Jehovah will cause your gifts to make room for you. Jehovah will bring you before great men. Jehovah will make your name great. You don’t know enough and you don’t know enough people in high enough places to do in your own power what Jehovah is going to do through you. I remember trying to justify Jehovah’s vision for my life with a bunch of “I’s!” God said, “I?” Jené, you are insignificant in the God scheme of things. Jené, turn those “I’s” into “God’s.” That’s why our faith gets shaky sometimes because “we” know good and well “we” can’t make the vision manifest in our own power. It’s far too huge for human ideas, human power, human knowledge, human philosophies, and human effort. It’s far too huge for human connections. Until we humble ourselves [because we aren’t great without the power of Holy Spirit on the inside making us great], we will continue to stammer, stutter, and squirm when trying to explain how we’re going to “make it happen.” When people ask, “How?” Say, “I don’t know how, but God knows how.” Don’t try to justify the vision, just go along with God for the ride. Just continue to humble yourself to be a vessel. Just keep the faith in what He showed you and be ok with saying, “I don’t know. But God knows.”
God’s timing is perfect. His will for your life is perfect. His ways are not ours but they’re perfect. His thoughts are not ours but they’re perfect. We’re not special; we’re vessels. Be willing to die as God uses you. Be willing to decrease as God uses you. Be willing to look like you’re losing [and look like you’re losing with grace] as God uses you. It’s not about us. It’s about the kingdom. Always. Always. Always. Jené Elaine Walker
God helps us to keep things in perspective doesn’t He? Jesus says since we can’t do the “very little thing” of adding an hour to our lives, what are we worrying about the rest for?
Wow! To Jesus, adding an hour to a life is a simple thing! Now if that doesn’t help us to understand how powerless we are and powerful He is, I don’t know what will. Stop worrying right now. What good is it doing? Can we alone change our situations? Pray. Pray without ceasing. Pray continually. God is sovereign. He knows everything about us. He isn’t some distant, uncaring mystical being. He is God “with us.” He knows our problems. He knows what we need. He wants us to trust Him. Put your trust where your worry is. Do it now in Jesus’s name. You’ve been up all weekend worrying about “the rest” – bills, lack of money, your child, your next steps, your career, some trouble you got into, the disease, your boss, your past, your past, your past… Stop it now. The One who numbers the hairs on your head has your life in His hands. He can extend time for you or wipe time out for this entire world. Trust God. Dr.J.
If we find ourselves carrying the weight of our problems again today, we must surrender it to Jesus again.
You can’t be self-sufficient and totally reliant on God at the same time. Surrender your self-sufficiency again.
We can’t have faith and worry at the same time. Surrender your worries and anxieties again.
We can’t declare our independence and pray at the same time. Surrender your pride and ego and independence again.
We can’t pretend to be in control and let God take control at the same time. (Newsflash: We aren’t in control of anything in the absence of Holy Spirit.). Surrender your control and manipulation again.
We can’t fake it until we make it. Surrender your pretension again.
We can’t get out of all our debt; build our earthly empires; make a man love us; map out our lives and goals for the next ten years; make the current circumstances go away; or make people stop hating us – Surrender all that to Jesus – again. Jesus wants all of you and all your junk too. We have to surrender it all – again. Dr.J.
Listen! This season requires us to stretch. We have to stretch our eyes to see in the spiritual realm which requires 3-G vision (God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit). We’re stretching beyond surviving into thriving while God exceeds our expectations. Those of us who believe God are called to help those who do not. When you let God stretch your faith to believe Him for abundance, God will use you to bless those who can’t receive abundance in their spirit. When you allow God to stretch your vision, God will enlarge your territory to expand His kingdom through you. When you allow God to stretch your goals from worldly goals to kingdom goals, God will elevate you to elevate Him. S T R E T C H. I’m tired of “taking life as it comes.” I’m in
S T R E T C H mode. It’s stretching season. Pull me as far as You need to pull me Lord. I W I L L S T R E T C H. Dr.J.
Are there some things that you “said” you gave to God? Are there situations that you “said” you were going to trust God to handle? Every now and then though you feel this weight and heaviness in your chest. Once in a while you feel a spirit of heaviness or sadness. You also feel anxiety in an overwhelming sense. Well maybe you really did give it to God but at some point- in your mind, heart, or spirit – you picked it back up…again. And I get it…
Some of the things we have to deal with are so grave, disheartening, serious, and severe that when we don’t “see” God moving in the natural realm, we pick it back up…again. When we “look” at the magnitude of our situations in the natural, we know we can’t do anything about it. So we need to cast down the imaginations and high thoughts. We need to cast out the sickness of fear in our hearts. And we need to renounce the spirit of heaviness. We have to fight with prayer and hearing the Word aloud. We have to open up our mouths and make professions of the Word of God. But first, we have to give it back to God…again. Cheating spouses, no spouse, wayward child, addictions, childhood abuse, diseases passed down or transmitted, debt, money issues, incest, and job issues – God can handle it. Please believe. Dr.J.
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What ever happened to walking in this kind of power and authority? The healing, casting out demons deliverance, preaching to those we presume aren’t the elect and them being saved, and raising the dead from the dead kind of power… Oh I know what happened.
1) We’re more ministry focused than mission focused.
2) Our faith has been shaken so much so that we reserve that kind of power and authority to those who walked with Jesus or with a Damascus Road experience.
3) We’ve mistaken the enemy’s limited authority in the air and in the world for authority over believers when he has none.
4) We want the world. We’ve made this place our home. New Jerusalem? What’s that? “Let’s gain this world and lose our souls,” we say with our actions.
5) We just don’t believe it’s possible or true. We are clueless about a third realm even though God elevated us there right next to Jesus.
How about we start to live in such a surreal spiritual surrendered state that the Holy Spirit can speak to us and say, “Lay hands on her legs now,” and fill us with Holy Ghost power to heal.
He can say to us, “Her, over there. She has an impure spirit. Do deliverance work now.” And the power of the Holy Spirit fills us to cast out impure spirits in her. And we will not be afraid when the strongman or ruling spirit speaks to us and says he isn’t leaving [We still have believers who don’t believe in demons with as much deliverance work that Jesus did during his ministry…].
How about when we pass through the stores in the mall, people will rush to the aisles so our shadow might fall on them and heal and bless and deliver them because of the power of the Holy Ghost that fills us. What ever happened to walking in this kind of power and authority? Dr.J.
Acts 5:15 NIV “As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by.”
Be Careful How You Hear (Luke 8:10-15, 18 NLT)
4 Ways to Hear: The Seed is God’s Word
1. “The seeds that fell on the footpath represent those who hear the message, only to have the devil come and take it away from their hearts and prevent them from believing and being saved.”
2. “The seeds on the rocky soil represent those who hear the message and receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they believe for a while, then they fall away when they face temptation.”
3. “The seeds that fell among the thorns represent those who hear the message, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares and riches and pleasures of this life. And so they never grow into maturity.”
4. “And the seeds that fell on the good soil represent honest, good-hearted people who hear God’s word, cling to it, and patiently produce a huge harvest.”
“So pay attention to how you hear. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what they think they understand will be taken away from them.”
Number 4 is how we want to hear (SO many hear like number 3)! Dr.J.