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Relationships 5 “No More Drama not even for your mama” the dark underbelly of “Control” (Part 1)

Control vs influence conTROL VS INFLUENCE Jesus.jpg

 Have you ever had anyone come on your FB wall and argue, and argue, and argue (Until you finally have to delete them?) Because if you don’t, the message you are trying to get across is lost in a sea of debate? It reminds me of when we were kids, and played “king of the hill.” Whoever could push you off your stance on the mount “became King!” …..

Control: To direct a person or animal to behave a certain way. To have power over something. Authority: the power to or right to make decisions, or direct (It is given) 

See the difference? One is given. One is assumed. Stephen had authority given by God to speak. A mob of controllers silenced him because they were cut to the heart (conviction). Acts 7:54-59

What is it? If you’ve spent any time on the internet, You’ve probably experienced control. It’s the counterfeit of Authority. Jesus spoke as “one who had authority” He did not argue with people, or try to talk over top of them.

He didn’t whine about how intolerant people are. He found those who wanted to listen.

If you notice, Jesus didn’t talk about “his rights’  His Authority came from the Father in Heaven. He walked in it by simply “going about his Father’s business.”  (Luke 2:49).

His Authority was questioned in Matthew 21. (by the Pharisees). He wisely refused to answer them. He knew their tricks.

Control starts with fear. Not fear like Fear of snakes or bugs, but fear of conviction or being exposed. Sometimes fear of not beng “in power or in control (of that which they wish to control!) Fear of hearing the truth..(and having to make adjustments). 

It was control (in a mob mentality) that made them stone Stephen to death Acts 7:54-59.

Controlling people will often accuse you of being controlling. Here is the difference. You have authority over your house, your face book, your car, your “twitter account” and before all that, your mind, your will and your emotions. God gave you freedom (from the evil one) when he sent Jesus to the cross.

He spoiled all those powers and triumphed over them, “making a show of them” openly. (Col 2:15).

People may have different things they want control of (and to put a lid on things) but the motive is always the same. “I am in control.” Ever heard that expression,” I”ve got it all under control?” Yes, you have! You may have even said it! Controlling people will talk over the top of you, not let you get a word in edgewise, and will use all sorts of tactics to “shut you up.” Why? Because they don’t wish to hear you. If you put them in their place, they will often call you: “conrolling!” 

I pray Father in Jesus’ name as I consider and reveal about control (and where it comes from) you will help us all learn YOUR ways and not man’s ways about how to deal with this. I pray this Father “LET THERE BE LIGHT” In all areas of our souls, hearts, and minds that comes only from you Dear Father!”

In Jesus’ name “deliver us” from the evil one, cause us to escape his lies, which have been growing like weeds since that day he entered this earth. In Jesus’ name. (amen)

-stay tuned for part 2. Laura Grace control vs influence.png   Author, speaker, minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ 

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Standards VS Law. We get what we allow………….and the enemy ……..

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Greetings, in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ. 🙂 

I want to talk to you today about standards, vs law. We all know the passage, don’t we? “When the enemy” comes in like a flood………(Then what happens?) The Spirit of the Lord it says, lifts up a standard against it.

What is a standard? Well, this man is looking through a submarine portal. Maybe he wants in! If the person on the other side were to open the portal, the entire submarine would be flooded, and everyone in the sub, would probably drown.

We have a world today of people shouting about how unfair it is to keep this poor guy out (outside of the submarine) and how we should just “let him inside” (Figuratively speaking). I am going to talk plain here. Ready?

Its one thing to realize everyone has sin, and to realize we are all saved by Grace, if we should allow the Lord entrance, into our lives.

Here’s the thing, church. I am speaking to the people of God, at this moment in time. First of all, if you let a pack of wolves into your house, they will tear you apart. If you make a wild bear your pet, he will most likely scratch, gouge, and devour you!

We cant get rid of “the devil” just by praying. If we let him in, he’s now in the house with us. He’s a liar, a prosecuting attorney, and he is NOT YOUR FRIEND! Those who choose not to be renewed in the Spirit of their mind, who choose not to become Christ like in their thinking, will, by default, think like the other guy.

So, there are groups of people out there, large groups I might add, who not only seek to get you off the path of thinking Christ-like, but they are very vehement and crafty about it as well. Too many people are appointed, but not anointed. To many are hired to be clergy, but are not called or chosen by God. Look at the scripture, and how people were chosen, in times past (and in the early church.). They were not chosen by man, and certainly were not chosen because of their “work credentials’ either!

Yes, I am sorry to tell you, people really do have a right to believe what they want to! God gave us freedom, even to sin, even to go so far as to lie, cheat, murder, start fires, get drunk and ram some person head -on…….It doesn’t mean he approves of it, we just have the freedom to do so (sad to say.) But here’s the thing. You also have Authority over your own house, your own self, and even your own children, so long as they are living with you. 

If you open a portal to the devil, that is to say, his belief system, instead of God’s, you will have a flood come into your home. It could drown you, it could potentially destroy you, and your children as well. This is why yes, I was very strict with my children, growing up.

No, I did not let them “drink at my house’ so they would not drink and drive. No, I did not let them listen to music that promoted sex, violence, crime, and rabble rousing. And no, I did not ever let them watch rated R or violence on TV, as much as I could possibly avoid it.

No, they did not watch shows that promoted sorcery, witchcraft, or demonic spells. Why? Because yes, I did understand they would either be filled with the Spirit of God, or they would be filled with other things. My heart belongs to Jesus, and so does my mind. Nobody but me, has authority over what goes INTO My mind and heart. And Yes, I believe in Grace however, I do not believe in compromising with anti christ spirits of hell!

You do need to realize, that in compromising the gospel of Jesus Christ, which is different from making mistakes or just “being human” There will be a consequence.

You will have to agree with the standard (Of the Holy Spirit) to get the devil back OUT of your house where he belongs! You will have to make a stand. You will have to say no, your lies are not allowed to enter my mind (or my heart) and while I realize people sin, I will not endorse, support or join the rally of rabble rousing folks, who are screaming “Let sin be endorsed.” Sexually immorality is a sin. So is lying. So is Murder, hatred, (and the list goes on). That will never change, and if we agree to compromise, we will open that door and well, In comes the flood…………

And not even God can save you, so long as you refuse to close the door to it’s influence. Amen With love for God’s people…..

 

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

 

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Miracles and Justice obstructers who quibble over details……

funny-protest-signs-15.pngThere’s an old saying, “lead me, follow me, or get out of my way!”

Here lately, I have been noticing again, people’s propensity toward arguing.

Jesus dealt with it too, just in a different way ….

Father God summed it up for me one day in my Study time with him when he said, “My way is not to argue and fuss over how to do something, or pick apart how people do it.”

The Pharisees were always so worried about details. Quibbling about it. “Is he supposed to be healed on Sunday?” “Is that really godly?” People feel very free to just dive in, and it’s their God given duty to tell us WHAT we should believe in. Many of them, the very same people who defend their own freedom of speech, pounce on others, telling them how wrong they are! It’s amazing! This to them apparently, is helpful somehow?

“Did you know your socks don’t match?” (Helpful hint for today?) Maybe I only have two socks, and these are it!

There are justice obstructers out there, and they quibble over details, all the time.

THEY STOP THE RIVER OF LIFE, from flowing!

These are the sorts Jesus got upset at. I never once saw or heard of him saying “come on boys, I heard someone down the street is about to commit a sin. “Let’s go stop them!” never heard him say there should be a law against this, Never once heard of him saying, “Hey, you are not in church today, YOU SLACKER!” …………

I have never heard of the ministry of arguing (from Him), jumping on people’s cases, or like Doc Lynch recently said on his face book page “getting wrapped around the Axel” over things people say. Think about that one! If someone is aruging and fussing over what we say, instead of listening, or trying to discover maybe why we said it, all they do is stop the vehicle from moving forward. So back to what I said, Lead me, Follow me, Or get out of the way! I’m willing to explain why I believe what I believe, in a peaceful discussion over it!

Anyone who is not this way, who has to holler over the top of you, rant and rave, freak out, call you names, or any of this kind of stuff, is definally NOT a person I want to follow.

I want someone who leads me to Peace, into Righteousness, into Love, and into a deeper understanding of my Heavenly Father.

 

How about you? -Laura Grace

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#2 Contraceptives Were illegal? A man of God AVOIDS EXTREMES!! Word of Wisdom……for you and I.

a beautiful light house.jpgI was watching a show last night (documentary) and learned that for a long time, contraceptives were illegal, in the United States of America. I was watching in dismay, as I heard how this man tried to pass out contraceptives, and was arrested, even put in jail over it!

Many Christians believed (back then) it should be illegal, and were putting sure they were in God’s will to put up such a fight.  This was Extreme. (see the passage, Ecc 7:8)

AS God still says, a man who fears God, avoids all extremes. Now, you can ignore it, cast this wisdom off from you, but it’s Still a Word of God’s Wisdom, for us today.

What happened was, ONE MAN in a position of leadership, with great confidence in his beliefs, stood up and talked about why contraceptives should be illegal. He reasoned that Women could become promiscuous, or that they were not doing the will of God, and for a long time, many were on his side.

Women, through the years, have been made slaves by many, victims of abuse, untold suffering, and denied the freedom in Christ (to choose) and not so much today, but at one time, yes, they were denied much freedom.

We were designed to serve, love, nurture, but then again, so were men! Before the fall of Adam, men had all the attributes of God in their lives. God never intended for men to be brutal taskmasters, toward anyone! The next time you are thinking God is into your rally, just remember, what is justice to one, may be unjust towards another……..

NONE OF US Understands the full spectrum or scope of JUSTICE in it’s purest form, without seeing through the eyes of God the Father and Jesus, his son.

this is a word of Wisdom, for you and for me. Stop and consider, before you jump on the bandwagon for what you consider to be Justice. Amen.

#Grace to Grow By Laura Grace, author Of Grace to Grow Study Guide, and Grace to Soar

 

 

 

 

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Be Filled, not drained!

CUP OF LIFEHi there! Laura Grace, Author, Christian, every day human being, serving God on planet Earth! There was a song we used to sing in church: “Fill my cup Lord, I lift it up, Lord,” I just loved that song, Sort of a prayer song, you know?

Anyway, so we are vessels, the bible says, and when we learn to hold water, (of the Word) Then we are a container to help refresh others (my bible says).

However, there are those who will drain us, refuse to learn to receive (themselves) or some who even try to contaminate the living water (of our soul) with corruption, bitterness, or whatever they seem to be carrying around. This is where ministry gets tricky.

There seems to be this outcry now days, one in which everyone is saying, “don’t make me feel bad about myself, don’t judge me, don’t hurt me with your words!”

I by no means wish to Hurt anyone, and any good minister I know, doesn’t wish to do that either. Oh sure, there are a few out there, who could care less who they slay with their tongue, but there also comes a time the truth must be said, and as the saying goes, “the truth hurts’ There is really no way around it.

Therefore, while I believe in being kind, gentle, loving, forgiving, and merciful…………

If someone is contaminating my well, (of salvation) or polluting my living water with their ways, opinions, bitterness, and relentless arguments……I have to cut them off.

If I allow myself to be polluted and contaminated with the rudiments and beliefs of this world, the Living Water God has given me to share with others, will be of no value to anyone. And this is why my darlings, while we hope to be open-minded (to a degree) we cannot afford to be door mats. Mercy understands Holiness, Holiness understands Love, Love understands Righteousness, all of the attributes of God are hinged together, and cannot be separated. God does not separate himself from himself! Love you ….

have a great day (in Jesus) Laura Grace (Author) Grace to the Rescue series.

 

 

 

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God’s not mean #1 What’s standing between you and him?

Bright sayings #18

Hi, It’s me again, Laura Grace.

I was actually coloring in my adult color book when this came to me. I did pray today, asked The Lord to speak into my life. I have something to share with you right now, something very important. When God said “thou shalt have no other gods before me”

He didn’t just mean other gods, as in religious statues, or Zeus, or whoever. He also

meant your problem, your child, your spouse, your job……….Money Problems?

Anything taking over your mind can be an idol. So much for pointing fingers at drug

addicts, or whoever YOU think is in sin, right? Right! NOW (here’s  the good part) THE
REASON! God’s not mean! He doesn’t demand in a roll of thunder we have no other gods

because he is going to get so furious at us for not putting him first. The Jealousy he has is

a love type of jealousy, not the fleshly type we are used to seeing, or experiencing.

GET THIS: He just loves you so much, he doesn’t want these other things getting in your way so, he can’t really speak to you, can’t get across to you, what he wants to say. He cries

over it, weeps over it………..

Now, if you hate God, have sided with the devil and are shaking your fist at him, that’s another story! But if you are his child? HE JUST WANTS YOU TO GET IT! So badly he said,

No other gods…….no problem no nothing, don’t let it get between us, (he is saying) Because I really WANT YOU TO get MY WISDOM ……….Because I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!

Well thank you Father, Thank you love us SO much (THAT MUCH) That you would do anything for us to get it. Even sending your Son (Jesus) ……to spoil all those principalities

and powers……….Your anointed servant,

Laura Grace (Peace!)