Today marks the two year anniversary of the day my Mother went home to join our Father in Heaven. This entire week perhaps the entire month I have been irritated or low on tolerance. Yes, I had many other things going on. One in particular a very close person to me, a person I have now discovered I love deeply - I nearly lost him. All of us are blessed for his healing. Thank You Lord! Of course I prayed over him like madness; God blessed us with more time. WOW.
However, not until today did I see the blessings because I had felt myself sinking into a "what about me" little pity-party. Granted I was there, being there for him, doing my best to take care of him before, during and after him being in the Hospital. Still - I didn't realize all of these pint up feelings of abandonment, and emotions of loss, emotions of having no control, having no influence; all of those feelings were rushing in, and mixing in with the fear of losing him. This wow person I had finally found. It hit me today. He is my person now, I have already connected in so many ways, he already totally knows me - and he settles me, loves me, encourages & supports me, he listens to me, advises me, and helps me get centered with God. Everything my Mother did and so much more. What a total blessing - thank you Lord. Thank you!
Darn it I still miss my Mother, as much as she totally drove me crazy, she was my person. The person I could go to, talk to, would settle me and help me get centered with God. Now I know there was so much of her that I didn't know. Oh gosh I want to know, I want to connect, I want closure also. So what are we doing in remembrance of her? What is a person supposed to do to move on from these paralyzing emotions?
How do we get past the past?
I spent a few days in study, thinking, praying, reading and came up with the below Prayer. I have written and published a version of this prayer before. I have modified it for a different kind of loss. For the moving on sort of need, motivation, most importantly :: if we are so caught up in our past, we can never have our NOW. I don't know about you, I want my now, I want that freedom, and I am so thankful scriptures are there to point out how we can have our NOW. The past is the past, no matter what it is, thank you Jesus! The Prayer as well as the scripture references are below.
I pray for you and your family to experience what I have - Total and Complete Release from the Past - Thank You Lord for the Now You Have Blessed Me with!! Remember He created us beings with a free will, we can make choices; scripture makes it clear what Christ did for us so that the past can completely be the past. No Matter What It Is! The rest is up to each of us. Are we going to let go of that past? Are we going accept our forgiveness? Are we going to accept, believe and have that uplifted faithful spirit?
I choose to - I choose to be forgiven, to forgive myself and others, to forgive and even in parts forget the past. To decide the past doesn't have power over me. I choose all the positive and good memories. I choose life. I choose my Now.
Father, I realize my helplessness in saving myself and I glory in Christ Jesus has done for me. I let go - put all aside all passed sources of my confidence - counting them worthless than nothing, in order that I may experience Christ and become one with him.
Lord, I have received Your Son and he has given me the authority power, privilege, and right, to become your child.
I unfold my past and put into proper perspective those things that are behind. I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the son of God, who live loved me and gave himself for me. I trust in you, Lord, with all of my heart and lean not on my own understanding. In all of my ways I acknowledge you, and you will make my paths straight.
I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him and his death, and so, to attain the resurrection from the dead. So, whatever it takes, it will be one who lives in the flash newness of life of those who are alive from the dead.
I don't mean to say that I am perfect. I haven't learned all I should, but I keep working toward that day and I will finally be all that Christ saved me for and wants me to be.
I am bringing all my energies to bear on this one thing: regardless of my past, I look forward to what lies ahead. I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which you are calling me to heaven because of what Christ Jesus did for me.
In his name I pray Amen.
“But whatever things were gain to me, these I have considered as loss for the sake of the Messiah. More than that, I consider all things to be loss in comparison to the surpassing value of the knowledge of Messiah Yeshua my Lord. Because of Him I have suffered the loss of all things; and I consider them garbage in order that I might gain Messiah and be found in Him not having my righteousness derived from Torah, but one that is through trusting in Messiah—the righteousness from God based on trust.”
Philippians 3:7-9 TLV
“But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name–[Isa. 56:5.]”
John 1:12 AMPC
“For day and night Your hand [of displeasure] was heavy upon me; my moisture was turned into the drought of summer. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!”
Psalm 32:4 AMPC
“I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own [yet]; but one thing I do [it is my one aspiration]: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,”
Philippians 3:13 AMPC
“I have been crucified with Christ [in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ (the Messiah) lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in) the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”
Galatians 2:20 AMPC
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;”
Proverbs 3:5 NIV
“I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.”
Philippians 3:10-11 NIV
“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.”
Romans 6:4-7 NIV
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 3:12-14 NIV
Father, You said if anyone lacks wisdom, let him ask of you, Who giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not; and it shall be given them. Therefore, I ask in faith, nothing wavering, to be filled with the knowledge of Your Will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. Today I incline my ear unto wisdom, and I apply my heart to understanding so that I might receive that which has been freely given unto me.
In the name of Jesus, I receive skill and Godly wisdom and instruction. I discern and comprehend the words of understanding and insight. I receive instruction in wise dealing and the discipline of wise thoughtfulness, righteousness, justice, and integrity. Prudence, knowledge, discretion, and discernment are given to me. I increase in knowledge. As a person of understanding, I acquire skill and attain to sound the counsels [so that I may be able to steer my course rightly].
Wisdom will keep, defend, and protect me; I love her and she guards me. I prize Wisdom highly and exalt her; she will bring me to honor because I ebrace her. She gives to my head a wreath of gracefulness; a crown of beauty and glory will she deliver to me. Length of days is in her right hand, and in her left hand are riches and honor.
Jesus has been made unto me wisdom, and in Him are all the treasures of ]divine] wisdom, [of comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God]; and [all the riches of spiritual] knowledge and enlightenment are stored up and lie hidden. God has hidden away sound and glodly wisdom and stored it up for me, for I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
Therefore, I will walk in paths of uprightness. When I walk, my steps shall not be hampered – my path will be clear and open; and when I run, I shall not stumble. I take fast hold of instruction and do not let her go; I guard her, for she is my life. I let my eyes look right on [with fixed purpose], and my gaze is straight before me. I consider well the path of my feet, and I let all my ways be established and ordered aright.
Father, in the name of Jesus, I look carefully to how I walk! I live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as unwise and witless, but as wise – sensible, intelligent – person, making the very most of my time – buy up every opportunity. Amen
Firstly, let's all stop and realize a few facts that have somehow crept into many of our belief systems. Much stemming from religious (not grace based) beliefs that we must live is poverty in order to be humble. That's not true. Some of the most arrogant people are totally ignorant to the facets of how life elements are paid for. They are often lazy, hateful, and jealous. All of that negative thinking often manifests itself in stubborn arrogance. Then that way of thinking becomes viral, why because it is easy to hate. Its all over the media, all over social media :: long lists of victim stories. Yet somehow all this bad stuff is always someone else's fault, the governments fault, wealthy peoples fault, your boss, the neighbor with the awesome car or gorgeous wife... the list goes on. Reality slips away, worse as people wallow in that way of thinking they become vulnerable to manipulation, and simply turn into game pieces for agendas that go unnoticed. Being loving, forgiving, nurturing is much more difficult. However, MUCH more rewarding. Think about it - which would you want write on your epitaph.
The focus used to be "the man" meaning big government, or more appropriately corrupt happenings that come out of big government. Now there is the full shift to corporate or the 1%. I will not argue the wrong doings, or perhaps more appropriately outlined what corporate America or otherwise can do for others and or have failed to do. Some of the bad decisions, minimizing the value of its corporate citizens for example, has done the most damage. Providing a narrative that many spin this terrible lie from. A great and recent example that frames this error in thinking, is a book written by John Mackey founder of Whole foods, called "Conscious Capitalism". Please read this book and consider its arguments. They are solid. Simply put we need to all work, make money, it is a good thing not a bad thing. If we don't there are no funds to actually help those in need. Not to mention buy your own food. This thinking that somehow we are all entitled to hand outs, or a perfect life without the cost of hard work - is simply illogical.
Now, stay with me, this isn't a political statement. It doesn't matter to God what party you see yourself attached to, what matters are that policy, governance, and life choices are in alignment with the Word. You can make those decisions yourselves. Individually we can have an effect, be thankful for your job, your calling or not, it is a means to a way. Be happy validate others, through that you too will be validated. That emotion is incredibly powerful!
So back to it, what happens when we are prosperous; well for starters we can give and tithe great amounts, we can add considerable value to the world. This is why the Lord wants His people prosperous. That means YOU. There are two nations to have ever started, in all of time, that were founded on God :: yep, Israel and the United States of America. Again, that doesn't mean we are the only ones to be prosperous, It is a fact to consider for accountability. Why we all need to be much more careful with loyalty, respect, rightfulness, and what is in alignment with Gods Word verses worrying about what other people think. For heavens sake, why would you make an impactful decision based on what you 'think' someone 'might think' about what you do. Do we really want to give that level of control to an imaginary matrix, or to an ever fickle media?!?!?!? No - oh No You Don't!!
So back to this concept of prosperity, is it wrong to seek it? No. Is it wrong to have goals and aspirations, grand or otherwise one step at a time? No. Is it wrong to want to provide for your family, want a good job, to further your career? No. Now, could it be wrong to expect any government should take from everyone it can, so you can be lazy and get everything handed to you? Granted that was a loaded question, but the answer is still Yes. It simply strips people of our rights, our freedoms, our creativity.
The Law of Moses clearly demonstrates it was God's own wish to bless His beloved nation above all nations upon the Earth. (Be mindful, this is post Christ era so we all have grace upon us and therefore are all His beloved nation - if we choose to be). Even during these early times His people initially didn't have the skills they would need to be financially successful. God declared He would give it to them, give them the power to obtain wealth. (Deut. 8:18). That is to say, He Himself would teach them how to prosper materially.
This was not a scheme that resulted from a human request for prosperity; rather, it was entirely God's idea! The notion that prosperity is evil and poverty is good cannot be found in scripture!
Think about this. Can man be evil, yes we know that is true. Have we had a myriad of evil people irrespective of their wealth. Well that is a solid yes. In fact most evil actions come out of disparate times, not from glorious times. Of course there have been some seriously powerful and evil people. Those are easier to remember. However, they do not dominate the numbers. So be careful not to identify prosperity, or even the ability to obtain prosperity with evil.
Go forth be prosperous, give, tithe, contribute and be blessed!
Samantha Living Live
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