Spiritual Blindness

I have become accustom to living in the Lord’s presence, and hearing from Him through out each and every day, however there are times when He goes silent.

At first I find it odd, then after a day or so I try to rationalize that maybe He has nothing to say, but eventually I have to face the fact that there must be something that I’m doing or not doing that is causing an interference; a breakdown in our communication. 

Scripture tells us that HEARING IS EASY, right?!? Then why are there times when I can’t hear Him?

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For me many times it is because I’ve gotten into pride. I’ve been judging someone else, scorning them for something I think that they should be doing or not doing, and looking down on them with haughty eyes.

The reality is that SUPERIORITY and INFERIORITY are both fear based, and to be able to hear the Spirit, it is required of us to come with a clean heart. A heart full of love and gratitude, not fear.

I can’t stand in judgement and scorn other people, and then expect to have an intimate relationship with their FATHER. 

 

 

It’s a humbling experience to be convicted of PRIDE. But I’m so grateful that the Lord corrects those who fear Him, and that His mercies are new every morning.

It’s a blessing to be able to hear the voice of God, and to be an instrument of His will.

Those times when He has spoken through me and it’s changed the course of someone’s life have been deep, profound, exhilarating experiences that I don’t take lightly.

I always WANTknowledge to be easy;” I always want to “understand.” 

But for that to happen, I have to keep in mind that it is ONLY God who searches the hearts and minds of men, and to keep my hands out of it. (Jer. 17:9-10)

March 23

excerpt from “The Spirit Filled Believer’s” Daily Devotional

The Lord is omniscient; He knows all things. In His Word He has promised to make available to His children all the treasures of His wisdom and knowledge. Our tendency is to complicate matters and make it difficult to obtain Divine knowledge. This verse assures us that knowledge is easy for the person who understands the ways of God.

One time I was walking through a public place of business headed for a conference room where I was to take part in a seminar. Suddenly I noticed a man sitting all alone. Instantly the Lord put it in on my heart to witness to the man about the love of God. I have a natural reluctance to go up to people I don’t know and start talking. I did have a burden for the man and knew that the Lord was putting him on my heart. My spirit was saying to me, ‘Share God’s love with him.’ but my flesh was saying, ‘But you don’t even know this man!’

Inwardly I was praying for help. In answer to my prayer, the Lord imparted the knowledge about the man that I needed in order to approach him. Knowledge is factual. The Lord gave me the complete facts about the man’s situation, his occupation, his relationship with his wife and children, and his attitude toward God. The man was so overwhelmed with my knowledge and concern that he broke into tears and surrendered his life to the Lord then and there.

The knowledge you need to be an effective witness is available. It is easy to come by. Jesus said that His yoke is easy. (Matt. 11:30) Teamed with Him in service, His knowledge easily becomes your knowledge.

~Dick Mills

Here’s a short sermon from the “Free Indeed” series that you may find helpful if you are having trouble hearing the voice of God and want to clear the lines of communication.

 

 

Lord, Guide Me…

March 7

~Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct you and TEACH you in the way you should go; I will GUIDE you with My eye.”

 

Excerpt from “The Spirit Filled Believer’s” Daily Devotional

“This is a good verse for those of us who seek guidance and direction from the Lord. It is an assurance that our heavenly Father is going to move us from a weak transmission to a ‘clear-channel station with no static.’We will be able to hear the gentle voice of the Good Shepherd without interference.

The Lord makes three direct promises in this verse:

  1. I will instruct you…This is like having a private tutor. The purpose of the instruction we thus receive is to make us more intelligent, skillful and circumspect in our dealings, more adept in making decisions.
  2. ….and teach you in the way you should go; The original word used here indicates the pointing of a finger in a certain direction. It also implies shooting an arrow at a target in such a way as to avoid missing the mark. This word from the Lord is an assurance that we will not drift aimlessly through life, but that He will give us a definite direction and clear goal to aim for. 
  3. …I will guide you with My eye. One translation phrase says: ‘I will keep My eye upon you to see how you are doing.’

Here is my paraphrase of this verse: ‘I will make you skillful and proficient in decision-making and will aim you in the right direction; I will watch your progress and see how you are getting along; My eye will be upon you for your benefit.”

~Dick Mills

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I am so glad that the Lord is such a “Good Father,” aren’t you?

As the Lord “instructs us” like a tutor, and “guides us” by pointing us in the right direction, the “Spirit Filled Christian” becomes a light in this dark world.

Just like Joseph in the Bible, those around us will see the Lord’s favor on us, and His light within us.

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I’m grateful for everything that happened in my life that made me humble…that caused me to finally submit everything to the Lord, because it’s in being humble and teachable, following His lead with “child like faith” that He is able to transform me  into the woman He’s called me to be.

Everyday we’re able to become more a reflection of His character; His very nature…and yet it begins NOT with religion, but as we step into RELATIONSHIP with Him. 

~Romans 8:29

“For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son,”

♦We are in fact, LIGHTS in a dark world, and He is our FATHER♦

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hearing God

Feb 18

~Isaiah 11:3

“And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears.”

On Thursday of last week I lost my job. I can’t say that it didn’t hurt my feelings because it did. However it didn’t blindside me, because the Lord had been telling me it was going to happen for weeks.

When I read this scripture “and he shall NOT judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears” I feel so deeply grateful for my relationship with God. In the natural everything looked fine with my job, even perfect…but the Lord kept revealing to me over and over, that things were not as they seemed. Therefore I was prepared, for what could have been devastating.

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Another example of when my relationship with God prevented me from being blindsided, was when He kept telling me that a close friend of mine was speaking curses, gossip and slander over me, and about me. The Lord kept telling me to close the door on my friendship with her, because that season had come to an end. But I loved my friend, and simply couldn’t believe it…I didn’t want to let her go.

She had become my confidant, and someone I shared all my hopes and dreams with. I thought we would always be best friends forever.

Then one day after she and I had finished speaking on the phone, an audio message came in through the text from her, so I played it. The smile on my face quickly fell when I realized that she didn’t know she had been recording herself, and must have sent it by mistake…

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The things she was saying about me were not only not true but uncharacteristically cruel. It left me shocked and disillusioned about what we had meant to each other. Although clearly our season together was over, I’m grateful for His gentle Spirit preparing me, so I thanked Him.

Scripture tells us that this way of life, this type of close fellowship with the Lord is possible for every believer. It’s not about who we are, but who He is.

Take a look at ~Jeremiah 33:3…

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In some versions like the NLT it says, “Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.” 

and in essence it means that the Lord will show us things that are happening now, beginning to unfold, and are coming in the future.

The term unsearchable things comes from the Hebrew word batsar:

batsar: to cut off, make inaccessible, enclose

Original Word: בָּצַר
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: batsar
Phonetic Spelling: (baw-tsar’)
Definition: to cut off, make inaccessible, enclose

it means hidden, or covered up…

Wow, as the scripture tells us “the rain will fall on the just, and the unjust alike” but it doesn’t have to leave the spirit filled believer devastated. We can walk through all the challenges that come with living in a fallen world, without one single thing or person catching us off guard or unprepared.

 

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If you would like to hear God, or hear Him more clearly…take a look at this free online class. “Hearing God” by Bob Hamp

 

It’s seriously life changing.

“Hearing the voice of God is the central activity of living a life of freedom and restoration into your creative design.”

~Bob Hamp

Also let me leave you with a book recommend today of “The God I Never Knew” by Pastor Robert Morris

Brand New Thing

excerpt from “The Spirit Filled Believer’s” Daily Devotional

~Isaiah 43:18-19

 “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”

   Former things are those that have occurred; during the last few years…recent things or things that are still fresh in our memory…those things people talk about for days afterwards. They seem to be conversation pieces. This verse challenges us to turn 180 degrees and start planning for a good future.

Things of old go back in time…back to antiquity. History, tradition, and past ages can be included in these things of old. The verse commands us to leave the past and get ready for the future. The Lord has new things for us. It is impossible to look in two directions at the same time. Clinging to past memories could cause us to pass up the new things, and miss out altogether on good things, He has planned for us.

A new thing is challenging. It refers to something fresh, exciting and exhilarating rather than predictable, lackluster, dull, boring, or routine. The Lord promises to put us on a daily diet of challenges all to stimulate and build our faith. Each day can be another unfolding of the Divine drama in our life.

Now it shall spring forth. This phrase spring forth means the same as to sprout. It refers to a plant growing out of the ground. God’s Word is a seed planted in the heart. Faith causes it to germinate and sprout. The end result is fruitfulness. Instead of living in the past, you and I can now lead fruitful, productive lives.

~Dick Mills

Leaving the past behind us, and believing in God for a good future isn’t always easy, especially when the wounds from past betrayals, mistakes, and disappointments still hurt.

This is one of the many reasons it is important to forgive all those who have hurt us, harmed us, or spoken against us, and ask God to deliver us from any resentment or anger that still lingers in those dark crevices of our hearts.

We have to also forgive ourselves, for sins that we’ve dragged to the cross repeatedly, and for trusting where we should have used discernment.

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We have to break inner vows like “I’ll NEVER let anyone hurt me again,” and “NO ONE will ever really love me” because these are oaths we’ve made to ourselves, that are contradictory to the Word of God. In doing so we’ve actually come into an agreement with the enemy, which then gives him legal rights to torment us with the past, and cast doubt on the future. It serves as an open door.

Satan wants us to turn away from the good the Lord has planned for us, because we haven’t healed, and we are in fear.

~1 John 4:18

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”

God on the other hand wants us to be free! He wants us to BELIEVE that He’s the God of angel armies, that He can do the impossible! That He “makes a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”

So I’ve included a prayer here at the bottom and I’m asking that you would leap out in faith, and step into God’s best for your life. Say the prayer and start believing what the Word of God says about “The Power of Your Words”  and start speaking LIFE over yourself and your future. Stop speaking negative altogether. When a negative thought comes into your mind stop, and say out loud, “OUT! In the name of Jesus, I hold EVERY THOUGHT captive to the obedience of Christ” then instead of what you were about to say, speak a blessing.

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Praise God for the things that you can’t even see happening yet in faith, and watch your life change!

 

“Have You Believed a Lie?”

 

FORGIVENESS PRAYER

Dear Father God,

I confess that I have anger and resentment in my heart and ask that You would deliver me from it, as I forgive every person who has ever harmed me, hurt me, or spoken against me, specifically I forgive ____________, for ______________.

I forgive them as a matter of will, and ask that You would cause it to take root in my spirit. I ask for freedom Father, and for You to show me the way that You see _________(the person that sinned against you).

As I forgive as a matter of will, in obedience to You, I ask that You would bless me in my efforts to do good and live righteously, and forgive me of all the sins I’ve committed knowingly and unknowingly…specifically __________ & __________.

I ask You Father to heal my broken heart and purify my thoughts, and teach me how to take every thought captive as You have instructed us to do.

Heal me of every wound that causes me to see myself and the world through the eyes of a wounded soul, and show me the way You see me.

I ask You to protect me from the lies of satan, and where the enemies lies have already invaded my thoughts, I push them back by inviting in the power of the Holy Spirit.

I break the inner vow that I’ve made that “__________________” and ask that You would forgive me for speaking curses over myself/my life.

I now take back the ground that the enemy has gained in my life, and recommit that ground to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

I thank you for doing this, and I accept the full blessing of Your forgiveness, as I now come into agreement with Your Truth.

I believe what You say about me and my future.

I release and decree the blessings of Abraham, and the VICTORIES of Jacob over my life, and ask You to deploy Your warrior angels from the windows of Heaven, to encamp around me and protect me from every effort of satan and his emissaries.

I ask You to fill me with Your Holy Spirit, as I pray all these things in the mighty name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

Amen.

 

How WILLING Are You, To Change?

excerpt from “The Spirit Filled Believer’s” Daily Devotional

February 7

~Psalm 55:19 “Because they do not change, Therefore they do not fear God.”

“How resistant to change are you? How much pain does a new idea cause you? How willing are you to discard a method that no longer works, a tradition that has lost it’s meaning, a methodology that has become ineffective? Would you agree with the statement that sameness begets tameness, and tameness begets lameness?

Changes do not come easily to any of us. Especially to those in the church world. But change we must, because of the condition of the lost and needy world. The unsaved world is rushing downhill to eternity. It is going to take something drastic to catch their attention and stem the tide of this self-destructing society in which we live. To refuse to adapt to changing circumstances is to ignore the cries for help of a lost society. Being locked into our traditional ways of doing things could keep us from a readiness to respond to the calls for help that our lost world keeps sending forth.

The verse for today says that if you and I will not change, it is because tradition means more to us that the reverential fear of the Lord. You and I have a lot of reasons for not changing, but our God wants us to trust Him completely for the future and allow Him to make any necessary adjustments. Such trust qualifies us for the capacity of reverentially fearing the Lord.”

~Dick Mills

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My favorite time of year is autumn. As I cast my gaze out onto the changing trees, the vibrant yellows, oranges and reds tickle my eyes, and ignite a rush of butterflies through my body. Breathing in the familiar smell of fall, I’m overcome by the exhilaration in the air. I become deeply aware that something has shifted, and amidst this transformation anything is possible.

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Christian’s are not perfect people, quite the opposite really. However when you have truly given your life to Jesus, you are given in return a brand new heart, and over time a transformation takes place. One that the those around us, can’t help but take notice of.

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When we go out into the world as ambassadors, after we have surrendered to this renovation, we light up as vibrantly as autumn trees on a hillside. Although people may not understand right away what it is about us that is different, upon investigation they come to realize that we are works of art, and it’s not us that they are being drawn to, but the Artist, as His glory shines through.

“Imagine yourself as a living house. “God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you know that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of—throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”

~C.S. Lewis

GET YOUR ZEAL ON!

excerpt from “The Spirit Filled Believer’s” Daily Devotional

February 3

   “In the book of Revelation, each of the seven churches in Asia is promised a different reward for overcoming the flesh, the world and the devil. These rewards include the privilege of eating of the tree of life and the hidden manna, and being made a pillar in the temple of God. The last church mentioned was Laodicea. The reward offered them, was this promise to be enthroned with Jesus in a place of glory and honor.

There are many similarities between tendencies of the Laodiceans and the modern-day Church.Their luke-warmness, complacency, smugness, and spiritual conceit are characteristics we see prevalent in many of our churches today.

I used to think the greatest rewards were reserved for the martyrs. Surely I thought, giving up ones life for the cause of Christ would bring great rewards. Second on my list were the missionaries. If anybody deserved special rewards for self-sacrifice, doubtless was this group of brave people who have given up everything to go witness to foreign people.

But the truth is, the greatest reward is promised to those who can keep a ZEAL alive, a flame of devotion, and a spiritual intensity in a world filled with apathy and spiritual indifference. Keeping the FIRE of the Holy Ghost burning in the midst of ineptitude, mediocrity, and spiritual lethargy results in the privilege of sitting on the throne with Jesus.”

~Dick Mills

 

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~Revelation 3:16 “So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.”

What IS ZEAL?

ZEAL: great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective. Intense emotion compelling action.  If you have zeal, you’re willing, energized, and motivated. 

~Isaiah 59:17 “He put on righteousness like a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on His head; He put on garments of vengeance for clothing, and He wrapped Himself in zeal as in a cloak.” book-1210029

The cloak of ZEAL that is in Isaiah 59:17 isn’t actually mentioned in Ephesians 6:10-20, although it is a significant part of our armor as Christians.

I would have to say that I for one, have a lot of zeal! If however you don’t, I’d like to invite you to GET YOUR ZEAL ON! Get fired up for the Kingdom of God, and ask “How can I be an instrument of Your will today Lord?”

Begin a street ministry. Give your testimony to anyone who will listen! Tell people of all the great things the Lord has done for you.

Reach out to your local church, and ask how you can be of service…

What ever you feel lead to do, don’t hesitate…JUST DO IT!

Then, let’s get this party started!

Reach out to me and share what the Lord is leading you to do, and how you are putting on the “Cloak of Zeal.”

I’m eager to hear your testimony.

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Thank you for stopping by today….As always, it’s been a pleasure.

Talk soon!

~Victoria Nicodemus

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