Are You Making Yourself Vulnerable?

What do you know but don’t believe?

The Lord has been revealing to me that there are truths (and things He has called me to) that I know are true but don’t believe.

I realize that if I truly trust and believe Him and what He says, there are things I would be taking action on.

I would be walking in obedience rather than giving into all the good reasons I have not to (which are really only excuses).

I have been making excuses to not obey – to be disobedient!

And this is a very dangerous place to be.

As I give into fear (and think I’m protecting myself), I’m actually placing myself in an even more vulnerable position.

It is the one who hears His words and acts on them who is compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock, and when the storm came, “it did not fall” (Matt. 7:24, 26). It is the one who doubts who “is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind” (James 1:6). And oh, are there some winds and waves these days and some storms threatening us on the horizon!

This is the time to set our anchor, to grow our roots down a bit deeper, to stand firm against the enemy, and to find our firm footing by hearing His Words and acting on them (Matt. 7:24, 25) so that when the storm comes, we will STAND and not be shaken.

The time is now!

“to one who knows the right (good) thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.” James 4:17

 

Take some time this week to sit with the Lord and put pen to paper. Listen to Him speak to your heart in answer to some probing questions and write it down:

Lord, search my heart (Psalm 139:23, 24) and show me any and all “unbelief”.

Is there any area that I have given into fear and made excuses (even if they feel like really good reasons) for not following Your instructions in Your Word, for not following something You have called me to do, or not following Your promptings?

What do I need to take action on? And what is my next step of obedience?

“Obey God in the thing He shows you, and instantly the next thing is opened up.”
Oswald Chambers My Utmost for His Highest, Oct. 10

 

Let us be relentless against any and all unbelief! 

Personal note: My first step is to consistently write and show up here. It will not be perfect, but as a friend just shared with me, “Done IS perfect!” I will borrow her motto, publish each week, and grow as I do. I pray that God uses these words to spur others on to love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24) – to be in His Word and do what He says.

I’d love to hear what your action step is and to pray for you. Leave a comment or send me an email.

Know Who Wins

“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]” John 16:33 Amplified Bible

I came across the following exhortation in my 2019 journal, and because it has similar language to my last post (click here if you missed it), I’m sharing it with you. I pray that these thoughts will spur us on to action.

From the Father’s Heart:

Go forth. Push. Push past the compromise and comfortable.

Push.

There will be pain. Transition is always painful and disorienting. Your eyes will need to be on Me.

Make Me and My Word, My truth, My Power, My love, and My divine enablement your focal point.

Eyes up. Eyes on Me. Look up. Your redemption draweth nigh. 

Troubling times are coming for the body of Christ. Church, will you be ready? You need to be equipped so that the stumble will not throw you headlong. You will need to view what you see with your eyes from the heavenly perspective: What is happening in the heavenlies? What is true? Who is winning? Who is more powerful? Don’t just take things at face value.

And plug in. This is totally doable. See the strategy from heaven. Look for what am doing, My purpose, and My ways. Keep looking for the spiritual reality behind the evil and the good. What is really happening?

KNOW Who wins, Who has the victory; and therefore, don’t despair.

Many will despair even of life. Look up!
Let the people hear where to look
what is truly happening
what I have already fortold.

I am fulfilling My Word and being true to My Promises – not to leave or forsake you, but to pursue My people in righteousness, in holiness, in purity – to produce a pure bride.

Revival will come out of the Refiner’s fire.

Cooperate with Me. Agree. Choose the transition, that you may be equipped and ready, built up and prepared, for all that is ahead.

—— Would you take some time before the Lord and ask Him to show you any areas where you have given your life over to compromise or settled for what is “comfortable” but not of Him for your life? Have you made Him, His Word, His truth, His power, His love and enablement your focal point through these troubling times? Allow Him to rearrange anything as necessary. Pray that you may see everything going on around you through the lens of His eternal plan.

Fast and Pray for the Church

From the Father’s Heart:

I have come to set the captives free. And they are turning to more and more captivity instead. 

Rather than enjoying their freedom and using the authority I have afforded them, they turn to the world (right back to “Egypt”). 

Pray. 

Fast and pray for the Church. 

This world needs the Church. It needs the Church (the people of God) recognizing and utilizing their calling on the earth. 

Rise up. 

This is no time to sleep or be slack. 

Believe that I do the impossible. 

My church sits in hopeless despair because of the news (the news that only reports the problems)!??

Bathe your minds in the Answer – The Truth. And yes, the truth is that in this world you will have trouble (John 16:33), but TAKE HEART! I have overcome the world. 

And you, Church, heirs of the Kingdom, have overcome. 

Who are you listening to that have caused you to give up and give into hopelessness? 

Be careful who you are listening to.

For I am coming on the clouds…with My judgment and My power. Be ready. Be ready. Eyes on Me. And be about your business. Do your job. 

The team doesn’t quit and leave the field when it “looks” like they are going to lose. So what are you doing? Especially since I’ve told you that you are going to win. 

Do you quit and give up the positive outcome? Don’t quit on My assignment. 

Walk by faith and not by sight. I have too many children walking by sight right now. Things are not as they seem! Be ready.

Be ready. A shift is about to take place that can’t be explained. You can’t explain it away. The only answer will be that My people prayed. So pray…take on the assignment and pray. Pray the big prayer of faith to your big God. I need to become greater and greater in your eyes and the obstacles smaller and smaller. Grow your faith.  Let it grow. Don’t allow the enemy to snatch it away as soon as your eyes see the contrary. 

Eyes on Me. 

Eyes on Me. Look up. Your redemption is drawing near. 

Come and know. 

Taste and see. 

I give the gift of faith to those who will take it. Will you? Will you take of what is yours and freely given? Taste and see. 

Taste and see. Put Me to use.

“Oh taste and see that the LORD is good;
How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!”
Psalm 34:8

from my journal 3/22/21

Oh, that the church would awaken to our assignment. There’s a “sleeper army” (a sleeping church) out there that this world desperately needs awakened to do our job. Would you join me in fasting and praying for the church?

If you want more encouragement and exhortation for a people struggling with hopelessness, click here.

An Invitation

Hi Friends,
I am praying that this speaks to your heart in a profound way and that in the daily-ness of today you will seek Him for specific ways to take Him up on the invitation. 

From the Father’s Heart:
Come. Come and see (Psalm 66:5). Open your “eyes” and let your “wings” take flight (Isaiah 40:31) – in My goodness, in My mercy, in My victory and power.
 
Taste and see (Psalm 34:8) that I am good (Psalm 107:1) and that My mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:23). 
 
It’s a new day. Forget the past (Isaiah 43:18, Philippians 3:13), the fears, the wins and loses – lay it all aside, and come. 
 
Come hither. Let Me just love on you a bit and soothe all the rough edges of your mind that the turmoil of this world has caused. It’s all “no big thing”. Nothing is too big for Me (Jeremiah 32:17), too impossible or “written in stone”; I am the great change-maker. It’s not about the past. It’s all about My plan for the future (Isaiah 46:10b, 11b). So, look forward. Move forward. Take this step – the next one (Proverbs 4:25, 26, 27). And stop bullying yourself, thinking that will keep you in line. 
 
Release Me to have perfect freedom in your life.
What does that mean?
Belief! Believe Me. Believe in My ability more than your lack thereof. Bottom line! Period. For I am able to DO whatever I desire with a willing vessel. 
 
Just say “yes”. 
 
I will direct your steps. Just one step at a time. That’s all. One step after another. 
 
Don’t listen to the hang-ups. They are just resistance. Don’t give into them, and don’t be surprised. Press through to the other side of this obedience – and then the next and the next. Believe that you CAN “take this land”. I have positioned you for “such a time as this” (Esther 4:14). Possess your possession (Joshua 18:3).
 
I will help you. I will enable you and make it divinely EASY.
You just have to take the HARD steps of faith. 
It’s ok. All of life is easy/hard.
 
“This I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have hope.
The LORD’S lovingkindesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
‘The LORD is my portion,’ says my soul,
‘Therefore I have hope in Him.’
The LORD is good to those who wait for Him,
To the person who seeks Him.” Lamentations 3:21-25
 
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With pen and paper, seek the Lord’s answers to a few helpful questions. Just write until you get some clarity:
-Lord, I choose to look forward and take the next step. I don’t want to just assume I know what that is. I lay aside any preconceived notion that may not be of you and ask that you show me. What is my next step?
-Reveal to me how I bully myself. What accusations of the enemy am I currently entertaining without even realizing it?
– I believe in Your ability, and I am willing. Search me and know me, and show me any and all “residue” of unbelief that would put limits on Your work in and through my life.

Lord, I believe You!

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Do You Need a Push?

“On the day I called, You answered me; 
You make me bold with strength in my soul.” 

Psalm 138:3

From the Heart of God:

I am All-Powerful. You can dare to dream with Me.

Yes, of course, you want the encouragement and affirmation, but be honest – even that doesn’t work when you get it.

What you really need is to just push through. Eyes on Me (Hebrews 12:2). Just keep moving forward. 

Pray and allow Me to make you bold.

Serve the one who wants what you have to offer, and don’t be stymied by the rest who don’t.

Be who you are. Do what I have called you to do, and don’t look back (not even to see if anyone is following).

Be relentless against any and all doubt. Don’t “invite it in for brunch”. Don’t entertain it. 

Let’s walk forward and just do the next thing.

Friend,

Name that one task that comes to mind right now, call out to Him to make you bold with strength in your soul, and go walk in dependent, bold, confident obedience.

“Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God” 2 Corinthians 3:5

He loves to show Himself strong in His people.

I’d love to hear about your bold move!

Traci

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What Matters for Eternity?

“O taste and see that the LORD is good;
How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!”
Psalm 34:8

From the Father’s Heart:

I am for you (Romans 8:31), not against you. You are My servant whom I have chosen (Isaiah 43:10).

I draw you near to hear Me. 

Don’t allow the enemy to distract you and make you feel “less than” and steal “this” from you—this precious time with Me. Draw near and see. See Me for who I am—high and lifted up (Isaiah 52:13) and in control. And see yourself for who you are—My child. Draw near and partake of all you have for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). Enter into My REST and know that you are BELOVED. 

Beloved of God. 

Rest in that love and take delight. Then do all out of that settled-ness of spirit and mind empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Behold, I make all things new (Revelation 21:3,4,5). Nothing is impossible for Me – not a thing (Luke 1:37), so behold the greatness and the glory of your God. Look full in My wonderful face and let all of earth fade away with its fears and considerations. 

Eternity.

What matters for eternity?

This is the clarifying question, so come and seek. Come and rest (Matthew 11:28). Come for your assignment and follow Me (John 10:27)! I will lead you to lead others on the inexplicable, incomprehensible path of life laid out before you (Ephesians 3:20). 

Step by step.

Take today’s step—the step right in front of you.

Listen and Write (spend some time in prayer with pen and paper asking the following questions):
-Lord, your sheep hear Your voice. I draw near. What do you want me to hear today?
-Lord, show me how I have been made to feel “less than” and have retreated so that I can combat those lies with the truth of Your Word. Remind me of the lies that I have taken to heart, and tell me Your truth.
-Remind me of what really matters for eternity; I choose to let this set my daily priorities.
-And show me today’s next step of obedience, the one that gets me closer to
Your desired destiny for my life.

Blessings to you,

Traci

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When Life Hurts

When the pain feels like too much!

This I recall to mind,
Therefore I have hope.

The LORD’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul,
‘Therefore I have hope in Him.'” Lamentations 3:21-24

It’s been a very emotionally heavy week for many around me (and therefore for me as well). I hate it! Oh, to be mindful that everyone around us is unfortunately all too familiar with the pain of living in this fallen world whether we see their pain or not.

We know that we will “encounter various trials” (James 1:2), and Jesus said, “‘ . . . in this world you have tribulation . . ‘” (John 16:33). Yet the times of pain still understandably surprise us and catch us off guard. It is in these times that we must recall to mind (remind ourselves of) what we know to be true and find our hope in Christ

Friend,

He makes a way in the wilderness and streams in the desert (Isaiah 35:6) – impossible provisions out of unlikely sources. 

He is big ENOUGH for even “this” (and each and every “even this” that crosses our path). 

Let’s look to Him and keep things in the “perspective of the miraculous”. He will give us eyes of faith to see beyond the circumstances to the provision that we may grab hold of.

“walk by faith and not by sight” 2 Corinthians 5:7

Trust in Him at all times; pour out your heart to Him, for God is your refuge. (Psalm 62:8).

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Lord,
Show us today what we need to recall to mind that would settle our hearts and give us peace and hope. We praise You that Your lovingkindnesses indeed never cease (no matter how it feels) and Your compassions never fail. For great is Your faithfulness. Nothing can separate us from Your love (Romans 8:35-39). We “take courage” right now because You “have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

We worship you and come to You to help us in this time of need. 

“God is our refuge and strength, 
A very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

Blessings to you,

Traci

You may also want to click and read God’s Protection in the Midst of Turmoil if you also find yourself in this place.

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What About the Consequences?

There is not a single “useless” step of obedience. No matter how small and insignificant it may seem or how big and impossible, be assured of this: anything God calls us to do will not be wasted or inconsequential.  

There are consequences to our obedience.

We typically only think of this idea in the negative connotation and agree, “Yes, there are consequences to disobedience”. 

Yet because He has a plan behind even the simplest of instructions, there WILL always be consequences as you obey – consequences for you and perhaps many others whom you may not realize your life touches.  
Trust Him. 

No call of His is without purpose, and there is never a WASTED step of obedience! Never. Not one little step is worthless.

So, step out in faith in your big God and allow Him, in His mighty love, to quiet all of your fears.

Destroy the “speculations” (what if . . .) and “every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God”. Destroy all the lofty FEARS and “shakings” that are raised up against your real knowledge of Who He is and has promised to be, and take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). 

As those FEARS arise, immerse yourself in His Word. 

As you see Him – in His Power – in His Word He will get BIGGER in your whole soul, and the fears will HAVE TO submit. YOU SERVE A VERY BIG GOD!

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ”  2 Corinthians 10:3-5.

What is God purposefully asking you to do today? Not sure? Then ask Him and listen. Submit to trusting Him and walking that thing out in real life.  

Stop just contemplating obedience. 

 Obey. 

And watch as the consequences unfold beyond anything you could “think or imagine”.

“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20, 21

Hi friends,

Be encouraged!

In addition to this truth, He gives us everything we need to walk out the steps of obedience that He calls us to. And He is strong in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9, 10). May we all TRUST Him and step out in obedience to His call today and tomorrow and the next and the next. Simple little steps of faith can lead us places we never dreamed. But we must start walking – one step at a time – by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7).

This post was originally posted in 2012 on my previous blogspot here, and I found myself quoting some of these truths yesterday. So I thought I would share it again. I’d love to hear the steps He’s calling you to and to join you in prayer in those areas. Let me know. Click the link to this post and leave a comment or contact me.

With love,

Traci

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