Love/Hate

I don’t think it’s any secret that God is still in the miracle business. I hear testimonies about healings of all kinds and have myself been witness to many people being healed. I’ve received healing in my body for many things over the years that I’ve been with Him. And we as a Body kind of make a big deal over these “gifts” and “manifestations” of physical healing. We debate relentlessly over whether or not it’s His will, if it’s for today, what are the hindrances to receiving it, do we have enough faith, etc. Or we make it a big deal of it in our own minds, OH CANCER that’s a big one! BLIND EYES, do I have enough faith to get someone set free from THAT, oh but a headache? No big thing. WE place the limits on God and He just sees it all the same. As a matter of fact, He said, “It is finished” so it’s already a done deal in His book.

But in talking to Him this morning I realized that while we make a big to-do over the physical, I think the bigger deal is the healing of one’s soul, the transformation of one who has been translated into the Kingdom, their salvation. See, God only had to speak a Word and the entire world, the universe, was created. Every time He spoke, Holy Spirit moved and physical matter came into being. Immediately. So why would it be any harder for Him to heal the physical body of the one’s He Himself personally created? I think that’s the easy part, at least it should be.

But when you look at how complex a person is on the INSIDE: God has to contend with their mind, emotions, thoughts, heart and more importantly their WILL. He has to compete with distractions, lies, spiritual blindness, ignorance, deception, vices, hearts that have been hardened and calloused by years of pain, neglect, suffering, sadness, and abuse. He has to contend with a people who have been blinded by the “god” of this world, who, though defeated, has deceived so many into believing that God doesn’t exist, or that if He does, He is a mean, cruel despot who makes people suffer to “teach them a lesson” or “develop their character;” a God who takes family members and loved ones away before their time because He needed them in Heaven, who teaches people patience and endurance through trials and adversity. (If this was the God I knew, I would be reluctant to give my life to Him, as well.)

Even those who believe in Him are under false concepts of who He is and what He wants of us. We have to BE GOOD and DO RIGHT; too many are still living under the law of do’s and don’ts (mostly don’ts) and consider themselves at best unworthy servants who will never measure up in His sight, a wretched sinner saved by grace. (By the way, this is FALSE HUMILITY and keeps you living in bondage to the enemy)
God is love in its purest form; the opposite of love is hate, which the enemy embodies in its purest form. The god of this world (satan) has so obfuscated the human race to this truth, has so perverted their minds to the point where they consistently (to their detriment) chose hate over love. He has them believing that it’s what they truly want, that it is what is best for them, that giving into these things will make them happy, bring them meaning…whatever IT is becomes their identity, who they are.

They believe that sleeping with anyone they want at any given time is freedom. They think drinking and doing drugs brings liberty, that it frees them to be who they truly are. They believe that they should be able to give in to their emotions and lusts and desires freely, because it’s what the heart wants, and the heart wouldn’t mislead you now would it?

What they don’t understand is that these things are actually holding them in bondage, having no idea that these things all compound into one large stinking pile of decay in the soul. They believe that they are the ones in control of their own lives but the truth of the matter is THEY are the ones being controlled by the Father of Lies. In giving in to these things, they are giving the enemy of their souls complete unadulterated access, inviting death to come in and abide and they wonder sometimes why….why am I sad? Why am I unhappy? Unsatisfied? Why do I feel so alone? So afraid? Or maybe they should ask themselves why is it no matter how many people they sleep with it never is enough to fill the void they don’t want to admit dwells inside of them? Or why no matter what they do, they never really truly feel ALIVE, loved, safe, kept, why they have no joy, no peace. All they are is left wanting, aching, sad, afraid, angry, bitter, calloused, jaded, cynical, depressed, hopeless, numb…but hey, that’s just who they are.

They believe that THIS is freedom when it is really their bondage. If only they could see themselves as they truly are in this state, marked and scarred by their “choices”…this is the enemy’s vision for their lives, his intent towards them: destruction and loss; all they are is collateral damage in this war. Wounded people wound people- it is a demonically-inspired cycle of hate intended for all of humanity. Now, if only they could see themselves the way that GOD sees them: beautiful, treasured, loved, safe, healed, made new, royal, holy, beloved; if only they knew how precious they are to Him, all that He has already done for them, all that awaits them if only they just believed and received…

But instead they curl up inside their man-made mechanisms of self-preservation thinking that they are safe beneath these layers but take it from someone who knows firsthand: all those layers serve to do is keep them shielded from God and His love. The stratums form a barrier between them and Him. You are actually being preserved in death, a trophy in glass for the enemy to gloat over.

And THIS, Church, is why we need to beyond a shadow of a doubt press in, KNOW Him, seek Him, look like Him, so that we can truthfully and righteously RE-PRESENT Him to the world, so that we can demolish these misconceptions and lies. We are to become LOVE for the world, light, hope…we are to be life-bringers! We are carriers of His Presence, we are Jesus to this sick, sad, dark world. People are literally dying to be loved and we are HIS BODY on this earth, commissioned to bring heaven to earth.

Jesus said: “THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE HAS ANOINTED ME TO PROCLAIM GOOD NEWS TO THE POOR; HE HAS SENT ME TO ANNOUNCE RELEASE TO THE PRISONERS OF WAR AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND: TO SEND AWAY FREE THOSE WHOM TYRANNY HAS CRUSHED, TO PROCLAIM THE YEAR OF ACCEPTANCE WITH THE LORD.” Luke 4:18-19 (Weymouth)

We as CHRIST-ians have been anointed to do the very same. We are to live free so that we can set others free. To show them what & Who love really is, to announce to them “YOU HAVE WORTH IN THE EYES OF THE ONE WHO CREATED YOU!”

John 14:12, Brethren.
Blessings,

Miranda

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Spiritual Hitchhikers

We are living in some funny (strange) times. I guess I am giving my age away when I talk about this younger generation and their odd belief systems and behaviors; their embrace of socialist ideals and not having any desire at all for true independence. Like “uber-ing” everywhere, you know, depending on someone else to take you places and paying them to do it instead of having your own vehicle. Their low-work ethic attitude coupled with high-standard living desires (i.e. – I don’t want to work/work hard but I want to have an I-phones, $4.00 lattes and organic grass-fed Kobe beef burgers). They believe they are ENTITLED to good things (or anything) just because…that it doesn’t have to be earned or worked for. They are enslaved by their FEELINGS and allowing their emotions to be their directive, their moral compass baseline.

Yet, sadly enough I see these behaviors mirrored in the Body of Christ, as well. They’ve embraced these worldly attitudes and have carried them into their Christianity, but these two completely opposite belief systems/behaviors cannot coexist.

In the Body there exists a spirit of passivity, of (forgive me) laziness, of wanting the benefits of being a part of this thing called Christianity without “working” for it. (Now before you give me the “works vs. grace” lecture, please continue reading). They want to have the liberty that the Word promises, they want the healings and the provisions and the prosperity, they want peace, they want joy….at least they say they do. But yet their idea of relationship with God is going to church on Sunday, maybe a Bible study on Wednesday nights, and, if they have time, a morning/evening devotional. And then, when tragedy or adversity strikes, they get shaken, their first response is fear, terror, crying.

Why isn’t their response one of faith? Trust? Confidence that everything will be okay? Why do they freak out, cry, get anxious, panicky? Because they are not rooted and grounded in the Word, in Him, in Who He is, because their relationship with the Creator, the Savior and Holy Spirit is superficial at best. They do barely enough to get by. It’s like eating only one piece of candy every day and then wondering why you feel weak and you look like skin and bones. Listen, the Word of God is SPIRITUAL FOOD. YOU NEED IT TO LIVE!  Jesus said it Himself, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4) It wasn’t just some cute saying that is placed in the Bible!

It is by the Word that we renew our minds. It is by His Word that we see who we are in Him. It is by His Word that we know Who HE is, what we have in Him, what His promises to us are, what He has given to us. If you have no knowledge of these things, then that is death. God says that His people perish for a lack of knowledge. Does that mean physically or spiritually? YES! If you get diagnosed with a disease, and you do not know that you know that it is God’s will for you to live and be healed, then physical death can be (and is usually) the result. (Sickness is death in SEED FORM!) And you will wither away spiritually as well, you’ll forever be a weak infant that is fed milk and never graduates to solid food!

But what I see is a Body that is sick and barely hanging on to hope, who looks/lives like the rest of the world, who comes to the altar week after week, seeking to have hands laid on them for healing… I can’t help but ask, DO THEY REALLY BELIEVE? Or are they just hoping that something will change? They’re looking to someone else to pray for them, to give them a word, to maybe get them healed…there’s so much going on, tragedy, sickness, family problems…BEING LED BY THEIR EMOTIONS instead of HIS PROMISES (which is idolatry, brethren)… and why? Because they don’t seek for themselves. They don’t put in the time to dive into the Word, press into HIM. Is He not worth your time? Isn’t this about relationship? Do you have a relationship with your spouse through a second party?

When I was going through the darkest, heaviest battle of my life 4 years ago, I dug deep and hard. I read everything I could get my hands on, I studied the healing scriptures, I prayed, I stood, for months! It took a couple of years before I saw the change I wanted. Yes, I had people pray for me during that time but I also KNEW in my spirit that I needed to get to that place of spiritual maturity where I would not have to depend on other people’s prayers to be set free or to get through the day. I did not want to be a spiritual hitchhiker, depending on other people all the time to get/take me where I wanted to be.

The Word says it is our own individual responsibility. Remember the virgins? They were relying on the spiritual readiness of others. It says to study to show YOURSELF approved, to work out YOUR OWN salvation, not have someone else do it for you. Do you want the “benefits”? Then it’s up to you to learn what they are and how to receive them!

Hebrew 4:9-11 – “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.”

“Labor” here is the same word from 2 Timothy 2:15 (study to show thyself approved) and it means to exert one’s self, endeavor, give diligence. It’s not just going to fall in your lap, I am sorry to say. If you are waiting for a “feeling” or for the symptoms to disappear before you’ll believe then it will not happen! Faith is not a feeling! Faith is knowing that you know.

Romans 14:5B – Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.

Not partially, not mostly, not even 99%. FULLY. Completely. Ask yourself: Is that really going to happen with what you are doing now? Because if you aren’t fully persuaded, then you will have unbelief and that keeps you from entering into His rest, His promises, which are the benefits of your inheritance in Him!

Jesus rebuked His disciples for this as well.

Matthew 17:16-17 – “And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.” (Mark 9:19, Luke 9:41)
He is saying to them – listen I am not going to be here forever to hold your hand! You need to be able to do this! Have I not told you, taught you, showed you? He fully expected them to do what He was doing, to act on what He had taught them, and He expects the same of us. However we cannot do that, brothers and sisters, if we are not putting in the time into this relationship, into Him and His Word. And remember one very important thing: the Word was a Person before it was a book!

Listen: Do you want people to carry you spiritually for the rest of your life? I know I don’t! He died for you so that you could live and not only that but be a life-giver to the lost, to the world!

He gave us the keys to the Kingdom!
He gave us HIS authority and power!
He gave us His Spirit, His Word!
What more do you need?

The freedom is already yours…
Now, put your thumb down, get off the side of the road and GO YE THEREFORE…..

Blessings,

Miranda

 

ALIVE

Jesus is ALIVE.

We serve a LIVING GOD.

He lives in me, in us.

That means: Jesus is here.  Right now.

Whenever we enter a room, He enters that room, too.  Whenever we walk into a building, He walks into that building.  We are the highest spiritual authority in these places because we have Him LIVING in us.

Wherever we go we bring with us opportunities for any & everyone we meet to know, experience & come in contact with the Living God.

We are the carriers of His Presence.

We are the carriers of: His Spirit, His life, His healing, His love, His joy, His strength, His mercy, His grace, His power.  It all comes with us wherever we go.  Do you not see the implications of this truth?

It is up to us to release these things to elicit change, to set right what is wrong, to restore what has been broken and stolen by the enemy, to bring light into dark places, to demolish lies and deceit, to reconcile those God loves to God Himself so that they, too, can live, so they can come fully alive and become a carrier of His DNA: Divine Nature of the Almighty.  We leave traces of our natural DNA every time we touch something or someone…wouldn’t the same be true of our new spiritual DNA?  Touch someone and leave a trace of God with them.

THIS is who we are.

And this is to Whom we belong.

He lives.

Jesus….Our King.

To Him be the Glory forever.

Blessings,

Miranda

Sacred Cows and “Christianese:” Part 1

I know most of you have heard of the phrase “sacred cows,” but what about “Christianese?”  What the heck is that?  It’s a language “owned” by Christians, clichés and phrases that are on the lips of most church-going people that, on the surface may sound holy and pious and Christian, but when you break down these clichés and phrases and pit them against scripture and the Word of God, you’ll see that they are really quite unbiblical and actually hold Christians back from the truth of who they are and what they have in Christ.  It keeps them held to a lower standard and therefore the enemy still has them in bondage in some fashion.

Today I would like to kick over and destroy the sacred cow/Christianese saying:

“God works in mysterious ways”

DISCLAIMER: You should ALWAYS line everything up with scripture!  Yes, even those funny little phrases and sayings because you are re-presenting Christ and God to the world and you should be speaking what God and His Word says in the right context.  It’s not about you and your experiences!  It’s about God’s Word!

First of all, “God works in mysterious ways” is not in the Bible.  (As my friend Don Allen would say, it’s in 1st Imaginations!)  Actually when you do a search for the word “mysterious” in the Bible, it comes up with ZERO hits.  NADA.  When you search out the word “mystery” the first occurrence of it does not show up until the New Testament in Mark 4:11, which reads:

“And He said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables.”

Hmmm….did you get that?  UNTO YOU IT IS GIVEN TO KNOW THE MYSTERY OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD.  I didn’t read anything in there that says “Gods ways are a mystery and to you they always shall be and hence they shall remain.”

In Romans 16 Paul says that the revelation of the mystery which was kept secret since the beginning is NOW MADE MANIFEST  (manifest:  RENDER APPARENT).  I’ve heard it said that the Old Testament is the New Testament concealed and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed.

What else does the Bible say about God and His “mysteries?”

Eph. 1:8-9– “Wherein He hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;  Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in Himself.”

Eph. 3:3-5,9  “How that by revelation He made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,  Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto His holy apostles and prophets by the SpiritAnd to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ.”

Eph. 6:19 “And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel.”

Col 1:26-27  “Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to His saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

All of these scriptures clearly state that yes, through Christ Jesus the mystery that was concealed has now been revealed unto His people.  (And before you say that it was for just the apostles and prophets and all these things died with death of last apostle, I’d say, show me scripture and verse for that please)  WE ARE HIS SAINTS.  We are His people.  We are His dwelling place.  We’ve been given His Spirit!  Holy Spirit abides in us and what He did for Jesus He’ll do for us!

1Co 2:7,9-12  “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory. But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.”

This basically says that no one can know God except the Spirit but now that very Spirit lives in us!  And if the Spirit that knows God lives in us then we can know God and the things of God because we are now His people!  And a few lines later the scripture then goes on to say that “WE HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST!”

There are several scriptures that talk about the Holy Spirit and how He shows us, teaches us, reveals to us, leads us, guides us into ALL truth.

John even boldly states: “But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.” 1 John 2:20 (unction:  chrisma – an unguent or smearing, that is, (figuratively) the special endowment (“chrism”) of the Holy Spirit: – anointing, unction.)

So how can we then state with confidence that GOD works in mysterious ways?  I believe it’s a complete lack of relationship and intimate fellowship with God, Jesus and Holy Spirit.  It’s not knowing who you are and what you’ve been given in Christ, your inheritance, the power, the restoration, the gifts that ARE YOURS just for being His.  It’s a lack of power in the body and therefore man had to make up some kind of reason for defeat and powerlessness.

Many bad doctrines and theologies have been formed out of a lack in the body, out of circumstances (which we like to call “circumstantial theology”).  NEVER FORM YOUR THEOLOGY IN THE MIDDLE OF A CRISIS!  Because then you get sayings like this that have no basis in scripture and they become roadblocks to victory and excuses for not trying (sorry, some there is some serious laziness in the body!  Get up and look into it for yourself!)!  Stop throwing your hands up and shifting the responsibility (ahem, blame) on God!  You are CO-LABORERS with Him!  He already gave you all you’ll ever need, so what have you done with it, brethren?  Stop waiting for God to move, He’s already done His part, He’s just now waiting for YOU!!!

So, God does NOT work in mysterious ways.  It’s all made plain in the Word and if you need wisdom, brothers and sisters, ASK!

Jas 1:5-8 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”

It’s either one or the other, it cannot be both.  So which do you choose to believe?

Get to know Him.  It’s totally worth the effort.

In Christ,

Miranda

The Hem of the Garment

For so long, too long maybe, I’ve equated myself with the woman with the issue of blood.  Have you ever done that?  Related yourself with one of the many that cried out to Jesus, sought Him for a touch, a healing, some deliverance?  Have you ever thought to yourself, “Maybe if I cry out the louder like blind Bartimaeus, I’ll finally get freed of…..?” (insert your personal affliction here) Or “Maybe if my faith was greater my faith would make me whole….”

There’s something in my life, my body, that I’ve been wanting to be freed of.  Something that has, quite honestly, tormented me for the last 35 years.  Something that I’ve recently decided to, beyond a shadow of a doubt, be freed from.  To stand unwavering for.  And as I was doing my hair and making my “faith declarations,” an image of the woman with the issue of blood came to mind.  I pictured her crawling through the crowds on her hands and knees, sneaking her way towards Jesus, weaving between dirty, sandal-covered feet, dust and sand being kicked up into her face as the multitudes thronged Jesus, the whole time saying to herself, “If I may but touch….I will be….”

But then His voice broke in and interrupted my imaginations:  “Are you not wearing a robe now?  Why do you need to ‘touch it’ daughter when you yourself are clothed in something far better and far greater?”  That stopped me in my tracks.  And He began to unravel a truth to me.

He told me that at that moment in that story with the woman, He was just a man in a robe, filled with the Holy Spirit.  (Oh, I know what you’re thinking: blasphemy!  How can you call Jesus just a man???)  But He was the SON OF MAN, who made Himself of no reputation (Phil. 2:7-8; in the Greek it means make empty, abase, neutralize) and had to come as a man to reclaim our stolen authority and dominion.  But I digress…

See, at that time He hadn’t yet laid down His life, shed His blood, the sacrifice hadn’t been made, He hadn’t died & risen, the firstfruits offering had yet to be given…and therefore He hadn’t yet sent His Spirit to abide in His people.  There was no redemption, no reconciliation, no restoration.  He was training His disciples how to go and be and do what He was doing and being, so that they could carry out the legacy once He died and He was no longer physically on the Earth.  He came not only to redeem to but SHOW what the New Creature was supposed to look, speak, act and live like.  He came as our example.

But, once He did die & rise again, once He did send His Spirit, everything changed.

Now there was reconciliation, restoration, salvation, redemption and RECREATION.  Now there was ADOPTION into the Kingdom to become Sons & Daughters.

And now, He said to me, now as a child of the kingdom there is NO reason any longer for me (or any one of us) to relate to that woman, or blind Bartimaeus, or the leper…there was no reason for us to think of ourselves as crawling on our hands and knees towards Him for healing or deliverance.  It’s already been given to us.  It’s our inheritance as Sons.  All that the kingdom has is ours and it’s His good pleasure to give it to us (Luke 12:32).  We have been raised up into the highest position: seated with Christ in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6).  We are right there, with Jesus, seated at the right hand of the Father!  And yet we picture ourselves crawling and begging and crying out.

We wear the garments of kings and priests because that’s who we are now.  (1 Peter 2:9; Revelation 1:6; Revelation 5:10)

He told me that I (we) now wear a robe – the robe of righteousness!  We are wearing the garment of salvation!  It’s already on us, brethren!  ( I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. Isaiah 61:10).  It’s the garment that speaks of “christos,” the anointing of the Holy One Himself upon us as HIS BODY here on earth!

But even better than that, He said that I (we) are clothed in Christ Himself!  “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”  Galatians 3:27 (“put on” in the Greek means sinking into a garment, to invest with clothing).  The Greater One lives on the inside of us!  (1 John 4:4)  That I have been endued with power from on high, that I am a temple of the living God, that I house the Spirit of Christ Himself within me….(1 Corinthians 3:16)

And armed with these truths, not only do I not need to position myself with that woman to receive anything of God, but that now, as His temple, as Christ’s body and physical representation on this earth, that people can/should  touch ME and MY garments and be healed and set free.  (I can hear your thoughts:  WOAH, you said.  Bordering on blasphemy again)…but what else are we here for?  He said: “And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.”  (Matthew 10:7-8) See?  His disciples already had their freedom, their deliverance.  Now THEY were to go and give it to others.

All that He came to do, WE’RE to do.  (Mark 16:17-20; Matthew 28:18-20)

He keeps saying to me:  Come up higher, come in closer.  And not that I’m not already there (spiritually) but that I need to get there in MY MIND, to really get and grasp who  I am & what I have as  His.  He’s just waiting for me, for all of us, to realize who we really are now, for us to recognize that reflection of Sonship and Christ-likeness when we see ourselves.  All the earth is groaning, waiting for the Sons of God to manifest (Romans 8:19) because WE hold their freedom in our hands (Matthew 10:7) and we carry the kingdom within us (Luke 17:21).

So get up, rise up, stand up, take your place, know who you are, know WHOSE you are.

Come up higher, come in closer….

What are you waiting for?

Blessings,

Miranda B. mary

Choices

What kind of people do you prefer in positions of power and authority and importance?

Take a king, for example.  Would you put into a position of power and authority someone with no backbone?  Someone who is fragile, who can’t make sound judgments, whose thinking is muddied?  Someone who listens to those who don’t have their best interest at heart, who themselves are clouded and deceived?  How about a representative with no nobility or sense of self-worth?  How about someone who made justifications for their failures and shortcomings, who always pointed a finger of blame at someone else and never took responsibility for themselves?  How about someone who ruled with their feelings & emotions, based on whether or not they were feeling magnanimous that day or who took out their bad mood on everyone else?  Who let circumstances rule and dictate their lives and decisions?

Or would you want someone who was level-headed, who upheld the laws of the land for the benefit of those whom they were chosen to represent?  Someone who could do hard things, make fixed decisions not based on what others think or feel but by what was right and true, no matter who would deride them or criticize them or lie to them, no matter who would try to deceive them to get them to change their minds and falter from their position?  Someone who ruled and reigned with dignity, love, compassion and virtue?  Who knew truth and stuck to it no matter how they felt or what the situation or conditions were surrounding them?

What about a holy person…would you want a spiritual representative who lived however they wanted?  With no sense of true righteousness, sanctification or holiness?  What if they spoke and acted like those who are outside of the ministry?  Swearing, complaining, grumbling, murmuring, gossiping, backbiting, and criticizing?  Would you want someone who has no understanding of scripture?  Who has no real idea of the true nature of God, who maybe at best has a half-hearted relationship with the Lord, who takes no time to seek the Him, to know Him and His Word and to love Him?  (This person IS supposed to be Christ’s ambassador to you, now, don’t forget.)  Would you want someone who exalts and puts the world’s wisdom above God truth?

Or would you want someone who takes the lives of others seriously?  Who cared for the well-being of their fellow man above themselves and took great care to really know God, love God, get revelation about His Word and His truth so that they can, like Jesus, preach and teach with great authority, with the ability and power to set others free just like Jesus ordained them to do?  To be a true representation of Christ to others?

How about soldiers…those commissioned to be on the frontlines of war?  Would you put soldiers on the battlefield who were weak and fearful?  Who couldn’t hold their ground when the enemy came in hot?  Would you want a soldier on the frontline who ignored the enemy or who maybe threw half-hearted threats his way but then would turn tail and retreat when the enemy made an attempt or attacked in return?

What if the enemy captured your child?  Or your husband?  Or you?  What kind of soldier would you want fighting for you then?  Would you want one with fire or fear in their eyes?  Would you want soldiers who are stout-hearted, who, though they may feel fearful in the moment, in the heat of war, were still unwilling to turn and run?  Who would press on and in anyhow despite the dread, who would instead advance on the enemy, who would not give up or give in until they took back the territory that was stolen, until the prisoners of war were reclaimed and set free and reconciled?  People who were not afraid to get dirty, whose hands are scarred and calloused and bruised and bloodied from constantly knocking back the enemy forces, ensuring safety and protection?

Do you have your answer?

Okay, now let me ask: which category do YOU fall in?

You see, if you are born-again, if you are a “Christian,” a follower of Christ then you are:

1:  A king
2:  A priest
3:  A soldier
4:  An ambassador of Christ.

“And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”  Revelation 1:6

“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:” 1 Peter 2:9

“Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” 1 Timothy 2:3

“Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.”  2 Corinthians 5:20

Do you see yourself this way?  Did you even know that this was who you now are?  First and foremost you are a son, and as a son you are given an inheritance, the Kingdom of God.

“And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me.”  Luke 22:29

And as a son you are given a position in the kingdom and these are positions of privilege and importance that are not to be taken lightly or flippantly and they are not OPTIONAL!  (Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you .Matthew 28:20)  THIS is who you are.  Sons and daughters, adopted into the family of God, with rights and privileges, an inheritance that can’t be calculated or measured, given an assignment by Christ Himself with His authority and power, to rule, to reign, to represent, to fight and take back and reconcile and set free.

It is for the HERE AND NOW, not just for a future inheritance or freedom (why do we need the gifts of the Spirit, the blood, the Name, the Word, Holy Spirit Himself and the armor in the “afterlife”?).  The Lord’s Prayer says, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  It doesn’t say “You’ll have to wait until you get to heaven to experience it.”  He said, BRING IT HERE TO THE EARTH.  How?  Through co-laboring with Him, by being the temple of the Living God, carrying His Presence in us, with us, being baptized in His Spirit.   How many times did Jesus say “Go to the people and tell them that the kingdom of heaven is AT HAND.  Heal the sick, cast out demons, raise the dead!”??

We’re called to rule & reign (kings), be carriers of His Presence (priests), called to fight the good fight of faith and to go and repossess the gates of hell, reclaim what the enemy has stolen, setting free all those who are prisoners of war (soldiers).  And we cannot do any of that if we are not sure, firm, set, steadfast, established, fully convinced, separated, sanctified, pressing in, living not just for Him but FROM Him, knowing who we are and all that we possess as His children.  We cannot turn tail and run when the enemy strikes.  We cannot allow ourselves to be moved or persuaded by outside sources or the enemy.  We have to stand firm and strong against all opposition even if it means being uncomfortable or persecuted or ridiculed and no matter what things LOOK like in the natural.  We cannot live from feelings and emotions, letting circumstances and situations dictate our beliefs.  We cannot form theology and doctrine based on the failures of man, or blame God for what didn’t come to pass (i.e. the “God is Sovereign” doctrine or “If it be Thy will” prayers). We cannot live and talk as the world lives and talks.  We must look different, live different.  People should take one look at you and know that SOMETHING is different about you.  You should exude light and life because that light and life should be living in you.

Brothers and sisters know this:  we are not just in this for ourselves.  We are in it for those out there suffering, in bondage, broken-hearted, sick, suicidal, lost, alone.  We  are in this to bring what we have been freely given to those who need it.  All that you are learning in the Lord, all that you are going through in your faith-fight is NOT just for yourself and maybe your family.  It’s for the world, friends.

So, I ask again: which one are you?  But more importantly, which do you wish to be?

Blessings,

Miranda

Healed of Cancer & Divine Appointments

I shop at Wegmans…a lot.  I am there sometimes two or three times a week.  And, yes, I have prayed for some people there, sometimes in the aisles, sometimes in the breezeway.  I walk away not ever seeing them again and wondering how they are.

A few months ago, on a Friday morning, I stopped there on my way to work to get my morning latte and as I was walking up to the store I “just happened” to notice a man walking across the parking lot, limping.  (When I say “just happened” what I mean is the Holy Spirit caused me to see him.)  My first thought was “Man, I would love to see him healed.”  And immediately this mocking voice comes crashing in (wonder who that could be) saying “Well, go ahead, sister Christian, go heal him then, you really think you can?  C’mon, go on, do it…”  All laced with doubt and sarcasm.  I told the voice to zip it and went in to get my coffee.  I was in there for about 10 minutes and as I was walking out I look to my left and see that very man walking right beside me.

Now I KNEW.

I say hi and start making small talk with him.  We stop outside and chit chat for a few minutes and finally I say “Listen, what can I pray for you for?  I want to pray for you.  What do you need prayer for?”  I wasn’t expecting what came out of his mouth.  He said “I have cancer. I’ve been struggling with it for 15 years.”  My heart burst with compassion for him but also with love for God because He brought this man to my attention for a reason.  He said that the doctors were concerned about it going into his bones.  I said “Uh-uh, no way, Jesus is going to take care of that.”  I pulled him over to the side and dropped my stuff to the ground and put my hand right over his heart and right there spoke healing, rebuked the cancer, commanded life.

When I was finished I think he was a little flabbergasted and he thanked me, telling me that he had an appointment the following Wednesday.  What timing!  I told him I hoped to see him again to hear that good report.  As I walked to my car, I praised the Lord and thanked Him for healing “R.”  The enemy of course tried to come in with doubt, but I spoke God’s Word…I said “God Your word says if I lay hands on the sick they WILL recover, and I know You are true to Your word, so I believe he IS healed.”  For the next week I took time every day to thank God that “R” was healed, and asked to see him again.

A few weeks later, I made a trip to Wegmans.  I don’t usually go on Monday’s but I decided to go pick up a few things anyhow.  Once there I ran into a friend I hadn’t seen in a while and when we get together we TALK!  I mean, for a while!  So after we caught up, I got my stuff and cashed out.  As I was getting ready to leave, I flip-flop over whether or not to get a coffee and decide what the heck…and who do I see at the buffet on the way there?  “R.”  I was thrilled.  I asked how he was and he said he was ok.  I asked about the doctors and he said they were going to do scans on him to check his “status.”  I said (with total enthusiasm) “Hey, don’t worry, you are going to be just fine.  I know it.  I have no doubts!”  I gave him some encouragement and walked out thanking God again for the opportunity to see him and to be able to reassure him.

So, today, I had a hair appointment at 11:00.  There were a few things I wanted to grab (yes, at Wegmans) and considered going after my appointment but for “some reason” (ahem, Holy Spirit) I felt the urge to go beforehand.  I walked in and headed right for the fresh baked bread and who was standing there in that very spot?  “R.”  I walked up to him and started chatting him up (he is a very quiet and soft-spoken person).  Then I asked, “How are you?  You doing okay?  You been to the doctors?”  He said he had his scans done.  I asked, “And..”

And he said “They were all negative.”  Oh yes, glory to God!  I had to contain myself so as not to freak out my friend.

I said “So you’re all good?”

“For now,” he said.

I said “Oh no, for good!”

“I hope so,” he replied.

“No, you ARE!  Because it’s done and He loves you!”  And then I went on to tell him how I had prayed to the Lord to see him again so I could hear for myself his good report.  I wanted so much to convey to him hope and the love of God for him because he’d been living with this for so long that’s all he knew.  I hugged him and invited him to come see me at work sometime….because I really would love more opportunity to share the love of God with him.

I cried all the way to my hair appointment, for the goodness of the Lord, for “R” and his healing, for God hearing my heart and leading me to those “divine appointments” of seeing him all those times and couldn’t help but to see Holy Spirit’s leading and timing through every one.

And this is the life I want to live….His life lived through me, what He’s given to me I get to go and give.  “And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:7-8)  He told me “Daughter, you don’t NEED healing, you HAVE healing.  You have what they need.  So go.”

To Him be the glory.

Thank You, Lord.  With all my heart.

God bless,

Miranda

What were you thinking?

The enemy works so hard at attacking your mind, your thoughts, your imagination, because he knows that it’s the place where seeds are planted and grown, where things begin to form and take shape, where, when things considered and entertained long enough, BECOME.

Your thoughts transform you.  First comes the thought, then the emotions and actions follow.  If the enemy can keep your thoughts & imagination under his influence and rule, if he can keep planting & implanting his dirty seeds, if he is allowed to keep feeding the mind with lies, then we become those things because we believe them.

If he tells you your worthless and you believe that, you live out that belief in the way you act and speak and live.  If he tells you you’re unloved, hopeless, sick, diseased, stupid, whatever lies he speaks, if you allow it and believe it, that will be the reality that you live out.

It’s scientifically proven that thoughts can change your DNA, your genetics, that they affect your body, your digestion, your hormones & chemistry.  (For a good in-depth book about this I suggest “Switch on Your Brain” by Caroline Leaf, M.D.)  You quite literally become what you think, which only serves to back up God’s Word.

Proverbs 23:7A says “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”  (The Hebrew definition for “thinketh” is: A primitive root; to split or open, that is, to act as gate keeper.)

God’s word tells you the importance of your thought-life and what you believe and the power it holds.

Genesis 11:6  “And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.”

Proverbs 4:23 “Keep (guard) thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” (The heart in the scriptures encompasses your soulish areas, mind, thoughts, will, emotions.  What you house/harbor there comes out in your life, you live it out.)

Mark 9:23 “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” (You believe with your mind)

Matthew 21:21 “Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.”

Mark 11:23-24 “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”  (Note: first you think it, believe it, with no doubt, and then you speak what you believe and what you have faith in shall come to pass.)

And Satan knows the importance of these principles.  Like I’ve said before, he knows spiritual principles better that most believers and he loves nothing more than to use those very laws and people’s ignorance of them against them.  This is why he works hard to subdue your mind, keep your thoughts under his dominion.  He will constantly buffet and bombard your thoughts and imagination to drive it home, to get you to give in and receive & believe his lies, to make it become your reality.

Now you’re giving life to the seed, which if left unchecked will only give birth to corruption and you will then live out a lie.

God’s Word is the incorruptible seed that tells us the truth of who were are, reveals to us that we are created in God’s image & likeness, that God gave us dominion & authority, and that even though we gave it away, that Jesus came to redeem us and restore us to our rightful place as sons of God.  That when we are born-again, we become engrafted into God’s family, our dominion restored, our authority is inherited, bequeathed to us by our Testator, Jesus.  That we are loved, saved, healed, victors, conquerors, ambassadors, temples of the living God and therefore we are LIFE BRINGERS!

Think now, why does the enemy work so hard to steal this seed, this truth, from us the second it’s sown?  To keep us in doubt and unbelief and fear and what-if’s, because he knows the danger, oh yes, the danger that truth realized in us poses to him and to his kingdom, to his illegally obtained territory.  When we know beyond the shadow of a doubt who we are and what we possess in Christ, we are a threat.  This is why the enemy continually tries to “exalt” his “high things” (lies, deceit, fear, doubt, sickness, etc) against our knowledge not only of God, but of who we are in Him & who He created us to be.

Oh, to be out from under that shadow, brethren, oh to be fully engulfed in the loving light of Christ and His revelation to us of His truth, totally illuminated by it, by Him, His love.  Complete love casts out fear, because fear has torment and fear is never, ever of the Lord.

Remember:

2 Corinthians 10:4-6 says “(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.”

WE are the ones to be taking any evil things captive, not allowing them to take us any longer.  We’ve been set free.  Get into the Word, get the revelation, know the truth, seek Him so that you can be completely set free from the lies and be in bondage to them no longer.

And it starts in your mind.  Renew it.  Know who you are and what you have in Him.

God bless,

Miranda

To you….

I pass by this guy sometimes on my way to or from work, sitting and waiting for his bus to go to work.  He always looks down, miserable, unhappy.  Add to that the fact that he buys a large can of beer from the corner store across the street before he goes to his stop.  He’ll either drink it outright or pour it into his thermal coffee mug.  I hated seeing him like that.  I couldn’t help but wonder, what was it that drove him to that place?  Why did he feel so bad?  Why why why…???

One day, on my way home, I saw him there and I rolled down my window, pulled over to the side and said to him, “Hey, God loves you.   I just wanted you to know that.”  I don’t remember what he said in response, but it wasn’t very enthusiastic.

 

On another day, the Holy Spirit inspired me to write him a letter.  And this is what it said:

 

To you:

You are loved.

You are special.

You are treasured.

You are important.

You are more than your current circumstances, more than your mistakes, far more than what you think you are and way more than you could ever imagine yourself to be.  Open your eyes and mind to new possibilities, ones that only God Himself can provide for you.

Imagine this:

There you stand, tall, happy, joyful, bold, confident, liberated from any bondage’s or disillusionment that holds you down, freed from the whispered lies of hopeless defeat that plague you day after day.

Picture this:

You, there, dressed in fine linens, royalty, a chosen son adopted by God Himself into His Kingdom; a brother and co-heir with Christ Jesus….all that the Kingdom of heaven is and has becomes YOURS as a son.  No more standing outside looking in.  No more wishing or hoping or burying the disappointments under a self-induced numbness to keep the pain of failed expectation at bay.  No more, because Jesus took it all for you and from you.  Picture it:  a new life in Christ, full of joy and peace and love.

And why?

Because He loves you.  He loves you so much He laid down His life for you, took pain, sickness and punishment so that you could be free.

FREE.

This is how God sees you through the eyes of the sacrifice of His one and only begotten Son, whose shed blood covers and takes away all the things we’ve been told that we are, that we’ve been conditioned to believe are true…but they’re all lies.  He is the truth and the truth is:  HE LOVES YOU.

YOU.

I make this declaration over you: that you will receive this revelation in such a profound way that your life will forever be changed for the best; you will become His and all that He knows that you are and will be as a chosen son loved by God, the one who created you.  You will be a living testimony and you will change the lives of others with this truth once it becomes yours.

I don’t know your name, but God does and He has it written on the palm of His hand:

“Look, I have inscribed you name on my palms; your walls are constantly before Me.” (Isaiah 49:16)

 

God bless.

Sincerely,

Someone who cares

But don’t we all need to know this?  Even us, those of us who are “believers” or consider ourselves “Christians”?  Do WE even see ourselves as this?  Free.  Sons.  Saved.  Rescued.  Redeemed.  Healed.  We throw these words around but do they even have any weight?  Have we the true revelation about what these words mean and the gravity of all that Jesus did for us so that we could truly become like Him??  Do you know what your inheritance is as a son?  Most would say, “yeah, heaven, when I die.”  Oh but brethren, it is SO much more than that.  Jesus, as the Testator of the will of God, died and that inheritance is something that becomes ours NOW.   Here and now.  But we cannot act on what we do not know.

We are not to be what we once were.  We are to put on Christ.  We are to be citizens of the Kingdom, imitators of God, shedding the old man like dirty garments and stepping into the new man that He created us to be.

Who are you?

You are loved, special, treasured, His.  And in this knowledge, we are then to go and tell others that they, too, are these things as well.

God bless,

Miranda

Illusions

Illusion: something with deceptive appearance; false or incorrect idea.

The enemy operates in the realm of deception and lies.  He wants you to keep your eyes on what SEEMS to be and not what really is.   He wants you to believe that you are living a life of lack: lack of health and peace, lack of provision, lack of evidence, signs, healings, miracles; lack of the Word of God working and producing in your life, lack of change, even the lack of God’s presence.  When you’re going through a trial, which of us doesn’t at some point have the thought of “Where is God?  I don’t feel Him!”?  This leads you to begin to doubt God’s love and provision and presence just because you don’t FEEL it.

The enemy functions in the realm of the senses and when we rely on our senses as our source of truth, we are then open to his deceptions.   We are then prone to believing his lies that we are lacking when the Word of God says that we lack nothing when we are in Christ.

Adam and Eve had it all.  No lack whatsoever.   They had peace, health, food, everlasting life and more importantly, intimate fellowship with God Himself yet what did the enemy get them to focus on?  The one and only thing that God said they could not partake of ……and why?  Because He was being mean and withholding something good from them?  No, because they would DIE if they ate it.  DEATH would be their reward.  Did they not understand what that meant?

If we allow ourselves to focus on the illusion of lack, then we are partaking of and eating the lies of the enemy and this brings death to us.

It begins to kill your faith.  It’s like a small infection that, if not treated, will keep spreading and growing until it eats away at anything living and good, leaving behind rot, decay and death.   The enemy knows that it is by FAITH that we receive the promises of God; he knows that the substance of FAITH is what makes those very things manifest and thrive in your life.

It kills off your trust in God and in His Word.  Did God really say?  Why isn’t it working?  I don’t see or feel anything different or better so it must not be working which means God’s Word doesn’t work, at least not for me….if I still feel this way then why bother praying and standing on the Word….and on and on and on…..  Don’t think for one second these thoughts are all yours.  Who do you think plants those seeds and then waters them with fear and anxiety and symptoms and unbelief?    The enemy knows full well the laws of sowing and reaping.  He knows how the spiritual laws of God operate better than most Christian’s do which is why he can keep doing what he does and be so successful at putting them under repeatedly.

It kills off your identity in Christ.  Well, if I really was then this would change…..I wouldn’t feel/be/act this way….since I don’t see or feel any change then maybe I really don’t….maybe I’m really not…..

It kills off your peace.  So, if I still have these symptoms/issues, and it doesn’t work, at least not for me, and I’m not what I thought I was, and God’s Word isn’t producing in my life, then there’s no hope…I’m not healed, I’m not protected, I’m not saved…..  It fills and torments you with fear and dread.  It kills off your joy, your light, all the things that Christ is to be in you, all the things that are the fruit of the life of the Holy Spirit within you….and this brings death to your spirit as the light begins to be overshadowed by darkness, suffocating the flame inside until it’s snuffed out completely.

THIS is the enemy’s purpose.

It can and does bring death to the physical body: sickness, disease, malfunction, fatigue, weakness.  People grow weary of fighting and some even give in to death, believing that it is better for them to die than to live.  The enemy wearies them into full subjection and snuffs out the light of Christ in another, to quiet another….because he lies.

And we believe.

He is the creator of lies, the stealer of truth.  We must stop letting him take from us what is rightfully ours.  ALL (not some) of the promises of God in Him are yes and in Him amen for the glory of God by us (2 Corinthians 1:20)

Paul tells us that we must bring ALL/EVERY thought(s) captive.  They must all be tried against the Word of God and if that thought does not line up with the Word, we are to discard it forcefully!   “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)

DO NOT COMPROMISE with the enemy of your soul.  Not once, not ever.  He will steal any morsel he can get his hands on.  Give and inch and he’ll take so much more.

Be tenacious.  Dig in.  Know that no matter how bad the “illusion of lack” can seem God’s Word IS life, it DOES prosper but we cannot let the enemy steal that seed or allow him to dig it up and out from under us or it stalls the process.

Fight the good fight of faith.  Get and keep His Word, guard it like a precious gem, bury it deep within you.  It’s your only offensive weapon against the enemy, and he’ll do anything he can to knock it out of your hand so that you are left defenseless, left to become just another statistic of the devil, who started off so strong, but man, what happened???

Did God really say?  Well, go find out for yourself….

Then hold tight and don’t give up.

God bless,

Miranda