For years I heard that God was primarily interested in my character. In fact, I was told that this was really what he cared the most about in my life and everything he did, including hurting me, was all so that he could develop it. I heard this over and over yet I was never told why God was somehow so obsessed with me getting this part of my life right. Recently I have begun to understand that when we finally begin to discover that we are loved regardless of what we do or don't do, we enter into what is probably the most vulnerable space we can walk through. This truth can be handled and received in one of two ways.
Wondering if God really does have an amazing plan for your life? Sometimes when the hard times hit, we can forget that God has good plans for us! When I need encouragement, I like to remember one of my favorite Bible verses: "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."Jeremiah 29:11 NIV This is one of those Bible verses we've heard a lot, so sometimes we miss the power of the message because it's so familiar. But we can move beyond the surface of this Bible verse and discover a deeper meaning.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." (John 1:1-3 KJV) For as long as I can even remember, I've had a passion and a hunger for the voice of God. You're reading these words because, like me, you find yourself consumed with an inescapable hunger to hear His voice and to know His Presence. When the Holy Spirit began to share with me the powerful revelation contained in my newest book How Does God Speak? The Three-Dimensional Ways, I found myself asking, "How does God speak?"
When there are clogs in your spiritual drain it causes stagnancy. If the water of God's Presence is not flowing there could be a blockage making our spiritual waters dirty over time. It is important that we are able to recognize clogs and the things that clog quickly, seeing with the eyes of revelation. If we are not accustomed to experiencing the flow of God's Presence in our lives then it will be much harder to recognize when things are not as they should be. If oppression is what you are used to then spiritual clogs may not be obvious.
How can the church prepare for Christ's return? The answer is in our ability to stay seated in the heavenlies with Christ. This means our soul needs to submit to our spirit and we must keep our minds on things above, such as our spiritual position in Christ. The Apostle Paul received revelation from heaven on his spiritual position in Christ and he had many writings on this subject. One of those revelations was that he was seated in the heavenly realms with Christ Jesus.
I am seeing a hard land, dry dirt, no life—just a solid piece of hard ground. I see the ground with cracks running through it—cracks breaking up the dry, hard dirt—cracks breaking apart the hard and difficult places in your life. I hear the Lord saying, "Difficulty has been your portion, but I am breaking up the difficulty in your lives—the places where you have felt stuck, the places where your flesh has been confined, and the places where the enemy has attacked. I am gathering my forces to activate on your behalf and break up the hard-fallow ground that has been before you."
And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment. 1 Chronicles 12:32 To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1 There have been times in my life as a believer that one statement from God literally changed everything for me. Other times I have read a book, that was divinely ordained for me to read at that specific time, and it opened up revelatory knowledge to me that changed the way I read the Bible.
There is a lot of false doctrine out there and people often try to please the preacher. I remember thinking one time that I needed to be sick in order to get well at the meetings if I was going to see Jesus there! People know doctrines sometimes more than Him, Jesus the Person! He is NEW every morning! He is the Center and Creator of Everything!!! HE has the power, not the pastor, teacher, evangelist, prophet and apostle! Those gifts are His servants!
When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, "Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean." Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, "I am willing; be cleansed." Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Matthew 8:1–3 There is so much wrong believing today about who Jesus is. I am asking you to throw out every idea, concept, and picture that you may have of a "religious" Jesus. Allow me to introduce the real Jesus to you, for this is where it all begins.
There is a lot of buzz right now in Christian circles about the topics of mental health, PTSD, codependency, trauma, inner healing, therapy, etc. I feel like in many ways, those topics are intertwined, so it's fitting really that so many people are beginning to talk about them all. In fact, I will likely touch some on each of these topics here in this article. If anything the buzz of these topics was greatly compounded when notable Charismatic Christian leader Todd White spoke out on said topic.