Originally published Friday, 13 June 2014.
I knew I wanted to solidify the direction of my new namesake website with a new headshot, logo, and tagline.
+ My new headshot (below) taken by Freddy Winter of Media 4 Life Ministries. You can check out his website here.
+ My new tagline is Transformed & Unashamed.
Five years ago when I quit my job at Outreach Events and moved back in with my parents for the thousandth time -- I felt ashamed. I didn't feel worthy, and certainly not transformed. Then I read this passage back in my old room. While I was crying a flood of tears, God met me in my vulnerability. He said to me,
"For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. He has saved us and called us to a holy life -- not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher. That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day" (2 Timothy 1:7-12, NIV).
It wasn't until recently that God brought me back to the passage that was the catalyst for me when I launched DevotionalDiva.com. It's what kept me going when I knew it would take years to publish:
Now that I stand at, yet, another crossroads in life and ministry I am asking God to reveal my destiny.
I wanted to share a Prophetic Midnight Word from Lance Wallnau that a friend shared on my Facebook Timeline. This word was too important not to share because it convicted me where I'm at right now. I hope it convicts and encourages you to ask God to reveal His plan for your life.
Jesus said He is like a man "going to a far country, who left his house and GAVE AUTHORITY to his servants, and to EACH HIS work... (Mark 13:34) It is your work and no one else can do it. It's the devil’s business to stop you -- if he can. He is good at his job -- be equally good at yours. Satan will seek to hinder you. The more dangerous your call, the higher the rank of demonic opposition. But you can exasperate him. You can embarrass the demon assigned to you. Put your authority to work and you authorize angels. Lay your heartache before the Lord but don't stop there. Set your angels up for a good fight. Whats that? A fight they can win. (Give them something to talk about later when you meet them.)
It's a fight of faith because it starts out as a fight over your faith.
The book of Hebrews says of Jesus, "He endured the contradiction of sinners against Himself." Powerful. During the period of contradiction, Hell will assault you with slander, torment you with false accusations, set you to work defending yourself, employ pious persons to repeat rumors about you, even hire editors and journalists to assail you.
When God's work seems slow, Hell will give a worldly offer, an open door. A fast-track to a better life.
You may have Pilate and Herod, Ananias and Caiaphas all combined against you, with Judas standing by jingling a better offer in his pocket. All he had to do, was agree with your enemies -- and you have many. And you wonder "Why are all these things happening?" Can you not see that the whole thing is brought about through the cunning of the devil? Don't you see it's a trap designed to draw you off from your work? A snare to discourage your confidence?
Click your heels, Dorothy!
Use the authority given to you to get things done. Stop looking for miracle money and unrealistic big breaks and the next prophetic word, dream or conference. Don't look for the "sure" thing. Seek wisdom. Stop wasting time, caught up in chasing other people's rabbits. Get away from "empty talkers" and find the "doers." Do your work. Cultivate your garden. Work your field. See to it that the devil does not distract you from fulfilling the work God has given you. God didn't call you to sweat over making money, either. That's the wrong part of your field to always focus on.
Heaven called you to something higher than that in your business.
Think of Abraham. Sharpen your sword. Wisdom is a spirit as well as a gift, did you know that? Put Wisdom to work and this spirit will go forth and get you the wisdom you lack! Wisdom attracts wisdom. When wisdom shows up "Wisdom is profitable to direct." Wisdom generates profits. You may be: assaulted, insulted, slandered, wounded, and rejected. You may be chased by foes, abused by strangers, forsaken by friends, rejected of men…
But it will all work to your advantage if you make it your life mission to say; “I have finished the work which you have given me to do."
You are no plastic Christian with a pasted-on smile and disingenuous handshake or hug. You carry a supernatural voltage and it 'humms.' Endure and you'll acquire the qualities of a world class communicator. You open your mouth and you've got the top 7 qualities of an oracle: Presence Confident Passionate Enthusiastic Captivating Authentic Comfortable
Question: In your life, work, or ministry -- have you ever felt like you have to defend yourself? Why or why not?