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Lord, Use Me!

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What if you just absolutely knew without a shadow of a doubt what it is that you were called to do? What if you had this detailed plan in your head of how things were going to go and who would be involved and how absolutely wonderful it was going to be? Then you decide to surrender it all to the Lord and He blows it all up, flips it upside down, moves people and places around and you’re smack in the middle watching as if in the eye of a tornado as everything starts to swirl around you at a dizzying rate and you have ZERO control! Can you relate even a little?

I thought that I’d graduate college, have a very successful event planning company and then I prayed, “Lord, use me!” Well, I had this wedding that I was planning and then before I knew it, I lost all control of that wedding and that was the end of my event planning company. Ironically, at this time I really began to hear God as if He was standing right next to me, like loud and clear to the point that I thought the sleep deprivation I’d experienced from taking care of a little had taken its toll. Little did I know that this would be the beginning of God answering my prayer of Him using me.

I lost jobs, embarrassing interviews, arguments with my husband, no money, struggles that happened in the past 8 years and it was all because I prayed for God to use me! He was directing me and I was fighting Him!

Here’s the thing, when we ask God to use us, this means that we have given Him sole control. He reminded me one day that, daughter, you don’t get to choose your assignment. Your obedience is what I need. We don’t get to choose who, what, when, where or how. We must obey. The train wreck happens when we try to work God’s plans into ours instead of the other way around. God takes our prayers quite seriously and He honors them. So, be careful what you pray for!

On the journey to Him “using” us, He works on, in then through us. He reaches down to clean us up and clean us out. He removes the things in us that would taint His purpose for us. He removes the things in our hearts that are not of Him and this can be quite painful! He also moves at His own pace and how many of you know that His timing is NOTHING like our timing!!?? But even in this godly surgery, He doesn’t let any of the pain go to waste, He uses it all, even the things we think are so minute and unimportant.

What is Healed

What He’s doing during this surgery is healing us in the process of using us. Sometimes this surgical healing requires Him to remove us from certain people and situations, environments, anything that would hinder His work in us and through us. He takes great care in healing us because He doesn’t want  us to spread toxic pain to others and He certainly doesn’t want us to hold on to it. If we want God to use us, we must first go through a healing process. Healing from things and people who hurt us, the pain that left a tarlike residue. We can’t move forward if we don’t allow Him to perform the surgery on our hearts and in our minds. So if you feel as if you’re stalled, then perhaps this is the reason why?

Are there some areas that you won’t talk about, can’t talk about without crying? Is there a person in your life (friend, relative, male or female) that you know isn’t good for you, or you feel that God has warned you about but because you don’t see anything wrong, you stay because you don’t know how to leave? Do you wonder if you’re stalled because God doesn’t love you because of the things you’ve done in your past or you feel that you’re too dirty to love? This is why I’m offering the class HEALED I know that I’m not the only one who’s had these feelings and I am more than willing to share how the Lord has helped me.

If you’ve prayed for God to use you and you’re wondering why you’re stuck, then ask Him, what’s holding you back and He’ll show you. If you need help in this process then perhaps HEALED is for you!

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

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Getting Aligned with God: Purge

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Purge: in summary, to rid yourself of an unwanted feeling, thought or memory, or condition. To remove something physically, abruptly or violently. 

In other words to cast down thoughts and imaginations (2 Corinthians 10:5) and get rid of anything or anyone that keeps you from walking in alignment with God.

Isaiah 27:9 (NLT)

The Lord did this to purge Israel’s[a] wickedness,
    to take away all her sin. As a result, all the pagan altars will be crushed to dust.
    No Asherah pole or pagan shrine will be left standing.

When it comes to sin, God is serious! Obviously, because He’s been known to destroy cities because of it, see the story about Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19). You could argue that this was Old Testament news but if that was the case then why did He send Jesus to die on the Cross for us?

If we’re serious about moving forward in the plans that God has for us then we need to be serious in removing things, thoughts, actions and people from our lives that don’t please God, that hinder our relationship with God, that keeps us from moving forward in our calling, our purpose in the kingdom of God.

How do you know if something or someone is stealing your attention and affections from God? Well, let’s do a quick check:

  • In the morning, is your first inclination to thank God for another day and pray or is it to check your phone and get yourself together to dash off to work?
  • Do you spend more time scrolling through social media or reading your bible?
  • When you want to go to church, is there someone hindering you and telling you that you can go any time and suggests a list of other things you can do instead?
  • When you mention church or reading your bible, does this person mock or try to shame you?
  • Is there a particular act that you participate in (masturbation with sex toys, sex outside of marriage, overeating, emotional eating) that, afterwards, there’s a feeling of condmenation that you just can’t shake?

What came to mind as you asked yourself these questions? Whatever came to mind, is what needs to be purged from your life!

We’re not called to walk this journey alone. I’ve created a private Facebook Group that provides support for the steps in this series. To join, click here!

Be blessed & encouraged,

Shannon

Categories, Getting Aligned with God Series

Getting Aligned with God Series

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So, about the blog series I mentioned, it’s called “Getting Aligned with God”. It will begin on January 8, 2018. There will be new posts weekly, every Monday, through January 29, 2018. We’ll be covering fasting, purging, prioritizing and praying for our word for the year. There will also be a scripture writing plan for the month of January that will provide scriptures to study along with the theme of this series.

If you’re interested and think your friends would be too, make sure to subscibe to the blog so that you don’t miss a thing and then pass it along! We’ll be checking in with each other for support and other teachings in our Getting Aligned with God Facebook Group. Just click here to join!

I look forward to this new journey and am praying that God will show up and begin to show us the many wonderful plans that He has for us for 2018!

Be blessed & encouraged,

Prophetess Shannon