What’s Holding You Down?


My featured author this month is Rivera Douthit, who has recently released a new book, Zero Gravity, that lifts us into the heights of the kingdom of God. I encourage you to check it out and order your copy now!

IMG_3320We were designed to ride on the heightsZero Gravity. 

In a world pressured by a search for security, author Rivera Douthit, calls you to soar higher, above the force of gravity, beyond what you see with your natural eyes. Zero Gravity is an invitation into the realm of the supernatural. We are on the precipice of the greatest move of God in history! We must know how to live from heavenly places!

With the message of identity, authority, and unity this book will encourage you to:

  •  Rise above the resistance of the enemy (to reign with Christ {on earth}).
  •  Embrace the healing power of The Miracle-Working God.
  •  Recognize the power of a unified body sustained by the Holy Spirit.
  • Realize your dreams and find the courage to step into them.

Being held down by the weight of this world is opposite of the design God has for us. Be awakened as a son/daughter to the limitless, abundant life! May your soul recalibrate as your spirit learns to live from the weightless atmosphere of heaven!

https://www.zerogravitybook.com/

 

Rivera Douthit is a clear and effective communicator of truth who longs to see people healed and set free. With a beautifully straightforward style, she inspires people to know their identity and authority in Christ. She stands on the Bible as the final Word. With a passion for revival, evangelism, and unity in the Body, her greatest desire is to always point to the only One who matters, Jesus.

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Getting a Handle on Fear


Aussie land 145A couple of weeks ago, I posted about fears sinking us.

As I learn to trust God more, I’m beginning to understand to a greater depth that he really is in control of every situation. I don’t believe he causes bad things, but I see how he allows them to bring about something better for us. Sometimes our idea of “good” isn’t as good as his “best.”

As a result, my fear is diminishing.

Over the last three months, I’ve read a couple of books that are changing my perspective.

Prison to Praise is the testimony of Merlin Carothers who describes his journey finding God and his power in Merlin’s life. Power in Praise gives numerous stories of people, including Merlin, who began to praise God for every situation in their lives – both good and bad.

God’s plans for us are good. And they can’t be hindered.

I know that you can do ALL things, and NO purpose of yours can be thwarted.”

Job 42:2

So every situation is from his hand in order to bring about something good.

every. single. situation.

I get that is hard to wrap our minds and hearts around. I have friends who just lost a son. How do we apply this mindset? Honestly, I’m not sure.

Yet.

I won’t offer platitudes. But I do know that God is good and is doing something good even in that situation. It comes down to whether we can fully trust God, his goodness, his promises and most of all his love for us.

And that is what alleviates our fear.

No matter what happens, I’m trying to choose to praise God and trust that he is doing something good. Even when it looks bad.

At the very least, my heart is calmed, and I find peace and joy.

But I’m also finding that God works out the circumstances I thought had no answer or were too bad to take – not usually as I envisioned, but always better than I hoped.

As we approach Easter, I see the ultimate example of this.

When the religious leaders dragged Jesus away, and mocked, tortured and crucified him, his followers scattered. Terrified and alone (so they thought), they tried to make sense of the turn of events. They had believed, expected that Jesus would rescue them from the oppression of Roman rule. They watched their hopes and dreams die on that cross. Right?

Wrong.

God had a better plan. An eternal plan for life beyond the one they were living on earth. He sent Jesus to save them from being forever separated from God. God’s perspective was far greater than theirs. Saving them from their current situation was not as crucial as saving them for eternity.

With God, there is always a bigger picture.

One we can’t usually see until after the fact. You know, that 20/20 hindsight thing. So if we can believe this, trust God and thank him for what he’s doing even when we can’t see it or understand it in the moment, we experience peace. We also take our hands off situations which allows God to work things out.

To experience his best way, we have to get out of the way!

I challenge you to consider taking your life forward by praising God even for the tough stuff that seems bad. What looks bad to us, is a gateway to the ultimate good from him.

Let me know your thoughts…

 

Is Your Foundation Crumbling?


laura-half-moon-bay-026For those of us raised in church we remember the song about the man who built his house on the sand. When the rains came down, as preschoolers we delighted in smashing the house.

But the truth of that song can’t be denied.

Anyone who builds a house knows how important a strong foundation is. Living previously in Southern California, I’ve watched enough beach houses clinging to the side of a sandy cliff, crumble into the sea!

Not good.

And the same principle applies to many areas of life, right?

Marriage. Parenting. Friendship. Business.

All require a solid foundation. Thank God, he has an answer for that. (Are you surprised?)

We’re in the book of Luke (6:12 & 19, 46-49). Jesus has gone off and spent the night talking to God, his Father. When he comes back he has power to heal people, deliver them from demons and teach them. He had to spend time with God, in his presence, before he was equipped to carry out his daily life.

Jesus tells us to start with a firm foundation.

He says that there are 3 things that will lay that solid and deep foundation:

  1. Come to Jesus – Hang with him. Spend time in his presence.
  2. Hear his words – Don’t let them pass over, or read them without taking them in.
  3. Put his words into practice – Do what he says, and you will be on solid ground.

Jesus is a rock. Our rock.

He’s happy to have us stand on him, cling to him, even lie down and soak up some rays. No matter what storm or flood comes, we can stand firm when we’ve claimed a spot on the rock. Otherwise, life’s storms will destroy us.IMG_1131.JPG

Our power and strength come from being with God.

If you don’t know Jesus or call him your Lord, what a great way to start the New Year! He’s waiting for you to recognize your need for him, confess your sinfulness and receive his great love and forgiveness to take you forward into a solid way of life.

If that is you, getting solid is as easy as this:

Jesus, I acknowledge you are the Son of God. I need you. I’ve done things my own way, but I’ve been wrong. I want to turn around to you and your ways. Thank you for forgiving me by your death and making a way for me to be with you by your resurrection. Amen.

If you’ve decided to make Jesus the foundation of your life, please let me know at laurabennet14@gmail.com. I’d love to celebrate with you!

Am I Standing?


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Take your stand.

Stand your ground.

Stand firm.

And after you’ve done everything else, stand.

Hmm…I’m sensing a theme here.

I read these words in a letter Paul wrote to the people in Ephesus. It’s in the sixth chapter of Ephesians in the Bible.

Here’s my take:

Considering the number of times these words are used, it seems that through Paul, God is encouraging us to be strong and take a stand in every area of our life. And our strength to do so is to come from God and his mighty power (vs.10).

Good thing. Because I can be a wimp sometimes. Especially when circumstances seem to come at me in attack mode.

So what does this “take a stand” thing mean for me in my life today?

With my kids…

It says here that it is good for children to obey their parents so it will go well with the kids. Don’t we all want things to go well for our children? Then perhaps we need to stand firm in requiring obedience from them. Not to exasperate them with ridiculous expectations or harsh commands, but to train and instruct them with firm loving kindness. (vs.1-4)

With my boss…

Treat my employer (or other authority) with respect and sincerity of heart. When I’m tempted to gossip or bad mouth them, or a co-worker does, take a stand against that temptation to malign them. Remember that whatever work I do, my real boss is Jesus. I’m actually working for him not men. (vs. 5-8)

With my employees…

If I have people who work for me, I need to take a stand to treat them with kindness, fairness and not threaten them in any way. Bullying seems to have become common in the workplace as a way to extract results from employees, but we can make a difference by being considerate, generous and encouraging. (vs.9)

In my life in general…

Circumstances often batter me and my family. Daily or even hourly at times. Late night  homework, accidents, mishaps, arguments or spilling chocolate smoothies all over my kitchen. (True story all the way to the ceiling!)

But I believe God has more for us in life than constant distraction and putting out fires. (Or as the Bible calls them in Song of Songs, “the little foxes” that ruin the vineyards. You’ll have to read that one in chapter 2:15 to get the gist.)

In the final verses of Ephesians 6, Paul’s telling us that what we’re actually fighting against isn’t things or people, it’s spiritual forces of evil.

Say what? Like zombies or something?

Well, no, not exactly.

God’s enemy, Satan, has evil spirits that badger us and cause mayhem. Like the commercial only worse. (Maybe you thought it was God causing all the trouble flooding the world…?)

Paul is saying that we have “armor” we can put on every day—tools to fight in this battle. But they are spiritual tools for a spiritual battle. Truth, righteousness, peace, the Bible, faith and knowing we are saved by Jesus. Kind of like thinking “happy thoughts.” (Phil.4:8)

And prayer. For help. For others.

But the enemy is out to destroy anyone who even thinks of siding with God, so we have to be alert. Recognize it. Be ready. Stand firm. And keep standing. Don’t give in. Don’t give up. Declare that we are taking a stand with God.

And because of God’s mighty power, which he grants us in Jesus’ name, we can command Satan and his army. Really! They actually cower in fear at the feet of Jesus whose name we call on (see Mark 4:33-37, Eph.1:19-20)

So today, I’m asking God to help me be alert, pray, encourage others and take a stand.

Where do you need to take a stand?

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