Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Settling for Less is Rejecting Deliverance

The other day I was talking about prayer requests with someone & they told me the serious health problems people were having and how they'd pray for all that, but the minor ache and pain that they themselves suffered.... it wasn't as serious & they decided to just live with it.
I was stuck in a place where there wasn't room for me to interject, but it saddened me & later the Lord gave me a parable & told me what happens when people think along those lines...
He showed me that it's like a person being treated to a free buffet. The recipient is happy for some of it but when it comes to dessert (doing something for themselves) they reject the inclusion and insist on paying. We can think to ourselves, "How ridiculous would it be to go up to the dessert bar at a buffet and try and shove them money in an all inclusive environment?"; but it's worse than that... God showed me the offense to the sacrifice His Son had to make in even rejecting one part of the very costly 'buffet' He paid for.
OUCH... I had never thought of a person being content to suffer in line with willful rejection; offending God! And then He pointed out what the underlying roots of the enemy that have a hold blocking that person's abundant life: pride, self hatred, rejection, self pity and doubt. Even though the person reads the bible daily, unless that person can be delivered from such, they are trapped in that cycle; which brings up the subject of Deliverance.
If you look up the following verse in the Strong's concordance, you will find the depth of what the term SALVATION means:
Philippians 2:12-13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
12 So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
Let me post some of the distinct Strong's meanings for 'salvation' used above: "deliverance from the molestation of enemies; in an ethical sense, that which concludes to the soul's safety or salvation". So working out your salvation is actively seeking deliverance; part of the whole 'conforming to Christ Jesus' plan.
We are NEVER meant to 'settle' for less and anything blocking the way of that is ripe for deliverance. WE must change & part of that change is removing that which hinders or OPPRESSES our conforming to Christ Jesus. Jesus has assured us that we have authority in His Name, right? How about we use it?!! Deliverance is FOR the believer - AMEN!

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Questioning With the Mind vs. Entering-In With the Heart

I recently received a good question from a person that has a hunger about 'God' but still isn't 'sold' in the heart area:

Q:  "I understand that you are pretty confident in your beliefs...let me ask you a simple question: have you been looking for disconfirming evidence to your beliefs?"

A: "You don't understand what a radical conversion experience brings… it's something others cannot understand if they don't have the living God in their life (the Holy Spirit living within).  He's more real than you are… that's why the apostles had no problem witnessing even unto the grave after Jesus ascended.

During the loneliest time of my life…I ran to God and HE showed up with literal signs and wonders.  Think about it…. do people these days 'need God'?  Who runs, asks, seeks & knocks…. who really tests the scripture to see if its so?

The problem is that I needed God and every step I took in believing/trusting…He was there.  But is that a problem?  It is for ever turning back.

Then come the promises in abiding (which is abundant life)…  How often do people pray their needs but never get to know Him?  Read the word because they need something but then don't do anything God says to do found in the bible?  Not many, and that's not 'relationship' which is what God wants with His creation.  He wants to be loved in relationship, not as a dictator.  I can't buy your love in friendship, nor will God (Jesus was enough).

So if I have dreams that are prophetic and happen (even documented on YouTube), and visions -  if I hear Him speak - if I've seen spirits - if I've been delivered from spirits simply by following what the bible says to do and felt them physically leave my body and experienced freedom… and been healed from sciatica, - and if - and if…..and if…..  why would I have cause to doubt, lest I was dealing with a spirit of doubt? 

My history is so full of Him that people that don't know 'us' have no say in our relationship; and that's a problem for you, not me.  I'm sorry I can't manufacture 'relationship' that He offers with you so you could understand….nor do I offer my irl (in real life) husband over to single women, LOL…. I tell em':  "get your own man!"  So see the cost involved….and ask yourself if you really care to know. That is the only way…we have to want to & then take Him at His word or Christianity doesn't seem to fly."

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Friday, March 27, 2015

What are 'Generational Sins' About?

Q:  What are generational sins about?
"The Lord...visits the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation." (Exodus 34:6-7 / Deuteronomy 5:8-10)
A:  The thing you have to understand is that sin creates a stain & Jesus is the only covering for it.  If family willfully sinned in the past & never repented, the curse from sin passes on.  As Christians, we use our authority to break these things in the name of Jesus & by His shed blood.  Just because He died and we are "Christians", doesn't mean the stain is gone.... it has to be actively appropriated (definition: to take to or for oneself; take possession of)--the blood must be applied...

Think of the Israelites readying to escape the bondage of pharaoh.  God commanded they kill a lamb and apply the blood over the doorframe so that the angel of death would see it and pass on.  HE didn't say....'just kill the lamb', no, HE said the blood HAD to be over that doorframe (see Exodus 12).  In every home that had no lamb's-blood over the doorframe, the eldest child perished.
Jesus told us:  "Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill." Matthew 5:17
When I read that passage I understand that the old cursings and blessings are still in effect... they haven't 'passed away'... everything must come under the submission of our Lord Jesus Christ and we are His vessels for AcTiOn!

We can see everything in the Bible is 'action-based'...  the full armor of God listed in Ephesians 6.... it's active stuff.... 'take' and 'put on' are not relaxing do-nothing verbiage. LOL! This christian life is all about 'doing' & 'appropriating', whereas most of Christendom thinks, "I've made Jesus my Lord, and that's enuff."  But I look at the promises in the Word and look at the world and cause and effect are plainly seen.  If God promises abundant life and it's not happening, there must be a reason.... we know satan is beneath us, don't we???

Look at this interesting scripture from Psalm 110:1...
"The LORD says to my Lord: 'Sit at My right hand Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.'"
We get a picture of Jesus and God conversing.   When Jesus ascended on high, He went to be seated at the right hand of the Father & this was just after giving his great commission mandate....
Mark 16:17-19  "These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."
So then, when the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God."
How are the enemies of God made a footstool for His feet?  By us taking our authority as believers!  Appropriate what He purchased for us, there is Power in His name and Power in His shed blood!


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Saturday, January 3, 2015

A Testimony on Receiving the Gift of Tongues

Receiving and flowing in the Gift of Tongues is all about taking thoughts captive, worshipping God, and Faith in the truth of the Word of God.  If you've been struggling to manifest this gifting, the following testimony may give you a boost to keep going.  

It's a beautiful thing to mentor… and after E.J. got his breakthrough in confidently flowing in the gift of tongues, I asked him if he'd testify about it to bless others that are desiring the promise as well.  He welcomed the chance…  BE BLESSED!
Well it all started like this. Actually I've been praying about it for three years to be exact because now its 2015. In all this time I hadn't received it (gift of tongues). So I stopped praying about it. Until this past October/November I just got interested again.  I prayed and prayed but I didn't receive it. 
In December I got really desperate, and so hungry about it, so I did a lot of research about how to get it/what to do in order to get it, etc. I watched a lot of videos on YouTube about speaking in tongues. I discovered that we should move our mouth when we ask for it. Honestly, I prayed to receive it for almost a week, and then out of nowhere, I just wanted to try it. ---And it happened! BUT, the enemy came and told me it was fake, and also tried to make me think it was counterfeit tongues. Then I saw your video, and messaged you about this struggle, and knew to not give up; building my faith. 
On January 2, in the afternoon… I was watching more videos and wanted to try it again because I got really tired of the enemy telling me its not real. So I went to my room. I sat there and just praised God and worshiped Him and really concentrated on HIM.  I just kept saying Hallelujah over and over again until my tongue started to get kind of tied-up-feeling, and the Holy Spirit told me to, "Loosen up. Let it flow".  
Then I just started speaking-- with the enemy continuing to attack, but I didn't listen to him. I just continued speaking and just let go and let it flow until I began to feel the warmth of the Holy Spirit. I began worshiping Him even more and got on my knees and with my hands up, praised Him and just prayed and prayed. I Spoke and spoke until I got so comfortable and felt so free, then I paused for a while. There was this feeling inside of me to speak more. So just couldn't control myself and prayed in tongues again.  I came to a place where I felt so loved and peaceful and ended up crying, all the while still speaking in tongues.  
I actually prayed in tongues for about 5 hours with small breaks, because I just couldn't help myself, I just let it flow even more. I felt so happy
The feeling at first, when I was new with it, was very strange. There was the enemy who just kept telling me that it is fake and I was making it up; trying to make me think it was counterfeit tongues. So I felt very frustrated and doubtful and I couldn't sleep for days.  I had to know more and more on how to truly receive it.  
I didn't give up. I just kept praying, until I 'got it'.  I just let it flow and I fought the feeling of doubt and just went with the flow. And there it was, I had the breakthrough. FAITH is how I got the gift. Its because of Faith. :)))
"For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world -our faith."
1 John 5:4

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Witnessing to Children at Christmas-time


Couldn't be a better time to share the love of Jesus than in the glowing, festive season of expectation that Christmas brings with it.  And Christmas is definitely about giving... so I have a wonderful outreach idea for blessing children, that includes a free PDF you can print out.

The bare bones...
This is basically a 'be excellent in character' message from Jesus that incorporates a future hope along with the reason for Christmas. The 'character' theme is fun because we will be including a lego 'character kit' as part of the gift.

It is designed "2-up" and will be printed on both sides, cut in half and folded "card style".

The Message...
(Here is the body of the message included in the PDF):
I know Christmas is my birthday celebration, and usually the birthday boy is the one who gets the cards.  But I wanted to give you something in this very special season because you are very special to me.
It is a 'busy-busy' season, but we can learn a lot from the wise men that visited me on my birthday.  They stopped their worldly activities, sought the Savior, and offered a special gift to me.
Just as Christmas decorations make our homes pretty, so our lives can be beautiful when they are “decorated” with 'godly character' such as kindness, love, giving, faithfulness, gentleness, contentment and respect for others.
On that first Christmas morning, I may have been just a baby, but I had you in mind. Long before you were born, I knew you.  I came because I love you.  Just like there is a plan for this fun character you build… I have a great plan for you! Here is a special word from Me to you:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”  John 14:1-3
Someday we will meet face to face.  Until then, keep building godly character.  Have a very Merry Christmas.
Love,  Jesus

Things you will need:
• Preferably yellow copy paper, cardstock weight if you can.
• A lego or lego-style mini character kit
• Christmas treat bag

*Note:  I used a 'knock-off' of lego to keep the costs down.  I was able to find them sold in lots of '10' (bulk) on ebay.  We wrote "Merry Christmas" and my son signed his name before we taped the lego kit down... so it's like a nice surprise found after the kit is removed.

I simply tape the lego 'character kit' on the inside of the card.
An Encourager...
It's getting harder and harder to speak "Jesus" in schools today so I'm always on the look-out for ways to keep the door open.  In my case, the school ships the kids in a bus on fridays to the church across the street for "Religious Enrichment"... an opt program that must be parent-approved, and YAY, it's just Christian.  Every kid in the class has consent & goes to it! But that is my back up plan....we are going to try our "Building Good Character" gift as an elementary school Christmas party gift.  Where will you use it?  Homeless shelters, neighborhood kids, those once-a-year visitors at your Christmas church services... be creative!

I want to encourage any of you... especially if you are in an 'easy' community that hasn't succumbed to the pressures of atheistic culture, and if everyone is just fine with Jesus... to not be afraid to let the majority rule.  Make it known to the PTA that real Christmas songs are important to you & not white-washed 'holiday' mumbo jumbo.  Vie for the contested live nativity in the next town.  Encourage carolers and be a cocoa or snack stop for them.  There is so much we can do to spread the joy and message of Jesus our Emmanuel. It is only going to close up and clamp down more and more and the world needs you to stand for Jesus... for these little ones that need to HEAR.

Printable PDF ------>
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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Q: How does one receive healing prayers?

Q:  How does one receive healing prayers?


A:  A very short question…I'm not sure of what angle this question was presented,  but I will suggest many things….

1.) Position your heart for healing

….healing only happens by faith. Sometimes its by the faith of the one doing the praying & sometimes the recipient, but we know one of the 2 has to have faith! We know that "faith comes by hearing & hearing by the Word…" (Romans 10:17), so get in the Word to gain faith for the healing.

2.) Conform to Christ Jesus
… .another imploring to read the Word.  We have to believe what the Word says to be an heir of it.  No matter the topic…but since this is healing…gather up healing scriptures like these:
…. and meditate on them over & over.  When you begin to believe the truth you will get excited in the Word and the fire from it fuels your prayer.  And we know the prayer of a righteous one avails much! (James 5:16)

3.) Praise & worship
....let the excitement cross over into adoration…anticipation of the promised truth…after all, HE is Worthy!  Praise attracts God’s presence. He is drawn to where He is welcomed.  If 'by His stripes we are healed', then we can fixate on how we'd be Praising Him for the manifestation of the healing. So start now!

4.) Relationship
…. just a moment ago the Lord gave me a lil' vision for you… He showed me an invited stranger bursting into a formally seated banquet & demanding healing.  No, it doesn't work that way….first are introductions, gratefulness for being invited….giving the host a gift (your heart) and then casual talking & mingling….. and so on.  Sometimes we need to put on God's shoes & apply what we know of Him==knowing His terms, what He expects & then apply to how we like to be treated etc.
It's like getting an invitation to a scavenger hunt with the promised reward of a pot of gold.  We can stand there and demand our gold all day long, but the prize only comes in following the instruction (the Word)…going from clue to clue to the end…whilst the demanding fool had the same opportunity, but gets nothing by belligerently standing there.  
….but back to the banquet scenario:
….If we gave an invitation to all, we'd still expect to get to know people in relationship.  Someone barreling in demanding---even if the Word says we are heir….LOL, we have to act like heirs, not vigilantes!  It's how love is proven.  We can't only go the motions to get something…real love is give and take, sacrifice & surrender.

5.) Asking others to pray for you
 ….but really WITH you as you are pressing in, in relationship with God.  Hey, it's biblical!
This can be within your church fellowship/family and beyond. 


I created a forum to encourage group interaction... 
you can post a request on the forum at:  theironsmiths.com






There are people that naturally have the 'gift of healing'… seeking those types out if they visit your area or to go visit them….(the laying on of hands type of thing), is definitely an option as well.  Just pray to God and listen to what He impresses upon you to do.  To hop from healing evangelist to the next as a 'groupie' more than pressing in to God isn't so much 'relationship building' with the one who is the source of all healing, a?  Perhaps God will tell you "No.", about getting prayer that route, but rest assured His way is the best way.

6.) Perseverance
….He wants all the souls.  He wants us eternally.  We don't want to be as a beggar that rejects the mansion for the immediate handout, so the process is a refining one.  The goal isn't in getting our healing & then move on… what we go through becomes the testimonial to encourage those that WE will then lay hands on to recover.

7.) Believe!
We are to heal the sick, raise the dead and deliver in His name, in the 'big picture', so while you are pressing in for yourself, start RIGHT NOW, in practicing the truth.  If we decide we won't take up those promises until we are healed, the enemy will target that lie, and healing may never come because of 'conditions' we've placed upon God.  But, if we focus and implement the truth in believing for others, we are fueling faith and our own healing shall not be far off!

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

"...For theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven"



You know... we are STILL doing that PA, Power and Love Series.... every time we do a long car ride with the kids. In the last one it was kind of profound because Todd White talked about what he believed Paul's 'thorn in the flesh' was. Didn't believe sickness was it (I don't think many of us overcomers 'buy' that view anyhow, Lol).... Todd stated he believes the thorn is persecution.
Let's consider the basis of one of the very first things prophesied of paul in the scripture... the Lord said he was called to suffer..

"..for I will show him how much he must suffer for My name’s sake.” Acts 9:16
Watch the clip from 1:12:07 to 1:15:20...



Attitude Adjustment...
Ponder with me on this is a bit of 'wow'... hit the nail on the head..., and let's change our attitude a bit.

There are a great many of us standing & fighting & yet feeling gut-punched because we know the Word is true-- we walk it/live it, but we just continue to feel 'slugged'... and a bit of sadness shrugs over us.
But changing perspective like Paul did, can be a game-changer for us. When we change perspective...not only does the hope begin to flood, but you can see the honor in your suffering and persecution.

2 Corinthians 12:8 "Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. 9 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong."

Victorious Mindset...
Does anyone really wake up in the morning and think... "What I do today is impacting and changing the world tomorrow for Jesus Christ"? How many slumbering warriors are out there missing this vision? How many are taking the punches and going into pity-party mode....creeping into-a-hole mode, instead of shouting "GLORY!"? There are MANY.

It's a hamster wheel of non-efficacy.

Sure it's not fun... even Jesus asked that the cup be removed... and it's okay to desire a lighter load, but are we retreating as sand or a rock that stands unbroken?

John 18:11 "...the cup which the Father has given Me, shall I not drink it?'”

You Must Prophesy...
If you've found yourself relating to sand...pity parties and retreating to a hole... I have a small smooth stone to take down that goliath mindset in your life.  It's simply agreeing with the Word of truth.  If it's not there and you speak what is true... you are prophesying it.  And does it return void???  The catch is, is that you MUST speak it.  How does faith come? 
I can sit here and know all kinds of scripture and sit in a hole of sadness or I can fight and speak it out boldly for heaven, for earth and under the earth to hear.  As I speak it out, my listening ears hear and faith grows. 

Acceptance...

Did you know that the reason for persecution is so that we would be separated from the world?

John 15:18-21  “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you... If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you... because they do not know Him who sent Me."

What is the goal and purpose of this short life?  Is it about ourselves, our own accomplishments... whoever has the most toys.... LOL.  No, of course not... it's about refining for our completeness in relationship and ultimate purpose in God's plan.  Our hearts are truly restless until they rest in our creator.  In heaven, there will no longer be a 'God-shaped' hole in our hearts.  So although we don't feel, or taste, touch or experience the more lofty and comfortable promises of the Word, we can know we are doing just fine.  We're just 'fitting in' the world to come more-so then this place... and that's where we WANT to be!  With that in mind, we can thank Him for the great things we are doing that we cannot comprehend in our current bout of persecution.  We can press onward boldly, knowing it's just not about us, but who can we take with us?
“Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."  Matthew 5:10
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