Don’t believe everything you hear

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Don't believe everything

…….Or read without checking for truth.

Acts 17:11 Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.

{Ya’ll know I love you….right. Well something is really pressing on my mind that I need to share with you.}

The scripture above was one of the first scriptures that really caught my attention early in my walk with the Lord. I have based my life’s study of God’s word on it.Don't believe everything 3

WHATEVER YOU HEAR OR READ ADDRESSING THINGS IN THE BIBLE…CHECK IT OUR FOR YOURSELF!!!!!

I hear MANY people quoting preachers, teachers and public speakers and many of these people follow different doctrines. My husband has taught me that whoever I listen to that I should go to their statement of faith, check out their church or ministry and check out where they got their credentials. I have discovered many things by doing this that are contrary to what I believe.

There are also questionable things that these people say that are backed up by audio or video recordings. I know that nobody can present the gospel 100% all the time…but if there are too many questionable things that are not scriptural or out of context…I won’t listen to that person or follow their ministry. I can’t allow wrong information in my spirit because I’m going through too much and life is too hard for me to play with truth.

I’m not going to name pastors or ministries I don’t follow because I feel if people search the scriptures for themselves for truth and not just follow what is being said or taught…they will figure it out.  Ask questions, search, study, discern, use wisdom and pray about all you receive into your eyes, ears and spiritman.

There are a few really good bible teaching ministries out there and some very good bible commentaries. The bible is an incredible supernatural book all on its own and the Holy Spirit is also there as our helper to bring understanding.

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Would you go to a questionable doctor for your brain or open heart surgery? Heck no!! You would want that specialist to be as exact and on point as they can be!

It takes time and work to study the bible. The spiritual demonic forces of this world will try to get you off track. They will doctor stuff up so that it sounds correct and very spiritual….but beware of this deception!!! Search the scriptures for yourself. Your spiritual life depends on you using your free will to follow his will and God said study the word, search for truth and hide it in your heart.

If you do this you will not get a diploma or degree…but you will:

  1. Have power to overcome and get the victory.
  2. Know how to walk with God.
  3. Know exactly the plans God has for you and what He requires in your life.
  4. Be secure in God’s love for you.
  5. Have assurance of what Jesus did for you on the cross.
  6. Have knowledge and wisdom over right and wrong in your life.
  7. Know where you’re going and have hope to hang in there for your great future with God.

This is a time of great persecution for the church. There are many catastrophes happening in people’s lives and on this earth. This is no time to be weak in your knowledge of God’s word. This is a time to obey God’s word. His word says we should be out here spreading the good news of Jesus Christ and making disciples…but how can we do that if we are not having personal revivals because we don’t know God’s word or His will for ourselves. WE ARE THE CHURCH….WE ARE GOD’S ADOPTED AND CHOSEN PEOPLE!   We owe God everything! We owe God us! We are not our own. Our whole life is all about Him. We will know Him when we know God’s word rightly divided. Not man’s interpretation about Gods word but Holy Spirit guided truth of His word scripture by scripture and cross referencing text.

Start fresh today. Make a commitment to reflect on where you go to church and what is being taught.  Also who you are listening to and what you reading.  Are you on the right track for your spiritual development and growth?  Is that word being rightly divided?

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

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Does God Laugh? If So At what?

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Feeling down today? Read this. God bless and keep you in His loving care.

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A Very Merry Heart

Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine………

Ok…so I’m going there…..something a little controversial because there are few scriptures in the bible of God laughing. This is one where God was laughing at foolishness (Psalm 2:4). Well hey… foolishness is a good thing for Him to laugh at…as long as God is not laughing about my foolishness.

As the scripture above says that a merry heart is good…does that mean that God cracks jokes and falls off His throne in side-splitting laughter? Well He may do that I don’t know. Personally I don’t think He does….but we really don’t know all that God does or doesn’t do.

I’m sure…well not that sure…Jesus laughed when He was here on earth.  I’m assuming this because He was human and there are scriptures in the bible of Jesus showing emotions like crying and anger to name a few… so…

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A mighty woman of God…Aunt Mae!

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Aunt Mae and me. She spoke spiritual life into me! She would say to me…”Now Tanya…God can do anything but fail. He will never let you down”.

This is my Aunt Mae and this VERY godly woman was a big influence of faith in God in my life. I saw Jesus in her!!  She loved everyone and she was there for everyone who needed help physically and financially!!  She had so much faith and prayed for many people including me and my children.

My Aunt Mae learned to read from reading the bible as see didn’t get much schooling.  As an adult her vision was very poor but she had a lot of scriptures memorized and often quoted them.  She shared her faith with family, friends and strangers whether they wanted to hear it or not. She was the pastor of a Pentecostal church and never married until God blessed her with a husband when she was in her 80’s.

Aunt Mae outlived her husband and in her 90’s had to have her leg amputated.  She wanted to go back to live in her home and with one leg she climbed the long flight of stairs to her apartment on top of her church.  God had shown her many miracles over the years and she knew that He wouldn’t let her down.

For many years now…..she’s been in the loving arms of our Lord and Savior.  I celebrate her life and legacy.

She lived how God wants us to live in His word and I pray that I’m following in her footsteps and being obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit in my life.

I thank God for my…Aunt Mae!

The mysteriousness of God

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Job 11:7-8 (MSG)   Do you think you can explain the mystery of God? Do you think you can diagram God Almighty? God is far higher than you can imagine, far deeper than you can comprehend,

If we knew everything about God now….We would see Him as regular and become too familiar with Him. But because of His uniqueness…He is a mystery to us. God has chosen to give us a certain amount of information about Himself and after that…no more whatsoever. Whatever the bible says, whatever this earth reveals and whatever the Holy Spirit confirms… is it!

God is soooooo much more and this is the part I meditate on and respect. I respect His privacy about Himself and the entire universe. This type of privacy is for our benefit because of God’s holiness and physical makeup. We would be consumed if He didn’t keep His essence from us.

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Back up in your mind to before the creation of the earth…what was God doing? A mystery? If we knew a lot about Him it just would not be the same. The mystery somehow increases our interest and curiosity in Him. It makes His Majesty and Gloriousness have a deeper impression in my mind. I know His power is unexplainable and this draws me to Him with such awe. I know that I’m dealing with someone who is so supernatural that there are no human words to even really describe Him. I’m drawn to search the scripture to try to unravel this mystery or at least try to get to the end of my earthly knowledge of who He is.Mysterious God 2

I have been searching to know Him deeper and deeper most of my life. I just can’t get enough of Him so I keep searching. Then He gives me gifts of feeling His Shekinah Glory…but that just makes me hunger for more of Him.

9) but just as it is written, “THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.” 10) For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. (1 Corinthians 2:9-10)

There are times when I see Him. Yes I know…no one sees God and live…but there are other ways to see people without looking. Read this blog I wrote on the subject: http://godspeaks-i-listen.com/2011/11/03/how-to-see-the-face-of-god%e2%80%a6my-personal-experience/

Not knowing everything about God is an advantage. #1… we would be scared to death of Him because we would know the His fullness of His holiness and #2….we would get use to Him and He would not be as special to us. Look at how people have become too familiar with Him now.

I am personally obsessed with the Holiness of God and have written many blogs on the subject because:

  1. I feel that’s how I will Know God more.

  2. That will help me to know who I should be in Him.

  3. It reveals how much I needed the blood of Jesus to save me from eternal death and separation from God forever.

  4. I know I need the Holy Spirit to help me to make me like Jesus Christ and live a holy life.

Now Jesus was a mystery also….but that mystery has been revealed to us.  Colossians 2:2–3 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

God’s privacy about His whole existence is fascinating to me because I can only imagine about His past, and future eternal existence.   God is a spirit and is unlike anyone or anything we have ever known. He is the creator of everything…but yet He humbled Himself to come down here to make sure we had a way back to Him physically and spiritually. We came from Him and we will go back to Him. Heaven is our home.

So for right now…I will spend time in His presence though prayer and experience the power of the Holy Spirit to reveal God to me. I will scour the scriptures to expose all available information about Him so I can be in awe of His mysteriousness.

Even through His Awesome power, Holiness and uniqueness….He has made a way to connect with us until we finally see Him….face to face!

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What happens when our body dies

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Dr. Judy Melinek who is a forensic pathologist explains what happens when our body dies.

“The first thing that happens when you die is that your heart stops beating and blood flow ceases. Blood then pools in the parts of your body closest to the ground, a process called lividity. Because there is no more blood flow, oxygen-starved tissues stop all metabolic function. Your eyes cloud over, and your muscle fibers lock up in rigor mortis. Your body temperature goes down to match the ambient temperature.

Eventually, bacteria from the gut and upper respiratory tract enter your bloodstream and cause putrefaction, while your body’s cellular enzymes digest its cells, a process called autolysis.”

This makes the story of Lazarus more amazing! “Take away the stone,” he said. “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.” (Luke 11:39)

We are all going to die. Our bodies are dying a little everyday as we are aging from the day of our birth. This is the good news….if we have repented from our sin and accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior…we don’t have to worry about these physical bodies. Jesus said it best when He was on the cross….Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. (Luke 23:46) If you commit yourself to God now your spirit will go to be with God when your body stops functioning on earth.

Death is a reality….spiritual death is a reality….but because you are born again….eternal life is REALITY! Praise God and thank you Jesus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Our bodies are going to do what they do…but we can make sure what our spiritual body does!

Psalms 146:4 When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.

2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

1John 2:25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.

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Whitney and Bobbi Kristina Huston

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This picture touched me the most. Made me want to cry! You are still here…please read this blog.

They had fame and fortune. In my youth….I desired that. What did I know as a teenager…a young adult? I thought it would be great to have lots of money. Oh… to hear people screaming my name. I’m a singer and I did desire that. But now that I’m 63 years old and have survived many hard trials including cancer…I have a whole different prospect on what is important in life.

Mark 8:36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?

Only God knows where these woman are right now. My concern is for the rest of us. I know that my name is written in the Lambs book of life! I know when I die that I will go to heaven. But what about you?

Our time on this earth is very brief compared to eternity. We are here for about 80 years if God spares our lives. He does want us to have fun and be happy and I have had many many happy times. But as I’m getting older I have had a shift in my thinking. I think about pleasing God and where I’m going for eternity. I think about where everyone else in this world is going for eternity.

I think about how I can tell as many people as I can about the good news of Jesus Christ.

Whitney and Bobbi Kristina, Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Amy Winehouse, Freddie Prinze, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway, Heath Ledger, Anna Nicole Smith, John Belushi, Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin, Kurt Kobain, Hank Williams and many others who had fame and fortune died at an early age from self destruction.

All of the money in the world cannot buy the peace, love and happiness that I have in Jesus Christ. It also can’t buy eternal life in heaven. We all are going to have eternal life…but where will you end up? What legacy will you leave behind? What are you doing with your life?

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Died in His 30’s…..rose in His 30’s 3 days later.

There is one other person who died early…not because He was leading a life of self-destruction…but He died because we were leading a life to our destruction. That person who died early was Jesus Christ!! Short life….but big results ! My hero! My Savior! I love Him! This is the answer for happiness that all the money in the world just can’t buy! It’s a fact! Peace out! Live long and prosper!

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Sound Doctrine…The truth of God’s Word

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2 Timothy 2-4    Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, 4 and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.…

I’ll be writing a blog soon on knowing God’s word for yourself. God’s word is very powerful…but If unsound doctrine is taught to you………What can happen?  Confusion, unanswered prayer, wrong direction, unclear path, unsure of Gods will, disillusionment and a misguided, heart mind and soul.

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What to do about all the chaos in the world

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Look directly to the Lord for all direction, guidance and help in your life.  Keep focused!  Put on blinders to help block out anything that will distract you from focusing on Jesus and His plan for your life.

The Spirit of the Lord led me to share this with you today.

This world is becoming more challenging and more dangerous by the minute. We can’t solve all the world’s problems. The bible tells us these things will happen. The dangers are starting to hit very close to home.  Do NOT fear!!  Don’t be stressed, scared and anxious all day and throughout the night.

Here are some things you can do to get you through:

1.Keep up your personal relationship with Jesus Christ!!!

2.Study God’s word like crazy!! Do what the word says to do!

3.Stand up for what is scripturally and morally right!!

4.Live HOLY!!

This is also what I heard the Holy Spirit impress upon me….He told me to put on blinders and don’t look back, don’t look all around…but look forward and keep focused on what God wants me to do. The bible explains very clearly what we all (Christians) are supposed to be doing for the Lord. We all have a job to do and now is the time to go forth.

Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

We all belong to God! Our lives are all about Him. He is our protector and helper…..but we have got to do His business and He will take care of our business.

Our job is to make disciples and I’m gonna do just that. If I can’t get out into the highways and byways I will support those who can with my prayers and my money that God gives me.

Right now I can get out there and everywhere I go I strike up a conversation with someone so I can share Jesus. My husband and I are in ministry also. We suffer with illnesses and life’s difficulties daily…but I tell you that nothing is going to stop us from fulfilling our purpose!!

Don't be scared of what's happening all around us. Put those blinders on and don't be intimidated  the evil surrounding us.  Stay focused on Jesus Christ!!  Put on the armor of God!  Remember that no weapon formed against you will prosper.

Don’t be scared of what’s happening all around us.
Put those blinders on and don’t be intimidated by the evil surrounding us. Stay focused on Jesus Christ!! Put on the armor of God! Remember that no weapon formed against us will prosper.

The enemy of our soul may be breathing down our necks, he may be taunting us and trying to terrify us…but knowing who our all-powerful God is and how much He loves us will drive out any fear that we may have. God created satan and his demons and they can only do but so much to us. 2/3’s of the angels are protecting us. Do you know how many that is? Knowing God can you imagine? If the 1/3 is enough to mess with everyone on earth then 2/3’s is double that! We are protected!! God gave the angels charge over us!  Do you realize how supernatural God is? Do you know that He is working out everything in our lives? Do you trust Him? Even in the bad times He’s there!  God said the He will work things out for our good? Yeah!!!

The Spirit is leading me to give you this scripture and it will be the final words:

James 4:6-7   But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

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God said the devil will flee from you….BELIEVE IT!!!

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. !!!!!!!!!!!

The greatest artist ever known

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The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.

Oh my goodness!…God put His whole creative artwork in the sky and have some not recognized His handiwork?  How can that be possible because who could have made such breathtaking beauty and unspeakable detail but God?

I remember being taught in school that the early inhabitants of the earth thought the earth was flat.  The were convinced of that. Over time they figured out they were wrong.  Many people believe there is no God.  I look up into the sky day and night and I think…”Oh my God!…incredible!!!”

Tonight my husband and I are going to attend a very large prayer meeting for God to have mercy on us.  I’ve been asked to pray for souls to know Jesus Christ.  This has been my hearts cry ever since I became a committed Christian in 1984.  Maybe it’s hard for some to see God in the beauty of this earth…but I’m committed to praying for unsaved souls to know the truth, to hear the good news…to repent, believe in Jesus and receive the gift from God of eternal life.  I’m also committed to being much more active in evangelism.  Just my thoughts for today.

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A fresh revelation about the Holy Spirit

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Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (“The Holy Spirit comes ON you!”)

Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (“Therefore…GO GO GO!”)

John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (“But the Comforter, Helper, Counselor, Paraclete and Advocate…The Holy Ghost… will teach you!”)

Last week I came to a fresh revelation about my walk with God…that I just can’t shake so I need to write it out.

All of us AD. (After the death of Jesus) followers have a greater responsibility in our relationship in knowing God than the Old Testament saints because we have the Holy Spirit living, dwelling, and residing in us! This fresh revelation has caused me to feel more responsible to live a Holy life and to be more of a witness for Jesus Christ.

The Old Testament saints had to be more concerned with being obedient to the law and making sure they atoned for their sins.

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Some advantages to our New Testament life:

  1. Jesus personally gave us instructions.
  2. We know that we are soooo LOVED.
  3. We got to know the story about Jesus being the propitiation for our sins.
  4. We also know that the devil HAS BEEN defeated.
  5. A beautiful place has been prepared for us and we’ll never ever suffer pain or sorrow again.
  6. We will see God face to face.
  7. The best FYI that we have is that we will live and reign with Him forever!!

Another advantage for us AD. Saints is that we have a Helper…the 3rd Person of the trinity who is The Holy Spirit!!!! We are NEVER alone. We also have a direct way of communicating with our Father God…..our Creator!!Holy spirit revalation 2

I feel a greater responsibility to live right and share my faith and go and make disciples. God gave us a GIFT…the Holy Spirit. I just want to do all I can for my Precious Loving Father! I don’t feel pressured to do stuff for Him I just want to because the more I realize what He’s done for my benefit…the more I want to go all out for Him.

This life is very difficult at times…well many times…well really almost every day…BUT THE HOLY SPIRIT!!!!! Oh my Lord…I’m never alone and never without help!!!

I pray for more boldness to speak up and go after the unsaved. I have the Holy Spirit for that task too!!

I can also get really really close to God… in fact I can walk with Him all day every day!!! You guessed it…because the Holy Spirit has come on me and you too!

Are you seeing what I’m seeing about what an advantage us AD. Saints have. We can get used to our privilege because it’s been a part of our lives for so long. But sometimes we need to sit back and take a fresh look at the all the blessings we have.

I pray my fresh revelation will be your fresh revelation today. God bless you and keep enlightening you!!!

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Jesus Spitting and healing

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John 9:6

“While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.” 6When He had said this, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and applied the clay to his eyes, 7and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam ” (which is translated, Sent). So he went away and washed, and came back seeing.…

I bite my lip a lot because of the misalignment of my teeth and jaw. Many times it bleeds but the amazing thing is that it can heal in a 2 days. Whenever I’ve had mouth surgery…my mouth heal in a few days. If I have cut on my skin it can take a week or more to heal. There are healing enzymes in saliva.

In ancient times they believed that spit/saliva had healing properties. Jesus spit on 3 occasions to heal people. Why did He spit? Did He want people to know that He was about to heal someone? Was it that He was trying to look tuff like… I’m bad? If Jesus ever wanted to spit on me I would be like…Jesus…you can spit on me all you want…thank you so much!!!spit

When Jesus made mud out of spit…I believe the mud represented the darkness. Jesus said before He healed the blind man that He was the light of the world. So with His own blessed body fluid He made this blind man who was in the dark able to see the light.

Jesus was that light for all of us who was in the dark. Jesus didn’t spit on us in the natural but He spit on us in the spit. We see the light and our eyes are opened! The significance is not the spit but the spitter and the motives behind the spitting.

I was blind but now I see!! Who gave me my sight? Jesus! Now that I can see I feel I want to shine my light for everyone to see…truth. I want to shine my light into this dimly lit world.spit1

How can I do this? Should I walk around spitting? For Pete sakes NO! I need to walk my walk and not just talk the talk!…I need to be kind, loving and caring. Jesus did this while He was on earth and it’s what we need to do also.

 

SPITTING WITH PURPOSE

Jesus didn’t spit to show off one bit.

His job was to make sure spiritual eyes were lit.

Once these men were blind and now they can see,

They testified about His power before He was nailed Him to that tree.

Jesus tried to make sure we understood about the light.

We need to also shine because this world is so uptight.

Our spiritual light could lead people to be set free,

So they will live forever with God eternally.

So don’t be scared are share the news that Jesus spits of folks

Let them know that rejecting Him really is no Joke.

Matthew 5:16 “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

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