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Thursday, February 23, 2017

DEMONS SHIVER-Prayer for Spiritual Warfare

Demons shiver when we storm the gates of Heaven, sword in hand. 
 Satan cowers, knowing he is defeated by the Word of God and prayer.
What happens when we don't use Scripture to fight or beckon the power of God daily?
We become casualties of war.
Satan and his minions prey on those who are unarmed for the spiritual battle. They target the weak.
Victorious Spiritual Warfare is won, with the Word.
Scripture prepares us for battle and protects us in the midst of the fight.
I see the effects of prayer in my life and others. Especially when I pray Scripture and claim the promises of God.

 If you just joined us, welcome. We are dissecting  THE PRAYER.  Please take a minute to read it.

The Word can be used for battle and surgical healing.
Like any surgeon using his scalpel, we will open each word with precision and accuracy.
Let's continue the Surgical Prayer so we may obtain healing, strength, and correction.

so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith— Ephesians3:17a

The Greek words and definitions adapted from Blue letter bible.

DwellkatoikeĊ: to house permanently,  reside, inhabitant(-ter).

Heart- kardia: the heart, the thoughts or feelings (mind)

Faith - pistis: persuasion, i.e. credence; moral conviction, assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.


 What would I do if Jesus walked into my home?  Would He feel comfortable?  Would He want to dwell there? Would I be sweeping all the mess into the closets?
The Holy Spirit lives in every believer, convicting,
teaching, and encouraging. 

The Word is His instrument to work in and through us. The Word sees through walls and into locked rooms.
 God sees what I see, He knows what I think and hears the words I say.
He knows what I'm trying to hide.
Do I bring Him to questionable places, do I watch questionable TV or videos?
When my son asks to watch something, I ask him, "Would Jesus want to watch that with you?"
"Maybe not, mom."

Christ desires to reside in our hearts, to be comfortable
When we think, say or do anything questionable the Spirit in us should get restless.
 The occupant is not comfortable with sin and makes His discomfort known.
 A restless Spirit is a sign of possible disobedience.
I admit my spirit has been restless more than I care to admit.

 The evil one's mission is for me to stay in guilt and sin. He wants me to feed the desires of my flesh and not listen to the Holy tenant that resides in me.
The war rages, so I turn to the truth and wield the sword of the word to fight the lies.

The Word pierces the soul and convicts me. The surgical process aided in the eviction of the previous tenants of my heart.
The desire to watch horror films, react to criticism with anger or go out to nightclubs no longer dwell in me.
The Holy Sprit begins to remodel and decorate to reflect His nature.
 He feels more at home when the walls aren't shaking with disobedience.

Lies and disobedience still try to take up residence. I turn to the Holy Spirit. Through prayer and the sword, we kick out the unwanted visitors.
 I desire Christ to dwell in my heart through faith, the faith that moves mountains. I want Christ to feel at home.  Don't you?

Next week we continue to learn how to wield the sword with accuracy -defeating the flesh and demonic influence that fight to take over our hearts and minds? Will you join me?

Saturday, February 11, 2017

SPIRITUAL SURGERY

in a person's innermost being.(Tweet This)

I experienced the sword of Gods word first hand. 
My deepest desire is to know the love of God and make it known to others,
 to have 
delicate discernment in all aspects of my life.
My attitude hindered me from fully being used by God.
I needed to forgive my childhood abuser and see him as God sees him. 


I clung to my right to fight. 
I was wronged.  I should be able to hold on to a grudge, right?
Wrong.
I studied the prayers of Paul.  
Oh to obtain the inner peace that Paul had. He was wronged, thrown into jail and left for dead. I wanted that peace.
I began to pray the Scripture for a changed heart.
 I continue to pray for myself and others daily.
I interweave Bible passages as I pray 

Ephesians 3:17-21, 1 Corinthians 13:4-4, and Philippians 1:9-11-all adapted from ESV

Lord, I pray that according to the riches of your glory that you may  strengthen us with power through your Spirit in our inner being,  so that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith—that we would be rooted and grounded in love.  Your love that is patient and kind; love that does not envy, boast,  is not arrogant or rude. Love that does not insist on its own way, not irritable or resentful. Love  that does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  Love that bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.
 I also pray that we may have a strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth of your love for us,  and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge.   My prayer is that we may be filled with all the fullness of God. 
I pray this so that our love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment.   Help us to approve what is excellent.   Lord change us so that we will be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,  filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.


Change ensued.
The process was painful. 
My hatred toward my abuser turned into biblical love. 
I began to see him through the eyes of God. 
I no longer wanted revenge.

Praying the Scriptures brings supernatural change.

The Holy Spirit surgically removed the sin and replaced it with love.

Do you need spiritual surgery?
It may be minor surgery or major surgery.  
In my case, it was major surgery.
Pray the above prayer with me daily, for yourself and others.

Please Join me for the next few weeks as we break down the prayer into bite size pieces and digest its truths.

Will you allow the Word to perform Spiritual surgery?
Join the conversation.
If you have a personal, confidential or specific prayer  that you want me to pray for, send me a personal email at godsfruit@juno.com

Friday, January 27, 2017

Guest Blogger-Danele J. Rotharmel’s Personal Journey with Time Search

I want to welcome Danele to Truth to Shine, she has overcome many obstacles. She shines in this dark world. Join me on her Journey through her latest book Time Search.


I’ve always loved reading, and I’ve always hated that horrible moment when a good book ends. For me, it’s torture saying goodbye to the characters I’ve come to love. Sometimes, I’ve actually refused to read the final paragraph of a novel because I can’t stand to turn the last page. I suppose it’s my stubbornness—or maybe it’s my contrariness—but I have several books that I’m still “technically” reading just because I haven’t officially read the last line. One of the best things about being an author is having control over my own stories. I suppose it’s silly, but it gives me such a thrill knowing that I determine WHEN my book ends. Writing, for me, opens up a secret world that’s full of joy.

Living joyfully is very important to me. I wrote The Time Counselor Chronicles while I was extremely ill and enduring seven years of quarantine. During that time, I didn’t have control over many aspects of my life, but I did have control over my fictional characters. I found extreme pleasure in the fact that since I was the author, I didn’t have to say goodbye to the TEMCO crew—I could just write them another story. Each of my books revolves around the same cast of characters, and by the time a reader finishes The Time Counselor Chronicles, they will know my characters deeply. I love my characters, and bringing them to life has been such a blast!

Time Search was written for one reason only—I was enjoying myself, and I didn’t want to say goodbye to the characters I’d created in Time Tsunami. And that’s why the other books in my series were written as well. By the time I finally sought publication, I’d completed six books. Writing, for me, was an act of pure enjoyment. When I began, I wasn’t thinking about publishers or reading audiences, I was simply thinking about what type of adventure I wanted to write next. For years, I didn’t let anyone know that I was writing. TEMCO was my personal world—my escape hatch from illness and pain. I was afraid that if I let others into my imaginary world, it would crumble away. As it turned out, the exact opposite was true. Knowing that people were enjoying my books filled my life with incredible happiness! I keep a file of “fan mail,” and I thumb through it whenever I feel blue. The kindness and support of my readers has been overwhelming and VERY appreciated!

Communication is such a wonderful thing. I love that fact that we can relay our ideas, hopes, and dreams to each other. My books are more than just stories, they symbolically chronicle the way I stood up to my illness and fought it. They speak about the value I place on love and friendship. They show that humor can be found even in the midst of great difficulty. And most of all, they demonstrate that a crisis of faith isn’t the end—it’s simply the first step toward understanding God on a deeper level. Life isn’t easy, but I’ve learned that even in the middle of tragedy, God is faithful and trustworthy. That’s what each of my characters eventually learn, and that’s what I hope my readers will take away from my books. 

As far as specifics about Time Search, I always fill my books with suspense, romance, action, faith, and comedy, and Time Search isn’t an exception. My books are Christian-based and clean, and I work hard to make them full of page-turning fun. Time Search is the third book in The Time Counselor Chronicles. It can be read as a sequel to Time Tsunami and Time Trap, or it can stand alone. At the beginning of Time Search, I have written a recap of the first two books in the series, and at the end of Time Search, I have included an alphabetical list of characters and several glossaries. Although the glossaries were hard work, I wanted to make sure that new readers wouldn’t get lost if they jumped into the series during the middle of the action. I had such a great time writing Time Search! I hope my readers love it just as much as I do!

Time Search—The Time Counselor Chronicles #3
A nameless evil lurks in the shadowsIn the wake of a recent wave of violence, TEMCO employees are left reeling. While some of the staff are put into hiding, others are left behind to discover the true identity of the mysterious nemesis who is determined to destroy them all. While Crystal, Marc, and Zeke search for clues to unravel the mystery of his real name, their enemy is lurking in the shadows searching for TEMCO’s missing leaders. It’s a race against the clock! And as the hours and seconds tick away, it’s anyone’s guess whose search will be completed first. It’s a classic battle of good versus evil, and the stakes couldn’t be higher!

Danele Rotharmel’s life took an unexpected turn when a mysterious illness brought her close to death. Eventually, she learned that a carbon monoxide leak from a faulty furnace was poisoning her. This poisoning triggered Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, causing her to be put in quarantine. For seven years, she could only talk to friends and extended family through a windowpane. During this time, she wrote the first six books in The Time Counselor Chronicles.  Although her journey back to health was difficult, it provided her the opportunity to grow closer to God and write her books. For that, she’s forever thankful. To learn more about Danele, visit her blog:  https://dragonflydanele.wordpress.com/

















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Thursday, January 12, 2017

INVITE GOD?

"You are welcome Oh Lord, we invite you here to be with us,"  the worship leader prayerfully sang.  
"Isn't He already here living in my heart?" I asked myself. 
As a new believer, I was confused.  I heard my brothers and sisters inviting God or the Spirit to enter into the room.
Questions flooded my mind.
"Isn't God omnipresent?  Why do we need to invite Him to be with us if He is already living inside us?"

Was King David wrong in praying...
Where shall I go from your Spirit?
    Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
    If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! Psalm 139:7-8



Why do I hear "we invite you God," when some pray or worship?
I asked a few people.
 One person said, "Oh Cherrilynn, you don't have to be so literal."
Ouch!  I am literal when it comes to God.  
Scripture revealed the Truth. 


The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good. Proverbs 15:3 ESV

Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the Lord. Jeremiah 23:24


Years later, while participating as a prayer partner at a Beth Moore conference Beth said,  "I don't invite God, He is already here, He invites us into His presence."
Thank you, Beth, for even more confirmation.
The more I studied the Word the more I understood...

Moses did not invite God to the mountain-God initiated the encounter.(Exodus 3)

Samuel did not wake God to speak with Him.-God called Samuel into His presence. (1 Samuel 3)

Saul definitely did not ask God to speak to him on the road to Damascus- God stopped Him in his tracks. (Acts 9)

God is everywhere, we need not invite Him.  God gives us an open invitation. He is waiting for us to acknowledge Him and bask in His presence.

I find comfort in knowing, wherever I go, He is with me.
Do you enjoy the presence of God?
He enjoys yours!
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Thursday, January 5, 2017

WHINE OR WINE

Sin will invade our lives in the form of trials, tribulations, and persecution. Emotional or physical pain is inevitable where sin resides. We cannot escape the effects of sin so God sent His solution to give us strength and peace.



Jesus was crushed for our sin
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace  Isaiah 53:5
When I read this verse, I think of grapes. I know it seems funny but bear with me. 
When grapes are made into wine they are pressed—a fragrant aroma arises only when they are crushed. 
People watch us when we go through trials, tribulations, or persecution (tweet this)   
One day at work, I was taunted by a few co-workers because I stated I was offended by their dirty jokes. 
I found a quiet corner to sulk. Eyes were still on me. 
My heart broke, they knew I was a Christian why would they say such nasty things in my presence, then make fun of me.

The taunts continued.
“Oh, Cherrilynn’s here, we'd better be good, she'll tell God on us,” Mike stated.
“God wouldn’t like our jokes, either would He?” Steve said.
“You guys are idots!” I said as I left the room.
Laughter echoed throughout the office and followed me on my walk.
The Holy Spirit impressed this verse upon my heart as I prayed and asked for wisdom.
For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. (2 Corinthians 2:15). The Spirit continued, your choice is to whine or be wine when you are crushed. Do you want to complain or be a fragrant aroma?
After a short walk, I returned to the office.
“I’m sorry for calling you idiots.”
Mike and Steve’s mouths opened wider than their eyes.
“We thought you’d never talk to us again,” Mike said with his Cheshire grin.
We accept the apology, we will warn you next time we tell those kinds of jokes,” Steve said.
“Thanks, guys.”  
After the apology, they were careful with their speech. In fact, the dirty jokes stopped. They even came to me privately to ask for prayer.

 God's so good to help me turn my whine into wine.
Do you find yourself complaining?
I still do.
Let's aspire to be a fragrant offering.
What do you desire, Whine or Wine?
Join the conversation. 

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

WHY WAIT A YEAR

I love a new start, a clean slate you might say.  
New Year's day brings that for many people. 
 A resolution is made in hopes of profitable and enduring change.  
We resolve to lose weight, rekindle a friendship, write a book, learn a new language, the list goes on.  
What is a Resolution
According to the Oxford Dictionary
1. A firm decision to do or not to do something
2. The action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter

Statistics prove, after three months, many lose steam and do not stick to their New Years resolution. 
 I have done this more times than I want to admit. 
I beat myself up for not finishing the work or achieving my goal (tweet this)  
I felt like I set myself up for failure.  I began to hate resolutions and myself.
That changed.
As a new Christian,  I stopped making New Years resolutions after I read Lamentations 3:22-24 

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
     they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
   “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
    “therefore, I will hope in him.”
I have a fresh start every morning.  
I don't have to wait for a new year to get a clean slate with God. 
 If I fail the previous day, He forgives me.  Scripture reminds me 


His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence 2 Peter 1:3 ESV

Each morning I pray, "What do you have for your servant today?"
Many mornings He impresses upon my heart to stick with the daily routine.
Other mornings He places an activity or person upon my heart. I talk to Him all day. 
Whatever, the plan, I know that God is in me, empowering me to complete the work.  

I no longer make a yearly resolution,  I make a daily one.
I want to be like the Apostle PaulFor I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:2 ESV

The Apostle Paul also stated in Philippians 3:10

That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection

God's power is alive and at work in us, as believers.

We no longer need to set ourselves up for failure.
We have daily victory.

Will you join me in making this daily resolution to know nothing but Christ and live in the power He gives us? 
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Monday, December 19, 2016

FREEDOM IN A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Freedom can be found in a Christmas Carol. 
As a non-believer, I would sing carols without understanding the words. Once God shed His light into my heart and made me His, Chains of guilt shame and fear diminished. Why?
I believed the words of the songs announcing the Glory of the newborn King. Songs declaring freedom.
One of my favorite carols is O Holy Night.

 My favorite line in the song,


"Chains shall He break, for the slave is our brother and in His name all oppression shall cease."


Jesus humbled Himself and entered the world to break every chain (Tweet this)
  
I was in chains.  Chains of self-doubt, worry and unbalanced expectations.

I saw myself as unlovable, worthless, without a purpose. 
Jesus changed me when I believed this truth.
  

As we celebrate the birth of our Savior, let's take a look at my favorite verse in O Holy Night and compare it to Scripture.

Chains Shall He break  



He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains. Psalm 107:14 NIV


I am your servant, LORD, I serve you just as my mother did; you have freed me from my chains. Psalm 116:16 NIV



For the slave is our brother


 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant (slave), and coming in the likeness of men Philippians 2:7 NKJV


For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother Mathew 12:50 NIV


For He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source, That is why He is not ashamed to call them brothers Hebrews 2:11 ESV


and in His name all oppression shall cease


Then we cried to the LORD, the God of our fathers, and the LORD heard our voice and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression. Deuteronomy 26:7 ESV


From oppression and violence, He redeems their life... Psalm 72:14 ESV


I still get chills when I sing this song.

I remember the prophecy of Isaiah 61  concerning Jesus 


The Spirit of the Lord is on me because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor Luke 4:18-19 NIV



Jesus declared that He is the fulfillment of prophecy. 


I envision people walking out of jail cells with no shackles, leaping for joy at their newfound freedom.
Heads lifted high to greet the sun instead of staring at their feet. Hearts that once craved love now possess complete acceptance in Christ who is Love.



As we celebrate His birth, let us never forget that He is the Messiah.  The promised one.
Emmanuel, God with us. 
The Creator confined Himself to the womb of the created, to deliver us. (Tweet this)
He is the only one who breaks chains, heals wounds, and sets the captives free from the bondage of sin.


My heart rejoices and I want to fall on my knees in reverence and worship.
Let's join the angels and praise the Holy one for all He has done for us.

What effect do Christmas carols have on you?
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If you are going through a difficult time, don't go through it alone.  Contact me.  I will pray with you.  We can seek the face of Christ together.   godsfruit@juno.com