God is Shouting…

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I must tell you that the Holy Ghost Downloads and the messages that I’ve hear over the past week, has been nothing less than incredible, yet so very overwhelming.   It’s as if the Lord is Shouting at me!  Now, many of us have been taught that the Holy Spirit only speaks in a whisper, with His still small voice.  But do you believe that at times, the Lord may become somewhat frustrated with us and because when He whispers, we don’t really listen, so He Shouts!  There’s a noise in your spirit that is so very loud that you can’t ignore it.   This is not a shout of chastisement, it’s more of a wakeup call, so that He can give us our next set of instructions.  I believe that this may apply to some of you, and you know who you are…

Let me begin by saying that there was so much in last week’s episode, “Preparing for the Journey”.  Now I must give you a disclaimer, I do not have the gift of prophecy, although some say I do, but that’s not the point.  I believe that there’s a major shift happening in our lives and the Lord has had to result to shouting at us, because time is of the essence.

We are being shaped like clay in the potter’s hand into the version of us that we need to be for what’s ahead of us, as we prepare for the journey. I find it very interesting that He uses the same ball of clay to mold us into a new pot.  Visualize with me, His hands are so smooth and gentle, as He molds the wet clay.  The potter’s hands go up and down and a pot takes shape.  But once the pot is formed, it takes time for it to solidify and harden.  So, we can’t rush the process or else the clay may be crushed into a ball again and He will have to start over, but remember, He will use the same ball of clay.  There is no better place for us than in His hands.  The Lord says…

I will teach you wisdom’s ways
    and lead you in straight paths.
12 When you walk, you won’t be held back;
    when you run, you won’t stumble. 

Proverbs 4:11-12 NLT

As I said last week and will continue to say, the Lord is constantly leading us towards our destiny and many times, we don’t even know it. He is ordering our steps and guiding our decisions, as we move from one place to another in this life.  However, the question begs, are we ready to listen to the Holy Spirit or will He have to continue to shout.  The choice is ours. 

Over the next few weeks, unless the Holy Spirit says otherwise, I would like for us to look a tad closer at our own respective journeys.  Let’s consider where we are in our potter’s clay molding process.  Are we still a ball of clay?  Are we wet clay on the potter’s wheel?  Or are we a new pot that has begun to solidify, as our destiny becomes clearer? 

I pray that you will join us… and always remember to listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying!

Preparing for the Journey

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Imagine with me, for a moment, that someone very close to you; spouse, sister, best friend, someone who knows you, almost better than you know yourself, told you that they were taking you on a trip.  You will be gone two weeks, but they are not going to tell you where you are going.  Now if you are like me, there is already a problem, because I would really want to know where we were going!  But again, we are just imagining, so they give you a few details, so that you can prepare:

  • It’s going to be warm about 70-75 degrees, but it may get cool at night, and you may have to be prepared for rain.
  • We will be doing a lot of walking, so bring comfortable shoes.
  • We may have dinner in a fancy restaurant, so bring something nice to wear.
  • We may work on our business plan for a few days, so bring your computer…  

And that’s all, no more details, you must just get ready for the trip!  But the details are so vague… a lot of walking, where?  Fancy restaurant, how fancy?  So, are you excited or just a tad apprehensive or maybe a little bit of both?

Isn’t the Lord the same way and He knows us better than you know ourselves? 

So, how are we preparing for where the Lord is taking us? Or are we going to just go with the flow until we get where we are going?  For some reason, I don’t think that that will work.  We must get ready, although we have no idea where we are going, and He will give us just enough information to prepare for the journey.

For a moment, I’d like you to consider that before God decided where we were going or what He needed us to do [our purpose], we were created for His Glory.  Sometimes, I think that we need to be reminded.   

Bring all who claim me as their God,
    for I have made them for my glory.
    It was I who created them.’”

Isaiah 43:7

So, He doesn’t have to tell us where we are going, we just have to get ready and put things in suitable order for the journey.  We must understand that the Lord wants to do a new thing in our lives, something that we have never seen or even imagined before.  Thus, we have no frame of reference of what our destination may be. The Lord says…

19 For I am about to do something new.
    See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
I will make a pathway through the wilderness.
    I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.

isaiah 43:19

At times, we may think that if we just knew where we are going, we’d know what to wear and we could plan for what we’d do when we got there.  But do we really what to know?  Remember Daniel… He saw a vision of the future and as he was trying to understand, God told Gabriel to tell him what the vision meant.  I can only surmise that after fainting three times, he would have rather not known!  Personally, at this point, I am ok with the small details that the Lord is willing to give me. 

We cannot afford to get too preoccupied with where God is taking us, however, we must strongly consider our decisions along the way, with the information that we have. Recently, I read that even “a good decision does not mean a path without obstacles”.  Many times, God will take us through the process of elimination, so the first thing God shows us, isn’t His final answer.  Then we get frustrated when the first thing doesn’t work.  This doesn’t mean that it wasn’t from God, nor was it a bad decision, it’s just a part of getting prepared for the journey.  God’s way is not just right, it’s the very best route and He makes Himself responsible for us arriving safely to our destination. 

Although, at times, we wish that we had even as much detail as was given to us regarding our two-week trip with a friend to a place that we’ve never been before, but to prepare for His journey…

We really must be listening intently to what the Holy Spirit is saying ALL along the way…

Once We are in His Overflow, We will be Stretched…

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Last week, we talked about living in the overflow, meaning to be saturated with God’s presence to the point we begin to overflow His Glory. Since we cannot contain His Glory, the overflow becomes the catalyst to our calling.  We all have the same calling: to glorify God in everything we do. This is why we are here. Scripture says God created us for His glory (Isa. 43:7) and instructs us to “do everything for the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31). Logically, this sounds reasonable, however, spiritually, we will be stretched beyond our own ability.  To be stretched means to cause something to reach, often as far as possible, (beyond normal limits) in a particular direction and that can be extremely uncomfortable, even painful.

We cannot afford to be so preoccupied with just living life that we forget why we were created! The Lord is constantly leading us towards our destiny and many times, we don’t even know it. He is ordering our steps and guiding our decisions, as we move from one place to another in this life.  Although this scripture may be very familiar, it should reveal something new to us every time we read, say, or hear it.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
    do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
    and he will show you which path to take [what decisions to make].

Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT (paraphased)

Our obedience is the key.  Sometimes we think we have a choice to obey God, and yes, we have free will.  However, no matter what we choose to do or choices we make, for our fruit to grow, God must make it rain.  We may decide that we just want to live the simple life and the Lord will let us settle for simple, even when He knows that He has a better life for us.  But to have better, we will have to be stretched, pulled beyond our self-imposed limits. 

As we all look back over the last three (3) years, even in the midst of some of our greatest challenges ever, the Holy Spirit has continued to create opportunities for us to utilize our true God-given gifts and talents.  So, as we live in the overflow, we should not be surprised when our assignment triggers our inadequacies. Many of us may tend to underestimate our abilities, especially during difficult times, but remember, we are being stretched! 

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Matthews 5:16

As we move forward, we cannot afford to be too busy doing things that be fruitful and miss the moment(s).  They may not be BIG moments, according to our expectations.  But we must be ready when the door opens, because it’s the small opportunities, at just the right time, that may count the most,

which is why we must always be listening to what the Holy Spirit is saying!

Living in the Overflow

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Over the past several weeks, I had begun to see and hear the word “overflow” in a lot of different places, for example, in sermons, bible plans, even on social media.  Oftentimes, I believe that it’s the Holy Spirit tries to tell us something, so although for a while I hadn’t it a lot of thought, I decided that it was time for me to pay attention. 

So, let’s look at what it means to “live in the overflow”.  First, I googled the biblical definition, I found this and was rather overwhelmed, it said; It’s in this place of prayer [in our constant conversations with the Lord] that we get saturated with God’s presence to the point we begin to overflow His glory. Wow!  I believe that the Lord always intended for us to live in His presence, which is why He put His Holy Spirit in us.  When God created us, we were never meant to simply live or exist. However, there may be times, when we do things that although they make sense, they may not please God.  The Lord expects us to allow the Holy Spirit that’s in us to lead, guide and direct our steps (our decisions) as we walk through this life. 

20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen

Ephesians 3:20-21 NLT

We should never settle for less than what God has for us, so let’s always live in His Overflow!

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Romans 15:13 nlt

He may Never tell us Why…

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Although we often ask God, Why? … do we really want to hear His answer?  When we think about it honestly, God doesn’t actually owe us an explanation for what He does or how He does it.  But this is by no means in a callous, uncaring sort of way, but I believe that the Lord knows that there is nothing that He can say that would satisfy us, … an answer that we could actually embrace and understand. 

As of late, I have no idea where the Holy Spirit is going to take my downloads, but here we go… I woke up Friday morning and was about to prepare for my first appointment and the client called me to cancel.  Something was weighing on her mind, but I didn’t pry.  So shortly thereafter, a friend/client left me a voice message to say that her son had passed.  Although he was an older man and she had expected it, it is never easy to lose a child, at any age … and then I listened to a somewhat disturbing relationship podcast that a friend had sent me that she wanted to discuss.  It was at that moment that I felt that I had been bombarded with glimpses of what people are going through and I began to cry.  So, I went to the Lord in prayer. 

Once I got off my knees, I felt relieved that I had done what the Holy Spirit had prompted me to do and not try to take on the burdens of others, but to intercede and bring their cares to the only One that could give them the Grace & Peace to get them through, no matter the situation.  But then He brought me back to the title of this week’s podcast, “He may Never tell us Why?” and if He did, we probably wouldn’t like His answer, nor would we understand.  But there a little bit more to this story…

Later that morning, I had an opportunity to talk to my friend, who had just lost her son.  She told me that although she was sad, she was grateful to God (that is an entire message by itself).  Ms. H. is in her 80’s and to me, she is what God’s Grace looks like.  The Lord allowed our paths to cross a few years ago when I was given the task of helping her to downsize so that she and her son could move to California to live with her daughter.  Since arriving in California, Ms. H. has faced one challenge after another and EVERY time I speak with her, she says how very grateful to God she is. 

My prayer is that especially when the walls of life seem to be falling around us and we may have no idea why… we know somewhere deep in our spirit that the Lord loves us so very much and He is working ALL things for our good…. Now He does not say, by no means, that ALL things are good. 

28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28 KJV

The New Living Translation says it this way:

28 And we know that God causes everything to work together[a] for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. N

Romans 8:28 NLT

Although I felt like crying again as I typed this, I believe that there is someone out there listening, who needs to know that you may never know the why of your situation or circumstance, no matter how big or how small.  You can keep moving forward because God has you hidden in His secret place.  He is our refuge and our fortress [our place of safety and protection]. (Psalm 91).  I’m reminded of the poem “Footprints in the Sand”, we may think that He has left us, when in fact, the Lord is carrying us…and He may Never tell us Why!

Did you Forget how to Swim?

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This is a very interesting question from someone who doesn’t even know how to swim. But may I say that I will never look at the story of Peter walking on water ever the same.  But hold on, you may think you know where I’m going, but stay with me, because you may not know where I’m going to end up…

Now I believe that most of us are familiar with this story, but just in case, please allow me to give you the highlights.  In Matthew, Chapter 14, Jesus has just feed more than five thousand men, women, and children with the 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread.  He then tells His disciples to get in the boat and go to the other side of the sea.  Now looking back, they should have been just a little suspicious… But later, they see this figure in the dark, walking on water and they become frightened.  Jesus says, “It’s I, do not be afraid”.  Now Peter has always been an interesting character in the bible, but we won’t go into that right now.  However, Peter says, “Lord, if that’s you, command me to come to You on the water”, so Jesus says “Come”

Peter had enough faith to get out of the boat and walk on water.  But when he heard the winds start to rage, he took his eyes off Jesus, and he began to sink.  Peter cried out for Jesus to save him and immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him.  Here’s the revelation, Peter was a fisherman by trade, so, “Did he forget how to swim?”  The Lord said to Peter, “Ye of little faith, why did you doubt?”   So, my question to you is have you started to doubt your own ability and sink?  Please don’t misunderstand, I would never suggest that you venture out onto the water without direction and guidance from the Holy Spirit.  But think about it, you’ve had enough faith to face your biggest challenge and step out of the boat, so why didn’t you keep walking?   

So, I’ll ask you once again, “Did you forget how to swim?”  In this case, swimming could represent anything that God has given us the ability to do, but, instead, we wait for Him to pull us out of the water.  Now, as we saw with Peter, the Lord will always be there when we need Him, even when we doubt Him and sink… I will never quite look at the story of Peter walking on the water, the same way again, how about you?

There’s Just No More Room…

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Today’s message is in my confession… so please allow me to explain.  It’s early Sunday morning and I’m lying-in bed and there’s already a thought in my head that’s on instant replay and I’m struggling to really know what my Holy Ghost download would be for this week.  Originally, this message with going to be, “The Noise was Just too Loud”.  The reason being that so many things had gone on last week that my thoughts were so loud and so distracting, that I felt that I had not heard the Holy Spirit the way that I should have. But instead, today’s message is “There was Just no More Room” … or So I thought?” 

While in a mode of self-condemnation, I had to get up, pray and tell God that I was sorry. But as I prayed, He said, “don’t give the enemy that much credit”, you still heard me, you just ran out of room in your mind for ME.  So, my message to you today is that we cannot afford to get so overwhelmed with the cares of life that it feels like we have run out of room in our minds nor our hearts for God. We must make sure there’s always space for those things that the Holy Spirit brings to our minds that we need to hear, so that we will know what He needs us to do. 

Once I had talked with the Lord, I got up off my knees and the Holy Ghost downloads were flowing.  So, although, there were other “feel good” messages that I thought that you would prefer today, the Holy Spirit said no. Have you ever got in a debate with the Holy Spirit?  I know that has never happened to you, but it’s happened to me and let me tell you, Number One, it’s a very bad idea and Number Two, you are NOT going to win.  So, while I tried to share something that I thought you would prefer to read, I opened my Bible plan for the morning and it said, “At times, our lives are so full of other stuff that we aren’t giving God space to move through us!” So, of course, I had to concede and give you what the Holy Spirit had given me for you.  There’s someone reading that needs to know that although it feels like they’ve allowed other things to occupy the Lord’s space and He wants you to know that [He] is able, [and wants to], through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. … but we must be sure that we make room.

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Now before I go, I want to share with you the moral of this story.  On Friday morning, on top of everything that was already in my head, we discovered water leaking from the ceiling into my family room.  I won’t bore you with all the details, but ultimately, the problem was resolved, and fairly quickly, I might add.  But what’s funny, is that on Sunday morning, after prayer and I’d allowed the Holy Spirit to put things into perspective, my husband asked me to come and sit beside him. He said that he remembered the time that I would have absolutely “spazzed out”, when I realized that the ceiling was leaking, and he is soooooo right.  He said that wouldn’t have gotten any sleep and he wouldn’t have either.  But all I could say, was I’ve grown… the Holy Ghost had given me a calm that made no sense. There was an assurance that the problem would be resolved, and my only real concern was that it would cost me a fortune, which it did not.  So, it was interesting and sort of funny at the same time, to realize I hadn’t truly run out of room.  Those things that we would consider huge, are never so big that they will occupy all of God’s space in our mind and heart. The Lord will do His part, if we let me, so that we can do our part… and I’m sure that that goes for you too…

Provided that you always take a quiet moment to listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying.

It’s Just Not Gonna Make Sense…

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I believe that our biggest opportunity in life today is that we keep trying make it all make sense! I’m sorry that I have to be the one to tell you that it’s not gonna make sense no matter how hard we try.  Our lives are in God’s hands, when we allow Him to take control.  We are God’s children; He knows everything about us.  We are His AMAZING creation, and we must stop trying to figure out the Creator!  

O Lord, you have examined my heart
    and know everything about me.
You know when I sit down or stand up.
    You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
You see me when I travel
    and when I rest at home.
    You know everything I do.
You know what I am going to say
    even before I say it, Lord.
You go before me and follow me.
    You place your hand of blessing on my head.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too great for me to understand!

Psalm 139:1-6

I can never escape from your Spirit!
    I can never get away from your presence!

psalm 139:7

Unfortunately, in the midst of the chaos of this world, we are being inundated with all kinds of the negative information and numerous distractions and if we are honest, we have to admit that it becomes more and more difficult not to ask God why.  Contrary to what many of us have been taught, it’s ok to question him. However, we must Wait for an answer and Have Faith!  Keep in mind, that you may not get an answer and or the answer you get is just Not gonna make sense!

A friend sent me a song by Donald Lawrence, called, “Not Making Sense, Making Faith”.  The lyrics go like this…

Faith is the substance of things hoped for,
The evidence of things not seen.
It lives beyond the senses,
You can’t see it, you can’t feel it, you just have it.
I’m in a season that requires GREAT faith.
Fear and doubt are all around me.
But I’m standing on what The Word says.
Faith is the evidence of what I can’t see.
And when people doubt the things that I do.
When I do what God told me to…
For the rest of my life I’m not making sense,
I’m making faith.


And with that …Drop the mic!

Do You have a Destination in Mind?

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Over the past few weeks, we have talked firstly about recognizing that we are different.  The Lord choses who He will, based on His standards, not ours.  We talked about that once we are chosen and are given our assignment, we must do it His way.  The way everyone else does it, just won’t work for us.  So, as we complete each task, “how would we define our success?”  I’d like to suggest that this question may be a tad premature.  I believe a better question would be, as you move forward, “do you have a destination in mind”?  

We know that although the Holy Spirit will lead us and direct us towards our ultimate goal, He will not give us all the details.  Therefore, it’s alright for us to have a vision or a dream, or something that we’ve always wanted to accomplish. Or is it that you can see where you want to go, but it seems that everything keeps getting in your way? May I suggest that once we see our destination and we are determined to get our destination, we may face obstacles…

I’m reminded of the story of Nehemiah.  The Lord called Nehemiah to leave his position in the palace to go rebuild the wall of Jerusalem.  But when he got Jerusalem, he was met with opposition from all sides.  However, he would not back down.

19 But when Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem the Arab heard of our plan, they scoffed contemptuously. “What are you doing? Are you rebelling against the king?” they asked. 20 [He] replied, “The God of heaven will help us succeed. We, his servants, will start rebuilding this wall. 

Nehemiah 2:19,20 NLT

We must understand that there will be people that just won’t be on our side.  You will have to read the whole story, but no matter what came against Nehemiah, he would just tell the Lord about it. 

Tobiah the Ammonite, who was standing beside him, remarked, “That stone wall would collapse if even a fox walked along the top of it!” Then [he] prayed, “Hear us, our God, for we are being mocked. May their scoffing fall back on their own heads, and may they themselves become captives in a foreign land! Do not ignore their guilt. Do not blot out their sins, for they have provoked you to anger here in front of[c] the builders.”

Nehemiah 4:3,4 NLT

Remember, this is the Lord’s work, not ours.  Now, we don’t want any harm to come against our naysayers, we cannot allow them to stand in our way.  We must know who’s side we are on and who’s on our side! 

The Apostle Paul says it this way:

30 And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory. 31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?

Romans 8:30,31

It’s Always very important to take a quiet moment to listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying…

We Must Do It His Way

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Today, I want to speak to all of you who may be trying to emulate the way others have done things in the past and have expected the same results.   In the world of the social media, there is a proven method of success for everything; for example, starting a new business, making your first million and yes, even losing weight.  But it’s interesting that although millions of people may try these methods, they may not achieve the same results. I believe that some of us may have diminished our own self-worth and sabotaged our goals, dreams, and desires by trying to be who “they” thought we should be and do it the way that thought that it should be done. But many of us are now discovering that to achieve the Lord’s desired results, “We Must do it His Way”!

Last week, I briefly spoke about Dr. Dharius Daniels’ message entitled, “This Doesn’t Fit”.  Although last week, I focused on the end of the message, today, I’d like to talk about the message itself.  Dr. Daniels spoke about the story of David and Goliath, and although, it is a familiar story, he focused on the fact that when David fought Goliath, it was in a way that everyone, including Goliath, thought would never work.  The Israelites had underestimated David’s ability.  King Saul tried to convince David that he should wear his armor and carry his sword. David had to tell the king, who he respected very highly, that he just couldn’t fight the giant his way. King Saul’s armor was just too big. The armor didn’t fit. David had to go with what he knew.

We too may have to push past what others may say just won’t work and do it the way that is authentic to who we are and any other way, just won’t work. We may find that what others consider our biggest disadvantage may play out to work in our favor.

Each of us have been given a specific assignment by the Lord and although, it may look like someone else’s, ours is different.  The Holy Spirit has shown each of us a unique way to develop, implement and executeHis plan to achieve His desired results.  We must do it His Way!  We cannot afford to sacrifice our innate ability, our God-given gifts and talents, for the sake of being successful, according to society and cultural standards.

How do we define “success”?

As you ponder that question, remember to always take a quiet moment to listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying….