to shift us from a place of simply  "existing" to "Abundant Life."   He desires to move us out of this place of dysfunctional normalcy into another realm of living where our normal routine is one of Power and  Strength.  And he wants to do it  speedily!  This is known as a "Paradigm shift" And God wants us to not only shift, but to be Divinely shifted.   In order to do this, we must change what we do by changing the way we think.  And as a Believer in Christ, our first priority has to be "Prayer!"
Are you ready for a change?  

Are you tired of simply existing?  Well the good news is, There is a Divine shifting taking place in the midst of the chaos.  What seems to be present trouble is actually the catalyst God is using you to shift you into another dimension of living.

Pray and seek the Lord.  Wisdom is crying out to you from the street corners of life.  Are you willing to listen?  Now is the time!

Power Choices

Posted on July 6, 2013 at 1:36 PM Comments comments (1)
Deu 30:19  "I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, [that] I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;"

Our lives are a culmination of the choices we've made.  When faced with a challenge, we can choose to speak life into them or to speak words of defeat (death).  God empowered us with the ability that no other creature on earth has and that is the power of Choice!

Choices produce consequences and consequences will produce the fruit of the choice that was made.  If we want to change the course of our lives, we must begin to change the way we think.  

One description of insanity is to continue doing what you've always done but expecting different results.  You will never change your environment until you change what you do.  You must come out of the comfort zone of bad decisions and learned behaviours in order to change the direction of your life.
Rom 12:2  "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what [is] that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."

Our minds have to be renewed daily by  The Word of God!  We must "choose" to reprogram our thoughts and guard our hearts.  We must be radical in what we allow or don't allow into our spirits, for out of the abundance of our heart are our thoughts formed and choices are made.  So with the information we have, we will make choices that will produce fruit of either life or death.  

Pro 4:23  Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it [spring] the issues of life.
                                                                                                                            When we purpose to make decisions that produce life, we become empowered by the Holy Spirit (who is the action of God) to accelerate our change.  We are fully equipped to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we can ever ask or think according to the power that works in us.  Eph 3:20

This is what fuels us and allows us to shift into another  dimension.  Our choices possess the power to propel us into destiny!  Choices possess the power to change the atmosphere in which we live. 

When we come into agreement with the Word of God, the choices we make are "Powerful!"  According to Mat 18:19  "Again I say [fn] to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven."

Today, you can power shift the direction of your life through"Power Choices!"  Start today and allow God's word to direct your thoughts, your words and the choices you make.  Believe it!

A word a Day (Rx for Life) Power Thoughts

Posted on July 4, 2013 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (614)
Rom 12:2   "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

Today, we are a product of yesterdays thoughts.  What we become tomorrow, is determined by how we think today.  Imagine that you have the power to change your current situation by how you "think".

Look around you!  Everything you see began with a thought:  That chair, the picture, the table and yes, even the tree and the birds all began with a thought.  
Before the specs were ever drawn and even before God "said" Let there be, it all began with a thought.

It is possible to change the course of the rest of your life by changing the way you begin to see yourself.  What have you thought about where you are in your occupation?  What about in the place you live?  And how have you thought about your spouse?   Do you embrace that they'll never change and you're in a marriage of "one"?

What about the diagnoses that the Dr's said was sure to end in death?  Have you embraced what their word says about you or have you sought the Lord to find out what "He" has said about you?  The answer all begins with how you think.

Our thoughts (like our actions) must be on purpose.  We must develop an attitude that we are who God says we are.  We can do, what God says we can do.  And we can have what God says we can have.  

2Cr 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ"

This must be our mindset when ushering in the Divine presence of the Lord into our lives that our actions (as well as our thoughts), line up with His.  It is then, we walk in favor and the Power of the Almighty God!  We can then do the impossible, see the invisible and flourish in places that at another time, would have intimidated us.  

Life is meant to bring out the best in a believer so that they that believe not,  will see His glory being manifested.  Let us have the mind of Christ as we walk though it's challenges.  And transform our thinking by indulging our minds with The Word of God and through a relationship with Him.   He desires to show us the beauty and the authority that He has placed inside of us and draw it out.

Phl 4:8¶  "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things."

In keeping this formula in the forefront of our minds, we can live a "Power life" by beginning our day with "Power Thoughts!"

A Word A Day:Rx for Life- "Power Shift"

Posted on July 1, 2013 at 10:57 PM Comments comments (821)

Pro 18:21 Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Our words carry POWER!  With every word we speak., we have the potential to manifest fruit of Life or of Death.  Each originate from a place of faith or fear and our words have the power to produce the fruit of either.  

Because we were created in our Daddy God's Image, he incorporated the God Gene of "Power" by the spoken word:

Gen 1:3 "And God said, Let there be light: and there was light."  Gen 1:6And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.  And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry [land] appear: and it was so.   Gen 1:9And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry [land] appear: and it was so.   Gen 1:14And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years  Gen 1:15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. Gen 1:26And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth."  Therefore, we have the creative ability to form our worlds by the words we speak.  

For every word God said, it began with a thought.  As Awesome and Powerful as God is, it wasn't until He "Said" that it was.  So it is with each of us.  We speak words out of the abundance our thoughts:

Luk 6:45"A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart [fn] brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
So we find that if our fruit is to be good, we must program our minds (our hearts with "good" things.
Definition of PARADIGM
1: examplepatternespecially : an outstandingly clear or typical example or archetype
2: an example of a conjugation or declension showing a word in all its inflectional forms
3: a philosophical and theoretical framework of a scientific school or discipline within which theories, laws, and generalizations and the experiments performed in support of them are formulated; broadly : a philosophical or theoretical framework of any kind
Every word we speak comes from a place of either Faith or Fear.  One (faith) produces  life and the other (fear) produces death:

Jhn 6:63   "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and [they] are life.
2Ti 1:7   For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Mat 12:36  "But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.  Mat 12:37  "For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned."

So as you look at your life, what do you see?  Is there wholeness of your mind, body and soul?  Do you walk in victory even when things may not go the way you planned?  Do you speak gloom and doom when the report comes back and "they" say there is no winning this battle?  Are you living a life of defeat or in constant condemnation and guilt because of your past?   

This  may have been your normal day to day existence  and it may be how things have been in the past. But today, the paradigm of your yesterday is over and the mindset of defeat has ended.  It is time to put off the old man who everyday lived, thought and spoke like one without any hope.  The sin and shame of your yesterday has been put off and the Grace &  Mercy of today is in full swell of expectancy.  They are now waiting for you to "Speak" into the atmosphere that "Now" is the time for a "Power Shift"!

When you begin to let the mind of Christ be in you, things will move by the power of your word just as your Daddy God has done:  

Hbr 1:3  "who being the brightness of [His] glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself [fn]purged our [fn] sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,"
What is this "Power Shifting" you might ask?  

Powershifting, also known as full-throttle shifting or flat-shifting, (not to be confused with speed-shifting) is a method of shifting used with manual transmissions to reduce the time where the driving wheels are not powered. Unlike a normal gearchange, in a powershift the driver does not let off the accelerator (unlike speed-shifting, where the throttle is let off very quick, simultaneously depressing the clutch and shifting into the next gear, rapidly). The clutch is briefly depressed while the shift lever is rapidly shifted into a higher gear, keeping the engine in its power band. This helps the car accelerate faster, but increases the wear on the clutch and the transmission beyond normal levels and shortens the expected life of these components. (Wikipedia)

As you can see, in this form of racing it's a term used when the car is in full throttle motion and at a high rate of speed, shifts into another gear without decreasing the momentum.  In other words, You may have been speaking death into your life for years without even thinking about it, it became a way of life (natural to you).  However, now that you know the truth, with the same momentum you spoke the negative things, you will begin to speak Life and because your words are powered by the Spirit of the Living God, you will experience such a paradigm shift, that you will not lose ground, you will be Accelerated into Abundancy!

It is time for us to begin to think, speak and walk in Abundant Life!  Cast out all Fear!  Walk and embrace the power of Faith!  Now is the time to speak "Life" and transform your world with a "Power Shift!"

A Word a Day: The Prescription for Life!

Posted on July 1, 2013 at 2:19 AM Comments comments (1)

3Jo 1:2    "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth."

As the heartfelt words of  one who knew all to well that prosperity is not simply the abundance of currency as some might think.  However, that true prosperity is found in the quality of life itself and incorporates the total man: mind, body and soul.  And that this particular life (Zoe) is found in Christ.  

Jhn 10:10  "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly."

Over the years, I've spoken with those who have been hurt and broken as a result of relationships, illnesses, finances etc. and many have been brothers and sisters in Christ.  I recently pulled out a small  pocket book that had been given to me several years ago by a dear sister entitled "Rx: Prescriptions for Life" that I'd forgotten about.   However, it really ministered to my soul.  Surely, the Word of God is the best Medicine for Life:  

Psa 107:20   "He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered [them] from their destructions."

Mat 4:4   But He answered and said,"It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." 

So as I sought a word of peace and healing and realizing that when you don't have anything else to give to someone who may come to you in an hour of need except the Word of God, that you have all you need.  I realized this would not be a one verse, two points and a prayer event.  However, it would be a process.  As with most healing, they occur over a period of  time.  And while physically recovering from an injury or medical condition, may require some  therapy or consist of medication prescribed by your physician, The word of God taken in daily doses, will not only heal us in places we hurt that cannot be seen, but manifest in every area of our life.  

Well our Great Physician is Jesus!  He alone can heal us with a dose of His word and a touch of His Spirit.  He doesn't "practice" medicine, He "Is" The Medicine.  And reading and meditating on His word for all of day to day life issues as prescribed by him, will not only heal, but make us "Whole".  

It is His desire that we prosper in all areas of our lives: 

In our souls: 
Mat 11:29  "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls."

In our minds:
Isa 26:3     "You will keep [him] in perfect peace, [Whose] mind [is] stayed [on You], Because he trusts in You."

In our Bodies:

3Jo 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

In our Relationships:

Hbr 12:14 Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

In our Finances:

1Ti 6:17  ¶Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
1Ti 6:18  That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;

Our Father God want's His children to live life with a Kingdom mentality where we walk in wisdom and power.  Redeeming the time and maximizing our resources.  We have a job to do and we cannot do it sick and broken no matter what part of our life is ailing.  We must seek to be made whole that we may reach out to aid in the healing of others by our testimonies.

Rev 12:11   And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

So over the next few weeks, as I am fed daily doses of God's word, I too will share with those who may need the some encouragement, guidance and motivation to be made whole in Him.  He will heal in every place that hurts.  You have the power within to move past where you are right now.  Decide to Be Healed and to Be Made Whole!  This is your daily dose for the day!

Hey God! Are You Listening?

Posted on June 12, 2013 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (2)
Hbr 10:36-37    'For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.   For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry."     

The bills keep coming!  The Dr's report is not good.  There are pressures on the job.  Your relationships are strained and your whole life seems to be spiraling out of of control!  You thought you were up for the task of managing your life.  After all God, "YOU Promised"!!!  

You promised to provide my needs according to your riches in Glory by Christ Jesus! Phl 4:19   You promised to heal my body by sending your Word. Psa 107:20  You Promised that you would give me strength and that I could do all things through Christ. Phl 4:13   You promised to be with me and never leave me! Hbr 13:5   You promised God!  Are You listening to my cry?

2Cr 4:8-10   "[We are] troubled on every side, yet not distressed; [we are] perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;   Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body."  What do you do when you feel like what you've done is not enough and your cry for help is not being heard?

There are times in our lives when the storms of life will send us reeling through the torrents of the sea.  We are stretched beyond what we could've ever imagined.  We Cry out to Him and it seems as though He doesn't hear us:    

Psa 107:25-29  "For He commands and raises the stormy wind, Which lifts up the waves of the sea.  They mount up to the heavens, They go down again to the depths; Their soul melts because of trouble.  They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, And are at their wits' end.  Then they cry out to the LORD in their trouble, And He brings them out of their distresses.  He calms the storm, So that its waves are still."

Yes, although we sometimes feel as though He doesn't hear us, He really does.  He knows exactly where we are as a loving Father does!  And he knows what is needed to prepare us for the promise.

Patience is a Fruit of the Spirit that is developed over time. Gal 5:22   Referred to as "long suffering" (KJV), we often read this passage, over looking the fact that the development of this fruit requires suffering "long".   Not the kind of suffering we normally associate with punishment, rather as in the discipline a father uses in teaching his children.  It is where the child learns to trust that the Father knows what is best for them.  And nothing develops this fruit like "trouble".

Hbr 12:11 "No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it."

When it is time, and the work that patience is doing in and through us is complete, we will see what God already knew, we have been  "Perfected for the Promise".  Our Heavenly Father hears us.  And He knows when we've developed enough to handle what He has promised us:

Psa 107:30 "Then they are glad because they are quiet; So He guides them to their desired haven.  Oh, that [men] would give thanks to the LORD [for] His goodness, And [for] His wonderful works to the children of men!"

The Vessel: And He made you again "Another"

Posted on May 27, 2013 at 6:16 PM Comments comments (6)
"Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.  Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.  And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make [it]."(Jer 18:2-4)
Have you ever felt as though your life was spinning out of control?  Your day to day existence was an endless cycle of pain, trouble & turmoil?  You cry out to God but it seems as though Heaven has shut it's doors, disconnected the phone and the only voice you hear is that of a pre-recorded voice message inside your head  " I am not available to take your call right now.  Please leave your name, the nature of your call and someone will get back with you as soon as possible?"  BEEP!!!  
No matter what we face in our lives or how we may feel, GOD has not forgotten us!  He knows the plans He has for our lives & His plans are GOOD!  (Jer.  29:11)  He has created us on purpose & for a purpose!!!  He makes no mistakes.  Even though our lives can  get turbulent & sometime seem out of our control, we are never out of His.  

Isn't it something that the vessel the Potter was molding (although marred) never left his hands?  So it is as the Master Potter molds  & forms us on the wheels of life.  There will be storms (Mat 7:24-27).  There will be trouble (Job 14:1).  We will experience loss & we will experience pain.  But we can rest with a blessed assurance that the  Master will use it all for the purpose He has created us (Ro. 8:28).
Up until now, you may have felt as though you have been marred beyond recognition.  You may feel as though there is nothing left in you that He could possibly use;  The marriage you once  hoped  for, is now a mere memory.  The person you see in the mirror  is a painful reminder of what you "used" to be.  The tides of life have taken a course far different than any you would've ever imagined.  The report from the Dr. may say "it's only a matter of time",   BUT GOD!!!
"And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make [it]."   The potter's Clay  in this text is compiled of soil & water.  Two elements that when used together in just the right amounts, are mold-able & pliable.  Even when the object being formed is not perfect or becomes "marred", In the hands of a skilled potter, can still be formed into the treasured vessel of beauty in which is was intended(2 Cor. 4:7 ).  

The Word of God is synonymous with "water" (Eph5:26) as man is synonymous with "dust" (Gen 2:7)  As when God formed Adam from the dust of the ground and formed him into Man.  He spoke of His desired creation when He said "Let Us make Man in Our Image..."  (Gen 1:26) and it was so.  By God's word are we created & and this from the foundation of the earth.  You are no mistake neither are you an after thought.  You are not what others have labeled and abusively said you are because they couldn't or refused to see the value in you.  Nor are you what you have done.  You were created on Purpose and for a purpose.  God has hidden some things inside of you that are yet to be seen.
Therefore, though you've been marred, broken by words that cut you to the core & left you for dead,  God WILL make you again "ANOTHER" by the Word He has spoken over you!  You will live & not die!  You will recover from that toxic relationship!  You will heal from the loss of that loved one!    The words that once tore you down & killed your spirit will be replaced by words that build you up and give you Life!  His Word will not return unto Him void!  He will take the broken pieces and put them back together again!  He will mold you into a vessel fit for His GOOD pleasure and intended purpose!  Don't fret & don't give up!  You may have felt forsaken & all alone but I am here to proclaim to you "YOU, HAVE NEVER LEFT HIS HANDS!!!"

Dancing to the Rhythm of Grace

Posted on May 24, 2013 at 2:58 AM Comments comments (1)
2Cr 12:8  Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.  2Cr 12:9  And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  2Cr 12:10  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.  

Eph 4:7  ¶But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

meas·ure  (mzhr): 17. Music The metric unit between two bars on the staff; a bar.
refrain  n1. (Music, other) a regularly recurring melody, such as the chorus of a song2. a much repeated saying or idea

Saturday afternoon without fail or unless there was a major life event,  I'd put on my hip hugger, elephant leg pants (or whatever the latest fashion they'd be wearing on "The hippest trip in America"  dance show) to be in  character of my favorite Soul Train Dancer "Damita Jo Freeman".  I'd study her every move and practice (every day) the leg lifts and Robotic moves that she was so famous for.  I know, I know I'm dating myself and some may be wondering "what are elephant legs and who is Damita Jo Freeman?"  I will bypass the explanation and simply say one word that you will find quite familiar "Google".

I was a pretty good dancer because I loved to dance (I am not boasting simply stating a fact).  I lived and practiced dancing.  I danced when I was up and danced when I was down.  It was something I was good at and anytime there was a dance competition, I was always up for the challenge.  And can't really remember a time when I entered a contest that I didn't win (Anyone who can is welcome to email me.  As my memory like my dance moves, are not what they used to be).

Dancing solo was easy for me.  I was in control.  Dancing with someone else, was a little more challenging unless they were good dancers as well.  This was especially true in  slow dancing.  I found that many of the guys (as cute as they might have been) lacked rhythm to dance.  And since it was customary for the guy to lead, I would often get frustrated and sometimes find myself trying to lead them  or getting out of step, which would make for a very awkward situation.  

Such was the case at a friends Birthday house-party when one of my favorite slow songs was being played.  A young man asked me to dance with him and although he wouldn't have been the one I wanted to dance with, I'd never waste my favorite song being a wall flower.  His slooooow motion approach (which he obviously took literally) made it difficult for me to follow his lead.  As the song played, it became more and more obvious  that we were dancing to the same song, but the timing was way off.  Somehow, our feet got tangled, I lost my balance and found myself falling backwards (as in slow motion).  We both ended up on the floor in the middle of the crowded room.  Fast forward as some incidents you just want to forget about.  Life is full of humbling experiences and for me this was definitely one of them.

Paul states in 2 Corinthians 12:8 that he'd sought the Lord three times to remove what he considered a thorn in his flesh.  This thorn (as he describes) was sent as a messenger from Satan to buffet or afflict him lest he be exalted above measure.  Paul was astute in the Law yet he had had an unequivocal encounter with Jesus Himself .  He was in constant fellowship with the Lord and had been given revelations of God's grace through Jesus Christ that those who'd literally walked with him didn't have. Most men in his position would've been quite arrogant and some with less of a testimony.  Yet he states that "lest he be exalted above measure by the abundance of revelations" he was given this thorn. (vs. 7) 

Three times!   Paul didn't just ask the Lord, but pleaded with Him to remove this thorn in his flesh. And one that was given him of Satan no less.  One that God allowed and Paul understood the necessity of.   "For though I might desire to boast, I will not be a fool; for I will speak the truth. But I refrain, lest anyone should think of me above what he sees me [to be] or hears from me".
2Cr 12:6  

It sounds as though if Paul had been a dancer, he may have been enamored among the best.  He was skilled in the mission he was given and had the faith to carry it out.  He was used to fighting through and knew the sacrifice that was required to follow the Leading of the Holy Spirit.  His commitment to "The Call" in which he'd been sent was apparent.  And yet while dancing to the tune of humility where he was partnered with Grace, he sought to stay in control.  

There are times in our lives where the tune of Faith takes on a different tempo than that we've been used to.  It is by faith that we are saved through Grace, and that not of us but it is the gift that God gives to everyone.  This grace (He gives) according to the measure in which it is needed.

Grace has a rhythm all it's own.  And in our lives, it is important that we recognize when Grace is leading and we relinquish control and allow ourselves to be led.   

Grace supplies strength, direction, provision and hope.  It is often disguised in the form of trouble when we've exhausted ourselves beyond our own abilities.  And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." @Cor 12:9  
It was Grace that led the Children of Israel through the Wilderness with a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.  It was Grace that led Ruth through the field of Boaz and into his heart.  It was Grace that led Abigail with wisdom out of place of dis-grace and into King Davids heart.

Grace will never lead you where God's provision won't keep you.  You must learn to let go of the control button of your life and learn to become one with Grace during the ebb and flow of life's currants.  The tides will rise as the Master Orchestrator crescendos through measures of  intensities in our lives.  

There will be times when you are required to rest.  And although rest is needed and a time to refrain is measured out, we may not be willing or to afraid to take heed.  The Master then may allow a messenger of Satan to buffet us until the measure of grace for that season is over.  And it is during this time we must raise our hands and join with Grace, to follow it's lead.  Resting, moving and synchronizing to the rhythm Grace has come into alignment with.  You may be out of step at first, but listen:  " Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, "This [is] the way, walk in it," Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left." Is. 30:21   Then, will you learn to dance to the "Rhythm of Grace"

Tabitha, Arise

Posted on April 19, 2013 at 7:32 PM Comments comments (3)
Like the Eagle, I Rise
Like the Eagle, I Rise
Is. 40:31 "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint."
I Rise!
Never to give up, Never to give in and Against all odds, Still I Rise
I Rise!

Acts 9: 36-37   Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and alms deeds which she did. And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid [her] in an upper chamber.  39-41 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping and showing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them. But Peter put them all forth, and kneeling down, and prayed; and turning [him] to the body said, "Tabitha, arise."   And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.  (41)  And he gave her [his] hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive.   

(Tabitha (Hebrew name), Dorcas (Greek name) both mean “Gazelle” Gazelles are swift and able to sustain up to 40 mph for long periods of time.  Are known for their grace as they run and will often take off at a fast pace and Jump high when threatened. (Wikipedia)

Dorcas represents many women who love the Lord with their whole heart and will do anything for anyone with no regard to themselves. Day after day, if there is a need they are there; encouraging others while sometimes being discouraged; working in church ministries, event planning, fund raising, mothering and homemaking and some are wives.  On the list of priorities for the day, they can never seem to find the time to include themselves.   

Dorcas is the one that you can always count on because she will never turn you down.  When you need an ear, she lends hers and when your heart is heavy, she will find a way to use her skills and talents to uplift you.  This is what the widows knew as they wept for the one who had been there for them during their times of need.  She was a woman who understood (and the only woman specifically mentioned as a disciple of Christ) what real compassion was all about.  

She gave not only of her substance but also of her service.    She was known  for all the good she had done.  And her good works followed her even after death.  No one would have ever known by her giving (in alms as well as service) that in the brilliant tapestry of fine garments, that with each stitch and every weave; in the times she wept with them and sometimes just sat and listened;  that while she was there refreshing them, she herself needed refreshing.  

Women like Dorcas (as noble as they may be) never consider that they themselves need refreshing.  If you pour out of a vessel (no matter how full) it is only a matter of time that it will become empty if it isn't refilled.    If we are to truly be Jesus' disciples, we must take time to be replenished.

Jesus made it a priority to spend time in the presence of the Father.  Before and after Jesus would do the most profound miracles, he separated himself from the others to be fed and replenished by The Father.  He only did what he heard of the Father and this was revealed to him during his times of refreshing “prayer”.   

Whether Dorcas had children  or had been married (although the scripture seems to suggest that she was also a widow) is not stated, but that it was the widows who stood by Peter weeping. 

This was the same Disciple whom Jesus had taken along with him when the twelve year old girl had died, and Jesus took only her parents and the three Disciples in to her room and spoke "Damsel arise"!  However this time, Peter entered the room alone.  There were no others to enter into the resuscitation room of her miracle.     

It may have been out of her own pain she had been able to display such compassion for those (who like herself)  understood what it was like to loose someone you love.  (Compassion: means to feel as one feels as in "it has come past me" and then to act upon it.  

Our Lord who was full of compassion & rich in mercy, came in the likeness of man and suffered as we do just to be able to be the High Priest who is touched by the feelings of our infirmities.   This only comes through a heart that is familiar with our pain.  It need not be the same situation, but having gone through something yourself, taking the focus off of you and then ministering to anothers need is beneficial to them and can be healing for you.    

Dorcas (as she was known) was the woman you wanted to be around when you were down, because she poured so much of herself into you. However, she had no one pouring into her, had given all she had and died.     

 Now Peter was called upon to come quickly as they'd heard he was nearby (about *twelve miles away).  They'd heard of the miracles that he had performed and how he had raised Aeneas from his sick bed in Lydda.   Dorcas’ death was a devastating loss, but they knew that she was faithful and that Peter had the power to do something about it.      

They wanted Dorcas back.  She was  faithful and beneficial to the the church.  At this time the Church was being persecuted and she was a demonstration of her faith.  Oh, that "Who" we believe in is reflected by what we "do".    Although, it is not by our works we are saved, Jesus' said they'll know we are his disciples by the love we have (display) one to another.  Jhn 13:35

Yes, they wanted Dorcas back.  The one, whose garments covered them when they were filled with grief, encouraged them when they were down, comforted and consoled them.  They wept for Dorcas; the one that was always running here and there doing this and that and would jump at the chance to help others who were being threatened no matter the cost.  She was the one who never stopped and only death could have slowed her down.   

But when Peter arrived, he cleared the room as she lay in waiting.  He turned his back to pray for her and as he sought the will of the Father, it was Gods Chosen Woman of Grace and Strength he heard The Father instruct him to call as he spoke "Tabitha" (her Hebrew name), Arise"!     

Isn't it encouraging to know that we have a Father that knows us by name?  Not by the  many roles or duties we perform or by that which others call us.  But the name that He chose when He created us.  

When we are weary and need refreshing, he can hide us in plain sight.  He can use circumstances that seem to be working against us, but will use them to strengthen us:   Is. 40:31  "But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew [their] strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint."  It may come in the form of what looks like a form of death, but will actually be a time of refreshing.  Our God waste nothing.  2 Cor. 4:16 "Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward [man] is being renewed day by day."
Dorcas (her Greek name known by man) died having prayed for everyone else not having many pray for her.  She died having extended her hand to others but not many thinking she needed any.  She died having lifted up everyone else and covering them with her beautiful garments of compassion until the day Dorcas died.  

But Daddy God knew her by "name" (her identity, character and purpose)    And although she'd given of herself unselfishly, God remembered her.   Peter speaks to her purpose, calls her by her chosen name "Tabitha",  takes her by the hand and lifts her up. Dorcas had died, but Tabitha "Arose".     

*Acts 9:42  And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed on the Lord."  *Remember "twelve" is the number of foundation.  This miracle propelled the ministry of Peter and helped spread the Gospel of Christ.  All by one faithful woman's devotion of service.  "Be not weary in well doing, for in due season, you will reap if you faint not."  Gal. 6:9

Talitha, cumi: Damsel, ARISE!

Posted on April 10, 2013 at 9:01 AM Comments comments (19)
Mark 5:25-And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.  For she said, if I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.  And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in [her] body that she was healed of that plague.  But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.  And he said unto her, "Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague".  While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue's [house certain] which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further? 5:41-43 And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, "Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise".  And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was [of the age] of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment.  And he charged them straightly that no man should know it; and commanded that *something should be given her to eat. 
Every time I read this account of the woman and young girl both being touched by Jesus, I am in awe of the precision of God.  This account is full of the manifold characteristics of who God is.  

The Omniscient God:  The Woman began her issue about the same time the girl was born God knew the journey each would have on their way to their miracle.  The OmnipotentGod: The power to take two situations where men could neither prevent nor assist in either being made whole.  There are things in our lives that no matter who we know, how much money we have, or what we do; only the Power of God can change it.  The Omnipresent God:  He was with the woman during the years of her issue and with the girl from birth up until this day and scheduled a Divine appointment with them both.  The woman heard about Jesus and in spite of her condition (which according to the Law of Moses, she was not to be around anyone as her condition was deemed “unclean”.)  Her very presence among anyone who may have recognized her was a death sentence.  

Imagine for a moment, this was a time when feminine hygiene products didn’t exist.  As much as there were things that they could do to somewhat “keep” themselves, it was a reason why a woman with an issue had to be separated from others unlike herself.  What fear would you have to overcome if you knew that getting to your miracle could cost you your life?  Yet, she had been loosing her life for the past twelve years.  But something arose on the inside and she said within herself “If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.”   This kind of faith can only come from God.  Rom 12:3 ¶ … According as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. We don’t know how old the woman was the scriptures does not supply us this information. But we know that she was at least old enough to have begun her cycle when her issue began.  

For some women the time comes as she approaches her teen years and for many, the average age is twelve.  We know that she had to have had some financial resources to have been twelve years in this condition and finally coming to a place where her resources were depleted.   Because our God is a strategic God, and numbers (especially when they are purposefully mentioned in the context of scripture) also have significance.   I would be willing to submit she may have been at least 24 years old.   (The number 12 in the Bible often represents government or foundation ex:  The twelve sons of Jacob, The Twelve tribes of Israel, The Twelve Apostles, etc.  ) 

Isa 9:6   For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: … 
Isa 22:21   And I will clothe him with thy robe, and strengthen him with thy girdle, and I will commit thy government into his hand: … 
Exd 24:4   And Moses wrote all the words of the LORD, and rose up early in the morning, and builded an altar under the hill, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel.   
Mat 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 

Can you imagine for a moment having your whole life before you?  You have a loving family and you are the apple of your daddy’s eye.  Being young and vibrant with your hopes and dreams ahead of you.  Custom was she may have even been betrothed to marry.  However the unexpected occurs and you begin your cycle of womanhood.  First, you have the celebration that you have transitioned from childhood into womanhood.  But the elation only lasts for a short while.  

After one week, it’s new so you don’t think too much about the issue you are having.  You chalk it up as normal.  Everybody goes through this so it’s nothing out of the ordinary.  Week two, you inquire with your mother or those who have been through this before as they come to check on you so see if maybe you just need a little assistance in this “new” experience. A month later, your family is really concerned and now seeks to find out if there is something that can be done to help their daughter, their sister etc.  

As the months and years pass, the visits become less frequent.  Every now and then a new strategy or procedure is introduced but nothing seems to work.  You have had your hopes dashed so many times you become used to disappointments.  You are left with the memory of being picked up in daddy’s arms and swung around with the giggles and the memories of the glow in his eyes as he beheld his little girl.  And you recall mommy’s embrace and helping her with preparing meals and the womanly duties you’d be responsible for when you have a husband and family of your own some day.  You have the body of a woman but the memories of a child.  Neither can be lived out as your life has been condensed into one perpetual event.   As you are constantly reminded how your life was and could’ve been if you didn’t have this “issue”. 

Simultaneously, a baby girl was born twelve years earlier.  She is the daughter of a man of importance.  He is the ruler of the Synagogue.  She would be considered a “Preacher’s kid” today.  Daddy’s little girl!  She too was young and vibrant, and her daddy’s delight.  Her hugs around his neck and her smile and laughter made the weariness of the day worth it all to him.  She is the evidence that God has smiled upon him. 

But one day she becomes ill.  No one knows what this is and what can be done.  Day after day, he watches helplessly as his precious princess slips deeper and deeper into a lifeless state.  She struggles to smile when daddy comes into the room, but the pain of her effort is apparent as she slips in and out of moments of unconsciousness.  His heart aches as he watches his precious daughter yet trying to make daddy smile in the midst of her pain.  Twelve is an age where there should be joy and laughter, and yet for this family, nothing but despair from seeing their little girl ill. 

Her father, who hears of a man who can heal and has performed great miracles, is nearby.  At the risk of being rejected by his Synagogue and the other Priest who believe Jesus is a heretic, he seeks the mercy of the one he too had taught against.  But for his baby girl, he is willing to risk it all. 

As we read the account, we see the woman overcome her fear and convinces herself, she has nothing to loose by seeking the One she believes can change her situation and restore her life.  He’s worth loosing her life in pursuit of the abundant life he can give her.  She rises from her bed of despair, makes her way to where Jesus is, presses through the crowd with every ounce of strength she has left and reaches through the very ones who had the right to condemn her and touches his garment. 

Immediately, Jesus feels life leave his body and knows that he has been touched by something greater than the crowd of them thronging him, Faith!  “Who touched my clothes?”  At this question, the initiator of the question, who had heard of him coming, arose from her lifeless existence and made her way to him in faith, falls down at his feet and confesses her deed.  She proceeds to tell Jesus ALL of what she had been through over the past twelve years.  As Jairus saw and listened, surely with each passing moment his dying daughter is the only thing he can think about. 

He does not comprehend that a touch of Jesus clothes possessed such power that he himself didn’t have to do a thing.  He didn’t hear how this woman had been dealing with this issue for as long as his daughter was alive and was at the point of death herself by even being in the crowd.  He missed how Jesus told her it was her faith that made her hold and she could now begin her life anew. 

As she told her story, Jairus’ was approached with word that his daughter had died.  Imagine the grief and the thoughts that may have gone through his mind:  “If this woman hadn’t stopped him, my daughter may have lived.  Now, I’ll never have a chance to hold my baby girl again.  It’s too late, my daughter is dead” But Jesus, being the wonderful counselor he is, turns to him and says “Be not afraid, only believe”. 

Jesus takes along with him to Jairus’ home, only three of his disciples: Peter, James & John.  There are places in life you cannot take everyone.  This was apparent as they arrived at the home and is met by another type of crowd.  All of these are the weeping neighbors and family members who have come to give condolences to the family.  

Some of you are weeping over where you are in your life right now because the situation you are in looks “dead”.  The bleak Dr’s report, the absence of a job, the Foreclosure of a home, the strain on that marriage, the court case you face, the child that you raised is now living destitute, on drugs and a life where the fear of the phone ringing in the middle of the night is ever present.  There is the financial debt you’ve incurred or that unforeseen break-up , all of these could  viewed as dead situations.  There are those around you who weep along side you and encourage you to “just move on.  Face it, it’s over.”  

These people mean well, they have just come to accept the fact that it is what it is and what it “looks” like, is just that, “Dead”!  Don’t hold it against them, just seek the presence of the one who not only can resurrect dead things, but is “The Resurrection” of dead things.  When you seek His presence, he will give you a word regarding your situation whether or not it is dead.  He has the final say. But Jesus says something that showed exactly where there hearts were, “Why are you weeping, the Damsel is not dead, she is only asleep”.  They laughed him to scorn.  Not the chuckle under your breath type of laughter, but the kind that comes with heckling and name calling.  This kind of laughter causes mob mentality and turns people against you.  How can a crowd go from weeping and wailing to laughing and mocking?    Sometimes it’s easier for others to believe that your situation is dead and move on, than to believe you can make it out & sticks it out with you.     

You’re speaking of your situation as only a temporary setback will let you know who is with you and who isn’t.  They won’t say it, but they can understand you being sick, but just not for to long.  It requires more of them to commit to you becoming well than it is to a prolonged illness. But once again, Jesus only takes a few: the father, the mother and those three disciples who were with him into the room where the girl lay.    He takes her by the hand and says to her “Talitha, cumi” which means Damsel I say unto you arise!  And immediately, she sat up and walked.  

I will by pass the latter command “that something should be given to her to eat”and to expound upon the fact that after the Resurrection of Jesus Christ there was also this same action with him eating with his Disciples (And Peter, James and John where now present to witness it) and that this was a foreshadowing of how in spite of the miracle of being raised from the dead, the evidence to those looking on that neither were a ghosts or some figment of their imagination, but that both were indeed alive.  It was the Word that caused her to live.  And the bread that caused those looking on to believe.

Two women, two different types of death, two different types of crowds and two very different paths and yet both led them to an encounter with Jesus.  The remedy was the same for them both.  And they both were given back the life they’d each lost by having done one thing, and that was to “Arise”.  What issue have you been carrying? Have you gone through an event that has defined you?  What dead situation do you face?  Well, the voice of the one who was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, bore the chastisement of our peace and by whose stripes we were healed, is speaking to you today one command “Talitha, cumi! Damsel, I say unto you”ARISE”!