THE ONE-LEGGED MOCKINGBIRD

ONE-LEGGED MOCKINGBIRD

I watched my one-legged mockingbird chase away several bigger pigeons. It’s like he didn’t even know or care that they were greater in number and more than twice his size. And the pigeons flew away. It’s like that with us spiritually. When we get to know our Lord Jesus Christ, we don’t need to have any fear about getting rid of the spiritual pigeons. If we can truly from the bottom of our hearts, surrender all to the Lord Jesus, we are on a path to greater freedom and victory than we’ve ever known. “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).

 

Jane and I pray and read our scriptures each morning on our way to work. When Jane says the phrase “nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net,” from Luke 5:5, I remind myself that I’m letting down my nets for Jesus to give me what I need.

 

It doesn’t mean every day will be a happy one, but I do know that I will have another great nugget of His truth and His love.

 

Each day Jane and I end our prayer time with: “I can hardly wait to see what You have for us today.” Sometimes that’s hard to say because sometimes we are in the middle of a mess and it doesn’t seem like much good can happen. But if I say that I’m expecting good things from the Lord, then I look for them. If I look for good things, it’s so much easier to find them. We can’t just let things happen to us. The devil will oblige that kind of thinking with all kinds of negative stuff!

 

We need to be more like the one-legged mockingbird. The mockingbird expected to shoo the pigeons away, and that’s exactly what he did.

 

We can expect anything and everything God promises us in the Bible. If the one-legged mockingbird can expect good things, so can we!

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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HEARING GOD – DOUBLE MEANS IT’S ESTABLISHED

We all want to hear from God. But how do we learn to recognize His voice? We practice “listening” to our spiritual five senses. God uses these to speak to our hearts, minds, and emotions. But He often puts in a bonus by giving us the DOUBLE. Genesis 41:32 tells us: “And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.”

Let me give you an example that happened to me this past week. I heard a teaching about a certain type of demon that I didn’t know anything about—the teacher called it a water spirit. Since I’m very interested in removing demons from God’s people, I thought about looking further into these water spirits. A few days went by, and I thought about it, but I didn’t do anything yet. Then when I was looking for a picture to go with my last post, the photo with the ocean is what I found.

At first, when I looked at this picture, I was hesitant about using it. I thought the point of view, so close to the edge, and the waves coming up over the rocks was kind of scary looking. But immediately God reminded me of the scripture: “The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s: but the earth hath he given to the children of men” (Ps. 115:16). God was letting me know that I need to study this water thing further.

 

What I want you to see is that God doubled His instructions for me: First by HEARING (the teaching), then by SEEING the photo. I’m sure He’s done this for you too. When we see this kind of thing in the Bible, we can expect God to do it for us too. We need to keep our spiritual senses open to His revelations. When God doubles up on a revelation to us, it means we need to pay attention. God gave the same dream to Pharaoh twice to “establish” it. The word used for “establish” in Genesis 41:32 means “fixed, prepared, settled, made firm, set up.”

 

God may work through hearing, seeing, tasting, touching, smelling, or a general sense of just knowing. Let’s be sensitive to those spiritual senses, and the DOUBLE, and respond to what the Lord has for us.

Love, Carolyn

FREE THRU TUESDAY – PART TWO

WINGS: A Journey in Faith from the Earthly to the Heavenly is a compilation of stories—thoughts, musing, insights, revelations, and guidance gathered from my experiences living as a Christian in Las Vegas.

This section is PART 2 and contains chapters 10-23:

10. PAY ATTENTION!
11. SPEAKING FAITH INTO EXISTENCE
12. HISTORY IN THE HEAVENS
13. THE MISSING MANUAL
14. PRAYING AND SINGING IN TONGUES
15. POWER-PACKED BLESSINGS
16. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU
17. PREACH YOURSELF HAPPY
18. PAYMENT FOR SIN
19. CALLING THE DOG
20. THE ADVENTURE OF PLANTING SEEDS
21. FIXING EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS
22. NIT-PICKING
23. THE QUEEN OF SHEBA HAS ARRIVED

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DISAPPOINTMENT OR DECISION

Joshua

Many of you know that I was very passionate about this midterm election. Well, it turns out that except in the case of a few judges, I was not with the majority on my voting. And every issue I voted down, the majority voted to pass through. So, what do I do? Pout? Get mad? Give up? Well maybe a little pouting, and some disappointment, but I definitely won’t give up. I truly believe God has this handled. So many times I’ve seen that God’s ultimate plan was, and still is much more far-reaching than my eyes could see. So, I trust and let Him do His job, and I get busy with His next assignment for me.

 

I’m getting better at being able to move ahead past disappointments. I can’t let discouragement get a toe-hold. It’s not healthy for my body or my soul.

 

God says: “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord” (Is. 55:8). Sometimes God lets us know His thoughts and His ways before a thing happens, but sometimes we don’t catch the understanding until a time afterward. It’s necessary to rely totally on faith and trust in Him. And He promises us that He always has our best in mind.

 

I learned a long time ago that the loss of anything or anyone requires a period of grieving, even if it is a very short time, we have to take an honest look at the loss and deal with it.

 

Grieving is a universal phenomenon. There’s plenty of studies on sorrow and grief, but there’s still much to be learned about how it works, how long it takes, and the effects it has. The one thing we do know is that it’s a process and it varies with situations and people.

 

We can see from the Bible different examples of the grieving process. Signs included tearing one’s robe, weeping, having disheveled hair, putting dust and ashes into the hair or shaving the hair or beard. Other indications of sorrow included wearing black or sad-colored clothing, removal of ornaments or neglect of person, fasting or abstinence in meat or drink, and wearing sackcloth. Sackcloth was made of goat or camel hair and was coarse and uncomfortable. One Bible dictionary said that men were generally more silent in grief and women more vocal and demonstrative.

 

These were things that exhibited in ancient times, but the grieving process hasn’t really changed much over the years. Just one example I can think of is female friends who’ve done something to change the style or color of their hair after a divorce. I don’t know if it’s even a conscious decision or just part of the inward, inherent grief reaction. A lot of us get depressed or grumpy when we’ve lost something or someone.

 

In the Bible, the days of mourning varied. In the case of Jacob, it was 70 days (Gen. 50:3). In Saul’s case, only seven days (1 Sam. 31:13). In Moses’ time, the official period of grief was 30 days.

 

When Moses died, and the allowable 30 days was over, God told Joshua it was time for him to get up and get going. I think that a lot of times we need someone with insight to help us get going too, to wake us up out of our grief and get us to move on before the sorrow destroys us or makes us morose.

 

I know I needed a push when my dog Spike passed away. I was so sad I couldn’t see getting a new dog and had convinced myself that I couldn’t get one because of the cat. My friend Miki kept pestering me with pictures of rescue dogs that needed homes, and I kept pushing the idea away. Then my best friend Jane rescued a dog from the alley. We made two failed attempts at giving him away and finally got the message: “Keep the dog!” My time of grief was supposed to be over, and God was working through insightful people, forcing me to move on.

 

When God pushed Joshua, it was a new thing for him. Moses was gone, and now he had the responsibility to lead God’s people. I’m sure it was a little intimidating. Any time we’re forced to embrace something new, after losing something we loved, it’s hard. But we don’t have to do it alone. God told Joshua: “Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest” (Joshua 1:9).

 

When we lose our loved ones, or if we lose our homes, our jobs, or even our well-thought-through choices on an election, it’s okay to grieve those things. It’s good to recognize and face loss head-on, then realize the loss has opened up an opportunity to seek and trust the Lord for what will be next.

 

In Isaiah 48:6 God promises He will show us new things, hidden things that we’ve never known before. “I have shown thee new things from this time, even hidden things, and thou didst not know them.”

 

For me, I’m sad that things didn’t go my way in the midterm election, but I’m looking at the good things that happened. And the Lord is showing me that there’s more good to come, so I’m ready and willing to believe and see.

 

Love, Carolyn

 

 

 

A BREATH OF FAITH

FAITH RECEIVES

I don’t wake up anymore dreading the day ahead. It’s because I studied familiar spirits in the Bible and got rid of the one that was bringing around the tremendous dread every morning. I was delivered from other generational curses passed down in the DNA of my parents, grandparents, and ancestors. But a person can’t study and know about every demon influence that’s traveled down their ancestral path since Adam and Eve. It’s just too much and too convoluted. I’m not condemning studying the Bible for clues to our personal spiritual ancestral history. Knowledge is great, but faith is greater than knowledge. Faith goes beyond what we can get from studying.

 

I love to study the Bible, but studying can get deceitfully perverted into works: “If I study enough, I can get rid of every demon plaguing or attacking me.” But studying isn’t a requirement for deliverance. Faith is.

 

Hebrews 11:1 tells us: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” The Amplified puts it this way: “Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].”

 

Faith believes a thing before it’s seen in our reality. God wants us to “walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7).

 

It’s in my nature to work. Even when I’m off for the weekend, I end up working in my yard, or cleaning the garage, or organizing the kitchen. But faith is a different type of work. Faith is a yielding work, where we just believe God. We believe that what He’s said in His written Word or said to us by revelation, is true. It’s an intimate thing, personal, and not based on work, but on grace.

 

Jesus healed iniquities that the people did not know about: the man born blind, the man from the Gadarenes, the man with the withered hand. The Gospels are filled with the wonderful healings and deliverances God did through Jesus Christ. One that especially hits my heart is recorded in Luke 13:11:

 

“And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.”

 

If we were reading in the original language, we would know that this infirmity could have been in her body and or in her mind. The infirmity was an inborn weakness or frailty of the body or the soul. It was a lack of strength or even capacity to understand a thing, to restrain corrupt desires, to bear up under trouble or trials, or ever do great things. She just didn’t have it in her. We all know people like that. In this woman’s case, her inborn frailty even affected her posture, and she was bent over under the overall strain of life itself.

 

“And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, ‘Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.’ And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God” (Luke 13:12-13).

 

The woman knew this was from God and she honored and celebrated Him for healing her. Life could no longer push her down. Jesus gifted her with the understanding and the strength to do great things and overcome corrupt desires and bear up under trials, things she could never do before.

 

We all have things that bother us about ourselves, but Jesus is here to heal us off all that. As He said to the man whose son was suicidal: “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth” (Mark 9:23).

 

Got a problem? Jesus has the answer. Let’s respond like the man here did: “And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe” (Mark 9:24).

 

“When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, ‘Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.

 

And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose” (Mark 9:25-27).

 

We believe like the father, and are lifted up like the boy.  And like the woman relieved from her weaknesses, we receive.

 

Check out the Gospels this week and take a look at Hebrews 11 for great and small leaps of faith. 🙂

 

Love, Carolyn

 

STAND TALL

The Lord is involved in everything we do, including our choices politically, socially, and emotionally. When we voice our choices publicly, we better be ready to be criticized. Nobody craves criticism. It can be hurtful, but we need to learn to deal with it. It’s better to take a stand for something and be criticized than to remain apathetic and fearful. Even in olden times, kings respected strong enemies who were brave enough to stand tall for what they believed. God’s Word has a strong Word for those who He deems lukewarm:

 

“I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth” (Rev. 3:15-16).

 

Wow, that’s powerful!  I used to be more afraid of offending friends and family, than of offending God. I wanted people to like me, and I didn’t want to argue or get into any debates where I had to defend what I thought. But after a while, I learned that no matter what I did, I wasn’t going to please everyone.  There are many adult children who are still trying to please their parents, and it just isn’t happening.  I was one of them.

 

Finally, in my mid-forties, I realized I didn’t have to try to please my parents anymore. The very middle verse of the Bible says: “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man” (Ps. 118:8). When I changed my focus to pleasing God, it was shortly afterward that my parents began to totally respect me as an adult person and not as a needy child anymore.

 

I was taught to be polite (which I think is a good thing), but polite became timid, and timid became fearful. I’m not fearful now, and you don’t have to be either. We can speak our minds openly and disagree. Paul and Peter disagreed about certain things, but they didn’t hate each other. They were loud and proud. I’d rather say what I think and be criticized than be lukewarm and have God’s opinion be that I’m too “milk toast” to even swallow!

 

Peter was a bold guy. He boldly told Jesus that He shouldn’t have to die. Well, Jesus rebuked him. But Jesus didn’t forsake Peter. He just corrected him, and they went on being friends. If we think that not voicing what we think is going to make us a better person, it’s not. We all have opinions, and God knows what they are. When we don’t speak them out, we might not even be fully aware of what we really think.

 

Putting a pen to our thoughts, or a voice to our thoughts helps us to articulate what we think. When we know what we think, we can either keep thinking it or we can change it. Changing what we think is part of growth. People change what they think all the time. There’s no fault in that.

 

But when our thoughts are fuzzy and unspoken, they aren’t clear, and they aren’t cold or hot. They become lukewarm like the Bible says.

 

Taking a stand, hot or cold, on what we think requires boldness. Boldness is a quality God admires. Just look at your concordance to see how many times the word “bold” is used in the Bible!

 

Let’s be brave. Let’s step out without fear and voice our opinions, not just mimicking or agreeing with what others think, but what we truly think. Our true friends will remain friends, just like Peter and Jesus. Right or wrong, we’ll find out later, which means that sometimes we are definitely going to be wrong. But so what? We’ll be right sometimes too. And don’t even think for one minute that you have to wait until you’re totally right before you speak up. The last totally right all the time person got up and out of here over 2000 years ago!

 

Stand and be grand!

 

Love, Carolyn

BOBBING FOR APPLES

This Wednesday is HALLOWEEN

YOU’LL NEVER SEE BOBBING FOR APPLES IN THE SAME WAY AGAIN

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLcx4JDnQAI&feature=share

STONEHENGE, DRUIDS, BOBBING FOR APPLES? These are all parts of the true origins of Halloween.

Watch this short video and learn the truth.

Love, Carolyn

 

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