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God is not mean, #2- Acts of God? Really?

STORMS GATHERBefore we can truly BELIEVE for a miracle, we first have to believe God is good. Amen? So long as we are not sure if he wants to punish us or bless us, how can we believe for anything, with all of our hearts?

To believe God is good, we have to get rid of some misconceptions. Case in point, Acts of God. Insurance companies list certain happenings as “acts of God” such as crops that are destroyed by storms. John 10:10 clearly says (Words of Jesus) that our enemy, satan is the one who comes to steal, kill and destroy, not God. Yes Jesus did say we’d have tribulation but, he never said he would send it.

When he said “woe to you” He was speaking to a people who had rejected him. How can a person expect the blessing of God when they are rejecting him personally?

When Jesus stood up and spoke to the storm, He commanded it “Peace be Still” and the winds and waves settled down. See, he knew there were believers on that boat!

There is so much evidence in our bible, that God is good, even in the Old Testament, for those who truly believed and trusted him for miracles.

A common thread with all of them is this, they believed God (for miracles) and they did not waver, stagger, or make any excuses to have unbelief. God does not take away free will. When the bible says “he hardened” the heart of Pharaoh, it means this: Signs and wonders will either cause an unwilling heart to be hardened, or softened, depending on free will.

It does not mean we are puppets. We all choose whether we will believe God is good, or not believe it. Trials really do “make or break” a person. Jesus would not tell us to resist the devil and he will flee (book of James) and then turn around and say well I sent this devil after you to teach you a lesson, refine you, or whatever else.

Believing and trusting God takes focus, determination, perseverance, Study, hard work, and even breaking off from people who refuse to believe with you sometimes. We do not get to choose HOW God will do the miracle. We don’t get to choose where it comes from, and we don’t get to decide what acts of obedience will be required. Jesus sent his disciples to fill empty jugs with water, and bring them by faith before he turned it to wine.

How scary that must have been (for the disciples!). What a risk they took they might look like fools before the master of that wedding feast! When we believe bad things, (such as storms) are sent by God, whether we mean to or not we have left a spiritual avenue open for the devil to come at us. We need to resist him. (book of James) if we expect him to flee.

We do not give up because something did not seem to work the first time. Stand firm means to stand firm (in the faith). Are we standing firm?

Father in the name of Jesus, I ask you to stack the deck against the devil and cause us right now by your Spirit to begin to SEE how good you are! I Pray for everyone reading this that you would give them revelation of you and cause them to see and believe for your goodness more and more. Help them to stand Father, and to believe for your goodness no matter what they see. In Jesus’ name we pray Amen. -Laura Grace

 

 

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FAITH IS………..a fish or….

This is my Journal FAITH IS .JPGThe one I am using now. I have several. In 1991 God spoke to me I would be writing books.

I had a type writer, but was so broke I could not afford to keep myself in ribbon, or paper. I was raising children, and had very little time.

I started to Journal. A friend used to send me journals for my birthday, or even Christmas.

I filled them with the prayers I prayed, and what God showed me in his word. I remember one study was about fat sheep and skinny sheep, and another passage about shepherds who do not take care of the flock. “WOE TO THEM” It said. I remember asking God why do you say this? I thought you were so full of love? Many Questions I asked the Lord back then, and certainly now! “Give me understanding” The psalmist says “that I may learn”

How can we understand God if we do not ask Him what he means? And why do we rely on others to tell us, when he sent his Spirit to teach us? (I wonder!!).

Back then I didn’t have a way to write a book, so I started to Journal. I was one of the last people I knew to ever own a computer, because I could not have one until God provided a way. I did not let any of this stop me, from moving forward.

Listen if I waited for the perfect circumstances, I never would have accomplished a thing. I would never have learned to write, and I wouldn’t have the now 25 years of experience in studying with the Holy Spirit, hearing from God, and learning what he wants to tell me.

HINDRANCES? I’ve had plenty! I always think of those loaves and fishes that Jesus blessed, and fed 5000 people. (What an example!!) What do you have in your hand right now? Maybe just a pen, and a journal? Maybe just some small thing, that you need to be faithful with, hold it up high, bless God and start moving!

AS JESUS took what was not enough, blessed it, and began to pass out the bread, (and fish) everyone got fed, and there was some left over. Do you see the lesson of faith, in this story? Or do you just see loaves and fishes? -I have several books now, a result of Faith and believing, perseverance and not backing down, all those years ago.

And hey, even Jesus needed some who would hang around, and believe with him! amen?

love and prayers….Laura Grace, Author, Grace to Soar, Grace to the Rescue…….and others

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The STORM Of emotions……It’s very real

STORM AROUND A LIGHT HOUSEThis past weekend, I was suffering a bit of a storm, as I have many times in the past. This friend of mine told me about a book, after I told her I feel insecure at times, and I began to read it. No, I didn’t write it, and that’s just fine!

I have benefited many times from the words of Authors, who chose to write down their thoughts. Well, this book is about insecurity, and I was shocked to see myself already, in some of it’s pages. I had a busy week, I would say extremely busy, and I had some concerns really weighing on my heart, things people asked me to pray about.

PLEASE do not get me wrong, I am thankful for my abundant life, people who TRUST ME With their prayer requests, friends who want to see me, family who likes to see me too.

I love being a servant of God and I love doing for others, but sometimes I get tired. When I get tired, I don’t think straight. Jesus himself, SON OF GOD, stumbled under the weight of the cross, and needed some help. Profound, isn’t it? I dare say he could have demonstrated supernatural strength to carry it, but he fell under it, as an example to use of how it will be, sometimes.

With that said, when we are tired, the devil often will send emotional storms. I am going to really step out and say this, that I also believe people who deny having emotions, often will have more physical manifestations of the problem. When we are being buffeted, tossed, falsely accused, careless words are spoken, AND they are tired, it’s a bad mix.

OH I used a strange word I know, “Buffet” NOT a buffet like a meal, no ………Anyway, Like my husband said, there are times he wants to go do something, he’s excited about it, and it will start to rain, and the wind blows, and it’s a supernatural INTERUPTION To what he wanted to do…….And there he is, helpless to fulfill his plans.

Yes, it happens. So an emotional storm, I would say, is you are thinking if one more thing happens, I am going to FREAK OUT, and …….one more thing happens, one more thing gets said, one more person poked you with their prickly pear attitude!  NOW YOU ARE THE STORM and you forget all about fruits of the Spirit, or being nice, you just want to clobber someone and walk away forever! That’s what storms do, they bring out the worst (or the best) in us sometimes. So, I am not perfect. Some days I see it’s a storm, rebuke it, walk on top of it, soar over it, other times I forget (I am human) and I freak out a little bit. FORGIVE YOURSELF and move on. God does! Who are you not to do the same?

That’s right, forgive yourself, shake off the dust of what happened yesterday….

and go forth! Amen                           Laura Grace oh PS “forgive them too” who are as human as you!

 

 

 

 

 

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The Fire

green guitar

Testimony time! (the fire) “The fire had started because of a wall heater, near the bed where we had just slept the night before. It was cold, so the wall heater (the only source of heat) had been running through the night, and into the morning hours. The bed was singed and burnt, and the window of that room had shattered, had blown out from the force of the heat, and a guitar recently given to us was lying on top of the bed, smoke damaged but otherwise unscathed.
 
I marveled about the guitar, as it was likely my most precious possession at the time. It had turned from blue to green in color, but the neck was not damaged, it still played, and it was not burned.
 
This was to be the first Testimony I would ever declare in the church, amongst God’s people. I remember we were given a gift certificate, and the Red Cross helped us to secure a new place to live. At this time, there were few rentals available, so even the fact that we found another place to live, seemed to be a miracle at the time.
 
I shuddered to think what would have happened, had we all been sleeping, and the fire would have started, just a few hours earlier. While the fire was devastating, I was filled with hope that the very same God who had saved our lives, had plans for us, plans to prosper and not harm us, and plans to give us a hope and a future.
 
The guitar, an electric ovation, was used many a time by myself to sing praises to the Lord, and I do believe the fact that it was nearly the only item in the house that was undamaged, caused my heart so soar, and I dedicated my heart to sing only songs to Jesus with it, from that time on. Every time I picked up the guitar to play and sing, I remembered the miracle, and that we were only alive and well because of Jesus. -From the upcoming book, Grace to Soar, by Laura Grace #Godsaves #Godprotects #Godisgood