Are You the Wolf? Or can you be the Butterfly?...
Be careful of the energy you eat. Some people don't intend to infect you with their negativity... but just the same, it can happen if you aren't watchful from the place of peace.
Jesus said, "beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves."
Imagine those who wear sheep's clothing because they have no idea that they are surrounded by death and decay. Imagine... those who have lived in a place where death and decay are so normal that they've become used to it and have lost their ability to tap into their innate awareness and faith that there is truly something greater - those that may desire Greater but cannot conceive how to attain it.
And now that you know them... and now that you know you... here, in Awareness, is where forgiveness must begin.
Love, and let live. Allow them to live... and allow yourself to discover Life.
While it can be difficult to release control, this is the actual bondage you are facing. When we've lost our ability to let others live as they are living - whether we approve of that "lifestyle" or not - we have stepped into judgment and at times, manipulation.
No one is perfect - we ourselves are imperfect and the world around us is a far cry from it as well... but if we can bring ourselves into the Presence of the Master, the One who IS perfection, knowing all that goes on in the hearts and minds of His people, when we can allow ourselves to lay at His feet, the burdens that threaten to steal our joy and our peace...
Imagine... what He could do with your now humble heart that seeks to receive His full truth and understanding... and the FULLNESS of His Glory rather than the acceptance and understanding of the world... because if we are honest, we can see that our evasion from His peace comes from our desire to be received in a world that does not understand us. But how can they?... when we struggle so greatly to intimately know ourselves?...
But imagine a Father, who knows and loves you so deeply... who desires to communicate with you and help you know all He knows of your beauty and the truth of the world around you, if only you could try just a little harder to focus your attention on Him. While it can be hard in the heartbreak, hard when the enemy is tugging at you to come down into his pit of desecration... you MUST KNOW, that God is the only one who deserves the attention you give the darkness. He is the one who loves you and He is unafraid of that which frightens you. He is BIGGER.
Yes... this can all sound so much easier said than done. But then let me make it a little simpler for you... would you rather remain at death's door, or learn how to LIVE?
The true trouble here is for some reason, many of us fail to believe that we deserve to live. And it can be a great deal of work that we are too tired or too afraid of doing, to climb up out of that pit- especially when you don't believe you're worth it.
BUT YOU ARE. And the moment you believe even a fact so small... EVERYTHING can change! Your whole reality CAN SHIFT if only you step into His well of Wisdom! His love, truth and understanding.
Imagine... if you laid it ALL on His altar this time? If you allowed yourself the freedom to breathe clean air, if you let yourself be purified simply by sitting in His presence. Imagine if you gave all of that pain over to Him and allowed yourself to listen to wise counsel. Listen to His knowledge about the decay of your own heart and mind, that He may GIVE you the keys to the freedom you so crave and He knows you need. The freedom YOU know you need.
What must we do to come alive in Your presence, oh God? Help us to believe that freedom is found as soon as we step into your gates! Help us to SEE clearly that You ARE the Freedom we need! Help us to drink from Your well of courage that we may withstand the trials we believed were our enemy but now know You were with us all along! You were with us to push us into alignment with your Word over who we are and how strong we are truly capable of being! Not by the false strength of pride birthed in bitterness, but by the humble strength that is your educational and all-transformative love! You told us we'd face difficulty as believers of Your word... and we did not understand. But we want to Father! Help us to once again wield the faith You Created us with, that any and every dart coming for our hearts, we are able to see the truth- and to speak Your word - that YOU said we are more than conquerors! That YOU said we are beautifully and wonderfully made! That YOU have spoken all goodness, love, and mercy over our Lives, that we may believe that within You, there is no lie!
I speak directly to your heart at this moment. Do NOT let the wolf have you. Do not give up on who God has called you to be and how He has called you to serve in His kingdom. It can be a humble road and feel so lonely at times but you are the strength of the Creator of ALL! Whether you be a wife, a brother or son, a waitress, lawyer or doctor... all that you are in the earth, know that YOU ARE IMPORTANT. And with the God of the Universe and all that is known and unknown behind, before, and within you, you cannot fail... Choose your Greater! Dig down deep and discover who and Whose you are! Discover what you're made of and even discover what darkness has infiltrated the beauty of your design. Do not be afraid of the darkness... it has always hovered. But even from the beginning, you were called His! The moment you were thought into existence, He'd already decided on your ability to slay your enemies! Be strong and deliver your darkness to God. He already knows it's there. It is now time that you acknowledged it too... that you may come to realize who you truly are and what you're TRULY capable of!
You CAN expel demons, if only you let yourself know that the greatest lie ever told is NOT TRUE.
YOU are not now, nor have you EVER been alone.
God is creator and God is GREATER.
LISTEN TO HIM. When He speaks to you, do not run. Just beyond the darkness, just after you've cried it all away and allowed Him to wash you with the Light and Glory of His Comfort... there is a place called Peace. And it is not the "peace" you think you've come to know... because in Him, there is a peace that NEVER fades. And it is a Gift that is instilled within you once you've learned to turn on the Light...
Stay before the FIRE that never goes out. It IS God.
Don't give up on your glory. You CAN do it!
God bless your journey.
Do Not Judge
1 “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. 3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
6 “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.
Keep Asking, Seeking, Knocking
7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! 12 Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
The Narrow Way
13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
You Will Know Them by Their Fruits
15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.
I Never Knew You
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
Build on the Rock
24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
28 And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, 29 for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.