The Real Meaning of Unconditional Love

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“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”

Ephesians 3-17-19

How many times do we do something that we know we should not do, or how many times do we remember things we did in that past, and wonder if God really loves us and how many times to we truly believe, in our heart of hearts that God has forgiven us completely?

This morning my husband and I were discussing God’s unconditional love. We often hear of people doing things or see them doing things and we think, “God, that person is a demon right from hell, why do you put up with it? Why don’t you strike them down?”

In the Old Testament my favorite example of someone feeling that way was the story of Jonah. He looked at the things the people in Nineveh were doing and to him these folks seemed beyond hope.

God spoke to Jonah to go and tell these people of God’s love and salvation and Jonah actually ran from God and, at first, refused to do so. God had other ways of getting Jonah back in line, and we all remember that story of Jonah being inside the belly of the whale after he was thrown off the ship he had used to escape from God’s voice.

Finally, Jonah, through hard circumstances, saw the light and returned back to Nineveh and through his preaching many were saved and turned away from the things they were doing to displease God. (Book of Jonah Chapter 4)

In order to understand God’s deep love for us we must first understand that we are His children.

My husband and I were talking about some of our children that have grieved our hearts and disappointed us with their hurtful actions. We had to admit that even though they hurt and disappoint us we never get over that love, deep inside us, for our children and we always pray for miracles and that they will come to know God personally. Not just know of Him, but know HIM PERSONALLY!

If you want to understand God’s unconditional love then please think about someone whom you love more then life itself. A family member, a friend or whomever it may be.

Deep in your heart you dream of the time you can be reconciled with that person and pray to God to save them. I know you do that because it’s human nature.

Other people may have given up on you, or one of their loved ones, but God never will. That is unconditional love and it transcends all situations and anything we could ever do!

God has not turned His back on us. We may feel distant from Him but that’s our problem. Not His problem.

Know that you and I are never so far away from Christ that we cannot be brought back into His presence.

He loves us unconditionally. He stands at the door of our hearts today and knocks loudly. Isn’t it time we let Him back in!

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Learning To Lean On God Alone

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Learning To Depend On God Alone
Matthew 4:21-22

Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed Him.…

Notice how in the above scripture, James and John never gave their father another thought. That’s how convinced they were that God had another plan for their lives.

Today after praying I begin to think about people who feel they must manipulate others for their own benefit.

This can be a parent of grown children, a wife or a husband, a good friend or even a child. It’s really a selfish spirit that seeks to have their own will and will do everything and anything to get things exactly how they want it.

One of the most common things manipulative people do is use guilt towards other people. Things are said like, “How can you do that if you love me,” or they will transfer their true feeling onto you by saying, “ You will never make it without me!”

It’s so hard to sometimes let our adult children go. I faced a similar situation with my only daughter. She lived with me for several years and I got so used to her being there that truthfully I believe I depended upon her too much. I depended upon her to do things I could do for myself and was really just too lazy to do. So when she fell in love and wanted to move away, I was heart broken, and begin to worry, “What am I going to do?” Even though I am a Christian, a counselor and really do know better, I found myself doing and saying things that I knew were not of God in an effort to keep her close by.

One day, during my time with the Lord, I was led to pick up a little book of daily words of messages from God. I opened it to the following words, “Trustingly place your child in God’s loving hands. Your heart is bound to the heart of the child. Loose the cord of affection lest it break.” That hit home, and from that point on I apologized to my daughter and supported the desire of her heart to go on and live her life.

God spoke to my heart with a bird analogy. What if a mother bird never kicked the baby bird out of the nest, would it ever learn to fly? Birds are meant to fly, and our children are not meant to live with us forever. It is only selfishness that wants to keep them with us forever.

Often times God has things for our grown child to accomplish and their place is where God has called them to be, not with us all their lives.

Watch closely in your life for a spirit of manipulation. It destroys relationships, will mess up plans and will rob you of your peace. Rebuke trying to manipulate and control other’s lives and apply wisdom and understanding.

God is who we should depend on. Not other people. When we trust in Him, He will see that we are provided with all we need. Sometimes we get so bogged down in human emotions we take our eyes off of Him and place them on other people. By doing so we make that person an idol. We place them above God, thinking without them we will not survive. God is all we need and we can do all things through Him, as He gives us strength. For those things we cannot do physically, God will provide someone to help us!

Let Go and Let God!

In His Unconditional Love,
Cathie Miller

http://www.helpforgodshurtingpeople.com

Satan Preys Without Ceasing

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1 John 4:4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

Luke 10:19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.

Recently I have had occasion to interact with two demon possessed people. Not in the same place, but it was obvious that they had demons inside of them. These people do not realize it and I think that they are completely unaware that they have opened a door to the dark side.

The important thing to remember, before I continue, is that these demons never can be successful in their attacks against Christians. According to the Word of God we have the power of God inside of us, as blood bought Christians, and the powers of darkness are subject to US as children of God.

When God is trying to show me something He often leads me into study, out of the blue, and at the same time I begin to notice other Christians are being led to study the same thing.

First, I had interaction with a demon possessed woman working at a store. She studied me waiting in line, once I got in front of her to do my business it was obvious to me that she had a demon working in her. Therefore when she “went off” on me and my husband I had seen it coming. At one time the demon inside of her started laughing at us. Watch people who laugh at inappropriate times, often that is a strong sign of demon possession.

I came home and started praying about that interaction. I had noticed a lot of other demonic demonstrations in the last year, and so have you beloved of the Lord. If you have seen people killing masses of people who do you think empowers a person to murder? You can call it radical religion, or mental illness, but the truth that Christians know is that it is the work of a demon working through a person who has given themselves over to beliefs that oppose God.

God began to teach me a couple of important things. First, He took me on a study of the blood of Jesus. The blood shed by Jesus is extremely Holy. Claiming that blood that He shed to die for our sins, is no different then the Israelites putting the blood of a lamb on their doorposts so that their children would not be killed.

“For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to come in to your houses to smite you.” Exodus 12:23

Jesus is the Lamb of God. We understand that symbolism and so we can now claim the power of that blood for us and our children.

Secondly, we are in the time spoken of in Revelation. We are in the time of the “end time” demons. These demons are stronger because Satan is well aware that his time is coming to a end.

The bible speaks of the time of the end as being a seven year period of time. I believe we may have already been through the first part of that seven year period.

In an article from Revelation Logic, an unknown author says the following;

“The final seven-year end times period corresponds with the 70th week of Daniel (Dan 9:24-27). The first 3 1/2 years of this period may actually seem like “business as usual” for the earth. The first four seal events will be fulfilled during this time, but those events are not that exceptional. People have risen to great political prominence (as in the first seal) many times in the past, there have been many wars and famines (as in the second and third seals), and many people have died of such things (as in the fourth seal). There have even been multiple peace treaties involving Israel (like the “covenant” mentioned in Dan 9:27).”

I believe it is very possible we have passed from that period of time to the “mid-time” of tribulation. During that period the author says the following;

“However, when the first 3 1/2 years are finished, we will have reached the midpoint of the end times period, and things start happening in the angelic realm that will strongly shape the course of events on earth for the second 3 1/2 years. This is the period called the time, times, and half a time (Dan 7:25, Dan 12:7), and it begins with the 42 months of the great tribulation, as discussed below:

The Midpoint

Rev 12:7-12 – 7And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. The dragon and his angels waged war, 8and they were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven. 9And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. The Kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. 11“And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. 12“For this reason, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them. Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time.”

At the midpoint of the seven-year end times period, God gives the command to expel Satan from His presence in heaven, and Satan is thus cast down to the earth. I believe Satan knows that this time is coming, but he doesn’t know when it will happen. When that time arrives, Satan will be enraged because he will then know that his time is short, specifically, the time, times, and half a time period (Rev 12:14).”

So these end time demons are strong and able to work against Christians with a stronger presence then we have seen in the past.

When people say, “This world seems to be going to hell” they are correct, and yet they see it through secular eyes. We, as Christian, have read the end of the book and we know that we win in the end.

In the meantime, the only way to fight these demons is by pleading the blood over yourself, and your family on a daily basis. Once we realize what is going on we are able to fight these situations being prepared, prayed up and covered with the blood.
When we come across a demon possessed person it is best to simply walk away, if possible. If not then what I have learned to do is start praying, in my head, for the person in front of me, pleading the blood of Jesus over the tongue in their mouth, and praying a hedge of safety around me.

In order to fight these demons we have to be living in God’s will on a daily basis. Like the little saying I saw recently says, “Part-time Christians Cannot Defeat Full-Time Devils.”

We cannot be living an “almost” Christian life,” because it would be a real heartache to “almost” get into heaven, as Greg Laurie teaches.

Today, if there is anything holding you back get rid of it. Give it to Jesus and give any weak area’s of your life to Him. You may feel weak, but Jesus living inside of you is strong.

Some of you, unfortunately, have some part-time Christians living in your home. Pray for them, without ceasing. Pray that God will do what He needs to do to bring them to surrender. Sadly, these family members can try to manipulate Christians with their drama and they often cause a spirit of division in families. Remember, no matter what your relation to these folks is,  JESUS IS LORD. Do not give in to their manipulations. We need to please God, not people. Follow the same thing when dealing with family members that are not living completely for God. Plead the blood of Jesus over yourself when dealing with them, and do not let Satan get you on their “drama” level. Sometimes, it’s best to turn and walk away from them. Let them know, “I love you but I cannot deal with you at the moment.” Then pray over them in your head. Anoint their car, their toothbrush, ECT. with healing oil. You can use Crisco oil if that’s all you have. Do not let them know you are doing it. I have seen people change in radical ways by using that method.

The purpose of this is to let you know what you are experiencing is real, and to give you practical methods of dealing with it. It will not get better. It is only going to get worse. Stay prayed up and close to God. Have faith that He is with you and protects you and your loved ones.

I am not a biblical scholar and I do not want to argue with anyone concerning the Tribulation period. Many believe we will be raptured before the Tribulation, and that’s fine. I personally believe we are in it now, and that’s what I am convinced of. Either way, pre-tribulation or going through the Tribulation I know that God is with me, and I am going to live with Him.

In His All-Forgiving Love,
Cathie Miller

www.helpforGodshurtingpeople.com

Plow Up The Hard Ground Of Your Hearts

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“Plow up the hard ground of your hearts,
for now is the time to seek the Lord,
that he may come
and shower righteousness upon you.” Hosea 10:12

“Fallow ground is ground which has once been tilled, but which now lies in waste, and needs to be broken up and mellowed, before it is it is ready to receive grain.” Charles Finney

Today was a strange day in that, looking back on it, the Lord was trying to get my attention. First of all I had trouble with my computer. It was very slow and it took me awhile to figure out what was going on. Now, if my spirit had been where it should have been, I would have taken that set back as a sign that God was trying to get my attention. But it took more then that to get me where God could speak to me. We had a snow storm today and the satellite for my television wasn’t able to get a signal. Even after the sky cleared I still didn’t have a signal. On top of all of that our heater quit working and so finally, I retreated to bed and my electric blanket for warmth. It was then when I finally got still and began, in the peace and quiet forced upon me, to listen to the voice of the Lord.

I have studied the bible for thirty-seven years and yet, for some reason I never paid any attention to the scripture at the beginning of the blog. Maybe I read it sometime, but if I did I don’t remember it.

God began to speak to me about breaking up fallow ground. I have thought for sometime that God was getting ready to do something BIG. My spirit senses that He is going to move in a way that people will know, that they know, God is with them in a mightier way then they have ever experience before.

I talk to so many people who are good Christians. People who love the Lord and live for Him daily and yet their lives seem to be in shambles. Finances are not good, family members are ill, jobs are not out there and many Christians are standing on a thin line between holding on and giving up. Yet we get up each day and continue to believe that somehow, someway God is going to move in our situations.

But why isn’t He moving yet? God spoke to my heart this evening that many of us have had to have the fallow grounds of our lives tilled. We have had to have things broken up and mellowed. We have had situations that have been like nothing before. These situations have broken up the hard area’s of our hearts and humbled us and made us more ready then ever before to receive the new grain, the seed of our futures, that God is ready to plant inside of us!

There are hard situations and then there are hard situations. I recently heard a testimony of a young man who had the fallow ground of his life broken up in a way I don’t think many could comprehend. He was in Afghanistan when he stepped on an explosive device that ripped off both of his legs and part of one of his arms. Think of it. No matter what I have faced in the past two years and as awful as some of those things have seemed, nothing compares to the price that man paid for our freedom. Yet, he has said that He believes that God had used that experience to break him. He said there were area’s of his life that were not surrendered to God and has hard as it seemed to imagine, He believes he is a better person and more useful to God because of what He has been through. Now he is giving his testimony in churches nationwide and it moves so many people that they surrender their lives to Christ on the spot!

These things, Beloved of the Lord, that we are going through are getting ready to end. God is going to use each circumstance to give us a testimony that we never would have had without going through what we have been through. The peace we have learned to rely on, in the midst of our own personal battles, is the peace of God that passes all human understanding. Yet these hard times have matured us, given us more compassion and readied us for the times ahead.

Soil must be right before a seed will grow. We cannot grab seed in our hands and throw it willy-nilly on the ground and hope for the best. If we want a good crop we have to make sure that the land, that seemed no good to grow anything, is broken up and worked until it reaps wonderful crops.

Get ready to see a move of God in your life that you have never experienced before. Get ready to see miracles to your right and to your left. God is getting ready to put some people in front of you that need to know Him. Because of what you have experienced you will reach a greater number of people then you ever could imagine.

Broken fallow ground gives forth wonderful different crops on the same land ,that prior to that breaking, had seemed wasted and useless.

In His Unconditional Love,
Cathie

www.helpforgodshurtingpeople.com

In The Trenches With The Lord

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Now it came about when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God did not lead them by the way of the land of the Philistines, even though it was near; for God said, “Lest the people change their minds when they see war, and they return to Egypt” (Ex. 13:17).

If you are like me you are probably confronted with choices, of one type or another, each and every day.

This morning I had a choice of what coffee I wanted to drink. That was a simple one that really didn’t affect my life or that of those around me. But, some choices that we make change our lives in profound ways.

Sometimes we look back on life and realize that we made a bad choice. That choice may have affected not only our lives but also the lives of those around us for years and years.

Some of you know that my favorite secular quote is that of the poet Maya Angelo. I keep it on a “post it” note in my bible. It reads, “You did what you knew how to do, when you knew better you did better.” The Word says in Romans 8:1 “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

On Memorial Day one year there was a real tragedy in the little town we were living in, in Colorado, at the time. A life long resident, a known alcoholic in his middle fifties, shot and killed his wife and then did an overdose of prescription medications and killed himself. This couple had known each other since they went to school together and they had five children and several grandchildren.

A week or so later there was a letter to the editor of the newspaper. I am often shocked at life in a small town. The kinds of letters they printed there would not ever be printed in the newspaper of a large town, for fear of lawsuits. But a small town is another world, and I came to expect to see anything in print there and often did

The person writing the letter was one of the young sons of this couple. He was telling people to quit gossiping about his family. He was telling them his mom and dad were good people who had helped many other people in need. He was telling them that alcohol was not a good thing, and that it is what actually killed his mother and father. He then mentioned he was, himself, in jail and when he got out he didn’t want to hear anyone talking about his family.

I cried when I read that letter. My first instinct was to go down to the jail and ask to see that young man. I wanted to throw my arms around him and let him know that I knew how he felt. I wanted to tell him about Jesus and how Jesus was a man himself that was acquainted with unfair sorrow.

I know what’s its like to live in a small town and have a parent who is the town drunk. I grew up, in my grade school years, in a small town in Texas. My mother was the town drunk. I remember that, at that time, it snowed so much in that town we could have three and four-foot snow drifts. I distinctly remember the time my mother was drunk early in the morning and didn’t dress me properly to walk to school. I had no socks on with my little Mary Jane flat shoes, and was sent out the door to walk to school in those deep snowdrifts. My feet were red, swollen and numb by the time I got to school. Upon seeing that my teacher went to get another teacher and I can still see them in my mind as they stood there and whispered and pointed at me. Never once did they come and offer to help, never once did they get a towel and dry my feet. I remember that I felt shame. I felt as if it were somehow my fault. That shame led to years of low self-esteem and it also led me to rebel against authority figures, which I saw as those two gossipy teachers in my mind.

Now, you would have thought that seeing my mother drunk for years, until she found AA and remained sober for the next 25 years of her life, would have been enough for me to say to myself, “I will never take a drink, ever.” But like the young man above I too found myself in trouble with alcohol at one point in my life.

Satan meant my early life to destroy me. It didn’t because God had his hands on me. Sometimes we look back at our bad choices and say, “God why did you let me go through all of that?”

On the day I read that letter to the editor it became crystal clear to me “why.” Someone could go up to that young man and say, “I am so sorry for what you have been through!” and he might think, “That’s, nice but you don’t have a clue.”

On the other hand, all the hurt and all the shame I had gone through had prepared me for this one thing, this one time that I could go up to this young man, throw my arms around him and say, “I know what you are going through, brother. I have been there.”

All our hurts in life, all our wrong choices, can be used by God to help other people. I have noticed that when you minister to someone it is often useless if you cannot get past your pride and be “real” with him or her.

I hear people tell me, “I was raised in a Christian home, where the bible was preached on a daily basis, I have been saved my whole life.” Well, isn’t that wonderful. I am happy for you, but you don’t have a heart for hurting people. Unless you can drop the pride and admit that you aren’t perfect, no one is going to listen to you. Those types of people often make better teachers then counselors.

It’s only in the hard trenches experiences that we learn compassion for those who go though the same things.

So today, we know better. We make better choices. But we don’t hide the bad choices under a bush and hope the other “perfect” Christians don’t discover our pasts. Instead we use those things to rescue another person that God has sent us to, to tell our story. To let them see how God turned our lives around, and give them hope that He is able to do the same thing for them!
In His Never-Ending Love,

Cathie Miller

www.helpforgodshurtingpeople.com

God Wants You Off That Fence

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Has it happened to you? You have a Christian friend who is always putting Christian sayings on FB, witnessing Christ to you, offering to pray for you and then you catch them saying or doing something that is offensive to Christianity. How do you deal with it? Do you ditch the friend or do you confront them with your feelings?

It happened to me just the other day. Someone whom I admire was found to be involved in something all Christians KNOW that God doesn’t like. At first I was angry, I thought about what a hypocrite the person was and most of all I was just hurt to think someone I admired is lacking in their personal walk with Christ.

I was letting all these thoughts run through my mind when suddenly God brought to my mind my own walk with Christ when I was younger.

I was a fence sitter. One day in Church and the next day partying. One day singing in the Spirit and the next day going to a fortune teller.

I am not going to lie. I spent a great deal of my life going back and forth in my Christian walk. I never denied my belief in Christ but I took him with me in my backsliding ways more than once.

Sadly, I wonder how many people saw that in me and saw my hypocrisy and were hindered in their walk with the Lord? Perhaps they even turned away from God because of that double-minded walk of mine. I have confessed that and I know God forgave me. I reached one day when no longer was having one foot in the world and one foot in hell attractive to me. I made a decision that I would stay true to God, following His example of how to live a successful life, no matter what happened or how I felt.

Do you know what one of my biggest regrets is now? It’s not learning the lesson of staying on God’s side of the fence much, much younger in life. I wasted good years that could of been so different by being hard headed and rebellious.

Now days I do everything possible to help others who have temptations with the things of the world. The problem as I see it, is that we Christians have some idea that all the other Christians are perfect and so they we embarrassed to tell other Christians we are struggling with. A lot of times we never get the help we need because of pride.

So what do we do when we see someone sinning in a way that leads to spiritual death? Do we confront them? In doing so we often lose that friendship and with it a way to witness Christ to the person.

Unless, it’s something really dangerous I take it to the Lord in prayer. I maintain a relationship with the person, as much as possible, so that they have someone to talk to when they are ready to get right with God.

God taught me within the last year the importance of not judging people who are not Christians and are not purporting to be. What they do is none of my business. I can pray for them too, and be available for counsel, if they ask. Other then that I leave it to God. The Word says that we are only to be concerned with the spiritual condition of those within the body.

If a person is into the Word they should know what God allows and what he doesn’t. For instance God’s Word forbids us seeing fortune tellers. I knew that for a long time before I was delivered from it. That seed had been planted in me at a young age when I accompanied my mother and grandmother to a psychic they saw often. I was intrigued by her. However, even at a young age my spirit discerned evil there. Yes, they may seen loving and kind, but that spirit that dwells within them is truly not of God. I wrestled with that sin for years. I always wanted to know what I didn’t know. Finally one day God spoke clearly to me that I didn’t need to know the future. My trust in Him needed to be so strong that no matter what tomorrow might bring I knew that He was with me and He will be always be there with me.

Leviticus 19:31
“Do not defile yourselves by turning to mediums or to those who consult the spirits of the dead. I am the LORD your God.”

Why is it important that a Christian obeys the will of God? Because being outside of the will of God allows all sorts of things into our lives that eventually destroys us. God wants us to live as long as possible because each one of us has a purpose in the kingdom. When we are into sin we cause others to fall away and fall into sin.

Recently I heard someone gossiping about the sins of someone else. What bothered me is that I knew that the person doing the talking was living with someone they weren’t married to. I thought, “Whoa, clean up your own life before you trash someone else’s life.”

Yes, I did the same thing before I quit fence sitting. Thinking I was living for the Lord and yet living in known sin. Can I tell you that every time I did that it turned out badly. I warn people of God about that now because I want, more then anything, for them to avoid all the dysfunction that came from me living in a way that wasn’t pleasing to God.

When God finally impressed upon me that He couldn’t use me until I got my act together, I fell on my knees asked for forgiveness and stayed celibate until I married my husband. So yeah, it can be done.

This is the scripture, out of them all, that impressed me that sex outside of marriage is wrong.

“Stay away from sexual sins. Other sins that people commit don’t affect their bodies the same way sexual sins do. People who sin sexually sin against their own bodies” 1st Corinthians 6:18

Here’s what happens. God allows us to keep on in those sins for a period of time. He forgives us each time we ask, and he delivers us from temptation when we ask. But I have noticed that God seems to have a limit. If we don’t stop the sin, He stops us and it sometimes has terrible consequences for our lives that last long after the sin is no longer in our lives.

My reason for this today is two-fold. We need to stop judging those in known sin, because even though we are not there now, we have been there before. So we need to pray for the person and ask God to bring them to their knees the same way He did with us.

Secondly I want to talk to those who are fence sitters with one foot in the world and one in the body of Christ. You will never get the prayers of your heart answered until you do it God’s way. As long as you play with your salvation the only one you are really hurting is YOU. God will help you as soon as you are through with the sin, whatever it is. Get help from people who are not judgmental. Find people that once suffered with sinning in the same way you are tempted in. Be honest with them and they will be thrilled to help you. God cleans us up so we can help others with the same problems clean up their lives.

So yeah, it’s painful to see a so-called Christian sin in ways that are not pleasing to God. I know that God and certain other people must have been really frustrated with me, prior to me laying down my life, and all the stuff displeasing to God with it! But I beg you, don’t give up on them. You may have to separate from them if their lifestyle is dangerous to you, but keep praying and believing God to change them!

God is not some old meanie sitting up in heaven wanting to see his children suffer. He’s a loving father who wants only the best for us. He doesn’t want us hurt by being involved in situations where we are in satan’s territory. When we are fence sitting we are spending enough time in satan’s playground and he thinks he has the right to assault us there.

Right now we are on the verge of the greatest revival these world has seen. People need God, people are hurting in so many ways. Did you watch the Perry Stone video I shared last night and see all the people going up to the altar for salvation? It was beautiful and brought tears to my eyes. We need the help that only God can give us. We need to stick together and help each other.

Thank you for reading the things laying on my heart today!

In His Unconditional Love,
Cathie Miller
WWW.helpforgodshurtingpeople.com

Please God, I Cannot Take Any More!

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3 But understand this, that in the last days dangerous times [of great stress and trouble] will come [difficult days that will be hard to bear]. For people will be lovers of self [narcissistic, self-focused], lovers of money [impelled by greed], boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane, [and they will be] unloving [devoid of natural human affection, calloused and inhumane], irreconcilable, malicious gossips, devoid of self-control [intemperate, immoral], brutal, haters of good, traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of [sensual] pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of [outward] godliness (religion), although they have denied its power [for their conduct nullifies their claim of faith]. Avoid such people and keep far away from them. 2 Timothy 3:1-5

 

I have read and studied the above scripture for many years and never has it felt as real to me as it does now.

Many people, myself included, are experiencing some of the hardest situations of their lives. It seems as if sometimes I get through one stressful situation simply to be faced with another. Do you feel that way too, beloved of the Lord?

Often, we wonder where God is. We are trying our best to be true to Him and His will for our lives and we cannot understand why He lets the “stuff” continue if He still loves us. We may have a bad day when we feel we cannot go on, and we blame Him for letting us down. Thankfully we come to our senses and the next day we ask Him for forgiveness for our unbelief and we go on and like good soldiers we press forward.

I asked the Lord, in prayer recently, what was going on. I told Him, “You said you would not give us more then we can bear Lord, but sometimes I feel as if I cannot bear things anymore.”

When you pray to hear from God be open to hearing from Him in different and diverse ways. You don’t often hear a booming voice giving you instruction. More then often you hear a thought in your head, or you see something, or read something, that comes to you at just the right time and is the answer to your prayers.

So it was, when a few days ago, a friend said to me, “I think God is preparing us for the final battle. I think we have passed basic training and now we are going on to “Special Forces” training.

WOW! That resonated with my spirit and I begin to meditate on those words and as I did God let me know that, thanks to my friend, I was on the right track of learning the wisdom of why things seem so hard these days.

First of all, we are fighting Satan’s advanced forces. Some of these folks that come against us are advanced in the ways of being cruel, mean and just plain evil. So there is that. We have to try not to dwell on their ways and actions and say as Christ did, “Father, forgive them they know not what they do!”

It’s not easy. These folks, as in the scripture above, are completely devoid of self-control it seems. Whatever comes to their mind, they say. Whatever they feel like doing for revenge, because they always have to win, they do.

We are left wondering what we did. We tried to be good and loving to them, and then they stab us in the back. Well, most often, we didn’t do anything. The Satan in them notices the Christ in us and attacks. These are people demons use, empty shells with an assignment against the children of God. Do they know they are being used? No, they do not, in my opinion. But once we realize who they are it makes it easier for us to understand.

Our finances are being dried up to the point that we cannot use them to help others, as we want to! I see need and I want to meet it. Most of the time I have to rely on God these days, totally, to meet our own daily needs. I know some of you, if you are honest, are experiencing the same thing.

It takes strength to fight the good fight these days and yet a lot of us have health problems to fight with each day also.

Because we are in the last days we are in the advanced stages of battle. If we can learn to praise God in the midst of these battles the devil will flee. If we give in to self-pity these lessons last a lot longer.

What I am learning to do, in the midst of things, is continually praise God. Even if I don’t feel like it, I say, “Jesus, I don’t know what’s going on. It’s not fair, but regardless I trust in you to help me withstand this onslaught!”

The more I praise the more peace surrounds me in these circumstances. The bible tells us the Lord God inhabits the praises of His people. When we praise He stands next to us and holds us up.

In the political season we are in we have to learn to rise above our fear. It helps to remember that no matter who is elected our help comes from God, not man. Regardless of who wins we will be all right because our Father, God, is on our side! The horrible things I hear and read of people saying to one another comes from FEAR. FEAR of the unknown and what these people can do to our peaceful existence. So the love of God cancels out FEAR. We must bathe in His love and relax in the fact that Daddy God will not let the ungodly rule over us!

Once we have learned some of these lessons we then can go on to teach them to others.

This past Easter weekend was hard for me. I had no money and only a couple of things here to eat. I prayed that God would touch someone’s, anyone’s heart to bring us some food, send us some money or invite us over. Guess what? None of that happened.

At dinnertime we had a small amount of brown rice and a few little steamed carrots. I started to feel sorry for myself when the voice of God spoke to my heart the following; “Some people do not even have this much to eat. Some people do not have a warm place to be with a roof over their head. Quit complaining and praise me for what you do have!” and so, I lifted my head and moved on. I was learning what so many people in this world know about, what it’s like to go to bed hungry. But we survived, and so will you.

Could God have supplied us with a ham and a strawberry pie? Probably, but we are in training to minister to others in the same situation.

I know you are hurting, but this is going to end soon and you are going to pass through to another level. In the meantime stop blaming God. Stop seeing Him as letting you down. Understand that He starts training with those who are willing to listen, and then He uses those folks to explain things to others. Things about His never failing love. Things about His faithfulness! Things about our future in His kingdom!

The point where you are now is the point where a lot of people give up. I notice that a lot of the people who do not have faith in God turned against Him when they had a prayer that didn’t get answered for one reason or another. Instead of understanding God’s reasoning for not getting their answer they turn against Him. This point that you are at now is the point in which you are being advanced in wisdom and understanding. It’s the Ph.D. level. There are two roads in front of you. The one of denying God leads to death and lack, the one in choosing to believe, regardless of the circumstances, leads to blessings and eternal life.

In God’s Never Ending Love,

Cathie

www.helpforgodshurtingpeople.com

www.loveaddictioncounselingforChristians.com

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God Wants To Heal Your Body Your Mind And Your Broken Spirit

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You shall serve the Lord your God; He shall bless your bread and water, and take sickness from your midst. Exodus 23:25

When I was 19 years old I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematous. I went for years with it in remission. Every now and then, usually in the middle of severe stress in my life, it would come out of remission.

In 2008 I went on a weight loss plan. I lost about 35 lbs. In losing all that weight I was more concerned with weight loss instead of healthy weight loss. In order to lose the weight I used a lot of sugar substitutes and I especially drank a lot of diet soda. I mean A LOT. The diet soda seemed to hold back the hunger and I depended on it to get me through on days when I was tempted to blow it. Later, through study, I would find out that the sugar substitute in Diet Cola, and other sugar-free treats were poisoning my body.

In January of 2009 I begin to see blood in the toilet and I began to have severe diarrhea. Of course the first thing I thought of, always thinking the worse at the time, was colon cancer. I went to my family doctor who arranged for me to have a colonoscopy. I was also referred to a Gastroenterologist.

The bleeding continued and while I was waiting for the results of the test I started to call out to God in prayer. A few weeks and many tests later I was diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. The doctor I had, at that time, was a real straight shooter. He told me frankly, “You will have this the rest of your life, the best you can do is control it. There is no cure, I know that because I have it myself.”

I went through some really bad meds and for two weeks I was so sick I couldn’t raise my head from the pillow. Finally my doc found a drug that would control it, most of the time, but I had no health insurance at the time and the medication was over $1000.00 a month.

In December of 2010 we moved to be closer to my daughter. Shortly after our move my husband had to have open-heart surgery. During the open-heart surgery he developed MRSA, a flesh eating disease. It ate his entire sternum and some of his rib cage prior to getting it under-control. He should have died; in fact his family care doctor told us that he had never had one patient who had hospital acquired MRSA live. However, the whole ordeal left my husband unable to take care of himself. On top of everything else one of the meds he took, while in the hospital, left him almost blind.

It was obvious that I would be my husband’s caretaker. He had no one else. To this day he cannot even shower by himself, and he is no longer able to drive because he could not pass a drivers license vision test even before his vision almost completely left him.

My situation was dire. The only help I had was my daughter and she was very helpful until she met someone from out of town and moved to Michigan, leaving me completely alone.

I spent all my time too sick to raise my head up and in bed with my I pad or laptop. The only times I would get up was to feed my husband and take care of his needs. The IBD had taken my Lupus out of remission too. The pills they were giving me failed to work. They could literally find nothing that my system would work with. I stopped almost all the pills for Lupus and IBD and went on a gluten free diet. I was begging God to heal me. Even gluten free didn’t work and I was left feeling helpless. I had tried everything and nothing worked.

I would wonder what I was going to do. I had to drive my husband to his doctor appointments and sometimes in the midst of a bad attack of IBD and Lupus I had to cancel my husbands doctor appointments. I begin to have the doctors, not fully aware of my situation, begin to threaten me to stop caring for my husband if I could not get him to his doctor’s appointments. This added to my stress, which in turn made me sicker.

Truly, it was the worst time of my life. I felt totally alone and my health problems had to take a back seat to my husbands. I was lucky if I got to a doctor once a year for myself. It took all the energy I had to make it through each day. My housework suffered because I had to prioritize and housework was low down on my list. I did the dishes, cleaned the bathrooms, and ran a mop and occasionally I vacuumed.

The amazing thing is that through it all I never lost my faith in God. I didn’t know why He was allowing me to go through all of it, but I figured all I had left was God and my husband and I determined to not let either of them go.

Family, on my side and his,were so disappointing. No one offered to help, no one called to see how we were doing, and at one time my husbands oldest son, from another marriage, tried to tell my husband that there was nothing wrong with him and I was putting ideas in his head. My husband tried to tell him that it was his doctor who diagnosed him, and not me. His son went on and on with his tirade and Chuck was broken-hearted that at the worst time in his life, his own son was giving him more grief on top of his grief he was feeling at having lost all semblance of his prior life.

During this time I began to call out to God for my healing. I would reason with God and tell Him, “You know I have to take care of Chuck, and I cannot go on with my own health problems much longer. PLEASE HEAL ME LORD!

During that time I had constant diarrhea. I was losing blood from the ulcerative colitis, which was how my IBD manifested itself. Just getting out of bed to go to the grocery store or take my husband to the doctor took all my energy away. I would do what I had to do and then come home and go back to bed, getting up only when Chuck needed my help.

While I was so sick I begin to wonder what lesson God was trying to teach me from my situation. I would think back on seeing other people who were chronically ill and wondering if they were truly as sick as they said they where. God used my situation to make sure I never had another judgmental thought about sick people again. I saw just how frustrating and heart breaking it was to spend every moment of your life ill, with no one to help.

I prayed for four years for my healing and literally begged God, the last two, to help me because now I had a husband who had no one but me to help him.

I had moments of severe self-pity. I knew I shouldn’t feel sorry for myself but I did. I would take my case to the Lord and remind him of all the ways I had ministered to his people, most of the time without getting a dime for it. I would remind him of how I had tried, after a horrible time of backsliding, to dedicate my life to living for him. It was almost like I was saying to God, “Of all people, I don’t deserve this. I have been your good child, following the desires of your heart Lord.” I begin to have to confess that ego to God, because I knew it was not what He wanted, and I knew I was, and am, far from perfect.

One morning, in early spring of this year, I was lying in bed after a cup of coffee and giving my husband all his meds. My husband was sitting in the Lazyboy recliner in our bedroom. We turned on Christian television. A woman with an angelic voice was singing the most beautiful song of praise. To this day I cannot tell you what we were watching, as I had begun to dose off to sleep when she came on.

The music began to minister to me and I begin to feel a supernatural sense of unearthly peace. Waves and waves of energy began to pulse through my body. The energy went from the top of my head, to the bottom of my feet and then did the same thing time and time again until I was transported to the heavenly realms. I can’t tell you, in the natural, how long I stayed there. I only know that God met me there and began to heal my body supernaturally. When I came “to” and out of the heavenly realms I had a feeling that my life would NEVER again be the same. I had met God, in the heavenly realms and he had healed my body.

Shortly after that a door was opened for us to move into a smaller and less expensive house. Things started to just fall together; money came together in supernatural abundance for us to hire movers. We knew that we were in the middle of God’s will as every single door opened in front of us easily and effortlessly.

Since that day I have not spent one sick day in bed. I have not had manifestations of IBD or Lupus. My energy level is incredible and I am easily able to take my husband where he needs to go and minister to his needs with energy levels I have not experienced in a long, long time. We are now believing Him for my husbands total and complete healing!

Why did it take God so long to heal me? I am not sure, except that I learned many, many life lessons through the whole ordeal. I write this to those of you today that may need a healing in your health or even your emotions. No matter how bad things feel or how bad they look to you at this time, know that GOD is with you. He will heal you, at the exactly right time and when He does it will be a total healing in areas of finances, emotions and your health!

The main thing I learned is that we must not blame him for our troubles. We must prove to Him that no matter what we feel like, in the natural, we will continue to sing praises to His name. No bad thing comes from God. It’s the enemy of our souls that wants to see us suffer and NOT our heavenly Father. Trust Him, He loves us so much and even in the worst times of our lives He stands by our sides, enabling us to go through the hardest times one can ever imagine, not in our strength BUT in HIS.

If you would like someone to agree with you in prayer, please email me.

God is by your side. Your healing is sooner then you think! Stand firm and trust Him!

In His Unconditional Love,

Cathie Miller

www.helpforgodshurtingpeople.com

www.loveaddictioncoachingforchristians.com

Too Much Judgment Not Enough Forgiveness

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Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32

In the past few years God has been drilling into my heart, and head, the lessons of forgiveness, and not judging others.

I believe one of the main reasons the world, and the people in it, do not often come to Christ because they see Christians as judgmental hypocrites.

Truth be known a lot of Christians sit somewhere and judge the behavior of others self-righteously. While doing so they often forget that they have some things in there own lives that are not perfect. They seem to judge sinners by categories of sins; they seem to think that one sin is often worse then the other. That’s not what the word of God says, and yet so many people who claim to be His representatives do not act as He act. They refuse to show unconditional love and they refuse to forgive people. But the Word of God says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

If we only realized that by judging others we bring judgment on ourselves perhaps we would simply give those things that bother us in others over to God. Instead we often are mean and cruel in our behavior to the very people who need unconditional love the most.

Not judging behavior or not forgiving behavior does not mean we approve of the behavior. It simply means that we love the person involved and through the love we show them they may come to see Christ. God is love.

No one ever see’s God in hateful, judgmental behavior. Hurting people hurt other people. Miracles occur when we are strong enough to say, “I don’t understand you, but I forgive you.”

I often think we all have selective memories. We can see what another person did or does as wrong, but we forget that we have done, or still are doing, things that are not good for us either.

In Luke 6:37 we read the following;

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged.” Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”

When I came to the knowledge that if I judged someone elses behavior there was someone somewhere doing the same to me, it woke me up and nudged my spirit when I would think a judgmental thought. By judging others, we end up bringing judgment on ourselves. No one wants to do that!

God is the judge, we are to simply love unconditionally those who are not saved and those who are outside the body of Christ. We all stand before God’s judgment seat and He and He alone is the final judge.

When you see a really judgmental person it’s often because they have things inside of themselves that need dealing with, and instead of dealing with those things they would rather put the spotlight on you. Jesus knew that and that’s why He said right before He died “Father forgive them, they know not what they do!”

Jesus also spoke to the men stoning the woman caught in adultery and said, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her!”

It’s hard to find forgiveness within for those who have used and abused us. It’s often hard to stand by day after day with the emotional abuse heaped on us by those in our families who have decided to use us as their emotional scapegoats.

Because being unforgiving brings physical distress to us, as well as emotional distress, we have to learn to forgive and release those who have caused us pain.

Forgiving them doesn’t mean that we have to socialize with them. It simply means that we come to a peace inside that removes the pain of the past, therefore taking away the power that the person(s) had over us to hurt us.

For me, I find that praying for those people to be blessed actually takes away the bitterness I have towards them. I know you are thinking, “Are you kidding, I am not going to pray for them and if I do it will be to ask God to GET THEM!”

I have found that we are responsible to love and forgive regardless of how they treat us. We are told to love our enemies and by doing so we actually bring blessings into our own life.

I often see and hear people bragging about what a “*ITCH,” they are and how they don’t take any BS off of anyone.” The sad thing is that is so contrary to any and all teachings regarding forgiving and turning the other cheek. If you notice they are always mad at one person or the other, mad at the government, mad at the other political party, and out to right all the wrongs they see in the world. The trouble with that is that it never leads to personal peace and serenity. People stay awake nights going over something someone did or said to them, and trying to figure out ways to get even.

Remember those little pictures of Kermit the Frog that people posted on FB for a while? Kermit would make a judgmental statement and then say, “But that’s none of my business.” Yes we laugh at that, and they are funny, but there is a lot of truth in that statement. How someone else runs his or her life is NONE OF OUR BUSINESS. Only if it is affecting our life do we need to make it our business. Otherwise we need to just “LET IT BE!”

When we begin to obsess over something another person is doing or saying we can stop, change the channel in our minds, and release it. I then utter a prayer like this, “God please bless ***, and bless him/her going in and going out.” Then I release the thought and find my peace again.

A lot of people reading this have already learned this lesson, but I can tell you that I took way too long in life to learn that I let too many things bother me. I made too many judgments that I should have let go of. The older I get the more I enjoy the stable, peaceful life that comes from doing things God’s way. There is a reason for the teachings in the Word and when we follow them COMPLETELY, things go much smoother for us all!

In God’s unconditional love,

Cathie

www.helpforgodshurtingpeople.com

www.loveaddictioncoachingforchristians.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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