As I begin to look back over 2014, while it has been a very challenging year, it has been a year of breakthrough, many victories and definitely EXPECTING more to come for me! How has the year fared for you? Let’s think about it in the weeks to come as I am sure many of you might already be reflecting upon.
Last week, I heard a phenomenal motivational speaker and I will share more about him in the future as I am going to challenge you in joining me in reading at least one of his books. Reason being is because he is so positive and it just spills all over out of his personality. One key nugget I walked away with was how we need to align our head, hearts and hands: 1) have a plan or goal or vision in our head 2) put it into our hearts and 3) going about accomplishing it with our hands.
Therefore, this week I am compelled to share briefly on “its a matter of the head, heart and hands.”
In a book called “Its a Miraculous Life,” Pastor James O. Davis shares that God has called his people to live on “the mountaintop and to experience the blessings, possessions and purposes of His design. He relates the story of the twelve spies who went into the Promised Land for forty days. When they returned only two out of twelve had a positive report about God’s plan for possessing the land.” (Sidebar: Wonder what type of report you or I would have?) In any event, the people chose to believe the ten negative reports. In this instance, before we can have our mountaintop, in our heads or work it out with our hands, we must first have it in our hearts. We will never possess it physically until we possess it spiritually. Many of God’s people do not have a mountaintop in their hearts, only a wilderness. God wants each of us to have a mountaintop in our hearts and to know how to make it happen.
1) Survey our challenges (remember the right attitude will make a difference; see challenges as bridges that will enable us to accomplish things for God)
2) Stimulate our courage (courage is required for overcoming challenges – Joshua and Caleb had courage – stimulated by the word of God and looking at the matter from God’s perspective. Are you a giant slayer or a grasshopper?)
3) Secure our conquest (always keep the big picture in your heart despite your wanderings, complaining, fussing, bickering, getting off track, etc. Remember Caleb wandered for 40 years and was 85 before he possessed his promise).
What did Joshua and Caleb possess that the other ten did not?
– An undying faith! “A lot of people allow their emotional, mental, and physical conditions determine what is going to happen around them.” However, “the battle is inward, not outward.” We need to have a mountaintop perspective in our heart and then decide to make up our minds that God will bring victory regardless of what happens with our physical eyes we must look at things with our spiritual senses.
– An unqualified devotion in our hearts – we cannot have one foot on the mountaintop and the other in the wilderness. One foot in the Spirit and one in the flesh. Cannan-conqueror vs wilderness-wanderer. Cannot be halfhearted and uncommitted in our dedication to the Lord. Must be fully surrendered of our lives totally, daily.
– An unending strength – are you ready to possess your mountaintop? Well, then, you must be ready for WAR! Regardless of your age, spiritual journey, etc. say “Lord give me that mountaintop — which could be finances, hurting families, jobs, or spiritual matters that need to be conquered” and he will help and strengthen you.
“Keep the mountaintop in your heart and do not let anyone take away that dream.”
Jill Scott “Blessed”
Dear Lord, thank you today because we are indeed so blessed. Not asking for anything just grateful, thankful and blessed and acknowledging you as the source and center of it all…Amen.
Numbers 13:22, 25-33 (One of many scripture stories on the 12 Spies)
21-25 With that they were on their way. They scouted out the land from the Wilderness of Zin as far as Rehob toward Lebo Hamath. Their route went through the Negev Desert to the town of Hebron. Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, descendants of the giant Anak, lived there. Hebron had been built seven years before Zoan in Egypt. When they arrived at the Eshcol Valley they cut off a branch with a single cluster of grapes—it took two men to carry it—slung on a pole. They also picked some pomegranates and figs. They named the place Eshcol Valley (Grape-Cluster-Valley) because of the huge cluster of grapes they had cut down there. After forty days of scouting out the land, they returned home. 26-27 They presented themselves before Moses and Aaron and the whole congregation of the People of Israel in the Wilderness of Paran at Kadesh. They reported to the whole congregation and showed them the fruit of the land. Then they told the story of their trip: 27-29 “We went to the land to which you sent us and, oh! It does flow with milk and honey! Just look at this fruit! The only thing is that the people who live there are fierce, their cities are huge and well fortified. Worse yet, we saw descendants of the giant Anak. Amalekites are spread out in the Negev; Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites hold the hill country; and the Canaanites are established on the Mediterranean Sea and along the Jordan.” 30 Caleb interrupted, called for silence before Moses and said, “Let’s go up and take the land—now. We can do it.” 31-33 But the others said, “We can’t attack those people; they’re way stronger than we are.” They spread scary rumors among the People of Israel. They said, “We scouted out the land from one end to the other—it’s a land that swallows people whole. Everybody we saw was huge. Why, we even saw the Nephilim giants (the Anak giants come from the Nephilim). Alongside them we felt like grasshoppers. And they looked down on us as if we were grasshoppers.”
P.S. Happy Birthday to my dad, James Q. Fuller, who is 80 today!
Love, Joy and Peace,
Debra J. Ellis
Reminder AND/OR for those of you just joining us: The purpose of Fast Wednesdays is to draw near to God on this specific day of the week fasting and praying in whatever manner the Holy Spirit is leading you as sisters (and some brothers) in Christ…some have fasted from social media, coffee, or observed a traditional fast with no eating from sunrise to sunset with only liquids for the day, no deserts, etc. I know many of us, for various reasons, participate every week but in different manners. This has still been beneficial and the blog continues to grow!
The key ingredient is that we are doing this together as sisters, of all ages, in the Lord, both chronologically and spiritually in accordance to: A God-Filled Life Titus 2:3-5 “Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior.” Note: Please share Fast Wednesdays with your friends and/or send me names to add to the distribution list. For now, I will post in three places: email (firstname.lastname@example.org), Facebook (Debra Fuller Ellis) and blog in Word Press: https://fastwednesdays.wordpress.com/