By: Sandra Dilley
Sandra DilleyLOVE: While in Yoga class the other night, the teacher (which of course often teaches from “Eastern Religion”) said: You cannot love others until you love yourself first.

I can speak from personal experience as my generation, the generation of the “divorce culture” lead that philosophy…which lead to leaving our wives, our husbands and children behind in the wake of “I just want to be HAPPY”. We justified this by saying, “I will be more “happy”, “healthy” and “a better person” for me, my family and others. If I go “find myself”, “love”, “happiness”.

My friends, if you haven’t (like I) discovered already that this is a LIE from the pit of hell by now, eventually you will. Though today we see much obvious and direct evil, the devil is usually very sneaky… he whispers those lies to us. Many we don’t realize are from him because they are “philosophies” we learned or that our culture feeds us.

The TRUTH is that GOD IS LOVE. WE can ONLY learn and know LOVE from Him, by Him. We are not truly capable of loving ourselves unless we know the TRUE LOVE of the CREATOR OF LOVE. (1 John 4:7-9 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.…)

To know love, to be love, to give love is to be filled WITH HIM AND HIS TRUE, PURE LOVE. We give ourselves completely to HIM and let HIM fill us. When we do this and truly open ourselves up to this LOVE, which will flow like living water (John 7:38, “Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them”.) filled like jars of clay (2 Cor 4:7 :But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”).

..we can THEN truly love not only ourselves, but all those around us. We can serve them, nurture them, forgive them, give them grace, be at peace with them; Moreover, be at a TRUE place of peace and love for ourselves and our souls. (Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”)

The walls WILL fall down…

By: Sandra DilleySandra Dilley

While in yoga meditating this evening, the Lord showed me that laboring for our breakthroughs, dreams, destinies is where relationship with Him is cultivated. My amazing son in law, Pastor Jeremiah, asked us Sunday: “Are our hearts burning for Him?” as he shared about the importance of an intimate relationship with Christ and how it’s crucial to the body of Christ and answered prayer. So timely as is the movie and I am reminded of WarRoom.

As we pray, petition, cry, talk, share, war, battle for territory and enter into the throne room with our Lord, we are dwelling in a place of intimacy wtih the Father. Think of how when we go through hardship, trials , sorrows with others how it bonds us? In the same way, sharing our prayers, petitions and cries to our Heavenly Father in our prayer closet also does so.

Jeremiah further shared these wise words this past Sunday: “House of prayer =house of encounter; The house of prayer is our Jericho”. The Lord also showed me when answers come, just like the wall falling down…it happens SUDDENLY! So, beloved, be encouraged in your laboring. Keep going to our loving Father. Keep going to the throne room. Do not grow tired or weary. He is FAITHFUL to His promises! He will answer your prayers…SUDDENLY! the breakthrough will happen…is coming! Selah Amen!

God should fix all my problems

By: Taylor Johnson
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When first reading this I think most of us would say that is a lie, but lately I’ve seen that I believe this much more than I would like to admit. In the past few weeks I have started having horrible pain from a disease I thought was no longer in my body. As I have already had two surgeries I found myself feeling angry, and not understanding why this was happening to me again. Not only does this cause constant pain it can also make child bearing nearly impossible (though NOTHING is impossible with God).

This week I caught myself asking God why He is letting me go through this again, and thinking “If God really loved me He would heal me.” Then as I was teaching at our girls’ Bible study, God was really teaching me. We confronted the lie that “God should fix all my problems.” We began reading James 1:2-4 which says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” Romans 5:3-4 “Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”  2 Corinthians 12:9-11 “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Through all of this I was seeing that God did not promise a perfect life with no problems, but He does promise that He will never leave or forsake us. He is a good Father and will do what is best for us. We may not see it, but He sees the big picture. Remember that if you need healing, physically or emotionally, that all things are possible with God (Matt. 19:26), and He works all things together for the good of those who love Him. (Rom. 8:28)

Lean into Him. Rest in Him. 1 Peter 4:7 “Casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.”

2 Timothy 3:16-17

Verse of the Day

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Hopefully this inspires you to spend a little more time with God’s word this week.


Psalm 24:7-10

Verse of the day:

“Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is he, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty—he is the King of glory!!” ~Psalm 24:7-10

Hope you all have a wonderful week!