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.

 

 

Deliverance & Enlargement

“There shall be enlargement and deliverance arise..”

~Esther 4:14

March 20

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

“In this verse, the Lord promises us not only a deliverance from every dilemma, but also an enlargement in our particular calling and station in life….

  1. deliverance or liberation of a person from a temporary state of confinement, followed by…
  2. enlargement or expansion of his/her sphere of influence.

We see this sequence in the life of David. In his youth as a shepherd he slays a marauding bear. Reports of this incident reach his family. Next he overcomes a lion which is attacking the flock of sheep…news of this exploit reaches the shepherds.

Next David faces the giant, Goliath. He draws upon his past experiences to declare openly: ‘The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the bear and the lion will deliver me from the hand of this uncircumcised Philistine.’ Again David’s enlargement grows. This time to the whole Israelite army. The Lord then rescues David from the hand of King Saul, enlarging his reputation in all of Israel and from an insurrection lead by Absalom, and his sphere of influence reaches the nations.

Every time you faithfully trust the Lord for His deliverance, two things happen:

  1. He sets you free, and
  2. He enlarges your potential.

You will not stay in the same trying circumstances perpetually.

You will come out, and with expansion!” 

~Dick Mills

Today’s devotional really hits home for me…

I’ve actually seen this play out in my own life.

With every obstacle I’ve faced, God’s brought me through it with ease…each time with more expansion, and more influence.

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God has built my faith into a STRONG TOWER, one unbelievable miracle at a time.

Over the years I’ve come to find myself getting excited by the fact that each challenge I face seems more impossible than the LAST, because I know it’s putting me in the unique position of having a front row seat, to see what the Lord is going to do.

I know He’s going to come through in VICTORY….however, the exact way it will be accomplished often remains a mystery, until the moment it unfolds.

So I just stand in AWE of my Father in Heaven, releasing and decreeing what I already know to be true! 

 

I can’t imaging living any other way…

 

 

 

 

Declare It! And IT WILL BE DONE…

March 6

“Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.”

~Job 22:28

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

“The word thing in the original Hebrew is omer (o’–mer) and is similar to the Greek word rhema. The promises, the sayings, the word, the utterance, and the confessed word and included in omer. 

‘You will also declare the Word of God, the promises of God, the sayings of God, and these things will happen.’ This implies more than just cheerful optimism, wishful thinking, or positive affirmation. When we speak forth the Word of God, we are not just blowing smoke, filling the air with clever rhetoric, or mouthing platitudes. We are declaring with our lips what God has spoken to our hearts. The power is not in our speaking; it’s in the Lord Who gives the message.

When we’re in distress, people can tell us, ‘Don’t give up; hand in there. Remember it’s always darkest before the dawn.’ And all that may be true and some comfort. But it really does more for us to hear the Lord say to us personally, ‘…not a hair of your head shall be lost (Luke 21:18 NKJ). All the cute aphorisms and clever slogans in the world are anemic compared with a solid word from the Lord.

This word declare (or decree) means ‘to decide, predetermine, and declare the outcome of a matter before it comes to pass.’ If your declaration is in line with the word you have received from God, you can ‘declare a thing, and it will be established for you!’ Weak or timid faith is too cautious to make any kind of pronouncement before it sees the outcome, but strong faith says, ‘It shall be done just as the Lord has said!”

~Dick Mills

To live a life in God’s presence, and then through that relationship with Him, to begin receiving revelation… is a powerful thing.

~Romans 10:17 “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the WORD of God.”

However to understand the power of coming into agreement with what He says about you, is an entirely different level of supernatural experience.

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The enemy would like nothing more, than for us to never really comprehend the power we have as heir’s to the Throne.

I challenge you to come into agreement with what the Lord says about you, and watch everything change…

Stop speaking negative, and start speaking life!

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“Your words are gate-openers. When you speak, you either open a gate of praise for God to walk through, or you open a gate of hell for the enemy to walk through. ‘Gate opening’ ISN’T OPTIONAL. The only question is, ‘Which gate will your words open?’

….If your mouth speaks things contrary to the Word (of God) you open the gate for the devil to come on the scene—death, disease, destruction, defeat, discouragement and depression follow him.”

~Pastor Robert Morris; “The Power of Your Words”

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.

 

 

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

The 2nd Coming Of Jesus Christ

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

February 5

~Genesis 15:16 “For the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.”

“Here the Lord is telling Abraham that occupancy of the land promised to his descendants can only take place when the depravity of the Amorites who lived there has reached it’s zenith. This event took place over 400 years later. The land literally vomited out the Amorites because of their total degeneracy and depravity. It was then that Israel was able to go in and possess the land as their inheritance.

This event explains why the Lord Jesus has not yet returned to the earth. Over 318 verses in the New Testament point to Christ’s Second Coming. Right now we are seeing all malignant forces of evil heading towards a culmination of total depravity. This action will produce the man of sin—-the antichrist. He will be spawned in a garbage-can society that reeks of filth and degradation.

At the same time all this is taking place, a work of righteousness is being developed and orchestrated in God’s people. The loving, compassionate nature of Christ is being implanted and formed in our hearts. Hate in the world is making sinners more like satan. Love in the Christians is making us more like Jesus. Earthly, sensual and devilish wisdom is fully demonstrated in satan’s followers. The pure and holy wisdom from above is conspicuous in the followers of Jesus. When the iniquity of the latter-day Amorites reaches it’s saturation point, the righteousness of the bride of Christ will produce the Second Coming of Jesus. (Rev. 19:7)

~Dick Mills

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Wow, this is a deep one…and “Christ 2nd Coming” has been a hot topic in Christian circles lately.

When will Jesus Christ return to the earth?

My belief is that we are in that season now, and the Rapture of the Church could be any day.

When Dick Mills wrote this passage, about 30 years ago, “Right now we are seeing all the malignant forces of evil heading towards a culmination of total depravity. This action will produce the ‘man of sin’—the antichrist” we were already watching the end times prophecies unfold.

However, up until recently most Christian’s would have said that we’ve always seen signs of the end times. But scripture clearly tells us that we won’t just see signs, but that we will see every sign in a single generation, and that is what is happening now.

The unbeliever’s of this age are the modern day Amorites, and wouldn’t you say that we are witnessing the zenith of depravity, in the world today?

You may ask what exactly is “the zenith of depravity?”

Well the zenith dictionary definition is: the time at which something is most powerful or successful, at it’s peek; high point; climax or pinnacle.  

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And depravity is defined as moral corruption; wickedness; obscenity; debauchery; indecency; deviance. 

With divorce rates at an all time high, occult practices quickly becoming the norm among young adults, activist pushing to legalize full term abortions, and 300,000 children right here in America, being victims of Child Sex Trafficking each year, beautiful school girl witch tells fortunes and speaks with ghosts with spiritual boardI think the answer is clear. We are at the zenith of depravity now.

 

 

However, there is good news…we are also experiencing an outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

 

 

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~Acts 2:17

“‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.”

 

In January of 1997 many people of the “New Age” belief were in an uproar about the Star of David appearing in the astrological chart over Jerusalem. They believed it was a sign of the coming of the “Age of Awakening.”

When I read about this, the first thing that came to my mind was that this marked the beginning of what the Bible calls the outpouring of the Spirit.

We have seen many of the signs of Jesus return, including but not limited to the four Blood Moons that hung in the sky on four Hebrew (Jewish Bible)art-astronomy-atmosphere-1276314 holiday’s between Passover in 2014 and Sukkot (The Festival of Tabernacles) in 2015.

After the blood moons of 2014-15 I began to research and study the End Time Prophecies for myself, and have no doubt that we are watching everything from the pages of the Bible, play out right before our eyes.

But decide for yourself…I’ve posted the best End Times teachings about the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ, that I’ve ever viewed below.

Take a look and let me know what you think.

For 40 years Pastor Jimmy Evans has been doing an in-depth study of the Bible Prophecies concerning the End Times, and in these short sermons he takes you along his line of thought, backing up every point with the Word of God.

This first one was from a series he did a few years ago…and this one goes with it.

Then some time later Pastor Jimmy Evans did a series called “The Tipping Point.”

There are five short sermons in that series that go into who will be raptured, and what the rapture of the Church will be like. It goes into great detail about our marriage to Jesus Christ, about when we reign on earth for one thousand years, and our immortal bodies…Pastor Jimmy elaborates about the fact that some of us will not experience a physical death, but will be changed in a moment into immortal beings.

~1 Corinthians 15:51-57 “But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies. Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
THANK YOU for stopping by today! I hope you have enjoyed my post, and that you’ll take this opportunity to watch a few of these sermons. They really are quite beneficial to anyone, trying to make sense of the times we live in.

 

Talk soon!

~Victoria

Abide In Hope

 

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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