No Longer the Fall Guy

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This morning as I was working through the possibility of yet another round of lies being spoken about me, I let out a deep sigh.  I leaned into God in prayer and I heard Him say “YOU ARE NO LONGER THE FALL GUY!”  I quickly looked up the definition of “fall guy” and this is what the Macmillan dictionary online says:

Fall guy – someone who is blamed or punished for something bad that someone else has done

Now this describes me perfectly in some of the situations I find myself in. I know in one situation where someone quite close to me has consistently told lies about me for the past fifteen years. I’m not talking about telling the truth about situations but I’m talking about either only telling my reaction in the story (conveniently eliminating their originating action) or creating blatant lies for absolutely no reason at all.  In other situations I have been slandered because people didn’t have all the facts regarding a certain situation and by supplying the facts I would have betrayed someone’s confidence so I chose not to.  I have been seen as the bad guy when I wasn’t and also forced to watch others with questionable character behind the scenes be applauded by man.

I have consistently felt God challenging me with the belief that it’s truly having pure hands and a clean heart that’s important to Him, not what people think. I have chosen to allow Him to be my vindicator. I have chosen to stay quiet out of love and forgiving the people involved. I will tell you it has been a long hard road to walk. I know I am not the only one this happens to so let this be great encouragement to you! This is what He said to me in my quiet time:

You have taken the blame for much in your life that was not yours to take. I have seen how you kept your hands clean through it all. You chose to love Me while getting hit over and over again by “friendly fire” from people who should have been protecting you. I saw how you never stopped worshiping Me even while walking through not understanding My ways. I see how heavy your heart it from carrying the truth of the situations around. I am exchanging that truth for My Truth today and that is light. No longer will you be the “fall guy” for the enemy. The enemy has used this tactic to spread gossip and lies and I’m saying NO MORE! There have been moments when you feel like you are up in a plane and enjoying the view only to be shoved out the door by someone and not you are free falling out of control. I’m doing a divine reversal today. I am using all of it for My good and causing you to “fall into your Call!” You are “falling into your calling.” I’m blowing the enemy’s cover! I am lifting the veil of deception off of people regarding you today. They had been seeing you through a tainted lens. I am setting off a truth bomb right in the middle of your enemies. They will be able to see you clearly and they will know the truth and it will set their perspectives along with your reputation FREE!!! There will be a new found respect from people for the road you have traveled and for the character that’s been developed along the way. No longer will you fear the fall but you will rise and hear the call!!!

Friends With Benefits

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Why have we become a society that is so suspicious of any kind of love unless it is romantic or familial? God values friendship. He says NO GREATER LOVE HAS NO ONE. How are we to have the kind of love for our friends that would lay down our life for them when we as a church tend to pollute it when we see it? How did we get to the point where we value romantic love over friendship love?

  John 15:13- Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

Why is it that two friends going to dinner is either seen as either romantic or inappropriate if it’s a man and a woman? Or possibly assumed to be a gay couple if it’s two people of the same sex? I see it happen when adults want to invest in a younger person too with cynical questions of intent. Like it is absolutely unheard of for two people to have a brotherly, sisterly, motherly, daughterly connection in all innocence that is for mutual growth and nothing more.


Instead of the world’s version of “
friends with benefits“, He desires to create divine friendships with Holy benefits. Pure benefits. Glory benefits. It will be what He designed friendship to be from the start. It will be (divine)Friends with (kingdom)Benefits.


When we are little we are encouraged to be friends with everyone in class. We are encouraged to get valentines for everyone in class. At some point it all changes. Then it becomes you only spend time with friends until you find your romantic partner. If you spend time one on one time with someone it’s with the intent of romance. It all comes back around in retirement homes again and we once again value friendship. Why does it change? Should it change? I think we were doing it right in kindergarten. Everyone in your world matters. Everyone has value. Everyone deserves love.


Can we imagine a world/church where a remnant is not driven, pulled, or reigned by sex? What if a holy selfless love is what the driving force is in these individuals? Can we make room for that in our imaginations? I refuse to believe that man is an animal incapable of controlling his impulses. We have a holy God who is all powerful living in us. We were made in His image. Shouldn’t that raise the standard of our behavior? Maybe if we dared to start seeing that man/woman as a brother/sister it would all change.


I have seen it anywhere a deeply loyal, willing to take a bullet for you kinda love is found. Suspicion. Gossip. The sense that something improper must be happening. Its downright evil. I understand evil happens, but should we go looking for it where it may not exist?  I’m not suggesting we should ignore red flags, lets just not manufacture them ourselves out of the fabric of suspicion. It is very easy when you harbor a wound from the past to see everyone as a threat somehow. Not everyone is out to steal your husband or wife, molest your child, and every older man/woman who says something nice to you is hitting on you. We need healing so we can grow together.

I believe God is returning innocence to His church. We must return to believing that in an impure world there can be purity. We must be willing to explore other relationships besides romantic and just within the family. I’m tired of running into people who feel unloved because they aren’t in a romantic relationship. They need friends. I’m tired of little girls thinking their major goal of life is to get married and have children. Our goal should be to show love to everyone we meet, to truly share our hearts and our lives with them. How can we learn to truly love our neighbor when we can’t do it without someone questioning our intent?

Titus 1:15- To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.


If we become more well rounded in friendship it will end up making us more well rounded in all our other relationships. There is gold to be found in friendship in this season. There will be a rise of 
divine friendships that are strategically put together by God for His glory. They will be known by their PURITY and POWER.


God’s 
GLORY will rest on them when two or more come together like elements coming together. They will create a holy spiritual reaction in the atmosphere much like a chemical reaction does in the physical realm.
There will be teams brought together that include all ages and both genders and they will work together joining their gifts together. They will be like a motley team of super heroes
 changing spiritual atmospheres and bringing the fire of God wherever they go together.


If we are a people filled with the Holy Spirit then we better be able to
 see the holy through His eyes of innocence when it comes. If we see through the eyes of this world we will miss it or mislabel it as suspicious or inappropriate when it’s actually His answer to the many prayers for restoration and liberation!! See through the eyes of innocence and purity to be able to see His glory come!
We’ve had enough of bringing sexy back. He is bringing innocence back. He’s bringing purity back. 
He’s bringing friendship back!

(I titled this what I did because it drove home the point that it’s not what you think)

 

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He’s Looking For Your Yes

There are some of you who are to be generals leading this next move of God but have been deeply wounded by situations in the past. You feel stuck. God is NOT going to wave a magic wand to re engage your heart with His.  The disengagement wasn’t on His end, but yours. He is looking for your YES to Him again. Through your YES He will begin to wash away all the remaining pain and distance of the last season.

It all starts in the secret place, just you and Him. Do you remember what that felt like? He wants you to return to that place of fully being known at your core and loved abundantly simply for being you. He has no other agenda. He’s not mad at you or disappointed. He gets it. He understands the “why” behind the “what” you have done.

 He wants to hold you as you flood His throne with your tears from what you have walked through in this past season.

You have blamed Him for things that He had nothing to do with and yet He was faithfully with you the whole time….every second of every day. He wants all of that mistrust and misunderstanding so He can give you His truth in exchange.

It was never a performance based relationship of “you scratch my back and I scratch yours.” You feel that you did your part in the past and He didn’t do His. You feel like you paid for a service and never received it. You feel He abandoned you when you needed Him most and it is simply not true.

This relationship is one of “you give me your heart and I give you Mine.” It’s a heart exchange and not a business contract.

Find His heart again and you will remember it and you will remember the flutter in your heart that happens when there is divine connecting happening.

He needs you to change your perspective on some things and it will bring you the life, peace, and freedom you’ve been seeking.

The place where you press into His heart and share secrets is calling to you. He is waiting and He can be trusted. He will gently resuscitate you and through you choosing to delight yourself in Him again, He will give you the desires of your heart.

Don’t get that part confused… the seeking, abiding and delighting ALWAYS comes first. He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. That’s all He wants. Make time for Him and seek Him. He is waiting.

I Want My Pen Back

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This morning in prayer I heard the Lord say “I want My pen back.” As a writer that caught me off guard so I asked Him what it meant. This is what He said…

Many of My children have taken the pen out of My hand in the writing of the story of their lives thinking they can do a better job. They haven’t fully trusted Me with the painful chapters they didn’t understand and they doubt My ability (grace) to make something beautiful out of it. They have taken back control and are trying to write what looks beautiful or successful in their own eyes. They have even tried to erase the hard chapters because of the shame they thought they held. I don’t see shame when I look at these chapters I see learning opportunities and the rerouting necessary to develop the character needed for a meaningful life.

  Those harder chapters in their story also contained many divine moments with Me but the memory of those moments of the miraculous have also grown dim. Some of My kids have ended chapters prematurely and written off characters who I intended to have an ongoing part of their story. They have even written in characters they think will make it more successful, readable and popular. Please remember the wisdom of this world is foolishness to me. 

  I am saying to these people now “I want My pen back.” I love you more than you can imagine and I can be trusted with it. I can take this story and make it absolutely everything you ever wanted it to be. I’m going to restore the chapters and the characters that you have omitted and I will create a work of art with your life and it won’t be a work of fiction. The smile and laughter you will experience will become genuine as you discover I am the Hero of your story, it was never intended to be you. Watch and see that I am good and I do work ALL things together for your good!

Phil- 2:3-4 – Do NOTHING out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,  not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

1 Corinth 3:19 – For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”

Romans 8:28 –  And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.