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

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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

50 People Killed on Pentecost 2016

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The LORD said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.” Genesis 18:26

“And the world will be as it was in the days of Lot. People went about their daily business–eating and drinking, buying and selling, farming and building–Luke 17:28

Pentecost was last night at sundown until sundown today. June 11th- June 12

Between Passover ( first fruits)and Pentecost the Omar (Omer) is counted. 7 Shabbats and a day = 50 days.

We are currently in a jubilee year. Every 50 years.

God warned Lot and then Sodom was destroyed. God warned “Do not look back.” Lots wife did and was turned into a pillar of of salt.

50 people died and were killed by a man named Omar in a gay club.

God spoke and you can make of it what you will.

I wrote this down for my Christian friends. If your eyes are opened God will speak to you what this means. Pray about it.

There are no such things as coincidences with God. It was all planned out.

In His Unconditional Love,

Cathie Miller

http://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

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

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Getting Real About Unconditional Love

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But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 1 John 4:8

 

This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister. 1 John 3:10

 

I encourage you all to blog. One great thing about it is that you can say what you are feeling or thinking. Those that want to read it can, and those who don’t want to read it can toss it.

I call this blog the wisdom blog because I usually teach things I learned the hard way in life. I lived the New Age life for a long time, but the only tangible thing I know is that when life gets hard and you need someone stronger then you to help you handle it, God is the only one who can do that. The stars, or the earth, don’t do that. God does that.

With Mother’s Day coming up I have some thoughts.

Do you know what I find sad, and irritating..God Help ME. is people who spent years “bad mouthing” their mother or father while they were still living. I have had people sit in my own living room and talk trash about their parent and yet when the parent dies they go online, and other places, and talk about how sad they are, and how sad their lives are without said parent at “Mother’s Day” or “Father’s Day.”

Now that the parent is dead, the parent is still being used by the person for attention, just in another way.

Hear this, I know and others know that you didn’t love your parent then, unconditionally, and you don’t love them now. No one is being fooled. Take your self-pity party elsewhere!

 

I am not perfect, you are not perfect. No one on this planet is. Love your parent NOW while you still can or be prepared to answer to God about it.

Some folks like to think how great they are because they give to this or that cause and they see homeless on the street and hand them a dollar. What about those in your own family? Because if you aren’t helping them, don’t expect God to be really thrilled about any other giving. Well, lets see what the Word says about that..

“Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” 1 Timothy 5:8

 

Living in Taos, NM, one of the things I find so beautiful is the Native culture of honoring your parent while they live. So many Northern New Mexico Hispanics are the same. It’s a BEAUTIFUL thing to see. I occasionally see these people honoring their parent on a special birthday on FB and the love they show is so beautiful it warms the heart! I love looking at those pictures and they inspire my heart! These people know that it’s about spending time with their parents, not expensive gifts.

I believe it starts with the love of God that translates into love of parents. I do not know, personally, any Natives or Hispanics that consider themselves Atheists.

Recently I saw a quote on FB talking down Christians that believe in their invisible God and instead it extols the wonder of worshipping Mother Earth. Really? It wasn’t nature that held your hand and comforted you in your hour of need! It was a human being sent by God to comfort you!

People often tell me “Well, Cathie my parent did this or that, and you have no idea how it affected me.” I don’t but God does know how it affected you. However, punishing them for whatever it was doesn’t heal you or them. I love the story Joyce Meyers tells of being so good to her father, who sexually abused her for years in her youth, that before he died he apologized and came to know Jesus as his personal savior.

I am not saying to spend everyday of your life with the parent, but do something in love. You may have no idea how your parent feels about the past. Many parents regret the crazy mistakes they made when young and would love to have a second chance to make it up to you.

See, God says that we can’t be selective of who we love. He says that even the heathen love those who are good to them. If we only love those people we miss the true, abiding, agape love experience that is found in God.

“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.” Luke 6:32

 

Think about stepping out in the deep water by loving your living parent, while you still can! It’s called RESPECT.

Let the past go to Jesus, and walk forward into the freedom of God’s unconditional love. Oh, I know people hurt you in your own family. I know that pain. I know the deep emotional pain of being abused emotionally and physically. I also know that God wants to wrap His arms around you and love you so that you can find the strength inside to love others that hurt you needlessly, not just those who are kind to you.

I ask for prayers for my health. Pray that God will provide finances so I can afford to hire some help when I cannot physically help my dear husband. If you need prayers write me, I pray each day for those on my prayer list..Whether I am sick or well.

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.

 

The Strongest Emotion Is Love

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The Son of Man, on the other hand, feasts and drinks, and you say, ‘He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!’ But wisdom is shown to be right by its results.” Matthew 11:19

I cannot stand judgmental Christians. Strange thing about that statement is that I used to be one of them.

Through a series of circumstances God began to lead me into a glorious discovery. The very people we might deem as hopeless sinners are the ones we need to reach the most. If we cut these people out of our lives completely they will never see the change that God makes in a person’s life.

Jesus was criticized for hanging out with certain people in Matthew 9:11,12,13 we read the following;

11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’[a] For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

We need to go into a hurting world and be an example of unconditional love.

One day, as I was looking for a parking space in a shopping center, I saw a woman who got out of her car, slammed the door and then turned around and gave me a dirty look as I drove by her. I didn’t even know the woman.

It was obvious that she was angry. That anger was enveloping every cell of her being at that moment. So she was going to direct that anger at anyone who came within her view.

Now, we could think, “Wow, that woman is a real witch!” The truth of the matter is that we don’t know what her life was like that day, or any other day. Perhaps she had been abused in one way or the other. Perhaps she was losing her home. Perhaps she had lost her job that day.

The point is that instead of judging her behavior, God has taught me to pray for people like that and to not take it personally.

We live in a hurting world, and it’s going to get a lot worse before it’s over and done with.

I love the quote by Mother Theresa that says, “When you judge people you have no time to love them.”

When God starts working on an area of our lives, like judgment, He will bring all sorts of situations involving people that we might feel like judging. That’s what he does with me and I know that He is no respecter of people. I fight that with the Word. There is not one problem that is thrown at us that we cannot counter with the Word.

When I find myself wanting to judge something or someone I repeat in my mind, or out loud depending on where I am at the time, “Judge not lest you be judged!” That scripture keeps me from judging and helps me to clear my mind to love.

Nothing turns unbelievers away from Christ like some of His people. Hurting people need love, not judgment. I have never known any sinner who found God because of someone’s judgment of him or her. They come to Christ through observing people who are loving and kind to them.

I am not suggesting that we spend a lot of time around people who are verbally, emotionally and physically abusing us. In that case it’s better to leave and leave them to God.

I am simply talking about people whose lifestyle is not like ours. If we don’t show God’s kind of love to everyone we miss the very point of Christian living.

Galatians 5:22-23 lists nine aspects of “fruit of the spirit,” the first of which is love. No matter how smart, gifted or successful we are without love life is empty and meaningless. If we never give it we become self-centered and demanding. If we never receive it, we’ll constantly strive for acceptance and approval.

When God’s love flows in and through us we become more like His son. When others observe us, they will be drawn to the Savior, because God’s love never fails.

In His Unconditional Love,

Cathie

www.helpforgodshurtingpeople.com