In the movie, “World War Z” the zombies are on the way and the hero of the movie tells the family, “People who keep moving, live.”

Movement is life. Two days ago I was doing some gold leafing at work. I was in a standing position on a cement floor for 7 ½ hours. When I got home my back was stiff and sore. I did an exercise to stretch it but I had to do it four times before I heard that wonderful popping as the muscles stretched out. Part of being able to move ahead is being flexible.

Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about movement in the aspect of staying flexible mentally. When I got blocked from certain capabilities on Facebook, the first thing that popped into my head (after a brief dance with disappointment) was: “God will make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert” (Isaiah 43:19).

I wasn’t going to give up on reaching people with my writing, but I knew I had to be compliant to the Holy Spirit, ready to go in a divergent direction if necessary.

When we know that we’re doing God’s will, nothing can stop us, but we may have to be a little flexible in the execution. We can’t be making all kinds of our own rules about how we think things should be done all the time. I know we all get into comfortable routines but putting stiff unbreakable rules on ourselves can lead to rigidity and unnecessary hard heartedness.

That’s what happened to the Pharisees. They knew it was God’s will to heal people but they also knew that they weren’t supposed to do any work on the Sabbath. They became overbearingly inflexible about not working on the Sabbath, to the point that when Jesus went to heal a man on the Sabbath, they couldn’t take it:

“And he [Jesus] entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand.  And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him.  And he saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth.

And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness [blindness] of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.

And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him.  But Jesus withdrew himself with his disciples to the sea” (Mark 3:1-7).

Now I know none of us would want to be as ridiculous as the Pharisees, but at times we’ve sacrificed the greater blessing and gotten mad about having to change.

But we don’t want to lose sight of the bigger picture. When obstacles come up against the traditions we’ve set up, we want to let the Holy Spirit take us around some new bends in the stream. It may be more thrilling and more satisfying than we ever imagined.

Don’t get stuck in rigid rules. If we get brittle, we’ll break. Let’s be willing to go in a slightly different direction as the Holy Spirit opens new ways. The zombies will never be able to get us if we just keep moving.

Love, Carolyn

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September 2014. It was another rush job. The designers were sending over three samples of red brick and they wanted me to do variations of whitewash and aging on them. The samples arrived late. The mortar wasn’t even dry yet but they still wanted me to finish them so they could pick them up the next day. This was a tough one.

I was under pressure to work quickly. I got three fans out to dry the mortar first. Then I started to mix my colors. When somebody pushes me in a situation like this, I want to push back. But I told myself, Jesus is with me. It’s okay. I can do this.

Then the project manager told me they were coming for the pieces two hours earlier than planned. For a few minutes there I mentally lost it. What? I thought. They bring me the pieces late. They aren’t even dry enough to paint and now they want them completed two hours earlier? I started to get angry and then a strange thing happened.

I felt a meekness come over me. I didn’t even have to try to overcome anger or any of that. My old nature of rebellion just disappeared instantaneously as an overwhelming meekness enveloped me. It wasn’t me trying to be meek. It was genuine. It clothed me inside and out and it felt really true and good. It was like an atmosphere of meekness, through and through, beautiful, elegant and powerful. This isn’t me, I thought. But I didn’t have the time to ponder it, so even though it felt alien, I went with it.

I finished up the samples before the deadline and I’m sure it was the Lord helping me on that one too. I told my project manager he could call the guy to pick them up and I followed him over to the job site with my touch-up kit.

I was so calm and peaceful in this new air of meekness. I walked onto the jobsite in my typical outfit: a tee-shirt and painter pants that used to be white but now were about 75% covered in paint from various past jobs. My boots were also paint-spattered. I had on my hard hat and my safety vest which didn’t fit because they only come in one size, large. I found a place to sit on a dusty stack of bricks but I felt like an elegant powerful queen in a gorgeous dress and beautiful crown. The meekness wasn’t weakness. It made me feel great and free.

The designer arrived and picked the sample he said he just loved. That made me happy, but not nearly as happy as this new meekness I was experiencing.

It was great to feel genuinely calm inside, in contrast to the uproar I usually felt in these hurried, stressful, last minute situations. Some part of my soul had changed. The old me: sharp-tongued, rebellious and angry. This new meekness had to be the fruit of the spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23, part of the new me, the Christ in me. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

Romans 7 talks about the two natures we have in us, the old one and the new one. Only God, through Jesus Christ can deliver us from our old nature (Rom 7:24-25). I had tried my best in the past to be meek under stress but even with my strongest efforts it wouldn’t last very long, and it definitely wouldn’t be true meekness.

But with the miraculous working of the Lord Jesus Christ, the rebellious angry nature of the old Carolyn was replaced by the true and wonderful meekness of Jesus Christ. That’s the new nature God intended for me to have. It had nothing to do with me changing myself. It had everything to do with the Lord working in me to change me into my real self in Christ. All I did was have to desire to be more like Him. and the spirit of Christ in me changed my soul. It took time but the change came and here it is a year later and the meekness is still here. It’s for real.

Almost every morning Jane and I add this little phrase to the end of our prayer: “I can hardly wait to see what the Lord is going to do today.” It’s an exciting life.

Love, Carolyn

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BINDING THE STRONG MAN – This is a great introduction teaching from the series on Healing Your Soul. Katie also has a series on Healing School. Both of these will help you to see and understand the spiritual world we live in.

Healing Your Soul: Real Keys to the Miraculous with Katie Souza This is the final episode of Katie’s 3-Part series on demonic kings and the ranks in the king…


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After Jesus confronted the attacks of Satan in the wilderness, “Behold, angels came and ministered unto him” (Matt 4:11). Luke 22:43 says, “There appeared an angel, strengthening him.” If Jesus needed the ministering of angels and the strengthening they could give, don’t you think we do? Of course we do.

Jesus told Peter, “Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?” (Matt 26:53). Colossians 1:27 tells us it’s “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” God is willing and able to do the same for the Christ in us as He did for Jesus Christ in the flesh. Jesus said He could pray for angels and so can we.

In fact, He gave this instruction: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth [is believing] on me, the works that I do shall he do also” (John 14:12). Praying for angelic help is one of the works. Two verses later He adds, “If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” Asking for angels is an “anything.”

Jesus reiterates this truth, saying “, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you” (John 16:23). Angelic help is a “whatsoever.” Jesus could pray for angels and He expects us to do the same.

Philippians 4:13 tells us we “can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth [is strengthening] us.” It doesn’t say all things except for asking angelic help. It says “all things” and the understanding is they are “all good things” because Phil 2:13 tells us “For it is God which worketh [is working] in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Sometimes we need angels’ help to do those good things God’s called us to do.

There’s nothing in God’s Word that says we have to get angelic help. But when we got born again, we made Jesus our Lord. Shouldn’t we be willing to follow His example?

What’s our excuse? If we say we’re unworthy of angels, Jesus says we are worthy. If we say we don’t need them, Jesus did, so why wouldn’t we? Are we more equipped than Him? Of course not.

In this crazy world do we really think we can get along by ourselves just fine without their help? Or maybe we think it’s up to God to send them when He wants to. But He gave us the power to look at a situation or circumstance and know if we need additional help. It’s really not that complicated. Jesus said all we need to do is ask for help, believe and receive. “Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:24).

Do we refrain from utilizing angels’ help because we don’t understand them? God’s Word is for the simplest of us. Sometimes we get too intellectual and think we have to understand everything first, but that’s not God’s way.  Jesus teaches us to believe first, act, and then the understanding comes later.

In this article I am pointing out the additional value of angels to a believer. I am not in any way trying to belittle the magnificent power of using the name and the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ. Nor am I denying the wonderful effectiveness of prayer or any of the other ways the Lord helps us.

God is way more variegated and majestic than we have yet to discover. He has provided us with many tools and weapons for living victoriously. Why not employ more of what the Lord Jesus Christ showed us and made available to us?

Psalm 103:20 tells us angels are strong; they can strengthen us, and sometimes we just need that. We can believe and ask the Lord for their help.

Love, Carolyn

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I got in the car and started backing out. The passenger-side mirror got caught on the side of the garage door so I moved up a little and tried again. And it got caught again. Then I pulled up a little and in to the left as far as I could go without hitting a stack of boxes. I tried backing out again, to no avail. Then I got angry, cranked the steering wheel to the left with a jerk and hit the stack of boxes.

Eventually I did manage to get the car backed out, but I was mad: “Who moved the boxes so close and who the heck parked this car anyway?!

I got about two blocks away and I was still all fired up, mad as heck. Then I caught myself: “Wait a minute, that’s not me!” Those thoughts aren’t from the Christ in me. Luke 17:6 came to mind: “Say unto this sycamine tree, be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.” I said out loud, “Anger I rebuke you in the name of Jesus Christ. Get out. I’m not having you. I call you plucked up by the roots. And anger you don’t have any good fruit so I call you dried up from the roots.” I thought of Jesus talking to the unfruitful fig tree. And “in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots” (Mk 11:21).

The insane anger I had over the silly garage incident immediately left and I had a great day.

Love, Carolyn

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Have you been tempted lately by anything that tried to get you off track? I have. Just yesterday I realized the place I usually go to write has changed. About a month ago two of my favorite workers left for other jobs. I had been going to the same place for over two years and the atmosphere was perfect for studying the Bible and writing. It was awesome. “WAS” is the operative word here.

Once those two workers left, the atmosphere changed. I noticed it but I thought it would work out and everything would be okay once the new people settled in. But yesterday I had to face the facts that it just wasn’t working. I was fidgety nearly the whole time I was there. I had a harder time getting into the Bible and it was a struggle to write.

Oftentimes our temptation is not the one that lures us out into other places but the one that get us to stay where we’re at. Generally people are more apt to go with the status quo, with what they’re used to rather than venturing out into the unknown. No matter how bad the situation gets, our tendency is to stay put. The unknown just seems too scary or too hard. But that is exactly what our adversary wants. The situation gets slightly worse, then gradually gets so bad we wonder what happened. The devil manages to delay and hurt us.

Wisdom is to become aware of a deteriorating situation as soon as possible and if we haven’t got the authority or revelation to fix it, get out. You will probably be surprised to know that Jesus our Lord often walked away from bad situations. Check it out. Here’s one poignant example:

Matthew 4:12-13: “Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee; And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast.” There was no confronting the authorities to get John out of prison, no false martyrdom. Jesus knew 1 Samuel 15:22: “Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.”

Another example is in John 8: 59: “Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.”

And look at John 7:1: “After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him.”

Jesus just moved on to do God’s will for his life in another place. That’s exactly what we’re supposed to do.

I don’t have to keep going to the same place I used to study and write just because it’s convenient for me. I don’t have to think I can stay and make it better either. I just have to pick myself up and say, “Jesus, where to next?”

Let’s be brave people. Let’s believe to see quickly and clearly if a situation is bad for us. Then be willing to step away if Jesus says go. And if He does, we step out courageously into our unknown with our hand interlocked with the hand of the One who knows it all.

Love, Carolyn

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As the holidays approach we will be seeing family members and friends who are hurting. We try to help the best we can but sometimes it seems people just can’t receive it from us. Maybe they think they know the old us too well and it’s like Jesus when he went to Nazareth where he grew up: “He did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief” (Matt 13:58). They only knew him as the carpenter’s son, as a regular guy, not the spiritually tapped-in empowered guy he was now! Same with us. God in His foreknowledge already anticipated this scenario and provided a solution. There is always something we can do.

Jesus explains it in Matthew 9:33-10:5. In verse 33 we see Jesus casting out a demon. In verse 35 we’re told he was “healing every sickness and every disease among the people.” Verse 36 tells us when he saw the multitudes, his heart went out to them. We all have these feelings of compassion and love toward friends and relatives, especially during the holidays.

Jesus said, “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest” (v.37-38).

Then Jesus showed them how to do it. “And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. These twelve Jesus sent forth” (Matt 10:1 and 5).

He didn’t say “Schedule more meetings for me.” He didn’t say, “I have to do it myself.” The Savior of the world, when he was here in the flesh, didn’t rely on himself to deliver and heal everyone. What an amazing concept. What a great comfort for us to know that.

As wonderful and powerful as He was, when Jesus was looking with love and compassion on the hurting people right there in front of him, he couldn’t help them all. When we see the people we love, and they are hurting, our hearts go out to them too. But we can’t help everyone and there’s no need to feel bad about not being able to help someone close to us. If Jesus couldn’t heal everyone close to him, why do we think we have to?

But Jesus showed us a way to help them anyway.

He showed us we are to pray for another Christ-inspired person to step in. What a wonderful and powerful thing to know and what a sense of assurance it gives us. There’s never any guilt when it comes to love. We can always help in some way.

We don’t respond to everyone in the same way and neither do our loved ones. Sometimes they’ll listen to someone who says the same thing we say, but when it comes from someone else it just works. But to get mad or disappointed is not the right way for us to react.

We can pray and expect the Lord to send someone who our friends and loved ones will listen to. We can also pray for angels to intervene in the situation or even the Lord himself. And we can also pray Second Timothy 2:24 that says pray for someone to “awake themselves out of the snare of the devil.”

So don’t be discouraged this holiday season if you feel snubbed or somewhat helpless. Be encouraged; there’s power in prayer for another laborer to come in to help, when we can’t. If we refuse to be anxious about those we care about, but pray and trust the Lord more, we free ourselves up to serve Him better.

Love, Carolyn

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