Thursday, January 7, 2010

Bold Up! (Catchy, isn't it?)


Hi everyone! It's so wonderful to have friends in the Body of Christ who will encourage us, isn't it? If you or someone you know is having a difficult time right now, then today's blog is for you - or them. Or maybe it's for you and them. ;)

When someone is truly your friend, TRULY, then that person wants what God has for you and your family. If he/she is truly your friend, he/she would not want to hinder the ways God is using you at your church, on your job, with the kids down the street, at the gas station or at WalMart! Instead, that person would pray over you and and ask God to bless and direct your endeavors for Him in Jesus' name. Do you understand why some folks can't do that? If they are professing Christians but they are trying to prevent you from moving forward for God, it is most likely because they are bound by religion.
Religion other than what the Bible describes is just plain mean and controlling. And those verses that do talk about religion say that true religion is to visit the widows and care for the fatherless, etc....they don't say anything about the kind of stuff we see and hear going on in the name of 'religion' - the stuff that seeks to destroy, divide, and divert the attention of God's people from the true call to 'go into all the world and preach the gospel, raise the dead, heal the sick, cast out demons in my (Jesus') name.' It doesn't matter what those things are, if God isn't allowed to move in and through us to do the work to which we've been called, but instead some one's agenda is being used to dominate us for the sake of religion, then we are being controlled and manipulated by the enemy through that person or denomination. Control. Oppression. Witchcraft. Take your pick - call it what you like. It's wrong.

So you want to venture out to do the work of the Great Commission - which are your marching orders - and your best friend or someone else tells you they want to see you stopped in the work God is doing through you somewhere besides at their little bitty congregation/denomination/ministry? They want to see you stopped in your tracks because you are not bowing down to their little bitty understanding of religion and because you are choosing instead to follow the call of God in your life without first checking with a human being to see if that is okay to do - receiving their stamp of approval before you dare to go and obey GOD? Exactly who is seated on the throne, anyway?

Whatever happened to getting into a relationship with God (see my blog from yesterday) and then trusting Him to direct your path, even as it says in Proverbs 3:5,6? If you are being oppressed or prevented from moving forward with the Lord in the things He's made known to you, or if that is happening to you or someone you love, then that 'best friend' is fast asleep in the Spirit of God. Once you are strengthened and can see clearly, then love those folks enough to ask God to help you WAKE THEM UP! I am encouraging you, my dear friends in Jesus Christ - you 'heirs of the kingdom' - to stop letting the oppression of the enemy through anyone or any institution, limit the call of God in you!

Of course Satan doesn't want to see you step out and go do what you've been called to do. He's not sure exactly what that is, but he definitely knows that you can cause a lot of trouble in his kingdom if you wake up to his tactics, stop being afraid to move out, pick up your sickle and start harvesting. Of course he's going to try to scare you off the plan that God has for you. Of course he will try. He sees the gifts and talents in you even more clearly than you do! He sees the Presence of God with you and is completely threatened by the possibility that you might do something crazy - like follow JESUS wherever He decides to lead you...even if it is right out the door of a little bitty denomination into the wide open spaces of a harvest field that reaches so far beyond your limited vision that it would stagger your mind to realize it! Stay in your little bitty denomination if you want to or if you feel that God has called you to stay there, but don't let anyone dictate what your work will be or how you will do it. Only follow YHVH!

If you are in a personal relationship with the Lord, if you spend time with Him and His word, if you continually seek His face, living in humility and with a repentant heart, then you are probably going to be willing to hear His voice in any way He chooses to speak. In addition to hearing from Him through the Bible, sometimes that voice will come directly - at other times it will come through other folks. If you've been smothered by religion and religious leaders who don't follow God in the ways that He wants them to follow Him, or if you have been swallowed up by the garments of religious doctrine, man made traditions and such, then you'll probably go through a process of getting all that stuff peeled off of you with the help of the Holy Spirit. It's so hard to see where we have believed falsehoods! We have to ask the Lord to bring us into all truth. His truth IS truth. Pray for it. Ask Him to show you every false thing you've been taught or believed. He will, you know. It will take time to clean all that stuff out of your thinking, but He'll most assuredly do it!

Remember, if you are bold enough to follow the Lord wherever He leads you, then you are a threat, dear one. You're a threat to satan and his kingdom. You're a threat that has to be stopped, as far as he's concerned. "Keep that one quiet", he says. "Keep her tucked away and fearful, in confusion, worrying about how to pay the bills, worrying about what will happen with her authority or church responsibilities if she doesn't stay submissive to the humans around her. Keep that one from moving forward. Keep him very very small - don't let his ministry get outside of the church walls. As long as we have that one in there, we can control him through other humans." I can hear him whispering it right now. "Keep them afraid. Keep them terrified about what is going to fall apart first: their reputations, their marriages, families, finances, homes, health, the health of their loved ones, the dangers of being sucked into false doctrines, false ministries, cults, whatever....just keep that one off track and terrified." That's what I am being allowed to hear right now. Do you see the deception? Wake up if you are sleeping! Come on...I'm rootin' for ya!

While I was writing the following prayer today, the Lord strengthened me in my spirit - which is wonderful - especially since I was writing to share/pray it with a friend. It was for both of us - and the Lord definitely moved in my spirit to strengthen me through it, too. I love how the Lord encourages us even while we are encouraging others! As I was writing, He told me that this is a prayer that should be shared on my blog and that the readers are invited to share it with others, also. So, if you want to share it, don't wait for a lightening bolt to strike before you do. Step out - BOLD UP! - and share it. It's time to 'Bold Up' even more than ever before!

Before I get to the prayer, though, I want to tell you what happened yesterday. I received an email from one of you who said the Lord said to put this scripture in my hands. Actually, since I'm not identifying anyone, I think it would be okay if I just quote her... She wrote:

"I HAVE A SCRIPTURE FOR YOU THAT THE LORD QUICKENED IN MY SPIRIT FOR YOUR HANDS.......

STRENGTHEN YE THE WEAK HANDS, AND CONFIRM THE FEEBLE KNEES:
SAY TO THEM THAT ARE OF A FEARFUL HEART,
BE STRONG, FEAR NOT: BEHOLD YOUR GOD WILL COME WITH
VENGEANCE, EVEN GOD WITH A RECOMPENSE; HE WILL COME AND SAVE YOU.
~ISAIAH 35: 3-4"

Now, dear friends, here's the prayer...

Lord, You are Holy! Holy! Holy God!!! In Jesus' wonderful and mighty Name we come to you with praise for ALL that You are! You are Jehovah Jireh - our PROVIDER! You are more than able to take care of utility bills and phone bills and empty pantries. You have more tires and cars and houses and groceries and medicines and gifts and blessings and everything else that we could possibly ever need or use - more than we can even imagine! You are RICH, Abba Daddy. You are ALL-POWERFUL, our beautiful Omnipotent Father! You are ALL-KNOWING, our glorious Omniscient Creator! You are ALL IN ALL...ALL-IN-AND-THROUGH-AND-OVER-AND-UNDER-AND-AROUND, our Extravagant Omnipresent King! Hallelujah to the Lamb that was slain from the foundation of the world! Glory to the King of kings and Lord of lords!!! Glory! Glory! Glory to You, MOST HIGH GOD! You reign above the heavens; You rule from on high! Rule and reign in OUR hearts today!

We love the fact that You cannot be removed nor replaced! You are THE ONE TRUE GOD! Thank You for being God! Thank You for having plans that far exceed our wildest dreams - even for ourselves and our loved ones! Thank You for never sleeping, never slumbering, for always keeping watch over Your children! Thank You for the blessings that will never ever end in our lives - for the opportunities, the challenges, the circumstances that dare us to trust You! Thank You for the times that look hopeless, for it is in those times that You show Yourself Strong, Mighty, Capable, Brilliant, Extravagant and Shining - so much brighter than any noonday sun!!! Ohhhh, You are Holy! Yessssss, You are Wonderful! And we praise You because of Who You are...the Great I Am! The Deliverer! YHVH! Hallelujah!

Lord, You have been faithful to take care of us when we could not see our way clear to do anything to change our circumstances. You have been patient when we have refused to trust You to be GOD. You have blessed us time and again...called us without fail...strengthened us for tasks beyond our abilities...protected us all our lives. Thank You, Father! Thank You Lord God Almighty! Thank You for sending Jesus to die for us. Thank You for telling Him to lay His life down and then to get up out of the tomb and take His life back! Thank You for Your glorious Wisdom! You are WISDOM!

Thank You for seeing everything and knowing that we would need the Savior, we would need the Counselor, we would need to be comforted and corrected and we would even need the angels to minister to us. Thank You for not giving up on us, even when we have given up on ourselves or others. Thank You, thank You, thank YOU! Forgive us for every sin. We willingly acknowledge that we have sinned and we cannot make it without Your mercy. Please forgive us for every sin we've committed and strengthen us to never repeat those same sins. We cannot make it without Your grace. We need You, Lord. And while it is very true that we need You, we also acknowledge that we WANT You! We want You with us all of the time. We want You to lead us, teach us, help us and talk with us. We want You to know us, Lord. And we want to know You more. Thank You so much for being God! Thank You - with all that we are we want to thank You, Lord. Hallelujah!!!

Father, these problems we experience are very small in Your eyes. They are just little bitty things, Lord. Just like we are little, so are our problems in Your eyes. Father, we don't want to grieve You by doubting Your ability to handle our little bitty problems. You are far too magnificent to be torn down by our little bitty mindsets, so instead we choose to thank You for the ways that You will provide. We choose to thank You for the insight that You will give, the provision that You will make, the lessons that You will teach and the glory that You will rightly receive as we honor You by trusting You to be God in all of these little bitty problems. We do not pray with an attitude of fear about these things, Lord. We pray with confidence that You have plans and are more than capable to see those plans through in our lives. We pray in faith, God. We also pray with understanding - for You have faithfully shown Yourself to be Trustworthy and True every day of our lives. Thank You! You will always be GOD, YHVH, and absolutely nothing can change that! Glory!!!

Oh, the peace that fills our hearts when we honor You! How wonderful it is to have these times to show You that we trust You - no matter what may come! Strengthen us, Lord, to honor You always with the thoughts in our minds, the words that pour from our lips and the attitudes that fill our hearts during times of distress. Help us lift our hands in praise to You when our little bitty problems threaten to overwhelm us. Help us experience them with the right perspective! Sharpen our hearing and brighten our vision to hear and see You more clearly. Fill our mouths with praise that we can shout loud enough for all the host of heaven to hear! Be glorified! Be glorified! Be glorified, Holy Holy Holy!!!

Lord, we lay every single problem, need, desire, hope and dream down at Your feet. Answer and fill them according to Your plans for our lives. Thank You for doing that, Lord. We trust and believe that You will. We lay all the gifts and talents You have given us down at Your feet, also. These are Your gifts to us, YHVH, and we want to use them to honor You. We want to see them multiplied, so that the return for Your Kingdom is everything You desire to receive from Your generous investment in our lives. Thank You for faithfully doing Your part to accomplish all that You have said You would accomplish in us. Thank You for blessing us with the desire to honor, serve, obey and love You, Lord. Thank You for sending us into a harvest that is ready RIGHT NOW! Thank You for equipping us for every situation - even the ones in which we feel inadequate. Thank You so very much for being God!

And so, we joyfully lift this offering of prayer up to You and eagerly look forward to all that You will do. We happily release ourselves into Your care - committed to believe You to be all that Your Word says You are and committed also to believe that You know exactly what to do, when and how to do it! And we offer this sacrifice of praise and prayer up to You in the Only Name that is above every other name...our Lord and Savior, our Redeemer King...Yeshua Ha'Mashiach - Jesus Christ, the Messiah!!!!! GLORY!
Amen!

Come on, everybody! Let's BOLD UP!

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