Why Are We Fighting Against Each Other?

What I’m about to write here today is something that I believe all of us, as Christians, need to hear. God is truly disappointed in the way that we have failed to unite as a single body. When I was growing up, my father was Catholic and my mother was Methodist – they still are. We never attended the Catholic church to my recollection as my mother’s church was where we often went. My father was not really a church-goer although He believed in God. Although I attended the Methodist church while young, my siblings and I were christened in the Catholic church. However, when I became an adult, I went under the ‘non-denominational umbrella’ as I didn’t like the thought of being separated by denomination.

Now twenty years later, after going under that non-denominational umbrella, I was recently instructed by God to document certain things in a book entitled, Seeing Beyond the Natural, Student: Me … Professor: God. I would say that some things recorded in that book would not sit well with many ‘churchy’ – people who are led by ‘religion’ instead of by The Holy Spirit. Although, I am not Catholic, I was given a real-life revelation concerning purgatory or what one might call “The Mysterious Realm”. This is by no means what the book is about. Rather, it documents wonderful testimonies of miraculous healings, supernatural experiences, victories and insight that would inspire anyone whose heart is truly turned towards God – in spite of denominational boundaries. However, I realize that it may be classified in the minds of some as ‘controversial’. I would think that some die-hard supporters of certain denominations would not be happy with my findings pertaining to purgatory or whatever one might want to call it and therefore, not want to accept what God has clearly shown me as truth.  I anticipate that certain pastors might want to keep this literature from the grasp of their congregation mainly because if the truth be told, it would knock down the walls of denomination and they would have to face the fact that what they have been teaching may not be the whole truth when it comes to spiritual matters and they may feel as if another denomination will be highlighted as being correct to a certain degree. Thus… the separation I mentioned at the first part of this blog.

In spite of all the different denominations, we must know that Jesus never intended for us to be at odds with one another thinking that we have all the answers thereby putting on an air of arrogance toward everyone else. If we call ourselves Christians, we should always want to support each other in the work of our Lord putting aside mere traditions for the time being. It is reported that Padre Pio once said that Jesus appeared to Him and said that “My house has become a theatre of plays…”. Obviously fighting against each other and separating the body of Christ by denominations and tradition is not the way Christianity at its core truly is. What I have found over the years is that unfortunately, many pastors have ‘brain-washed’ people into believing that because they are of a particular denomination, they should not associate with others of a different denomination or even visit their church. The body of Christ has become too ‘churchy’ and full of tradition and theatrical plays that the average church-goer tends to be more into their pastor and the ‘idea of church’ than yearning and desiring a real meaningful relationship with God. Even before going to Calvary and giving His life for all of us to be saved, Jesus knew that there would be many leading His flock who would deceive His flock. People, I encourage you to get to know God for yourself. Sure, go to church, show your pastor honor and the utmost respect as he is your spiritual leader. However, you must bear in mind that your salvation is not totally dependent upon him by any means. He, too, is human and is inclined to make mistakes and sometimes he may teach simply what he has been taught by tradition, but your responsibility is to study the Bible and seek God for yourself because on that day when you have breathed your last breath, your pastor or spiritual leader will not be the judge of your soul. Neither do they have a heaven or hell to put you in. He will also have to answer for himself and if he didn’t get it right or deliberately misled you as part of the flock, he will be judged for that. You will be judged for the fact that you had the knowledge, which is the Word of God there for you to explore and study for the enrichment of your own soul and God was always available to you in prayer for guidance, among other things. You will not be able to cast blame on anyone that may have misled you particularly when you had the knowledge to search the truth for yourself.

The Holy Spirit takes residence inside all that are saved. The anointing power of God intensifies within us and through us the more we desire to know Him intimately – apart from our attending church and partaking in traditional ceremonies. When we can sit alone and yearn for God to direct us and draw nearer to us, we are being connected to Him in a deeper way. True lovers of God are not religious people. They are people who have a real relationship with God in a way that causes them to stand out from the crowd. People can sense when there is a strong anointing upon someone’s life – both saved and unsaved people can sense it. They may not always be able to put their finger on exactly what they’re sensing but they know that there’s something about that person that is remarkably different and in a good way. This is what we all should aim for as Christians – to truly be a light unto the world. How can we be that way if we constantly fight against each other and fail to support one another in the advancement of the kingdom? God is not pleased by this and whether we want to believe it or not, the fire in hell burns much hotter for those that profess Christianity and totally rejected the Ways, the Awesomeness and Reality of God – than those who never professed it.

I pray that those of us who are guilty of playing with God would take a long, hard look at ourselves. Examine our hearts and our motives and get it right in the sight of God. None of us are perfect – we all make mistakes, but God is looking at our hearts. He will judge us by the state of our hearts. I pray that we will unify as followers of Christ and make Him our top priority – above all others. All denominations should recognize that we are all one body – no single denomination has it completely right. Therefore, we should be willing to communicate with one another in order to learn from one another. The Holy Spirit, if He is truly within that person, will guide him in the truth. He will not be persuaded by mother, father, pastor, deacon, or tradition – he will be persuaded by the Holy Spirit. The separation within the body of Christ merely because of tradition benefits the kingdom of darkness more than it does the Kingdom of Heaven. God is not pleased.

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When Anxiety Takes Over…

Many people today are having such a hard time just getting through the day. Waking up for some in the morning seems like more of a task than a blessing. For others, waking up in the middle of the night worrying about finances and other issues is something that happens to them quite regularly. Life is full of challenges and sometimes, you just don’t know what to do or how you’re going to make it. Unfortunately, many have gotten so frustrated and burdened that they felt they just couldn’t take another moment of this existence and decided to end it.

I know what it’s like to be at my wits end. I know what it’s like to feel like just ‘giving up’. I remember those days very well and because I’ve had days like that, my heart is filled with compassion for persons struggling with those debilitating situations and thoughts. I want to let everyone know that there is hope. Tomorrow will come and things will get better. That troubling, seemingly insurmountable circumstance is subject to change. What you deliberately convince yourself of is what will either turn the tide or keep you in that particular state. You can pull yourself out of it. Just know that you have what it takes to do the work that is needed to be done.

If only you can see yourself the way your Creator sees you and not how others perceive you or even you, yourself at this point in time, your life will conform to that belief.  I hope I have encouraged you today.

 

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You Are Good Enough!

 

Have you ever felt, for whatever reason, that you just weren’t good enough? Did you ever get the impression that no matter what you did or how hard you tried, you just couldn’t seem to measure up to other people’s expectations? Most often, these feelings arise because of some incident that occurred early on in our lives that altered our mindset about who and how we really are. Here’s an excerpt from Chapter 15 of ‘Seeing Beyond the Natural, Student: Me … Professor: God’ that captures John and Lucy’s experience:

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When Lucy first met her husband, John, she was instantly attracted to him. While dating for a few years, Lucy noticed really good qualities in John as well as some unappealing traits that she figured, in time, would go away. She loved him so much that she thought she could never live without him. She was ready to live the fairy-tale life and looked forward to a future filled with love, joy and endless romance.

John loved to watch love stories on television and listen to soft music. Lucy discovered early on that he was quite the poet as well. However, and quite ironically, he had a harshness about him that seemed to always rub her over the wrong way. This trait showed up frequently in the way he expressed himself. Although he was friendly and could be quite funny, his somewhat abrasive demeanor was not the type of thing Lucy was ever exposed to prior to them getting together and she struggled with it constantly. John would say something, and to Lucy, it sounded disrespectful because it wasn’t put mildly. She was immediately offended. Over the years, she felt like John wasn’t respectful enough, not affectionate enough and certainly not attentive enough. She felt that he was overly critical and nothing she said or did was good enough. Lucy started to feel unloved, unappreciated, deceived, and her heart became hard. She stopped caring; didn’t respect him as much anymore, and she certainly stopped trying to please him. Eventually, she began to feel such deep resentment inside for John and many times thought of divorcing him. When the resentment set in, she did not realize that she had opened a door for Satan to enter in and wreak more havoc in her life.

Lucy was certain that John never really loved her, but deceived her for his own selfish purposes. On top of all that, his actions made the devil’s lies even more convincing. After a series of negative events that almost certainly sent the young couple to divorce court, God prompted them to search their own hearts and what Lucy saw in hers grieved her.

 

God took her back to a time when she was just a child. While growing up, she never thought she was good enough for anyone. No one ever told her that she wasn’t, but she remembered one time her mother compared her to another young girl she didn’t even know. She remarked that Lucy should look more like the other girl. Her mother was referring to the girl’s size which happened to be a little smaller than Lucy’s frame. Instantly, something took root in Lucy’s heart that convinced her that she wasn’t good enough and that she had to be good enough in order to truly measure up to other people’s expectations.

Lucy never felt that she was special in her mother’s eyes and in spite of always wanting to see others comfortable and happy even as a child, she didn’t notice much of a reciprocation coming her way. When the Lord brought this episode to the surface of Lucy’s mind, she wept like a baby, knowing that what happened long ago was the source of her painful emotions and the attachment issues she had toward her husband in earlier years. She had always looked for acceptance from the people she loved and Satan conveniently used her husband’s imperfections to feed her pain. So when she felt like John was criticizing her, that negative feeling fed the sense of inadequacy she already had from years earlier and she put up a huge protective wall. Over the years, Lucy really thought John hated her, but as they embarked upon the healing process, he revealed some things that made her finally understand why he always acted the way he did. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IT2GIOS

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I would like to say that no matter what you’ve been through or who said what to you to convince you that you are not good enough, it is a total lie! You are not mediocre – by no means. You are God’s Masterpiece. You are special and until you see yourself the way He sees you, you will allow the negativity that others threw at you to remain a part of you – a heavy burden that you were never meant to carry. Release that negativity today. Reject the lies and accept the truth of who you are. You were made in God’s image and from the very beginning, you were indeed good enough.

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Change Your Mind, Change Your Perspective, Change Your Life!

 

Excerpt from ‘Seeing Beyond the Natural, Student: Me… Professor: God’

“I was being pulled from my bed as if under the waves of the sea into a place that was gray and gloomy in appearance. It reminds me of a really overcast sky. I found myself in a building that I was unfamiliar with. This place had several small rooms and as I walked through (although I couldn’t feel myself walking), I noticed how almost colorless the whole scene, including all the rooms and everything inside the building was – just gray as far as I could see and everywhere I looked. The immediate feeling I got was one of loneliness. I felt completely, utterly alone and a shadow of uncertainty followed me everywhere I went. I didn’t understand why I was there – all I knew was that I wish I wasn’t and I yearned to be around my loved ones again. In this state, I wasn’t sure if I were dead. I thought I must be, yet I felt very much alive.”

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