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We SO want to stay on course, to “run the good race that is marked for us”, so that no cuts in and steals our prize (1 Corinthians 9:24, Galatians 2:2, Galatians 5:7, Hebrews 12:1 ). Let us encourage each other more in this pursuit.

“Put your boots on”!

…I heard the Lord say. I had a vision of some big furry boots but while I knew that they were furry for comfort, I knew that they were heavy on the bottom, much like the boots astronauts wear while up on the moon, or those deep see divers in the 40’s wore. You get the picture?

 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:2-4

I have been going through tremendous adversity, on all sides and from many directions, and the one thing I certainly have not been is patient…or faithful. The attacks and invasions came all at once and did not let up night or day for many months. The Lord kept giving me strategy in prayer and my prayer partners were praying for wisdom and encouragement but that wisdom kept flying out the window as I kept OPENING MY MOUTH, making things worse most of the time…ok, ALL of the time!

I soon came to a point where I realized I had started to build up bitterness and this constant state in my head (and my) of complaining as I desperately tried to struggle to find a way to NOT be in the situation I was in. It had started affecting me physically and down I went.

On my knees I found grace and the Lord’s power and was delivered from much anxiety, fear, bitterness and “Got My Praise On”. While I felt much lighter and some rays of light shined on these adversities, there was still a need to keep intercession over a few more “desperate concerns” but I could see the Lord working, and I could see answered prayer SOMEWHERE…

But my MOUTH!  OMG! Could I ever stop it. I had been directed to say few words…and to make sure they were gentle, and to NOT WORRY (do you know that God’s word says this 365 times?). I was still trying to protect myself, so while I went into repentance and tried to take back ground from self preservation, worry and a spirit of rejection, I found the Lord’s grace again in a NEW strategy.

From STRENGTH to CONSTRAINT

The strategy to walk in strength and peace was not working so the Lord gave me a word picture for a NEW STRATEGY: heavy boots that I described above. He revealed to me that if I pictured myself in these heavy boots, then I could picture myself in a sort of CONSTRAINT.

So be careful to do what the Lord your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left. Deuteronomy 5:32 

THE BOOTS TO ANCHOR ME DOWN.

The benefit was that I could anchor or weigh myself down to God’s word, that in these boots I would not be able to MOVE FAST or abruptly, rushing in where I shouldn’t but be more hesitant and watchful, not stumbling into one trap after another (the trap of my mouth!). He told me once again to watch for the slightest shift of His head, to watch for where He was moving and to not look to the left or the right.

Ask for “STRATEGY”

I could find a ton of scriptures that could give you encouragement in times of trials but the plain truth is that we are all different and what motivates one may not motivate another but the LORD knows what will work. The Lord has been faithful every time when I ask for STRATEGY, and the verses He has been giving me have been running through my head constantly and with HIS revelation and power, ministering directly to me with a one-on-one relationship.

I fail Him all the time and I don’t follow through on some of what He’s directed but He’s been faithful when I am not, given grace out I do not deserve and blessed me beyond measure, willing to keep pouring out as He has more faith in me than I do in Him.

Ask for strategy. Wait upon Him. Surrender in quietness daily and listen for the next move on the chess board of life that He wants to make. If you fail, He will be right there to move you again. Remember that PRAISE is the doorway to the kingdom and His presence and it’s warfare against the enemy and that we enter His gates with thanksgiving. Do these and watch what He will do!

And put your boots on.

In His grace,
Lisa Hainline

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When taking too many “Hits” – Stay DOWN!

Who hasn’t watched a boxing match at least one point in their life, whether on tv or maybe even in a movie?  In a boxing match, there are regular “breaks”, when the bell rings and the fighters go to their corners for a quick pep talk or coaching advice on a new strategy, a little water/refreshment, and just a break to assess the situation, breath or rest.  This is just good strategy in fighting ANY fight, whether it be in the ring, on the battlefield or even on the battlefield of LIFE.

You’ve probly heard the phrase, “live to fight another day”, maybe while watching a movie about war when discussing some sort of retreat, and that’s what I’m talking about here.  In the boxing match, one person is usually tired and weakened from taking too many hits, and most would know when to give up and “stay down”, instead of fighting to the death.  I’m not talking about loosing a battle, for in boxing there has to be a “winner” in any match, but I’m talking about knowing when you NEED to “stay down”, to not get up again and fight when you are so weakened that more loss would take place.

Once again, as it always seems to be, i’m faced with unbeatable situations and yet like any human would do, i keep fighting, gaining small victories and then to be pushed down again, and again, battered from all sides, attacks from every direction, and i keep getting up to fight some more, not realizing how weak i really am and what ground i’m loosing by claiming that, “i am strong enough to handle it”

Joel 3:10 says to “let the weak say I am strong” but  this is not speaking that we need to be strong in our own strength.  2 Corinthians 12:10 says: “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. ”

Well i can tell you that i have not been DELIGHTING in my weaknesses lately but am coming once again to the end of myself, needing to fall on my knees and realize i have nothing apart from Christ to handle ANYTHING.  I love that God’s word tells us over and over againt that He will supply us with strength when we are weak ( “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” Isaiah 40:29), and that all i have to do is ask for it.

So the main point of this whole less0n, is that once again i get sidetracked in thinking that i HAVE TO handle all that comes my way.  That is a lie straight from the pit of Hell – and can lead to depression, desperation, despondency, misery and possibly suicidal thoughts.

When living with people who are out of control
 or who also fall into the lie that one MUST control their own life, even when trying to submit to the Lord, this “spirit of control” will try to sideswipe you also and you may feel the burn that comes with being pushed outside of God’s protective bubble and covering.

STAY DOWN!
Live to fight another day!  Go to the streams of refreshment and get rest from the Lord Himself, receiving strength, wisdom, courage (IN AND THROUGH HIM) and stay there until you receive the blessing

  • Dont’ keep fighting or even defending yourself when faced with attacks – like when a loved one is criticizing you for not doing what THEY think you should be doing or where you are “failing” when you’re not hearing that direction from the Lord. 
  • Don’t try to figure it all out when faced with unbeatable situations that are beyond your control – like your car is about to fall apart and you don’t have money to fix it.
  • Don’t stress if you can’t see a way to pay the bills that keep flooding in which are beyond what finances you have at your fingertips
  • Don’t become despondent when faced with illnesses in yourself or your loved one that are beyond what the medical doctors can figure out or know what to do with.

I could go on and on here but the main point is to STAY DOWN.  Dig deeper into the Lord’s presence and receive all you need from HIM. HE KNOWS!  He KNOWS what you are going through for nothing has come to us apart from His hand.  He KNOWS how to fix it! HE LOVES to show Himself to you and to be the great helpmate. HE WILL do it for He who began a good work in you, will be faithful to complete it.  HE LOVES it when you give testimony of His greatness. When WE ARE WEAK, HE IS STRONG>

RELEASE OUTPOURINGS by waiting on Him in faith.  ASK Him to handle it, tell him, “LORD, this is beyond me and i cannot do anything, so YOU HAVE TO” and then, “I TRUST IN YOU LORD – NO MATTER WHAT!” and then sit back, listen and wait.  He WILL show up!  Jeremiah 29:13 promises that if you seek Him with all your heart, you will find Him. 

Run to Him now, making time for the sacrifice of praise (find that time that is just for Him, apart from all else that is in your schedule), be quite before Him, pursuing Him with all your heart…and just “be”. WAIT on Him and use this “season of restoration” that you so desperately need to survive.

in His grace & service,

Lisa

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“Whose Life did you impact?”

I heard this over and over and over again this morning, as I cried out in prayer for those I know who struggle with putting their wants, desires, plans and needs, ahead of what the Lord is saying to them. 

We are SO CLOSED off to see the world around us when we are filtering everything through hurt, rejection, abandonment and bitterness…and we do not even see it.  We cannot hear the Lord when our own mind is so self focused on getting to where WE think we need to be, what WE want to see happen, and are stuck in a box of “I can’t get to where i want to go”, or “no one else sees MY wants or needs…etc”.

We get stuck then, in a place with AN AGENDA, and things never seem to work out according to OUR agenda, having thoughts of how things SHOULD be – and aren’t – which leads to thoughts of strife and strain to get things out of the “bad place’ that they always seem to be in.

WHAT if God is ALREADY WORKING through your trials? What if those people you see in the way of your “plan” are put there by HIm to help you in HIS PLAN for your life?  What if some of the trials that you face are His way of putting “contraint” on you, holding you in a place where you can go nowhere except to run to Him?

If we are stuck in our own battles, thrashing in a murky mire and getting nowhere, we need to be quite, stop thrashing and rest. We need to submit our lives and listen to where He is moving.  This life is NOT about us but about seeing a NEED for a God, coming to the one true God, and then working alongside Him for the “advancement of the kingdom”.

I don’t want to be standing at the throne besides the Lord one day, and have my Heavenly Father say: “well…i see you worked and held a job…i see you raised a child…who else did you influence?”  You are useless to the advancement of kingdom if you are stuck in so much pain that you cannot even SEE another.  

It’s NEVER about what you think it’s about.  God is always encouraging us if we choose to listen and pursue His presence.  We have to get out of ourselves, to receive all He has for us, and then pour out as we’ve been poured into, for HIS glory, not our own.
Be encouraged!  God doesn’t waste a tear, heartache or trial. Draw into him with a vengence and just DO all that you need to do to get there.

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