Moving To Higher Ground Part 2

LEADERSHIP STYLES CHANGE AND FLUCTUATE

I have seen an innumerable amount of leadership styles change over many decades and fluctuate outrageously within the church. Robert Rules of Order often suspended right alongside with broken commitments and biblical principles. Discipline and morality are all too often tossed aside like a garden variety salad. Then dressed up with a salad dressing of pickled “unconditional love” garnished with hot sassy tempers. There is no need at all to be jealous of this… What do you do when you know that something has gone awry? Should you just go along with the majority to be accepted within the group? NO! You PRAY and seek the Lord’s direction. You know that His Church is not made by hands.

Truly the LORD is our Forever GOOD SHEPHERD!

We the people are His true Church! God will always make a way. Truly God will fight your battles. God’s Word really does have cleansing power. “All scripture is God breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so the Man/Woman of God can be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” When applied it really works! To be accepted you must often do anything but stand up for what’s right. If you don’t conform, you risk being accused of being unfriendly and considered unloving. To put it simply you are downright labeled evil, and oh by the way, you just don’t like people. REPENT!!!

“And You SHALL KNOW the TRUTH, and The TRUTH WILL SET you FREE!” THANK GOD FOR DISCERNMENT! HALLLELLLUJAH ANYHOW!

The Lord says that we should “not conform but be transformed by the renewing of our minds.” I love the Lord and all that His Church really stands for! I cannot count the times that I have been told by so many that I now; just go and do my duty and leave……… I can literally stay in a good Spirit filled worship service all day and night. There is nothing I like better.  God is my life. I am really thankful that I know a few places of worship where I can retreat to that God truly is worshipped “in Spirit and in Truth.”  I Thank God for His Apostles, bishops, ministers, minstrels, elders, teachers and pastors who really realize that He is worthy of the honor and preeminence.

BROTHERS & SISTERS?

I stay in the loop just enough to stay abreast of how things are progressing. I applaud those who continue to jockey for the inside positions. I take the “CALL” upon my life seriously. GOD’S APPROVAL is all I/ we need! But with those who say they are my brothers and sisters or sinners? I simply refuse to continue to fight. It never ceases to amaze me what they will fight over. Things such as what to wear and when. Should we dress formally or informally, depending on who or what we are celebrating? This is our church? Yes indeed for some it may be your building but really is God’s Church welcomed? I thought it was all about who? JESUS of course! Well, I am a part of GOD’S CHURCH!

Apostle John’s attire was made from camel’s hair. Do you know what a camel’s hair coat cost? How much does some of the designer jeans cost? Who gets to stand out front and lead sing? Who gets to preach and sit in the “high chairs” or sit on the front row? What group dances today? This is my seat? What Tee shirt or jersey are we wearing today? How much money does such and such a person have or give or don’t give? Whose uncle or father is in charge or whose mother, father, brother or sister,  teaches Sunday School? Where does the piano go? Whose family is in charge and on and on… What does it matter? REPENT!!!

We choose to praise, thank and worship God everyday!

If it matters so much that we look alike as far as our facial colors, and that we are from the same denomination or? How does that all fit into God’s plan? Heaven is not segregated by color. The great commission includes everyone. Lord help us! The point I am trying to make is; I’m out of the ring but not ever out of His presence. Back sliding is not even an option! I have spent too much time within the walls. As a matter of act all of my life… Let me out!  Together we agree to worship the Lord on one accord; “In Spirit and in Truth!” Being A Christian is our daily lifestyle! You see it does not matter what you say; I know who I belong to.  Not arrogant, no low self-esteem but indeed confident! I encourage you to really get to know the Lord for yourself! This way you will not be tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine. I am steadily moving towards…

Moving to Higher Ground

Jesus lived, died and arose so we could live differently. We can go anywhere in this world He created. He freely gave us the precious eternal gift of salvation! We have been given the gift of having His Holy Spirit residing within us! It has been sealed with a promise He has also promised to supply “all of our needs.” And He does and will for He keeps all His promises. That means the needs of His Church as well. If you lack wisdom; Ask God? He will and can make a way out of no way for His Will. He is the ultimate Way Maker!

“HE’S A GREAT GOD!”

The great commission described in Matthew simply says; “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age…” Matthew 28:19-20. I thank God for freeing us to go beyond the walls.  Abba Father God,  has allowed us to carry the Gospel of Christ Jesus many places throughout the world far & near…  This has allowed us to really step out on FAITH and launch out into the deep and cast my/our line far beyond the shallow shore. God is utterly amazing!

God is so cavernously deep! He is infinite. We are to give Him the preeminence in everything. I am thankful of my position in Christ as His child!  I am also thankful to be His Elder/Minister and Ambassador dedicated to The Gospel of Christ Jesus! God is omnipresent and forever faithful. Everywhere we are and go  He is  with me/us!  In Him alone; I am confident and know I am never alone. Although it is quite liberating, to the unknowing surface onlookers it appears as though perhaps I have become aloof. “Stand fast therefore in the Liberty wherewith CHRiST has set you free and be not entangled with a yoke of bondage…” Galatians 5

GET BETTER NOT BITTER

Wherever we are; it is important to always be aware of what is happening around us.  Even more so in the midst of worship. “Praying without ceasing” is a state of mind. We must constantly turn our minds to the Lord and seek His direction. Know when and when not to respond. I thank & praise God for discernment. But His Holy Spirit keeps me meek and alert!  “THANK YOU HALLLELLLUJAH!

“Man looks on the outside, God looks at the heart.” He not only looks but knows what is in all of our hearts.   Saved, sanctified & free!  For God has placed a spiritual altar in my/heart. A place reserved for Him…  He made each of us uniquely. “GOD is not a respecter of persons. He does not discriminate. So whosoever will; HE says; COME!

“PRAYING WITHOUT CEASING”

Pray all throughout your day and take praise breaks. This is how we stay connected to the Lord. You can pray standing, sitting still, laying down or laying prone flat face down. Yes, you should pray going about your daily activities. God will meet you wherever you are and continuously allow His Grace, Joy & Peace manifest and multiply within you. Through Christ Jesus, His Holy Spirit will lead us as we diligently seek Him. Everything that you will ever need for life, daily living and eternal life you can discover in the Lord.

HEAVEN is GOD’S THRONE and the earth is GOD’S FOOTSTOOL!  

CHRIST JESUS really is coming back for HIS CHURCH  not made by hands. Each day is a precious “GIFT” from the Lord. God holds each one of us accountable for how we embrace and live out what we say we believe. So, thrive to live each day to please God. The victory is in your sincere praise. “God inhabits the praises of His people.” As a matter of fact; new heights I am gaining every day. I have found a higher place. My aim and my goal is; I am daily reaching towards “HIGHER GROUND!!!”

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Heal The Land


“IF my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and PRAY, and SEEK my face, and TURN from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and WILL HEAL THEIR LAND.”

II CHRONICLES 7

Why is it we have more denominations, more conferences, more televised and internet broadcasts, more modes of worship both traditional and non traditional. Congregations of every size. Some small, medium, large, extra large or mega style, yet so many people continue to overlook the WORD of GOD? The WORD is a Powerful Wellspring that yields Spiritual, Emotional & Physical Healing, but we must first embrace and apply it to our daily lives!

GOD is always speaking, but we must get better at listening! WE NEED TO PRAY! “

This is how we “HEAL THE LAND”

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Moving To Higher Ground Part 1

 

What do you do when you know that you have earnestly and sincerely tried to help someone? When they have come to you to help them when nobody else would?  When you have gone out on faith and taken a risk to support them.  Well you now know that  they did not value keeping their commitment.  In turn you have been slandered, lied on, cheated, talked about and mistreated.  Well you have compassion for them. You realize they really do not “fear God.” 

 

When my helping is not helping. I’m not helping! 

This is in no way means helping by being a “busybody” in the affairs of others. Time is precious and it is “time out” for games. Not everyone believes in being responsible or keeping their commitments.  It is when you are approached with what appears to be sincerity you consider helping? This is  actually when you help someone who really wants to help themselves to you. Now it appears you were not responsible because things did not turn out as they hoped despite the minimal effort they put forth.  

 

It has been a bit disheartening to know what great lengths that others will go to and band together, just in order to discredit you.  But what they do not realize is they cannot discredit you in the eyes of God.  Somewhere down the road they will see that they missed the opportunity. What do you do?  You Praise God daily for His Omnsicience.   You now better understand what not to do.  And yes, praise be to God you become the wiser for it.  You go to “Higher Ground,” and give them and it to the Lord.

 

Plant Your Feet on Higher Ground

They will sink even lower to convince others of something that is simply not true. They will even dredge up false witnesses, really, all because you would not continue to succumb to their desires. Meaning you would not  allow them to use you. Your good intentions have now been undermined and misconstrued. What do you do? You certainly do not have a pity party.  In fact you  can be thankful because you have become wiser realizing that your discernment has been sharpened.  Now you plant your feet on “Higher Ground” and again, you simply take it to the Lord!

 

 

Jesus knows just how you feel. Despite everything they have done, did you know that you have really gained a lot?  It really does not matter how it makes you look a bit gullible. You know that the Lord knows better. Your faith and trust in Him has deepened and you are steadily moving towards “Higher Ground.”

 

 

The truth is; There are those who have an interesting perspective about what it means being Christians. I realize for some it means to attend worship, have an emotionally charged good time,  get involved in  all the activities going on, fellowship and hang out.   They can also perform very well and get their shout on.  And yes when they leave; “Church was Good!”  After all this is what has been taught to many…  But not really want to  make an effort to go deep into the Word and daily embrace the principles of GOD.   

 

 

 

Well, after all we are “Saved by Grace!”  So you really cannot expect them to want to really get to know the Lord on a personal level. 

 

 

I have learned it is wise to be very selective.  When you help others do not expect them to do the same for you.  When you are there for them the Lord knows. It is  the Lord that will bless you when you are sincere no matter how things  turns out.  Keep in mind  Christ Jesus is our Best Witness. Think about it?  By the wa,  where we all those people that Jesus helped when they were crying; “Crucify Him!”

 

The point is;

To some degree you must just grin and bear it. You must hold on to the fact that if the truth would really be told you know that they would not know how to tell it. There is a saying that “The truth can go all around the world. But a lie just has to walk across the street.” There is something so seductive about lies that some people will believe anything but the truth. But really they have been deceived. I am sure you have heard the old adage, “give them and inch and they will take a mile.” There is so much spiritual warfare on the horizon. You must learn to guard your heart. Stay alert at all times. Know the Lord’s Word for yourself so you will not be so easily swayed just by how things appear.

 

Learn to be content in the Lord

There is much contentment knowing God knows the Truth! God’s Word is so exhilarating! Remember what it also says about itching ears? It says; “For the time will come when Men/Women will not put up with sound doctrine, Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry…” Timothy 4:3-5. That time is now! Sometimes standing up for what is right means to simply sit down. 

 

Daily worship, thank  and Praise the Lord.  God wants us to live a life of praise. For everyday is a precious “GIFT” from Him.  ABBA FATHER,  “THANK YOU HALLLLELLLUJAH!!!”

 

When I read the writings of Paul I can identify with many of the things that he encountered. Paul was even bitten by a snake. Yet, Paul managed to remain faithful despite the things that were going on about Him. He knew that they distorted his every move. Yet he continued to live for the Lord. He was not looking for them to support Him he knew that the Lord did.

 

Be thankful you know God’s Word will not return void.  You do not have to force God’s Word upon anyone. 

 

Paul was persecuted for preaching the Gospel. Paul’s methods were unorthodox yet he was quite creative, steadfast and unmovable abounding in his work for the Lord. He is an excellent example of what to do when there is much chaos about you. One must learn to keep your focus upon the Lord. Learn to bridle your tongue in the process. James tells us that this will also bring about much discipline. Commence to steadily move towards ”Higher Ground.”  

 

We daily rise to serve; THE GREAT  I “AM”

 

We live in a Spiritual War Zone

We live in the 21st century where some of everything is going on. Yet, there is nothing new under the sun. Rest assured that the scriptures are being fulfilled. We are living in a Spiritual Warzone  In this technological advanced age you can literally go all over the world today without even leaving your seat.

 

You can virtually communicate with both Christians and non Christians, from a multiplicity of colors, and cultures within the various non denominations, denominations, and independents, all over the world. God is so awesome! He truly is Omnipresent! He has given us so many examples of who He is and what He is all about. “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it..”

 

God does not change! His principles remain the same. You can invite Jesus into your heart wherever you are! Do you know that you can only come to the Lord unless He draws you anyway? “Jesus is the way the Truth and the life.” He really does set you free! Free to daily live for Him. Just know that there will always be those who will throw rocks and hide their hands. But don’t worry you know who made the hands. Nothing gets by God.

 

Traditional Rudimentary Disciplines and Doctrines.

As each day passes I realize that I have somewhat become disenchanted with some of the “stuff on the Church scene.” I have also come across many who share my sentiments. There is no question whether they love the Lord! Dedicated without question to God & ministry. But simply have opted out, not to get involved in the man/woman induced messiness. Although, I have submitted somewhat to its timely ordinances, traditional rudimentary disciplines and doctrines, I have gradually weaned away from its constraints that quench my spirit. I openly admit that at times  I have over the years gradually learned to comfortably sometimes take somewhat of a back seat position on occassions within the arena. But live life daily growing in God’s marvelous Grace.

 

Coliseum in Rome

I can thankfully and vividly recall what it felt like actually standing with my husband/Pastor and our group in the Coliseum in Rome Italy where they physically killed the Christians for sport. That memory is forever etched in my soul. (Here they simply try and murder you with their tongue.)  But the great thing about the Lord it does not work in the spiritual arena.  God knows  For this  I thank & praise God;  I fear no Man/Woman.  Hallelujah anyhow! 

 

When it comes to the expected systematic functions from a birds eye view at times I do take a back seat.  But from a shore line perspective I have launched into deep waters, knowing that my deeply planted roots in His Word will sustain me till I see the Lord face to face…

 

True Ministry is never for show or to entertain others.  It is to be used by the Lord as His willing vessel.  I know that I can praise Him, preach, teach, proclaim and live out loud the Gospel  anywhere at anytime.   It is God I/we daily live to please. I cannot fully express in words my thankfulness to the Lord for all that He has done and has allowed us to see, do and experience.  I know God will never forsake us. I am eternally grateful for His omnipresence wherever we are or go.   I know that “the earth is His and the fullness thereof…” It is so important to know the Word of God for yourself. On a personal level, I find my love for the Lord’s abiding presence in my daily life is ever increasing.

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