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SQUEEZING God Out of Our Lives

Squeezing God out of our lives, leaves us being nothing but the rind

Put the Nintendo DOWN

I like to consider myself a reasonable mother, lots of work… lots of play. But WORK will always come first. Today was different however, today as a family (me, my 13 year old, and my 8 year old) decided to read God’s Word together BEFORE our day. It was quiet in the house, and while I am normally up for hours before them reading and Cadillacing (like a Cadillac cruises on the road) along in the Word, I haven’t made a habit of teaching THEM to make reading the Word a morning habit for themselves. While we usually do Bible Studies, and talk about God all the time, this was different, this was timely.

“Mom… can I play my Nintendo- I have just gotten to the NEXT level?” Was what I woke up to at 6:30 am. First, as I had been up late the night before I said, “Um, lets snuggle…zzzzz” Then when I came back to consciousness, and saw that my 13 year old was staring at me waiting to play, I said “Hold on, let’s get our Bibles FIRST.”

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6

Reading the Bible With Your Kids

Together, we sat on the couch and I gave my son a copy of The Message Bible. I had the King James Version and since the versions are so different I read mine first. We talked about it, and then we read his version. Since the Message Version is an easier to understand version, we compared the two translations together and read in the Word about what it means to be “Christians”. Mine read:

 15Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

 16For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

 17And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

His read:

 Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world—wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him. The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out—but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity.

We also read 1 John 3 Together (MSG):

People conceived and brought into life by God don’t make a practice of sin. How could they? God’s seed is deep within them, making them who they are. It’s not in the nature of the God-begotten to practice and parade sin. Here’s how you tell the difference between God’s children and the Devil’s children: The one who won’t practice righteous ways isn’t from God, nor is the one who won’t love brother or sister. A simple test. MSG

“Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

SQUEEZING God Out of Your Life Makes You a LEMON

Talking with my son about the things of God started our day out on the right track. It was nice for me, because there were things in the scripture that as a mom I probably harp to him about. You know… “BE NICE! Don’t DO that! Do this!” But instead of me “harping” he read it for himself, by THE authority (the Bible), and I just sat back and let the Word do the convicting. Isn’t that the way it is supposed to work… for everybody? After we were done reading, we prayed and after we prayed, he conquered that next level!

Having work to do, places to go and people to see are all fruits of the love that we have with God. These “responsibilities” are only made manifest THROUGH the time that we have spent doing right and living in right ways. The bottom-line is without God we would have nothing to do- so put Him first in ALL that you DO! 

When you LOVE the world, and put everything that you have into it, you will be putting all your eggs into a basket that will eventually disappear. Leaving you fruitless and void of all spiritual things. Just like that lemon… well hey, aren’t cars that have no value called “lemons”… maybe the life has been SQUEEZED out of them too!

Have a blessed day friends as you go forward in your giving, giving, giving to others!

Love always your friend,

Jessica

A GUARANTEED Breakthrough in Your Life

The record for free-fall jumping? 102,800 ft

How Many Time Have You HEARD…

How many times have you heard the scripture, “If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.” (Mark 4:23)? Thirty times? Sixty times? Maybe even a hundred? This scripture is one of the most quoted scriptures of the Bible. Even lost people use this word when trying to get knowledge into a thick skull.

Growing up as a Christian, I too fell prey to the misunderstanding of this word. I would think that this scripture was appropriate if you just couldn’t quite “get it”. A preacher might choose to preach an entire sermon on sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll, and then at the end of his message quote, “Let he who has ears to hear… hear.” In some fell swoop he could seal his service, and with this one scripture he could guilt-trip his audience on the way out the door, and his message would be over. This scripture has been so misused it isn’t even funny!

What if I said to my child, “Johnny, DON’T drink the bottle of pancake syrup… let he who has ears to hear, hear me.” Would that make sense? NO. But the even odder thing is that due to the misuse of this scripture, you probably understand perfectly well what I am trying to say!

Your Breakthrough is Only a Hundredfold Away

How much commitment is required to dive into a pool, free-fall, base jump, bungee jump, or sky dive? 100%! As soon as you decide to J U M P, there is NO going back! You are 100% on board, and regardless of the result (aka landing), you may NOT at any point in time turn around and get back to the beginning. Inertia has its job to do, and you have sealed your fate.

What if you could guarantee breakthrough in your life? Just like the jumper who has sealed his fate. YOU ARE SEALING YOUR FATE RIGHT NOW GUARANTEED. The truth is that your commitment to the WORD OF GOD is what is determining your life. Just as a diver who dives off the diving board cannot go back and call a “do over” mid air, so your commitment to the Word and the percentage of hearing, speaking, and seeing it will determine the percentage of manifestation that you receive from it.

And these are they which are sown on good ground;

such as hear the word, and receive [it], and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold

some sixty

and some an hundred. [Mark 4:20]

Notice What it SAYS

” And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive [it], and bring forth fruit.” 

When you DESIRE breakthrough, aren’t you DESIRING to bring forth fruit? Jesus gives us the KEYS TO THE KINGDOM when He shows us that the way to bring forth fruit from the Kingdom is to “sow the Word” (The sower soweth the word. Mark 4:14) on GOOD ground. What/who is GOOD ground? GOOD ground are those people who are able to hear the word, and receive [it]. 

If I were to tell you, “You are HEALED” would you be able to receive it?

If I were to tell you, “You are WEALTHY” would you be able to receive it?

How about “You are SAVED”?

Your ability to be able to receive the Word you hear, is entirely dependent upon how much of the world you have left in you. 

If in telling you “By the blood of Jesus, you have been HEALED” your instant response is, “No I am not… But the Doctor says…But I was watching this program the other night… But everything hurts…” You are letting what you know of this world to determine and define for you your state of being healed.

If in telling you “Christ has reversed the curse of sin and poverty in your life” your instant response is, “BUT my bank balance says… But my bills are overdo… But I don’t have as much as I would like…” You are letting your bank account on paper determine your worth and what you can do for God.
If in telling you “You are SAVED” your instant response is… PRAISE JESUS. Well, that’s a good start, but 30% faith is NOT 100.

Can We Go to HEAVEN on 30% Faith?

Sure. Why not? Oh ye of little faith. However, if embracing the type of Christianity that is “ALL EARS”, is what you desire most (But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33) than you better be prepared to become FULLY COMMITTED to the hundredfold process.

100% WORD sowed in you = 100% manifestation of God sown through you… it really is JUST THAT SIMPLE.

And those sown on the good (well-adapted) soil are the ones who hear the Word and receive and accept and welcome it and bear fruit–some thirty times as much as was sown, some sixty times as much, and some [even] a hundred times as much… [Things are hidden temporarily only as a means to revelation.] For there is nothing hidden except to be revealed, nor is anything [temporarily] kept secret except in order that it may be made known. If any man has ears to hear, let him be listening and let him perceive and comprehend. And He said to them, Be careful what you are hearing. The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you–and more [besides] will be given to you who hear. Mark 4:20-24 AMP

Do you have hundredfold ears to hear?

So What Size EAR Do you Have?

Understanding, “Let he who has ears to hear… hear” is easy when you understand that what it really is saying is “Dude, GIVE ME YOUR FULL ATTENTION 100%!”. Jesus doesn’t want us looking out the window and saying with a head nod “Uh, huh, yes Lord… whatever you say.”

ONLY THOSE WHO GIVE GOD THEIR FULL ATTENTION, WILL SEE THE MANIFESTATION OF THE HUNDREDFOLD RETURN.

100% IN = 100% OUT.

EIGHT WAYS YOU CAN GIVE GOD YOUR ALL:

  1. READ GOD’S WORD IN A VERSION YOU CAN UNDERSTAND – the Bible doesn’t have to be Greek or Hebrew to be read. While the King James Version is the standard, there are many other GREAT versions that are simple to understand, like The Message, The Amplified Version, and The American Standard. Check out www.biblegateway.com
  2. TURN OFF THE TV – quit making “entertainment” your DETAINMENT from success
  3. TURN OFF THE RADIO – what has Pink Floyd done for you lately anyway?
  4. QUIT READING JUNK – anything that doesn’t Glorify God and gives you better understanding into how the Kingdom operates is JUST JUNK and will take you from 100% immersion to 20% in a hurry!
  5. CHANGE YOUR ASSOCIATION – people who tell you “YOU CAN’T” do something, are people who will steal your dream over anything. If this is your spouse, then pray that the Lord will change their heart – grow anyway continuing to show them love in the process- but DO NOT leave them, LOVE them
  6. GO TO CHURCH – don’t forget that your local church has many ministries in place to help you. Start by going to a church that a friend who is growing and has a pleasing upbeat demeanor goes to. If your friend is a “Christian” but only goes to their church 30/40/60% of the time… THEY DON’T LOVE IT! Find a friend who rarely, rarely misses a Sunday service, and who talks about church or the things of God all-the-time, these are the people who are in-it-to-win-it.
  7. SPEAK TO GOD REGULARLY – I have heard it quoted, “I don’t pray regularly, but I speak to God all the time.” “Praying” to God means a little something different to everyone. When I say “pray” I mean “SPEAK” to Him. keep Him in conversation in all that you are doing and desire to do. Whenever there is a tough situation or even when you are just hanging out, make sure to say “Yo God… Wassup?” I find myself walking along sometimes sayin, “Love ya”. Get in the habit of chatting with God regularly, He is a GREAT friend and listener.
  8. TURN YOUR SMARTPHONE, IPOD, MP3 PLAYER INTO A FUNNEL FOR RESULTS – podcasts, podcasts, podcasts. There are so many GREAT sermons on itunes! Billy Graham, Joyce Meyer, TD Jakes… you name it- they’re on there! Just the other day I ran the farthest ever, while I was listening to a sermon, turn off Timberlake… and PUT ON the WORD. I would even suggested Christian SONGS on your iPod over the radio, because when you NEED breakthrough you NEED THE PURE WORD, with NO ADDED opinions.
My dear friends, I hope that you have enjoyed this article today, and that it has come across to you as simple as 2+2=4. If you give God 100% you will receive a hundredfold return, and you will be guaranteed a nice… soft… landing. Love always, Your Friend, Jessica

Let’s Make Parenting EASY: Managing Your Expectations

Although I am free from everyone’s expectations, I have made myself a servant to all of them to win more people. 1 Corin. 9:19

EVERYONE HAS EXPECTATIONS

It always makes me laugh when I hear people say that they “have no expectations”. My first thought is how impossible that is, due to the fact that we are born into expectations. From our very DNA, we are expected to have a certain eye color, hair color, height, etc. Everything about who we are was created out of expectations, and even Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Expectations are everywhere, and everyone has them. What we must learn how to do is properly manage them, and show our children that we can have positive expectations of them, expectations that will make them better NOT bitter.

“A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations.” – Patricia Neal

AWAKEN YOUR CHILD’S EXPECTATIONS

In this picture from the movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the child Augustus Gloop has expected to be free to eat and drink as much chocolate as he wants and in so doing, he falls into the river of chocolate, and the movie watcher expects that he will drown and die. In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, all the children other than the very humble Charlie Bucket, seem to befall some horrible fate due to gluttony, selfishness and greed. The children in the both the book and movie, had parents who enabled them to, and had trained them to have self-serving expectations of the world and their environments. In Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory; the character Mike Teevee had parents who taught him everyone was supposed to serve him, Veruca Salt had parents who enabled her to be prideful, Violet Beauregarde was taught to expect that money was the answer to everything, Augustus was expected to have no self restraint, and finally Willy Wonka’s Charlie was expected to be humble and server to all (he ended up being the only one by the end who received the “coveted” prize).

IT’S OK TO… EXPECT YOUR KIDS TO CLEAN!

Teaching children responsibility, is your responsibility. In our house we teach and expect our children to understand how to recognize things when they are out-of-place, and we make life easy for them by making sure the space that things go are easy to understand. For instance in the room where the boys toys go; all the cars go in the car bin,  the trains in the train bin, the legos in the lego bin. In my daughters room her toys go in a trunk and books belong on the bookshelf etc. Having a clean house, and expecting your children to notice when something is out-of-place is a great expectation, and keeping things clean is as easy as taking the time to create places for things to go. When I see a child walk past a plate on the floor I simply ask, “Hey kids, is that where that plate is supposed to go?” Children need to be taught to expect that things are supposed to go back where they belong.

As a large family, each of our children have expected chores and responsibilities relative to their ages…

WHAT TO EXPECT OF YOUR 13 YEAR OLD

100 years ago, a 13-year old was considered an adult. Expecting your 13-year old to be “just a teenager”, is an error of expectation. Jesus himself was teaching in the Synagogue by the time He was thirteen. Our 13 year old is expected to be “an adult in training”. He is expected to have the understanding capabilities to behave like an adult not just in attitude, but also in knowledge. We have high expectations of all of our children, that as long as we are their parents they will listen to us. We do our part however in not demanding that they listen, but explaining to them through stories and imagery… how things work. Show your children from as early as infancy how things operate, and you will have little to no problems with them as teenagers. When a person can understand the operations of a system their tendency will be towards obeying the natural law of order. Example: teach a child why cars are dangerous… don’t just tell them “not to go into the street”.

Teenagers, are adults in training. Our 13, 11, and 8-year old are all expected to do the dishes daily, make their beds and clean their spaces.

WHAT TO EXPECT OF YOUR 11 YEAR OLD

An 11-year old is nearly a teenager, but still is more child than teen. The 11-year old desires more responsibility, but still gets easily distracted ,and can be more often found climbing up trees than thinking about complex problems. Setting your expectations in order to embrace their youthfulness and natural exploratory tendencies is crucial to their long term success. In the right environment, inquisitive children become inquisitive adults. Curiosity is always good, as long as the foundation of their curiosity is based on the development in learning better how “God’s Laws” work. Laws such as gravity, seedtime and harvest time, physics, etc. “God’s Laws”, are laws that never change as opposed to man’s laws which are only subject to change. Take your 11-year old and embrace their curiosity, teaching them that its ok to be curious and to ask lots of questions. 

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR 8 YEAR OLD

Eight is GREAT! Having an eight-year-old really is something special. At eight years, a child can do just about everything you can. They can get their own cereal, wash dishes, make their beds, help their friends and even put themselves to bed at night. The thing that is trickiest about this age is that their stamina is not long at all. Even though they can “do” everything, they cannot do things for very long. Expect your eight-year old to be a BIG help, just don’t expect to have their attention in any one task for too terribly long. When cleaning up or doing things together as a family, provide the eight-year old with tasks that are not as necessarily easy as they are SHORT. I have seen and can expect, an eight-year old to paint an entire picture in about 3 minutes!

WHAT TO EXPECT THE TODDLER YEARS

Accidents. Accidents are unavoidable, so expect them. Moving your valuables out of reach will make your life easier as a parent of toddlers. While I agree that things need to be “safe”, I have never been one to OVER “childproof”. Not all my cupboards are locked, my coffee table isn’t bumpered, and there are no socket protectors in our outlets. Our children are taught how things work from a young age, and the best way for toddlers to be taught how to stay away from potential hazards is through the watchful and attentive eye of a parent and through discipline. Our children have been spanked. Their spankings however only come in response to deliberate disobeying. If a child sees cookies on the table, and is told not to eat them “because they are for company” (offer an explanation), and they still go for a cookie – this is grounds for disciplinary action. Discipline your child immediately, showing them that your “yes” means “yes” and your “no” means “NO”. Why is this important in toddlers? Toddlers grow up to be ADULTS!

EXPECT THE BEST!

All in all, expect the BEST, from your children. Expect them to be able to pray, learn, love, laugh and enjoy being alive! Encourage them in their curiosity and creativity and learn how to foster innovation. Discipline in love is a discipline that works, and making your life easy as a parent can be as simple as learning how to positively manage your expectations. Recognize that you certainly HAVE expectations, and that when these expectations are intended to inspire greatness… GREAT kids can happen!

I certainly pray that this message has blessed you and encouraged you in making parenting easy by helping you to manage your expectations…

God bless you.



A Titus 2 Series: Let’s Make Parenting EASY!

Just relax…

A NEW SERIES BASED ON TITUS 2

“Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.” NIV Titus 2:3-5

The book of Titus, especially Titus 2, has a special place in my heart. There years ago, before the Lord and I started WHM, Titus 2 was the scripture He gave me to make foundation for every work that I do in the future. All business deals, all at home deals, it is quite possibly the foundation for education on HOW to lead others in the right way and on the right path. It says “let’s do things RIGHT”.

Looking at teaching others about being a mother or a wife, there are a few things that I have learned in the last 15 years that might make your job easier. Even dads too! Single dad’s or husbands can learn more about the way we women think, by reading about what makes us tick. Hopefully, I can reveal some secret insight that might bless you as well! Here goes!

A PICTURE CAN TELL 1,000+ WORDS, LET’S MAKE PARENTING EASY

Here is a picture of my son Andrew, and it really does say a lot. The first thing that you should know is that I picked it off my hard drive at random. There is nothing staged about this shot. All of my pictures of Andrew are really this colorful.


IT’S OK TO… TAKE YOUR KIDS WITH YOU!

  • Making parenting easy can be as simple as this picture. Notice we are at the Pottery Barn Kids Store. Whenever we go to the mall as a family, we make sure that we include our children’s “fun spots” as a feature of doing errands. Stores like Pottery Barn Kids, enjoy having kids come and play with the toys, and sit in the chairs. Anytime you have to go someplace, choose to make your life easier by remembering that society has things geared for kids too. Think slurpee’s from 7-11 (always a fun treat), french fries from McDonald’s (don’t go crazy, a small fry once in a while does wonders), cliff bars from the corner Quick-E Mart or Circle K, Costco has 1.50$ hot dogs and sodas, and even the Post Office has people watching to keep kids busy for hours. Don’t be afraid to take you kids places, just remember to engage with them and continue to discipline them by showing them respect and involving them in decision making processes. However if you need to be stern, try and take them to the bathroom- no one wants to watch it, but it should ALWAYS be done immediately vs. later or “when we get home”.

IT’S OK TO… LET THEM DRESS THEMSELVES!

  • Notice in this picture Andrew dressed himself! This picture was taken in the winter, and he has no socks on. I know it was in the winter because it was at Christmas time at the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto. Let your kids dress themselves, and go out in public too! Teach them that their BEST clothes are for church, button up shirts for boys, dresses or nice slack type pants for girls. We choose khaki’s or cords over jeans for church- church is about reverence for the Lord and we respect Him, when we clean and present ourselves at our best.  Showing them you trust them is important, however mini-skirts and hot pants for girls at ANY age is always a NO NO, girls need to remain covered to a certain length, regardless of style. There is a saying, “Whatever you are willing to show, you are willing to share.”

 

SEW WHEN THINGS DON’T FIT YET

  • Andrew’s pants are cut off… pants! Not even shorts, his mother (me) cut the extra length off of a pair of pants that were way too long. Unfinished jean hems on kids are ok, as long as the leg hole isn’t so big that they trip. If you have clothes that are too big for your kids now (in the case of 2″+ hem length that is like 2 years), rather than letting them sit for 2 years, mend them to size NOW. (Either by yourself or through someone else who can sew) There is no need to spend extra money when you are all ready fully equipped! These pants even look a little too short, but that’s ok. (Refer back to #2)

 

REDEFINE “NEW”, KIDS NEED TO BE TAUGHT TO BE GRATEFUL

  • Andrew’s shirt is way too big, and his hat is way too small! His way too big shirt is a result of wearing his older brothers clothes, does it look like he cares? People who make big issues out of used clothes have kids who can not stand to wear “used” clothes. “New” is “new”. Teaching your children how to appreciate that something can be “new to you”, but not necessarily brand new is very VALUABLE and teaches them how to have grateful hearts. Television, advertisers, and stores with try and convince you that the only way for you to have respect is to spend everything you have on something no one else has owned. This is NOT truth in advertising. This is a marketing tool to get you to spend more, because their cost of manufacturing is so HIGH! When you buy or inherit something pre-owned, you are cutting out the middle man, and taking away the larger companies profit margin. While I do a little bit of both, new and used, I always look to companies like; second-hand, thrift, consignment stores, and even craigslist first before I do a majority of purchases. You will be surprised the brand names that you can find, do to the surplus of goods being produced at this point in time. Make parenting easy on yourself- teach your children the value of “new to me, IS NEW because I have never had it before”. Andrew is wearing a small hat, because it is a Lightning McQueen hat… no explanation needed!

 

GIVE YOUR KIDS SOMETHING TO SMILE ABOUT- A HAPPY MOMMY AND DADDY!

  • Andrew is smiling. Some kids smile for the camera, and some don’t. I have found though that on the whole, happy kids have happy parents. Parents who see life for what it CAN BE are choosing to look at the positives in life vs. the negatives. It can be as simple as positive people yield positive results!  Asking Andrew to “SMILE” is easy… because as a trained positive possibility thinker, he ALWAYS has something to smile about!

 

God bless you, all you mothers and fathers, and soon to be moms and dads! Parenting CAN be easy, especially when you relax and take the time to pay attention to the little details in life, I pray that you can begin to ENJOY every step of the way!

 



Why Live In Fear When Even the Animals FEAR YOU?!

Representation of Christendom in the US

FRUITFULNESS

And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.” Genesis 1:22

“And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth [upon] the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.”  Genesis 9:1-2

Parah, is the Hebrew word for “fruitfulness” and it literally means, “to produce fruit” it is a primary origin word, and it is a simple word. As you study the New Testament, you  will learn that the Lord is more interested in the fruit of your lips than the stuff that you have (material items are not our human fruit).  In the case of replenishing the earth, “being fruitful” was/is an instruction and part of God’s plan for us children of God toward moving forward and establishing the Kingdom of God on this earth.

EVEN THE ANIMALS will fear you

FEAR INHIBITS OUR ABILITY TO SUCCESSFULLY MULTIPLY

I find it incredibly interesting that the Lord in Genesis 9, follows our command to “be fruitful” with “And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth…” what a confirming word to fruitfulness! Imagine being on an island and it is ONLY your family AND whatever animal inhabitants that were on the island before you. Perhaps the fear of tigers eating your young, or monkeys stealing your food, or lions roaming through camp would keep you from being fruitful. Here the Lord is saying, “BE FRUITFUL- and don’t be afraid of ANYTHING, for I will make sure than EVEN THE ANIMALS will fear you!”

 

You see, nothing is holding up our fruitfulness in God, but fear. The Lord has given the animals fear of us (when was the last time a grizzly bear walked in your house and demanded your bed?), and He has given us an abundantly great life. The enemy is under our feet… it is time to be FRUITFUL- NO FEAR HERE!

CAN NATURE EVER FORGET IT’S PLACE?

With this in mind, I am drawn to the thought of when the animals do crazy things and breach the boundaries of the fear of man, like when a dog trusts a man and becomes his companion. What we must recognize is that this “trust’ is a trained response, and that it isn’t in their nature, that if a dog were not trained to respond in this way they would run away and hide. It is NOT in fear that they would attack us, if they were in fear they would hide! Fear is the trait of a coward, not of boldness. Boldness comes from confidence, faith and hope… NOT FEAR.

As a matter of fact, I would not be surprised if psychology proved that when animals attack humans, it is from their animal instincts (thinking a human is prey, they –the human- acting weak/hurt) or from the animal being confident that something might happen to their young, or themselves. I do not believe an animal can attack a man “just because it wants to”, and I do not believe that a man would be attacked “for doing nothing”. It is time to become responsible for our actions- and walk in the same type of confidence that can seemingly turn things UPSIDE DOWN. How confident are you?

If God be for us, who can be against us?

NOTHING IS HOLDING YOU BACK, YOU ARE FREE!

Understanding that we know have the ability to live fruitful, is understanding our authority in the Lord. Understanding our authority and fruitfulness is understanding our ability to live a life free from fear.. The Bible says in Isaiah 54:17, “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper”, and now we know not only is it true, there is no holding us back! The devil is under our feet, and even the animal’s fear US… if God be for us, who can be against us?!

A prayer for today,

 

Father God, I have walked in fear in the past on too many occasions leaving me to be skittish and ashamed to go places and do things for You, running and hiding in fear. I am learning that in my walk as a believer and Evangelist of Your message, that I am called to be a “barer of Good News”, and that the blood of the cross will set me free from a multitude of sins. I understand sin is sin Lord, that there is no greater or less-than sin. We have all fallen short of You Lord, today however, remind us of this calling of fruitfulness- remind us again oh Lord that we have been made WHOLE in You. Remind us Lord that it is Your Word that sets us apart, in You we are free to live in the Spirit with You Father as You continue to instruct us in righteousness! MORE of YOU, LESS of me! In Your Son Jesus’ name- AMEN!