Mistakes Believers Make

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“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8

“According to Wikipedia the Holy of Holies was covered by a veil, and no one was allowed to enter except the High Priest, and even he could only enter once a year of Yom Kippur (the day of atonement.) Now before the priest can enter the Holy of Holies he must be made clean.”

 

Coming into God’s presence is like entering the Holy of Holies to some extent. God’s presence is Holy and perfect. Man’s presence is one of unholiness. We must enter into God’s presence on His terms.

 

However, God made us and He knows that we are imperfect sinners able to stand before Him, in a state of grace, only because of what HE did for us on the cross.

 

Ministering to God’s people is a place of responsibility. We are responsible to God, first and foremost, and then to those people we minister too. By minister I am not just speaking here of those who are ordained ministers. I am speaking to any Christian who witnesses God to others through words and deeds. I am talking to anybody that wants to encourage people, or daily lets others know they belong to God.

 

The responsibility we, who call ourselves Christians, have is to make sure that our lives are set apart from those that don’t know God. If a person who looks up to us sees, or hears about, us being involved in secret sin they will think that all Christians are a bunch of hypocrites and it doesn’t just turn them against us but also against God.

 

So today I want to encourage you to really get to know the lives of those whose teaching you sit under.

 

Recently God spoke to my heart that we are taking the same demon on us that our leaders may have attached to them. I questioned the Lord. I am a person that must be convinced of the truth before I believe. I want scriptures and teaching to back things up.

 

God began to explain it to me like this, suppose we sit under a minister that is married and cheating on his or her wife. That person is not following God’s law on marriage and is not only breaking the marriage covenant but the commandment that says, “Thou shall not commit adultery.”

 

So lets say a person goes to him for marriage counseling. If that person is having an affair what do you think the pastor’s advice to this person will be based on? His knowledge of God’s law or his own experience that is not what God allows?

 

It will be hard for that person to guide us right, and if we do not know any better we could become further steeped in sin. That is why you may see a church where not only is the pastor breaking the law of God but he may be encouraging those who are under him to do the same. I have noticed that now that they are in deep sin, instead of repenting before God, they will find scriptures to back them up. Of course, the scripture is taken out of context but the new Christian may not notice that.

 

I have found that most people, when doing things they know is against the Word of God, will find a way to justify it. Things like saying, that was only in the Old Testament or that was only for those days and not for today. My favorite is this one, “God loves me too much to want me to be unhappy.”

 

The Word of God says this, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8

 

So how God felt about things in the old days is the way He still feels about things.

This scripture is often taken out of context to ignore sinning of ministers, “Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm.” Psalm 105:15

 

It is not then smart for us to go around gossiping and mocking a minister of God. It is however smart for us to understand that to stay in that place is not what God wants us to do. Pray for the person, pray for your situation and let God work it out. To stay there is not helpful for you. A pastor is supposed to be “a covering” over us. A pastor is to shepherd God’s people.

 

We all know people who sinned and God still used them, after they repented, in a mighty, mighty way. I think of David. God had His hand on David from his childhood. David did not lose his anointing when he sinned, but God did bring some troubles to him that caused him to repent and ask God’s forgiveness for his affair with Bathsheba and having her husband killed. God then restored David. There is hope for everyone. It’s God’s business and not mine or yours.

 

When Chuck and I first got married he was going to a church he liked. Because I moved away from the town and church I was going to, when we got married, I started going to Chuck’s church.

 

One of my gifts is Spiritual discernment. I began to notice that the pastor was out of line with his foster daughter. It was so blatantly bad that it appeared his wife knew about it but was too physically sick to leave the marriage.
I spoke to Chuck about it. He didn’t say much but I noticed that he then began to look at some of the things going on and I could see it troubled him.

 

I kept quiet but I was praying for Chuck to be truly convinced that I was right. Finally, one day a few things happened and the pastor and his foster daughter’s affair was made clear right in front of Chuck and me.

 

At that point Chuck and I discussed it on the way home and he said, “We are leaving there. We aren’t going back.” Later, people from the church would call us and try to find out why we were leaving. We had decided to not discuss it with anyone. We would tell them, “It’s a personal reason.” Even the deacon called us, then his wife. Still we declined to tell them. I don’t know what happened to that man, and his church. I can say that we still, to this day, are thankful God gave us the strength to not gossip and simply leave the church.

 

There was no way that a man, that out of step with God, should be leading and guiding others.

 

Today there are a lot of ministers, prophets, apostles, and teachers cropping up. The majority of them are wonderful people, ordained by God and full of the Holy Spirit.

 

Pray for discernment. If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it is a duck.

 

Move on, and pray for the person. Unfollow them on Facebook and go on.

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You Have Not Because You Ask Not

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“Ye have not, because ye ask not.” James 4:2

“And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, What ever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.”
“Before, you asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.” John 16:23-24

 

That first scripture was hanging me up. It says that we have not because we ask not. Well, I was asking but not receiving so I began to do a study on that scripture. I wanted to know what I was missing.

 

As you can see there are other scriptures that say the same thing.

 

Through study, and hearing the voice of God, I believe there are real reasons our prayers often go unanswered.

 

First we often ask with bad motives. Bad motives, I believe, are when we ask out of selfish reasons. We want something, perhaps, so that we can brag about it to our friends and delight in seeing their jealousy. That’s a wrong reason.

 

Another reason our prayers are not answered, at times, is that we ask for something that is not good for us and will led us into sin. For example, we cannot ask the Lord to bring us someone else’s husband and expect that He will do that. It violates His law on marriage.

 

However, the main reason most of our prayers go unanswered is that we have limiting beliefs. We may not believe that we are good enough, smart enough, or talented enough for what we are asking God for. Those limiting beliefs do not line up with God’s thoughts and so those prayers go unanswered.

 

Let’s start by understanding that we are God’s beloved children.

 

As children of God, he thinks we are special. He made us and like any other artist he is proud of his work.

 

I like to use the example of the way we love our own children. We think they are special. We think they are almost perfect. When we do recognize their faults, we still believe that they have the ability to change into the best version of themselves. We don’t give up that belief. We don’t like it much when, even though they are trying to help, other people talk badly about our children.

 

When we understand our relationship with Daddy God it helps us to understand, even more, His love and care for us.

 

So now we have to look at the words that come out of our mouths and the thoughts that come into our minds. Do they line up with God’s thoughts about us?

 

Let’s use the example of a man who is not what we would generally think of as handsome. We may not understand it but often we see him dating beautiful women. We know, for example, he is not rich. So how does he always date beautiful women?

 

The answer is that his thoughts, of himself, are not negative. He doesn’t think, “I am not that great looking, that woman will never go out with me!” Instead he thinks he looks great. He has that self-confidence that people are drawn to and therefore his thinking about dating beautiful women is not limited. He believes the sky is the limit and, because God thinks he is special too, he asks and he receives.

 

That is an example of our thoughts aligning with the thoughts of God.

 

Now, lets take this into the area of finances. We may be praying for God to bless us financially while at the same time thinking, “I am not going to make it. I can’t seem to dig myself out of this hole.” Or we might think, “I would start my own business but I don’t know how to make my own website or talk to people.”

 

Those are examples of limiting thoughts that do not line up with the word of God. To change things we need to start believing that we are as smart as the next person. We can believe that with God’s help we can figure out how to make a website. We can go online and do a Google search, on “How to make a website.”

 

God says, “Beloved I wish above all else that you would prosper and be in good health, even as your soul prospers.”

 

In order to get answers to our prayers we have to get rid of limiting beliefs about our abilities. We pray and we believe that we can do anything and we believe that with God’s help NOTHING is impossible. We then step out towards our dreams believing that God is partnering with us to answer our prayers.

 

Romans 10:17 says “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

 

In order to build up our faith we have to soak ourselves in God’s word. We turn to Christian Radio in our cars; we spend time each day in the bible, we listening to Christian CD’s or sermons for free on You Tube. All these things will increase our faith.

 

Music is a trigger. It often puts our mind into believing the wrong things about the world and acceptable behavior. There is nothing wrong with secular music but we need to equal time listening to positive things too. If not we can find ourselves becoming really jaded.

 

I believe, as we start to align our minds with Christ, we can ask and we can receive, abundantly, those things that our hearts desire.

 

In His Unconditional Love,

Cathie Miller

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Align Your Mind With The Mind Of God

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Psalm 34:17-18 the righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

 

Our moods can change really quickly. One minute everything is great and the next minute we our in a bad mood and obsessing over one problem or the other.

 

I recently had an incident in my life that I could not seem to break free of obsessing over. To me it is an emotionally painful situation and it never seems to get better no matter how much I pray. Believe me I have prayed until I am blue in the face and the situation doesn’t get better. I was praying in the spirit this week when God began to download to my mind a teaching for others and myself about the danger of obsessing over problems and how doing that makes things worse.

 

God began to show me what happens in the spirit world when we focus on one problem obsessively. Without knowing it the problem gets bigger and we actually attract more problems by constantly praying in a negative way about our problems. We have all been there. We start to tell the Lord about what is going on, from our perspective, and we begin to tell him how awful the situation is and that we “just do not know what we are going to do about it.” We go on from there with one negative confession after the other. In the Kingdom of God, one of the Kingdom principals is, “What we say is what we get.”

 

God begin to speak to my heart and said the following, “If this situation was completely rectified and everything concerning it was perfect, how would you feel?” I thought about how I would feel without the problem. I determined I would feel happy, peaceful and secure. God then said, “I want you to imagine yourself feeling like that every time you think about it and then pray to me with gratitude that you feel happy, peaceful and secure. Do not mention the problem, I already know your problems. Just thank Me as if everything was exactly as you want it to be. That puts your mind and my mind as ONE. I want only GOOD things for you always, you already have those things it’s simply the enemy of your soul who wants you fretting over things that you, already, have every right, as MY daughter, to have. Every time you start to obsess over things just STOP and go to that peaceful place in your mind where you feel happy, peaceful and secure. Before you know that it will become habit, and things will line up to bring answers to your problems that make you feel happy, peaceful and secure. You must align your thoughts with MINE and not those of Satan!”

 

You see, God has a purpose for each life. He never gives up on that purpose, and as we keep our mind on the positive attributes of God’s Kingdom, and His will for our lives, we shift the negative focus to one that is positive and the heavenly realms respond to it and bring back positive things in our lives.

 

The same thing can be said about our finances and what we see as a lack of money. We look at what we see around us and we panic. We say things like, “The economy is bad, the world is in a bad state financially and I do not know what to do!” Our minds do not know the difference. If we say those things then those things come to pass. Instead we can shift that by feeling the same feelings we would feel if we had enough money to pay our bills on time, do some things we want to do and bless others. We then start to praise God for the things we do have. God operates in an attitude of gratitude. So many times we hear people say, “Get real, tell it like it is!” Telling it “like it is” will keep things like they are, in our lives, forever.

 

The Word of God says, in 3 John 2;  Beloved, I wish above all things that thou may prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospers.”

 

What story are you telling everyone today? Are you full of self-pity and worry? Do you repeat that over and over every time you speak to someone? Doing that sets us up for failure. Instead write a new story for yourself. Set goals and see yourself as a person that has the power, with the help of God, to tear up the bad chapter in your story and write one in which you are happy, healthy and prosperous.

 

Focus on your God given purpose in life. Do not focus on the problems.

 

In His Unconditional Love,

Cathie

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When You Are Panicked and Don’t What To Do

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Even though I’m walking through The valley of the shadow I will hold tight to the hand of Him Whose love will comfort me And when all hope is gone And I’ve been wounded in the battle He is all the strength that I will Ever need And He will carry me . From the 23rd Psalm

Even when you have a personal relationship with God, and even though others look to you for help and see you as strong, there will be times in life when you are in situations that panic and scare you. During those times there is only you and God. During those times you see Him as a tangible helper. He creates miracles and you know, that you know, HE IS REAL. He’s not a psychological crutch, or only in your imagination, He’s real.

I have been ill with the worst “bug” I have ever experienced. I have heard other people tell me they have had this too, and it’s treacherous. Last night was the worst yet. I started getting short of breath, dizzy and light headed. I prayed, it got worse. I began to see it as an attack so I started telling the evil one to leave and that my whole being belonged to God and he needed to hit the road. Somewhere panic set in. I begin to believe I needed to go to the hospital. So, I began to worry about Chuck, my husband. His vision is about 25%. It was now late at night. I thought of a couple of people I could call for help but I didn’t feel close enough to them to call that late. All this time it’s getting worse. Now I have completely taken my eyes off Jesus and I’m sinking fast. One of my prior occupations is a certified medical assistant. I knew my symptoms were serious.

I went and told Chuck how sick I was and that I needed to call an ambulance as I knew I wasn’t able to drive. Because of him not being able to pass the vision test they took his drivers license from him 3 years ago. Chuck could not drive me.

So I decided to call 911, but then I thought, “How will I get home?” There are no buses here, no cabs. All this time my breathing was becoming more labored. I called 911and told the guy that answered what was going on and asked if they could help me get home, eventually. He said he didn’t think so, but he wasn’t sure. So now, I felt stuck. I thanked him and said, “Never mind.”

So now, I tell God, “This is it, there is nothing to do, if I die, I die.”

Now, I am a prayer warrior. I pray over people all the time. I pray for people in other countries and they get miracles. My husband has come so far with the Lord but he is not much of a prayer partner. We pray together twice a day, but he doesn’t feel as comfortable praying as I do.

I could see he was worried. He could hear me trying to breathe and he knew I was in bad shape. So all of a sudden he comes over, sits down next to me, takes my hand and miraculously not only prays for me, but tells Satan that he knows he is attacking me and that he needs to leave his wife alone!

Guess what? Satan did just that! Within a few minutes I could breathe again, I was no longer wheezing and all my panic ended! God began to fill the room with a wonderful feeling of peace and we laid down and went to sleep.

Don’t give up on your spouse, or in Jesus working miracles with them, EVER. When you are believers, and submitted to God, Jesus doesn’t give up on your marriage. We give up on marriage a lot sooner then God does. Marriage is ordained by God, and in marriage we enter into a covenant with God. God never breaks that covenant, but many times we do. I know that’s not always the case. Sometimes we get ourselves into bad situations and God releases us from a marriage covenant, but that’s a study for another day.

I was tested to the max last night. I felt like I was in hand to hand combat with the devil. You know what? I took my eyes off Jesus, I got into the flesh. So I didn’t really lose because the next time that happens, I will have the faith to walk out on the water to meet Jesus. I will not give up until I get it right. I pray to keep my eyes on the Lord no matter how scary it gets.

Like all of these situations, what Satan meant to hurt me, turned around for my good. My husband let his pride, his fear of not saying it perfectly, go and God honored that prayer and stopped Satan’s plan to destroy me.

Trust Him, keep you eyes on Him, no matter how bad your situation looks. He will come to you in your desperation and He will help you. You just need to give Him a chance!

In His Miraculous Love,
Cathie

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God Has Heard Your Prayers and Seen Your Tears

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Because you got a double dose of trouble and more than your share of contempt, Your inheritance in the land will be doubled and your joy go on forever. Isaiah 61:7

Today the Lord led me to Isaiah 61:7. As you read through that scripture take it into your spirit and understand it as a specific WORD from the Lord for you today.

So many of us live in shame and dishonor regarding things that happened before we surrendered all to Christ.

Now we are surrendered to God and trying to live each day for Him and yet we still live with a residue of pain and dishonor. Perhaps our finances, family relationships, or reputations suffered because of not being right with God at onetime in our lives. We know that God has forgiven us and yet the shame of these things follows us each day. If we are not careful we can dwell in the depression of looking back with regret. We can believe, in error, that we will forever be stuck with the results of disobedience.

Then we may have friends and family who don’t show us the same forgiveness that God does. The Word says in Psalm 103:12 the following;

“As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.”

He forgives and forgets. You will not be punished your entire life time because of confessed sin that you repent from.

Now today I am coming, on behalf of the Lord, to tell you what He wants you to know. He has seen your tears, heard your prayers and you are entering a time of renewed honor and increased prosperity. If you go to verse 8 you will see that the Lord is not happy with the unjust treatment you are receiving. He is about to reward you for your suffering. Not just reward you but reward you with twice as much.

I believe those who have endured a period of grief over unjust situations are entering a time of recompense from the Lord. We are standing on the threshold of having our lives turned around for the better. When others see it they will know, without a doubt, you are a much loved and highly favored child of God.

Release the pain of the consequences of your past and enter into a period of renewed respect and promotion. God is releasing these things to you. Use them for building up others and blessing them, too, in the name of God. Let people know how good God is to you!

Definition of Recompense: make amends to (someone) for loss or harm suffered; compensate.
“offenders should recompense their victims”

In His Everlasting Love,
Cathie

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Walking In Radical Supernatural Miracles Daily

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Jesus answered and said to them, Truly I say to you, If you have faith, and doubt not, you shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if you shall say to this mountain, Be you removed, and be you cast into the sea; it shall be done. Matthew 21:21

Today as I was praying and seeking God about a blog article the subject of supernatural, radical faith kept running through my mind. I believe that someone reading this needs a faith infusion. That is what I have for you, as you read this article, a couple of examples of my FAITH miracles. I walk in faith miracles. You too can walk in faith miracles.

You must empty your mind of “rational” thought about your problems. You must get some faith scriptures that SPEAK to your situation and write them down. Then every day, even several times a day, read those scriptures! Don’t tell anyone what you are believing for. Even some Christians don’t have radical faith. I advise you to keep it between you and God.

If what are praying for doesn’t violate God’s Word there is NOTHING stopping your miracle from materializing. You just have to know that and believe it. Jesus said that those things He did, we too could do. The only thing stopping your miracle is that you don’t really believe it can happen. Well, stop your unbelief. I have had things happen to me that literally blew my mind, and the mind of others that saw them. If you are ready to walk in supernatural miracles, today is your day. Read about a couple of the miracles I have experienced, and get ready to experience your own!

When I got real with God, when I laid down the things I did that were not pleasing to Him and did my best to walk in Him and with Him each day He turned my life around.

When I was single God had spoken to my heart that He would be “as a husband” to me. I begin to take God at His word. Whenever I begin to have financial problems or problems around the house I would literally say to God, “Okay God, you told me to come to you as a husband. What are we going to do about this?” Then, believe it or not, God would work in a supernatural way to bring me a solution.

I had no car, because it had been repossessed, and I was relying on the women I worked with to drive me back and forth to work. It was getting old and bothersome for them, as well as me. I prayed about it and then I just said, “Okay God what do I do?”

I began to feel that God was telling me to rent a vehicle on payday and use it to look for a car. That took more faith then you can imagine as I had terrible credit. But, I obeyed God and rented a car for the weekend. I was led to try up and down “automobile dealership row” in my town. As I drove in front of the Chevrolet dealership I felt God saying, “This is it, go in here, tell the man your problem and he will sale you a car.” Even writing this I can’t believe I had the faith to do that, but I did. The salesmen greeted me by the used cars and I told him I needed a car. I told him my story and surprisingly he did not laugh at me, he said, “Wait, here in the lobby.” The next thing I know another man walked up to me and introduced himself as the sales manager. He invited me into his office. I heard Christian music playing on a radio. He listened to my story and said, “I am a Christian too. I know what you are going through. I went through something very similar with my ex wife.” Then the Red Sea’s of difficulty were opened. I walked out of there with a wonderful used car. I will never believe the look on the security guards face as I drove up to work on Monday. He said, “How did you get a car?” I told him the story and he just shook his head in unbelief. He just knew that car was going to fall apart and I had “been taken for a ride.” He would walk around that car everyday and expect that something would be wrong with it. Nothing ever went wrong with it. God had blessed me with a good used car. I never had a problem with it, and it lasted me for years until I was able to get another car. I sold it to another Christian couple that was also blessed with it. When God does a miracle he does a miracle. When we step out in faith He meets us there and supernaturally things change. It makes no sense to the rational mind but it doesn’t have to. It’s between us and God. We do our part when we believe and God then does His part by honoring that faith walk.

Another time the washing machine in the little house I was renting back then quit washing right in the middle of a load of wash. I knew that my landlord would fix it the next day, but it was late in the evening, and I needed those clothes to wear to work the next day. I said, “God, you are my husband. A husband would know what to do to fix this thing,” I then went and laid my hands on that machine, started praying in tongues and by golly that machine started and I never had another problem with it the whole time I lived there.

Lift you head, get up and lift your hands to God and believe for your miracle. The ones above come from a little book I am in the process of writing, and believe me when I tell you that I have had so many miracles that my faith in God’s ability to do them never wavers. I pray that you too will get the miracle you need. Please write me when you do and let me know!

In His Miraculous Love,

Cathie

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