Sunday, November 2, 2008


ROMANS 8:16-17
16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

"The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life" (Galatians 6:8 NIV). *Be careful what you put into your mind to think on--that is what you will act on!*

Greetings to you my friends, my sisters and brothers in Christ. Mercy and Grace are from the depths of His love given to us.

I want to share with you some of the blessings that the Spirit of the Lord has taught me.

To be willing to speak about the Goodness of Our Lord in All that He has done for us-is a blessing for those that seek Him and want to know Him. My hope is that what He has done in me, for me and through me will touch your spirit and give you strength, insight and freedom to be able to do the same. As we each speak about the Goodness of our Father through Jesus Christ and how He (His love) has changed our lives-- HOPE is given strength for others to hear His Word and will want the Good life that Only Our Father can provide.

I have allowed the spiritual and natural storms that have been sent my way to change me. I have learned not to fight the storms-but to allow them to change me. I have learned to not waste any storm that comes my way. I have been taught to see God in the middle of everything in my life.

Learned is the key word here as it is not natural for us to want to do so. Change takes courage and strength-AND- courage and strength come from our Faith in God through believing in Jesus Christ.

There is a new level of authority to rise to after a person weathers a storm sent into their life. Storms will prepare our Spirit in order to do the Call of the Lord. The storm will change you…if you allow it to break your will –your resistance to be changed. The courage is needed because we fear what we do not understand and know beforehand. That is where Faith comes into the picture.

Many people go through storms but they never allow the storms to change them. The give honor and glory to God for bringing them through the storms, but their thinking stays on things not of God. They continue to stay in the ways of flesh. They continue to seek the fruit/gifts/blessings, of the past seasons that will do no good in the new seasons.
This would be wasting the storm .

I am thankful to God that my will has been broken even more, because of the storms that God allowed to pass my way. Thank You Jesus! I am grateful to Jesus that He continues to show me what needs to go-to be thrown overboard! To see and understand that what worked in my life a month ago, a year ago, or even, what worked just last week - does not work now in this new Season that the storms have brought my way.

I have learned not to fight the storms anymore-but to allow my Faith and Trust in Jesus to guide me through the storms and to be changed by them. To Learn!

He makes ALL the difference In me. Amen.
I know that God cares!

After years of following Jesus I see what I have learned;

The way I now wake up in the morning-clothed in my right mind—the way I go to bed at night-praising Him and knowing that He Is keeping me and my family through the night. How I interact with people, the kind of thinking I would use, my actions and re-actions that I would do, the people I leaned on or called friends, the job that I used to have, the way I would shop, and even the way we are raising our children; these are just a few of the many areas of how I live that have been taken to a new level—a higher level because of my will being broken by the storms and by the Power that Jesus has dispensed in my life!

To be changed in order to fulfill the Calling placed on my life by our Father-to be changed in order to complete His Will for myself and those that He wants my life to touch-to help—to love. Day by day Jesus is working on me, in me and through me.

Glory be to God.
This is why Jesus came-To Dispense His Power to us! To have my life fully transformed day by day by the Power that He has dispensed in my life. My mind has been transformed-my heart has been transformed and because of each storm, I have learned to be content no matter what my situation and circumstances are. (Phil. 4:10-13; 11-12)

I have learned that the longer I deliberate whether to obey God, or hold onto my own reasoning, the more labored the process will be for me and for all those who cannot move until I do. To fight with fleshy thinking and actions against each storm and change God sends my way further hinders me and His purposes for my life. To try and hold on to old ways of old seasons will not allow the growth in Him that I require in order to be productive in the New Season that I am within.

If I hesitate toward full obedience to His direction/guidance, then I will create a domino effect -- in which a string of related events, without doubt they will not be good, each caused by the one before it, all leading back to the origin of disobedience. This will throw off every plan that He has set forth for my life and those that are with me. With me in the sense of those that fellowship with me, those that are strangers, and those that are coming to join in but have not yet arrived. Not waiting on God, has not been an option for me for a long time. How I wait is the key to waiting.

If I struggle with my full obedience to His guidance or try to alter what He wants me to do—if I add in my own natural thinking to His directions/guidance; I will without a doubt create unnecessary disruptions for myself and so many others that are with me to go through. The course that God set forth will be changed by my fleshy thinking.

I want you to Remember this: Whatever situation and circumstances that you face, God is already there-this is the point where we have to trust in and have faith in Him no matter what our eyes show us or our ears tell us.

If you listen to the counsel of the ungodly or the counsel of your unbroken will- (Psalm 1) - worrying about the worst thing that can happen (not trusting in Him) - then the powerless fruit from the old season will carry you to a place from which you will struggle to return. This is what happens when you do not allow the storms that come to change—to do what they are sent to do=Change You!

Some people never return from the storms changed and only survive in sort of a drugged state, some drugged primarily by bitterness, rebellion, anger, self-pity, jealousy.

They continue to live in a state of using natural human thinking trying to complete the Work that comes with the Calling of God. This is also one way some people end up doing good works but none that God has directed them to do. Works without faith. Many of the works that God sends for us to begin-and-complete will challenge our will to do them as directed-wthout-attempting to add in our wants and desires based on how we feel.

They usually are started and completed by faith in God.

Falling deeper and deeper away from His mercy, grace, and healing He sent down to us by way of Jesus--It is like a dark hole you cannot get out of. His Light is critical to all solutions-but iTt is absent because something else has been chosen by natural thoughts. No one is exempt so take every thought captive now.

"But be transformed by the renewing of your mind." Romans 12:2

Your mind--the way you think--has a lot to do with the quality of your life.

Proverbs 23:7 says: "For as he thinks in his heart so is he."

What you keep your mind on will determine whether you will be at peace or whether you will be full of anxiety in this troubled world. I have learned to be content no matter what my circumstances are—This means that I continue to praise God—I continue to thank Him, I continue to trust in Him, I continue to expect Him, I continue to know that He will provide for my every need.

I continue to do His will; I continue to see Him in the middle of every part of my life. I will not allow circumstances to govern my emotions which then in turn govern my thinking and my actions. This ultimately will alter my path and my deliverance.
I am anxious for nothing-for my will has been broken and now His Will guides my life. (Philippians 4:6-8)

I have learned to say Thank You Father on the grayest days. If a gray day is not one of thankfulness, the lesson has to be repeated. Not to everyone is it so. But only to those who ask to serve God well. A great work requires a great and careful training by the Master who has called us by His name-and to those that answered YES LORD, SEND ME!

Daily, I take authority over my thinking, and my words spoken in every situation no matter the circumstances born of those situations. The word think means "to consider, reflect, reason and ponder." What we constantly think is what we become. What we keep our minds on-is where we are. Our growth from the storms is either given miracle grow or we are stunted and will produce rotten and sour fruit.

Our thoughts shape our behavior. Look at it this way; what we do and speak is what we think and who we are. William Barkley, a Christian writer, says: "It is a law of life that if a man thinks on something often enough and long enough, he will come to the stage when he cannot stop thinking about it. His thoughts will be quite literally in a groove out of which he cannot jerk them."

Setting your mind on the things that are of God concerning every area of your life is what Jesus teaches us to do. This is the Power that He came to dispense into us.

Colossians 3:1-2 tells us: “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.”

You also have authority with your words. Use that authority! Read God’s Word out loud until it takes over. And once you begin to allow change to happen sent by the storms and once your will has been broken and once His correction and your total obedience is accepted as part of your new character- We will all rejoice in the Goodness of The LORD in your life and we will shout to you Welcome back!

Psalm 1

Ecc 7:8 “The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.”

Patience is an attractive virtue, whereas pride is the parent sin. Patience fits a man for God's approval (Rom. 5:4), whereas pride fits him for destruction (Prov. 16:18).

STAND STILL! - Shirley Ceasar



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