8/17/09 FINDING YOUR BOUNDARIES
Fellowship. You had to learn when to say no. You had
to find your boundaries.
CONFIRMATION: Someone who is not on my list
wrote me the following sentence this morning. It was
strongly quickened to me as related to what I heard the
Lord say today:
“I feel personally it is an attempt of enemy to break
peace and get into my home. I’m putting foot down in
spirit and it will not be ok with me for that to come
CONFIRMATION: The following post came out
tonight. It was very appropriate for what I was going
through and also the above person.
OPPORTUNITIES ARE NOT
From the rhema journals
of Sandy Warner *
RHEMA 3/28/09 OPPORTUNITIES ARE NOT REQUIREMENTS
HEARD: Allowances were made. Took it to
HEARD: Opportunities are not requirements.
We are sad but we honor your decision. There you have
it. Close a door. Find My will and then stick to it.
Say no to the devil and all else.
WORD TO PONDER: OPPORTUNITIES ARE NOT REQUIREMENTS
There are many doors of opportunities in life. Some of
them you are drawn to, some of them are drawn to you,
and some of them are simply there. Beloved ones, do not
presume that a door of opportunity is My will or is not
My will based upon any kind of influence. If you are
faced with decision, always take it to prayer, find My
will and then stick to it. Resist all other influence
and learn to close doors with freedom in the same way
you would open doors.
I allow doors of opportunity to come your way when I
think that it will be a chance for you to grow. However
all opportunities come with new challenges that require
change, sacrifice and stretching. That is why many
doors are only opportunities to weigh within your own
willingness of heart when taking the matter to prayer.
These opportunities are not intended for you to presume
it is My will for your life.
Gal 5:13-14 NKJV
For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only
do not use liberty as an OPPORTUNITY for the flesh, but
through love serve one another.
POEM: FINDING YOUR BOUNDARIES
What is safe and what is not?
Is it God or demonic plot?
Look in the distance, look right
Balance the measure, far and near.
There’s times to stretch and times
A time for faith and not to meddle.
As you span the distance and look
I will give you grace for what’s to
Boundaries keep you safe, they also
The flesh and the Spirit, always
Discern the voice that is calling
What does it nurture, is it true?
Start at your foundation, level and
Anchored to My Word, and take no
Now draw a line from here to there.
Is it off course, challenging to
Boundaries come in all kinds of
Measures set to keep out the foxes.
Relationships and business,
education and faith,
Each have a flavor, each have a
Nurturing fathers, provoke not to
Yield control and anger and take a
Others be mentored to flame your
Humble yourselves and give
Don’t let another steal your
Don’t let words cause division.
Stick to your guns, but always
Your boundaries will be kept from
Don’t stretch out if you are not
Faith without works can get you
Be content and wait for Me.
I walk ahead to make a place for
Psalm 16:5, 6 NKJV
LORD, you have assigned me my
portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. The
boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.
CONFIRMATION: The above post came out today and
someone sent me the following article by Graham Cooke.
It was very good.
SAY NO - By Graham Cooke-
August 6, 2009
The most difficult part of resting in the Lord is
learning to say one simple two-letter word: “No.” I have
had to learn how to say no. For every ministry
invitation I accept, I turn down ten or eleven. I have
to say no, because I know what I am called to be and do.
If an event doesn’t fit with God’s vision for my life—no
matter how attractive the event is—I have to turn it
down. God has told me to work in a number of specific
countries right now: if I receive an invitation from a
different nation, I have to say no. I just can’t go. I
know God’s parameters for me.
Rushing and productivity have no connection. The issue
for us is what we lose when we rush, not what we gain. I
could go on a mad dash and spend 350 days a year on the
road ministering, but it isn’t right. Hurrying exhausts
us, decreases our efficiency, and produces a lack of
quality in what we do.
By saying no, I have had the opportunity to rest and
reflect on what God wants to do next. Revival—contrary
to our belief that it is an event that happens where
people get saved—is actually about having an extended
peace so the work of the Gospel can go on unhindered.
When we bring peace to our churches and neighborhoods,
the work of the enemy decreases.
A few years ago, the Lord told me that I should spend a
year only doing three kinds of events. These events were
ones I had plenty of material for; I didn’t need to
study for them. Instead, the Lord had me spend that year
meditating, studying, and writing about what He wanted
to do next. When invitations came in that didn’t fit the
three types of events He wanted me to do, I turned them
down. My job that year was to study who God is and who
He wants to be for me. Rushing or saying yes to things
would have robbed me of that revelation. My relationship
with Him was upgraded wonderfully that year—so much so I
wish I could have that every year!
Saying no is just one way to increase rest. How many of
us take time for ourselves? Silence and stillness must
be practiced—we all need times of solitary confinement
with God to practice our peace....