MY BEST WELLS

There are so many great people preaching the gospel online and elsewhere, we ask ourselves, “What’s best for me?” Last week I showed you in the Bible how familiar spirits can connect us to the wrong people. But today I want to show you how it’s the Holy Spirit that connects us to the right ones. Genesis 25:11 tells us Isaac was settled near Beer-Lahairoi (“the well of the Living One who sees me”). He raised his sons there and had a good life, but then “there was a famine in the land” (Gen. 26:1). And that was the beginning of his next journey.

 

No matter where we are on our spiritual journey, we all have felt the famine a time or two. It’s when we feel we lack something necessary for the abundant life God promises us in the Bible. We feel we don’t know enough about healing; we don’t have the skills to deliver people from demons; we don’t have the loving human relationship we seek. We’ve all been there. When famine hit Isaac, he knew he had to move. He trusted God. He needed to find a new well for his life. One of the keys to walking by the Spirit is trusting God, and not automatically going where others have gone.

 

When Isaac’s father, Abraham, was in famine, he went to Egypt, so Isaac would have thought to do the same. But God specifically told Isaac: “Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of” (Gen. 26:2).

 

We have Holy Spirit in us, and if we are willing to be led by God’s spirit, rather than our own will, He will show us where to go physically, like with Isaac, or in these days, in traversing the highways of the internet.

 

Isaac had a big need, but his journey with God was different from Abraham’s. When you listen to different Bible people on the internet, the Holy Spirit within you will resonate with what certain people are saying, and not resonate with others. We need to take a look to test it and catch it as quickly as we can, so we don’t waste time with preachers and teachers that are not part of our path right now.

 

God told Isaac to go to where the Philistines were, in Gerar, which was North, the opposite direction from Egypt, which was South. He went, and he prospered. “Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him. And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great: For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds and great store of husbandry: and the Philistines envied him: (Gen. 26:12-14).

 

Isaac prospered in Gerar, but now he was in another type of famine. The people around him were not favorably responding to him anymore. It became time for him to move on. He had a big need for water for all his responsibilities: the people and animals who relied on him. He tried to dig in the old wells, but “the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth” (v.15).

 

Then Isaac found what he thought was a great well of water. “And Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and found there a well of springing water” (v. 19). “Springing water” is “living water.” Verse 20 says: “And the herdmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac’s herdmen, saying, ‘The water is ours.’”  Isaac had to keep moving.

 

This part of the story is so amazing and pertinent. Isaac found living water, good water, and others said it was theirs. He called the well, “Esek,” because there was contention there. It wasn’t for him at this time. So he kept looking. He dug another well, and again, it wasn’t good for him. Then he dug another well, and the Philistines finally let him be. It was good for the time being, but the journey continued. Eventually, Isaac left the wells he dug for the Philistines, and he went East to Beersheba and dug a new well, where he stayed and prospered.

 

When we feel like we are in any kind of famine or lack in any matter of life, we need to keep moving until we find something that truly resonates with our Spirit, something that feels totally right. We check it out with God and test it. Then if it doesn’t really resonate in our heart, and if it’s not giving us the living water we need, we have to be willing to move on.

 

One of the great things about the story of Isaac and the Philistines is that after Isaac moved to his well in Beersheba, the Philistines came to him.

 

“And Isaac said unto them, ‘Wherefore come ye to me, seeing ye hate me and have sent me away from you?’ And they said, ‘We saw certainly that the Lord was with thee: and we said, Let there be now an oath betwixt us.’” (vv. 27-28). And he [Isaac] made then a feast, and they did eat and drink” (v. 30).

 

Walking by the spirit of God is a marvelous journey. Let’s be sensitive to where we are on the journey and sensitive to the urging to move on if need be. Let’s not criticize others on their journey or doubt our own. Instead of getting mad at others who aren’t on our same journey, let’s let God play it out and let’s be willing to feast with all the body of Christ in the end, (or along the journey, any time we can.)

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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A FEW MORE THINGS ABOUT FAMILIAR SPIRITS

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Familiar spirits aren’t going to want to leave you. How do I know this? The Hebrew word “shalom” is connected to the meaning for the word. They are perfectly at peace with hanging out with a believer and to do what Satan has called them to do – summon other spirits to plague you.

 

Another part of their definition is that they are blood-thirst and wicked (but we knew that, right?)

 

When people are not in the practice of going to the Bible for answers, or they don’t know Jesus as their personal Lord, they may think a psychic can help or direct them. King Saul went to see the woman who had a familiar spirit when he could no longer get revelation from the true God:

 

“And when Saul saw the host of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart greatly trembled.  And when Saul enquired of the Lord, the Lord answered him not. Then said Saul unto his servants, ‘Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire of her’” (1 Sam. 28:5-7).

Had Saul repented and gone back to the Lord, he may have been saved, but because he went to another source for help, he brought doom to himself, his family and his country.

The familiar spirit knew Saul had incidents of tremendous fear, so the spirit stirred up that fear. The woman told Saul what Satan had planned for him. She brought up a spirit imitating Saul’s old mentor, Samuel, and in Samuel’s voice she told Saul: “The Lord will also deliver Israel with thee, into the hand of the Philistines: and tomorrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me.” Where was Samuel? Dead!

If Saul was afraid of the Philistines before he went to see the psychic, he was even more terrified now. This bad news from a fake image of Samuel, pushed him over the edge, and sure enough, he was killed, his sons were killed, and his whole country was taken over by the Philistines.

People escape bad relationships, then a while later they go back, or they get attracted to a different person with the same abusive characteristics. Why? Because familiar spirits operating. Familiar spirits recognize companion spirits and co-dependent ones. They work to connect people who will disappoint each other, mistreat each other, or maybe just bore each other. Familiar spirits work for Satan and will always devise some negative plan.

 

Let’s get rid of them, and the minions they summon to make our lives miserable.

 

Jesus came to earth to show us what to do:

 

“And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

 

“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth” (Phil. 2:8-10).

 

The name of Jesus Christ is above the name: “familiar spirit,” or any other spirit, for that matter. Evil spirits must bow and obey when we use His name against them. And another verse that gives us authority is James 4:7: “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” The best resistance is the powerful name of Jesus Christ.

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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FAMILIAR, BUT NOT YOUR FRIEND

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Familiar spirits are spirits that are familiar with you. They are evil and concentrate on weakness in your character, bringing in other spirits that Satan uses to hurt you. Familiar spirits know your parents, your grandparents, all your family history. They know what illnesses you may be prone to. They know how you act when you’ve had one too many shots of Jack Daniels. They know your triggers. They know what sets you off, what makes you angry, what makes you sad and what makes you sick. They are familiar, but they are not your friends. God has given us the truth about familiar spirits, and He’s given us a way to get rid of them.

 

God tells us to stay away from them: “Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the. Lord your God” (Lev. 19:31). Real psychics operate by communicating with familiar spirits. When you go to a psychic, they tap into the unseen world and hear from the familiar spirits that have been watching and influencing you and your family for a lifetime and longer. A familiar spirit that followed your grandfather can tell the psychic exactly what your grandfather might tell you right now if he was alive. The psychic may even be able to know the exact phrases he would use and the psychic can even channel a similar dialect and the voice of your grandfather as well.

 

So what’s so bad about that? Satan uses just enough right stuff to get you to believe that the psychic knows you and can even see into your future. Then they’ve got you. Then the psychic can predict something for you.

 

But what do they predict? They now know enough from the familiar spirits, to know what kind of things you’ll believe. They will say some promising things, but they’ll also say things to mislead you and get you to walk into Satan’s traps.

 

Remember, your familiar spirits are only there to bring you harm, as much as the devil demands of them.

 

“All my familiars watched for my halting, saying, ‘Peradventure he will be enticed, and we shall prevail against him, and we shall take our revenge on him’” (Jer. 20:10). Why revenge? Because if you are following the teaching of the Bible, then the devil hates you because he hates the true God and he gets at God by going after God’s people.

 

How do the familiar spirits operate? They are like the coaches on the devil’s football team. They call certain evil spirits onto the field when they see there’s an open door. For example, when things go badly at work, they may call in spirits of dread or rejection and fear, whatever they know from the past, of things that work negatively on you. Hypothetically they may say, “Hey, spirit of dread, come on over in the morning when he’s half asleep and lay heavy on him. He’s in the perfect frame of mind for you to really get some influence. You’re going to love it.” Or for another person, maybe it’s hypochondria. “Hey, spirit of infirmity, Jesse is starting to see some people getting sick around him. Just get a few of them to come by and cough a little. I’m sure that’s just the trigger that will get Jesse to take the sickness. He’ll have pneumonia in a week, just like the last time.”

 

Familiar spirits know exactly what spirits to call into their game, to block us or hurt us. They feed off our weakest mental, emotional and physical characteristics, calling in other evil spirit players to “steal, and to kill, and to destroy us,” as Jesus said in John 10:10, the first part of that verse. Just to name a few of those demons: cancer, arthritis, oppression, jealousy, covetousness, anger, depression, low self-esteem, addictions, arrogance, pride, rejection, viciousness, apathy, and on and on. All these spirits were cast out of heaven when Lucifer turned against God. But God had a plan for us and a way to send those spirits packing.

 

When I first learned about familiar spirits being the ones who rally up the demon troops against us, I heard that the familiar spirits hang around us all our lives, so I thought that we couldn’t get rid of them. Also, I falsely believed that we only had one. After studying the Bible, I saw that the familiar spirits are usually in groups. So if you get rid of one, beware, because you may have to get rid of more.

 

Then I woke up to the truth of Philippians 2:10 and James 4:7. “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth.” And, “submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Neither of these verses says that familiar spirits are excluded from the demons that must bow and flee.

 

If I am resisting and rebuking any kind of spirit, and the Bible says it has to flee, then familiar spirits have to flee as well. And as I’ve shown you in other preach letters, if a spirit doesn’t obey, it’s off to chains of outer darkness with no “get free cards!”

 

So I did it. I rebuked a familiar spirit that kept calling in a spirit of dread. I ended up having to give it a one-way ticket to chains of outer darkness, and it has never bothered me since. Praise God.

 

I hope you’ll think about this, recognize spirits being summoned into your life and kicking them out along with the familiar spirit that keeps bringing them in. Freedom is that close.

 

Jesus said: “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Part of the more than abundant life is getting free from those familiar spirits. Let’s make them far away strangers instead!

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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MAKING A DELIGHT LIST

This is the post the Lord wanted me to post today. It’s a great reminder and I think you’ll like it.

MAKING A DELIGHT LIST

A couple months ago my roommate Jane started a “Delight List” and every day, by the end of the day, she’d have something to put on the list. Sometimes it seemed small, like not being put in Facebook jail, but with her posting every day, believe me, not having to go through the Facebook jail thing is a BIG delight!

 

Just a few minutes ago the Lord reminded me of her insistence on having at least one “delight” to put on that list every day. So I began to go through some of my recent photos and now I’m smiling again and not tense like I was before.

 

I was reminded that on Sunday I was wanting some kind of sweet treat but not too sweet and didn’t find anything in the kitchen. I got a knock on the door, peeked out the window and it was my Cuban neighbor in her nightgown. I quickly opened the door, thinking she may be in trouble and needed our help. Nope. She came over to bring us a box of pastries from her favorite Cuban bakery in LA!

 

Then I remembered that on Sunday I also found $10 on the ground and no one around claiming it. Then my list got longer. I took pictures yesterday after work of my newly planted Crepe Myrtle and Redbud trees. My friend Judith had given them to me five years ago and they were only 4-inch twigs at the time. I babied them all these years and finally this past Fall I planted them in the back yard. Last year the Cape Myrtle had only two flowers. But this year I stopped counting at 27. The flowers are an unusual color, kind of lilac and I love them. Since it’s so hot here, I go out every day after work to water those two pals.

 

I also looked at the photos of the recent cement rocks that Hector carved at work and I painted. I like the way they turned out. I really enjoy making things look as real as possible.

 

The four other things that are making me smile right now are: 1. The adoration of our old cat, Snickers, 2. The love and playfulness of our little dog Peanut, 3. The kindness of my best friend Jane, and 4. The blessing of the Lord to remind me of things to be delighted about.

 

Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” Today I was delighted that the Lord reminded me of Jane’s Delight List. The results made my day!

 

Love, Carolyn

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HOW TO GET A DEEPER UNDERSTANING

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HOW TO GET A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT GOD IS SAYING IN THE SCRIPTURES

When the English translators read the Hebrew text of the Bible, they chose English words to best express their understanding of the Hebrew. A good concordance lets us do that too. We can look up the etymology of any Hebrew word and the intricacies of its definition. It’s easy now with an online concordance like Strong’s @ https://www.blueletterbible.org/search/search.cfm?Criteria=buckler&t=KJV#s=s_primary_0_1 ) As we read the definition of a word, the Holy Spirit teaches us how it applies to our lives. We get a deeper understanding of the holy scriptures.

 

As an example, I want to show you how to do this, using two verses from Psalm 91. I’ll show you how to look up the meanings of the words, then make them personal without compromising integrity or how the scripture fits with the rest of the Bible.

 

Psalm 91:1. “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”

 

The word “dwelleth” is the Hebrew yashab defined as sitting down with, remaining, settling down with, continuing with, marrying, being still with. “Secret” is cether, a place where you’re covered, a hiding place, a place of protection. “The most High” is El Elyon, the Highest, Supreme, uppermost. There is no one and nothing higher. “Abide” is the Hebrew lyin which means to stop (usually overnight), implying to stay permanently, remaining, continuing. “The Almighty” is El ShaddaiYoung’s Concordance defines this as the God of overflow, constant supply, and source of all sufficiency.

 

Take a minute or two to just think about those definitions. What is God saying to you in that scripture? Put it in your own words, without changing the meaning.

 

For example, this is how I would say it to myself: “Carolyn, sit down a few minutes and make yourself relax. Settle down, be still and picture yourself snuggled up in the protected hiding place of God, up next to the One Who is the Highest Being ever to exist. He wants you there. You can stay overnight, and then in the morning you’ll be right by His side, and go wherever He goes. You’re close enough that His shadow is on you and you experience a constant overflow from Him. God is your continuing source of everything you need.”

 

The next verse I want to look at is Psalm 91:4. “He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler.”

 

The word “cover” is translated from the Hebrew sakak which means to join together and shut up, entwining as a screen, to fence in or hedge in for protection and defense. “Feathers” are from the root word abar which means to soar or fly. “Truth” is emeth meaning stable, certain, sure, faithful, established and right. “Shield” is the Hebrew tsinnaha word for pointed hook, prickly like thorns or a cactus hedge. It is a large shield that guards by prickliness. It also carries the definition of being piercingly cold. “Buckler” is translated from cochera, a shield that completely surrounds a person.

 

Again, take a few minutes to think about these definitions and see what God is saying to you.

 

The God of the Bible is our God, and He’s protected His Word all these thousands of years so that when we read a verse, He can speak personally to each of us. It’s great to have people who preach and teach us the Word, but God loves us individually and has made it so that each of us can read the Bible and hear from Him ourselves. God tells us in 2 Timothy 2:15: “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

 

When we study a verse or section of scripture by looking up the meanings of the words, we’ll get a deeper understanding of what our Heavenly Father is saying to us.

 

Love, Carolyn

 

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HOW’S YOUR FIRE PACK?

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Jane’s sister told us about having a “fire pack” by you when you sleep. A “fire pack” contains important things you wouldn’t want to be without if you had a fire in your house and had to get out. I was so tired the other night that I left some of the contents of my fire pack sitting on a chair in the living room. Had a fire occurred, I wouldn’t have been prepared. It reminded me of the Bible story of the ten virgins with the oil lamps.

 

“Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:

 

“But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.

 

“And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.

 

“But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.  And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

 

“Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.  But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.  Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh” (Matt. 25:1-13).

 

We learn from this passage that each of us is responsible for doing our own personal preparation. We need to make up our own fire packs. The important things in each person’s emergency pack will be different. This is true physically and spiritually.

 

Spiritually, each of us will face different obstacles and challenges in life. The Bible has the answer for each situation, and we need to search it out for ourselves. It takes a little effort and faithfulness to get to the answers, but it’s worth it. Having the right answer for a friend or the perfect counsel for a child is like the wise girls in Matthew 25, who prepared ahead of time for the occasion. They were ready.

 

The above parable is about being ready when Jesus comes back. Nobody knows when that will be, but there will be a day when Jesus returns and everything changes.

 

People want to feel that their lives are meaningful and that they are contributing good into the world. Once Jesus comes back, we don’t get the chance to do it over again. We only have one life to live here on earth right now, no reincarnation. We need to make every day count.

 

We don’t want to miss a chance to say something kind, do something significant for someone else. “We are all the children of light” (1 Thess. 5:5), and we can “walk as children of light” (Eph. 5:8). “Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel” (Matt. 5:15).

 

Let’s make sure our fire packs have all the good and necessary stuff in them.

 

The end of our world is imminent and according to the Bible, it could be any day. Let’s make a difference here while we can. Jesus could return any day so let’s live our lives more like the girls who carried extra oil, rather than the ones whose light ran out.

 

If we live today as if it could be our last, it just could be our best.

Love, Carolyn

 

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# IT’S IN THE BIBLE

Have you felt REJECTED, or UNWORTHY, or tempted by ADDICTIONS (alcohol, drugs, gambling, overeating, etc.)? Do you feel like you don’t fit in, have anger issues, depression, or anxiety? Are you a workaholic or a perfectionist?

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