The Shift There comes a time in the life of every believer when God must test your ability to shift to the next level of your assignment.
The Shift This test is allowed by God and designed by Satan.
The Shift requiers sacrifice Job’s test revealed his unrelenting love for God but also his arrogance in questioning God. Job 1:11 But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face. Abraham’s test revealed his obedience to God. Gen:22 12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”
The Shift requiers sacrifice One story behind the atom bomb drop on Hiroshima, Japan is a U.S soldier who must train and prepare his men for a top secret mission. He cannot reveal anything to his wife and family yet he is required to spend long hours away from home. His internal battle is honorable!
The Shift It could be considered a personal battle of Armageddon.
The Shift Revelation 16:12-21 “And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. 13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. 15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. 16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
The Shift Revelation 16:14-1614The sixth Angel poured his bowl on the great Euphrates River: It dried up to nothing. The dry riverbed became a fine roadbed for the kings from the East. From the mouths of the Dragon, the Beast, and the False Prophet I saw three foul demons crawl out—they looked like frogs. These are demon spirits performing signs. They're after the kings of the whole world to get them gathered for battle on the Great Day of God, the Sovereign-Strong. 15"Keep watch! I come unannounced, like a thief. You're blessed if, awake and dressed, you're ready for me. Too bad if you're found running through the streets, naked and ashamed." 16The frog-demons gathered the kings together at the place called in Hebrew Armageddon.
The Shift The battle of Armageddon is the ultimate war between good and evil. There is a war going on in the life of each and every believer. To ignore the significance of this war is death. You must accept the fact that you are at war…like it or not!
The greatest dilemma for a soldier is to fight to live or fight for the greater good. Both have value but one will out last the other. 2 Timothy 2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. A good soldier holds onto faith and a good conscience while an AWOL soldier rejects them.
Romans 7 (The New King James) For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19 For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 21 I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. 22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.
Romans 7 (The Amplified Bible) 21So I find it to be a law (rule of action of my being) that when I want to do what is right and good, evil is ever present with me and I am subject to its insistent demands. 22For I endorse and delight in the Law of God in my inmost self [with my new nature]. 23But I discern in my bodily members in the sensitive appetites and wills of the flesh] a different law (rule of action) at war against the law of my mind (my reason) and making me a prisoner to the law of sin that dwells in my bodily organs in the sensitive appetites and wills of the flesh].
Romans 7 (The Message) 21-23It happens so regularly that it's predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God's commands, but it's pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge. It’s Time for The Shift
2010 has been a year of preparing, training, exposing, taking you out of your comfort zone, challenging your thought process and realignment. Drastic Moves … Changes in lifestyles … Adjustments in Attitudes ARE YOU READY FOR THE PURPOSE OF YOUR PROCESS? It’s Time for The Shift
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When you are 1st Called to the ministry you are raw and on seasoned. You are pushed to the limit and you make a bunch of mistakes but that is part of the process of becoming a good soldier Next comes the hurt and humiliation of boot camp. Everything you learned in the real world has a different meaning to the military world.
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A Journal Entry Emotional Damage Control Monday, December 28, 2009 Hey there. I don't really know how to start but I'll give it a whirl. I'm emotionally damaged. Most of us are even if we don't recognize the damage for what it is or where it came from. I won't say I'm an expert on the subject because I'm not. I'm only trying to find answers and heal my own wounds as I go along. By sharing my journey I hope that others will be helped along thier journey as well. === I am a selfish person by nature. I don't think I have always been that way but with the way I was raised and who I grew up with, I had to become selfish to survive. While that is a very simplified version of my life, it fits. I began life, as many people do, as an emotionally open child. I loved everyone and everything the world had to offer. I reveled in helping others and just being around them.
I am the youngest of three daughters and was spoiled rotten by all of my family. I was catered to and could get away with most anything. My life wasn't perfect, by any means but I was blissfully unaware and happy to just be. I was content. I don't know exactly when I became aware, it came on so slowly. Until I had 'friends' outside the home I never realized just how strange my home life really was. By nature my home was constantly influx....changes were often swift and startling. Nothing was sacred. Other kids had chores and rules that had to be obeyed. Consequences for their actions that could be depended on. My mother had absolute control in our house, our daily lives were subject to her unstable and reactive moods. The love I had from my parents was conditional and fluid. Never stable and just not always there. If it was convenient or controllable my mother would love me and give me gifts to placate my desires. If I was well behaved and stayed out of trouble my father would ignore me and buy things for me to placate my hunger for his affection. I would give so much that I would have nothing left. I would receive nothing substantial in return. My relationship with my sister became a competition and I lost so much. I was desperate for any attention, I ruined myself trying just for one moment of being 'loved'.
There twisted affections warped me and it just became easier to not try. Nothing was good enough. So why would I bother? ----- I was hurt so deeply but I was also angry and confused. I still don't understand what made them abandon me. My emotions didn't matter to them, I couldn't express them. It was too much. So I hid them away. I disconnected them, I didn't want to feel them any more. ------ Recently, in the past six months or so I've come to realize that this may have not been the best course of action. Emotional stuffing may help in the short term but eventually these feelings do come out. Whether you want them to or not. I realize that I need to recognize them for what they are and find healthier ways to express and let go of them. I am reading a few books about this topic and thought that the new year would be a good time to begin this journey of self-discovery and healing. Wish me luck!
Apostle Dr. Rodney Pearson Senior Elder, Faith on Fire Church Review Releasedfrom the Past Releasedfrom the Past Releasedfrom the Past
Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, Philippians 3:13
Forgetting: epilanthanomaiep-ee-lan-than'-om-aheeto lose out of mind; by implication to neglect: - releasing
The runner in a relay race must take the baton and move forward. Imagine what happens if the new runner tries to carry the past runner the rest of the race. The past must be released from the future!
Don’t get stuck in your past! Jesus replied, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.“ Luke 9:62
~ Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worse kind of suffering. ~ Paulo Coelho ~ Moving on, is a simple thing, what it leaves behind is hard. ~ Dave Mustaine ~ A man cannot free himself from the past more easily than he can from his own body. ~ André Maurois ~ Bring the past only if you are going to build from it. ~ DoménicoCieri Estrada ~ What you need to know about the past is that no matter what has happened, it has all worked together to bring you to this very moment. And this is the moment you can choose to make everything new. Right now. ~ Author Unknown
It is time for you to stop running in circles. Get Up Out of Your Pit! A double minded man is unstable In all his ways! Choose ye this day, whom you will serve! Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding! God’s thoughts are a good plan for and not for evil if you would let Him SHIFT you! Stop letting your feelings guide you. If God led you this far, he will lead you all the way! He will direct your path way! Insanity: Doing the same thing but expecting a different result!