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Throw Off Your Identity…and Be Healed

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I spend a lot of time studying healing these days. It’s something that weighs heavily on my heart. I look around me and see so many people suffering. Diabetes. High Cholesterol. High Blood Pressure. Vitamin Deficiencies. Wounded Marriages. Sexual Diseases. Back Pain. Stomach Pain. And the list goes on….. And it’s heart wrenching.

Many of the people living with one or more situations are believers. They’ve read that God heals the sick. Shoot, Jesus raised the dead! So it’s not that they don’t believe that God can, but usually they question whether God WILL. Will God do it for them?

Here’s what I’ve discovered.  There is a difference between what I term “head faith” and “heart faith” Head faith is when you read what you’re believing for in the Word and you know it’s possible. Heart faith, is when you believe without a doubt, and you know, that you know, that you know, that what you are believing for is happening. Even if you do not see it. For example, the Word of God tells us that by Jesus’ stripes we are healed. We read it. We believe that God’s word is true. And, so, in our heads we have the faith to believe that. But when we have a situation, if our belief has not been rooted in our hearts, we will find that we may think God won’t do it for us.

The only way, to make sure that this is not your situation, is to stay in the word of God until you know without a doubt that what you’ve read applies to you as well as everyone else who reads it. And you have to know that in spite of what you may be feeling. You have to know that your marriage is healed in spite of how ridiculous your spouse maybe acting. You have to know that you can be cured from diabetes, even if the medical professionals say it’s impossible. You have to know that you don’t have to accept a sexually transmitted disease, just because you slept around and the doctors say you’ll have it for life. You have to know that you don’t have to suffer from baldness because it’s in your genes.

I encourage you to read the story of Bartimaeus. You find him in the Gospels, Matthew 20-29-34, Luke 18:35-43; and Mark 10:46-52

46 And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging.

47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.

48 And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.

49 And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; He calleth thee.

50 And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.

51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.

52 And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.

There’s a lot here! Bartimaeus was blind, but his ears still worked! And when he heard that Jesus was there, he started crying out to Him. He referenced Jesus as the Son of David. He knew that Jesus was the Messiah. Which means he knew Jesus was the answer to his need.

The crowd told him to be quiet. The same way people may tell you to be quiet. “Girl, hush, that’s just old age.” “Pssh, everyone loses their site as they get old.” “Why are you stayin’ with that man? After how he treated you? I’d be out.” “Diabetes runs in our family. Everybody will get it.” “Sorry you have herpes. That’s what you get for sleeping around.” Ever have that kind of noise playing in your background? Take a page out of Bartimaeus’ book. When the crowd told him to be hold his peace, the Word of God says he cried out even louder! He asked for mercy.

And his call to Jesus, stopped Jesus in His tracks (v.49) It says Jesus stood still. And He commanded that Bartimaeus be brought to Him. Which is so interesting, because it sounds like the same people who told him to be quiet, were now telling him to be comforted and go to Jesus. Those who once weren’t on his side are now on his side. Hmmm…

Now, check this out. Before Bartimaeus walks to Jesus, He does something HUGE. He cast away his garment. In those days, people were defined by their garments. It was part of their identity. His garment identified him as a blind beggar. Notice that he threw away the identity he no longer wanted BEFORE he went to Jesus. He knew beyond any doubt, that he was in the midst of the Healer. And he had the faith to believe that he was healed. 

Jesus asked him what he wanted and he asked for his eyesight. And Jesus told him that because of his faith, he was now whole. And immediately, he received his sight and followed Jesus.

This is how we should be. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1). Check out my blog post on Now Faith Is…  Bartimaeus is an example to us. We need to believe with unshakable faith, that the thing we cannot see, is the exact thing we can have. (As long as what we’re asking for is in God’s Will. And when we spend time in His Word, we learn His Will.)

 

Be Blessed And Have a Fantastic Day!

Monica

– I am not a preacher, minister, or evangelist.  I’m just a woman who has a heart for God

Manifestation: Waiting or Enjoying?

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For years, I’ve been aware of the power of words and I’m very cognizant of the words I speak. For example, when it comes to healing. I do my best to only speak what I desire, and not what I feel. I’ll be honest and say that I sometimes fail in this area. Which is why staying in the Word is so important. I’ve recently had my fair share of doctor’s visits and I’ll share what I discovered about me. Maybe you can relate to some part of my experience. The things the doctor said that I felt I could handle, like taking an iron supplement daily, I accepted without question. I didn’t ask God to regulate my blood so the iron pills weren’t necessary. BUT, when a scan showed something with my heart… well, now that was something I wanted to talk to God about. (Cry to God was more like it.) But in the midst of what I was going through, I always remembered to be mindful of my words.

This brings me to the point of this blog. I was mindful of my words, but I didn’t know what to say. How do you explain what’s going on with you in the natural to a loved one who’s concerned about you? Or to a doctor who needs to know your history? How do you bring them up to speed without speaking life into the very thing you don’t want to acknowledge? My way of speaking was to say, “I know God has healed me. And I’m waiting on the manifestation of that healing.” But that declaration felt “off”. If the Bible says I’m healed then what am I waiting on? I still experienced symptoms and I wasn’t denying what I saw or heard or felt. What I was denying was it’s right over me. There is no sickness or disease or illness, that is more powerful than my God.

Recently, I was listening to a sermon and the minister gave me my answer. He said it always bothered him when people said they were waiting on the manifestation of (fill in the blank). Because to him, it sounded like people were really hoping that God was going to do what they believed God was going to do, but there was a smidgen of doubt. He said he would much rather hear them say a word other than waiting. This really resonated within me and I talked to God about it, and the word that came to me was “enjoying”. Instead of saying I was waiting on the manifestation of healing, I began to say I am enjoying the manifestation of healing. This may seem like a small thing. But when you think about it, it makes a lot of sense.

If you are waiting on manifestation then you are saying that you believe this is something that will happen later on. That currently you are not experiencing manifestation. However, when you say that you are enjoying manifestation, what you are really saying is that you are enjoying manifestation in that moment. So, even if you cannot see what you are believing is manifesting, you are still believing that it is happening rather than believing that it will one day happen.

I encourage you to really think about this. Think about the promises that God gives us in His Word.

Be Blessed and Have a Fantastic Day!

Monica

  • I am not a preacher, minister, evangelist, etc. I’m just a woman who has a heart for God.

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What “I AM’s” Are Coming Out Of Your Mouth?

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Joel Osteen has a book, “The Power Of I Am” and it’s a great reminder that we should pay attention to what we call ourselves. Because whatever follows our “I Am” will follow us. It’ll come looking for us.

All of us talk to ourselves. All of us. And that doesn’t make us crazy! LOL. It makes us normal. And when we do, what do we say?

“I am broke.” or “I am prosperous.”

“I am sick.” or “I am healthy.”

“I am unattractive.” or “I am beautiful.”

“I am not strong enough to…” or “I am strong and will…”

“I am unlucky” or “I am blessed beyond measure.”

Think about how powerful words are! God created the universe with words. Proverbs 18:21 says,Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.

We get to choose the words we say about ourselves. We have the ability and the right to say:

I am amazing.

I am healthy.

I am courageous.

I am wealthy.

I am prosperous.

I am victorious.

I am wonderful.

I am brilliant.

I am creative.

I am righteous.

I am joyful.

I am happy.

I am a magnet for success.

I am kind.

I am blessed.

I am saved.

I am awesome.

I am a Child Of The Most High God!

Now, would I walk up to someone and introduce myself by saying, “Hello, my name Monica and I am awesome.” Of course not! Because I am also humble. But I am certainly thinking it. 🙂 Because I am God’s child and He made me in His image. And He’s awesome! He’s wonderful, blessed, prosperous, healthy, overflowing with abundance. You get my point. And He’s no respecter of people.

So, just as amazing as I am, so are you! You are amazing with the gifts and talents and life that He’s bestowed upon you! Know this! Believe this! And walk in it!

 

Be Blessed and Have a Fantastic Day!

 

Monica

  • I am not a preacher, teacher, minister, evangelist, etc. I am just a woman who has a heart for God.

 

God Provided The Supply… Before You Had The Demand

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Have you ever found yourself talking to God about your problems? As if he doesn’t already know what’s going on. Duh! LOL!!  I’ve really been on this point in my quiet time lately and as I was watching a sermon, the pastor said that God has provided the supply before we had the demand. And that thought stopped me in my tracks. Because it’s true. There is absolutely nothing that you or I will ever experience that’s new to God. And God has given us everything we will ever need. Our job is to take hold of it.

Let’s use healing as an example. Say, we have a migraine. If God said that by the stripes of Jesus we were healed, then we don’t have to live with that migraine. We don’t have to wait for Jesus to get back up on the cross and die again. That would be absurd. He already did it. He was the supply before we had the demand.

So, how do we access this healing? I’m glad you asked. We do what He told us to do. That migraine is our mountain in this particular moment. And what did The Word tell us to do with a mountain? He said speak to it.

“Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him.24“Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.” Mark 11:23-24

He didn’t say for us to talk to Him about it. He said speak directly to our mountain. And believe what we say. He’s given us the authority.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. 13“Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.…” John 14:12-13

This concept is so simple that we tend to complicate it. Because common sense says that it shouldn’t be this easy to be healed. And there are many who will have trouble receiving what I’m saying. But pray about it. Ask God if what I’m sharing lines up with His Word. If you choose not to believe it, then you will not experience what I’m saying. And yes, there are things that we can do that will short circuit our healing. But it’s not because God didn’t make the supply available.

As I was studying this lesson, I had a headache, and in that moment, I was unable to speak to it with any power. I didn’t believe it would work. So I took two aspirin. And I kept studying and went to bed. The next morning, I woke up with a pain in my neck and decided to exercise the authority I was given and believe that I could cast out my pain. So I laid my hands on my neck and spoke to the pain. I commanded it to leave my body and thanked God for the authority I’d been given to be able to do this. Then I twisted my neck from side to side and the pain was gone. Seriously. I praised God. Later that evening it came back. So I did it again. And the pain left.

If this is new for you, start small. Build your faith and your confidence in God’s Word. If you don’t believe it, it won’t happen. But if you do believe it… you’ll find a whole new world of authority in the Name of Jesus opening up to you!   It’s awesome!

 

Be Blessed and Have a Fantastic Day!

Monica

-I am not a minister, preacher, evangelist, etc. I am just a woman who has a heart for God.

Establish Within Yourself… That God Cannot Lie

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Recently I was watching a Jesse Duplantis tape and heard something that changed my life.  I used to think that Jesse Duplantis was just a funny preacher that was all about money.  But lately, I’ve been watching his messages and what I’m learning couldn’t be further from the truth.  He’s really a faith teacher and the “things” he speaks of are simply a by-product of his faith.

In one of his sermons, he said “establish within yourself that God cannot lie”.  As a Christian, I’ve heard “God is not a man that He should lie.”  I’ve heard that all of my life and I’ve believed it.  But for some reason, when I heard it the way Jesse put it, it resonated with me in a way that it never has before.

Establish within myself that God cannot lie.  To go deeper with that thought, I read the definition of “establish”.

1. To gain full recognition or acceptance of

2. To show the existence or truth of, by evidence

Related Words – Attest, Authenticate, Bear Out, Support, Sustain, Uphold, Confirm, Corroborate, Justify, Verify, Identify, Confess, Testify, Certify, Witness

So if I’m establishing within myself that God cannot lie, then I could also say it this way:

Monica, gain full recognition and acceptance within yourself that God cannot lie.

Monica, show the existence,  by evidence, within yourself that God cannot lie.

Monica, attest, authenticate, bear out, support, sustain, uphold, confirm, corroborate, justify, verify, identify, confess, testify, certify, and witness within myself that God cannot lie.

The only way I can do this is to know God.  I have to know His character.  I have to know what He says.  I have to talk to Him.  I have to read His Word.  I have to remember all of the things in my life that have happened because He told me it would.  That’s how I know God.  And that’s how I establish within myself that God cannot lie.

How about you?  Have you established within yourself that God cannot lie?  I can promise you this.  The more you become rooted in that promise He’s given us, the better your life will be.  Do you have a need? Seek His Word about it.  Find out what He says.  Then establish within yourself that because He cannot lie, His Word will never return to Him void.  He will accomplish His purpose in your life.  Why? Because He cannot lie.

I’m not a preacher, evangelist, prophet, etc.  I’m just a woman who has a heart for God and desires to share what I learn in the hopes that it may benefit someone else.

Be blessed!

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Take Your Eyes OFF The Clock and The Calendar

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If you’re like a lot of people, you have things that you want to happen in your life. Maybe you want to graduate from college, get married, have children, advance in your career, buy a house, become an entrepreneur, travel the world. You get where I’m going with this. 🙂 But life happens, as it does to all of us. And you experience delays. The money isn’t there for you to go to college. The man or woman of your dreams is in the wind and you’re advancing in age and still not married. The clock is ticking and still no baby. You’ve been at the same job, in the same position for years, watching others be promoted while nothing is happening for you. You’d love to buy a house, but you can’t afford to, so you sign a lease. Again. You have a million and one ideas to become your own boss, but you lack the knowledge and resources to turn your ideas into a reality. Your life situations are preventing you from traveling the way you want. When you look at the clock, you feel you’re behind where you should be. And you become discouraged. Can you relate?

Well, I was talking to a very good friend and she said that God told her to take her eyes off the clock and the calendar. And boy, oh boy, did that resonate with me! Just as it did with her. I wrote it down and keep it on my office computer. If you can grab hold of the meaning in that simple little phrase, you will mentally free yourself. I promise! And here’s why…

It may be true that things aren’t happening on the schedule you feel they should. BUT, if you are in God’s will, then you are exactly where you are supposed to be. So take your eyes off the date you see on the calendar and the time you see on the clock. Remember that His Word says…

  • “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)
  • Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4 NIV)
  • For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus (born anew) that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us, taking paths which He prepared ahead of time, that we should walk in them (living the good life that He prearranged and made ready for us to live.) (Ephesians 2:10 AMP)

Ask Him if, in your desire to make things happen on your timeline, have you gotten off your path? He’ll tell you. If you have, repent and let Him guide you back on it. Maybe you can’t handle the things you’re desiring at the moment. Submit yourself to His perfect timeline. ONE touch from God can accelerate you 50 years! So it doesn’t matter if you’re getting a late start (in your eyes) because in His eyes, you’re right on time. And perfectly positioned for Him to release His blessings on you. And when what I’m saying resonates in your spirit, you will experience the freedom that I’m speaking about in your life. It’s not about YOUR timeline. It’s about HIS timeline for you! 🙂 So take your eyes off the clock and calendar and put them where they belong… On God! 🙂

 

Be Blessed and Have a Fantastic Day!

Monica

P.S. – I am not a preacher, minister, teacher, etc. I am just a woman who has a heart for God.

STOP The Conveyor Belt Of Negative Thoughts..by SPEAKING Positive Words

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I have an exercise for you. Silently count to ten (10) and before you get to ten (10), speak your name out loud. Go on. I’ll wait. 🙂  When you paused to say your name, what happened? Were you able to keep counting in your head and same your name at the same time? Nope. Probably not. When you said your name, you had to interrupt your counting.

This is what you do with negative thoughts. The enemy to your life will run negative thoughts on a conveyor belt in your mind. He wants to see which of those thoughts will stick. But, when you speak what God says, you interrupt that conveyor belt. Then, you redirect your thoughts in the direction they should go.

On the conveyor belt of thought: You don’t have enough money. How are you going to pay your bills? You just received a foreclosure notice. You owe back taxes. You’re behind on your car payments. SPEAK: My God shall supply all my need according to His riches in Glory.

On the conveyor bet of thought: Did you feel that pain in your chest? You read about it on the internet. It’s the beginning of cancer. You’re going to be sick and it’s going to get worse. SPEAK: By His stripes I am healed. With long life shall my God satisfy me.

On the conveyor belt of thought: This man is never going to marry me. I’m wasting my time. I’ll be single all my life and never have the love I desire. SPEAK: My God will give me the desires of my heart, that my joy may be full.

Do you see what I’m doing? I’m stopping the negative thoughts from taking root in my life. It’s dangerous to say things like “It is what it is” “There’s nothing I can do to change it.” Because when you embrace that way of thinking, then you accept the negativity that the enemy to your life wants to send you. And you are believing his report more than you are believing God’s report. And then your life will reflect your thoughts and you’ll have a negative self-fulfilling prophecy. God says His Word never returns to Him void, but do you realize that the way you think can make it return to you void?

Take control of your thinking. Speak how you want your life to be.

Challenge yourself. Ask yourself what are you thinking? Are they thoughts of life to you or thoughts of death. Seek God’s Word and find three (3) scriptures/ promises that combat what’s on your conveyor belt of thought. And then speak them when that conveyor is turned on. You will see a positive change in your life.

 

Be Blessed and Have a Fantastic Day!

Monica

– I am not a preacher, minister, evangelist, etc. I am just a woman with a heart for God.

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