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The Darkness of the Cocoon (a continuation)

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“So it’s time to enter into darkness,” says no one ever!  As seekers of a Christ centered life we are compelled to search for the light to be filled with holiness and purity as Christ was.  No one desires to be left in darkness.  Not one of us with a right mind want to continue on in the state we are in, it’s only when darkness broods in our lives that our thought processes become tainted.  We walk around with our caterpillar mentality thinking that we will never change.  No one notices me.  I will always be in this state of mind.  I am just ordinary and have no purpose so I will just walk around in circles until I die.

I am hear right now speaking life!  I am speaking light!  I am speaking into the heart of darkness and saying, “Let there be Light!”  My heart breaks that so many people are in the bondage of the caterpillar stage of life.  In my first marriage I always hoped things would change, I never did anything to actually change it.  God had to wait until I was desperate enough to want out.  He had to wait until I desired something different.  He had to be patient enough to wait until I was ready to enter into the cocoon where transformation could begin.

Now this may sound like we are going backwards, but bear with me.  We are born into this world and like I said in the previous blog, we begin to eat up everything of this world, it’s like we don’t know anything different.  Then one day, we have an encounter with God and we begin the healing process.  We begin to believe that we have a purpose and that we are worthy of love.  We start to look in the mirror and see that change is happening.  We suddenly decide that change needs to continue and we surrender what we know as life to God and He begins the process.

We enter into a stage that I am calling the cocoon stage only because this is where the darkest things in our life are revealed, transformed and changed.  It is in the cocoon stage that we are hidden in a darkness not like the worlds but we are hidden by God.  We are protected from the influences of the outside carnal world.  We reside in a place where only God can touch us and transform our thinking.  He turns the “I ain’t good enough”  into “I have worth”.  He takes the “I am ugly” and changes it to “I am beautiful”.  He takes the “I can’t” and molds it into “I can do all things through Christ!”.

Most importantly He takes our lifeless flesh bodies and turns them into wings of life and freedom.  When we emerge from the cocoon at the end of the process we emerge whole and full of life.  We no longer desire to eat of the world but we desire to drink in the goodness of God.

Are you tired of eating the garbage of the world?  Do you have a desire to change?  Do you want to be free?  Happy? Joyful? Content?  Then it’s time to enter the cocoon.  It’s time for you to allow God to penetrate you to the core with His love, mercy and grace.  Don’t be fooled by the devil into thinking that you are not worth the time it takes to change because you are.  Others are waiting for your transformation process so that they too can witness the loving kindness of God.

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Giants Are Here

Numbers 13:31-33

But the others said, “We can’t attack those people; they’re way stronger than we are.” They spread scary rumors among the People of Israel. They said, “We scouted out the land from one end to the other—it’s a land that swallows people whole. Everybody we saw was huge. Why, we even saw the Nephilim giants (the Anak giants come from the Nephilim). Alongside them we felt like grasshoppers. And they looked down on us as if we were grasshoppers.”
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I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but somebody has got to let you know…there are giants in the land!  The are everywhere!  There are big ones and little ones.  Wide ones and deep ones.  Scary ones and harmless ones. There are all kinds of giants out there and guess what?  You have probably conquered a few along the way.
As our pastor explained last night, even when the Israelites entered into the promise land,  God did not take care of all the giants.  This goes back to the fact that God did not promise us a perfect and painless life.  We run into giants at work and in the market place and sometimes even at church.  They seem to just run about the earth causing trouble as they go.
So what can we do?  Create swords.  Just like David killed Goliath with a stone, we need to figure out what our weapon of choice will be.  We need to decide what our giant is and then go at it with what we have been equipped with.  For me it’s words.  I actually have been discouraged in this area a bit lately and wouldn’t it be just like Satan to try to put a stop to my writing?
As I went up at church last night for prayer, the pastor asked me why I gave it up.  Hmmm…well the two books I have already written are going nowhere.  I am not consistent with blogging and I feel as if I am getting nowhere or making any difference in anyone’s lives  so why bother?  Know what God told me?   Do not give up and you are already well equipped.  Those simple words relit my fire and passion to keep moving forward no matter what the devil is trying to tell me.
So often we give up on dreams we have because we begin to believe the lies.  Then we become trapped into thinking that nothing we do really even matters anyways so why are pushing so hard to make things happen?  I encourage us all right now to evaluate that which is of God and press in.  Seek to be strong in the Word and use it against the enemy. Giants are mere ants to God and when we have Jesus power on the inside, there is nothing which can stop us.

Are You Plugged In?

(this was my women’s group devotion I shared)

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He is the Power

Where are you plugged in?  Is it your local church?  The world?  Do you depend on His source of power or your own?  Are you using someone else’s power to get to God?

Psalm 62:11 Once God has spoken; twice I have heard this: that power belongs to God

Psalm 147:5  Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.

I Corinthians 6:14  And God raised the Lord and will also raise up by His power

When we come to the realization that God is the only power source to this whole world, it makes it easier to want to get plugged in.  When we recognize His living power in our lives we begin to have this desire to follow everything towards the power source.  We are drawn to the truth of His power.  As our hearts turn towards Him, we begin to build up this desire to have that same power work in our lives.  We begin to see that the power of the world is actually powerless in our lives.  We soon see that He is the only way to life and living abundantly in this fallen world.

Accepting the Power

How strong is your power source?  Is your power from God or man?  Do you trust in the power source you are connected to?

2 Corinthians  13:14  For He was crucified in weakness; but lives by the power of God.  For we also are weak in him, but in dealing with you (the Holy Spirit) we live with Him by the power of God.

I Corinthians 4:20 For the Kingdom of God is not in Word, but in power

2 Samuel 22:33  God is my strength and power; and He maketh my way perfect

Isaiah 40:29  He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might, He increases their strength

Once we find ourselves plugged into the main power source we can flow in peace.  We become a conductor of His power.  What a privilege to be a channel of His power and grace.  As our light  begins to shine with His power working through us we can begin to lead others to get connected. They will want to begin to want to tap into the same source of power because they see we walk in peace.  The more we bring to the power source of God, the brighter a light we can all shine for Jesus.

One warning I might give at this point is to not get extended into the main grid of God’s power. Don’t try to get to God by plugging into someone else’s walk. God has a walk already planned out for you and though He may use you in someone else’s ministry, He still desires for  you to be plugged in on your own separate line. I feel the purpose of this is to keep you focused on Him and not the person running a ministry.  God wants to feed us on a direct line so as not to begin a game of telephone so to speak.  He desires to speak directly to us so that we get all of what He is trying to say to us, not a watered down version of the message.

Staying plugged in

Are you over plugged?  Do you have too many connections?  Are there any short circuits in your connection?  Do you have a quick disconnect?  Is there an on and off switch or a steady stream of constant power?  Do you feel as though your light is not big enough?

Luke 10:19  Behold, I give unto you the power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Romans 13:1  Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers.  For there is no power but God: the powers that be are ordained by God.

1 Corinthians 2:5  That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

What causes us to disconnect from the main power source?  Sometimes we get distracted by other things.  We might start slacking on our daily devotions or maybe skip a worship service or two.  Then we feel as though we are not worthy to plug in and we might just allow others around us do all the glowing for Jesus.  Perhaps we feel like we are not doing our best to shine or that our light is not big enough or bright enough when in reality, we are all plugged into the same power source…yes I said the SAME power source.  No one is unequal in the Kingdom of God. God will use us as He already purposed for our lives even before we were born.  Each light is important and it contributes to the Kingdom as a whole.

I encourage each of us to stay plugged in.  Stay connected to the main power grid of God and not piggybacked off of someone else.  Be who you are in Christ and let your light shine.  Don’t get short circuited by trying to be plugged in all over the place.  Go where He says to go.  Listen to His still small voice and stay plugged in to Jesus.  Together we can be a lighthouse to a world of hurting and hopeless people.

Drop the Flashlight!

Isaiah 42:16
And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.

What happens when the lights go out?  Or when we venture out too late after dark?  Perhaps we are camping and rise too early in the morning and are greeted with pitch blackness and the need to find something?  How dark is the darkness when there is no glimpse of a rising sun and you are alone?  Many of us have experienced darkness in our lives.  Often we reach for the flashlight to relive our fears but before long we are banging it on our hand to get the last bit of power out before the light disappears.  Surely we can relate this to our Christian walk.  How many times do we reach for a temporary fix to our storm instead of allowing the Light of Christ to guide us?  We think we can handle things on our own with our “man-made light”  when in all reality it may work for a few moments and then fade away like the power in our flashlights.

Faith in God will move us sometimes into unseen territory.  He will take us where we never thought we could go and if it seems overwhelming we tend to take control ourselves not waiting for God’s light to finish leading us.  We live in a NOW society.  Nothing is fast enough for us and we lose sight of what God’s timing might be.  For instance, I want a new home and every time God gives me a glimpse that He is working on it for me, I get excited and sometimes I try to take the situation into my own hands when in all realness I need to just step back and allow God to work in my situation!  We need to follow AFTER the light before us and stay on the path, not go before it and let it follow us.  Remember we are following AFTER Jesus, not leading Him.  Sometimes the light will stop as we work out some issues and we need to be receptive to that stopping and just rest in Him, knowing He controls the light.  If we get ahead of God, we get into trouble resulting in our own brokenness and distrust for the things of God.

Yes, often we stray because we are not patient enough and I think God just sighs and waits for us to return.  How dark  does it have to get before we return?  So lost in our storm we even begin to be at a loss as to where the light even is anymore.  Have you been there?  No hope for things to change just surrounded by darkness and feeling hopeless?  I have been there a few times in my life and I am learning quickly it is better to just drop the flashlight I am holding and RUN towards the light and stay on the path before I fall away from the things of God.  We grow weary without light in our lives, it is something we need to survive. God is our Provider and He gives us the Light of Christ so that we may dwell with Him. Why are we so eager to hold onto our own light when God’s light is everlasting and ours is only temporary?

It is time to let go of our own selfish  insecurity and DROP the flashlights!  God has gone before us and prepared the way, all we have to do is follow and listen for His voice.  Are you ready to let God have total control?  Can you hear God calling you out of the darkness?  What is hindering you from letting go of your own power source for light?  Is it fear or unbelief?  Do you not trust God because of some past hurts or regrets?  Maybe you feel undeserving of such light in your life.  I urge each of us to examine what our source is for light in our lives.  Are we allowing God to shine on our path and lead us into victory over all the issues of our lives or are we clinging to our flashlights praying the batteries will last long enough to get us through the storm?

Drop the flashlight and run towards the Light!!!