Straight from my notes

Came across this in my notes from July 2016. I really needed to read this. God is good!

I have found, that even when you are so upset, it is totally possible to make the choice and say “No, I’m going to trust God. I’ll doubt my fears and trust God completely.” and start encouraging yourself. When you do that, you get your power back. You can rise up and fight from victory, not for it, knowing that you’ve given it to God, and that He makes all things work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose for us.

The enemy wants us living defeated. You see, he knows that if he can get us discouraged, we won’t have any strength, power,  or authority. And he knows we’ll be believing the lies, and distrusting God, so that we’ll be taking what we’ve previously entrusted to God, and putting it neatly into the enemy’s hands for him to mess it up. It’s sort of like taking a prized possession from a place that keeps it clean and protected, and throwing it into a dumpster. 

Maybe if we stop looking at encouragement, etc as something that happens once in a while, and look at it as something beautiful we share with God to keep clean, protected, shiny and new, then it won’t be so easy for the enemy to get us to hand it over to him. 

Living defeated, depressed, just barely getting by, that’s not God’s will for our lives. We’ve got to start believing Him when He tells us what His will is!

-1998girl

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A note from someone who is changing

The person I am speaking of, in all honesty, is myself. I used to be somewhat monstrous–throwing temper tantrums well up into my teenage years, disrespecting my parents, and just generally unkind to my family. (But if you asked people at my church at that same time, most would say I was very sweet.) This monstrous activity of mine was due to several heart issues. While none are an excuse to sin, I dealt a lot with anxiety, a little with depression, and a lot with feeling like a failure.

However, in the last 4 years, God has worked on my heart extensively. He has set me free! Over a year ago I used to not stand at all for the idea of kindly respecting and honouring my parents. Now, it is my heart’s desire to honour them just as I would an amazing preacher I greatly admire. It used to be that I blamed all my issues on my family, but God brought to my attention that my issues are my fault. I am responsible for responding instead of reacting. I am to walk in love, like Jesus.

I am still walking things out, like remaining calm when I feel overwhelmed, and loving people when I feel far from it. I am still meditating on the fact that Jesus lives in me, that I am a new creature, and the old has past, and I am free from the penalty and power of sin.

My advice to you, to the ones who are walking with someone trying to change. Be patient, wait for the Lord to act. Your anger, your unrighteous judgement, your put-downs, they do not help the heart that God is, in a sense, “performing surgery on.” When they screw up, make a mistake, or a bad decision, they desperately need you to remind them that they can change. Not by their own strength, but because God is their strength. Because the Creator of the universe lives inside of them. Because He will finish the good work He started in them. They desperately need prayers from you that say, “God, help them. Minister to their heart.” If you have the oppurtunity to speak into someone’s life and have them take it personally, make sure that you are speaking from the Father’s heart. This means your words will be truthful, honest, and loving. Essentially, they’ll line up with the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. As Kris Vallotton says, (if I’m not mistaken) 

“The fruit of the Spirit is the love language of God.”

Alas, just because your words are from the Father’s heart, does not mean it will always inspire a loving reaction. When some people are in transition, they are extra sensitive, and conviction can hit sore spots. But do not worry, as worrying is the worst thing you can do. Pray and thank God for touching their heart, that they would realize who they are in Christ, and Jesus’ healing power would flow through.

When people are changing–they need lots of love. They need people who speak from the Father’s heart because it is only God who can reach their heart.

-1998girl

Romans 6:1-15

​I just love this so much!! So much freedom in this truth!!! 🔥💖

Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus. Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace. Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not!

Romans 6:1‭-‬15 NLT


-1998girl

Lately

Lately I have had two encounters with God whilst watching Todd White live on Facebook. Who’d ever thunk it lol.. But in all seriousness, I have come under the strongest conviction I have EVER felt. Yet it is met with more love than I could ever describe, even if given the most poetice words of the universe…and topped with the deepest revelation of His presence that I have ever experienced. 

Who spoke and taught the sun to rise?

Whose lips proclaim the birth of light?

Who sparked the kindling of stars?

And set the fire in our hearts?

Those are lyrics from “One and Only” by Rend Collective. 

The conviction I have come under so strongly from God is about loving people. Truly loving people. Todd White’s testimony is that 12 years ago he got set free from drugs, porn, atheism, etc. He says he hasn’t had a bad day since then. It amazes me how he walks in love. There is not one person he doesn’t love, and that is just how Jesus is. He doesn’t let people’s fear, hatred, dislike, anger, offense or anything stand in the way of loving them. He prays for people, he encourages them, he speaks truth, life, and light, and sees many healed, just like Jesus. 

It so amazes me that this is totally possible for ANY believer. As Todd White says, people aren’t horrible. They just don’t know. They don’t understand who they are. There are people out there in bondage, going to hell, and they need Jesus. 

One of my favourite things he says is how it would be weird if you squeezed an orange and apple juice came out. Nothing but orange juice should come out of that orange, right?

So when a Christian is squeezed, nothing but Jesus should come out!



-1998girl