Make America Great? Is that possible? Truth from my heart.

CrossMake America great again – that won’t happen without God – honoring Him, obeying Him……..

Greatness in America is not dependent on politics but on the people who make up a nation who honor and obey God.

Jesus said, “Apart from Me, you can do nothing. ” Simple. Truth.

America is great only because of the greatness of God.

America is good only because of the goodness of God.

America is now a people fueled by anger, fear, confusion, lies……….within both parties.

We bring ourselves way down when our focus is on an earthly solution to a spiritual problem of the heart. Greatness or goodness in a nation is not dependent on any man saying those words. For no man can do it apart from God.

God resists the proud and grace is poured out on the humble. I don’t see that in either party right now.

Are we joining our Christianity to politics, walking hand in hand, side by side where one goes, the other follows. This is foolishness.

Jesus said that His kingdom is not of this world. As citizens of the kingdom, while living on the earth, we live in the tension of maintaining a respect for our government. Respect – not idolatry in any candidate, not pride in a party…….

The tension of living in the world while not being of the world is always there. We would be wise, though, to not walk sync our political duty with our spiritual reality.

I am not telling you how to vote. Don’t misconstrue what I am saying here. I have no business knowing how you vote and you have no business knowing how I vote. I am, however, asking you to truly look deep inside your heart…..

Christ reigns now and forever more, whether Trump is president or whether Clinton is president.

Do we understand that? I’m not sure.

Whoever wins, someone is sure to cry out, “This is the end of America as we know it.”

Can you see the foolishness in this?

This nation is divided, angry, fearful….no matter who wins. How can one man or woman solve a spiritual problem? Our hearts must turn to the Lord.

I want my heart to be focused on Jesus before I vote, to be clear before the election. That clarity is found only in Christ Jesus.

My thoughts for today because I am weary of all that is taking place. All night, I kept thinking of Isaiah 29 and its parallel to our situation in America today, seeing it through grace. I will pray and blog about this next week.

My heart cry – to see a people turn back to the Lord, not dependent on politics of religion but solely upon relationship and intimacy in Christ first.

Debra

 

In Christ,
Debra

Don’t Stumble Over Your Own Thoughts!

If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; but when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed (Proverbs 29:18 Message)

When I can’t see what God is doing, I often feel paralyzed in the moment. I then stumble over myself – my thoughts, my fear, my own good ideas or even an inner desire for comfort at all costs.

I am my biggest obstacle in a forward path of trust. It all starts in my mind. My thoughts impede my forward momentum when I lean into my own understanding, rather than trusting in His ways.

Apart From MeI look in the natural at what I see – obstacles rising up all around me. I find myself looking at what I can see to confirm my own wisdom. Lack of time or finances, family crisis or any number of things confront my faith and trust.

If I stumble around long enough in my own wisdom, I eventually cut a path in the natural that may feel good and even look good but it is my own path. This wisdom path of mine is created through an inner distrust of His ways and a dependence on what can be seen rather than walking in faith.

My own wisdom seeks a measure of comfort and stability to keep walking. I need something to see. I look for something to see, anything to keep me focused and keep my moving. My choice at this point is to wait on God or to walk in ME.

At the place I find myself in life, I may get frustrated but I take a step back, breathe and wait. I want His wisdom and His way. That requires trust that He knows my life intimately and knows the way He wants me to walk, even when I can’t see quite clearly. I submit, take His hand and let Him lead.

Trust restores my vision and I walk forward in His revelation given to me – love, joy, peace, mercy, and goodness. Trust is foundational to my relationship in Christ Jesus in order to walk forward in response to the sound of His voice and His revelation.

Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God ‘s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He’s the one who will keep you on track (Proverbs 3:5-6 Message)

DebraIn Christ,
Debra

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Ready? Set? Go? False Start!

Apart From MeFalse Start – an attempt to do something you are not ready or able to do; an unsuccessful attempt to begin something.

With a passion to move out in ministry, my zeal often ran ahead of wisdom. In other words, I had a lot of false starts in my life. Timing is everything!

False starts are not failure. God looks at the heart, sees its passion and graces us to start over in a particular endeavor with more wisdom. Failure paralyzes with fear and shame.  False starts? I set out and somehow it just does not work. Perhaps a mistake has been made. Grace abounds in all ways and we learn how to move in sync with God.

I walk back to the starting line to try again. Father God looks at me with great compassion and whispers,  “Wait for Me! Watch me closely this time. Move with me. Live in Me. I have not forgotten you. You got a bit ahead of Me and you weren’t ready. The time is soon.”

Zeal propelled me forward in a self-paced momentum. I thought I was ready so off I went. God smiled and loved me through it all.

Zeal alone can’t set the pace. Wisdom paves the way in God’s timing. Wisdom often requires that we wait a bit until all the pieces are in place. Wisdom is necessary for maturity. While zeal pushes me forward in my own strength, wisdom releases me in the right time. It’s not about a fast paced track. It’s about maintaining passion and focus for the long haul, giving all glory to Jesus.

Zeal without wisdom can be disastrous.. It all starts good as we jump out but unless restrained it causes burn out, discouragement and despair. Zeal alone can’t sustain. Thank God for His grace, love and mercy in the midst of false starts.

PaintbrushAs we grow in Christ and go from glory to glory, there are platforms of breakthrough and breakout. Holy Spirit opens a door and we are encouraged to walk into a new place.

Moving in God is my life. Being in sync with my destiny positions me in that sweet spot where I know why I have been created and set into this time. This is normal Christianity for all of us. In going from glory to glory, we try, we leap, we jump, we learn, make mistakes and have some false starts.

In my life, I so often focused on the future instead of resting in the present growing in wisdom and grace.  I was not exactly a woman of great patience. As I began to think today about false starts in my life, I felt no condemnation, no regret and no failure. None of us are perfect. We are all growing in grace. False starts are part of life and always will be. They enable us to grow in humility as we look to God alone.

Friday, as I was reading a great book,  I received a series of texts from someone who gave me a lengthy accurate prophetic word. The words shot into my heart like an arrow. They traversed the depths of my heart, healing and restoring. It was prophetically stated that the word came specifically on Good Friday because my time being in the tomb, in the darkness of vision is over.

The timing of this word was perfect. It addressed all my false starts in life, healing regret and disillusionment. The word addressed betrayals from people whom I trusted. These words healed rejection from just feeling humiliated that as I tried to step out in God over the years, I was often shut down, blatantly ignored with words of condescension.

I remembered the ministry work in Kenya, Finland, Abu Dhabi……so many false starts with great risk but also great successes too. Because of the regret, I sensed that I had been counted out of the race, a perfect lie from the enemy. There were buildings rented for meetings where money was invested, life poured out and no one came. That was a great source of humiliation and pain for me.

Is God in the pain? Is God in the false start? Well, let me just say my zeal and my flesh jumped out and He didn’t stop me. He knew there was much to learn in these mistakes that would be beneficial for my future. He allowed the setbacks for me to grow in wisdom. He saw the depth of my heart. He knew that with each setback, I ran back to my Father to learn, to cry and to grow. It’s all about grace.

Over the past few months until this Good Friday, I saw a momentum building in my life, step by step, glory to glory.  The prophetic word brought it all to the forefront and closed the past – done. It is finished. So appropriate to be on Easter weekend but God is so perfect in His timing.

TruthWhat about your false starts? Mistakes? Regrets?  When you dare to jump but it may not quite be the time. Walking sheepishly to the starting line again, one is filled with pain, regret and shame. Many want to hide for a bit. That;s normal but I want to tell you that without the passion of a false start, without daring to jump, without success and failure, how can you even come to know God’s grace? God’s grace flows through our weakness to be strong. God’s grace gives us life to take risks and to take chances and to see setbacks as just a part of life. His love for us NEVER changes. It is better to jump at times, risk it all and learn from mistakes than to live life doing nothing at all.

What happens when we jump out in a false start and realize it’s a bad choice? We walk back to the starting line, dejected and a bit shamed but what we see is God loving us through it all. His simply says, “Trust me. Wait. Follow me this time.”

Standing at the starting line is a place of growth. It’s hard to stand there and see others running ahead with what seems like great favor in whatever they put their hand to in life. I was there. I stood still. I watched day after day after day. In my heart, I was resolute. No false start this time at this point in life. There is this release upon my life to travel to the nations again – to preach, to build up leaders, to impart a revelation of creativity…..and so much more. After years of jumping out, learning, going back to try again, I feel free. No regret. No shame. Only a clear path. The power of this prophetic word Friday shifted my life. May these words I write to you today give you hope to try again, to release the past and to believe God. He is faithful! My life is my message. I walk and talk it so you can be ministered to by it. I tell my story….. without any pretense of trying to look perfect. 🙂

DebraIn Christ,
Debra

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Hidden In Plain Sight – A Time of Preparation Amidst Provocation

Apart From MeTrying to force myself to be seen at the same time that God’s hand was holding me back me for a season is not wise. A growing inner tension within my being left me increasingly tired. But, it’s not me to quit without a fight. God was happy to oblige but the funny thing is that I was the only one fighting. Kind of like boxing into mid-air, wearing myself out along the way, while all the time God waited for me to give in and just rest in being hidden in plain sight.

Amidst the whining, the complaining and the fear, God could have given me what I wanted just to shut me up and to teach me some lessons, like a good Father does. Thank goodness, He just waited patiently as His child (me) wanted her own way in her own time. My continual cry:

“Oh God, release me, pleeeease! I can’t take it any more! I hurt. My heart hurts. What do you want from me?”

Lesson learned in hindsight: My sense of timing is never God’s sense of timing. In this season, I learned to walk in a daily learning curve where day by day, I simply rested in the perfection of His plan for me, His way.

One more thing.

These times of internal preparation while being hidden are also times of provocation by the enemy who loved to harass me. (God on one hand placing me in obscurity and the enemy on the other, continually harassing me.) He loved to tell me that my life was being wasted and forgotten. He maligned the character of God and then had the audacity to wait for me to agree with him.

His accusations:
God can’t be trusted.
God has left you in this place to rot.
You can’t cut it and have been disqualified.

It’s the same old garden trick: “Has God indeed said?” (Adam, Eve, the snake – Genesis. Read it. It’s good.)

Flustered, totally frustrated, whining, crying, shouting, I was worn out, and sick of myself. What now? How could I believe that God, who I thought I knew, would place me in this painful season? Is this love? My accusations hit a crescendo. I leveled all kinds of charges at God for a while. And, when I was not accusing Him, I walked in a void, unable to see His hand in all of this hiddenness. I truly believed that somehow, in some way, God failed me.

Being hidden in plain sight was indeed a time of provocation but it was also a time of preparation. My hiddenness had a purpose but I failed to see it from heaven’s perspective. How could I when I was accusing God of not knowing what was best for me? The revelation began to unfold and then here comes this blog topic, which I continue to explore. God’s ways are not our ways; they are so much better but not always easily understood, at least not for me and definitely not in a place of being hidden in plain sight.

I repented (complete change of mind, change of heart to see and to know). I fell for the enemy’s line: “Has God indeed said?” (The ultimate accusation spoken by the snake in the Garden. It still works today for many of us.)

What went wrong? Thinking God’s ways were my ways. Not truly understanding Him, knowing Him. My being hidden in plain sight had a purpose, yet I failed to actually see it through an eternal perspective.

At that place of total submission in the midst of not truly understanding, God says, “Are you done yet?”
And I say, “I’m done.” I look at Him, sheepishly and somewhat askew. “Am I still hidden?”

And He says, “Yes.”

And I say, “Okay. But…….”

He interrupts my need to know and says, “I love you. You may not understand this now, but it’s good for you. Trust me.”

DebraIn Christ,
Debra

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