You ever felt like your Pastor was talking directly to you?
Ever felt like…now HOW did HE know that was what I was dealing with?
Well that’s what happened to me when my FAVORITE Pastor was talking about the power of GOD’s deliverance.
First let me give you a quick back drop to what was going on in my head…
I’ve been very transparent about the impact losing my father suddenly has had on my weight and how I’ve had to hire at one point someone who specializes in grief to help me cope and heal at the level I craved healing but in the process of all of that some of my VERY OLD eating habits resurrected. For instance, in moments of really difficult heartache I would go to the drive thru at McDonalds and get sausage (you know they have that “have breakfast all day” marketing going on) and my Daddy and I used to have breakfast “all day” meaning at night sometimes and so in some way it connected me to him BUT it also connected me to a larger pair of pants and THAT…THAT was a DISCONNECTION that needed to take place!
ANYWAY…that’s the struggle and honestly it was a struggle that I had been praying about and yes…you could say asking for GOD’s deliverance.
AND THAT’s when my Pastor had the nerve to say something that hit me SO HARD I honestly wanted to walk out. Not because I didn’t like what was said but because the impact was SO deep I just needed some time to process …so he goes
People come up to me all the time and say Pastor I asked the Lord to deliver me from “so and so” but I still can’t help doing “so and so”. I don’t know what the Lord is doing in my life because I’m not delivered. (that’s my paraphrase of his setup)
AND THEN…OMG…he said the life changing comment
GOD WILL NOT DELIVER YOU FROM WHAT YOU STILL WANT TO DO
GOD WILL NOT DELIVER YOU FROM WHAT YOU STILL WANT TO DO
Hold up…STOP the PRESS…“what you STILL want to do”
Real talk…on some level with my YEARS of being in this space of weight loss and wellness I had to admit that on some level I still wanted to indulge I just didn’t want the consequences of the indulgence. Can you relate? You know you wanna still have a LITTLE but have A LOT of progress?
Was it possible that my heart wasn’t turned to GOD for COMPLETE DELIVERANCE ?
COMPLETE DELIVERANCE as defined as Lord destroy my DESIRE and WILL for ANYTHING(including that sausage) separating me from the Cledra YOU had in mind?
I’m convinced that when it comes to at least weight loss we want the Lord to help us with being disciplined TO A POINT. Help us TO A POINT where we can see PHYSICAL RESULTS(smaller clothes and a lower number on the scale) but GOD is interested in SPIRITUAL RESULTS.
Numbers like the number of times we look to HIM for comfort instead of a cookie, the number of minutes we study HIS WORD, the size of our faith, the willingness to drop the “scales” of judgment and offer grace.
GOD looks at the heart and I was convicted so much by what my Pastor said that I was led to go before God and admit that I wanted to change consequences more than I wanted deliverance and to search my heart , break my will, replace it with YOUR purpose, and renew my mind.
Can’t wait to tell you what happened next but I will say it has changed my life AND my body, but for now…I wanna invite you to go to GOD and get real about your position.
Have you been asking for deliverance from something that on some level you still really wanna do? Do you want deliverance more from the consequences than a true break from ever having the desire?
I also invite you to Relevant Life Ministries to hear my favorite Pastor…Pastor Eddie Gross.
Worship is at 10:30 am on Sundays at 1860 Sandy Plains Road Marietta, GA 30066
Leave me a comment and let me know …have you asked for deliverance? Do you have it? Do you still on some level still want to do what you asked to be delivered from ?
Post below OR come tell me in person because I’ll be up front with my favorite Pastor at the end of service to greet and welcome you!
Struggle comes with trying to make sense out of what just doesn’t make sense
When we’re going through difficulties, the enemy loves to draw us into a logical discussion. The reason a “logical discussion” is a sign of temptation is because GOD cannot be reduced to our logic. There are countless examples of how a “logical discussion” comes before sin. We can start in Genesis with Eve. Everything the serpent said seemed “logical”. We can look at Samson. Everything Delilah said seemed “logical”. We can look at Sarah. I mean she had waited a VERY long time for that baby and so getting another women to sleep with her husband seemed “logical” at the time.
So how do we protect ourselves from “logic” when logic is what so many of us use to be successful in this world? If you’re reading this you’re most likely a very accomplished individual with a long list of things you’ve been very successful doing and I bet almost all of them required you to be…LOGICAL.
Today I want to invite you into an ILLOGICAL walk with our GOD and here are some strategies:
- Ask GOD to give you HIS vision about the situation. Resist the need to take YOUR vision of the situation to GOD and ask for clarification.
my real life example
Logic prayer: Lord I don’t understand why my first husband found love and marriage again before I did. It’s not fair.
ILLOGICAL prayer: Lord, I surrender my desire to be married to you. Give me YOUR VISION for this day about me getting married again
- Ask GOD to show you WHO YOU NEED TO BE. Resist the need to talk about changing your circumstances and shift to changing your character
continuing the real life example
ILLOGICAL PRAYER: Lord, what skills and what character traits do I need to develop to become the wife for the man you are preparing for me
- Ask GOD to give you the STRENGTH for THIS DAY for HIS WILL alone. Resist the need to tell the Lord how you feel like you can’t make it.
ILLOGICAL PRAYER: Lord, give me the strength to celebrate love with others as I patiently(fruit of the spirit) wait for the love you have for me.
- Last step…THANK the LORD in advance
ILLOGICAL PRAYER: Lord I just thank you for giving me YOUR vision over my situation, I thank you for showing me who I need to be, and Lord I magnify you and praise your name for the gift of another day to grow in you.
BONUS strategy….start with a PRAYER OF SURRENDER(click to download)
Declare Victory…no matter what!
For the first time in 5 years of my coaching I actually had thoughts of quitting. This past year I have had the largest weight gain I’ve had in 6 years, I’ve had some of the darkest nights of my soul since the season of losing my baby, and the enemy started whispering…
who will listen to you now?
how are you gonna talk about weight loss I mean look at you…you’re not a size 8 anymore you’ve gone up 2 sizes maybe 3?
how can you talk about emotional mastery when you cry almost everyday?
what story are you gonna “rewrite” now?
Can you relate? Has life ever hit you so hard it makes you question your direction? Maybe for you it wasn’t as extreme as losing a parent but maybe you lost the dream of what life would be like for you by now…married, 2.5 kids, a dog, and a big house? Better off financially or wished your kids had turned out better?
I don’t know what it may have been for you OR maybe you’re reading this and you’re like “Cledra life right now for me is better than ever” and PRAISE GOD if that is you(save this for later & forward to a friend).
My point is when darkness comes to our lives the enemy tries to disqualify us for what GOD qualified us to do.
I heard the LORD say…”I didn’t call you because I thought you’d be perfect. I called you because your life would show what’s possible”
I wanna give you the reason my mind is made up to serve you, get this weight off, and BOLDLY teach about emotional mastery. I wanna show you what’s POSSIBLE IN YOUR LIFE and how YOU CAN BE happy EVEN after…after “whatever your fill in the blank” is
1. Wake up and realize there is competition for your thought life & you cannot afford or allow the enemies lies to have real-estate in your mind. CRUSH those thoughts with the word of GOD
2. Your challenge will serve as a stepping stone for God’s glory
3. Trust that GOD is working on your behalf. Trust the heart of GOD even if in this moment you can’t see the hand of GOD moving.
4. Know that the enemy doesn’t challenge people walking in his direction so PRAISE GOD for the challenge and know that YOU DO HAVE WHAT IT TAKES
5. Renew your mind EVERY SINGLE DAY
6. Dress for your SOUL success. Our “soul” is our mind, will, and emotions. Don’t leave the house without dressing your SOUL for success
I wanna share the prayer I wrote in the midst of this battle but I want YOU to commit to sharing it as well, so can you forward this to AT LEAST 1 girlfriend who may need to know that it is her BIRTHRIGHT TO DECLARE VICTORY?
Your PRAYER TO SHARE and I also want to gift you with my “press through to breakthrough” class. It’s not only what I coached but it’s what I listen to OVER & OVER to continue my own press. EVERYONE needs DAILY mind renewal…that’s not from me that’s from the word.
Whatever you’re going through…I want you to hold that in your mind and then say…I DECLARE VICTORY(say it) I DECLARE VICTORY…I DECLARE VICTORY…I DECLARE VICTORY