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Archive for April, 2014
Have you ever felt, for whatever reason, that you just weren’t good enough? Did you ever get the impression that no matter what you did or how hard you tried, you just couldn’t seem to measure up to other people’s expectations? Most often, these feelings arise because of some incident that occurred early on in our lives that altered our mindset about who and how we really are. Here’s an excerpt from Chapter 15 of ‘Seeing Beyond the Natural, Student: Me … Professor: God’ that captures John and Lucy’s experience:
When Lucy first met her husband, John, she was instantly attracted to him. While dating for a few years, Lucy noticed really good qualities in John as well as some unappealing traits that she figured, in time, would go away. She loved him so much that she thought she could never live without him. She was ready to live the fairy-tale life and looked forward to a future filled with love, joy and endless romance.
John loved to watch love stories on television and listen to soft music. Lucy discovered early on that he was quite the poet as well. However, and quite ironically, he had a harshness about him that seemed to always rub her over the wrong way. This trait showed up frequently in the way he expressed himself. Although he was friendly and could be quite funny, his somewhat abrasive demeanor was not the type of thing Lucy was ever exposed to prior to them getting together and she struggled with it constantly. John would say something, and to Lucy, it sounded disrespectful because it wasn’t put mildly. She was immediately offended. Over the years, she felt like John wasn’t respectful enough, not affectionate enough and certainly not attentive enough. She felt that he was overly critical and nothing she said or did was good enough. Lucy started to feel unloved, unappreciated, deceived, and her heart became hard. She stopped caring; didn’t respect him as much anymore, and she certainly stopped trying to please him. Eventually, she began to feel such deep resentment inside for John and many times thought of divorcing him. When the resentment set in, she did not realize that she had opened a door for Satan to enter in and wreak more havoc in her life.
Lucy was certain that John never really loved her, but deceived her for his own selfish purposes. On top of all that, his actions made the devil’s lies even more convincing. After a series of negative events that almost certainly sent the young couple to divorce court, God prompted them to search their own hearts and what Lucy saw in hers grieved her.
God took her back to a time when she was just a child. While growing up, she never thought she was good enough for anyone. No one ever told her that she wasn’t, but she remembered one time her mother compared her to another young girl she didn’t even know. She remarked that Lucy should look more like the other girl. Her mother was referring to the girl’s size which happened to be a little smaller than Lucy’s frame. Instantly, something took root in Lucy’s heart that convinced her that she wasn’t good enough and that she had to be good enough in order to truly measure up to other people’s expectations.
Lucy never felt that she was special in her mother’s eyes and in spite of always wanting to see others comfortable and happy even as a child, she didn’t notice much of a reciprocation coming her way. When the Lord brought this episode to the surface of Lucy’s mind, she wept like a baby, knowing that what happened long ago was the source of her painful emotions and the attachment issues she had toward her husband in earlier years. She had always looked for acceptance from the people she loved and Satan conveniently used her husband’s imperfections to feed her pain. So when she felt like John was criticizing her, that negative feeling fed the sense of inadequacy she already had from years earlier and she put up a huge protective wall. Over the years, Lucy really thought John hated her, but as they embarked upon the healing process, he revealed some things that made her finally understand why he always acted the way he did. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IT2GIOS
I would like to say that no matter what you’ve been through or who said what to you to convince you that you are not good enough, it is a total lie! You are not mediocre – by no means. You are God’s Masterpiece. You are special and until you see yourself the way He sees you, you will allow the negativity that others threw at you to remain a part of you – a heavy burden that you were never meant to carry. Release that negativity today. Reject the lies and accept the truth of who you are. You were made in God’s image and from the very beginning, you were indeed good enough.
‘Seeing Beyond the Natural, Student: Me… Professor God’ is available at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IT2GIOS
Change Your Mind, Change Your Perspective, Change Your Life!
I have integrated the “discipline” of fasting into my life for many years now and believe wholeheartedly in its power to produce incredible results. When we fast for spiritual reasons, we are humbling ourselves before God and demonstrating that we recognize we are nothing without Him and can do nothing without Him. We are displaying our dependence upon Him in every way and amid the situations we face. Chapter 21 of my book: Seeing Beyond the Natural, Student: Me … Professor: God gives much insight into this discipline and how it can greatly benefit every believer.
Here’s an excerpt:
There are some circumstances in life that command a “take the bull by the horn” sort of approach in order to break down giant obstacles and barriers of delay. The discipline of fasting doesn’t appear to be something that is regularly taught in Christian churches these days, yet it is one of the most life-altering, powerful practices that a believer can undertake.
About a year ago, the Lord instructed me to go on a 40 day fast (absolutely no food – just liquid). Before then, the longest I had ever fasted was ten days. At first, this was a scary thought for me (I was hoping I would survive – I mean really survive!), but I was aware that God always gives us the grace and fortitude we need to do what He directs us to do.
I embarked upon the journey and as the days and weeks passed, and the physical changes took place within my body, what was most remarkable was the spiritual changes. I felt God sustaining me through it all and our bond was becoming even stronger. He gave me clear instructions during that period that had to do with certain situations in my life and I watched the most amazing things occur that didn’t make any sense in the natural. God showed Himself strong and He left my family and me totally in awe. Toward the end of my 40 day fast, I started to feel sad that it was soon coming to an end. It was a serious physical sacrifice, but it was the best 40 days of my life. I had a remarkable time with God that I cannot describe in words and I witnessed barrier after barrier and stronghold after stronghold BROKEN! Most importantly, the extremely close relationship I already had with my awesome Creator became even closer. My spiritual eyes were open to see even more amazing things and I know I am still reaping the rewards of my intense sacrifice.
Not everyone will be led to such extreme fasting, but all spiritual fasting is honored by God. I received breakthroughs in shorter time-spans of fasting, but God always has specific reasons when He leads us to fast for certain periods of time. As I note in my book, allow the Holy Spirit to guide you. If you listen well enough, you will hear Him. He will speak into your spirit.
Fasting & prayer are two very powerful weapons that produce amazing results. I am convinced that if you want something bad enough, you’ll do whatever it takes to achieve it – even if it means denying yourself and humbling yourself before your Creator in accordance to His will.
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