It’s Time to Stand in His Presence, and Let the Lord Fight Our Battles.

And you thought that for just one precious 24 hours that the devil was planning on taking a mini-vacation so you could catch your breath: wrong. Am I the only one who feels that we can’t seem to catch a break in this spiritual warfare? Everything goes well, according to plan, then, someone says something and disrupts your entire plan. It’s like playing Jenga with only one tile holding up the stack, and it’s your move. What will you do?

Facing adversity, tough decisions, heartaches, and consequences of our past actions, can sometimes weigh on us when we are struggling to just breathe in his presence, but that is the key to being an overcomer: going through a situation and getting into his presence. If we can find a place to be in his presence, we will find refuge during the storms of life.

Rest in this day and age is unheard of, with so many forces grabbing for our attention, it is little wonder that we have a hard time focusing on what is important and at the top of God’s list. I want to use my time to cultivate my walk with the Lord, because I need God to intervene. “And he walks with me and he talks with me, and he tells me I am his own. What joy we’ll share as we tarry there none other has ever known.” The song talks about fellowship.

My ultimate desire is to do his will, no matter what I am called to do. The Lord will take care of the rest of our lives, but this one thing he asks of us is to obey his voice. I should say, “not my will, but thy will be done.”

If you were to gain the whole world and lose your own soul, what will you have to show for a life lived? I will never be able to confront the enemy in the same way that you might confront the enemy, because our battles are unique. The one thing that the devil uses to throw me off guard is not necessarily the same thing that he will use to throw you off guard. We must be instant in season and out of season, always ready to defend ourselves and what we stand for. Nothing in this world is worth losing your soul over. The things we place so much attention on, today, may not even matter five years from now.

It is not for us to judge who will make it and who will not. We are responsible for preparing so that we will be ready, and allow God to work out his plan in our lives. After all, as it tells us in this week’s Lattereign, it is his plan. His Presence, His Plan, His Power

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When Facing the Wall: Keep Moving Forward

Sometimes we find ourselves without direction. We may look to the left or the right and still not know a clear direction to go. What path should we take? In our struggles to make sense of everything we forget that the Lord is not the author of confusion. If we will trust him, he will help us. He will lead us to peace. I know that life doesn’t always go as planned, and in times of trouble the Lord promises to be with us.

The song goes that we should Rejoice for the steps of a righteous man are ordered by God. In the time of trouble, God will uphold him, God will sustain him, God will preserve him. In the time of trouble, God will lift him up, so rejoice your steps are ordered of God.

Wait, what if the steps lead me into some troubled waters? Even those steps are ordered? Yes, and the reason is that God is now, and will forever be, in control. He is the master of our soul. He knows what it will take to prepare us for the opposition that we may need to face down the road on our journey.

I can’t tell you how many times that the Lord has reminded me about situations that he delivered me from. If he did it once, he will do it again, and again. You can have confidence in the Lord to work out his plan for your life with precision and masterful skill. I know that my redeemer liveth.

It doesn’t mean that every time a situation appears, that we will know exactly what to do to overcome it. But, every time that you find a way to victory in the circumstances beyond your control, the Lord gives you more confidence and that, coupled with faith in God, works miracles that we can not always comprehend.

Don’t stop moving forward; the way will unfold as you step out in faith and trust God. We ask for your will Lord. Help us not to ask selfishly, but to genuinely care about the plans that you have for us. I believe that you will guide me into all truth. Even when I don’t understand what is in your plan for me.

In this week’s Lattereign we are reminded that no matter what we do, it can’t separate us from the Love of God.

Nothing shall separate us from the Love of God

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Hold on. Wait on the Lord. You will receive His promise.

We aren’t required to do handstands, back flips, or any other such nonsense to hear from God, yet, it is only natural for us to try and hurry along the answers to our prayers. One of the most difficult things that I have ever been required to do is WAIT. It isn’t in my nature to wait. I’m the one who rarely asks for help, and it is even more challenging for me to step aside while someone else picks up the baton, if you will, and completes a task that was my vision. It tends to lose some of its appeal if I’m no longer involved, after all, no one will ever be able to follow through the way that I can follow through. If a project is taken away from me, it ceases to become my project.

I started the Lattereign, in 1995, because I was searching for where I could fit in to ministry. I’m not saying that I was super talented or even slightly professional in writing. All I had when I started this ministry, was a desire to fill a need to share what the Lord gave to me to maybe encourage someone else.

I made glaring errors in the first few years of writing as I developed both the equipment that I used, and learned to know who I was wanting to reach, so I decided to just forget professionalism and all of the other traps that might hinder the message from being portrayed, and I started focusing on praying until the Lord spoke to me about what to write. I still continued learning what it would take to be a good writer.

I would like to say that lightening bolts of glorious inspiration just etched words on the pages every time that I touched the keyboard; but then, I would have to repent for exaggerating the truth which involved many blank pages and late nights fretting over what I wanted to write instead of what the Lord wanted me to share. It took a long time to finally allow the Lord to guide me in what he wanted to say. Not my will, Lord, but thy will be done.

I wanted to be used in a different ministry altogether, at first, but the Lord said no. I was devastated at the time and I couldn’t understand why I wasn’t “good enough.” I know now that if the Lord hadn’t said no, the Lattereign would have never been started. As I think back on it, not being allowed to be used in one area, yet, could have made me bitter enough to walk away from one of the deepest desires of my life: to be a writer.

Even today, after 24 years officially being labeled a writer, I still have times when I’m reminded if I hadn’t waited on the Lord, he wouldn’t have led me in the path that I’ve been walking. The Lord may say, no, it’s not time, wait, but that doesn’t mean that later after you have been found faithful, and you continue growing in the Lord, and learning to submit to your leadership, and to be sensitive to the spirit of the Lord, when serving  becomes more important than recognition, and doing your best, takes precedence over a pat on the back,  that the Lord will find that you have reached a place where you can be used.

It’s not about me, Lord. It’s about entering into worship. I could have many awards on the national scale in my professional writing life, but what have I gained if it’s all about me, me, me, and I lose my passion and burden to share the Lord’s message. If the opportunities come, then let them come, but if they don’t; then, I will be humbled if one person has been encouraged by something that I have written. It will be worth it all.

In this week’s Lattereign, we find that when you reach out to the Lord and make your petitions a matter of prayer and intercession, you will find joy.

 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy

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It’s Good to Know That You Can Always Come Home.

I remember growing up and everyone going outside to play until well after dark. it was a glorious time of dirt slinging to hit signs in the field, hopscotch and any other games we could think of to play. But, when it was dark, we could hear mama calling us to come home. That meant that play time was over, and we had to go inside. In all my younger years, I never remember not hearing her call.

There’s something about being home that is soothing to my soul. I find peace at home, and no matter what the circumstances we face outside of those doors, when I’m home, I have learned to leave it at the door. It is my choice whether I want to pick up the situations again when I leave, and sometimes there is no way to avoid it, but the few precious hours that I can be home, I have learned that all things will work for our good if we learn to trust God. He has a plan for our lives. He promises to never leave us or forsake us, and the monumental problems that we sometimes must face, are really reduced in size when you compare your problem, to God’s intervention.

I know that it is troublesome to have to face situations, but if we could only see the angels that are encamped about us ministering to us and working through to the solution on our behalf. “O ye of little faith,” Jesus said, and then he calmed the storm. We all have faith, it’s just that sometimes we have our focus on the problem, not God who has the solution.

We must pray that the Lord will help our unbelief, if we want to see the miracles that he desires to give us. He blesses us in spite of ourselves, but sometimes he is waiting for us to obey him in the small areas of our life, before the greater blessings can be released. The question is, are we willing to obtain all that the Lord has for us? or, are we just satisfied with the crumbs? We will never be worthy enough to receive from the Lord, and that is okay, because it isn’t a requirement for us to be worthy; it is required for us to have faith to believe. God is worthy and his grace is sufficient for us.

Over the years, I have watched people come into the church, and leave the church for various reasons; some to go out by faith and minister; some to heed the call to serve on the mission field; and unfortunately, some have wandered away from the church for reasons too numerous to count. But there is one thing that we are able to do when we are ready: that is to come home. The Lord will welcome you back with open arms, because even though you may have made terrible mistakes, God is still God and he will never change. He is a forgiving God and you are precious in his sight. There’s no place like home.

Help us as we celebrate God’s mighty power to save and keep his people. In this week’s Lattereign we look at The Power of Prayer and Now Faith. 

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This is the Day That the Lord Hath Made

This is the day that the Lord hath made; I will rejoice and be glad therein. IF you can’t find any other reason than this statement to praise God, then, that is sufficient. Life will never go as smoothly as we want it to, and if it did, would we have a reason to pray and give God the glory? Let’s be honest; when everything is working out in your life and the blessings begin to pour out on you, be warned and be careful to keep praising God. In the good times, I will praise him, and in the bad times, I will praise him.Why? Because he is worthy to be praised.

The deeper we commit to this Truth, the more likely we will face opposition. The key to overcoming it is to just keep doing the will of God no matter what anyone else does. Look up and behold the King of kings and the Lord of lords. He may require us to wait for a season until his plans for us unfold, and it’s not always easy to wait on God to bring judgment against our enemy, because he sees the whole plan where we see in part. Your “enemy” could very well be another Saul who was renamed Paul.

If we lose our burden for lost souls, will we keep praying? The times of joy and peace and contentment are few and far between what life is really like. Life is filled with tears, and sorrows, and disappointments, rejection, and unanswered questions. There is not one day that goes by that I let down my guard on my spirit and my emotions, because when I do, I set myself up for attack from the enemy. If we begin to doubt ourselves and our value to the kingdom of God, then, it’s time to remind Satan of this promise in Romans 8:1-4: 

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

We are the Lord’s treasure. He loves us with an everlasting love, enough love that he robed himself in flesh, in the form of Jesus Christ. In Colossians 2:9-10 it says:

For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

We are complete in him. Nothing is void. He satisfies every need in our life; are we willing to surrender to his will and keep doing what he has called us to do? This is no time to give up! It isn’t in God’s plan. Keep the faith, and let’s do the work he has called us to do, while there is still time to reap the harvest.

In this week’s Lattereign we find that The Best is Yet to Come.

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It is Essential to Keep Moving Forward

Life isn’t fair. Period. So, now that we have established that, what is our plan of action for living it? This life we have been afforded may not always meet our high expectations, but the alternative to living it is not an option if you want to do the will of God. I’m so weary of people giving up and allowing Satan to have reign in their lives.

Giving up is also not an option, if you desire to fulfill God’s will for your life. Have you ever wondered what your life would look like if you had made different choices in the past? I have, and today, I’m here to proclaim that those choices were already designed by the Lord. Without the lessons learned from making them, we wouldn’t have the powerful testimonies of God’s divine intervention in our lives, to proclaim.

What would have happened if we chose the wide path because it was much greener, and more pleasant than the rocky brier-filled one we ended up taken. It is likely if you have made some of those decisions in your life, and circumstances seemed to get worse instead of better, that you could have had a tinge of regret when you looked back on the path that you took, and compared it to the one that was just within your sight but so very distant from you now.

It is too late to turn back, and what would it accomplish if you did? Think about it, going back to relive life would make you need to experience both the heartaches and pain of a different set of decisions you would need to make in your new journey. What would looking back to the path you had rejected earlier, accomplish for you now?

I know that looking back would have changed who I am, today. Without the circumstances in my life, I would be a completely different person. I am thankful that the Lord intervened in my choices, and in spite of some terrible decisions in the past, he worked all things for my good to change my future and draw me closer to him.

22 And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king” (1 Samuel 15:22-23 (KJV)).

No matter how many times we lose our way, temporarily, I am thankful that there is a God in heaven who loves us and draws us back in to where we need to be, safe under the covering he has made for us. It is comforting to know that nothing can separate us from his love, and that no weapon that is formed against us shall prosper. We must be diligent to stay under his shadow.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)).

In this week’s Lattereign we find out how important it is to be Living Under the Shadow.

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I Choose to Trust You, Lord.

Sometimes, life isn’t fair, and that’s okay if you can take the time to look at the big picture. Sometimes, I have even questioned God and the path that he chose for me to walk on in this life. It really isn’t always the pie in the sky kind of feeling serving the Lord. There are times in our walk with the Lord that our vision and expectations for our own life are so far away from where we are at, that we wonder if we’ll ever reach our destination.

If only we could turn back the time to before we made a bad choice so we could change it; unfortunately, life doesn’t always allow you to have a rematch. Once the china is broken, you can repair it, but there will always be the constant reminder of the time that you broke the china. You will find visible scars that show how it was glued back together again. Saying that you’re sorry doesn’t always fix mistakes.

That is why we have the Lord to forgive us. When we are forgiven, the Lord completely removes our sins and loves us, unconditionally. Yes, we present the broken China to the master, because it’s the best we have, but if we are forgiven, then, we can hold our head up high and  praise the Lord for his goodness to us.The Lord is faithful.

We all have choices to make, and I am thankful that one of the most important choices I have ever made was deciding to follow Christ.  In this weeks’ Lattereign, we examine, Courageous and Consistent Faith.

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Hidden Treasures Will Never Reach Their Full Potential

Considering all of the material possessions we own, there is one item that is rarely used. It looks as beautiful as the day that we were gifted it when we were married over thirty-years ago; yet, I can count on one hand how many times that we have eaten off of our wedding China. We have kept it stored for a special occasion, and over the years it has filled our China cabinet: some pieces are on display behind the glass doors, but the majority of it is carefully preserved in soft zippered carriers made especially for China.

I was thinking about it the other day, and the question came to my mind, “What are you waiting for? Don’t we deserve to use it? If not, why do we hold on to it? If you think about your own treasures, I’m sure you could name many items that are packed in boxes that you may have forgotten even existed. They are there for such a time as this, waiting to be picked up and put to use.

Not only do we have material treasures that are never used, but we also have talents that  we have allowed to be pushed back into the recesses of our mind, just waiting for the proper time for someone to unearth the gifts that the Lord has given us. Sometimes, we think that it is impossible that the gifts we have could be useful for us, and others may require some of our effort to bring to full potential. I can say all day long that I want to be a writer; for example, but if I never pick up a pen, or sit at a keyboard, my desire to write will never amount to anything useful.

We get so focused on the unreachable goals we set for ourselves, instead of building  up our skills until we can reach the ultimate goal for everyone which should be to do the will of God. Doing the will of God requires our commitment to put one foot in front of the other. We can’t expect that the first step that we take will be the one that reaches the top of the mountain we must climb; no, it may take many baby steps and maybe even some steps backward before we can reach our destination.

The key to reaching any destination is to just keep moving forward. When you make missteps in the learning process, if you start moving again, just move forward. At times in your walk with the Lord you may look back and wonder how you ever reached this point in your life, because from your viewpoint, you made so many mistakes, and you tripped up, and fell down, and bruised your knees, and maybe even, at times you didn’t think that God was even listening to your heart’s cry.

Crying that you did in silence, so that you would not disturb others, or be faced with all of the questions that you couldn’t explain–the pain you were feeling. Tears that were stored up in heaven for lost loved ones; and yes, the occasional pity parties, because you have felt so inadequate at times that you really didn’t expect good things to happen to you; after all, you make mistakes. You are the one who is supposed to be perfect and have all of the answers even when deep inside you are just trying to do the best you can to live for the Lord, day by day without feeling inadequate. That burden was never meant for you to carry, so why do we insist on holding on to the hurt of the past, instead of giving it to the Lord? The bible tells us in Romans 8:1-2:

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

I don’t have to feel the condemnation that I once felt, because I am a daughter of the King of kings and the Lord of lords, and Satan can’t tolerate children of the most high reaching peace and contentment. It’s time to shut out the voices that tell us we will never be able to reach our full potential, and to hear the voice of the Lord that calls us to prosper and be in good health. Finding our way out of the darkness into his marvelous light should not stop when we are saved. It should perpetuate throughout our walk with God so others might know him.

If only we could trust the Lord to know the plans that he has for us. The treasures that we acknowledge, may be the ones that lead someone to Christ. We should learn to appreciate the blessings that he so generously bestows upon us, so that we can give to others. It’s time to unpack the China and set the table.

12 Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord.

13 Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.

14 This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead.

15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.

16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. (John 21:12-17)

No matter where you are on this journey, you can always be a light. In this week’s Lattereign, Thoughts on School Prayer we look at prayer in the schools. No one will ever be able to stop it from happening in the schools as long as there are people who need to reach out to the Lord.

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Impossible Doors Will Open, When You Believe!

“And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after; and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Luke 12:29-31).

No weapon that is formed against me will prosper. If I can keep this in my spirit, I will overcome every situation that is before me. We must not back down to challenges that will make us stronger in our walk with God. I can have confidence in the Word. I’m not walking through the fire alone, No, Jesus is leading me through the fire and I am not forsaken. Oh, it may seem like there is no way out, but if I’ll just cling to his hand, and keep moving forward in faith, I will eventually see the battle that I was so fearful of has become part of my past experience.“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).

“I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill but time and chance happeneth to them all” (Ecclesiastes 9:10-11).

The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong… In spite of my failures and shortcomings the Lord is leading me. It doesn’t matter that I’m not as popular, skilled, or talented as someone else: the fact remains that he has chosen me to fulfill his purpose for my life. When I am weak, he is strong. He always causes me to triumph because he loves me and he sends his ministering angels to keep me protected from the enemy.

He desires that I prosper and be in good health. The Lord doesn’t cause sickness or heartache: SIN causes sickness and heartache. If you cure the sin problem, any other challenges will be manageable as we learn to trust in the Lord and let him fight our battles. The Lord doesn’t cause death: SIN causes death. There will be no more dying when we have a glorified body. “Forever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven” (Psalm 119:89).

We must learn to be sensitive to God’s spirit when he moves in us. He will prepare us for the challenges we face because he knows that we need to be strengthened to sustain our spiritual walk. It may be a word from the Lord that urges us to, “seek [His] face.” The word of God may seem to jump off of the page at us, at times, “my grace is sufficient for thee.” Or, it may simply be that He promises us, “He that putteth his trust in me shall possess the land, and shall inherit my holy mountain” (Isaiah 57:13).

He’s speaking; are you listening?

The Lord loves us, and don’t think for a second that he isn’t fully aware of our situation. He already has a solution that is based on his will and where I may only see a vale of darkness, the Lord promises that his word is a “…lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105). We must keep trusting him to light the way, because our next step of faith may be the one that leads us to the victory that we are searching for in him.

In this week’s Lattereign, we discover that the Lord is well aware of every situation that we face, and he encourages us to keep moving forward, Beyond the Open Door.

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Lift Up Your Eyes Unto the Hills

“I will  lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep” (Psalm 121: 1-4).

“The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore” (Psalm 121:5-8).

One of the greatest lessons that we can learn in our Christian walk is how to trust the Lord. When trouble comes we need to be keenly aware of whom to turn to. In Psalm 121, the bible tells us that we can find the help that we need. To be able to find the help requires us to lift up our eyes. That doesn’t seem too difficult a requirement; unfortunately, it becomes quite a challenge when we get buried in circumstances and trouble engulfs us. We can’t see through the problems, especially if we try to handle things on our own.

If you can trust the Lord enough to look above your circumstances, you will find that you have given control back over to the Lord. I’m guilty of holding on too tightly to my problems, because if I let go, I think I have failed not only myself but God also. It’s important to remind myself to turn to the Lord, no matter how discouraged I get. I need him, and I acknowledge that without him I can do nothing. While in the midst of trouble, if I allow the Lord to lead me through the storm, I can have peace that passes all understanding. Those who fail are the people who are unwilling to allow God to reign supreme in their lives. If we are constantly pushing and shoving to be the best, the first, the most noticed, the most vocal, the “I” of the church, then we are setting ourselves up for failure and disappointment.

The bible says that the first shall be last and the last first. It doesn’t matter who is first, what really matters is if we are called according to his purpose and if we are redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. It is not by might, nor by power, but by the Lord’s spirit. I am thankful that the Lord never sleeps. He keeps us around the clock. Why should we fear?

If you have felt alone in your walk with God lately, don’t you think it’s about time that you look up? The Lord is with you to help you and keep you safe from harm. He will preserve you from all evil and he will preserve your soul. Trust him and you’ll find peace at last.

“Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain” (Psalm 127:1). 

In this week’s Lattereign we must be willing to continually be available. It is a blessing when we can proclaim: I’m  About My Father’s Business.

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