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Is Your Life Foreign… or Familiar?

There is freedom for all, when a place is found familiar.

There is NO Fear With the Familiar

“The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” John 10: 2-5 NIV

There is a place where I go periodically to take our children, and more-or-less let them run wild. I will sit with the younger children and watch them, but the older children I am no longer concerned about and are free to come and go as they please. It is a peaceful place and thankfully-for me-I can relax and sit in the freedom of the familiar.

Sitting relaxed, and in the comfort of knowing that the children are all safe and sound-there is freedom.

While everyone can recognize the White House, only select few are FAMILIAR with it. We wouldn’t be able to find the kitchen-without a map!

When it is YOUR Own House You Will Have NO FEAR

Today, what I feel led to write about is OWNERSHIP. When we OWN a thing, and it is OURS there is no fear of it being “taken away” or “mislead”. As a mater of fact, short of it getting stolen from us-we who own things can get quite confident (borderline arrogant) in our ownership. We come and go as we please, we give others rights to enter… etc. We are NOT afraid.

As we enter into 2011, I feel the call to encourage others to begin OWNING their own lives. It is my desire to encourage you to begin to become so familiar with who you are in Christ that you can begin to walk FEAR FREE. There is no fear in the familiar- and because there is NO FEAR in the familiar, reading the Word of God MUST BECOME FAMILIAR in order for us to live FREE.

… a righteous man or woman of God CAN BE CONFIDENT IN THE WORD OF GOD FOR COMPLETE MANIFESTATION of the promises held with in it, it (the Bible) is a MANUAL for success!

Holiness is the Key To INVINCIBILITY

Living fear free is like living invincibly, living invincibly can only come from being found HOLY. Is there anything a righteous man can NOT do? Well, he can NOT be found living a sinful life (serving self first) but aside from self-gratification and personal glorification, a righteous man or woman of God CAN BE CONFIDENT IN THE WORD OF GOD FOR COMPLETE MANIFESTATION of the promises held with in it.

You want eternal life with God vs damnation? Live Holy. You want your healing? Live Holy. You desire true love? Live Holy. It really is that simple.

The point in which most people get tripped up is in their knowledge of “what is Holy”.

It is in this misunderstanding that Holiness = Perfection that people fall short of Holiness altogether, because they feel like they CAN NOT do it. Holiness friends, does not = perfection. Holiness = being found Godly minded. What does God think about what you are about to do? What does God say about what your current situation? What does God want for your life?

If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’sgiving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Matt 6:33 MSG

“You can never truly OWN or possess something, until it OWNS you.”

Make 2011 a Year of OWNERSHIP

I once heard someone say “You can never truly OWN something, until it OWNS you.” Can you imagine what would happen if it was the Word of God that OWNED you? In ’11 let us lay aside our jobs, houses, kids, family, material things from owning us. Let us surrender fully to the Word and get familiar with it. Let us choose to “OWN” our own lives (being found Holy and blameless before Him) and see what happens!

2011 A GROUND BREAKING YEAR!

What would happen in 2011 if when the sniffles came, your first response was “By His stripes I AM healed.” ? 1 Peter 2:24

What would happen in 2011  if when your bills came, your first response was “The Lord has met ALL of my needs according to His riches in Glory.” ? Phil 4:19

What would happen in 2011 if when your child goes out of the house, your first response was “I will live to see my Children’s children, and my children will live to have children of their own.” Psam 128:5 & 6

What would happen in 2011 if when you began to feel afraid, your first response was “I have not been given a spirit of fear.” 2 Tim 1:7

When you choose to live like this, in faith and laying ahold of all of the promise of God- 2011 will NOT be a “breakthrough” year- it will be a GROUND BREAKING year! A year that will start the rest of your life OVER, a foundational year GROUNDED and FOUNDED on the Word of God!

Almost everyone in the 80’s had access to a VCR, except it was seldom that people would chose to read it’s owners manual.

Living HOLY is Found in THINKING Like God

When you decide to live in God’s Word-and make it familiar-you decide to become Holy and will desire to do things in a Biblically-Moral way. The Word is convicting towards our freedom. How is this so? There is FREEDOM in the familiar. The Bible is a manual for life, when you take the time to read it and apply it, you can operate freely within its promises.

Almost everyone in the 80’s had access to a VCR, except it was seldom that people would chose to read it’s owners manual. Those who did take the time to read it- knew not just how to fast forward, play, or rewind-they knew how to record live television shows, set the clock, record while they were away and pre-program recording for shows that were coming up in the future! They were confident and skilled in the understanding of the machine and anything that involved recording or playing was possible for them!

The same thing holds true for those who know the Word of God. In the Word you will find healing, prosperity, health, the RIGHT way of living (RIGHTEOUSNESS), eternal life, freedom, length of days, longevity, wisdom, understanding, guidance, and more! When you decide in 2011 to be MORE like God and LESS like YOU… well, getting Godly results will become FAMILIAR! Here is to a 2011 that is familiar, and FREE!

God Bless you my friends, as you walk in freedom this New Year!

Why Do People “Put Up With” and Stay In Bad Relationships?

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36

Why Do People “Put Up With” and Stay In Bad Relationships?

Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matt 5:48

The other day, the question was posed to me- Why do you think people put up with and stay in bad relationships? The type of relationships where one person is gone all the time, or perhaps the couple gets into debt deeply over their expenses, or physical, psychological, and emotionally abusive relationships why do people do it?

Some relationships keep going on and on, and yet everyone is waiting for the relationship to fall apart. Why do these folks stay together-what is holding them to each other? How can they manage to continue to stay together if it is obvious that they don’t love each other anymore?

Tough question, easy answer.

The answer to this question can be found in ones acceptance and justification of life and it’s challenges. The majority of people who remain in hurting relationships do so because they are “ok with” living for one singular and “perfect” moment. They have surrendered to the thought that they couldn’t possibly be happy 100% of the time- so as long as Thanksgiving works out… or Christmas… or that one Tuesday LAST YEAR…

How many people have given up their lives of freedom for one perfect day in the control of others?

Don’t Settle for One Moment of Perfection- Live a LIFE of Perfection!

I am here today to encourage you that YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SETTLE! YOU CAN BE HAPPY TODAY and EVERYDAY! As I was discussing this subject, I was thinking primarily of Christmas. Every little detail is worked at towards perfection, the families all come together, and we take time off of work. People are especially nice and forgiving, and the day is a day to rejoice. In all accounts more-or-less it is a “perfect” day. This does not need to be fleeting! Christ HAS come… PEACE has been loosed on this earth! We can choose peace!

How many people have given up their lives of freedom for one perfect day in the control of others? How many women are at home being abused waiting for that one day that their boyfriends DON’T come home drunk? Every human being is waiting for, dying for, hungering for a moment of peace. Men, women, children are willing to put up with anything for ONE glimpse of hope.

A sculptor takes a piece of marble and carves it into the image he sees in his mind, our determination will either KEEP us being abused- or change our situations entirely… it is our choice- what’s our picture of perfection-one day or MANY days?

Jobs, Relationships, Mentors, Teachers

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

The human body can only deal in the physical for so long… just ask a professional boxer… the spirit of a man however can put up indefinitely. Our spirits have been created for eternity, in many “bad” relationships it is only by our spirits and our determination, that we continue to remain in these bad situations. Let us break this stronghold and stubborn determination in the name of Jesus, and let us choose to live by the power of the Holy Spirit to become well springers of hope daily! Scripture says that in Him “you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” OUR HAPPINESS DOES NOT HAVE TO BE MOMENTARY… WE CAN OVERFLOW WITH HOPE!

If you have never thought of your job or your school as a relationship, I would like to inform you that ANY time people are involved in your life you are in a relationship.

  • Do you feel like ONE day is enough to make you happy?
  • Is your boss only temporarily happy with your performance?
  • Does your church only recognize you when you have DONE something?
  • Does your boyfriend or girlfriend only come around once in a while?

YOU and YOUR daily happiness CAN and WILL change these situations and the people you are in relationship with!

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. Luke 2:11 & Eph 2:15-16

DO NOT SETTLE for ONE Day… Choose to LIVE Your Life DAILY in PEACE

Breaking off relationships is HARD to do, and rather unrealistic in most cases. Living HOLY however, that is another story. We can ALL choose to live Holy. Living Holy simply means to live by God’s Word. When we choose to live by God’s Word when choose to say to ourselves and others that we are tired of settling for just ONE DAY. Those of us who have tasted “the good ” in Him WANT IT EVERYDAY. As you begin to live Holy DAILY, one of two things will happen…

The people who have been stringing you along will get persecuted by your Holiness and will leave

or

They will fall in love all over again with you and your Holiness, and they will DESIRE to have YOUR same peace of mind, and will ask you where you got it!

Tough Questions

Are you ready for your relationships to change? Are you willing to walk away-or see a “loved one” leave? Are you ready to live everyday as perfected?

Living a perfected life is totally possible, when you set your mind to living a Holy life. When you use the Bible to define your thoughts, you begin to make the right types of decisions. Your moves, motives, thoughts, and desires become established in the eternal-giving that spirit man of yours ALL the hope it needs.

Perhaps, if you are living with someone you are not married to, and you read in the Bible that you need to stop sleeping together-you decide that you need to become Holy and STOP sleeping together. This is going to do one of two things… end a relationship that was only ever based on MOMENTARY perfection and happiness, OR begin a NEW relationship of trust, respect, and Holy guidance- you will have a NEW relationship, unlike you never had before in EITHER case! Are you READY to move on with your life!?! You can DO IT!

May God Bless you in your Holiness and love for one another-

Love Always-

Jessica

Jessica Heilman is an author, wife and mother of 5. She blogs daily on life, family, and her walk with Christ in a modern and Biblically-applicable way. She believes that the Bible is timeless, and that it is THE foundational reading for the 21rst Century in regards to wholehearted living. Her mission daily: to do everything she possibly can to hasten the return of the coming Christ.

NEW! Jessica has started a NEW Blog about her life as a mom, sharing with others her challenges and victories in parenthood/life. You can read these blogs at http://www.onewholemom.blogspot.com

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Are You A LONG-Term Thinker ? Don’t Trade Your Future For A Clean House!


Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper. Proverbs 13:4 NLT

Long Term VS Short Term

Let’s play a little game! FUN! Games! Let us find out if we are LONG TERM or SHORT TERM thinkers… shall we?

1. Cereal or Eggs?

2. Dried Pasta or Rotisserie Chicken?

3. Savings or Investments?

4. Specialty Coffee or House Brew?

5. Pancakes, bacon, and eggs 0r egg white omelet and whole wheat toast?

Have you caught on where we are going with this?

If you chose cereal for breakfast, instead of buying eggs that need to be cooked in the morning-you more than likely do not have much time in the morning to do things (or you are allergic to eggs). Quick breakfast eaters RUSH out the door and if they even eat breakfast AT ALL.

CEREAL = SHORT TERM. (Long term thinkers take more time to do things)

If you chose the chicken for dinner, instead of putting something like dried pasta on the menu, then you more than likely are not concerned with the cost financially or physically, for eating a whole chicken in a single sitting. “RIGHT NOW” people usually ONLY have at max 20 minutes to cook AND eat. Whereas pasta takes time to cook, is less fattening (when cooked from the whole wheat variety), and forces you at least one vegetable exchange (the sauce).

CHICKEN = SHORT TERM (Long term thinkers tend to think in terms of value for their dollar, are more patient for the return on their investments and WANT to be healthy because they know they will be around FOR-THE-LONG-HAUL)

If you chose Savings, over investing your money, than you have to consider the fact that “saving” money for a rainy day-IS NOT THE SAME AS INVESTING IT. Investments take patience, long term thinking, and strategy. Very FEW people chose to think in terms of investment. People who save all of their money without having any of it go out-are typically people who think short term. Your savings WILL ONLY LAST AS LONG AS IT DOES NOT GET SPENT. Short term thinking can ONLY function with limited quantities. Investments however, will grow AND CONTINUE to grow, as long as they continue to be sewn into a growth industry. Personal growth and spiritual development in Christ is THE number one most valuable investment one can make!

SAVINGS = SHORT TERM (Long term thinkers understand the sowing and reaping process, and are willing to wait for a 30-60-hundredfold return)

People in relationships who think “long-term”, realize that offenses may come and go, but in the long run- the temporary offense, no matter how big- doesn’t even matter.

Long Term Thinking

Long term thinking benefits us in the sense that those who think LONG TERM tend to get less excited or emotional when dealing with tough issues. As Christians, we should ALL be long term thinkers- WE HAVE ETERNITY. For us, there should be no hurry, worry, or fear found in us- because we have read the end of the Book (the Bible) and have found out that WE WIN!

Long term thinking reminds us that there is a long term plan for our life. When we trust the Holy Spirit to guide us each step of the way, those of us who choose to think long term KNOW THAT WE CANNOT FAIL! Some things just take time. Are you where you were at 6 years ago… what makes you think that whatever you are going through RIGHT NOW is what you will be going through 6 years from TODAY?

Short Term Thinking

Short term thinking is rash, emotional, and desperate. “I MUST DO THIS THING RIGHT NOW” often hinders our ability to listen to God #1 and do what HE asks us to do RIGHT NOW. Fretting and making busy work reminds me of the story of Mary and Martha. One sister sat at the feet of Christ and listened to Him teach while the other  sister was frantically cleaning and cooking for her visitors. Jesus calls out to her to “STOP” and to see that her sister (the one sitting at his feet) is being BLESSED by Him for doing nothing. DON’T TRADE YOUR FUTURE FOR A CLEAN HOUSE, take the time to sit at the feet of your Father- and learn!

Relax, enjoy,breathe… today is the day TO REST IN HIM!

Stopping and listening to God to teach us, is the very best thing that you can do to cement your long term future and strength in Him. Being able to see yourself getting through all of life’s petty challenges over the long haul, will make you a most effective human and a on-fire-for-God Christian! Seeing the end of the road way ahead, gives you the advantage, and has a pay out better than any winning Lotto ticket. Relax, enjoy, breathe… today is the day TO REST IN HIM!

God Bless you friends as you rest in Him-

Love Always, Your Friend-

Jessica

Jessica Heilman is an author, wife and mother of 5. She blogs daily on life, family, and her walk with Christ in a modern and Biblically-applicable way. She believes that the Bible is timeless, and that it is THE foundational reading for the 21rst Century in regards to wholehearted living. Her mission daily: to do everything she possibly can to hasten the return of the coming Christ.

NEW! Jessica has started a NEW Blog about her life as a mom, sharing with others her challenges and victories in parenthood/life. You can read these blogs at http://www.onewholemom.blogspot.com

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If God Is LOVE Then… WHY ON EARTH Do I Feel Like I am Going Through Hell?

This then is the message which we have heard of Him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. 1 John 1:5 KJV

DEATH in the Presence of God

How can there be pain/sorrow/suffering, in the presence of God- if God is ALL love? The answer as I have come to understand it, is found in the telling of Ananias and Sapphira. ( Read Acts 5:1-10)

Ananias and Sapphira lied in the presence of the Holy Spirit, and IMMEDIATELY they died. How can this be?

Rotten Apples

If there is one rotten apple at the bottom of a barrel, or bushel of apples and there are a total of 10 apples in the barrel- will the 1 rotten apple affect the 10? YES… the apples will slowly ALL begin to go bad. There is not enough GOOD fruit to overtake the rotten apple.

Ananias and Sapphira were like rotten apples. They schemed and lied, by having let the devil into their hearts and listening to him. If they were in any “ordinary” place- eventually their example would wear off onto others. The church in Acts was NO ORDINARY PLACE. The presence of God was all around- there was NO escaping it.

What happens when there are rotten apples at the bottom of a bushel but the bushel doesn’t just have 1,2, or 10 apples- but so many apples that they aren’t just filling the bushel- they are heaping out and over the side! And the apples just keep coming in… by the thousands! The good apples won’t stop coming! They are heaping and heaping into the barrel! Oh my, there is now a TON of apples on top of those two mealy rotten apples!

Do those rotten apples at the bottom of the barrel underneath all that goodness have a chance to corrode the rest? NO! It would not take long before those two apples would be made into applesauce under the sheer weight of perfection, and all of God’s appley goodness!

This is a painful, hellacious process- but if one can survive it… they will become free and free indeed!

YOU, a Perfected Fruit!

The early church was so heavy with the presence of the goodness of God that Ananias and Sapphira couldn’t stand a chance! Sin cannot live in the presence of righteousness, and glory. If any man wants more glory, goodness, love, peace, and joy in their lives, they must learn to surrender to God’s love and His plan for their lives. They must choose to life Holy, and pure. When the joy of the Lord comes into them- those who desire to be refined and found presentable before the Lord, must go through the ‘hell’ of squeezing all the ‘sin’ and rottenness out of their hearts. This is a painful, hellacious process- but if one can survive it… they will become free and free indeed! They will be found as a whole and perfected fruit!

God Bless you my friends, as you walk out the painful process of perfection. Know that the Holy Spirit is here to help you, and at the end you will be found worthy of your inheritance!

Love Always your friend,

Jessica

Jessica Heilman is an author, wife and mother of 5. She blogs daily on life, family, and her walk with Christ in a modern and Biblically-applicable way. She believes that the Bible is timeless, and that it is THE foundational reading for the 21rst Century in regards to wholehearted living. Her mission daily: to do everything she possibly can to hasten the return of the coming Christ.

NEW! Jessica has started a NEW Blog about her life as a mom, sharing with others her challenges and victories in parenthood/life. You can read these blogs at http://www.onewholemom.blogspot.com

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JUST DO IT! Do You Have A “SWOOSH” Inside You?

“Is there anyone here who saw the Temple the way it used to be, all glorious? And what do you see now? Not much, right?

“‘So get to work, Zerubbabel!’—God is speaking.

“‘Get to work, Joshua son of Jehozadak—high priest!’

“‘Get to work, all you people!’—God is speaking.

“‘Yes, get to work! For I am with you.’ The God-of-the-Angel-Armies is speaking! ‘Put into action the word I covenanted with you when you left Egypt. I’m living and breathing among you right now. Don’t be timid. Don’t hold back.” Hag 2:3-5 MSG

You Have Been Released!

Sometimes we all need to hear these words, “It’s OK, GO-DO-BE!” Like a racehorse, waiting at the gates, most of us are panting on the inside thinking… WHEN IS IT MY TURN???! WHEN DO I GET TO “GO-RUN-DO”? Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 1 Cor 9:24

Well, TODAY IS THE DAY! GO… RUN… DO! The Lord is with you and DON’T HOLD BACK!

Did you know that while Carolyn Davidson was a graphic designer at Portland State University, she designed the Nike Swoosh for Nike owner Phil Knight? She sold the design for 35$. Do YOU have a “swoosh” inside you?!!

God Bless you today friends as you BEGIN on your journey of DOING!

Your friend,

Jessica

Jessica Heilman is an author, wife and mother of 5. She blogs daily on life, family, and her walk with Christ in a modern and Biblically-applicable way. She believes that the Bible is timeless, and that it is THE foundational reading for the 21rst Century in regards to wholehearted living. Her mission daily: to do everything she possibly can to hasten the return of the coming Christ.

NEW! Jessica has started a NEW Blog about her life as a mom, sharing with others her challenges and victories in parenthood/life. You can read these blogs at http://www.onewholemom.blogspot.com

You can subscribe to Jessica’s blogs and articles via email here @:http://feeds.feedburner.com/WholeheartedMinistries[Please, do not forget to verify your email address, when you receive a confirmation email]

You can become a fan of Wholehearted Ministries on Facebook @:http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wholehearted-Ministries/75471627683

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