KNOW WHAT GOD SAID…

After prayer and meditation this morning, I was led to Genesis 3:1-7. 
In this chapter, God had given access to any fruit in the garden except the fruit on the middle tree. So basically, they could have buffet style with the fruit on the other trees- they could have as much as they wanted, they could pig out, let that digest and then go for seconds, if that’s what’s they wanted. They just could NOT eat or even touch the fruits from the middle tree…..or they would die. 
Now, that was clear and understood.
Then the serpent came along and questioned God’s instructions in a manipulative manner. I can visualize how he was looking when he asked. I see him having that “Really Face.” This is the serpent,  “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?” 
The woman confidently replies, “Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.'”
The serpent then replied, ““You won’t die!” “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” 
At that moment, she was convinced….although she KNEW what God said! 
Hmmmmmm
I received two messages from this. 
1st Message 
How often do we allow the enemy to come in our lives and deceive us…..although we know what GOD has already said? 
The enemy says you will always be where you are, but in Psalms 92:12, it says, “You will flourish like Palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon.
The enemy says it will never happen, but in Luke 18:27, it says, “What’s impossible with man is possible with God.
The enemy says your suffering will never end, but in 1 Peter 5:10, it says, “After you have suffered just a little while, he will restore, support, strengthen, and place you on a firm foundation.”
The enemy says God has abandoned you, but in Deuteronomy 31:8, it says, “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.”
You have to know what GOD SAID! You have to know that all else is irrelevant when God has spoken!
It even says in Isaiah 55:11 that His word will not return void. His word will always produces fruit, accomplishes all He wants it to, and prospers everywhere He sends it!
So, YES, you will get over the hurt from that failed relationship. YES, you will receive that job promotion and your finances will go from just enough to more than enough. YES, you will marry and have kids. YES, you are worthy and beautiful/handsome! 
You are what God says you are and you will do what He says you will do.
2nd Message 
The enemy loves to keep our focus fixed on the things we don’t have or the things we can’t have. We can have everything we want and need, and then the enemy- like the serpent- comes along and shifts our focus from our yard to the yard of others. They had a surplus of fruit on the trees in “their” yard, but because the fruit from “somebody else’s yard” seemed prettier and more beautiful, she desired those and went after what God said she couldn’t have.
What’s for you is for you! What’s for others is for others. Be grateful and thankful for the things and people in your life. Nothing pleases God more than a grateful heart!!!!!

HEART CHECK

Some may know this while others may not.

My mom had open heart surgery maybe two or three years ago due to a faulty valve which created heart murmurs. Heart murmurs are abnormal flow patterns.  A valve that is not faulty is supposed to work as a door to prevent the backward flow of blood into the heart. Anyway, the doctors ordered that she have surgery on Feburary 14, 2012 or 2013. I thought, “Really? On Valentine’s Day?”… But I understood that this needed to be corrected ASAP. Otherwise, it could’ve led to congestive heart failure which is the heart’s inability to pump blood through the body completely…and when there is no blood being pumped, there is no life. 

She had the surgery; she recovered well. Her breathing improved. She didn’t become as tired as quickly as she had in the past. She used to have severe swelling in her feet and hands. That stopped. Overall, her health improved. She even started making healthier food choices and exercising because now she understood that when her heart isn’t functioning the way it is supposed to, nothing else will. (Caught that?)

Her emotional and mental state even improved because she felt better. 

During prayer and meditation this morning, I was drawn to my mom’s heart condition before surgery and and her heart condition after surgery. See, surgery was the doctors’ last resort. They monitored the condition before and attempted to correct the issue before it got to that point. Before the decision was made to have surgery, doctors instructed her to exercise, eat healthier, avoid stressing and worrying, avoid heavy lifting, and other things that would possibly help. I love her to death, but she did none of these things. Not because she didn’t value her health, but because change is difficult, for everyone. It is easier said than done. When we’re used to doing things a certain way and someone attempts to change it or correct it, we often rebel….because we like to think that our way is the right way and the only way. What the doctor ordered would have required her to make a lifestyle change. That meant she would have to alter her work day to fit in exercise, she couldn’t go eat at her favorite restaurants with her buddies, she couldn’t run a high- performing school as she had in the past, and she couldn’t stress and worry about her own children.
Doing what the doctor ordered would move her from her comfort zone and change her whole life, her day to day activities, everything! 

I was then led to Proverbs 4:21-27, specifically Proverbs 4:23, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”

Some of us  have spiritual heart murmurs. Spiritual heart murmurs occur when believers engage in complaining, gossiping, disputes, contention, & other evil activities. The doctor (God) has given you instructions (Bible). In 1 Thessalonians 5:22, He tells us to flee every form of evil. Then in Ephesians 4:31-32, it gets very specific. “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”  
A lot of times, we refuse to follow those instructions because it  goes against what we are used to and what we have been doing our whole lives. Fleeing every form of evil would require us to stop going places we used to go, to end some toxic relationships and friendships, to love those people who we desire so much to hate, to not engage in the latest gossip, to stop grumbling and complaining. Like my mother, it would require a lifestyle change and change is uncomfortable, BUT some changes we need to make determine if we live or die.
So my questions are, What are you feeding your heart & Who are you allowing to feed your heart?

Don’t die, spiritually! 
What’s in your heart flows outward and determines the course of your life. Don’t prevent God from moving freely in your life because you’re consumed with assignments from the enemy!  Don’t have a spiritual congestive heart failure or be required to have a “major surgery” for an issue that can be corrected through “minor” changes!
This is a HEART CHECK!!!! When that heart isn’t functioning properly, nothing else will.

That’s DEAD!!!!!!!

Oh my my! 

When I came out of meditation and prayer this morning, I prepared to get my day started. I took care of personal things and walked in the kitchen to water my flowers….as I’ve been doing since Friday when I received them. I noticed that some of them were dying. It puzzled my mind for a minute since I had just received them on Friday.  I know I’ve been watering them daily and I’ve been keeping them in a cool place as instructed. Then I thought, maybe the flower shop had had them for a while. I  continued. Anyway, I moved them from one end of the counter to the next and put just a little more water in the vase than usual.
When I finished watering them, changing the position, and picking out the dead ones, a word dropped in my spirit! 
“Stop watering things that are dead.”

Jesus!!!!

How many of you are watering dead situations in your life? It could be a job, a relationship, friendship, or it could be a dream or vision that you thought God gave you but deep down you know that it’s not from God?
And check this- just as I have been taking care of those flowers extra carefully, you’ve been doing the same thing with that job, relationship, or “vision.” You’re putting in the work, but it doesn’t seem to be coming to life. You’re watering them with your conversations, time, effort, & finances, but it still won’t grow. No matter how much you do, it is still dying! 
Speak, Holy Spirit!!!!!
Stop trying to resuscitate those things that are dead. Those things that are not headed anywhere! Those things that drain all your time, energy, and finances! Those things that you know aren’t for you!! Those things that are causing you to deviate from the path that God has chosen for you!!!!
You’ve prayed about it. God has spoken and given you an answer. but it’s just not the answer you’re looking for. You may say, “Well, I’ve put in too much time.” Trust me- I understand. My ex-husband and I watered a dead situation for four years. When I prayed about our marriage, I didn’t want to accept that it was over so I “stuck” around another year hoping God would change His mind.
Newsflash- God isn’t like man! He’s not indecisive. If He has told you to release it, release it. He won’t change it. His plans and decisions are carefully thought out! Just like those flowers- it may have been beautiful and growing at one point, but it’s “dead” now! 

 

Be obedient in what God is asking you to do! The longer you put off doing what God has told you to do, it prolongs God’s plans for your life. See, I stayed around a whole year trying to bring life to what God had already killed and prolonged Him moving freely. He can’t do what He wants to do IN your life when you are disregarding His requests and doing what you want to do WITH your life!  Release it! On the other side of obedience is a harvest of blessings!!!!! 
Note: Am I saying God does not have the power to revive and restore some situations? Absolutely not. He’ll do just that when it’s for you…..but we know when things aren’t for us. We may not want to accept it all the time, but we know. 

GO WITH THE FLOW…

I’m very transparent, not because I want to but because I believe my life is not my own and God allows us to go through things to minister and be a blessing to others. 

Somebody needs this!!

Here goes…

After prayer and meditation yesterday morning, I made a mental TO-DO list of things I needed to get accomplished at work.

Shortly after arriving at work, I was told that I had to administer a “mock test ” because we had a shortage of TAs (Test Administrators) and proctors.

I fought it initially because my mind was fixed on my TO-DO list. 

“I’ve got this, that, and some more things to get finished. Isn’t there someone else?”

“Ms. Boyd, no. We really need your assistance.”

The boss spoke, so of course I obliged.

I’ll admit. I didn’t want to, and I wasn’t happy at all. Well, it’s not that I didn’t want to. I just thought that if I’m in a testing site all morning, I wouldn’t meet any of the deadlines.

Anyway, I picked up my testing material and waited on the announcement to report to the testing site….with an attitude. (Lol)

While in the testing site, I walked around and monitored my students while trying to get my mind off my To-Do List.  

I was supposed to send an email by 11:30 to give my “Yes or No” to an opportunity that was presented to me two months ago- which was also a part of my TO-DO List as well. I had been praying about it and praying about it. So, I was ready to give my “Yes.”

So, that was also weighing heavenly on my mind because I don’t want to deviate from the path of His choosing. I want to ensure that the decision I made whether it was YES or NO was apart of His plan and will. 

So as I  walked around this almost unbearably quiet room monitoring the students while they tested. 

I was drawn to this sign on that said “Be”. That’s all it said. I don’t know if it had something else with it at one point and has fallen down, but it only had “BE.” So I pondered on that “BE” for a moment. Psalms 46:10 came to mind, “BE still and know that I am God.” I asked silently, “Lord, are you trying to tell me something?”

I kept monitoring and soon after the students finished, I checked my phone and had a text with a link from a friend who knew nothing about the opportunity that was presented two months ago. I clicked on the link and the title of the article was, “Waiting on The Lord to move.” Then as I read, the content of the article spoke DIRECTLY to my situation. 

I started shouting!!! One of my colleagues looked at me and asked what? I said, “Oh nothing.” Lol

See, I don’t believe anything happens by chance. Me being asked to administer that test yesterday morning was not a coincidence. God knew I would be so “wrapped up” in my TO-DO list that I would not hear Him speak. 

He knew I need that “quietness” to hear His voice.  He knew I was about to send that YES to that opportunity and deviate from His path! 

God will wreck our plans when He sees our plans are about to wreck our lives!  See, administering a test was not apart of my plans yesterday. My TO-DO LIST was. Those were wrecked first thing yesterday morning! 

Then let me add, although I had to test the first part of the morning, I was finished with my TO-DO LIST by 2:00 p.m. Glory!!!! 

So, be still….for a moment! You can’t hear God’s voice entangled in busyness! He may be telling you to go, but my answer yesterday was, “WAIT!” Whatever your answer is, you want to make sure you hear His voice!

Two of the worst things are- 1. MOVING WHEN GOD SAYS STAY…and 2. STAYING  WHEN GOD SAYS GO! 

I learned two things from that situation yesterday morning. 

1. Go with the flow. The very things we fight could determine the course of our lives.

2…and never say No to your boss when He asks you to do something. His attitude hasn’t been the same since! Lol