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Be careful about what you receive.
A few weeks ago, I decided to go see my doctor after a dream and a couple of conversations. (Getting me to go to the doctor is probably more difficult than geting a bill through Congress!)
He ordered a couple of diagnostics, including a chest X-ray, since I am at risk of lung problems.
My first X-ray showed a nodule in my left lung. As soon as I heard that, I called some friends and asked them to agree with me in prayer. My sense: I was not to pick this up; I was to stand in faith and not fear.
I had to get a second set of “pictures.” They came back “normal.”
This is the second time in my life that I have heard God say very clearly that I was not to own a diagnosis. The first one was in 2000: I had been told that I had FibroMyalgia. Immediately I heard, “Don’t pick that up; don’t own it. It is not yours.”
I had symptoms for almost a year.
Then, I was praying and fasting in preparation for a conference I was going to.
Most of the time, I clean house or work in my yard when I fast: It helps me to focus. This time was no different.

In the middle of cleaning the cat’s litter tray, I heard, “If anyone says you have Fibromyalgia, they’re lying: You have been healed.” I didn’t have a single symptom after that.

This time, the possibility of a life threatening condition challenged me to reaffirm my zeal for living. I’m searching out new goals and dreams; I’m pressing into prophetic words that still need to be fulfilled.
I will have a long, joyful, prosperous life; I will not accept anything less than that!

Now to be clear, I am not talking about Mind Over Matter or the power of positive thinking; I am standing on the word of God and declaring to you that you have choices to make: Will you receive curses, even “benevolent” ones – negative characterizations, predictions, diagnoses, general opinions – that are not in line with God’s plans for you? Will you hold to lies, such as, “God has made you ill…or poor…”
OR
Will you seek God, his Kingdom and righteousness? Will you agree with blessings?

Take care: Choose what you will receive or not. Being able to say, “No” is vital to prosperous, blessed living; saying “yes” to the good things that God has for you is even more important.

By the way, it is equally important to guard your lips: Take care not to utter curses about yourself and others; be diligent in proclaiming blessings.

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Audacious

Faith so audacious,
We dare to believe
That God is greater
Than all we see;
That He is more powerful
Than any circumstance;
We are guided by His will;
We simply don’t live by chance.

 

Faith so audacious
We trust Him and pray,
Till we have heard Him;
Then we obey.
Living with expectancy;
Bold because we belong
To Papa God’s household;
The Lord most gracious and strong.

 

Faith so audacious
We happily rest
In God’s loving arms,
Where we are blessed.
We receive His provision;
Papa’s unending care;
Then we give it to others,
Rejoicing in all we share.
Faith so audacious
We know He will heal
Injury and disease
With power so real.
We still look for miracles
From Jesus, Risen King;
We live out courageous faith
For God is our Everything.

OUR FATHER’S ABUNDANT BLESSINGS

God our loving Father Knows each of us intimately.
There is absolutely nothing, past, present or future that He can’t see.
“Oh, I never thought of that,” is never something He says;
“I know the plans I have for you to give you hope always.”

 

Single or married, professional, blue collar or trade;
Each person and walk of life is holy and for His loving purpose made.
No seconds in His Kingdom, each is precious in His sight.
Each child of His is destined to walk in His life-giving light.

 

Oh son and daughter of God, please listen to the words I say:
What He thinks, says and does for us exceeds expectations in every way.
If you were to name each star and count every grain of sand,
You’d fail at describing the blessings that come from God’s Hand.

EZEKIEL 17:24

“All the trees of the field will know that I am the LORD ; I bring down the high tree, exalt the low tree, dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish. I am the LORD ; I have spoken, and I will perform it.” Ezekiel 17:24

Isn’t it intriguing to remember that God acts in surprising ways!
He treasures relationships so much, He will do whatever it takes to build them.

Prophetically, trees represent people or nations, so if we read this verse with that in mind, we get:

All of the people and nations on earth will know that I am the Lord;
I bring down the proud and high-minded,
I exalt the humble,
withhold from those who are self-sufficient and cause those who rely on Me to flourish.
I am the Lord; what I say is and I will make it happen.

Sorry, no recipe or formula here; only utter dependence on God.  In John 15, Jesus told His disciples, “apart from God you can do nothing.”  Then, in Philippians 4:13, Paul writes, “I can do all things in Him who strengthens me.”

Perhaps one of the biggest buggaboos here is that humility has nothing to do with devaluing or criticizing ourselves; instead, it is a matter of agreeing with what God says about who we are, even when our experience and opinions say otherwise.  By the way, He says we are precious, a chosen nation, sons and daughters, royalty, reflections of His glory, dearly loved by Him.

I have encountered this repeatedly:  When I give into temptations to do things my way, rely on my own understanding and expectations or build strategies according to my limited knowledge, I get trouble, especially when I am reacting to perceptions based on shame, fear, doubt, pride or false humility.

When I was taking a course in Old Testament Survey, we learned this definition of idolatry:  “Trusting in and serving any person, place, concept or thing other than God.”  Okay, I’d say that’s pretty comprehensive.  It’s Joshua saying, “Choose today whom you will serve…  As for me and my household, we shall serve the Lord.”  (Joshua 24:15)

When, on the other hand, I run to Papa God and cooperate with Him, I flourish.  Joy, peace, hope, love and all of God’s goodness are evident to me.  I reflect Him to those around me and His Kingdom comes.

I live out Colossians 3:
My life is hidden with Christ in God
I have put on the  new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator
I am dressed in love
I have been called to peace, which rules in my heart
His word dwells in me richly
All I say and do is in the name (character) of Jesus
I thank Papa God through Him

So, here’s a picture:
As I said, trees represent people or nations. It’s wonderful when individuals or households within the Church walk in obedience; what happens when an entire nation or people group becomes utterly dependent on God and agrees with Him?  Wow!