Sunday, December 9, 2012

Are You a P.O.W.?

"For though we walk (live) in the flesh, we are not carrying on our warfare according to the flesh and using mere human weapons. For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds."
2 Corinthians 10: 3-4

Are you a Prisoner Of spiritual Warfare?  You don't have to be!  There is more to this world than the eye can see.  The devil does not want you to know this truth.  Praise be to God that His Word warns us in Ephesians 6:12: "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places." Have you ever noticed that almost as soon as you begin to pursue the Lord fervently, you get back on track in your Walk, you are blessing people through your obedience to God, etc, that some inexplicable things oftentimes begin to happen that really test the integrity of your faith?  In many cases, this is directly related to spiritual warfare.  Count it a blessing that the enemy is threatened enough by your allegiance to God to try and break you down and sever your ties of loyalty with the Lord.  When you become a follower of Christ, the battle is just beginning.  Sometimes the ignorant perceive identifying as a Christian as a sign of weakness, but, as Christians, we know it's grueling work characterized by discipline and devotion REGARDLESS of our emotions.  It takes a real warrior to choose Truth over feelings in 2012.  Unfortunately, Hedonism is much more popular than patience that builds Godly character.  Christianity is not for the faint of heart or the fickle.  Christianity is for the steadfast and wise warrior.
"The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective." James 5:16

The 1st thing you need to know in order to evaluate whether or not you are dealing with a spiritual matter is to be aware that SPIRITUAL WARFARE IS REAL.  Spiritual battles are fought and won DAILY on both sides of the spirit realm--Christ vs. Antichrist.  

The 2nd thing you need to know is that as believers we have victory in Christ (1Corinthians 15:57)!  The battle for your soul has already been won.  As children of God, He "...give[s] you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you" (Luke 10:19).

The 3rd thing you need to know is that prayer is your most powerful, effective weapon.  Prayer, using God's Word, is to the enemy what Kryptonite is to Superman.  

The 4th thing you need to know is that prayer ushers in the presence of the Holy Spirit.  No spirit can compete with the Holy Spirit.  "When enemies come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will put them to flight" (Isaiah 59:19).

As an encouragement, please remember to "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything" (James 1:2-4).  Store up your treasures in Heaven (Matthew 6:20).

Let's Devise2bWise all the days of our lives :)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Are You OCD?

Read this blog post to find out if you display signs associated with OCD.

Are you Obedient to the Lord, Committed to God's plan for your life, and Desperate for the Holy Spirit's constant presence?  If so, dear reader, then you are OCD!  I bet you have never been so happy to be diagnosed with anything in your whole life!  If you have symptoms associated with OCD, then you are in good shape!  Below are some tips to help you cultivate and foster obedience, commitment, and desperation for the triune Alpha and Omega!

1. Obedience to the Lord:  When I think about obedience, I often think of authority figures in my life: parents, teachers, doctors, bosses, etc.  Many people in our current, hedonistic society frown on obedience and smile on rebellion.  If you are a believer, you know that obeying God is part of the call He has placed on your life.  You also know that it can be a bizarre, risk-taking, and unreasonable call by earthly standards!  Isaiah 55:9 says it well:  "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."  Sometimes, we don't  understand God's plan, but we must be obedient.  There is a level of worship in childlike obedience that blesses God beyond measure.  With obedience comes blessing on your life!  Isn't that awesome?  We are called to be obedient, and because we do what we are supposed to do, God blesses us!  What an AWESOME, GENEROUS, LOVING God we serve!  However, do remember to "test everything. Hold on to the good" (1 Thessalonians 5:21).

2. Commitment to God's plan:  Have you ever done something for someone to get something in return?  I know I have.  I find that many people pray to God with attached conditions.  Question:  Who are we to tell God what we will do ONLY if He does something for us in return?  Answer:  We are people saved by grace (by the blood of God's OWN son, I might add), yet NOT deserving of anything!  Let us remain humble and staid on God's Word and His plans.  God is ALL GOOD ALL THE TIME.  His plans for us are that we would prosper and have hope (Jeremiah 29:11).  Just because this is God's best for us does not mean that we always reap His best if we are not sowing obedience!  Why should He give us His best yet we try to give Him our lukewarm efforts based on emotion?  News Flash:  Sometimes we have to do things we don't want to do, but we know that they are good for us--like cutting back on sugar, exercising, following rules, etc.  God makes this promise to us in Psalm 32:8:  “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.”  Let's commit to the TRUTH of God's Word with unwavering faith!  I promise He won't disappoint.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not upon your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your path.”
3.Desperation for the Holy Spirit:  When we invite the Lord into our hearts, "[God] identifie[s] us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us" (2 Corinthians 1:22).  From the moment we say, "Yes," to the Lord, the Holy Spirit takes up residence within us.  Isn't that exciting?  Romans 8:26 explains that "the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express."  What a gift from God!  The Holy Spirit intercedes on each of our behalves!  It is crucial that we remain obedient and committed to God's Word in order to be in tune with the Holy Spirit within us.  When we are practicing this plan of action, we are more likely to be guided by our spirit man than our flesh man.  Keeping the Spirit's "house" clean helps us exercise the fruit of the Spirit:  love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).  The Holy Spirit's presence and discernment go together like fried chicken and okra!  When we are operating in our spirit man, our gift of discernment helps us stay obedient and committed.  With this plan of action in full effect, we can't go wrong! 

Let's Devise2bWise all the days of our lives!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Lo and Behold!

"I don't build no heathen temples/Where the Lord has done laid his hand."--James Taylor
Have you ever heard the trite saying that "your body is a temple"?  Many people reference this "saying" to encourage and justify their self-obsessed vanity.  Do you realize that this is not merely a "saying," but a revelation from the ONE and TRUE God?  In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Paul admonishes the church and its people, "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?  You are not your own; you were bought at a price.  Therefore honor God with your body."  When we dissect and study this verse, we come to realize the gravity of this command.  In Romans 10:13, we learn that anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.  Romans 8 discusses the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in our lives, provided that we are made new in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).  We are no longer bound to sin (our flesh), but by the Spirit of God that lives in us (Romans 8: 9).  We must heed Paul's words concerning the TRUTH that our bodies are not our own.  We were bought for a very precious price, and we must honor God because of His willingness to separate Himself from His son and allow Jesus to be a scapegoat for the sins of ALL mankind, past, present, and future.  God loves us so much that He sacrificed His only Son for us (John 3:16).  Hebrews 12:6 reminds us that "the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son."  Treating our bodies as temples is a command not a suggestion. 
"You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love." (Galatians 5:13)

Our souls are like gardens.  They must be tended properly, checked often for weeds, dead roots, and bad fruit; they must also be fertilized with good soil.  When we give our lives to Christ, we are no longer to live for ourselves, but instead we are to live for HIM.  We are to fulfill God's purposes with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  As James Taylor once sang in his song, Lo and Behold, "I don't build no heathen temples/Where the Lord has done laid His hand."  Be careful of what you let into your body, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.  You MUST guard your heart, because it is the wellspring of life (Proverbs 4:23).  Glorify the Lord with your body in action, thought, and word.  As you continue in this purging process, you will become holy, set apart, sanctified in the name of Jesus.  1 Peter 1:13-16 urges us to "prepare [our] minds for action; be self-controlled; set [our] hope fully on the grace to be given [us] when Jesus Christ is revealed.  As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires [we] had when [we] lived in ignorance.  But just as he who called [us] is holy, so be holy in all [we] do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”  Now, that is a TALL order, but it's possible with Christ (Philippians 4:13)!  Pursue righteousness and be comforted in this:  “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all” (Psalm 34:19).

Let's Devise2bWise all the days of our lives!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Defeet Illness with High Heals

"The same power that conquered the grave lives in me."--Dave George, Grant Vater Pankratz

Do you believe in miracles?  How many times have you asked someone that question?  How many times have you been asked that question?  You must be willing to suspend your unbelief!  When you ask for anything from God, including healing, you must NOT doubt like a wave in the sea that is tossed about by the wind.  Should you be double-minded, you will not receive anything from God (James 1:6-7).  God requires faith on our part to trust Him with our problems.  Don't you want your significant other, sibling/s, child/children, etc. to trust that you will come through for them when necessary?  Well, God wants the same thing from us, His children!  Through Him, ALL things are possible, but what seems the hardest part sometimes is for us to actually BELIEVE that what we are praying for will indeed occur (Philippians 4:13).  Now, understand that if your request is not in line with biblical teaching or God's Will for your life, He will still answer you!  It may not be the answer you want, but God knows what is best for your life!  His plans are for you to live abundantly and with hope (Jeremiah 29:11)!  If you are seeking God first and truly believing Him to be all that His Word says He is, then many things will be added unto you (Matthew 6:33).  His Word does not return void (Isaiah 55:11).  He is not a liar!  The Lord knows what we need before we even ask Him (Matthew 6:8)!  Isn't that so awesome?!?  Well, in March of 2009, I had two hardcore women on fire for God lay hands on me and pray for a miracle.  And, guess what?  I got my (really, God's) miracle!

Named after Dr. Burrill B. Crohn, who first described the disease in 1932 along with colleagues Dr. Leon Ginzburg and Dr. Gordon D. Oppenheimer, Crohn’s disease belongs to a group of conditions known as Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract. (
In 1984, at the age of four, I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease.  I battled mightily as a child until I was about 15.  From the ages of 5 to 15, I took a daily dose of Prednisone (different dosages depending on the level of severity), a medical steroid, used to treat inflammation for patients with Arthritis, Crohn's Disease, sinus infections, etc.  I was finally well enough to get off of the medication for almost a whole year while still in elementary school and felt very defeated when my doctor advised that my colitis needed some medicinal treatment again.  A few years later, I was able to get off of the medication when I was a sophomore in high school.  Upon graduating from high school, I had a colonoscopy to make sure things were still legit.  Everything looked okay, and I went off to college.  Fast forward 10 years.  I finally had a big girl job, and with that came insurance!  I decided to secure an appointment with a gastroenterologist as I had not been seen by anyone for my Crohn's in 10 years!  He scheduled a colonoscopy and discovered that I was battling mild to moderate colitis.  He advised me to get on medication as a preventative measure and to reduce inflammation.  I want to make it clear that from the age of 15 until 2009, I had a very asymptomatic case.  Even when I was having a flare-up, I had no symptoms!  Praise God!  I just happened to find out through a routine colonoscopy that I was having a flare-up while planning my wedding.  Go figure!

After these two women laid hands on me in March 2009, I was super excited to get my next colonoscopy.  Sounds a bit strange, I know!  Anyway, my doctor decided to move by annual colonoscopy up from late 2009 to closer to mid 2009.  I was so excited!  I went in for my annual scope in 2009 and 2010, and my doctor said there was only scar tissue but no evidence of disease.  Last October, I told my doctor before being anesthetized that he was not going to find ANYTHING!  Guess what?  I was right!  I had been believing God for several years to prove Himself, and He did!  My doctor said that my colon looked like a normal, healthy colon!  Psalm 103:3 says that the Lord heals our diseases!  Psalm 30:2 says:  "Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me."  Reader, there is power in prayer!  The Lord bends His ear to the prayers of the righteous (Proverbs 15:29).  Believe the Lord to bless you abundantly!  With obedience comes blessing and favour.  Remember not to be double-minded as the book of James reminds us.  We serve an Awesome, Almighty God!  Start believing God for some Awesome, Almighty healing!

Let's Devise2bWise all the days of our lives!

Monday, August 27, 2012

The Sound of Silence

"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." (Ephesians 4:29)
There are 2 types of silence that are necessary in our Christian walks:  1. The silence (absence) of noise so that we can hear the Holy Spirit's voice; 2. The silence (absence) of anything that may come out of our mouths that does not produce edification of another.

1. The Silence of Noise:  Can you effectively listen while talking at the same time?  You may think you can, but you are definitely missing out on important information if your full attention is not devoted to the speaker.  Our faith is strengthened when we are still.  "So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ" (Romans 10:17).  Be still so that you can know God (Psalm 46:10).  We make sacrifices and compromises every day when we are in relationship with people; we must apply the same formula to our relationship with God.  In Proverbs 9:13, we learn that, "The woman Folly is loud; she is undisciplined and without knowledge."  With silence, comes the voice of the Holy Spirit.  If we are still, we can learn discipline and wisdom, through the Holy Spirit's impartment.  These two qualities are vitally important in the character of a Christian.  Finally, get rid of the noise!  Fast from anything that is keeping you from spending time with God.  Be careful NOT to create your own noise.  "God has no use for the prayers of the people who won't listen to him" (Proverbs 28:9).


2. The Silence of the Tongue:  We've all heard the saying, "If you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything at all."  This is actually a biblical principle!  From the overflow of our hearts, our mouths speak (Luke 6:45)!  This is another reason we need to be STILL.  Being still promotes faith, discernment and purification!  When we are pure, our hearts are pure, which means our words are pure!  Be careful what you say, because "death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits" (Proverbs 18:21). Proverbs 27:1 says, "Do not make a noise about tomorrow, for you are not certain what a day's outcome may be."  Our words carry tremendous power, and with anointing, can bring healing and peace.  However, without the blessing of the Lord, our words can bring death and chaos.  Certainly, death and chaos (the absence of peace) are not of God.  As Christians, we should aim to fulfill the command of 2 Timothy 2:16-17, which says the following:  "But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, and their talk will spread like gangrene."  As believers in Christ, let us edify one another and avoid grieving the Holy Spirit.   

Let's Devise2bWise all the days of our lives!

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Get Your Mind INTO the GUTter

"The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely haste leads to poverty." (Proverbs 21:5)

Have you ever gotten yourself into a situation that you felt unsettled about, but did not have enough confidence in yourself to trust the warning signs?  Well, recently, I got myself into one of the biggest pickles of my life by ignoring a host of foreboding signs because I lacked confidence in my judgment and in the strength of God's voice within me.  Through this experience, I realized that discernment AND diligence must be cultivated in our lives daily so that we can know what our gut is telling us.  Discernment as defined by is:  acuteness of judgment and understanding.  Diligence as defined by is:  the degree of care and caution required by the circumstances of a person.

By pursuing God consistently and committing His Word[s] of wisdom to our memories and hearts, we are being transformed into His likeness daily (2 Corinthians 3:18), thus pursuing righteousness, ultimately leading to discernment and diligence.  God hears the prayers of the righteous (John 9:31)!  His clarity and peace surround the righteous!  After all, righteousness and peace kiss one another (Psalm 85:10).  When you are in God's Will, your spirit promotes confidence within your being.  Your spirit, your heart of hearts where Jesus lives, is where your gut feeling can be heard.  This is the place in which the Holy Spirit speaks into your life His will for your life.

1. Your ability to employ discernment and diligence is an ability that should not be taken for granted.  Your ability can and will get rusty if you do not properly attend to it.
2. Also, if your spirit is telling you something, and you ignore it, be prepared to suffer the consequences as I am doing right now!  Although the consequences can be great, the consequence of not following the Holy Spirit's promptings are even greater. 

Let's Devise2bWise all the days of our lives :)

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Pants on the Ground? Tighten your Bible belt!

"Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand."  (Ephesians 6:13)
Let's get ready to RUMBLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!  What am I talking about?  I'm talking about arming yourself against the enemy with the Armour of God!  Spiritual warfare is very REAL.  "Our struggle is...against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms" (Ephesians 6:12).  Have you ever tried to get to church on time and caught a train?  Or tried to get to church without having an argument with your spouse, but you just lost it?  Guys and gals, Sunday is the Lord's day, and you better believe that Satan is pulling out all the stops to try and get you to make decisions based on how you feel rather than what God's Word says to do!  But, it's not just on Sundays that the enemy and his demons are trying mightily to get the Lord's children to submit to confusion--it's every day!

"Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes." (Ephesians 6:11)
Part of the scripture in Chapter 6 of Ephesians deals strictly with spiritual warfare, which is something we as Christians deal with on a daily basis, whether we realize it or not.  Do I want to go work out or do I want to stay on the sofa and watch TV?  Hmm, choosing self-discipline over laziness is not temporarily appealing, but it has long-term benefits!  So does learning the Word of God and following His instructions regarding the heavenly realm.  Why should we "wear" the belt of truth buckled around our waists?  Why should we "wear" a breastplate of righteousness?  Why should our feet be "fitted" with readiness that comes from peace?  Why should we "protect" ourselves with the shield of faith?  Why "wear" a helmet of salvation?  And why should we commit to our memory and hearts the Word of God?

1.  Truth:  If we hold to Jesus' teachings, "[we] will know the truth, and the truth will set [us] free" (John 8:32).  God's Word is truth (John 17:17).  When we are free, we are living in a state of "peace that transcends all understanding and are made privy to a guarded heart and mind in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:7).  We must guard our hearts, for it is the wellspring of life! (Proverbs 4:23).
2.  Righteousness:  In order to avoid confusion, we must strive for righteousness.  Psalm 85:10 says that "righteousness and peace kiss each other."  The very eyes of the Lord are focused on the righteous!  The Lord's ears are attentive to the prayers of a righteous man! (1 Peter 3:12).  In the latter part of Ephesians 6, we are implored to pray!  Let's be righteous, so the Lord will be focused on us and hear our cries!
3.  Readiness and Peace:  Can you wake up one morning and decide to run 4 miles without ever having trained in your life?  I'm guessing not.  Being prepared helps alleviate anxiety and confusion and promotes discernment and wisdom.  Every day is a gift from God; let us not waste it with idleness, which encourages gossip and nosiness (1 Timothy 5:13).  The Bible commands us to fix our eyes on all things noble.  His Word is the truth.  Knowing God's Word equips us with truth, which sets us free, and infuses us with peace!  The enemy cannot compete with God's peace.
4.  Faith:  We are to live by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).  "To the faithful, [God] show[s] [Himself] faithful" (2 Samuel 22:26).  In Galatians 3:11, we learn that "the righteous will live by faith."  Basically, if you are pursuing righteousness already, then living by faith will fall into place.  Knowing God's Word and knowing your identity in Christ will increase your faith.
5.  SalvationNothing I have written means anything if you are not born again in Christ Jesus.  Romans 10:13 says that if you call on the name of the Lord, you will be saved.  Once you are saved, all of the words on the pages in the Bible suddenly start to make sense--more so than ever before!  Your salvation is made possible by the grace of God.  You cannot earn it.  You just have to receive it.  When you value your salvation, you will begin to crave the Word of God so that you can be prepared to fight the powers of darkness that war against you daily.
6.  Word of God:  "The Word of God is living and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12).  All the Holy Spirit needs is a minute portion of the heart to be softened, and the spirit can penetrate a person's life.  What better way to defeat Satan than planting seeds in a nonbeliever's life?  Let's Devise2bWise all the days of our lives :) 

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