God always was and is still the Ultimate Authority: “In the beginning: GOD.” He is “the MOST HIGH OVER ALL THE EARTH” (Gen. 1:1 and Ps. 83:18b). Then comes man: “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth” (Gen. 1:26).


The devil himself was named Lucifer (light-bearer) in the beginning. God created Lucifer as an angel of light. Light makes things grow. Things are made clear in the light. They’re illuminated physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. This mighty angel, Lucifer, was to illuminate things for mankind, but he was never supposed to have authority over us. He, like other angels, was supposed to help God by helping us.


God gave angels, like humanity, the freedom of will, and they could abuse it just like humans do.


Lucifer didn’t like the idea of being subservient to God or to humans. He became blinded by his own light and thought He could be greater than his creator. In this act, he began to destroy himself.


Isaiah 14 tells us Lucifer’s story:


“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High” (Is. 14: 12-14)


To “sit upon the mount of the congregation” means to sit at the top, above all beings and judge them. (See Ps. 82:1 and Ps. 75:2.) Lucifer liked that idea—to be the bully on the throne and judge as he pleased. He craved that position and the power.


But God couldn’t let him have it. There’s only one God above all else, the God of the Bible. Lucifer turned against God, so he basically threw himself out of God’s presence. He was tossed out of heaven and no longer had the name Lucifer, because now his light was darkness. Any light he gave would only be a counterfeit of the true light. He could no longer be called “light,” but instead, he was called Satan or the Devil:


“And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”


“[But] woe to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time” (Rev. 12:9, 12).


Satan, being tossed to the earth, quickly tricked Adam out of having authority over the earth. God had to send Jesus, a perfect man, to get it back for us. Jesus overcame the devil in areas where Adam did not, thus taking back humanity’s dominion on the earth. “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8b).


So where is the devil now? He would like us to believe that he is still running things; and for those who let him, he will continue to do so. But legally he has no authority. He is a liar and a divider.


Just like Satan tricked Adam into a type of suicide and self- destruction, Satan works to destroy people today. If we let him, he tries to get us to self-destruct. He gets us to turn on ourselves. When God tells us in His Word that we are wonderful, we instead listen to Satan and say to ourselves, “We are not wonderful.” All the things that we see in ourselves that are not good, come from demons. Demons divide. They work to tear us apart from each other and apart from our own true selves. How many diseases can you name that are in the anti-inflammatory group? Those are diseases where one part of the body fights to destroy another part of the body. That shouldn’t be.


God made the human body to work together. Ephesisans 4:16 not only speaks of the body of Christ, the church, but to the human body: “From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”


And our physical bodies are not to be at war with our minds or our emotions either. All parts of us, body, soul and spirit, are supposed to be yielded over to God. He is to have authority over every part of us, to give His salvation, his saving, his DNA to every part of us. Then, we can exercise our authority over every demon that tries to divide us from ourselves.


First Thessalonians 5:23 says it this way: “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” The only way that happens is if we relinquish our every part over to the Lord. If we are holding on to some part of us that is unhealthy, it is because Satan has sent a demon to convince us that we need it.


Let’s stop letting demons divide us from our true selves. Let’s give every part of us to the Lord, believe in our total salvation and let the Lord personally begin to show us what the new whole me looks like! It’s available and it’s true. The devil is a liar and a thief. Don’t let him steal any part of you.


Love, Carolyn


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Have you ever been tempted to give advice when nobody really wants it? I know I’m still working on that one.


At about 7:30 in the evening I was writing at my local coffee shop when I overheard a customer ask, “Any double chocolate brownies left?” The cashier said, “No, they’re all gone.” I wanted to jump right up and shout, “No they’re not! I saw you put them in the back room almost an hour ago.” I knew it was wrong for him to put all the goodies away so early but really it wasn’t any of my business. I’ve found out that sticking my nose in where it doesn’t belong gest me in trouble. And when someone doesn’t want my opinion, it’s better just to stay quiet. Even if I butt in and give my opinion, they aren’t going to listen really. People don’t listen until they decide to hear.


Proverbs 9:7-8 tells us: “If you correct conceited people, you will only be insulted. If you reprimand evil people, you will only get hurt.”


How often have we made that mistake? There’s a time, and a place for everything and only the Lord knows the time and place. That’s why it’s so important to walk by the spirit and not by the flesh when we deal with people, especially when it comes to correcting something we think is an error.


With strangers and even with friends we need to wait until they ask or unless the Lord pushes us in that direction to help. We need to be busy doing what we’re supposed to be doing and let the Holy Spirit and the wisdom of God guide us concerning other people. The Lord wasn’t instructing me to say anything about the brownies. It was me wanting to scold the guy because I thought he was wrong for not offering to get the brownies for the lady.


If the Holy Spirit had told me to say something, I would have, but He didn’t, so I needed to keep quiet (and quit grumbling under my breath about it too!) We do a lot of murmuring and grumbling about people instead of praying for them. We need to remember God loves them just as much as He does us.


Philippians 2:14-16 tells us: “Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That we may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom we shine as lights in the world; holding forth the word of life.” Wow, every action without murmuring? I need some supernatural help on that one for sure – God’s salvation to my thoughts and emotions!


When it comes to reproving or correcting, it’s essential to be led by the Spirit of Christ. The motivation must be the love of God, not the self-righteous scolding of a know-it-all. If love isn’t our motivation, we need to start making it our motivation, always and in everything. As the saying goes, “Think before you act.”


If the Lord’s not telling us to correct a person, then we can pray for them.


I didn’t know the whole story of why the guy didn’t get the brownies for the lady, but I did know that God didn’t want me to butt in. Maybe He was protecting me.


The Bible says: “Cast not your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you (tear you in pieces).” Is that what we want? Of course not! And the Lord doesn’t want that for us either. He’ll let us know when to give advice and when not to.


Instead of jumping into situations where the Spirit hasn’t led us, we pray. That way we don’t get hurt and people who want to hear the truth will ask.


Love, Carolyn


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I chose this picture because it’s like a child’s coloring book, simple and quiet. I wanted to show that not every choice we make is an ultra-dramatic and Las Vegas-style, spectacular life-changing event. Many choices are in the everyday innocent decisions and small choices that make up an ultimately many-facetted life. Jesus made choices every day too. He wasn’t a God-robot. He had total freedom of will to choose just like we do.


Jesus “was in all points tempted like as we are” (Heb 4:15). He could have chosen to be disobedient, just as Lucifer chose in the beginning.


But rather, Jesus chose to be obedient to God because of us. He believed in what obedience would bring. He believed in his Father’s goodwill for humanity. The first chapter of John tells us Jesus was there when God created everything: elephants, rabbits, tiny neutrons, huge galaxies, mountains, flowers and everything else—all things for humanity to explore, utilize and enjoy.


Jesus knew God’s intention from the beginning. After Adam sinned and the devil began to have so much influence on earth, Jesus was willing to come to earth and go up against the devil to rescue men and women from his clutches.


To do this Jesus would have to beat Satan at every turn. He would have to live as a man and face all the temptations any man or woman would face. And He had to handle them by choosing God’s way every time.

He didn’t give in to even one temptation to make a bad choice.


As we accept Jesus Christ into our hearts, He gives us the ability to turn to Him for better choices in every situation. He’s been there. He knows us.


God was sure Jesus would do the right thing, but because He loves us so much, He was willing to let Jesus come to earth and live as a man and have freedom of will. Jesus could have chosen differently if He’d wanted to. But because He loved us too, He chose to go through with God’s plan at every turn. He took the horrible results of every bad decision we make, and He paid the ultimate price of death and hell.


Then God raised Jesus pure and free forever.


Romans 8:34 says Jesus is at the right hand of God, now living to make intercession for us. He is also right here with us to help us with our choices and Colossians 1:27 says we have Christ in us. How can He be in so many places at once? He’s Spirit and even the scientists now are proving that things can be in two places at once. It’s awesome.


Just like Jesus had decisions to make, let’s make an effort to give God honor by making good decisions ourselves and when we honestly don’t know what choice to make, take it to Jesus because He always knows the best choice at that time. He’s been through it. He took our place on the cross so that He could always be there to help us.


Love, Carolyn


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Peanut is practicing his smile. When we first rescued him, he had no smile. He was starving and scared. It took 4 ½ years before he started to smile. All we saw in his first smiles were a few of his bottom teeth—so cute. But this year, year five, he’s started to lift his lip on the side to expose his bigger smile. He gets rewarded for smiling, so he’s doing it more and more. Someone told me that smiling and laughing are like a small vacation. Both are good for the soul and a blessing to others too, when they come from a good heart.


It’s been rough at work lately, but I’ve noticed that even when we have rough days, it’s not too long before the smiles come back and the laughing returns. Nothing can really stop us when there’s goodness in our hearts.


But like Peanut, we need to keep practicing. Even when things get tough, we can always find at least one little thing to smile about, no matter how obscure that little thing may be. A smile is a start to a better attitude, but it has to come from within and be genuine. If someone tells us to smile, it rarely works, because even if we do smile, it’s not heartfelt, and more likely to be a smirky smile. We all know that a smirky smile usually hides disgust or anger. It’s not worth much.


I smile at Peanut because I love him, and he smiles back because he knows he’s loved. It’s the same with our relationship with people and with God. And when people disappoint us, and we don’t have any smiles for them, well, we need to find something from God we can smile about. He smiles back at us even though we can’t see Him. But the Bible guarantees that if we turn our hearts toward God, He is quick to make things better for us.


Psalm 34:5 tells us: “If you look to him for help, he will put a smile on your face.”


Only God knows the real truth about any situation, and He tells us what it is. Sometimes just having God’s insight, His point of view, makes me smile no matter how bad or crazy the situations may seem at the time.


Ecclesiastes 8:1 says: “Only the wise know what things really mean. Wisdom makes them smile and makes their frown disappear.”


When God makes us smile, then we have a genuine smile to give.


Let’s be like Peanut and keep finding a reason and opportunity to smile. Once we let it out, the smiles seem to come easier and faster.


Love, Carolyn


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In April of 2014, I was driving to a friend’s house when it started to rain. As I turned into the far lane of the freeway on-ramp, the wheels on my pickup hit the grease in the road and it started to hydroplane just like hitting black ice. I turned into the skid, but then I was sliding in the opposite direction and out of control. The whole truck slipped one way then the other, then toward the cement easement.


I heard the forceful sound of crushing metal as my front end smashed into the cement. I heard the garish crunch, but I didn’t feel it. Everything seemed to be happening in slow motion, and I was the spectator watching a movie of myself.


This slowing down of time happened to me before in Michigan when a big truck jackknifed across the freeway right in front of me, and I nearly hit it but suddenly stopped only about five feet short.


I am convinced that God slows down time in these kinds of situations. In Isaiah 38:8 God said, “Behold I will bring the shadow on the sundial ten degrees backward.” That was about forty minutes. God can and will do this for us. And I pray for protection every morning and truly believe that angels surround us so that we don’t get hurt. Psalm 5:12 promises, “with favor thou wilt thou compass him as with a shield.” I believe that with all my heart.


The back end of my truck jutted out into the oncoming lanes. Fortunately, there were only a few cars coming, and they were able to go around.  I managed to scrape my way across the two lanes and into the hotel parking lot.


A tall, good-looking man came over. He asked if I was hurt and I said I wasn’t. He said, “I saw the whole thing, and I can’t believe you weren’t hurt and that you can actually drive your car!” He pulled a tool out of his shirt pocket, “I always carry this with me.” It looked like a pair of pliers, but then he began to cut into the metal bumper with it and was able to bend out the bumper and use the tool again to loosen the last bolt holding it on. He put the piece in the bed of my truck. Then he used the tool again to pull the fender away from the wheel so it wouldn’t scrape. After a little effort on his part and testing on my part, I was able to drive freely. All I had was twenty dollars with me, which I gave him and thanked him profusely for the help.


A couple more miracles took place around this incident: my roommate found a place to get parts at the most discounted prices in America and my neighbor offered to put them on for free. What I’ll end up paying is less than half of what I’d pay with a deductible.


I’m not trying to say that all of this was a delight. Not so. After the accident, I had to grab my mind and mouth many times to keep out the negatives of worry, stress, and despair. But thank God I was able to do it. I’m learning to keep quiet and trust Him even in the negative situations, and He comes through every time.


“If His eyes are on the sparrow, He will surely watch over me” (Luke 12:6-7).


Love, Carolyn


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Summer of 2015: I finished a project for one company, and on the way home I felt an inner urging to go by and see a friend. When I got there, he offered me a job. I didn’t have another job lined up yet, the timing was perfect, and I started immediately.


People who don’t know better might call this a coincidence. Did you know that in the Hebrew language there isn’t even a word for coincidence? The Bible says we’re either walking by the flesh or walking by the Spirit. Nothing happens by chance.


When we even have the slightest inkling to do something, and it doesn’t go against what the Bible says, then we are taking another step of faith along the good path the Lord has for us. Walking by faith gets us to these special times I call divine appointments.


Just like a doctor appointment, or the hairdresser or any other type of appointment in the natural, we don’t want to be late. When the appointments are set up by the Lord, they are going to be successful ones, so we need to respond immediately.


My experience wasn’t earth-shattering, but it did make a big difference in my finances for that week, and that’s important enough to me and to God.


When we pray for help in walking by the Spirit, and we determine to be aware of the Lord’s guidance to us, (one author calls this “God winks”), the results are always positive because the Lord Jesus and his Father God always want the best for us. All Christians can walk by the Spirit.


God gives us a great example in Simeon. He didn’t have a degree or a title, and he was a pretty regular Jewish believer. Luke 2:25 says, “There was a man whose name was Simeon; just and devout.” This verse tells me he was doing his best to be a fair man and he was determined in his heart to follow God.


The Holy Spirit had revealed to him that before he died, he would get to see God’s Messiah. Then on one ordinary day, “he came by the spirit into the temple” (Lk 2:27). There it is! He came “by the spirit”—the Spirit of God gave him the idea to go to the temple, he did it and met his godly appointment.


It was the exact day and time that Joseph and Mary brought the young child Jesus to the temple! Simeon “took him up in his arms, blessed God and said, ‘Lord now lettest thy servant depart in peace, for my eyes have seen thy salvation’” (vv. 28-29). The Holy Spirit inspired Simeon, and he went on to give an awesome prophecy over Mary, Joseph and the child Jesus.


We don’t hear any more about this man Simeon, and in fact, this happened near the end of his life here on earth. But I believe God had this record put in the Bible so that we could learn how important and wonderful it is to respond to the urgings of the Spirit.


For me, it increased my finances for the week. For Simeon, it was how he got to meet Jesus face to face.


Galatians 5:25 says, “Let us also walk in the Spirit.” And Romans 8:14, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”


We can pray, “Lord Jesus, help me to walk by the Spirit today and delight in those divine appointments.”


Love, Carolyn


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This morning we saw that 4 of the 12 boys trapped in the cave in Thailand are out, and the rescue is in progress. On Friday, Jane’s sister asked us to pray. The Lord gave us specific things; we believed and put our faith on the line by announcing it to get other people involved. How many times have we heard a message from the Lord, and we are too timid or afraid to test it? We hope the results are going to be what we think we heard from God, but we’re not positive, so we wait for the result, rather than daring to speak it out loud before we see it. I’m trying to not do that anymore.


I’m not saying that everything we hear from God we need to blast all over the place. A lot of what the Lord speaks to us may be private. But some things are not. When the Lord tells us something that we’re supposed to speak out, we’ll feel an urging, but doubt has swift feet.
We overtake doubt by speaking out.


So what if it doesn’t work the first time? How are we going to grow in faith unless we step up? There’s no guilt in testing our faith. If we’re wrong a few times, no big deal. We’ll get it right. When we dare to test our faith, we find out who we are.


The Apostle Paul tells us: “The Holy Writings say, ‘I believed, so I spoke.’ We have the same kind of faith as David did. We also believe, so we speak” (2 Cor. 4:13). This verse refers to Psalm 116:10: “I believed, therefore have I spoken.” In verse 18 David goes on to say: “I will pay my vows unto the Lord now in the presence of all his people.”


Yes, speaking out in front of people takes bravery and the possibility that people will think you’re nuts. But what’s more important: What people think or what God thinks? If we speak out what God thinks, it’s going to help a lot more people than the ones who are going to laugh at us.


And guess what? David wasn’t an automatic faith giant. He had a first time too. He had to speak out something that hadn’t happened yet, just like us.


It’s kind of scary at first, but once you do it a few times, your confidence grows. And God backs you up. If you say something that God gives you to say, He confirms it with “signs following” (Mark 16:20). And if you speak something He didn’t say; it just won’t come to pass. And that’s okay. What baby starts off walking and never topples over? You don’t punish the baby, so why would God punish us for trying? He won’t.


The Bible says we shouldn’t despise small beginnings. We have to start somewhere. Zechariah 4:10 tells us: “The people should not think that small beginnings are unimportant. They will be happy when they see Zerubbabel with tools, building the Temple.” Every building, every project, starts with tools.


One of the greatest tools we have is our mouth. We can use it for building up or tearing down, for good or for evil. Let’s be listening for the things God wants us to say, and be brave enough to speak it out.


Love, Carolyn




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