He Will Give You Rest
Have you ever looked at a picture of a family on vacation who had posted on a social website and thought to yourself, “I wish I had that kind of rest in my life?” Do thoughts run through your head of desiring what they have? We all have had these thoughts at some time or another but have you ever really stopped to think, “What could be on the other side of that picture?” Although the picture may look good to us in that moment, what if their vacation was not at all that great. You see what I am trying to explain to you is that we all live in a world where we only see one side. It may look good to us at the time and yes, we long to live a life like that too. We see other people living what we think is “the good life.” The image in the picture may be pleasing to us but what if we could take a behind the scenes look. What if we could see the picture in its entirety? If we knew of their hardships, would we then want their vacation? Understand that we all want to live a life of rest, stress-free from the turmoil we face each day. Truth be told, we all live in a demanding world where we are always busy and on the run. We all face some type of obstacle that disrupts the flow in our own lives. This is how reality works in this world. Our rest gets disturbed.
So how can we change our thought process, this view we have in how others are living their lives and to find our own rest? We put our focus on the Lord first. Slowing down, praising and thanking the Lord and acknowledging all of the blessings that He has provided for us in our own lives. This is how we can keep our cup overflowing.
“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
Psalm 23 clearly shows us how the Lord can give us our rest. Simply put, “live your life through Him.” Set your minds and your hearts on Him. The Lord will sustain you.
“Come to me, all that are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28)
©Written by Lorraine Goodwin 8/8/2018 (Inspired through the Holy Spirit)
The Book of the Wars of the Lord – Spiritual Warfare
In Numbers 21:1-3 we read how the Canaanite king of Arad attacks the Israelites and takes some of them as prisoners. Israel cries out to the Lord making a vow with God that if He would deliver the Canaanites into their hands that they would completely destroy their cities. The Lord listened to Israel’s plea and gave the Canaanites over to them. The place was named Hormah which in Hebrew means “utter destruction.”
There are two types of warfare that we will continuously come into contact with throughout our lives, the physical battle and the spiritual battle. These battles should never allow us to be thrown off guard. We all go through some kind of attack; some of you may be going through some kind of attack right now. So then why do you always act so surprised? 1 Peter 4:12 clearly states, ” do not be surprised.” So you really need to stop saying to yourself and to other people that, “you just can’t understand why this is happening to me?” Satan wants to take us prisoner just like the Canaanite king did to the Israelites. The thief comes only in order to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). He wants to lock you up, keeping you a prisoner and then killing and destroying you. Now is the time for all of us to start to refocus, to grow up and to ask ourselves, “Who do we want to truly serve and follow?” The physical warfare is an externel battle. God delivered the Israelites to victory in Arad but they had to do the physical work. They had to be taught with the knowledge of knowing how to fight in order to win the battle for God’s victory.
Numbers 21:4 “They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea, to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way;” Life was not going the way the Israelites had wanted it to be. Then they spoke out against Moses and God, complaining and detesting their situation. This is a spiritual warfare, an internal battle. As we read through the verses, we come to Numbers 21:14 “That is why the Book of the Wars of the Lord says:”…Zahab in Suphah and the ravines, the Aron” This passage’s meaning could probably mean a collection of odes (a victory poem meant to be sung) as it is written in Numbers 21:17-18 “Then Israel sang this song: “Spring up, O well! Sing about it, about the well that the princes dug, that the nobles of the people sank – that nobles with scepters and staffs.” Theologians also think its meaning may be the military history of Israel. Unfortunately today this book is no longer in existence. It is one of those books that just vanished.
We must learn to fight the good fight (1 Timothy 6:12). “No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that acccuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the Lord.” (Isaiah 54:17). Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. (Ephesians 6:10-18).
When we include God, the commander of the army, in our battles we triumph in the spiritual warfare waged against us. Yes following Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, is going to be filled with warfare but we must also remember to wait on the Lord to give us the order to go. The enemy will fight us, frontal – head on and/or supple – deceiving and conniving. Look how God made a way for Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego when they were thrown into a blazing furnace. God will always make a way for us. Know that you must stand firm with God, in His word. He gave us the manual with the instructions. Why would you want to try to do it your way when His way is so much easier? This is why we need to understand how to use our weapons effectively to fight the enemy. Our defense is being centered in His truth by reading, learning, studying and memorizing the Bible, believing in our hearts wholeheartedly that His son died on the cross and rose again and that He is coming back. We must be prepared of how to talk and act when we are faced with turmoil. Exodus 17:14 is a perfect example of how God left a memorial for Joshua to reherse it and to study that battle so that it could be mastered. Our offense is the sword of the Spirit, God’s word. We must run directly to the enemy not from him. Stop fleeing from the enemy. Picture a sword in your hand and you are on the front line in battle. The enemy is coming full force at you. What are you going to do? Run or use that sword? With God’s word you can overcome the enemy and win the victory for the glory of the Lord. Don’t allow yourself to be discouraged. Satan is a liar!
Also remember that your Spiritual gifts are weapons too. God did not give you these gifts for yourselves but to give them away so that others may profit from them. A word of wisdom, a word of knowledge, prophecy, gifts of healing, etc. can help someone who is going through spiritual warfare. Prayer is a powerful weapon, pray God’s words back to Him. Plead the blood of Jesus, declaring and standing firm with the Lord. There is power in the blood. Give God praise even when you do not feel like it. This is also a weapon of the Lord. Sing to the Lord and He will heal you.
And lastly, ” give thanks in all circumstances: for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
©Lorraine Goodwin 8/4/2018 (Inspired through the Holy Spirit)
Understanding the First and Last Adam
In the Old Testament, when God created the world it was His perfect creation. It was a mirror image of Heaven. A place where all things were perfectly placed. When God made the first man, Adam, he was perfect in every way. He was without blemish. He was made in the image of God. He was the head of the human race who gave life to all of his descendents. He was mankind’s representation. His relationship to God, to woman, to himself and to the natural world around him was innocent, sinless, and holy. God provided everything that man needed (Genisis 1-31). He did not have to work for his food. It was already provided and available for him to enjoy at any time. He had full possession of all human faculties (thoughts/consciousness). He was given freewill. Man became a living person (1 Corinthians 15:45) in God’s perfect paradise on earth.
But when man sinned and ate from the tree of his own freewill (Genisis 3:6), he brought darkness into the world. He birthed the groaning pains (Romans 8:22), disease, greed, hatred, envy, pride, weakness and death. This was the fall of man. (Romans 3:23). This was the teardown of God’s provision of His new creation, of His paradise.
There are parallels (simularities) to the first Adam, a mirror image, in the bible. On one side we have the Old Testament and on the other side we have the New Testament. If we flip the two sides, we learn that in the New Testament that we have a new creation, a man without blemish named Jesus Christ, the second man, the last Adam, a life giving spirit (1 Corintians 15:45), who came down from Heaven, born into this world of sin, to correct the laws of God and to save us from mankind’s curse of sin. Jesus fulfilled His purpose here on earth to make a way for all sinners. He was not tempted (Matthew 4:11; Luke 4 1-4). He was without sin. He was a perfect man.
The first Adam, on the other hand, failed his test causing all of humanity to be dragged down with him. And as a result of this act, to this day, we are all standing with the first Adam’s sin. (Romans 5:12).
In the New Testament, Jesus Christ, the second Adam, born of a Virgin and conceived by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-35), was the image of the invisible God (Collossians 1:15), without blemish and being completely of no sin, innocent, sinless, and holy (Hebrews 7:26); one whom God created all things (John 1:1-3: Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:2). Jesus passed the test of obedience (Phillipians 2:8). Jesus Christ was the flip side (opposite) of the first Adam. He paid the penalty for mankind’s sins (1 Corinthians 15 1-4). He is the head of the redeemed humanity (Ephesians 5:23). He is our bread of life (John 6:35). He is the solution to restore God’s original plan.
Jesus died on the cross for our sins (Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 3:18; Hebrews 2:9). He died once for all time (Hebrews 7:27). This is why He is called the last Adam. Jesus gives eternal life to those who receive and believe in His name (John 1:1-14). He did not stay dead (Acts 2:24). He rose on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:4). The blood that He shed on the cross was His mercy and love for us; His way to remove the curse and to restore all creation from sin and death (Revelation 21:4; 22:3). God gave Jesus authority over everything and what is to come; for “he has put everything under his feet” appointing Christ to be head over everything for the church (Ephesians 1:20-22)
God put the first Adam in deep sleep and He took one of his ribs and made woman. They were male and female. Out of Adam’s wound produced a bride (Genesis 2:21-24; Matthew 19:4).
When Jesus died on the cross, He suffered “the sleep of death” for all mankind. His side was pierced by a spear thrust (John 19:34). Those who repent and put their faith in Him are united with Jesus Christ in a relationship, a marriage, a bride (2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:27; Revelation 19: 6-8).
Just as Adam’s one sin brought condemnation for everyone, Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for all. (Romans 5:18). Jesus’s wound produced a bride – the true church, without stain, wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless (Ephesians 5:27).
© Lorraine Goodwin 8/02/18 (Inspired through the Holy Spirit)
Blessings my brothers and sisters in Christ
Have you ever asked yourself why doesn’t my child do what I ask of him?
These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)
Parents when you became parents did you not realize that God had blessed you? God set the example of how we should be disciplining our children. God’s communication through His commandments and how He followed through with His final word is what we are supposed to be doing as parents when correcting our children. God did not give an explanation of why we shouldn’t do what we are doing wrong. He gave command through communication and consequence. When we explain to our children why, for example, they should not steal (e.g. because it is wrong, it hurts people and you wouldn’t like it if someone did that to you), we are actually not telling them not to steal but instead we are asking them not to steal, persuading them not to steal and even pleading with them not to steal. Where is the consequence in this?
In Exodus 20 when the Lord makes it perfectly clear that He is not asking us, His children, not to steal, murder, bear false witness, covet our neighbor’s possessions, etc. He’s telling us, period. There is no explanation from God, just “do this; don’t do this”. When we look at “Thou shalt not steal”, God is being very clear and to the point. There is no doubt. There is no explanation, just “Don’t”.
Parents please come to understand that the more you try to give an explanation, your child is going to assume that you are trying to persuade him to cooperate instead of issuing a command (do this/not that).
Discipline consists of 3 C’s: communication, consequences, and consistency. Believe it or not, the most important of these is communication (most people think it’s consistency). It’s not just your words but your tone of voice, your body language, the look on your face. Parents who talk properly to their children, who communicate their expectations and instructions in a such a manner, will seldom need to follow through with a consequence. Failing to speak to your child in this way will promote disobedience in your child resulting in parental frustration. Take time now to study Deuteronomy 6 and ask the Lord to give you guidance of how you should be directing your child in the way God has intended you to do so for He has blessed you with His gift of life. Use it wisely.
© Lorraine Goodwin (7/31/2018) (Inspired through the Holy Spirit)
What if it’s your last moment?
What if we lived our lives knowing that in any moment it could be our last breath here on earth? How would we then act toward one another? Would we have total peace amoung ourselves? Could our hearts become more compassionate and more loving while we encourage each other? Would our minds be awakened to a true understanding of the world around us?
Oh Lord break those things that break your heart and wipe away my tears that flow from my woeful eyes. I am a lost soul, wandering in a world that was not of your plan. Cut off those branches that are not of you and pour into me your living water so that I am filled with your Holy Spirit as I face each circumstance. Let me put on the full armor that carries Your light. Remind me Lord that this life that I am living is my preparation for Your kingdom and Your glory. It is how you are creating me, pruning me. Your son, Jesus Christ, He is the light. Believing in Him I will grow. Without His light and Your living water I will wither and die, covered not with the blood of Christ but buried with the sins of darkness. Let me not forget who planted the seed and tends to my spirited garden. You are the keeper of my soul. Let me live each moment as if it were my last because you are the true vine, you are my gardener.
© Lorraine Goodwin 7/29/2018 ( (Inspired through the Holy Spirit)
You Lord are my light that shines through me
You are my strength
Your living waters refreshes my spirit, mind and body
Your love and grace sustain me filling me with your peace
I am happy and rejoice knowing that you are with me
You Lord have never left my side
I am blessed, I am loved, I am made whole as I seek you in all that I do.
All my praise to you Lord!
© Lorraine Goodwin 7/10/18 (Inspired through the Holy Spirit)
Seek and you will find You
Don’t let yourself frown upon who you think you are seeing in the mirror. Instead, look deep into your inner most self, your heart. This is who God sees you as, His child whom He loves dearly. This is who you really are. Bring to surface this kind of love, and let His love shine bright. Let the radiance of His light be moved through you to your outer surface reflecting onto others. Allow others to see the real you, who God created you to be, a shining child of His light.
©Lorraine Goodwin 6/30/18 (Inspired through the Holy Spirit)
Thank you Father
Dear Heavenly Father
Thank you for all the wonderful things that you provide to me.
The morning and the evening
The sun and the moon
The sunrise and the sunset
The very breath that I take as I awaken to another glorious day in your presence.
You preseve my heart and spirit.
Preparing me and teaching me as you unfold your love that you have for me.
Lord you live through me!
You are my bread
You are my drink
You are my everything
Thank you Father God
Love your child
©Lorraine Goodwin 6/28/18 (Inspired through the Holy Spirit)
Crying out from Hell
I can feel the temperature rising as I look up towards the sky, oh, what a depressing day. The darkness has overshadowed the sun. No more light will shine upon this day. No more sounds from the birds of flight. No more freedom of choice, just gloomy days destined for me in this hole of torment.
I can hear the voices as they whisper in the dark and I tremble in fear. I want to escape but where can I run? Like a thief in the night, the devil has come and captured my soul. For all around me is total chaos. This place I have been sent to, was not on my schedule. It was not supposed to be this way. I was a good person. I mean, I thought I was? I did not think that I would ever be in such a place. It was never on my conscience. I now take up my residence in a place called Hell.
The screams all around me are of many that I knew. Family members, friends, neighbors, church goers and acquaintances too. Who cry out from the darkness, “Someone, anyone, help me! Someone please, save me!” But no one will come to rescue any of us now. The pardon has passed. The verdict is finale. Our fate now rests in this burning inferno.
The smell is so awful like a putrid sulfer. I am sick to my stomach so I puke up bile. The pain that I am experiencing is so excruciating that I clinch down on my teeth so hard that I actually break them into small pieces.
My skin is on fire. My insides are burning. My flesh is literally melting off of my bones. I am brutally tortured and abused repeatedly. Persecuted as my sins from my past flash before me, a constant reminder to me of why I have been condemned here. My thoughts are distorted. I am out of my mind. Why didn’t I listen when I had the time? I could have changed those things that were not of God? How could I have allowed myself to be consumed of this wrongdoing, believing the lies of Satan that tricked me into this Hell of doom?
Take heed in my words I am crying out from this pit. I am sounding the alarm so that you will not dwell here too.
Hell is definite and the end to my road. But it’s not the end for you just yet. Get your mind and heart straight with God right now. This is your eternity that’s on the line. The life your living now is the devil’s way of life. God did not intend for you to be formed in this way. This life your in now will be gone in a flash. Eternity is forever. I chose to take the easy road when I was alive. I lived in sin and did what I pleased. I put myself above others and idolized people and material things. I had sex before marriage, drank and did drugs, lied, cheated, swore and even said the Lord’s name in vain. Yes I broke all of the ten commandments and even more. And now look where I have ended up. Now who is in control?
I thought I was the king of my own life. Now my only regret is never really knowing Jesus. I wonder, how my eternity could have been if my choice’s would have been centered around Christ? But you, those who are beloved by Him, you still have a chance to turn your life around. Accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, your redeemer. Ask Him into your heart now and repent of your sins. Turn away from your sinful life as you are living it now. Serve God and not Satan. Go right now this very minute and don’t delay because this warning is your wake up call. God is calling all sinners to come forth now. This world of sin and wickedness will soon fade away. Please don’t follow in my footsteps. Please I beg of you to stop what it is that you are doing that is breaking God’s heart. I ask of you this very moment to run, run to Jesus, cling to Him and don’t ever let go of Him, before Satan tags you in and you become his “it.” The choice is now yours to decide. You have been told.
©Lorraine Goodwin 6/26/18 (Inspired through the Holy Spirit)
Living in the body of Christ
A message from the Lord for the church.
- How mankind lost his relationship with God.
In the beginning God created all the universe. We read this in Genesis (1 1-31).
God created everything as an expression of His own love, beauty and character. Everything created by him, from the smallest to the biggest, had a meaningful purpose and a reason for existence in their relationship with God and his creation. God decided to express his own love, in his own image, by creating the human being, man and woman. They were to rule over the rest of his creation and to live their lives in harmony with God, in a loving and close relationship. But human beings decided that they could go and live on their own, leaving God out of the equation. This decision ruined their relationship with God. God’s image became darkened and less clear. The humans lost their true nature, their purpose and their reason in their accord with God and his creation.
The Edenic Covenant – God’s commandments to man before the fall.(Genesis 1:26–30) (Genesis 2:16–17)
The Adamic Covenant – God’s covenant with man after the fall (Genesis 3:14–19)
Although these two covenants were solely for Adam and Eve, we see a relevance from the beginning in Genesis to the very end in Revelation. God has set the stage from the beginning for his provision of mankind. And through his love for us, he has and is still bringing us through decades of covenant after covenant (remember Noah’s, Abraham’s, Moses’s and David’s) so to correct us and make right what happened in the Garden of Eden. Now we all can agree that the Edenic covenant does not exist anymore because it was before Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s commandments. At that time it was the way God had intended His creation. Everything was set perfectly.
But now we can all come in total agreement that we are living in the Adamic covenant because of man’s fall to sin, disobeying God’s commandment of eating from the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil. Why is this so very important for us to understand now in this decade?
The New Covenant (or New Testament)
“In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.” (Luke 22:20)
This passage is God’s promise that he will forgive mankind’s sins and restore a fellowship with those whose hearts are turned to Him. Jesus is the answer. Jesus is the second Adam. (1 Corinthians 15 45:49). He is the final solution to fix the Adamic covenant. Jesus is our mediator. His death on the cross is the basis of this promise. (1 Corinthians 15:21-22). Through Adam, we experience death. But through Christ, we experience life.(1 Corinthians 15:21-22)
“He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” (Matthew 28:6).
Jesus died for our sins, he was buried and rose again and appeared to many (1 Corinthians 15:1-6) God tore the curtain (Matthew 27:51) making a new covenant through Jesus’ own sacrifice, the shedding of His own blood, this was the atonement for mankind to be reconciled with God through Jesus Christ.
Jesus’ death and His resurrection was for all mankind. So that man could find a way back to fellowship with God, His purpose, His perfect creation.
So what does all of this mean? Where is this connection for us in living in the body of Christ? When we believe that Jesus did all these things (John 14:12-14) and we confess (Romans 10:9) that we too are resurrected into Christ (Romans 6:4-8), we will become like Him. (1 John 3:2). This is why we have been given the Holy Spirit. It is the Spirit in our own lives that unites us to Christ in his death and resurrection (Rom 6:1-11, Gal 2:20). Being ‘in Christ’ with the Spirit who makes us one (Col 2:9-10). Being ‘in Christ’ with the Spirit unites us with others (1 Cor 12:12-13, Eph 4:4-6). We were all baptized (in the Holy Spirit) to form one body. The living body of Christ.
Living in the body of Christ and Resurrection
When we accept Jesus into our hearts, we no longer are who we once were. We become a new creation. When we become a new creation, we are resurrected, dying to our old selves and becoming Christ like (2 Corinthians 5:17). But if we continue living in our old creation, we are not resurrected in Christ. Once we begin living in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, we are in resurrection. This is living in the body of Christ.
To live in the body of Christ in our own daily lives, we must speak and act towards one another as Christ did. Think to yourselves, “What would Jesus say or do in this situation?” This is resurrection. If we do not speak or act in this way then we are not living in the body of Christ. This is not resurrection. Jesus set the perfect example of what is resurrection.
“For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” (Matthew 5:18)
Jesus did not come here to abolish the law but to fulfill it. He was the perfect example of how we as followers should be living. Living in the body of Christ as one. Jesus came down from Heaven to show mankind what kind of character that God possesses. In the Gospels, we see Jesus teaching, healing, correcting and counseling, even laying down His own life. We see how He reacts to others around Him. This is how we, as a body of Christ, are supposed to be living.
In the beginning mankind fell to sin. As we have read over the decades, God has always tried to make a way for us, trying to correct us. In these ends times, Jesus is the final curtain, the end of the story.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12 1:2)
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it (1 Corinthians 12:27)
© Lorraine Goodwin 6/21/18 (Inspired by the Holy Spirit)
I see His light and His light is magnified
I feel His love and know that he is with me
I continue to seek Him; he cleanses me of my unholiness, forming me into his beautiful creation. He fills me with his presence, cutting off my own unrighteousness. He takes me out of my own flesh, moving me with his uprooting, purifying my well from the poison that has consumed me from the beginning of my breath. He is and always will be my one and only true love. I keep my eyes focused solely on him and in my heart, rejoicing, beating with his rhythm. My mind filled with his memories; with his wisdom; with his way of this life. For I am, who he is making of me. My deep affection towards him continues to grow indefinitely like the seed to which he has watered within my spirit.
Will I fall short? Will I lay down to myself because of my short comings, because of my free choice? Or will I continue to pursue him? Pressing in each day, repenting of my wrong doings and enduring the storms, following his plan, his provision for me?
Like grapes in a wine press I want to be reconditioned so that my own lips will become fragrant and my soul transparent. Lord fill me and pour me out and use me as your vessel into this world so that everyone can hear your gospel and witness your love, power and justice just as those have done before me.
© Lorraine Goodwin 6/21/18 (Inspired through the Holy Spirit)
Woven into the Spirit
The day I was delivered upon this earth, I was already woven into the Spirit through my heavenly Father. I have always known to be woven into the Spirit because of my Father’s love for me that He so graciously has given to me. He has always carried me.
Even when I, a sinner had turned away from Him. I am God’s child. He protects me, comforts me, taking care of me. He corrects me and guides me in all of His ways. His love for me is endless. I will give Him all of my of praise and all of my thanks for all my living days and forever more. I am nothing without Him. I am woven into the Spirit.
©Lorraine Goodwin 6/20/18 (Inspired through the Holy Spirit)
Children of God here my words for I the Lord your God proclaim on this day that you humble yourselves, repent and turn away from your inequities. For the the days are being shortened and your time here on earth is coming to an end. The judgment of your Lord is upon you. Out of the womb you come and out of this world you will leave.
So saith the Lord
© Lorraine Goodwin 06/18/2018 (Inspired through the Holy Spirit)
Is it wrong to judge others?
Judgment.. is it wrong to judge others?
Yes and no. We have been given laws by man and laws by God. Yes we need to follow man’s law to keep order in this world that we live in. But our Heavenly Father too has given us laws to obey. But why has He done so? The answer is quite simple. So that we can keep order in our own self.
“For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how disciplined you are and how firm your faith in Christ is” ( Colossians 2:5).
The problem today is that we have taken God out of our own sense of mind and replaced our thinking process with the ways of man’s overriding the word of God. Now I am not saying to disregard man’s word altogether. But we must know how to discern what is truth, fair and justified of that of which goes hand in hand with God’s word or will we continue to be consumed by the lies that go hand in hand of Satan who corrupts (destroys) the mind of man’s thinking process. In order to discern the truth we must first understand God’s word and what Jesus really meant by “Do not judge others”.
In Luke 6:37; Jesus says “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven”
But if we look at John 7:24; Jesus says “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
So is Jesus contradicting himself? Certainly not. So then we must realize that what He is telling us is that there are two kinds of judgment. The right way and the wrong way. Righteous judgment is God’s thinking not man’s thinking. So what is the right way of judgment?
First, you need to get right with God now. Go to Him and confess your wrongful thinking. Accept Jesus into your heart as your Lord and Savior. Believe into Him and follow Jesus.
Second, read your bible daily. This is how you can come to know Jesus and God’s view of thinking.
Thirdly, use discernment. It’s the ability to judge well, to decide between truth and error. Remember Righteous judgment is God’s logic not man’s way of thinking.
So now what is the wrong way of judgment?
Being hypocritical and self-righteousness. Hypocritical people are people who say for example that they read their bible daily but do not do it.
Self-Righteous people are people for example who will read their bible daily then tell everyone how good he is, and he then will criticise you for not doing the same as him.
When we are judging others, we must remember that we are accountable for our judgments to Jesus Christ who will judge us in the last day (2 Timothy 4:1). We must get our minds back in order, standing firm, with the righteous judgments of God’s word and speaking His truth to a world that so desperately is in need of it now.
© Lorraine Goodwin 6/16/18 (Inspired through the Holy Spirit)
For my Heavenly Father who I love with all my heart.
Praise be to the everlasting Lord!
For if it were not of my faith I would have no residence
For I was formed from dust by my heavenly Father
Who watches over me, caring and providing for all my daily needs. He directs me on the right path to His righteousness and loves me unconditionally even though I am a sinner of this world.
Praise be to the everlasting Lord!
He renews me each morning; His living waters flow thru me
And He gives me rest so that my mind is set and readied to focus on the day’s assignment
His mercy on me is graciously abundantly given by Him
His words are like dew to my lips come daylight
Praise be to the everlasting Lord!
And in my heart His kingdom reigns
Radiating light through His Holy Spirit to my outer surface
So all can see His glory shine
Praise be to the everlasting Lord!
His words are mighty through this mouth
For no one can run from His truth; when spoken they plant His seed and flourish like a flower that blooms in the spring meadow
For the fragrance of His word is that of sweet honey
For each taste leaves you craving for more
Praise be to the everlasting Lord!
© Lorraine Goodwin 5/7/18 (Inspired through the Holy Spirit)
Laziness in the Church
A message from the Lord for the Body of Christ
So many of us are relaxed in our own lives, that we become comfortable in our daily routines. Changing ourselves is hard to overcome so we continue to repeat the same pattern over and over again. We, a society, a body of Christ, waits on others to do the work for us. This is not of His love. We know deep in our hearts that God wants us to change for His purpose but instead what are we doing? Sitting back and waiting on God to change us. This is not what He has asked of us to do. This goes against what God has planned for us. This now becomes our own selfiness. So why then do we continue in this routine?
Change is hard. Discipline is hard. Not knowing the outcome allows us to tune out God’s voice. We slowly drift away from His purpose for us.We become laid back in our thinking and in our actions. We begin to put ourselves above others expecting them to do the work for us. This is self-righteousness. This is not of His love. Good works begins with us-individually. Daily spending time with our Heavenly Father getting to know who He is and what He is asking of us. Listening to His voice as we are maturing and becoming Christ-like into Him.
We as a body of Christ need to lean in to each other more now in these end times. We need to listen more, pray more, act more and to build each other up more. We can not allow our foundation on which Christ has built for us and of our own church to crumble and fail. We need unity in the church not division. We need a revision. We need support of each other. We need to step out of our comfort zones, our own laziness and step up to the plate with Christ and stop with the pity party. Nothings handed you on a silver platter. Laziness is not an action of God but of your choice. This is not of His love. You have to put the work in yourself not God.
Are you willing to make this change? Are you willing to be a team player? Are you willing to work for the provisions of God’s kingdom? It’s time to wake up church. It’s time to do what God is asking of you. Will you listen to Him? Will you act? Or will you continue to be lazy?
© Lorraine Goodwin 06/15/2018 (Inspired through the Holy Spirit)