WHAT IN THE WORLD IS HAPPENING IN MY LIFE!!

WHAT IN THE WORLD IS HAPPENING IN MY LIFE!!

Are you wondering what is happening in your life, why you’re going through what you’re going through? 

I received the following prophetic word by Elaine Tavolacci this morning via my subscription to her website, http://www.awordinseason.info. which I believe is a timely word for you and as such am re-blogging it with her permission.

Be encouraged,

Kim

 

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Don't fight the process - Let God re-make you.

DON’T FIGHT THE PROCESS – LET GOD RE-MAKE YOU

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THE MASTER POTTER

By Elaine Tavolacci

March 4, 2017

The Holy Spirit showed me a lump of clay on a potter’s wheel. The potter began to spin the wheel as he molded and shaped the piece of clay as he formed it. When making pottery on a potter’s wheel, the clay has to first be centered, then water is applied before the potter begins his creation. The potter then shapes the clay into the image that he desires. There are different wheels used to create different vessels. The Lord has designed each one of us in a distinct way with a specific calling. Each person is created for a unique purpose and plan.

The Lord told Jeremiah to go down to the Potters house to give him a prophetic illustration. When he went, he had seen the potter making something at the wheel. The clay vessel that the potter had made was marred in his hands; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make. Many people don’t understand the process of the potter’s wheel. The potter’s wheel is not to judge us or punish us, but it is to form us into the masterpiece that Jesus has created us to be.

The Lord says; just as the potter designs each clay pot into different shapes and sizes, I have designed and created every individual. Every person has been born with a unique purpose and plan. Each of you have been strategically designed for a particular purpose, and I will work with each of you in a specific way. Do not fear the potter’s wheel and do not refuse it, for this is My workmanship. This is the place where I am molding you and conforming you into My image. This is the place where all impurities and defilement will be destroyed and all bruises and blemishes will be erased. This is the place where the rough edges will be smooth out, broken vessels will be restored and old mindsets will be dismantled. Afflictions, traumas and misfortunes from the past will be removed, and dreams will be birth and brought forth. This is the place where your mind will be renewed and you will learn to walk in integrity and maturity. This place is necessary for your spiritual growth to bring forth the gifts that I have placed on the inside of you.

Do not refuse the work on the potters wheel but allow Me to transform you as I shape your life and destiny. Trust Me when the process seems too difficult. Don’t say that this is an uncomfortable place, but know that it is for your benefit and it is necessary to bring you in to the fulfillment of My plans. Do not resist the work that I am doing on the inside of you, but allow Me to accomplish My perfect will through you. Allow Me to work with you and fashion you into My image. I Am the master potter and as you allow Me, I will design your life so that you will become all that I have created you to be. You will become a glorious vessel of honor, and others will see the brilliance of the transformed life that I am creating in you. I desire to make something beautiful out of your life as you allow Me to work in you and through you says the Lord.

Ecclesiastes 3:11
He has made everything beautiful in its time.

Isaiah 29:16
Surely you have things turned around! Shall the potter be esteemed as the clay; For shall the thing made say of him who made it, “He did not make me”? Or shall the thing formed say of him who formed it, “He has no understanding”?

Isaiah 64:8
But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.

Jeremiah 18:1-4
The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying:” Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.” Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.

 

By Elaine Tavolacci

A Word In Season – http://www.awordinseason.info.

 

In 2012, I came across this short video called “In the Potter’s Hands” by Pastor Steve Hill that I believe may shed some light on your perplexity and be a blessing to you.

 

 

Now be blessed by Darlene Zschech and Hillsong as they sing “The Potters Hand”

 

 

It may seem really hard sometimes, but don’t fight the process.

Let God re-make you to fit His purpose and destiny for your life.

By His grace, you can!

Kim

 

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Video “POTTER’S HAND ” by Hillsong – courtesy of PastorAbbie – http://www.youtube.com

NOTEWORTHY QUOTE 11

NOTEWORTHY QUOTE 11

"SELAH - PAUSE AND CALMLY THINK OF THAT"

“SELAH – PAUSE AND CALMLY THINK OF THAT”

 

From time-to-time, I like to post quotes that I view as noteworthy.

The following quote was written and posted on my church’s Whatsapp Group this morning, by Nardo Dean, who is the author of, “The Trilogy of Fitness: Bodyonix Bahamas”, and I’m sharing it with his permission.

“By being your true self, you take on the form of a unique shape that is a piece of the universal puzzle by Gods design. By trying to be who you’re not for whatever reason, your once unique puzzle piece shape becomes warped, therefore the other pieces that depended on you to be you so they can fit onto you…can’t fit. So in spite of it all, don’t be afraid to be yourself…we all need you to be you…. be encouraged.” ~ Nardo Dean

SELAH!

This year, let’s be our true, authentic selves.

Let’s be the unique individuals who God created us to be so that we fit seamlessly where and with whom we need to fit in God’s universal puzzle for His purposes and glory.

I dare you……

Kim

 

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THERE IS LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL

THERE IS LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL

Are you in a time of transition or transformation and have been in it so long that you feel like you’re in a long dark tunnel?

I received the following prophetic word by Elaine Tavolacci this morning via my subscription to her website, http://www.awordinseason.info. which I believe will be a timely word for you, and as such, am re-blogging it with her permission.

Be encouraged,

Kim

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A WORD FOR YOU

GOD HAS NOT FORGOTTEN YOU

November 25, 2016

THERE IS LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL

By Elaine Tavolacci

The Holy Spirit showed me a long dark tunnel. In the same way that you travel through a tunnel to go from one place to another, there are many believers in a time of transition. In the natural most people don’t like to drive through tunnels, especially if they don’t know the length of the tunnel. A tunnel could be dark and cold and seem endless. When you are in a tunnel you have a drastically narrowed field of vision and you are surrounded by walls. Many of you are in a time of transformation that you are unfamiliar with. It seems as if you have been moving forward but not experiencing victory in this cold dismal place. You have been there for so long that you have developed “tunnel vision” as your vision has become extremely narrow.

The Lord is saying to continue to go forward and don’t grow weary in well doing. His plan will begin to unfold as you diligently seek Him in this time of transition. It may be a challenging time and a difficult process, but don’t make the mistake of going back to the old door and opening it again if you know that God had closed it. When Jesus opens a door or makes a way for you, there will be no fear, neither will it be difficult or stressful.

For those of you who have been waiting on a word or promise from the Lord and you are not seeing it come to pass, don’t allow discouragement to take root. We are entering into a season of promises and destinies that are going to be fulfilled. Don’t give up or compromise in the eleventh hour. The greatest challenge is not what you went through in the past but it is the success of your future. Continue to pursue the vision that was promised to you. It will surely come to pass. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

Proverbs 4:18
“The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.”

Daniel 12:3
“Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.”

Galatians 6: 9
“And Let us not be Weary in well Doing: for In due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

Philippians 3:12-14
“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

By Elaine Tavolacci

A Word In Season – http://www.awordinseason.info.

I hope the word was a blessing to you.

Be encouraged!

Kim

 

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WANTED: MIGHTY MEN & WOMEN OF VALOR

WANTED: MIGHTY MEN & WOMEN OF VALOR

Do you know that God has called you to a task or assignment but you feel inadequate and unqualified?

I received the following prophetic word by Elaine Tavolacci this morning via my subscription to her website, http://www.awordinseason.info. which I believe will be a timely word for you, and as such, am re-blogging it with her permission.

Be encouraged,

Kim

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CALLING MIGHTY MEN AND WOMEN OF VALOR

CALLING MIGHTY MEN AND WOMEN OF VALOR

November 12, 2016

WANTED: MIGHTY MEN & WOMEN OF VALOR

Elaine Tavolacci

In the natural it may appear as if the churches are dwindling down in membership, Christian friends are falling away, great men and women of God are passing away, and believers are declining in number. But the truth is, that God has a remnant that He has chosen for His end time army to usher in the greatest harvest in history. The fields are white unto harvest and it is about time that we take our place in what we have been called to do. Many of you feel inadequate, unqualified, or uneducated to be used by God.

There was a man in the bible named Gideon who was fearful and weak in his own sight, but mighty in the eyes of God. The name Gideon means “Mighty warrior”. Gideon was called to deliver Israel from the Midianites, but one day Gideon was hiding as they were attacking Israel. God had sent an angel to him saying, “The Lord is with you, mighty man of valor”. Gideon replied with a question, if the Lord is with us, why did all these terrible things happen? The Lord responded, “Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man. After this encounter with the angel, Gideon went and rescued Israel from the enemy with an army which the Lord had reduced from thirty two thousand men, to three hundred men. The Lord also allowed Gideon to see into the enemies’ camp.

The Holy Spirit is showing me that many of you are fearful and you feel as if an army is rising up against you, but Jesus calls you a mighty man/woman of valor. You will defeat every enemy that attempts to overtake you, and you will be used in a great way.

The Lord says I looking for the mighty men and women of valor. They are those who will take heed to My word, and see themselves as I have created them to be. I am calling forth My warriors who are not fearful or fainthearted. I am looking for those who will walk in faith and are not moved by adverse circumstances. They are those men and women who are willing to go to the front lines regardless of what they hear and see in the natural. They will take Me at My word as they rescue and deliver the captives. Their minds are sharp and their thinking is intuitive, therefore they are not moved by bad reports but will continue to advance into all that I have called them to do. They do not fear the unknown and are not be afraid of what lies ahead. They know that I have given them everything that they need to accomplish My purpose and plan for their life. They will not become weary as the enemy seems to be battering and relentless. As they seek My counsel, I will give them clear understanding and keen discernment. They will seek Me for wisdom and direction when they are in doubt.

I am looking for those who will not tolerate idolatry. They are those who will destroy the god of Baal and the goddess of Asherah. They will sacrifice everything for My name’s sake and they are willing to burn their bridges behind them and forget the mistakes from their past. To them I will expose the plans of the adversary. They will discern the enemies’ tactics and recognize his schemes. They will then understand the assignments that the enemy has brought against them to distract them, and remove them from their purpose and destiny. I will give them discernment to thwart the plans of the enemy over their life. This discernment that I give will bring wisdom and direction. But this discernment that I give will not come without reading My word. This discernment will not come without prayer and intimacy with Me. Store My word in your heart. In the days ahead you will look back and understand that everything that you have done was not in vain.

Though there will be armies ahead of you, I have already made a way of escape. Don’t allow your circumstances to rule your thinking, but align your thoughts with My word. Do not allow discouragement and despair to wear you down. I have created you and called you for such a time as this. Stand strong in the face of adversity and do not be confused about what you see in the natural. As you pray and believe, know that your prayers are powerful and effective. I did not call you to mediocrity but I have called you to conqueror difficult situations that arise abruptly. Submit your lives in total surrender to Me, ask of Me and I will give you the wisdom, discernment and understanding for the days ahead. Just as I sent the angel to Gideon with a message, I say the same to you, rise up you mighty man/ woman of valor and carry out the assignment that I have for you says the Lord.

Judges 6:11-12
“Now the Angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth tree which was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress, in order to hide it from the Midianites. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!”

Judges 7:13-15
“Gideon arrived just as a man was telling a friend his dream. “I had a dream,” he was saying. “A round loaf of barley bread came tumbling into the Midianite camp. It struck the tent with such force that the tent overturned and collapsed.” His friend responded, “This can be nothing other than the sword of Gideon son of Joash, the Israelite. God has given the Midianites and the whole camp into his hands.” When Gideon heard the dream and its interpretation, he bowed down and worshiped. He returned to the camp of Israel and called out, “Get up! The Lord has given the Midianite camp into your hands.”

1 Corinthians 1:26 – 29
“For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.”

By Elaine Tavolacci

A Word In Season – http://www.awordinseason.info.

Original Christian Song – “Where Did Our Boldness Go?’

 written and sung by Damon Gerber

I hope the word and song was a blessing to you.

Be encouraged!

Kim

 

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IT’S TIME TO SACRIFICE “IT”……..AGAIN

IT’S TIME TO SACRIFICE “IT”……..AGAIN

IT'S TIME TO SACRIFICE "IT"

IT’S TIME TO SACRIFICE “IT”

 

At various stages of our walk with Christ, He points out the necessity of us giving up something in order to grow deeper in our relationship with Him and/or move to another stage of preparation for our divine purpose and destiny.

If you are at this junction in your walk, I pray that this post convicts and inspires you enough to let go of the “it” in your life so you can move on.

Be encouraged….be challenged…..and be motivated to do what you know you need to do.

Kim

 

Good morning.

Good morning Lord.

We need to talk.

Talk?

Yes talk.

Talk about what?

Talk about “it”.

Talk about “it”?

Yes, talk about “it”.

“It”?

Yes “it”…… the thing that stands between you and Me.

The thing that stands between You and me…….What thing?

You know the thing?

No, what thing?

The thing I’ve been convicting you about…you know the thing you’ve been holding on to for a long time that you enjoy but that you know grieves my Spirit because “it” is not of Me…….

Oh, that thing……sigh!

Yes, that thing…..that’s “it”.

Sigh!

Listen, it’s time to deal with that thing. It’s time to walk away from “it”, it’s time to cut “it” off, it’s time to let “it” go, it’s time to get rid of “it”.

But Lord it’s not that simple. I’m tied to “it” because a part of me likes “it” and does not want to let “it” go even though I know “it” grieves You.

I know, that’s why I’m asking you to sacrifice “it”….all sacrifices cost something; all sacrifices require dying to some degree of pleasure and embracing some degree of pain.

But sacrificing “it” will hurt, really hurt; sacrificing “it” will tear at the very fabric of my soul; sacrificing “it” will cause my heart to bleed, I don’t know if I can do without “it” in my life!

Yes, I know sacrificing “it” will hurt, tear at your soul and cause your heart to bleed and leave a void in you life, as a matter of fact it will feel like a part of you has died because a part of you will die, but that’s the price.

Lord that is such a great price!

Yes, I know but it is necessary that you pay this price for there is no other way. It’s time to deny yourself, take up your cross, put “it” on the altar and sacrifice “it” to Me.

Sigh!

Yes I know even thinking about sacrificing “it” hurts, but do you not think I hurt knowing that you love “it” more than you love Me?

Wow…..I didn’t see “it” that way…….You are right. Willfully holding on to “it” does mean that I love “it” more that I love You………SIGH!

Yes that’s right and this pains Me more than you will ever know.

SIGH!

Listen. It’s time to get rid of “it” because “it” stands between you and a closer fellowship with Me, “it” stands between you and a greater manifestation of My anointing in and through you, “it” stands between you and the next phase of My purpose and destiny for your life, “it” stands between you and the blessing I desire to release upon you……..the bottom line is that “it” is jeopardizing your future with Me……is “it” really worth all of this?

Okay I recognize the seriousness of holding on to “it”, but Lord I don’t know if I can sacrifice “it”.

I thought you said you can do all things through Me because I strengthen you. Do you still believe that?

Well, yes.

Can you believe that in this situation?

Well, yes.

Listen. You have My power within you to not only enable you to let go of “it”, but to also enable you to deal with anything that arises in your life as a result of no longer having “it”…..do you believe this?

Yes I do.

So, are you willing to pay the price? Are you willing to sacrifice “it” to Me?

Yes Lord.

Okay.

Lord, because You mean more to me than “it” and I truly love You and desire to please You, I confess “it” as a sin in my life and I ask You to forgive me for indulging in “it”. In obedience to You, I now renounce “it” and I lay “it” on the altar as a sacrifice to You and declare that every bond, connection and soul-tie between me and “it” is broken in Jesus’ Name. Lord I humbly ask that You change my heart so that “it” is no longer a desire to me. I thank you for Your divine enabling power to help me deal with all repercussions that may occur as a result of getting rid of “it” and I trust you to give me Your peace, wisdom, and strength as I move forward with You, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

What is your “it” that the Lord is speaking to you about today?

A habit? A relationship? A “secret” indulgence? A business/job/means of income? An attitude?

Be obedient and sacrifice “it” today”

 

Selah!

Kim

 

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

(Philippians 4:13 – NKJV)

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

(I John 1:9 – NKJV)

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to be My disciple, let him deny himself [disregard, lose sight of, and forget himself and his own interests] and take up his cross and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying, also].

For whoever is bent on saving his [temporal] life [his comfort and security here] shall lose it [eternal life]; and whoever loses his life [his comfort and security here] for My sake shall find it [life everlasting].

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life [his blessed life in the kingdom of God]? Or what would a man give as an exchange for his [blessed] life [in the kingdom of God]?”

(Matthew 16:24-26 – Amplified Bible)

 

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WARRING FROM WITHIN – FLESH VS. SPIRIT

WARRING FROM WITHIN – FLESH VS. SPIRIT

THERE IS A STRATEGIC WAR RAGING IN EACH OF US

THERE IS A STRATEGIC WAR GOING ON IN EACH OF US

There is a battle raging in the spirit.

The battle is not only around us, it is also within us.

Our flesh and our spirit battle daily for control of our will..…there is a war raging within.

I received the following prophetic word by Elaine Tavolacci this morning via my subscription to her website, http://www.awordinseason.info.

I believe it is a timely word of encouragement about this war and as such am re-blogging it with her permission.

Be encouraged,

Kim

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Warring From Within ~ Flesh Vs Spirit

by Elaine Tavolacci

There is a story in the book of Genesis about Rebecca, the wife of Isaac who was pregnant with twins who were named Jacob and Esau. The story goes on to say while Rebecca was pregnant, she inquired of the Lord and asked Him what she was experiencing as the twins jostled each other within her womb. The Lord responded in an allegory that there were two nations within her womb which shall be separated, one will be stronger, and the older shall serve the younger. The Holy Spirit showed me that allegorically Esau represented the flesh and Jacob represented the spirit. In the same way that they were struggling with one another on the inside of Rebecca, many of you are experiencing a struggle within yourself which is your flesh warring against your spirit.

The Lord says; as you experience this inward battle, don’t allow your flesh to take dominion and control. Don’t allow the nature of your flesh to win as your old nature is battling with the divine nature. Never allow carnality to rule, but as you allow My Spirit to lead and direct you from within, you will be set free from this constant struggle. When times of discouragement arise, know that you have the strength to follow the way of the Spirit. Use that which I have imparted to you. Do not allow yourself to be controlled by your senses, neither be controlled by thoughts that are conflicting with My word. As you go through difficult seasons, prayerfully seek Me to lead you and guide you in the way of truth.

Just as the rivalry was between Jacob and Esau, stand steadfast and don’t give up your birthright. Don’t dismiss the blessing that I have bestowed upon your life by submitting to anything that is contrary to My will. Hold on to the dream that I have placed within your heart, and understand the Covenant that I have made with you. Don’t allow fearful thoughts to overwhelm you, and never let go of that which I have already provided for you. As you learn how to master your flesh and submit to My Spirit, you will begin to have a new strength to choose each day who you will serve. The thoughts and mindsets that try to war against your soul, will quickly dissipate as you allow Me to lead and guide you from within says the Lord.

Genesis 25:22 -23
But the children struggled together within her; and she said, “If all is well, why am I like this?” So she went to inquire of the Lord. And the Lord said to her: “Two nations are in your womb, two peoples shall be separated from your body; one people shall be stronger than the other, and the older shall serve the younger.”

2 Corinthians 10:4-6
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

Galatians 5:16 – 17
I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.

By Elaine Tavolacci

A Word In Season – http://www.awordinseason.info.

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IS THAT PERSON IN YOUR LIFE A FRIEND OR FOE?

IS THAT PERSON IN YOUR LIFE A FRIEND OR FOE?

IS THAT PERSON IN YOUR LIFE A FRIEND OR FOE?

IS THAT PERSON IN YOUR LIFE A FRIEND OR FOE?

 

As Believers, it is more important than ever to be wary of who we allow to draw near to us personally and speak into our lives under the label of friend.

Often times when God wants to bless you, He will send a person into your life and when the devil wants to destroy you, he will send a person into your life.

This is wty it is very important to discern who is really operating as a friend and who is really operating as a foe.

I originally wrote this post in 2011 and thought to reblog it today.

I pray that it sheds some light on this issue and better equips you to discern between the two.

Be blessed!

“FRIEND OR FOE – A KINGDOM VIEW”

 

Who are the friends in your life and who are the foes?

Before you answer this question, let’s look at this issue from a Kingdom perspective………………….what you find may surprise you!

Matthew 16:21-23

“From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.

Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”

Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”

In this passage, Jesus began to explain to His disciples some events that must take place in His life.

These were not just any events; they were necessary events that were critical to the fulfillment of the purpose for which the Father sent Him to earth.

Jesus told His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that He must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.

Hearing this, Peter took Jesus aside and began to rebuke Him and tell Him that these things would never happen to Him.

What was Jesus’ response?

Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”

Whoa! – Is that strong response or what?

You may think, hold on a minute Jesus, this is Peter you are speaking to, not Judas! Don’t you think your response was a bit harsh especially considering that:-

Peter is one of your “boys”. He is a member of your “inner-circle”. You chose him, James and John to take part in things that you did not allow the other 9 disciples to experience, like the raising of Jairus’ daughter (Luke 8:40-42, 49-56), and your transfiguration and meeting with Moses and Elijah (Matthew 17:1-13) so he must be special to you.

Peter was the only one of the 12 disciples who trusted you enough to get out of a boat in the middle of a terrible storm in the wee hours of the morning and step on the water and walk toward you because you told Him to come (Matthew 14:22-29).

Just a while before this when you asked your disciples “Who do you say that I am?” Peter was the only one of the 12 who received the revelation that you were the Christ, the Son of the Living God and you called him blessed stating that this revelation did not come from man, but from your Father in heaven. (Matthew 16:15-17)

You told all 12 of your disciples about the events about to occur in your life, but it was only Peter who expressed concern to you about these events.

How can you, Jesus, the loving Son of God respond to Peter in this way? Why did you do this?

The answer lies in verse 23 so let’s examine that verse again.

“Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” (NIV-1984)

In essence Jesus was saying, “Get behind me satan! You are a stumbling block to me because you are not responding to me in a way that is mindful or harmonious with the things that God desires, but mindful and harmonious with the things which man desires.”

He responded to Peter this way because He recognized that Peter’s “concern” was not pure concern at all but a clever trap of satan enabled by Peter’s selfish desires and man-centered thinking.

Peter’s selfish, man-centered mindset as opposed to self-denying, God-centered mindset became an opportune vehicle through which satan could use him as a foe as opposed to a friend to Jesus; a foe in that his satanically inspired words were geared toward moving Jesus away from as opposed to toward His divine purpose.

Although on the surface Peter’s response to Jesus’ communication about His suffering, death and resurrection seemed caring, noble and good, a closer look at it revealed it as insidiously evil.

It was a trap of satan cloaked in the guise of concern but with the underlying goal of deterring Jesus from completing the divine purpose for which God had sent Him so when Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get behind me satan”, He was not actually calling Peter satan, but was speaking directly to satan as he manifested through Peter.

I believe that the Biblical account of this event reveals a critical Kingdom principle that is important for us to keep in mind as we interact with others.

  • Anyone whose words or actions seek to move you away from or cause you to stumble in the face of God’s divine purpose for your life is acting as a foe.

CONVERSELY

  • Anyone whose words or actions seek to move you toward or cause you to stand in the face of God’s divine purpose for your life is acting as a friend.

That’s why in Matthew 26:47-50, when Judas approached, identified and betrayed Jesus, Jesus addressed Him as friend.

“While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people.

Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” 49 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.

Jesus replied, “Friend, do what you came for.” Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him.” (NIV-1984)

Although apparently ill-meaning on the surface, Judas’ words and actions were in agreement to God’s purpose for Jesus that He suffer, die, and be raised again so he was operating as a friend.

Although apparently well-meaning on the surface, Peter’s words and actions were in opposition to God’s purpose for Jesus that He suffer, die, and be raised again so he was operating as a foe.

SELAH!

Now in light of the above, as I did at the beginning, I ask again, who are the friends in your life and who are the foes?

Take an inventory of everyone – spouse, children, extended family, friends, neighbors, acquaintances, classmates, co-workers, fellow Believers, etc. and with the help of the Holy Spirit ask yourself the following questions:-

1) Who tends to move me away from and/or discourage me from walking in God’s divine purpose for my life, i.e., to operate as a foe?

SELAH!

2) Who tends to move me toward and/or encourage me to walk in God’s divine purpose for my life, i.e., to operate as a friend?

SELAH!

Has this exercise been an eye-opener for you?

Are there any people in your life that you thought were operating as friends but are really operating as foes?

Are there any that you thought were operating as foes but are really operating as friends?

Whatever the case, even if your findings are surprising or even un-nerving, do not reject this new-found information.

Instead, ask the Lord to show you how to use it to benefit His Kingdom purposes in your life and to show you how best to handle each person whether they tend to operate as a friend or foe.

I hope that this post has helped you and will enable you to better discern the persons that come into your life not just in light of their actions and/or words, but in light of whether or not their actions and/or words serve to move you toward or away from God’s divine purpose for your life.

The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray.
(Proverbs 12:26 – NLT)

Be encouraged!

Kim

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5 SUBTLE MANIFESTATIONS OF PRIDE TO BE WARY OF

5 SUBTLE MANIFESTATIONS OF PRIDE TO BE WARY OF

I'M BETTER THAN YOU

I’M BETTER!!!

 

Have you ever found your self saying or thinking one or more of the following?

 

1) “If I were him/her, I would have……….”

TRUTH – You are not him/her, and you can never be him/her so you really do not know what you would have done if you were him/her.

Selah!

 

2) “I’d never X………”

TRUTH – You have not stopped living yet and you really do not know what you will do in any given situation until you meet it face to face and have to deal with it.

Selah!

 

3) “If it were my son/daughter, I would….……..”

TRUTH – It’s not your son/daughter so you really do not know what you’d do until it is your son/daughter.

Selah!

 

4) “I’ve never partied, clubbed, smoked, gotten drunk, hung out with the wrong crowd, had sex outside of marriage, or stolen anything in my life…I never did any of those kinds of things……”

TRUTH – Whether visible or invisible, easily detected or subtle, socially acceptable or socially unacceptable, done in thought, word or deed, in God’s eyes, sin is sin so if committed, unforgiveness, bitterness, selfishness, gluttony, haughtiness, lying, deceitfulness, lust, envy, jealousy, gossip, and self-righteousness are all sins equally in need of forgiveness, cleansing and repentance.

Selah!

 

5) “I only deal with the best; I only drive X, I only eat Y, I only wear Z……”

TRUTH –  It’s only by God’s goodness, grace, favor and provision that you are able to have what you have; it’s not by your power so there is no room for boasting. As easy as He allowed you to have it, He can allow it to be taken away. Humble recognition of this and gratefulness to Him are in order.

Selah!

If you look closely, underlying each of these statements is a manifestation of pride.

Holman Bible Dictionaory has this to say about the meaning of pride:-

“Undue confidence in and attention to one’s own skills, accomplishments, state, possessions, or position. Pride is easier to recognize than to define, easier to recognize in others than in oneself. Many biblical words describe this concept, each with its own emphasis. Some of the synonyms for pride include arrogance, presumption, conceit, self-satisfaction, boasting, and high-mindedness. It is the opposite of humility, the proper attitude one should have in relation to God. Pride is rebellion against God because it attributes to self the honor and glory due to God alone. Proud persons do not think it necessary to ask forgiveness because they do not admit their sinful condition. This attitude toward God finds expression in one’s attitude toward others, often causing people to have a low estimate of the ability and worth of others and therefore to treat them with either contempt or cruelty. Some have considered pride to be the root and essence of sin. Others consider it to be sin in its final form. In either case, it is a grievous sin.”

 

(source: http://www.studylight.org/dictionaries)

 

“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

(Proverbs 16:18 – NIV)

 

“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

James 4:6 (NIV)

“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Luke 14:11 (NIV)

SELAH!

Have you ever found your self saying or thinking one or more of the above statements? 

Father help us to be aware of any pride in our lives and to confess it, ask your forgiveness for it and by your grace repent of it as soon as it is revealed to us in Jesus’ Name….Amen.

Be encouraged!

Kim

 

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10 LEADERSHIP KEYS FROM EXODUS 32

10 LEADERSHIP KEYS FROM EXODUS 32

 THE WORD HAS MANY LEADERSHIP KEYS

THE WORD HAS MANY LEADERSHP KEYS

I am by no means a leadership guru, but between my studies on leadership, service in various leadership capacities, and experiences working closely with leaders in the corporate world and in the Body of Christ, I have a fairly good understanding of what leadership entails and it is not an easy matter, nor one to be taken lightly.

While leadership is a good thing and is undeniably a place of power and authority and in many instances of prestige, privileges, accolades, and monetary gain, it is also a place of service and even more so of awesome responsibility because of the powerful level of influence on the lives of others that comes with the office of a leader.

If you are a leader, whether or not you recognize or accept it, simply because of the nature of your position, you have the inherent ability to powerfully influence the lives of those under your sphere of leadership and you will be held accountable by God for the way you choose to use that influence to affect the lives of others.

To me, the level of responsibility and accountability that comes with being a leader is very sobering, especially when it comes to the prospect of leadership in the Body of Christ, God’s own people.

In light of this, it absolutely amazes me when persons clamor and jockey for positions of leadership in the church. I once asked a seasoned pastor why he thinks this occurs and his response was, “Kim, they simply do not know what they are asking for. Anyone who really understands leadership in the church will want to run away from it instead of running to it!”

Fellow Kingdom Ambassador/Believer, please note that while leadership is good, honorable and even desirable, it is not something to take lightly or assume without being called to it and understanding the heavy responsibility and accountability that it entails.

Okay, enough musings on leadership. It was certainly not my intention to begin this post with all the above, but I believe it flowed in this direction because someone needs to lay hold of these truths.

The following are 10 leadership keys drawn from reading Exodus Chapter 32. 

Whether you are a leader at home, church, work, school, in the community or recreationally, I pray that they will empower, encourage and strengthen you.

Key 1

Whenever you do not know God’s direction and/or sense His presence, resist the temptation to turn to a substitute god to meet or fulfill your needs.

No matter how long it takes, it is best to discipline yourself and wait on the Lord until He manifests Himself and addresses your situation in His way and His time.

Key 2

Be careful not to buckle under the pressure, demands and/or desires of the people who you lead, especially when these pressures, demands and/or desires are contrary to the Word of God, or to the mission, vision, or direction that God has already spoken to you.

Key 3

Never underestimate the powerful force of self-preservation.

Even Aaron, the High Priest succumbed to the pull of self-preservation and lied about his poor leadership choices in an attempt to “save face” and escape being held accountable for his actions.

Key 4

Make a decision to stand on the Lord’s side then purpose to operate from and be guided by that side/position, no matter what situation you face.

Key 5

Know that from time-to-time, proof of your side/position will demand going against or even separation from those closest to you.

This may seem “costly” but is always worth it.

Key 6

Be ready to intercede for those under your authority even when they willfully sin.

A part of the mantle of leadership is to function as an intercessor for those whom you lead.

Key 7

Remember that God is a righteous judge and so even though you may stand in the gap for those whom you lead, every person will ultimately give an account and pay the price for his/her own sin.

Key 8

Be ready to make hard decisions and bring order in the midst of chaos, even if it means becoming unpopular.

Key 9

Beware of being a people-pleaser.

A desire to please people often leads to compromise, sin and destruction.

Saul’s desire to please people and not God cost him the kingdom (1 Samuel 15).

Moses’ desire to please God and not people led to the restoration of order and re-alignment with purpose.

Key 10

Major disruption or interruption does not necessitate or justify abandonment or abortion of purpose.

In spite of the evil hat had occurred, God still told Moses to lead the people to the place that He had originally promised them they were going, i.e., to the land flowing with milk and honey.

No matter what happens, God’s purposes must come to pass.

These leadership keys have been a blessing to me; I hope they have been a blessing to you too.

Remember, in the Kingdom of God, it is not by might, nor by power, but by the Spirit of the Lord that things are accomplished.

Shalom!

Kim

(Originally posted on July 12, 2011.)

 

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TO STARVE OR TO FEED?

TO STARVE OR TO FEED?

 

ARE YOU STARVING THE RIGHT THNGS IN YOUR LIFE?

ARE YOU STARVING THE RIGHT THNGS IN YOUR LIFE?

 

MAN OF GOD, WOMAN OF GOD…..

WHAT ARE YOU STARVING IN YOUR LIFE THAT YOU SHOULD BE FEEDING?

WHAT ARE YOU FEEDING IN YOUR LIFE THAT YOU SHOULD BE STARVING?

WHAT YOU STARVE WILL DIE.

 

ARE YOU FEEDING THE RIGHT THINGS IN YOUR LIFE?

ARE YOU FEEDING THE RIGHT THINGS IN YOUR LIFE?

 

MAN OF GOD, WOMAN OF GOD…….

WHAT ARE YOU FEEDING IN YOUR LIFE THAT YOU SHOULD BE STARVING?

WHAT ARE YOU STARVING IN YOUR LIFE THAT YOU SHOULD BE FEEDING?

WHAT YOU FEED WILL LIVE.

 

IT’S TIME TO CHECK YOUR FEEDING HABITS.

 

WHAT YOU STARVE WILL DIE.

WHAT YOU FEED WILL LIVE.

 

IT MAKES NO SENSE TO STARVE WHAT YOU SAY YOU WANT TO LIVE IN YOUR LIFE.

IT MAKES NO SENSE TO FEED WHAT YOU SAY YOU WANT TO DIE IN YOUR LIFE.

 

WHAT YOU STARVE WILL DIE.

WHAT YOU FEED WILL LIVE.

 

SELAH!

 

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