A New Identity?

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It is November, or Newvember, for our study about God doing a new thing. One subject that comes up quite often is our identity in Christ. So many people are looking for that, when it is really already there. I have a lot of affirmations, saying and quotes, and yes, they are good to say, to recite, and to believe about yourself, you can even write your own or journal them, using a verse, but we don’t have to struggle with it and allow lies or rejection ruin the new, it is God’s plan for our lives and He will show us His hidden treasure within.

2  Corinthians 5:17 says we are a new creation after we are born again, we are accustomed to associating butterflies with that verse. Beating our wings in order become strong, we emerge from the cocoon. A pearl coming out of our shell. We begin to blossom and bloom where He has planted us in good and holy ground. We must not not be plucked up or uprooted, but water by the Spirit and warmed with His love. Nothing plucks us from His heart or hand. But when things happen, we must remain in His rest, at peace  with His peace and keep our joy, so we do not fall back into fear or foolishness.

I have to tell you too, that butterflies though delicate are strong, but they must never be helped from the cocoon or cut out, they will be crippled and die, or just die. And the oyster dies in order to produce the pearl, and by suffocation, that is the last part of crucifixion. Jesus died to make us pearls. He knows when it is safe to emerge, try our new wings and soar. We are to encourage one another, but not force, not even His love on fellow sisters. He is perfecting us, not I. And I have to tell you my identity was identifying with Him, and pain. I was carrying around the wounded Christ, when He was alive and well, and in my heart.

I had to start identifying with the resurrected Christ to be the butterfly, the new creation, to have Him unveil my new and hidden life in Him. It was already there, even as far back as childhood, I was saved at eleven. You are reading part of that life in Him, He is why I write. And the butterfly is a symbol of resurrection, as He is so are we in this world.

So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in Him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as He is so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:16-19

You don’t have to look far as a believer, your identity is in Christ, we are to allow His love to perfect us. You must realize how loved you are to love others. You are more like Him than you realize, if you keep in step with the Spirit, He is our teacher, guide and Comforter, the reassurance that He is love. Here are a few other verses about His perfect love, that we have to receive in order to give and conform to, and I wondered why I typed in A Daughter’s Gift Of Love.

He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. Colossians 1:17 NIV

Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but He has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like Him, for we will see Him as He really is. And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as He is pure. 1 John 3:2,3,4

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent His only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him. 1 John 4:9

These verses in no way limit the phrase, as He is so are we in this world, meaning right now. Jesus died for us, made us righteous, we would never be own our own. We have yet to see His full glory, but He is perfecting us as we walk in love. I do love reading John and will have study in January. John knew He was loved, He called himself the disciple Jesus loved, he identified with Him, the beloved Son of God. We are accepted into the beloved Son by the Father when we are saved. Do you see your self as beloved?

I am not telling you to overthink this, I did and was often stressed. He want us to know and live in His love and let Him be God. We are never to think too highly of ourselves but not so lowly either. I hope this helps. The devil is an identity thief, he will steal your identity in Christ if you let him, he wants you to think you are unloved, he even leaves off the beloved quoting God when tempting Christ. But Jesus wants us to know we are beloved, and our lives are new in Him, sometimes secreted away, a treasure we must seek, but so often right there in front of us, He sees us in Him. Our new identity. Let God be God

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Missing Peace?

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The month has flown by hasn’t it. I hope none of us are missing peace? I know if start to, it’s the place I go right back to. While we look forward to a new study, as I always try to do, I am including verses to keep close, study or memorize. Or go back through the month, I did this on October 3rd, but these are some personal favorites.

Peace I leave to you as a gift of mind and heart, my peace I give you, not as the world gives you, give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled or afraid. John 14:27

This has always been our foundational verse as the Lord has impressed it upon my heart year after year as of late. I suppose He can’t emphasize enough the power of His peace.

I will bring health and healing and reveal and abundance of peace and truth. Jeremiah 33:6

Peace and healing go together, in fact, I believe you may even have to have His peace in your heart to receive it. it is what he told the woman with the issue of blood, to go in peace, her faith had made her whole, then He raises a girl from the dead, this time, He is saying not to fear. Obviously, peace and fear don’t go together.

He will keep us in perfect peace who mind is stayed on Him. Isaiah 26:3

It is so important to keep our minds on the Lord as His peace, even if things around us are in disarray or even chaotic, with the holidays approaching and the uncertainty of the times we live in. His peace is certain and sure.

We can certainly read peace about in Isaiah, not only does he prophesy His birth and call Him, the Prince of Peace, chapter 53 expounds on the crucifixion and that He wore those thorns, a crown of them for our peace. The Michael Card song, Why? says that a crown of thorns is all the world has to give those who love. Maybe so but He took it.

And I love those double portions and promises, it is beautiful that Micah 5:5 records that, ” He will be our peace. ” Micah was prophesying about Israel, being free of Babylonian captivity. He is mentioned in Ephesian 2:14, with the double promise, ” He, Himself, is our peace. ” And the beauty of that is that is only four verses away from, 2:10, that we are His handiwork or masterpiece, shouldn’t God’s work of art exhibit peace?

I trust this has helped someone, and I speak His peace to you, it is the place to go, back to the Word, if you are missing peace.

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Enjoying His Peace

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I hope you are enjoying His peace and our series today. His peace is a gift, as I am writing this I have had a lot of ” stuff ” going on and yet I have been able to rest and to sleep the sleep of the beloved.  Some things I still don’t understand or know how they will work out, but I know they will because of His promise of peace.

I am not as computer savvy as I would like to be. I would like to be a little more confident in that, there are some other prayers that I know He will make a way for, because, there is no way, other than through Him. But He has a way of showing up, sometimes, I call Him a last minute God, with only the best meaning in that, it is just that there have been times He has come through that way, but I know He is always working for me, even if I don’t always understand how, I don’t have to.

I want you know that I understand that it is not easy to have peace in this world. Jesus said we would have tribulation or trouble, and there was enough evil everyday. Often, we are tempted, but not by God, to quit, give up or give in, even those who are not believers, so you can imagine that there is opposition to the idea that believers are walking in His peace. Why?

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27

Look at that , peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. Isn’t that another one of His doubling a promise statements? And what is the result of this gift that is given to us? A heart that is not troubled or afraid. That is dangerous to the enemy. And great for us!

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13

You see, joy and peace are mentioned together and go together, the first three fruits of the Spirit, love, joy and peace. The love of Jesus activates the fruit and sets in motion all nine, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness and self control. Galatians 5:22 Everything is in His love, through the Spirit. And there is no law against it. It all works by and through His love.

And Romans 14:17, goes on to say that righteousness, joy and peace, are in the Spirit, that is where the joy in life is and the peace, not in what we eat, drink or wear, not in money or  even work or anything we might hold dear. What is important is that we walk in love, are leaning into the Spirit, and then we will enjoy His robe of righteousness, and wear that only through Him, and enjoy His peace.

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What Is Wrong With This Picture?

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What is wrong with this picture? Most would say nothing, and they would be right. What a wonderful sacrifice He made for us, it was horrific, but it was beautiful, in the fact that His love would save us.

So it is Halloween weekend and I decided to do a bonus post. It is frightening what happened to Jesus, it should make anyone think about where they would want to spend eternity. While I think it okay to dress up and have parties and candy, I think it has to be in moderation. Fear should never rule a believer and while fun is one thing, this is a day that the occult can easily deceive people into its spidery and wicked web.

What is wrong with the picture is that Jesus is carrying a cross, likely though He only carried the cross beam, as it was the custom, that the base was already on the ground. After being arrested, having agonized the the Garden of Gethsemane, betrayed by, of all things, a friend’s kiss, He was bound, probably with His hands behind His back and taken to trial, which were never at night. Even after all that, His peace and powerful presence knocked the soldiers back, I like John’s account, He was even still calling Judas friend, hoping he would repent. He gave His life, no man could take it.

He was shuffled back and forth and the leaders really didn’t want to make the decision. He was beaten and scourged, it should have been one or the other not both. A Roman cat of nine tails, would have been embedded with rock, bone or even glass and thirty nine stripes is all anyone could bear without dying. Paul mentions the forty lashes save one.

But while Pilate, having washed his hands, to show he understood Jewish tradition, did others know? They broke so many rules. I wonder if they even bothered to keep count? It would have cut Him to the bone, and then He had to carry a cross beam and be nailed with horrendous spikes through the wrists and feet.

The plowers plowed upon my back; they made long their furrows. Psalm 129:3

Yes, wrists. It would have been at the base of the palm toward the wrist. Those holes you see in paintings are incorrect. It would not hold the weight of a man. And one spike through both feet. I saw a program where they excavated and found a man’s bones. I did not realize that Jews would exhume bodies back then and put the bones in a casket. This one, had the spike still through a foot bone, the man in his twenties they said was crucified.

They also found the bones of Caipihas, in the right place, right time. And we know Pontius Pilate existed, and guards would have been executed had the disciples tried to steal His body, no, it was the Spirit raising Him. The same Spirit that invites us to come to Him and ask forgiveness and be saved.

None of this could have happened without God allowing His Son to die, without Jesus’ willingness to, and the Spirit giving Him strength to do it, and then retrieving His soul from hell where He took back Adam’s authority. He also brought back the souls that had believed in God and they would leave paradise for heaven.

The scariest words ever would be to hear Him say to depart that He never knew us. Some people think they do, some hope they do and others are still unsure. If Halloween is for scary stories, Jesus endured the worst, and wants us not to live in fear. He offers love, salvation and hope, all you have to do is believe.

Whether or not He carried a whole cross or just the beam, He also had a crown of huge thorns upon His head, He had been slapped, spat upon and His beard plucked. And lastly, a spear went through His side. He was mocked and ridiculed, but He was pure love.

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But He was pierced for our transgressions;
He was crushed for our iniquities;
upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with His wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5

Have a safe Halloween, and remember the Lord’s horror story, the one that saves, protects and heals. Who would choose the wicked one over love, sadly many do. What is wrong with this picture? The fact people would not obey and live in love, that He had to carry it at all. We were guilty, He was innocent, but neither Romans or Jews killed Him, He gave His life for His friends.

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And Give You Peace

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The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you, the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26

Have you ever heard this prayed in Hebrew? It is beautiful. Jews have always blessed their children on the Sabbath, sundown to sundown on Friday night to Saturday night. The abba, father or even grandfather, sab-ba or uncle, dod, with a long o sound can do it, even women as some are now rabbis or head of their homes.

We want His face to shine on us, and indeed, it does. I have had many days, when I have had to pray over some difficulty, but when I could pray and let it go, I would often wake to shafts of light streaming in over me. His way of showing me and my heart would be lighter when the problem was resolved.

We want Him to be gracious unto us or to receive His favor or grace. We have that as believers, John 1:16, says from His fullness, Jesus gives grace upon grace. And I like the Message version, gift upon gift. When I look back at some of the things I have experienced as a child of God, I know that is so true, often i never realized His gift of grace, that He was being gracious to me.

We want Him to lift His face, to lift our heads. want to be able to lift a bowed head as says, ” Well, done, good and faithful servant. ” Jesus and the Father are one, and one day He will give it all back to God. and had to look away from His beloved Son, but He can lift His face on us.

And as my title says, ” and give you peace. ” Not just any old peace. Not just a ceasefire in reality, or a spiritual battle, that He has to fight for us, Jesus has already won for us. Not the world’s idea of peace, but peace through it all and to overcome it all because He did. No, this is His peace, a gift from God through His Son and Spirit, the same peace we cannot even understand to its depths, but we can have it. From God in the Numbers prayer or Aaronic blessing, the Spirit prays for us, Romans 8:26, perfect prayers from a perfect Lord and perhaps this blessing as well, His faces shines on us, He gives us grace, lifts His head, and gives us peace.

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Peaceful Waters

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So often He has had to make me lie beside still waters to restore and refresh my soul. He was not hurting me or causing the problem but using it to grow me in faith and grace, but let’s look at a verse that we may not be as familiar with and see how obedience and peace go together.

Oh that you had paid attention to my commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea. Isaiah 48:18

While this refers to deliverance to Israel, it can apply to any of us, both and deliverance. While we are in the Old Testament and they are talking about the Ten Commandments, we are in the New, with Jesus fulfilling the law and prophets, our once and for all sacrifice for sin, and His commandment to love God with all our heart, soul and mind, and our neighbor as ourselves. This is His new commandment that encompasses us all.

If we pay attention, our peace is like a river, the living water of the Holy Spirit and if not well, there are consequences and certainly a lack of His peace that is a gift. We are not to hinder or grieve the Spirit, the verse continues with a promise, that is they obeyed how many their descendants would be and that they would not be cut off.

So often, we settle and are cut off from the things God freely promises, the river of peace. We have to get back on track and obey His command to love God and each other, to receive His peace, that is life giving and healing, to sow peace and reap righteousness, we are only through Him.

Are you resting beside still waters today? Is He having to make you lie down, so you can contemplate His peace, are you even giving Him time to restore your soul? I had to. We never want our lives to dry up, our prayer life, love walk or any of it.

Study peace and receive it, by obeying the voice of the Spirit and God’s Word, praying it and speaking it, speaking His peace, we will be in obedience and our peace will be like a river, like the river of living waters, not dammed up with rocks, our well of the soul not filled in by enemies, Jesus sat on Jacob’s well and promised living water to a sinner, how much more for believers?

And here is another beautiful verse about Israel, we can pray it now.

For this is what the LORD says: “I will extend peace to her like a river, and the wealth of nations like a flowing stream; you will nurse and be carried on her arm, and bounced upon her knees. Isaiah 66:12

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Speaking Peace

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Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’ Luke 10:5

This was the instruction to His disciples, they were not taking money or anything with them as they went to visit people and to break bread or have Communion as we know it. It was still a practice in the early church and more recently people are taking it at home.

While shalom or peace is a greeting, it is more than hello or goodbye, more like, ” How is your peace? ” It has the suggestion of nothing missing or broken in their soul. So, as they disciples went to each house, they were to first speak peace to it. If a man of peace or woman as they visited women also, like Lydia, for instance, lived there and they were welcomed, accepted, even offered lodging or money for their ministry, the peace remained.

And if not they were to shake the dust from there feet an move on. First, let’s talk about being a disciple. In a way we are, but truly we are accepted into the beloved and are sons and daughters, we were crucified with Him and may hold the cross in esteem, but we need to see Him as resurrected, and realize we can’t carry that cross, He did it. And while we see Him with a full one, it was likely a cross beam, the other piece His fee would have been nailed to, and then lifted up. Such a horrible death for someone with so great a love.

As for money or donations, you can’t always donate to everyone, but people contributed to Jesus’ ministry. So, if a ministry blesses you, it is alright to give, and He does understand if you can’t always tithe. People are often upset with minister for being paid, believe me full time ones should be, the workman is worthy of his hire. And people in charge of larger ones, are criticized for having money, but look what the wise men brought Jesus. He did not leave heaven for us to languish in lack and poverty, another way we can see deceitfulness of riches.

That being said, in comparison to believers now, is the fact, they were told to speak His peace, a gift from John 14:27, and Jesus knew they would not always be welcomed. Hence the warning to shake the dust off. Dust is where the enemy was cursed to crawl, it is the real devil’s food in a sense, like the old ashes of sin, shake it off, and continue in peace.

We are already aware that we are to live as peaceably as possible and that it is not always possible, so we have to let go of things that hinder us or drag us through the mud, keep us in turmoil, shake them off and go on. Even in the Old Testament, God’s peace was spoken to houses.

And not just any old peace, His peace, the peace that passes understanding the peace of God, the peace of Christ and the peace we have in the Spirit. It is a blessing. Let me speak peace to you today and you take that authority as a believer and speak it over your situation.

Father, I speak to the body, peace to the bodies that are worried, tired and even afraid. Peace, peace, create the fruit of the lips and heal them, Isaiah 57:19. Peace to the body of Christ, restoration and wholeness. Shalom, the very peace of God.

Peace to homes and business and schools, churches, peace through hospitals, and with those in serve and first responders, peace to Jews and Gentiles, peace to Jerusalem. His peace, what a glorious day when the Prince of Peace arrives, I know you give every person every chance to know His love and sacrifice, His peace, in Jesus name, I speak His peace.

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Transitioning To Peace

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Transitioning to peace, what a wonderful thought. I have to explain it to you. I never knew that God offered so much peace. And it came from Him even back in the Old Testament days when He offered the Israelites rest and they refused. His rest and His peace go together, so you have to study and receive His peace, and it comes from a spiritual rest, a very deep, refreshing rest. And it is a daily one, and sometimes, moment by moment but He will guide you through it.

His peace from John 14:27 is different than anything we know as peace, it is a blessed assurance, that Jesus is our Lord and a foretaste of His divine glory. everything is going wrong and you know He is the one to make it right, and if not right now, in the time He sees fit and that is beautiful.

How are you going to pay that bill, take care of the mortgage? Get to work? What about taking Covid shots? Look at all the turmoil in the world, what is something bad happens? You can have His peace. You can even sleep in a heavenly peace knowing that He never sleeps and never slumbers. And that He is control and His angels have been charged.

Peace is heavenly peace not just the absence of war or confusion, conflict, even spiritual warfare. So peace is a state of grace, even a state of continual grace, it is an ongoing process like salvation, and much like that you will have to grow into it. You have to sow peace to reap peace and not everyone will reciprocate. So, you need the Prince of Peace even more.

I know it sounds weird, but you are so not used to His peace. You might have to get comfortable in it, it will take some getting used to but we can do it, and then you will want to bathe in it, soak in it, and relish and enjoy every second of it and guess what? You will be transitioning to peace. Getting ready for heaven and perhaps even experiencing some heaven on earth for a change. 

What is it that you are going through today? What are you transitioning through? A new home? A new workplace of boss, college? Divorce? Spiritual warfare, attack on your mind and heart? Well, beloved of God, there is hope and His name is Jesus and He is the beloved Son of God who died for us and is also our great High Priest, easily touched by infirmities.

He know about sickness, disease and the cares or the world, He know we can get into the lust of the flesh and start looking toward other people for answers but He has them, He knows how needing money can deceive us too, and persecution. He knows and still He is the beloved Prince of Peace, not in a manger or tomb, but in heaven looking down on us and offering to transition us into His peace.

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Her Paths Are Peace

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Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. Proverbs 3:17

Ahhh, wisdom. Our friend from Proverbs, she is referred to in the feminine sense of the word, and all her paths are peace. No wonder we end up with a virtuous women at the end in Chapter 31, she has followed instructions and was pleasant, so her path was peace.

I always though I was pleasant, though I am not a morning person, I would manage to get dressed put on my makeup and face the world. I was on the right path. But I may not have always used wisdom, I knew the Word but not the Spirit as well, but now that I do, I can tell you that the Lord give wisdom, directs the paths of the righteous, and our paths are peace.

I know this post will be in November, I write ahead. It is September 1st. This morning, after some ongoing difficulties and an answered prayer last night. I woke to His peace. It was like the Aaronic Blessing all over me, the sunlight streamed in early in the morning, shaft after shaft shone through my blinds, warming me and waking me, and letting me go back to sleep. We will cover that on another post. His peace is a gift, it is palatable, it is a taste of His goodness.

I know I have posts on peace and many on wisdom, and I will revisit them because I have to stay in peace, and it goes with joy and love. It is wisdom to obey the Lord, and the result is peace. Let’s look at some verses on paths and peace and seek His wisdom.

All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep His covenant and his testimonies. Psalm 25:10

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105

LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep His covenant and his testimonies. Psalms 25:10

But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. Psalm 37:11

Abundant peace belongs to those who love Your instruction; nothing can make them stumble. Psalm 119:165

Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Proverbs 4:26

For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the LORD, and He ponders all his paths. Proverbs 5:21

You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence. Acts 2:21

Finally, Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5,6

What we don’t understand requires trust in Him, and we will have wisdom and paths of peace. Here are the words from Luke after the birth of John the Baptist, who is about sixth months older, his father could now speak…..

Our God is merciful and tender. He will cause the bright dawn of salvation to rise on us and to shine from heaven on all those who live in the dark shadow of death, to guide our steps into the path of peace. Luke 1:78, 79 from the Good News and Jesus is certainly that.

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Rejected! Sunday Bonus!

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I have been reading about rejection a lot lately. I am healing in a way from it because, I suppose. I never thought it was a spirit that was affecting me, and deeply.

Writers get rejected, Lord knows I got rejection slips from lots of places, and one even more recently but by e-mail. What I have learned though is that the Lord never rejected me, ever. He was the driving force behind the writer in me, and often, back in the day, I had considered giving it up. I know where that lie came from. I have put a dent in the devil’s realm, and God gets the glory. We are to glorify Him in whatever we do.

Writing was such a part of my heart, but it wasn’t the only rejection in me. My father left when I was less than two. And there were others. I thought a lot of my creativity was rejected and that is was inherited from my father. Wrong! It was from God, my Father. And I always had His seal of approval in the guarantee of the Spirit.

My mother did read my writing but some things she was not as interested in, it was just that she was busy. So you see, you can deceive yourself, and the devil will always oblige you with more. Unfortunately, not all people are good at communicating or being honest about feelings. It had nothing to do with my father, but everything with God.

The Holy Spirit is so good about helping you work through a bundle of emotions, every last raw nerve, all the pieces of the puzzles and all the brokenness of your spirit and heart. My Heavenly Father  me creative and actually, my mother cemented that by reading to me and praying good things for me. We are working on some ideas for January even now. I include her in a lot of my topics and she has warmed up to the idea that she is creative too.

We all have something we are good at, even if it is an average thing. You can be a great parent, have a way of helping out that you don’t even realize, be quick with just the right words or prayer, and may not consider important but it is because, you are His masterpiece. Ephesians 2:10 and 14 says He, Himself is our peace. And 1 John 4:12 says He completes us.

We will all have rejections of some sort in our lives. I personally, would have thought I was more rooted and grounded in faith than to fall into that kind of trap, to be deceived by a spirit of rejection that welled up guilt and shame inside me for my failures, that blamed me for what was not my fault. Why would anyone ever reject God’s love, that I can’t imagine. If people rejected me, they were rejecting Jesus. I was not greater than the Master, I never thought  about the fact there were some that hated me just for what I believed, I knew those people and could avoid them, but when family or believers reject you, it hurts.

The main take on this is that I never rejected Jesus, I was afraid of speaking in tongues as a child, but I watched Kathyrn Kulman anyway. The Lord knew I would need healing and He has had me from early on. I was thirty before I asked for that spiritual gift and it has been a lifesaver. Operating in spiritual gifts can certainly get you rejected as many still allow fear to hold them back, but like me, we grow and are stop speaking as a child. It is not a requirement of salvation, the Spirit is in you, but He offers more, far above what we can grasp, if we step out on faith.

Never allow rejection of any kind to take root in you, you don’t even have to dwell on it for it to be there, a dormant sort of demon that is glad to rear its ugly head, the next time you get the cold shoulder, the brush off, or dear Jane letter, or are reminded of something in the past. Any perceived slight or deceptive idea you are being ignored.

Not everyone is rejecting you, they are just busy or wrapped up in their own lives. I was too, but I made time to call them. In fact, I know I was thinking about people in a much better way than they did me, I was concerned and I am sure they never gave me a kind word or second thought, but I wanted to be like Jesus. He was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, despised and rejected…..He understands this all too well, but He is saying to us He never rejected us, oh, yes, some of our ways, our tempers or disobedience, unwillingness to learn or listen, our childish nature, but He never rejected this child and not you if you are a believer.

It is time to uproot the root of rejection and just be planted by the river of living water, rooted and grounded and well watered by the Holy Spirit, and perhaps, pruned a little now and again. After all. we are to bear much fruit and be fragrant roses for Christ. If you let Him help rid you of rejection, it will change your life.

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