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God Wants to Connect with You (Devotion) 

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Morning Reflection: He is an everyday kind of love. Grow in intimacy with God. 

I love gathering with other believers to celebrate Jesus and love the Body of Christ. Yet following Jesus is more than going to a building on the weekend. 

Following Jesus is being with God Monday through Sunday, chatting with Him daily, communion with God, intimacy with God, hearing His heartbeat, responding to His incredible love. It is a habitation not a visitation, immersion in His glory, partnership with God, being a conduit of His love and power in a dark world. 

The Gospel is not a me centered story or a church centered story. It is God’s story. He is the Author, Finisher of our faith. Jesus is central in the Gospel. 

Following Jesus moves far beyond activity into profound intimacy (knowing God, being with God, and being known by God). Activity will never surpass friendship and sonship. God is after heart, why we do what we do. He is more interested in connection and relationship than our busyness to try to please Him. 

Being with God is far more important than doing for God. Being leads to doing with the proper motive and the grace to accomplish the activity. 

Being with God is not about laziness or passivity. It is about love. Love seeks to give. We surrender all of who we are to all of who He is. He does the same. Can we simply sit for a moment each day and love the One who loves us most? 

If we are driven by activity instead of intimacy and abiding with God, our source is flesh. Only what flows through His Spirit is pure. Apart from God there is not abundant good fruit (John 15:4-5). May you and I continually invest in knowing God for who He is and not the God made in our own image. May we pursue Him for who He is, not for what He has to offer. May we surrender and worship because He is worthy, not so He can bless us. God is good. He is worthy of it all. 

In every season may we dive deeper into God’s love, and get to know Him. 

God bless you! You are SOooooo deeply loved.

Love in Christ, 

Erin Lamb 

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2016 in Devotions, From the Author, God's Heart

 

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Closing Open Doors (The Spiritual House Series Part III)

  
If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house,~Jesus (Mark 3:24-27).

Hello sweet friends. I hope you’ve been enjoying this series on the spiritual house. I started it because I’ve seen the good fruit of inner healing. I’ve also peer counseled several over the years who had issues of the soul, sins they couldn’t seem to break free from, and though their spirit was free and in Christ, their soul was sick and afflicted. 

The Bible says, “Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers,”~1 John 1:2. Our physical sickness can be the result of our soul sickness. When our soul is sick it causes relational problems, mental problems, and financial problems. I want to be healthy and whole. How about you? 

So, let’s talk more about open doors. How does our soul get sick? Last post I talked to you about lies. How believing lies opens the door for the evil one to gain access to our lives. Once we start believing lies, we begin acting on them because as a man thinketh, so is he (Proverbs 23:7). The body will go where the mind has been. 

Today I will touch on some of the other open doors. You ready for some house cleaning? 

Open doors list: 

  • Unforgiveness/Offense
  • Trauma/Abuse
  • Neglect/Abandonment
  • Gross Sin/Sexual Sin
  • Unbelief
  • Choices of Entertainment
  • Occult Involvement 
  • Generational Sin (Your Ancestors Opened the Door) 

I don’t have the space to touch on each one of these in detail. It’d be pages of information. I will once again share resources at the end so you can learn more. 

Door number 1: Unforgiveness and Offense. 

The Bible is very clear that if we don’t forgive others, we are not forgiven (Matthew 6:15). Jesus never gave us a pass on this one. We must forgive. What does not mean? It means we refuse retaliation or revenge. We surrender the offender to God. We pray for them. We cease carrying heavy stones in our pockets to assault the offender. Is it denying their bad behavior, no? Does forgiveness mean you have to be best friends, no? Does forgiveness equal reconciliation, no? Reconciliation is restoring the relationship. This is not always possible. 

Forgiveness is saying, “I refuse to hold on to what you have done. I lay it at the feet of Jesus. He paid for all sin, yours and mine. He will repay according to His perfect love, mercy, and judgment.” God has a far better way of dealing with people than we can imagine. He’s just! He’s fair. He’s good. 

So let’s close some doors in our lives! 

Prayer: 

Holy Spirit, search our hearts. Please reveal anyone or the people we are holding grudges against. Please reveal anyone or people we are harboring offense against (pause and listen). 

Father right now I choose as an act of my will to forgive ______________(insert name), for their sin of __________(insert offense). I ask God you would forgive them as You’ve forgiven me. I ask the sins of unforgiveness and offense would be washed from my heart and soul in Your Son’s cleansing blood. I shut the door to unforgiveness and offense in my life. I freely receive Your forgiveness and freely give it away. 

Holy Spirit release Your dunamis power into every wound created in my soul by these events and being sinned against. Heal my soul of all wounding caused by sin. Flood my soul with Your incredible resurrection power. Heal every place that was hurt or wounded. In Jesus powerful name, amen. 

You may need to forgive yourself or God. Some are angry with God. He is sinless, yet if we are holding a grudge against Him, we need to surrender it to Him. 

Door 2 and 3: Trauma, Abuse, Neglect, and Abandonment

We were created by God to be accepted, unconditionally loved, cherished, protected, adored, and cared for. We were created to feel safe. The original design was a mother (woman) and father (man) would bring up children in an atmosphere of God’s incredible, unconditional love. There was no trauma, abuse, neglect, or abandonment in the Garden prior to the fall. These doors open us up to spirits of rejection, the orphan spirit, self hatred, insecurity, fear, fear of man, rebellion, control, and more.

I unfortunately have tons of experience with these two doors. I wish I didn’t, but I do because of the sinful choices of my ancestors and family members. Rejection and fear were spirits I battled for a long time. I still have things I must take to God so He can do an even deeper work. I won’t elaborate here, maybe later in a testimony post. 

Prayer: 

Father I thank You for the cleansing power of Your Son’s blood shed on the cross. I forgive every person who has traumatized me, abandoned me, rejected me, hurt or abused me, or caused great harm by withholding love, affection, or acceptance. I release them and each situation to You. I ask right now Your Holy Spirit would go back in time to every entry point of wounding and open doors to my soul. I plead the blood of Jesus on those moments. Cleanse me of all wounding and I ask for Your resurrection power to fill my soul. I ask for complete healing of my mind, emotions, memories, and body from trauma, abuse, neglect, and abandonment. Fill me to overflowing with Your perfect love! Bathe every memory in Your love and purging fire. Consume any dross in me as a result of being afflicted. Give me a deeper understanding of Your unfailing love! Fill me to overflowing. Break off anything in me that would attract me to people who would abuse, neglect, reject, hurt, or abandon me. Send those filled to overflowing with Your amazing love! 

Eviction notice prayer for those in Christ:

Any spirit that attached itself to me due to these open doors I command them to leave and go to a dry uninhabited place never to return. Holy Spirit flood every place with Your love and light. In Jesus powerful name, amen. 

I ask for a release over each of you the peace of God, spirit of adoption, and increased awareness/reception of the love of God. You are loved, cherished, adopted in God’s family (if in Christ), wanted, fully accepted based on what Jesus did, free of being an orphan or outcast, and given a new identity in Christ! 

Door 4: Gross Sin/Sexual Sin 

The Bible is very clear that sexual sin impacts us differently than other sins. Why? Because it’s sin against the body, the temple of the Holy Spirit. And sex was intended to join us (glue us) to another person physically, spiritually, and in our soul. It’s stronger than super glue. Have you ever super glued two things together and then wanted them apart? I have. You notice there’s a ripping or tearing when you get them apart. There’s residue on one and brokenness on the other. It’s scientifically proven that our brains do not know the difference between actual lawful sexual intercourse which releases hormones in the brain and all other activities that release those hormones. 

God designed sex and sexual release so humans would be drawn back to each other over and over. Hence the body’s craving for stimulation once activated. So no matter the source, it leads to bondage or addiction if not placed in its proper place within marriage (man and woman). Check out Moral Revolution for more information on sex and sexuality. 

We are also told not to keep on sinning (on purpose) once saved. Gross sin is: you know something is wrong and just keep on doing it without any repentance. Does this mean we strive for perfection? Ummm…no! We abide in Christ and confess our sins to Him. We rely on His empowerment, the indwelling and powerful Holy Spirit. Our spirit is saved if we are in Christ. We can still choose to sin which opens the door for the evil one to get a foothold or eventually a stronghold in our lives. 

Prayer: 

Holy Spirit search my heart. Please reveal any unconfessed sins so that I might repent of them (listen). 

Father please forgive me for ________(insert infractions). I’m sorry for choosing my way above Yours. I receive Your forgiveness. Help me to say yes to Your will. Father any place I’ve surrendered my purity for sex outside of marriage (man and woman) or engaged in immoral sexual activity I ask for Your forgiveness. I ask for the power of Your Holy Spirit to restore my hormone balance so I am not addicted or in any bondage. Any part of me that’s attached to another, I ask that it be returned to me washed in Your Son’s cleansing blood. Any part of another person that’s attached to me through immoral activity I ask that it be returned to them washed in Your Son’s cleansing blood. The spiritual super glue that bonded us together in unhealthy ways to receive the breaking power of Your anointing. I ask for wholeness in my soul. Holy Spirit heal my soul from all the wounds inflicted through gross sin and sexual sin. I want to be whole and walk in purity. Holy Spirit release Your dunamis power into every wound in my soul. In Jesus powerful name, amen. 

Eviction notice prayer for those in Christ:

Any spirit that attached itself to me due to these open doors I command them to leave and go to a dry uninhabited place never to return. Holy Spirit flood every place with Your love, purity, and light. In Jesus powerful name, amen. 

I ask for a release over each of you the purity of God, self control, comfort, and cleansing of the mind. 

Next time I will cover the other open doors. You are loved sweet friends! Let’s continue on this journey to wholeness in Christ. 

Resources: 

The Bondage Breaker by Neil T. Anderson
Soul Decrees by Katie Souza
Deliverance and Spiritual Warfare Manual by John Eckhardt
The Naked Truth about Sexuality by Havilah Cunnington 

Father thank You that You’ve given us everything we need to be free: sin cleared by Your Son’s blood and healing in the power of Your Spirit. We want to be whole; mind, body, soul, spirit. Do a deep work within so our souls look like Jesus. Heal every wound. Thank You Papa. May we receive fully all You have paid for. In Jesus powerful name, amen. 

Love in Christ, 

Erin 

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2015 in Devotions, From the Author, God's Heart

 

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Open Doors-Starts with a Lie (The Spiritual House Series Part II) 

  
Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers,~3 John 2:2. 

Hello beautiful friends. I hope this series draws us both closer to God and many find tremendous healing. Last post was far longer, so this one may be split so it’s not quite as long. 😊

Today I will be talking to you about open doors. I’ll start with a story from my childhood that may help with understanding. 

When I was around 13 I had this neighborhood friend, let’s call her Lucy. Lucy was adventurous, free, and didn’t truly understand the purpose of rules. 

I’m an artist. I love to paint. I was working on a lighthouse mural on canvas in our basement. It was larger than life and my friend Lucy was eager to see it! She was overflowing with excitement. I became sick with the chicken pox right before the big reveal. Lucy stopped by and she was stopped by my mum at the door. 

Erin is sick, you will have to come back another time,” my mum said. 

I really want to see the painting, can’t I just come in for a minute?” Lucy exclaimed. 

No, I would like for you to come back another time,” my mum politely responded. 

I could see over the stairs their dialogue back and forth. As Lucy became more insistent, the level of irritation in my mum increased. Eventually Lucy saw the door was open enough for her to squeeze in. She bolted into the house and down the steps to see the painting. In a whirlwind she had gained entry. Through that open door we had an intruder. She seemed nice at first, yet she came with a mission, to gain entrance into our house. 

My mum in a sense of outrage chased her down the steps, then escorting her out the door. The next thing I knew Lucy was getting a lesson on boundaries, respecting adults, and well that friend never came back to play. 

Why did I tell you this story? Good question. There are many things in this story that relate to our souls (mind, will, emotions) and spiritual house. The house is you or me. The inhabitants if you’re saved (in Christ) are you and Jesus. The intruder (Lucy in the story) represents the lies, footholds, strongholds, demonic spirits that can enter into our lives through open doors. We (you and I) or our ancestors opened the door to oppression, sickness, death, etc…through sin. It started with Adam. We can also open doors by believing lies, gross sin etc…

My story isn’t perfect in the sense Jesus never opens the door to sin or the demonic in our lives. You and I do that or our ancestors did that. He does cast them out. Yet wanted to give you a visual of opening doors. 

So, you can be walking along, Spirit filled, and still have a room in your soul marked fear, lust, prejudice, insecurity, anger, pride, or addiction… In these rooms are thoughts, ideas, images, memories, behavior patterns. All rooms God wants to clean out…lust becoming a room of love and purity, anger becoming patience and long suffering, pride becoming humility, insecurity becoming security in Christ, sexuality refined by God’s original design. Some rooms as stated in last post are swept clean at conversion. Some are not. Why? 

Everything in the Kingdom of God works by faith and before salvation we are completely under the influence of lies. 

Believing lies open doors to give the devil a foothold. What is a foothold. It’s a crack in the door. Think of Lucy. She knocked on the door and my mum thought she was checking on me. She wasn’t. My mum believed something that wasn’t true. A crack in the door can lead to further problems.  

Continuing to believe lies leads to strongholds. These are fortresses of lies. Lucy persisted in trying to bargain with my mum. She wanted entrance inside. Lucy only wanted to see my painting. The evil one wants to take up residence; to kill, steal, and destroy. So once the lie is believed he seeks to link other lies to it. The goal is to ensnare you and I into sin; gross sin leads to demonic oppression. 

Follow this trail. Stories from ministry. 

Jane (name changed for privacy) starts to feel neglected by her husband. The lie sown, “Your husband is boring and there’s far more excitement out there.” Jane believes this lie and starts flirting back with her coworker who is also married yet not a Christian. The lies keep building. “Your coworker is excited to see you. He appreciates you. You’ll have a far better life with him.” Well Jane stayed on this journey until she ended up sleeping with the guy at work. He left his wife. She did not leave her husband. The aftermath was two families hurt, damaged, and wounded. Jane’s reputation ran through the mud. Tons of inner healing for Jane and her husband. The guy had to process the hurt of not getting what he wanted and mend things with his ex wife. It was a mess that started with a lie. 

There’s Max (name changed) who was lured into pornography. Lies: “It’s exciting. This will spice up your love life. This is far better than being with your wife. You’re a guy, boys will be boys-you need release right? There’s no harm done. It’s just fantasy.” Max becomes addicted to pornography, loses his spot on the worship team and in ministry. He struggles to get free and get images out of his head. His wife is devastated. She thinks, “Why wasn’t I good enough for him? Why did he lie to me?” They both go through tremendous hurt, shame, pain, inner healing, and deliverance. Pornography is an evil spirit. There’s an evil spirit behind it. 

There’s Julie who experienced turmoil and father issues. She hears the lie: “You were born the wrong sex. You should’ve been a boy.” These lies go against Psalm 139. God formed us and chose our gender. Julie begins to believe these lies and act on them. This leads to her living many years as a man. Julie eventually has an encounter with Jesus. This lifestyle brought great pain and anguish into her life. She developed cervical cancer and God healed her. She has a radical testimony of being spiritually, emotionally, and physically healed. She’s now living as a woman and has given up sexual relationships with women. She had to walk through deliverance from evil spirits because gross sin leads to demonic oppression. She still, though saved and set free, battles at times shame. 

The devil never tells people the consequences of listening to him. He just says, “Do what feels good.” That’s what he did to Eve. We see how that story ended. Yet there’s hope in Jesus. There’s power in His name to break every single chain.

There are people who say your soul is not influenced by evil once saved. This is not true. You still can choose to partner with lies or engage in sinful activity that opens up your soul to torment. That’s why scripture says…

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled,~2 Corinthians 10:3-6.

You may have lies that don’t seem as big as those that lead to adultery or sexual sin. Those lies may be…

You’re worthless; I’m worthless 

No one loves me

God will not protect me 

This is hopeless

I have no reason to live 

God hates me 

God doesn’t love me

God loves others more than me 

I need to earn God’s love or approval 

I need man’s approval 

I’m a failure 

Everyone’s against me 

I can’t do what God called me to do 

I’m never going to be free 

I’m not important to God

God is blessing everyone but me

Other people are beneath me (leads to prejudice, sexism, racism)…

It’s okay to engage in this sin

I was born this way so I must stay this way

God is not all powerful 

I ask Holy Spirit to reveal any lies I am believing and renounce them. I want those doors shut so the enemy can not build fortresses (strongholds of lies). It’s a process and journey of renouncing lies and getting truth into our minds. Renewing the mind. It’s the daily battle. For it is not the truth that ultimately sets us free. It’s believing the truth that sets us free. 

If you struggle with lies and thoughts, I highly recommend Beth Moore’s Book Praying God’s Word (Purchase Praying God’s Word), Decree by Patricia King (Purchase Decree) Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer (Purchase Battlefield of the Mind). Also recommend Beth Moore’s DVD/CD teaching Breaking Free (Purchase Breaking Free). 

Next post we will talk more about open doors. There’s…

  • Unforgiveness 
  • Trauma/Abuse
  • Neglect/Abandonment
  • Gross Sin/Sexual Sin
  • Unbelief
  • Choices of Entertainment
  • Occult involvement 
  • Generational Sin (Your Ancestors Opened the Door) 

I love you friends. ❤️ Praying for you! May you and I be completely free in Christ. I’m on this journey with you! Jesus is mighty to save, heal, and deliver! 

Love, 

Erin 

  

 
 

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The Spiritual House (Intro)

  
Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain,~Psalm 127:1. 

I love Psalm 127:1. God is central in all things; when He’s not placed at the center it leads to all kinds of terrible things.

If you look around the world, you’ll notice that the majority of problems with humanity are rooted in mankind (humans) being central (exalting their desires above God) and God is often an afterthought. 

Adam and Eve were the first humans to choose doing their will above God’s and it brought sin, shame, death, sickness, disease, separation from God, broken identities, and fractured hearts into humanity. You can read about it here. Genesis 3 (The Fall). One act of choosing to live independent of God’s will led to the corruption of humanity. Thank goodness for Jesus who came to redeem humanity! He came to restore. 

Our world is seeking independence from God and His ways…

There are current campaigns that say, “Everything is permissible. I’m okay, you’re okay.”  There’s also a lack of reverence for God and His ways. 

How do followers of Jesus respond? 

How do we respond rightly to the condition of the world today? How do we deal with the pressing questions of “Is this okay? Did God make me this way? Do I have to stay this way?” What is santification? Why does God provide guidelines for living? Why does He say yes to some things and no to others? Why does choosing our own way lead to eventual destruction? How do we love people without compromising the truth and holiness of God? 

It starts with our own understanding of God and who we are in Him. 

Knowing God and our identity is where it starts. God loves us! Adam and Eve were already like God (created in His image). They didn’t need to eat the fruit. If they had believed 1. God is good and withholds nothing good from us. 2. God’s given us everything we need. 3. We can trust God. 4. God loves us and wants the best for us…then maybe they would’ve made a different choice. 

We are the house God built.  

God handcrafted Adam and Eve. We were created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). We are a spiritual house. Yes, you and I are spirits inhabiting bodies. 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 tells us that those in Christ are blood bought children of God. God breathed life into man. Our lives are no longer our own. We are called temples of the Holy Spirit. 

Before we accept Jesus the Bible tells us we are dead in trespasses and sins (Colossians 2:13, Ephesians 2:1-2). Without relationship with God, there’s no Holy Spirit and the human spirit has not been forgiven, cleansed, renewed, awakened, or made new. After Christ, we are transformed and being transformed into the image of the Son. God intended for us to reflect Him. 

So what happens when our house is filled with what’s not of God or society says, “You were born this way you must stay this way?” My response, “There is power in the name of Jesus to break every chain.” 

Our spiritual house is meant to be filled with love, light, joy, hope, faith, truth, purity, goodness, kindness, and the character of Jesus. I wish this process was instant. Some of it is and some of it takes time. We are transformed and being transformed. 

I know many people, myself included, who have had their spiritual house cleansed and rebuilt by God. 

Names changed to protect people… 

There’s John who was addicted to pornography. This brought great pain to his wife and family. Though he did these things in secret, it affected his ability to truly represent Jesus. His heart was divided. God broke the addiction and lust off his life. God restored his marriage. Though He was a born again believer, he had opened a door in his life for demonic oppression, lust, addiction, and self gratification. 

There’s Mary who spent a good portion of her life living as a man. She dated women, lived with women, and had no desire to be who God created her to be. Mary had a radical encounter with Jesus. Mary now lives as a woman and is a radical worshipper. She said coming to know Jesus she regretted her time living as a man. It brought confusion, loneliness, and pain in her life. 

There’s Mark who had told his parents he sold his soul to satan and was threatening to kill others. He was a rageaholic, and his family feared him. Mark had a radical encounter with Holy Spirit and he’s now an evangelist. He’s kind, and last I know representing Jesus well. 

There’s Todd who was a drug addict and dated men. He too had a radical encounter with God and was delivered of drug addiction and no longer dates men. 

There are more stories that I will share throughout this series, including some of my own.

I will say God comes into a house to inhabit it, not leave it the same. At conversion the old man is crucified with Christ. The new man has come. The Holy Spirit then works within to reveal the love, righteousness, holiness, and goodness of God. We come to God as we are. He loves us purely as we are. He loves us so much He works within so we are transformed into original design, pre-fall. 

I hope you stay tuned for this series! I hope it gives you hope that God loves you and there are no hopeless cases

When God is invited into every area of our lives and we yield to His leading there are so many good things that take place…May we receive His great love, believe Him, believe who we are in Him, pray to Him (He responds to “God help”-I pray this prayer), and yield to His leading. 

You are deeply loved and prayed for. 

Love in Christ, 
Erin 

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2015 in Devotions, From the Author, God's Heart

 

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