Let's go there for a moment.....you become vulnerable with your emotions. Your heart is a powerful part of your daily living. It's the source from where our passion and compassion come from. It moves us and drives us with energy, excitement, and focus. Relationships are built, movements are created, and people are inspired to make incredible changes because the influence of the heart.
On the opposing side, things can go terribly wrong. You are presented with an apple. This apple is toxic. It represents everything that wants to block the good plans in store for you. You are discerning enough that you can feel that something seems sketchy but you are drawn to hold the apple. Now that you are holding the apple, the emotion is heightened. Some would say, "There's nothing wrong with holding the apple" and I would have to challenge them and say YES! That means it's one step closer to you taking the bite!
In the story of Snow White, the beautiful Snow is vulnerable in her emotions and holds the apple. While she is holding the apple, it gives the enemy time to speak to her....to woo....to entice with words that speak to her fleshly man. You see if the enemy can get to our fleshly man first and that fleshly man is bigger and stronger, he will crush the spirit man!
So Snow HOLDS the apple. It is placed perfectly in her hands to raise to her lips. Do you see the ownership here? The enemy didn't stick that apple in her mouth....SHE RAISED IT TO HER LIPS WITH HER OWN HANDS! She took the bite! Then the story reads: (from My Princess Collection Books)
"Something was wrong. I felt dizzy. Then, I couldn't stand and I fell to the floor. The apple made me fall into a long, deep sleep."
Poison puts you into a long, deep spiritual sleep. It paralyzes you from progress, from moving forward, to His personal best for your life. What apple is being placed in front of you at this moment?
The apple of procrastination
The apple of offense
The apple of jealousy
The apple of bitterness
The apple of laziness
The apple of greed
The apple of depression
The apple of irresponsibility
The apple of defensiveness
The apple of being in control
The apple of distrust
The apple of lack of faith
The apple of worry
The apple of self
The apple of anger
The apple of pride
The apple of hidden sin
The apple of insecurity
The apple of negativity
The apple of giving up in your spirit
All of these apples are very real. His word says:
"They will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes." Proverbs 1:31
The message reads like this:
"You wanted your own way-now lie in it; Don't you see what happens, you simpletons, you idiots?"
There is no condemnation here. We've all held the fruit. We've all been enticed and taken action to take a bite and we've all fallen in a long, deep sleep. BUT THEN
Our Lord, our Savior, our Friend, our Father.....kisses us with a kiss of grace. He awakens us to true love. He holds us in His arms and reminds us that His Spirit is inside of all those who believe. He gently and lovingly corrects and teaches us from His word that is living and active. He gives us strength to reject holding the apple. He holds your head up to tell you there is no shame in holding the apple or even taking a bite but He wants you to have a teachable heart and be corrected. He is the GREAT teacher and has high expectations for His children. There is no shame in that!
The only eating you need to be doing is from His word!
In His Grace,
The Mrs. Pastor
Thursday, February 9, 2017
One of my favorite things to watch at Disney Parks, is the creation of food through the view of the outside windows. These professionals have mastered the art of taking ordinary food and turning it into a piece of art by simply dipping it into chocolate or wrapping it in some type of fondue.
This simple act of dipping changes things as it does for our spiritual lives as well.
Lately, I've been drawn to the verse in Romans 7:15 MSG
"What I don't understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise."
I get so frustrated at myself for doing or saying things I loathe. I think negatively then speak it, Ugh! I am quick to respond in a fleshly, stinky way, Ugh! I paralyze myself when I know I should move to action, Ugh! I doubt, Ugh! I take a bite of offense, Ugh!
Can I get an Amen?
We can't be too hard on ourselves because there is reason behind this, but reason with a solution!
If you continue reading on in Romans, it tells us that nothing good dwells in us, in our flesh (that's not very encouraging is it?).
This is why mankind needs Jesus, because we need His grace and mercy and His word. His word is the "dipping" process if you will. When we read, study, and apply His word to our lives we are walking in His anointing, his "dipping". He takes something ordinary and creates something special. He adds His grace and mercy to this creation because we live in a fallen, broken, sinful world. Grace and Mercy don't excuse sinful actions, it just loves and grows us through it.
When I am preaching, teaching to 2nd graders, parenting my children, communicating with my husband, relating with my friends....all these require God's supernatural anointing. I have nothing good in me without God!
So daily, I seek His face. Daily I read His word. Daily I apply it. Daily I hear His voice to correct me and don't see that as a bad thing. Daily I ask Him to reveal qualities in me that need to go and ask for His forgiveness. Daily. This is all part of the "dipping" process.
Speaking the Word over you: (from Romans 8)
I pray over my friend at this very moment. I thank you that you gave them the Holy Spirit to help do the impossible in their lives.
I pray that every moment that they are reading your word they are diminishing the ways of the flesh and being empowered by the Holy Spirit. I pray that throughout the day they set their minds on things that please the Spirit and cast down the things of their flesh that are toxic....even their reasoning of the mind. Show them that what sometimes seems reasonable to the world is not reasonable with You. Remind them daily that if they live according to the flesh they will die. That is truth and it is in your Word! Anoint my friend so they can be prospering in every area of their life! In Jesus Name....Let it be so, AMEN!
Jumpin' in for a Dip,
The Mrs. Pastor
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Why do things get complicated? Why do WE complicate things?
You are reminded today that YOU are set apart. There is much in that statement. There is a purpose, a promise, and a responsibility on your part.
You were created to be in a relationship with Him (purpose). That is a choice though. That means some will not choose that option, so that requires more from you (responsibility). God uses YOU to bring people to Him with your words, actions, and relationships. When this is in motion, there is blessing (promise).
But some of us get caught in a fog of our "to do list" doing and forget that we are SET APART. We forget what that means and the power behind that!
"Do this because you are a people SET APART as holy to God. God, your God, chose you out of all the people on Earth for himself as a cherished, personal treasure."
We know this verse is to the Israelites, His chosen people, but if you read further it confirms this is also for us, for those "who love Him".
"Know, recognize, and understand therefore that the Lord your God, the faithful God, Who keeps covenant and steadfast love and mercy with those who love Him and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations."
Things get messy when we aren't being used for our set apart purpose. When we get too close to the thinking and doing of this world, we are not "set apart".....just "part".
God has put inside each of us gifts and talents but not to use for our benefit or for us to brag how good we are. The gifting and talents are merely an avenue to reach a certain group that only you could connect with. That's why it is so important to be responsible. Be responsible with your words, your thoughts, your actions, your duties, your time, and even your social media.
Let's put it in elementary terms:
A vacuum was created to clean up dirt. period. Not to dust or do the dishes. It's purpose is powerful. If you don't believe me, try being without one for while....you feel NASTY!
A flower was created to reflect the beauty of its creator and yet it is set apart for a greater purpose of pollination.
Now, what happens when something that was created with purpose, set apart for a righteous purpose is not responsible or veers away from what it was called to do? The answer is destruction. A fire was created for warmth or a source of energy to keep things in motion but when used irresponsibly can cause destruction and even death.
I am reminding all of you that are second guessing where you are at or what use you have.....YOU ARE SET APART! Maybe you got a little side tracked and it became about you. Maybe you started looking and thinking exactly like the world. Things got messy and confusing and now you see the destruction in that. Your responsibility is to keep it about Him. This will be difficult in the culture we live in today. We are surrounded by "self" promoters, hostile issues and people, lovers of pleasure, rebellious to authority, haters, easily offended, and paint followers of Christ as the "evil one". This seems impossible, right? BUT WITH GOD....all things are possible.
Your focus is not on all that. Your focus is the job at hand that God has given YOU. A purpose set apart for Him. He is big enough to handle all "that". You be responsible with what He's given you.
I leave you with this blessing: (promises straight for His word in Deut. 7-8)
As you are watchful to follow His word, may you live and multiply and go in and possess the land which the Lord swore to give to your Fathers! As you are being used for His purpose may your land be plentiful where you eat food without shortage and lack nothing in it. May you see how God is using you and call it "good". When you veer away and start to look too much like the world rather than His image may you receive His correction. May you know in your mind and heart that as a man disciplines and instructs his son, the Lord your God disciplines and instructs you.
I love His word!
The Mrs. Pastor