My family and I have been really digging into the ministries of Creflo and Taffi Dollar. Today, as we were watching via online streaming connected to our big screen tv. I was reminded of something that Shane instilled in me in so many ways. Fearlessness!!! Pastor Dollar has been working on a series of spiritual blindness. Now as I can say much on the topic and relay all I understand and know about it, I will keep it simple. Fear is the only foothold the enemy has so he can enter your life. Fear is what holds you and binds you to your sickness, poverty, anger, depression, etc. In the words of Pastor Creflo Dollar,” Fear brings hopelessness, fear will contaminate your faith.” See the biggest take away I have ever gained from anyone who has ever ministered or fed me was the absolute fearlessness Shane instilled. Knowledge is the key. Ignorance to the Word of God means you will acquire a very large debt to the enemy. I like to use the speeding example. If you are pulled over for speeding and you tell the cop you never saw the sign does that stop the officer from giving you a ticket? The answer to that is no, you still get a ticket and you learn the lesson. (Hosea 4:6, Matthew 22:29) We parish because we do not gain understanding and knowledge of God’s Word. One thing I admire still to this day is Shane’s absolute fearlessness when it comes to the promises of God. I can say that when it comes to finding jobs or relationships I am pretty fearless. The trust I have in God far out ways the fear of being penniless or with no relationship, etc. GOD IS GREATER than ALL THINGS!!
God is an awesome God, He reigns over Heaven and earth with wisdom, power, and love. Our God is am awesome God!!
I lay here tired but can’t sleep. This my nightly fight. Waiting for sleep to befriend me. As I lay in the dark, my eyes sting with exhaustion, I pray with an overwhelmed heart, brimming with humbled thanks to Jesus. I am so thankful for my life, my children, my man, and for the many many blessings of God. Every night I feel just how small I am on this earth yet just how much God’s love abounds in my life. I daily fight my flesh. The last few weeks I’ve been fighting off infection and have been quite sluggish and lazy. It was yesterday that I realized that this was a sneaky attack of the enemy slowing the progress of my business and shadowing my leadership. Yet every night, I lay awake in my mind as my physical body is beyond tired thinking about the wondrous and glorious blessings and gifts God has given me. The thing I learned the most from Shane’s death was that time is the most valued commodity we have. God is so good that He allows me to breath, for my heart to beat, and gives me sound mind. My children are safe, alive, and well. My Husband to be its absolutely amazing. God has blessed me with things I sought after and more. I recognize that I am with His favor to even live in this Era or even with this freedom to own a business that is centered around Him. Helping as many ppl as I can save and make money from home. God is in every fiber of my life the good and bad. Yet, nothing is truly bad for a child of God. God took what was tragic and flipped it into something even greater than I ever thought possible. When I think back over my lifetime I can clearly see Him guiding and leading the steps of life even in the valley’s.
1 John 2:15-17King James Version (KJV)
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
Ok so missing the mark, what exactly does that mean? There is something I say frequently,” Off by a millimeter off by a mile!” I’ve written in depth the meaning of this. To wrap it up in a nutshell it’s a golfing term. If you hit the ball even the slightest but on the right or left the trajectory of the ball will be off by miles even from the destination of the hole. It’s all about angles and positioning. one of my favorite examples of this was a sermon I heard about fear. This highly elaborate and excited pastor was identifying fear. Well first what is fear? Fear is the OPPOSITE of Faith. (Pslam 56:3 ,23:4,27:1, 118:6, Ephesians 2:8-9, 2 Tim 1:7, Romans 10:27, 1 Corinth 10:13, Philip 4:6-7) All of these go into details about fear and Faith. To hit a mark we first must know what the mark is. As a Christian the “mark” is always Jesus and the Kingdom of God. Therefore, we must have correct doctrine. As this pastor proceeded with his energized sermon few things were pointed out by the Holy Spirit.
- he only acknowledge worldly fears
- he never touched scriptures about not having fear
- avoided the response when asking the congregation what they fear “stepping out of the will of God”
- didn’t once lead the congregation to the Jesus and why He died on the cross.
(Matthew 11:27, 28:18, Ephes 1:21, Coloss 2:10, John 17:2 go into depth about the authority given to us. )
This very energetic pastor was literally running around the church yelling with excitement holding the mic to random people in the audience asking their fears. Basic things came up; heights, bugs, reptiles, etc. I at this point had a very solid fearless mentor and my only response was fear God. Fear what not following Him will do to you. This was ignored. Yet the girl next to me stated spiders. this girl was his disciple for over 10 years. She followed his every word and command. He addressed her comment on the spot stating,” Not if your with me your not!” WAIT!!! She has been under your wing for 10 years and you didn’t know this fear of spiders of hers? She isn’t cured yet from it?
At this point the Holy Spirit had me squirming in my seat. I was uncomfortable. God will let you know when something isn’t right even if it sounds holy and imitates God’s Word. We aren’t supposed to FEAR. I mean we are human and we will have fear but it is to be fleeting. You cannot trust in God and be afraid of anything other than Him at the same time!!! See how easily we as Christians can be swayed away from Jesus? Can be a heartbeat and we forgot who God is. (Psalm 118:6) WHO shall I fear, if God is with me? I should fear no person!! I was reminded about how we as people are afraid of those in authority or of what people might say or think. If anything said or done is out for the will of God or His Word you must stand up, speak up, or disagree. To the response of the fear of bugs. internally I was stricken almost with disgust, SERIOUSLY? God SHUT THE MOUTHS of LIONS for Daniel. There is NO animal or insect God didn’t create. He has control and command of them all. So do you! I’m not saying deliberately place yourself in harms way. If you aren’t acting in the name and of the will of Jesus you simple are placing yourself in a compromising position. Yet still God will always have your best interest. How could someone be afraid of a thing yet not expect God to be with you. God is always bigger than your fears!!
Ok, well lets take this to another level. If you saw a demon would you run? I mean now a days satan has become harder to identify. People aren’t climbing walls and spinning heads most of the time. They just lie, steal, kill, cheat, etc. In the event you physically saw the appearance of a demon how would you be? No lie I would have to quickly get over my fear, because that is the first point of control of satan. To make you afraid so you lose Faith in God. I haven’t encountered this situation yet either. Now we are talking about the POWER of God. A foundation scripture for me is Luke 10:19 – Behold, I give unto you POWER to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over ALL the power of the enemy: AND NOTHING shall by ANY MEANS hurt you. Jesus Himself gives us this authority to bend satan to the Will of God. The only fear you can ever truly justify is the fear of God.
As the sermon was wrapped up, he has someone that had a fear of heights climb a ladder. I’m not sure what this proved or showed. This was the last sermon I ever sat through by this pastor. He missed the mark entirely!!! By missing the mark it proved his intent, the intention wasn’t to lead others to Jesus but to showboat himself as a pastoral leader.
JESUS, His Blood and WHY He died on the cross is the mark. Every stripe of on the back of Jesus is for everything that puts us in fear. One for Sickness, one for loneliness, one for depression, one for anxiety, etc. Ultimately, He dies on the cross, and we are never again to fear death. All of these things are taken care of and payed for by the Blood of Christ. He was the Perfect Sacrifice. By His Blood we are given the Holy Spirit. Jesus took fear and nailed it to the cross saying to us NO MORE!!! IT IS FINISHED!! We were given the authority OVER ALL THINGS.
Correct or incorrect doctrine? Besides being completely incorrect in his message he was totally missing the mark. Point all things to Jesus and the Cross. This brings me back to this….. off by a millimeter off by a mile. Somewhere in the beginning of his walk with Christ something was just a little bit off. Now, years later, he was way off by miles. This is why we are to ask, seek and knock for WISDOM and DISCERNMENT. You need to study the Word of God to be approved. Knowing the Word and knowing WHO GOD IS. Through that is how the Holy Spirit can let you know the TRUTH. Really take note when you allow the spirit of fear to feed you. Overcome it with Faith that no matter what the fear is God trumps it all.
I wanted to tell you guys about something that God gave me the other day. First, when you have a thought that isn’t of your own accord that is God speaking. Allow me to begin with that, because my thought process at that time was far from what God had given me. Honestly, I was frustrated and mad at something to do with the kids when BOOM there was a “random” thought. I always know when it’s God because it will pertain to something I had thought previously , sometimes by many years, or had never spoken about before. When I get upset I tend to clean. There I was, going over the whatever had just happened with one of the kids over and over in my mind. A bit angrily scrubbing the counters in the kitchen, when God placed this thought in my mind;
We have already been given the POWER and AUTHORITY to preform signs and wonders (Luke 10:19, Matthew 28:18)
This was a statement to something I knock around in my mind often for many many many years. usually the question “When” and “How” are the predominant questions I think about doing what Jesus did. I also used to think maybe we aren’t close enough to God. How close to God would one have to be to preform like Jesus did here on the earth? Was there anyone “good” enough to be worthy to raise the dead? Heal the sick? ETC. …. These are the thoughts that rolled around in my mind for close to ten years now. I always thought I will be one God uses in such ways one day. When I know the Word better or by heart? When I never forget to pray? When I stop life from distracting me? This brings me to mindset. Like have the keys to the car of your dreams in your hand but you feel like you don’t deserve to drive it. Or you keep it right where it is so that you don’t risk crashing it. Or you think the keys go to an entirely different car all together. We have been given in our hands the POWER and AUTHORITY to not know every scripture of the Bible and still walk up to a paraplegic and in the name of JESUS tell them to get up and walk!!! Understanding this and KNOWING without DOUBT that you have every right and authority to command the lame to walk is the key. Matthew 21:21 Jesus says it plain as day. If you tell a mountain to move from here to there with NO doubt it will move. 1 Corinth 13:2 also speaks of faith without doubt. I’ll go a bit more in depth about this scripture later, but for now. I say don’t be afraid to step out undoubtedly in faith and allow God to do the miraculous through you!!! To be like Jesus, you must DO as Jesus DID while He was on this earth!
Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the Lord, and He will avenge you. Proverbs 20:22, Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath…it is mine to avenge…Romans 12:19. Let your God settle all your injustices. He has the better way. ~ D.A.D~
I miss you guys!!!! I have been having many mini messages throughout the day …. then I think, wow this would make an awesome blog. Then I run out of time in my day or I get distracted. I think that many people are like the Israelites that where still mentally trapped in their mind as a state of slavery. People as a whole are bound by ignoragnce, class status, lables from society. Even when they have been set to another path, at least it seems that way. Have you heard about the “radicals” protesting and mobbing the streets of America? Such cry babies!!! There has never been an outburst so vexing to a population during an elecoral win that I know in of in the USA. Like a child punished by a parent, there is nothing that we can do about it the fact that it happened. I would like to point out scripturally that God is not just in control of ALL THINGS, but I had a serious concern for Clinton coming into office. She stood behind the next world war. I don’t believe many know that….. or choose to believe it. Genesis 12:3, 49:9 and Numbers 24:9 all speak of those who curse Israel God will curse. We were lead as a nation by Obama to be the recipient of that when he broke the treaty with Israel stating to Iran that we would not come to their aid if Iran waged war to Israel. Secretly backed by none other than Clinton. God mercifully saved us and allotted us more time to get right with Him by putting Trump into office. I personally rather have a business tycoon that is finding Jesus more in his life and following Him than anyone else. Revelation 13 pictates in detail the dragon of the sea with feet like a bear and mouth of a lion. When Russia decided (unofficially) to come to the aid of Syria and then join forces with China…… guys we were headed to it quick. As a nation we deserved that actually. God is good AT ALL TIMES. These people out there blocking the streets and looting and committing violence to others. Or finally letting their true colors out and threatening those of other races. Well….. using the election to show your evil is a sad twisted way of proving exactly why Trump was elected. To think that Trump will stand behind you because of your outburst or warped mindset I say this…… NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS. HAHAHAHA you honestly think an INTERNATIONAL BILLIONAIRE believes these white supremacy crap is what he is about?!?!?!? OUT OF YOUR EVER LIVING MIND! No way… he would have never gotten where he is in life if he was. You think he is going to lead that way??? Trump is a secret christian. At least a growing one. Rough edges and a tough past…. we as a whole, we need exactly that!! Like an unrulely child that has strict parents. It’s necessary to keep them on a straight path. We as a nation are the prodigal son. We’ve left a good place…. got cocky and egotistical…. prideful and frankly soft. We whine when we don’t agree and throw tantrums when we don’t get our way. Frankly it is stomach wrenching to even watch or hear about. I skip over the terrible crap on my news feeds and don’t ever watch the news now. The world is watching us act this way, and quite directly as a nation we are showing our @**. GROW UP!!! When 70% of the protesters AREN’T EVEN REGISTERED TO VOTE?!?!?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? Shut up and sit down weak links!!! To make a real difference actually take the steps needed to make the difference you seek. I suggest going into your house and not leaving for days and study hard the Word of God AKA the BIBLE!!! Only then will there be more understanding of not only how our government opperates but I know you’ll understand the God has given us the gift of time….. to come back to Him.
13 Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.
As I lay here and can’t sleep, I scroll through the Web reading on stars who died without media recognition, stupid mindless droning crap. Then God gives me a thought, ” why am I wasting my time?” I hate when I do that. I hate when I realize just how far from God’s plan I am by wasting my time on matterless affairs.I should be studying His Word or researching how to complete the assignment given. That’s why I don’t waste time anymore on trying to a DEFEND God’s Word, I don’t have to. I don’t have to prove to anyone He is real, God will do that Himself. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing of the Word. Speak truth to others no matter how they might feel about it. Because you don’t have TIME to keep letting them believe lies. We are out of time guys to beat around the bush and sugar coat things or be to scared to hurt feelings. Plant the seeds, water the seeds… all you can do. You can’t change a person only Jesus can. You can only lead by example and tell others of the amazing love of Jesus Christ. Be direct! If they cry they cry … if they get angry they get angry. … to tell someone of the Good News, to spread the Gospel of Jesus …… well feel your feelings and then move past it… truth hurts, it sucks, and it reveals intention. Stop with getting caught up in how others act, think, or speak….. YOU speak life and truth, YOU act like Jesus did (states to BE LIKE Jesus), and YOU control your thought process by feeding your spirit knowledge of the a word of God. Seek HIM. It’s not the words in the pages that makes you a Christian is how well you have a relationship with Him that makes you a true follower of Christ.
”Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NIV)