GOD AND THE BIG WHITE BOX

Peanut our little rescue dog, and Snickers our big fluffy 17-year-old cat never worry about getting fed. When one of us goes into the kitchen toward the big white box [the refrigerator], they both come running in and stand at attention looking up to see what goodies might come out of it for them.

 

When Peanut gets a special snack like a small piece of cheese or maybe even a small bite of a shortbread cookie (his favorite), he gently opens his mouth and lets us put the snack up to his mouth. He never grabs for it. He knows he doesn’t have to; there’s plenty more where that came from.

 

Snickers and Peanut like to eat together in front of the fireplace. They each have separate plates or napkins, and know whose is whose, but a lot of times they share. They’ve taught me how our relationship is to be with the Lord.

 

If we would only trust God like our pets trust us. We don’t have to be greedy. Just trust Him to open His big white box and give us what we need and what makes us happy. “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19).

 

Trust Him that He’ll give us extra special snacks like shortbread cookies, “exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Eph. 3:20).

 

Trust there will always be more coming from God’s big white box, so that we’ll always have something to share. “Freely ye have received, freely give” (Matt. 10:8).

 

Peanut and Snickers demonstrate three very valuable lessons on trust: 1. Don’t be greedy. 2. God supplies our needs and some extra goodies as well and 3. Share what you receive. Guess what? It’s time for another visit to the big white box.

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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“PUPPY HEALED DOG”

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Before little Peanut came along, I had another wonderful rescue dog named Spike. He taught me many great life lessons. This is one of them.

 

I opened the sliding glass door and in came Spike from the yard. His left eye looked a little red but I didn’t think much of it at the time. By the next day his eye was really red and droopy. It looked awful! My roommate Jane and I questioned whether or not we should take him to the vet, but past experience made us not trust the vet, so we decided against it. Spike didn’t appear to be having any pain, so we waited a few days to pray and see how it went.

 

Once before, Spike had gotten stung by a scorpion and it paralyzed his whole back end. We prayed for him and he was totally healed in about four days. This time we prayed for his eye, but my faith was weak.

 

Matthew 11:23-24 says that when you pray, believe and don’t doubt. I believed God would heal his eye, but then when I looked at his poor awful droopy red eye, I would get worried, and I doubted and thought maybe I should take him to the vet, even though I knew in my heart that the vet would do no good.

 

James 1:6b-8 says: “For he that is wavering is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.”

 

That was me—believing for healing one minute and doubting in the next. What was amazing is that his eye was responding accordingly—it looked healed, and then it would get all red and droopy again. It was confusing and guilt was getting in, both about not going to the vet, and about not believing God for the healing.

 

After a short period of this going back and forth, Jane said, “Look, Carolyn, you’ve got to agree with me on this healing!” She was right. Jesus said, “Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven” (Matt 18:19). We asked and we agreed, but then I had to make my mouth confess it.

 

Second Corinthians 4:8 says, “We look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen.” And Romans 4:17 tells us to call those things that be not as though they already were.

 

That’s what Abraham did. When God told Abram and Sarah they were going to be the father and mother of many nations, Sarah was already far past the age of having children, but that didn’t stop the invisible words from coming to pass. It wasn’t easy for them to believe, since in the natural they were both really old. But God had to do something amazing for them, which is a great lesson for us.

 

It had been 24 years since the promise was made, but still, no children. Their faith just wasn’t there. They wavered like I did with my little dog Spike. So God told Abram he had to stop calling himself Abram and change his name to Abraham, which means “father of many nations.” So every time someone called him or whenever he talked about himself, he was hearing out loud, “You’re a father of many nations.”

 

After doing this it was only three months before Sarah was pregnant with Isaac! (See Gen 12-18.)

 

The Lord showed me that I could do that with Spike’s eye and that I should start calling him “Puppy Healed Dog.” I spoke right to him and said things like “Look at you, your eye is healed. Jesus healed your eye. You’re ‘Puppy Healed Dog.’”

 

After I did that, his eye took about two weeks to totally heal. During that time, there were days when his eye went red and droopy again, but I didn’t let any words of doubt or fear come out of my mouth. Instead I just kept saying that Spike was “Puppy Healed Dog,” and he became exactly that.

 

When we’re wavering, we aren’t peaceful enough or calm enough to even receive true wisdom of what to do in a situation. But finally when I believed without wavering, Spike’s eye was healed.

 

“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the WORDS of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear” (Heb 11:3).

 

The invisible things are more powerful than the visible things. The invisible is what has creative power. God Himself is invisible to us, yet He created everything in the beginning from His own spoken words. When we speak words, we don’t see the letters, but in our minds we see an image. When we speak the images that the Lord gives us by faith, they will come to pass. God tells us, “I create the fruit of the lips” (Is 57:19a).

 

What an amazingly wonderful blessing that is!

 

God’s will is to heal and to bless. It is possible for ordinary people to speak THE WORDS OF THE LORD that He gives us, the Words of God without wavering, and get the results. Abraham became the father of many nations and Spike became Puppy Healed Dog.

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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24. THE DEVIL HAS NO AUTHORITY
25. RISE LIKE THE EAGLE ABOVE THE STORM
26. OUR SPIRITUAL FIVE SENSES
27. I KNOW THE BOSS AND I’M WITH HIM
28. GOING THROUGH THE EYE OF THE NEEDLE
29. DO WE HAVE TO WAIT TIL WE DIE TO GET SOME HEAVEN?
30. SEEING IN NEW WAYS
31. GOD’S SPIRIT TOUCHES OUR SPIRIT
32. NEGATIVE PRAYERS
33. ROLLER COASTER FAITH
34. HOLDING YOUR GROUND
35. THE CICADA
36. NO GLASS CEILING
37. DANGEROUS ILLUSIONS

WHEN YOU HAVE A BAD DAY

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Today I saw unkindness that I could do nothing about. It made me sad. I was just glad to be able to get through the day. We’ve all had bad days. I was reminded of a story I wrote in 2012, called “When Everything Goes Wrong, It Can Still Turn Out Okay.” I think you’ll be able to relate. Here’s the story:

 

“Sometimes I’m reminded of how thankful I am to have a buildup of God’s Word in me!  In the last two weeks, it sustained me through a lot of not-so-great things. First my truck broke down and I was stuck four hours waiting for a tow truck that never came. I called the Car Doctor and he came, but the damage was too much for him to fix, so then he called a tow truck which finally came and I reached home at 9:00p.m., at the end of a day that had started at 3:30a.m!

 

On top of that I had two days to re-register the truck. I found out that I couldn’t re-register until I got an inspection, because someone had rear-ended me a year ago and the insurance called my truck a total loss, even though it was only the bed that got pushed in so I couldn’t freely let down the gate. I went through the process of getting a salvage title (I’m not even going to go into how complicated that was!) but still the DMV wanted an inspection paper that the original repair guy was supposed to have filled out for me.

 

When I went back to the repair guy, he wouldn’t give me the paper unless I gave him four large paintings for free. He was trying to bribe me, just what I didn’t need at that point. When I got home, I called another repair place and found out how much my repairs would cost me—yikes! It was expensive, but at least the new place would fill out the paperwork for the inspection so I didn’t have to go back to the creepy guy. I was barely hanging on at that point, trying to manage a way to get a ride to work at 4:15a.m. the next morning, getting the money for repairs, the DMV, the rental car, etc.

 

God faithfully assured me that I had the money to pay for all this, but it was close. Then the next morning before I had to return the rental car, I decided to take my truck to work instead of the rental car, and as I was backing out of the garage I backed right into the front side fender of the rental car! By this time, my nerves were frayed and although I’d been holding it together until then, the moment I hit the rental car with my own truck, I was taken over the edge. I was physically and emotionally exhausted and my faith was shaken and broken. I burst into uncontrollable sobs and crying.

 

I knew that God had provided all the money I’d needed so far, but then the rental car, I just couldn’t see how I could take one more thing. I didn’t think I could possibly have the money for that too. It was the last straw and I lost it. I got out of the truck with my head hanging low as I slowly walked across the front lawn in the dark to my front door. I stood there, heaving, sobbing, gasping for air in between the crying, and I rang the bell.

 

My roommate Jane came to the door. What a sight I must have been! She brought me inside and put her arm around me as I was crying, gasping and trying to tell her what happened all at the same time. She calmly said, “You need to just sit down.” I promptly said, “I can’t, I have to go to work,” but she got me to sit down a second and then I blurted out, at the top of my lungs, “I just can’t take any more!” She comforted me and said, “It’s okay; I understand; it’s going to be okay.” And then it was!

 

Sometimes we just can’t take another inspirational teaching, another prayer to say, another scripture to quote, another preaching. Sometimes we just need a hug, an “I understand.” A little mercy and a little loving kindness in this situation could do more than anything else.

 

True compassion from the innermost part of my roommate welled up in her and I was fixed. Hebrews 4:15 says that the Lord Jesus is like that: he feels our pain, our hurts. He understands. He took on the nature of man so he understands that part of us intimately. “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities.” The Greek word for “touched” is sumpatheo, which means to identify with and understand another’s situation and feelings.

 

Hebrews 2:18 says: “He himself hath suffered, and he is able to succor us.” The word “succor” in the Greek translation means “he runs up at a cry for help.” There are so many places recorded in the Bible where God’s compassion for people is shown. He feels our pains just like a true friend does, or like a parent does when a child is in pain or hurting. It’s recorded in Isaiah 63:9: “In all their affliction he [God] was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them, and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.”

 

We’ve all probably read and seen the “footprints in the sand” poem and picture, and sometimes that’s exactly what we need: someone to carry us when we can’t do it ourselves, someone to just put their arm around us and say, “I understand.” God worked in my roommate Jane, and that’s the way the family of God is supposed to work. God delights in that. As it turned out, God blessed me with all the money I needed for the car repairs, so I wouldn’t have to be concerned about that either.”

 

Tonight I’m feeling like the Lord is just saying to me, “I understand. I see what you see too, but don’t take that burden on yourself. Just let me do My thing. Let me take care of it.” And that’s just what I’m going to do.

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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A MIND THAT WANTS TO CHECK OUT

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We’ve all witnessed older people, maybe in their 90’s, who “check out” of life. They’ve lived vital, energetic lives and now they are ready to move on. Their minds begin to deteriorate. You probably have noticed that people are starting to “check out” at a much younger age. This has got to stop.

 

I understand that life becomes hard. We don’t want to deal with all the deadlines, the responsibilities put on us, the lack of fair treatment or fair pay for what we do; We are tired of dealing with crazy people, delays, things going wrong. We want other people to deal with these complicated things for us and we would just like to float a little on someone else’s energy. THIS IS A DANGEROUS THOUGHT AND A SLIPPERY PATH!

 

I see and know of people who have done this very thing and now they have a hard time remembering the smallest things. They have difficulty finishing a sentence. They have a great idea but can’t seem to execute it.

 

Once a person starts down this path of disengaging, the mind gets lazy and thinks it’s justified. Soon it doesn’t even realize what’s going on and it’s only circling on itself, even obsessing on the same things over and over and basically going nowhere.

 

The Lord wanted to show this to me in other people and my response was not only sadness, but also some frustration too. Then, it happened to me!

 

I had a difficult week with deadlines and way too many people with too many different ideas and it was confusing and a bit overwhelming. By the weekend I was exhausted. One of my best friends came over and she wanted to tell me the details about what was going on in her life; some of it involved me too. Part way through her excitement, I checked out.

 

I didn’t even realize it until about fifteen minutes later when I asked her about some portion of her story. I may have imagined it, but it seemed that she gave me this incredulous sideways look that said, “I just told you a few minutes ago! Weren’t you listening?” The answer, sadly enough, was, “Nope, I checked out!”

 

I had just done the very thing I was all grumbly about seeing in other people! I woke up to what the Lord had been trying to show me: “NO MORE CHECKING OUT!  I’ve shown you what happens to other people. Don’t let it happen to you.”

 

We can’t allow ourselves to get lazy-minded. Second Timothy 1:7 tells us, “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” But we have to guard it, claim it and make it obey what the Word of God says about it.

 

In the next chapter of Timothy, God tells us, “The servant of the Lord must be gentle unto all, apt to teach, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves, that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will” (vv. 24-26). These verses are not just talking about helping other people, but we are included in the “all.” We are part of the: “that they may recover [also translated “awake”] themselves out of the snare of the devil.”

 

It is a terrible snare of the devil, that he can get us to be slovenly with our minds. Yes, we may get tired physically, or worn down by the confusion and craziness of people and the world around us, but we have a loving Lord to help us recover ourselves, wake ourselves up and have our minds be clear, fit, vibrant and sound.

 

A great example is the man in the Gadarenes. The record is in Mark 5. Verse 2 says, “When he [Jesus] was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit.” This man’s mind was unclean. It wasn’t sharp; it wasn’t clear. In fact, he fit into the category we just saw in 2 Timothy 2:24: He was among “those that oppose themselves,” so much so, that he literally cut himself:

 

“Night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself” (v. 5). The word “tombs” is translated from the Greek word that means, “a monument or memorial to perpetuate the memory of any person or thing.” Tombs usually hold the remains of someone who is dead.

 

The man of the Gadarenes was dwelling with things that were dead, things of the past that should have been dealt with and left dead. Instead, he was going back physically and mentally, obsessing over them, and in so much agony, he was mutilating himself. We have cutters today and many are young girls, obsessing over things that need to be dealt with according to God’s Word and left for dead.

 

The answer is always Jesus. Even these unclean, unsound demons that possessed the man of the tombs and kept him crazy, were no match for the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Jesus “said unto him, ‘Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit’” (v.8). And the people “came to Jesus and saw the man who had been demon-possessed sitting down, clothed and in his right mind” (v. 15). Here we see that this man’s mind was restored, it was “his” right mind.

 

In other words, as nuts as he was, his mind wasn’t beyond the point of restoration. He once had a sharp, clear, vibrant and sound mind and when Jesus’s words were spoken to him, and he believed them, he got back his right mind! He had a right to own his own mind. And we do to!

 

And what did the man do? He followed Jesus and told others about how he was delivered and healed.

 

So if we are determined to keep our wits about us till our last day here on earth, then we always need to look to the Lord and follow Him. We don’t have to be afraid of anything. God will never give us anything we can’t handle and we never have to think we need to mentally “check out.”

 

We stay strong-minded and clear-headed, no matter what goes on around us and we keep our eyes on Jesus who helped the crazy Gadarene man get his mind back. Instead of dwelling in the tombs, we dwell on the words of the one who made us: “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

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The other night I asked the Lord what I should read before bed. “Psalm 51.” I love that Psalm but there are verses that I don’t fully understand. I know that happens to you too. But there are easy resources online for doing a quick study, or even an extended one. So, I decided to take a closer look and do a word study on verse six:

 

“Behold, you desire truth in the innermost being: and in the hidden part you will make me know wisdom.”

 

When I look up the words in their original language, I get a deeper understanding of what the verse really means. It’s a way to meditate on a scripture and let it make a deeper impact, sinking into my heart, because I’m taking the time to focus on it longer than the time it takes to just read it and move on.

 

In this verse, David is talking to God. David says, “You, God, desire truth in the innermost part of me.” The first word I want to look at is “desire.” The Hebrew word is “chaphets” and it means “delight in, take pleasure in, like.” But there’s more, something I wouldn’t have known about, unless I looked it up: In the definition of “desire” is the idea of bending down toward someone, inclining yourself toward them. So this tells me God actually takes so much pleasure in us having truth, that He bends down toward us, delighting in when He sees truth in us.

 

So, what is this “truth” God likes bending down to see in us? The word “truth” is the Hebrew word “emeth,” and it means all kinds of amazing things. Among them are: “faithfulness, reliability, trustworthiness, peace and stability.” But again, there is more to it. This is “truth that is spoken,” “truth as it pertains to divine instruction,” “truth in ethical knowledge,” and “truth in judgment.” So God delights in leaning down toward us to smile on our faithfulness, our trustworthiness, His truth that we are speaking, our receiving the truth of His divine revelations to us, doing the right thing when we have ethical decisions to make and truth in good judgment.

 

Where does God see these wonderful truths in us? The verse says He sees them in our “inward parts.” The Hebrew word for “inward parts” is “tuwchah” and it means “the seat of the mind and thoughts.” In other words, these truths are not just the flighty thoughts off the top of our heads, but they are coming from a deeper place in our minds. These are the things that if someone took the time to seriously ask you, “What do you really believe?” You would go to this part of your heart and mind and say with the most conviction, “This is what I believe.”

 

God bends down lovingly toward us to see if we have embraced His truths and if they live steadfast and unmovable in the depths of our hearts.

 

The rest of Psalm 51:6 tells us what God does when He sees His truth in our hearts:

 

“In the hidden part you [God] will make me know wisdom.”

 

The “hidden part” is the secret part. The word “know” is the Hebrew word “yada” which means to “see and know, to be sure of, discover and know by experience, feel, understand, and be able to teach.”

 

Then the final word, “wisdom,” “chokmah” in Hebrew. And this is the most exciting of all. Wisdom always means how to apply knowledge. But when you look at how this word is used, it is wisdom in specific areas.

 

It is wisdom concerning skill in war. It is wisdom in administration. It is shrewdness. (Matthew 10:16 says “Be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.”) This wisdom is discretion in religious matters and wisdom concerning ethical matters.

 

In studying the words used in this one scripture, we find that our loving God is inclining Himself down to us. He likes, and in fact delights in seeing the things He’s taught us dwelling in the deepest parts of our hearts. When He finds them there, He can attach the blessing of discovering, experiencing, understanding, feeling and even being able to teach great skill in war (physical and spiritual), administrative skills in all categories of life, shrewdness, wisdom in religious matters and godly ways to handle ethical matters as well.

 

For me, this verse in Psalm 51 is a great one to think about for a while. Studying the words God chose to put here, really helps to see the significance of the verse and the bigness of God’s own heart toward us and how much He is willing and desiring to give us great wisdom in the everyday decisions of life. This verse tells us how to receive that wisdom.

 

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Try this, even if you only look up a couple words. I think you will really be blessed.

 

Love, Carolyn

 

LET’S LIVE FREE

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Ground zero for any human being is not the soul, but the Spirit. That’s why, when a person says they are trying to “find themselves” or doing some deep soul searching, they won’t be truly satisfied until they look at the Spirit. God says in Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I set you apart for my holy purpose.” To have true liberty and delight in this world, we need to know ourselves as a Spirit person and be led by the Spirit.

 

John 3:8 says, “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” When we allow the Spirit to rule, we go wherever it pleases. Second Corinthians 3:17 tells us, “The Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” And Galatians 5:1 tells us we should “stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.”

 

When we believed in God’s son, God Himself made us alive spiritually in Him. At that moment, He took the documents that listed all the bad things against us and folded it in half so no one could see it. Then it was nailed to the cross. It talks about this in Colossians.

 

It was a custom that any person who didn’t pay their debt, had papers written up against them. The papers were put up in a place in the city where everyone could see. But if some benevolent soul came along and paid the debt, the paper was folded in on itself and no one could see the debt. It was gone, paid for. That’s how it is when a person gets born again of Holy Spirit. All debt is paid and the person is free.

 

“And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened [made alive] together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross” (Col. 2:13-14).

 

Once we’re free, and we’re endeavoring to walk by the Spirit, we’re like the wind. We are free to obey the Spirit and go where we’re guided. Colossians 2:16: “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon,” where you hang out or what you do.

 

No one can judge you, only Jesus. Paul says he doesn’t even judge himself: “But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self” (1 Cor. 4:3).

 

Yes, “We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ” (2 Cor. 5:10). And “Every one of us shall give account of himself to God” (Rom. 14:12). We can’t do this by our great reasoning and mental discipline. We have to remind ourselves that we ARE Spirit, created in God’s image and like Him. We can only be free like the wind when we let our Spirit-self be in charge of our lives. We have to look at the Word of God to find out who that Spirit self is, who WE really are.

 

Paul tells us, “Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh is lusting against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law” (Gal. 5:16-18).

 

Verse 25 of Galatians 5 says: “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”

 

We are told in Romans: “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the [Spiritual] children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ” (Rom. 8:14-17).

 

Verse 29 tells us: “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the [Spiritual] image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”

 

This is amazing! It means that you and I are Spiritual brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ, with the same amazing Father. That means that we, as Spirit people, are above every single demon there is! Colossians 2:15 says this about Jesus: “And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them.” We ARE the Spiritual children of God as well, with the same God-given reborn spirit!

 

“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?  He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? God that justifieth?

 

“Who is he that condemneth? Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us? Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

 

“It is written, ‘For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.’ [That’s before we became Holy Spiritual people!] Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

 

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8: 31-38).

 

Let’s believe it, receive it and act like it! We keep reminding ourselves of who we really are and that there is no devil spirit, no demon who is bigger than we are spiritually. Like Jesus, we stand. “Resist the devil and

and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).

 

And with people, we walk in the Spirit. “And where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Cor. 3:17). And “We walk in love” (Eph. 5:2).

 

Let’s live free and kick the devil’s butt this week!

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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ARE YOU JOY? OR DO YOU ONLY HAVE IT?

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ARE YOU JOY? OR DO YOU ONLY HAVE IT?

Even though I’d heard the phrase, “You are a spirit person,” many times before, I got a revelation today on how to use this revelation differently than before. God created every human being to be a “speaking spirit” (Gen. 2:7 Heb. Chumash). Then when we get born again and we receive Jesus Christ, a miracle takes place because “God has given us His Holy Spirit” (1 Thess. 4:8) to replace our human spirit that was given to us in natural birth. Peter calls it “incorruptible seed.”

 

In this package, “God blessed us with all spiritual blessings” (Eph. 1.3). That includes all the fruit of the spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23: “The fruit that comes from having the Holy Spirit in our lives is: love, joy, peace, not giving up, being kind, being good, being faithful, being gentle, and being the boss over our own desires.”

 

The new revelation I got was that we don’t HAVE these things, we ARE these things. Each of us is a new spirit; we have a soul (our minds, emotions and will); and we live in a body. Since these characteristics, called fruit of the spirit, are spirit things, we can say, “We ARE love; We ARE joy; We ARE peace,” and so on. We have to do this so much that we convince our souls that this is true.

 

First John 4:8 says, “God IS love.” Since God gave me what He IS, then I AM love too. It’s a spiritual thing.

 

Today when my soul started to get riled up about confusing instructions, I told myself, “I am a spirit and I am peace.” I used to say to myself, “I have peace.” But “having it” is different from “being it.” You can “have” a healthy pancreas, but “being” healthy is an all over thing. The soul can have peace, but the spirit is peace. And the spirit is greater and a much higher authority than the soul or body. The spirit rules.

 

Besides having opportunities to “Be peace,” at work today, I had opportunities to “Be love.” The difference was, when I thought about having love and giving it, it felt like it was a certain amount, like having a package of love, but when I said to myself, “I AM love,” it was all in me and all over me. That was so much better than having only a portion of it.

 

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Cor. 5:17).

 

I only tried out two of the fruit of the spirit today: love and peace. It was remarkable and really satisfying. I can hardly wait to try out the others. They are like muscles underneath the flesh: they are us, but we don’t see them until we exercise them.

 

Let’s not have love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control, let’s BE it.

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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