The Fountain Day 344: Cleansing

Every so often I do some sort of cleanse.  It’s not a fast, it’s a cleanse.  Something to reset my body and cleanse my gut.  I do these if I start to feel sluggish and generally unhealthy, or between big holidays because of all the extra meals. 

You may be wondering why I’m bringing this up…but I do have a point.

Every time I do a cleanse, I find my mind clearing up as well.  My spirit seems to become more sensitive.  I suddenly hear God better, more clearly. 

I’m not really sure what causes this, but it is definitely worth it.  Don’t you think?

Have you ever done a cleanse and experienced this?  I wonder if it’s because in doing the cleanse we are partnering with the fruit of the Spirit…self-control. 

Self-control is that oft avoided fruit.  I do love it though.  I love people who display it. 

Whether it’s the self-control factor or something else, I highly recommend trying this out for yourself.  The cleanse. 

Somehow it brings body, mind, and spirit into alignment.  When we can move our minds to a place where we are not solely focused on hunger, we find a deeper grounding within our hearts.  I often find myself filling the time I’d normally spend eating and cooking, by worshiping. 

I still prepare food for my family during these times, and to be honest, that seems to be helpful for me.  Something about cooking and serving them makes me feel fuller.  It’s so strange…this dynamic.

Our bodies are a temple for the Holy Spirit, and as such, I believe we have a responsibility to not constantly pour junk into ourselves.  Sure, I enjoy fun food…sometimes a little too much, but I really have found the benefit of eating better.  Or at least thinking about what I’m eating…eating with purpose.

My spiritual life is the same.  I have found the One Who satisfies my every craving.  The One Who makes me feel more grounded.  The One Who brings focus to my heart.  Focus to my life.  The One Who provokes me to think about what I’m digesting into my spirit.  Consuming with purpose.  Actively thinking about what I am watching, listening to, reading, etc.

A deep spiritual life is just as rare as a person who does cleanses.  Some will and some won’t choose these things, but the ones who choose it quickly realize the benefits and keep coming back for more. 

Even if you don’t do a food cleanse, I highly recommend doing an entertainment cleanse.  Take time and think about the impact of the things you’re watching, listening to, and reading.  Allow God to remove what is waste and to give peace to your heart over what is actually ok for you to use as entertainment.  I am well aware that this is not popular, but that doesn’t make it less worthwhile.  It just highlights the “narrow way”. 

Open the gates that the righteous nation may enter, the nation that keeps faith.  You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.  Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal.  He humbles those who dwell on high, He lays the lofty city low; He levels it to the ground and casts it down to the dust.  Feet trample it down- the feet of the oppressed, the footsteps of the poor.  The path of the righteous is level; O upright One, You make the way of the righteous smooth.  Isaiah 26:2-7

The Fountain Day 343: Stayed

I find my vision stayed by the Lord.  Distraction is the enemy’s greatest tool.  In this time, I keep feeling, hearing, and seeing God say, “It’s a distraction.”  Time and time again, things are getting exposed…truth is being revealed…yet, God speaks, “Remember, I told you that I was going to release a season of exposing, and that you shouldn’t be afraid.” 

Things are truly as dark and disgusting as I thought.  True evil exists and permeates the top echelons of our government, media, Hollywood, and yes, even churches.  Evil that is not hiding anymore.  It’s not exposing itself; God is exposing it.  I believe in many cases He is allowing the enemy’s pride to start parading around his agenda…but the crux of it is that God is the One responsible for the exposing.

Why would He do that?  Because you can’t deal with what you don’t know exists.  We can no longer turn a blind eye to the evil that has invaded our purity…the innocence that once was in our country…the purity of the church…the sanctity of families.  This evil that until now has stalked in darkness.  Evil that radiates from a central location of satanic worship.  You see, as I’ve said multiple times, we are either walking in light or darkness.  That’s it.  We are either for God or not…and if not, we are partnering with the devil.  It’s that simple. 

The battle lines are becoming more and more clear every single day.  This is a spiritual battle.

I hope people see now that what begins as “innocent” entertainment and pleasure, and small concessions to the world…leads to the rot we are finding in those deep, hidden circles…and all of them are connected to devil worship.  It’s undeniable at this point.

It’s time for our eyes to be fully opened to see the true battle that is aligning itself.  The satanic church is revealing itself and the believers are called to stand in firm opposition.  All of those entangled in that wrong worship are also created by God.  He longs for them to be saved too.  We must fight for their souls.  It’s a time where we need desperate revival…purity…holiness on display…and the Truth.

While we fight the satanic influence, we must keep in mind that he is who we are fighting, not the people he has lulled into his spell.  We need to fight harder than hell to free those captives.

This is a clarion call.  Arise church!!! Arise!!!!

May God arise, may His enemies be scattered; may His foes flee before Him.  May You blow them away like smoke- as wax melts before the fire, may the wicked perish before God.  But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful.  Psalm 68:1-3

The Lord will punish with His sword, His fierce, great and powerful sword.  Leviathan the gliding serpent, Leviathan the coiling serpent; He will slay the monster of the sea.  Isaiah 27:1

The Fountain Day 342: Quiet Place

How long has it been since you’ve gone away to the quiet place?  I’m not talking about daily quiet time I’m talking about a couple of days to reset your spirit and listen to God alone.  I have had some wonderful times getting away.  I love going off to a cabin somewhere, having lots of quiet…eating when I want to and going for walks…not having to tend to others…man, I love doing it.  I wish I could do it more often.

I don’t know if you’ve ever done this, but you need to.  Everyone does.  We all need to carve out some time to get away with the One.  Our first Love. 

Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.”  He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and His apostles didn’t even have time to eat.  Mark 6:31

When we engage in an extended quiet time, we give God an opportunity to unwind our hearts.  We allow space for Him to reveal deep things to us.  When we allow an extended time for Him, then we discover rest in a different way. 

Jesus frequently went off to the quiet place.  He was showing us the importance of time away from the needs of others.  It’s hard to keep a keen eye and ear on Him when your attention is constantly pulled toward others…isn’t it?

I’m not a self-love person…I’m a realistic person.  I am realistic about the fact that I recharge by having some alone time.  I serve others better when I can have small breaks.  Even 10 minutes alone can recharge me…but sometimes life depletes me beyond what a brief break can refill, and I must have some real time alone in the quiet place. 

Every time I head out for a time away from everyone and everything, I feel the Holy Spirit all over.  From the drive to wherever I’m going, to the quiet that hangs like a pregnant pause over the cabin or home where I’ll be staying…God is already waiting, every time.

I love the Lord. 

Time spent with Him is never wasted.  Time with Him often feels expanded, as if each second ticks a little slower during this respite from daily life.  Time spent with Him usually means that He wants me to enjoy some fun and relaxing things too…it’s not all business.  Rest. 

I encourage you to find this type of rest.  The year is wrapping up and holiday plans can become overwhelming…but what if this year you faced it all from a position of rest?  Imagine how this would revolutionize your life and subsequently the lives of those in your family.  When we carry peace, it spreads to others. 

Let’s be carriers this holiday season.  Carriers of Peace.

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”  Luke 2:14

The Fountain Day 341: He is Eternal Life

As believers, we live in hope of eternal life.  My spirit was rocked this morning when I read the following scripture…

This One Who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen Him.  And now we testify and proclaim to you that He is the One Who is eternal life.  He was with the Father, and then He was revealed to us.  1 John 1:2

Jesus is eternal life. 

To some of you that may be a “duh” moment, but to me it was an awe-inspiring shift to think about the fact that Jesus doesn’t just give eternal life, but He IS eternal life.

Jesus is eternal life.

Wow.  Let that sink in.  I think it’s so important to remember that Jesus IS eternal life.  Our bridge to heaven.  Our Brother, even though that’s always hard to imagine.  He is now my Brother.  Thank God.

Jesus is eternal life. 

When we walk in Jesus every day, when we lean in and listen to His voice and allow Him to guide us…we can hold hands with eternity.  He is eternal life therefore His words lead us in eternal ways.  If we turn our eyes from the earth and all the things that will fall away, we can lock eyes with Eternal Life. 

Sure, you have Jesus in your heart…but do you have a real relationship with Him? 

I keep bringing it up because it’s the most important thing.  To make it through this time…or anytime really…we must have a real relationship with Jesus, and we must know the Word.  The crux of it all, is that Jesus is Eternal Life.

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”  John 3:16

We could combine the meaning of the two verses we’ve read today and say, ”…So that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have Jesus.”

Isn’t that powerful?!

Have you ever thought of it this way?  I know that I haven’t.  I just love the Word of God. 

Jesus is eternal life.

Does that make it easier for you to desire to share the gospel?  God gave Jesus to die for us, so we could live in Him.  It doesn’t get more powerful and loving than that. 

The Fountain Day 340: Tremble

The whole earth trembles at the Presence of the Lord.  We have read that and sung that many times…but do you truly believe it?  God is so much greater.  Greater than anything.

Even the most powerful person, business, or organization on the earth has no impact on God’s greatness.  There is no comparison. 

Right now, the enemy is trying to make God’s people feel unprotected, assaulted, and intimidated…we MUST reach into the truth. 

The truth is this, we don’t live for this world…we live for Jesus.

Powerful people harass me without cause, but my heart trembles only at Your word.  Psalm 119:161

I love this scripture because it is a great reminder or Who should have the greatest impact on us.  Not the threats of man…the word of God.  When the apostles saw the death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ they became so bold that no amount of threatening, abuse, or even painful death would deter them from clinging to the only thing that matters.  God.

Oh, that we would have a fraction of that same boldness.  Oh, that we would deny our flesh and honor God. 

Lord, have Your way!!

Why have we become so soft?  So unwilling to stand in authority.  Think of David, the little shepherd who was the only one willing to stand firm and confront Goliath.  You don’t have to be larger than life to stand up to the darkness.  You just need to know that One Who is greater.  Greater than everything. 

Rise up!  Rise up!! Stand in the authority God has placed within you.  Remember Who we tremble before and refuse to stand down to the enemy. 

This is a season of war.

Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob.  He turned the rock into a pool of water; yes, a spring of water flowed from solid rock.  Psalm 114:7-8

Use this scripture and command the earth to tremble at the presence of the Lord.  Tell the earth Who God is and what He can do.  We can stand with God and proclaim His greatness. 

I encourage you to read the scripture out loud.  Let yourself feel what happens when you proclaim the truth with your mouth.  Something significant happens. 

Let’s do this!!

Tremble, O earth, my God is on the move!!!

The Fountain Day 339: Honest criticism

Are you open to honest criticism?  I think, if we’re honest, we’d admit that none of us truly loves criticism…but it is necessary at times.  When someone we know, and who knows us well, see something in us that we can’t see…it’s an honor for them to share it with us.

Every time Chris (my husband) gives me an honest criticism, I truly take it to heart.  I mull it over and show it to the Lord.  I don’t just sweep it away and pretend that I am above reproach…no, I try to let it do its work in my heart. 

We can’t see all of our own flaws.  We just can’t.  We need others to help us see where we need to heal, grow, and mature.  We can see in part, but just like it’s hard to see a full picture from close up, it’s hard to see ourselves without being able to look from afar.  Our hearts are deceptive.  We can fool ourselves into believing that all of our motives are pure, while judging others for the exact same thing. 

Recently, I heard a family member complaining about a friend and what that friend had been doing.  They spoke of how annoying it was.  All along, I was thinking, “You do that exact same thing all the time.”  You see, my family member was blind to themselves.  We all have blind spots.  The only challenge is that many don’t want to be told the truth about those places.  They can become angry. 

Once God had me speak a truth to someone.  He put a real urgency in my heart and told me they were going to explode when I told them what He showed me.  So, I spoke it to her and literally watched her explode internally, I even felt the shrapnel in the spirit flying my way.  She ceased being my friend.  And later got divorced.  You see, the message was about her marriage relationship.  God was giving her an opportunity to see how a simple thing she was doing, was hindering things, but she allowed her own pride to stop her from listening.  Basically, she was having an adult temper tantrum. 

I think if we’re honest, we’ve all done this at some point.  But even if you have, it’s never too late to change. 

Learn to love truth.  Jesus is the Spirit of Truth.  Cling to Him.  Listen to Him.  Allow yourself to remain humble enough to hear criticism and take them to Him…then let Him weigh the words and show you whether it’s true or not. 

The very essence of Your word is truth; all Your just regulations will stand forever.  Psalm 119:160

In the end, people appreciate honest criticism far more than flattery.  Proverbs 28:23

God, reveal to me the truth.  Show me any blind spots that I may have in my life.  I want to know where my weaknesses are so that I can allow You to transform me.  I trust You.  Forgive me for any time that I have allowed foolish pride to stand in the way of Truth.  Transform me, Lord.  I surrender.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

The Fountain Day 338: Holes

We all have holes inside.  Places where we’ve been wounded or disappointed.  Space made from loss by death or just the death of a relationship. 

Holes.

Some of us came from the wombs of women who were having trauma while we were being woven together and that trauma led to holes we were born with.

Holes…

Yes, we’re all born with a God shaped hole inside.  Yes, it can only be successfully filled with Him.

Today I’m talking about the other holes…man-made holes.

I watched a movie recently, and while it was not at all about God, I could see His principles woven throughout.  It spoke of identity and purpose.  It displayed the ways that life creates holes within us…and I began to have an encounter with God.

“Holes,” He said.

Everyone has them…they either fill them with blame for those they believed caused them, some sad figures allow demons to fill them, but the ones who continue to move forward and grow, are those who allow God to fill the space. 

Forgiveness is step one, then inviting Holy Spirit to come fill the space is next. 

Today I challenge you…take a look at yourself and ask God to show you if you have any holes that need to be filled, or holes that are holding resentment, or holes that need deliverance.  Those that need to be delivered would be places that have become an enemy stronghold in your life. 

The bottom line is if God isn’t filling every part of us, then something negative will. 

May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully.  Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.  Ephesians 3:19

The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.  Romans 8:6

God, reveal to me any holes that I have inside.  Places where You need to fill me.  Release Your spirit over me and transform the holes inside of me into places of strength.  Take every place where the enemy desires to destroy me and turn them into weapons.  I am a weapon for You, Lord.  Me…Lord, choose me, I am willing.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

The Fountain Day 337: Honesty is the best policy

While it is easy to become distracted and even a bit obsessed with all the wrongs that are happening in our country…it’s more important to be focused on God.  Anything that distracts us from God, can be used by the enemy to make a wedge.  He doesn’t care what it is, he only wants to attempt to remove glory from God…even though that’s not possible.  What I’m getting at is this…become captivated with God…let Him hold your full focus.  Avoid distraction and remain part of the resistance.

Those who lead good people along an evil path will fall into their own trap, but the honest will inherit good things.  Proverbs 28:10

This scripture reminds us that those leading in evil will pay a price…it’s not a question of “if” they will, it is assured that “yes” they will.  There is no way out of that fact, except salvation.  Either they continue in their wickedness without repentance, or they come to Jesus and ask for forgiveness, allowing Him to become Lord over their life.  That’s it.  There are no further options.  Now that we know that is settled…it’s no longer a distraction.

Honest people will inherit good things.  Yet another part of what is certain.

When we know where we are going…Heaven…and we know we will inherit good things…then we’ve removed so much of what causes fear in people.

When we receive Jesus into our hearts and choose to lead honest lives…we can then embrace so much freedom.  We can fight battles, knowing we will win.  We can lean into God’s direction for our lives and know that success is inevitable.  We can rest in what is sure. 

We can live honest lives.  If we’re honest about who we are and Whose we are, then we will have all the confidence in the world.

Today I hope that you will reflect on all the promises God has spoken to us through His Word.  These things are set.  We don’t have to worry about Him changing His mind.  He alone is unturning.

Living an honest life means we do life honestly…whether business or personal…but I also believe it requires us to be honest with ourselves.  Asking the tough questions.  

Am I a person who blesses others, or do I only seek to be blessed?

Am I a person who is willing to give generously to others, or do I only seek to be given to?

Do I follow Jesus because I love Him, or only because I don’t want to go to hell?

His whole plan was relationship…are you giving Him that?

Turn my eyes from worthless things and give me life through Your word.  Reassure me of Your promise, made to those who fear You.  Help me abandon my shameful ways; for Your regulations are good.  I long to obey Your commandments!  Renew my life with Your goodness.  Psalm 119:37-40

The Fountain Day 336: Priceless inheritance

Today, I invite you into an encounter with the Word of God.  It’s so good to allow the Truth to fall upon you…like gentle snowflakes, it falls and covers us.  The Word of God brings life and gives renewed focus and excitement.  It reminds us why we are doing this thing called life.  Draw near to Him, and He will draw near to you.

God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and His Spirit has made you holy.   As a result, you have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ.  May God give you more and more grace and peace.  All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  It is by His great mercy that we have been born again because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead.  Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance- an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.  And through your faith, God is protecting you by His power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.  So be truly glad.  There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while.  These trials will show that your faith is genuine.  It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold- though your faith is far more precious than mere gold.  So, when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.  You love Him even though you have never seen Him.  Though you do not see Him now, you trust Him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy.  The reward for trusting Him will be the salvation of your souls.  1 Peter 1:2-9

We must never forget that we were chosen.  We were chosen before the foundations of the earth, to be His.  What a privilege!  What better reason do we need to spend our entire lives serving and worshiping Him?!

When we consider what we will do with our lives, or what we will say, or how we will invest our time…it should always be lit by the light of eternity.  We live our lives from salvation and for Jesus.  He is our reward.

People can give you many reasons to veer from the path of righteousness, but when we stay to the narrow road, we are only staying within who He has made us, through the covering of His blood.  We are alive.  We are set apart.  We are a royal priesthood, a holy nation.  We are who He says we are…we are no longer of this world.  We belong to Him.

Is your life truly given to Him?

This is a provoking question.  But it’s a real question.  If you were to look at the last few years of your life, how much do you see Jesus? 

Honest assessments of our walk through life, lead to deeper growth, and often the beautiful revelation that His grace has been poured out over us immensely. 

Seek Him and you will find Him.

The Fountain Day 335: Practically impractical

Recently, during a worship set I was leading, I began to hear the words, “practically impractical”…I began to sing it out and in a flash I saw that I want God to do the practically impractical in me. 

Some of the things He does, will only make sense in Heaven…but I don’t want to resist those simply because I can’t make sense of them…do you?

I want to be used by God.  Sometimes, He uses me in ways that make so much sense.  Sometimes, He uses me in ways that seem completely crazy…only to make sense afterward.  Only He knows what’s really going on.

We must choose.  Are we worried about inconvenience more than His presence?  Are we more worried about looking silly than obeying Him?  These are questions we must ask ourselves daily.

I know that some of the most powerful times I’ve seen Him move, were when He had me step out in a way that felt awkward or overly simple.  He confounds the wise with the simple.

I am a super practical person.  I seem to have the gift of seeing into situations, cutting through the fluff, and finding what’s really going on and a quick way to resolution.  This makes life interesting when God desires to use me in practically impractical ways.  Ha!!  But oh, how I love Him.

He loves me enough to lead me past my own reason and into His heavenly mindset. 

The things of God are so impractical sometimes that they stumble right into practicality.  But we’ll never experience those things if we are always resisting or only willing to do things that we can see the beginning and end of…

It’s the mystery of God that is so intriguing to me.   I love the parts of Him that I get to discover and explore.  His mystery draws me in and confounds me.  Don’t you love it too?!

Be good to Your servant, that I may live and obey Your word.  Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in Your instructions.  I am only a foreigner in the land.  Don’t hide Your commands from me!  I am always overwhelmed with a desire for Your regulations.  You rebuke the arrogant; those who wander from Your commands are cursed.  Don’t let them scorn and insult me, for I have obeyed Your laws.  Even princes sit and speak against me, but I will meditate on Your decrees.  Your laws please me; they give me wise advice.  Psalm 119:17-24

I will pursue Your commands, for You expand my understanding.  Psalm 119:32