Get Wisdom!

Morning Devotion: Gaining wisdom is vital to thriving. Let’s talk about relationships-great ones set you up to go further, draining ones sabotage efforts. God desires we have mutual and life giving relationships.

I had a very bad habit of giving people too much; too much access to me, too much availability, too much sacrificing for their benefit. They say you can never give too much-this is a lie.

Giving without wisdom is just as bad as not giving at all.

Giving in the wrong places, sowing into the wrong soil is just as bad as not sowing.

Let me break it down with examples. If I had a million dollars and gave it to someone who flushed it down the toilet, was that a good investment? No! They put the million dollars in the toilet and flushed it. They had no value for what was given to them. So they wasted it. Say they come back a few weeks later and asked for another million. It would be utter foolishness to give them another million. Yet let’s say you did and they flushed it down the toilet. They come back another time and ask for a million dollars. If you keep giving it to them, it’s pure foolishness.

How many times in Christian relationships is there a push to just give, give, and give with no wisdom? There is this push to give money, volunteer everywhere, give people-even toxic ones full access to your life, and just keep enduring abuse and mistreatment.

Jesus was not foolish. God is not foolish. God is a wise investor. Yes God allows His goodness to flow over the just and the unjust. God also invests wisely. God knows before He pursues us who we will become. God knew though Peter denied Jesus who he would become. God is purposeful, not aimless. There is a divine purpose behind everything God does and everything God allows. Even God has a boundary on who has full access to Him. Jesus said, “No one comes to the Father unless they come through the Son.” God also has an expectation on His love. God tells us He expects to be loved in return. He freely gives us love. Love given relationship with God IS expected to be returned.

“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”

Jesus answered him, “‘Love the Lord your God with every passion of your heart, with all the energy of your being, and with every thought that is within you.’ This is the great and supreme commandment. And the second is like it in importance: ‘You must love your friend in the same way you love yourself.’ Contained within these commandments to love you will find all the meaning of the Law and the Prophets.”~Matthew 22:36-40.

We are actually told the greatest commandment is to love God. God anticipates mutual love. I know this is not always taught, yet it’s biblical. God loves without our love. He does not cease loving if we do. God still expects mutual love in relationship. I truly believe one of the reasons humans struggle with loving other people is due to a lack of understanding of how to love God. God is their Mr. Fix it, or trunk monkey. He is not someone they engage with just because they love Him. Therefore they do not know how to just love other people.

We are invited to be good to people, even our enemies. This does not mean we become unwise and foolish. Get wisdom the bible says.

A prudent person with insight foresees danger coming and prepares himself for it.

But the senseless rush blindly forward

and suffer the consequences,~Proverbs 22:3.

Say goodbye to a troublemaker and you’ll say goodbye to quarrels, strife, tension, and arguments, for a troublemaker traffics in shame,~Proverbs 22:10.

Walk away from an angry man or you’ll embrace a snare in your soul by becoming bad-tempered just like him,~Proverbs 22:24-25.

So stop fooling yourselves! Evil companions will corrupt good morals and character.[c]~1 Corinthians 15:32.

[c] 1 Corinthians 15:33 This is likely a quotation from the Athenian poet Menander (Thras. 218). Paul is using this quote to encourage the believers to stay away from those who deny the resurrection.

Some Examples:

If Suzie only calls you to download her issues and problems, when she is bored, and sucks up hours of your time needed elsewhere, why are you answering the phone? Suzie is responsible for her own life and you yours. Yes we pray for people. Yes we love people. We also set boundaries.

I have sent people to ministries that have 24/7 prayer support, told then to pursue a counselor or life coach or soul healing or told them I could no longer be their stand in crisis person. Why? I am not God. I don’t want to be Jehovah Jr. I have limited time, tons of obligations, my own issues, and limited emotional capacity. God has no limits. I can not do all things. I can do all things God purposes me to do. Everything and everyone is not my assignment, nor yours.

If we are not careful, people will put us into the God spot. We do not belong there. Only God can be God. We have some limitations.

If Lucy has a bad temper and goes off on you regularly, and you have addressed this behavior with her and she never apologies and continues to verbally abuse you, why are you hanging out with Lucy? Why? Lucy has demonstrated with her actions that she does not care about you. Continuing to pursue closeness with Lucy is not helping Lucy become a better person. Lucy knows no matter how poorly she treats you, you will be back for her to verbally beat up again.

I am going to say something that may be shocking. Love sets boundaries! I repeat, “Love sets boundaries.”

What are boundaries? This is where someone else’s freedom ends where ours begins. It is self care, not selfishness. It is saying, “I value myself and I value you.” It is also wise stewardship. God expects us to love ourselves. We are told to love our neighbor AS we love ourselves. Boundaries examine what God has placed inside us and around us that needs guarded from just anyone and everyone having access.

I love the phrase, “Build a fence, not a wall around your heart. People can see its beauty, yet not everyone has access.”

If we do not gain wisdom in relationships, we can end up in toxic, abusive, one sided, life sucking relationships. How can I say this? I have walked it out. I just wanted to love people and love lavishly gives without expectation of return (in my mind). Like Oprah’s giveaways, I was going around to any and everyone, “You get love, you get love, you get love.” I would befriend anyone and drop my priorities to help other people. I would take vacation to help other people. I learned the following:

1. Without boundaries people treat you like a doormat or worse; you are something to wipe their muddy feet on and they do not respect you. Lack of boundaries leads to mistreatment, being used, and sometimes even abuse.

2. God did not ask me or you to be the sacrificial lamb for everyone. We are to follow the leading and prompting of the Holy Spirit. Yes give, yes love people, and also LISTEN to the Holy Spirit. I had an instance with street ministry where the Holy Spirit told me not to stop for this man begging. I did anyway thinking, “This could not be God. This man is in need.” That man was super nasty squared! God was trying to save me from wasting time, I refused to listen.

3. Some people and things are a distraction! Hear me again. They are a distraction. They come and suck up time and resources when God has other things for us to do or other assignments. Put some prayer on it. God do you want me connected to this? Everything that sounds good or looks good is not God. Learning to set limits and say no is vital.

“Thank you for your offer, I am unable to do that at this time.”

“Thank you so much for thinking of me. I am not able to participate.”

We can lovingly say no.

4. Lack of boundaries is a lack of love for self. I have always hated the love God, love your neighbor, then love yourself last. It is wrong. The true order is receive love from God, love ourselves and God, then love our neighbor AS we love ourselves. God expects us to love ourselves. How do we want to be treated? Why are we tolerating less than that?

5. Lack of boundaries fuels entitlement. Entitlement says, “This is owed to me.” Believe it or not, I have had people demand I be in relationship with them. Or they were quite toxic in choices, behavior and expected close friendship or tried to manipulate me into friendship. Ummmm no. Friendship and relationships are gifts, not obligations. We give thanks for relationships and try to steward them with love. They do not owe us relationship. If we are a poor steward, we may lose relationships.

There are people I love and pray for that do not have full access to me; their access is limited. They have shown repeadily that they are mean spirited, unrepentant, some hostile, and grossly selfish. If they were hungry, I would feed them. Naked, try to get them an outfit. I pray for them. I do not invite them to hang out and talk about my deep inner world. Why? They are going to trample it under foot or go flush it down the toilet. I do not drop my schedule anymore to help others unless God tells me too. I have priorities, obligations, and assignments from God.

This does not mean if someone needs 911 I ignore it. It does mean if I have project work to do and someone needs a ride they can call Uber. It does mean some calls can go to voicemail. It does mean I give people tools to see their own personal breakthrough. It does mean I don’t drop what I am doing for everyone. If I did, I would be driven by people not the Holt Spirit. It does mean I now take a year or so to assess people before I share my inner world-call them a friend.

I have offered way too many people friendship who came into the garden of my heart, poured gasoline, and lit it on fire. They were destructive. I am not wounded nor jaded. I learned something.

I stopped initiating with people who never ever initiated with me or only contacted me if I first contacted them or gave them something or they need something. I learned. Oh baby did I learn.

When people show us who they are, I believe them. I believe what people show me. I am not criticizing nor putting them down. I am assessing a situation based on the evidence. I then set boundaries based on who they are, not what they say. People can chant, “I love you all day,” yet their actions scream indifferent, just here for what I can get, or hostile. Yes we look for the gold, we also gain wisdom! We also function with discernment. We learn to hear and follow the Holy Spirit.

Finally, God wants us connected to people who will steward our hearts, time, and resources like He would. God takes NO delight in toxic relationship. Would we want our children mistreated? Hopefully no. God’s heart is far bigger than ours. God loves His children FAR more than we do.

Activation:

1. If you have children or had a child, what kind of friends would you want them to have? Write it out. Do your friends match that list? Are you that type of friend?

2. Assess who gets most of your time or resources? How are they stewarding what is given? You can waste time with those who have no value for what you offer. How can you better steward the time and resources?

-I have pulled back from super investing as a mentor in people who do absolutely nothing with what is given to them. Why? There are other people who will steward it well.

Bless you! Have an amazing Saturday!

Love,

Erin Lamb

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Sunday Morning Devotion: Sometimes We Are Delivered Through and Not From the Storm.

Morning Devotion: Soaring with Jesus through, not around the storms and mega challenges of life. Keys to overcoming with Jesus.

One thing I loved about The Shack movie was it showed you what it’s like to walk through tragedy with God. So many Christian films send the message that if you have enough faith, pray hard enough, then magically in several hours of film the awful situation turns for good. If you pray hard enough for your troubled marriage, that person will magically turn into Jesus in the flesh. If you believe enough, nothing bad will happen to you. If you fast and declare then everything you want will manifest. This thinking is not aligned with reality of life or Jesus.

There are factors at work in life that make it not like utopia, one being the human will. Abuse of free will is why we have evil. God will not force someone to love Him, receive His love, treat us right, or change. God will pursue and woo, they can and we can still reject the love of God.

Faith is not like rubbing a magic genie lamp and everything we want magically happens when we want it to happen. If so, I promise there are parts of my life and the world that would be quite different.

Fasting and prayer are not intended to be manipulation tools to turn God to our wants and desires. Fasting is about weakening the flesh and seeking the heart of the Father.

Prayer is about intimacy with God. It is supposed to be a dialogue not monologue. It is not, “God I starved myself today so give me what I want.” It is supposed to be, “God I humble myself under your mighty hand, your will be done.”

I think about the lives of Job, Jesus, Moses, Daniel, the prophets, the apostles, David, and so many more, they walked through and not around adversity. What about what David said, “I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,” not I walk around it, I bypass it, nothing bad happens to me, it magically works out when I want it too. Nope.

Jesus suffered the betrayal of his close friends. Only John stood by Him til the end. Jesus was persecuted, mocked, beaten, and hated. The same people who chanted “Hosanna,” came back with “Crucify Him.

Many of the early apostles were thrown in jail, martyred for loving Jesus, and preaching the Gospel. Jesus said, “In the same way they hated Me, they will hate My true followers.” He also said, “In the world you WILL have trouble, take heart. I have overcome the world.

For those discouraged because you believed, you decreed and declared, you fasted, you had tons of “big name platform” people pray for you, you tithed and sowed offerings, you did the prayer lines and retreats, you anointed with oil, you commanded, and your situation did not change-break free from guilt, shame, and possibly thinking that God loves you less than everyone else. Maybe you watched others grab onto significant breakthrough and you were told to pray more, decree more, fast more, walk around the building with trumpets and blast them 7 times. Little secret, breakthrough is not a result of our works or striving. It is a result of His power! God’s power brings breakthrough and He tells us to abide in Him, not operate in our flesh (John 15:4-5).

Sometimes the only way out is through. These are some things learned in the wilderness.

1. Look for God.

In the midst of the storms Jesus was at peace. He had peace and released peace. The most important person in the midst of it all is God. The was a fourth man in the fire with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. They had help with them. They were not delivered from, they were delivered through.

2. Understand the pit is not always a reflection of something you have done wrong. Sometimes it’s because of what you are doing right or someone else’s sin.

If we are not in gross sin, going through hardships is most likely just a factor of living in a sinful world. Sin has collateral damages. It harms someone. The drunk driver who kills your kid most likely did not intend to be a murderer, yet their sin damaged others. Sin always, always hurts someone. Don’t buy into the lie it’s just about you or me. Even if no one sees but God, the wages of sin is death. And some are storing up destruction for their offspring.

Joseph was thrown in a pit because his brothers were jealous of him. People say it was because he was proud and sharing his dreams with his family. Yet healthy and secure people can see another person elevated and not want to kill them for it. Lets call a spade a spade. Jealousy is linked with a murdering spirit. Sometimes suffering is a result of someone’s gross sin.

3. Stop comparing.

Maybe Suzie lives like the devil and seems to be mega blessed always. Stop comparing your life to Suzie. Why would the devil want to attack Suzie and she’s on his team and advancing his agenda? Yes there are people who propagate evil who suffer because sin brings with it destruction, there are also very godly people who suffer simply because they are displaying the Light of Jesus against the darkness.

4. Understand God is not the author of hardships, gross sufferings, and chaos.

Satan is evil. God is good. What God does not stop is NOT the same as what God chooses to happen. Every good and perfect gift comes from above from the Father of Lights. God longs to give good things. He will allow us to walk through some hard things. This does not mean He authored them. God gave mankind dominion on earth. We are the reason there is evil and trials and tribulations. God gave Adam and Eve Utopia. They forfeited it to Satan and Jesus took back authority. We still have evil because not everyone on earth is yielded to God.

5. Soak in the love of God.

I can not think of a better way to rise above the storm than to rest in God’s love and the finished work of the cross. Jesus paid it all. The love and grace of God is sustaining power in every season. God is good and His steadfast love endures forever. There is nothing like His love. It may be challenging to be with the One you know has the power to transform it all in an instance, to shift the dead to living yet does not, to transform the situation, to make the pain go away, to fix it all yet chooses to deliver you through instead of around or from the storm.

Soaking in God can also involve listening. God what part of your heart are you trying to reveal to me in this season? Show me how your power is manifested in my weakness.

6. Let God heal the soul in the process.

Tragedy, prolonged sickness, trauma, death, pain, and seemingly unanswered prayers can bruise and wound the soul. Our soul is comprised of our mind, will, and emotions. When the soul is wounded, if not healed, it can create great turmoil or torment. Inviting God into the soul to heal, mend, restore is vital to coming out on the other side healed and whole instead of battered, beaten, and worn. Unhealed souls can lead to further brokenness.

Taking disappointment to God during hard times is a step to healing. Our souls can ache and break. Quoting scripture and praying does not always link to feeling better. Sometimes those painful memories need processed with God.

7. Understand God wants you to win and overcome.

The wilderness is not intended to be a lifestyle. It is intended to be a season and we learn and move on to the next season. Christianity is not intended to be moving from being under one dark cloud to another. We are to fly through storms and have some seasons of joy. Not live in the pit for the rest of our lives.

Papa God I ask for healing for those told if they had enough faith they would not suffer or hurt in life. Break off that lie in Jesus name. Bring freedom from guilt, shame, and pain. Heal to the soul and cellular level. Increase awareness of your love. Fortify each person with your strength and joy. Build them up where the enemy wants to tear them down. In Jesus powerful name, amen.

With great love,

Erin L Lamb

Weekend Devotion (Repentance)

Weekend Devotion: Study of Repentance. Repentance is a gift. 

Repentance: In the New Testament, the key term for repentance is metanoia [metavnoia]. It has two usual senses: a “change of mind” and “regret/remorse.” In the Synoptic Gospels metanoia [metavnoia] indicated “turning away from sin” ( Mark 1:4)-Source Baker’s Dictionary of Biblical Theology. 

The ability to know God’s truth and turn from darkness to light is a gift. 

There is not as much talk about repentance today as there was in the time of Jesus and early apostles. There is a teaching of “You just do you, God must accept whatever you do and approve because He loves you.” This is not the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Jesus said, “Repent or you will perish (Luke 13:3, Luke 13:5). Stop sinning lest something worse comes on you (John 5:14).” The bible clearly states the wages of sin is death and the gift of God is eternal life (Romans 6:23). It also says those who live according to the flesh cannot please God (Romans 8:5-6). 

Now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance [not fully aware of what you were doing], just as your rulers did also. And so God has fulfilled what He foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ (Messiah, Anointed) would suffer. So repent [change your inner self—your old way of thinking, regret past sins] and return [to God—seek His purpose for your life], so that your sins may be wiped away [blotted out, completely erased], so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord [restoring you like a cool wind on a hot day];”~Acts 3:17-19. 

Grace (God’s riches at Christ’s expense) empowers righteousness, not lawlessness. Holy Spirit reveals truth and empowers believers to walk in truth. If being saved was just about professing Jesus then living like the devil, well that means Jesus died for nothing. Part of His death was to atone for our sins so we could be free of the bondage of sin and shame. He gave His life to FREE us from bondage, not leave us in bondage. 

Think about the ridiculousness of these statements: 

I know I beat my wife during the week and scream at my kids, yet Jesus loves me. I am clothed in His righteousness. There is no condemnation for me. You can’t judge me.” 

Oh yes, I have many sexual partners and live with one of them. I am so glad Jesus set me free to be me. Grace, amazing grace.” 

Both these people have misguided beliefs as to what it means to be in relationship with Jesus. Jesus never, ever clapped when someone sinned. He never placed nor places a stamp of approval on immorality, abuse, or partnership with satan. He told people, “Go and sin no more.” 

Love and approval are not the same. God loves everyone. God does not approve of everything humans do. If He did, God would cease to be holy and just. God is 100% love. God is also 100% holy.

Thinking we are not responsible for our choices blocks repentance. It keeps us in a state of perpetual immaturity and we do not grow to look/behave/love like Jesus. We stay in the shallow kiddie pool eating our mud pies, shouting, “You can’t judge me! No condemnation for me,” playing in the devil’s field Monday through Saturday…jumping up for a quickie date with Jesus on Sunday. 

Let us not mistake conviction for condemnation. 

Conviction: an awareness something is not right and needs corrected. A warning signal to turn around. 

Condemnation: sentencing someone, a final judgement. If you stand condemned before God it is a sentence to eternal life separated from him. “Go to hell,” is a condemning statement. 

People quote there is no condemnation for those in Christ without reading/quoting the rest of that passage (Romans 8) which says, “God did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit (Romans 8:4).” Paul states after there is no condemnation verse 4 which is above…we who no longer follow our sinful nature but follow the Spirit. A person who proclaims Jesus then lives completely independent of Him is not the objective of salvation. Screaming, “I am in Christ,” to bypass responsibility for my choices or to live a sin filled life is ungodly. 

True believers are not condemned if they are in Christ because their eternal fate is wrapped up in Jesus. This does not mean their poor actions are excusable, they are no longer accountable for bad choices, repentance is not required, or God approves of their sin. If so, the New Testament letters to churches would be meaningless. Why address sin within the church which Paul and others did if God pretends believers are perfect? 

God does not pretend we do not need repentance. God encourages renewing of the mind (Romans 12:2), taking every thought captive and making it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5), making amends when we mess up (Matthew 5:24), humility (1 Peter 5:5), loving one another (John 13:34-35), sexual purity (Ephesians 5:3), and seeking first the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33). Most of all Jesus invites us into intimate relationship with Him. Knowing Him, abiding in Him, is transformative. It becomes, “It is no longer I who lives, but Christ who lives in me and through me (Galatians 2:20).”

It is not about striving to be good. It about abiding in the One who is good. Union with God, through relationship, leads to good fruit (John 15:4-5). 

It not about legalism-trying to obtain right standing with God through works. It is about abiding in Jesus and receiving grace-Jesus paid for my freedom. Since I am free in Him, I will not become a slave again to bondage. Sin will not be my master. I am empowered by God to follow Jesus. I abide in His truth. Believing His truth sets me free.

Papa I ask any place in our minds not aligned with Your truth be set right today. Help us to renounce lies and turn from darkness to light. Help us to abide in You. Saturate our minds with Your truth. Anything not like Jesus, may it be laid before You. Thank You for the gift of repentance. 
Love, 

Erin Lamb 

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Love Corrects to Restore

Morning Devotion: Love corrects to restore. 

Whosoever loves instruction loves knowledge: but he that hates reproof is senseless (brutish),~Proverbs 12:1. 

Love is not about people pleasing, agreeing with what is wrong, forsaking accountability, and being reckless with the hearts/resources/lives of people, etc…love does not enable sin, unrighteousness, or poor behavior. 

Love comes to restore the broken pieces so there is more fruit; we begin to resemble the One we worship. Grace empowers righteousness. His kindness and love lead us to repentance. 

Repentance is a gift from God to lead us into greater fruitfulness. God corrects (provides instruction) and sometimes reproof/rebuke of those who are His children. See Proverbs 3:12. The purpose of His correction is restoration and growth. He is a very good Father. 

I prefer to be corrected than to live in error. Even the people who execute it very poorly, I have been able to take their statements to God, “Is this truth, if so, please help me to walk in Your truth, love, and life.” If God says, “Nope toss this. Here are My thoughts,” I listen to God and His Word. 

Pride says, “I know it all. No one can correct me.” Pride is constantly looking and seeing the error and faults in everyone else. Humility says, “There is always room to grow, learn, and I should listen.” Even if the person is wrong, we can learn from correction. 

What can be learned? 

1. How to hear from God for ourselves. 

God knows the heart. People judge by what they see. They see in part and know in part. Perception can sometimes become a tainted reality. If someone comes to us in the wrong spirit, with a word of correction…we have the chance to take that to God. “God is there any truth in what they said? What is Your truth?” God is the Master Heart Surgeon. He knows what to dig out and how to do it so we are not traumatized. 

2. Humility

Pride wants to lash out, act nasty, be defensive, and prove something. I have been misunderstood oh so many times and called many things that are not my name. I had a lady from a church once call me the B word to my face in front of a table of other believers. Her basis was the gossip and lies she was listening to from a lady who was offended by my lack of reception to her misguided and controlling spirit. I sat there without responding to her insult. That is not my name.

It does not matter what people call you. It’s what you answer to that matters. I did not try to defend myself. I did not engage. I left her in the hands of Jesus. I am not stating I am the most humble person. I ask God to deal with me daily to grow to be like Jesus. I am (we are) works in progress. Only God knows who I truly am. I am saying pride says, “I will show you.” Humility says, “I know who I am and who I am not. God defends me. His opinion of me is what matters most.” 

3. Love 

Okay so we love correction done in love. You leave convicted yet not destroyed. You are happy someone told you there was room to grow. I am so thankful for an old coworker who corrected me one day for complaining about my job. She said, “God wants us to give thanks.” I thanked her for correcting me. 

I had a mentor tell me, “You invest so much in these people are you assessing what they are doing with that investment? Are you wasting time?” She also told me, “Wisdom is knowing proper timing.” Both invited me to grow. So I took those words and asked God to help me. I still pray God helps me to walk in wisdom and love. These ladies showed me love. God love. 

People who go along with whatever we do even if it’s dead wrong do not truly love us. I am not saying we become the sin police. No no no…I am saying love wants what is right in the eyes of God. Love protects. Love is righteous. Love does not enable poor behavior or treatment. Love seeks to correct to restore and produce optimal growth. 

I have lost some friends and connections along the way for saying no to things that hurt me, hurt others, and were wrong. Yet almost every time the person came back later to say thanks. Correction does not always feel good, yet it is a blessing if we allow it to be. 

In a world that says, “Anything goes,” may we be people who say, “What is loving in the eyes of God? What is His standard? What is His truth in love?” May we correct people with the heart to love them, treat them the way we would want to be treated, and see the greatest restoration/growth. It is not about punishment or humiliating people or proving we are right. It’s about loving them into maturity and fruitfulness.

Without love and God’s truth, we are missing the heart of God! 

Papa God I ask You would search our hearts. Anything not like You or of You, please reveal it so we can repent, be cleansed, and be restored. Help us to renounce wrong thinking, perceptions, pride, offense, deception, unforgiveness, a critical spirit, unloving ways. Deepen our reception of Your agape love. Only when we receive can we freely give. Bathe our hearts in Your love, purity, and fire. Reduce us to agape love. Fill us to overflowing with Your truth. Radiate Your glory through us. May the world see Jesus in us. In Jesus mighty name. Amen! 
God bless you today and every day. You are in my thoughts and prayers. 

Love in Christ, 

Erin Lamb 

Recounting Some of the Miracles of 2016 

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Recounting miracles of 2016

I recounted some the miracles of 2016. Hope they inspire you that nothing is impossible for God. 

Thank you God for prolonging the life of my friend with Stage IV cancer. You extended life far beyond what doctors said was possible. They were blown away!!!

Thank You God for allowing my business teacher to allow me pray for the sick in class and for You healing a classmate of thyroid cancer and my teacher of chronic pain. 

Thank You for healing the lady with breast cancer. Her doctors were baffled at the disappearing of tumors. 

Thank You for opening deaf ears. It was joy watching a person hear, enjoy sound. 

Thank You for pulling several patients/family out of ICU or the hospital and doctors saying, “No surgery is needed.” 

Thank You for healing/restoring people with dissociative identity disorder and chronic demonic harassment. For accomplishing in several hours what takes doctors years. 

Thank You for delivering power! 

Thank You for healing the mentally ill. 

Thank You for the baby given to the women who had a hysterectomy. Doctors could not figure out how someone with no womb could be pregnant with a child. 

Thank You for healing my dad’s close friend of chronic, crippling bulging disk pain. Thank You he went on to tell everyone what Jesus did for him, leading others to believe in Jesus. 

Thank You for the family members that gave their hearts and lives to Jesus. Thank You so much Jesus. 

Thank You for more volunteers for street ministry and a multiethnic/multi denominational/multigenerational team. 

Thank You for saving my life from death or great harm over and over. 

Thank You for the backs healed, the knees healed, the lifting of chronic pain. Healing that prevented surgeries. 

Thank You for those You provided free medical and dental care for through the free clinic. 

Thank You for healing the two people with internal bleeding. You did in a moment what would have required so much more. 

Thank You for speaking life to dry and dead bones! Live! Thank You for everything You brought to life at Your command. 

More than what You do, thank You for all You are. Thank You God. 

May you and I believe for greater things in 2017.

Love in Christ, 

Erin Lamb 

Know Your True Enemy 

Post from my personal blog. It is important to know our true enemy. He comes to steal, kill, and destroy. Jesus comes that we may have life and to the fullest. Hope this blesses you. You are SO deeply loved.

Just Thinking Aloud


Morning Devotion: Understand your opponent. The key to continual victory is understanding your true enemy.

People are not the enemy, though there are people who cooperate with the devil to accomplish his will on earth. He requires human agreement.

People say Eve was gullible and that’s why the serpent chose to go to her first. I disagree. Eve was given the same mandate as Adam; fill and subdue the earth, have dominion (Genesis 1). She had authority. God did not say, “Adam have dominion, Eve go pick berries, clean the Garden, do whatever Adam tells you to do.” God said to both of them to have domion.

God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that…

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Saturday Devotion (Love looks like Jesus) 

  
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Morning Devotion: Love is costly. If it cost us nothing, it means nothing. Love looks like someone; Jesus. 

Love is a misunderstood word and overused word in our world. 

God is love. He is agape love. Agape is unconditional, sacrificial, and unselfish love. This love would die to save the guilty, most wretched sinner. 

Jesus gave His life for us while we were yet sinners. We were God haters, slanders, selfish, indifferent, prideful, full of lust, greed, and immorality. 

The Father said, “I love you so much, I am willing to give My most precious Son in exchange for you.” Jesus said, “Take My life instead and save them.” 

We all know He did not remain dead, yet He suffered greatly to love us to life. He turns around in John 13:34 and says, “As I have agape loved you, agape love one another.” 

As I have laid down all pride, lay yours aside. 

As I have laid down selfishness, lay yours aside. 

As I have sought to empower others, empower others. 

As I have forgiven, so you must forgive. 

As I have chosen a life of love, abide in Me and choose love. 

As I have come to serve and not be served, seek to serve others. 

As I have demonstrated lavish love, demonstrate lavish love. 

As I have loved those who do not love Me, love those who do not love you. 

As I surrendered fully to the Father, you surrender fully to the Father. 

He walked the way of love. Love will cost us something. Agape only flows from God through us. He is the Source. We must receive first from Him for it to flow through us to others. 

Our flesh wants to promote, “Me first. What about me. Bless me. Help me. Be there for me. What is best for me (all the time-not just in cases where it is quite necessary to consider your needs about another’s wants).” 

God loves says, “What about you? How can I bless you? How can I serve you? How can I be there for you? What can I do to add value?” 

If you love like God, let Him love through you, be prepared for the following. It happened to Jesus, it will happen to you. 

If you love like Jesus, you will be misunderstood. People will question your motives. 

If you love like Jesus, you may have your heart broken. People grieve the Holy Spirit too. We can hurt God.

If you love like Jesus, you may encounter those who seek to take and never give. They will see your love as an opportunity for selfish gain.

If you love like Jesus, you may find God is one of the only ones who loves you like this.

Let’s be positive…

If you love like this, you will bring so much glory to God and fulfill His command to love others as He loves you (John 13:34). 

If you love like this, you are a champion in heaven racking up heavenly rewards. 

If you love like this, thank you for being light-a demonstration of Jesus in a dark world. 

If you love like Jesus, you possess a superpower that wages war against all the powers of hell. Love is a mighty weapon that cuts through all the darkness. 

The devil can not love like God. He can lust, boast, pretend, say love is accepting sin (not love at all) and even preach the word. He knows Bible; He cannot live it or love like God. He cannot agape. He can try to mimic love, yet he fails to walk in  love because there is no love in him.  

When you and I agape love-we show the world Jesus and the Father. 
Love looks like someone; Jesus. 

Just in case no one tells you today, you are so deeply loved. I pray for you. Jesus lives to intercede for you. You are not alone in this great big world! God bless you, exceedingly, abundantly, above ALL you could ask or imagine. 

Love in Christ, 

Erin Lamb