Get Your Hands Off

I have been thinking about posting something about this for a few days.  Are you someone who always has to have control of everything in your life?  If you are, then I am sure that you have grown weary, gotten burned out and found yourself in bad situations at various points in your life!  We are taught to have control and even terms like “self-control” influence us to the point where we may feel that is we “lose control”, it is always a very bad thing.  If you have lived as long as I have and experienced as many different situations, you have most likely found that even though you might like to think that you are always “in control”, in reality, that is certainly NOT the case.  There are things in our lives that are beyond our control.  We can learn to roll with the punches or those things can destroy us.  I would like to think that I have learned to roll with the punches and not lose my peace when things don’t go as I anticipated.

I am always looking for life lessons to be learned in various situations in my life.  I will be honest, it is hard to give up control in some instances and let others have control, especially when we may not see things the same way as they do.  However, there are times when we would be wise to take our hands off and let others lead because, let’s face it, we don’t know everything and there may be others that can handle a situation much better than we can.  I have a friend who knows how to do many practical things like building and fixing things that are far beyond my realm of expertise.  If I tried to do some of the things that my friend does, it would be disastrous!  In situations like those, I will gladly yield control.  Sometimes we need to just get out of the way and yield control!

Let’s look at the subject of control from a spiritual perspective now.  Sometimes we hold on very tightly to the wheel and try to maintain all of the control in our lives.  When we come to the Lord and give ourselves to Him,  sometimes we want to keep holding on to the wheel and let Him ride with us.  I have seen the stickers that say, “God is my Co-pilot” and although it may sound good, it is not the right way to live as Christians.  We must learn to reverse the way that we have thought previously and let Him be in control.  After all, if there is a true EXPERT at everything, it is the Lord!  If we truly let God have control, we will never make a wrong turn.  I was speaking with a friend this morning and he mentioned the story that we call “the prodigal son” which is really a story about a Father’s love for a rebellious son, the Father’s expectancy to see the return of the son and the joy of the Father when the son came home. My friend mentioned that the son did not just end up in the place he did before he returned home but he chose to go there.  That fits into this blog about control because the son wanted to control his own life and destiny.  He thought he knew better than his father.  How many times do we do this?  Our flesh and OUR way of thinking goes contrary to the Lord and we take the wheel and steer off in a totally wrong direction.  When we realize that we are not where we thought we would be, then we decide to return to our Father because it is much better to trust that He knows best for our lives. As Christians, God wants priority and preeminence in our lives.  If we want control, He will let us leave and go do our own thing.  However, we have the keen ability to make a great mess out of our lives!

There is a scripture that tells us to “pray without ceasing” (I Thessalonians 5:17).  I think many people do not understand this verse because they think it would be impossible to pray without ceasing.  I believe that verse means that we always need to be in an attitude of prayer  where we have the kind of relationship with the Lord that we are always aware of His presence and can call upon Him at any time for direction in our lives.  If we are hard-headed and want our own way, we can certainly take the wheel and go off on our own. In a scriptural and spiritual sense,  we need to learn to crucify our fleshly desires and carnal thoughts, take our hands OFF of the wheel and let God have control!

Patricia Styers

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Food for Thought

Have you ever heard the expression “here is some food for thought” before someone gave you something to think about?  I have heard that expression many times.  For some reason that phrase just popped into my mind so I am thinking about it and I am going to write about it in this blog.  LOL!  What IS “food for thought” anyway?  Is there a special food that we should “feed” our thoughts?  As I think about that thought, I think it is correct to answer that question with a resounding “YES!”

What we think about is VERY important because the Bible says that “as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7 KJV).  WOW! I have heard the statement “you are what you eat” but in addition to that, we are what we think!  So, let’s get back to the statement “food for thought” and explore what food and thoughts have to do with each other.  Just as the phrase popped into my mind, thoughts pop into our heads on a daily basis.  We can feed certain things into our brains that cause thoughts to linger and sometimes even overtake us.  If the thoughts come from a steady diet of good things, they can be very helpful to us and give us creative ideas, bring peace and solutions to problems.  If we feed our minds with bad food, thoughts can lead to worry, confusion, depression, etc.  Have you ever heard the statement “garbage in, garbage out”?  We feed our thoughts by what we allow to go into our minds.  If we listen to and watch things that are not good and healthy for our minds, they will be open to an onslaught of negative and unhealthy thoughts.  Then our thoughts can produce actions that are also negative and destructive.  If we feed our minds with positive, fruitful and healthy things, our thoughts will line up with those things.  King David in the Bible said that he hid God’s Word in his heart so that he would not sin against God.  He talked a great deal in the Psalms about meditating on the Word of God.  What does it mean to meditate?  It means to dwell on or contemplate in thought.  Psalm 1:1-3 says:

1Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.

2But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law does he meditate day and night.

3And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.

I have some questions for ALL of us to consider.  WHAT are we meditating about on a daily basis?  Do we dwell on positive things or negative things?  Do we continue to entertain thoughts that will not produce good and positive fruit in our lives?  What are we listening to or watching?

Just some food for thought!

Patricia Styers

Lukewarm

via Daily Prompt: Lukewarm

I did not post on my blog yesterday but I just saw this prompt from yesterday with the word “lukewarm” so I decided to write a short blog.  When I see the word lukewarm, I instantly think of the scripture that warns us not to be lukewarm in our faith (Revelation 3:15-16).  God would rather that we be hot or cold than to be lukewarm.  Being lukewarm is like strattling the fence between the Lord and the world.  It is being a Christian in name but not in actions.  We need to decide whether we will be totally passionate and on fire for God or just go the way of the world.  Joshua 24:15 says “choose you this day whom ye will serve” and we need to make a choice of which way we will go because God said that if we are lukewarm, He will spew us out of His mouth.  I pray that you make a choice to live for and serve the Lord in word AND deed! Be on fire for the Lord!

Wells

A friend of mine was having an issue with his well and was not getting any water.  I am a city girl so I don’t really know anything about wells but my friend did so he was able to fix it and get his water restored.  Apparently there are different things that can go wrong with a well and happily, his was just an issue with the control box and not a more serious issue. This situation made me think about what can cause the wells in our lives to stop working.  My friend’s issue had to do with something in the control box.  As Christians, we can stop the flow of living waters in our lives when we do not let God have total control.  If we are finding a lack of joy in our lives, it may be because we are not in right relationship with the Lord.  We should check the control box and see if we are letting God have control.

Another thing that can stop the water from coming forth is a blockage. Apparently, from what I hear, that is a serious problem and harder to fix.  Let’s consider some of the things that can stop the flow of the Lord in our lives.  They might be little things or they could be bigger issues.  Some of the main things that will block our relationship with the Lord are things like unforgiveness, bitterness, resentment, anger and hatred.  God showed me many years ago that these are five very common spirit-killers in peoples’ lives.

Let’s look at one of the biggies that block the flow, unforgiveness!  If you read the passage where Jesus taught the Disciples what we call the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:5-13,  forgiveness is part of that prayer.  Immediately following the prayer, in verses 14 and 15, Jesus continues to discuss the importance of forgiveness by saying:

14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

I have known so many people who have let unforgiveness rule over them.  They might try to justify it by saying that the other person hurt them deeply and they do not deserve to be forgiven.  The point is that Romans 3:23 says “for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”  None of us deserve to be forgiven but even when we were sinners, Christ died for us so that we might be forgiven.  “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).  There was only one person who lived a sinless life and that was Jesus!  Jesus said it very clearly that if we don’t forgive, we will not be forgiven by God.  The choice is ours but we are on very dangerous ground if we allow unforgiveness to linger in our lives.

One of the other spirit-killers is bitterness.  Hebrews 12:15 warns “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.” We see in that verse that bitterness is a root.  If a root is nurtured, it will keep growing and growing.  I have seen elderly people who allowed a root of bitterness into their lives when they were young and it just kept growing until it consumed their lives.  Many are crippled up in their bodies as well as their spirits and souls.  It is very sad!

Resentment is also a spirit-killer.  Like bitterness, if allowed to stay, it will grow and make us very unhappy and cynical people.  We need to let go of resentment as soon as we recognize its’ presence in our lives.

Anger is also a big thing and if not dealt with quickly, it can destroy us as well as others.  I have seen people whose lives are consumed with anger because they never developed self-control in their lives.  If we have an anger problem, we need to ask the Lord to help us by replacing that with the fruit of the Spirit, temperance or self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).

Hatred against a person or people is something that will also kill us spiritually. God compares hatred to murder. 1 John 3:15 says “Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.” Wow, what a statement!

Let me just pose a question to all of us that we all need to carefully consider.  Are any of the things I have mentioned worth holding unto in light of the consequences of doing so?

Patricia Styers

 

 

God Is Not Finished With Me Yet!

Today I am 64 years old. I have never been afraid to tell people my age because I am so blessed that the Lord has given me life and allowed me to live to see another birthday. I am so glad that God has a plan and I will never be too old to fit into His plan for me. God used many great men and women in the Bible and reading about them shows that God is not a respector of age.

Jeremiah 1: 4-10 says:

“Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.

But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.

Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD.

Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.

See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.”

Abraham was very old when God told him that he would be the Father of many nations. That seemed impossible at his ripe old age but nothing is impossible with God!

I have seen the Lord use very small children and I have seen God use the very elderly. God is NOT limited by our ages! No matter our ages, God can still bless us and use us! Our best days may be ahead of us so I look forward to whatever God plans to do in, with and through me.

Blessings to all of you!

Patricia Styers

 

Prophecy from the Lord on 11/26/16

God gave me this prophecy on 11/26/16 about 5 AM when I was praying and waiting quietly on Him. I pray that it will bless you as it has me. I am so glad that God still speaks to those who will spend time with Him and be still to hear His voice.  About a month after I heard the Lord speak this, Jennifer LeClaire (a prophetess) posted a video that the Lord had given her a word to “ride the wind.” I love it when God confirms His word! Here is the Word:

Thus says the Lord, greater anointing to take down greater barriers. There are new territories to be taken for Me. I will lead you and guide you where I want you to go and you shall be sent by Me. You will ride the wind of My Spirit and My wind shall uphold you. My wind cannot and will not be stopped because I will blow says the Lord. As I speak, kingdoms will fall and be established at My Word. Great shall be the establishment of My Kingdom in the earth. My people shall experience new power, greater anointing as they look to Me. I will reign says the Lord!
The wind of My Spirit will blow with great force because I desire to do a work in My people. The chaff must go so I will blow by My Spirit to blow away the chaff that is not useful. Those things of the flesh must go so I have a pure Bride that will shine forth in the earth. Submit to My wind and do not resist! I am doing a new and greater thing in My people and nothing has been seen in the earth like what I desire to do now. Ride the wind of My Spirit and do not resist! Go where I carry you! Don’t plant your feet and try to stay where you are because I have new places to take you in and by My Spirit. Trust Me and ride the wind of My Spirit.

Lovingly

via Daily Prompt: Lovingly

I am new to blogging and just signed up at wordpress.com this weekend. I have posted one blog so far. When I signed in this morning, I saw a daily prompt to post something about the word “lovingly” so I decided to take the challenge.

I think the word “lovingly” has to do with having an attitude and living in a way that expresses yourself in a loving way both in words and actions. If we all would maintain a loving attitude towards people that we come into contact with throughout our lives, this world would be a much better and kinder place and people would be blessed.

God lovingly showed me His grace, compassion, mercy, forgiveness and accepted me into His family and that is the greatest example I have ever seen in my life. So many people need to just hear a kind word of encouragement or see a smile in order to turn their whole day around. We, as Christians and God’s ambassador’s on this earth, need to learn to live lovingly towards God and other people. Just think of how many lonely, desperate and hurting people we might encounter each day as we go about our lives. We all need to be sensitive to the needs of others and be available to live in a way that shows them an example of love. You might never know how many lives you touch by just living lovingly towards others! Now, I issue a challenge to all of us to show that attitude to everyone we meet today. Will we take that challenge?