Breaking: The Process

I was having a conversation with my sister and she had a brilliant suggestion. Since I have been going through such a challenge with my writing and as that process is breaking me, I will use this as an opportunity to write a series of posts detailing the whole process.

The Lord is the One Who is breaking me. As He wants me to do this blog, I must be obedient. I cannot quit, although I want to throw up my hands and give up on writing. But I am not made that way. I will persevere and trust the Holy Spirit within me to do the work necessary to make me a successful writer.

So, to start this off, I am going to describe how I am feeling. I feel frustrated because, as a writer, I don’t like the flow of my writing to be constricted, as it is now. I am unused to such a hindrance.

I am having a particularly difficult time writing this morning. I have spent the past couple hours sitting in front of the computer, staring at the screen. The past week has been a lot easier for me. But today, for some reason that I do not understand, is different. I believe that I am going through a spiritual process. I am like a caterpillar in its cocoon, struggling to break free so that I will become a beautiful butterfly. The struggle is necessary. Without it, there is no butterfly. Knowing that strengthens my spirit and makes the challenges worth the process.

Blessed be the Name of the Lord.

 

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Now I Know

I come to you with a thankful heart. Thankful to God for His wisdom and His great love towards me. For now I know the reason for my difficulties with this blog and with my writing, in general.

My sister, who is a pastor, gave me a word from the Lord today. She told me that I was going through a breaking process. That God has to break me before He can use me to bring about His God-inspired words that He has inside me. That was a moment of epiphany for me.

I just couldn’t understand why it was so hard for me to write when writing was the one thing that had always come very easily for me. So easily that I had developed a rather smug attitude about it. I am sure that my pride was one reason why the Lord is taking me this way on my journey of life. That pride must be broken. And, boy, is it being broken! I am having to completely depend upon the Holy Spirit to give me what to write. Without Him, I can do nothing, as Jesus stated in His word.

God will share His glory with no man. My attitude towards my writing was in direct opposition to God. I was the one in control. Not Him. I was the one who decided what to write and then wrote with ease, not realizing that it was a God-given talent and not myself that kept my writing fresh and good. This past year has shown me that in myself, I am nothing. Without the inspiration of the Holy Ghost and the approval of God Himself, I may as well hang up my writing shingle because it is not going to happen.

I am humbled. Humbled because my pride has taken a blow. I hope it is a death blow, for I do not want pride operating in my life and especially not in my heart. I repent to the Lord and ask Him to cleanse me from my sin. I thank God that His word says that if we 1confess our sins, He is faithful to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

I thank God for loving me enough to show me who I am. And I thank Him for loving me in spite of my weaknesses and frailties. That’s why He is God. And that is why I love Him so much. Who wouldn’t want to serve a God like Him?

Oh, blessed be the Name of the Lord.

 

O’ The Blood

I’m thinking about the blood. The blood of Jesus. Oh, what we have received as a result of that blood! We received redemption and salvation. The blood of Jesus was sufficient to atone for the sins of all mankind. When the Lord Jesus offered Himself after His resurrection, He only had to do it once. That was all that was required. Through Him and His blood, we are free from the ravages of sin and its consequences.  And we have obtained the victory over satan as a result of the blood of Christ.

It’s amazing that something red could render our garments white, the garments of salvation. We are now without blame or condemnation because of the blood.

Jesus said in the book of John chapter six that if we ate his flesh and drank his blood that we would have life. He did not mean this in a literal sense. He was referring to our eating His word, as HE is the Word that was made flesh and dwelt among us.

Through the blood, we have healing. When Jesus was whipped and His blood ran down, we through His stripes were healed of whatever sickness or disease that we had. All we have to do is appropriate this phenomenal truth through faith. All of God’s promises are gained by faith.

We have freedom because of the blood. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty and Christ’s blood brought us liberty. I thank God for the blood.

Blessed be the Name of the Lord.

 

Difficulties

I am experiencing difficulties writing this blog. It is a frustrating thing being so vulnerable to struggle. But I struggle on, knowing that the Lord is by my side, ready for counsel and for strength as I soldier on.

I cannot remember when I have encountered such…I don’t even know what to call this! I want to scream in frustration and agitation. But I will not. I will continue being obedient to God, knowing that is my key to victory.

It would be different if this pattern of deadlock were normal for me. But it is not. Therein is the struggle. If I could put my finger on what is so troubling for me, I would feel better. But the answer to this puzzle continues to elude me. Writing is what got me into this mess and writing is what ultimately will free me from this prison house of doubt and dysfunction.

I must ask myself if I am employing the tools that the Lord has made available to me. Am I speaking His word and having confidence that God will help me? Or am I focusing on my present difficulty? I must say that I had been keeping my eye on the winds of adversity instead of having them on Jesus, so I am sinking into the sea of uncertainty. But now that I am aware of my focus, I can change the rudder of thought and reach out for the Master’s Hand, Who will save me from myself.

Challenge is nothing to shirk from. Rather, it is something that is to be embraced so that I can grow as a person. I will grasp hold of this process of squeezing and be confident that all things are working out for my good, just as the bible says that it will. That, in itself, makes this all worth it. The sufferings of this present world are not worthy to be compared to the glory that will be revealed in me, as Romans chapter eight says.

Oh, blessed be the Name of the Lord.

He’s Coming!

Good morning, all. I am here with you to deliver an important message. One that you have been hearing about for many years. But it is a true message, nonetheless. And that is that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming! Yes, dear ones, He is on His way back. First to come and get God’s children, and then to judge the earth.

People, listen to me. The time of God’s mercy is rapidly running out. Soon, He will no longer be extending His Hand in love and forgiveness towards mankind. No, very soon He will be sending HIs Son back and that will be the end of any more chances for grace.

For those who are in Christ, His returning is anticipated with great joy and will be a time of rejoicing unlike anything we have ever experienced. For those who are not saved by the blood of Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross, the return of Jesus will be a dark day. A day of horror. Of weeping and gnashing of teeth, as Jesus stated in the bible.

I urge you with all of my life to prepare your hearts before God. Repent of your sins and receive Christ’s love gift of salvation. That is the only way that you will be able to escape the wrath of God. Run, flee into the Arms of your Savior and King!

God does not want anyone to perish and go to hell. (“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9) He has been keeping back His Han of judgment so that people can repent and get their lives right before Him before He has to bring forth His wrath. For God is holy and sin must be dealt with. Jesus dealt with it by His death on the cross, but if you do not take that sacrifice as your own, you will have to pay sin’s penalty yourself and the Word says that the wages of sin is death. Death and hell.

I have never been more serious than I am now. I implore you to give your hearts and lives to Jesus before it is too late. He is on His way back, people! Wake up before it is too late! God is not mocked. Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. (Galatians 6:7)

If you do not know Jesus and are not obeying the voice of God (for God will judge all those who are disobedient towards Him. And that includes those who call themselves by His Name), today is the day to repent and give your lives to Christ. You cannot afford to miss this opportunity for salvation. Today is the day, people. TODAY!

Blessed be the Name of the Lord.

Good Morning

Good morning to you. I pray that you are well. I pray that God blesses you and will keep you as you go along your journey.

May the peace of God guard your hearts and may you be filled with all of His fullness. The blessings of our Lord make you rich and addeth no sorrows with it. God is good to all and His tender mercies are over all of His works. He loves you beyond my capacity to share with you and He wants the best for your life and the lives of your loved ones.

As you go through your day, know that you are cared for. That you are loved. That there is One Who is watching over you. One Who will provide for your needs as you put your trust in Him.

You are in my thoughts this day. I think thoughts of peace for you. I pray that you will keep the Lord Jesus Christ on your minds and in your hearts and allow Him to have His way in your lives, that it may be well with you and your children. The Lord wants only the best for you and so do I.

Be encouraged today. Keep your head up, knowing that you are highly favored by God.

The Lord go with you. Have a good day.

Blessed be the Name of the Lord.

Following God’s Leading

I am getting a lesson on being led by God and it is teaching me much. I am currently reading a book on hearing from God and it is stirring up questions and sensations within me. The Lord and I are having a good time as I give myself up to His guidance.

I had thought that I didn’t know the voice of God and that He was not leading me in a discernable way, but I couldn’t be further from the truth. God leads us and guides us all of the time. He works with us through circumstances, people, and nature. He teaches us through numerous avenues. We must be sensitive to the voice of God and not always expecting Him to deal with us in one certain way or at certain times. For instance, I was pondering with the Lord over this blog. I asked Him whether He wanted me to write it. I could feel a “Yes” in my spirit. I asked Him if He wanted me to write in it every day. I could feel another “Yes.” Then I wondered if He wanted me to write in it at that particular moment that I was speaking to Him about it. I didn’t feel an answer one way or another, but I figured that if the Lord wanted me to write, then I would get up and write and leave the consequences in His Hands.

Doing this blog is challenging for me. I find it difficult, so I do not want to do it. But the Lord wants me to do it, so I have to be obedient to Him and allow Him to do His work with me for His glory. That is all a part of following His leading. The more I accept His dealings, the more He will “deal” with me. He will be certain that I am heading in the right direction. The Holy Spirit will not steer me wrong.

If you are wondering whether you are hearing the voice of God, know that Jesus said that His sheep hears His voice and they follow Him. (John 10:27) Ask Him to make you sensitive to Him and His direction in your life and He will do just that. My simple obedience of writing in this blog this morning has cleared up some things in my mind and I will be able to go on with my day in joy and peace without having wondered if I have obeyed the Lord or not. The enemy will not be able to play with me in that area. So, I say to you, give yourself and your life over to the love and care of God and He will bless you beyond measure.

It is time for me to get back to my fellowship with the Lord. He is waiting for me. I’m coming, Lord!

Blessed be the Name of the Lord.