not what I thought

If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit. 2 Corinthians 5:13 NLT.

 

I didn’t think much about this verse until a few weeks ago. Then, I realized that if you are walking out the life God has called us to trek, we are going to look like lunatics to the world.

I used to think being crazy for Jesus was just an extremely enthusiastic person that loved Jesus.

nope

Nope. God wants us to lay hands on the sick and see them healed.

He wants us to speak in tounges and cast out demons.

He asks us to stand in faith for things that look physically impossible.

He tells us something that doesn’t make sense.

The Kingdom rules He established are opposite to the rules of the world.

Love your enemies, give to get, humble yourself to be promoted, and the greatest of us are the servants among us.

Greatest Weapon

One of our greatest weapons is praying in tounges.

When you know you have a hill up ahead, prepare in the Holy Ghost.

A week ago, I knew I would soon face a mountain, so I started praying in the Holy Ghost.

I decided to get over how people would judge when they heard me praying because praying strictly in my room wouldn’t cut it. I wanted victory and momentum, and the more praying I did, the more breakthrough I would see.

Not if; When.

After praying awhile, I had a Baptist friend ask if I was speaking witchcraft, and that’s when the revelation of crazy for Jesus began to sink in.

Are we going to shrink back or push forward? If you walk this path, you will look crazy.

It’s not a question of if but when.

It will happen.

When you give God your all, you have to understand that means your dignity.

Don’t expect anyone to understand.

Sadly Christians can be some of the most religious judgemental people you will ever meet.

The beginning

If you aren’t willing to be like Paul and lay your pride and dignity down before the Lord, you will only go so far.

When they get saved, many people think they have arrived, but in sooth, they have just left.

They are saved, but the journey has just begun.

God has so much to teach us.

There are so many more levels to achieve while here on earth.

Laying down pride is a key to moving forward.

Caring about what people think about us will paralyze us.

The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe. Proverbs 29:25

This was another level I had to come face to face with.

Why don’t we pray for some people?

Because we fear what they will think of us.

When we see someone who needs healing, we shrink back because of what others will think. This is a trap.

We aren’t responsible for the outcome, only the obedience.

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Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Proverbs 3:5

Elevate

If what other people thought of us wasn’t something we considered, what would our life look like?

How would we act differently?

It helps me to counter thoughts that are contrary to God out loud.

When the fear of man comes, asking what those people would think.

I speak out, “I don’t care.

What does God think?

What does God want me to do?”

As long as we are on earth we will have self, pride, and the fear of man that will beg for our attention, but we always have the choice to disregard them and elevate God.

If we give God His proper place in our hearts and minds there is no room for pride.

Psalm 34:1-5

I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

 My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.

 O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.

I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

 They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.

We put Him first, which will mean doing things that appear crazy, but God always comes through for His people, the flock of His pasture.

Psalm 100

(A Psalm of praise.) Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.

 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

In His Service,

Abbie