Shattering Illusion

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I absolutely LOVE movies like Focus and Now You See Me because they are  such a good reminder that what you see, hear ,or feel, isn’t always what is TRUE. Both of these movies show the power of distraction and ILLUSION. I went to see David Copperfield ten years ago and he made a car “disappear” from the stage and I still have no idea how he did it. David used my son on stage in one of his ILLUSIONS and my son couldn’t even shed any light on how it worked.

The enemy is using these same techniques and giving us ILLUSIONS (false reports) to our eyes, ears, and emotions. The key word here is ILLUSION. I woke up this morning with this word in my spirit and I believe it is a huge enemy tactic in this season.

The definition of ILLUSION is having a deceptive appearance or impression. Magicians have mastered the art of making something look real when it is not. Our enemy has really mastered this one too and will make good look bad and make bad look good. Deepening deception and hindering the kingdom advancing is his chief objective.

If we believe something good that’s happening is actually bad or vice versa, we are being deceived.  In both cases we end up DELUDED.  A DELUSION means that you have believed the illusion to be true and you are now functioning under a false belief. We must always be willing and desiring to know the truth.

You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.- John 8:32

We simply CANNOT trust what we see and hear right now without running it through the Holy Spirit’s discernment program. He will tell us what is true every single time. Don’t let it bother you when everyone else falls for something and you have that check in your spirit and don’t buy into it. You will be glad you didn’t.  Don’t let it bother you when people judge someone as untrustworthy from what they see on the outside but God tells you to give them a chance. Go with God’s view without a second thought.

 The wisdom of the world is foolishness to God. –  1 Corinthians 3:19

 Judgement is not discernment. Neither is fear.

Many times God has told me the opposite of what people have judged things as being (good or bad)and I am so glad I listened to His voice in every situation. You do not need to explain to anyone why you are not following the crowd. Simply tell them you are following the KING!

 Ask Him to shatter all the ILLUSIONS and DELUSIONS in your life and to show you TRUTH!!

September- A Time of Rediscovery and Reactivation!!!!

When I was little my absolute favorite toys were made by Fisher Price. My sister had bought them for me as birthday presents for several years in a row. I had the house, school, airport, and the village. I would play for hours with these toys and my imagination went wild.  As an adult, even though these toys were mine, they were not allowed to be in my possession.

You see my mom had a hard time letting go of things and that included my toys from childhood. When our kids were little I wanted them to be able to play with them so I could show them how cool these toys were. I remember begging my mom to let me take them to our house and she always gave me a very firm no way, no how, not going to happen.

When my parents went into a retirement home a few years ago I was suddenly permitted to have my toys. I was thrilled. I would get down on the floor with the resident 3 year old (at the time) to play and it brought back all these memories of the adventures I had as a child with these toys. She loved them as much as I had.

Here’s the shocker, I was so afraid of losing pieces of my rediscovered treasure that I packed it all away in the closet and nobody played with them since!!


 

It made me think about how sometimes we do the same thing with our spiritual gifts. We hold back from sharing them because we fear loss. Maybe we’ve experienced the pain of losing something quite dear to us in the past and we don’t want it to happen again.  We look for a written guarantee that if we bring our gift out to share, that it won’t be abused in any kind of way. Of course you won’t be getting a guarantee like that so we let them sit safely tucked away in that closet.

Actually it’s kind of like having them as artifacts in a museum under glass where people are free to see them but there is no real risk of interaction that could cause any damage. We want people to know they exist. We just won’t break that glass open so they can actually be shared as intended.

You did not do anything to earn these gifts. They were given to you out of the love of our Father. The gifts He gives are good and He will never take them back. They are irrevocable (Romans 11:29).  Though they are free gifts they are not meant to be hoarded.  Freely you have received, freely give. They are meant to be shared. They are meant for His glory and not your own. They are meant to build His kingdom. Every gift given by Him is mean to reflect back to the gift giver. He is the ULTIMATE GIFT GIVER.

September is a time for rediscovery and reactivation. I feel a deep call for people, including myself, to relinquish that last little bit of fear and control, to get those gifts out of the closet, and rediscover what you loved about having them back when you first received them. Dreams have been filed away.  Mantles have been put in storage. Prophetic voices have been silenced and put in a box. Worshipers have given up on instruments they were destined to play. Anything you have given up on must be revisited. ALL the gifts must come back out. He’s put good stuff in you! Time to get it out and let it thrive!!

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Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”-Luke 6:38

Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.- 1 Corinth 14:1

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.-James 1:17

Trust in Who gave you the gift. He knows what He’s doing, why He gave you that gift, and the amazing plans He has for you when you choose to partner with Him in sharing it with the world!!

He has been waiting for us to push past all hesitation. This month the desire to share those gifts will begin to diminish the fear of loss associated with them. I sense He is going to show us the deeper things about these gifts that we never knew about and it’s going to blow our minds!

PS- yes I’m going to get those Fisher Price toys out so all kids can enjoy them….come what may.