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God’s into Transformation not Military School……..by Laura Grace

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God causes heart and mind transformation he is not into “behavior modification” because it has no lasting effect.

In the military we had behavior modification. You break the rules you have an instant consequence. We were trained in fear of consequences.

Most are relieved to get out don’t do that stuff anymore and it’s the same with retirement! People are overjoyed to not be constantly monitored. See? Modification doesn’t stick. As soon as the fence is gone the horses run free. 

God changes us from the inside out that is HIS WAY! You can put forth whatever image you want- but he sees the inside, and that’s why he told the Pharisees they were full of dead means bones and other gross things…

He saw their heart and it was not pretty.  

Some of you need to realize those who have the right image may not have the heart you have. Trust God to re-shape you the way he sees fit.

        Part of walking by Faith is to learn to love yourself as you are; because God loves you as you are already……if we don’t see ourselves the way God sees us, we will not likely be able to move forward in  and with him. 

          He took you on when you were a mess, and he’s not done with you yet! 

He’s your counsellor (He said so in his Word) Ask for his advice! He is listening! He hears you! He loves you so much!

Lg  “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (NIV) 

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This old guitar…..

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On gifts ….I want to share that we all have gifts inside us from God almighty. I can’t speak for you, but I don’t feel happy or fullfilled if I’m not using the gifts God put inside me.

I think one of mine is “encouragment” ……

Through the years “this old guitar” has travelled with me to the houses of friends and so many places. I learned to play guitar when I was about 17 teaching myself with a John Denver Song book. I took my guitar to the air force the very first song I learned was a Lutheran Camp song called “Allelu” And even before I gave my heart to Jesus I sang that song, just because I loved it.

I would try to play with other musicians and could not keep up, or didn’t know the chords. Over the years I prayed and struggled to learn songs now I probably know over 100. I know how to read chords, but there are still some I can’t quite play so I learned how to get around it. I’ve sang for my grandkids and at my daughter’s wedding which was a privilege.

I have gone to rest homes and state homes and I’ve played on the street and all by myself on the deck. My guitar went with me to fill in as music teacher and to my dad’s house to play and I’ve sang for my mom and her cousin and her friends that visited from out of town.

My gift goes with me wherever I go. It’s not limited to the walls of a church building. This lesson came from not being able to sing in church for a long time because either I was not needed or work would not allow me to go their practice times.

I have my favorite songs, but I’ve learned to surrender my gift to the Lord now. I ask him what songs should I play? What would truly help someone today? Or maybe I shouldn’t sing at all because it’s someone else’s turn. 

You all know I’m a preacher on growing. I am humble enough to admit I had some really bad “little kid fits” over not getting to use my gift when I wanted to at times. The key is to stay ready, keep on letting God teach, train and coach you……be ready for the opportunity he allows. If we do that, His river of life will surely see to it that we use the gifts he’s put inside of us! And there is nothing More fullfilling than doing what we were called to do.

Laura Grace

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Moving the Mountain of unbelief

FAITH CLIMBER

Matthew 21:21

It is not unspiritual to face facts about a matter, or call it what it is. 

When Jesus cursed the fig tree (that did not bear fruit) He was not punishing the tree. He was giving a very vivid example to the disciples about what happens if we are not producing (and growing) In him. (John 15). 

Many today call facing the facts “Judgement” and feel that someone is on their cases if they point  out reality about something. 

We can’t just stick our heads in the sand and call it faith. Faith faces reality and overcomes it by Trusting God. 

Speaking to the mountain by Faith WILL move it. The mountain you are speaking to may be the mountain of (your own) unbelief and not the circumstances. When the Mountain is gone; the circumstances will change. Selah

 

Laura Grace 

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Paper Dolls & Cookie-Cutter Christians

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I was thinking about God not staying in his box this morning, and trying to think how to describe my Christian Life! Instantly I thought about Paper Dolls. If you remember them you are probably a little bit “Over the hill” (Like I am!). 

I had some paper dolls as a kid. The clothes were cut out and put onto the paper doll, which was usually made of cardboard. They were cool, but if you would have ever had a paper doll smaller or larger than the clothing, none of it would have fit. 

Thankfully, God doesn’t design clothes like the ones made for paper dolls, and expect us to fit even though we do not fit! Sometimes we feel like we need to be trimmed to fit the clothing man has designed for us, because it doesn’t quite fit, and we look funny! What fits YOU may not fit ME! But that doesn’t mean I’m defective. 

I”m sure when someone (like me) stands and quotes a scripture like the one below, it seems to cause rebellious rabble rousers to say YEAH! And bible teachers to cringe.  Do we get what God is saying here? Paper dolls

And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’  (Matthew 15:9 NKJV) 
There are actually several scriptures where Jesus warned about doctrines of men, or even our lips honoring him, and our hearts being far from him. Was he getting on our cases? Does he not love us anymore? Sure he does! He is not MAD at you. He’s trying to help. 
When we thought “Dad” was mad at us as kids, we tended to want to hide, or run in terror. When we are scared (of God) we cannot even hear what he wants to say. Such is the case with many who read this scripture. 
No God’s not on our cases. He just wants us to see that if we have a one-size-fits-all teaching and Sunday sermon, and ways of doing things, and bible studies that are formatted in a way that does not FIT everyone and we try to say; “Make it fit!” We are acually harming the very people we hope to love. God will adjust the teachings and methods (To fit the doll) not cut down the doll to fit the clothing. See? Because his word is written in such a way that his clothes will fit everyone (who desires him) 
God has Grace on upon us. Peter did not do what James did. Paul did not do what John did. They didn’t go to meetings and get in one accord by saying amen to the pastor and that was all there was to it! They all grew in Grace (And into their spiritual clothes- which God designed for them!). WE don’t have to feel like wretched weirdo’s because we are not the right size For the one-size-fits-all teachings of men. 
God wants to speak to YOU Today. Not JUST through your pastor. 
Teachers? Be willing to adjust the teaching (if need be) as the Holy Spirit leads you. 
Don’t be so rigid. This is not “Military School” it’s the living growing entity called…
    “The Body Of Christ” 
thanks for pondering with me; 
With Love, Laura Grace 
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What does it mean to “abide in the vine?” A little sermon on John 15

VINE JOHN 15What does it mean to abide in the Vine?

For the last week I’ve had songs about abiding in the vine going through my head and spirit. What does this mean? (I used to ask myself). In 1 John we are told if we abide in him we will ask (and it shall be done). So abiding in the vine has something to do with covenant as well. It’s not automatic. It’s a decision we make to live in and with Jesus, in all that we do. 🙂

Some want to keep him in a box, let him out when there is difficulty or troube, and do their own thing the rest of the time. We CAN Do this but it doesn’t mean we should! Jesus is pretty clear in John 15 and does not mince words with us when he said:

” Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”

John 15:3-8 NKJV

If we abide in (LIVE IN) Jesus we will know his will for us.

This is why our prayers will now be answered- because we have asked him how we should pray! To not live in Him sets us up for great failure, and the devil will use every opportunity to say, “See? God was not with you?” He never stops, he is a little opportunist for evil and despair. If you want Victory in your life, aim to live IN the vine IN Jesus! Let him be your teacher, instructor and guide.

Church is fine but it’s not THE Answer. Abiding in the Vine is the answer. Church is where you hopefully find people with answers but that is only if they have become his disciples and are growing in him. If they aren’t they won’t have any answers because: “APART FROM JESUS THEY CAN DO NOTHING.”

This is the word of the Lord and, it’s all true. Laura Grace, Author, Grace to Grow 

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Exposing Religious Lies part 2

 

God loves you just as much as he always has. When things go wrong it’s not God doing it. Storms, floods, trials …none of it is an ‘act of God.”

Remember that in the Old Testament everything was under a shadow; and even THEY (the ones who recorded what happened) did not see the whole picture.

What I get out of the story of Job-is not God letting satan loose on people, it’s that Job saw his enemy was the devil- and not God. Satan accused Job- and Job did not have Jesus for his defense attorney as Jesus had not arrived

(YET!). This is why Jesus told his disciples “Blessed are you to hear what you hear” 

and talked about others who wanted to see and hear what they had (but did not!). 

So while Job is a great example of Faith- he is not an example of New Testament living! We need to remember that. 

Job didn’t have Ephesians 6 -and the teachings on standing up in the Authority of God with your Armour on. WE DO ……..

Galatians 3 and 4. – Laura Grace

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Exposing Religious lies part 1 “Learning the Good way” Reaping and sowing …..

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Exposing Religious lies Part 1: Learning the good way not the hard way By Laura Grace
 
So often in religion, we hear things when we do something bad such as “You know, you reap what you sow!” And they shake their hairy finger at you (supposedly conviction!).
 
Yet, in the same circles, if we give something and say I’m praying to reap a harvest those same persons will say “You shouldn’t give to get!” Oh My! Talk about a GOOD NEWS crowd Eh? (NOT!) 😮😂
 
I remember in the 90’s I was studying with Copeland and some other supposedly “bad” prosperity teachers and he said “God wants you to pray over your seed!”
 
I knew someone who needed a microwave so I gave my ONLY ONE Away and prayed “thank you that I sow a microwave Father and i reap a microwave because seeds produce after their kind!” within 6 months I had three microwaves given to me! 😮I also gave away a car and prayed “someday when I need one let me reap a car!”
 
That happened too, although the religious crowd wanted to claim it was because I tithed. I remember my prayer!
 
Last year in February 2017 God asked me to give 100.00 and I didn’t have it to give. The person I gave it to said “100 people will bless you 100 ways with 100 dollars”
 
I said Oh good Father thank you I receive it! since then it’s happened 10 times in various ways (not always cash) but one was 100.00 bottle of oil (THANKS JESUS) So …..
 
Why would you pray over your farm crops and not the seeds of what you give? (Asking God to water it, make it grow?)
 
i just don’t understand religious ways I guess. God is good! and his gospel is always GOOD NEWS! And by giving us good things he teaches us to learn “THE GOOD WAY”
 
amen (Laura Grace)