Sunday, March 27, 2016

Wake UP o Sleeper!!

  God is Who He says He is.  God can do What He said He can do.  I am Who God says I am.  I can do all things through Christ Jesus ---
God's Work is alive and active in me!   I believe God!    

Psalms 149.4  - The Lord delights in his people -- you -- he crowns the humble with victory. 
Ecclesiastes 7.9 - Control your temper; for anger labels you a fool.  
Galatians 5 The Message (MSG)
The Life of Freedom.Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.4-6 I suspect you would never intend this, but this is what happens.
When you attempt to live by your own religious plans and projects, you are cut off from Christ, you fall out of grace. 

Meanwhile we expectantly wait for a satisfying relationship with the Spirit. For in Christ, neither our most conscientious religion nor disregard of religion amounts to anything. What matters is something far more interior: faith expressed in love. 
7-10 You were running superbly! Who cut in on you, deflecting you from the true course of obedience? This detour doesn’t come from the One who called you into the race in the first place. And please don’t toss this off as insignificant. It only takes a minute amount of yeast, you know, to permeate an entire loaf of bread. Deep down, the Master has given me confidence that you will not defect. But the one who is upsetting you, whoever he is, will bear the divine judgment.
13-15 It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom. If you bite and ravage each other, watch out—in no time at all you will be annihilating each other, and where will your precious freedom be then? 
16-18 My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness. For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness. These two ways of life are antithetical, so that you cannot live at times one way and at times another way according to how you feel on any given day.  

Why don’t you choose to be led by the Spirit and so escape the erratic compulsions of a law-dominated existence? 
19-21 It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on.This isn’t the first time I have warned you, you know. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit God’s kingdom. 

22-23 But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.

True freedom -- being able to walk in freedom and know that you know God has you in HIS hands ---and no matter what -- HE will make things right.  
Prayerfully walking - rather than emotional walking in that freedom.  
Seeking help -- Seeking counsel.  Doing what HE has asked you to do.

Holy Spirit woke me up at 5:20 am.  This is not that abnormal -- and as I prayed and read, He gave me a the title of a blog and the illustrations --and by 7:00 I was like, OK  LORD, can I take a nap and I could hear Holy Spirit nudge me and I heard, "wake up oh sleeper".   So, I am blogging but not the blog HE gave me, I believe He has more to reveal to me on that one ....He brought me to a place, a journal from 2013 and wanted me to share something --
God intends for us to walk in a cycle of Victory - not defeat.  Period.  
Today is Easter Sunday where Christians around the word reflect and remember what Christ did for us over 2000 years ago, HE died for us -- on a Cross, so that the gates of hell would not prevail...and than all WHO call upon HIM would be saved.  Saved.   That indeed is necessary - to be saved from an eternity of hell, but not only salvation -- Jesus died that the captives would be FREE.  FREE to walk in liberty -- and have JOY.  

God does not intend for you to 'own' a scar for Him.  God does not intend for you to endure physical abuse and mental abuse for Him....God intends for you to walk with Him and be set free.  

I had a few circumstances and situations this week where God reminded me of His purpose for me in  THIS season of my life and He reminded me of WHAT He has asked me to do for Him.  I will obey.  I am obeying.    So, I believe He brought me back to this place for His purpose, as one reading this today -- needed hope....needs a present reminder ....that God wins!  

Let me take you to my journal......
I can only speak for myself,  the Lord allowed a major heartache to be revealed, I sat back and got angry and mad.  And I had a few ugly months where I destroyed physical things and if you were close - you got an earful.  I spewed to some that I NEVER should of opened up to.   But I was VERY careful not to spew it out on Face Book or to ALL...I choose a few close friends.   Somehow I just knew...if my marriage would be restored - there would be much I would have to correct ...and if we did not make it matter what -- that man was the father to my children.  I was NOT going to stand before God and have God look at me and say, "Michelle, why did you NOT do what I asked?".  

That was the motivation for showing grace and mercy -- cause THAT is what God clearly had said to me.  

 God actually brought me a few new friends -- that knew NOTHING about me....and that was refreshing, as they always spoke life to me and about me...and about my present heartache and circumstance.    They were always positive and reminded me that God did not 'do' this, but God had allowed it for His purpose.  As you see...there can be a GREAT healing in a wounding! 
I sought godly counsel -- and I listened and DID what they suggested - prayerfully.  When I did not want to -- I called them to pray. 
I also sought professional help - and I listened to WHAT she stated to do -- we both did.  It was was NOT easy took over a year of counsel.  

Insanity is doing the SAME stuff over and over -- in a marriage that has been a marriage that has suffered a loss and in a marriage where vows were broken.... you can't put a band-aid on it.  You can't say 'I am sorry, and you are forgiven' and expect it to remain perfect.  There is a sweet spirit there -- and the Lord will cover you -- but HE asks us to change.....  

One piece of advice or thought process our Therapist stated and we quote often -- "the sin, the situation is a symptom"  of other problems.  Drinking and taking some drugs or pills to 'numb' the pain is a symptom of other problems and add that to a marriage....ouch.  When there is a break in vows, there is most times -- other problems. 

When we prayerfully walk out our healing with counsel - godly and professional - and we take the time to MAKE the necessary changes of our own behavior -- I believe we can see  and I  have seen restoration.  

When we allow our emotions to do the healing and the counseling...I have seen changes...but changes that did not last.  Changes that hurt. 

Humbly seek willing to come under authority of a Pastor /Counselor and follow their suggestions.  And if it is not working...go back to that Counselor and seek God and that person....many times... it takes some major surgery to fix a problem.....  there is a cost....  we think nothing of the cost to run to an emergency room to get help....why not RUN to a therapist that CAN be a new set of eyes.... and allow them to help - change the habits.  

The bottom line is -- I don't think some people WANT change. 
I don't believe that some WANT to do the HARD. 

People want QUICK fixes...  God can do that- but many times takes time.  
HIS timing is perfect.  
You see after much counsel, time, prayer, and revelation from God's Word and from His people ..... the bottom line -- I was just as much of a sinner the people I felt were responsible for my heart ache.  

God is the God of second chances...and God will heal a humbled heart...  HE crowns the humble.... but His word also says -- HE labels one that can't control their anger -- as a fool.  

God is just. 
God is love.....and God is good....but HE is just.  
Exodus 14.14 - says that HE will fight for you -- God will....we must let God fight our battles...

Love covers a multitude of sins... and we must always forgive.  
But we must also do the HARD.  
If the Lord, has released your from a relationship because of adultery...then let it be......
But if God has NOT released you -- DO what God says... You will stand before Him one day - and You will have to account for your actions...what will you say?  

If your husband continues on his path to destruction ....can he see a living and walking Jesus in you?   Does he see Your faith?   Or have you allowed your feelings to take over?  

May I ask, have you read God's word today?  
If a family member came to you today and revealed they feel so underly alone and rejectioned...  do you KNOW a  Savior that can 'fix' that --??   I do... 

May I ask, are you placing HIS word into your heart?   

May I ask, have you shared Jesus with another?   

May I ask, are you sleeping?   

Are you worshiping in a place where God has lead you?  Directed you?   ...... Or do you worship at the Roadside Assembly?     I only bring that up, as for almost 10 years.....  we worshiped soccer and volleyball...... we worshiped being able to 'take off' and just visit churches  ........and it lead to a disconnect.  I am not saying THAT was the entire problem -- satan got into our lives in many was a slow fade -- but a  slow death -- 

Praise God - for HE was constantly drawing us near - such a gentlemen, as my husband and I chat and think about our past 20+ years, we can see many GOD moments but we cycled back and forth from defeat to a 1/2 ass victory -- WHOOPS...did I get your attention with that word?  I do apologize ...  I meant NO disrespect to God.  He knows my heart.  We had victories and God was at work...but HE has SO MUCH MORE for us... and we just did not want to see it.... we were spiritually immature...  but basically -- we did not consult HIS Word...we did not consistently pray ...and we did not walk in faith.  We walked in our feelings.  

I praise God that we are at a point where we are experiencing HIS  joy...freedom, and I know that I know -- the rewards in heaven are going to be tremendous!   

Lord....use these words this eve...I pray YOU will be glorified.  
In Jesus name...amen.  
-  I am so Humbled...
 and Grateful...and expecting that today -- one  of you, reading this, will do the HARD and  not allow the emotional walking...but will be prayerful and seek help - real help and do the HARD.  

 Or  that one  of you, reading this, will finally HEAR the enemy's  lies -- and  you, reading this, will SEEK Him and get the help needed.  Maybe that means that you just contact a sister in Christ and ask for help and/or prayer.  

Or, maybe that means -- you will JOIN me at the prayer line today in Church -- 10:30 am......

Lord,  again, this blog is  Yours,  You know the desired of my heart, a desire YOU gave me - to speak life and encourage... I pray You smiled as I typed.  IN Jesus name, Amen. 

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