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Mar 16, 2012 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Isolation

Isolation
1: to set apart from others; also : quarantine
2: to select from
among others; especially : to separate from another substance so as to obtain
pure or in a free state

Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and
courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God
goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake
you

Our enemy would like nothing better then for you to
remove yourself from everything and person that brings your life (positive,
encouraging things) again. The deep pit of depression where it
takes everything you have to get out of bed, let alone see people or go
workout. The consuming guilt that you carry around with
you. Or shame you feel and continues to program your mind
because of your past.

I encourage you whether you are experiencing any of the above DO NOT
ISOLATE yourself from God and others.
Normally, the very things you miss out on, you probably needed to be there.
But the Lord will always make another way for you to get the message again. I
had women quit this class before it started only later tell me it was because of
those various things listed above.
This is NOT a boot camp, this is a Transformation and it begins with
realizing I DON’T care what you did or where you came from, I CARE about where
your going!!!
As I have learned there is a void in all of us that no one but God can
fill. But I will tell you if you don’t have friends, mentors, or
people that aren’t speaking life (positive, encouraging things) into your when
you are at your lowest, you need to pray for God to bring them into your
life.
I normally don’t isolate myself, it takes a whole lot. But when I do, it is
bad.
Although we should ultimately go to God, sometimes in our isolation we
isolate from God as well. It is a friend who knows, cares,  pray you back to
your Marker (God) again.
I prayed for all of you in this Spring 2012 Class, that God would
bring Janet and I the right class (women) for this time, if you don’t have
friends or people like I have mentioned above, your about too :)

Father
in the name of Jesus thank you for having us realize that you are our complete
source. That if their is no friends, family around you will always be there. I
personally thank you for my friends you have brought in my life that in low
times have redirected me back to you. I pray any person reading this now, that
may not have those types of relationships, that you bring Godly people into
their life to speak life to them. I love you Father, and thank you for who you
are in Jesus name …AMEN

Mar 15, 2012 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Jealousy and Envy

Jealousy- a jealous disposition, attitude, or
feeling

Envy- painful or resentful awareness of
an advantage enjoyed by another joined with a desire to possess the same
advantage

Like all the other spirits here are other ones we we
all can say we have encountered. Anytime we said ” I wish I had __
__________________________?” fill in the blank. Someones thick hair, someones
flawless skin, someones money ect….. Jealousy is the
attitude and Envy is
the painful awareness/desire .

Proverbs 14:30 (Amplified
Bible)
30A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life and health of the
body, but envy, jealousy, and wrath are like rottenness of the
bones.

Rottenness to the bones, did you know the spiritual root
for Osteoporosis is envy and jealousy. . But if you have any jealousy and envy
this might hinder healing.

Be careful when you say you wished you had a life
like____________________?. Because if there was a circle of 10 women and all
their problems were in a bag and you started passing the bags around like hot
potatoes. You would want your own bag of problems back, no matter how grand you
thought another woman’s life is. Nothing is ever what it seems.

When it
comes to weight loss I had many people look at me and think I made it after my
transformation. Well, I am here to tell you just because I got my weight down
doesn’t mean I am finished with my issues. Once again this is why I stress so
deeply on making sure the issues are dealt with. Don’t be overwhelmed, but be
happy about yourself and this process.

We all know the story of the butterfly. It can’t become a butterfly
until it goes into it’s cocoon for a period of time. The PROCESS is what make
the butterfly strong and beautiful. Stay the course

Start being thankful
for where you are at and one day you will look up and you will have become more
then you could have imagine.

Romans 13:11-14
11 And do this, understanding the present
time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because
our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly
over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put
on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in
carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in
dissension and jealousy. 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus
Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.
Mar 14, 2012 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Rejection

Week 2 Day 3- Rejection

Rejection:
1: to refuse to
accept, consider, submit to, take for some purpose, or use
2: : to refuse to
hear, receive, or admit
3 : to refuse as lover or
spouse

Rejection robs people of relationships. Rejection will
make people feel that others don’t love them.
Rejection communicates that a
person is unacceptable, of no value, doesn’t belong, unwanted, can’t fit in and
unloved. Rejection communicates this message through a disgusted look, disdain,
an impatient answer, a snub, through neglect, through abandoning someone,
through silence. (Henry Wright, “A More Excellent Way”)

I have learned
over the years there are some people who actually have become one with a deep
rooted spirit of Rejection(mostly generational passed down from family)that
stays with them until they discern and get delivered.. Rejection is considered
one of the 7 Strongman Spirits along with Bitterness that we saw yesterday.

We have all dealt with a form of rejection in our lives whether from our
parents, divorce,even to not being invited to a party, ect… For me rejection
creeped in thru the womb with my mother. My mother was very non-affectionate or
non-nurturing. My father couldn’t verbally say he loved me. So I have a mother
who couldn’t nurture and a father who couldn’t tell me he loved me. So guess
what, I internally felt rejected and became numb, cold person later in
life.

The Lord had to show me how to forgive my parents. They only did what they
saw themselves. They choose not to follow God themselves, to change, to bring
generational change. This use to make me mad, because why wouldn’t they want to
suffer for me, until I realized how difficult it is. Especially, for my
mother who sill to this day doesn’t believe in God. I had the choice, just like
them, so my children do NOT have to. Being Redemptive seed of change, is very
painful, but very rewarding. I have choosen to suffer and die to they self. My
children will have thier own battles, but not being nurtured, told they are
loved, or learning to have a relationship with God won’t be one of them.
Father in the name of Jesus, I speak now to the spirit of Rejection, and it
can no longer try and rule over anyone reading this now. I pray that
every person reading this that has dealt with this spirit recognize,repent , and
renounce it from their lives forever. Father I release the power of the Holy
Spirit to fill that void that the spirit of Rejection left and may they lift
their head high and walk with no fear. AMEN
Mar 13, 2012 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Bitterness

Week 2 Day 2- BITTERNESS

Bitterness- exhibiting intense
animosity

Hebrews 12:15 (New King James
Version)
15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God;
lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become
defiled;

Bitterness corrodes like acid, eating away at our
soul. It poisons first the mind and then the body. It is often marked by
cynicism and animosity towards others. Bitterness is a STRONG MAN kept in a
place by several underlings

I struggled with bitterness for years and
still sometimes it tries to creep up in me. Little frustrations about life can
turn into big time bitterness I have learned over the years. It is just not
worth it, walking around in a terrible mood, with a frown on your face. I can
walk into a room full of woman and within 5 minutes tell you who is bitter.
Because I can recognize the familiar spirit, and it is sad when I see people
tormented by Bitterness.

Bitterness is also emotional weight that you can carry around that
literally puts WEIGHT on you. When I went through my own personal transformation
over 4 years ago the Lord showed me that losing weight was more then just
working out and eating right. I needed to rid myself of generational anger, and
bitterness towards my mother-in-law. He showed me this emotional weight
(feelings) I had towards another person was WEIGHING me down. I will tell you it
wasn’t easy, because it was like I wanted to be mad at her. But then I realized
being mad at her because of how she felt about me was actually letting her
control my life. So I repented and lost 9 lbs in 1 week.
Why is bitterness a sin? By holding on to bitterness, you are telling
God he is not needed in this situation. You have placed yourself in his shoes by
judging someone else for what they have done, either you or to someone close to
you. Your heart says “God, I will execute judgement here.” But, scripture
clearly tells us vengeance belongs to the Lord (Romans 12:19)
God’s word says unless we forgiving of those who trespass
against us, God will not forgive our sins (Mathew 6:15, and Mark
11:26)
*excerpts of Bitterness a Strong Man spirit come from the book “A More
Excellent Way”, by Pastor Henry Wright
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Mar 12, 2012 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Fear Not

Fear- to be afraid of : expect with alarm <fear the
worst>
Fear is a curse and it produces bondage. Every time you recognize Fear
rising up( meaning overwhelming feelings of feeling stuck or trapped in a
situation) you have to respond with what you are going to believe. There are
over 4,000 fears (Henry Eright “More Excellent Way). Fear of people, fear of
getting pregnant, fear of sickness, fear of death, fear of poverty, ect….on
and on….

There are so many kinds of voices in the world, and
none of them is without signification. 1Corinthians 14:10

Any
thought that comes to you from another voice or from your own thought process
which contradicts the Word of God is an anti-christ thought.

The spirit
of Fear is an anti-christ spirit because they debate and dethrone the Word of
God in your life. They cast down what God has said about His faithfulness to you
(You only would know this by reading what he promises us I the Bible). You must
get to a place where you understand and believe that you are accepted of God and
loved by God. If you are not perfect in the love of God and you have Fear within
you, then torment comes. It is torment of the spirit and torment of the soul.
That is the mind body connection and you eventually be affected physically.
Sinus infections, asthma, stomach problems, hives..are to name a few things that
can affect you physically because of fear.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear:
because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 1John
4:18

When you have Fear, you are not made perfect in love. You
are unable to give and receive love properly . Lack of love and the presence of
Fear go hand in hand. If there is no Fear in love and you are complete in Love,
Fear has to go. You have to accept that you are loved by God and you are
eternally preserved for Him forever. If you are complete in God’s love and he is
in control, why should you fear?

Faith represents your future. Fear
represents the destruction of your future. Faith and Fear are equal in this
dimension: they both demand to be fulfilled.

Now faith is the
substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1


Your hopes motivate you because that is what faith is. Faith
involves God’s plan for you. Your hopes need to be based on the known will and
knowledge of God as revealed by the Word of God. Fear will try to create your
future. It projects into the future, based on your past. What you are meditating
on or thinking about every day occupies your mind. You may be meditating on the
good things or you may be thinking about all the things that will go wrong in
your life today and tomorrow. The object of your fear is not only being
projected into tomorrow, but also yesterday’s projected fear is here today. If
Fear is a form of faith and you believe what Fear says and not what God says,
then according to your Fear-faith so be it unto you. Both are demanding to be
fulfilled. Which one are you fulfilling

Faith will always defeat Fear,
because faith is a work of the Holy Spirit. Fear is a work of the created being
named Lucifer, who fell and became Satan.( Section taking from Henry Wright “A
More Excellent Way”)

Lastly, Jesus said “FEAR NOT” 365 times in the
Bible, basically everyday……….so go and Take your Peace…

Mar 9, 2012 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Costs of Obedience

Cost: the outlay or expenditure (as of effort or sacrifice) made to achieve an object

Obedience: an act or instance of obeying

Deuteronomy 5:33
Walk in obedience to all that the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.

Anytime you set goals to better yourself, there is always a cost.  Obedience Costs……. When you Say “Yes” to something, you have to say “No” to something else. What are you saying Yes too, and then No to better yourself?

Do you realize that disobedience to the Lord is bondage.  So whatever the Lord is telling you to do, DO IT, Obey Quickly. Whether to forgive someone, to pray for a stranger, to give something without having anything in return…whatever…even if you do not understand, Do it because the Lord says,
Proverbs 3:5-8
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
       and lean not on your own understanding;

 6 in all your ways acknowledge him,
       and he will make your paths straight.

 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
       fear the LORD and shun evil.

 8 This will bring health to your body
       and nourishment to your bones

 

 

Mar 8, 2012 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Transition

Week 1 Day 3- Transitioning

Transition-
passage from one state, subject, stage or place to another :
change

Transition isn’t always easy, but necessary for
growth. For the most part you can start to see things happen before the actually
act of transition begins. Some people ignore it, some resist it, but if you
embrace it there is peace. If you believe God is in control of everything and
you believe HIS word

Joshua 1:5

No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your
life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor
forsake you.
As you
transition into this season of your life embrace it knowing God is with you, and
his plans for you are to be in health and prosper.
The summer of 2010 I felt transitioning as Kris and I were coming up on our
Anniversary, and about to move into our first house. I was not happy about what
was suppose to be exciting times. Kris was actually out of work for several
weeks during this period. Instead, of us working together and being happy, we
were miserable and fought the whole time. Later as we transitioned out the Lord
showed me how blessed we were to have that time together and how He orchestrated it, and we
blew it.
We were too busy focused on “How” we were going to make it with Kris
out of work, that we missed God in the process. If you don’t like where you are at
now, God knows. Change the way you look at it and ask God, What is it I am
suppose to be learning from this?
Father, I come to you now in the Name of Jesus, asking forgiveness in
this area for myself, wash me clean, purify me so my prayers can be heard and
answered. I pray for each person reading this that they embrace their individual
transition in their lives and  that they have a joy and peace like never before. They will
know that they are at the right place, at the right time with you in this
season. Let them see you will take care of all the details, in Jesus name- Amen
Mar 7, 2012 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Bondage

 

Bondage- a state of being bound usually by compulsion, a slave to

 

A slave to or feel trapped???? How many of you feel this way about your life,marriage, relationships,your job, even your kids?

 

All of us have to submit to an authority outside of God, whether it be our spouse, a boss, a church leader,ect.. but when you feel like a slave to something there is no Joy.

Where is the joy. For the longest time (even now sometimes) I never understood the true meaning of having Joy in what you do.

Psalm 19:8
The commandments of the Lord are right,bringing joy to the heart.The commands of the Lord are clear,giving insight for living.

The enemy comes to steal , kill, and destroy the blessings of Joy, happiness, true love, with depression, addictions, bitterness, and it leaves people in a hamster wheel going nowhere.

God doesn’t want you stuck here, but he has to have something to work with. Cry out to God, he is faithful to intervene on your behalf

 

Isaiah 10:27
In that day the Lord will end the bondage of his people. He will break the yoke of slavery and lift it from their shoulders.

 

Mar 6, 2012 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

The Process

Process- a natural phenomenon marked by gradual
change that leads toward a particular result

Isaiah 52:11- Purify yourselves in the process of worship, carrying the holy
 vessels of God. But you don’t have to be in a hurry. You’re not running from
 anybody! God is leading you out of here
As we move through the workout classes everything has a beginning,
everything should have a goal. A particular result in mind in the areas of
physical , spiritual, and emotional. You must take on positive thinking towards
the process in each of these areas, regardless, of how you actually feel. Feelings
 change so quickly, so you need to have a made up mind about where you
want to be before the feelings come..such as denial, procrastination,
laziness,fear,anxiousness….ect

You all have started, and next is going to
be showing up to workouts. I can remember my father  telling me before I went
off to college , “just show up to class and you will at least pass.

We know if they just show up to
the classes they will at least have the opportunity for success.

The same applies here with mommystrong classes

Your emotional/spiritual processes are different. You can only hide, ignore,
or run from it for so long. So why not just let down your guard or insecurities that
has been built up, and see what God has for you. There is an individual key each of
you have that gets full access to God, each with your own individual
relationship.
No one can create that for you. So get in a quite place. So quite you
can hear your self breathe, and ask him to speak to you. Give God permission to
be in control , (God is in control anyway),
but you have to really know and submit to that.
I wish I could tell you that you could snap your fingers and everything you
wanted could to pass. Its the PROCESS that you go through that reminds you
when you have overcome something that you never wanna go back too. The process is
where things stick, when you actually lose that weight and don’t have to be in
fear if it will come back. We must re-train the mind and the body at the same
time to get the ultimate results.
Submit to the Process…….
Mar 5, 2012 - Daily Devotional    No Comments

Your Journey

Week 1 Day 1 – The Journey
Journey-   A process or course likened to traveling; a passage: the journey of life
   This weeks begins your fitness journey. You’ve had 3 weeks now to detox
from sugar and see where you are at with your food. The Honeymoon is over from
the initial meeting and the grunt work starts. Each of us, including me has a
new journey ahead of them the process. It is completely different then anyone
else in the class. Pray that the Lord meets you where you are at each day and
grants you a successful outcome.
Genesis 24:42
I said, ‘LORD, God of my master Abraham, if you will, please grant
success to the journey on which I have come.
You have the ability to change your life in every area, by starting to
comment fully to this process. Once you can change your health you can
apply the same principles of dedication to other areas of your life, such as your
relationships (spouse, kids, coworkers friends).
If you take this 1 day at a time and focus on what you are going to do that
day, then each day will be a success!!!