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Adventures On The Road Home

This blog is to mark the transition of my life as my husband and I step out on faith to find a new home church.  God began to reveal some truths to us about faith a couple of years ago and He desires us to be in a place where we can grow in what He has begun to reveal to us.

We started visiting this one church and our spirit leaped within us as we sat in the first service.  God began to speak to us about some hurt that we suffered and we received what God had for us that day.  The musical portion of the worship service blessed us from the first sound.  The freedom of expression in worship is one of the things that we were looking for so, this made us feel right at home.

As the word went forth we began to feel some long chains fall off of our minds.  It was truly a pleasant and inspiring experience.  Later that week we went back for bible study and more of the same happened.  We were able to see where we had been programmed to think a certain way, which God had already began to reveal truth, and now those things were being broken off.  Liberty began to truly engulf us and make us free.

Skip ahead to week number two in this adventure.  We are on our way to church and as we were on the road about to turn down the road in which the church is on, I felt a “boom” and then the car slid.  Puzzled, and startled, I admit I said “what the hell?!”…I looked at my husband and he said I think the axle just broke.  I thought to myself, “you have got to be kidding me.”  He got out and popped the hood and looked under there and said, “yep, the axle broke.”  I just couldn’t believe this was happening.

My husband got back in the car and calls his friend, who owns a towing service, to request help.  He agreed to help, but stated that he wouldn’t be to the city for about 3 or 4 hours.  I thought to myself…are we suppose to just sit here?….my husband informed his friend that the care would be parked on Outer Drive at Stotter.  He looked at me and said, “baby, were gonna push this car to the side and walk on down to the church.”  At this point I’m thinking, are you kidding me?  I thought we were going to sit here and wait for the tow truck, its cold, I have on 3 inch heel boots.  

Now you’re probably thinking oh my God, what in the world?  But I am one who has learned to be submissive to my husband regardless of whether I think he’s right or not because I know that it pleases God that I obey Him.  So, honey directs me what to do and gets behind the car to push, and out of nowhere a gentlemen comes to our aid to help push and then disappears down the street.  We parked the car, I said, “I plead the blood of Jesus over this car” and we walked on down the street.  The good thing is that my heels were the thick kind so, they really weren’t hard to walk in, but the enemy began to bombard my mind with things and for a minute I began to wimper as I walked.  This continued for a minute until I began to think about how we could’ve been at the half way point and further from the church and home so, I thanked God for allowing us to be so close to the church.  Then I thought about the fact that we were suppose to have my mother in law with us that morning, but she wasn’t feeling well enough to come with us so, I thanked God that we didn’t have to have mother out here in this weather walking on a cane down to the church.  I thought about the fact that nobody was directly behind us in the turn lane to crash into the back of us as the car abruptly came to a stop so, I began to thank God for His divine protection and timing upon us and with us.   Then I just began to pray in the Holy Spirit because I remembered that the bible instructs us to build up ourselves in our most holy faith by praying in the Holy Ghost.    Then I just began to recall all the scripture that I’ve studied, read, and confessed about God taking care of us, being our shepherd, no weapon formed shall prosper, all things work together for good, the father knows the things that ye have need of, my God shall supply all of your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus, the Earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and they that dwell therein.  I just began to remind God of His word.  We got to the church and the musical portion of worship was high and in full swing so, they held us at the door so as not to break the moving of the spirit.  So, just as I stood there I raised my hands and began to praise God right where I stood until they allowed us to go to our seats.  When we got to our seats, I set my stuff down and went full on into the presence of God praising Him like I always do, loudly and with tears.  I told God that “it looks bad, but I trust You Father.” “You are my God, my shepherd, my king, my Lord.”  I mean I just praised him with abandon because I began to realize that this was an opportunity for God to yet again show us who He is.  We stayed for the whole service and God encouraged us even in the midst of the service.

We were able to get our car towed to where we wanted it, get food to eat, buy the axle for the car, and set up for it to be fixed the next day and then get home safely, warm, and sound.   I was exhausted so once we got home, I ate and went and laid down, thanking God for how he took care and caused everything to line up for us in spite of all that had happened that day.

I could have just allowed the enemy to fill my mind with a bunch of junk about how we were broke and wouldn’t be able to get the car fixed, and how we had nobody to come to our aid and nobody really cared about us anyway.  He even stooped so low as to tell me that if we would’ve been still going to the other church somebody would’ve came directly out to get us.  I’m so glad that God’s Word is my source and answer for my life concerning everything in my life.  The Word of God will sustain you, strengthen you, encourage you, and cause triumph to come to you.  There are angels assigned to minister for heirs of salvation, of which I am, and they respond to the voice of God’s word.  When we speak the Word of God, He hastens to perform it by sending forth ministering angels to bring us into His best.

Now the next day is a whole other story…but you’ll have to come back to read that.  Thanks for your time today and joining me on my adventure on the road home.

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Posted by on January 17, 2012 in Spiritual Encouragement

 

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No More Religion

At first glance one would think that I am having a problem with God.  Not the case.

It is the complete opposite.  What I do have a problem with is the traditional way of doing things.  God began to deliver both my husband and I from  “religion” and “religious mind sets” a couple years ago.  Over the last 9 months He has really been opening our eyes to alot of things that concern us and what our place in Him should be.  I am one who has always believed and taught that God does not desire religion, but He desires relationship with us.  If we look back through the Bible we see where God spoke directly to those that He had relationship with.  He spoke and gave them direction, instruction and advice to those that sought to hear His voice, and those that had relationship with Him.

Most of the time we see where God gave instruction to people it was not always the popular or expected traditional thing to do.  God does not change, but His methods don’t always stay the same, I mean He is God so He can do that right? LOL!   For so many years people have been locked into a certain way of doing things, whether it be in our personal lives, in church, or ministry and even our work lives, but I wonder what would happen if we start to adopt a way of doing things for the reason of purpose, living life as God sees fit, and for the benefit of ministering to our family and friends; especially when it comes to those in our lives who don’t attend church.  How will we reach them with the love of Christ if all we do is sit up in church all the time? 

Now don’t get me wrong.  I believe that as believers we aren’t suppose to “forsake” the assembling of ourselves together.  For it is in fellowship with the brethren where we draw strength, hear from God and receive encouragement for a long anticipated week ahead, but we just can’t isolate ourselves from friends and family just because we have to “go to church” all of the time.  Jesus gave of His time to people in all situations, and we should be doing the same.  We show people who Jesus really is in our humanity.  Letting people see that believers are people that care enough about them to take off from “church” sometimes to minister to the needs of people whether it be naturally or spiritually.

Today is Christmas.  Normally my husband and I would already be at church making sure that everything in our respective “auxiliary” is in order.  We would probably be so aggrivated right now because since it is Christmas and “the world” is coming to church today, we want everything done in more excellence than normal, and getting no cooperation from the people around us, but we aren’t at church.  I’m sitting here with my laptop blogging, he is working on a photo project and I don’t feel any pressure to perform for people or any condemnation from others trying to make us feel guilty for not being there.  We recognize and realize that God is shifting us.  He has changed our thought process and the way we do things.  I know that there are those who would frown on “christians” not going to church on Christmas, but our being in service is not the grounds for our salvation from God or the basis of the relationship we have with Him. 

In a relationship you spend time with the one that has your heart.  You make time to talk to them and share your heart on a regular basis.  You find out what it is that’s important to them and you make it your business to make sure that they know that whatever is important to them is important to you.  Well, our relationship with God should be the same way.  We apply the word of God to our lives daily, spend time talking to Him and learning Him and His ways, and what pleases Him.  We have a mindset that matches His and practice those things on a regular basis to show Him that not only are we interested in Him, but truly interested in pleasing Him.

Religion on the other hand says go to church everytime your church has a service, make sure that you don’t put anything before God is what they tell us….but, let me help you with something, putting our family or even strangers before a church service is not putting them before God.  God has placed believers here to be reconcilers of people to Him and people to people and we cannot reach our family or other unchurched people if all we do is go to church evertime the doors open.  It is past time for us to be so in tune to the voice of God that He can direct us to do things differently than what is expected of us by man, and we not feel guilty about it.

Religion says “can’t nobody judge me but God” but a relationship with God says I want to think, act, respond, live, and be like Jesus all day everyday of my life.  God is still holy and He still expects us to be holy.  Now I didn’t say “spooky and deep” I said holy….simply put, whatever God considers sin so do we, and whatever calls right we call right.  It’s not in the clothes, the fine speech, or where we come from, but by grace are we saved through faith.  God wants relationship, and when we begin to tap into that relationship with Him, religion won’t have such a high place in our lives.

Merry Christmas to all and may you begin, if you haven’t already, walking in a real relationship with God and say….”No More Religion”

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2011 in General

 

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