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Why you really don’t want to be “normal”

October 29, 2019

Why you really don’t want to be “normal”

Have you ever said (or heard someone else say), “Why can’t I just be like ‘normal people’?” Perhaps it was in jest or maybe out of frustration, but either way it expressed a desire for a life different than one is currently experiencing and more like the life we perceive and believe that others are currently living.

The truth is you really don’t know what the other people’s experience is … only yours. Still, somehow you’ve come to at least two conclusions: (1) your life isn’t normal and (2) normal is desirable.

I’d like to posit for your consideration these two simple responses. First, your life is probably MUCH more “normal” than you may feel that it is. Secondly, since your life is already “normal” perhaps normal is NOT such a desirable state after all.

Most people seem to have more than enough stress, anxiety, illness, disappointment, grief, regret, debt, and anger in their lives. For them (and perhaps for you too) it has become a normal way of life. But here’s my protest: Although these situations are “common” they are not to become “normative” in your life. They should not be conditions that define your normal.

However, we humans tend to adjust to the state of affairs around us, adopt a herd mentality, and become stuck in patterns of behavior and living that become normal to us. Again I must protest that this is NOT life as it is intended by our Creator to Be!

Consider the following scripture verses my attempt to jar you out of any sense of fake-normalcy that you may have been lulled into by circumstances. You CAN experience a “new normal” beginning today.

John 10:10 – The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

John 15:11 – I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.

Romans 14:17 – For the kingdom of God is … righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

1 Timothy 6:17 – …put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.

3 John 2 – Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.

These are just a handful of scriptures that indicate a different kind of normal than most people are experiencing today. I encourage you to take a look at what scripture has to say about you. You may just find that you’re living way beneath that which God has made possible and available for you.

Normal is SO overrated. Choose instead a life of joy and abundance. Choose instead a life of health and blessing. And even when troubles come, “be of good cheer” knowing that Christ has already overcome the world and leads the way to your Joyful Place.

-TP

Who told you that it’s too late?

September 3, 2018

Who told you that it’s too late? They lied.

As I am writing this, the calendar has just turned over to September, the ninth month and much is being said about that fact. Some are saying that nine is the number of birthing. Others add that we have entered the third trimester of the year and that there are symbolic parallels with those of a woman’s third trimester of pregnancy. Now, I’m good with all of that and I too am excited about what God is bringing to manifestation/birth in this season, but I’d like to address another message today.

It’s a message that may only be broadcasting on the “station” between your ears, but it’s a really strong signal and the volume seems to be getting louder.  This message says, “It’s too late!”

It’s too late for what, you might ask. But I think you may already know. The message goes on to elaborate that it’s too late for that dream you’ve been holding onto; it’s too late for the ministry you’d hope to launch; it’s too late to start the business you have been envisioning; it’s too late to have the relationship you have imagined; it’s too late in fact, to do anything except what you’ve been doing. The “seed” is dead and it is simply too late for anything to develop from it.

It’s too late. The year’s already coming to a close. It’s too late. We’re nearing the end of another decade. It’s too late, you just had another birthday. It’s too late. Too many people are already doing what you wanted to do. It’s too late. The market is saturated. It’s too late. I missed God on the thing and there’s no chance now.

I want to share a scripture with you and then a couple of quick stories that may just shift your thinking about the clocks and calendars that you’ve been giving so much authority in your life.  First, let’s take a look at 1 Peter 1:23-25

23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

I want to point out here that, first of all, YOU as a born again believer, are born of incorruptible seed. This scripture tells us that the incorruptible seed is the Word of God. I don’t know if you just heard me, but I said that the Word of God is incorruptible seed. So if you have received a Word, a true and actual Word from God … that Seed is viable!

While I’m here, let me also tell you that your physical age is an illegitimate authority when it comes up against a Word that God has spoken into your life. Some have said, I’m 40; I’m 50; I’m 60; I’m 70 … It’s too late.

THE DEVIL IS A LIAR. BUT EVERY WORD FROM GOD IS TRUE!

I’m reminded right here of the call of the Old Testament prophet Jeremiah. We find it in Jeremiah 1:4-8.

The Call of Jeremiah

The word of the Lord came to me, saying,

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew[a] you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

“Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”

But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.

God essentially says to Jeremiah, “Shut up. You don’t even KNOW how old you are! I knew you before you were even conceived in your mother’s womb.”

Stop! Stop today giving the clock and the calendar authority in your life that they do not deserve!

Now let me get to my stories. In 2005 scientists in Israel successfully germinated and grew a seed that they had found during excavations of Herod’s palace. The seeds were approximately 2,000 years old! The seeds were those of a date plant (I think that’s really funny that it was a “date” plant, but I digress.)

May I tell you that more than a decade later the plant has grown to over 10 feet tall and has pollinated and produced dates (fruit)? I think that is amazing, but the seeds were “only” 2,000 years old.

But hold on for my second story! More recently scientists from Russia published a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reporting the germination and growth of seeds carbon dated at approximately 32,000 years old! Yes. I said 32,000 years old.

And you were saying that you are how old? You were saying that your dream, your vision, your Word from God is how old? But you’ve given up on it because you believed that the “seed” was dead, non-viable.

I dare say that NO ONE reading this is 2,000 years old (not to mention 32K years old)! How dare you give up on the incorruptible seed that is the Word of God that He spoke into your life!

Allow me to close very simply by saying “It’s NOT over!” It is NOT too late! NOW is the time for birthing, for manifesting! Now is the appointed time and what you’re working with is INCORRUPTIBLE SEED! If it is properly placed, watered, and cultivated, it WILL grow and it WILL produce fruit!!! So what are you waiting for? Grab that “seed” and get busy! You’re going to see a harvest that you thought would never come because God’s word is incorruptible seed and your faith will bring manifestation in this season!

Blessings!

Teaching Priest

Loving God with All My Heart?

March 29, 2010

When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, He responded with a quotation of Deuteronomy 6:5. But in this crazy world where so much other stuff is competing for the attention and love of our hearts, how do we love God with all our heart? Check out this brief article and tools outline to gain some insights to that question.
Loving God with all my heart <—— CLICK HERE.

TP

Who Are You… Really?

June 14, 2009

I’ve began teaching a series at my local church entitled, “Revelations of God’s Love and Grace.” However, I’m taking some 3 to 4 weeks of this eight-week class to teach about “who” and “what” we are first.

You see, I have come to believe that much of the trouble, stress, and confusion that Christians experience is because they have little to no understanding of what happened to them when they “got saved”.

This is in large part due to the fact that “what” they are, that is, what comprises a human being and how receiving Christ (and his finished, redemptive work) affects that make up, was never effectively explained to them.

As a result, they found themselves set up for a life of confusion, guilt, condemnation, and generally speaking, less than what the “advertising” had promised.

Second Corinthians 5:17 tells us that anyone who is “in Christ” is a “new creature”. The old has gone and the new has come. Woohoo!!!

But wait, I still look the same, and… I’m still having a lot of the same OLD thoughts and feelings. What up?

Here’s the rub (and what isn’t well explained much of the time). You are a three-part entity; spirit, soul, and body (see II Thess. 5:23). When you received Christ as your savior, your spirit became reborn or “born again” [it was formerly dead in trespasses and sins; Ephesians 2:1]. But guess what, your soul and body DID NOT.

I know this sounds sacreligious, given the way many of us were brought along in church environments, but it is the truth.

So, on Monday, after you “got saved”, you ran headlong into the conflicting experiences with which your soul and body began to deal.

At that point you basically had two choices, (1) blow the whole “saved” thing off as bogus; (2) start playing a religious role and hoping everything promised “caught up” with you before you GOT CAUGHT faking your way through it.

Whoa! Talk about a set up for guilt, condemnation, and failure; that is a sure recipe.

All the while, you did not understand that, first of all, the REAL YOU WAS ACTUALLY BROUGHT TO LIFE (your spirit). Secondly, the “you” that you commonly understood to be you (your soul and body) began a journey on the path of supernatural transformation that is now possible by the “renewing of your mind.” (see Romans 12:1-2)

Once we understand who we really are, we can begin to yield to God’s process and open our souls to the flow of transformation coming out of our new living spirit.

We can skip the whole guilt and condemnation thing (see Romans 8:1) and begin experiencing the marvelous wonders of our new adventure as one joined together with the Spirit of Christ. We can revel in the “free gift of righteousness” and “the abundance of grace” lavished upon us by God in this new birth. (see Romans 5:17)

For some of you this may come across as a bit heretical or just plain not how you’re used to thinking about your life as a Christian/believer. But I challenge you to give it some meditative consideration and study it out like the Bereans in Acts 17, to “see if it’s true.”

If you have received Christ as your savior and His finished work (birth, life, death on the cross, resurrection from the dead, and ascension to the right hand of God, the Father) as valid for you, the the REAL YOU IS ALIVE AND WELL right now! As for the rest, the good news is you are now perfectly set to become all that God purposed in eternity that you be! How cool is that!?!

Sure, it will involve change, mental transformation, and perhaps a good bit of healing for past experiences, but it is now all possible for you.

Grab hold of these truths and be freed today into the life that God desires for you to have and that Christ died (and was raised again from the dead) for you to experience… a life of fullness and blessing in every area.

Until next time, think on these things and may God give you revelation for mastery and manifestation in your life.

Do You Believe In Visions?

May 23, 2009
Subconscious Religious Paradigms Must Be Removed

Erroneous Subconscious Religious Paradigms Must Be Destroyed.

I had a vision just now (a little after 5 a.m.).  I was standing on the deck of a ship. Out in front, ahead, was a large iceberg.

 
It was understood that given the size of the visible portion of the iceberg, the underside was even larger.
 
All of a sudden missiles began to fire, flying over my head from the ship and striking the iceberg.  As the missiles exploded, it began to break up into pieces and simply float away.
 
I believe that God is preparing people, like me, like us, like others in the Kingdom, to destroy subconscious paradigms that lie (no pun intended) between us and where God intends to take us.
 
I had the sense, in watching the destruction of the iceberg, that it would take “forever” for that iceberg to “melt on its own”.  But the missiles and torpedoes made quick work of it, and it began to float away in chunks.
 
Some of what is about to happen will not be subtle. But the resulting “clearance” in the minds/souls of the people of God will be tremendous and dare I say… SUDDEN.
 
Our forward progress can be accelerated, precisely because the THREAT of wrong theologies, religious constructs, and harmful, blocking paradigms will have been removed from our pathway. Our course… our Pathway of Purpose will be clear and we will begin to quickly move through points of destiny and toward our Destiny.
 
Amen! Hallelujah! The LORD be magnified!