God is in control

And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”)… With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. Mark 15:34,37

You know? As I have been in a constant state of thanksgiving for 7 days now, I am overwhelmed at the Love our Father God expressed towards us in the sacrifice of His perfect Son.

My family went through a growth spurt- In The Lord- together a week ago today. Sara Grace had an accident that was not only out of our control, but to me, out of this world. A week later, I’m still a bit stunned. As I was worshipping just now on my drive home, I sang the lyrics, “old things have passed away, but Your love has stayed the same.” As I sang that song, I reflected again how The Lord has used that accident to put to death something in me.

I truthfully didn’t realize there was a passing away that needed to take place in this way… But I have entered into a new realm of trust in The Lord. As Sara Grace was in front of me with a busted eye and blood covering her whole face and neck- I knew that there was zero I could do to undo what happened and that we where in total reliance upon The Help of The Holy Spirit.

She had fallen into her bed, and I heard the hit from across the house. As soon as I heard her cry and Chris holler out in complete horror- I called upon the Holy Spirit to come help us and be with us, not even knowing what I would soon see. As I made my way to them- the presence of God was so tangible, I wasn’t even moved by what my eyes seen, and I really don’t recall feeling my feet run on the floor. (Perhaps The Lord scooped me up and carried me.) I prayed without ceasing for the Lord to help us, bind up Sara Grace’s eye, salvage her sight, and to get us to the hospital safe.

On the way, we continued to speak to the Father and intercede for every single detail we knew (and some we didn’t) was in front of us. The rest of the story can be summed up by this- The Lord God is near us and is a very present help. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1. Amen? He heard and over answered every single prayer we boldly approached His Holy Throne with. And is still doing so as we await the completion of His perfect healing over Sara Grace. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find Grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16

Now as I was worshipping just a bit ago- I realized that He has helped me to crucify a part of my carnal nature that was trying to step back into controlling. Controlling my environment- controlling who or what comes near my family-controlling the outcome of things best I can… Well, at least I thought I was controlling. The Word says in Proverbs 16:9, “We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps. Hello? Amen?

I knew this was the case when I felt so out of control seeing our precious daughter in this condition. I knew I was to give up my desire to control and even to understand why or how this could happen- and to humble myself and cry out to The One who is ALWAYS in control. Praise God He heard and answered us. Although I felt so helpless- I knew even more, that I had the privilege and the responsibility to pray. But still- ultimately, I was so aware that I had no control.

There was something so real to me in those moments. I abided in The Lord’s perfect peace and so I had His confidence- but there was a war raging inside of me. The Spirit was at war with my fleshy nature. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds , casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. 2 Corinthians 10:3-6.

Trusting God is one of the easier things for me to do in my walk with Jesus Christ, but let me tell you… There was a supernatural power at work in me that seemed to be a shield that thwarted every single fleeting thought and question that rose up against what I know to be the Truth and Word of God. This was the war I felt: My flesh was looking to rise up and exalt itself against the knowledge of God, and because I was yielded to The Holy Spirit, I was then able to walk in His benefits. Truth. Protection. Peace. Gentleness. Confidence. Trust. Hope. And more. By my Faith in Christ Jesus I held fast to the Truth I KNOW in my heart- He is for us and not against us, not seeking our harm… But fulfilling His perfect and pleasing will in our lives.

While the power of God comforted me and my family- He also defended my courage, rescued me from fear, took me under His wing for refuge, and He enabled me to walk in the equipping He had already graced me with as a woman in Christ, of prayer and faith. I prayed as if I where face to face with The Lord Jesus Christ and pleaded for Sara Grace. And all this while I felt like I was totally out of control. (Can we say? My Father God is The Prince of Peace! Amen!)

It was the hardest time in motherhood for me thus far, and there’s no wondering why. I KNOW my carnal nature and desire to control. And when I couldn’t- it felt like it was the hardest thing I had done up to that moment. Got the point?

Okay. This is the revelation I had during worship. Realizing that what was out of my control was threatening to cripple me in fear (but couldn’t because of The Power at work in me), still it was NOTHING compared to what The Lord God must have endured to stick to His plan of salvation while still being IN total control.

He saw His creation suffering, and knew He had to follow through with His plan of Salvation by the Blood of His perfect, precious and Holy Son. Then when His plan was in action, He saw His Son treated like everything other than Who He truly is. The Holy Son of God. He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Isaiah 53:3.

Not only was God The Father obedient to His own plan, though it meant the sacrifice of His Son- but God The Son, Jesus Christ was obedient also. He could have called the whole thing off. Stopped it at the Garden of Gethsemane when Jesus Christ cried out in prayer, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.” Mark 14:36. He could have stopped it way before that. Though He could have, He didn’t. And because of His Love for us. For you. For me. And for whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord”, so that they “shall be saved.”

Long ago the LORD said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself. Jeremiah 31:3

I have no shame in confessing, if there was anything I could’ve done to reverse what happened to Sarah Grace I would have done it without thinking twice. I was not thinking about the fact that through her accident, many could be encouraged and edified by our testimony to the Lord’s goodness and faithfulness. Opposite of me, God held fast to His plan out of His great love for us. That through One- many would be saved! And, what power it took to stick to that plan when He did have control and power to change it.

I will never know fully the price that was paid for my Salvation. I will never know the control and power it took for my Father in Heaven to turn away from His Son as He breathed His last. But I do know, had it been within my control to change my daughter being hurt- it would have took far greater strength and power and even love NOT to spare her the pain. A Strength and Power that is Holy and driven by a fierce and perfect Love. God’s own Love. You see? For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16.

Though Sara Grace’s accident pales in comparison- it’s the only thing I have that could help me comprehend even a fraction of what Love the Father has lavished upon me in His plan of rescue. My sweet sister (beloved brother), the Lord God loved us with an everlasting love, and gave His only Son for us! He is Lord and King Over everything! Even in the accidents! He has a rescue plan in action everyday, and in every circumstance. I pray that you are encouraged knowing that when the storms come- when something comes way outta left field, be assured, it wasn’t out of His watchful and loving gaze. Even when He permits a storm in our life, we can be in His peace. I pray you will remember that in your next storm. Even more, I pray you would be courageous and let Him rescue you!

In His Love,

Leslie

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Take out your trash… Daily!

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Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash Me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight- that You may be found just when You speak, and blameless when You judge. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Psalm 51:1-4,7

 

***What I am about to share with you, to me, is incredibly graphic. So read with caution.

 

As I was loading our trash to take it to the dump the other day… I was reminded, for the third time, of the invitation I had received from The Holy Spirit to share this imagery with you. I specify the third time, because it was the third time in the last probably 9 or so months, that I had gone to load the trash for the dump and maggots where in it. I know this is going to sound disgusting, but I’m praying you can push through that to get this simple point.

 

*Before I began writing this, I (very briefly) researched maggots. I was blown away at how even in that, The Lord showed me this relation. Maggots are a means in which the process of decay happens… right? (If we stay in sin, we decay… Physically and spiritually.) They hatch in food that has began this natural process. They feed on it, and because of that, they then grow, and multiply in astounding numbers by their process of life. After a fly lays their eggs, it only takes hours for them to hatch. (Depicting how quickly sin grows and can take over.) And if the trash isn’t disposed of promptly, there will be NO ease in doing so at ALL. (Showing how if we don’t take the steps necessary to be restored to The Father by confession and repentance, the enemy will help us into doubt, unbelief, and feelings of worthlessness, that we can even be forgiven at all.) Are you following me here?

 

The first time this happened to me last year, I was so overcome with disgust I just got mad. I got so mad at the sight, the stench, and the thought that I had just took the trash out, myself, the week before. I mean, I was half dry heaving, and half growling as I was handling this nastiness with as little contact possible. AND I had to dump the can, and fill it with bleach for a soak to even be able clean it (which I’m not kidding, I thought about loading it in the truck as it was and throwing the WHOLE can away!) And ALL this in an attempt to relieve my hard working husband from “one more thing” to do.

 

So can you imagine? By that point, my flesh was even wanting to tell me… “you should have just let Chris do this.” But I tell you, on top of being mad with disgust, I hollered at this flesh and said, “you know what? I bless The Lord that Chris didn’t have to do this!” Then I prayed, “Father, thank You that You brought me out here to do this. I know you have something good in it for me!”

 

After that, I peeled off those gloves, grabbed some new ones… Scrubbed my hands clean… Shook off the gibbies a few more times and hopped in the truck. Still rattling with waves of yuck.. I prayed, “Lord! I got so tore up just now! Thank You for Your help. But answer me this, why did that bother me so much?” And He spoke to me, how this is relative to confessing sin in repentance, turning from that sin, restored and forgiven. And the need to daily be sure we are searching ourselves to expose any need for repentance.

 

Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24

 

Okay. The trash signifies our sin. Focus here. There is a need to daily confess and repent. If we don’t, that sin either gets overlooked altogether, and we continue in it, which draws us further from the Lord and His will for our lives… Or, if we acknowledge it, but don’t confess, repent, and receive His forgiveness (take out the trash)… The sin will overtake us (flies come, lay eggs, which hatch in 8-20 hours, into maggots)- grow (maggots grow quickly)- and seek to intimidate us in such a way that we avoid it altogether (and as the maggots grow, the stench grows more and more unbearable. And that makes it more tempting to just leave the trash there and allow it to pile up).

 

Some sin can seem easier that others to confess. But ALL sin is sin, and separation from our Father God. None of it is worth what it takes away from us. All we have to do, is, daily… Before it grows and eats away at us spiritually- even physically and emotionally (this is that decay we talked about), is confess it to our Loving Father, repent (turn away from it) and receive His forgiveness which brings restoration in us, mind, body, and spirit! If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

 

Something the Holy Spirit told me a few years ago was, His process of forgiveness now that I’m IN Christ, which is, confession, repentance, and receiving (receiving His forgiveness and restoration) is His Grace in my life. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering towards us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9. He told me, that He gives me the opportunity daily, to do this. And that’s what He recommends. To receive His Grace and do it in private with just me and Him. And not wait to do it in the seeing and hearing of ALL mankind at the great white Throne of Judgement. Amen? That was enough for me. For we all must appear before the Judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. 2 Corinthians 5:10

 

So. I pray you understood this. And more than that, that you too receive this invitation to daily confess (take our your trash!) There is too much to lose if we don’t. Our salvation is secure in Christ. But there are endless benefits we will forfeit if we live with any wedge between us and our Lord and Savior! Remember, we will stumble, but we are to do our part in this to stay in God’s will. Repentance is the way to restoration. Restoration is the way to freedom. And total freedom in Christ! Amen!

 

Now I rejoice, not that you are made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer a loss from us in nothing. For Godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. 2 Corinthians 7:9-10

 

Sweet sister (beloved brother), I am praying for you! I pray you are encouraged to daily confess. There is ONLY a cleansing and beautiful transformation in Christ to look forward to! May you see His Grace abound as you humble yourself and receive His invitation to come to Him, be made clean, be healed, be lifted to greater heights with The Lord Jesus Christ! In Jesus Christ of Nazareth’s Holy Name, amen!

 

IN His Love, Leslie

 

The Life of a garden hose: A Vessel for The Lord

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“Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” John 7:38

As I am seeking The Lord, and His will in a major way recently, I am reminded of a lesson He taught me a few years ago! Now, like then, the enemy tries to bring discouragement by highlighting all the reasons I am unable to do what I feel The Holy Spirit is leading me to do. Although there was a time this was true, I am no longer unqualified because of a past of sin… But I am qualified and equipped because of the blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth! He has cleansed me from a past of guilt, shame, condemnation, and even unworthiness! Hallelujah! All the thoughts of disqualifications are sure to come, because the enemy has no new tricks. So he will always show up in the same cunning way. Only to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10) and to accuse us before the Lord (Revelation 12:10). But as the Word says in Genesis 18:14,”Is ANYTHING too hard for the Lord?” So, let us be encouraged… If He calls us to it, we are equipped for it, (2 Timothy 3:17) and able to do anything through the power at work in us! (Ephesians 3:20, 2 Peter 1:3).

Let’s take time to recognize a key motive of the enemy here. The devil has seen the fullness of The Kingdom of God and wants to keep us out! The final destination for him is eternal death. (“the devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented for day and night for ever and ever.” Revelation 20:10). Which is the place God prepared especially for him and his angels. (Matthew 25:41) All because of his arrogance and pride, he was cast from heaven (Isaiah 14:12-21, Luke 10:18, John 12:31) and not only for a season… But for ETERNITY! Does it not make sense that his one motive is to veil our eyes to the truth of who God is, and who we are to Him? “But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age [devil] has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.” 2 Corinthians 4:3-4. If able to do this successfully, he will keep people deceived and in a life of pure sin and rebellion, and apart from God. But did you catch it? If we get in the Word of God, we will be changed and brought to knowledge of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit by the “light of the gospel”! This is why we must know the Word for ourselves that the devil may NOT deceive us, and keep us from the fullness of Christ Jesus.

Now, for those of us who have the knowledge of Jesus Christ, we are to share it with those who are far off, that they may be saved! Although it’s not us who is able to save, but only The Lord Jesus Christ… we can be His vessel in which he uses to plant, or sow a seed. He, however is the ONLY one who can bring forth the harvest. As it is an incredible blessing to be desired by The Lord, to be used as a vessel, I usually do feel so unworthy. This is where I have to make my thoughts line up with The Word, and after acknowledging my inability to do work for The Lord in my own strength… I can then lay my feelings of inadequacy down at the feet of Jesus (Dying to self) and refocus my eyes on Him, the author and perfecter of my faith! It’s not my ability to do what it is He leads me to that concerns Him… It’s my availability! He needs me to be willing, not able. as Mark 10:27 says, “with men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God, all things are possible.” Even me doing the work of the Lord! Oh, Hallelujah!

Here’s a couple questions we can ask ourselves… Am I making myself available to Him? Real evidence of being unavailable for Him is being caught up in the restraint of time and strength in my life. This is a red flag that helps me redirect my focus, and align my will with His. He is the keeper of my time, and can stretch it to do His will! Am I keeping my eyes on HIS ability to do what it is He is asking of me, and not thinking of the how’s?  To get my mind set back on the power of Christ IN ME, I begin thanking  Him for all He has already done in and through me. Then I have no doubts that I can move in His power and accomplish His work set before me.

I just love how He will teach us in the way we best respond! This is proof of His desire for intimate relationship with us! As for me, I am a visual person. So, I tend to be responsive to imagery, and this is just how He speaks to me! Although there have been times I didn’t “notice the flashing lights”, He will then whisper into my heart… But He shows me things more times than not. On one of those days I knew there was a way in which I was to move to do His will, that discouragement came… I set my mind on Him and with real intent, honed in on HIS strength. I confessed aloud, “Lord, I know I can’t… But YOU CAN! And you are in me! So by YOUR power in me, I CAN!” He then spoke to me, “just be a hose pipe”. And I sat there like… For real? I began to see in my mind, a hose pipe, just laying on the ground. Ok, I thought. So? What’s the point here? As I quieted my mind, I could see His point.

Go there with me… a hose pipe is useless just laying on the ground (showing my inability for the task apart from Christ) Unless, someone (God) is there holding the hose pipe (me), turning on the water (The Holy Spirit), and directing (Jesus Christ) it in which way to spray water. Do you see it? I may be unable… But the Lord my God is more than able! And in my willingness to surrender to Him, and desire to be His vessel, He can allow His blessings and His will to flow through me! So, it’s not me having the right words or the perfect witness, but me being led by The Holy Spirit! He is the One who speaks for me… “for it is not you who speak, but the spirit of your father who speaks in you.” Matthew 10:20. Amen?! As Moses said to God in Exodus 14:10, “O my lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” I love the response the Lord gives… He could have said, “yeah, Moses, you’re right. You are pretty slow to catch on. I’ll get someone else.” But he didn’t… And I imagine, despite Moses’ unbelief that he could be a useful and effective vessel… That God, out of His unwavering love, had mercy on him. Continue to Exodus 4:11-12, so the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the Lord? Now therefore, go,  and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.” 

When we are surrendered to The Lord’s will over our own, and seeking His plan for our life, through time in His Word and time spent in prayer… We will be sensitive to the prompting of The Holy Spirit. We will be clear on where He says to go, and what He says to do. Is all this coming together for you? We can do anything with Him leading and working through us! Not just in the lives of others, but in ours too. Which is a good place to start by saying, “Lord, lead me as your vessel, to do YOUR will in the life you have given me!” As you see the fruit of this obedience, it will help encourage you to seek to be used in the lives around you!

Oh my precious sister (brother)! I pray you are blessed my this sweet lesson The Lord taught me one on one! He continues to honor my willingness to surrender, and blesses me endlessly through being His chosen vessel! Remember, it’s not about us at all. It’s ALL about Him! When we keep our minds set on that fact, we don’t limit The Holy Spirit from moving IN and THROUGH us! OH HALLELUJAH!

I am continuing to pray for you, with joy and a heart of gratitude! I’m so humbled that The Lord allows me to pray for anyone and anything! I don’t take this privilege lightly, and pray you know that! As I am a changed woman through the POWER of PRAYER! I know the work our Father God can do when we go to Him for help in our time of need. It was that prayer I prayed for myself asking for His help, that changed my life forever! Amen?! I am asking also, that He would continue to use me as a vessel in your life. Get in the Word, learn who He is, grow your own relationship with The Lord Jesus Christ and see yourself, others, and life, transform before your very eyes! I encourage you to begin yielding to The Holy Spirit and let Him flow through you! He is THE LIVING WATER!  All He needs is a willing hose pipe! Thank you for reading! May The Lord continue blessing you, and many people through you!

 

In His Love, Leslie

Love each other

 
“Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law… Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” Romans 13: 8,10

 

Isn’t this the core of Jesus Christ? Love. This scripture is telling us, that if we are motivated by LOVE, we will abide by the law. (Not that we are under the Mosaic law, but under the law of Grace by the accomplished and irrevocable work of Jesus Christ of Nazareth on the cross at Calvary.) But The Word even says, the new covenant didn’t abolish the old, but fulfills it. (Matthew 5:17, Romans 3:3) How? Love. Christ’s love for us.

 

Because He loves us, He came to the earth He created and lived in the form of His created treasures, to show us HOW to live. “And the Word (*Jesus Christ) became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14. Because He is motivated by LOVE. *my expounding added

 

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested towards us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us we also ought to love one another.” 1 John 4: 7-11.

 

Love is the fruit of The Spirit, and because of that we have the ability to be motivated by love just like Jesus Christ! If in fact we’d choose to love one another, we will be effective in all we do in the name of Jesus Christ. As a benefit of us being motivated by love, we will be able to effectively minister to people in an individual fashion. The Holy Spirit will not be hindered by our human emotions, but will be able to flow freely through us if we have a real love for the person in front is us. Amen?

 

And that happens because if we put on the love of Jesus Christ which is THE bond of perfection- then the peace of God WILL rule in our hearts, and we WILL have attitudes of gratitude. (Colossians 3:14-15). Thankful that The Lord would even want to move through us to reach His people! Amen?

 

Love. The Love of Jesus. It pursues us. It never runs out on us. It never stops. Never grows weary. Never judges us. Never gets frustrated at us. Never walks out on us.

 

It considers us. It is consistent. It’s the reason we can even love. So why won’t we? Why won’t we choose love and be a people who pursue? Think you can’t? Wrong. YOU CAN. All you have to do is invite The Holy Spirit to use you as HIS vessel, and He will use your availability to do what only He is ABLE to do. Love like Jesus Christ.

 

The Word says in 1 Corinthians 13, that we can do many things but if we do not do it from the position of love, that it profits nothing. Don’t you desire for everything you do to be effective? I do. I genuinely desire to be productive in every single movement I make in a day and in every single word speak! I am often reminded, that I must stay led by the Holy Spirit to be led by love. This is the ONLY way I can be certain that nothing I say or do will be in vain.

 

Remember. Invite The Holy Spirit to lead you. He will. He is waiting for your spoken invitation right now!

 

I’m praying for you. Praying that you are IN The Word, seeking the Lord with all you have to give. And what you spend on Him, sweet sister, (beloved brother) He will return to you in ways you can’t afford to miss out on!  Go be a blessing IN Christ Jesus. Go, and Love!

 

IN His Love, Leslie

Armor of God

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“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this and with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints-…” Ephesians 6:10-18

The benefits of The Armor of God, just as The Holy Spirit ministered to me:

Helmet of salvation– guards our mind…. In our salvation. We don’t “think or act” like we used to because the salvation we have received from Christ guards us from that “old way” of thinking, and acting.

Breast plate of righteousness– guards our hearts… And keeps us “upright in the righteousness of Jesus Christ”. It helps us stay on the path of integrity- keeps our hearts from growing hard again… because we guard it in and by His righteousness. The breastplate helps keep us honest and the motives of our hearts in line with God’s word.

Belt of truth– “girds” our waist… Tightly fitted to keep us in step with God’s word, and walking in only truth. So we can know AND discern when the lies/schemes of the evil one are against us, because we are “fitted” with the belt of TRUTH. Girded also means to “surround”- We are surrounded by His TRUTH! Amen?!

Feet fitted with Gospel of Peace– this “shods” our feet with The Word. Which is peace giving to those who believe in and live by it. Keeps our feet “rooted” in God’s word. Standing firm on what we know to be HIS truth! Keeps us from stumbling.

Shield of faith– extinguishes the fiery darts of the enemy. We are shielded from his schemes to destroy us. We stand “behind, and sheilded” by our faith in Christ Jesus.

I always proclaim… “My shield of faith is driven into the ground as I stand here, firm in YOU, Lord. It is from the ground, and reaches over my head! Showing my firm faith in You, Lord!”

Sword of the Spirit–   Is THE Word of God. Which is “Living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12.

I speak often to the enemy and tell him, “I have my Sword of The Spirit DRAWN! Which servers ALL your lies, deception, and every scheme you can conjure up, devil. With THE Word of God, I resist you, and you MUST bow to His Word, and flee. In Jesus Christ of Nazareth’s Holy Name I speak, amen!”

With this depiction of The Armor of God, I pray you have a clear or new understanding of how it will protect us against the attcks of the evil one. Remember, he is our Father God’s enemy. And not only that, but defeated enemy. “Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, ‘Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ has come, for the accuser of the brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of The Lamb and the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Therefore Rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath because he knows that he has a short time.’ ” Revelation 12:10-12.

The enemy knows his time is coming to a fast close, and there is NOTHING he can do to regain his place in The Kingdom of God. So he is doing all he can to destroy the lives of anyone who will feed into his trickery. So ANYTHING he comes at you with, is ONLY an attempt to rob you of your confidence that YOU HAVE OVERCOME the enemy by the blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy…” John 10:10. Be reminded, he is a liar, who only breeds lies and deceit. John 8:43. He is the accuser of God’s people. But even more than this… he HAS BEEN DEFEATED! Hallelujah!

My sweet sister (beloved brother), I am praying that you are encouraged to put on your Armor of God that you may stand firm in all The Lord Jesus Christ has accomplished! Remember, as a base layer, under your Armor, put on the Love of Christ Jesus! “But above all these things put on love which is the bond of perfection.” Colossians 3:14. Which I believe, will keep us unified with the Holy Spirit and in the will of God, and with the body of Christ. If we have not love, we are nothing. 1Corinthians 13.

In His Love, Leslie

A Royal estate

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”And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, ‘Abba, Father!’ Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” Galatians 4:6-7

 

I’ll keep this one simple. As I’m praying for you, and asking The Lord for something to share with you… “Something profound, but comprehensible…” I requested of Him… Here is this beautiful depiction of living IN all His benefits… or not.

Look at living for Jesus Christ like this… We have access to a Royal Estate. By the blood of Jesus Christ, shed for our freedom (Ephesians 1:7), we have an inheritance to live in, here on earth. Yes! There is eternity with Him, in His very presence, to look forward to… And HALLELUJAH for that sweet day! But there is something more for the now!

He has made a way for us to live in this temporal life free from all that once bound us. We have access to His power and authority (Acts1:8). We have access to His wisdom (James1:5). We have access to His healing (Matthew 10:8). We have access to the Throne room of God (Hebrews 4:16)! All through The Holy Spirit!

As Children of Almighty God, we are living in the inheritance Jesus Christ left for us. An inheritance that was left to us through a death. His death. Not living with the mind of Christ, or not speaking in the power and authority of Jesus Christ by the Power of The Holy Spirit, or not exercising the Power of prayer, or not walking IN His healing, or walking around burdened and weighed down by a past of sin and rebellion- is like inheriting a Royal Estate, but living in poverty.

 

It’s like, having a bank account with endless money in it, but not spending it. But instead, going hungry… Or falling behind on bills and other obligations. Do you see? He has made so much available to us in the power and authority He has given to us by sealing us with His Holy Spirit! (“Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.” 2 Corinthians 1 21- 22.) When we choose to remain in the flesh and NOT be empowered by The Holy Spirit, we forfeit His benefits. We are God’s children, and even joint heirs with Jesus Christ. If being Holy Spirit led grants us this access, why would we purposefully operate in the flesh? It’s as simple as inviting The Holy Spirit to lead us.

 

“So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness… For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father’. The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs- heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified with Him.” Romans 8:8-10, 13-17

 

A perfect life? No. A life without disappointments? Not hardly. A life free from illness, pain, or loss? No. But through it all… When we walk in the inheritance we have through Christ Jesus, we have His perfect peace, His perfect joy, His perfect assurance that no matter what… We are HIS, and He is in control! Amen?

 

I’m encouraged all over again sharing this with you! I pray that you walk in your inheritance here in this life! The inheritance of The Lord Jesus Christ! He paid a precious price! (1 Peter 1:19) His own blood. Amen?

 

My sweet sister (beloved brother) I thank God for the time I get the privilege to spend encouraging you! I cherish it, and am encouraged myself when I’m held to the fire. Knowing that He is always good, and working all things for good. (“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28) Amen?

 

I’m praying for your daily. Praying that you are investing time in your walk with Jesus Christ through reading His Word and praying. This is the only way you will know who He is and who He says you are. This is the way your heart grows for Him, and your desire grows to follow and please Him. He is worth all you got to give- He IS the answer to every problem or question you will ever have. Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Our inheritance. Our only hope. Amen.

 

In His Love, Leslie

The Helper

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But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. John 14:26

We have the help of The Holy Spirit of our Father God. The Word says He poured His Spirit out on us. (Joel 2:28). If we aren’t living a life aware of this truth, we are living outside of the overflowing provisions of The Lord Jesus Christ.

 

We were sealed with the Holy Spirit. (“In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance unt the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.” Ephesians 1:13-14.)  Jesus Christ knew that the only way He could give us His Spirit was to give up His own life. He knew that we would benefit immensely, so instead of calling legions of angels to His aid (Matthew 26:53) as He was being wrongfully persecuted… On our behalf… He, compelled by this love He had for us from the very beginning… Stayed put. Even to death. (“Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong, because He poured out His soul unto death, and He was numbered with the transgressors, and he bore the shame of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” Isaiah 53:12) And, only then could He leave the Spirit of Truth with us.

 

And so it was. He died on the cross. He was laid in a tomb that was borrowed for only three days. He was resurrected, and rose to everlasting life, and sat down at the right hand of Almighty God. (Matthew 27-28) And in this, He made a way for us to be born again, of The Spirit. (“Jesus answered and said to him, ‘most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.'” John 3:3) To be birthed into His family, the Kingdom of God, and to ultimately, live with Him forever and ever, AMEN!

 

Not only do we have eternal life to look forward to, but we have a life of freedom in this temporal life. (Galatians 5:1). A freedom that comes when we know WHO God is, and who we are to Him. A freedom that comes when we seek the Lord God, above all things. A freedom that is appropriated when we reclaim the legal rights to our life that we, by sin and rebellion, signed over to the enemy of God. That is, the devil. We step into a freedom that was meant for us from the beginning by seeking after The Kingdom of God and His righteousness.

 

As we read The Word, and cultivate a strong prayer life, we will begin discovering Who Jesus Christ is, and His love for us. We will live a life of freedom when we live a life wholly devoted to Him. Not to our spouse, our job, our kids, our hobbies, our mistakes, our hurt and pain, or even our goals… But when we let go of grasping for all these, and surrender our undivided hearts to the Lord Jesus Christ and His will in the life HE gave us, and seek His Kingdom and righteousness… All these will be added to us. (Matthew 6:33) When we live in a way that we seek to honor Him in all things, and with all things, we will then have the desires of our hearts. How? Because when we are ALL in with Jesus Christ, we will know His will for us, and that will be what we long for. It will take root in our heart, and with the help of The Helper, The Holy Spirit, we will hunger and thirst for the things of God. And when we go to Him, by getting in His Word, by seeking Him in prayer, we WILL be filled.

 

I’m praying for you. Daily, I’m asking That The Lord draw you into His presence in a way that overwhelms you with His indescribable love. I pray that no matter what you read for encouragement, that it’s ONLY secondary to The Word of God.  It’s in the Word where you can realize all the answers you have and will ever have in this life. His Word is our navigator. A sure way to find our way. He, my sister (brother) is The Way! He is The Way, The Truth, and The Life! (“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and I life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'” John 14:6) Jesus Christ. Our all in all.

 

Be blessed and strengthened as you seek Him. If you haven’t read the Word in a while, or ever… Start up in the book of John. When you sit to read, do it well rested, and pray and invite The Helper, The Holy Spirit to come and help you understand and grasp what you read. He will. That’s why He was sent… To HELP US! Hallelujah!

 

In His Love, Leslie