Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Have you ever been in a situation where your presence intimidates those who are around you? Have you ever shared an opinion and others do not give theirs. I have.
To intimidate implies inducing fear or a sense of inferiority into another person. It could mean to manipulate one under submission. How ungodly can one be? Have you ever seen the result of browbeating? It is to intimidate or disconcert by a stern manner or arrogant speech.
It was early this week that the Lord brought this to my attention. He also reminded me of how often I have made mention on how my presence intimidates others! WOW, I never considered the definition. If anything I want to be the encourager He intended me to be. Many years past I could consider my ways and say that I did intimidate others. Lord, forgive me. I want to be the lifter of one's faith.
Gently the Holy Spirit led me into the truth. I have been cursing myself. The proper word is conviction. No longer do I intimidate; yet, my presence brings His presence and that may bring about conviction to another. No longer will I use the word intimidate when I mean convict.
Then I began to think of what this really means. My God I repent of those times I caused people to think less of themselves and cower down. I repent for instilling fear or using any type of manipulation.
If you find yourself guilty as charged, repent along with me. No longer looking back and being used of the flesh. Ask for forgiveness and be set free. Be secure in HIM and allow HIM to flow through you.
Knowing that intimidation is fleshly, then conviction must be of the Spirit. Well if people are convicted in your presence, it may not have anything to do with what you say. It has to do with the presence you carry. For the Holy One brings about conviction to the heart, and leads one to repentence and forgiveness. What a powerful tool we become, if we carry the HOLY SPIRIT!
Fast and pray my dear friends. For in our prayer time, conviction comes and the Holy Spirit fills us to overflowing! Ask Him to reveal to you the inner workings. Let Him expose your wrong thinking, actions, and words. May we all become more like HIM.
From His presence to yours, Dianne
MORE TO COME
at 8:02 PM
Saturday, October 24, 2009
… for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed. (NIV)
Your salvation is at hand. Your hope has arrived. Reach out in faith and receive your Savior!
Things of the world like health, family and fame does not matter. Not even right standing with the church we are affiliated with matters. What matters is our salvation in Jesus and our life focused on His divine love.
Love begets or is reflected in love. If we can remain in that posture all else is possible. Unforgiveness vanishes, our bad habits vanish, our bodies are cleansed, and our minds are renewed. Even our actions are purified. You might say "How do I get there from here?"
The Word says ask and it shall be given unto you, knock and the door will be opened, for "I am" the truth and the way. Walk this way and I shall lighten your burden and brighten your path.
…The kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. (NIV)
There is so much to articulate and so few words to express. So I conclude by saying seek first the Kingdom of God (His righteous, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost) and all else will be added to you!
Loving you into the Kingdom,
at 10:32 AM
Thursday, October 22, 2009
First of all forgiveness is about our relationship with the Father and not necessarily about our relationship with one another. When we forgive someone, our relationship with the Father becomes tighter.
It really does not matter if the other person changes or if asks us for forgiveness from us. They may not even be aware they have offended us in some way. I know sometimes my flesh gets in the way and I want them to ask me for forgiveness. What matters is our transformation walk and keeping a Godly perspective.
What if we find our self on the other side? What if we have said or done something that has offended someone else? Do we brush it off figuring it did not matter? After all, they know me and know I did not mean what I said. No. If we are conscience of our error that means the Holy Spirit has brought it to our attention. We need to approach that person and apologize to them. We need to ask them to forgive us.
These are some thoughts on my life and what has happened to me as I forgive. It grows my faith. It allows me to change. It also allows me to see people in a positive manner. I acquire a deeper peace and I can accept people more readily. I am sure it can do all of that for you, and more!
at 7:41 PM
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
When I read the Word of God and the accountings of the Life of Jesus my insides leap with excitement. When I read the messages that Jesus and the Apostles gave us I cannot fathom anyone refusing the accounting of the birth death and resurrection of Jesus.
After the Lord healed me, I began to share my story with everyone and was shocked when people did not leap for joy for me and for what Jesus could do for them. It stopped me in my tracks. Why didn't people give their life to Christ knowing what He has done?
So I came to the conclusion that the world ignores the thread of life that is in the Bible and that many Christians ignore the promises it holds. Jesus is that thread.
Just believe and you will be healed. Believe and receive all that the Lord has for you. By your faith so be it unto you. One who has the faith of a mustard seed can move mountains.
With little faith I was born again, With that same measure of faith He healed me and with growing faith I believe God will produce more fruit in my life as I stretch my faith toward the mark He has for me! Yes and all of that is by His GRACE! For in and of myself I can do nothing, yet I chose to believe I can do all things through Christ Jesus.
From little acorns do mighty oaks grow! Just like our faith. God drops a seed into my spirit! As soon as I believe, I begin to walk out in that belief even though it is not a reality in my life yet. It is my understanding that if I have a dream far surpasses me then I know it is from God. It is is good, pure and fulfill God's plan then give Him the glory, I just need to begin the process to possess the dream. This dream gives us purpose and we need to extend the process from dreaming into possessing that reality.
It is one leap of faith at a time. One leap to another is how our faith grows. From one experience to the next is how I grow my faith. Taking account of that process and reciting those promises that have come to pass builds our faith so we can grow more faith. When that dream becomes a reality it no longer needs faith because now it is fact. Faith is walking toward something I have not achieved yet but know that it is so! So faith finds us in the process of walking toward that thing that we do not have access to as of yet. Then, all off a sudden, it is there manifest in our lives, in our bodies, or for another we are holding up in faith. Therefore, I go on to pursue my next experience in faith knowing God will provide.
One recent example about stretching my faith was sending a container to Liberia. That seed was dropped in my spirit. We began sharing and telling others about this mission. It was more than a dream. It was going to become a reality. We began asking and collecting articles and money for this purpose.
As we began collecting an opportunity with Firestone opened up and they agreed to ship the container at no charge for us. After we located a used container to purchase. We continued to collect things as we went. And we prayed for people to come forth and help us obtain this goal. Even though this was the process, it did not go as smoothly as it may seem. There were challenges and obstacles to overcome and barriers to be broken. Now that the container has in fact made it Liberia, we are still contending with challenges and obstacles.
I thought our responsibilities were over when the container reached the Monrovian Port. Untrue! Now we find ourselves in another dilemma. More finances are needed to have the container released and the contents delivered to Pastor Boor's Zhan Clan Village. When we found this out, I felt blindsided and thought that maybe I had not heard correctly. My faith wavered!
I believe God placed that seed within me, and I believe He will see us through to the end, to the contents arriving in the village. It just takes more stretching of MY faith. So once again I release faith into the atmosphere and in my being. It is yet another opportunity to grow and experience what God has not only myself but others as well.
We recently sent off another $1,000 believing that we will have the donations to cover it and praying favor over Nyah and Moses and Pastor Boore—praying that it will be sufficient and know that God will supply all our, their, and your needs. Praying that the last amount of money we sent will be sufficient for the release and delivery of the container to the village.
Maybe you have a mountain to overcome, a challenge to conquer. Today I pray we are victorious in Jesus and the He is sufficient and will meet all our needs—by sending people our way to supply what we lack and His grace to overcome our flesh.
So wherever there is hope believe and know He is working it all out. In Jesus name we pray. And remember "Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail." (Lamentations 3:22 NIV)
at 8:42 PM
Monday, October 19, 2009
It was like you were talking to me alone.
These finances have been quite a TRIAL.
My favorite Psalm 3:5-6
TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND LEAN NOT ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING; IN ALL YOUR WAYS ACKNOWLEDGE HIM, AND HE WILL MAKE YOUR PATHS STRAIGHT.
I count my blessings.
I praise him.
I wait patiently.
I look back and know he has NEVER let me down.
And, I will persist until I succeed
I was not delivered into this world in defeat nor does failure course in my veins. I am not a sheep waiting to be prodded by my shepherd. I am a lion. and I refuse to talk, to walk, to sleep with the sheep. I will hear not those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious. Let them join the sheep, the slaughterhouse of failure is not my destiny.
at 4:38 PM
Pursue those things that ensure your eternal life. Ponder on those things from above; things honest, pure, just and lovely. Surely the things of this world will pass away but a life with Christ is eternal and will never pass away.
Those who know me know that I am not telling you to be responsible to those natural needs or the natural authority God has given us. Be true to your children, those who live under your protection and be true to self. Do render to "Cesar" what is his and keep the laws of the land that keep us safe and pure.
First and foremost, give God the Glory and Praise. I know quite well that I was born of the spirit having everything and yet I can do nothing without Christ Jesus who empowers me. With God and Through Him all things are possible.
There is a time and a place for us to sit at the feet of Jesus. There is no need to speak or weep—but to just exist in His presence. I long for those times when I can power myself down to be still and know Him and Him alone--my God. I remember when, in those first few years with Him, I believed that spending time with Him was a luxury--the riches of heaven. Today, I believe that not only is it a luxury but an essential part of my life for ensuring my existence and path for this life I live.
This is the time and place that provision is met. It is in these times when strategies to life circumstances are dropped in our spirits. Answers to unresolved dilemmas are found. Lord, my spirit says there is no mountain high enough and no valley low enough to keep me from You. Yet, why does this flesh of mine wrestle for obtaining solitude with you? The tentacles of life draw me into chaos and confusion and sometimes draw me into pleasant happenings. Yet I am still missing that quiet peace within that place with you.
A moment of prayer:
"Lord, I long to put my head on your shoulder. Make the world go away. Whisper in my ear; tell me things I need to hear. Let me know that you are there! I know You are waiting for my embrace, so I run to You knowing that the cares of this world will fade away and when we are done, you will have empowered me for the tasks ahead. I will continue to pursue You and those things that ensure my eternal life."
How about you?
at 11:38 AM
Friday, October 16, 2009
at 8:45 AM