Your Experience Doesn’t Change God or His Word!

Now, if you’ve been around for any length of time, your immediate answer might be: “Of course, we know that!” But, in reality, many Christians base what they believe about God by their experiences. God doesn’t change. He’s the same before and after your experience. Let me give you an example.

When people pray and don’t get their desired results, they conclude that it just wasn’t God’s will. But oh how wrong they are! Whether or not something is God’s will isn’t based on results but on His Word where He tells us what His will is. The problem is that most people don’t even seek God to find out what His will is before they shoot up a prayer and hope it sticks!

Here’s another example: when you ask someone if it’s God’s will to heal every time, they usually say, “I hope so!” Then ask them how they would know it if it’s God’s will. They’ll probably answer, “If I get healed, then it’s God’s will but if not then it isn’t.”  This is not how it works!

They’re basing what they believe on their results. That can only lead to disappointment and discouragement. God said we are to walk by faith and not by results. We are to believe what He said in His Word and act accordingly. Then we will see our desired results because we have prayed and believed according to God’s infallible Word. This is how it’s supposed to work because this is the way God has set it up to work.

However, there are so many Christians who believe that they are smarter than God and their thoughts supersede what God has already said in His Word. These people don’t get answers to their prayers and have a poor relationship with God because they spend so much time being disappointed and discouraged. This is not God’s way.

So what do we do? As you already know, getting into God’s Word and getting His Word into you is step one.  Everything follows that. And as I always say, you can’t believe God’s Word if you don’t know God’s Word!

We can’t rely on someone else to do our studying and learning for us. We have a responsibility to know the Word for ourselves. Yes, others can teach and help us to learn along our path but the ultimate responsibility is up to us.

Brothers and sisters, we in the USA are so blessed to have so much at our fingertips. We can tune into teaching 24/7 and never miss a beat. We are really without an excuse. It all depends on how much of God you really want. It’s up to you!

Let’s endeavor to be reservoirs of the Word of God, able to help in any circumstance that comes up!

Ephesians 5:15-17 (AMP) 15  Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people),
16  Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil.
17  Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is.

Go for it — Pamela

More Pot Pourri!

  1. You can’t see the answer looking at the problem! Yes the problem is right there in front of you but if that’s what you’re focused on, you will be constantly frustrated. You must focus on what God has said about the problem and the answer He has provided. What you focus on is the direction in which you will be led.

This is so important because you can’t think negatively and expect positive results. As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. [Proverbs 23:7]

2- You will never influence the world by living like it! If our lives and lifestyles are no different than our unsaved neighbors, why on earth would they want to be like us? If we’re just as sick, just as poor, just as depressed, just as discouraged as they are, this isn’t the witness we’re to be.

We have the Holy Spirit of God living in us. We are the head and not the tail, above and not beneath. We are more than conquerors! We have the victory that overcomes the world – our faith! [I John 5:4] Yes we have all of this but most Christians are not walking in the fullness of what God has given them. This needs to change so that we can show forth the goodness of our Father God and cause the unsaved to want Jesus as their Lord and Savior! [Romans 2:4]

3- A bad attitude is like a flat tire; you won’t go anywhere until you change it! Someone once said that attitude determines altitude. This is so true. Nobody likes being around someone with a bad attitude. You have to watch everything you say or they’ll get offended and then you can have war on your hands. Let’s be people of a sweet attitude and let words of blessing and encouragement come out of our mouths. Not only will this bless the other person but it’ll bless you as well!   

Pamela

A Little of This and a Little of That! [Here’s another round of Pot Pourri.]

  1. Fill up with faith and it will displace fear, doubt, and unbelief. If you keep putting the Word of God in your heart, it will eventually crowd out the junk that’s in there. It works all the time with negative things – garbage in, garbage out. What’s in you in abundance will eventually come out and if it’s not good, you have a problem.

When push comes to shove and you’re in a crisis, you don’t want the Fake News coming out of your mouth. You want the Word of God speaking forth His promises and taking your authority.

  • Those who see the invisible can do the impossible! This has to do with faith because faith sees beyond the natural, physical realm into the spirit realm where the answers are. If you can see it, then you don’t need to use your faith on it. That’s why what’s happening in the world situation today is mostly happening behind the scenes. If we knew everything that was happening and how God was actually doing things, we wouldn’t have to use our faith to believe for it.

Faith is the substance of things that we are hoping for. It’s not the things that we actually have in our hand right now. Faith is what we hold onto while we are standing firm waiting for the manifestation. [Hebrews 11:1]

  • Life without God is like and unsharpened pencil – no point! Even if we’re saved but don’t involve God in every aspect of our lives, we really don’t have a vital, viable relationship with Him and it’s easy for us to give up and quit when the going gets rough. He is our stabilizing factor. He is our anchor. He is our reason for whatever we do. This is living a life worth living!

Pamela

How Much of God Do You Want?

Now, that might sound like a peculiar question to ask but it’s a valid question, no matter who you are. I’m going to say some things that will probably shake you a bit but it’s not what I think that counts or what you think, but what does God say. That always has to be the bottom line: What does God have to say about any given situation?

So, back to the question. Here’s the answer in a nutshell: you can have as much of God as you want or as little of God as you want. YOU are the deciding factor! It’s not up to God how much of Him you get. You have to choose to walk with Him and learn His ways if you want what He has.

Now this might not make you happy. But if it was all up to God, then it would be hit or miss about how much of Him that we get to participate in. But knowing that it’s really up to us and what we choose, we can do that. We are well able to make the choice to seek God and His way of doing and being right and enjoy all the benefits that He has given to His dear children – that’s us. [Matthew 6:33]

Moving right along, this works with everything about God. We can have as much healing, deliverance, prosperity, love, joy, peace, etc. that we want. It’s all up to us and how yielded we are to His ways. To me that’s exciting because I want it all! And if it’s my choice to choose, then I can do that!

God has already given us everything that pertains to life and godliness [II Peter 1:3-4], so all we really have to do is reach out, take and receive what He’s already given. That’s awesome!

Now I realize that this thinking will ruffle the “religious” people and their set doctrines that everything is up to God, but we’re not like that. He has given us a free will to do the choosing. Let’s choose Him! His Word trumps all wacky doctrines! Praise the Lord for His awesome Word to us!

Pamela

More Pot Pourri Notes – [Part IV]

1 -Living without God is like trying to dribble with a football! All you need to do is to look around and you can see how mankind has really messed up what should not have been messed up! If we try living without God in our lives, guess what we’ll be looking to as our source – the world and its evil, non-productive ways. How smart is that! If you want to live a life worth living, get on God’s side and stay there!

2 -The Rapture is the true separation of Church and State. Our nation needs God involved in every area of our very existence. But so many have shut Him out because they want to do their own thing. And look at what has happened. Ever since God was taken out of public schools, there has been a radical decline in morals, ethics, and the fear of God.

It hasn’t always been like that. In fact, back in the beginning of our nation, they used the Bible as their reading text. The main purpose to teach reading was so that the children could read and study the Bible. Wow – what a difference that would make today if they implemented that!

3-A man’s harvest in life will depend entirely on what he sows. [Galatians 6:7 –  J.B. Phillips translation] When we hear this scripture, it’s usually referring to sin and its consequences. But it also refers to sowing good things. If you sow friendship, you’ll reap friendship. If you sow love and kindness, you’ll reap love and kindness. If you sow patience, you’ll reap patience. And on and on it goes. That’s why it’s so important to guard the words of your mouth because it works with words too. What you say is what you get. Let’s be people of our word and only say and do what we want to reap.

Pamela

More Pot Pourri Notes – [Part III]

  1. – Hardening of the heart ages people more quickly than hardening of the arteries. This reminds me of how destructive stress is on our bodies and our minds. Even the medical field agrees that stress is a killer. We need to take inventory of our lives frequently before we get to a place of no return with stress leading the way.

Let’s purpose in our hearts to walk in love and follow Philipians 4:6-8.

  • -You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only option. What we can be sure of as Christians is that when we’re faced with trying situations, God’s anointing to get through it is always available for us.  That doesn’t mean we always walk in it but it’s available if we’ll reach out and receive His enabling power to overcome every situation. [I John 5:4; I Corinthians 10:13]
  • -If your outgo exceeds your income, your upkeep will be your downfall! Simply said – don’t’ spend more than you have. I know this sounds simplistic but there are millions of people who are knee-deep in debt. Enough said.

Pamela

More Pot Pourri Notes – [Part II]

  1. Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will! Sometimes you just have to jump out of the boat if you’re going to walk on the water. Being undecided is what the Bible calls wavering. And wavering doesn’t get you the answer. [James 1:5-8] Remember Jesus is made unto us wisdom so all we need to do is to seek His wisdom for the answer. [I Corinthians 1:30]

Failure isn’t the end. It just means you have found a way that it doesn’t work!

  • Raise your words, not your voice. It’s rain that grows flowers, not thunder! Now this is a good one. If you have to shout to make your point, how many people are really listening to you? God says that a soft answer turns away wrath. [Proverbs 15:1]
  • Here’s a good one. Life is like a camera:

You focus on what’s important –

Capture the good ones –

Develop from the negative –

And if things don’t work out –

Take another shot!

— Pamela

A Little of this and a Little of that – Pot Pourri Notes – Part I

1-Faith is the access road to the promises of God. Without faith it’s impossible to please God as we read in Hebrews 11:6. Why is that? Because God is a faith God and everything He does, He does by faith. Since we are made in His image, we too are to do everything by faith in God and His Word.

Faith appropriates what God has already freely given to us. Many, if not most people, spend their prayer time begging God to do what He’s already done. How in the world can He even answer that kind of prayer? If we’re going to walk by faith and not by sight [II Corinthians 5:7], we’re going to have to believe and trust what God has said in His Word. That’s when we really start to see the supernatural operate in our lives.

2-The high cost of sin will take you further than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay. Oh how true this is! Anything contrary to the Word of God is sin.

Think of the high cost of strife. It will not only wreak havoc in your relationships, but it will have an adverse effect on you: spirit, soul, and body. It can even cause you to have evil thoughts that you would never have even considered before! This is the work of the enemy to get you off the Word of God and looking only at the natural, physical realm.

  • The secret to getting ahead is getting started. Too many times we procrastinate doing what we know we should do because we’ve waited too long – like daily Bible reading. We know we should do it but where do we start and where do we go from there? The point is, if you never start, you’ll never get anywhere. Pray and ask the Lord where to start and He is more than willing to help you

Stay on track — Pamela

The Worst Addiction! [This might surprise you!]

If I were to ask you which addiction do you think is the worst one, I’d probably get answers like: drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, etc. But those are not the worst addiction because they can be dealt with by getting deliverance, getting into the Word of God, and exercising self-control. I’m not minimizing that they’re very challenging but they are able to be overcome.

The worst addiction is worry! Why? Because when you worry you negate your faith and without faith, you have nowhere to turn except the world and we know how that works. Without faith you can’t please God and you can’t get Him on your side to help you. That’s why worry is so evil.

Worry is a form of fear and fear is the opposite of faith. Worry is fearing what might or might not happen. It’s actually the opposite of trusting God and God won’t answer fearful prayers, just like He doesn’t answer begging prayers, which are fearful prayers. And if you do pray a prayer in faith, getting back into worry will cancel your prayer and you have to start all over. That’s not a good place to be because it opens the door to the devil to come right in and beat you up!

When you worry, not only do you open the door for the devil, but you open the door for discouragement because you won’t get your prayers answered and you’ll be tempted to give up and quit.

How many ways can I say that worry is deadly? Even mothers think it’s their God-given right to worry about their children. But that’s one of the worst things you can do for your children because it opens the door for the very things you’re worried about to come right in. Worry draws to you the very thing you don’t want. It’s like waving a red flag for the devil! And he will definitely charge you!

So what do we do about worry and how do we stay free and in faith? Good question. First of all, you absolutely need to get into God’s Word and find out what He says about your situation. His Word always works but if you don’t know it, you can’t really stand on it and believe for it to operate in your life and situation.

Remember, you can’t have faith beyond your knowledge of God’s Word. Right there I think I lost some people because most Christians don’t value the Word of God as their very life.

The next thing is to rebuke the devil and the evil worry thoughts he perpetrates against you because God’s Word trumps anything the devil throws at you. You’ll have to stick with resisting the worry because you probably have perfected it to a science and it will want to hold you in bondage. [I Pet. 5:8; James 4:7]

Worry will even speak to you when you take a stand against it. It will tell you that you’re not a good parent or friend because you’re not worrying about the situation. But as we know, the devil is a liar and we should never believe a liar! [John 8:44]

So, let me leave you with this thought: if you want God to answer your prayers, you must, and I say must, resist worry as if your life depended on it and it actually does! Get into God’s Word and fill up with His promises and His way of doing things and watch how your prayers will begin to work for you and not against you.

Colossians 3:15 (KJV) 15  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
Philippians 4:6 (AMP) 6  Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.
1 Peter 5:7 (AMP) 7  Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.

You can do it — Pamela

Don’t Judge God by Your Results!

This might sound like a peculiar title but let me explain. Too many times I have personally witnessed this exact thing happening in the lives of family and friends and even those I really didn’t personally know.

It seems that when we start out as newborn babes in Christ, we are so loving and everything is right with the world. But just wait. Life will kick in and the life that seemed so wonderful and ethereal, has now awakened and the reality of living on planet earth amidst all the chaos of doubt and unbelief has now set in. But—

God’s Word and Who He is hasn’t changed. It’s only our perspective that has changed. Our results don’t prove or disprove God’s faithfulness. God is faithful no matter what we see happening around us. His faithfulness and integrity is not based on what happens in the world. I’m so thankful for that! Jesus is still the same today as He was yesterday and as He will be tomorrow and He will never leave us nor forsake us. [Heb. 13:5, 8]

What we believe or what others believe doesn’t change God. It changes us and how we perceive the Lord, Who is always on our side ready to help whenever we invite Him to do so.

I can give you examples of people I know who walked with the Lord but have turned their back on Him because they prayed and didn’t get their desired results! Well, welcome to the real world of planet earth!

What these people haven’t realized is that in everything, there’s a God- part and a man-part. God always does His part. That’s His integrity. But we are also responsible to do our part if we want the results we desire.

So, a logical question at this time is how do we know what our part is. Glad you asked and you probably know what I’m about to say – it’s all in the Word of God – the Bible! God couldn’t have made it any easier than to give us the Manual for Life. Our part is to read, hear, learn, and do! That’s it in a nutshell. Unfortunately, most people are too lazy or just not interested enough to do that. And it’s their loss.

Here’s the really bad thing: if you cut yourself off from God because you don’t like the outcome of your prayers, then you cut yourself off from the very One Who can actually help you. Then where are you? Left to yourself and the world’s way of doing things. And we all know how that works!

Brothers and sisters, God is absolutely good in every sense of the word and He cares for us more than we could ever care for ourselves. Let’s repent of misjudging God and get back on track and live the victorious life He has for us!

Jeremiah 31:3b (KJV) 3  …  Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee

Psalm 145:9 (KJV) 9  The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.
Psalm 143:8 (KJV) 8  Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.
Be the overcomer God said you are- Pamela