DON’T BE TRICKED BY “THE SHOULDS”

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Wanting to be a good citizen, I’ve been paying more attention to politics. It’s a good thing to be aware of what’s going on, but this morning, as I was listening to a pastor who is very involved in politics, I found myself being overwhelmed by the “shoulds.” I “should” be more outspoken; I “should” learn how to debate; I “should,” I should,” I “should.” I started feeling bad about myself until Jane and I talked and the Lord gave me revelation from the Bible, where David got tricked by the “shoulds.” The record is found in 1 Samuel 27-30.

 

King Saul of Israel was coming after David to kill him, so David found refuge with the Philistines. He was given the city of Ziklag, where he brought his wives, children, his men and his wealth. But then there was going to be war between Israel and the Philistines. David felt that he “should” get involved in the fight. He took his men and stayed in the back, close to the man who befriended him—Achish, the Philistine King’s son. But while David and his men were away, intending to do what they thought they “should” be doing—their politically correct thing to do—another enemy went after David’s own city, Ziklag.

 

Even though David wanted to be involved, and his Philistine friend, Achish, thought it was a good idea, the other Philistine leaders weren’t receptive to David. They didn’t trust him and didn’t want him there, so “David and his men rose up early to depart in the morning to return” (1 Sam. 29:11).

 

“And it came to pass, when David and his men were come to Ziklag, that the Amalekites had invaded, and smitten Ziklag, and burned it with fire; And had taken the women captives, that were therein: they slew not any, either great or small, but carried them away, and went on their way.

 

“So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives. Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep” (1 Sam. 30:1-4).

 

Because David had stepped into the land of the “shoulds,” he wasn’t walking in the light of what the Lord really wanted him to be doing. The consequences were devastating, but not a total loss. David hadn’t intentionally disobeyed God, so the Lord made a way for him to recover his losses. He went after the Amalekites.

 

“And David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away; and David rescued his two wives. And there was nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor any thing that they had taken to them: David recovered all” (1 Sam. 30:18-19).

 

It would take some time to rebuild the burned city, but at least no one was killed and they got back their form of income in the goods that were stolen. Thank God the goods went with them, because if they had been left in Ziklag, they would have been destroyed in the fire. In God’s foresight, He knew that David had made an error in judgement, but not in heart. And if, in our hearts we truly want to always to do His will, He will find a way to always provide for us, even when we mess up.

 

When things in our world present themselves and we get emotionally upset about them, we tend to want to do something about them and that’s good. But wisdom, it says in God’s Word, is the principle thing and wisdom comes from God. We don’t want to be tricked liked David, into taking action on something just because of some false feeling of responsibility, or obligation. The “shoulds” can be tricky.

 

Don’t get me wrong: I’m not saying that pastors, preachers, Christian leaders or Christian people at large are not supposed to get involved with politics—quite the opposite. I feel that more of us need to be actively involved. We definitely have opinions and we need to express them. Christians are never going to all agree on politics, or Biblical doctrine for that matter, either. But that’s okay. We do our best to assess and discern.

 

Honestly, a lot of Christian leaders in America don’t speak their opinions because of the Johnson Act that gives them tax exemption if they keep their mouths shut about politics. Personally, I’m praying to see pastors and preachers be bold enough to voluntarily opt out of the tax exemption, so that they can freely speak on anything the Lord wants said.

 

Many of us need to step out of the cloisters, but not to the exclusion of our first calling—to do the will of the Lord always in everything.

 

Let’s not be tricked by the “shoulds” in any category. David felt he “should” go to war on the side of the Philistines, but it wasn’t what God wanted him to do, so he ended up having to start over and rebuild his whole city. We don’t want to be in a place where we have to rebuild something in our lives that we’ve already spent good time doing. I started to feel I should do more politically, but that doesn’t mean I have to get totally immersed.

 

I need to only follow the Lord, detail by detail. When He directs me to be more politically outspoken, I do it. When not, I don’t. Simple. We can’t let other people dictate how we “should” act. Only the Lord has the right to direct us, and in Him we walk freely, just like Him.

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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HEALING CAN COME IN DIFFERENT WAYS

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October 2014. My knee started hurting, then my thigh, then my back; I forgot to just ask for wisdom from the Lord on what it was and what to do to make it go away. I took ibuprophen and was handling it myself. The pain subsided somewhat, but it wasn’t going away. I persevered on my own for about two weeks and it was wearing me down. I finally woke up spiritually, took it to the Lord and asked my roommate, Jane, to pray for me. I went off to work like every other day. Only this day I got the revelation of what was causing my pain and the revelation of how to get rid of it.

 

As I sat down on the floor to patch and touch up the baseboard and then crawled along to the next spot, I got the news flash – I was sitting in a scrunched down position with both legs tucked under me to the side and I was bent over. I put my legs on the other side and the same exact pinch happened on the other side and I realized I’d been sitting and crawling in this position for about two weeks, 7 hours a day. No wonder I was having pinches and pain. I made a conscious effort to change how I was positioning myself and the pain dissipated and is nearly gone.

 

Just because you don’t have an instant miracle of healing, doesn’t mean God’s not healing you. He’s given us many ways to get pain free and to get healed up.

 

God designed our bodies to heal themselves. If we take care of our bodies, natural healing comes faster.

 

Also a key I’ve learned is that certain sicknesses and diseases and demons too, need specific environments to thrive in. Changing our bodily environment on the inside can cause the disease to die or the destructive evil spirit to leave.

 

There’s much to learn about healing but whenever we get sick there is always one thing we should do first and that’s take it to the Lord in prayer. Ask Him: “Should I go to the doctor? Ask someone to pray for me? Drink more water and take a couple aspirin? What should I do, Lord?”

 

We ask for His wisdom on what to do to get healed. God wants us to be healthy, so He’s glad to give us His wisdom.

 

James 3:17 says: “The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” And James 4:2 says: “Ye have not, because ye ask not.” So we need to ask.

 

If we’re unsure about really hearing from the Lord, or unsure of what we think He answered, then we can ask a trusted Christian friend to corroborate or at least pray.

 

God says of himself: “I am the Lord that healeth thee” (Ex 15:27). Whether it be through a doctor, a prescription, a miracle, a nutrition plan or just changing your position on the floor, a healthy body and a clear thinking mind are important in God’s good plan for our lives. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Tim. 1:7).

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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UNDER HIS WINGS

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Yesterday I took Peanut through the car wash. It was a little scary for him but I told him he could snuggle under my arm. He did great and when we came out, he went back over to the passenger side of the car, indicating that I should roll down the window so he could stick his face out and get on with his ride. Psalm 91:4 tells us: “He [God] shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust.”

 

In our busy lives we act a little like Peanut, wanting to always stick our noses out the window, see everything, and experience all the excitement. But we also need to remember that we are not on the treadmill of life on our own. God will always be there for us. We need to find comfort, stability, rest and trust, under His wings.

 

Jesus rebuked the Jews because they kept making up their own rules. They wanted to stone anyone they felt wasn’t following their agenda. They thought they were doing it all very righteously and boldly for God, but they weren’t. They let the Leviathan spirit of pride take over their thinking and actions. They didn’t take the time to humbly come back to snuggle up to the true God. Instead, they wanted God to corroborate what they decided was His will—not wanting to humbly find out what His will really was. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!” (Luke 13:34).

 

They wouldn’t listen and their lives were not blessed.

 

On the other hand, there was Ruth of the Old Testament. Instead of going back to her Moabite gods when her husband died, she made a decision to draw closer to the God of the Israelites and her life was blessed in many ways. This is the prophesy given over her: “The Lord recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust” (Ruth 2:12).

 

Peanut trusted I would take care of Him in the uproar of the car wash. He was smart enough to snuggle up to me. Let’s be smart like Peanut and snuggle up the God, under whose wings we can trust.

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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THREE GREAT PRINCIPLES TO LIVE BY

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Jane told me a great story about a 98-year-old yoga teacher—the oldest in the world. She’s been teaching yoga for 58 years and at age 80 she decided she wanted to do something else as well, so she took up ballroom dancing. The woman is healthy, flexible, energetic and delightful. She said she lives by three main principles:

 

  1. Never be negative
  2. Don’t judge
  3. Every day say: “This is going to be the best day of my life.”

 

I started practicing these the first week of April. At first it was really hard, especially the last one: Every day say: “This is going to be the best day of my life.” I felt like I was being a hypocrite. My heart wasn’t into it. But I did it. Then I did it the next couple days and really amazing things happened: 1. I got to talk to my niece about spiritual things for the first time. 2. I got to pray for a friend’s mother. They thought she’d had a stroke, but it turned out to be something else and she was okay. 3. I got a new revelation about humility. Every day something happened.

 

On Saturday of the first week, I didn’t feel like getting up. I had some bad dreams and was feeling some dread about the day. But before I got out of bed, I made myself say: “I’m going to have a great day, the best day of my life.” Honestly I said it more out of hope than really believing it. I went on to say I wasn’t going to be negative and I wasn’t going to judge. Then I got up. That was the day I got to rescue a young German shepherd dog and return him to his very happy owners. This stuff is amazing! I did have a great day.

 

These three life-giving principles are documented in God’s Word. One place the first principle (Never be negative) is found, is in Romans 8:28, where it says: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” How can ALL things work together for good?

 

The context of this verse is talking about speaking in tongues: “making intercession for the saints according to the will of God” (Rom. 8:27). When we speak in tongues, we can always know that we are doing a positive thing and it is always for good. We can’t speak negative about people when we are speaking in tongues, because the Spirit of God Himself is directing the words.

 

God may show us something that seems negative about a person but it’s not so that we start gossiping about them or bad-mouthing their actions. The reason the Lord makes us aware of bad things is so that we will pray for His intervention. And if we know how to speak in tongues, the Bible says it’s perfect prayer (Romans 8:26), so we don’t even have to know exactly what to pray for, just that we can pray and God hears and answers.

 

To choose to take the high road and never be negative has certainly worked for this 98-year-old yoga teacher. Since it’s one of those eternal truths from God’s Word, it will work for us as well, no matter how hard it may be at first and then also to maintain it. But we can do it.

 

The second principle this woman lives by is: Don’t judge. Simply put, the Lord Jesus said: “Judge not, that ye be not judged” (Matt. 7:1). Only God really knows the heart of a man or a woman, so we don’t need to guess and we certainly shouldn’t be judging. It takes us down the rabbit hole to a bad place. We just aren’t smart enough to know all the factors in any person’s life, so we need to let the judging stay with God. Again, this is one that takes practice, but it will help us to live a much happier and longer life.

 

The third principle is: Every day say: “This is going to be the best day of my life.” Psalm 118:24 says: “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” This is what God says, so we need to start saying the same. God knows what He’s talking about. God is telling us we can rejoice and be glad every single day.

 

For most people, these three principles will take true discipline. If we really want to be disciples of the Lord, we need to start practicing these three things daily. They will first become a habit and if we continue, a true life style, the style of life that is richly fulfilling, the way God intended.

 

Take the challenge with me. See you at 98!

 

Here’s a link, if you want to see more about this oldest yoga teacher on record. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u76yQEdflVM

Love, Carolyn

 

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TRUTH IS A REASON TO CELEBRATE

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Today we celebrate a great victory. “SURPRISE, Satan! You lost.” This is the day we celebrate Jesus being raised from the dead. Many who once believed in Him, had turned away (see John 6:66); He’d been brutally beaten, nailed to a cross, pierced through with a sword, imprisoned in Hell, and worst of all, He felt that His Father God had totally abandoned Him. Many of you have been abandoned by a parent or parents, by spouses, lovers or friends. And many have felt forsaken by God. But it’s not true. And God is not like men and women—He doesn’t lie. His Word says: “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.” Sometimes we may feel like we’ve been abandoned, but we are never lost with God.

 

God’s got our back. He says to us in Hebrews 13:5: “Let your manner of living be without covetousness, and be content with such things as ye have. For He hath said, ‘I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.’” That’s the greatest promise we could have. Even if we had nothing, we still have Him. Jesus may have even thought He lost God, but God made Him alive again in His darkest hour. And He does that for us too.

 

Jesus went through Hell itself, and from what I’ve seen and heard of Hell, it’s almost unfathomably horrible. (check out some of the videos on YouTube). Because Jesus has seen and felt the worst things in all life and God gave Him victory, He is able to help us with anything, small or great, that we encounter.

 

“For in that He Himself hath suffered, being tempted, He is able to succor those who are tempted.” The word “succor” is translated from the Greek word which means to “help,” to “come to the aid of,” to “run to the cry of those in danger.” The dictionary adds, “to relieve and deliver from difficulty, want, or distress.”

 

Jesus has been through it all, so He really does have all the answers we need in any situation. His answer to a given situation isn’t always fun, but it is always right and doing the right thing sets us free.

 

Truth is a reason to celebrate. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Happy Easter and have a great week!

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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HE WILL KEEP YOU SAFE

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  1. I was new in town, a hippie from the San Francisco Bay Area, and now I lived in a suburb of Chicago with my parents. I was a “love child,” “flower child” of the 60’s, which meant tank tops, long skirts and combat boots among other things. I was 19. I got a summer job as a lifeguard at the local pool and hung out after work with the other lifeguards, going to bars in nearby towns to party. It was fun. I didn’t make any permanent friends—too shy really, and not very good at socializing with new people. But I was attracted to this older guy—the “bad boy” guy who stood apart from the crowd.

 

This guy was different, intriguing. He liked to play pool. So a group of us went to a bar to play pool almost every night; or as it turned out, he and his male friends played pool and I watched, till the early hours of the morning. He paid attention to me and that was a lonely time in my life, so if someone paid attention to me, I was all ears, all attention, all “gaga” over him. We never had sex but still there was this attraction, this connection. Then one night I decided for some reason not to go out after work.

 

I got a call from one of this guy’s friends about 8 o’clock that night, telling me the guy I liked really wanted me to come meet him down in the parking lot by my work. I was totally into it and started to get ready to go out. Then I stopped. I had this niggling feeling that something was wrong.

 

I didn’t know it at the time, but it was the Lord giving me a warning. I figuratively felt a cement wall rise up in me. In my hippie-love attitude I had been totally ready to hop in the car and take off to town to meet him, but this odd feeling, like a cement wall encasing me, stopped me. I couldn’t go. It was weird, but I just knew I couldn’t go.

 

The next day, I donned my lifeguard swimsuit and off to work I went. After work, one of my coworkers pulled me aside where no one else could hear. He looked all around to make sure no one was near, then whispering, he told me the story: “I just wanted to let you know that guy showed up last night at the parking lot with a gun! He was looking for you. He was in a hurry to get out of town and head cross-country. He said he was planning to take you with him! He was really mad when you didn’t show up but he didn’t wait long till he pealed outta here.”

 

You can imagine the flip-flops my mind did with that! Well, there you are. I was dumb, but still the Lord took care of me and kept me safe. He kept me from showing up that night. I don’t know what would have happened had I gone, but it wasn’t going to be good. The Lord loved me when I was dumb as dirt! Ephesians says:

 

“Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh [is working] in the children of disobedience:

 

“Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

 

“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us [made us alive] together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved)” (Eph. 2: 1-5).

 

The thing is, that at the time, I was already a Christian, but I didn’t understand so many things in the Bible and I really didn’t know how to apply Bible things to my everyday life. I certainly didn’t know the Lord like I do now.  But what I learned by experience is that when we truly love the Lord, no matter how much Bible we know or don’t know, His love for us is unconditional.

 

I know for sure that Proverbs 29:25 is true: “Whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.”

 

And though I’ve walked through the valley of death and gotten myself into trouble many times, “I will fear no evil: for thou [Lord] art with me [always]” (Ps. 23:4).

 

The Lord has kept me safe (and smarter now too!) and He will do it for you. Love Him, trust Him.

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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