He Made it to My Hate List

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images-9Cancer is no friend of mine! I pray against him and I war in the spirit for those who are currently wrestling with this evil disease. I’ve seen it Iatch itself

to love ones and hang on until the dear life is sucked from them.  I’ve also seen him creep into bodies only to find out quickly that he cannot stay.  My human nature often ask why do some heal and rise up stronger with testimonies, while others suffer to the very end? What do you say to ease the sting he leaves on the hearts of those who watch their love ones fade away?  How do you preach faith to a family who just said their last words to the afflicted? These are hard questions for anyone to answer.

The late Whitney Houston recorded a song entitled, “I Look to You.” That title is my answer to difficult questions. Scripture says, I will lift up my eyes to the mountains–where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Many of times I’ve ask the Lord for help and He never failed me.

Satan wants us to believe that God is not a healer, that someone has done something sinful and disease is a consequence rather than a process. Do you remember what the disciples asked Jesus in John 9? As Jesus saw the blind man from birth, the disciples asked, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”

God allows such things to occur, whether we can see his purpose or not, so that He may get His glory. As difficult as it may be or as painful as it may feel, God has a plan. We limit our plans to the time we have on earth, a place He promises will fade away. We get wrapped up in life in the natural and and forget to invest all into our spiritual life which is eternal.  This is best expressed in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18. It promises this, 16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

If we fix our eyes on the beast, we will miss the beauty! Keep looking to the hills and instead of losing hope, hold on to it for life.

Counting it All Joy,

Rev. Lucas

Transforming Tuesday: Are you a Dazzling Christian?

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BeautyThis week I’ve been hinting to my husband that I can’t wait until Christmas.  I need winter clothes NOW!!! It’s freezing here in Dallas and for a summer loving, California dreaming, heated seats, and let’s not forget the heating pad kind of girl that I am, to freeze until December 25th is just not an option.  So, my prayers will be answered soon.  I just feel the breakthrough.  Someone is going to come through on my behalf and bless me with a shopping spree like no other and I will dazzle to work, social events, and church with my new winter collection.  Okay, I took a moment to dream and dream really big.  I’m sharing this because I truly need clothing.  It’s not a want at this point.  I need more slacks, sweaters, and long sleeves because it looks like winter has come a bit early than most years.  Clothing is not the only reason I’m sharing this.  I’m sharing this because, while searching this morning for a piece of clothing here and another piece there, God spoke to my spirit.  He asked me, “What would it be like if my children were just as dazzling as the wardrobes they invest my money into?”  He is really on it this Week!  On my toes, I must confess!  I had to look DAZZLING up. What a beautiful word.  What a ring it brought to my ears.  What might dazzling mean I thought?  As I begin to read, my research said, dazzling means extremely bright, especially so as to blind the eyes temporarily. To be dazzling means to be extremely impressive, beautiful, or skillful. Dazzling in our eyes is what is blinging on the outside.  Dazzling in the eyes of the Lord is Him on the inside shining so bright on the outside that whomever we come in contact with is so blinded and impressed with the beauty of His grace, His mercy, His love, His compassion, His strength, His peace, and His forgiveness that they don’t care what you are clothed with.  His presence alone satisfies every need. Matthew 5:14-16 says,14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.The question is still on the table.

Are you a dazzling Christian?  Is His light burning, blinging, and glittering?  As we enter the Christmas season and begin to hang the lights, the mistletoe, and praying for other dazzling sparks to light up in our life.  Remember that He created you to be DAZZLING! I still need clothing, but I’m reminded that no matter what I’m blessed with, His dazzling light in me may be the only brightness in someone else’s day.  As I do my wardrobe check, I have to ask Am I a dazzling Christian?  It’s not what I have on the outside, but it is WHO I have on the inside.

Counting it All Joy,

Rev. Lucas

Marriage Mondays: “Teamwork”

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In all the searching, I could never find an “I” in team.  God’s original plan was for man and woman to be a dynamic team.  He desired for this team to enjoy paradise and rest from the work of His hands.  We all know that it was not too long after He joined man and woman, that the deceitful one came along and convinced this powerful team that they too could be like God.

My, have times not changed?  We team up to fight the world and soon after, the enemy convinces us that we are little god and little goddesses in our dominions.  We move from being one flesh to being two flesh fighting not this world, but fighting one another all because we’re busy trying to force the “I” in team. “I want this. I need this.  I deserve this.  I have this.  I worked for this.  I built this. I got this.”  While we perpetrate we’re happy, we’re on one accord, and we’re this TEAM, our marriages bleed selfishness and the foul aroma of trying to be in control and god over a mess we’ve allowed the enemy to cultivate.

This Marriage Monday step back and look at whose TEAM you’re own in your marriage.  If there is only one player on the court who will you pass the ball to when the enemy come up against you?  It is not one who wins.  It is we who win the game.  Get back to God’s original plan! Mark 10:9 says, What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. That includes you too! Man and woman will be held accountable for how they played on the court.

 

Counting it All Joy,

TEAM LUCAS

P.S.

I love my husband and our TEAM!

 

Death and Life in Your Words

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Does your tongue bring about curses or blessings?  Recently, in this season of rest, God brought it to my attention that my vocabulary must change in order to reap the harvest He has planned.  With this revelation, I found that I had been using the words always and never quite often.  “I’ll always be here.  It will never change.”    Right in the middle of a conversation He reminded me of His word, which is alive and always working, an assurance and a guarantee.  Isaiah 55:11 says, So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

The truth I came to realize was anyone that chooses to use words that are not uplifting and positive really don’t know the entire WORD of God. Ouch!!! Have you ever heard God say, “I can’t. I won’t. I might. I never.  I think.”  Absolutely not.  God is a confident Father who says, “I will. I can.  I have. I am. His words are full of life and not just for life here on earth.  His words are eternal.  So, what does that say about how we should choose our words?

Proverbs 18:21 says, that Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. When I would say always or when I would say never I killed every possibility of God’s Word to be alive in the situation.  I was walking around saying never and God was walking with me saying, “I can and I will.”  What seeds of death have you planted in your life?  Pray and ask God to forgive you for covering up life, abundance, prosperity, healing, and deliverance with seeds of defeat and doubt.

Remember, you cannot reap what you do not sow.  Start sowing positive words and thinking into your life and watch God keep His word!

Counting it All Joy,

Rev. Lucas

 

Witness Challenge, Now Pass this On!

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Your mouth is the least important tool when witnessing!  A person see’s the way you walk, what’s most important to you, what you drive, where you live, what you eat, before they ever hear the word JESUS come out of your mouth.  People hear what you say, observe how you respond to conflict, and judge how you handle difficult situations.  Whether you believe it or not, all eyes are on you!  If you were to stop and think about that for a moment, what do all these things say about the JESUS in you?  If all things hold true and this was your first opportunity to witness Jesus to the people you meet, would you have some things to adjust?  Our witness is not in what we say, but rather it is in how we live and when pressure is upon us, what we do!

How is your witness at school? How is your witness at work?  How is your witness in your city?  How is your witness in your community?  How is your witness on your street?  How is your witness in your own home?  How is your witness with your family?  Ooochhh!  We are not given the privilege to  put on or take off the garment of witness.  It’s comfortable to wear and parade it on Sunday mornings, but the reality is most of the people you are with on Sunday mornings are not in critical need of witnessing to.  The people that need it the most are the managers, co-workers, and people you do not know.  People that would not normally fit in your circle of friends.

Someone’s soul is waiting on each of us to be less selfish and spread the good news of Jesus with our whole mind, body, and soul.  Everything about you should reflect you believe in a reason Savior.  I challenge you to witness to 2 people and watch God move in a mighty way. Pass this on and let’s see witnessing manifest. We take on so many challenges, but today we must challenge ourselves to WITNESS.

Don’t just tell someone, but show someone JESUS!  Be kind, be gentle, be patient, be merciful, be full of HIM as you witness.

Walk like Him. Talk like Him.  Show someone that He lives with and in you!

Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Counting it All Joy,

Rev. Lucas

Lessons From the Lord! The Greatest Birthday Gift!

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Happy Birthday to Me!

Happy Birthday to Me!

 Thirty three was by far the hardest year of them all . I can only stop, right now, and thank God for bringing me through and over every mountain, every trap, and every weapon that formed against me and my family! Throughout this last year I learned some lessons from the Lord.

Here they are: 1. I may have to cry sometime, but the Lord is with me. 2. I’m going to lose love ones, but the Lord is with me. 3. As I travel the dangerous highways,  the Lord is with me. 4. I may be deceived and lied to, but the Lord is with me. 5. I might be misunderstood, but the Lord is with me. 6. Just when I think I can’t make it, the Lord is with me. 7. All hell may break loose, but the Lord is with me. 8. Sickness may stop by, but the Lord is with me. 9. Church folks may lose their mind, but the Lord is with me. 10. When the truth hurts, the Lord is with me. 11.  Transitions may be painful, but the Lord is with me. 12.  Just before throwing in the towels sit and be still, the Lord is with me. 13. Keep on dreaming, the Lord is with me. 14. Man may do whatever he pleases, but the Lord is with me. 15. When I don’t fit in the box, don’t let anyone try to keep me in, the Lord is with me. 16. When moments come savor them, the Lord is with me. 17. Love even when love hurts, because the Lord is with me. 18. Embrace obstacles, trials, and tests. They just mean the Lord is with me. 19.  Let the voice of the Lord be the only voice I hear, for He is with me. 20. Pay more attention to a teaching child, for the Lord is with me. 21. Success is not where I go, what I have, and who I am. Success is when the Lord is with me. 22.  My first ministry is with my family. Period the end. Even in this ministry the Lord is with me. 23. Today is living.Yesterday has gone. Tomorrow is not promised. Today is when God is with me. 24. I may feel all alone, but God is with me 25.  Fear may try to take me out, but the Lord is with me. The greatest lessons can be summed up in the Word of God….. I learned

Psalms 23:1-6 NKJV

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. These my friends are priceless gifts.

Counting it All

Joy,

Rev.Lucas

Bitter or Sweet

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12_bittersweetI’ve been seeking my Father for revelation on the root cause of certain symptoms in my body.  Just like the woman with the issue of blood, I’ve gone from doctor to doctor, specialist to specialist, and from person to person for healing and relief of pain.  Although I’ve been praying the entire time for God to relieve, deliver, and heal my physical pain, it wasn’t until a few days ago that I realize I had been praying the wrong prayer.  The prayer I needed to be praying was “Lord, heal me from my spiritual pain.”  Life’s challenges, trials, and difficulties had left an open wound in me. From that very wound, the enemy gain access to plant little seeds of bitterness.  These seeds had been watered, fertilized, and left to grow in to a bitter root that had not be treated or uprooted. One seed of rejection produced a bitter fruit that left a bad taste in my spirit, an imprint on my mind, and from what the Lord shared, had now spread its roots into my physical body.  Are you having unexplained physical pain that no medical team can diagnose?  You may be suffering from an illness called bitterness. Hurt from someone or life’s circumstances that have wounded you deeply.  When someone or something has deeply wounded you, if not treated, it can lead to a sneaky disease called bitterness.  It hides behind the smile.  It creeps into your relationships and before you know it your entire system is poisoned with unforgiveness, resentment, and anger.  Bitterness can be a root cause to so many of your ailments.  What I learned about bitterness is, it attacks its victim and can cause your thoughts, your relationships, and your soul to be disease. Although there is a cure, treatment cannot take place until one admits he as been contaminated.  How was I healed? How was I delivered? It wasn’t until I admitted  that although I had been truly hurt, I was now the one in the wrong.  I confessed my sin, asked God to forgive me, and help me to forgive others. Seeking God for what is growing in the inside of you will boost growth on the outside of you.  You will grow! Your relationships will grow!   Ephesians 4:31 tells us Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice.  Bitterness is so subtle but it has no power over the power you have in forgiveness!  Forgive yourself. Forgive your situation and forgive those that have wronged you.  Only then, will your bitter become sweet!

 

Counting it All Joy,

Rev. Lucas