Saved from Evil

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

John 3:17

Jesus has sweet thoughts of love, peace and victory for us as His people of faith!!! As we keep our focus on Him and His heart for us today, we shall have a mind that has the same heart for ourselves and in seeing His kingdom happen on earth. I celebrate Jesus who was, who is and will always be there for us as His forever kingdom family of faith!!! Oh even the devil believes Jesus is our Savior, but he doesn’t trust Jesus to lead his life!!! I celebrate there is a difference between good and evil. Staying focused on the always good heart of Jesus brings us divine life and I celebrate He is with us with this song here:

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Divine life doesn’t happen without the grace and presence of Jesus with us!!! Forever blessed we are thru His love, light, power and grace for victory!!! Jesus just keeps me smiling!!! Happy today and counting all my blessings in Jesus with ya’s, dear saints!!! 🙂

Unforgiveness

Good day greetings, precious family!!! As I wrote yesterday about one of the areas of life where bad attitudes can develop, I am writing again today about a second issue that can contribute to poor attitudes in life. It is the topic of forgiveness.

Hebrews 12:15 says “See to it that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice” (Ephesians 4:31). A person’s uncontrolled anger does not produce the righteous life God desires for us. Instead, He says to “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32). 

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It is God’s desire that we not repay evil for evil, to be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, “as far as it depends on us, He says, live at peace with everyone.” Leave it to God to avenge or repay. (Romans 12:17-19) He tells us “If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head and the Lord will reward you” (Proverbs 25:21-22). “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21) Satan loves to see us in a state of being overcome by evil. Let us not go there, dear ones!!! YIKES!!! LET US WATCH OUT!!!

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Often people tend to think that those who let us down are unworthy of love and that they should be punished. When others hurt us and anger us, it is important to get a grip on our emotions. We can talk with a friend or counselor and use wisdom to communicate appropriately.  Many people have never learned how to deal with anger in the right way.  Whether believers in Christ or unbelievers, God desires us to deal lovingly with other people. Matthew 22:39 says “Love your neighbor as yourself.” So often, we make ourselves out to be God’s agents of condemnation instead of His agents of love. Our condemnation of those who fail may come out as verbal abuse, physical abuse, nagging, criticism, withholding appreciation and affection, or ignoring them. Each situation and each person often requires a different form of communication. There are times when we need to overlook an insult or offense and there are times when it is appropriate that we lovingly confront someone.   It is helpful to ask “What is the divine best for the other person.” A visiting Pastor at my church once said that when dealing with others there are three things that we should keep in mind and we should always keep them in order: “think, act and feel”. When we think first, then act, then we will feel good about the outcome, but if we feel first, then act, then we will think “I wish I hadn’t done that.”  Or, we might act first, feel bad about it and lastly think why did I do that!

Colossians 3:13 says “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”   Colossians 2:13-14 tells us how God dealt with our sins: “When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us, He took it away, nailing it to the cross.” Matthew 6:14-15 says that “If you forgive others when they sin against you, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Unforgiveness affects us! It robs us of peace and joy, it can affect our health, and it breaks our relationship with God and others. Forgiveness is so important to God that He says it should be extended towards others before we offer any gifts to God at the alter (Matthew 5:23). Forgiveness is the greater gift to God!

For illustration purposes, I share this story in hopes it may bear fruit to help from my experience. Several years ago, before I knew Jesus, I was working with a woman who complained a lot about other people. It was so much that it really bothered me. One day I went to have a cup of coffee with another employee and out of frustration, I mentioned that it really bothered me that this gal was so negative about other people. I didn’t realize that this employee whom I thought I was confiding in as a friend would walk right back to the office and tell the gal I had complained about what I had said about her. Obviously, she was very mad at me and I can see why – here was I doing the same thing I was accusing her of doing!!! YIKES!!! I apologized several times and ask her to forgive me, but she stayed very mad at me and would not even speak to me for days. Every morning before I went to work, I would fret and worry so much about it that I gave myself a stress headache before I left the house. Finally one day I told myself “You have apologized. You have done your part. It is now up to her to forgive. If she cannot do that, it is not your problem to worry about.” I went to work as normal and began to speak and act towards her as if nothing had happened. I didn’t know about God’s grace at the time, but this is what it looks like when we accept God’s grace or love upon us as sufficient! She eventually forgave me and we had a workable relationship after that. I am very thankful for that. This does not always happen and when someone cannot forgive us when we have sincerely apologized, we need to love them and pray for them, releasing them to God and asking Him to put love and forgiveness in their heart for us. None of us are perfect and not always, but often times, it can be that the very thing we hold against others, we are guilty of ourselves. Romans 2:1 says “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.” I have found this so true in my own life. When I am being critical or unforgiving of someone else, I can see how quite often the very thing I am accusing them of, I have done at some point in my life. Then I think, well I would want God to forgive me for this, so it is only fair that I forgive this person that has offended me. What someone does towards us really can’t compare to all we have personally done towards God and God sets the perfect example to us – He has completely forgiven us thru our faith in His perfect performance on the cross for our sins!

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When forgiveness is an issue, we can pray and ask God to help us to forgive and pray for the other person involved as well.

 A very good friend of mine clearly understood this concept when she was having a difficult time forgiving her stepfather for sexually abusing her and her sister when they were young. She had told her mother about the abuse, but because her mother feared she would be unable to support her girls without her husband, she told the girls they would have to put up with it. Her mother and this man divorced at a later time. My friend knew God would want her to forgive, but for many years, she could not forgive. One day, when she was getting ready for the day and talking to herself in her mind as we all do, she began to think about a personal sin she had (other than not forgiving) that she could not stop doing.  It was a stronghold that she had not yet been able to overcome. Each day she would pray that she would not commit that sin and at the end of the day, she would realize that she had indeed sinned again. As she thought about this, the thought came to her “What if my stepfather did the same thing?”, “What if each day he started off saying “God, please don’t let me abuse those girls again today!?” Suddenly, she viewed this man in a new way. She could identify with this man’s daily struggle with sin against God and through this insight, she gained compassion for him and was able to forgive him. She spent a lot of her time each week visiting her mother at an assistant living center until her mother passed away and I am glad to say, my friend has overcome not being able to forgive and conquer thru His power at work in her the stronghold of the other personal sin that she was struggling with for so long as well.

I ask myself as I ask you: Are you withholding forgiveness and love towards someone presently or in the past? What do they need to do in order to be forgiven by you?____________________________________________________________________

Do they still owe you something? _________ They may never give it to you and if you stated there is something that they need to do, you have not “canceled their debt” as God has canceled ours. Forgiveness holds no grudges or expectations towards another person. Holding on to unforgiveness hurts us!

What area of resentment, anger or bitterness in your heart needs to be resolved? ____________________________________________________________________

If you are unsure of how to resolve a problem, will you seek God’s wisdom through prayer, His Word and godly counsel from other Christians?

Whose best interest are you neglecting to seek by being passive in lovingly confronting a problem that needs to be resolved? _____________________________________________________________________

Will we ask God to help us to handle the problem successfully and in a manner that brings Him glory?

Are we the source of someone else’s anger, bitterness and resentment and we are procrastinating making a sincere apology? If we are still sinning towards them, let us ask God to help us to stop. Let us ask God to give us the desire, the courage and the opportunity to pursue peace.

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Here is a powerful song and story of forgiveness. 🙂 May your heart know forgiveness and peace, dear ones!!!

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Freedom From Satan’s Wallowing

Every person in the world makes mistakes in life. When a person is honest with themselves and humble before their God, they are willing to admit when they are wrong, out of line or walking in sin. They are willing to apologize, ask for forgiveness, make restitution how they need to, repent and turn from their wrong to do right in the future. When you put forth the effort to do so, those with a heart after God’s own heart should want to extend forgiveness and move towards reconciliation in relationships.

Sometimes when we care and love someone enough to go through the risk, challenge and difficulty to speak truth to them about their behavior because you see a destructive pattern in their life that may be hurting them and/or others around them, understand that one’s loving thoughtfulness towards them is not always met with appreciation!!! It is something we should keep in mind each of us personally when we hear truth about ourselves, too!!! I am thankful to hear truth about myself upon serious reflection of it before our Father for His guidance for me.  His Word tells us:

“let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.”

Proverbs 1:5

We can always listen, take what we hear before our Father and rest in His final decision/outlook for us. We should not seek out ungodly counsel purposefully though or follow the advice of counsel contrary to our Father’s written Word. Not only does our Father call us to listen to wisdom, but He also calls us to share His wisdom with others around us in life. Sometimes this can be saying very hard things and to do that is always a hard call to make to speak truth to another and one that takes serious prayer, but our Father tells us in His written Word (the Bible):

“Better is open rebuke than hidden love.”

Proverbs 27:5

Our Father gave us the emotions of anger and frustration. They are indicators that something is wrong. Short-term anger and frustration can be a good attribute when something is morally or ethically done wrong in us or towards someone on our team – for example, if someone lies or cheats or some thing that someone does violates someone’s rights. In these situations, it is good to speak out in Father’s truth and love.

I have seen many times in life how anger and frustration is allowed to last long term and raise havoc on relationships and the joy that our Father desires for us to have as His people. Holding on to a claim of being hurt to procrastinate admission of a sin and needed repentance or to hide from it in Satan’s convincing shame and guilt for us rather than facing the issue truthfully and moving forward having learned from the experience is not our Father’s heart for any of us. Often someone hurt will continue long term to remind the person who spoke truth to them of how out of line they were in doing so because it hurt them. This can be an unconscious or conscious tactic to belittle the truth speaker in an effort to build themselves up because of their low self esteem in not being able to handle the truth that they were wrong and in a place of needing someone to speak truth to them. It can also be a motive of withholding love to a person intentionally as a payback for them speaking truth and interfering with a sin that they want to hold on to in their life. When we have an honest heart open to Jesus, He can reveal truth in these things into each of our lives and help us have victory over Satanic strongholds upon our hearts!!! Oh let us always choose divine victory life, dear ones!!!

In life, there are times when we all truly can be embarrassed, hurt, ashamed, angered or frustrated and it can take time and effort to fight off strongholds in these areas. I recall a time when a brother of mine shared the words with me to rebuke the enemy of unforgiveness out loud, commanding him and his demonic influences to leave me. We then prayed with God’s truth for God’s authority and victory to fill me up and knock away that stronghold. It worked right away and I am sooo thankful to be free from unforgiveness!!! I think we can all understand that in life and Jesus certainly understands us. However, these times are times that should be dealt with in the short term and then as God’s people, we should move right back in to living in the repentant fruit and renewed joy of the Holy Spirit’s love and grace for us as kingdom sons and daughters. Jesus modeled this for us when He was angered over the actions taking place in the temple. He had the necessary conversation to bring correction and clear understanding, then let it go to move forward into divine life. He did not make it a long-term emotional issue that kept Him bringing it up or keep Him from doing what was right. I have heard many stories where people hang on to grudges all their lives and then after a person has passed away, the grudge holder wishes they would have gotten right with them before they left. They wish they could’ve had courage to share that deep down they really did love the person, they were sorry and desired reconciliation to happen. Oh the sadness of the destruction to relationships that pride in hearts can have!!!

God gave us emotions and there is nothing wrong with having emotions, however, it is important that we learn to deal with our emotions rightly. Jesus had emotions, too and understands us each one fully!!!

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Trusting Jesus

There was only one time in Jesus’ mission on earth when He was just about shut down from moving forward divinely and that was when He was bearing the weight of all sin upon Him with its temptation of falling into the enemy’s overwhelming accusations of embarrassment, shame and guilt. Jesus gained the victory over the enemy thru prayer to His Father and with the mindset towards His Father’s heart as “not my will, but Yours be done.”  I am thankful Jesus dealt with it right away and did not let it lead Him to procrastinate divine action in life!!!

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Jesus stepped forward into life to do the right thing towards the people of the world that brought eternal victory and reconciliation of all people to our Father. Because Jesus did the right thing in life, there is forgiveness by our Father of all sins of all of us who believe in Christ’s efforts on the cross for us and eternal life for us in Father’s kingdom being ushered into fullness soon that will be forever free from ongoing enemy influence. We also now have the indwelling of our Father’s Holy Spirit within our hearts as believers to empower us to live victoriously over the enemy of us (Satan). If Jesus has forgiven us as children of faith, He tells us so we should forgive one another. We may find a huge improvement in our relationships in life if we all seek to eliminate the sense of embarrassment, sense of shame, guilt if you don’t play well and sense of distress like your life is ruined if you don’t play like you are suppose to. Culture is always inundated with this stuff. We don’t need to be part of it, saints – it just doesn’t work. It always raises the intensity level too high and tactical and people will play in life too uptight, fearful of making a mistake or eventually become so discouraged by the enemy that they just shut down, too weak to fight anymore. Let us not let Satan do that to us ever!!! Let us always fight for what is the right and best life!!!

One of the best things a girlfriend said to me many years ago as a young Christian was “Don’t let Satan allow you to wallow in this problem.” May we always remember that Father’s joy is the best emotion in life. Getting rid of complacency of sin, long-term anger and frustration is important to moving forward divinely victorious. We can do so when we have the mindset that our Father’s love and grace for us is sufficient as this song says here and that His plans for us are best. Let us step forward in His love, grace and the pursuit of His goodness. Much love to you wherever you are at in life. Only Father knows fully your heart and only Father knows fully my heart and He can reveal what we each need to see in life as individuals to move forward and not wallow in the enemy’s muck and mire. To forgive is to set a prisoner free and often times that prisoner is yourself. Are you free or still wallowing with our enemy of this life and Father’s kingdom???

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Hee, hee, hee!!! I chuckle this day as our Father speaks to my heart about a group of brothers that found themselves in a bit of a predicament!!! It all started with a little brother named Joseph who had been given our Father’s grace in a very special unique way that was different from his brothers, his father’s other sons. Young Joseph was also said to be more loved by his earthly father than the other brothers because Joseph was his son of his old age and his father made him a colored tunic.

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Joseph and Father Love

Because of this and also the divine revelation given to their little brother thru dreams about the future, Joseph’s brothers were jealous and hated him. One day when the father sent Joseph to go check on his brothers who were pasturing the flock for him, the jealous brothers saw Joseph approaching from afar and schemed to kill him, throw him in a pit and tell their father that a wild beast ate him. One of the older brothers of Joseph spoke against his murder, so they ended up stripping him of the colored tunic that their father had made Joseph, throwing him into a pit and when a group of Ishmaelites were passing by, they sold Joseph to them. The Ishmaelites took him to Egypt and sold him to an Egyptian officer of the Pharaoh.

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Pit Happens

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Because the Lord was with Joseph in his circumstances, he became a successful man, a ruler of Egypt and was ultimately set over all the land of Egypt!!! Shazam!!! Talk about a divine Father at miracle work for His kid of faith thru prayer – well, our Father did one in this story!!! WOOOHOOO!!! GO FATHER!!! 🙂

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Now our Father works in mysterious and amazing ways and this new divine God-given position came in quite handy when it came famine time and Joseph was able to be a dream come true to his brothers when they found themselves in a place of need, having to go to Egypt and ask for food. Guess who they had to ask for it from??? Yep, none other than their little brother Joseph whom they had sold out of their hearts and lives moved by jealousy towards him!!! Joseph recognized them, but they did not recognize him, so after dealing with his emotions, having them go thru some divinely discerned steps to test and teach his brothers’ hearts about honesty and at the same time accomplish the needed steps to deal rightly with the situation, he provided for their needs abundantly and moved them to Egypt to be near him and to care for them all well with the glorious riches of the Lord’s provision for them!!! Oh, have you ever heard of God’s grace moving in a heart??? It did thru Joseph!!!

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After being reunited together again as family, their father passed away and the brothers out of fear of not knowing how Joseph would act towards them now that their father was dead, the brothers put words into a sent message to Joseph written in the personage of their dead father saying: “Please forgive, I beg you, the transgression of your brothers and their sin, for they did you wrong.” And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of God of your father.” Joseph wept when he heard those words. His brothers stepped forward and bowed down before him just as the dream given to Joseph as a boy had revealed and they said to Joseph “Behold, we are your servants.” But Joseph seeing their worried hearts over their sin, Joseph spoke words of grace to them again, saying:

“Do not be afraid, for am I in God’s place? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. So therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” So he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

Genesis 50:19-21

Unwavering Faith

Oh our Father’s sweet loving grace is sooo beautiful in life to us as His kids of faith!!! Joseph’s words had to have been much to all their relief in more ways than one to see that the Lord had saved their bacon, so to speak – that means to save someone’s skin or neck or hide!!! Oh now that thought just makes me smile!!! 🙂

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Pigs Fly

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Oh they all came out smelling like a divine rose full of the fragrance of our Father’s love, power, grace and purpose!!!

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That is what our sweet Jesus does for us as His kids as we look to him to help us in life!!!

What does our Father speak to your hearts as you reflect upon this story, sweet family??? In our life relationships, we are all human and we are in the midst of a spiritual battle between Satan and our Father. Satan is always seeking to destroy families and relationships and our Father is always working to save them and bring into them forgiveness, love, peace, purpose and His forever blessings.

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As I reflect upon this story, these questions I reflect upon: Where do we need to trust our Father in difficult circumstances to “save our bacon”??? Where do we need to extend grace to bless others around us??? Where do we need to ask for forgiveness??? Where do we need to work together to bring about our Father’s will, His plan and His purpose??? Much love to you all wherever you are!!! I always say that everyday is like Christmas with Jesus with us as our Savior and this story of sweet reunion and reconciliation sure has a familiar ring to it as I think about how our sweet Father sent His One and only son into the world to save us, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life with Him in His eternal kingdom with us all as His beloved children of faith!!! Now if that don’t just wag the tail on the end of a puppy, I don’t know what will do so!!! 🙂

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I love happy endings and all the in between, too – being in our good loving Father’s care always as we experience life together as His kids of faith!!! Father’s grace – it always finds us to save our bacon as this song says here!!! YYYIIIPPPEEE!!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS SPIRIT TO YOU DEAR SAINTS!!!

YOU ARE ALL AWESOME AND WITH GOD WITH US, WE ARE ALL POWERFUL BY HIS DESIGN!!!

 

Overcoming Trauma (PTSD)

Sometimes in life, we all can experience evil at work in the world!!! God tells us this about it:

“…our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” 

Ephesians 6:12

All the time, the Lord Jesus is good. He is good all the time and He is never tempted to do evil!!! He understands battle with the enemy from His own life and intentional mission lived out on this earth when He experienced this:

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Jesus understands us and evil-induced trauma – encounters with the enemy of this world!!! Through the cross, Jesus has forever conquered the evil one. YAY!!! Through our faith in Christ as our personal Savior from sin, we have forever life with our Father and nothing in all creation can ever separate us from His love and gift of being with Him in His paradise Kingdom where there is no more evil. When the time is right, and our Lord tells us in His written Word that there is a divine plan in the works that when heaven is filled, we as our Father’s kids of faith in Him will be forever with Him in safety from the evil one!!! Glory be!!! It is our Father’s heart that all people have eternal life with Him forever and He patiently waits for all to come to the saving knowledge of Him, however, He gives people choice to choose Him!!! When we experience evil in this world, it is our Father’s heart to help heal us – to restore us to divine strength and ability to overcome the pain of trauma from evil experiences so that we can continue in carrying out His will, His plan and His purpose for which we were each designed and fully equipped with gifts, skills and talents to accomplish in this life.  Despite a brush with evil, our Father can bring us comfort and enable us to glean from our experiences that we can in turn help others that may be struggling in this life. That is a blessing to be able to help others have victory!!! It is a way to overcome evil with good!!! Oh I sooo like that thought!!!

PTSD or post traumatic stress disorder can be a condition that we may develop after going through a deep pain that may last a long time and there are ways to work through it so that what has happened in the past does not control our present and future life. Below are three different videos that talk more about this process of healing and overcoming flashbacks to trauma and disassociation as a result of trauma. Perhaps these will be helpful to you and/or it may be that you know of someone who struggles with PTSD that may find this information helpful.  There is help available.  Nobody ever has to continue in the snare of living in past traumas.  God bless you in your reflection of these!!!

PTSD – Part 1 Embracing the Idea of Healing here.

PTSD – Part 2 Establishing Coping Skills and a Safety Plan for Overcoming Triggers Back to Trauma here.

PTSD – Part 3 Father Desires to Give Us Victory in Emotional Control here.

I close with this song here that welcomes the Holy Spirit into our life that is the beginning of victory. If you have not ever received Jesus as your personal Savior from sin of which everybody has, just tell Him like you would talk to a friend and tell Him you want Him to be your personal Savior and that you want to have His Holy Spirit indwell your heart and guide you through all of life. Know that He loves you with unfailing, unconditional love and He delights to journey through forever life with you!!! Through faith in His finished work on the cross, He sees each of us as His kids of faith as holy, without blemish and without accusation – with no condemnation!!! The Devil seeks to convince us otherwise to defeat us!!!

The Lord dwelling in you will speak to you through His Spirit, through His written Word (the Bible as a whole book, read in context), through the godly counsel of others and life circumstances. He can open and close doors for us to put us where we need to be in life to carry out our life purpose!!! Oh Jesus makes life sweet in all ways!!! May you know His sweet love, comfort, forgiveness, help, freedom and forever life victory wherever you are!!! Nobody is ever beyond His reach!!! Never will He leave us nor forsake us!!! He beckons you to come to Him dear one!!! Nothing compares to the love and hope that we have in Jesus!!!

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Two Keys to Keep Close

Hi, dear family!!! Oh we live in a world that is sooo vast in all different and unique people. People are from different backgrounds, with different experiences, different education, different personalities, mindsets, misunderstandings, etc. If there is ever a way for people to live together in unity, it is with Christ Jesus in our midst, having His mind – seeking to think as He thinks. Amen?!! He gives us His written Word to reveal His heart and minds to us and His Holy Spirit to guide us each individually and uniquely as we interact with others unique in their own ways. While there can still be differences between people, seeking to have unity and compromise in the unity with the mind of Christ to make relationships healthy and continuous is divine.  Our Father tells us there are two keys to making that happen if possible:

“Let love and faithfulness never leave you;

bind them around your neck,

write them on the tablet of 

your heart.

Cross In Heart

Then you will win favor and a 

good name

in the sight of God and man.”

Proverbs 3:3-4

We know that when we have faithfulness in believing that Christ died on the cross for the sins of all people and we trust in that for our own personal sin, we have found favor with our Father. Upon faith, He sees us as holy, without blemish, without accusation and with no condemnation. Given that state of faithfulness, our Father gives us His written Word to guide us in how to love and walking in the ways that are best for us in all of life, including in having the ability to have healthy relationships. Hence if there is ever a way to have healthy relationships, keeping the two keys of love and faithfulness to our Father’s heart for us is going to be our best potential of ever having victory in loving one another as Christ has loved us!!! Where are there challenges in your relationships, precious saints??? I ask you as I ask myself “Is there somehow our Father is showing you how to love and where to have faithfulness to His heart desire to help make your relationships healthy???” Our Father is the Prince of Peace and He tells us this:

“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”

Romans 12:18

God Is Love

Sometimes having faithfulness to our Father’s heart for healthy relationships is prayerfully considering talking to people about difficulties in relationships. It is never easy to do so, nor to hear, therefore, to choose carefully what things are important to bring up and what things are unnecessary personal grievances to deal with in our own heart is a good thing to distinguish. Father can show us these things as we pray about it!!! Talking about the difficult things in relationships do not need to end relationships unless a person’s safety is at risk.  Then separation and boundaries need to be implemented until such time change happens to bring about our Father’s heart in both people for a healthy relationship. If both parties are willing to commit to continue to love each other and divinely work together to have workable solutions that bring divine unity with the mind of Christ and His peace, that is for sure our Father’s heart!!! He went to great effort to reconcile us as His children of faith to our Father through the cross. He sacrificed to make it happen!!! “How are we willing to sacrifice to make our relationships happen victoriously?” is a good questions to ask in relationship difficulty.  I have experienced what is like to have someone not care enough to make a relationship happen. It is painful and life has to go on.

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In times like that, this is sooo true:

Faith is Having COurage

Because I desire for you to escape that kind of pain in your life, I ask you as I ask myself, “Are you giving your heart to love and faithfulness to our Father’s heart to make your relationships healthy, dear saints???” If so and the other person is not responding, continue to pray for the other party that their hearts will be open to our Father’s love and faithfulness to do their part for victory, too!!! This does not always happen and our Father sometimes has to set boundaries to protect us. It is important that both parties understand what is God’s heart for each of them so they know what they need to do to make a relationship right on their part. Being open to another person’s heart for working out a solution “as long as it is in keeping with our Father’s heart” is awesome because when divine unity and victory happens in relationships, it just makes life beautiful like the love and peace that only Jesus brings!!! 🙂 WOOOHOOO!!! I sooo love that!!!

Regardless of how someone else chooses to act, this we as our Father’s kids can do – continue on the road of our Father’s will for ourself personally. When we have done all we can do to restore or bring good health into a relationship, the rest is left to our Father to take care of. He can give us the grace to continue to do our part of love and faithfulness ongoing and in so doing, we can know that our Father delights in us!!! Maybe our part is to continue to love thru prayer and willingness to be reconciled when another person chooses to be!!! We can always pray and always have hope!!! Perhaps Father can show specifics in how to love and pray as we seek Him!!! Jesus understands our hearts and always loves us with unfailing, unconditional love always, always as His kids of faith, but our personal love and faithfulness lends to relationship victory!!! Oh now that all just makes me smile!!! How about you??? This we know of our Father’s heart:

“God is not unjust; He will not forget your hard work and the love you have shown Him as you help His people and continue to help them.”

Hebrews 6:10

God will Reward Your Faithfulness

TWO KEYS TO KEEP CLOSE – LOVE AND FAITHFULNESS

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I love this message and song here.

Stepping Forward Into Victory

New day greetings, precious saints!!! I have spent quite a bit of time this weekend reflecting before our Father and I just can’t begin to tell you what a tremendous gift we have in Jesus with us each individually!!! He is One who walked this earth Himself and has dealt with the enemy of this world, Satan, and the trauma that the evil one inflicts into a life!!! He did so forever victoriously thru His finished work for the wages of all people’s sin on the cross for all who believe in Him so that we are forever safe and seated in His heavenly kingdom with eternal life in His loving presence!!! Whoop!!! Whoop!!! Whoop!!! We have won through faith!!! Until such time that heaven is full, the harvest is ripe, our Father continues to fight the enemy at work in this world and He also does so through His Spirit that is at work in each of us as His children of faith and through us as His holy vessels!!! He is the power to defeat the enemy’s efforts!!! He has power over the enemy and that means we do also!!!

Fight Satan

We must believe that, claim that and find our victory and peace in that!!! Our Father tells us in His Word:

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” 

Ephesians 6:12 NIV

Our Father also gives us the formula for defeating the enemy personally:

Resist the Devil

How do we resist the devil? It begins with prayer and turning from the lies of the enemy that he speaks into our minds and focusing on our Father’s truths:

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV

Ask yourself:

  • What are the hurtful lies the enemy is telling you, dear one? Outloud, denounce those demons (for example, “I command you Satan with the authority of Jesus in me for you and your demons of unforgiveness to leave me.”)
  • What are God’s truths for you, beloved child of the King? Pray to Jesus and tell Him you desire His power to claim and walk in His truth!!!

It is important to identify these demons of lies and Father’s truths. Believe Jesus will help you win!!! I have personally found victory in doing this!!!

Prayer

Our Father also tells us in His Word that we have spiritual armor that we as children of faith are equipped with to stand firm against the schemes of the enemy:

“Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with:

  • the belt of Truth buckled around your waist (God’s written Word taken as a whole and in context)
  • the breastplate of righteousness in place (see yourself as God does through your faith – holy, blameless and without accusation and condemnation)
  • with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace (we can move forward when there is peace)
  • take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one
  • take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (you are saved by faith in Christ, not by works)
  • pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Knight with sword and shield

Robe of Righteousness

Justified

Saved By His Grace

YES WE CAN HAVE VICTORY OVER THE ENEMY BECAUSE JESUS LIVES IN US AND IS WORKING IN US TO WILL AND ACT ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE!!! YAY!!! LET’S GO CLAIM IT, SAINTS!!! 🙂 HAPPY DANCING IS IN STORE!!!

Because of the evil that goes unchecked within people, God’s people, like Jesus did, we face the challenges of times of trauma in life that our all wise, all powerful, all sweet loving Jesus wants to heal all people individually from!!! What is your trauma that you need healing from dear one??? Know that Jesus understands your heart:

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet He did not sin.”

Hebrews 4:15 NIV

He was able to do this because He was God and He is able to help us as His children of faith to have victory, too!!!

Jesus outstretched hands

If you need healing or know someone whom you are helping to heal, we can all know this: Know that you will heal—healing from your past will come with God’s help!!! It is important that you engage in a process through which this will be possible, through the Holy Spirit, His written Word, through godly counsel, either in individual or group counseling and Father’s Spirit at work in circumstances to lead you and help you. Know that you will have victory—beyond just healing, you will have victory over the trauma!!! Begin to consider some of the positive strengths you will have in your life as a result of healing from this trauma. Know that you will eventually be able to forgive to set yourself free. This is the ultimate spiritual victory. You will be set free from the effects of the enemy’s trauma upon you. You also will be able to be of great comfort to others who experience similar traumas in the future through what you have learned through your experience and healing!!! Now how exciting is that dear one to be our Father’s vessel through whom He works to help others through what you have gone through yourself!!! YYYEEESSS!!! WE CAN HAVE VICTORY!!! 🙂

Love and victory to you, precious saints!!! I love this song here that welcomes the Holy Spirit’s presence. Nothing can ever separate us from the love of Jesus and through Him, we are more than conquerors!!! Oh that just makes me smile!!! Ruh, ruh, ruh!!!

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Power and Victory

I want to share this prayer with you to pray in Jesus’ name over yourself, have someone else pray it over you and in the right time, perhaps Father will have you pray it over someone else. It is a good beginning for the healing power of our Father to begin to work.

You can use this prayer by simply filling in the blanks with your name or the name of the person you are praying for:

Father, make Your presence known to ______ each and every single day, as the God who is near to the brokenhearted and who saves the crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:18) For indeed You are. In Your name I speak healing and restoration upon each and every wound that was inflicted upon _____’s life. Thank You for healing and binding my friend’s wounds! (Psalm 147:3) Holy Spirit, expose the lies of the enemy that have entered my friend’s life because of his/her trauma. Jesus, bring _____ to an encounter with Your Word. Reveal Your truth to my friend and let every lie be broken and let every mindset come into alignment with Your Word. God, wash _____ with Your Word. (Romans 12:2) I declare that ____ will stand in agreement with Your word that says only goodness and mercy shall follow him/her all the days of his/her life. (Psalm 23, Jermeiah 29:11) Abba, I release a revelation of the spirit of sonship upon my friend right now. You have not given ____ a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but he/she has received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom he/she can cry “Abba! Father!” (Romans 8:15) Reveal Your unfailing and everlasting love that conquers all fear! Cast out fear from ____’s heart. (1 John 4:18a) Let Your love rain down upon him/her, bringing healing to his/her mind, emotions, will and spirit, even his/her body. Overwhelm ______ with Your healing power. Overwhelm him/her with Your loving presence. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is Your steadfast love toward ______; as far as the east is from the west, so far You remove ______’s transgressions from him/her. (Psalm 103:11-12) You have purchased my friend for a price and that is through the blood of Your Son Jesus. I declare freedom from every burden of fear, anxiety, depression, guilt, shame and anger, by the power of the blood of Christ! And I speak love, peace, freedom, wholeness, joy and thanksgiving. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.