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The second mile…..according to Jesus…

a ROAD Matthew 5: 41 “And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. ” 

Right after Jesus sat on the mount (speaking to the multitudes) He continued to speak about other topics. One was this passage- (above) which came to mind this morning as I was pondering and waking up. 

You see, I have dreams in my heart, which I believe God placed there. Dreams of travelling, speaking, sharing all the treasures he has bestowed within me. Dreams of sharing with others (who are hurting) all the beautiful testimonies God has given me of redemption, healing, restoration, and reasons for praise! 

I have boldly declared “I will go” (travel and speak) but I seem to be ahead of my time in most everything I do. In Other words, Sometimes a vision is so real to me, I think it’s going ot happen tomorrow! I just want you to know everything I”ve ever said is going ot happen HAS happened. But not in the year or day I thought it would happen. 

I was asked to help with music in my local church about three years ago, starting with the children in an after school program. That led to more singing (in the church) and later on, a semester of teaching music at the local school (grades K to 12) and this was without a teaching certificate by the way. AMAZING!

I can’t tell you how much it blesses my heart that even recently, I sang at church (a song God put on my heart to sing with guitar) and a local person chased me down the other day saying: “I forgot to tell you, that song was so great, please do that more often!!”. It’s 2017 now. Twenty years ago I was crying and asking God WHY He would not use me in church to sing. I had learned almost every song on guitar that church did at the time. EVERY SONG …It took hours to learn them all….hours and hours and hours of time……

I prayed “Thank you Father that if I am faithful you will TRUST ME to sing and minister to your people” …..(as I learned all these songs, and practiced them over and over) And I have to tell you….I had given up on the whole thing, a few years ago.

Oh sure- I sang at this one place but for the most part I’d “thrown in the towel” Given up…..said Okay Father what’s next I surrender! Obviously I”m NOT called to sing or do music in my local church! 

Now I’m in school (full time) Pursuing a degree at a christian college, I’ve written books, I’ve made brochures…..I’ve gone on some speaking engagements…..and I’ve done a mission trip this past summer in my local region. The pastor of the church I attend now is telling me “this other church” wants you to come and sing………” 

             I wanted to keep writing books…bag the singing…..Give up on it now…

 BEING REAL HERE! See it hurts to be disappointed, and if we don’t allow God to keep working in our hearts….we may just slam the door on him! 

Well? Do I go the second mile? Or do I just say “I have other plans now, Lord!”. I asked him to open doors! I asked him to use me! (for his Glory)….who am I to decide what I should or should not do? Who am I to say “this life is MINE I will do what I WISH to do?” …….hmm …..and when I asked him “Should I be singing or should I be writing books?” He gave me that passage (Matthew 5:41) “Someone is asking you girl!! What’s the problem?” ……Incidentally I CAN Do both if I trim some corners. 

So “Father I trust your timing! I don’t understand it, always, but I trust in you! I know whatever visions you have given me that you’ve put in my heart….will come to pass. Eventually ….they will! and please Forgive me for giving up all those years ago…….because I thought you were not quick enough to answer my prayers.” and Father thank you that when something in your word Is true FOR US you will cause it to leap off the page at us! Just like this one you gave me today! It’s for me Father! and I praise you for this! IN Jesus’ name. amen ……..Laura Grace, Author, Grace to Grow the Study guide (a self contained book With studies) Available on Amazon. 

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This picture is me Christmas Concert 2016 directing the music program (Without a teaching certificate) but God was with me……..Laura Grace

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Coping with difficult people, and The Spirit of Love in the bible….OVER ALL! -by Laura grace

LOVE FOR ONE anOTHERSometimes I just pray and hope and yes, even wish, for the right words, to get across what’s in my spirit about God, His Laws and His love! So Father, give me the words, please in Jesus’ name…..Amen.

I am sharing here, my personal revelation, which is precious to me. Treasures of my Heart, given to me by God, because I was chosen to share certain things with his friends, and with his people, who long to know.

Now, with that said, I will also share, that I have had difficulties with people, many times! Have you? Of course you have! What we have to discern is this: Are they helpful? Are they of the body of Christ, or are they just curiosity seekers? Are they wolves?

There are types that are Religious (Pharisee like) who like to spy on people’s liberty, and try to trip them up, by pointing out the laws they are not keeping.

There are wolves (enemies) who pretend to be Christian, so they can devour, cause trouble, steal precious time and resources, and never become part of God’s family. They only cause trouble, and they are pretenders, who have no intention of ever changing.

Then, there are those infected with sin. For the Body of Christ, the sin we need to be concerned about, is the type that infects everyone, rather like a contagious disease would do, in our natural bodies. We don’t need to be jumpy about mistakes, freaking out or being in a big hurry to “cast out someone” Just because they do not agree with our ideals.

Now at any given time, our own bodies are doing 1000’s of things at one time. The muscle does it’s job, the nerves, the joints, the ligaments. They don’t have to consult each other, or agree, to know what their part is “within” the Body. For a person who understands walking in the spirit, it all just flows, just as a healthy Body “flows with the Head,” so does the Body of Christ “flow with the head” which Is Jesus Christ.

The last Category, Sheep and goats, is what we struggle with most, in the church. The Goat nature is much different than a sheep like nature. When I think of a Goat, almost the first picture I get in my mind, is how a goat will run up behind someone and “butt them” with their horns! Funny in a way,  but not so funny in real life. Jesus actually said the goats would not have a part, when the separation occurs. Now, I didn’t give you all the scripture, but everything I just said, is completely based on scripture.

What are we to do then? The way I see it, the bible spells out we love God first, Jesus is our Shepherd, The Holy Spirit is our teacher, so listening to him is the first priority. The second is loving the Brethren (Body of Christ) and caring for each other. Then outreach to others. If you are so into outreach to the masses you kick your brother in the head over it, I don’t see how that is biblical. “IF YOU GIVE” a cup of cold water to “these my brethren” Jesus said (KJV) which gets changed in other bible translations.

Giving “First” to the house hold of faith is another word we find in the new Testament.  We don’t let our own kids go hungry while we feed the neighbors! amen?

HOW WE DEAL with each situation is up to the Holy Spirit, because we still walk by the Spirit, no matter what the situation! amen! We walk by faith, even when dealing with people! Nothing changes.

Love for one another as described in the passage above, means to remind each other who we are, what we are doing, why we are here, and why we should press on! So I LOVE YOU!
that’s why I sent you this message! Truly, I do! Father, I have utmost confidence in you that you will get your Body (of people) together and cause us to be healthy and to flow with each other! Please help us identify the wolves, goats, Pharisees and infectious diseases of sin which need to be dealt with. Father I pray! give us ears to hear and eyes to see what your Spirit is saying to your People right now! I believe for this Father! with all my heart!

With love and affection for you all, and Amen

Laura Grace, author, Grace to Grow