In and Above the Storms

 

One of Jesus’s names is Immanuel, God with us. That can be a great comfort when we are in a stormy season of life.
I was imagining myself in the eye of the storm and God is with me there. He has promised to never leave me.  Experiencing Love

I can join Him above the storm

He also showed me that I can join Him where He is – over the storm. Where He sits He sees so much more. He is smiling, truly excited, because He knows the end from the beginning. He’s inviting me, inviting you to join Him where he is seated above the storm. We can see His perspective. We can be excited too because He has made the way for us to be above the storm.

Stormy Seasons

In this season He has told me He is not sending the storms. He told me that the storms are the enemy being like a toddler and throwing a tantrum. Have you ever been in a good place as a parent? You know that place where you can watch your toddler’s tantrum and be like, “Oh, wow! I’m sorry this is so...

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How to Screen Your Thoughts

What I want to share is a concept that I’ve learned that has been transformational for me.

I shared this in a video or you can read below.

Screening your thoughts

I see it like we have one of those really fancy touch screens like they have in the TV shows. They throw something up on it and move things around.

We have one of those for our thoughts!

Every thought, either from inside us or that comes at us, can hit on that screen before we actually take that thought on as our own or decide what to do with it.

The first question is, “Is this thought in agreement with God’s thoughts or is it not?” If it’s in agreement with God’s thoughts then that’s great! We’re gonna keep that and act on it.

If it’s not in agreement with God’s thoughts we ask, “Is it my thought or the enemy’s thought?”

It’s a liberating truth to know that they’re not all our thoughts!

So if it’s your thought and it...

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What’s on the Table?

Since I wrote No Fear at the Table I have been meditating about what is on the table.

First, what is the table?

A banqueting table (Song of Solomon 2:4). A table set in the presence of my enemies (Psalm 23:5)!. A Passover table (Exodus 12). A Communion table (Matthew 26:26-28). The prelude of the table at the celebration feast of the wedding of the Lamb and His Bride, the church (Revelation 19:9).

What does it mean for it to be all these things? I’m not doing a deep theological study. These are my prayerful thoughts and what God is revealing to me as I listen and read His word.

Banqueting Table

A banqueting table is lavish, above and beyond. And it’s not just a banqueting table it’s a king’s, The King’s, banquet table. More than enough. Nicer than it “needs” to be. Everything about it is extraordinary. The quality, presentation – everything.

A Table in the Midst of Enemies

He sets this table for me right in front of...

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5 Ways to Have Influence

We can have an influence. 

5 Ways to Have Influence

A little back story from 2 Samuel 20. Sheba son of Bikri is causing King David problems – again. As Joab is pursuing him he hides in a city called Abel Beth Maakah. Joab builds a siege ramp and began pounding on the walls of the city.

A wise woman of Able asks to talk to Joab. She sees there is destruction coming to her city in a very real way and she speaks up.

1. Speak up

Joab comes to speak with her. She asks why he is destroying her city. I’m sure as the King’s general he didn’t need to give her an audience. We are not given her name, but Joab gave her audience. She carried authority.

2. Know your heritage

She knew her city and her heritage was a heritage of having the wisdom of the Lord. People would come to her city, and likely to her, for the wisdom of God. She knew they were peaceful and faithful in Israel.

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3. Challenge the establishment when needed

 She questioned Joab, “Why are you destroying a...

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