“We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ….,” (2 Corinthians 10:5) NAS
Have you ever been approached by someone who came a bit too close, got a smidgen too personal, or just flat out took up your personal space? I have, and it can become very uncomfortable. In fact, sometimes when people step into our space we instantly become defensive, and maybe after a while, bitter, resentful and eventually unforgiving. This is what someone else’s violation can do to us. What about the times that we have allowed their violation(s) to bring upon us stagnation?
Frozen In Time
When we have been taken advantage of, it is easy to grumble, complain and possibly desire to retaliate. What happens to us as we continue to gnaw on that thing that has upset us through and through? I’ll tell you; we become withdrawn, unavailable to others, closed up, unforgiving, crabby,
and useless for the Kingdom. We have become precisely what the enemy intended. As I counsel people, I find on a regular basis that they have been tripped up by something that occurred way back in their past, and because they have not released it or been delivered from the effects of it, they have lived out days, weeks, months, years and decades harboring guilt, resentment and intolerance towards the individual(s) responsible. They might as well have been frozen in time, because, since that moment, they have realized no true victories in their life.
Suffering NOT So Silently
Those who are harboring offense towards someone else, invariably have problems with other people in their lives. They are far less transparent when it comes to relationships, and they
are willing to give up too easily when it comes to any form of challenge presented. They live in fear, always wondering when the next person is going to come along and pour salt into their already opened wounds. They cause friction among the brethren and have wild imaginations, living outside the submission of Christ. Eventually, they begin to think that everyone is against them, even God. Scientist and Physicians agree that those carrying offense often experience infirmity, obesity, and other disease. Humility is far from them, and often you will witness their mean-spirited attitude or abrasiveness towards others in a room. If not dealt with, they not only damage themselves, but inflict wounds on all those around them.
What’s The Answer When It Comes to Offense?
One word-----forgiveness. When we allow ourselves to forgive the person who has offended us, we are immediately set free from all of those private conversations in our mind of how we are going to get that person back. We are able, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to take every thought captive as our focus passage declares.
Many times, right before I am getting ready to do great exploits for God, deliver a powerful message, or set out to do Heaven’s call on my life, I will discover someone in my way trying to cause offense. Offense is how the enemy sidetracks, distracts, and side-slaps us.
Without forgiveness, you place the handcuffs or chains on the wrists of your own life and hide the key. You see, the person who caused the offense continues to move on with their lives, never looking back at the fallout. They don’t hold the key to your freedom or your deliverance. Only
you do, and it will take God to help you find it again!
Let it go dear one. If you have been harboring an offense, then you have also missed out on what God has for you in this life. There is no hope, no help, or peace until you relinquish your “right” to hold on to your offense. Once released, you will experience true joy, peace, patience, understanding, kindness and gentleness.
Ready to break those chains?
By Jane Morin
Like many of you, I spent the week focusing on the life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and that time became more intimate to me than ever before. Those who know me, understand how passionate I am about the message of Jesus Christ, but I cannot help to think since we have celebrated the resurrection, now what?
Like the church, over 2000 years ago, they decided to do something about what they had witnessed. After the Holy Spirit came upon them, they became bold and full of the passion for telling others the GOOD NEWS!
Have We Settled Into Our Subtle Ways?
As I inspect the scripture, I see nothing subtle in how the disciples of Jesus settled in keeping their faith to themselves or
inside a closed group of believers, where sharing faith is most likely non-threatened or questioned. They went out into the town square and starting preaching, sharing the truth of His glorious life, death, resurrection and His coming again! Out of their obedience came a great addition to the church.
“Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three
thousand souls.” (Acts 2:41)
Are You A Silent Witness?
How about you? Are you willing to go anywhere that God tells you so as to share the gospel message, or do you prefer to be subtle or even worse, a silent witness? I see no place in scripture where it says to act secretly, silently or subtlety share the gospel. Actually, I see just the opposite here, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” (Matthew 28:19) Tell me, how is your silent witness working for you? I can guarantee that you have not led anyone to Jesus, and that you have compromised your faith in other areas, as well.
In the court system, a witness is one that testifies of what they know, or of what they have seen. Remaining silent would
be detrimental to the case. Our willingness to remain silent about Christ is as detrimental. God has not left us powerless and puny in our ability to testify for Him.
Jesus said to His disciples, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be
witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
If you have Jesus in you, you have that same power. So it is time to resurrect CHURCH! It is time to rise up! It is time to
testify (speak out), shining God’s WORD in this very present darkness, and oh, how very dark it has become. But we have hope! He will return soon, and I want Him to find me declaring His glory and His wonders to a lost generation!
“…And because of the abundance of evil, the love of many will grow cold.” (Matthew
I had the most unbelievable day and I sense that I must share it with my readership. I was coming back home from being in town and on the highway a man pulls off his truck abruptly in the median and reaches in and throws out a 14-15 year old girl...like she is trash. I pulled off in front of them, (a bad spot indeed), and opened my car door to see if the girl was alright.
As I hollered back to check on her, she said that she was fine, as she cried out to me.
I got a good look at the young man and he glared at me with all the hate of the devil and I looked back at him like, "Whatcha going to do?"
He backed down instantly, almost coward-like, and got back in his truck, and then took off. As I called the police, I pulled to the right of the highway, turned on my flashing lights and parked.
As I looked back in my rearview mirror, I saw yet another young girl with her now. I supposed she was a friend of the
girl. I told the police where I was located and that I was circling back around to check on them. By the time I arrived, they were walking on the side of the highway towards me out of town where I live. I pulled over with the police still on the phone and the young girl insisted she was alright, however she was holding her arm as if in pain. She said that her dad was coming to get her.
I inquired, “Who was the man who threw her out on the highway so violently?
She replied that it was her friend.
I questioned, "Friend?"
She insisted "Not anymore."
I offered to take the girls home or wherever, even to get medical attention but she refused and also refused to
press charges. So there was nothing the police could do. Giving the girl my ministry card, I told her that if she ever needed anything, to call me, and I meant it.
I just keep reliving this scene in my mind. This week I found a dog that was thrown away, and today I saw someone
throw a girl away like trash violently. It was sickening to my stomach. I tell you....This generation needs a WAKE UP CALL---A COME TO JESUS MEETING! God help us!
I ask you beloved, “Is it possible for us to hold back the evil, the darkness of this day?” My resolute answer is “YES!!”
However, it won’t come easy saints. We must pray, and be willing to sacrifice whatever it takes to be filled with the glory of the light of God, so that the darkness and evil around us will once again abate. It is possible, but it won’t come without commitment.
Are you willing? This could be the VERY GENERATION that sees the greatest revival ever sweep the globe prior to
Jesus’ return!! Are you doing your part as a kingdom citizen to make that happen?
By Jane Morin
With the fluctuation of the stock market, one can, and many have
lost their shirts, so to speak. It’s always risky business to place your money
in the hands of someone else and trust them to bring you a great return. Jesus knew how precious our belongings and money could become, especially when he told the rich man to rid himself of all his possessions.
Jesus said to him, "If you wish to be complete (perfect), go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me." (Matthew 19:21)
Are Your Belongings Ruling You?
How attached to “stuff” are you? Does possessing all your material gain and riches bring comfort? I would beg to say that this is not the case, as we see here with this rich man. Jesus could have easily said “Money can’t buy you love. If you are in need of God’s love, you need to prioritize your desires.” Jesus saw through this man’s piety when the rich man said that he had kept all of the commandments from his youth. Here it is important to note that a commandment keeper is not necessarily a Jesus follower.
I commend this young rich man for this that he had kept the commandments. Anyone of us knows how difficult it is to keep the commandments or the laws of God, so I know that his fortitude in keeping God’s law was something well accomplished, yet Jesus requested more. You see, he was known as the rich young ruler, when in fact, his
riches were ruling him.
Jesus was able to see that the man’s motives that helped him attain such riches, were wrong. He desired the young man to be attached to Him, to follow Him, and to lose his attachment for the things of this world. If the things we possess rule us, then we are in the same predicament. Have you found yourself attached to your stuff and not attached to our Master and Lord Jesus Christ?
Breaking Off Our Attachment To Earthly Gain
How do we break off our attachment to earthly gain? We consider all that we have as belonging to Christ. The owner of the donkey and colt must have understood this principle, as the disciples came to get them.
“Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will send them at once.” (Matthew 21:2-3)
And so it came to pass, as this is part of the resurrection story, where Jesus then enters Jerusalem riding a donkey and colt, as prophesied in Zechariah 9:9. Days later he is crucified.
As we remember this time of the year, the Lord’s death and resurrection, let us remember also that nothing is more important than following our Lord. That our material gain cannot get us into heaven. We must learn not to invest our treasures where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. How do we do this? By surrendering our belongings, our lives, our heart and spirit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Had the young rich ruler understood fully what Jesus was saying, he may not have turned away so troubled.
How You Can Be Made Complete
If the Lord came to your home today in need of something that you possess, would you be willing to give it to Him, no strings attached? Let us take a moment during this very hallowed season to reflect on the greatest treasure ever given to man----Jesus, the Son of God, and His blood that took away our sin. Let us lay up our treasures in a place where our investment will yield high returns so that we too may be complete.
By Jane Morin
“For the body is not one member, but many…….If the whole body were an eye,
where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of
smell be? 18 But now God has placed the members, each one of them,” (1 Corinthians 12: 14, 17-18)
Before we delve into today’s word, I want to look at the definition for authority. Webster's says authority is “the power or right to command.” Within the word authority, we see the word author. It is easy to derive from that part of the word that he who has authority, has been authorized to use their authority by God.
As a young child, I was terribly shy, but talkative. I know that sounds somewhat like an oxymoron, but it is how God had created me. I used talking in my earlier years to get attention and to make people listen to me. Honestly, sometimes, I talked just to babble on and on, as if I enjoyed hearing my own voice a bit too much. My excessive talking did not come without consequence. While in school, I was disciplined for too much talking, more than once. I think that was because at home, I was rarely allowed the freedom to talk.
Looking back, I see now that every time I was in choir or a specialty group in the school, I was developing my authority, as well. Every time I sang a solo for state, I was developing the authority that God was putting upon me, even though, at the time, I did not recognize God at work in my life.
As I grew, found the Lord, and begin to understand how the Body of Christ works, I realized that God has given each of us authority in Him. My authority in Christ permits me to speak and sing about the wonders of God, to teach others about His mysteries, and to counsel others who are in need. Once I began to realize my authority, I stopped trying to do what others were doing. I stopped trying to use my gifts in an unauthorized manner, and I began to appreciate the Body of Christ all the more. I came to the realization though I have many gifts, that I have authority to use the ones purposed for me by God to lead others to the saving knowledge of Christ. In fact, all of us are authorized, through our special gifts and talents, to use them according to the Great Commission.
I have been given a gift, a God-given gift of authority to speak boldly, powerfully and convincingly on behalf of the Lord. Each time I exercise that authority, there is a sense of completeness within me. I sense the Lord more powerfully in those moments of my life than at any other time. It is the same when I sing His praises before people. He has given me several songs through the years, allowing me to use my authority in praise to crush the enemy, then the spoken Word, to win souls. I am blessed that God saw fit to use a once too talkative and very shy girl to proclaim the goodness of the Lord.
What authority has God given you? Look at your natural and spiritual gifts and go from there. Every one of us has been placed in the Body of Christ for such a time as this, and that is to use our God-given authority to proclaim the Good News of Jesus. I encourage each of you to be something that I cannot, and that is to be yourself! I cannot fulfill your God given authority in the Body of Christ any more than you can fulfill mine.
Lastly, let us remember also that “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,” (Col.
by Jane Morin
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