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A Simple Call to Trust

While sipping on my hot green tea and basking in the morning sunshine as it gently filters through the slits in my living room blinds, I’m reminded of a simple nugget of truth. It’s a passage of scripture that I hope to cling onto for the rest of my life and pursue with ferocious intentionality.

Like me, you have probably read this passage time and time again, but today my eyes have been opened to its one, true  meaning. Allow me to both briefly share what God is whispering into my heart this morning and encourage you in purposeful meditation on the power of this passage.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”

Proverbs 3:5

Here’s how I interpret this:

“Trust (rely, depend, hope, expect, fully rest in, be completely assured) in the Lord with all (whole, entire, full, completely) your (emphasizing importance of individual, personal responsibility) heart (the core of who you are)…”

Allow me to break this down a little bit more:

As individuals, we should be fully and completely assured by taking full confidence in the Lord (instead of people, circumstances, or tangible items) with the entire core of who we are.

You see, God does not long for just a portion of our hearts; He wants it all. What does this mean for us as modern-day believers? For starters, He wants us as His children to trust Him for our eternal salvation. But it goes even further: God wants us to trust Him in everything. Everything.

That means we can take full confidence in God’s ability to help us with our jobs, our marriages, raising our children, our finances, our health conditions, our friendships, our callings, our personal hobbies, our education, our businesses, our decisions, our homes, our cars, our mission work, our relationships in all areas (work, ministry, business,etc), our hurts, our beliefs, our fears, our longings, our desires, our addictions, our sin, our past, our present, and our future. God wants it all. And I believe this is the statement He is conveying here, because of these two words: “trust” and “all”.

Let’s continue through the passage:

“…and (indicating a direct link between this clause and the prior) lean not (do not shift weight, turn to, or depend) on your (once again indicating personal responsibility) own understanding (the reasoning, perspective or comprehension that you possess).”

Our understanding is finite, while His is infinite. God isn’t telling us to stop thinking or reasoning; after all, He created us in His image with these abilities. Rather, He is cautioning us against becoming so confident in ourselves (finding assurance in what we know) that God becomes neglected and not depended upon. Without His leading in our lives, He knows that we’ll end up making dire mistakes. In His love, He wants us to avoid those.

God also knows that trust is required to form deep, mutually-loving relationships, which is what interests Him the most. He created us to be in a relationship with Him, not merely to do things for Him. In fact, because He is God, He doesn’t actually need us to do anything for Him. God doesn’t need our works. Yet, when works flow naturally from a heart that is trusting and abiding in Him, they simply become a form of beautiful worship, rather than the focus of the relationship.

In order to work for Him, we don’t necessarily need to trust Him fully. But if we desire a deep, intimate relationship with Jesus, there’s no other way around it: we must trust Him with all our hearts and allow Him to be Lord. By not leaning on our own understanding, we are giving Him permission to faithfully guide us in the way we should live.

This post is written for the glory of the Lord. Jesus Christ deserves all the honor and renown as the King of kings and Lord of lords, the Great I AM. May His spirit instruct you as you read this today, and may you be blessed with a deeper, more abundant walk with our Sweet Savior.

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7 Steps: A Taste of Inner Healing through Deliverance

As I sit in a café at the center of the East Atlanta village, the Lord is asking me to share some specific truths with you today. In this lifetime, I have had to overcome a great deal of trauma. At one point, the weight of it led me straight to my knees in utter desperation for divine intervention. That also led me into the comfy chair of a Christian counselor, where I received counseling over about four years. We covered every area where I possibly could have created or accepted some distorted view of God, myself, and others.

Part of my counseling was a specialized therapy known as deliverance counseling, an entire niche of counseling that incorporates the basic, biblical principles of receiving full redemption through the grace and power of Jesus Christ. And on Monday, we’ll release an incredible interview (on this very topic) from a L.P.C. (Licensed Professional Counselor) with the intent to gain a deeper knowledge in understanding the value of therapy (as a conduit for the healing power of Jesus) in our lives.
By leaning on His strength, this process is actually incredibly simple, yet it has the potential to usher in a profoundly powerful, life-changing experience.

Deliverance counseling addresses all of the lies that somehow took root in our lives. These very lies (in the form of spiritual weeds) can become full-time residents in our heart, even destroying entire areas. Hence, we can arrive at a place where counseling becomes a necessity.

If you are not living to the potential God has created you for, I guarantee there are some lies that have grown to the point where they now influence your choices today. (And if you don’t know the specific lies, e pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal them.)

Here are 7 steps that I was taught about receiving God’s healing and truth in areas of my heart that had been filled with lies:

1.       Begin to praise the name of the Lord. Thank Him for all the things He has done for you in your life. This action welcomes the presence of the Lord.

“Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.” Psalm 95:1-5

2.       Ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart to receive what He shows you. Ask for a spirit of humility.

“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.” James 4:10

3.       Pray for Jesus to show you (through revelations from the Holy Spirit) what lies you are believing in your heart. Ask Him to bring what is in darkness into light, that you may be made free.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts;And see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.” Psalm 139:23-24

4.       Once specific lies come to mind, ask Jesus Christ for forgiveness in believing these lies. Repentance brings healing.

“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

5.      Next, you need to renounce each lie with the power and authority Christ has given you. You have power over all darkness because Jesus has conquered the grave.

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”John 16:33

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”Acts 1:8

6.       Next, you will need to counter each lie with God’s truth. Emptying yourself of lies through His power is imperative, but you must also replace it with biblical truth.

“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.” John 16:13

Here is an example of some verbiage: “I rebuke and renounce this lie that I am not worthy to be loved in the name of Jesus Christ. I refuse to believe this lie, because God’s word says that He loved me so much that He sent His only begotten Son – Jesus Christ to die for me (John3:16). I am worthy to be loved because I am made in His image according to Genesis 1:27″

7.       If the enemy attempts to tempt you with this lie again, you should repeat the exact same steps. For example, if you’ve repeatedly struggled with feelings of unworthiness, immediately rebuke it with the power He’s given you and speak the truth over yourself, as in steps one through six.

“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8

Don’t be deceived; as the enemy continues to throw out these lies, they can (slowly but surely) perpetuate both low self-esteem and various fears. If you take no action, those lies will not go away. However, our intentional action (through the grace of our Lord) does make an impact, and we must be alert and cunning (with God’s strength). May His will be done, and may He alone be glorified!

Join us on Monday for an incredible interview with a sharp, Jesus-loving, deeply gifted counselor as she shares her heart on the power of therapy within the Christian community. Prepare to gain insight and perhaps to be challenged.

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The Cost of Obedience

At this time last year, God asked me to leave my academic workload in faith to start His Daily Dose. He gave me the name, the images (including the ubiquitous coffee cup up top), the blog topics, and the words to speak (which He continues to faithfully provide). Having never written a blog post or set up up a website in my life, I was totally lost. Jesus and I were definitely embarking on a new adventure. A painful, life-changing, yet rewarding adventure.

Since its inception, HDD has touched individuals in over 75 countries, and to me this is HUGE. Anytime I hear of an individual reader being impacted by HDD (and the words the Lord gives), that is truly transformational for me as a person. Doing what I do brings me extreme fulfillment, humility, and honor. But, it has cost me dearly, and for me to say otherwise would be completely dishonest. I don’t state that to bring me glory; I am simply stressing this point as a source of encouragement for you.

“Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” Matthew 10:39

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” John 13:34

Had I resisted His instruction, I would be graduating this fall and excitedly planning for grad school. At times, it’s easy for me to dwell on this fact. Only a couple of years go, Jesus and I made plans for me to become a Registered Dietitian then pursue a PhD. Never would I have thought that He’d interrupt His own plans (at least as I understood them to be).

Yet, because I surrendered my personal dreams to God, others have gained insight, encouragement, and counsel from the inspired words He has asked me to share through HDD. I’ve shed countless tears and battled scrutiny from others (including myself), questioning why I ever stepped off that structured road of academic progress to write blog posts everyday. I’ve been called distracted, lost, confused, unstable, and maybe even weird (and who knows what else people have said about me).

But had I proceeded to move forward with the original plan, ignoring His instruction, then my life most certainly would also have been miserable. Choosing to get into grad school (a glorified goal in my own mind) would have put me outside of His will, and I would have missed out on HDD. That thought prompted me to reflect on the true condition of my heart: What was my perception of real success? Was it to be found in education (or a career with a title)? Or is it found in following Christ (and helping His beloved throughout the process)?

Quickly I realized that instead of worshiping God, who gives me my dreams, I had started worshiping the dream itself. Unfortunately I was also seeking to resolve my identity from it . Over these past several months, I’ve been able to have a serious heart-check. Praise be to God.

“Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” Exodus 34:14

“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you. I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that he is obligated to keep the whole law. You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace. For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness.” Galatians 5:1 –

“For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.” Romans 12:3

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

Throughout this gruesome, self-revealing process, I’ve come to realize that we often miss incredible opportunities (with great potential to transform this world). Sometimes it’s due to a heart of disobedience, but other times it can be the faith-deteriorating process known as over-rationalism. When God asks for something that doesn’t readily make sense, we may procrastinate, act in fear of the opinions of others (even within the family of believers), or sheepishly dismiss it as not having heard Him correctly.

We can so easily rationalize ourselves right out of God’s will. God is certainly logical, beloved. But there is nothing in the Word that defines God as always being rational to our human minds. Rationalism is very much a contemporary ideology that elevates the mind over the spirit (the very means through which God often speaks words of faith to us). Unchecked rationalism can extinguish the flame of faith, and I’ve experienced this in my walk with Him.

“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.” 1 Corinthians 13:11

“‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the LORD.” Isaiah 55:8-9

“‘Come now, let us settle the matter,’ says the LORD. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool’.” Isaiah 1:18-19

At the end of the day, we will stand before Christ, the risen King of Glory, to give an account for our lives. Therefore, we will have times where we must choose between investing in Christ (being obedient to what He’s asked us to do), or pursuing what appears best to us (what we want to do).

If we truly desire to accomplish great things, it will cost us something. There’s no way around it. If we choose to obey Christ by denying ourselves, picking up our cross, and following Him, we will be criticized. Sometimes those closest to us will do the criticizing. Don’t be disheartened, beloved. God is good, and He will never leave us, forsake us, or lead us down a road of destruction.

Remember this today as you follow Him: Radical obedience requires radical faith with a deeply rooted trust in God. Yet whatever the cost, He will always honor those who seek to honor Him. He is faithful, beloved.

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