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When She is ROOTED

 

"I LOVE You [fervently and devotedly], O Lord, my strength." The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and the One who rescues me; My God, my rock and strength in whom I trust and take refuge; my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower-my stronghold. 

Psalms 18:1-2

When she is ROOTED

She prays. She understands Who gives her strength. She knows that she is beautiful, precious, chosen, wanted, and loved. She seeks wisdom, and shares wisdom. She is connected to her Creator and to those that love her. She knows Jesus, the Father, and Holy Spirit. She believes in Who they are, and walks in their Light.

When she is ROOTED

She runs to the Rock and is secure in her firm standing. She lives in the fortress of His arms. She calls out to Him when she needs to be rescued.

When she is ROOTED

She trusts that even when she is feeling weak, He will give her strength. She has courage to know that He will work all things together for her good. She is radical in her faith. She works towards restoration, renewal, and the revival of nations.  When her enemies forge upon her, she calls upon the Lord and praises His worthy, holy name. 

When she is ROOTED

She acknowledges truth. She values her people. She faces life with hope. She steps out in faith.

She dances with the Spirit and is filled with peace. 

She challenges the lies that try to invade her space and she calls out to God. He covers her in His Light and sends arrows to scatter every enemy. He wraps her in abundance and promises her a rich inheritance. 

When she is ROOTED

She sits in heavenly places, she approaches His Throne with boldness. She breaks through barriers. She knows that He is her Breaker, her Lover, her Friend, her Father.

When she is ROOTED

She lives with heaven on earth. She finds joy in everyday. She is a tender warrior. She is kind.

When she is ROOTED

She knows that she is fashioned in the image of God. She knows she is designed for destiny and that destiny will break through mindsets that want to hold her back. She does not step to the beat of men, but only to the heartbeat of her God.

When she is ROOTED

She works through her issues and then lets them go. She lives with freedom and gives it to others. Manipulation is not her game.

She is blessed and in God's great favor. She sees Light where others may see darkness. She uses her shield, and knows that she is encircled with great strength. She sees angels guarding her path in every direction. She leads her children to safety and peace of heart.  She has a secure step that will not slip.

When she is ROOTED

She hears His voice calling her and does not deviate from His way. She waters and cares for herself to enable every root to grow deeper.

When she is ROOTED

There is great mercy!

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Wall Breaker

"The 'One Who Breaks Through Walls' will push through and walk to the front of his people. They will break through the gates and leave the city. They will leave with their king marching before them, with the Lord at the front of his people."

Micah 2:13

I haven't usually thought of  the word Breaker as a positive, but then I read a book by Shawn Bolz. It's titled Breakthrough. I love this book! Have you ever needed a breakthrough in some area of your life? I have. I've called out to God many times for breakthroughs, for him to unravel the cage that my heart was locked in. He absolutely breaks through, and sometimes it can feel as if my heart is breaking in the process of His work. But, always there is healing and new revelation as He breaksthrough. 

Some of my favorite quotes from the book Breakthrough:

"As your breaker, I am going to break open pathways you could never have seen open that will show that My favor and love are covering you."

"As your breaker, I will break through the enemy's line and take you into the land I promised."

"Let my love be the greatest breaker, my love that finds a way where there was no way before."

This is God. There is nothing that can keep Him from breaking through to victory!  He sees all possibilities for you and He eagerly wants to show you how much he loves you.  The enemy may try to claim territory over you, but God will prevail and bring you to the fulfillment of His promises to you.  What is your enemy today? Fear, shame, poverty, deceit, or maybe emptiness?  I know for a fact that God will break through all those enemies and bring you peace, hope, favor, truth, and fullness of His love.  It doesn't matter how wounded your heart may be, how guarded you may feel, He can break through all things. 

Have you carefully guarded your heart in an effort to be safe from pain? The wounds of this world can become walls around us and eventually it feels as if there is no way out. Pray this prayer today from Shawns book:

"Help fill me with Your perspective that the promised land isn't just a land of giants and that You are big enough to clear out all the enemies, and that I get to possess it with You and for You. Help me to have a victorious attitude when I look at my life and the world around me. Create in me the positive attitude of a breaker so when people interact with me, they can feel that through You, all things are possible. Amen"

Shawns book get a five star review from me and I recommend it for all those that are looking for a breakthrough in their life.

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"The voice spoke again, 'Nothing is unclean if God declares it to be clean.'"

Acts 10: 15

The voice in the verse above is God speaking to Peter. God gave Peter a vision of all kinds of four footed animals, reptiles, and birds and then told him to go and prepare them to be eaten.  For Peter, this was a big no-no. He was Jewish and he did not eat unclean food of any kind. In fact, Peter responded to God like this: "There's no way I could do that, Lord, for I've never eaten anything forbidden or impure according to our Jewish laws." But, God repeated this vision to Peter three times before leaving him stunned and wondering. Peter pondered the vision for awhile and then the Spirit of God said to him, "Go downstairs now, for three men are looking for you. Don't hesitate to go with them, because I have sent them."  Sure enough three men were looking for Peter, and he did go with them. A Roman military captain by the name of Cornelius had sent them. He was a devout man who worshiped God and was very respected in the Jewish community. An angel had instucted Cornelius to go after Peter, when Peter arrived he announced to them that it was unlawful for him to associate with or even visit the home of anyone that was not a Jew. Yet, because of the dream, Peter knew that God was telling him that he absolutely should not view anyone as inferior to him or ritually unclean. Cornelius happily shared with Peter that just a few days earlier a man in glistening white had visited him and said to him "Cornelius, God has heard your prayers. Your generosity to the poor has been recorded and remembered in God's presence. However, you must send for a man named Simon, the Rock, who is staying in Joppa as a guest of Simon the tanner, who lives by the sea." And, that is how the three men ended up in search of Peter. Peter respnded: "Now I know for cerain that God doesn't show favortism with people' but treats everyone on the same basis. It makes no difference what race of people one belongs to. If they show deep reverence for God and are committed to doing what's right, they are acceptable before him. God sent his word to the Jewish people first, announcing the wonderful news of hope and peace through Jesus, the annointed One, the Lord of all."  Peter continued on telling them of Jesus and then while he was still speaking, the Holy Spirit cascaded over all those listing to his message. The Jews in the room were astounded that the presence of God was poured out over people who were not Jews! Then, Peter baptized them.

You may be wondering what my point is by now. Some of you have heard this story already numerous times, and have concluded for yourselves that you don't need to be Jewish to be saved, right? What strikes me about this story is a question: "what does this look like in today's world?" Who do we, as the Body of Christ, treat like Gentiles?  Forbidden or impure?  Do we open our churches to all people, treating them with the same love and compassion that Jesus does? Do we respect their hearts and love them, even if they may be living in sin? Are we judging them because their lifestyle choices do not align with the box we have God in?

Who can you welcome in to your church doors this week? Ask God to send you someone that needs to see the example and love of Jesus, and then ask Him to use you to be the example and love they need today.

 

 

Is That a Woman Preaching?

Dear Girl Preacher, You will have to decide if man called you or God called you.

(Seen on Havilah Cunnington Instagram)

I'm just going to praise God today for all the women that answer the call of God, even when there is resistance. Rise up, women of God, rise up above the dishonor, the pain, the blame. Rise up and speak to all women and men!

As a woman that loves God and is called by God to speak of Who He Is, it is discouraging to hear that we are still stuck on this issue in the Body of Christ. We are not hearing that men and women are equal in the sight of God. "So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them, male and female he created them." Genesis 1:27 We are not acknowledging that men can actually gain wisdom from a woman preaching and teaching from the pulpit. We are saying unkind and dishonoring words in an effort to prove a point. Some bodies refuse to learn truth from women because they have a belief that women cannot teach men. Really?

Paul was an advocate for women, just like Jesus. He was friends with many women, they worked alongside with him and their husbands, they taught about Jesus to both men and women.  Just as many women do today. Women are throughout the Bible, and are an example of the Bride! God created women after his very own image. God commissions them to walk in that manner. If the church is the BRIDE of Christ, then when will it learn to  honor them? When will the male leaders demonstrate the same tender devotion for the females within the church walls as Christ does for His Bride? 

If you are a woman and you feel that God is calling you to speak, don't be fooled into believing that you can only speak to women. Your God given voice can be used for all! In God's eyes there is a message you can present that will enable men and women to grow in Him. The Holy Spirit does speak through you too.

I'm praising God for each woman that answers the call of God, and is still able to honor the men that resist her. I praise God for giving women a heart of love and empathy, and the ability to persevere in their callings. I praise God for the men that willingly come alongside them and cheer them on, because they know God speaks through them. I praise God that He is using women today to speak life, hope, joy, and a bright future to all people!

Holy Spirit calls us all to be disciples, to preach to the nations, to love one another. There is no seperation in the calling based on gender.

If you are called today to speak out to others, listen to that call. Your voice, Dear Girl, is of great value!

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