Weapons of Peace

So, my newest release, Weapons of Peace just came out this week. I can’t tell you how excited my husband was as he ripped open the box and looked at the 10 complimentary copies sent to us by Destiny Image. (Don’t worry! I will be getting more.) It wasn’t long before John began reading through the book, obviously enjoying it. That blessed me so much!
Some friends of ours were recently at a conference we visited and asked if I was excited to see my new book. I had to be honest. Yes, it is exciting to finally see my book in print, but was is more thrilling for me is to hear that people have read the book and are getting blessed by its content! I don’t know exactly why, but I think that as a teacher, I get excited when others understand the things the Lord has been teaching me! It almost makes it worth all the many long hours I spent studying and typing out each of the chapters.  (Writing a book is a very long process!)
Already I have been hearing from friends on Facebook and email who are excited about reading my book. What a great joy that is to hear! I hope and pray that each of you will take the time to check out this important message on the gift of peace Jesus has made available to us. The tools I share in Weapons of Peace will undoubtedly make a difference in our ability to maintain true and eternal peace in this chaotic world.

I look forward to hearing from each of you as you purchase your own copy and read it for yourselves.  Once you read it, I’m sure you will want to purchase and offer copies of this book to friends and family so they can begin enjoying the amazing peace Jesus wants us to remain in!

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She Got It!

Recently I received a most unusual phone call. My friend on the line was laughing hysterically and had been laughing non-stop for the last hour. Between her belly laughs, she was able to tell me how the Lord had suddenly dropped this gift of joy on her after a discouraging word given to her by another believer.

The week prior to this, she and I had spent a day together while attending a special event at another church. That afternoon over lunch, I attempted to share with both my friends sitting with me at the restaurant booth about the magnificent gift of grace we all had been given through our new lives in Jesus. All of us had heard this before, but unfortunately, much of our joy had been robbed throughout the years as we walked in a mixture of law and grace taught to us by well-meaning believers.

Only in the last several months had my husband and I finally received some clear understanding on what it means to be free from the old “rules and regulations” of our faith so we could fully embrace the transforming gift of God’s lavish grace and peace upon our lives. Once our performance mentality is gone, everything about us changes as well. We just need to receive God’s goodness and walk in His joy!

As I explained these things to my friends, they were challenged and had a hard time really comprehending what it was like to be free from the “rules of religion” and walk only in the joy of our salvation. Pastor Scott Schang, author of the book, “The Rhema Code” describes it in this way.

“What is it that causes people to question their salvation wondering if they are loved and if they measure up or not? What is it that causes that initial passion at conversion to fade away and reduce them to go through the motions of Christianity, but without fire and conviction? Is the answer more prayer, better church attendance, more Bible reading, more sacrifice, less sin? How about more fasting or greater discipline? Surely there must be something missing!”

“Maybe the prevailing thought of needing to become better instead of living from ‘already being better’ is thrusting people into an unattainable ‘pursuit mode’ that sounds right but really is counterproductive and in fact, an error in thinking, leaving many stuck in a confusing attempt at ‘serving Jesus’.” (The Rhema Code, page 72)

Many of us get stuck in this idea that we need to earn the favor of God by our performance here on earth, but the truth of the matter is we already have His favor! By us thinking we need to somehow impress God (or others) by our behavior or actions, we are in effect saying that the sacrifice of Jesus for our sins was not enough to make us worthy of God’s grace. We think we must add to what Jesus has done.

Impossible!

It is a gift we only need to receive and then fully believe as we follow the paths He lays out before us. His goodness and continual mercies follow us everywhere we go! The only hindrance to this is when we really don’t believe Him and His promises.

This is what my friend was struggling with when she heard the gentle voice of the Lord asking her why she was so stressed out over the discouraging word she had received? He explained that He had chosen to confound the wise and give His truths to babes. At that moment, the joy of the Lord washed over my dear sister and she suddenly understood that she was, in fact, the object of the Lord’s lavish grace. No more guilt and condemnation! She was free!

Between her laughter, she continued to tell me, “I got it! I got it!”

And she did!

Father of our Faith

I want to be like Abraham!

He’s called the Father of our faith. Why? Because when God spoke to him, he became absolutely convinced of the truth that he was given. Abraham believed God so much that his great faith was accounted as righteousness even before the new covenant had been established.

In Abraham’s mind, it didn’t matter what things looked like around him. It didn’t matter how impossible the promise seemed. His confidence was set and nothing could shake him!

When we look at the many clear promises given to us as the heirs of salvation, I wonder how many of us are equally convinced of the Father’s ability to bring all those promises to pass in our own lives? Has God’s power diminished in any way? His great love for us was dramatically demonstrated by the death of His Son on our behalves.  He is holding up His end of the promises.  He is even willing to hold up our side of the promise…if we will only believe Him!

I have determined to go after the faith of Abraham in my own life.  I have come to the conclusion that even when things don’t appear to be moving towards the promises of God, though I don’t see or understand it, I want to confidently declare and believe those promises in my life.  I want to be so convinced in the grace and favor of God upon my life, that I absolutely will not be swayed by any fearful or doubtful thoughts.

I am learning to keep my mind set and established upon the Lord regardless of my circumstances!

 

A Heavenly Mindset

Last week and over the weekend, I had the great privilege of hosting and hanging out with my friends Bing and Kat Kerr here in the Puget Sound region of Washington State and in Abbotsford, BC. What an honor this was!

As I listened and watched Kat as she revealed the reality of heaven to those attending her services. I read her first book, Revealing Heaven and watched one of her DVD’s prior to arrival, but experiencing the release of heavenly truths firsthand left my spirit feeling refreshed and stirred up for greater works on this earth. How often have we heard the saying, “Heavenly minded, but no earthly good”. How far this is from the truth! We all need to become more heavenly minded so we CAN be of greater earthly good!

Each of us needs to have our eyes focused on the current events of heaven so we can all respond in the agreement with all our true eternal family already residing in the home for those who have declared their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Kat described for us how the saints in heaven are richly rewarded and are able to witness all that is going on earth as declared in Romans 12:1, the great cloud of witnesses. She challenged us to begin using the anointing residing within us so the earth can be prepared for the greatest invasion of heaven coming to our current place of dwelling.

Kat described a timeline she saw in the Throne Room indicating the closeness to the release of this outpouring of our Father’s grace upon us. This is the time of which all the prophets of old foresaw when the glory of God will literally cover the face of the whole world described in Joel 2. We live in the days of fulfillment.

What an exciting time to be alive!

Let Not Your Heart be Troubled!

In John chapter 14 twice Jesus repeated the same phrase in emphasis to His listeners. He said, “Let not your hearts be troubled…” in verse 1 and again repeated Himself in verse 27, but added, “…neither let it be afraid.”

When looking at this, it’s clear that this is a job we are given. We are not to allow our hearts (this speaks of our souls – mind, will, thoughts, emotions) to be riled up with worry, fear, or stress. That’s a nice suggestion, we might think, but how are we supposed to get rid of fear in our lives?

Jesus gave us His answer in John 14:27 when He announced that He was giving us His gift of peace, but once again we must ask, how do we get this peace to remain in constant guard over our active minds? Hebrews 4 describes a gift of rest that the writer insists we must be diligent and even “fear” lest we fall short of accessing this spiritual treasure. (verses 1, 9, 11)

So where do we find this gift of peace and rest?

I believe the answer is found in Heb 4:12 where the sword of peace is permitted to “pierce asunder” dividing between our soul and spirit. Though sounding very much like fileting a fish, piercing actually describes a wonderful birthing process (born again) and asunder is defined as a gift which disunites our emotional soul from our spiritually clear spirit man.

When our eternal spirit man is in the lead, he is able to direct us to the paths of peace and pastures of rest. He can actually bring healing to both our soul and body! Isn’t that wonderful?

Listen to 1 Peter 1:22: “Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the spirit (spirit man) in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart…”

Our soul is purified when we follow the lead of our spirit!

Now 3 John 1:2: “Beloved, I wish above all that you may prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers.”

When our soul is healed by submitting to our spirit, we begin to prosper and be in good physical health as well! Isn’t that an amazing promise?

So how do we invite our spirit man to take the lead? Simply ask the Holy Spirit to “pierce asunder” between your soul and spirit and then ask your soul to step aside and allow your spirit man to take the lead daily. Read blessings of encouragement found in the Word of God and declare them over youself on a regular basis. Your spirit will love it and your soul and body will reap greatly from these blessings!

Be filled with the peace of Jesus today!

Building Up Your Spirit!

It was the strangest thing! Tears welled up in my eyes as listened to the woman speaker ministering to another woman she had chosen from among our group of 50 or so. She didn’t just prophesy or minister healing to some part of the body. This was different.

While gazing deeply into her eyes, the woman began to administer blessing and encouragement to the spirit. Not the Holy Spirit, but the human spirit. This is the portion within us all that carries the DNA of our heavenly Father uniquely created at the beginning of time.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 says “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Our three parts: spirit, soul, and body are mentioned here. While living here on earth we often take care of our bodies and allow our soulish realm to completely run the show, but what about our spirit?

What I witnessed and experienced by allowing this ministry of encouragement to my spirit completely rocked my world. I knew by my reaction that something deep was being ministered to. The eternal part of my being enjoyed the blessing that day!

Since then, my husband and I have vowed to begin speaking encouragement and blessing to our spirit on a daily basis. We invite our spirit to take the led rather than allowing our soulish realm to make all the decisions…and we are noticing a difference!

Though we are still learning much more about this, I encourage you to begin blessing your spirit by declaring the Word of God over your life and see what how this affects you as well!

Let me know if you begin noticing a difference!

May the Holy Spirit fully fill and strengthen you in spirit, soul, and body today!

Robbed by “Natural” Unbelief?

Surrounded by today’s modern society, so often we find ourselves falling into patterns of thinking that only serve to reinforce the limits of natural logic telling us that only what we see, feel, taste, touch, or smell are the only reality on this earth.  This fallacy in thinking causes us to literally feed upon the lies of the enemy which seeks to steal, kill, and destroy everything good that God has placed in each of us.

Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”  This verse is  especially true in relation to the Kingdom of God.  If we choose to base all of our thoughts and decisions only upon what we see with our natural eyes, we will miss at least two thirds of the reality surrounding us!  In addition to that, Proverbs 14:12 indicates that there is a way which may appear right to a natural man, but in the end, he will find only death!

The Bible tells us that each human on this earth has three parts: body, soul, and spirit.  (1 Thessalonians 5:23)  If we are relying only upon that which can be discerned in the natural, we will miss the important input from both our soul and spirit.  A man bound by only his natural understanding will literally be blind to the amazing world of God’s spiritual reality.

1 Corinthians 2:14 says, “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

The Bible calls this blindness “unbelief” and has some pretty serious consequences for those not choosing to acknowledge and seek after the spiritual Kingdom of God and His ways.  We’re told that unbelief in the time of Jesus brought about limited “mighty works” in Nazareth.  (Matthew 13:54-58)  One whole generation of Israel was forbidden to enter into the Promised Land because of their unbelief even when God had proven Himself faithful.  Unbelief causes us to waver at the promises of God and unable to receive anything from Him! (James 1:6-7, Romans 4:20)

The world tells us that we must “see it to believe it” while Jesus calls us to first believe, and then we will see.  My personal challenge of lately has been whether or not I have my heart and mind firmly anchored in the promises I have been given, or will I allow only what my eyes see to dictate both my meditations and actions?

How about you?  Has this shaky economy stirred up fear, doubts, and worries?  I have determined, I will not be robbed!  We must make a daily choice to battle unbelief and fill ourselves with the eternal truths which cannot be shaken!