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What Do You Need Today?
by Carol Shaffron
12/22/08
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What robs us of our inheritance of riches? Oh, you didn’t know you had an inheritance of riches? You do!

“I AM come, proclaimed Jesus, that you might have LIFE, and that more abundantly.”1 More abundant LIFE? Do we know what that even means? WE are told, or rather informed in the scriptures, ‘the kingdom of God is ... righteousness, peace and JOY in the Holy Spirit.’2

Righteousness? What is the difference between true righteousness and self righteousness by which we console ourselves with lies and false beliefs settling into our situations beset by poverty, lack, insufficiencies, sickness, disease …

It must be God’s will when I’m sick, ill, have a disease eating away my life… poor…

I AM COME that you might HAVE LIFE and that MORE ABUNDANTLY

We have been given a Covenant. We have been given a collection of writings that reveal to us our true inheritance. Yet, more often than not, it lays collecting dust from Sunday to Sunday or from Sabbath to Sabbath, perhaps.

We are too busy, we tell ourselves, and God. Too busy? Too busy!

Granted, I am blessed to have all the time in the world on my hands. I have no schedule to keep. I have no husband (except God), no children to care for. Sadly I used to resent not having been given these blessings. But now I count it a privilege to be ‘alone’.

Loneliness once haunted me for years until Holy Spirit spoke truth to my soul. “I will never leave you nor forsake you, saith the Lord.”3 But I had to meditate on that one truth until it became so in¬- grained within my soul that loneliness could never again torment me. Then there was also the sense of feeling left out, of feeling rejected, alienated, ostracized that tormented me. God has made us accepted in the beloved.4 GOD has already made us accepted fully, wholly, totally, completely in the beloved. Now, if that’s true, what difference does it make if someone on this earth slights, disapproves, rejects, snubs, or puts you down? What difference? GOD HAS ALREADY MADE YOU ACCEPTED AMONG HIS BELOVED!

That is in the Covenant of riches.

Too many of God’s own children are beset by ‘feelings’ of insecurity and fear. God has not sent us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.5 Fear is not sent to annoy, irritate, torment, or torture us from God! Fear is sent from satan. It is a spirit, and we have power over evil spirits. Sadly, that spirit can get so deep down into our unconscious it can cause us anxiety, panic attacks, terror and torment without our even knowing why we feel anxious or fearful.

When we’re faced with certain situations, memories of past, similar experiences may be triggered. In the past, we were helpless and may have suffered hunger, humiliation, embarrassment, pain of some sort that rendered us feeling very powerless and unable to function. Our brain shut down, and caused us to disassociate with the power of God inside. WE may not even have known God was there with us to call upon. Or, if we did call upon Him, perhaps He failed to answer as we expected and hoped leaving us feeling isolated and alone.

Now, that situation causes a sensation to run through our being—our entire being! It’s a physiological memory. And it causes feelings of helplessness and powerlessness to arise and cause a reaction of fight or flight. We react angrily and argue to prove our point. Or we retreat and avoid the conflict altogether.

But God has taught me a new way of dealing with those situations that always brings me through to victory:

STOP

BE STILL6

BE QUIET

WAIT

WAIT7 AS LONG AS IT TAKES

Wait as long as it takes for Holy Spirit to give complete peace and to show you the solution.

The world tells us never make a decision while in the midst of emotional turmoil.

Unfortunately, we are always in a state of emotional turmoil unless we learn to be still know

Within is a whole bank of memories tainted with trauma or pain that cloud our ability to see clearly and to know that we have the solution to whatever trouble we face. In this world you shall have trouble, but be of Good Cheer, for I have overcome the world. I AM the way, the TRUTH and the LIFE, no man comes to the Father, but by Me.8

In returning and rest shall be your salvation.9 Isaiah goes on to say, but you would not. Personally, I know of no pastors in my local area teaching their people to learn how to be still, to learn how to rest in the Lord. My own healing from depression came from my learning to be still and wait until God came. It was not easy as my flesh was easily distracted. But I am glad I did choose to learn to be still.

The peace and assurance I KNOW now is invaluable. Anxiety may still attack me and I may have to wrestle with it, but I know if I will just take as much time as necessary to be still I will overcome the anxiety and see clear my way to the solution of the issue I’m facing.

We run to others to pray for or with us. We do all the stuff our pastor, and maybe, our favorite TV ministers say to do. And when nothing works, we give up.

God is our personal Father. He has no grandchildren. God longs to speak personally to each of us. He has secrets He wants to tell to only you. He has visions He wants to show to only us. God is a very personal God and Father.
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Maybe your own father didn’t have much time for you, as mine did not. That made it very difficult for me to get it through my head God wanted, longed for me to spend time with Him even if it was merely, simply sitting still in His Presence doing nothing, but sitting in the silence.

That heals the brain, actually. It stops the activity of the brain that keeps us on the merry¬-go-round always rushing here or there like a hamster on an exercise wheel never really going anywhere. It helps to meditate on a scripture or on the name Jesus. It opens the way for creativity to flow, and gives back power over a “runaway busy” life.

Sitting in the Lord’s Presence delighting in Him also creates a union of spirit to Spirit that produces courage and confidence in hearing and moving with God. The false notion that unless were busy doing something we are not productive is not supported by scripture.

God keeps showing me a tree. The tree simply stands, arms and face to the sun while digging its roots deep into the soil toward water. That tree produces its fruit by being still. It abides in its place. Some trees provide fruit to eat, while others provide shade or beauty.

When we lift our faces to the Son and dig our heels deep into the soil of the word with longing for the ‘water of life’, God obliges. I don’t believe God reveals Himself or His mighty secrets to casual “believers”. In fact, without knowing the WORD one can hardly believe.

But God reveals Himself and His secrets to those who pursue Him diligently.

They that KNOW their God shall do exploits.10


Copyright © 25 Kislev 5769 CarolShalah Shaffron
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1 John 10:10
2 Romans 14:17
3 Hebrews 13:5
4 Ephesians 1:6
5 2 Timothy 1:7
6 Psalm 46:10
7 Psalm 25:3, 5, 21; 27:14; 37:7,9,34; 62:5
Isaiah 30:18; 40:31; 49:23
8 John 14:6
9 Isaiah 30:15
10 Daniel 11:32



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Joanne Sher  23 Dec 2008
Much wisdom today, with lots of scriptural backing (love that especially). Thank you for this thought-provoking post.




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