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Yesterday I heard tthe Spirit say, “choreography that originates from heaven and also music that originates ffrom heaven!” I was in awe! May we all as praise dancers, worship dancers mime ministries, expressive signers, etc, be reminded that we must spend intimate quality time in the presence of our Lord before choosing our choreography and music for the ministry! We must simply ask and invite Holy Spirit into our prep time so that He whispers into our ear what Heaven has spoken ! (John 16:13)
Stop worrying and wondering what it is about you that causes some people to refuse to connect with you, celebrate you or respect you! This is what the Lord revealed to me about a year and a half or so ago and today I am having to revisit this word and encourage myself with it. This word actually came in the form of a post from an Anointed Woman of God. I know that it was specifically for me because of the timing of it and also the prompt from the Holy Spirit as I read it. Here it is:
“There is nothing “wrong with you” that causes people to reject you! In fact, it is “what’s right with you” that causes some people not to be able to connect with you! God is covering your purpose and rejection is just a part of your assignment! After all, Jesus was despised and rejected of man; when you truly belong to Him, that is also your lot!—“
You see, just a day or so prior to me reading the Word of the Lord from this Anointed Woman of God, I pondered within my heart..”why?” Why do some reject me and just don’t like me for no apparent reason? Why do they look at me hard, exclude me and treat me with contempt? I even tried back tracking, just to see if I had said or did something offensively toward them…I could find nothing. I prayed. I cried. I cried. I prayed. Then God spoke. I am satisfied knowing that God is shaping my destiny. God is covering me! Even though from time to time I still go through bouts of hurt because of this issue, I quickly remind myself that It is not me…it is the enemy of my soul influencing others to reject me. God is allowing this for my good.
So, if you can relate to this, stop worrying. As long as you are not offensive to others and doing the will of God, just know that your purpose is covered by Him and you are on the right path to destiny, even though it is hard at times. Take care and be strong during the seasons of alienation from others. God is with you!
I’m satisfied with Jesus….I’m satisfied with Jesus, I’m satisfied with Jesus in my heart…this is a song that I used to hear the older folks sing at church when I was a little girl. They would go on to say…He’s my bread and water when I get hungry and thirsty and so on….I did not understand that song back then. It made no sense to my little creative and logical mind. Now, I know and realize that it is a dangerous thing to not allow Christ Jesus to bring satisfaction into our hearts….If we don’t…we will be prone to wander and run after other lovers! We will search for love in all the wrong places. We will do all we can to fill the void within by attaching our selves to Other gods……..So yes, I love my Spouse and my family but I love them in their rightful place….Jesus has a seat on the throne of my heart…I pray for the grace to keep it that way!
For the past week I have been seriously taking a look at my inner life. My soul. My thoughts. My cravings. My desires. I invite you to do the same thing. Spend those extra moments with the Lord and ask Him to show you YOU! Examine your own thoughts and see how much is junk and how much is Godly and productive. Pray and fast. Seek change through entering into the presence of the Almighty God. Let Him satisfy every void place and wait for Him to fulfill every promise to you.
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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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.
Minister Denise Cook-Godfrey
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!
Blessings to you. Stay encouraged!
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?
Blessings to you!
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“I know how you feel”, “Girl I feel ya on that!” Have you ever heard these expressions from folks when you were really going through a tough time? Well, they may actually understand and know some things but no one knows the hurt, pain, and temptations that we feel better than Jesus! He was tempted at all points, and yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15). Jesus, being fully God and fully man, groaned within Himself and felt burdened and grieved (John 11:33-36). Jesus wept. So take courage today. Jesus is intimately concerned about all of our woes, groans, sighs, feelings of infirmities, cares, desires, etc. He is an awesome Savior, Friend, Father and so much more!
In other news, I want to let you in on a secret………I am working on another book! This next book is of a different twist for me and would love for you to let me know if you would like to participate in a survey that I am doing for the book. Your name does not have to be mentioned unless you want it to be. Here are the survey questions and you can email me to let me know if you want to participate:
IS THERE HOPE OF RICH SPIRITUAL LIFE AFTER SEXUAL SIN?
WHEN WE OPEN OURSELVES UP TO SEXUAL SIN BEFORE MARRIAGE, ESPECIALLY AT A VERY TENDER AGE, DO WE AUTOMATICALLY OPEN A PANDORAS BOX THAT IS FILLED WITH PAIN, SHAME, SCARS, AND EVEN A LIFE OF EMOTIONAL TRAUMA?
Wow, when I think about the Spirit of Grace……when I think about the unmerited favor and the divine enablement that God gives over and over and over again……I begin to realize that Grace loves me and it is not about how good I am or how smart or deserving I am. Yes, I know. We should all as Christians understand about Grace, but I want to personify her. She keeps loving over and over again. She is faithful even when I am not faithful. We do not deserve her; yet she abounds! Take a break and think about our friend Grace and her companion, “Mercy”. I mean really be truthful and honest about some of the times when you know the justice of God should have prevailed, but these two: “Grace” and “Mercy” stood in the gap. (Ephesians 4:7- But unto each one of us, grace has been given as Christ has apportioned it.)
Sometimes it is just good to reflect and think about the simple things of our faith and then we will see that they are beyond simple, but the very thing that we should progressively come to gain more and more revelation about. These are those “selah” times when I meditate on God’s Word and His ways.
Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life. Thanks for your prayers as well. Our ministry drama on last weekend was a huge success and to God be all the glory! Continue to pray for us as we continue to seek God for direction in ministry. We are also planning a few days of rest and fun! I really need prayer in this area because I seem to have a hard time shutting it all down and just resting. Before vacation; however, we are planning a tele-seminar, which will be on tomorrow evening at 7 pm central standard time. We will be discussing the praise dance manual, “So You Say You Can Praise Dance….Now What?” There will also be a time of questions and answers and just a lot of fun filled, passionate conversation regarding the ministry of dance. Anyone is welcomed to join in and it does not matter if you are new to the ministry or not or whether or not you have purchased the book! Dial 559-726-1200 and use access code 145261# to join the call. I look forward to meeting you on the call.
I love you with the love of Jesus!