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Psalm 32:8 The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you."

“Believing God” **part one**

  • God is who He says he is.
  • God can do what He says He can do.
  • I am who God says I am.
  • I can do all things through Christ.
  • God’s Word is alive and active in me.

God doesn’t just want us to believe in Him; He wants us to BELIEVE Him! His Word says that without faith it is impossible to please God. He declares it is the avenue to His pleasure.

Isaiah 43:10-11 (NKJV), “You are My witnesses,” says the LORD, “And My servant whom I have chosen, That you may know and believe Me, And understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, Nor shall there be after Me. 11 I, even I, am the LORD, And besides Me there is no savior.

Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV),“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, AND that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

He not only desires but needs us to live by Faith! He can’t accomplish His many purposes and will until His children begin to act like His children. When we learn who He is, what He can do, and then, in turn believe it and operate in it, we will soon come to the conclusion that I am who God said I am and I can do what God said I can do. We, then, will look like and act like the children of God. All of this stems from one heart action – Faith.

Hebrews 3:16-19 (NLT),“And who was it who rebelled against God, even though they heard his voice? Wasn’t it the people Moses led out of Egypt? 17 And who made God angry for forty years? Wasn’t it the people who sinned, whose corpses lay in the wilderness? 18 And to whom was God speaking when he took an oath that they would never enter his rest? Wasn’t it the people who disobeyed him? 19 So we see that because of their unbelief they were not able to enter in.”

If we don’t believe, we can’t enter into our land of promises, purpose, and perfect will. We simply speak empty words, proclaiming a powerless gospel, never living up to our proclaimed potential of being co-heirs with Christ. We must BELIEVE the one we claim to believe in. Continue reading ““Believing God” **part one**”

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It’s a New Year, Once Again!

Here it is again. The beginning of a brand new year. The time many of us take to reflect upon ourselves – our goals, our dreams, our actions, and lack of action! We examine the last year and make plans to change this next year. We write goals, action plans, and our desires for the next year.

Why do we do this every year? Because we are imperfect people, living in an imperfect world, knowing that we will never get it right 100% of the time. We strive to be better each year.

Adding to my examination time I fast for 21 days. Not to bribe God into doing things for me or miraculously changing me but to make me more aware of God and His plans for my life. To focus on relationship with God, thus clearly hearing His plans, His vision for me. My best thought out plans don’t come close to His plans. My most genius of thoughts fail in comparison to His thoughts. I genuinely want to know what God has to say about me, my life, my plans, my dreams, my vision for the future. Is it pleasing to Him or do I need to scrap it and rewrite according to His will and purposes?

I don’t fast because it changes God. I fast because it changes me.

Continue reading “It’s a New Year, Once Again!”

WHO? WHAT? WHY? – A 6 MONTH CHECK UP OF MYONEWORD, PREPARE!

When God gave me the word Prepare in January, I panicked.  After the year we had had, God telling me to prepare scared the daylights out of me. My immediate response was, “prepare for what?” My mind immediately went to something bad. I couldn’t imagine having to endure anything else. But, I began to prepare myself in any way I knew. I started a Bible reading program of reading through the Bible in 4 months, I began a 21 day fast, I began a time of prayer and seeking God. I began my year in much the same way I do every year but with more fervency as I focused on preparation. 

I began seeking God for what all the word ‘prepare” meant for me, knowing that it would evolve over time. The first thing He led me to do was

1) Prepare Self – So I began all of the things I mentioned above. He gave me a song, “Lord Prepare Me to Be a Sanctuary” and I listened to it and endeavored to allow God to do that in me. Many nights I sat and read His Word, pondering what God had in store for me, spending quiet time with Him. He is still leading me in this season of preparation.

The next thing He brought to my attention through reading His Word was that He had called me to

2) Prepare others – Teaching is what I do. I absolutely love it. Teaching others the Word of God is my passion. It is what gives me life and joy. Studying God’s word and other books and videos that God always seems to bring to me at the perfect time. He speaks to me through songs, written words, and spoken words. Whenever He impresses a particular subject to teach, there seems to be an abundance of confirmed words out there. Every channel I turn to, every book I pick up, every song  I hear – He is faithful to prepare me to Prepare others! Another song came to my attention at this time “Prepare the Way of the Lord” by Jeremy Riddle. This is what all teachers and preachers of the Gospel are called to do! We are to Prepare the way of the Lord. We are to ring the bell that declares Jesus is coming back for a spotless Bride and His body needs to prepare herself for the ceremony. The church needs to do what we’ve been called to do. Get out of our comfy seats and do the work of the ministry. There are many who need to hear about Jesus, so they can join in the wedding celebration.

Yes, I was right about one thing in the beginning – the “what else could happen?” happened. Continue reading “WHO? WHAT? WHY? – A 6 MONTH CHECK UP OF MYONEWORD, PREPARE!”

Prepare – Part 3: …”Prepare The Way of the Lord”

This is my third installment in MYOneWord 2013 – Prepare. I have been diligently seeking and studying and dwelling.  My sincere desire is to be a living sanctuary. But preparations must take place in order to make this dwelling place suitable for My Father.

I have been listening to Jeremy Riddles, “Prepare the Way of the Lord”. I googled “what does it mean to prepare the way of the Lord” and I found this article.

What does it mean to ‘prepare the way’?

It means to create a favorable environment or to make it easy for one to come to you 

and operate in your life. Let’s take a look at Luke 3:4-5, “As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,

saying,  The voice of one crying in the wilderness,

Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill

shall be brought low; and the crooked 

shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall

be made smooth.” Apparently, John the baptist was creating

a favorable environment and making it easy

for Jesus to enter into and operate in the lives of the people.

I believe that is what we should be doing. Preparing the way of the Lord. We should be creating a favorable environment for Jesus to enter into and operate in our lives. I am Preparing for Jesus to operate more fully in my life. I am creating a proper environment.  Much like Solomon prepared a place for the presence of God to dwell, I am preparing myself to be a living sanctuary where God’s presence can dwell.

1 Kings 6:19 (NKJV), “And he prepared the inner sanctuary inside the temple, to set the ark of the covenant of the LORD there.”

The word prepare is made up of two words. Pre – a prefix meaning beforehand, in advance. And Pare – arrange, prepare, trim,” from L. parare “make ready,” related to parere “produce, bring forth, give birth to,”

So Prepare means to make ready beforehand, to 1. provide, arrange, order. Prepare, contrive, devise imply planning for and making ready for something expected or thought possible. To prepare is to make ready beforehand for some approaching event, need. To get ready for an impending birth.

To prepare is to get ready before the appointed time, before something happens. Pastor John Wood made a statement in a sermon in January, he said “Preparation is the proof of faith. By preparing for that which God has promised before it happens!” Continue reading “Prepare – Part 3: …”Prepare The Way of the Lord””

Prepare – part 2 – …with Thanksgiving, I’ll be a living sanctuary for you”

Well, I’ve been preparing to prepare 🙂 Lots of reading, listening, praying, …reading, praying, listening… In my last post I told you that the song, Lord, Prepare me to be a sanctuary came to mind immediately after I received my word. So I’ve been singing it and listening to it. I’ve been reading the Word of God in large quantities, preparing myself for whatever God brings my way. The best thing I know to do is to prepare my heart and spirit by spending time with my Father.

A few nights ago, I was laying in bed and simply said to God, “what is the next step in preparing?” He immediately brought the next lines of the song, …”with thanksgiving, I’ll be a living sanctuary for you…” So I responded, “Got it” and began giving thanks for all things in my life. I have tried to stay in a constant attitude of thanksgiving.

The second verse of that song says “Lead me on, Lord from temptation, Purify me from within. Fill my heart with Your Holy Spirit. Take away all my sin.”

I don’t know if you are familiar with the purification process but generally, it’s not pleasant. Purification normally requires fire. The thing to be purified is put in the fire. The fire separates that which is pure from that which is impure. Often the impurities rise to the top for everyone to see so that it can be removed.   Continue reading “Prepare – part 2 – …with Thanksgiving, I’ll be a living sanctuary for you””

MyOneWord 2013 – PREPARE

I’ve known MyOneWord for a while now. I’ve been studying and reading in the Word about this word. To be honest, when God spoke this word to me, I wasn’t thrilled. It scared me. After the last couple of years, my first reaction was “WHAT  NOW?”

I could really use a word like “joy” or “prosperity” or “peace” but NO, I get the word “Prepare”.  Yes, I know “Prepare” could be for blessings as well as hardships but considering the difficulties of the last few years, my thoughts went directly to “Oh no, what is going to happen now? Prepare for what?”

The last few years have been tough. My Dad has battled cancer, gone through radiation twice and a round of chemo, has had disfiguring surgery and faces difficulties due to that. My niece was diagnosed and is currently being treated for Hodgkins Lymphoma.  Deaths of several very close family members. Loss of some friendships. My husband’s construction business has all but gone under due to the economy. He started another business. We have undergone transition in pretty much every area of our lives.Things haven’t been great but we have survived it with the strength that comes only from God.

We have just recently received good news – my Daddy’s and my niece’s PET Scans were clear. My husbands new business is beginning to show a profit. We were beginning to see some sunlight and then God says “Laurie, Prepare!” My first reaction was one of fear. I know that God has not given me a spirit of fear so I had to fight that instinct. I did not accept that word for a week or so. I kept saying, “God are you sure that’s my word?” I didn’t like it and I certainly didn’t choose it, but God spoke clearly to me and I couldn’t deny that was MyOneWord.

I began asking God, “prepare for what? Good or bad? Just tell me one way or the other so I can know how to prepare.” But He hasn’t told me either of those. He just said “PREPARE”.

So I began looking for songs about preparing to listen to and I remembered this song. “Lord prepare me to be a sanctuary…” Continue reading “MyOneWord 2013 – PREPARE”

Hair, Glare, and Violet Streaks – A Story of a Family’s LOVE!

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/54100873″>Hair, Glare, and Violet Streaks – A Story of a Family’s Love!</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user13727331″>Laurie Webb</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>

Sometimes there are things that are preventing us from moving forward with God or in our calling that we don’t recognize right off.

Things happen in life that, if not dealt with immediately, take root and grow into strongholds. Much like a weed, if not dealt with immediately, grows into a strong cancer that takes over the garden and multiplies. If not killed at once, the root travels far into the earth and can’t be easily uprooted. Have you ever tried to pull up a weed, only to find out the root runs across to the other side of the yard? You continue to pull and pull only to have it break off before the very end of the root comes out only to have it regrow time and time again? Or one day you see one dandelion and the next day twenty? By not removing that weed from the deepest root, it continues to crop up time and time again only to hinder the growth of the desired plants or flowers. By not dealing with disappointments, abuses, hardships, unfair circumstances etc, you allow it to take root in your spirit man and to cause stunted growth in your spiritual fruit. You aren’t able to grow and mature in your walk with God. You wonder why you seem to be stuck in the same place time ofter time. You desire to go to the Next Level in your relationship with God but can’t seem to move forward. It’s one step forward and two steps back. You aren’t making progress in your spiritual walk and you don’t understand why.

Sometimes there are things that we are are unwilling to let go of in order to  be free. Somewhat like a monkey trap, we refuse to let go of the object in order to be set free from captivity. In order to catch monkeys without harming them, people would build a cage made with bars all around. Each bar is just far enough apart to get an open hand through. Then on the inside of the cage lies the bait – a banana or something else attractive to monkeys. When the monkey reaches it’s hand through the bars and grabs the banana, he soon discovers that his hand gripping the banana will not fit back through the bars, but he refuses to let go of the bait. Even while being captured and sometimes mistreated, the monkey still will not let go of the bait.

We are so like the monkeys that we refuse to let go of things that we need to release, forgive, and leave in God’s hands so that we can be freed from captivity. We allow Satan to hold us captive, when all we have to do is release the bait.

What is it that keeps you from moving forward? What memory, what circumstance, what person keeps you from being free today? What event in your past have you failed to deal with?  Continue reading “Hindrances To Next Level Living”

Not a Fan

If you haven’t read the book, “Not a Fan” by Kyle Idleman yet, you need to do so. It is not a feel good, pat you on your back, everything is glorious kind of book. It is a contemplative one. One of conviction and location. One that causes you to examine and re-examine your relationship with God. I’ve read it and am reading it again. Pretty much the premise of the book is to determine if you are a fan of Christ or a follower. It defines each. I would venture to guess that if most of us are honest, we would find out that we’ve been in the “fan” category; not really wanting to “go all in” with Jesus. We like our comforts and our routines and really don’t like it when Jesus interferes with that. But what does it take to become a follower? To “go all in”? Read the book to find out!

There is a huge difference in being a fan and being a follower. Fans look to Jesus for what He can give them. In John 6, it says that after Jesus had fed the five thousand that He left and went to Capernaum. When the people saw that He had left, they followed him there. Jesus said to them in verse 26, “You seek Me, not because you saw the signs but because you ate of the loaves and were filled”. In other words, they were looking for “what’s in it for me?” They were looking for Jesus to feed them again. Jesus goes on to tell them not to seek food which perishes but seek the food which endures forever. He then goes on to say in verse 35, I “am the bread of life” – meaning I am what you should be seeking, it’s “Me or nothing”. Stop looking for what’s in it for you. It must be an All or None decision. When He put it to them this way, verse 66 says that ”Many of His disciples went back and walked with him no more’. Many were not willing to give up their will, what they want, for a life of following Jesus. When confronted with giving up their “me first” attitude and making Jesus their #1, many turned away. They were mere fans! Continue reading “Not a Fan”

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