Mission: Possible

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A LIFE FILLED WITH AN ABUNDANCE OF ENCOURAGEMENT, LOVE, PROSPERITY, TRUTH and INTEGRITY IN CHRIST JESUS.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13 NKJV)

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* give about 10 min later out of sheer laziness to pick up my phone to make notes because I’m prone to forget things placed on my heart by the Lord.

20120914-083712.jpgIf you choose to receive this mission, know that you will not go through it alone. Our heavenly Father above has already planned this course.

You will be equipped, strengthened and comforted as you proceed. The Comforter ( The Holy Spirit ) will be your Help and your guide to see you to the end.

This mission will not always be smooth. There will be bumps and unforeseen roadblocks along the way. The Deceiver (Satan) will try to get you to abort your mission through discouragement, lies and false truths. DO NOT fall into this trap.

Go in faith believing that the Word is a lamp to your feet and a light to your path. (Psalm 119:105 NKJV)

faith
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– noun
1.
confidence or trust in a person or thing: faith in another’s ability.
2.
belief that is not based on proof: He had faith that the hypothesis would be substantiated by fact.
3.
belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion: the firm faith of the Pilgrims.
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belief in anything, as a code of ethics, standards of merit, etc.: to be of the same faith with someone concerning honesty.

SCRIPTURE: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1 KJV)

FAITH has a wide spread base to effectually bring about change in your life if you hold fast to it.

Allow me to share with you my own challenges and sufferings wrapped up in a short form if you will. Over the last month I have been going through some changes and challenges spiritually, emotionally and physically. It has not been comfortable at all.

I remember one late night/early in the morning encounter with the Lord. I found myself repeatedly speaking a set of words as I woke up. Getting up frequently through the night is nothing out the norm for me but this was different. It was something I had not experienced in a while. In my heart, I knew it was biblical but it was something I could not recall reading before. Perhaps I did and it never surfaced as a means of how it affected my life, especially at the current time.

“Speak of things that are not as though they are.”

While I was speaking this set of words/scripture in my head and with my mouth in what seemed to be a different translation/tongue, I finally found what I was looking for in the Bible with the help of Google and the YouVersion Bible app on my phone after praying and the countless times of trying to remember word for word what I said when I was awake for good. (do you see why I need to just get up and write when something comes to me right away?!!)

As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed–the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were. (Romans 4:17 NIV84)

While this particular scripture in Romans is about Abraham, it also is applied in context to how this world came to be. In Genesis, God SPOKE things into existence. He BELIEVED in what He said so therefore it came to pass.

I encourage you to read the story about Abraham and Sarah if you are not familiar with it. ( Abram and Sarai were their names before God changed them.) While I seen this story in a way I had never seen it before, it applied to my life in such a way that it blew my mind. I was beside myself! What an inheritance we have people!

Glory to God! Wow. This may turn into a part 2 but I may try to wrap it up in this one. We will see.

Just to let you know, I have some injury to my shoulder. I believe I initially dislocated it and I heard it pop back into place but I eventually went to the ER to get checked out. I have something going on with my rotator cup. This has been a very painful ordeal to go through. Sleepless nights and hours of being uncomfortable and somewhat frustrated on top of dealing with other things in my life. I really wondered how much more could I take in general before I found myself isolating myself.

Isolation is something I have a hard time dealing with. Now I am not speaking it as if it’s a permanent fixture in my life, but it has been something that has been like a thorn in my side. I can say that I have gotten better with how I deal with matters more than what I use to. Thank you Jesus.

Let me tell you…. I am far from perfect but through my own challenges and storms, I can testify to God’s goodness and His promises. His word is bond. It cannot go out void. Believe me.

Through this season I face, I know the hand of the Lord rest upon me. In moments of uncertainty, I had to put the word of God to use. It had to be spoken with faith and applied with action. Needless to say, here I am. Back doing the mission set out before me. God gave me this gift of exhortation. How can I sit back and not use it? How dare I not trust in Whom can deliver us all from the hand of evil, from the multitude of thoughts that perplex us on a daily basis, the snares laid out to capture, condemn and kill us from living a life thriving and full in Christ Jesus?

We are not promised to have all good days while we live this temporary life here on earth but may our outlook on life and our trust in the Lord be steadfast and immovable. May we find peace in the middle of trouble, rejoice in hardships knowing that in our weaknesses we are made strong for our God is mighty to save. He is our refuge.

With all of this said and thought about even when I felt like I had no one to encourage me, I had no one to reach out to because I started to lose trust in others as well as feeling like I have been nothing more than a pit stop for a dose of encouragement, God provided. I had to rebuke the negative thoughts and lies, separate truth from false, allow the light of the Lord to shine in where I wanted the wounds to be covered and healed in my way and my timing.

As always, my way never pans out. Fighting with thoughts and ways will lead to destruction.

God’s ways stand the test of time. It always has and always will. Forever.

The trip to my prayer closet has been effectual. My fervent prayers for you all, myself and my family has been well with my soul. That of which I labored had not been in vain. Separating myself for the sake of being in communion with the Lord to get myself back on track paid off and will continue to as long as I stay before Him.

Speak life into yourselves dear brothers and sisters in the Lord. Encourage yourself in Jesus. Stay in the Word and allow it to minister to you. Pray without ceasing. Find fellowship with those like-minded whose heart is for you. In due season, the storm will pass and the rainbow will appear.

*My mission was being walked out though I felt as if I was still on the Potter’s wheel. I may still be on the wheel. I’m just not resisting the uncomfortable feeling of being reshaped once again in my life.

There is purpose for every good and perfect way of the Lord when it comes to refining His children. He knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows what best.

The Lord makes firm the steps
of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall,
for the Lord upholds him with his hand. (Psalm 37:23, 24 NIV)

Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts. (Jeremiah 15:16 NKJV)

Final Exhortation

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:4-9 NIV)

Being transparent is not easy but I will set aside my thoughts and ways in hope that you all will find an inkling of encouragement in the Lord. It has been my hearts desire to see lives lived, loved, encouraged and changed in the Lord. We may never meet on this side of life but we will fellowship for eternity in glory.

God bless each set of eyes to see and ears to hear. May your hearts receive the mission plan the Lord designed for you before your life came to be, even before the creation of the world.

With love and prayer I stand in faith that you too will receive and carry out your destined journey.

~ Terra

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)

My Eyes Look Up to Thee……

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Psalm 121 A Song of Ascents. I will lift up my eyes to the hills— From whence comes my help?

God the Help of Those Who Seek Him

My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore. (Psalm 121:1-8 NKJV)

Trust in the Lord dear brethren for our God is not dead. He’s surely alive living inside of you even if you feel and think as if he is not near. He is! Emotions will get the best of us. Stand on the Word and don’t behave as if you don’t know how powerful and majestic the Great I AM is.

Do not put trust in your emotions. They come and go as the waves in the ocean; up and down. The Bible tells us:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; (Proverbs 3:5 NKJV)

Call on Him. Blow your trumpet and let your aid be made known! You need him more than anyone. Some days may grow long and weary and seem as if the light at the end of the tunnel may never shine, but I’m here to tell you that HELP is on the way. Be patient and wait on the Lord. His timing is never too early or too late. He comes right on time! TRUST and BELIEVE that you will be rescued.

Psalm 121 has personally been one of my favorite scriptures that I have embedded in my heart and trusted in since I gave my life to Christ years ago. He IS my help in times of trouble. I look UP and CALL on him because I KNOW HE is able to come through for me when I let my basket of cares be made known.

Friends, whatever it is that you are in need of, it would behoove you to let it go and give it to God. Trust that his hand is already at work. Plead your case and leave it at the alter. Amidst waiting for your rescue, count it joy as your wait with patience. The Lord is doing a great thing on the inside of you.

GOD IS ABLE TO DO ALL THINGS BUT FAIL.

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Standing the Storm Even When the Grass Looks Greener On the Other Side

Oh precious Father, I thank you once again for being the Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscience God that you are. No name is above your name! All praises I give to you through the storms of life, for you have carried me through. Righteousness is your name and I live my life to please you. Hallelujah!! All that I am, all that I do, everything I put forth with the desire to bring edification to your kingdom is done in the name of Jesus. May any fleshly ways in me be removed. All thoughts and actions deemed unfit for a child of the Most High be cast away and washed from my being. Through the rain, the winds and raging storms, may I keep my eyes fixed on You and your promises. In the name of Your Son all things are possible. Amen.

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We are in the days when this world isn’t getting any better and decisions have to be made. Either we choose to live right by serving God or to live in the desires of the flesh and side with the enemy. We can’t do both. I know it is a hard thing to do but we must keep the truth hidden in our hearts all all times, releasing it into existence when the things we think, say and do don’t align with the Word of God.

FOCUS. TRUST. BELIEVE. FAITH. FOLLOW….

Just like the story about Peter walking on water, it was when the wind became strong that he ( Peter ) perceived and felt what was going on around him that he began to sink. ( Matt 14:22-33 )He became frightened. Why? Because he took his eyes OFF of Christ. He lost his focus. This too happens to us when we lose sight of our faith and trust in Him.

Remember that being a follower of Christ will cost you many things. Family, friends, persecution, hate, dislike, popularity, and other things along those lines. Are you really willing to follow? I know the grass looks greener on the other side, but that choice is short lived and fades away. It’s not eternal. It’s temporary pleasure that will keep you wanting more and more and will eventually run you deep into the ground with nothing to show for it but sin that will cost you greatly.

Cost of Discipleship

34When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.35For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? 37Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 38For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” ( Mark 8:34-38, Matt. 16:24-27, Luke 9:22-26 )

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I encourage you to call upon the Lord when you find yourself beginning to sink. Put all pride aside that you think you may not have and let God raise you up out of the pit that will only lead to destruction. Temporary pleasures really are not worth the eternal cost. No righteousness will be found. Misery loves company and Satan doesn’t mind permanent attendance.

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You have a loving and caring Father who wants you to enjoy life but the right way. He didn’t send his Son to earth as a sacrifice for no reason, he didn’t give us his Holy Spirit to comfort and guide us daily without there being a great purpose behind it. Without God, we will never be complete. His unspeakable joy, peace, love, grace, mercy, blessings, strength and power are ours! They are ETERNAL!!!

Don’t you want that? I know I do.

The road is narrow but the path is worth following. Stay on this path no matter what looks good, sounds good and even taste good as you journey this life. God will provide you with the necessities and even bless you with the desires of your heart. He knows what you need. He will also bring others into your life to lean on in times of trouble. He’s the best friend one could ever have. He’s far from being a liar and stands on his promises made just for you so long ago.

Inhale, exhale and hold on…..

Your eternal treasures await you in glory. When you hear God knocking on your heart, in some way of your own that desires righteousness and wisdom reply ” Yes Lord, here am I. Make your ways known to me that I may live a life pleasing to no one but You. May your strength be placed within me that I will not waiver in thought and actions. ”

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Scriptures to meditate on:

No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord. (Isaiah 54:17 NKJV)

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. (Galatians 6:9 NKJV)

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. (James 1:2-8 NKJV)

Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left. (Isaiah 30:21 NKJV)

For the mountains shall depart And the hills be removed, But My kindness shall not depart from you, Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,” Says the Lord, who has mercy on you. (Isaiah 54:10 NKJV)

I pray in the name of Jesus that whosoever reads this that our God who sits in heaven showers you with a love greater than words could ever describe. May you draw from the Living Well who is able to keep you from thirsting. Bless you into a new day and a new year if it’s the Lord’s will for we know not the day or hour of his return.

In Christ, be encouraged always and keep your eyes fixed on him. To God be the glory…..

Terra