Before “He appeared”, my human spirit was “pining” away! Yes, my spirit was a wasteland of darkness, gloom, and despair! But then something happened! Jesus, the Son of God was born on a Holy Night! Then hope was given to all. Oh, that night when our Wonderful Saviour was born was indeed a very special night like no other. After that night, a new day dawned. Are you living in that new day?
“Am I worth it to you?” “What is your suffering in comparison to Mine?” Well, these questions resonated within my heart this morning right at the close of my devotional. I was spending time not in prayer, but just spending time worshipping the Father. I had troubled thoughts before I even attempted to enter His presence in order to given Him about an hour of uninterrupted time. You know when we plan to spend intimate quality time with the Father, we will have those distracting thoughts but I wrestled and stayed with it. Just when I was about to close out the hour, He spoke! Yes, He spoke to me concerning my troubled thoughts regarding a message that I must deliver. This message is not the usual “sunshine” that I am accustomed to.
When God gives us a message for ourselves and for others, it will not always be an easy and enjoyable task. In my experiences as a Teacher and Minister of the Gospel, I have mostly had to deliver teachings and messages that were very encouraging and comforting. But what happens when there is a message that exhorts the hearer to take action concerning some negative aspect of their character or to resolve some difficult painful incident that is still pending from the past? What if YOU are included in the message? Wow. These are the times when fear of not being received, fear of rejection and ridicule, and the thought of suffering persecution for the sake of the word will flood your soul. So the next question that challenged me at the end of my devotional this morning was this: “IS HE WORTH IT?” As I cried, i chose to say “YES!” My Lord is worth the suffering. Jesus was despised and rejected of men. Jesus was acquainted with suffering and sorrows. He shed His life blood as an atonement for my sins and yet in my struggle against sin, i have not yet resisted to the point of shedding any blood! (Isaiah 53:3, Hebrews 12:4). So yes, my God is worth it all. Of course I repented for feeling this way. What a long-suffering and mighty God we serve!
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Wow! It is hard to believe that in just a couple of weeks this year will come to a close. Yes, another chapter in our lives will be completed. What are you anticipating in the new year? Can we even know? I do believe that some of us are pregnant, or expecting something out of this world! For some of us, we will come to that place that we have only been seeing in a distance but unable to touch it!
Are you excited? I sure am. So what about that place in the distance? If you are like me, you have been in a waiting room so to speak for some time now. Don’t become weary in your well doing and for God’s sake, do not give up. What God has shown you in visions, dreams, and through prophetic words will come to pass. Renew your strength in your waiting according to Isaiah 40:31 and receive the strength that you need to give birth to that which you are expecting in 2018!
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Wow……the creative juices are flowing everywhere today as I am listening to a certain song, looking back over my life, and searching for lost things!!! Ahhhh yea….lost time, dreams, missed opportunities, loss of self esteem, loss of respect, loss of loved ones, etc. Then I looked and contemplated all of the overwhelming challenges, the storms, the fire, etc. One thing I can say is that I am overwhelmed as I see the incredible ability that God gives me to reach down within myself and realize that I have not lost my will to move ahead. I still have my trust, even though I have had to look deep down within myself and find that trust and that awesome love that I still have for God no matter what. With this, I know that I have not lost my praise even though I have lost so many other things.
Even when I was broken, misused, disrespected, unappreciated, and the like……and even when I said within my mind that I was done, through with it all…..nope, just couldn’t stop believing that the misplaced peace and discomfort will NEVER cause me to give up on my destiny. Even though on this road to destiny there are so many road blocks and detours, I refuse to believe that God has given up on me.
So I will keep going and I am writing this to encourage someone right now. Not looking for sympathy or a pity party. Just want to reach out and encourage someone who is going through. To the soul that is sunken down low, the broken heart, the one that can’t seem to catch a break…..just find a way within yourself to love and trust God no matter what. Grab a scripture, a song, a sermon, whatever it takes and hold on! Your change is coming after while.
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On yesterday after ministering in dance at an event in a nearby city, a very sweet young woman walked up to me, hugged me, and told me that I had an “anointing.” Well I have heard this many times before from different people. I have even had people to state that they experienced healing or could see me as if I am “floating” while dancing! While I always endeavor to remain humble and respond by giving God the glory, honor and credit for the anointing upon my life, I was still reminded by the Lord that I am to never lose the essence of what I am carrying on the inside! In other words….”daughter, don’t ever just get used to hearing those compliments and lose focus on how important, serious, and precious it is!” The same Spirit that rose Christ from the dead dwells within us, praise God!
A couple of years ago I wrote a book entitled, “The Day I Danced Under an Open Heaven.” This book references the revelation that we are glory carriers. In John 17:21-22, Jesus prayed to the Father and declared that He has given us the same glory that the Father gave to Him! (Read John 17:21-22) God wants to allow us to hear the heartbeat of heaven as we minister to people, as we walk along the pathway of life, and even as we sleep! I pray that I will never lose sight of just how deep and honorable it is to have God’s anointing come upon me and live on the inside of me. I long to see more of His glory so that He can be glorified and that people can truly experience His presence through me. Lord teach us how to appreciate and how to handle the Holy things of You!
Minister Denise Cook-Godfrey
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So many today are walking around with pain from the past that has been suppressed and buried deep within their souls. They smile on the outside, but inside, there is a whole different story book. I know this to be so. I have personally experienced this.
After becoming saved some twenty-three years ago, I never dreamed that a person could be saved, sanctified, filled with the Holy Ghost, and still have soul wounds that affect the quality of their spiritual lives as far as joy and contentment. Think about it. We are three part beings. We are spirit (where our conscience of, communication with, and wisdom of God is stored), soul (that part of of us that holds our mind, will, and emotions), and body (blood, flesh and bones). All 3 parts make up one being, just as God is one God but has three distinct personalities (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). If we are not aware of these truths, we can walk around with past hurts that will affect us spiritually, emotionally, and even physically due to stress and depression.
I am convinced that one must ask God to heal their soul wounds, even if they have been born again. These soul wounds will remain open, festering, foul, and diseased unless God’s power binds or closes them up. Read Psalms 147:3:
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds”
Cry out to God if you are experiencing sadness, dissatisfaction, and torment from past wounds and disappointments. Do not hide them any longer. Trust me. These soul wounds will not heal on their own. It may appear for some time that they are all better but just when you least expect it, something will trigger the pain and the bleeding will begin again. Don’t place a bandage on your wounds. Trust God to make you every bit whole! You deserve it.
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Mark 4:41: the disciples were terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey Him!” God, through the mouth of His prophet said that we could enjoy perfect peace when we focus our thoughts on HIM! (Isaiah 26:3) This promise was spoken to Israel during a very dark time in their history. Are you experiencing perfect peace? What is it anyway? Perfect peace is a condition and state of being within the soul! It is a state of being undisturbed, at rest, and confident even through the worst storm. It is a state of complete serenity.
Today, I will evaluate my mind and soul so that no matter what comes upon me, I will focus my thoughts on God’s Word. I want to identify with the Man that got up and rebuked the storms, the waves, and the winds! I want to live in that supernatural peace of God no matter what is going on. We cannot avoid troubles and difficulties, but we can control how we respond. Let us practice living in the peace and comfort of who we are in JESUS CHRIST!
Minister Denise Cook-Godfrey
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] Proverbs 13:12 says “Hope Deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire has come, it is a tree of life!” Well, it is a fact and reality that life brings on disappointments. All of us will face a delay in some desire that even God Himself has placed in our hearts! At times we are disappointed by the circumstances of life, the faithfulness of people, and yes, even in God! Disappointments make the heart sink down low. Sometimes it is temporary and passing, but sometimes disappointments can affect almost every phase of our lives.
How do we handle the pain of disappointment? First, we must go to God and tell Him! Yes. Although the Almighty already knows it, we must go to Him and vent! Then we much draw near to Him and continue to hope in His word and in His faithfulness. We must continue to believe that there is a purpose for our pain. Once we progress in this, we will soon experience the desire that comes from trusting God. Our scripture passage says that when the desire comes, it is a tree of life! That means that the desire is restoration and healing from the pain. Sometimes, the desire is not what we originally desired, but the desire in trusting God’s serenity when we hope in His love and faithfulness to always know what is best for us.
Many blessings to you!
Minister Denise Cook Godfrey
Do you believe that you are a masterpiece, valuable and priceless? Well you are! You and me both! Look at what God’s Word proclaims:
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10 NLT)
God predestinated us to be conformed into the image of Christ so that we can fulfill what He planned for us to fulfill long ago. This means that we all have a destiny to become more like Christ, to first accept Christ as Lord and Savior. But…..we all also have a destiny for our individual lives. God thinks beautiful and peaceful thoughts toward us as individuals. No one can fulfill your individual destiny but you. God wants us to have an expected end, which means He wants us to have a beautiful and hopeful future.
Do you know what your individual purpose is? Do you know exactly what you are supposed to be doing right now in this season of time? This is important. If you are unsure of the answer to the questions just posed, then simply ask God! Spend time meditating and worshipping and just ask. Once you ask, wait and listen. God is more than willing to reveal His perfect will to you as you present yourself wholly to Him. Remember, you are His masterpiece! He created you for a wonderful purpose.
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It was the middle of June and seemingly the perfect weather and season for a wedding. Hot, yet, somewhat breezy with the smell of fresh flowers and fresh mowed lawns. Everyone was filled with excitement as people from all walks of life flooded the small country church in great anticipation for what was soon to take place. It was Christine’s wedding day. After waiting so long and after much debate, she was finally marrying one of the most eligible Christian bachelors that a woman could marry. Well liked in the small community the couple lived in, Aldridge, was a genuine man of God.
He came from a long line of preacher men, as Christine’s grandmother called them.
“Hold that preacher. Grab him and don’t let go of him.” Christine could hear those words that Grandma Ruth used to recite.
Also, some of the older mothers of her home church would practically idolize the preacher. These women had some sort of notion that if you went out of your way to accommodate a preacher, then you had special favor with God. Now Christine was about to marry one, so you can imagine how all the older women felt.
“Marry that preacher man, and you set yourself up for life. Don’t ever let him go.” Ah, yeah! If Grandma Ruth were alive today, she’d cut her a step across the church for sure today.
Christine, with her marred past, had managed to get her life together, or so it seemed. Christine still endured emotional struggles. For one, the residue dangling from her past before meeting Aldridge. Her appetite for acceptance and identity flawed her ability to choose wisely in the arena of finances and men. She held onto low self-esteem, even though she was one of the most beautiful young women in the church. She had a difficult time accepting gifts and encouragement. She didn’t have a connection with her family, and most of all, didn’t seem to find real satisfaction in her ministry work for the church. The more she worked, the more down and out she’d become.
Christine suffered from depression. At times she’d cover up her pain by involving herself in relationships with men who were not right for her; even after meeting Aldridge. After all, by her not having that special bond with her father growing up, she didn’t know how to distinguish love from sex and had a serious identity problem. In her past, Christine seemed to connect with the bad boys and not the nerdy guys who attended church. The ones who were not so nerdy were already taken, or flirted so badly with the women until it became a complete turn off for Christine. Christine remembered having an affair with a married man during her early twenties before she’d gotten saved, and it ended up in total disaster. She vowed never to involve herself with married men again.
And then she met Aldridge. He was not the type of man that she normally fell for, but for some reason, she did. The two seemed to hit it off soon after Christine had broken up with one of her flings. She was getting more acquainted with God at this time of her life and becoming more serious about her faith. Aldridge, of course, was a big help to her in this area. He had his own hidden baggage and had no idea how to communicate his struggles to Christine. He busied himself with playing the Knight in Shining Armor for Christine.
As time went on, Christine developed a passion for the things of God. She was fine spiritually, but emotionally she was troubled. This goes to show that there are many in the church world today who mask their pain. And even though they have truly given their life to Christ, without healing and deliverance in certain areas, they still live poor quality Christian lives. This is dangerous, because the devil knows how to push certain buttons and attempts to destroy our fellowship with our Heavenly Father.
In the meanwhile, think and ponder on this question: When one engages in sexual sin at a very early age, can the results that follow open a Pandora’s Box of emotional trauma and baggage that can have an erratic effect on our lives even after becoming a Christian? Let us get to reading.