Leaders must be disciplined Titus 1:62. satan must be told to be quiet (Mark 1:33-343. Harsh words for fools and mules Prov 26:3 4. To have life you keep instruction Prov 10:17 5. Learn to love Discipline Prov 3:11 6. Instruction in God brings rest Psalm 94:12-137..Presumptious leaders bring death 1 Kings 1:5-6 8. Let God choose your habitation Duet 12:8-9 9. Holiness is the first step to a disciplined life in God Lev 20:26
Holiness is the first step (to a discplined life). This means to be set apart, unto him.
We won’t even be able to receive God’s instruction unless we have stepped away from the rest of the world, and its’ way of thinking. Let God rule over your heart (Be Holy!).
And don’t be presumptuous………(an idea that is not known for certain)
It is dangerous to be in presumption. We must learn to seek God about how his word applies to our lives, and the lives of others. We must be careful to not PRESUME what a person should be doing right now. Jesus came to release people from being justifed in keeping laws, because he knew we need to be RESTORED into the Christ-Like person he intended us to be.
The plan for how this happens is HIS Plans not OUR Plans. While teachers, pastors, apostles and others play a role in this process, ultimately the perfect plan our blue print for our lives is up to him, not others.
Do you see the discipline yet? God will remind us to do what he’s told us by allowing us to lose our peace when we don’t listen, or to experience his voice in a magnified way, rising up within our hearts. If we ignore it, we will experience loss of peace, pain and sorrow over many lost hours and days we could have been serving him and following his direction.
“Father please, help and allow us to lead a disciplined life, one that glorifes you Father! Thank you that while we are not saved by rules and regulations, We do need to have a disciplined life to have success, and you want so much for us to have this discipline that makes uf more effective for your Kingdom! So we thank you for your discipline today!
You are such a good Father …” In Jesus’ name. amen
Speaking Faith: I was driving to Great Falls Saturday, the wind was blowing, and the closer I got to Great Falls, the worse the smoke became from a fire nearby. I said “I thank you Father for putting boundaries on this fire and extinguishing it.” I prayed for Mercy. A lot of people are telling me about God’s Judgment right now. I speak in faith’ “Your Mercy triumphs over Judgement Father” I thank you that you remember and hear your people who pray.” “I thank you that you take care of your children Father” And that “When you see the blood” of Jesus applied to the doors of our lives you pass over,” No evil befalls us no plague comes near us.”
You have a sphere of authority assigned to you, did you know that?It starts with you and then there is “YOUR HOUSE.” Take Authority over that and start there. “Speak Faith” (in the face of evil). Jesus could not even do miracles in areas where nobody made room for him or did not believe in his goodness.
Theories believe Jesus just “does what he wants to do” but the truth is, He honors and responds to Faith- and he always has. “And they took offense at Him. But Jesus said to them, “Only in his hometown and in his own household is a prophet without honor.” And He did not do many miracles there, because of their unbelief.”Matthew 13:58 ” -Berean Study Bible
God inspired me (and I believe answered me) this morning about a question I”ve been asking him about for years. I have asked since I was a young christian, “why it is” that when I bind every devil possible and why when I choose to ONLY believe my battle is not against flesh and blood (book ofEphesians), why is it, that in some cases, I see results from my “binding the devil” while in other cases, I can pray fervently for someone for years, and see no results?
In a flash this morning, It came to be by the Holy Spirit (and revelation) as if years of seeds God has planted in me, suddenlymanifested in my heart, and the reality about foundations, all came together for me. Let me explain.
I was talking with a person and told them, that everything is ‘not the devil.” She didn’t believe me ……
She is a spirit-filled born again Christian. She has asked God to fill her with his Spirit, and she loves God with all of her heart, but she is locked into the idea that “Our Battle is not against Flesh and blood) (Ephesians 6) hence “everything is the devil,” and “everything requires spiritual warfare.” but, that is “NOT TRUE!”
The Fact is, some people just “want to be the way they are” and are making choices to be critical, envious, have selfish-ambition, (or even having wrath or anger) baffles this person!
Here I am, desiring and wanting so much to make her free from this frustration, which it is obvious to me, that it’s coming from a place of having been deceived.
How did this even happen? Especially when a person has asked to be Spirit Filled? THE TRUTH IS God can only fill you as much as you have emptied out “THE JUNK” to make room for his Spirit.
You can’t just walk up to a bible believing, spirit-filled Christian and say ‘Hey, I think you’ve been deceived a bit here“, can you?
No, probably not, because they have a zeal to cherish and “Hold on” to what they beleive they were taught by God, which likely came through some spirit filled teacher they have embraced, and most likely, at a very young age in their walk.
So this is the revelation:
The first layer of your foundation is when you get born again, and Jesus (himself) saves you. No man can take credit for that, and you know it! Deep down, you know God saved you, so you are pretty sure he is real,and then the hunger and thirst for righteousness (and more of him), comes and you say okay Jesus, I want to follow you! Since there is no other way to follow him now, other than by the Spirit, we are susceptible to almost anyone who says they are “spirit-led.”So we need to ASK FOR DISERCERNMENT.
Somewhere in the mix of our early belief system, and I am speaking for myself here, we’ve had a leader, or someone who we admired, who gave us this Mixed bag of real (true) teachings and false teachings, some of which is because THEY walked in presumption.
Someone took Ephesians 6 and said, “see, it’s all the devil” but the truth is, it said YOUR BATTLE is not against flesh and blood, it did not say you are not dealing with just flesh and blood! See the difference here?
Many of the things i had to repent for, were things I learned from supposedly qualifed leaders.
If I had not layed it all down and said “Father I mean it, I want the truth!!” And my #1 thing is “don’t allow me to be deceived” which is because I saw that i was deceieved, even though i had good intentions! Rather than being hurt and mad about it (although i wasfor awhile) i decided to buckle down and seek him for the truth in my relationship with him ON EVERY FRONT and surrendered EVERY TEACHING I’d ever learned, thought, meditated on, or “received” because i did not wish to be one who falls away in the last days……….
Now I see that foundations (the layers of teaching) layed by some who were not all the way right, COULD HAVE caused me to fall away from God! How so?
Satan has a way of flooding us with stuff until we literally waiver, “start to fall” or perhaps just get a big crack in the wall of our spiritual house. This is how we know we need to check out the foundationof what we’ve been believing for all these years! Nobody WANTS to do this but honestly? It needs to be done.
If you find yourself shaken, feeling a big cracked, start to deal with foundational issues TODAY before it’s too late. In the natural, a house can literally fall because of foundational issues. And this is why Jesus said:
Matthew 7:27“and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” (of that house).
Matthew 5:13 Lev 2:13 2Chron 13:5 Numbers 18:19 Ez 43:23 Gen 19:23 Luke 17:32 Mark 9:42 Col 4:2
Salt to Preserve-Salt Covenants-Salt in Bread & on Grain-Salt as payment-Salt to heal-Salty Speech
God has a to say about Salt! Salt was obtained from the dead sea in ancient times and put in pits and left in the sun until the water dried out of it and all that was left in the pit was salt. In ancient Israel just in our own history Salt was a vital part of their daily lives. But what did Jesus mean when he said be Salty?
Matthew 5:13 You are the salt of the earth…….
But if salt becomes “un-salty’ it is good for nothing but to be trampled ………
Have you ever met someone who is ‘Un-salty” in their Christian life?
It is almost like they have been “neutralized.” When something is neutralized it has no effect.
When I had my teeth pulled the dentist recommended I gargle with salt water, after having more than one tooth pulled at a time. He said at my age, infection could kill me. I was swift to listen to his advice and marvelled how quickly I healed when I gargled with salt water.
Sometimes I think people need to swish the word of God around in their minds and hearts.
James says salty and fresh water can’t flow from the same fountain! They Can but if you try to
Be un-salty (not allowing the word of God to season you) soon everything you say will be of the earth and not the salty flavor that comes by living in the words of God.
Salt preserves, (rotting meat) salt heals in the sense of eliminating bacteria………
“If you lose your saltiness” you’ll be trampled……I’ve noticed this is true …..
When I begin to try and relate to people in my carnal mind or thinking I find I get trampled by more and more of the opinions of men, and lose my grip on the word of God
It’s nice to try to get along with others but “being mrs nice guy” has never served me well.
Have you ever been in a situation you try to compromise and leave God out of it? It gets messier and messier (and messier) the more you try to leave God out of it.
People who want to play King of the Hill will never stop. Best to settle in our minds Jesus is Lord (once and for all) and let him be the boss.Light makes people in the dark angry (they want to stay there) Salt hurts those who have wounds. You don’t stop being salt just because someone won’t allow you to apply it. What if I hadn’t listened to my Dentist when he said “You need salt” ……What then? Would I have died? Maybe……
So, let’s be real here. 🙂 So often, when something is happening, we don’t know what to think as far as “Where this trial is coming from (or what is happening!).
I remember years ago, I was under a pastor that truly believed there was no merit in psychology What he saw (I think) is a mis-use of that profession at times, and even tho there ARE certain issues with the brain (malfunctioning) and there ARE mental illnesses or even damage to the cerebral cortex or neurons have been damaged (and so on) there are also other times a psychologist who will NOT acknowlege spiritual truths and principles have mis-diagnosed or make excuses for certain behaviors that should be addressed by God.
When someone gets diagnosed as “having anger issues” as if it’s a life long condition they cannot shake, something is wrong. I think this pastor saw this, and his focus was running off the devil, but he lacked knowlege in this particular area, at the time.
With that said, in my 33 years plus of following God (and following hard after him) I have seen in my own life, that sometimes, yes the devil is having a direct influence, and he needs to be chased off. How we do this is up to God.
There are times worship will run him off (true worship) or sometimes a person needs to say “get behind me satan” or satan “You have no place in my life so flee in Jesus’ name”
Other times, we are dealing with a person who (can be) angry, bitter, vengeful, spiteful, controlling (not a demon but in the habit of being in control). People can be envious, have a selfish ambition for power, or be simply mischievious.
IF we do not ask God “WHAT” Is going on (each and every time) and trust his Spirit To guide us (and renew our mind on his words) How can we possibly assess what is truly going on? God is the ultimate counsellor and when he sends you to help a person “HE WANTS TO EQUIP YOU FOR IT!”
Sometimes, people in the development stages of GIFTINGS Of the Spirit, have a day they are on target (God showing them something true) and the next day, it’s like “What happened?” (Because you know something is off in what they are saying to you!). Why does this happen?
Well, mostly it happens because people make mistakes while they are developing in God, just like children make mistakes when they are growing up. It’s how they learn!
Listen, I am here to say “don’t be so hard on yourself and others over their mistakes” (at least they tried!). I think it’s time we again need to learn to discern between a person who is growing (and made a mistake in the process) and a person who has malicious intent to harm us.
I made a lot of mistakes in my life time, and I thank GOD for his willingness to forgive me and say “Get up Laura, Try again”
I can always forgive and love a person who stays humble who does not think “They have arrived” or “they are all that.” I can forgive those who don’t but let’s be honest: A person who is stuck in pride and refuses to grow is very hard to work with.
I am a Pastor! And an Evangelist, and I write books, so that makes me an author too. I am a leader, I am a worshipper and I can lead worship when needed. I’m a wife, a mom, and a grandma. I am a pet-owner, Home-owner and friend to many! Now say with me “by the Grace of God” I am anointed to do whatever He’s called me to do!
And guess what he has called you to do my friend?
Whatever he is placing in your life, He has called you to do that! It’s how you know!
And when he places it there you find, “you are good at it,” and you have a Passion for it too.
When there is a calling on your life, nobody can stop you! You Just have to go do it! Whatever it is!
Today I met with a Pastor of many years and he told me this (when I was seeking licensing through their church) “You are already a Pastor, you have stepped into the office.”
I am amazed by what he said to me today. I shouldn’t be but, I am.
He said “Yes I will cover you.”
Prior to that, another Pastor agreed to cover me.
Prior to that, God sent and Apostle and Prophet to cover me in prayer.
How Much more proof do I need? I am a Pastor! (and I do have a church) but right now, it happens to be a church made without hands. And that’s good with me! This great thing called the Body of Christ “world wide assembly” of the brethren, indeed is, a church made without hands. My Love to you all! Stay Salty! (More on that later) -:)
So many in the church seem to have what I call “big brother syndrome.” They have been faithful, paid their tithes, took care of the windows, vaccuumed the carpets, cleaned the pews.
For years they have been faithful, bad weather or good weather rain or shine. They are always in church.
Many cannot fathom or even understand the hell on earth others have walked through! In the story of the prodigal son, (Luke 15) We see a startling picture of how God views “the lost child” that went astray. When the child returns to his Father (who has been watching the road for him to return) the older brother is aghast!
“I’ve been here this whole time” (he says)! He is horrified the Father wants to kill a fatted calf and put a ring on his sons’ finger! He feels HE deserves a big reward for being faithful!
His judgment shows “That brother of mine squandered his inheritance” He yells! “He doesn’t deserve a celebration!!”
The Father gently reminds him of the true meaning of life “Your brother who was dead now lives” He says……
He knows what the little brother has suffered. His money was stolen. His friends abandoned him. He ate hog food! 😢😢😢
Heaven rejoices over one sinner repenting. The Prodigal son had to be very humble to return. He saw the error of his ways……
So His Father rejjoiced and threw a party!
Luke 15:10 ” Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
In the bible, there are many references to Judging, and Judgement.
In Every day life, the word means to be able to come to a sensible conclusion about a matter. (Webster’s Dictionary)
We are all subject to Jury duty, where we would have to hear both sides and come to a ‘conclusion” as to whether someone is innocent or guilty of a crime. Every day of our lives, we make “judgement calls.”
I had to make them while raising my kids. “No you cannot spend time with someone who (does this or that). I was not Judging them as in “pronouncing a sentence” or even saying if they MEANT to be the way they are!
God says not to hang out with hot-tempered people, he said not to be “unequally yoked” with unbelievers. He said not to listen to fools who do not fear God. Sound Judgemental?
To follow him means we HAVE TO Make some judgment calls as to what we will follow or not follow, or what we wil join ourselves with! It’s inescapable, if you want to follow Jesus.
I can remember refusing to go into a house where drugs were being celebrated and used (long ago) and being told i was Judgemental. So let’s get this straight………………….
The kind of Judging God hates is when you point out a stick in someone’s eye and you have a beam in your own! He hates the kind of Judgement where we limit who he can reach, or we fail to make what he calls “a righteous Judgement.”
Anytime we have a righteous standard based on God’s word and our conviction to follow and implement it, there are people who are going to “feel judged” but that is different from “being judged” and having a sentence imposed on us a result.
That kind of Judgement is for God alone to carry out. He said it is appointed for every man to die and then “the Judgement”
God will Judge us and does make Judgement calls all the time concerning US. He can decide if we get mercy or we are accountable. The church is supposed to judge whether a matter is right or wrong. For example, even a prophetic word given, the others are to hold that person accountable…..
1 Corinthians and especially Chapter 5 talks about all this.
“Father, Help us undertand what you mean in your word when you say “Judge not.” But then tell us the least of us can judge a matter.” Give us understanding Father, so we may learn your ways…in Jesus’ name, amen