We are now beginning the second week of January and life seems to be retreating into it’s usual routines and schedules. The numerous memes and themes and blogs with messages of hope, renewal and motivation are waning. We jumped wholeheartedly on the bandwagon of fresh inspiration and enthusiasm for a new year and now, as the days evolve into weeks, doubt starts to creep in.
Stop!! Doubt and unbelief are killers. We must take authority over the warring factions within. I am talking to myself. I woke up this morning from a relatively pleasant dream and before getting out of bed was somehow transported into a deluge of negative thoughts. They were just pouring into my mind and as I sat up and stretched, I thought, “Where is this coming from?” Aha. It more than likely was the enemy of my soul, trying to start my day with a downcast outlook. Thankfully, I recognized it immediately and began to pray and rebuke those thoughts. Sometimes when this happens it takes a little while to get the mind cleared. When it happens to you, ask the Lord to take over and He will do it!! “Taking every thought captive to the obedience of His will” (2 Cor 10:5) is a scripture worth memorizing as a reminder to be in control of the direction your thoughts and attitudes take.
Isn’t it interesting how we can be looking forward to a new year, enthusiastic, hopeful and full of good plans, and with a few nasty strikes from below, we can just throw up our hands and give in. Don’t do it!!! Stand up and fight. Rise above the attacks. It IS a new year with new opportunities and incredible assignments from your Father. Is it possible those little demons know that and do their best to bog you down before the plan develops? You bet they do.
I want to challenge you today to keep your focus. God has good plans for your new year. He is repositioning His people for things that are coming in the world. He has an individualized, unique purpose for each of us, and we can only take hold of that when our focus is clear and undivided. We must recognize when we are being distracted and deceived.
The best way to fight this battle is to stop those thoughts the instant they hit your brain. Stop and go to the Lord and ask for His assistance in the battle. Repeat those promises of God that have sustained you in the past. Declare that you are standing with your CEO in taking over the world----the fleshly, dark side---and walking in the Light! You will be amazed at what the Lord does for you when you use the Power that is in you to take authority. Rise up, my friend, and enjoy the fruit of the Spirit’s work in and around you!
The days move on, and maybe it would benefit us to post little notes around our workplace or on our mirrors that remind us of the enthusiasm we had on Jan. 1st. We must contain that and continue to believe for the good things coming. The world is spinning out of control, but God’s children are firmly planted on the path of righteousness and heading toward a year of new and beautiful beginnings.
How confident are you that you are in sync with the truth? Daily we see posts on social media sites with arguing, debating and insulting comments because people are willing to speak out for what they believe. It’s interesting because each person believes they have the truth. And yet, their views are diametrically opposed. People choose where to get their news, who to follow on networking sites, which authors’ books to purchase and share, and so on. Naturally, each chooses those according to sources which agree with their own principles and philosophies. I find that most people would never even stop to consider that they could be deceived at any level. If so-and-so said it or reported it, it has to be true. We all know that there are corrupt people on both sides of the political aisle. We all know that the media doesn’t always tell the truth. (Don’t we all know that?) There is an emotional current that runs hard and deep to the point that even longtime neighbors or co-workers cannot have a calm, mature discussion over an issue. Our country has become a place of division and dissention like never before in history.
Recently, I’ve made attempts to research a number of news sources, publications and teaching sites online. This probing has encompassed all political parties, church denominations, religions and news reporting sites. I’m amazed at the way people can write, report, publish absolutely anything they please and it is accepted as pure truth. We need to wake up! If we are discerning intercessors, we will learn to pray over every report we hear and not take as fact everything that is put out there. More than once in the past week, I have sensed the Lord giving me a warning in my spirit as I begin to to get upset over a news report. Everyone in power has an agenda, and they are not all good ones.
I’ve learned also that devious people will quickly label others “conspiracy theorists” because that will cause listeners to immediately dismiss any questions they might have. It’s easier to ignore what’s uncomfortable if you can put the blinders on, say it’s baloney and go on with your life. Yes, there are conspiracy theorists who seem a little wacky, but there’s usually some element of truth in most of their ideas.
The Bible teaches us that in the last days we will be bombarded with deception. Many agree we’re in the last days, but refuse to admit to any possibility of being deceived. Isn’t that a bit arrogant, and frightening---to think that you could never be deceived? We can all be deceived if we are not walking in the Spirit, led and counseled by the Holy Spirit daily. We hear teachers in churches who use a couple of scriptures and proceed to distort the Word of God horribly, and the people in the pews are nodding and saying amen because they have no clue they’re hearing an out-of-context, perversion of the truth, which is just fitting an agenda that’s being presented. If it’s performed in an enticing way, and has a few verses thrown in, it’s convincing enough for most folks.
Why am I writing this? I have no need to stir up controversy but feel the Lord is pressing me to speak out. Your political party is not your saviour (or the saviour of the world) and both parties are full of deception. Your biblical teachers, many of them, are following a path to the one world religion which, I might add here, is not pleasing to God, but is in prophecy as a precursor to the antichrist system. Why would Bible believing Christians support universalists and those who push for one religion for all, when that religion contradicts God’s Word and is blasphemous? The answer to that is that basically they don’t know what God teaches. It just sounds wonderful to have everyone agreeing and coming together in peace. It is a compromise with deadly consequences. Deception masquerades as an angel of light.
I am going to be writing many blogs that fall into the realm of areas and degrees of deception. Not because I want to, either. I believe the Lord is opening my eyes to many truths that are painful. I would prefer to be blissfully ignorant and act as though nothing is wrong. However, when the Lord impresses these things over and over again, along with other confirmations, I know I have no choice but to be obedient. It will definitely not make me popular.
All I ask of you, my readers and friends, is that you would take the time to stop and pray and think about your adamant beliefs and how they line up with scripture. Stop and pray about who you are following. I was very surprised when God opened my eyes to some leaders who were not what I thought they were. I have no plans or desires to bash anyone at all. I only want to encourage people to wake up and smell the cappuccino before it’s too late. I assure you that God is serious about our responsibility to know His Word and to know what is false.
As we humble ourselves before Him, He will lift us up.
2 Peter 2:1 But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them--bringing swift destruction on themselves.
Matt 18:7 Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!
1 Tim 4:1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.
John 14:6- Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Matt 24:24 For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect– if that were possible.
Colossians 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.
I am so excited to welcome Guest Blogger Dianne Butts! Her contact information is below this post. Let us hear your thoughts on this excellent blog. ~Nancy
By Guest Blogger Dianne E. Butts
It’s the beginning of a new year and many, if not most, people have at least some random thoughts about the coming year: what they'd like to accomplish this year or what they'd like to change in their lives. Are there areas you'd like to improve upon? Goals you want to work harder toward? Dreams you want to achieve? For me, as the clock ticks forward in time for all of us, I sense an increasing urgency to do all I can to impact this world for Jesus Christ and be used by Him to bring others into His kingdom for all eternity.
What about you? What is your priority for your life? Do you, too, have that urgent sense that time is ticking away and running out?
Also at this time of year, if you're a football fan, time is ticking toward the Super Bowl. Maybe your team is already out of the running. But maybe you're hoping your team will make it all the way. (Go Broncos!)
I've heard athletes and coaches urge each other on saying, "Leave it all on the field!" This means leave everything you've got out there – all your energy, all your skills, everything you've learned, everything you've gained through your experiences. All of it. Expend it. Use it. Leave it out there. Don't "save" some of it for the next game. Don't sit on the sidelines and keep it to yourself. Get out there on the field and give it all you've got!
In Nancy’s post on 11/30/14 titled "The Night is Almost Gone," these inspiring words:
Ask God to reveal to you what your role is in sounding the alarm. You may not be a prophet, but you are a redeemed, beloved disciple who is called to be salt and light. Be sure your alarm is not droning on unheeded, first. Then, get serious about your part in touching a wounded, bleeding world who needs the Light of Christ.
I don't want to get to eternity and think: I wish I would have tried harder.
- I wish I wouldn't have been afraid to tell someone about Jesus.
- I wish I wouldn't have let that opportunity to talk about Jesus go by (Ephesians 6:19-20).
- I wish I hadn't been embarrassed by or "ashamed of the gospel" (Romans 1:16).
- I wish I would have tried harder, worked harder for the Kingdom of God.
When I get to eternity, I want to know I did everything I could to bring people to Jesus. I'm searching for and creating ways to do that. How might you do this?
Start with prayer. Ask God to guide you to where He wants you working. In what way has he perfectly designed you to reach out with His good news?
Next, study. Of all the books we can study, the Bible is first priority. Get a "through the Bible in a year" and read it daily. If you're behind or get behind, don't get discouraged. Just read two day’s worth until you're caught up. Attend a very good Bible study if you can. Also read other good books. Some of my favorite authors are Jonathan Cahn, Mark Blitz, the late Grant R. Jeffrey, Pastor John Hagee, and Dr. David Jeremiah.
Then, go out and make disciples. Find a way. What is your expertise in life? Where has God already placed you? Start there, unless He calls you elsewhere. Other ways you can share Jesus from where you are right now might include a blog like this one. You can use social media including Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter to reach people all over the world! I Tweet a lot and I get a lot of responses from people asking questions, including atheists, Muslims, and people of other faiths. You might be a speaker. A writer. An actor. (Karen Covell, Founding Director of the Hollywood Prayer Network says, "Hollywood is the most influential mission field on earth.") You might be a preacher, a secretary, a factory worker, or a waitress. Wherever you are, God has placed you there strategically so you can reach a specific sphere of people whom no one else can reach.
I believe 2015 will be an important year. Every year is important of course, but some years we can foresee events that will make it different and perhaps more important than others in history, such as election years. In 2015, for the second year in a row we will witness a total lunar eclipse on the first and the last of the seven annual Jewish holy days (on Passover, April 4, and the Feast of Tabernacles, September 28, 2015). There will also be a total solar eclipse seen in certain parts of the world (March 20, 2015). I believe these events are incredibly important spiritually – signs from God. Do others think I'm crazy? Sure. And I hear from them. But I believe it. So I'm leaving it all out there on the field. I'm talking about it and blogging about it and Tweeting and Facebooking about it because I hope my efforts might save some (1 Corinthians 9:19-23).
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Someone once asked another believer, "How do you want to leave this world?"
The answer came back, "Exhausted."
That’s what I want to do: I want to leave it all here. Every ounce of energy. Every moment of time. Every opportunity exploited to the full. (I've missed enough of those already. I want to do better from here on out.)
What will you prayerfully plan to do in 2015 in order to "leave it all on the field for Jesus Christ"?
FEATURED AUTHOR THIS WEEK:
Marguerite “Markie” Madden of Metamorph Publishing
This week I’m happy to share a brief snapshot of Author Markie Madden. Marguerite “Markie” Madden was born in Texas but grew up in Michigan. She, like many of today’s authors, grew up writing, beginning in grade school. She currently has three books available, all with a different genre and perspective, which gives readers a taste of variety. Her memoir, Butterfly Cancer, is “a shockingly raw and honest look at a cancer patient’s life during treatment.” “I hope to inspire anyone reading this book, whether they're cancer patients, family members, or someone suffering from another life-threatening illness. The book will show that, even though I'm not the same person I was before the cancer, it is possible to come through the other side, and there's no telling where your life might lead! Have hope! One of my reviewers said she ‘cried in sadness and in joy’ when reading my book.”
Markie says, “Butterfly Cancer got it’s name from the story about how the butterfly effect theory (you know what I'm talking about: a butterfly flaps its wings in Japan and causes a hurricane in Florida) ran through my life, leading me to become a self-published author. As a wife and mother of two teens, Markie enjoys having one of her daughters working alongside her as an illustrator in their family publishing company.She also has three rescue dogs and her horse, Athena, who's featured on the cover of her book, Keeping a Backyard Horse, a non-fiction self-help about horse care. Her third book, Once Upon a Western Way, is a romantic fantasy fiction.
You can find all Markie Madden’s books on Amazon, CreateSpace, and Barnes and Noble for print copies, and on Kindle for e-books. They will soon also be available on Smashwords for Nook and iBooks, and on audiobook from Audible and iTunes.
Visit Marguerite Madden’s website for much more information at:
Official Website www.margueritemarkiemadden.simplesite.com
Enjoy her blogs at: www.writermarkiemadden.blogspot.com
*Disclaimer: This is not an endorsement of any of the subject material mentioned. I have not read these books yet, so cannot vouch for content.* nl
I'm going to write a book! Have you ever said that? Lately I've talked with several people who claim they are going to write a book, especially one about their life experiences. It's a wonderful idea. Why not? As a counselor, I can tell you that it's very therapeutic. Putting your story on paper (or screen) is cathartic and healing. Just the act of creating a story out of your own traumas and victories somehow inspires not only others, but yourself. Because as you write it and as you go back and re-read it, you have this wonderful realization that you really did survive that beast and learned valuable lessons. We often have that inner knowing but it comes alive when we print it out. I hope you will write your story. Think about how much we learn from living vicariously through someone else's pain and struggles. We also rejoice with them at the finish line and discover it sparks new hope for ourselves.
Inspiration is an interesting phenomenon. The other day my granddaughter asked me what inspires me. Love that girl! Love that inquisitive spirit she has too. I had to stop and think a bit before sharing with her those things that inspire me. One of them was hearing others' stories and especially testimonies of what God produced out of their ashes. Probably one reason I love counseling. I'm amazed at what people have lived through and discovering the reasons why people do what they do and think as they think. I've told more than one client to write their story. Don't just talk about writing your book. Go for it!! It's a rewarding experience and one you will never regret.
I love books!! I especially love it when people are willing to share their life experiences and what they have learned from them. We need each other. Sometimes when I'm at my lowest, God leads me to someone's testimony that I can really relate to, and it gives me that little booster to keep on keepin on. I love it when others tell me that my experiences have encouraged them or motivated them to keep looking toward the goal, or to keep seeking God, regardless of the obstacles. Aren't we blessed to have the Book of all inspiration, our Bible, which brings us that inspiration daily, and then we can share with each other what we've learned along the way and it blesses God's heart as well. I'd love to hear of books that have recently blessed you, or even Bible stories that have been illuminated in a new way for you. I'd love to have a place here for people to share some life experiences, so let me know if you want to do that. Guest bloggers are more than welcome. I'm looking forward to hearing from you!
Well, 2013 is off and running! I'm pretty excited about my new book coming out next week. I shared with friends and family about it and now am hoping to get the word out a bit further. The book, “Living in God's Rest” is all about being set free from worry, stress and anxiety. Truthfully, I'm still learning day by day. God keeps showing me new revelations in this area that apply to my own life and I felt that I needed to share them. We can get so frenzied over politics, job issues and family stuff that before we know what has hit us, we're having headaches, insomnia or other maladies. Trusting God's sovereignty is a challenge. It's easy to say we trust Him totally, but most of us, when walking through a fire, get a little fearful....or a lot. In the book I outline many suggestions for a transformation to entering His rest instead of entering our stress! We're always a work in progress but little by little every day we have the ability to chart our progress and hopefully at the end of 2013, we'll look back and see amazing change.
Hope you'll get the book and see how your own progress goes. I welcome your comments. I certainly don't claim to have all the answers. I do know that God has really worked in my life through these steps, so there's no reason to keep them to myself. Just remember that we're all unique and God works in us in unique ways, so seeking Him daily will reap rewards for your own life that may be somewhat different from mine. Whatever the case, I'm praying over all who order my book, that the Spirit will touch and speak and heal as the reader reads with an open heart towards Him.
In His Love,
I am so blessed by your comments on my new book! Thank you! I hope that even if you don't read my book that your thoughts about "His Rest" will cause you to explore that topic for yourself.
This blog is not going to be focused on politics or world events but because those do play a part in our daily concerns and stresses, I want to share some of my thoughts on keeping our peace as world events unfold. There are thousands of blogs where people debate scripture vs. political actions and so on, but that's not what I want to accomplish. My prayer is for you to learn to be at peace in your soul when things seem totally out of control around you. There are days that it seems impossible! We have to stop and re-align our priorities and our attitudes, ask ourselves some hard questions, hand the anxiety over to God, and carry on. Usually we don't take the time to do that. We hear a news story and immediately let our blood pressure skyrocket or go on a rant about .... things. It really takes some self control to stop and ask God how to feel and respond before taking action. More than once when I've really stopped to do that, He has filled me with a beautiful peace. Many more times than I care to confess to you, I've just exploded into a rant. It's all righteous anger of course. LOL I think we really do consider it righteous anger, even if we don't say that aloud. But is it really? How many times did Jesus go off on a rant against the evil Roman government when they were committing atrocities? Self discipline is a fruit of the Spirit. That means if the Holy Spirit is actively working in our lives, we have the ability to exhibit self control. But self control is also a fruit of our own attitudes and thinking. We have to have our hearts right in the first place to be able to control our tempers.
One thing I've been realizing lately is that we get a little confused between patriotism and Christianity. Yes, our nation was founded on Christian principles that have resulted (at least up to now) in a strong and wonderful nation. However, I believe we're entering a season where it's time to examine more seriously what the Lord really requires of us when we don't like or agree with how things are shaping up. There's a time to stand up and speak out, and there really is a time to be quiet and pray and keep our mouths shut. Discernment comes from God. We will not know which He requires for the day or situation unless we go to Him for direction. It could make a huge difference in the outcomes. Just something to pray about.
This week I once again found myself sitting in waiting rooms. Waiting rooms are an entity all their own. Though I generally bring along a book, I've noticed that I am more fascinated by people watching. People just have a natural struggle against waiting. This week almost everyone waiting along with me had an electronic device of some sort that they were glued to. I wonder if it's my age that causes me to think that looking at the beautiful Sandia mountains out the large picture window was more meaningful than texting or reading. I think that many do not know how to be still or meditate on things deeper. Not judging here---because after all, I always have a book and my cell phone with me. And my kindle. Waiting is a concept that finds most people murmuring and complaining, straining against the will. I wonder how many times God may have chosen just that opportunity to speak to an otherwise busy or frantic soul. Many times we wait alone. Perhaps He orchestrated that wait in order to convey a specific thought or message. Don't you think we miss prime opportunities to hear from God? Or to just breathe deeply and rest our soul for a time?
We all have symbolic waiting rooms in our lives. We are usually waiting on something. Our tendency is to plead with God to hurry it up! His timing is perfect, but to me it usually appears to be quite slow. Waiting on God is the ultimate lesson in patience. For me, it's a season of exploring the meaning behind the wait. What is He teaching me about myself, as well as about Himself? It's a refining time. Who enjoys that? The fruit of it, however, is celebrated with richer insights and a deeper peace. I'm reflecting today on past waiting rooms and the joy that results when the Surgeon walks in, calling my name, to say "all is well."
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"Living in God's Rest...At Peace in a Chaotic World" "Masked in Deceit," and Faith's Illusions are all available now. Living in God's Rest can be purchased from any of your favorite booksellers online or in stores. Masked in Deceit and Faith's Illusions, Christian novels, are available from Amazon. All books are offered in ebook versions as well. I always appreciate reviews on the seller's sites. Just click the books below and you will find links to purchase.
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