Your mind filled with the Spirit = life and peace

Romans 8:5-6

Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.

The mind governed by the Spirit is LIFE AND PEACE.  

Romans 8 shares that the tug of war of sin and righteousness exists–it always will exist.  No one is perfect.    It’s up to me to practice and spend more time on what the Spirit is sharing through prayer and God’s Word–not the problem or insult.

There is so much opportunity to be angry, sad, bitter, jealous, and/or frustrated.  I can literally live life offended, or I can live life in peace through the restorative process of Jesus’ presence and Word.  Every word that comes from my mouth should be filled with the life-giving Spirit!

The Holy Spirit quickened my heart to call a friend.  We had an early bird coffee.  My obedience to reach out was a blessing.  She ministered to me in broken areas, and we cheered each other on in the name of Jesus.  The mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.

Interestingly, two of my coworkers came into the Starbucks at the same time.  They never saw me with my sweet friend.  I never saw them.  They mentioned they saw my car in the parking lot.  I was literally sitting by the door.  To me, the Spirit not only led me to this divine meeting but protected our time in a public place.  We had church in Starbucks!  We spoke a lot about God’s grace.  When I returned to my car, three songs in a row were all about God’s grace.  One of them was the song Amazing Grace.  She sent me a text and said–“Don’t forget that wherever you are, you are the church.”  One Spirit blessing after the other because of purposeful seeking of the Spirit.

God is faithful……

Spend more time in the Spirit and watch your life bring forth energy and peace.

How?

  • Play Christian Music
  • Download APPS for your smart phone that include sermons and teachings and listen often
  • Read God’s Word daily
  • Exercise and breathe in prayers and worship
  • Refuse to be a repository for gossip, negative talk, and complaining
  • Speak life into situations that are dark
  • Acknowledge you are not perfect and the tug of war exists–there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus
  • Consider man–he is not your meter of approval, acceptance and worth
  • REALLY believe that the Spirit lives within you and He will do great and mighty things!  Claim it!

Don’t play small! You are a child of God!

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”  (Marianne Williamson)

Limited only by our affections…

I hesitate to share where I personally felt limited so that you can apply meaning to your “limits”.  At work, a coworker shared this verse with me after sharing with her a vulnerable spot in my life,

Dear, dear Corinthians, I can’t tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life. We didn’t fence you in. The smallness you feel comes from within you. Your lives aren’t small, but you’re living them in a small way. I’m speaking as plainly as I can and with great affection. Open up your lives. Live openly and expansively!  2 Corinthians 6:11

Wide-open spaces was a friend’s expression from God’s Word that offered us “spacious places”.  She struggled with a history of trauma, and God healed her!  She opened her life and courageously lives an expansive life!  It was so good to remember her.  My new friend at work looked at me and shared–“we limit ourselves and are restricted by our own affections”.  She was willing to be vulnerable in the same place and shared her heart.

WOW!  Are you tired of affectionately embracing and nurturing your perceived limitations? Is it more frightening to rid yourself of the limits and excuses?  I am!  I often allow man and the world around me to define my beauty, intelligence, my capability, my mistakes, my roles,etc…

As I was writing this, Jesus whispered to my heart–“Who do you say I am?”  Oh, Jesus– I say you are the Great I AM!  You lead me to wide open spaces and desire great things for my heart and mind.  A peace and Joy the world will never be able to give me.

After spending the summer in a Bible Study from Established Footsteps about the POWER of God’s Word in our lives something bubbled up inside of me.  I remember walking to my car and saying–“I can’t do this anymore God!”  Meaning– I will not limit what God’s Word can do in my mind and heart.  I will not listen to negative and be a repository for the ways of man.  I am YOURS Jesus!  It’s me and YOU!

Worship sounds so much sweeter.  His Word jumps off the page and into my lungs.  The insanity becomes a back drop to the very One who is in complete control–JESUS.  I hold His hand and journey on!

After studying God’s Word is our light, as a family we put a Mezuzah scroll on our door.  A gift given to me by my mother for mother’s day.

The mezuzah is one of the few mitzvot(divine commandments). In this case, the reward is long life for oneself and one’s children: And you shall inscribe them on the doorposts (“mezuzot”) of your house and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be prolonged upon the land which the Lord swore to give to your fathers for as long as the heavens are above the earth.  Deut. Chapter 11

Inside the scroll is the verse–Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet!”  May God’s Word be our Hope!  No more limits!  God is the GREAT I AM!

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Prayer Walking–Momsinprayer.org

A friend invited me to prayer walk many schools in the area–Community High, Thomas Dale, Curtis, Wells, Harrowgate, Carver, and Beulah.  I was tied up with other commitments but it seemed that in the asking and the knowledge of her group prayer walking, I was there–you were there.

We are bound together in His love and faithfulness.  As I imagined them walking the school grounds and praying for students and teachers my heart warmed.

So is my word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it (Is. 55:11).

Momsinprayer.org is an excellent FREE resource for praying over your children and the upcoming school year.  She offers free prayer sheets and materials.

Thank you Laurie!  She wanted to let us know:

“We are covered in prayer! Four of us met and went around to six schools.  God will do great things this year!”

Ephesians 3:20-21

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

A QUICK NOTE

For some reason videos do not play on my smart phone from the post.  If I’m on my computer, I can play the videos, but my smart phone is not so smart.  🙂  If that’s the case for you, I encourage you to go back to your computer and watch the video of That’s My King! and Mended–so beautiful.

I would love feedback if you have the same problem?

 

We are not a mystery to Him! Do you know Him?

There is only One who fully knows you inside and out–better than you know yourself.  He adores you.

I Corinthians 8:3 “But if anyone loves God, he is known by Him.”

After meditating on this verse, I was reminded of the famous sermon from Dr. S.M. Lockridge many years ago.  He asked a good question: “Do you know Him?”  A working relationship of profound intimacy must exist in tandem with the amazing, limitless love of God for His children.   Do you know (love, adore, seek after, put first, magnify, honor, treasure, feast, lift up, glorify,…) Him?

Do you know Him? : (original voice within the video of Dr. Lockridge)

Watermark has a beautiful worship song called, “Mended”– He knows you friend and adores you…..

WATERMARK

Mended lyrics

You repair all that we have torn apart and
You unveil a new beginning in our hearts and
We stand grateful for all that has been left behind and
All that goes before us

Chorus:
You’ve got all things suspended
All things connected
Nothing was forgotten
‘Cause your love is perfect
You are our healer
And you know what’s broken
And we’re not a mystery to you
(to you, oh Lord, to you)

We will dance ’cause you restore the wasted years and
You will sing over all our coming fears and
We’ll stand grateful for all that has been left behind and all that goes before us

Lord, you mend the breech
And you break every fetter
You give us your best, but what we thought was better
And you are to be praised
You are to be praised

If you would like to listen!  I hope you will take the time to listen to this Spirit filled song–His love is perfect over you!

We are “wee”! He is STRONG!

Zacchaeus was a wee little man….

I’ve come to know a beautiful lady who treasures God’s Word more than anything.  Her heart is HUGE for the Lord.  She preached last Sunday at her church and blew me away with God’s Spirit living in her.  It was not Sarah on the pulpit but the very Spirit of God that she was obedient to.  I did not see Sarah at all as I know her–only the loving-kindness of Jesus and the powerful calling of God on our lives.

She shared a theologically sound sermon on Zacchaeus.   If you don’t know the story, I encourage you to seek scripture and read the passages found in Luke 19:1-10.

I loved the song as a child with all the hand motions!

Listen and sing with me:

Her points:

1. When your prize changes to Jesus it costs you your life.  We are “wee” in the GREATNESS and GLORY of our GOD and KING!

Isaiah 40:22-25

When we seek Jesus with all our heart, soul, and mind we then realize how very small we are and how much we need Him.  He becomes greater!  We become less.

2.  When you change your sought after prize to Jesus your perspective changes.

Like Zacchaeus we are willing to change our reputation, potentially lose friendships, encounter risk and danger.  We could risk it all only for our efforts to mean something different, but the journey God called us to was the prize.  You have to go upward–climb–without knowing the ending.  God knows.  He is counting on us to trust in Him and take a risk.

3.  When you change your sought after prize to Jesus you change your position.

The fruit of the Sycamore tree is symbolic of humility.  Humble yourself before the Mighty God!  You are no longer boss–He is!  Zacchaeus made haste in his decision to follow after Jesus and seek Him.  There was no listening to the crowd or counting the cost.  He went!  The crowd complained and gossiped–He ignored.

4.  When you change your sought after prize to Jesus you change your power.

You relinquish all power to Jesus and ask Him to rule in you.  It’s an inward change of emptying self and the world and allowing Jesus to be your everything.

5.  When you change your sought after prize to Jesus you change your purpose.

What is the first thing you do in the morning?  Is it Facebook? Email? Grumbling?  Make Jesus your primary purpose and focus.  Spend less time judging others, and more time seeking God.  You don’t know what God is doing in their lives, and the love story He is working on in them.  Your purpose to love Jesus comes before your spouse, children, career, and church activities.

I WITNESSED A MIRACLE THAT DAY!

I was able to be a part of a miracle that Sunday morning.  After the full gospel men’s choir sang, “I’m so glad God gives us a second chance!”, a man all dressed in white and walking with a cane walked into the church.  I will never forget his child-like smile!  He knew the Joy of His Salvation!  Everyone started crying and shouting that God DOES give second chances! Right in the middle of the service, and no one skipped a beat.  It was as if they expected miracles to happen! What a glorious church service!  The presence of the Lord was there!  He had traveled from Florida, and they had not seen him since his traumatic accident in which he was told he would not live, and if he did live he would never walk again.  He was walking!  And, at one point got up and played the drums for praise and worship! The man shared that sometimes God has to hide you to clean you up.  He shared that his ministry of sharing the love of Jesus had been in the rehab nursing home in which he has been receiving medical care.  I was thrilled to be a part of such a joyful reunion and to see first hand the miracles of God.