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Authority Given By God

 

The other day, God reminded me of a story. When I was teaching in the old mission building, my classroom was the library. I loved the big tables that we could join together as we discussed God’s word. Then I had to move over to the men’s side of the building and teach in one of the classrooms. It was your standard room with conference tables. At the time, I felt the setup cold as I was way upfront from the ladies “teaching.” My director permitted me to join the tables together to make it more intimate. Since I was having trouble with my legs, she told me I could leave the tables joined together for the guys to put the room back together. She forgot to tell the guys. One day, a man came storming into my classroom and yelled at me. “You will put those tables back,” he demanded. I looked up and slowly said, “No.” He screamed again, “Yes, you will.” I again replied, “No, and if you have a problem with that answer, you can talk with my supervisor.” The look on his face was stunning as he stomped away. My boss later laughed because apparently, I freaked him out by telling him “no.” The irony was he was over that area. He had the authority over those rooms. Because He chose to run into the room and just scream and not identify his authority, I responded with a simple no answer.

We do the same thing. Declaring the word of God in the authority Jesus gave to us is not taught. Instead, we have movies and leaders that encourage us to scream at Satan. We accomplish nothing when we behave in this manner, just like that screaming man. Evil works in the spiritual, legal realm. Satan is a legalist, and we must declare God’s word when we resist the devil. Declarations are not about our emotions. We are God’s warriors, defending the sphere of influence God has appointed to us. Whether it is your country, property, family, finances, loved ones, ministry, business, or job, we were all given authority over something. I am speaking of authority from God, so Satan has no legal rights unless you relinquish your power to him. What has happened is God’s people were taught to beg and plead to God instead of standing on our faith and declaring God over situations. Resisting Satan is easy when you stand on God’s word and proclaim His truth over difficulties.

Imagine you are a manager over a store. Do you beg your boss to help you deal with personnel issues? If you have a rude customer, do you run to the phone and call your boss for them to deal with that customer? The exception to these scenarios comes into play only when those two situations go beyond your authority. Otherwise, your boss expects you to take charge of the store. The same is with God’s church. God appointed each of us to represent Him in every aspect of our lives. He has given you permission to stand on His word and protect and defend with all diligence. It’s time for us to stop conceding to evil and start putting on our armor and fighting with God’s word. Of course, you can’t declare what you don’t know, so yes, you have to learn God’s word. But that goes into a conversation about laziness which is for another day.  


Decision Time

 

People who work with people with any type of addiction often wonder if they are making a difference. God informed me that my job often is to warn people and give them godly solutions. So, when they stand in front of God, they cannot claim they did not know. Today I listened to a sermon with great questions. I will ask them in a minute, but first, I want to remind everyone what God’s word says about our decision-making.

See, every day, we decide decisions starting with whether to get out of bed or not. But, let’s face it, our character or nature is where most decisions come out. So, for most, it is only with the big decisions that we might ask God, “What do you think?” As a result, self-reliance has become second nature and thought to be sound if it appears godly. The religious spirit will deceive and convince you that what you are doing is correct because it appeases your fear, brings immediate comfort, or brings a false sense of peace to your situation.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6)

Here are the sermon’s questions and statement. Do you listen to man, or do you listen to God? What is your source of information? We listen to the world and everything else other than God.

It is stunning how fear of health, well-being, and getting back to normal has encouraged God-fearing people to follow man's methods for the solution. God squeezes down on us to make choices and show what we believe. There are no more sidelines in which you can just stand and watch. God must clean up His church first before He turns His justice on society. I believe God’s word when it says My sheep know My voice. I do not think that my sister and brothers are apostates. What I do think is happening is God’s sheep is talking at God and not listening to God. There has become a confusion between self-reliance talk and seeking God for solutions. Declarations are being made over man’s solutions and declared as an answer from God because once again, it appeases our deepest fears and appears to be the answer that will achieve peace.

Man’s solution to today’s crisis is a scheme leading to mass murder and reliance on lifetime pharmaceuticals. Don’t take my word for it. Ask God. Not through your fear or if you have already made up your mind. Ask with an honest heart to obey. We are supposed to seek God, which means you require God to answer. Any decision made out of fear or self-centered desire is not from God, no matter how much you claim it to be. Here’s a tell-tale sign. If you have rage in your heart and want to silence me, then who is your god? You have made your choice. If you still question your decision concerning a matter or regret your actions, you know God forgives you. God is always about reconciliation with Him. Talk to Him. He has the solution. Trust Him, and He will guide your path straight. I speak as a witness to God’s mercy and grace. Please join me today as His witness.

 


God Forgives

 

One of the most precious lessons I learned from my mom was watching her struggle with her faith. There was no pretending she had it all together or that she fully understood God’s ways. I greatly admired her for that picture of sincerity. Now that I am in the senior category, I must say, it is not a lot of fun on this side. With age, experience comes and the understanding of the impact of actions. Consequences are hard to swallow and hard to watch as they impact the ones you love.

The other day I heard about a ministry called Speak Life. I will add the link below. Christa’s testimony is incredible but also very sobering. It was on abortion. How many just mentally ran for the door or wanted to stop reading? I get it. Abortion has become the nuclear bomb of all topics. People on either side get heated with the mention of the subject, and the rest of society tunes the noise out and walks off. So, as a sister or brother-in-Christ, I pray that you keep reading or just go to the link and check things out for yourself.

Jesus is coming after His church, and I am not talking about the rapture. For way over a year, God’s prophets have been warning God’s household to clean up their act. But, unfortunately, the comfortable don’t see issues. Christa’s testimony and prophetic warning knocked me out of my comfortable position last night. The church has allowed babies to be dehumanized and silenced, and at no point did we give voice or put up a fight in their defense. I think cheap grace made this possible because “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins,” right? Twenty-four hours ago, that was the comfortable thought I was sitting in, and I felt safe. But, as I said above, consequences are hard to swallow, and our God cannot ignore 70 million dead babies crying out for justice. Even though society dehumanized those precious lives by saying they were a clump of cells, it does not keep their Creator and Righteous Judge from defending them. The punch line from Christa’s prophetic message from the Groom to His bride was this warning. You, my beautiful bride, defend and speak for those babies that have no voice, or I will remove your voice. How’s that for a sobering thought?

See, Satan is blackmailing people when they commit this sin and dumping a bucket of shame on them. We all know shame. It has become an unwanted house guest for many of us that no matter what we do, we cannot evict. As one of my ladies declared last Thursday, shame is why she dives in a bottle. So do you see Jesus’s issue? On one side, He has his bride swimming in guilt under a gag order by Satan, and on the other, the blood of the babies crying out for justice. So what is the solution?

Do you believe that the blood of Jesus covers every sin known to man? Do you believe that we are a new creation in Christ, and the old is passed away, and the new has come? Then why aren’t we declaring our beliefs over those that commit abortion? Did you know there are seven abominations listed in Proverbs 6? The first one is haughty eyes. Unfortunately, Satan has successfully silenced the church because many people portray abortion as an unforgivable sin, which is a lie.

Forgiveness will always be about what Jesus did for us. All sins were paid in full by Jesus. So my message today will be I will be a voice for the silenced babies. By the words of my mouth, I testify that I am forgiven by God. If Jesus is asking for a voice, I will offer mine. Despite my shame or embarrassment, I will speak if my testimony prevents another from doing wrong. Siblings, Satan cannot blackmail us if we stop trying to protect our reputations and start testifying about God’s forgiveness. Shame is the worst feeling ever, but Jesus bore our shame so we could walk in liberty. So please consider being a voice and share any testimony you have about being set free. Because if the Son sets you free, then you will be free indeed. It’s time to speak. Be God’s witness.

https://christaelisha.com/speaklife


Spell the Word With Them

 

 A lovely lady named Tommy shared an incredible testimony with me. She has permitted me to tell you the story.

Tommy developed a debilitating gastric issue. She could not even go to church due to her problems. After seeing specialists with only more tests in her future with no answers, she pleaded with God. “God, you have to help me because no one knows what is wrong with me, and I cannot go on like this.” Early morning, Tommy was awakened by someone spelling a word. H-P-Y-L-O-R-I. She looked around the room, thinking it was her husband, but he was asleep in his lounge chair. Again, the voice spelled out H-P-Y-L-O-R-I. What? she thought. The voice repeated H-P-Y-L-O-R-I. Then Tommy thought maybe I should spell the word with them. “H-P-Y-L-O-R-I,” she said out loud two more times with the voice. Then Tommy just went back to sleep with extreme peace in her heart. The following day she googled the word and found every symptom she had under this diagnosis. She also discovered just a breath test was required to confirm she had this condition. When she called her family physician, they did the test for her. Three days later, she received a call from the nurse telling Tommy she must have an incredible connection with God because that was her diagnosis.

The thing is, Tommy’s connection to God is the same you and I have. God promises when we seek Him, earnestly seek Him, we will find Him. Plus, He might have your angel spell out your diagnosis to you. Somebody reading this needs to know that God works in the world of impossibles. So I highly recommend you seek God for your answers today. Photo by Cherry Laithang on Unsplash

#cryouttogod #prayfirst #powerofprayer #praywithoutceasing #morningprayer #jesusfollower #postswithpurpose #encouraging


 

Invited to Serve

 

I teach a 9th and 10th-grade girls' Sunday school class with one of my dear prayer warrior friends. Our Church has it, so each child's class has two adults present. My partner and I have both been feeling an extreme urge just to call it quits. Sunday was an extremely rough spiritual battle. It was odd that when I shared my overwhelming temptation, my partner also got the same message, which was self-pity. See, as I entered that sanctuary, everyone was having a great time socializing. Immediately I heard, "Because you teach in another building, no one knows you, and you are missing out. You could have fun like them if you quit because, look, it's like they are at a party and you are not invited." Crazy message, huh. Because my friend and I have been doing this for years, we are missing out on things, but joining the social fun would mean we would have to quit the calling of God.

This morning when God and I were mulling over the crazy temptation, God quickly reminded me mamas hear this same temptation all the time. Motherhood is one of the most critical ministries God can assign. It is also one of the most misunderstood, overlooked, underestimated, and belittled ministries. While you may feel like quitting and chucking your responsibilities, let me encourage you to hang tight. You, mama, are nurturing our nation's future. No wonder Satan wants you to feel left out and isolated. Remember, Satan came to kill, steal and destroy. Ask yourself, is it your future Satan is trying to kill or your child's? Stand firm and know God equips the ones He calls. So ask God for everything you spiritually and physically need to complete your mission of motherhood. You are the backbone of society. Pretty special calling if you ask me.

 


No Fear With God

 

I have the most interesting story from my prayer partner. Miss Frances has allowed me to share. Two Fridays ago, she was up at 4 a.m. preparing to teach several chapters from the book of Daniel. Suddenly she heard piercing screams coming from outside, which sounded like her outdoor cat being torn apart. Miss Frances being a tiny woman and knowing a panther was spotted on the property, she went to get her husband to go outside. He quickly turned down this request since it was early and stated he would check when the sun came up. The screams were so intense that the dogs busted from their pen to chase whatever was making the noise. In the morning, the chickens were plastered to the back of their coop in sheer fear. Odd thing, though, they found no hair or blood, but kitty would not respond to the usual call. Saturday went by; then Sunday till Monday Miss Frances decided to pick up the cat’s bowls. My friend was confused and felt violated because she faithfully walked the property in prayer, covering the animals and land in God’s protection. How could this happen? Then suddenly, kitty comes running up as if nothing ever happen. After my friend rejoiced, the Holy Spirit had an interesting conversation with her about the event.

See, Miss Frances reacted to what she perceived in the natural. The screams stirred up fear, which in turn led her to come to the worse conclusion. Evil always tries and interprets what is going on around us. We all have heard it. “Things will never get better.” That’s it, evil won, and you lost.” “You might as well stop praying because there is no use.” My least favorite is, “Things will never get better till Jesus comes, so stop fighting.”

The story of Lazarus is a perfect example that it’s not over till God has His say. It may appear evil is winning at this very moment, but God has not made His move yet. He hasn’t engaged yet because He always gives people ample time to choose and repent. Times up, though, and when God moves, evil will try and interpret what you are seeing. Don’t allow it. We serve the one true living God. Don’t be like the chickens plastered against the wall. Praise God through the storm because the scream you are going to hear is evil going down. Photo by Hello I'm Nik on Unsplash

#praisegodinthestorm #cryouttogod #whoisyourgod #warriorsforchrist #nofearwithGod


The Fear of the Lord Is a Good Thing!

 

The fear of the Lord is a good thing. You may ask me why. Well, Isaiah 11 teaches us many reasons why. First, the fear of God acknowledges the good intentions of God and motivates and delights even Jesus. When you read God’s word, it produces the fear of God. You know someone is walking in the fear of God because their life displays God’s wisdom. The fear of God restrains people from sinning along with giving confidence to the one walking by faith. Rulers and judges will act justly when they fear God. Here is my favorite benefit, it can result in rest and good sleep. When applied with humility, the fear of God can lead to riches, honor, and life. Finally, when we honor and obey God, His displayed protection will remind the enemy to fear God. So, the fear of God is a good thing. #whoisyourgod #livewithintent#faithoverfear #keepfaith


Faith is theTrigger!

Free will prevents God from randomly acting in your life. You must invite God by your faith that He will. If you are a visual person, look at faith as a trigger. There is power within your grasp, but it's nothing more than an expensive paperweight until you set off the device and pull that trigger. God paid a high price through His son Jesus so that anyone could call upon His name and be saved. Until you pull that trigger of faith and proclaim Him God of your life, then He is nothing more to you than a pretty thought or wishing star. The mamby pamby approach to God makes God appear weak. Stop waving His name around in vain while you seek other means to follow. Rise up, siblings and boldly pray in faith and declare Who God is by standing in the power of His name. The world is watching, and some of the church does not look much different than the world. Sad because the God of the universe is inviting you to exercise your faith and watch Him set the captive free, heal wounds and call into being that which did not exist. Your choice! #faithingod #faithinspired #trustgod #godisfaithful #faithjourney




Crazy Talk

 

Please stop for a moment. If your voice has joined the secular choir, then what does that message say about God? When you do anything to please man but won’t risk getting your feelings hurt for God, what does that say about your faith? When your sentences are full of justification for your choices or actions, who are you trying to convince? These questions are for you and God to encourage a deep conversation of what is going on? I asked God, and he answered me with 1 Samuel 8. Israel rejected God and wanted a king, so God gave them what they wanted. So God’s yes to your prayer may not be because He happily granted your request but instead because you rejected His authority! It May sound like crazy talk to you, but these questions are worth investigating either way.


I Beg You

Please note, I wrote this post for my fellow followers-in-Christ. My middle sister has retired in a community that is set up specifically for older citizens. The one-story-brand-new home has everything you would need to provide safety and convenience. They have made many friends with the same interest and most of all; they feel safe. Last night I had a dream my sister and her husband decided to sell this home. They bought a dilapidated home. As I walked up to the house, the yard was grown up past our head. You could barely see it had a fence around the yard. When I went in, the walls were filthy and worn. Everything in the home was so old it was falling apart. Here is the funny part. They were so happy and proud of this old home and kept referring to the brand-new home as disgusting. In my mind, I was pleading, “Please tell me that you did not sell your home; you will not be happy with this old house.” Suddenly I woke up, very upset. Immediately God spoke to me to tell me what the dream meant.

I have been asking God why people I love that have COVID antibodies have gotten the vaccine. God showed me through this dream what is going on. People are choosing man’s corrupt version over what God has built in us. God has made us beautifully with antibodies that remember how to fight all versions of viruses once the body is exposed. These words have been said to me repeatedly. “The vaccine is better than my antibodies, which do not last.” COVID does not defy science, it does not defy critical thinking, nor does it defy morals. But for some reason, one by one, I am watching my loved ones falter. Right now, I know some of you want to send me the scientific information that proves that last statement wrong. That is the point. Experts are telling you that COVID has somehow broken the rules of antibodies, so much so they have changed the default test showing that people have antibodies. I know this for a fact. 

In my dream, my sister's pride in the filthy home shocked me, especially that she despised the safe, beautiful home. God must be so insulted by His children flocking to something that requires force, manipulation, deceit, and shame to be implemented. All the finer qualities of evil. Get the vaccine, don’t get the vaccine; it’s your choice. But if it is required of you to insult your God by saying man’s ways are better than His, then you seriously need to do a spirit check. I have not seen bigotry like this in medicine since AIDS in the ’80s. If you question whether the unvaccinated should be triaged or expelled from health care, then hold on, they are coming for you next. How about the obese diabetic, the smoker, casual drinker, fast food eater, or those that do not exercise? Bigotry is hate, and it comes in all forms.

My friend and I have a funny phrase we say to each other when we see someone choosing to harm themselves or others. “Stop it! Just stop it!!!” I can’t yell at you. It is wrong, and it won’t change anything. But, I can plead with you to stop allowing yourself to listen to the constant lies. You seek what you love. If you added up the hours you listen to man’s opinion versus the number of the hours spent with God, which one is the loudest voice in your life? So now you know who you love.

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