Correct Me, Lord

February 25

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

~ Jeremiah 10:24 “Oh Lord, correct me, but with justice;

Not in Your anger, lest You bring me to nothing.”

“Take a lump of clay or a clod of earth. Tell this muddy mass that there is a chance that he can be worked over, improved upon, changed, remade, and then fashioned after the very nature of the Designer who created him in the first place. Call this process re-creation, regeneration, or rebirth. Then show him the majestic qualities of the Architect. Tell him that he can be just like that. Tell him it is a lifetime process, but the end result is being conformed to the image of his Savior and Lord. That earthy person is going to respond very favorably. Some people may think it too good to be true, but most will think it worth striving for. From the earthy first Adam to the heavenly second Adam is quite a journey. The long-suffering God waits patiently while the corrective work is going on.

In this verse Jeremiah, acknowledging his need for adjustment, fine tuning, finishing, and correcting, asks the Lord to remove carnality and replace it with spirituality. He knows it will take time so he asks the Lord to be patient with him. Jeremiah is negotiating with the Lord. He tells Him he needs correction (who doesn’t?) He asks the Lord for justice. He wants to be right. He wants the truth. He wants to be totally honest. He appeals to the mercy side of the Lord. So can you. Ask the Lord to give you a heart after His, and inclined toward Him. His attribute of mercy will permeate you, for the merciful He will show mercy.” 

~Dick Mills

Reading this I’m time warped back 20 years, to hitting rock bottom, and accepting that there was a lot about me that needed correction. Unable to stand my own reflection, I submitted to the Lord, asking Him to be merciful and change everything about me.

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As I still fall short of the glory of God, I continue to trudge the road from carnality to spirituality, my sin nature kicking and screaming with every step, as I try to kill it.

 

Gratefully I rest in the solace that although I’m not yet the woman God has called me to be, I’m also no longer the woman I was.forest-hd-wallpaper-landscape-35600

 

~Philippians 1:6

“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

 

 

 

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Hearing God

~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

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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.

 

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The Wisdom To Proceed

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

February 4

“Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times.”

~Isaiah 33:6 NKJ

“Wisdom and knowledge go together like a husband and wife. They complete each other.

Knowledge is facts; it is informational. Wisdom is understanding; it is directive, procedural. Knowledge provides data needed to be informed and aware. Wisdom provides the insight necessary to know how to proceed on facts at hand. For example, Noah had the facts about the coming worldwide flood 120 years before it arrived on the scene. But he really didn’t know what to do about that flood until a word of wisdom came to him saying, “Build an ark.”

You and I can be intuitively and sensitively cognizant of coming events in our own life. But knowledge alone is not enough. We need to wait for wisdom to show us how to proceed. James tells us if anyone lacks wisdom, it is available for the asking.

Lot and Abraham both knew that Sodom was going to end up at the bottom of the Dead Sea. Abraham knew it a week before it happened, and Lot knew it a day ahead of time. To those who are truly in tune with the Lord, knowledge always comes first because God is omniscient; He knows all things. Proverbs 14:6 says that knowledge is easy to the person who understands. (NKJ) There is not anything the Lord doesn’t know. He even invites His children to be curious enough about their future to ask Him about it. (Jer. 33:3) Once we have done that, once we have the facts, then we are to inquire and ask for wisdom and direction. With both wisdom and knowledge, we are standing on solid ground.”

~Dick Mills

Over the years I have learned how to receive guidance from the Lord, and it’s been a priceless gift that has literally saved my life. Sometimes I hear a still small voice, a voice of spirit. Sometimes I get images that flash across my mind. Sometimes I have dreams or visions, and sometimes it’s just a “knowing” that I can’t quite explain. Dick Mills calls it being “cognizant of coming events.”

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I’d like to share with you what an amazing thing it is to live in this type of closeness with the Lord. It changes everything. I believe it’s the way we’re intended to live, following His lead with a child like faith, casting every burden upon Him.

Life can be a bumpy road to travel. Wouldn’t it be awesome to walk through the challenges we face, with confidence that every decision is the right one, because you first sought the only guidance that matters, from the One who declared the end from the beginning?

I believe that’s how the spirit filled Christian is suppose to live, in close relationship with God, constantly receiving revelation from God, following His guidance, and casting all our burden’s on Him. While Not allowing anything or anyone to steal our peace, or joy.

If you don’t already have this type of relationship with your Father in Heaven, I’d like to invite you to take the first steps in getting there…

Do you find yourself asking how to receive revelation from God?

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Do you want to really KNOW God’s love for you?

Then let me recommend the book “The God I Never Knew” by Pastor Robert Morris, where he explains exactly how he cultivated this type of intimate relationship with the Lord, and how you can too! It’s a short, easy read…and is even available on audio book.

I’m also giving you a link to the free sermon series on You Tube, of the same name, that Pastor Morris gave at our church. It’s SERIOUSLY life changing!

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I’m also including a prayer for revelation, at the bottom of this page, so that you can invite God into a more intimate relationship.

Many blessings on your new walk with the One who has all of your days, written in His book.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! And please reach out to me with any prayer requests, or testimonies that you’d like to share.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you!!!

Talk soon!

~Victoria

Prayer:

Father God, I come to you in the name of Jesus and thank You that You have been reaching out, in ways I can clearly perceive.

Thank you that You speak to Your children, and that You want a close intimate personal relationship with me.

I surrender my life into Your capable hands, and thank You that in my search for the meaning of life, You have lead me to You, my CREATOR. I ask that would You forgive me of every sin I’ve committed knowingly or unknowingly, as I forgive all those who have sinned against me.

I ask You to remove from my life anything that leads to a disconnection from You, because my desire is to know You more fully, and to be known by You in a deep and profound way.

I ask for Your Holy Spirit to come into my life and restore a full connection of my heart to Your heart. I thank You that Jesus died, so that I might be fully alive in You, and I ask that You breathe life into my core, re-align my thinking with Your thinking, re-envision me and restore me to a child-like joy, and inner peace.

I thank You God for doing this, for new joy, new healing, new peace, supernatural knowledge and wisdom, and a fresh new relationship with You that will increase in depth and intimacy with each passing day.

Thank You for a future filled with Divine purpose, as You come into my life and redesign it according to Your beauty, brilliance, and goodness.

Show me God how much You love me. Show me how You see me. Reveal to me the things to come, and what Your will is for my life.

Thank You for chasing me down until I heard You loud and clear, and that You have an incredible plan for my life.

Teach me how to take every thought captive in obedience to Christ.

Close every door that I’ve opened to the demonic knowingly or unknowingly, and open doors for me that no man can shut.

I love You Father God. I praise You, and pray all these things in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

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