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Inspiring Speech

Dear Friends,

What are we saying?  What are we telling our spouses?  Our Kids?  Our co-workers?  Our friends and families?  The Bible says in Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”  Our speech either produces life or produces death.  We either bless or curse with our words.  Do we listen to what we say?  Or just ramble?

I used to be on my high school track team.  Our team was number 1 in the district for all four years I was in High School.  My coach knew how to help me excel.  He knew how to encourage and motivate me to run my hardest and fastest and I have state championship medals.  The positive encouragement of a coach or anyone else paves the way for success.  This is a spiritual principle that works for the saved as well as the unsaved.  If your words are positive and life giving you can see the fruit of those words.

A curse word on the other hand, a negative word that you come into agreement with, hinders and stifles your growth.  A curse word believes the negativity another says about us, rather than believing what God says about us.  We will not make it through life without any curse words coming our way.  We can however, learn to recognize them and break them off of us so there is no ill effect.  Also, we do not want to curse another, be careful of gossip.  If we curse another the negative is two fold.  They get cursed and it also comes back on us.

We must be intentional about speaking blessing and encouragement to everyone we know and meet!  As we encourage those who are discouraged, those who have made mistakes or those who feel lost and isolated, we will receive the blessing of the Lord in our heart.  It is the will of the Lord to uplift and edify, pointing out qualities in people that inspire and motivate them into their God-given destiny!  We also need to speak positive quality words into our own lives, and the Bible is full of those.  Speaking God’s life giving words into our own lives and the lives of others, comes with supernatural power to fulfill those words!  As believer’s in Jesus Christ, we can talk big!

Blessings,

Diane

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Positive Possibilities

Dear Readers,

It’s a new year! Hallelujah! The angel of the Lord, Gabriel, says to Mary, “For with God nothing will be impossible!” This is one of my favorite verses because it reminds me that the possibilities with God are endless. Not only are they endless, but when you consider God created the heavens and the earth, and that He brought Jesus into this earth wrapped in a miracle birth, that supernatural power speaks volumes. God’s supernatural power gives us new hope. New hope for positive changes. New hope for prayers seeing their manifestation. New Hope for the word of God to rise up and bring completion. New hope that God will bring to pass that which He started. 1 Thess. 5:24 ” He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. “

Habakkuk 2:2 “Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision and make it plain on  tablets, that He may run who reads it.”  May I suggest to you that writing down your vision is a key ingredient to seeing your vision come to pass? Once on paper, your vision becomes more weighty. It becomes more serious. It becomes something you focus on. Much like making a list helps us to remember and accomplish our to dos. Once our vision is written out, God will begin (as we ask) to release His wisdom so that we can make decisions based on our vision. This is where goals come in. I make goals every year. I used to make an enormous goal list, figuring that hitting 50% of 25 goals is a better payoff than 100% of 3 goals. But I have narrowed my list and my goals are thoughtfully prayed about.

Keeping in mind that “With God, nothing shall be impossible,” let’s consider the possibilities as if all is possible. With God means that His supernatural power is available to help us achieve as we believe. One of my goals this year is to be consistent with exercise. A while back the Lord spoke to me and said “Take care of yourself.” This says to me that I will be serving Him into my later years and I need to be healthy and strong. Our body is a house of the Holy Spirit so we want to be strong. I believe God’s grace will enable me to desire exercise.

That is just one example of a goal. Consider your goals with the Lord. What is your vision? What goals will take you towards that? What are the positive possibilities that you and the Lord can accomplish together? What is He addressing in your life? Marriage issues? Relational issues? Health issues? Job issues? Spiritual growth? I always include goals that deal with spiritual growth. Maybe it is just one word regarding spiritual growth.

It’s a new year, a new season, never lived before, go out on a limb, trust God, believe for God sized prayers to be fruitful!! You are very dear and precious to Jesus, He wants to take care of the concerns of your heart! A-men? A-men!

BLESSINGS!!

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Weekly Word

Dear Friends,

Acts 10:38
How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

This verse is strong on my heart! It reminds us of who we are to become like. It reminds us and tells us that Jesus went about doing good and so can we. Jesus healed all who were oppressed, so can we. God was with Jesus, and Jesus is with us now. We can experience the Bible and do what Jesus did. We simply have to tune our spiritual ear and get a four bar connection with God. Jesus did what He saw His Father doing and spoke what He heard His Father saying. Let’s get in our huddle and hear God’s game plan and run the play.

It’s the season to run the play. Maybe you already know what play to run. Maybe you are not sure. Maybe you are fearful of running your play because it may not succeed. Plays are run all the time on the football field and no one in the huddle is discussing whether or not the play will succeed. They are running with the ball and giving their best effort. If the play doesn’t score, they try again. Let’s play. Let’s huddle with the Lord, hear His plan and run with His power. I believe the Holy Spirit and the angels of heaven know how to block and knock down any obstacles which would interfere with our scoring.

God has been giving me His game plans. I have been waking up to new thoughts, new ideas and new assignments. It’s a new season for me, having just become Ordained with Global Awakening. I believe it’s not only a new season for me, but also for you. Spend some time alone with the Lord.
Let Him lead you into a new place in your relationship with Him and into new assignments to advance His Kingdom. Let’s move the ball down the field, together, as a team. The harvest is ripe, the fields are ready. “We can do all things through Christ Jesus!”

Blessings

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nothing can separate us from Christ

One of my favorite passages in the Bible has to be Romans 8:37-39.

“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Nothing can separate us from the love of God… nothing. Not your past, not your sin. Those things may be hurdles in your relationship but they will not make His pursuit for you any less furious.

Usually people give these verses little thought after having gleaned the obvious… that nothing can separate us from the love of God.

I would like to draw your attention to another equally important part of this passage… victory! Verse 37 uses the word “conquerors” or “overcomers,” and draws a correlation between conquering and Christ’s love. You are not only victorious, but even more than that through His love.

If you take a short time to connect the dots here you find that not only are we constantly surrounded by His love, but nothing can separate us from Victory either. We have His love at all times. We have victory through that love at all times. Chapter 8, verse 31 of Romans says “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

When you find yourself fighting an uphill battle I would encourage you to stand on these verses as a foundation of faith and proclaim victory over your circumstances.

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God’s Good News-Perseverance

Dear Friend,

I heard the word “perseverance” spoken softly into my spirit. I wondered if this was a warning of an upcoming trial or difficulty that I would have to endure. Perseverance means to  a) be steadfast  b) a strengthened form of  c) denotes to continue steadfastly in a thing and give unremitting care to it.
I searched the scriptures on perseverance. My attention arrested on the following verse in Ephesians 6:18; With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,. This verse follows the armor of God mentioned in the previous verses.

I am recognizing God urging me to spend more time in prayer for my own destiny, for our nation and the world at large. The prayer shield for America must be strengthened for darkness is arising. We must persevere in prayer for those in authoritative positions, for all the saints and those who yet need to know Jesus.  As we pray we activate the power of God and destroy the works of darkness. May the Holy Spirit guide our prayer time.

Let me encourage you. God will give you the strength and grace to persevere in prayer for whatever situation you are facing. He is with you and since “nothing is impossible with God”  your situation is not impossible but instead a victorious one. In your persevering, think positive, speak God’s word, and proclaim the victory that Christ already won for us! 1 Thess. 5:16-18 Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Don’t give up! A professional athlete never gives us because they know the victory that perseverance produces. How much moreso does the believer in Christ experience through perseverance!  Romans 5:3-5 says, “And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance, and perseverance, proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Blessings,
Diane
 

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Transition

Dear Friends,

           Looking at Jesus’ life I would think that transition for Him was his wilderness experience. The time between His baptism and His ministry. Mathew 3:16-4:1 And after being baptized, Jesus went up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and He saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.

        Transition is the in-between time when God is preparing you both internally and externally for your next assignment.  I found in my experience that the internal preparation made way for the external. I had a Holy discontentment and lost my desire to do the spiritual assignments I was engaged in. I knew in my heart there was more and I wanted to go after the more. God began to softly speak to me about changing direction with ministry. As He spoke and it registered in my heart, I knew I had to make a change. Someone said “The key to longevity in ministry is following your heart.” We can stay in a place where we can please people, doing things we know how to do, and being comfortable. I get bored with comfortability and for me the excitement in life is doing a new thing. So when God started whispering to come out of the church world into the community, I got very excited. I started serving in church at the age of twenty as a nursery worker.  Since then my husband and I have been in multiple churches and in various locations because he was military. Each church we were at we served in. When God said come outside the four walls to minister I was ready. However, let me say I enjoyed serving inside the church for the time He had me there. I have not left the church, just left the assignments I had there.

       Transition took longer than I thought. I expected change to be quick, new assignments to come tumbling in, and voila! Sort of a microwave transition. However, with some cases God needs to process us through the change. One of the first things He told me was “love at all costs.” Then I began to practice abiding. Since I could not see my future, I became very clingy with the Holy Spirit. I learned to live one day at a time. I opened my eyes to consider new ways of ministry and new possibilities. I became more confident and more grown up.  My dreams became full of direction and kept me on track. I understand why some people give up during the process of change. We simply aren’t given the timeframe because God wants to increase our faith and trust in Him. Just a few months back I wrote God an e-mail asking the what and when questions. I layed my life on the altar, surrendering over and over again. The Lord poured out grace during this time and I did have joy in the midst of my questions, but I learned that having unanswered questions is a part of life and we will experience this with God. 

       After coming through transition, I saw that timing was a factor. My kids whom are older, our youngest of four is a junior in college were also in transitional seasons. At this point they have all come through their seasons of change as I have mine. My husband and I are empty nesters, and therefore I have more time to devote to ministry.

     On a final note I say to you, don’t quit God’s processing. He knows what He is doing. Posture your heart to live in agreement with His Kingdom, with the word of God,  and stay positive and in the joy of the Lord. The next assignment for you is greater than the one you left, so He has to do a new work in you to prepare you for it.

Blessings
Diane

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Potential

Dear Friends,

          I wanted to take a moment to encourage you in your spiritual journey.  I don’t know your past or your history, but I do know how magnificent God our Father is, Jesus His Son, and the Holy Spirit is.  God can repair and mend any pain whether it be emotional or physical.  He is good and has your best interests at heart.  He knows all that you need and desires to supply all your needs, as scripture says in Phil. 4:19.   He knows your potential and as we yield ourselves to Him, He will show us His path.  Yes. That’s the path we want.  Our own path will will not be nearly as glorious as His.  For God knows how we are made and for what purpose we can maximize our potential.   

       Maybe you don’t want to live maximizing your potential, but if you do, God will show you what to do and when to do it.   Since He uniquely designed and created us, He knows best how we function.   Did you ever hear that someone had “hidden talents?” Yes. I believe we all have them.  Whether or not they get discovered is another question.  When God displays Himself through us and in our talents, we go beyond our own ability into supernatural ability.  At this point, if we keep ourselves humble and honor Him with our talents, then we will continue to increase.  If we become prideful God opposes us.  Proverbs 3:34

       For any of you who may not know what God’s path involves, seek Him and He will reveal it to you.  Daily trust is a must to walk the path of maximized potential in God.

       Blessings

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Diane’s Dialog

Welcome to Diane’s Dialogue, a place where Diane will share words and teachings from the Lord.  Please feel free to participate in a textual dialogue following each message.

Paslms 34:8 is one of my favorite scriptures and it reads:
“O taste and see that the Lord is good,”

There are seventeen definitions of the word “good” in Webster’s New World College Dictionary. Here are six of them 1) producing favorable results
2) honorable, worthy, respectable   3) enjoyable, desirable, pleasant, happy
4) dependable, right, reliable  5) morally sound or excellent  6) able, skilled, expert

Vine’s Expository  Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, says the greek word for good, agathos, means God is essentially, absolutely and consummately good. Consummately means complete or perfect in every way.

Everyday we have the opportunity to see God’s goodness at work.  It may look like an answered prayer, a divine appointment, a job breakthrough, a promotion, a healing or unexpected funds. We can all notice the goodness of God in these situations. However, His goodness is much broader than that.

What about the goodness of God showing up with the purchase of something you need and it’s on sale? Or your car passing inspection? Or the accomplishment of many tasks completed in peace? Or people to help you move? Or wisdom from friends? Or safe travel?

The goodness of God can be demonstated even in trials. You may be overwhelmed with sorrow, or up against the wall, but God will shine His goodness through even then. He will part the sea for you, as He did for Moses. He will bring you out of prison as He did Paul. His goodness will work on your behalf  to  ” produce a favorable result.”

1 Thess. 4:18
In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

If you recognize God as the author of the goodness you experience in life,
and thank Him for it, He will take pleasure in increasing your blessings.

God desires to increase His goodness in your life.