Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Grace, Grace, God's Grace

Grace, grace, God's grace,
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within,
Grace, grace, God's grace,
Grace that is greater than all our sin!

What a wonderful thing. God's grace that is so capable, caring, loving and merciful.  The word Grace appears over 200 times in the KJV in fact it is "by Grace we are saved through faith". By its very definition the word means mercy, pardon, and exemption. Like the song says these are the words we generally think of when we talk about God's grace.

If God's grace extended no farther than pardon, mercy, and cleansing it would be enough. If God's grace extended no farther than "by Grace we are saved through faith" it would be enough however, like all things of God there is another, deeper level that begins to reveal itself as we seek to know Him more and as we begin to see Him through different eyes.

God's grace is so wonderful that the Apostle Paul opens all thirteen of his letters with "Grace to you, and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ". [NOTE:  this number of books does not include the Book of Hebrews. Though many believe it is a writing of Paul many do not in part because the opening greeting is not consistent with the others.] The statement does not read peace and grace but grace and peace. Paul knew that one cannot know true peace without first being acquainted with true grace, God's grace.

God's grace is a privilege and as such it is that definition I want to look at. A privilege is something that one is entitled to based on someone else having had it first. What do I mean? Before Jesus called the Peter, Andrew, James and John to be "fishers of men" they were simply men fishing however because of Jesus they were privileged and receive training, instruction and would later be given power to do all manner of things. More to the point it is because of Jesus the we have the privilege to be called sons and daughters.





Saturday, May 12, 2018

Closer to Christ Jesus than you think!

Do you ever struggle with the idea of "who do people see when they look at me"?
Do you ever look at yourself and think am I so messed up that God would never use me? 
Do you ever feel you are so far off track you can never get back again?
If you answered no to these questions I would like to shake your hand because you have truly achieved the unachievable. If on the other hand you care enough and have courage enough to ask yourself these questions I would like to tell you that you are closer to Jesus than you think. WHAT?! 

Saved or unsaved we are alike in that we are not perfect in all that we say and do. As Believers however, we can take control over a large portion of that problem. The Apostle Paul said in Romans 7:15 the following:     
  
 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.  As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.  For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.  For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

The short of what Paul is saying is that as Believers, we all have a nature that we have to die to; that is a sin nature. That sin nature would have us continue to say and do the things that we know are wrong.  In Paul's reference to "the law" we must understand two things: the first is that the law was God's way of pointing out sin to the people and the second thing was it provided, through blood sacrifice of animals, a remedy to "cover" sin. (NOTE: since the Resurrection of Jesus and as Believers we have never been under "the law". The Law itself was given from God to Moses for the Nation of Israel.) The blood sacrifice that Jesus willing paid on the other hand, "takes away" the sin of the world not just covers the sin of one. That said, when we are "born again" in Christ Jesus we take on a "new" nature that is the old man becomes a new man. Romans 6:6-7 says, 

  For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has 
died has been set free from sin.

So then why do we keep doing the same things? Because the Enemy is still at work in the world doing all that he can to distract and draw us away from who we have been called to be in Christ Jesus. We know what is right, yet sometime right is not always easy or popular. We must be willing to "travel the road less traveled". This may mean bumps and maybe bruises but in the end the destination will justify the journey!

As Believers we must ask ourselves those questions listed above. We must have the courage to stand and look in the mirror every day and say: Who do people see when they look at me? Do they see the kindness, forgiveness, compassion and the supernatural love of Jesus? If not, tell the enemy the following...The Bible says, "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you" James 4:7. Stand straight and proud and say, "I am a child of the Most High God, A son/daughter of the Creator of the universe, and heir to the throne of God Almighty! I rebuke you Satan, you have no place here"! Now, put a smile on your face and take the place you have been called to take!

Sanctification means "to be set apart for particular use in a special purpose or work and to make holy or sacred" and it is a process! we are becoming what we will one day be and who we will one day be like. We have the power and authority through Christ Jesus over the enemy, but we must realize it and chose it! People have to see a difference in us, they have to see something they do not recognize, something unlike everyone else. It is the difference that draws people! 

If you have the courage to daily seek God, examine yourself, and be willing to change into His likeness than you are closer to perfection than you realize because you are closer to Christ Jesus than you think.

Friday, April 20, 2018

"I AM Doing a New Thing"


Recently, the Lord has laid journaling on heart. I was really not excited about this because I didn’t feel like I had the time or the inclination to journal. I had tried it in the past as an adult and even as a young girl with a beautiful diary given by my Mother but found it to be at least for me, very tedious and I really didn’t see the need. Oh, sure I know that God instructed His people to “write it down…” but hey I wasn’t doing anything significant enough to write down…or at least I didn’t think so.
A couple of months ago I was talking to a friend who journals faithfully and telling her how that God had been dealing with me about “writing it down”. She sent me a link to this man who was doing a teaching on “Hearing Gods Voice” and how journaling can play a big part in that, so I decided to give it another try. Actually, by the time I finished the teaching I couldn’t wait to run out and get my first journal. I must have gone to every Christian book store in two states, Amazon and yes even Wal-Mart but I just couldn’t find the one that said buy me! I found an old composition book in a box, said Lord it ain’t pretty but I am tired of looking and started my journaling journey in the early morning hours of March.
All that to tell you that one, I am still journaling and loving it and two hearing Gods voice and journaling really do go hand in hand as you “Be still”, listened and write. In a nut shell the man teaches; pray, be quiet, listen and write every spontaneous thought that you hear. If God speaks in whispers (1 Kings 19:11-12) and He does than in the quiet is where we can best hear Him. There are however, two other voices we hear in our heads; that of our own and that of the adversary.  So how do you know if it is God speaking? It’s really not all that hard. Let’s take a quick look…
1.       Your voice – we all have a certain way we talk; certain words we use, maybe you use a lot of slang, maybe when you pray you say Lord or Father or Father God ever other word, maybe you repeat yourself a lot. Maybe your own words are not uplifting.
2.       The Adversary – His tone is condescending, negative, and/or discouraging. Think of Eve and how He tricked her with a lie…” surely you will not die…”. Sometimes our voice and His don’t sound too much different. For example, “you’re not good enough, He wouldn’t use me to…, You don’t have time to journal, etc.
3.       God’s voice – He will speak in a way you understand, He may offer a revelation about some scripture you’ve been studying, He may convict you of something you need to deal with but then immediately provide scripture, He will say things like, “have I not told you, I love you, you are My child, or “I AM doing a new thing”. These are not things that we would say to ourselves nor would we have scripture to back them up.
Since I began journaling I have consistently heard two things. The first is, “I AM doing a new thing”. Well, I thought that was great, I looked it up and found in Revelation 21:5, “Behold I make all things new” so I was confident that God spoken that to me. The question was is He was speaking a new thing in me or a new thing in general as we are right in the middle of preparing for a Revival and struggling to find the ground that He has already prepared.
In April, with the help of a friend we felt like we had found the ground and proceeded to make the connections with those who own the land. It happens to be own by the school district that is in the area, so we went to see principal; she said yes, gave us an application for use and sent us to the man at the school board to turn it in. Excited, we did as directed. We had a great conversation with the gentleman and then he told us he had to make sure that there were not going to be any legal ramifications because in his 18 years of service no one had ever asked to use the land for this purpose. Immediately I heard in my Spirit, ‘I AM doing a new thing”! We are believing that we are in perfect alignment with God’s will and are believing now more than ever we are in the right place.
Oh, I almost forgot, the second thing, “do not be slack in seeking Me”. First, I have never used the word slack in my entire life. Second, As the Lord is not slack in doing what is good and right so should I be and seeking Him is about as good and right as I can imagine!
JOURNAL with the expectation of hearing God's voice and it will move your walk with God to a whole new level!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Do you ever...


   As most of you know God has ordained a revival in Summersville, WV called Restoration Crusade. We know that we know that God is in control and has every detail worked out from start to finish. We know that we know that the "ground" is Summersville and that He has the perfect place for  us to stand and proclaim His Message. We know that we know that the hearts of the people are ready and that there will be churches come along side to provide discipleship to those who need a home and a place to grow in there new and/or recommitted relationship. We have cases of Bible ready, people both on-site and off-site ready to move, prayer has been going up for months, we have sound and lighting, tent and legal requirements in place. God has been pouring in revelation, and preparing my heart. Important relationships that are being formed, and others are being solidified. We are so excited!
    Now let me tell you a little about Holly... in a life before Christ ruled my heart (among other things not so good things) I was an event planner. I was also a purchasing agent and assistant PA for two different well-known hotels in Las Colinas, Texas. I am very accustomed and able to make it happen. In fact, I have been that way through out the course of this event for Heaven. Mind you not that I think God needs my help but I believed that because of who He created me to be I was supposed to "do my thing" haha! I even said to one of my sweet sisters in Christ, "I don't think I am supposed to set on my hands and when we get there we want to 'hit the ground running'". She informed me (in love) that indeed I was to set on my hands.
   Our plan has always been to be in WV by the first of March and through April 18 so we would have time to make all the arrangements. Well, its April 1st, Easter Sunday and we are still not in WV! There has been one thing after another not the least of which was one blizzard after another. Then to turned to ice. We couldn't get anywhere near Virginia if we had to. The major highway into Summersville was literally shut down by the law due to snow. On top of that had we been able to get in to town there is one campground open right now and they want $1400/month! We stayed in a state park for the allotted 14 day time frame and then had to leave...twice. These are just a few things that has happened to keep us out of Summersville, WV. On March 29th we prepared to leave Bristol, Tennessee and headed to WV even though we had no place to park when and if we got there. We prayed and asked God to reveal the place we were to go.
   About an hour in to the drive while praying I felt that God was telling us to go to Mt. Airy, NC and that really felt right but again it was NOT WV! So I asked Mark what he was thinking and he said this is probably gona blow you away but we are about 40 miles from Mt. Airy and I think we are supposed to go there! I said OMG and told him what I felt God had said and we should get it confirmed by two others. I called two of our prayer partners and they both agreed! When I hung up I looked up to see the road sign that would either take us north or east...we came east. 
   Now I would venture to say that by now many would have thrown their hands in the air, given up and questioned whether they actually heard correctly. I feel confident in saying that because that was exactly what I did...but here is where you find out what your faith is made of! As I was praying and crying out to the Lord about all the issues we were having, and I didn't understand all the hold ups, and was it me not ready, had I done something that caused Him to change His mind and what could I do to make it right again (stupid)...He said, "REMEMBER THIS DAY"! I said this day Lord? And then it hit me that 'this day' was Good Friday. He reminded me that all my "doing" was not what He wanted, He hadn't changed His mind, and all was in His hands but 'this day' was more important than the ministry and the crusade!
   So why am I telling you all this? Its not to cause you to be discouraged but encouraged! Its to show  that no matter where you are in your walk with God there is always more; sanctification is a life long process and will always be challenging. I hadn't done anything wrong and God had not changed His mind but I had to get to this place to realize some things are more important...to Him.
    Do you ever feel like if you are not doing things for God you are some how slacking? Its okay to say yes because we are taught in scripture to serve and give and always be about our Fathers business. While these are absolutely right and true we must keep our eyes on the reason these are right and true... relationship. At the end of the day that is what He wants the most from us because everything else comes from that.
    Through the course of the next few months lives are going to be changed, stretched, and purified as we watch the Lord prepare the way. The miracles will abound and the people will testify. If you are a volunteer be encouraged and watch the hand of God work all things for His glory! We leave Mt. Airy Wednesday (along with Sandy Brown who lives in Summersville! which is a miracle story in itself)  and will get to Summersville the same day where we will be parking on the sight of her church. Pray for safety and God's will and timing. More down the road!

Much Love, Holly
  

  
  

Friday, March 2, 2018

I recognize that funny feeling!

    

      It always starts about a week before we are on the road again...especially when we have been somewhere for an extended length of time. I start noticing everything that needs to be cleaned and put back in its place so I pull out all the pretty travel baskets and boxes and begin filling them. Some thing are permanently affixed to walls and counters but there are those things that just don't stay put once in motion.
     The little ones sense a change in the air too. Their big clue is when Mark starts tightening down the lung nuts on all 6 tires. Yup, when the torque wrench comes out the jig is up! Everybody has their spot and they will just not stop yelling until they are in the truck! I did mention of course the "little ones" are our four-legged babies. This year we start out one short. :( Three years ago we started out with four! Now we are just down to the two babies Penny Jean and Gabriel Anthony.
     So, Monday we leave Texas. There is a lot to be done but we are well on the way! From here we are headed to Summersville WV byway of LA, AL, TN and VA. We have made our reservations and are looking forward. We will stop in AL to pick up 5 cases of bibles 4 of which were provided by a couple the board of this ministry! This is a great thing as we prepare for the upcoming crusade. Mark and I have always 500 was a good number of bibles to have and God has provided!
     We are really looking forward to getting to WV! We will be there through April meeting people, serving C.O.F.F.E.E., sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and make plans for July. We know that God has set Summersville as the place for His Restoration Crusade. We also know that He is already moving people, places and things in to place and we are excited to have them revealed to us.
     We will of course be in touch every step of the way sharing what God has done. We ask that you keep us in your prayers and pray for Gods perfect plan in Summersville WV.

Much love and many blessings,
Holly

Sunday, February 18, 2018

A Sunday Morning in February!

God is so good and we are so fortunate to live in a place that allows us the freedom to worship freely in the House of God. We are also fortunate to live where we can freely share what we learn in the House of God on the streets here we live. We have been given a directive and the authority in which to operate by Jesus Himself.
"And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen".  Matthew 28:18-20

I would encourage you today to take what you learn in the building out in to the streets. Tell someone else how much Jesus loves them, encourage them with the Word and promises of God. Let someone else know that the are not alone; that they are loved by a mighty and loving Lord. Ask them if they know your Jesus.  If they say no walk them through the following...have them read the words...then tell them they can have a lifetime of sin forgiven and eternal life in Heaven with Jesus if they willingly choose Him. If they choose Him, pray with them and bring them in to the building so they can begin to build their personal relationship with the One True God of the Holy Bible!
GO TELL SOMEONE TODAY ABOUT YOUR JESUS!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Wednesday Morning!

GOOD MORNING!

So excited to be a part of the day! Thank you Lord for waking me up! When you really get that God has you in His hands mornings look different don't they?!

We are really beginning to see God's hand pulling some things together for the Crusade in July! We had our first meeting Sunday night the Flint Baptist Church and were excited with the interest!

If you are interested but weren't able to make the initial meeting you have until the 28th of February to get your application in! If you are from Flint Baptist you will need to see Jana for the paperwork and fill out the attached form. Everyone else need only to fill out the attached link below.

Mark and I meet "at the table" every morning at 8 a.m. for prayer. If you would like us to pray for you about this Crusade or anything else you can email me at onthegomission@gmail.com or leave a comment!

Have A Great God Blessed Day!
Holly

http://www.onthegomission.org/page/on_the_go_mission_volunteer_application__crusade_2018

Monday, January 29, 2018

Putting the house in the shop?


Today we will be on the move! We are not leaving but we are going...this morning we are putting our house the shop! Most people put their cars in the shop but we put our house in the shop. It will be in there for up to a week so we will be staying at a friends lake house. It will be like a mini vacation for us. Some would say our lives are already vacation-like but that is really far from true. Let's look:

Our home is mobile so we can "Go Where God Leads" so home is where we park it. We see so many beautiful things that God made like flowers, mountains, trees and hills. We have been able to see wildlife too when we are in state parks and camp ground. 90% of the a fore mentioned are seen as we drive down the highways and byways of America. We never get a chance to stop and really smell the roses because we are always on a mission to get somewhere and don't have to time or money to do all the vacationing type things. Not to mention the fact that just "pulling over" to take a picture or see a sight can be a safety issue when you are 62 feet of moving vehicles!

Our destinations are not based on a particular attraction, shopping mall or restaurant. When you live little there is no room for extra treasures. Even a picture for the wall is a nightmare because our home is not made of wood but lite weight aluminum so just try to get a nail in the wall! ha ha!

Esthetics aside, there 6 tires to maintain removing, rotating, greasing and replacing once or twice a year and that doesn't include the truck. The truck has 6 more tires! Then you have the dumping of the tanks! Once we figured it out and got used to it it now only takes about 30 minutes or so about every 10 days or so. We have two bathrooms so a little over an hour. Sounds like a vacation so far?

Now lets talk about those we love...when you get upset with your spouse or you just need some time and space to yourself...good luck cuz there ain't any! Ha ha ha! This why I do not have a gun in the house! Ha! ha! There is only so much floor space and no place to for personal space unless you consider the bathroom.

Listen, day in and day out our lives are about sharing the Gospel of Jesus. Could we not do it in a stationary home, yes? In fact for years we did. But when we said "here I am Lord, send me" there were things that changed in a big way but nothing that we hadn't asked for. Selling everything we owned and being obedient to the call of God was not easy at first but I wouldn't trade it now for anything in the world! The world needs Jesus and whether you do foreign ministry, American ministry or ministry in your own back yard there will be challenges.  Lay aside the worry and ask God for direction and favor in the place He has you. Find joy in what He gives you because there is nothing else that matters!

Blessings!




Thursday, January 25, 2018

Choose Forgiveness



            Choose Forgiveness


One time I said that if we hold on to unforgiveness we are giving Satan a "foothold"...today I thought I might expound on that a little further. It is an important message and one each of us must intentionally work at. It is an area that we must keep in check daily. Daily we must search our hearts and lay it down.

Unforgiveness is from the enemy and he wants to keep us bound up in the lie. That's right, lie. Is he not the "father of lies", "the great deceiver", "the accuser of the brethren"? The one most affected by unforgiveness is the one holding on to it...the one relinquishing their power to the enemy and giving him a foothold. The word foothold; according to Webster's it means "a secure position from which further progress may be made". A secure position for Satan is in the dark. He will lay in wait and just as one has been convicted and is ready to forgive...Satan will stir up your mind and before you know it he has convinced you to hold on to it! BAM...blessing lost! If you allow him to keep that foothold you will lose every...single...time.

When we choose unforgiveness we are giving him a place from which to cause tremendous damage in so many areas.  For instances, unforgiveness destroys marriages, families, friendships, it hinders our relationship with God, it hinders our prayer life, it hinders our ability to love and be loved. Ask Jesus to help you forgive even if you don't think you can or even want to. You must forgive. Why?
 "But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses" (Matthew 6:15).

To be clear unforgiveness of ones self is almost worse than the former for two reasons; if you can't forgive your self how do you expect to forgive others? Here is a ever common example: maybe you committed acts in your life that are less than flattering, drugs, alcohol, adultery, theft, etc. then you came to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior and the Bible says;    
“For by one sacrifice He has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First He says: ‘This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.’ Then He adds: ‘Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more' (Hebrews 10:14-18).
The enemy will try to remind you of a past that Christ himself died for, paid for and no longer has record of! You are a blood bought child of the most high God...tell Satan to shut his mouth...You have been given power and authority to put him under your feet. JUST DO IT! REMEMBER IT IS NOT ABOUT WHAT WE HAVE DONE ... ITS ABOUT WHAT HE DID! This is the lie I referred to earlier. Satan will try to make you focus on what you did and not what Jesus did! YOU ROB JESUS OF THE PRICE HE PAID WHEN YOU ALLOW THE ENEMY TO RESURRECT THAT WHICH WAS NAILED TO THE CROSS!

On a lighter note: love and forgiveness are the thing we humans struggle with. Interestingly, they are two things that are inseparable. Love requires a forgiving heart and by the same token forgiveness requires a loving heart. Neither one can thrive without the other. Fortunately, we have have an advocate, one who speaks to the Father on our behalf just as He did in Zechariah 3...
Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right side to accuse him.  The Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?”Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes (sin) as he stood before the angel. The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put fine garments on you.” Then I said, “Put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him, while the angel of the Lord stood by. The angel of the Lord gave this charge to Joshua:  “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘If you will walk in obedience to me and keep my requirements, then you will govern my house and have charge of my courts, and I will give you a place among these standing here.
This is a beautiful picture of every Believer who calls Yeshau (Jesus) Redeemer, Savior, Friend. 
Ask God today to help you forgive like he forgave you and to love like he loved you while you were yet in sin. 

Blessings!