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Con Artists & Church….Stuff nobody wants to talk about ……

It happens. If I were to tell you every story I have personally seen or heard where people fake being a christian, take advantage of the church (time and time again) with no remorse or repentance (or willingness to change) You’d be appalled.

I have been faced with a plethora of reactions when I say “Hey “There are con Artists” Watch out! Some say well You have to love ALL the time turn the other cheek……

“Well that’s not our business,” They say, “We just have to love, and be kind like Jesus said or did.” Really? He let the people sitting at his feet listening to him go hungry for three days (was it a fast?) He told a woman asking for healing for her daughter the children’s bread was not for dogs! There is no record of Jesus gathering his disciples together and saying “Come on boys, we’re going to hand out free meals today to everyone in the leper colony!”

I had a woman tell me (recently) that she tried to help someone (got burned) and after she’d helped this person ranted at her (she didn’t help enough apparently) and I have also experienced this myself.

When I was a property manager, I remember a couple who got the church to pay their deposit and rent, and moved in. They didn’t have a very good back ground check but hey, the church was helping, so we overlooked it in the interest of good will and charity. After all isn’t that what we are supposed to do? Love our neighbors? Jesus indicated brethren first and be wise (as serpents) but somehow that goes unheard by many as our examples of great humanitarians loom before us as “the great example” of how we should be.

This couple moved in, wrecked the place, made a mess that would make your hair curl, soiled carpet, ruined floors, stains, grease debris that cost the owner literally thousands to repair. They moved out owing two months rent, as it was never paid, and their promise to pay was not kept.

I’ve met people who say “Just go to the church for help,” there is a network of people who do this, and go from town to town, place to place, leaving damage, debris and sorrow in their wake. The people who get burned often feel God let them down somehow, or they just decide never to help anyone again and develop a ‘no trust” standard.

This is so sad (to me). Do we really need these extremes? Help everyone or help no one?

I know it’s hard to decide if someone is “worthy of help.” After all we do have the example of Jesus saying “Judge not” and there is this nugget:

“To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. ” Luke 6:29

But see you have to LOOK hard at the whole picture here. Verse And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. Verse 31 of this same passage says:

“And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.” 

Do you want God to just let you be a con artist? Hurting everyone as you go? Leaving a trail of destruction in your wake? Certainly the disciples were not like this. I want God’s correction don’t you? SO see the whole counsel of God is not to just let someone rape you financially and take all your goods over and over again. And sit and cry and say “God did this to me.” I was Just obeying his word!

I don’t have time to tell you all the passages about being wise (in proverbs) It saddens me that people who don’t study the bible allow leaders (who are setting some bad examples by the way) direct their paths, (instead of learning from the Holy spirit for themselves).

I too followed their examples at one time. I gave and gave and thought “Well God would reward me” and grieved the heart of God in the process. He wept for me. Every time he tried to bless me, I thought I had to give it all away. I allowed con artists to (literally) steal from me, thinking it was God’s will. If you are a person LIKE the disciples Jesus was talking to YOU WANT Corrected. Right? (if you are being a con artist?)

Don’t be afraid to call a spade a spade Or get discernment! You won’t be less in the Kingdom of God you’ll be MORE. More able to help those God wants to help…..

Less foolish and less fooled..Not deceived! Til next time; -Laura Grace

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What does it mean to be “Spirit Led?”

Romans 8:14 “For as many that are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God.” 

What does it mean to be Led by the Spirit of God? 

Well, I will tell you (in my own experience).

It means our hearts are led (drawn) toward doing a certain thing at a certain time. It means we are not ruled by our natural senses, nor are we provoked by fear (prodding). 

Now, idealy, if we see something on fire, we rush to put it out. We see our child running into the street, (and a car is coming) we will shout NO Or rush to grab them. This is not what I am talking about.

I am talking about decisions being spirit-led vs being provoked or rushed by fear. 

I well remember many instances in my life, power about to be shut off (shut off notice) Rent due and not having the money, tires on my car so bad the wires were showing. 

School was starting, we didn’t have backpacks or school clothes yet, and even worse scenarios than that have happened to me through the years. Now this is in my book grace to the Rescue, but one time I was in fog so thick, I could not see the road or the lines by the side of the road. It was bad. My mind screamed PULL OVER but a voice inside my heart said “DO NOT FEAR”. I kept driving. Moments later-the fog was gone.

EVEN in the case of I had this bladder infection one time (terrible pain) And I knew it and I was asking God to lead me forth in peace (vs running to the doctor). Why?

Why would I do such a thing? Well I’ll tell you, I didn’t have insurance, or a babysitter, so I could not just GO to the doctor because the pain level said maybe I should. God led me to go to the doctor that day, and I did. He has LED me to where I should go, when I knew I was about to have no place to live. He knew the next step (I should take) Where as I did not know. 

Now, people who have not experienced this concept (Being filled with the Spirit of God) Or asking for it, receiving it, or even understanding God’s word well enough to fathom or comprehend YES THIS IS REAL (this walking in the Spirit concept) are not going to understand you. They will think you are nuts, or deluded, or both! 

The natural man or mind is at war With the Spirit of God! So this is not something everyone is going to understand. Not possible. 

Therefore, I suggest if you need practice walking in the spirit, don’t be telling everyone what you are doing. Just pray, wait on God, ask him to lead you. Oh and there is Psalm 23: “He leads me to still waters, and green pastures, He restores my soul.” HE restores my Soul! Not man. HIM. 

So, start with the little things. “Lord, I need a backpack” for my children, for school. Watch him lead you to one. “Father I need ………(fill in the blank) watch him do that too!

Now this is for those who are already filled with the Spirit of God, have given their lives to Jesus, and HE IS THEIR SHEPHERD! (you shall not be in want). This is not advice for everyone. You are his sheep? His child? His son? Let him lead you! And don’t be double minded about it either! Trust him to guide you, lead you, and remember this: 

The devil is like the guy coming up behind you, honking his horn (being in a hurry) and you look down, you are following the speed limit, you are doing what you felt led to do.

Do not let him rush you. God is the author of Patience, (and Peace!) satan is the author of impatience, fear, and everything that is the opposite of God’s character. 

Now remember, the best time to PRACTICE GOD”S WAYS is when you are not in an urgent situation. Get started today! Practice walking in the Spirit with the little things, then you’ll do better when the big trials come along. 

 Hope this helps! with Love, Laura Grace  

Isaiah 55:12 “For you shall go out with joy, And be led out with peace;

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Child like Faith (Don’t lose it!)

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Here is what I will tell you for today: Always Walk by the Spirit beware of doctrines of men. Let the Holy Spirit Guide you in all things.

Don’t allow the enemy to get you to put God in a box In other words “Limit him” on what he can or can’t do.

John 21:25 “There are so many other things Jesus did. If they were all written down, each of them, one by one, I can’t imagine a world big enough to hold such a library of books” (MSG)

The bible says if all the miracles Jesus did were written down- there would not be enough books to contain it all.

When we limit God and make him smaller than he is in our own mind because of our own understanding of scripture (OR someone else’s we have learned) We do limit the miracles he can do in our life. We really cannot get around words such as “let it be done to you” according to your Faith.

It’s sad when the doctrines of men limit God- and then cause disasters that God gets the blame for.

Remember sometimes jealousy can be a motivating factor in how we get advised (by others) and they are often not even aware of this. A sort of “you can’t have what I didn’t have” mentality.

“Father forgive them! Truly they know not what they do.” amen

We can grow and still maintain child-like faith.

-with Love, Laura Grace 

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Are you the Storm? Causing some structural damage? A word on this….

LIGHTHOUSE AND STORM.jpg Storms. We Just had one last night. 

Thankfully there was no damage, but I was thinking this morning about the damage that gets done sometimes by emotional storms. 

The weather report said, “This storm has been known to rip down trees, damage siding, and cause structural damage.” Wouldn’t it be great if we understood the damage we can cause just because we had to have this “fit of rage” that seemed important at the time? 

I remember well this time I was so emotionally distraught and upset over my ex, who had lied to me, lied again and lied again. This was after promises not to do that ever again and great expressions of how much he loved me.

Anyway, I had a fit of rage, threw a coffee cup at the wall, and scared my daughter half to death. She was crying and her whole world was being shaken and ripped apart, just because I let my emotions and temper get out of hand. 

I”m not proud of that moment, or a few others I’ve had. I do remember that day, I decided I was going to work on myself, and stop obsessing about changing someone else’s behavior. I realized right then, “dear God, this child is looking at me for guidance, and look what I have done!” I was convicted! Be a better example, and practice what you say,” is what I heard from deep within myself. I think it was God as he has all the good ideas, I usually don’t have any, all by myself. 

That was a lot of years ago. Sometimes if I am not careful, and get to looking at what others are doing rather than going to the mirror every day to look at myself (with God’s great assistance) I am still prone to getting all upset at others………

Someone is always watching. OH FATHER we pray: “Let our actions speak good things! Let our actions speak well of us and Glorify you Father! Keep us close to your heart! Remind us daily not to allow pockets of anger to get out of control to the point where we hurt a person with our wicked tongue! deliver us from THIS evil …

the evil of just saying whatever pops in to our pea brains! IN Jesus’ name! Amen”

Storms. They can do a lot of damage. Amen? “Father where we’ve done that forgive us, and help us to be bringers of peace (and light) and not a storm, causing damage and harm to others, and what they are trying to build. Amen”   

Colossians 3:8
But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.

 

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Anouncement: Speaking! I have a word for God’s Church (People)

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LISTEN! I have a lot of words for God’s people. Get God out of that box! Side step the Sacred cows! Growing VS Knowing (I know we all THINK we know how to grow) 

But you have not heard it like this (before) it’s fresh bread! It’s Testimony Time! 

What could I say that has not been said already ? Ask me to visit your group, church, and have me speak (you’ll find out!) It’s more of a pleasant surprise than anything, unless you are religious, in which case you better pray first! 

First off, YOUR congregation is not the whole answer. WE have branches of the military in the Army of the Lord! (Navy, Marines, and so on) we even have some civilian support! My new book “Relationship is Everything” with God and others 

will be coming out soon. Are you stagnating? Praying to return to your first love or praying things like “REVIVE ME?” …..

Have me speak! God has things to say through me! I have testimonies to share, things to say that will actually help you (unless you don’t need help in which case, PRAISE GOD!) ……My love to you all-        Laura Grace “Send me Father, send me!) 

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