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Tradition or Truth? You decide.

Friday was supposed to be one of the worst days of my life.  That’s what I expected it to be.  And I was actually ok with it.  I was ok with experiencing pain.  I was ok with crying tears.  I was ok with goodbyes that wrenched my heart.  I was ok because I knew God was with me.  He would hold me up.

But let me just tell you: God blew the shutters off my house.  Yes.  If Friday was like a house and the shutters on the house were my expectations of what that day would be — then He blew the shutters right of that house.  Friday wasn’t the worst day of my life or my week or my year.  No, it was one of the best days of my life.

Friday was my last day at a job that I loved.  I was let go.  But God didn’t let me go.  He never has.  He never will.

In the face of financial uncertainty, in the face of having no idea where I was going to go or what I was going to do next, I trusted Him.  And He was faithful.  No, He was more than faithful.  I expected Him to comfort me.  I expected Him to strengthen my heavy heart.  I expected Him to dry my tears.  What I didn’t expect Him to do was to open a door to a new job the very same day that is 100 times beyond what I was asking Him for.

All the while, people have been saying things to me like, “Well, we know God is in control.  The job market is in shambles right now.  I, myself, was unemployed for 14 months.  But God is faithful.”  Now, don’t get me wrong — I understand that the intention behind such a statement is to encourage me that God will never leave me.  But such a statement paints God out to be more like an invisible friend that just stands next to you when times are tough — rather than the One who spoke the vast universe  into existence, who placed millions of stars in the sky, who placed the waters in the ocean and set boundaries for those oceans so that they could go no further, who knit you and I together in our mother’s womb, who planned out our entire lives before one of them came to pass.

For some of these people, I understand that God is treated and expected to behave like an invisible friend.  And for some people, they believe that because of complete ignorance — they just don’t know any better.  For others, that’s who they want God to be.  Either way, our false beliefs and misunderstandings have rendered Him powerless.

Will you come with me to God’s Word?  In Matthew 15, the Pharisees came to point the finger at Jesus.

Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!” Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? (verses 2-3)

The Pharisees couldn’t understand why Jesus wasn’t doing things in the same way that the elders had done things in the past.  Jesus answered by saying this:

“For the sake of your traditions you have rendered God powerless.” (verse 6)

And it’s no different today.  People look to the news or the stock market or their past experience or their neighbor or their own fears for direction in a storm.  It’s no wonder they get stuck there.  People today are relying on tradition.  Every time I turn on the news and listen to reports about the economy, I hear them take me on a journey back to the Great Depression.  I hear them talk about how bad it was then and how long it took to get out of it, and how we can look to that experience to get us out of this one.  What is tradition?  It’s the way things have been done in the past.

Now, I’m not saying all tradition is bad.  But what is bad is trusting in tradition (the ways things have been in the past) instead of trusting in God and what His Word says.  If I were to trust in the traditions of others — what happened for them in the past, I’m certain I’d be unemployed — and for who knows how long.

I’m God’s daughter.  I’m not subject to the economy, the bad job market, the bad experiences of others.  I’m subject to Him and His Word.  Let’s review that what Jesus said in Matthew 15: “Any why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?”  In other words, why do you look away from what God is saying and focus on the way things have been done in the past?

Let’s get back to God’s Word.  What has He promised you?  Whatever your situation is, find out what He’s promised you concerning that situation, then stand on it until it comes to pass.

God’s Word doesn’t return void.  (Isaiah 55:11)

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Return to the LORD.

But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the LORD.  And the LORD told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected Me as their King.   As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking Me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you.  Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will do.”  1 Samuel 7:6-9

We have asked God for a king — and a king He has given us.

I am really hesitant to say what I’m about to say.  But for those who have ears to hear, hear what I’m about to say — and take it immediately to God.  If it lines up with your spirit, ask God for wisdom and direction.  And if not, please feel free to reject it.  I am certainly not saying “thus says the LORD”… I am simply saying what is and has been weighing heavily on my heart.

I have really gotten into politics this year.  No matter which side you’re from, you know that there was a lot hinged on this election.  Morally, more than anything.  And a few weeks ago, I was especially stirred up.  There are certain issues that I disagreed with Senator Obama on, but they were issues I could overlook (healthcare, his economic agenda).  Abortion was not one of those areas.  I could not overlook it.  50 million lives.  They cannot be justified in any way, shape or form.  So, I decided to speak up.  And several of you wordpressers with liberal views received a visit from me on your blog.  And though I tried to be polite, I wasn’t one bit compassionate towards your views.  I told you a thing or two.  And I’m certain you didn’t like it.  You told me so.  And after many exciting exchanges between us, God spoke to me one morning while I was driving to work.

He said, “What are you doing?”  And I confidently replied, “I’m helping these people to see the truth.”  He replied, “I know.  Stop.

The next few minutes of my drive to work were mostly silent.  I felt a heaviness rest on my heart.  He didn’t say anything yet, but I could feel it – a sadness for this country.  So much so, that tears started forming in my eyes.   Finally, I couldn’t resist asking: “It’s going to get bad, isn’t it?”  He nodded.  The heaviness became more weighty and I could feel that dreadful lump forming in my throat.  I wanted to bawl — not just for myself, but for my country, your country, our country.  I could tell He was sad too — infinitely more than I was.

One week later, I lost my job.  And through it all, I remained pretty well composed —  I had no fear and still have no fear about it.  I know that losing my job wasn’t what He was preparing  me for.  It’s something yet to come.

Times are going to change.  America has been so great and so strong for decades, but we have turned against Him.  If you have known me, or even read this blog, for any length of time, you know that I am extremely optimistic — even to a fault (if there is one).  I believe that God is good 100% of the time and that He always causes us to walk in triumph (that’s what His Word says).  I have not once, that I can remember, ever prophesied gloom and doom over anything or anyone.  My mindset is: Mercy triumphs over judgment.  And I still hold to all of these things.  But I cannot shake off this heaviness.  I cannot rid my mind of what He told me.  And I actually don’t think that things changing will be solely a result of Barack Obama being our president-elect; though I do think he will intensify things.  Barack Obama is going to be my President; I respect him and have already started to pray for him.  I wish no ill-will towards him personally or any of his family — or his presidency, in general.  But I do think he is going to make decisions that will open our country up to attack from the enemy.

So…. what do we do?  I feel God nudging me to do the following:

  • Get your house in order.  In other words, be wise.  Especially financially.  Get things in order.  Be ready for anything.  Really, we should always live like this.  But if you never have before, now is a really good time to start.
  • Pray.  Pray without ceasing.  Pray for our country.  Pray for our President.  Pray for loved ones — especially for those who do know Jesus Christ as their LORD and Savior.
  • Come back to your first love, Jesus.  If you’ve gone astray and your heart has chased after other lovers, now is the time to repent and come back to Him.  Forsake all other distractions and get back to Him.  Don’t wait.  Don’t hesitate.  Do it quickly.  Make Him your refuge.  Know His promises.  Get to a place with Him where you know that you could be entirely sufficient in Him and Him alone.

That’s it.  That’s all I have to say.  And may I just say: This is not the blog I wanted to write tonight?  I wanted to come on here and say: “The election is over.  Let’s pray for Barack Obama, but I’m tired of talking about it… so let’s not.”  I wanted to write of intimacy with God, of His promises, of going deeper in His heart, falling more in love with Him.  I wanted to write about anything that didn’t have anything at all to do with the election or politics.  But instead, I felt strongly that I should write this.  Again, please do NOT, in anyway, take this as a “thus says the LORD”.  Ask Him for yourself.  If He doesn’t say this to you, first double-check and make sure you’re listening, and when you do, if He still doesn’t say anything about this… dismiss it.  Really.  I’m not God.  Neither am I a prophet.  I didn’t hear God’s audible voice.  The heaven’s didn’t open.  I didn’t see 10 visions that were confirmed by 12 people that also had 10 visions.  I’m just a girl that felt God speak to her.  Nevertheless, draw close to God.  Do not delay.  The time is short.  Seek God while He may be found. His arms are outstretched for you. He loves you. In Him, we never need to have fear – even in times like this.  He will never leave us.  He will never forsake us.  In Him, you are protected.  You are safe.  Make Him your refuge.

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Happy Election Day

Aren’t you glad to live in America?  Aren’t you glad we have the freedom to step out of our houses, travel to the polling places, and vote freely – with no intimidation or fear?

Do you support abortion?  I don’t.  But I’m glad we live in a country where we both can have and voice our opinions freely.

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Today I pray for honest elections.

I pray that people are waking up and seeking God concerning who to vote for.  I pray that people have not relied on the media or the newspaper or their neighbor or even their own perspectives or prior opinions to tell them how to vote.  I pray that you go to vote with confidence, knowing that you’ve researched the issues and candidates from every angle and have picked the candidates and amendments and referendums to vote for that will exalt righteousness and truth across our land.

But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD. –Joshua 24:15

I pray that our country will look forward and move forward to the best days America has ever had.  I pray that God would supercede and overcome the failings and weaknesses of whichever candidate is elected.  I pray that the next President will fall humbly before God and seek His wisdom for guiding this country.

Seek the LORD while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near. –Isaiah 55:6

I pray for safety for our next President — physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally.  I pray that those who oppose our country, those who seek to destroy us, would be confounded and thwarted.

No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment will be shown to be in the wrong. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their vindication is from Me,” declares the LORD. -Isaiah 54:17

I pray that satan’s strategies for our country would be exposed and destroyed.  I pray confusion into the enemy’s camp.

Then Saul and all his men assembled and went to the battle. They found [their enemies] in total confusion, striking each other with their swords. -1 Samuel 14:20

I pray for the peace and vindication of Israel.  I pray for a President that will fight and defend Israel, no matter what the cost.

For whoever touches [Israel] touches the apple of My eye. -Zechariah 2:8

I pray for unity for democrats, for republicans, for independents to join together.

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. -Galatians 3:28

I pray a hedge of protection around this nation, around our allies, around those who stand for righteousness and justice.

Those who look to Him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.

This poor man called, and the LORD heard him;
He saved him out of all his troubles.

The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him,
and He delivers them.

Taste and see that the LORD is good;
blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.

Fear the LORD, you His saints,
for those who fear Him lack nothing.

The lions may grow weak and hungry,
but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.
-Psalm 34:5-10

Most of all, I pray that this country will turn back to God.  Hope for this country rests solely in Him.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.  -Psalm 33:12

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Prosperity in the Midst of Famine – part 3

It’s not difficult to feel hopeless about the world’s economic state. Especially since the media is always there, just like a faithful friend (or perhaps more like an unwanted enemy) to remind you of the decay and destruction and death that will soon be poured onto your finances. That is why, in times like these, I strongly encourage use of the OFF and MUTE buttons. But shouldn’t I be aware of everything that’s going on right now? You ask. No. Don’t fool yourself. Just as I said on Monday: The righteous walk by faith, NOT by sight (2 Cor 5:7, Hebrews 10:38). That’s not a call to deny reality. It’s a call to a greater reality — God’s Word, because it doesn’t return void.

God said that He’s set before us LIFE and DEATH, BLESSINGS and CURSES. Then He says this: Choose LIFE (Deuteronomy 30:19). He also tells us that there is LIFE and DEATH in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). Don’t declare over your finances and over your life the destruction that you hear radiating from the speakers on your TV (or the internet or the newspaper). No. How we fight this financial crisis we’re in is not be talking about it or reading about it or studying how much worse so-and-so says it’s going to get. You want a real weapon? A weapon that cuts through decay and destruction and death and lies? A weapon that’s stronger than any two-edged sword? Good. Let me pull it out for you to examine.

And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19) Wait, you say, the media’s been telling me that we’re dead meat if we don’t get a President who’s going to provide for us. Don’t look to man. Look to God. He is your source. Use His Word, your weapon, to defeat what’s trying to defeat you. Regardless of who or who doesn’t become President, God is the One who is going to provide for you. LIFT YOUR EYES TO HIM.

Lift your eyes and look to the heavens:
Who created all these [stars]?
He who brings out the starry host one by one,
and calls them each by name.
Because of His great power and mighty strength,
not one of them is missing. (Isaiah 40:26)

Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
look at the earth beneath;
the heavens will vanish like smoke,
the earth will wear out like a garment
and its inhabitants die like flies.
But My salvation will last forever,
My righteousness will never fail. (Isaiah 51:6)

I lift up my eyes to the hills—
where does my help come from?

My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
He who watches over you will not slumber;

Indeed, He who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;

The sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.

The LORD will keep you from all harm—
He will watch over your life;

The LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore. (Psalm 121)

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Today I Lost My Job

Today I experienced something that I’ve never experienced before. I was laid off from my job. How ironic that I posted the following blurb in my last post before I left for work this morning:

People at your job may be being laid off right and left. But you need to stand on the promises God’s given you, knowing that even though “a thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, [that no such thing will] come near you.”

And I admit, it’s good advice. But what if you’ve already been laid off? What if you’re like me? Well, first of all, if you have been laid off, I’m sorry. I am so sorry. But not so sorry that I’m going to let either of us stay in this mess. God has not abandoned us. He hasn’t left us. We’re going to stand on His Word. We aren’t going to stand on our confusion or our worries or fears of questions. None of those things will get us out of this mess we’re in.

Let’s journey to Romans 4:17-18 where we read about Abraham and how he held on to what God said.

We call Abraham “father” not because he got God’s attention by living like a saint, but because God made something out of Abraham when he was a nobody. Isn’t that what we’ve always read in Scripture, God saying to Abraham, “I set you up as father of many peoples”? Abraham was first named “father” and then became a father because he dared to trust God to do what only God could do: raise the dead to life, with a word make something out of nothing. When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do. And so he was made father of a multitude of peoples. God himself said to him, “You’re going to have a big family, Abraham!”

Let’s do as Abraham did. Even though everything may look hopeless in the natural, we’re going to believe God anyway. And because we’re going to be coming in agreement with God, like Abraham, we’re going to receive exactly what God’s promised us. God’s has a mighty calling on your life. And we aren’t going to settle for some dead-end, low pay, miserable job — just so we can “have a job”. Of course you need a job. We both do. But let’s not scrape by with the bare minimum. Let’s believe for ALL God has for us. Let’s believe God to move us into a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity where we can use the giftings He’s given us and be radically blessed financially at the same time.

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Prosperity in the Midst of Famine – part 2

A friend from work was telling me the other day about a certain church that sat right next to the World Trade Center twin towers, before they were tragically destroyed on 9/11.  Do you remember seeing the news coverage of people running from the towers, running from stores and shops and businesses that were blocks from the towers?  Especially when the towers toppled down.  It looked like destruction spanned for blocks and blocks.  But that church I just mentioned — it was completely unscathed.  It wasn’t destroyed by the debris.  It didn’t topple over.  No, it was fine.  In fact, that church went on to offer food and supplies to the people whose lives were turned upside down by that devastating event.  That church became a resting place for the fireman and emergency workers working non-stop to save people from the debris surrounding the towers.  As my friend finished telling me this story, she reminded me of Psalm 91:  A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.  You will only observe with your eyes.  …  If you make the Most High your dwelling— even the LORD, who is my refuge – then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent.  For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways (verses 7-11).

What an amazing illustration of God’s promise to protect His children.  And we can apply those same promises to the economic disaster that looms over our country and many countries around the world.  Imagine yourself — like that church, propped up right against destruction, and yet remaining completely unscathed.  In other words, people at your job may be being laid off right and left.  But you need to stand on the promises God’s given you, knowing that even though “a thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, [that no such thing will] come near you.”  Are your stocks plummeting?  Did your spouse lose their job?  Have you lost your job?  Have you received a foreclosure notice in the mail?  Are you laying awake at night, in fear, of all of the negative reports on the news?  Get your eyes off the circumstances!  The righteous walk by faith, not by sight (2 Cor 5:7, Hebrews 10:38).  Stop putting your trust in hearsay, in news reports, in polls and lift your eyes to God.

Because he loves Me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges My name.  He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.”  (Psalm 91:14-15)

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Prosperity in the Midst of Famine – part 1

God wants His children to prosper in the midst of famine.  Isn’t that good news?  Especially as economies around the world are taking a very big hit.  So wash out of your mind right now all of the negative words the media may have spoken into your heart.  The drop in your income that they told you to expect?   Stop expecting it.  Or maybe you’ve already experienced that drop in your income.  If so, get ready for it to turn back up in the right direction.  Maybe you don’t even have a job or you’ve just lost your job.  Stop worrying and get ready for things to change.  Why?  I’m going to tell you why.

“I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.” That’s what King David said (in Psalm 37:25).  And I think coming from a king, those words mean a lot.  David may have started out all alone, shepherding some sheep in a big empty pasture, but he sure didn’t end that way.  It’s just like today.  You could pluck some average person out of obscurity, someone who doesn’t pay attention to the news or the economy or the job market, and that same person could say what David said with relative ease — that they’ve never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging for bread, but it’d be easy to chalk it up to the fact that that person simply never gets out, never watches the news, isn’t up with the current economic situation.  But now let’s turn the tables.  And let’s think of the candidates that we, in the United States, have running for President.  They may have not heard much flack personally about the economy prior to running for President.  But now these same people are traveling all across the fruited plain, hearing everything there is to hear, from every possible angle, about the economy.  Why?  Because two of them (a President and Vice President) are going to be elected to get our country out of this mess.  That’s what leaders do.  They lead us corporately in a direction that we, ourselves, don’t have the direction or the power or the means to go.  And it wasn’t much different back then.  David was king over an entire nation.  He saw a lot.  He knew the condition of his people.  And even he, in all of his experience and knowledge as a king could say: I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.

Ok, now I want you to remind yourself that Psalm 37:25 is not just some quote from some person that we read about in a history book.  Yes, it’s something David said.  But where do we find it?  In God’s Word.  And God’s Word is alive, it will accomplish what it’s been sent out to do, it doesn’t return unto Him void.

Start declaring what David said over your own life.  Declare that God will never forsake you, that your children will never be forced to beg – for work, for food, for anything.  Find scriptures you can stand on concerning finances.  The righteous walk by faith, NOT by sight (2 Cor 5:7, Hebrews 10:38).  That’s not a call to deny reality.  It’s a call to a greater reality — God’s Word, because it doesn’t return void.  You can wish and hope all day long, but there’s no guarantee that anything you wish or hope for is ever going to come to pass.  But God’s Word?  It doesn’t return to Him void (Isaiah 55:11).  And God is not a man that He should lie (Numbers 23:19).  Take Him at His word.  And watch how your finances change for the better.

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