The Covering Of The Holy Spirit

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1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not be in want.

2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,

3 he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.

4 Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death, [a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

6 Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD
forever. Psalm 23

The 23rd Psalm has always comforted me. I memorized it as a child, and would repeat it at night before going to sleep, for comfort. My uncle had given me a little bible for Christmas. I went through the bible cover to cover and it was at the front of it that someone had printed out the 23rd psalm in the bible for children. My family didn’t go to church in those days, and yet God had his hand on me and led me to scripture for comfort.

I was thinking today about the 5th verse of the 23rd Psalm, which says “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil, my cup runs over.”

This verse is interesting as it implies that even in the midst of our enemies, even when sitting right there with them, we have the anointing of the Holy Spirit and we need not fear them. In fact the anointing is so great that it literally pours out of the cup and runs over!

In the Old Testament “Oil” is used as a symbol for the Holy Spirit! Think about your life today, right now! Who do you fear? What do you fear? Maybe, because of life’s difficult situations these days, you may have to literally sit down at a table in the presence of someone in your home who is an enemy. It may be a person who is totally against God and living their life as if going to hell is their goal. You can sit down in front of this person and thank God that you have the anointing that He has poured over you and nothing this person says or does can touch you!

Maybe your enemy today is lack of money, maybe it’s illness, and maybe it’s depression. Whatever that situation is that you are “sitting” with today, you will come out victorious if you can align your mind with that scripture. God doesn’t lie. Lying is not in Him. Write that scripture verse down. Have faith in it, and believe it. Nothing, or no person that you are in the midst of today, will have the victory! You will overcome by the anointing of the Holy Spirit in the midst of your problem.

We don’t’ spend enough time talking about the Holy Spirit these days, but we should! When Jesus ascended to Heaven he assured us that he was not leaving us alone. He told us that He was leaving the Comforter with us, in the “person” of the Holy Spirit.

There are times, when in the midst of adversaries, you may have to repeat that verse over and over in your head until you “feel” peace. You will be surprised at how getting your thoughts on that verse gets your thoughts off of the person across from you!

Wherever we are, whatever is going on, God is with us and we have the anointing. I have had times where I had to deal with an unpleasant situation or person that was filling me with anxiety. I learned to pray beforehand “Father, please anoint me with the Holy Spirit, send angels before me to prepare my way before I have to meet with this person.” I want you to know that simple prayer has never failed me yet!

Give it a try yourself! Believe and have faith in The Word of God! People are human; people fail us, however the Word of God never fails!

Father, we thank you today that your Word never fails. Give us peace in the midst of enemies. Your peace Father is so surreal that it astounds those around us when you flood it over us, in the midst of our trials. Thank you Father for “Peaces that surpasses all understanding” In Your Name the Name Above All Names we pray. Amen and Amen.

In His Unconditional Love,

Cathie

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Turning On The Light That Dispels The Darkness

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Their sentence is based on this fact: that the Light from heaven came into the world, but they loved the darkness more than the Light, for their deeds were evil. John 3:19

If you are anything like me the chances are that prior to surrendering your life to Christ, you thought you were a Christian. Maybe your whole family was a certain denomination and so if someone asked you what religion you were, you told them the denomination that your family most identified with.

But the truth is that relationship and religion are two different things. A lot of us never go any further. We don’t really want to know God’s will because there are areas in our lives we are not willing to deal with yet.

Being born again is the beginning—a baby step in the process. The hard part comes each subsequent day as we submit our stubborn heart and will to the control of God’s Spirit.

We might be ready to pray for God’s will in some area’s but not in others. We might feel uncomfortable having God’s light shine into the areas, of our lives, that are covered in shame of some sort or the other.

When we are sitting in a completely dark room we cannot see anything. Then if we light a candle we see things in dim light and shadows. When we turn the lights on brightly we can see everything.

In my experience in counseling, and ministering to people you usually find them in three states of relationship with Christ. They are baked, half-baked or raw. We have to remember, that if we start in on judgment statements, we may chase them away from the love of Christ.

It’s often frustrating when we come into a full relationship with Christ, knowing Him intimately like our best friend, when we have to deal with some Christians that are not at the same level of belief.

What God has shown me is to simply be me. He has shown me to not be afraid of letting people know that God is number one in my life.

Often the hardest thing is knowing how to deal with people in all stages of belief. If we aren’t careful we can get really judgmental and hit people over the head with what we know is going on in their lives and how we know that it doesn’t line up with the will of God.

God had to work with me a lot on the judgment part. It would be so frustrating to be working with someone who was still steeped in some heavy-duty sin and yet at the same time the person would be praising the Lord publically. God had to finally let me know that I am not the judge of people. Yes, the bible tells us to run from sin, however, if we ran from all sinners no one would ever be saved and come into the fullness of the Kingdom of God.

It’s best to simply bring the person to God in our prayer time, and then symbolically release them into the open arms of God.

As long as we are dealing with someone with a lot of unconfessed sin in his or her lives we must realize that a vessel is either empty, or filled with the Holy Spirit of God. Empty vessels are easy targets for the devil to work through to upset the peace of mind of a Christian. That’s why I think it’s best to spend as little time around these people as is humanly possible. We don’t need to be rude, but we have to be choosy about who we “let in” to our lives and our homes.

Darkness is great when we are trying to hide something, but light is needed when we are trying to walk without falling. When we were hiding our shameful behavior, and possibly holding on to one addiction or the other, the darkness was our friend. Now that we are trying to walk forward with Christ we need the light to keep us from stumbling.

We don’t have to be afraid of standing, and staying, in God’s Light anymore since we have his forgiveness through Christ. God wants to safely guide us on the right path.

If you remember the disciples were surprised to find Jesus speaking with the woman at the well: She was a Samaritan (half Jewish and half Gentile), she was a woman, and she had a questionable past. Any one of these things would have disqualified her from speaking with a “righteous” Jewish man.

Jesus broke down the traditional barriers by accepting her as she was and giving her a fresh start in life.   Jesus demonstrated God’s love for all who have been rejected, condemned, or shunned, which should encourage us. No matter what we have done, God offers us his unconditional acceptance in Jesus. With His powerful help no one, who really wants help need stay in the darkness.

In His Unconditional Love,

Cathie

www.helpforgodshurtingpeople.com

God has directed me to start doing Christian Spiritual Counseling again. If you would like to find out about a telephone counseling session let me know. You can contact me through my Website. I also do Christian Life Coaching. I recently finished my certification in several areas and there are some exciting things that God is doing to walk people free of their love addiction behavior.

I specialize in the area’s of love addiction, domestic abuse and PTSD.

 

Conquering Our Mind Battles

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But the words you speak come from the heart–that’s what defiles you. Matthew 15:18

The image above, which is an based on an old Cherokee Indian piece of folklore, is interesting because so often Jesus spoke of the words that come out of a person’s mouth and how those words can make us or break us.

For years, my words that came out of my mouth were bringing forth trouble, chaos and strife into my life. Think about your life today, because I truly believe that each one of us has a little devil sitting on one shoulder, and an angel sitting on the other.

Years ago while visiting a friend, I had a dream in which I literally saw a demon talking into one of my ears and an angel whispering into the other. My head was practically going in circles, not knowing which of these to give my attention to, and listening to first one and then the other.

Shortly after that I asked a pastor of a large church what he made of that dream. He told me, “You were very blessed that God showed you that in your dream. That goes on in the life of Christians each day and will never stop until the day we go to be with the Lord.”

In some ways I disagree with that Pastor. Though evil will always try to get an inroad into our lives, the more we listen to God, and the good news, the less we hear and pay attention to the sounds of evil promptings in our ears.

I have a lot of discernment, which is one of my gifts from God, but truly I don’t have to be around, and listen to a person talk, for very long before I know which “wolf” they are feeding on a constant basis.

Words that come out of our mouths, which have the effect of hurting others, linger in the heart and head of another human being for years. As Spiritual beings having human experiences most every single one of us can remember hurtful words that someone fed into our lives at one time or another, and they still make us sad if we begin to dwell on them.

Time may have passed, and we know that those words are not true, and yet mean words, fed by the evil voice speaking through a willing vessel, can linger.

We need to recognize the voice that we listen to, and then believe that God will rid us of that negativity when we are willing to listen to the voice of God and speak out on what He says about us, and not what others say about us. We are who God says we are, not any other human being.

Whose voice do you listen to the most? Call those voices by name and write them down. Anger, blame, low self esteem, resentment, self-pity, jealousy, are some of the most common evil thoughts, even though I can define the enemies voice a bit more. You get the idea though.

The more we listen to negativity and anger thoughts the more negative and angry we become.

The choice is ours. We can turn those feeling off by telling them in no uncertain terms that we refuse to listen to them.

I can tell you that God changed my whole life, and me, when He brought the knowledge to me that the thoughts I was dwelling on were causing my depression, self-pity and anger. He also told me that I had a choice to quit listening to those thoughts, and the more I chased them out of my head the easier it would become.

I can also tell you that if you spend a whole lot of time watching TV drama’s and filling your head with that garbage you will begin to think and create drama in your own life. You will begin to agree with a spirit of imagination and think “Maybe my husband is having an affair, maybe my neurotic relative is out to get me, maybe I don’t get enough attention, maybe I should start going out and partying more. “ Turn your TV off of those dramas and the Jerry Springer reality type shows too. There is no place in a Christian’s life for all that garbage.

When we put garbage in our minds then garbage comes out of our minds. Don’t think for a minute I haven’t participated in those things in the past. When Jesus set about to change me that is one of the first things He told me that had to go.

Satan comes to kill, steal and destroy, God has come that we may have life and have it more abundantly. We cannot have it both ways. We just can’t.

The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. John 10:10

 

Every morning I pray that God will guide my life. I pray that He will let my words and thoughts be acceptable in HIS EYES. There are times when I entertain bad thoughts, but I know now where they come from and I can choose to chase them out of my mind.

It was strange that after about 2 years of constantly letting the God voice have it’s place in my mind, and chasing the bad voice out of my head, I realized one day that my whole life had changed and it was so much better, so much less drama filled, and so much more full of peace then in the past. My only regret, my biggest regret, is that I took so long to understand I was feeding the wrong wolf.

In His Unconditional Love,

Cathie

http://www.helpforgodshurtingpeople.com

Teaching On Gratitude And The Loss Of Relationships

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Delight yourself also in the LORD: and he shall give you the desires of your heart. Psalms 37:4

When God started teaching me about being grateful, and staying in an attitude of gratefulness, I was going through a time in my life when it would seem that I had very little to be grateful for.

While praying one morning I was surprised to have the Lord speak to my heart, “Why would I give you one more thing when you do not seem grateful for the things you have.”

I was tempted to think, “You have to be kidding Lord. You see my problems what is there to be grateful for right now?”

But God told me to start watching the words that come out of my mouth and to start expressing gratitude for everything. Gratitude for a roof over my head, many people do not have that. Gratitude for waking up in the morning, a lot of people didn’t. Gratitude for the food I had to eat at the time, even if it wasn’t exactly what I wanted.

After that time my mind became attuned to every word that came out of my mouth. I was surprised to realize I had a fairly negative attitude.

So I made, at the request of God, a conscious attitude change. If I said something negative I would immediately hold that thought captive and get rid of it by replacing it with something positive.

In three years everything in my life changed. My whole attitude changed. I still had problems, who doesn’t, but they did not bother me as much as they had before.

I look back on my life today and I realize how much time I wasted with a negative attitude and feeling sorry for myself. Those are years that I cannot get back. So now I teach lessons on how to recognize a bad attitude of the heart and how much God wants to change that attitude and, as we do that, God comes in and blesses that attitudes and blesses our lives.

It’s important to surround yourself with people with good attitudes. I now run like the wind from people who are negative, people who repeat their negative stories, and people who dwell on some unhappy event in the past. My attitude is this; unless you are paying me to counsel you I don’t want to hear your problems on a regular basis.

The major thing that keeps us stuck, after our attitude, is dwelling on the unhappy things that happened in our past.

Here’s a newsflash, that situation is gone and nothing can change the past. We aren’t going there so we don’t need to let the past dictate our attitudes.

One of the main things people complain to me about is failed relationships. A man wrote me recently with the story of losing the woman he thought was the only woman in the world who could make him happy. He wanted that woman back in his life and was willing to do anything to get her to change her mind about him.

Let’s cut to the chase. If we are trusting God, and remaining in a good attitude of thankfulness, then ANYONE He takes out of our life is not supposed to be there. Period.

Don’t let yourself get negative and miserable over the loss of a relationship. You either trust God with your life or you do not. You either believe that God loves you and wants the best for you or you do not.

God has a plan for our lives and anyone who doesn’t have a part in that plan is not going to be a part of it. Allow yourself to believe that when the right person comes to your life you will be so grateful that you will then understand why God took the wrong person out of your life.

I wasted so much time being unhappy regarding failing relationships, prior to God changing my attitude.

Anyone we put before Christ is an idol. That can even be a child. God tested Abraham on that one when He told Abraham to take his child up to the top of the mountain and sacrifice him to God. Can you imagine how Abraham felt, holding the hand of his son whom he had prayed for, taking this son to the mountaintop to die. Of course, God didn’t require Isaac of Abraham in the end. It was a test to see just how much Abraham trusted God and to see if his love for Isaac was greater then his love of God.

Right now, stop what you are doing and show gratitude to God for anyone He has taken out of your life! He loves you too much to have your life messed up, and your place in the body of Christ, to let the wrong person stay there.

Start out by praising God for the little things, and you will gradually have bigger and better things to show gratitude for.

Some will say to me, “What about death?” “Why did God take my loved one from me when I prayed for healing of this person?” This is one that took me years of sitting at the feet of the cross to understand. Finally one day, during prayer regarding this, God said, “ The death of a Christian is the ultimate healing!” I said, “What do you mean Lord,” He then said, “The most wonderful place to be is with me in heaven. Some people get to go there sooner then others. Death of your love one is hard for you, because you miss their physical presence in your own life. If you can change your way of thinking of death, you will understand it’s actually the greatest healing anyone can receive!”

So now I am content when God decides to do the total healing by taking someone I love to heaven. I am then able to show gratitude even in the midst of grief.

I took so long to understand, really understand, the total love of God and how His will is so very perfect in the lives of His Beloved children.

I love to minister to people so that they can learn these things, and thrive in life, a lot earlier then I did.

No matter what’s going on today thank HIM. He loves His children and wants only the best for them.

In His Unconditional Love,

Cathie

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Spiritual Counseling And The Gift Of Discernment

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“To another the working of miracles, to another prophesy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues”

1 Corinthians 12:10

What is discernment? The Webster’s dictionary defines it as “the quality of being able to gasp and comprehend what is obscure.

The gift of discernment is the special ability that God has given to certain believers to distinguish between truth and error, and to know with certainty whether a person is behaving and speaking in the flesh, from God, or if a demon is speaking through the person.

Often the gift operates hand in hand with the gift of prophecy. That is being able to know what the Lord has planned for a person, or group of people.

Both gifts can be a great tool in counseling a person who is in need of a word from the Lord regarding their situation.

For every gift in the body of Christ, unfortunately, there is a counter gift. When we see someone who has the gift, but is not using it for the good of the body of Christ, we call them psychics or intuitives.

The biblical basis for discernment can be found in 1 Corinthians 12:10. “To another the working of miracles, to another prophesy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues”

When I counsel with someone the gift, or sometimes the gifts, manifests itself to help the individual I am counseling with at the time.

One example is being able to discern what’s really going on in the person’s life and how God wants to bring that to the surface. Once we are able to recognize the source of the behavior we can then give it to God and release it.

One time I was working with a woman, who I knew only casually. She wanted counseling and so at an appointed time we met. I asked her a few basis questions about what was going on in her life. Then, as I always do, I began to pray and have her agree with me that God would reveal the root of her problem. Immediately after we finished praying I “saw” in the Spirit a woman jumping up and down behind the woman. I tried to ignore it at first, thinking perhaps it was demonic interference. It continued and then I heard the woman say “Tell her I am sorry, tell her I am sorry, over and over again.” Finally I said to the woman, “There is a woman standing in back of you telling me over and over to tell you she is sorry.” The woman’s eyes got big and then she began to sob. I began to pray, “God what is this all about?” I went to her and hugged her. I finally was able to ask her “What is wrong, I am so sorry if I upset you.” She lifted her head and said to me the following “When I was 13 years old my mother killed herself right in front of my two younger brothers and me. I was thrust into a world of helping raise them, and I never had much of a life afterwards until I left for college. I have wondered often how my mother could have been so selfish, how could she do such a thing. I wondered if she would be sorry for having done that. Now I know, I know that she was sorry. I can let it go now.” This woman was a professional, a physical therapist. She never had shown much emotion and never talked about her personal life. I had no idea of what went on in her childhood and she knew it. It was God, simply using me as a vessel to bring healing to this woman. She had a breakthrough. That’s is just simply one example of God showing up during a counseling session.

I don’t believe that any of the gifts can be turned off and on at will. The Holy Spirit is a gentleman, quietly and peacefully showing up at the appointed time to help His children.

Sometimes folks think I can tell everything about them. It’s not true. God only uses me as a breakthrough for each individual’s growth.

When it comes to my own life I am mostly clueless. I prayed about that many times and finally God spoke to my heart that it is for my own good. If I knew everything that was going to happen in my life I might avoid some much-needed lessons.

Everyone has a gift. EVERYONE. If you want to know what yours is, God will show you. Fast and pray, in earnest, until you are shown what it is God wants you to do for the body.

If you have something holding you back, some mistake you keep making over and over, consider a SPIRITUAL counseling session with me or someone else with the gift of discernment, visions and prophecy. Once you discover the root cause of your dysfunction you can move forward to peace, joy and happiness with God.

In His Unconditional Love,

Cathie

www.helpforgodshurtingpeople.com

 

 

 

He Uses Simple People To Confound the Wise

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See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. 43:19

God has blessed me with a lot of new readers and, even though I am not interested in the numbers thing, it  makes me happy that people “get me” and my way of ministering to other people.

Today I would like to spend a little bit of time talking about the ministry that God has given me. I am not a deep knowledge biblical teacher. There are others, like my husband and my nephew to name a few, who excel in that.

I am a teacher of practical ways to live and be peaceful, no matter what happens, in this world of ours.

I began to ask God, several years ago, about ministering to people that are still steeped in one sin or the other. God began to tell me that if you hit people like that with words such as “You are a sinner and you are going straight to hell,” they would turn away and not get the spiritual help God wants to give them.

I believe developing a relationship with God starts when we realize that we need a higher power. No matter how smart, beautiful, positive we are, there comes a time when we need miracles. The life of Christ was about living and walking in love and miracles. Every single time Christ ministered to someone He did so in love.

Having love doesn’t mean that we turn a blind eye to sin. Having love means we love the sinner while hating the sin. That’s the way Jesus did things. He did it with the woman caught in adultery and he did it with the woman at the well, just to mention a couple of examples.

Seven years ago I finally surrendered it all to God and since then my life has worked much better for me. I was saved in 1976, and I lived a hot and cold life with Christ for all those years.

God began renewing my mind. He began to show me that I had a “spirit of imaginations.” I believe a lot of abused people have let a “spirit of imaginations” into their lives. I would imagine things, about my husband’s and other peoples activities, that simply were not true. That came from years of trusting people who betrayed my trust. God gently began to work with me about these thoughts and my long-lived spirit of depression over my life.

Nothing feels as good as being “set free” does. I counsel people who are often led to me because they too have been abused, used, or betrayed. God wants to deliver us from those behaviors that come from a lifetime of abuse. There is light at the end of the tunnel. If I can walk free, anyone can.

People who have not seen or dealt with me, on a personal level, for years are often shocked, in a good way, about the change in my life.

My daughter lived with Chuck and me for the last three and a half years. In August of 2014 she moved to Michigan. The change in me was nothing short of a miracle in her eyes. The dysfunction, and drama, was gone and instead we all lived a basically peaceful, calm and stress free life. Did we have problems? Of course, we all do. But Chuck and I learned that no matter what happened and did not happen, our lives are centered in the peace of God, in good times and in bad.

In the last three years we went through what has to be described as hell. Because we gave money to a patriot group, we were one of those who were targeted by the IRS. Pray God you never have to experience what we went through. They hunted us down like dogs, and followed us around over a mistake. A 20,000 mistake. We finally were able to straighten it out with the help of one of our senators. This was all going on when Chuck went to the hospital for open heart surgery and ended up with a bacterial infection that ate some of his ribs and his sternum. Now, he cannot drive, cannot shower by himself and is pretty much dependent upon me for everything.

If God had not prepared me, by doing a radical mind change in my life, I do not think either of us would have made it. My husband has changed dramatically over these last several years too. Was he perfect? No, and he would be the first one to tell you that. He too is barely recognizable by those who have known him for years. When God changes your life, he doesn’t do it half way.

Are we perfect? You have to be kidding! We are learning lessons each and every day. We started out as lumps of coal that are being buffeted and polished and shined for the Master.

My ministry is about teaching others to live in peace and happiness regardless of their situations. We learn life lessons each day and I enjoy sharing them with others. If you want a person who can get “real,” to minister to your soul, then that is I.

I am an encourager. That is where my anointing lies. I have had mystical experiences with God my whole life, and lately they are getting to be frequent. I share those also.

I am a counselor, but I came away from all the heavy-duty psychobabble I was trained in. God wanted to teach me to spiritually counsel and He himself has taught me in that manner.

I have an anointing for addictive relationship healing. I was involved in addictive love relationship with losers. In healing from that I learned a lot about both love addicts and commitment phobics and why they often end up dancing together in dysfunctional relationships.

I may not be everyone’s cup of tea, and I understand that. I am going to be me, as God has taught me that He made me just as I am, and led me through the hills and valleys so that I could minister to others in their hills and valleys.

Hang on, folks. God has been impressing me lately that we are getting ready to enter a place of both blessings, and testing’s. I will be teaching on that this week. I will be teaching on what may be coming and how to survive it.

Thank you for letting me, “get real” with you today! Most of all I want to thank my followers! You let me know, without a doubt, that God can use any of us to minister to His hurting kids!

In His Unconditional Love,

Cathie

www.helpforgodshurtingpeople.com

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