WORSHIP IS A LIFESTYLE…

Worship is……

I desire to be God’s hands and feet and I want the beauty and awe of Jesus Christ to shine through me during worship. I do not want people to see me when I worship, but instead to see him. My heart burst with pure joy each and every time I am able to sing praises to God. My Mom has always told me that I was basically born singing. At a very young age, I began singing and I have not stopped yet. Through many trials and tribulations, singing is my lighthouse, my saving grace in dark and troubling times. Music soothes my soul in so many wonderful ways. But worship is just so much more than that.

But besides how I feel during worship, what does it mean to have a “lifestyle” of worship?

Having a lifestyle of worship is when you decide that no matter what your current situation is, no matter what the doctor report says, no matter what others have said about; you will give praise and honor to God in spite of all of those things. Worship is authentic when you not only walk the walk during services, but you walk the walk throughout your daily life. Our thoughts must be consumed by the notion that God should receive our praise and worship in all things. The praise and worship given to him should be unending. You are in a constant state of worship when worship is a lifestyle.  It is a heart thing really. It does require some work, but once you decide to have a lifestyle of worship, you will notice that it will naturally flow from church services into the upcoming week. It is just like making a lifestyle change in your diet. You can not expect to become a healthier you if you only eat healthy on Sundays and Wednesdays. It is the same with worship! You can not expect to grow closer to God and have a healthy spiritual relationship when you only give thanks through praise and worship two days a week. Nothing will initially change until you make a true “lifestyle” change.

PSALM 34 1-3 says:

I WILL PRAISE THE LORD AT ALL TIMES; HIS PRAISE WILL ALWAYS BE ON MY LIPS. I WILL BOAST IN THE LORD; THE HUMBLE WILL HEAR AND BE GLAD. PROCLAIM YAHWEH’S GREATNESS WITH ME; LET US EXALT HIS NAME TOGETHER.

 

You have to make the decision to praise God at “all times”. The verse above in Psalm gives you the very detail and explanation as to what a “lifestyle” of worship should be. Plain and simple, praise should always be on your lips. Worship is not based on your “feelings”. It is not if you feel like it that day and I know all too well that not every day is full of unicorns and rainbows, but we have to strive to put our feelings aside and give God the praise and worship that he deserves. Especially when we don’t feel like it. I promise you if you give him glory even when you do not feel like it, it will change your whole mood. He will wrap his loving arms around you like a warm heated blanket and give you the comfort that you need. God will take upon himself your burdens and give you rest. He does not want his children living in darkness, disappointment or despair! God wants all of us to live abundant lives full of joy!!

I want my life to portray the lifestyle of worship. The very essence of God surrounds me during worship. I can feel his very presence so strongly and it reminds of his goodness. God is worthy of my praise!! God deserves the glory and honor to be praised daily. I want to seek his face, for not one person knows what all God has done for me. I was created to worship and I long to give back thanks to my healer, my redeemer, my savior, my provider, and my heavenly father. I rejoice for I am so glad that he hasn’t given up on me! I am anointed & equipped only through him to fulfill his purposes for me.

 

Today is the day to make a “lifestyle” change. Just watch and see what God can and will do through you when you make worship a lifestyle…

Happy Monday Y’ALL!

 

Prophetic Personalties

 Prophetic characteristics and personalities…..

For the longest time, I have found myself extremely emotional. For the life of me, I could not understand why my emotions were so out of whack. Truthfully I assumed that there was something wrong with me. I did not find my answers until I began my deep journey into studying Prophetic Personalities. 

The bible tells us that in the last days, God himself will pour out his Holy Spirit on all flesh. This is found in Acts 2:17-21, which reads:  

“‘In the last days, God says,
    I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
    your young men will see visions,
    your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women,
    I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
    and they will prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in the heavens above
    and signs on the earth below,
    blood and fire and billows of smoke.

20The sun will become dark,
    and the moon will turn blood red before that great
and glorious day of the Lord arrives.
21 But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord
    will be saved.’[a]

This scripture is telling us that in the last days there will be a release of the PROPHETIC. Every single Christian has the ability to prophesy since it is the Holy Spirit that gives us the power to use this gift. What others do not know is that if you have the gift of prophecy, you also have a PROPHETIC PERSONALITY TYPE. During this post, you may be able to identify with one of these and understand why you are the way you are in certain situations. These personality types have been made to help you understand more into your gift of prophecy.

  1. THE KNOWER- If you are a “knower”, you seem to just know something and it feels right, but you can not explain exactly how you know. It is as if you have a built in radar of knowledge about certain situations and once you come in contact with the situation you find out that what you thought you knew was the truth.

 

2. THE SEER-If you are a “seer” you will see pictures in your mind, visions, and dreams. When you give a prophetic word, you will see these pictures in your head and let them lead and guide you through your prophetic word. It is the same with dreams and visions also. 

 

 

3. THE FEELER-If you are a “feeler”, you feel so deeply other people’s emotions. A feeler discerns the things of God by “feeling” with their inner man if someone is dealing with a spirit of fear, love, peace, joy, etc..Feelers are not able to just feel things of the spirit, but God will impart his feelings to them to know God’s thoughts by understanding how he feels.

 

 

4. THE HEARER-If you are a “hearer”, you will “hear” what the Holy Spirit says. Now, of course, God does not yell down from heaven in an audible voice and tell you what you need to hear. Normally you just hear something and then share what God is saying through what you heard in order to explain it to the individual. 

After much studying, I knew right off the bat that I was a FEELER/KNOWER. For several months God has been shifting me in a new direction. He has allowed me in several situations to use my gift of speaking in tongues and also in the prophetic. I am not going to lie that it kind of frightened me the first time God gave a prophetic word of knowledge and told me to speak it over someone else. I just knew that something was going on with this person, but I did not know exactly how I knew.  But after I was obedient and spoke what God had said, I, in turn, found out that every single thing I had spoken lined up with what the person was dealing with. It was amazing and I was filled with overwhelming joy that God used me!! Then it began happening more and more! I am truly in awe of God’s goodness. That is why I decided to start studying more into prophecy and I found that I am a “knower/feeler”. I am not posting this to boast by any means! I am simply trying to help those of us use our gifts that God has given us and understand why things happen the way they do. I have been a “feeler” for as long as I can remember. But I did not understand my emotions until I began to study more deeply. There have been so many times that I can discern what someone else is feeling. It is impressed upon me so very hard. I tend to ask people all the time if they are “ok”, just because I can feel in my spirit that they are not. I can walk into a room very happy and walk out 5 minutes later feeling all kinds of emotions. It is because I literally take on others people’s emotions. IT IS EXHAUSTING at times and very frustrating. But now I understand why. I use to look at myself like I was a crazy emotional basket case lol. Like seriously though, I can sense even pain! Yes, I said pain. I can sense when someone else is in pain even. Things just impact me so deeply! Now that I know I am a prophetic knower/feeler, my life makes perfect sense. It is so refreshing to know that I was made this way for a purpose and better yet a purpose that is bigger than myself.

I also have realized that after being woken up almost every night with a very heavy heart, and being urged to pray for burdens that I am not aware of yet, that I too have the gift of intercessory prayer. Intercessory prayer is when you pray on the behalf of others and when it is teamed up with a prophetic gift it can be POWERFUL!!! If you are called to the ministry of a prophetic intercessor, you will find that you may relate to a few of these additional things:

  1. You tend to pray more at times when you feel urged by the Holy spirit. (Like a “burden” prayer)
  2. Prayer is easy for you when you feel that the Holy spirit has given you a specific burden or situation to pray about.
  3. You believe God has called you to pray
  4. You place a high value on prayer
  5. You have seen how God answers prayers
  6. You receive revelation from the Holy Spirit concerning what to pray and how to pray.
  7. You experience a deep satisfaction from prayer

 

Intercessory prayer is very biblical and one of the earliest examples of this type of prayer is found in Genesis 18 when Abraham pleaded with God for the well being of Sodom. Instead of being overcome with his own needs, Abraham prayed for those around him.

I hope that this post was helpful for each of you!! Pray and seek God’s answers about your gifts. I know I am very happy that I did a little more digging. Have a wonderful weekend ya’ll 🙂

The path..

 

Pieces of me keep falling through the cracks. As I try to move forward, I immediately travel five or more steps back. It begins to become so very clear that I am not in control of things I hold so very dear. More and more each day I begin to rely on your narrow way. Walking blindly along this long path, I trust you, God to protect me from satan’s wrath. For you hold the whole world in your hands and make crooked paths straight in this weary lost land. Give me the hope to travel and reach so far, to always to look toward you, the bright and morning star. 

Learning to trust…

Learning to trust…

 

How do you learn to trust GOD?

God is none other than the God of our PAST, PRESENT, and FUTURE. He is above ALL things and will never let US down, so why is it so hard to trust him?

We tend to be somewhat “controlling” in our natural human nature. Our carnal flesh likes to take over and tell us that we can control any situation and we will have things taken care of in our time and our way. Am I right or am I right? I know first and foremost that I like to have control in certain situations. I want to bottle all of my feelings up and hide how I feel about certain things because I think I have control over myself. But that just is not the case. It would be so much easier to pray immediately and give the burden to God, but I think sometimes that “I have things all figured out”!! So why in those situations do I not just give the control to God and trust and obey him? It is because each day I have to refresh and renew my relationship with God. I have to study his word, I have to soak in his presence and eventually my faith is built back up and I trust him more. It is not that I do not have trust in God. I am saying that things happen in our lives that completely devastate us and get us off track. So in those times, we are to pray and ask God to guide us so that we understand why these things may be happening. But in our flesh, we want to carry the load naturally ourselves. But that is not what God’s word says to do.

Two very important scriptures that I quote daily to myself are:

JEREMIAH 29:11- FOR I KNOW THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU SAYS THE LORD, PLANS TO PROSPER YOU AND NOT HARM YOU> PLANS FOR A HOPE AND FUTURE.

MATTHEW 11:28-“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

See life is hard and very tough! We walk through storms in our lives that we least expect and circumstances can be very hard to bear. But you do not need to carry those loads on your own or try to control those situations. We all need to TRUST in the LORD! Do not waste your time trying to fill voids that you have with things of this world, because you will sadly be let down. Trust does not come easily to so many of us due to so many people letting us down and betraying our trust. I will be point blank with you, it is hard to find people you can trust. Now that is the truth. But people are not God. When people let us down it may or may not be to hurt us intentionally. But when God may have done something differently in a situation that you wanted a certain way, it is all because he is either protecting you from something or he has something much better than you could ever imagine.

Think of a tree….

A tree starts with the soil, a seed, water and sunlight in order to grow. In our spiritual life, we are the seed, the soil is our foundation in Christ, water is the Holy Spirit or living water and the sunlight are the words from God written in the bible. The tree does not know what kind it will be at the beginning, it just knows naturally what it needs to survive. The tree trust that with these essential things that it will start to grow, just as we do in our spiritual walk. We begin praying, reading God’s word, worshipping, fellowshipping and sharing our testimonies to others. In that, we begin to grow spiritually in learning to trust God. Our faith becomes stronger because we can see God moving in our lives. We begin to trust naturally. The tree grows and now it has branches and beautiful leaves all over it and it realizes God’s plan for it.

It provides shade on hot summer days and knows that no matter what rain or storm come its way, it is rooted and grounded in the foundation and soil. It does not care about the weeds that grow beside it because it is protected. Just as we are! When satan tries to destroy us, we have to remember that we are rooted and grounded in God’s protection! We have to trust and know that God always has a plan and his plan is so much better than our own. Eventually, the tree will begin losing its leaves. The colors with change and then they will fall. But that is all God’s plan. In our own lives, plans change and that is when we need to step out and trust what Jeremiah 29 says and stand on his promises for us.

So I challenge you this week to build up your faith with these scriptures and trust that God has a plan for whatever situation you are in. I assure you that we are each struggling in some area and need God to provide some answers. I am trying my best to trust his journey for myself and I too know and believe that he will also provide the answers you are seeking. Trust his will and you will not be dissapointed!

You don’t have to be good in order to do good….

 

 

 What do you think of when you hear the word……GOOD?

I know when I think about the word good, I often think of a big ole’ cup of java…also known as coffee. Coffee makes me feel a warm sensation from the time I smell it brewing until it touches my tongue. The warmth of it’s goodness courses through my body with a burst of happiness. It is comforting really and I absolutely love it. Others may think of behavior when they think of the word “good”.

A very wise person once told me that “you don’t have to be good to do good”. At first when I heard that it puzzled me. What exactly did that mean? I pondered on each word for a few seconds and slowly processed in my mind my own conclusion to the meaning of that statement. It meant to come to God as you are! There is no good work, good deed or having a perfectly good behavior that gets you to heaven. You have to first admit that you are a sinner and ask Jesus into your heart. Through your act of salvation, God meets you exactly where you are, he washes away all of your sins and makes you a new person. Through the blood of Jesus Christ, you are accepted and “good enough” in his eyes.

I do not care if you left a bar early Sunday morning, walked to the closest Church, set on the front row, and crawled to the altar smelling of last night’s booze; God accepts you as you are! He will make a way for you when you feel like there is no way! He will provide the goodness of his love and mercy and in return, you will become more like him. You are not perfect and you will continue to mess up, but that is why God is so good! He knows your heart and he knows what you struggle with. The changes in your life will not happen overnight, but God will provide you the strength to overcome those sins. He is faithful and just to forgive you of those sins and to place your feet on the narrow path of righteousness. We all struggle daily and there is nothing that we can do that God can not forgive. It is not by our own goodness that he loves us or forgives us, it is by his sacrifice on the cross and his unfailing love for us. How powerful is that??

That does not give you a license to sin or abuse God’s grace. It is a simple reminder that God will not leave you or forsake you if you do mess up. God has open arms to greet you when you come back home to him, kind of like the story of the prodigal son, found in Luke 15:11–32.  God has a plan and purpose for you that no man can change. So stop beating yourself up and thinking that you will come to God when you are good enough. He loves you the way you are and through his love you are made good enough. It says in Psalms that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. God already knows your sins and he loves you in spite of them. Once you come to God you will no longer desire to live by your fleshly desires, you will let God guide you toward his desires for you. God loves each of us and nothing can take that away!!

Psalm 139:14- I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful, I know that full well

Are you producing fresh fruit?

 Are you producing fresh fruit?

A couple of weeks ago I was driving along the parkway and the car in front of me was moving at a slower speed than I wanted to go. It was 70 miles an hour and they obviously didn’t know where the gas pedal was. As I began to pass them, they then decided to speed up making it impossible to pass them. It absolutely infuriated me! I could feel my blood pressure getting a bit higher and my blood boiling through my veins. I was mad! My kids were also in the car with me and witnessed as their mother proceeded to say how stupid the person operating the vehicle in front of us was. It just ticked me off in that moment and I could not control my anger. Now I am usually a pretty calm individual, but I may have a small amount of road rage. So my point is that we all have those moments in our lives where we show the not so pretty things about us. But do we realize that our own actions influence others? I try my very best not to say words like “stupid” and in front of God and my children, I failed. In that moment, I was producing rotten fruit.

People are constantly watching our every move and especially watching those of us that are in ministry. It is often times hard to remember that every day you are an example and though none of us are perfect, we need to strive to be the best version of ourselves each day. We are human and we all make mistakes and we are not designed to live that way in our own power. It is only when we stay connected to God that our good characteristics flow more freely from our lives. Then we notice that we produce fresh fruit, but how?

We find that Paul the Apostle wrote in Galatians 5:22-23- But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law.

So what Paul is saying is that the fruit of the spirit is the moral character developed by the power of the Holy Spirit. Paul expresses by listing the moral qualities produced by the Spirit that those who “live by the Spirit” will actually fulfill God’s requirements for his people. They are Godly characteristics that we should live our lives by. So what exactly do each of them mean by the word of God and how can we produce fresh fruit vs. rotten fruit?

LOVE- The word for love does not refer to the warm and fuzzy feelings that a person may make you feel. Love in this instance is a deliberate attitude of good will and devotion to others. The Lord gives freely without looking to see if the other person deserves it or not and does these things knowing the other person can not give anything back. 

Question to yourself: Am I motivated to love and do for others as Christ has done for me?

JOY-unlike happiness, joy is gladness that is not dependent on our circumstances. Happiness is temporary, joy is long lasting. 

Question: Am I experiencing joy in my life or temporary happiness?

PEACE-the presence of tranquility even while in the midst of total chaos.

Question: Am I focusing on turmoil and chaos going on around me or am I focussing on God’s peace that passes all understanding?

PATIENCE- the ability to endure ill-treatment that is given by others without lashing out at them.

Question: Are you easily angered?

KINDNESS– when you look for ways to meet the needs of others.

Question: Is it my goal to serve others or myself?

GOODNESS- this reflects the character of God. It is your desire to see good in others. 

Question- Does your life reflect the desire to see others experience God on a deeper level?

FAITHFULNESS- Someone with real integrity and puts their full trust in God.

Question: Am I faithful to those around me?

GENTLENESS-meekness not weakness. Gentle people forgive others and try to live tranquil lives. 

Question-Do you come across to people as headstrong, unteachable and or unapproachable?

SELF-CONTROL- our fleshly desires-choosing to be controlled by the Holy Spirit instead of ourselves.

Question- Are you the one driving your life or is God controlling the wheel?

When we follow the “FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT”, we produce fresh fruit!! So I pray today that you soak in God’s presence and ask him how to help you apply these fruits to your life and let God show you the harvest that is coming just by doing so. Have a wonderful week ya’ll. 

 

God’s promises

God did not promise us that life would always be full of rainbows and sunshine after we made the decision to ask him into our hearts, but he did make us promises that he provided in his word, that are found in the good ole’ B-I-B-L-E. I am reminded of a song I use to sing as a kid, the B-I-B-L-E, yes that’s the book for me, I stand upon the word of God, the B-I-B-L-E. It is so simple that even a child could understand. So why do we make things so difficult? Why do we tend to go to our best friends, families or even pastors for all of the answers, when we can simply apply the word to our own lives? As you begin reading your bible, you will become closer to our Lord and savior. You will notice things that use to bother you, no longer bother you. You will notice changes within yourself that you could not change on your own. You will have freedom from the chains of bondage that have kept you down and defeated! The chains will be broken!!!! The promises of God are unfailing, powerful and life changing. The promises of God start with 2 Timothy 3:16, when he tells us that all scriptures are inspired by him.

2 Timothy 3:16– All scripture is breathed out by God and is profitable for teaching, for reproof,  for correction, and for training in righteousness.

It is written plainly in God’s word that every scripture was breathed out by God himself. What a wonderful promise to us! But the good news is that God’s promises do not end there. In the bible, there are thousands of promises. I will be sharing below some of my go to scriptures about God’s promises. Anything that you face in your daily life you can overcome by reading, praying and applying God’s word to that problem. Your issue may be an addiction, financial issues, recovering from a lost marriage, grief, holding onto hurts, depression, anxiety, and there are much more. But you get the idea. The word of God has the answer that you are waiting for. God will always provide a way to guide you, you just have to lean on him and learn to trust and obey his word.  Here is a list of some of my favorite scriptures about God’s promises to us. We serve a good God that is for sure!

Isaiah 40:31 –but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 54:17 – no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the LORD.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Deuteronomy 31:8 The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Philippians 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

I pray today that you stand on the promises of God and apply these scriptures to your life. As I have said many times, you are not alone! We all need reminders of God’s promises. He has never failed me yet, so I will praise him for all my days. Have a very blessed week and thanks for reading!

Great are you LORD

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This song has helped me through so many tough times. First and for most, we need to be thankful to God up above for the air in our lungs. The creator and giver of life is worthy of all of our praise! God is great, what can I say? He has never let me down! So many times I have literally been drowning in darkness and God reached down and pulled me into his marvelous light. Every tear I have cried, God has heard. Soak in his goodness tonight and thank him for all that he has done!