The Backside

The backside of the desert near Mt. Horeb is the place where the Lord deals with the true nature of who we are, not the person we proclaim to be, but the person on the inside desiring to be free in Christ. On the backside of the desert we learn the plans and purposes for our lives. All of our mistaken attitudes and personal agendas die in the place where we come to the end of ourselves, and realize that whatever we do for Christ can never be about us. Listen and Be Blessed!

The Lord Who Healeth Thee

Listen as Minister Crittendon expound on God’s Word concerning His desire to heal us from all of our iniquities and all of our diseases. There are many things in our past that holds us back from receiving the blessings of God for our lives. Our thought processes are a major hindrance to us  walking by faith, and the Lord wants to heal us from everything which keeps us from drawing near to Him. Listen and be blessed!

Why You Should be Made New

​Mark 2:22 (KJV)  And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles.

The keyword in this passage is “must.” The Merriam Webster Dictionary give a definition of must as “used to say that something is required by a rule or law.” 
Jesus is telling us that it is required by His Law that an individual cannot receive the newness of the Lord until he/she gets rid of the old. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says,  “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
We gotta stop telling people the Lord is moving an individual to a new level when the one they are on never left the ground because they are still in sin. Ministers of the gospel (in which we all are called to minister the good news) are living shabby lives and yet we are still declaring new levels, and new anointing in the life of these individuals. Don’t get me wrong because Christ does desire to do these things but he said in Mark 2:21 “No man also seweth a piece of new cloth on an old garment: else the new piece that filled it up taketh away from the old, and the rent is made worse.”
This passage of Scripture let’s me know that if God drops something new into a person who was not prepared for it will be worse, because the heart, mind, and spirit has not been prepared for the new attachment of his/her life. God is not in the business of ruining your life because that’s what’s gonna happen if He adds His newness to your oldness, however, He is in the business of preserving your life by adding his way into a new creature. Be made new in the life of Christ, and allow Him to birth that new anointing, new level, new revelation, new purpose, new dreams, and new mindset in Him, so you can prosper in the Glory of the Lord.
Until next time, Be Blessed and be made new in Christ

Food for Thought

I heard these lyrics on a song while listening to the radio the part of the song says so many times we live our life In Chains and don’t realize that we have the key.

Christ has unlocked the devil’s grip of sin from our life. The scripture says, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” John 8:36 (KJV). I know “make” is a process, however, that process starts once you realize the chains are broken and Christ has given you the key of salvation to be loosed and live free.

Tomorrow

01/31/2016

No matter how long the devil has oppressed you on yesterday, and today, you still have a tomorrow to look forward to. Your tomorrow is surrounded by the plans God has for your life. In order to receive your tomorrow, you must make up in your mind to get up from the place you are in now, and be willing to step in a place you have never been before…tomorrow!   Listen and be blessed

The Problem Lies at the Root

Earlier in the month I wrote about the importance of hearing God in your brokenness. Now I am going to mention the root of the problem. When Moses encouraged the Children of Israel that He was going to bring them out, it was hard for them to receive the information through Moses because they had been in a place of disparity for such a long time. What we have to understand is this; before God brings us out of a thing, He will tell us what He is going to do, but He will also instruct us to do something else.

Usually when it comes time for us to move into a new place with God, He will instruct us to deal with some things which may be a hindrance in our lives in order to move us to the next level. Freedom is the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint (oxford dictionary 2015). There must be a level of freedom in our lives in order to experience the fullness of God,

Things may seem hard for you right now, but it is hard for a reason. That reason is because we have pharaoh’s in our lives that do not want to let us go. Some of our pharaoh’s could be abuse; rejection; abandonment; alcohol; molestation; divorce; offense; lust; pornography; or the love of money. This list can go on and on. What we have to look at is this: anything that holds you captive is a pharaoh in your life. God desires all of His children to be free from their personal pharaoh’s. Pharaoh didn’t want to let the Children of Israel go because they were a huge benefit to him. Your pharaoh doesn’t want to let you go neither because it is using you to help build his kingdom.

In Exodus 6:11 the Lord spoke to Moses instructing him to tell pharaoh to let His people go. In verse 12 Moses responded like many of us “Behold, the children of Israel have not hearkened unto me; how then shall Pharaoh hear me, who am of uncircumcised lips?” God will come to us and instruct us to deal with some hidden issues in our lives, and we will respond like Moses in a manner of defeat. He didn’t think anyone would listen, and there are times we believe no one will listen to us when we are trying to right our wrongs.

The Lord may have instructed you to forgive your father who has never loved you, and you may think it is impossible to do it, but God would never instruct you to do something that His grace can not carry you through. The un-forgiveness towards your father may be the very thing that causes you to behave in a way that is unpleasant to others who are in authority. The lust for other people who are not your spouse has left an emptiness in your heart that only God can heal. Even in this there is a root to the problem , and that problem could stem from many abusive and hurtful things that has damaged our hearts as children, or even teenagers.  As you read further into Exodus 6 God is still instructing Moses to deal with the problem, Pharaoh. As much as Moses felt he was inadequate to handle that pain, God was more than able to sustain him through the deliverance process.

As you read the next several chapters in Exodus, you will see God is instructing Moses to deal with the problem. Our deliverance lies at the root of  our problems. The more Moses dealt and kept talking to that problem, the more God kept showing Himself to be mighty. The more you keep working on the inner pharaoh that may have you in bondage, God will continue to show Himself strong in your life and deliver you. He desires to bring you into a place flowing with milk and honey, but we have to deal with the root of our problems. Once the root is removed, we will not have to worry about that situation again.

So, take a moment and ask the Lord to show you the pharaoh in your life that has hindered you from receiving the fullness of His love. What is it that causes you to react to people in an aggressive way when they say something to help you? What is it that won’t allow you to forgive a loved one, friend, or co-worker for a wrong you believe they have done? There are problems we all must face, big or small, but God is able to give us the grace to face the problems.

Pray this prayer: Psalm 139:23-24 “23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Jeremiah 17:14 “Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.” 

 

Why You Should Hear God in Your Brokenness

The word broken (according to Google.com) means “having been fractured or damaged and no longer in one piece or in working order. (Of a person) having given up all hope; despairing.

In the book of Exodus, the sixth chapter, God was encouraging the children of Israel of His goodness, and the promises He had for His people. He desired to bless them, bring them out of bondage, take them into a good land, and make them His people. He also promised to deal with the Egyptians for all of the troubles they afflicted upon Israel, and save them.

The children of Israel had been in a hard place for some time. Though they prayed and desired to be released from their present situation, it was hard for them to believe The Lord was really going to deliver them. When the Lord instructed Moses to tell them what He was getting ready to do for them, it was hard for Israel to receive. The scripture says this, “Moses told this to the Israelites, but they would not listen to him, because their spirit had been broken by their cruel slavery.” (Exodus 6:9 GNT). Israel was hurting, and it seemed as if the pain got worse when God promised to deliver them from what they were in.

Does any of this sound familiar? You know in the fairy tales, there is that one girl who is mistreated, and she hope and prays for Prince Charming to come and sweep her off her feet, but the extreme heartache and sorrow tends to break her spirit until she just give up. Or, you can be someone (man or woman) who have been damaged by the sting of love, and because of that sting you do not trust anyone, and you’re not willing to allow anyone into your heart.

What has happened in your life that has caused you stop believing? Who has damaged your tender heart so bad, that when love did come your way, you wouldn’t receive it because of the hardships of life’s false promises? Your situation may seem to be getting worse, but God is preparing to pour His love into your life.

It may be hard for you to hear the call of deliverance and love like it was for the children of Israel, but God is near to deliver. It may be hard for you to believe that God will bring you out of your present heart ache, but He is there pulling at the strings of your heart, telling you that you are His and His alone. He is whispering sweet melodies into your spirit letting you know that He will not hurt you like the others who have hurt you in times past.

God knows you have received many broken promises and shattered dreams, but He is nigh to deliver you. He is close to pull you out of what you’ve been through because He truly does love you.

  • It’s in those darkest moments when the Lord speaks and breathe hope into our souls which once lost hope.
  • It’s in our moments that seem we cannot get a breakthrough that God delivers us by his mighty arm.
  • It’s in those low points where we do not have a song of praise that God births a new song into our spirit man and we can sing songs of joy again.

The Lord wants to heal the broken in heart, and bind up their wounds (Psalm 147:3)

Sometimes we may act out because of the hurt we experience, just like the children of Israel did with Moses, but this is what God says about that, “I am the high and holy God, who lives forever. I live in a high and holy place, but I also live with people who are humble and repentant, so that I can restore their confidence and hope. I have seen how they acted, but I will heal them. I will lead them and help them, and I will comfort those who mourn. I offer peace to all, both near and far! I will heal my people.” (Isaiah 57:15, 18-19 GNT).

So, I encourage you my brother, my sister; hear God in your brokenness because He desires to make you whole and renew you like a fresh morning day. Allow Him to give you peace from the pain of being hurt or disappointed. Allow Him to help you deal with the hurt. Allow His Holy Spirit to comfort you in your heart, and dry those tears you cry in the late midnight hour. God can heal, and He can deliver.