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Is Your Issue Worth It?

Psalm 23:5

You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.
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The Scripture basis for this blog: 

Mark 5:25-35

New Living Translation (NLT)

25 A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding. 26 She had suffered a great deal from many doctors, and over the years she had spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she had gotten worse. 27 She had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his robe. 28 For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition.

30 Jesus realized at once that healing power had gone out from him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my robe?”

31 His disciples said to him, “Look at this crowd pressing around you. How can you ask, ‘Who touched me?’”

32 But he kept on looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell to her knees in front of him and told him what she had done. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.”

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We have been discussing honor and worship at revival these past few weeks and I have just been asking God to show me some things.  Last night we learned about going to church with an expectancy that God will do something, so this morning I went expecting.  I was not feeling well, my voice was sketchy and I asked God to heal my body before we even got to church…posted it on Facebook and everything.  As I stepped into worship this is what happened:

Firstly, I was able to sing…first sign that God was already at work. Secondly when I worship I get this sensation at first that I am pouring into God and honoring Him.  While this is happening there is a light which emanates from me and extends toward heaven.  Then as I choose to receive from God, the light reverses and I am just covered by His glory.  Today it was different.  As I was pouring in so was He and the light met in the middle. I was confused for a moment as I had not encountered this before, then I heard a voice say walk toward the throne.

As I walked in obedience I was brought back to a book I had read by Rick Joyner, The Call, which is about a vision of heaven he had.  I remember seeing all of these people surrounding the throne of God, important people from history and I could not help but think that I was somehow not worthy to be walking to the front, yet I continued to walk.  The closer I got, the more the  light  met and became circles and they radiated out in all directions connecting the worship and bringing it to a new higher level.  God was truly revealing Himself to me in that moment.

So, needless to say, worship was off the hook and wonderful and it brought revelation to me in another area of my understanding.  I sat down after worship and God showed me a hand reaching out from a crowd of people.  In my spirit I knew right away it was the woman with the issue of blood.  As I drew closer to see what God wanted to show me, He showed me there was a hand helping this woman touch Jesus and the following is what God spoke to me:

Like the woman who pushes through the crowds just to get to Jesus to touch the hem of His garment to receive by faith her healing–we should be pressing continually forward,  He HAS prepared a table for us AMONGST our enemies and He gives us the strength daily to overcome and push through anything the enemy has set out for us that day.  So, being set apart by grace, let the words of our testimonies help those hurting around us push through the crowd and touch the hem of Jesus’ garment.  We as a body of Christ are to show the way to Jesus.  Let us love one another aside from our differences and begin to help others to reach out and touch Jesus for their healing.

Wow!  God was really speaking that we need to step out and step in to help others seek Jesus.  We need to realize that their issues are just as important as the one that brought us to God.  We need to have compassion for those who are searching for hope in this fallen world.  Are we willing to set aside our issues to help someone else reach out and touch Jesus?

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Chasing My Tail

Isaiah 30:15
This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength. But you would have none of it.

Ever just want to throw in the towel?  Just give up.  Forget about it!  Just close your eyes and hope it goes away?  Praying to move on to something else before you feel any more insanity creeping in?  Sometimes waiting on God can be like that, yet you know deep down that it is for a purpose.  We has humans by nature are wanting to rush through everything, never taking time to stop and settle with the dust to see what is right in front of us.  We race through life as if we are not a vapor of the wind ourselves.  We want to go from birth to driving a Mercedes because we have earned it along the way.  Tell me we have never looked at the older generation and drooled over the fancy house they have or the sports car they get to drive.  We want everything handed to us like the Jetson’s, not realizing that instant gratification just leads us to want more and more. Perhaps God is trying to slow us down for a reason; He does not want us to become spoiled, not just by the things of the world but in our spirit as well.

What if we slowed down?  Just what if we said “no” to a couple of things in our lives?  Believe me there are enough people on this planet at any given time to accomplish everything that needs to be done and the things that don’t, well God has a plan for it.  We often find ourselves chasing our tails so to speak trying to get everything done that we think we are responsible for.  Where does it get us?  Still chasing our tail in a panic to accomplish something while just running in a circle.  If God has our lives planned out even while we are forming in the tummies of our moms, than who are we to add more to that then we are capable of?  If we would just take things to prayer in a quiet moment of our day, just maybe, we would develop this ability to say “no” where it is necessary.  How often we get roped into situations because we feel guilty and are positive that if we don’t do it, it will not get done by anyone else.  I assure you, just like God when He tries to pick people for assignments and they say “no”, He goes on to find someone else.  Trust me, humans can do that too.  If there is a position to be filled, I assure you there will be someone to fill it.

What does it take to slow down?  Not really sure on that one yet. Shhhh…..don’t tell anyone but I have not learned how to say no yet.  It is hard to write on something I have yet to overcome, yet God has me writing in this direction today.  Perhaps it because He is trying to get my attention.  I know one of my biggest failures in my Christian walk is quiet time and slowing my life down long enough to really listen to God’s voice and directions.  I like to think I am a work in progress; however, how many times has God to start over in the clay process with me?  Sometimes I just try and try and it does not happen. I set aside time and then “something comes up” and off I go.  Now don’t read me wrong, I pray on the go and read things from here to there, but to really sit down and have a designated time frame to be quiet with God ….not happening.  I wish I knew how to make this happen, yet I have found no answer.  It’s kind of like the diet and exercise plan I will start, right after I have this last glass of Cherry Pepsi or Baby Ruth bar.

Now, I am not beating myself up over these things, not worth the time I don’t seem to have already, but I am yearning for a routine in my life.  I have come to the realization with my weird schedule at work, trying to start my Mary Kay business, publishing a book, preparing for a daughter who is graduating and being a youth leader, I have myself  painted into a painting looking like a bunch of paint splattered on a canvas.  Yet, I feel I am okay, not over stressed out or running in too many directions, just not taking enough time out for God and me time.  I was attending church every Saturday night for a soaking and prayer time but with work schedules and events, I am finding myself not having time to do that either.  So as I progress onward, I have to find a balance.  Hmmm…balance, what an interesting thought.  Balance my self-planned life with the one God has destined for me.