Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Purpose in God's Testings





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I was so angry I wanted to scream...loudly!  Then, suddenly I felt exposed....everyone around witnessed me in a very vulnerable moment.  Yep, I was red-faced and I do believe my hair stood on end.  There was no hiding it anymore. I was irritated...off the chart irritated... with one of God's children!   I had tried to love her, but now it seemed as if she was desiring a competitive  cat-fight ! I think my fingernails were forming into claws by the seconds. But God  used this encounter (another test, actually) to alert me to see that my patience and love tank registered close to empty... thankfully I embraced His grace to take a deep breath and walk in love again. Loving one another is a big deal to God, and I needed my heart to align with His...especially on this particular matter.
 
 
 
 
My Test
 
What you just read was another  test  specifically designed by heaven for me.  I could no longer preach,write or teach about God's love...I had to walk it out myself and pass the test of unconditional love. It is probably obvious to many of us- women sometimes have problems with other women.  It doesn't have to be that way, but by nature women are competitive with other women in many areas. Just to mention a few tests to pass as a woman:  gossip, jealousy, strife, competition, envy...and more! The enemy strategies often to bring strife among women...I'm certain of it! But there is no gender involved whenever it comes to ways the enemy seduces God's children to  have issues with each other.  Unity is important to God- is it any wonder why the devil seeks to promote disunity and strife?  (Take a quick look at Ps 133 for a great study on unity!)
 
As a pastor of a  local church and also as an author and  traveling minister, I have encountered many different confrontations from evil spirits that are active in people.  In the testimony above, a certain woman kept deliberately annoying me and distracted me during my teaching concerning God's grace. The entire encounter reminds me of when Apostle Paul encountered a spirit of divination (see Acts 16:16).   At the end of my teaching she would then approach me and attempt to entangle me in a heated debate. It was obvious to me that she was extremely performance driven, and I had been teaching on grace for quite a while.  It's true the devil doesn't like the message of grace.  And he will use whoever he can to use to falsely accuse godly leaders who are passionately pursuing truth.  For me that day, it was a test.  Could I walk in love...no matter what? 
 
Again, this was another test for me.  I don't like tests.  In school I had to study diligently to do well...but God sees tests differently.  I'll just remain honest... I have had to stop and ask myself these questions several times:  Why does God test us?  And what is the purpose of it?

The Definition of a Test
 
The dictionary gives us an interesting definition of tests.  For humans in particular it applies to us in verb form meaning that : a test is a form of ascertaining the worth of a person.....  subject to certain examinations.   (See Collins English Dictionary).  We do not endure testing because God is upset with us- no way!  However, it is a mark of God's favor because it is His desire to establish our value!
Wow!  How awesome is that!  let me explain a little more.  Reader, you're going to love this blog!

Think for a moment about a jeweler and how he/she subjects silver or gold to a  test.  The test is done because there is value.  The tests determines just how much value is to be proven.  Wow! 
This puts a whole new slant on a test.  It's not that we are less valuable in the end...it's the thought of how God desires to  prove to us and others our value. 
 
God Wants to Prove Your Value!

Dear one, He believes in you!  He wants to prove to you and others just how valuable you are.  Therefore, embrace your tests and respond with joy!  James 1:2-4 says " My brothers, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.  But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing."

Did you notice that whenever we are in a trial our faith is tested?  Yes, our belief systems become challenged whenever we go through a test.  In a trial, the Accuser of the Brethren falsely accuses us.  The enemy lies about us concerning our identity in God  and he lies concerning God's faithfulness and His desire to bless us.  I don't know about you, but when I'm in a test. or experiencing a trial, doubt arises.  I am tempted during hard times to doubt God's promises...and doubt my own value. It is in a test that we must remind ourselves of who we are in God.  During tests our confessions should be "I am a child of the King," "I am valuable,"  " I am blessed," "I am royalty." (etc). Whenever we do this God is proving to us our value again...and He is proving it also to the devil!
 
Overcome Lack
 
 I don't want to experience any more lack....do you?  James 1:2-4 says that we count it joy whenever we go through a trial so that patience is developed  and we are perfected and completed... lacking nothing!  Believer, this means that God has prepared a test to prepare us for greatness...lacking nothing!  A test is an introductory paragraph to a great testimony!!!
 
Yes, God desires that we cycle out of lack, therefore, a test might be required so that we come out of our past lack!  Embrace each test...it's all meant to prove our value and empower us for increase!  We are in a season of increase.  At the beginning of this year I saw a very large river.  I asked the Lord what the river was and He said it was "The River of Increase."  Dear one, jump in the river today!  Embrace increase...no matter what the test is....remember it is necessary to prepare you for increase.
 
 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

What Exactly Does Breakthrough Look Like?



Breakthrough.  What exactly does it look like?  Well, I know what it  doesn't look like- or maybe a better way to say it is like this-  I feel like I know when I am NOT experiencing a breakthrough!  I am coming to realize that I have limited thinking, yes- even mindsets!, concerning experiencing a breakthrough.

Let me back up a bit and explain.  According to the dictionary, the word  breakthrough means :
      An act of overcoming or penetrating an obstacle
  • An increase of knowledge or understanding
  • An offensive thrust that penetrates and carries beyond a defensive line.

Did you notice that you can receive breakthrough whenever you "hear the truth" or "gain knowledge and understanding?"  This is why the Word says we perish for lack of knowledge.  (See Hosea 4:6).  The original word for "perish" means to be "destroyed, cut down, fail (or be ) undone."  Dear one, whenever we don't understand the finished work of Christ and that the price has been paid for us to receive open heavens and breakthroughs the enemy will continue to cause us to be "undone!" He goes about as a roaring lion seeking whomever he might devour.  But if we know the truth- the truth sets us free from the devourer!

We Begin at the Finish Line
It's important to remember that we don't start off our race at the starting point.  No way!  We begin every race and every battle at the finish line.  At the Christ, due to the shed blood of Jesus, we have received an inheritance as being a "sons" of God.  When we were born again we received the fullness of salvation which involves not only being saved but also healed, delivered, provision and all that heaven has to offer!  Please take some time and go back to my blog entitled  Straight Talk From Sandie Freed. This particular blog will help you cycle out of your seasons of hopelessness and despair.  Also, I encourage each of you to read my book  Power in the Blood: Claiming Your Spiritual Inheritance because it teaches more on the finished work of Christ.
 
Be One That Overcomes!
 
It's important to God that we overcome- it's important to you also!  Know that the enemy may be attempting to defend his position but you are part of an offensive thrust against the enemy!  My recent book,  Faith After Failure:  Reconnecting with Your Destiny would be great to read for a jump-start into  victory.  In this book I discuss how to get past our past and how to overcome hopelessness, insecurity, generational issues, etc. that would attempt to steal our future.

Be empowered today. You are already breaking through the enemy's blockades because:
  1. You have gained more understanding
  2. You have been empowered with truth to overcome
  3. You know that you are promised victory due to the Cross
  4. You have the ability to overcome because you are a son of the Father
  5. You begin at the Finish line- your victory is sealed!
This is the season to be thankful.  Let's be thankful for the Cross... that one thing will break us out of  hopelessness and despair. Our today's and tomorrows are full of hope... because of Jesus and His finished work!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

There is A Reason That God Is Giving You Dreams!




I was raised to believe that God does not speak through dreams.  I'm so blessed that I know differently today. For those of you who believe that God does speak through dreams, please take a moment and recall the life of Joseph. 

Joseph was given some really awesome dreams as a young man.  But, when he told his brothers about his dreams they got really upset!   He told them about dreaming of bundles of wheat, the sun, the moon and 11 stars bowing before him (take a moment and read Genesis 37:5-10).  Even his father, Jacob, rebuked him.  No one liked the idea of Joseph being positioned above them.  I would have probably been upset also if I were one of Joseph's family! But later his father reconsidered the entire matter. 

I believe that when God speaks to us through dreams we need to  both "consider the matter," and at times even "ponder" them.   I have had some really interesting dreams... but imagine having dreams like Joseph's!  In Psalm 105:19b it says that "...the word of the Lord tried him" until Joseph's dreams actually came to pass.  I believe that many of our dreams are "trying us" just as they did Joseph. 

Having God-given Dreams

Our God given dreams will be tested and tried, just as Joseph's did him.  Yet, if God gave you a dream then know He will bring it to pass!  The word "tried" is a Hebrew word that has a very interesting meaning.  Some of the words used to define being "tried" are " purged," "cast." "refine," "(make)pure," and "purge away."  When observing the full translation as to how dreams might "try" us we can easily conclude by this definition that it is similar to a goldsmith purifying metals and refining them with intense heat.  In other words, Joseph's dreams purified his heart and motives and he was being refined by the hand of God until his time came to fulfill his dreams.

When I think about God's timing the story of Joseph encourages me.  How?  Well, I'll just bet that you have some dreams also that have not come to pass.  Maybe, like myself, you have tucked away deep in your heart several promises God has spoken through dreams.  Don't be discouraged!  Know that God is refining you and preparing you for a "suddenly!"  Yes, suddenlies do happen.  Just like Joseph- in prison one day and in the palace the next- your dreams will come to pass!

God's Intentions Through Dreams

There are various reasons why God gives us dreams.   In the above paragraphs you read about how the timing of the fulfillment of a dream is meant to purify us and prepare us.  Another very important reason that God gives us dreams is to reveal the condition of our own hearts. If you recall, Daniel told King Nebuchadnezzar that God was giving him dreams to reveal the king's pride and to save his soul from the pit. (Read Job 33:14-18).

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

It's Time to Know the Truth About Spiritual Warfare




There is much written about spiritual warfare.  However some are myths and some are spiritual truths.  In order to walk in complete victory we must examine these, spiritually discern them and go to the Word of God for the fullness of revelation. 

There Really IS A Devil!

Before we go further in this quick journey let me assure you that there really is a devil, and he is the reason we have so much spiritual warfare.I have written over ten books that directly name the enemy, the enemy's manifestations and his plans to kill steal and destroy.  However, I do, in no way, look for a demon behind every bush!  Again, let me assure you that the devil is real.  Though he is not simply a biblical type of poetic image- as some believe. 

Satan (known as the devil)  has limited power.  He does  not know everything you are thinking and he cannot do anything he desires.  He cannot read your mind- only God knows your thoughts. ( See Ezekiel 11:5 NASB).  He does not have the same powers and attributes as our God.  I am amazed at how many Christians believe that the enemy is all-knowing and all-powerful.  Believers, that is simply not true!  Actually we give the enemy way too much credit!  In fact, real spiritual warfare is keeping our mind on Christ and what He has accomplished at the cross. More on that in a bit.

Yes, the enemy can make subtle suggestions to our minds and invade our thought patterns with his destructive lies- but he is not all knowing. He is not a mind reader- no way!  Our God is omniscient and all knowing- Satan certainly is not.Think about this for a moment.  If the devil knew that Jesus would gain such a victory at the Cross he would not have schemed to put him there!  (See 1 Corinthians 2:8). 

As I stated earlier, Satan is not all-powerful either. If he were, he would never allow you to receive Jesus as your personal Savior!    But Satan  is your adversary, a liar, a thief and he wishes to devour you.  (See 1 Peter 5:8, John 8:44).    Neither is our enemy omnipresent- meaning that he is everywhere all the time! Only God is omnipresent.  Satan does, however, have many different demons who attack us.  It may seem as if Satan himself were reaping havoc at one particular time but more likely, it was one of his demons.  Satan cannot be everywhere all of the time- but God can!  We need to quit giving Satan so much power- reel in our thoughts and remember how big our God is! 

Satan Once  Had a Measure of Power

Satan was stripped of his power at the Cross.  Colossians 2:15 reminds each of us that demonic principalities and powers were destroyed when Jesus was crucified at Calvary! Yes!  Jesus destroyed Satan's power.  Satan can only walk about "like" a roaring lion...he can roar but not with the authority that Jesus, the Lion of Judah has!

Whenever you approach spiritual warfare, you must remember these specific truths.  We must all enter into a battle with our enemy knowing that the battle has been won by Christ at the Cross.  If we do not do this, we are approaching a battle in our own strength. We have no power to defeat the enemy  except by the power of the Cross.  If we will remember this main point- we will take the first step into experiencing victory!  The victory is ours because of the shed Blood of Jesus.  Jesus has given us the victory!

The Devil is a Liar
 This is another spiritual truth- the devil is a liar.  He would have you believe you don't already have the victory.  Dear one, the enemy wants to wear you out.  How can he do this?  By causing you to believe that you don't have what you already have!  Ephesians 1:3 reminds us that we have already been blessed ..." with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ."    This means Christ paid the price already (shed His Blood at Calvary) for you to be blessed!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Find Out if Your are Being Vexed by the Enemy!


Vexation.  What is it?  How do I know that I am experiencing it?  These are questions that need answers.   I have been studying this subject for several years, and in fact, I have written about vexation in one of my latest books,  The Jezebel Yoke.   In this blog I will get straight to the point concerning the meaning of vexation and the evil demonic powers behind it. If you have been experiencing any of this it is highly possible that you have been vexed by the enemy:

  • Feeling like you're at the "end of your rope!"
  • Inability to concentrate and confused
  • Feeling intense pressure
  • Feeling as if you are under some type of "witchcraft" assignment
  • Targeted by the enemy
  • Struggling with manipulation and control
  • Feeling oppressed
  • Feeling cramped, (as if you are closed off from destiny), limited and cut-off
  • Feeling bound up and unable to break free
  • Loss of vision
  • Battling a death structure
  • Unable to get past your past
If you are experiencing any of this keep reading!  The Lord wants you to possess your Promised
Land and experience freedom!


Demonic Possession


Vexation in the New Testament makes reference to demonic "possession."  It is this writers opinion that a Christian cannot be completely "possessed" by the devil. However, I strongly believe that a Christian can need deliverance from a demonic stronghold or influence.   If you recall, Jesus even asked Peter how Satan had found an entrance to his heart.  Yes, even though Peter was a follower of Christ, he was still influenced by a demonic presence. We are in a season where we need to check our hearts and repent if we have opened a door to demonic opposition.  We often open doors through the  eye gate (not being cautious what we allow our natural eyes to behold),  and the ear gate (not being protective of what we listen to). 


Vexation is also linked with territorial spirits of lawlessness because, as I documented in my book, vexation can affect large masses of people.  So mobs of rioting and uprisings are often connected to demonic spirits which cause a vexation in others.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Reason for Dry Seasons



Exhausted, frustrated, disappointed and depressed? I can relate....been there-done that!.  Let me assure you that I have experienced a "dry season"...a season of desolation.  It is no fun.  During my time in the desert (I will use the words desert and dry season interchangeably because, to me, they are the same)  I was convinced that God had deserted me in the desert!  Notice the word "desert" in the word "deserted?"  Of course to believe this was to believe a lie- God NEVER leaves us!  However, when we go through dry season and  we experience drought,, barrenness and yes, , even, famine, we are often vulnerable to the seductive lies of the enemy that say:
  1.  You have done something wrong and God is punishing you by causing you to experience this dry season.
  2. He led you to the desert and now He has deserted you.  You cannot trust Him!
  3. You are in a completely hopeless situation!
  4. Your circumstances will never change!
  5. Shame on you!  You've been in the desert too long!  You should have been out by now!
Believer, when you are in a place of hopelessness every conversation will have a negative conclusion with an exclamation point! In other words, crisis abounds during a dry season.   Let's face it- we've  all experienced a dry season.  But why do they occur?


The Reason For Dry Season


 If you recall, God told Israel that the way He chose to lead them (through the desert) was "...not too difficult" for them (see Deut 30:11).  Yes, dear reader, God chose to lead his children into the desert.  The reason why is this- he was protecting them from their enemies.  Plus, and this is equally as important, He desired to use the desert as a catalyst that would motivate his people to look to Him for all of their needs.  His heart was to win over their hearts. If  you recall, Israel was continually faced with a need for a miracle while in the wilderness.  God desired that they look to Him, in faith, for the solution rather than murmur and complain.  Ouch!  How often have we murmured and complained and all the while God is just waiting for us to pray and ask Him for the solution.  Yet- our mouths abort the blessings!


Believer, a desert experience is not a punishment from God. It's unfortunate that many people have preached this incorrectly.  Let me be blunt; God is not mad at us-He is mad about us! His love for us is never-ending. Ephesians 3:18 encourages us to "...grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ." (NIV). 
 Precious believer, I believe that many times  God leads us to a desert experience  to draw us unto Himself.  A desert experience is just another way to explain a dry season.  In the natural we experience four seasons-spring, summer, fall and winter.  I love the spring whenever the trees begin to bud, flowers bloom and hummingbirds buzz around North-Central Texas (where I live!).  Summer in Texas is very hot.  Many times we experience drought because of lack of rain.  I suppose that would be a dry season- when there is no rain! 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Are You Worn Out? Find Out Some Reasons Why!


Believer, I recently had an alarming dream about the Antichrist spirit.  In the dream there was an assignment against all believers, especially against the five fold ministry. The dream alarmed my spirit and the need to alert others that this spirit has evil intents to weaken us and even attack our strengths. (More on that in a bit).  In this blog I will briefly share how the Antichrist attacks  us and our minds.  However,  please be on the look-out for a future article on internet for more information on my dream. I will attempt to alert you concerning any upcoming articles in which I more fully expose my dream.

 Believer, let me first say this- don't allow an Antichrist spirit to cause you to fear.  Since I wrote my recent book,  Conquering the Antichrist Spirit, Discerning and Defeating the Seducer that Binds Believers Today  (you may click on the book tab to hear more and order through our book store) I was alarmingly surprised as to how little people really understood this evil spirit.  In fact, even more were afraid to discuss it as if it were a type of  end-time mystical demon with unlimited powers.   It's so true..many believers feel threatened by this spirit- but we shouldn't! Why not?  Because the Word states that we have the mind of Christ.  Read on- you're about to be empowered with revelation!

Are You Worn-Out?

God chose the prophet Daniel to reveal the hidden mysteries of the courts of heaven.  In Daniel 7:9 it reveals how Daniel watched thrones put in place and how the Ancient of Days- God- set down to judge.  Daniel watched as the Almighty judge of the universe took His seated position to judge the evil influence upon the earth- the Antichrist influence- Satan himself or any type of demonic opposition that set itself in a lofty position to wear out the saints of God.Yes- the enemy targets us to "wear us out. However, God has already judged this evil influence!There is no need to fear.  But we need to know the plan of the enemy so that we can be on guard.