2018: Walking In His Fullness

A lot of us experienced quite a bit of turbulence in 2017. The end of my year was quite unsettling and to be honest, left me wondering and questioning if I had heard some things correctly. We all have that and the Lord is perfectly fine with our questions.

He had given me a word to soak on for a good part of 2017 for 2018. That word was “Fullness”. I felt overwhelmed with His goodness with all He was showing me regarding this word. Walking into His Fullness for the New Year; what a great and exciting thing! I know it is still that amazing goodness that we will be walking in because tied to that is His Full Restoration; restoration for all that was lost and/or stolen, especially familial relationships. He is going after His family this year. All those shattered and impossible relationships will find His restoration.

Another part of this truth of walking in His Fullness is that sometimes, it’s experiencing His Presence in the midst of the hard stuff. It doesn’t always mean grief and loss, but Fullness means All Encompassing. We have to understand and experience this so we can fully walk in it. Our final sentence at the end of the day still has to be, “I trust You.”

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are you ways My ways…” Isaiah 55:8 (NKJV)

 

I had a brief dream the other day that I felt led to share.

In this dream were several people, we were standing and looking around at each other and our surroundings. There was countless people surrounding us, the majority we all knew one way or another. We also had a slight look of uncertainty on our faces, but as we looked, we noticed this giant chain link in our right hands. The Lord immediately gave me a prophetic word to speak to these individuals. He said, “You have held hands with many through many seasons of your life. You will continue to seasonally hold others’ hands, but right now, in this moment, you will know whom I am linking you to. These links are for My Divine Connections, the covenant relationships that will tarry with you as I move you up and onward. You won’t have any question who those people are as I will make it obvious for you.”

This is so important for this New Year! We are going to see the Lord move us at an exponential rate in every aspect of our lives and His preparation in and around us will be in place! Things may seem or feel a bit chaotic, but His Peace will surround you and bring clarity to every moment and situation He is bringing you to and through.

I kept seeing the number 32 yesterday. Anytime that happens, I know the Lord is trying to tell me something and He took me to Isaiah 32:17-18. The verses made think of years 2017 and 2018. For all the things He is bringing us to this year, you will have His perfect Peace.

“The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.” Isaiah 32:17-18 (NIV)

 

 

Identity Thief

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The Lord has been putting words into my heart for some time now regarding gossip. I’ve personally always had disgust for gossip, yet, at times, found myself in the midst of it and participating in it.

Recently, as I was lying down to go to sleep, I had the words “Gossiping is being an identity thief” running through my mind. I just prayed for the Lord to give me wisdom and understanding of that, to teach me what He wanted me to know.

Here’s what I feel led to share:

Every time you begin to gossip about someone you are taking a small piece of information about that person and giving it to someone else. It doesn’t matter if that piece of information is true or not, what matters is that it’s not yours to be handing out to all you come in contact with. You are literally stealing someone’s identity. That small piece of information literally changes other peoples’ point of view of that person; it changes how they look at that person, it changes how they treat that person. Being a victim of identity theft/gossip brings so much conflict and pain. That victim now has to fight to get back their identity; fight against the rejection and most of the time, the lies.

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Let’s be honest. No one gossips about anything positive or good. It’s always some “juicy” piece of negative information. The part that has always baffled me is the way we never question the validity of the information or the integrity of the person sharing it. We eat it up like we would a free cookie. Why do we do this? Why do we revel in the persecution and degrading of others? Do we think if their sins are being shared and plastered everywhere it will diminish our own; maybe allow ours to be forgotten? Bottom line: it doesn’t matter. Who cares what the motives are? What matters is what you are doing to stop it! You’re not responsible for anyone else. You’re only responsible about what you listen to and what you say. Approach it with this point of view: Do you want all your information out there for others to use? I didn’t think so.

In Proverbs 18:21 it says, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

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Are we using our power for good or evil? Are we eating from the Tree of Life or the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil? I choose Life over Knowledge. I choose to speak life and encouragement into others’ lives. I choose to look past all imperfections because that is what Christ does for me on a daily basis! It all boils down to The Golden Rule: Treat others, as you would like to be treated. How quickly we forget this simple truth!

Life or death? Being an Identity Thief or not? How do you want to be known? I know too many Identity Thieves, but I know more Encouragers and Life-breathers. These are the ones I choose to surround myself with and listen to. Listening to life is so much more fulfilling and life-giving.

It’s time to make your choice.

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