Are you an orphan or a daughter?
An orphan spirit has permeated the Christian community. This spirit causes us to live in lack rather than fullness.
We plead for our prayers to be heard and answered, instead of climbing on Daddy’s lap and listening to what Jesus and Holy Spirit are praying into our situation
(Rom 8:34, Rom 8:26). And then joining in with those prayers. Read More…
Who are the wicked? Who are the lost? I’ve been mulling over this question for a couple of weeks. Pondering Jesus’ behavior so I can better walk in those shoes of His.
But then I started thinking about Him rebuking the Pharisees (John 8:37-54). I know a handful of people who carry a pretty heavy Pharisaical spirit.
Would Jesus rebuke them?
I see them feeling proud of their own righteousness and judging others whose choices would make you wince. So what separates these modern day Pharisees from the ones of Jesus’ day?
Is pride the difference? The Pharisees of ancient Jerusalem came across as arrogant, self-seeking and jealous. They knew the law and claimed Abraham as their father but Jesus said their father was the devil
(John 8:37-39,44). Wow! Pretty bold. Read More…
Have you ever heard God laugh? Do you want to?
Do you want to experience the sweet sound of utter delight that comes from a parent thoroughly in love with His child? You.
Or the fierce sound of a Warrior laughing in the face of His enemies when we dwell in the shelter of the Most High (Psalm 91:1)?
I’ve heard both. And I want to hear more. All the nuances of His humor. His delight. His pleasure with His creation. His pleasure in us. Read More…
Fear rules most of mankind.
Fear of failing. Fear of rejection. Fear of judgment. Fear of lacking value or of leaving no lasting impact in this world. That our footprints will be so insignificant, they will slowly fade into nothingness with the passage of time.
We want to matter. We want to be known, to be seen. To have a voice. To be given significant space in someone’s life so we experience their world brightening when we walk into it.
How much do we experience the joy and fullness of life versus struggling to keep our heads and our hearts above water?
Does joy tease us out of bed in the morning, or does dread weigh us down before the alarm quits its buzzing? Read More…
Some of us feel brave by coming out of our Christian closets. But there is a battle that comes from an ungodly realm when we step out in faith. Because holding hands with Jesus threatens the demonic.
And how does the demonic push back? Intimidation. Fear. Lies that threaten our peace.
So, how do we combat that? How do we learn to live in perfect peace? The Word says, “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” (Isaiah 26:3)
But what if we don’t? Trust Him, that is? Read More…
So, the other morning I was pondering this week’s blog. What were God and I going to write? Nothing was coming to mind, so I grabbed my journal and asked. This is how it went:
Me: What do you want to blog about this week?
God: Intimacy. The lies that hinder My people from drawing near to Me.
Me: What are the lies?
God: That I don’t approve of their choices. What they don’t understand is, they make those choices out of a sense of desolation and loss. They try to fill the lonely places inside with things: people, spending, secret gambling habits, boyfriends, sex. Read More…
I had an interesting conversation with my daughter last night. She struggles with the fear of rejection. The fear that if people really know her, they won’t like her. Yeah, that apple didn’t roll too far from the tree–—that was my biggest fear for years.
She also believed she should be ashamed of her wrong behavior. That feeling bad shows you really understand the depth of your error. And she believed that God gets angry with her over her poor choices.
So I shared with her a dream I had several years ago in which God spoke three questions:
1) Does God get disappointed with you?
2) What was the purpose of the cross?
3) Was God’s purpose for the cross fulfilled?
How often has it been spoken by well-intentioned people, that we are sinners saved by grace? How often have we proudly proclaimed, “I’m a sinner, saved by grace!”
The problem with that belief (in its present tense form) is that it is in error. It is not Biblical. It has become a tradition of men, birthed, most likely, out of a false sense of humility.
And understandably so. We look at God’s holiness and majesty and then look at ourselves and don’t in any way want to presume to be like Him. We, Christians, tend to be afraid of truly embracing the freedom of the Good News for fear of looking haughty or prideful. Read More…
Do you want to know who God is to me? How he found me in the darkest places and brought such freedom to my life?
Good. I thought you might.
I’m thirsty for knowledge and for freedom. I suck up podcasts like a starving person. I could easily be a conference junkie, traveling anywhere and spending whatever it cost to attain nuggets of truth to further me on this journey deeper into God’s heart, where shackles and chains are broken off like tiny bits of confetti.
It’s been a difficult and painful journey. I’ve struggled with loneliness and depression, anger and anxiety.
Much of my life I’ve been scared of Him. Scared of not meeting His expectations, scared of failing, of incurring His disapproval and disappointment. Read More…
What battle are you fighting?
With yourself? Are you beating yourself up over your bad choices, your forgetfulness, your lack of measuring up?
Or with others? Their stupidity, insensitivity and thoughtlessness or just because they lack kindness toward us?