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free from fear – walking in boldness

03.11.15

For God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and a sound mind.  2 Timothy 1:7

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my daughters and I just got done reading through the book of Jonah. we are not told why Jonah at first disobeyed God, by not going to Ninevah, but we all agree that fear might have played a role in Jonah’s initial disobedience. fear might have crippled him and caused him to seek a way out instead. like many of us, Jonah might have wished or thought that God would forget, or simply not bring up the assignment again. but that was not the case. God caught up to him (not that He needed to catch up to him), and in the belly of a big fish, Jonah surrendered to God’s will, and agreed to deliver the news to the people of Ninevah.

fear is a terrible spirit

fear will hinder you from completing God’s assignment

fear will hinder the work of God in your life

fear will ROBE you of hope

a few days ago as I was driving, God reminded me that He had already parted the sea for me. for the past few week’s i have been facing a situation like none i have faced or even thought i would ever face. this left me questioning my assignment, and contemplating other options. there are days that seem good. days, filled with light and hope. days when the Lord’s assignment seems to unveil itself through the people i meet, and interact with. those days leave me with hope, and trust in my assignment. but there are also those days, that seem very dark. days that are dark, but never hopeless. that’s the good news. they are never hopeless days. though dark, the Lord has made sure that even in the midst of darkness, His light still shines. shines bright enough to give me hope.

hope to keep going.

and so it was, as i drove around that day, not too long ago, that the Lord also reminded me, that fear was my struggle. that in the midst of every challenge, i had let fear in, and then allowed fear to grow into this controlling agent, that controlled my hope and faith in our unchanging God, and His promises for our life. and like any parent would, our Father took me back to the very beginning. He opened my eyes to the seas that He had parted, just so that I could get to this place. He reminded me just how faithful He has always been, and continues to be. the sea had all along been parted, there is nothing that can stop God’s will over my life. not even fear. so long as I am willing to walk the walk. even if walking the walk, means walking through some tough terrain, so long as i am willing to walk the walk, He would always be beside me walking the walk as well. never to forsake me, nor leave me alone.

we serve a might big God

what has God put in your heart to do? has He called you to minister to the hopeless, and needy? has he called you to serve him in mission work? to start an orphanage? to preach His unchanging word? whatever area of ministry the Lord has called you to, my plea to you would be that you would kick fear out the curb, and step in the boldness of God and serve Him just where He has called you. remember, you will face challenges. nothing supernatural comes without a challenge. challenges endured in faith, result to victory, and victory means glory to God. also remember that, what God has called you to do, He has prepared you to complete. lean on His strength, wisdom  and understanding, knowing that without Him, your are utterly hopeless. in Him alone, can you see victory, and a successful completion of His assignment. in Him alone. know that no matter how dark the days might seem, He has prepared before you seas that are parted just so that you can accomplish His will over your life. do not let fear stop, or delay the work of God in your life. step out in obedience, knowing that He will never leave you, nor forsake you.

and as i write this message, i have kicked fear out the curb. i have declared in the fullness of God, that i will no longer give refuge to fear. fear will no longer robe me of completing God’s assignments in my life. i am free from fear. fear no longer has any control over me. fear might have won previous battles, but God has won this war. Praise God!!

so i took the first step today, to reclaim my future, and i wrote an email. and in this email, i sent fear a loud and clear message, “YOU ARE NO LONGER IN CONTROL OVER MY LIFE. I AM NOT YOUR SLAVE.” and i must say, it felt really really good. my one and only desire in life, is to please God. i have shed enough tears over the past few days, angry at the revelation of the power i had given fear over my life. seeing my Father’s work complete, is my heart’s desire. i no longer live a life encompassed around me, and my heart’s desire, but i aim to always live a life encompassed around God’s will for my life. and nothing in this world, brings me more joy than seeing the work of God complete, and a new assignment received, and started. nothing. absolutely nothing. and so to see just how much power i had given fear, makes me so mad, but at the same time, i am joyful just knowing that fear is defeated.

 know that when we let fear in, we are no longer operating in the Holy spirit. for fear is not from God, and therefore does not dwell in the realm of the Holy Spirit. when we let fear in, we are instead operating in the flesh. nothing divine and spiritual can be obtained in the flesh. we must die to flesh, so that the Spirit may dwell in us, and guide us through life. so for all of us this might mean, a daily surrender to God’s will. a daily renewal of our commitment to God, and His will over our life. like brother Lawrence says in the book – the practice of the presence of the Lord, we are to daily practice the Lord’s presence, that is the only way we remain connected to the Spirit.

no matter where you are today, it’s not too late to start. the bible says, the Lord’s mercies are new ever morning. renew your trust in God, seek His help and you will fulfill your God given purpose. Amen!!

i love this song by Bethel music. it’s perfect for today’s message. to enjoy the music, please pause the blog music located at the top right page of this blog.

until next time, have a blessed fearless week

love: christine

hearing and answering the Lord’s call

02.15.15

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The Lord Calls Samuel
3 The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare there were not many visions.
2 One night Eli, whose eyest were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. 3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the Lord, where the ark of God was. 4 Then the Lord called Samuel.
Samuel answered, “Here I am.” 5 And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down.
6 Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
“My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.”
7 Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.
8 A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. 9 So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’ ” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
10 The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”
Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
11 And the Lord said to Samuel: “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it tingle. 12 At that time I will carry out against Eli everythinge I spoke against his family—from beginning to end. 13 For I told him that I would judge his family forever because of the sin he knew about; his sons blasphemed God, and he failed to restrain them. 14 Therefore I swore to the house of Eli, ‘The guilt of Eli’s house will never be atoned for by sacrifice or offering.’ ” — 1 Samuel 3: 1-14

over the last couple of week’s I have witnessed the power of God in a way like I have never imagined before. i always knew that God is always at work – day and night, but on a practical level, i had never really experienced the practicality of God’s unending works until January 5th, 2015. this was also the same day, that i started my 21 day fast, and it was around 8pm when I received a call that would later result into a couple of other conversations outside of what we term as normal business hours. the lady on the other end, started out by first apologizing for the late time in which they were attempting to reach me. she proceeded to propose to me an opportunity that they felt would be a good fit for me. still in total disbelief at the timing of God, i willingly agreed to hear her out, and by the end of our call, i had agreed to meet with them for further conversations around this proposal.

to cut a long story short, the next weeks after receiving that initial call at 8pm, were made up of further phone conversations, and face to face meetings. i remember a night when we were all holding conversations around 9:30pm very close to 10pm, via email. still, i was very much in awe at the Lord’s timing. I marveled at His ways, which are truly not our ways, but are so so much better than our own ways (Isaiah 58:8). through it all, God continued to open my eyes to the busy nature of His own life. how wondrous His works truly are. and how timeless His ways are. and eventually, i started soaking in His message to me. over and over proving to me that He never ever does close an eye or two to sleep, He is always hard at work.

i remember at one point, the Lord took me back to that first phone call that i received late in the night. i then wondered, how things would have turned out, if i had decided not to answer that call because it was outside of what we term as normal business hours. i can guarantee, that the ending to this beautiful blessing, would not have been the same. it would be in non existence. in the same way, as weeks have gone by, the Lord has continued to minister to me, about my own willingness to answer His calls. to answer His calls even when they come in late in the night, or early in the morning. to answer His calls even when it means that it would then be viewed as a disruption to my daily routines.

the picture of God i have when i think of Him answering our prayers, which if we think about it comes to Him every second of the day and  night. is a picture of a Father who is awake, willing and able to receive any call at any hour. is a Father who immediately gets to work at 2am, when He receives a plea for healing, favor, provision etc. a Father who never views us as interruptions, but rather makes time at any hour to listen to our prayers, and in turn begins a response to those millions and millions of prayers. and so it is that the Lord has also placed a challenge in my heart, to dare enough to respond as He does. to be vigilant and always willing to answer His calls. to go where He leads, and act as He asks me to act.

think about those men and women who work in the 911 call center. day and night, they are at work receiving calls for help, and then responding immediately to those calls. what if we lived our own lives in this manner? always practicing the presence of God. hearing from Him, and then responding to His daily calls on our lives. instead of being consumed with our own life, we would be consumed with doing the work of God. what if? i bet you, that would put a big big smile on God’s face, because that would then mean that we would be living a selfless loving life, always conscious never to miss God’s calls.

and so the story ends that at around 11:30am on January 24th, 2015, which if i may add was a Saturday, the Lord once again prompted a final seal on this blessing – a call that would finalize these many discussions we had held during the 21 day fast. my fast came to an end on Sunday January 25th, 2015, the day after i received this last call on Saturday around 11:30am. by this date and time, i was much willing to answer calls on weekdays, or weekends. during normal business hours, and after business hours. and so it was that i answered this call, and the Lord then made His plans known to me, and as a result of me answering this call, a new chapter of my life began.

when i think of this new chapter of my life, and the way it all started, am reminded of the boy Samuel, who at such a young age received calls from God, and for the first three times He heard  God’s voice, He awoke and went straight to Eli the priest, as he thought it was him who was calling him. not once did Samuel ignore these calls from God, each time he stood up and went to Eli, and eventually Eli realized that God was speaking to Samuel, and he told Samuel that the next time he hears this voice, he should respond to God, for it was Him who was calling him. what if Samuel had decided that it was too late in the night, to answer any calls. that his sleep was way too important than these calls, and then decide to ignore these calls all together. what if? it turns out that God did great works through Samuel, and it all started with His obedience to God’s call.

will you join me in this dare to live a life that is always willing to answer God’s call?

a life that God is not afraid to work through even in the middle of the night, or early mornings, because He knows of our obedience to His voice. to go where He asks, and do as He asks of us.

what a beautiful way to live and serve God.

until next week, may the Lord lead us all to true surrender to His will over our lives, so that we may always be willing to answer His calls.

love: Christine

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in the center of it all

01.31.15

How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you.

- – Psalm 31:19

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how do you remain centered in the presence of God?

perhaps if you were to honestly seek an answer to this question, those who would be honest with themselves, would confess that it’s a struggle.

that everyday, presents it’s own struggles.

that the chaotic busy nature of our life, threatens this desire to remain centered in the presence of the Lord daily.

every minute of our life.

even then, the desire for many of us, never does go away.

why? you may ask.

for many who have experienced the power of being centered in Christ, you know how rich of a blessing this is.

how much peace we receive when we are centered in His presence.

how our days, are that much more doable.

and how He manifests Himself in every area of our life, like an angel who dares to never leave you alone.

yet if there is any blessing the enemy tries to steal from us, it is this ability to remain centered in the presence of the Lord.

not just part of the day, or some days, months or even years. it’s the ability to remain centered in the Lord every waking second, minute of our life.

and so it was, that as this year opened, I hungered terribly for this.

i prayed, and asked the Lord to help me draw near to my purpose, and with that came the knowledge, that I must work on remaining centered in the Lord.

in the center is where you find God at His most powerful nature.

it is here, where our eyes are opened to see just what God sees.

it is here, where our ears are opened to see just what God hears.

it is here, where  our thoughts meet His thoughts, and we begin to think in His ways.

it is here, where we feel just as He does.

where, the pains of this world that bring tears to the Lord, begin to bring tears to our eyes too.

it is also here, where we receive. receive His wondrous blessings.

it is here, where we quench our thirst, and are fueled to keep going.

it is here, where we find rest and peace.

no matter our circumstance, we find rest and peace.

it is here, where we find protection. protection from any works of the enemy.

the Lord is longing for His children to remain centered in His presence. just as we long for the company of our children, the Lord longs so very much for our company.

He is the unchanging God. the Lord, who never leaves, and never does He forsake us.

when we call, He answers. He is ever present, yet many a times He is in the company of just a few of His children.

His tears fall down upon the earth, as He aches for the company of His children.

may we turn from our ways, and instead center ourselves in His presence.

may we long for Him, as He longs for us.

picture the Lord in this majestic palace, and in this palace He has prepared a room for each and every child of His. yet, as you enter His palace, only a few rooms are occupied. and in His courts, He has made room for each and every one of us, yet if you look around, there is so much empty space waiting to be filled with our presence. and as the sound of the bell rings for dinner, this huge oak table, covered in beautiful center pieces of the most magnificent flowers, filled with all sorts of goodies is but half way full. many many seats are unoccupied, the feast goes on, but it is clear that the Lord who seats at the head of this very huge table is sad. the Lord’s heart aches for the company of all His children. He knows that outside His will, and presence, our today, and even our tomorrow, is a waste and under utilized.

i love worship

i could eat and live worship

worship is my love language

when i listen to worship, or when I am part of worship, i find myself at the center of His presence.

worship to me, is like prayer to the prayer warriors. that’s my way of praying, for an extended amount of time.

i remember after having experienced so much of God’s goodness, and mercy in one season of my life, i went to worship and during worship i told God, I would never be ashamed of lifting my hands in Praise. that i will never half heartedly worship Him. that if I was to sing Praises to Him, i will be unashamed. and ever since that declaration, I have never stopped worshiping. in fact, i invest in satellite in my car, just for the simple fact that everywhere I drive, i want to be in the presence of the Lord in worship.

what is your love language when it comes to your relationship with God?

what one thing, pulls you closer to the presence of the Lord where you are unashamed?

grab a hold of that one thing, and let it be your path to the center of His presence.

surround yourself with ways in which you can continually practice His presence, using that one thing.

if you are like me and love worship, surround yourself with worship music. find ways to commune together with other believers in worship.

and as you practice your love language, you will find yourself centered in His presence. the challenge is remaining in His presence, therefore practice makes perfect. surround yourself with everything God, and in prayer ask God to make this practice much easier, and practical for you, so that as you grow in practice, you will find this effortless and you will continue to remain in the presence of the Lord.

it is very important as believers that we remain in the center of His presence. this world is not our home, therefore we are always faced with all sorts of challenges, and the enemy is always at work, looking for a door to make his presence known in our life.

as you practice remaining in His presence, you will automatically begin to close any open door and the enemy will be locked out of your life. it will be impossible for him to make his presence known in your life. keeping the enemy locked away from your life, means that deliverance will begin. all ungodly spirits dwelling in you, will make their way out of your life. the Holy Spirit will suck the life out of any ungodly spirit, and soon they will be no more. you will receive a Holy Spirit cleansing, and only goodness shall dwell in you, all the days of your life.

being in the presence of the Lord is more powerful than we even know. there is tremendous power in the Lord. ask Paul who experienced God’s mercy in a mighty way, and went on to do such great works, writing most of the new testament. ask Daniel and his friends who were saved and protected while in the lions den. how about the children of Israel, who experienced God in such might ways. how about the handsome man David, the one who the Lord said was a man after His own heart. how about, the wondrous works he accomplished in the presence of the Lord. how he killed Goliath with a sling and stone.

there is power in the Lord. great power. would you find rest in the Lord. commune with God all the days of your life, and you will enjoy His riches, all to His glory.

i hope you will take the Lord up on this challenge. and as we all make a point of doing this, the Lord’s tears will be turned to smiles ,as His children enjoy His loving company, and He ours.

the Lord awaits your company, would you please join Him.

until next week, may the Lord help you remain centered in His presence

love: christine

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how faith brings life to the dead – yes, God still heals

01.10.15

I’ve experienced this in my own life. When my youngest son, Peter, died on March 4, 2001, my wife and I spoke our faith and said, “The first report is not the last report.” We spoke resurrection life back into Peter’s body, and then we headed into town. It was one hour and fifteen minutes from the time we got the call until we got to where Peter was. During that time, I was operating in faith. I remembered prophecies that had not yet come to pass in Peter’s life, and therefore, I knew it wasn’t time for Peter to die. I rejoiced by faith, seeing Peter alive and well.

My oldest son, Joshua, met me at the door and said, “Dad, five or ten minutes after I called you, Peter just sat up.” Thank You, Jesus! This is the point: I didn’t rejoice more once I saw Peter raised from the dead than I did while I was still driving. During the drive, I knew Peter was alive, and I was rejoicing with all my might. It was actually anticlimactic when I saw in the physical what I had already seen in the spiritual. Don’t get me wrong; I was blessed and I rejoiced to see my son raised up after being dead for five hours. But the physical reality wasn’t more real to me than the spiritual reality of faith.

This is the way I live. I know it’s not “normal,” but I’m not getting “normal” results either. I’ve been believing big, and there have been big results from that believing. When we moved into our new offices, and when we see the warehouse finished, that was, and will be, anticlimactic. I’m seeing all these things in the spirit now. When they manifest physically, others will be impressed, but I’m impressed now.

I’m not believing for something that isn’t real to become real. I’ve seen into the spiritual realm by faith, and I’m simply making what I’ve seen in the spiritual world manifest in the physical world. All of the things I’m seeing with my physical eyes now, I have already seen in my heart. I saw it on the inside before I saw it on the outside. This is a wonderful way to live. This is the normal Christian life. This is walking by faith and not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7). – Andrew Wommack Ministries

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My book arrived not too long ago. i was excited to start learning more about healing, and how it’s part of the atonement, and that we all have as much access to healing, as we have to the forgiveness of sins. so the journey started, and so far i have learned that God is still in the business of healing. that we need not to go any further, but to our Father in heaven, and just as we seek forgiveness of sins, provisions and all that we go to our Father for, we are also to seek in faith the miracle of a healing.

since moving to California, i have experienced increasingly severe allergies. so severe that i went from merely managing them, to most recently visiting my doctor, receiving more prescriptions, and then without further thought, settling for a life with allergies, managed by daily doses of allergy medications, which are meant to then stop all the sneezing, watery eyes and runny nose.

my mom has been visiting with us, and proclaiming healing. i didn’t realize how comfortable i had gotten with my allergies, until she challenged me to proclaim healing over my allergies and my eyes. i have been wearing contacts for years, and just like my allergies, i had settled to the fact that i will forever need contacts to see.

at the same time, over the last few months i have witnessed friend after friend experience some sort of illness. not really equipped with the deep knowledge of healing, i have said silent prayers, without further declaration of scripture over each situation, and the firm belief that God still heals. God raises the dead, and there is noting impossible for God.

since then, i have been deeply convicted to declare healing over my allergies, and now my eyes.  that in as much as i enjoy God’s other blessings in my life, i also have every right to the blessing of healing, and the freedom it brings.

it’s definitely is a journey. i still find myself easily reverting back to my old ways. like today for example, i found myself replenishing my nasal spray stock, which immediately made me wonder if that was evidence enough of my weakness in faith. to be honest, as i look back, it was indeed the fear that i will start sneezing, and healing will not have arrived. and because my allergies bring so much discomfort, it was then the fear of my allergies ruining the rest of my day. and because i allowed fear in, i walked out of Costco with 3 nasal sprays, and the heavy lingering feeling that i needed to search my heart deeper, and give God a chance to bring healing to my body.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrew 11:1

as i look at my own situation, and also those around me, it is almost as if we have forgotten that God truly does heal. or maybe, we have not allowed ourselves to dive deeper in faith, to believe for something as big as a healing miracle. or perhaps, like my story, it is the fear that healing might not arrive. and if it doesn’t arrive today, or tomorrow, then how long are we to wait? and with those thoughts clouding my faith, it is then easy to copout as Andrew Wommack points out in his book – God Wants You Well, and give in to the temporary supply of relief. or perhaps for you, it is living in the slavery of your sins. believing that your sins are way too big for God’s forgiveness. and because of that, healing can’t then be asked and received, because if God has not forgiven your “big sins,” how then can healing come.

it is not a matter of God giving us healing, it’s a matter of us reaching out and by faith receiving healing.” page 48 – God Wants You Well

just like no sin is bigger than the other, no healing prayer is too big or too small for God to answer. it is us that God is waiting on, to honestly ask in faith and then receive in faith. before healing can truly manifest in the inside and outside, we must receive our healing in faith.

i hope today, you will begin your very own healing journey. you will scrap the doubts of the past, forgive yourself and know that it is never too late to begin your healing prayer. the same God that raised Lazarus from the dead, is the same God today. He longs so much to heal us of our illness, so that we can live a truly rich and fulfilled life. free from all the shackles of sickness, and the bondage that it ties us to.

and i know everyone’s situation is different. and that God has different paths for all of us, and because of that, our journey will not always be the same. regardless of that, i know without a doubt, that we serve a miracle working Father. one whose plans for us, are never for evil, but good. and even in the worst of situations, i know that our God can turn whatever is meant for evil, for our good and bring glory to His name.

my encouragement for us who are still alive today, is to cover ourselves in prayer and fasting. believing that no illness is too big for God’s healing hands. to seek tirelessly for healing, and receive it in faith. let’s not worry about tomorrow, instead let God take care of tomorrow. for He alone, knows the end from the beginning. if we dare to remain in the present, seek healing in faith, God will be right there to receive our prayers and move us to the next level.

for me personally, the journey to seek complete healing for my allergies, and my eyesight continues. in prayer and fasting, i am believing for complete restoration and healing. in fact, i have no doubt that my healing has all along been waiting for me.

Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And he LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.” 2 Kings 6:17

until next time, i leave you with this song by Lauren Daigle.

i particularly, love these words, “these hands are dirty, i dare not lift them up to the Holy one. you plead my cause, you right my wrongs, you break my chains, you overcome…” i think this song truly reflects the way many of us perceive ourselves in the eyes of God. wondering, how God can still have mercy on us, even with all our imperfections. and in aligning with today’s blog, we are then held in slavery, and healing then feels like miles away from us.

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love: Christine

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