Forever . . . God is faithful. Forever . . . His word reigns. – Dr. Christie Self
There is a blindness that is physical that can make us feel cut off from the world, left out, alone, limited. And then there is a spiritual blindness. A blindness we may not even realize we have that keeps us apart from God. It is led by deception and lies. It tells us we are independent, self-sufficient, we can go our own way and do our own thing without consequences. But it is a lie. God’s way is not the way of the world and it never will be. God is God and He is not mocked. His way is His way, His thoughts are His thoughts. If we seek Him, He will show us His ways and His thoughts. He will “lead,” “guide,” “make darkness into light,” “and rugged places into plains.” Are there dark places in your life, rugged places? His part is clear. As you seek Him and walk in relationship with Him, He will lead you. You don’t have to know the way. You just have to seek to know the One who does. The One who loves you with a depth of love so deep it’s hard to even begin to comprehend. Read the last part of the scripture again . . .
“These are the things I will do, And I will not leave them undone.” Are you ready to let go and let Him lead? You will not be disappointed. He can see what you cannot; He knows your needs and He will lead you true. – Dr.
Where do we go for the words we long to hear? Words of truth and love; words that draw us to taste and see that they are sweeter than honey? There are many words and voices around us and even in us, but they are not always true and they are not always spoken in love. What voice do we listen to, trust and believe above all others? There is only one voice that will always speak the truth and will always speak out of an unending love for us. It is God’s voice; the voice of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. His word, the Bible is a garden full of His wisdom and truths and His nectar is free for all to come and partake. So drink of His truths and His love today. You are precious. You are His. He created you and He longs for you to choose to walk in His presence, in the garden of His love each and every day.
Dr. Christie Self
Many of us were raised in dysfunctional families. Within those systems, the family tends to enable dysfunctional roles for its members. Children on a subconscious level assume one of four roles to cope with the shame of the family. These roles, unless identified and dealt with, carry over into adulthood and can have serious effects.
What kind of roles to children and adults play as a result of their past family dynamics?
- The Hero: Always feeling like you have to save the day, be the best at everything you try, always feeling the pressure to perform and have it all together. And for the most part, you do (appear) to have it all together. But deep down inside you’re exhausted.
- The Invisible: No matter where you are or who you’re with, you don’t feel like you have the permission to speak up and say what you really think. You feel invisible and you don’t feel like you deserve to be heard. Subsequently you feel and think as though everyone is more important than you are.
- The Clown: You don’t talk about the issues — you just laugh about them. You don’t accept input – you just laugh it off. Your motto in life is to not take anything seriously. But every now and then you feel so confused inside and you’re not sure why.
- The Scapegoat: You feel guilty for the things that happen around you. As a kid, you always got into trouble and you expected to be punished. You live as though you’re always waiting for the other shoe to drop, always waiting for something to happen so that you can be blamed for it. You have a “blame it on you” attitude.
Do you identify with any of these things?
Dr. Self made this video for you, to help you identify which of these habits you have been playing in life, how to understand the root of the reason why you have carried on these habits for so long, and what you can do to finally break free.
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Is there someone in your life who looks for ways to discourage you, guilt you, and manipulate you? Dr. Self made this popular video (with over 45,000 views on Youtube so far!) with you in mind. Click play to get some insights on how you can rise above the spirit of manipulation and control and be truly free. Don’t forget to share with a friend!
When the Lord makes us a promise, we know in our hearts that’s it’s going to happen. That’s faith: knowing and trusting God for something that we have not yet seen. But there’s more to it than that: the other part of faith that we often miss is that faith has both an aggressive side to it as well.
When we look at the Word of God — even in the Old Testament — we see Him repeatedly making promises to His children. “I’m going to give you this, I’m going to take you there”, and on and on He incessantly spurs them forward by promising them greater and better things than what they were currently seeing in that moment. But when we read a little further ahead (and this is a pattern that we often see), we see Him giving them directions on how to reach that promise. But, wait a minute, God! I thought you just made a promise! What do you mean we now have to go to war? What do you mean we have to go to work? Shouldn’t it just happen?
I’m sure the children of Israel had questions when the Lord would first make them a promise, and then tell them they have to go to work. I mean, shouldn’t it just happen because God says?
Yes. But a promise from the Lord is more than just an announcement of what the Lord is planning to do, it is also an invitation for partnership.
The Lord told the children of Israel that He was delivering the enemy into their hands, and then directed them to go to war. The Lord told Joseph through dreams that He was going to put Him in a place of authority, and then He had to go through a sea of trials that looked opposite of the promise. The Lord told Abraham that he was going to have a son, and then he went on for over a decade without that son that he was expecting. What does God expect during those waiting seasons? Persistence.
This past Sunday at Freedom Fellowship Church, I got a major wakeup call from the Lord in regards to how He expects us to steward His promises. I realized that I have been just passively practicing faith (the quiet knowing in my heart) and not actively practicing faith (the actual doing of what it takes to get to where the Lord is promising) in regards to some of the things the Lord has promised me.
What about you, has God made you any promises that you are believing for? Are you willing to not only believe it in your heart but actually partner with the The Lord’s purpose for your life?
Congratulations to two new ICM graduates – Wilma Cobb and Renay Bullard on their recent graduation at Liberty Church in Arab Alabama. Wilma received her Masters in Ministry and Renay received her Masters in Christian Counseling. Both of these extraordinary women hold a 4.0 grade point averages. They are truly outstanding examples of Christ. We at ICM feel very proud and very blessed to have them as our newest alumni.