Minister Denise Cook Godfrey is the wife of Assistant Pastor DeForest L. Godfrey. Minister Denise has devoted her life to God in true worship and desire to be used to motivate, inspire, and arouse the Body of Christ to worship God in Spirit and in Truth. Minister Godfrey’s vision also involves teaching the Body of Christ to utilize the arts such as praise and worship dancing, interpretive movement and expressive signing, drama, and poetry within the local church in order to bring edification, comfort, exhortation, and deliverance. She is the mother of two children and is a loving grandmother. Minister Godfrey enjoys writing, aerobic exercising, and just spending time with her family.
When we open ourselves up to sexual sin at a young age, do we also open a Pandora’s Box filled with pain and emotional baggage that could have an adverse effect on our adult life?
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Last night as I sat on our bed after an exhausting day, I looked into my husband’s face and poured my heart out! I told him that I just wanted to know my “times”. I was in one of those modes where I was feeling unaccomplished, although I was working and doing all sorts of things! What I meant was that I understand who I am in Christ, I just wanted to understand the specifics of my purpose right now and who God intended for me to grow to become! I do not want to engage in dead works for the Lord! Life as a Minister has a way of sometimes draining an individual. I thank God that He heard my heart’s desire. See although my husband sort of nodded and agreed that I needed to understand my “times”, he never really expounded on an answer. Well, the very next morning, I stumbled across Isaiah 30:20: And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers:
Wow was all that I could say! God does answer our hearts cry. The Lord was simply letting me know that He has sent and will continue to send “teachers” my way to teach me through my experiences. These “teachers” will show me and remind me which doors to go in, what my path is, and so on. Sometimes these teaching experiences will be difficult but if I am willing to grow and learn, I will know day by day just what specific paths to take and where I am now and what my goals are for the future.
Have you been in a place where you felt overwhelmed and unsure of your destiny and purpose right now? Perhaps you knew what the future held but you needed advice and assurance along the way? Pray and ask that you receive wisdom to recognize your “teachers”. Our “teachers” may come in the form of other people’s advice, other people’s failures, our own experiences, and even our own creative ability to teach others and support where they are going! I never dreamed that I could learn so much from being used by God to support someone else’s destiny!
Take heart. Just know that God is with you and that your “teachers” will no longer be hid from you in some dark corner when you seek the Lord and search for Him with all your might. He reveals His heart and His plans for our lives through “teachers”.
Sometimes it appears that our life becomes cluttered and filled with darkness and chaos. Not talking about the issues in the world, but the issues within our own little worlds! This is not uncommon. We are tempted, tried, squeezed, knocked on, kicked around, you name it. Jesus said in this world we would have tribulation, but be of good cheer for He has overcome the world (John 16:33). With all that we have going on plus living in this world and not being of it, there is no wonder we can get into a place of chaos! This chaos and darkness can influence and affect our soul’s well being. What are we to do? We are to speak life and light into every dark corner and order to every chaotic event. This is easier said than done sometimes but we have been given the grace to do it. Simply ask and trust! God knows all about this. When He said “let there be light” in the book of beginnings (Genesis), the earth was dark and without form! (dark and chaotic). But guess what??? There WAS LIGHT when HE SPOKE IT! We too, through Christ, have the authority to speak light and life! Speak to your darkness and chaos today and live in victory!
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Ok, in learning the ways of God, sometimes His methods and techniques just don’t make sense! No seriously, the natural mind does not receive the things of God. This is why we must keep our spirit man focused and open to how and what God is saying.
I am taking note of an awesome thought that was planted in my mind by the Spirit of God this morning as I was having a conversation with my husband. The thought comes from Psalms 119:71: “It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn Your statues”
The natural mind would ask: how is it a good thing to be afflicted? David answered by saying that when we suffer affliction, we learn something in the struggle. We learn to pay attention to the decrees, statutes, and will of God. I remember this past August, I went through a terrible 6 weeks of awful pain due to discs in my back. It was by far one of the worst times in my life. The nerve pain I experienced not just in the back area, but the hip, thigh, leg and foot was just awful. Worse than giving birth!!!! I will never forget it. There was a certain artist that had a new album, and as I listened to the listing of songs on the ITunes website, I remember being ministered to by almost every song on the album. As I listened to the songs more and more, the Spirit of the Lord began to show me the theme and which songs from the album to use in my youth group’s annual praise dance celebration which we typically have in February each year. Even though I could not dance at that time, I was shown a vision of it all! My team ministered these pieces on last Sunday and it was phenominal! So you see, even though I was suffering, I learned to listen to the Spirit and receive revelation. Not only did I receive my theme, some of the choreography, and song selections for the annual event, I also received other revelation from some of the songs that dealt with my response to affliction. I learned to trust God on a totally different level. God is requiring our trust. Sometimes we have to go through affliction to learn or re-learn this concept.
The word says that we are to confess our faults to one another and to pray for one another that we may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of the righteous avails much!
(JAMES 5:16—16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much).
So many times we remember the latter part of this verse without regarding the first part. I would like to confess that today, I had my very own pity party! I got angry and quite distracted. It affected my concentration and worship time. I vented to my husband, bless his heart, and he had words for me but I can tell, he really did not want to hear it. He was on his very own cloud 9 so to speak after delivering a powerful message today. So there I was, all alone with no one to pet me and listen to my whining. No one except for Daddy God Himself! He spoke gently to me at the end of the day so now I can pass the word on to someone else: “After you have thrown your pity party, there is nothing else left to do now but WORSHIP!” This worship is what will bring about a shift in my atmosphere! This is what my awesome, loving Father said to me in a very quiet and practical way.
You see, I had a huge thorn in my flesh. As a matter of fact, this thorn has been in my side for quite some while. So, since Abba is not going to move it (cause I have asked and asked), then I know that He will provide the strength and grace that I need to just make it through. I pray that your week is blessed and filled with the peace and grace of God. Remember, your worship is what will shift your atmosphere.
Maybe you have been in a place similar to the one I was in today, or perhaps you know someone that can use this encouragement. If so, pass it on!
So many times I find myself sorry for something I said or how I reacted to an issue. Have you ever been there? I believe we all have. Thanks be unto our Lord who always speaks comfortably to us in those wilderness places! James 1:19-20 teaches us to be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath because the wrath (anger) of man does not work and produce the righteous kind of living that each Christian is required to produce. What makes us fail at this from time to time? I believe life’s pressures and tight squeezes and sometimes just not deciding to stop, look, and listen. When we stop, look and listen in the spirit realm, we will not only be able to hear and see what is going on around us in the natural, but we can go further and hear and see what God wants us to hear and see. The Word of God is quick, sharp, and active. It is alive! It will come and visit us at the right time. Holy Spirit also brings the Word to our remembrance so that we can respond to life’s issues and say the right things.
I needed this word. I have so many things going on right now; however, I will take this chastening word from the Lord and make it active in my life. We are breathing, so we have another opportunity to bear the good fruit of the Spirit!
Ever been there? Where you praise through the pain, shame, emptiness, frustration, aggravation, etc. and etc.????? This is what I am referring to by a “broken hallelujah!” It’s when you are experiencing feelings of desperation and pain and give Him the praise anyhow. But does He accept it? Is the savor of the incense from that broken praise sweet to Him? What about the bowing, the running, twirling, and dancing? Is it a pleasant and pleasing sight in His eyes? YES! When we give Him a sacrifice of praise from our hearts when we are down and don’t feel like it, yes, our Father still accepts it! As a matter of fact, this is that place where we begin to praise our way out of the pain and aggravation that we are experiencing, even if the problems still exist!
There has been many times when I ministered with a broken heart. There is something about focusing our eyes on someone else’s needs before our own that causes so much spiritual maturity. So go ahead and praise Him anyhow, in spite of whatever. You will be glad that you did. I promise! Let me know your thoughts on the matter. I would love to hear from you.
The Lord just spoke a word in season to my spirit and I would like to share it. “There are some who have been lured into the desert by God Himself and these people are unaware. They feel deserted, forsaken, and even believe that it is the devil. But I have allowed this season in order to speak comfort and to be gracious to you.”
Are you in such a place as this? If so, just know that God has not forsaken you in that place where He has allowed you to be. There is a purpose for the wilderness and desert experiences of our life. Read this passage:
“I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs.” ISAIAH 41:18
“”Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her.” HOSEA 2:14
Now the purpose for the desert season is so that others can see the miracles of God’s river being poured out into your life and understand that it is the Lord and nobody but the Lord that brought you out! So this season is for your growth and character development and for others to witness it also and know who God is!
I was reminded this morning by one of my dance Sisters that we are to spend quality time worshipping the Father in our dance. I was blessed to receive this word! What the Lord gave me from that reminder is this: I must dance for an audience of ONE before expecting and preparing to dance before an audience of many. Not a praise dancer? It does not matter because this word applies to any ministry or service that you do unto the Lord.
So, have you had your quiet time with Daddy God today? If not, is there an appointment setup to meet with Him?
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