Monthly Archives: August 2013

Don’t Fail Your Test!

testingPeople say that there are two things you can count on in life, (1) death, and (2) taxes. . .

As a Christian I would like to add two more things that you can be absolutely sure of. . .

(1) God’s love and His Word are unfailing, and (2) If you pray to surrender your will in exchange for being led by the Spirit…you WILL be tested.

I know this makes many of us scared to utter such a prayer, LOL  Nevertheless, I find myself speaking out loud “Lord, I want more of you, and less of me“, “I want to be led by Your Spirit, so I won’t fulfill the lusts of the flesh“, “I want YOU to be in control, not me“… on and on it goes. When I’m caught up in worship & prayer, experiencing the wonderful presence of the Lord, it compels me to pray such things. I know it’s the Father’s heart & desire for us. But afterwards..

EXPECT a test! Opportunities will arise, almost immediately, causing your fleshly or carnal attitudes to surface. These “opportunities” often come in human form, and you have to remind yourself that the battle is not against flesh & blood.

God allows such moments, that feel more like an attack from the enemy, in order to answer the very prayers we’ve been praying. Too often we forget what we’ve asked for in prayer, so when the tests come, we think it’s from the devil and we try to rebuke it! We ask God to “stop” the very thing that He’s allowed in order to answer our original prayers.

Instead of fighting the process that God has chosen to purge us of ungodly attitudes and mindsets, we need to recognize what the enemy has meant for harm, God is working in it, in order to take us to another level in our spiritual walk.

The problem comes when we don’t see the bigger plan, and we fall prey to the enemy’s temptation to be offended by people, disappointed in God for not coming to our rescue, or rejected because our prayers are seemingly unanswered.

Christians whose hearts are to grow in the Lord, yet have not conquered their flesh, loose ground at times when they don’t understand the enemy’s tactics, and the Lord’s process.

So let’s embrace the trials that come our way as a tool for spiritual growth and allow God’s grace to strengthen, mold, and transform us into His image.

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What Can You Learn from a Game of Checkers?

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I had a dream last night where a giant game of Checkers was right before my eyes. The game was close to the end because both teams had several pieces missing. One team was advancing to have most of their men “crowned”, which would ultimately mean victory.

As you probably know, in the game of Checkers, once you have any of your men “crowned” as a King, they’re able to move in any direction in order to defeat their opponent. Before being crowned, they’re limited by only being able to move forward.

In my dream I heard this voice say “spiritual freedom is like a game of Checkers”. This got my attention, and the voice went on to explain…

As a Christian, you are moving forward toward a goal (God’s will for your life). You have an enemy that’s standing in your way that you must overcome. However, you aren’t truly free when you have restrictions that hamper your movement (ie., sin / bondage).

checkers kingBeing “crowned” as a King represents the mature child of God who’s had a revelation of who they are in Christ (an heir). This is the born again, BELIEVING Believer, filled with the Spirit (and desiring to walk humbly being led by the Spirit). This person is FREE to move without restriction as the Lord leads…and they are the ones who defeat the enemy!

Rom. 8:14-17 –  “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.  The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”   The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.  Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”

Therefore, according to my dream…Freedom is not just for the individual, but it is necessary to win battles for the glory of the Lord! This is the desire of our Heavenly Father, and the duty (inheritance) of His children.

I awoke from my dream with a new desire to be “crowned” as a King.  My prayer for everyone reading this is you will do the same…Awake and be crowned!