The Importance Of Being Equally Yoked

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Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness?

2 Corinthians 6:14

I get a lot of email from people regarding relationships. So in this blog I am going to give you a little of my God given discernment regarding a Christian’s choice of a mate, or a date, if you will.

Would it surprise you to know that I have counseled people who met someone they thought was a believer, at church, only to find out later that not everyone that goes to church is a Christian, no more then going in a garage makes you a car ?

About 15 years ago God begin to teach me about being equally yoked. For a long time I thought that if two people were saved they would be equally yoked in a relationship. Nothing could be further from the truth, beloved.

For example lets say that you are a strong believer. You have a personal relationship with God and because of that your life is lived in accordance with doing those things that please your Savior. You are not a heavy drinker, you don’t do drugs and you spend much time in prayer and bible study.

Now there is this person at work, or wherever, who claims to be a Christian. They are nice looking, intelligent and fun to be around. You ask them if they are Christian, and they tell you “yes!” Right away you start daydreaming that possibly this is the person God has sent into your life.

After awhile you begin to have signs that this person is not at the same spiritual level you are. They are still partying and they don’t spend any time in prayer and bible study. By now, you are hooked in and Satan convinces you that you are falling in love and so you over look all these red flags and convince yourself that you can lead this person closer to God. You are walking a dangerous path, Beloved. Now, Satan has you on his territory and all kinds of problems are raising their ugly heads.

Being equally yoked means that this person is at the same spiritual level that you are. God needs to be #1 in their life. God wants His children with people who worship him together, pray together and read the word together. Why? Because relationships are hard to maintain, but when two people are centered in God, then they are more apt to work things out, then walk away.

We cannot lead another person to Christ unless the Spirit of the living God has called them. No matter how much we want them to be saved, we cannot force it on them.

God gives us free will. He could, but does not, force any man or woman to accept Jesus. Why is that? Because it’s at the calling of the Holy Spirit that a man or woman is brought to Christ. God knows His sheep and we know Him. We cannot be assured that anyone who claims to know Christ really does just because they say they do. The bible tells us that we will know them by their fruits.

Perhaps they do know God, but they are backslidden. We can pray for them but until they are fully committed to Christ we do not need to have a relationship with them.

God has the perfect mate for each of us. A lot of us don’t want to wait for God’s man or woman. We try and turn someone into to God’s man or woman, who may not ever have been called by the Lord.

Right now, more then ever, God wants Godly marriages. We don’t have time to waste. I have noticed that God is putting people together to minister. Nothing will ruin your ministry faster then an unbelieving spouse, or a “half-baked” Christian spouse.

When we have a lot of problems in relationships, our eyes get turned off of God and we spend all our time in emotional turmoil.

Sometimes people tell me “Well this person was so gorgeous, or so good looking, that I got turned away from good sense.” Let me put it to you this way, even if you like hot fudge sundaes, if you eat one everyday, they eventually get old. Do yourself a favor and wait. There are great looking Christian men and women too. You just have to wait and pray until God brings them to you. Trust me, God will!

I have had good relationships and disastrous relationships. I learned a lot by going down the wrong roads in life. I now try to counsel others before they “go there.”

Before I met my husband I quit dating for five years. I prayed and put my relationship with God first. At the end of those five years, when I had made myself ready, God brought His man to me. I made a list of everything I wanted in a Christian man, and I didn’t settle until I got it. Even so, the first two years of our marriage was hard. I had been single for years and my husband had been single for 17 years. We were both set in our ways, and if it had not been for God smoothing the way we might not have made it. I had a “spirit of imaginations,” due to all the dysfunctional relationships I had been in. I often imagined my husband saying and doing things that he didn’t, just because others had. God delivered me from that, miraculously. He can do it for you too!

Be careful that you do not compromise in relationships. The hour is short and Satan will stop at nothing to get an inroad to your life. If you are not careful in choosing a mate you are on Satan’s territory and do not be surprised when you get hurt.

Hold out for a real Christian, with a real relationship with the Lord! If you need someone to agree with you in prayer, email me and I will become your prayer partner!

In His Unconditional Love,

Cathie

www.helpforgodshurtingpeople.com

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Being Thankful No Matter What Is Going On

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You, who are servants, be good servants to your masters—not just to good masters, but also to bad ones. What counts is that you put up with it for God’s sake when you’re treated badly for no good reason. There’s no particular virtue in accepting punishment that you well deserve. But if you’re treated badly for good behavior and continue in spite of it to be a good servant, that is what counts with God. 1 Peter 2:19-20

If you are currently in a situation that is unbearable, in many ways, I can promise that God is trying to teach you something.

At my age I have learned lessons, and most of them I learned the hard way. There are times when I feel the urge to blog about cooking, or politics, or decorating but God has had to sit me down and teach me that my mission is to help other people learn, hopefully a whole lot earlier, how to avoid the painful training situations I have endured.

I think one thing I wish I could have learned earlier is that the way we respond to situations is a training ground. If we do not learn the lesson that God is trying to teach us we end up repeating the same situation over and over. One day we begin to see a pattern. It is at that time that we usually seek God’s help. We become sick and tired of going around in circles and getting nowhere and so we begin to see that the problem lies within us and we want change.

I think that God is very interested in our attitudes. If we are suffering can we quit complaining, grumbling and feeling sorry for ourselves? So many times we become addicted to bad attitudes and self-pity. It took me forever to understand that grumbling does not please God and I endured one bad situation after another until I realized that I needed to learn to endure, patiently, with a good attitude no matter what the circumstances were. In Hebrews 12:2 we read the following;

“fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Have you ever done a study regarding people in the bible and how they handled bad situations, and suffering? If you have not I suggest a study of the characters in the Old Testament.

I often think of the patient suffering of Joseph who was terribly mistreated by his brothers. Just to refresh your memory they sold him into slavery and then told their father a wild animal had killed him. Meanwhile a wealthy man named Potiphar, who took him into his home as a slave, purchased him.

Joseph was promoted from one place in the palace to another and one unjust thing after another happened to him. Yet we notice he never complained, and because he kept a great attitude in suffering, God eventually delivered and promoted him.

On the other hand we have read of the stories of the Israelites on their way to the Promised Land. They began to complain and in doing so, continually, they ended up spending forty years in the wilderness.

In every story I read it appeared to me that God valued good and faithful attitudes in the midst of suffering.

I noticed, in my own life, that my complaints started in my mind. I would think of one unjust treatment or the other, and then sooner or later with my big mouth I started complaining out loud.

Finally, God began to show me examples of my poor attitude. It seemed to God, and to me, that I was never happy with what I had for very long before I started complaining.

For instance, I would pray for a better job and better pay. Once I got a better job with better pay I started complaining about all the hours I was having to work, ect. I would pray for a larger house and then when I got a larger house I complained about having to clean it all the time.

Finally, in frustration over my ingratitude, God began to use circumstances to strip me of one blessing and then another. While praying and seeking God over what was going on in my life, I began to realize that I only complained and hardly ever thanked God for my blessings.

In the midst of learning this lesson I began to pray for something else I thought I needed to have. I was praying one day, when as clear as a bell, God spoke the following to me, “Why should I bless you with anything more, when you are never thankful for what you have?”

That hit home. I began to listen to the words coming out of my mouth and the complaining that was just below the surface of my words.

Look around you right now! You may think you have nothing but so many people in other circumstances would be thrilled to have what you have.

God doesn’t want us to complain and fret. He wants us to pray and give thanks. In Philippians 4:6 we read this:

“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” The Message bible.

If we are not in an “attitude of gratitude” our prayers are going to fall on deaf ears with God. It’s a lot like it is with our own children. If we go into a store with them and they are well behaved and happy we are pleased to reward them with a treat. On the other hand if we take them into a store and they throw themselves down on the floor and raise Holy Hannah we are not going to be inclined to do much more then punish them.

Tomorrow is a new day. We can start the day by just being happy we are breathing and can get out of bed. A lot of folks didn’t. Then we can take it from there and find so many more things during the day to praise God for.

If you are not going forward towards your promised land I urge you to rethink your attitude. When our attitudes change so does God’s mind. We can be assured that with the right attitude, especially in times of suffering, we can touch the heart of Daddy God.

Once our attitudes line up with God’s will for our lives, it is only a matter of waiting patiently and looking expectantly for the doors to open in front of us.

In His Unconditional Love,

Cathie

www.helpforgodshurtingpeople.com

God’s Unconditional Forgiveness Trumps People’s Unforgiveness

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“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, So great is His loving-kindness toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him” Psalm 103:11,12,13

 

 

During the Jewish New Year the The Ten Days Of Repentance (10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) unfolds: On Rosh Hashanah God “‘opens’ the ‘books’ of judgment” of creation and all mankind starting from each individual person, and in those books it is first “written” what will be decreed, hence the emphasis on the “ketivah” (“writing”). The “judgement” is then “pending” and prayers and repentance are required. Then on Yom Kippur, the judgment is “sealed” or confirmed (i.e. by the Heavenly Court), hence the emphasis is on the word “chatimah” (“sealed”).

 

During this time it is said we should ask forgiveness of anyone whom we have hurt or offended during the last year. In light of that I wanted to blog about those situations in which we ask forgiveness of someone(s) who refuse to forgive us. For many of us who have turned our lives around it becomes painfully true that even though God forgives us, often time’s family and friends do not.

 

I once counseled a person who was extremely sad that He had been cut out of the lives of his grown children.

 

When he was younger and the children were small he had a sexual addiction. He had one affair after the other. He hid most of them from his ex-wife. She often would accuse him of marital infidelity but she had no proof. It was just those “feelings” women and men get when a spouse is cheating.

 

Most of the times the affairs meant nothing, but then one day he fell hopelessly in love with one of the women he was sleeping with on the side. He decided he had to be with the woman who lived across the country. After quitting his job the man went home, while his wife was at work, and he packed a bag and left and never looked back.

 

He left not only financial ruin but also broken hearts, because of his selfish and compulsive behavior.

 

The situation did not end well. His girlfriend was into drugs and abused alcohol. He started doing the same. They both threw good sense out of the window, and before they knew it they were both living off the welfare system and selling drugs to support their habit.

 

In the same way the man had left his wife, his girlfriend left him. He got in trouble with the law and ended up doing prison time.

 

While in prison he reached rock bottom and when some folks from a prison ministry came to visit, he committed his life to Christ and repented of his sins.

 

He got out of prison, got his life back together and met and married a Christian woman whom he had met at his church.

 

As God led this man through deep repentance of his past sins, he began to realize how much his earlier actions had hurt his children. They are all grown now and he decided he wanted to contact them and ask forgiveness for abandoning them. He knew that God had forgiven and restored him and he was hopeful his children would too.

 

Well, as you might imagine not only were these adult children not happy to hear from him, a couple of them told him they never wished to hear from him again and if he did call they would get a restraining order against him.

 

The man was crushed and in a deep depression when he reached out for spiritual counseling.

 

The good news is that God ALWAYS forgives us. He removes our sins from his mind. He never holds our past sins, once repented of, against us.

 

The bad news is that we may have hurt people in our lives by our self-centered, dysfunctional actions of the past. Those people should be able to forgive us, but often times they won’t and they don’t.

 

The man was going through terrible times of not being able to forgive himself for his past. The fact that he now has no relationship with his children is no one’s fault but his own and he knows that. He had been unable to come to terms with that. Day and night Satan would come to him with all sorts of taunting words. “You are the worst father in the world,” Satan would tell him. “You are a pathetic human being, you should have killed yourself, and you still should.” These words would bombard him in the car, in the shower, at night when he tried to pray and it was wearing the man down.

 

You too may have people in your life that you hurt. Now you are living for the Lord and yet they still refuse to speak to you. They may still talk behind your back, and they may still tell people you “are crazy” or whatever.

 

Beloved you cannot make anyone forgive you. It may take years of them seeing your changed behavior to believe you have truly changed.

 

But you cannot let your past define you. You are not who people say you are, but you are who GOD says you are. You are His beloved child, and in His eyes you are perfect.

 

I am not going to tell you that it doesn’t hurt to be left out of family members lives, because the truth is just the opposite. It  does hurt, but healing starts when you realize that you have done the best you can. You are a forgiven child of God, and you will live with Him for eternity.

 

Your best bet is to pray that those who treat you terribly and have refused to forgive you will  come to know Him as their personal savior. Then, they will understand unconditional love.

 

Other then that we often have to face the facts that we can do nothing about the forgiveness others refuse to grant us. It is not good to continually grieve over the situation. Satan often uses that grief as an excuse to heap condemnation on the believer. If we give him a foothold, through self-pity, he will bombard our minds constantly with thoughts about what bad people we are.

 

If that is happening to you it’s time to get up and fight the devil, by commanding him to keep quiet and leave you alone. Then we make a conscious effort to but our minds elsewhere and give our sorrow to God.

 

God has promised restoration of families. God will work things out in His timing, not ours. In the meantime we must go on cheerfully, making the best of our day and refusing to wallow in self-pity.

 

We are commanded to forgive others and so we do so, leaving their acceptance of our forgiveness in the hands of God.

 

Hold your head high, and walk forward. You cannot change the past, but you can make your future whatever you want it to be.

 

In His Unconditional Love,

Cathie

 

www.helpforgodshurtingpeople.com

Using Our Gifts For The Kingdom Of God

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“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.” John 14:12

I don’t know where the “church” went wrong, and I haven’t had the urge to research it. At one point we had leaders that turned around the message and made it “all about us.” In the following scriptures we learn exactly how God feels about these people who taught us that it was our right to be rich, and if we gave to them we would be. When we gave and gave and got nothing in return, we often became bitter and quit giving at all.

“Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of my pasture!” declares the LORD.” Jeremiah 23:1

 

Those of us who belong to God are called to be His hands, heart, eyes, and minister to His people in the same way He ministered to others while He walked the earth.

As I said in my last blog entry we are made to share in His sufferings, but after that time we are to be “resurrected” having died to self and realizing that our gifts should be used to advance His Kingdom until He returns for us.

Somehow the church went wrong and we got the impression that we were meant to have it easy breezy here with no money problems. We were supposed to, according to these money-grabbing ministers, have lots of money and use that money for lavish vacations, hot cars and mini-mansions.

God will provide for us and the reason He does so is so that we can provide for His people. If we have no place to live, no food to eat, no healthcare and no car, we cannot provide for His people. But in the past few years I have found that God will lay it on someone’s heart to provide for me as I minister. I do not have to ask, and before I learned this secret, I used to do so. The Lord showed me these scriptures regarding the support of ministry. A whole lot of folks have not seen the following scriptures;

“After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.” Luke 8:1,2,3

Satan will come to ministers and whisper in their ears “You are helping others and they do not do a thing for you, you need to beg for donations.” Even last week someone said to me to add a donation button to my blog. I tried to do so and it got messed up and wouldn’t work. The Lord began to admonish me for that. We need to take our directions from God and NOT other people.

If we are truly walking in the spirit the things we need will be provided. Are there some people that are users that take, take and take and never give? Of course, but it no longer bothers me because I hope that somehow the Lord, through the words He gives me to write, will eventually impress these folks about the joy of giving. Until they learn that lesson whatever they get will slip, constantly, from their hands.

There are people whom the Lord will touch to support your ministry. I have had those people write me in the past, just when I was desperate, and tell me that the Lord spoke to their heart to help me. A few months ago a dear woman from New Zealand wrote me and did just that. At that time, due to medical bills my husband has, my situation was dire. God waited until the very last minute and then He provided for our needs.

Beloved of the Lord our motives are always known by God. What do we need provision for? If we truly belong to Him and are always ministering to His people, regardless of what we are paid, He will meet our NEEDS. The people of God ministered to Jesus and the disciples as we see in the above scriptures. It wasn’t all the multiplication of fishes and loaves.

Out of the amount folks may occasionally donate to me, I take 10% and donate to someone else’s ministry. Sometimes someone will send $5.00 and I appreciate that and take .50cents and place it in a jar. Then if I see someone, that God tells me to minister money to, I may have 5.00 saved up and I reach in my purse and give it to that person.

Our basic gifts are given to us when God breathes His spirit on us, at conception. We often use those gifts to glorify self at first. If Gods hands are truly on our lives as we mature He will take us through many trials and tribulations until we repent and use the gifts for His Kingdom. He takes us in a crude state, like clay in the potter’s hands, and He molds us until we shine forth in glory. He NEVER takes his hands off of His children, but some fall without having reached their full potential in the Lord and they never get back up. How heartbreaking that must be for the Father.

For instance I have always had a God given discernment of spirits. However for a long time it confused me, especially as a child. At one point I got heavily involved in New Age. I would do readings for people and they would pay me $150.00 for an hour.

I wasn’t using these readings as an extension of God’s intuitive mind. I was using these gifts to make money. The problem was that my life went from bad to worse. One problem after the other, one bad hurtful relationship after the other, until I finally had enough of that and totally surrendered to the Lord. I repented and asked for deliverance from “evil spirits.”

I was later surprised to learn that that gift of “intuition” had not been removed from my life. I was simply told by the Lord that now I must use it to help His people. I think a lot of intuitives get to that point. They realize that it’s not about them, but about Him. They then start to see their “clients” as a ministry and not a meal ticket.

Jesus worked through God given intuition. Notice how He ministers to people. He never sits them down and does an intake. He simply, kindly, tells them what the problem is and then says, “Go and sin no more.”

What’s the difference between God giving His people discernment of spirits and Satan giving people “intuition and psychic ability?”

Someone comes to you and wants you to give them lottery numbers, and you either cannot or will not because we do not need to know the future. God holds our future and we need to rest in that everyday no matter what happens.

Now, lets say that a Christian parent comes to you with concern about a situation with one of their children. I pray about it and advise the parent what God has shown me. Sometimes there are hidden things God wants to share with someone who doesn’t have, themselves, the gift of discernment of Spirits.

At other times someone might have a sin that is dragging them down and that they have had a hard time overcoming. Those times God might give me a Word that shows me the “root” of that problem and knowing that often sets the person free.

If we take our God given talents and use them to our glory, and not the glory of the Lord, we will be reprimanded by the Lord until we get down on our hands and knees and ask forgiveness and turn from those things that are not pleasing to God.

I want to deal in this blog entry, and a few more to come, about why we are here and what our purpose is. When we realize that we are in this world to expand His Kingdom, as He did when He walked the earth, things start to make sense. We find out that we are not crazy, just different then those who do not belong to Him, and that we are not citizens of this crazy world but citizens of heaven. He said that He went there to “prepare a place for us.” We often forget that our reward is in heaven not in this sinful world.

Each encounter is a God given opportunity to reach a hurting world. If we walk in the Spirit we need not say a Word, we simply “tune” into Him and wait for instructions.

In His All Knowing Love,

Cathie

www.helpforgodshurtingpeople.com

Take Up Your Cross

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Yes, we live under constant danger to our lives because we serve the Lord, but this gives us constant opportunities to show forth the power of Jesus Christ within our dying bodies. 2 Corinthians 4:11

 

The above scripture is very mystical. If you are one of the ones who has laid down their lives to follow the Savior you are probably one who has suffered greatly in the natural.

 

The scripture speaks of the danger of being under attack by the evil one because we serve the Lord. It means that because of these things we have many chances to witness to others who cannot understand how we stay peaceful while under attack. Yes, these old bodies are slowly dying, to get ready for our eternal bodies that will never die or grow old.

 

I can’t pinpoint exactly when, but at one point I began to realize that in some way those of us who experience a great deal of personal pain are somehow walking the same path as the Savior. In some way we must willing to lay down our lives, in the same way Christ was willing to lay His down. When things become hard we must be willing to say, “Not my will but THY will be done.”

 

If you are called to a close intimacy with the Lord you will at first not understand when one thing after another happens to you. You will feel as if your heart is breaking into little bitty pieces.

 

You probably have suffered the loss, in one way or another, of family members and dear friends. At times you feel all alone, but deep down inside you know that you are not alone, because the presence of God is always with you.

 

If you are ready to lay it all down at the foot of the cross and lay down your life to become more and more like Jesus (Yeshua) I believe you are about to cross from one phase of your life to another.

 

Prior to that happening you will have a severe temptation. Some of you have been through that already, and some of you are in the midst of it right now.

 

If you are in a situation that feels extremely confusing, up one moment and down the other, know that it is a last ditch effort of the evil one to take you away from God.

 

In the last month I went through a very strange situation. A few days ago I finally realized that it was coming from Satan, and I put a stop to it and have spent the past few days fasting two meals a day and staying in prayer and in the Word.

 

I can tell you a little bit about the situation, so that you will get my drift, but because of the privacy issues with those involved, I will not be able to get really specific.

 

It appeared that one of my dear dreams was getting ready to come true. Suddenly things began to change and confusion entered the situation. On top of confusion I began to sense harassment from one of the parties involved. The harassment started to feel a little bit abusive. I came out of the fog of deception the other day and I realized I had fallen into a trap. It looked too good to be true, and it was too good to be true.

 

Be careful Beloved when something or someone comes to you that appears to be everything you have be waiting for. Test the spirits and go slowly. You see, Beloved, Satan uses things that he knows we want desperately to lead us astray.

 

In my case I spent so much time doing the paperwork, etc. that I was being asked to do that I was letting my time of prayer and worship become less and less. I thought I had let go of “ego” and I thought I had completely laid down my life for God, but this situation showed me that I still had a long way to go in laying everything at the foot of the cross. God wants His children to have nice things to use and share with His people however we must always check our motives. Do we want this or that to glorify the Lord or glorify us? We might be able to fool other people, but we cannot fool God.

 

Finally, a few days ago I laid it all down. I told God that nothing mattered but doing His work, and lovingly working to help those He has called me to work with. It is like the weight of the world is off of my shoulders. What I thought was for my good, was a trap to take my eyes off of God and ministry.

 

As soon as I made the decision to walk away from this “opportunity” I begin to see God moving in supernatural ways in my life.

 

I want you all to know; that all the hurt and pain you have been through was for one reason and one reason only and to prepare you for what is just ahead. A lot of people have not made it through to the other side. They have had hard times and blamed God. They have fallen and have not wanted to get up. Instead of getting up they have given up.

 

For those of us who have stayed faithful, by the Grace of God, we are going into a period of seeing supernatural miracles. Remember that at one time Jesus was in the wilderness and while in the wilderness He was tempted by the Devil to give up. Every time Jesus got in the flesh, by saying “I hunger, etc.” Satan would then come against Him. When Jesus realized that He began to quote the Word.

 

The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Matthew 4:3

 

“But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4

 

A lot of you have been through a hard “school of the Holy Spirit,” in the past few years. Yet, through it all you have stayed faithful to God. There have been times where it felt your heart was breaking but still you determined in your heart to stay faithful to the Lord. You didn’t know why it was all happening, but regardless you knew that God loved you and had a plan for your life.

 

Today the following scripture stood out to me,  

“I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no one can close. You have little strength, yet you obeyed my word and did not deny me.” Revelation 3:8

 

We are getting ready to see some horrible things come on the earth. I have been seeking the Lord for specifics before I share what is in my heart with you.

 

When these things begin to happen you will need certain things to help people. I believe that whatever you need for each and every situation will be supplied for you in a miraculous way. A door is opening for finances for those who will need to help others financially; a door is opening for food for those who will need to feed a lot of people. If you will need transportation to help people that will be provided, if you need a house to share with people and minister from that will be provided. Some of you think you are too old or too ill to help people. I believe that God is getting ready to heal many miraculously and renew the strength you had thought was gone forever.

 

A word of what I feel is warning from God, not me, is that those who take the things they have been blessed with and do not share with God’s people will lose it all.

 

Some of you will be moving locations quickly, an opportunity may appear from out of the blue. Others may find themselves staying where they are because that is where you will be needed.

 

Some of you will read this and not comprehend it, others that have the anointing on their lives, that I am speaking of in this blog, will know immediately that you are one of the ones called to suffer in order to reach maturity in the Lord. That maturity has led you to put Him first, as badly as it has hurt. For those people your doors are going to start opening in front of you, and those around you will be astonished at what God has done.

 

If this resounds with your spirit I want to remind you that we are truly aliens in this land. Our forever home is in heaven! Look up, be strong and be prepared. Those of us standing here now were chosen for a time such as this.

 

In order to become more like Him, we must be willing to die to self more and more each and every day!

 

Maranatha…

 

In His Unconditional Love,

Cathie

 

www.helpforgodshurtingpeople.com

 

Get Thee Up!

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Then Joshua cried out, “Oh, Sovereign LORD, why did you bring us across the Jordan River if you are going to let the Amorites kill us? If only we had been content to stay on the other side! Joshua 7:7

 

But the LORD said to Joshua, “Get up! Why are you lying on your face like this? Joshua 7:10

 

Often times, like Joshua, we have been waiting and believing for something and we get frustrated and we speak to God in a very similar way that Joshua spoke to God.

 

We may feel we are doing everything right and yet our blessings seem far away from us. Maybe we are praying for friends and family to come to know God personally, or we are praying for a job, or a new house, or for our healing. The list can go on and on. In the beginning of our believing things start out good, and we are sure God is going to BLESS us. Then Satan throws a stumbling block in our way and we are tempted to give up.

 

I was praying this weekend about a situation in my own life. I was so sure things were going forward. Each time Satan had put a stumbling block in front of me, God had brought me out victoriously. Now, as I was right on the verge of experiencing the answer to my prayers, a HUGE setback came along that resulted in me saying the following to GOD; “Why did you open every door and now that I was so full of faith that you were “in this” it appears that there is a door shut that is nearly impossible to open!”

 

I decided to fast and pray until I heard from God. Finally, yesterday afternoon, I was led to the story above in the book of Joshua.

 

I know that a lot of you have been on the verge of giving up lately. You are frustrated because you have followed the Lord, and lived for the Lord to the best of your human ability. During those times when you feel weak, you trust in God and He strengthens you and holds you up by His strong right hand. I believe you are confused as to what is keeping your miracle from you.

 

Having said that you want to know WHY nothing seems to be moving forward. So I want to share with you what God has spoken to my heart. Some of it may be a bitter pill to swallow. I apologize in advance for that, but it is my job to share with hurting people what God tells me. I give it to you straight, as God gives it to me.

 

We look at the scriptures above and we see that God tells Joshua to “GET UP.” Sometimes we witness to people how God is good and God takes care of us and then instead of saying “God is going to take care of this, He always has and He always will,” We get downcast and depressed and wonder what “we” are going to do. Now we somehow believe it is up to a friend or family member to find a solution for our problems. We think God is not big enough to give us a miracle. The unsaved see us wringing our hands and worrying and they must think, “Whoa where is that faith you are always talking about?”

 

So God says to Joshua to quit being a bad witness to those around him and GET UP. It may take a lot of prayer and letting the Lord give us supernatural strength but it is now, more then ever, we must keep trusting and believing God.

 

There are two reasons why things are not going forward. In this next verse God speaks to Joshua explicitly about why things are going downhill quickly. In Joshua 7:11 we read the following;

 

“Israel has sinned and broken my covenant! They have stolen some of the things that I commanded must be set apart for me. And they have not only stolen them but have lied about it and hidden the things among their own belongings.”

 

So we often have to use this as a metaphor for our own lives. Is there known sin and rebellion we are participating in? Sin, not repented of, cuts off blessings in the lives of Christians. If we are praying for financial miracles are we giving to others? God blesses us, financially, so that we can be a blessing to others. Being blessed by God and hoarding it all for ourselves will stop further blessings COLD. The Word of God says this regarding giving;

 

“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete to others it shall be measured to you again.”

 

 

Now if we can truthfully say that none of the above applies to our lives then the answer is that as much as we want something to happen, God will allow it to happen in HIS timing and not OUR timing.

 

I like to use the following metaphor to describe God’s timing in the life of a Christian;

 

Your son or daughter comes to you and wants your keys to drive somewhere. Now there is nothing wrong with that, and you fully intend to let them have those keys someday. The problem is your child is only 12 years old. If you gave them those keys you know that they could get seriously hurt, or hurt someone else. You say, “No, not yet!” You say “no” out of love for the child and care for the safety of the child.

 

When things stop, if we are not in known sin, then we have to trust that the timing is off; if God blessed us at this time we could either end up in a bad situation or get hurt.

 

When God’s timing is not our timing we can lay down on the floor and cry and protest, as Joshua did before the Lord, but it will not change a thing. It may hurt temporarily and it may frustrate us, but we have to always know that when things do not go the way we want them to go, it’s just not the right time for our miracle.

 

If, we are living for God we have to believe that the stumbling block will be removed. It may be removed tomorrow or the next month or even the next year, but it WILL be removed. God knows and see’s things we do not know or see.

 

For those in need of financial provision of one sort or the other I ask you to pray the following prayer, after printing it out. Then continue to pray it until you can see a breakthrough!

 

“Father, I thank You for promising that if we would honor You with our finances by joyfully giving, that You would bless our abundantly.

 

Right this very moment I will stop worry and stressing about finances because You know what I need and You will provide for my family and me.

 

I determine to seek first Your Kingdom and Your righteousness, and I know that all things we need (Food, finances, clothing, shelter, ect.) will be given to us.

 

You are always faithful to supply all of our needs according to your riches in glory by Christ Jesus! Thank you for blessing us with everything we need, and thank You that we will always have more than enough to be a blessing to others.”

 

Even if we are as broke as a church mouse we can bless someone else. A smile goes a long way if it is followed by saying, “How are you doing today!” to a hurting person.

 

Ask God to send you to someone today that needs a cheerful friend. I often do that and God will put the picture of someone in my mind. If I can I will call that person and see what I can do to brighten their day.

 

I believe that self-centered attitudes STOP blessings from flowing in our lives.

 

In His Never-Ending Love,

Cathie

 

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