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It Is Finished

July 2 2017

It has been a while but I am back. I want to share a prayer on being in the finished works of Christ. Often when I hear this I think about resting in what He has already done. Today I want us to take a different look at what it means to truly say that you are finished. As a child I would often tell my mother I was finished with my dinner even when I had only eaten half of what was provided for me to consume. I was finished but it was not finished because I had not eaten everything that was placed in the front of me. You see there was a major difference between me being finished and it being finished. I can recall being asked to finish eating although I thought that I had enough. Kinda puts me in the mind of what God has placed on my plate to be eaten. Often I find myself saying I am finished after only eating a portion of what I was given. You see it was not finished because I did not consume all that has been set out for me. I am so glad that God didn't say, okay I'm taking your plate back up because you say you are done. As I type this I am reminded of my mother telling me that I couldn't get up from the table until I finished my food. Praise God I am still at the table because I have not consumed all that He has placed on my plate. You know growing up I would often be asked to eat food that was not to my liking but as I matured I acquired a taste for it. My mother knew that it was good for me even if at the time it was not good to me. I am so glad that my Heavenly Father knows what is good for me, what I will need as I grow and He has placed it on my plate. As Jesus hung on the cross He said "It is finished" (John 19:30). The bible says that Jesus bowed His head and gave up His Spirit after saying, "it is finished". It appeared that it was over but my friends it was just the beginning. What about you? Are you ready to say it is finished? Are you finished telling God what you don't like, don't want to eat or where don't want to go? Are you willing to stay at the table until you finish everything He has put on your plate? Let's pray a simple but powerful prayer. Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus, I give You praise, all honor and glory belongs to You. Thank You for everything that You have placed on my plate. Forgive me for operating, living, thinking, and being outside of Your will for my life. Jesus clearly knew Your mission for His life and Your will for Him. Jesus was sent as an example for me to follow. He accomplished it even when He struggled with it, it caused Him pain and betrayal and others did not understand. I too can eat all that You have placed on my plate, I can go where You send me and accomplish all that You give me to do. Like Jesus I want to say that it is finished because I have left nothing undone. Father reveal Your will for my life so that like Jesus I too can say "it is finished". Help me to make Your will a priority in my life. Release my angels to help me accomplish Your will for me. Father fill me with the knowledge of Your will through all spiritual understanding that I may live a life worthy of You, please You in every way, bear fruit in every good work, grow in the knowledge of You, and be strengthened with all power according to Your glorious might so that I may have great endurance and patience. Father I joyfully give thanks to You for qualifying me to share in the inheritance of the saints in the Kingdom of light. I thank You that this is already done. I thank You for the revelation of Your will for my life. I thank You for Your strength and the releasing of my angels to accomplish Your will. I thank You that this year marks a change in direction as I follow Your will and Your character is developed in me. You are great and greatly to be praised. Thank You Father for completing the work. Thank You Jesus for being the example. Thank You Holy Spirit for leading the way. Amen! 

The beginning...

May 16, 2017

I am so excited about this blog...I was given this assignment years ago, but I allowed myself to get in the way of obedience. This week I made a choice to get on assignment and do all that I have been called to do. This is not my first attempt at doing a blog. This time I will purposely write when Holy Spirit tells me to write and to do all that I am supposed to do. I will be transparent and share my journey with  others, It has been far from perfect and I stand amazed that God still uses me. I like to say that I was the sheep that kept getting out of the pasture. By the time I came back I was dirty and had weeds tangled in my wool. He always gathers me in His arms and cleans me up. I often felt that I was not capable of being and doing who He called me to be because I was like a revolving door, sometimes in and sometimes out. I would be praising and shouting one week and in the streets the next, I was tired of living this life. I wanted to be all the way in for Him. I was tired of being hot this week and cold the next. I was tired of studying His word, getting revelation one day and the next acting like I didn't know Him. I felt like the children of Israel, dancing for Him one day and getting drawn away the moment the land I entered seemed to offer me more. I remember looking  back at Egypt and like Israel crying and complaining because it seemed easier to be in the familiar rather than to be in the unknown. One day while laying in the bed...Jesus spoke to me about the condition of my heart. That was it...I now had some inkling of why I was excited about the word, thought it had taken root, only to be disappointed when I fell away. I had not allowed the word to take root because of the stones in my heart. Jesus talked about the different conditions of our heart in Matthew 13: 1-23. Today I have a question for you to consider. What is the condition of your heart? 

Why 4?

July 11 2017

Why 4? I wondered that myself the day after I created my website power4living. As I was driving to Walmart it was revealed to me that 3+1=4. Father, Son and Holy Spirit plus me.  I begin to think that I could do nothing apart from Jesus (John 15:5) I can  do nothing without Him but with Him I can do all things (Philippians 4:13). I wouldn't even know who I was if it was not for Elohim (Genesis 1:27). As I think on this I think about how often I have tried to function as one instead of being joined to my Creator. I think about how my life would have taken a different path had I joined with Him early on and stayed joined to Him. So often I would join Him only to venture off on my own again. I was the sheep that always forgot that it was the Shepard who had me and that I am only safe in His pasture. I am so grateful that He never allowed the lion, bear, wolf, or any other creature to destroy me. He is married to the backslider (Jeremiah 3:14). Like Hosea, He knew when He married me actually what I would be and yet He chose to love me anyway. Now that is true love. Can you imagine marrying a prostitute knowing that they would have children by another and yet you choose to stay married and love them anyway? Well that is exactly what God has done for us (see the book of Hosea). He has allowed us to marry Him and waits eagerly for us to love Him as He loves us. He is so gentle and patient. He is willing  to wait for us. We all know that disobedience comes with consequences but He willingly gives us opportunities to get it right (2 Peter 3:9). Don't keep playing rush and roulette, don't mess around and miss the opportunity to attend the marriage supper. Be like the five wise virgins and not the foolish (Matthew 25:1-13). I encourage to read the scripture references in this post and reflect on the application of them in your lives. Until next time....remember 4 is better than 1. 

He sees me

November 16 2017

Jeremiah 29:4 says "The Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, sends this message to all the captives he has exiled to Babylon from Jerusalem". As I read this I can't help but think of how God saw the captivity of the children of Israel. He knew their exact location and sends them a message in that place. God knows what is going in my life. There is no where I can go that He is not with me. He knows my current situation and is not surprised. He knows exactly what I am going through. Peter says that we are cast our cares upon Him for He cares for me. I do not have to wonder if God knows my situation and if He wants to help me. He has told me already that He knows where I am and there is no place I can hide (Psalm 139:7-12). He wants to help me (1 Peter 5:7). Jesus knows how hard it is to live with sin tempting you on every hand (Hebrews 4:15). We serve a Lord that has been there, done that, and got the t-shirt. He lived on this earth and faced some of the same struggles we face today and yet He was able to overcome. He overcame so we could overcome (John 16:33, Romans 8:37). God knows, Jesus knows, Holy Spirit knows. Why do we try to hide instead of asking for His help? He knows my address geographically, spiritually, socially, mentally, financially, etc. God is so awesome that no matter where I am He sends me a letter (His Word). Nothing happens in my life that He is not aware of.  In Jeremiah 29:5-6, God told them to live and increase in the place in the place of their captivity. The location was not a hindrance. In the midst of captivity, He told them to build houses and live in them, to plant gardens and eat the fruit,  and to take wives/husbands and have children. His instruction was to increase and not diminish. Just because you are in a hard place right now does not mean that you are defeated. Flourish where you are. God knows and He wants you to keep going and growing in Him. Jesus knows what it is like yet He did not let it stop Him. This is your letter to say build, plant, and grow!

It is finished or is it

November 20 2017

Today I want to share a prayer based on Hebrews 4:3. It is based on desiring to entering the rest of God to finish what He has given us to do. 

Father, I thank You for being the Giver of all life. On the seventh day You rested from all Your work (Genesis 2:2). You gave man dominion over all the work of Your hands and completed all that was needed. Jesus came to claim what was lost and declared, " it is finished"  (John 19:30). You not only gave me everything I needed, You sent Jesus to get it back after it was lost. Forgive me for operating, living, thinking and being outside of Your will for my life. Jesus clearly knew His mission on the earth. He lived in the will You had for His life (Luke 2:49). Jesus, You set the example for me to follow. Since You were able to accomplish the will of God even when you struggled with it, it caused you pain and betrayal (Matthew 26:36-38, Luke 22: 1-4) I am confident that I can do it too. Jesus you accomplished it even when other people did not understand You. Father reveal Your will for my life so like Jesus I can make Your will my priority. Like Jesus I will accomplish it no matter the obstacles I must conquer to accomplish it. I can not accomplish Your will outside of You, I need to stay connected to You because I cannot do it without You. Release my angels to help me accomplish Your will for my life (Hebrews 1:14). Like Jesus I want to be able to say "it is finished". Father fill me with the knowledge of Your will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding in order that I may live a life worthy of You (Ephesians 1:17). I desire to please You, in every way bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of You, being strengthened with all power according to Your glorious might so that I may have great endurance and patience and joyfully give You thanks (Colossians 1:10-12) . I am grateful that You have qualified me to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. I thank You that this is already done. I thank You for revelation of Your will for my life. I thank You giving me strength. I thank You for the releasing of my angels to help me accomplish Your will. I thank You that this year marks a change in direction as I follow Your will and Your character is developed in me. Lord, You are great and greatly to be praised. Thank You Father for completing the work. Thank You Jesus for being my example. Thank You Holy Spirit for leading the way. In Jesus name. Amen!

Faulty Foundation...where are you standing?

November 24 2017

Today I wanted to take a few moments to discuss foundations. I was reading in the book of Micah the other day and the passage in chapter 1:5-6 jumped out at me. As I was reading I was thinking about the center (Micah 1: 5) that was causing God's chosen people to sin against Him. As I was thinking about this and reflecting on my own life I read in verse 6 that God was going to expose Samaria's (the capital of Israel that was the blame for Israel's rebellion) foundation. Immediately connected the sin to a faulty foundation. The very thing that was causing Israel to sin against God was going to be exposed. I thought about the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:24-27 were He talked about foundations. What is a foundation and what does it have to do with my walk with God? The first step in building a house is determining the type of foundation you want your house to sit on. A foundation can determine if you have additional square footage and extra storage space, a high resistance to fire and extreme weather conditions, decrease chance of water damage,  and if floors will be creaky or saggy (www.homeselfie.com).  Once the foundation has been established the rest of the house can be constructed. God is building each of us into a spiritual house (1 Peter 2:5). The first step is ensuring that we have a good solid foundation for God to build on. In Matthew 7:24-27, Jesus lets us know that we must build our foundation on His word. If we try to build without it the house will not be able to withstand the storms that will come. I don't know if you have ever sustained storm damage before but it is not easy to replace what was damaged. I once had storm damage to a fence in my home years ago and getting it replaced was a task that I could have done without. It cost me time and money that I was not prepared to spend. How I wished that my fence would have been able to withstand the storm. Let's look at some foundations that we need as followers of Jesus so we can withstand the storms of life that will come. The first foundation is His word. Do you spend time in His word daily? When challenges come you need to have a foundation to pull from. I don't want my faith (floor) creaking and sagging every time a storm wind blows. The next foundation is one of prayer. Are you actively engaging Him in prayer throughout the day (I Thessalonians 5:17-18)? I don't want my shingles blowing off my house every time it thunderstorms. Another foundation is gratitude. Are you thankful no matter what is happening? I don't want my windows rattling every time there is a hard rain. The last but certainly not the least is the foundation of righteousness. Are you guarding your right standing with God by living a life that is pleasing to Him? Not on the outside for man to see but on the inside where only He can see (Matthew 23:25). Is your heart truly His? There are many other foundations that we need to be sure we build our spiritual houses on so that our houses will stand no matter the weather or season. I encourage you to seek God about the foundations that you need to strengthen. Trust Him to help you. Just like there are companies that will help correct faulty foundations in the natural, God can help you correct yours spiritually. Happy building!

Accountable to Christ

January 18, 2018

This was a word given to some time ago that I have kinda sat on. It was given to me as word to "tell them". I honestly did not know who to tell or what to do with it so I just sat on it. Today as I read in Ezekiel 3:17, I stopped in my tracks as the words given to me in 2 Corinthians 5:10 came back to me again. Once again I was stumped as to who to tell. You see I was looking for a platform instead of just telling any and everyone with ears or eyes to see or hear. So this morning I jumped up to warn the people because I do not want to be held accountable for the sins of others because of my disobedience (Ezekiel 3:18-19). We will all have to answer to Christ for the good and the bad we do while in our earthly bodies (2 Corinthians 5:10).  When we think about what we do good or bad one may ask who determines what is good or bad. Is it by my standards or by Christ's standards? The bible tells me that what I may think is right is seen as filthy rags to God and leads to death (Proverbs 14:12, Isaiah 64:6). So if I am going to give in account to Christ for what I do, then I probably should see what He says is good and bad. One area I want to explore today as it relates to what we do in the body is in the area of how we give. We will all have to give an account for our giving to God and to others. Do we only make money (no matter how big or small) only for ourselves? I should think not, since the bible talks about giving to God and others from the Old Testament to the New Testament. Now before you shut down because you thinking about money (yes this is one area), think about other areas of giving as well. First let's look at one of the most precious gifts you can give. It is your time. Do you give God time daily in your thoughts, prayers, His Word? Do you take the time to tell others about Him on a regular basis? Do you see a hurting world and hold on to the very thing the world needs and that is Jesus? Yes you may have Him but are you taking the time to share Him with others? When someone needs an encouraging word are you giving them your time and kind words? Do you volunteer your time, treasures (money), and talents or do you keep it all for yourselves? Yes we will all give an account for how we give whether it is good or bad. How will you be judged? Give of your time, talent and treasure today! You will receive your reward!

Misfire...heart issues

January 21, 2018

Tonight I want to talk about what happens when your heart is misfiring. Before I go any further I want to say that if your heart is not firing correctly it will end in death if not corrected. Heart blocks cause the heart to beat too slow, the electrical signals that tell the heart to contract are partially or totally blocked. God wants our whole hearts that are functioning properly and not misfiring. He wants our hearts to be His. He did not like it when people gave lip service with no true repentance (Matthew 15:7-8, Isaiah 29:13, Mark 7:6, Ezekiel 33:31, Psalm 78:36-37, Jeremiah 12:2). The Lord wants a heart that is surrendered to Him. In the natural your heart affects every body system down to the cellular level. If your heart is not right the rest of your body is affected and once it stops beating you will die. So it is in your soul, your heart has to be right or everything else in your life will be affected. Ezekiel 14:2-3  tells us that sin  forms in the heart. It manifests inwardly and appears outwardly. You sin in your heart first, then it shows up in your actions and words leading to death (James 1:14-16, Mark 7:20-23, Jeremiah 17:9, Matthew 15:19, Genesis 6:5, Matthew 5:28, Isaiah 59:13, Psalm 58:2). Faulty electrical impulses in the heart have to be corrected or they can lead to death. The severity of the block determines the severity of the risk of death (sudden cardiac arrest). Just as this must be corrected in the physical it must be corrected in the soul. Find the error (sin) and get rid of it or risk sudden death (James 4:8).

Leaning or barely standing

August 27, 2018

Tonight I want to talk about who or what are you relying on.  A passage of scripture I have read over several times jumped off the page and caught my attention the other day. It really got me thinking on who I was serving. Let's talk a look at what I found. Habakkuk 1:11 talks about a people that are deeply guilty because their own strength was their god. These people obviously had not read Proverbs 3:5 were we are told not to lean on our own understanding. They took matters into their own hands and got their own answers. Their perceived abilities was what they counted on. They served their own selves without thought of needing help outside themselves to accomplish what they had set their minds to do. As I reflected on this passage, I wondered how many times had I done the same thing. How many obstacles have I faced that I took it upon myself to handle? One my of favorite things to say is, "I'm a big girl". I am saying "I" can handle it in my own strength. When I rely on my own strength, I have made that my god. When I do not lean on God, I have made my own ability my god. Anything that I rely on outside of God, I have made my god. If it's my job, paycheck, other people, etc. that is who I have made my god.  The big one for me is relying on excuses. When I do that I have made that excuse my god. OUCH! Pulling my toes back and doing a reality check. What about you? What have you made your god?

Father God, in the name of Jesus, I repent for relying on other things, people, my own strength, excuses, and anything outside of You. Forgive me. I turn to rely completely on You. Amen!