Posted in Love, Revelation, Spiritual Growth

Have You Ever Felt Stuck?

Hello beloved!  I know it has been quite a while since I have posted anything.  So if you have been following me, I offer my sincere apologies!  I got stuck.

You are probably thinking, what do you mean ‘You got stuck?’  Well, I got stuck….meaning I stopped moving and progressing in the Lord.  The enemy really attacked my mind and attempted to drag me back down the road of depression was the main thing.

He started hitting me with the thoughts like nobody cares about you, that’s why they don’t call and check on you.  You are so cut off that no one would even miss you if you were gone. God is mad at you now and doesn’t want to talk to you because you let work take precedence….and just a whole bunch of other junk!  All lies from hell, this I know in my spirit.  But, when you really are all by yourself, and you have little to no interaction with humanity for extended periods of time, it can be quite easy to succomb to such thoughts. What one sees in the natural lines up with these thoughts, and if we aren’t watchful, it begins to “appear” to be true.

Moving on with this story….over a period of time, I could sense that I was slowly sinking in deeper.  It wasn’t like a slippery slope, but more like quicksand. On a slippery slope, you just keep sliding down no matter what you do. But quicksand is different. In quicksand, if you stay still, you won’t sink any deeper. But if you struggle and fight, you will sink more.  So, when I began to realize where I was, I sat still.  However, I didn’t know for sure what to do next.  I didn’t know what to pray. It seemed as though any confession I spoke over myself was having no effect whatsoever. And so, I felt like I was just stuck right where I was.

I felt in my heart that I just needed something different.  I needed a good prodding. Deep within me was this desire to have a loving and swift kick in the rear.  While that might not make any sense at first glance, but one of my favorite preachers has said many times that the highest form of love is discipline. And I’ll save the details of that concept for another blog post.

I was yearning to get OUT of the funk I was in though I didn’t even know what to ask the Lord for specifically.  All I could mutter was just “Help me Jesus!”  And help me He did! He led me to listen to some other ministers. Ministers that are anointed to bluntly yet lovingly pull people out of the devil’s tactics and grip, and snap them back to attention. Thank You Jesus!

Interestingly enough, many of these ministers’ teachings and preachings said, “You aren’t stuck! You just stopped moving in the proper way and direction you need to move!” And boy was that ever the truth!  I did stop moving.  I let the confusion and chaos the devil had attacked me with to take over and cause havoc to the point that I just stopped doing anything…..right or wrong.

But praise God Almighty!  He is loving me back to life, clearing the rubble of what felt like a tornado at the time, and putting solid groung underneath my feet!

I am not stuck, and I never was!  And neither are you!  Just keep seeking and trusting God!  He WILL pull you out of the mud and the muck, and place you on solid ground if you don’t give up and don’t quit!  Amen!

I love you, my brothers, sisters and friends in the Lord!

Posted in Love, Revelation

God Really IS Love!

Many years ago, back in 1995, the very first revelation I received from studying the Bible was that God not only has love for us, but that He is love.  I was a new believer, just a few months into my new journey with the Lord.

I had already come across 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 where Paul talks about what love is and what love does and doesn’t do.  I loved that passage of Scripture (and still do very much). I don’t recall how much time had passed by, a few months perhaps, but one day I found myself reading the 1st Epistle of John.  As I was going through it, I noticed that John wrote more than once that God is love.  I began to meditate on those words.  And as I did, I began thinking that if God is love, then love is God.  I can’t separate the two….they are one in the same.  Then the Lord started showing me that anywhere I saw the word “God,” I could also use the word “Love.”  And vice versa, anywhere I saw the word “love,” I could also use the word “God.”

Then 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 came back up in me.  So I went over there and read it again. I was using the older version of the NIV at the time.  And then I read it again using the word “God” in the place of love.  It totally transformed me and how I viewed God!  See, I used to be afraid of Him, as in scared.  Afraid that if I messed up in any way at all, He was going to condemn me to hell forever.  I didn’t know or understand the love He has for us at the first part of my salvation.  But when I read His Word in the light of this new revelation, I wasn’t scared or afraid of Him anymore.  I realized He wasn’t going to condemn me to hell or beat me over the head. No!  Love doesn’t condemn, love gives!

Here is how 1 Cor. 13:4-8 in the older NIV translation says it, with my line-by-line breakdown:

Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, love does not boast. Love is not proud, love does not dishonor others. Love is not rude, love is not self-seeking. Love is not easily angered, love keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, love rejoices with the truth. Love always protects, love always trusts, love always hopes, love always perserveres. Love never fails!

And here it is with “God” inserted every where the word “love” is:

God is patient, God is kind. God does not envy, God does not boast. God is not proud, God does not dishonor others. God is not rude, God is not self-seeking.  God is not easily angered, God keeps no record of wrongs.  God does not delight in evil, God rejoices with the truth. God always protects, God always trusts, God always hopes, God always perserveres. God never fails!

Isn’t that awesome?!  He really does love us as children.  He didn’t approve or like what I had been doing before I got saved, but that didn’t change His love for me. And the same is true for all people.  He loves you as a father whether you believe it or not, know it or not, and even want it or not.  Maybe you have children. All of us have been children. As a parent, you may not like some things your children do, but you don’t stop loving them because of it.  And as a child or former child, maybe you messed up (and maybe more than once like me), but your parents didn’t cast you away.  And if they did, you have a Father in Heaven who will never cast you away if you go to Him.

He really IS LOVE!  He really IS GOOD!  And His mercy really DOES endure forever! Believe His love for you, and receive His love today! If you would like to receive Jesus into your heart and life, please go to my  Prayers page. And if you would like prayer for anything, please feel free to contact me here: Contact Us

You are greatly and dearly loved!  Be blessed today!

Tricks of the Enemy (devil)

This video helped me so much I can’t even tell you!  I hate the devil, and I’m all about exposing how he works.  It is my prayer that this will help and minister to you as well. Let’s give back to the enemy everything that he gave to us, and give him a swift kick in the hind end by reminding him where he belongs….under our feet! Amen! Thank You Jesus!