Know Right Well ~episode 3

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Hello again, I hope that you have had a chance to read the first two episodes from this series, don’t miss out on such a great thing. You can find episode 1 here, and episode 2 right here. This is the final episode of Know Right Well and I have been so grateful for the encounters that I have had with the Holy Spirit in writing this series. This final episode is calling out all the great things that took place in the previous episodes but it highlights a very important factor, that Jesus will come to you right where you are. So let’s get to it and see just how important you are to the Most High God.

Right Where You Are

Episode 1 was a pertinent start to this series not because it was the first episode but because it gave surrounding text on the story of the Samaritan woman which is where the series derives from and it also gives more of an inside narrative on her encounter with Christ. I started out asking a rhetorical question in episode 1, “how many times has it seemed your spiritual well has run dry”? “Jesus declared it so to be the source of the living water.”

In episode 1, I wanted to point out that, “the Holy Spirit can visit you right where you are if you desire him to come in.” It is not a perfect space you have to be in; God loves you as you are regardless if you feel broken, alone, or a disappointment, he can turn all of that around once you declare him as your Saviour. In John chapter 4 verse 4 it states that, and he needs go through Samaria. It was meant for Jesus to stay on the path that he was on, there was a purpose for the path that he was on and it wasn’t meant for him to be detoured or to find another passage. That’s what Jesus wants you to know. You don’t have to find an alternate route, or hide out because of your love for the Lord. You can stay in his perfect place, a place of covering and continuing on the path that you are on, allowing God to lead you. If you are willing to surrender, you are ready for God to lead you. The Samaritan woman “didn’t realize that she was in need and she further didn’t realize how she would be used by God to spread the gospel to others,” but she was used nonetheless because she was willing to surrender to a Messiah that deemed her worthy, that found her in need, and that saved her in the mist of her hurt and in the middle of her weakness. Just as Jesus had an appointed time to be where he needed to be for the Samaritan woman, his love did not change, even all those years ago. He will show up for you at the appointed time and bring you through whatever the situation is because he is that good of a Father.

Finish What You Start

So Jesus demonstrated how to be where you need to be and why it is important to stay your course. Don’t allow anyone to distract you and cause you to give up on your dreams and take you off path. There can be people close to you and there can be strangers and the enemy is deceitful, he can use the people closet to you to get you off target. That’s why it’s important to have a spirit of discernment, some call it intuition but whatever you call it, it’s a gift to have because the word of God says that he will not allow you to be ignorant to Satan’s devices. As it seems like you have so much going on that you can’t focus on your dreams, or that you never have time to complete the project you were working on or that you don’t have the support you need are all ways of excuses that are pranced in your face to move you off track. Rise above all those tricks and finish what you started. Get back on the path you were on and keep going until you complete what you started. My mother always taught me to finish what I start since I was a child. It never went away from me and it comes directly to mind when I feel the pressures of everything else coming at me that can cause me to move away from my goals. My testimony with having finish what I start etched in my heart has allowed me to get my college degree with my children, working full time, being a mom, having my own dreams and being dependent upon in so many other fashions. I started college, stopped college, but something in me rose up to finish college and I did it with all my children. Working during the day, school at night after their bedtime, so for years I went on this way and not on my own strength but in the strength of the Lord. Even though that was challenging to say the least, I honestly don’t even believe me doing all that was for my degree. I mean I have it and that’s great but me going through that was an intrinsic award. I showed myself that I could be dedicated to myself. I refused many invitations to do school work and write papers, missing out on personal time, and loosing sleep were just a few sacrifices. Really though, it just developed me into a person who has a can’t stop attitude. At this point, after crossing that huge milestone and doing it with such a big load on my back, I know that I can do anything. That was important for me, that’s what I needed to know for myself and I needed my children to see that it’s never too late and not to give up. It’s why I pride myself in getting my degree; it wasn’t the paper it was because I didn’t give up and did the very thing my mother had instilled in me, I finished what I started. To me, that shows character, it shows leadership, and it exudes excellence.

This reminds me of the Samaritan woman, how she never gave up or quit. Skipping into episode 2, it talks on how she continued to go to the well to draw water even though she had difficulties. She had difficulties with the other women drawing water from the well. There were social issues that she had to endure. Obviously there was physical labour that she had to endure but that was increased double because she did her tasks in the middle of the roaring heat of the day. However, although she was “worn down, empty, and stretched thin” she continued her assignment. She didn’t quit. There is such an exemplary message in that because the Samaritan woman endured a lot of long-suffering but “God acknowledges those who carry on in faith thru long-suffering.” Pulling out these great parts that hit home to me personally it says in Romans chapter 5 verse 3 that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and HOPE does not put us to shame. Might I say again that it was my character that was developed through my challenges of getting my degree because I endured. It was my hope that was not put to shame because God had already poured his love into my heart and his love was all the love I needed. God’s love is all the love you need to get through any trial or situation. His kind of love.

Ask and it Shall be Given

Jesus gave us the right to ask when we gave our lives to him. This spiritual authority is a super natural power that give Christian believers the right to demand what it is we want. Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7 As I call out in episode 2 that “acting on spiritual authority takes recognizing the supernatural power that you have through Christ Jesus.” Jesus wanted the Samaritan woman to just ask for a drink of everlasting life. He says, if she only knew the gift of God, and who it was saying it to her. The need was standing right in front of the Samaritan woman but she couldn’t recognize the need being Christ because she was outside of spiritual connection. I realize that anytime I’m outside the will of God, I don’t recognize the trap that the enemy has laid up for me. I realize that when I am doing things by the spirit I can see the trap miles ahead. “It takes being part of the true and living water to understand this so that you can not only use spiritual authority but in use of that authority you begin to see results.”

All the Way

Half-way is not God’s way, because of his grace, he will meet you right where you are, even if you are half-way, he’ll take you to complete fullness the rest of the way. There are wonderful things that take place when you know the Lord. It won’t be peaches and strawberry fields all the time but you are able to come out on top because God is a winning Saviour. He doesn’t do anything half-way and he is never late. “Knowing that because of everlasting life you have a greater hope to look forward to and through the power that is vested in you it will demand winning outcomes.” So don’t think it unnecessary to give your life to Christ if you have not already. There are a bountiful amount of benefits to having a covering of the one that laid down his life on calvary’s cross for the humanity of this world. I hope that regardless of what you are facing, you come to know that Jesus loves and cares for you and that no matter how far gone you think you are, he has already turned shame into glory. You can do it. You can make it. Allow the joy of the Lord to be your strength and just as the Samaritan woman continued trip after trip with her spiritual well empty, needing strength, needing to be filled, it was. Jesus did that for her from all the way back then and he still holds the same power to do it again.

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Delivering FFC with a Heart of Thanks

Wow, what an amazing 9 months this has been. I recently celebrated my daughter’s 9th birthday and wondered what I would do with all the party decor. I knew that I wanted to re-purpose it somehow because it all was just so beautiful, well-planned, and thought out. A lot of helping hands made her day so special and I just couldn’t simply throw it away. And then it dawned on me that this month, I have been blogging for 9 entire months, the expected length of time it takes to carry a child. I have been carrying my passion or rather it carrying me, and developing it more and more for 9 whole months. That was so huge for me. It then became so apparent how I would re-purpose the decor. This was all such a special moment to reflect on from when I started up until now. It was even more gratifying to see how God’s timing is perfect and everything that he does is intentional and according to his will. This was such great timing for me to come before all of my subscribers, followers, family, and close friends to say THANK YOU!!! I am so thankful for you and all that you have done to express such love and kindness as I’ve been carrying my passion đź’– I anticipate nothing but God’s goodness from all the seeds that were sown through Faith Family and Community and I expect for you to have blessing upon blessing for sowing kindness, courage, and inspiration into my life.

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FFC QUOTE OF TODAY

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“The world is a great mirror. It reflects back to you what you are. If you are loving, if you are friendly, if you are helpful, the world will prove loving and friendly and helpful to you. The world is what you are.”

-Thomas Dreier

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The series of Know Right Well ~episode 2

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Thanks for stopping by to check out the second episode of Know Right Well. You can find the previous episode here. Join me now to read more of………

The pre-eminence

The city in Samaria that Jesus came to was called Sychar. {Sychar was land that had been bestowed to Joseph by his father Jacob, his birthright.} A birthright has to do with position and inheritance and although Joseph was second in line to assume this right, his father chose to bestow this inheritance to him. Joseph assuming the position meant that he would inherit the leadership and authority of his family or at least that was the plan. Jacobs gift of this land that the well dwelled upon was part of a bigger purpose, just as the promises of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob. The greatness that Jacob saw in his son was only a small measure compared to what God saw in him and of great measure for what he designed for him to do.

This well, where Jesus and the Samaritan woman encounter is called Jacob’s well. Imagine that! Jesus progressed during his long journey and stops and rest where it is not considered just an ordinary place or just a piece of parcel but the well was counted as a holy syndication. Can you note this seemingly purposeful intent? It is a great thing to progress toward something and be amenable with the assignment you are given. How amenable are you with the assignment God has placed on your life? Are you willing? Do you find it a struggle to cooperate with the purpose he wants to fulfill in you? Here Jesus is resting at a place that was passed down to Jacob in which was given from the covenant God made with Abraham. It is so awakening to see how the promises of God always manifests into a greater hope from objective to reason. The preliminary to this objective indicated that Jesus’ goal was to spread the news of the gospel and the reason was so that all could receive everlasting life. Jesus therefore being wearied with his journey, sat on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. {There is significance in this sixth hour because in scripture text it was also of the sixth hour where Jesus at the time was mocked and scrutinized, look, your king, and then was handed over for crucifixion.}

It can be assumed that during the sixth hour, {which would have been 12 noon} it was during the high heat of the day. You can gather from scripture text that the Samaritan woman drew her water from the well after the early morning time as to avoid the other women and their criticisms about her many husbands. So this Samaritan woman suffered during the high heat of the day just to have peace and to avoid false pretenses of kindness as she went about her day to day accomplishing tasks, which was to draw water from the well. How many times have you suffered through something just so you could avoid confusion and have peace? How many times have you sustained peace but only from suffering on the inside, silently? You perhaps could have managed it a different way. You perhaps could’ve just went along with the crowd but would that way cause you to harbor resentment or cause you to feel defeated? Did you instead choose to walk a different path? A path of long-suffering. It takes courage to endure long-suffering, it takes grace. And I believe that when you choose to endure long-suffering that’s how you work toward your peace. The wonderful thing about it, is that God acknowledges those who carry on in faith thru long-suffering. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given us. Romans 5:3 ESV I believe the Samaritan woman chose to not be put to shame by those looking down on her. I believe that instead she walked alone on a road in hope for salvation, in hope for her peace.

Acting on your spiritual authority

Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. {For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.} This denotation is so relevant as it pertains to discipleship and respect of authority. Although what Jesus is asking is not an expectation to receive physical water, I believe the demand was symbolic in his authority for who he is and the authority of his objective. Jesus gave an order for the woman to act on his authority, demand by saying Give, but in the same way as Christian believers we have the same birthright to act on spiritual authority and give spiritual order and commands. In this way, Jesus was showing this Samaritan woman that having the spirit of God gives you the right to ask, so she had a right to make a spiritual demand too if she only knew the gift of God, and who it was saying it to her. As a child of God you also have the right to ask for what you desire, for what you need, for what you hope for. Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7

Acting on spiritual authority takes recognizing the power you have within you. Once you recognize what’s on the inside of you, no longer do you want to remain the same. You want to be more, you want to become knowledgable and that desire allows you to live knowing your worth is good, it allows you to speak boldly, live boldly but also know when to choose humility. It allows you to cast out devils but also know when to pray for self-deliverance. It allows you to demand financial increase but also know how to express thanks in the contentment of what God has blessed you with. It allows you to preach the word but also know that you are not above reproach. It allows you to teach the word but also be willing to be taught. It takes being part of the true and living water to understand this so that you can not only use spiritual authority but in use of that authority you also begin to see results. You begin to see that there are two sides but ultimately only one choice.

I’ve seen people portray the use of spiritual authority in the wrong way. They chose to force the spirit instead of allowing the spirit to use them, to lead. Allow the holy spirit to create the anointing in your life and with what you do. Don’t force the anointing, that’s powerless, it’s meaningless, it renders no purpose. You can’t force the spirit of God to do the cause you want him to do. Even if you are getting results that way, those are carnal results and won’t last long to uphold greater things. Forcing the anointing, quenches the anointing. Don’t allow your well to run dry by walking in a spiritual boundary you are still being prepared for.

The Samaritan woman didn’t just pick-up a bucket and take two steps to the well. She prepared for the journey with each step that she made. With her strength in the long hot journey, she traveled, knowing that she would only bring back a portion of the water in which she sought out to get. But one day, one day she went to that well with an empty bucket, an empty soul. That which was purposed for something, destined to do, made for a specific use happened to be worn, torn down, and stretched thin. However, on this particular day, as the Samaritan woman journeyed empty and worn down, she didn’t realize what would happen. That day would be her last day, that instead of going back with a portion of water half-full, she would go back with a bucket of water overflowing, full, restored, and equipped to never run dry.

I believe in the end the Samaritan woman not only recognized the spiritual authority that was standing in front of her but she became part of it, having that same power. She acted with that power by spreading the news and having others come along to meet Christ. Acting on spiritual authority doesn’t mean that you are always the one that has to lead. Jesus appointed disciples to go out into the world. He delegated his authority for what needed to be done, for what he no longer could do in earthly measure. It is the power of God that gives you the authority, the authority alone doesn’t give you the power. Unfortunately, there are those that use authority in the wrong way. However, even still, that is no match for the hand of God. I believe the authority that Jesus wants us to have results in having his power and with his might to do his will and reap abundant blessings. It’s not to travel day to day unpleased and dissatisfied, but to wake up each day joyfully coming and going, knowing that because of everlasting life you have a greater hope to look forward to and through the power that is vested in you it will demand winning outcomes.

Oh what joy and what pleasure. Oh what grace and such sufficiency has it been to experience aha moments, moments of glee, moments of humility, moments of thankfulness and such personal fulfillment. I give Glory to God for this heart-awakening series.
I pray that you are blessed.
Join me next time for the final episode and thanks for stopping by. Check out the the first episode here of Know Right Well. Join me now and read more….
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Know Right Well ~episode 1

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Well….

There she stood, unknowingly needing a fresh dip. A fresh quench of the true and living water. Her well had run dry.

How many times has it seemed like your well has run dry? I don’t mean the literal well that is used to access liquid resources; I mean the spiritual well that can be in drought of needing the full truth of the gospel, the spiritual well that needs to be awakened. What do you do? How can you take encouragement when you feel void? The questioned is asked but in more so of an affirmation that says, Why art thou cast down, O my soul? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance. Jesus declared it so to be the source of the living water, the gateway to the key of everlasting life. The great thing about receiving the true and living water {the spirit of God} is that it is available to all that desires it and it doesn’t run out. God’s spirit is everlasting and by taking part of the true and living water, it’s how life is revived back into you. You began to continually seek to be filled in the knowledge therein in which was already written. Take heart to know that even in the most remote location, or the farthest end of the earth, the Holy Spirit can visit you right where you are if you desire him to come in. Pursue love, yet earnestly desire and cultivate the spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy, to speak a new message from God to the people. And as the Christian body of believers cultivate these gifts, it does not seem profound, it does not seem simple, it doesn’t even seem arrogant. It only seems a hard thing to do because the alternative is an easy way to fall. It becomes necessary to do the very thing that we have been asked to do which is to go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.

The Encounter

Sometimes you can find yourself in a place that you don’t belong. It’s not because you aren’t good enough but because you know that you are better.You deserve better than what you have, including the lifestyle you live in. There is so much significance of how God will set your path to include the people, the very thing that you need and he still gets the glory out of it. Taken from the book of John chapter four, as the Messiah sought the need to move forward with his travel, he departed from Judea, and as it seems there was a mission already set for him to go, now again into Samaria. In verse four of the text it states that And he needs go through Samaria. There wasn’t a need for him to go through Samaria for himself, he needed to go for someone else. This someone was a woman that didn’t even realize that she was in need and she further didn’t realize how she would be used to spread the gospel. Although as the geographical map below reveals that the best route, if not only led through Samaria to get to Galilee, I don’t believe any other route would have changed his direction. It is important to see that Jesus still had an appointment to be just where he was needed.

Jesus lived in Capernaum Matt 4:13. Walking from Judea to his desired destination which was Galilee, there was not a better route than going directly through Samaria. As this simplified map shows that there was no other route that was better to take. The geographical terrain along with the political borders and the Dead Sea only allowed the passing through Samaria to get to Galilee.

Just Passing Through

The amplified version of verse four states that he had to go through Samaria. This part of the text was so astounding because the fate of the Samaritan woman’s life was already determined the moment that Jesus decided to cast his light upon her and give her a revelation of his identity. Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice included the race of all men but I especially admire how he made it his lifestyle to reach any man while on his destination. If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them gets lost, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountain and go in search of the one that is lost? And if it turns out that he finds it, I assure you and most solemnly say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that did not get lost.  So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones be lost. Just take a moment right here and reflect on just how much care God has for you, even for the one that may be lost, the one lost sheep, that one lost soul! Not only will he chase you down in blessings but he will also chase you down in love!!! You may have heard the statement keep going until you reach your final destination. The thing about your final destination is that it’s not final until you complete your spiritual assignment and none of us are complete in our assignment as long as we are here on this earth. You can see how this statement could be translated in the instance of describing Jesus occurrences {especially his sacrifice} because there was ultimately a place his final destination led him to be. As we journey here on this earth, I will say just keep passing through and try to be content right well with the places that God lead you. I believe that Jesus’ destination was not all in part of getting to Galilee. Just as I believe that the experiences and things that we go through in life are not always about just one accomplishing thing, it involves more. The Samaritan woman was part of Jesus’ destination and not only that, all the people that she gathered to come witness Christ was also part of his destination. It was destined for them to take part in receiving the true and living water. And it’s just like you and I being on a certain path and although we don’t know what may lie ahead, we can take so much comfort in knowing that Jesus is part of our destination too, that we can pass right on through with Jesus by our side. The strength that you pray for, the resources that you need, the motivation that you reach inside for, and even the people that you meet are all part of a ministry that we must embrace as we pass through, in hope to pour out the message of the true and living God.

Join me next time for episode two as I dive into the birthright, a holy blessing from heaven, and so much more.
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