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Linda Rogers Watkins is a Licensed Pastor with Apostolic Network of Global Awakening (ANGA) and attends Free Life Church in Leesburg, Virginia. She was the Co-Director of the Healing Rooms of Purcellville an international, non-profit organization that focuses on Healing prayer (www.healingrooms.com) and is part of the International Association of Healing Rooms headed by Cal Pierce. Linda separately heads Mercy's Gate and Living Water/Open Arms Ministry, which are multiple women’s bible studies which focus on unveiling Jesus and liberating women with new covenant realities based entirely on the finished work of Jesus. A small church plant In His Grace was established out of a small women's group and meets in Leesburg, Virginia. Linda is married to Alan who was the Director of the Healing Rooms of Purcellville. Alan is a diploma graduate if Living Faith Ministry’s (www.lfmi.org) – Ministry Training Center http://livingbyfaith.com/index.php?menu=training. Alan also ministers and teaches the message of the finished work of Jesus. Along with her passion for the Word of God and its fresh daily revelation, Linda volunteers as Operations Manager at her local food pantry sponsored by Tree of Life Ministries (tolministries.org) In the past Linda has worked for Intercessor For America (www.Ifapray) which is a prayer ministry focusing on America and the needs of its members and which is also based in Purcellville. Linda is a force in the local community that helps bring the various ministries and non-profit activities together to work in unity. Linda is a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She and her husband reside in Leesburg, Virginia with their Dachshund, Penny Lane.
Today is our greatest day of clarity
Today is our greatest day of joy
Today is our greatest day of fun
Today is our greatest day of gratefulness
Make the decision to begin to live your happily ever after ~ ❤️
If you're fond of a particular religion, ask yourself. Your beliefs.
What you believe so strong — is it based on fear or based on unfailing love. It can't be both. JF
The key to positive thinking, positive affirmations, and positive visualizations is the act of “positive doing” which leads to creation. Because energy flows where your attention goes, all creation is rooted in intention.
Rhonda Byrne, the author of "The Secret," said it simply: “Every single second is an opportunity to change your life, because in any moment you can change the way you feel.”
The old healer to the soul:
It's not your back that hurts, but the burden.
It's not your eyes that hurt, but injustice.
It's not your head that hurts, it's your thoughts.
Not the throat, but what you don't express or say with anger.
Not the stomach hurts, but what the soul does not digest.
It's not the liver that hurts, it's the anger.
It's not your heart that hurts, but love.
And it is love itself that contains the most powerful medicine.
“Spirituality and religion are often used interchangeably, but the two concepts are different. Spirituality involves humans’ search for meaning in life [and is] subjective, intangible, and multidimensional…, while religion involves an organized entity with [pre-established] rituals and practices about a higher power….” -- Ruth A Tanyi, 2002
Spirituality and religion are not the same thing.
"God is not a religious concept, yet the vast majority of people seem to assume it is" (Ibid).
To me this is dangerous.
The authority religion once wielded in our culture has been waning for over two centuries and that’s perfectly fine by me. Religion itself is merely a belief system, yet humans have used it politically in justification of so much wrong-doing and the propagation of ideas and myths that smack of hoax and hypocritisy. Now, if that isn't bad enough the danger is that many modern-day people who reject religion, throw out the baby with the bathwater. That is, because they see the constructs of religion as a hoax, they assume God must be a hoax, too. In so doing they deny the very life force of which they are constituted. The "life force" is our Spirit, and our Spirit is "God".
Seeing themselves within a "godless universe", many abandon their search for an ever-expanding meaning in life. “There’s nothing out there,” they decide, “so it’s just me against the world.” With that attitude, they grow deaf to Spirit’s call to actively love the world in which they live, to allow their compassion to nurture and to sustain their corner of the world and all those within it (not least themselves and their talents) so they can birth their unique contributions to the flow of life.
When we grow deaf to the Spirit's call it is then that we endanger our very existence. It happened to ancient Israel, it can happen to us.
Spirit is Life.
(Adapted from an article by Ruth A Tanyi)
A new beginning is on your horizon ——-daily———
You have all within to push through normal, and all complacency
Your own self-talk is a very powerful tool in cultivating your belief system and ultimately your results
If you are defeated in your thoughts you will be defeated in your life
If you are a champion in your thoughts - your success is inevitable -
You yes you are victorious
You yes you are overflowing with passion
Live it daily❤️
Sooner or later within your spiritual journey, some event, person, crisis, idea or relationship will enter your life that you simply cannot deal with using your current skills, knowledge, willpower or beliefs. We must all be led to the edge of our private resources. We each need a "stumbling stone," as Isaiah calls it, to stumble over. You must and will lose at something. This is the only way that Life-God-Grace-Mystery can get at you and cause you to let go of your egocentric preoccupations. This, if listened to, will force you to go further and deeper into into larger life. We all wish it wasn't true.
There is no practical reason to leave our current comfort zone. Why would I? The invitation always comes unexpected and unwanted. Our initial strategy is usually more egoic strategy that leaves me still in control and more greatly dug in to present level awareness. This doesn't create transformation, simply more disguise and bogus self-improvement on my own terms.
This will not move you forward and downward as you will only continue to see what you have already decided to look for and see. Only failure and humiliation will cause you to look where you never would have looked before. As many have said before me; God comes to you disguised as your life. It's the hiding place we are most hesitate to look within. I have found many who want you to give up control but only so that they can assume control of you. They are not spiritual coaches, but simply another version of ego pretending to be spiritual. Stan Tyra
In the divine economy of grace, sin and failure become the raw material for the redemption experience itself. Much of organized religion, however, tends to be peopled by folks who have a mania for some ideal order, which is never true, so they are seldom happy or content. It makes you anal retentive because you can never be content with life as it is, because it's always going to be filled with crazy, sinful, religious, mean, irritable people as well as all different races, sexes, sexual persuasions, customs and traditions. I used to tell people, "if you ever find a perfect church, don't join it or it will no longer be perfect."
We become convinced that if everyone was just like us, life would be perfect. The problem is, we think we are perfect, or at least the ideal. Therein lies the problem. Relationships break up and what do you so often hear? "We were just incompatible." Really?? Of course your incompatible! Which really means we discovered we were not both perfect, and perfectly the same, as so often new relationships seem. The purpose of a committed relationship is learning to be loving, forgiving and graceful within your differences while not thinking more highly of yourself than you ought. Based upon our over-used compatibility issues, Jesus should have "divorced" himself from us citing incompatibility. Listen, If anyone is exactly like you, one of you is unnecessary.
Sin and salvation are correlative terms. Salvation is not sin avoided, as the ego and poor religion prefers, but in fact, salvation is sin included, held and forgiven. "Father forgive them..." If this is not the pattern, what hope is there? We eventually discover that the same passion that leads us away from home and the Father, is the very same passion that leads us back home. Once you see that your "sin" and your gift are two sides of the same coin, you never forget it. It preserves religion from any arrogance and denial.
God seems to be more about "turning" around your loves (Greek:meta-noia) than turning around your life. I'll pick up here tomorrow. Have a great day or evening, depending on where in the world you are. Stay patient and trust your journey! Do the same for others also. Stan Tyra
EVER LEARNING BUT NEVER COMING TO THE TRUTH?
Let's be honest. Interview pastors, Christians and Biblical scholars and you will find they disagree on so many points that eventually you realize just like other areas of life they/we too are influenced by culture, opinion and traditions.
So we are like Jannes and Jambres who were "ever learning but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth."
Do you know why? As long as we look outside of ourselves for truth, we are dependant on others caught in the same culture, opinion and tradition.
Yet this same Bible says "YOU have an anointing from the Holy One and know all truth."
Quit giving your power away to another person to tell you ultimate truth. That man or woman in the pulpit is no more loved, no more holy, no more blessed than you. It is just a man/woman giving you an opinion among hundreds of thousands of others doing the same thing. The pedestal you place them on is unwarranted and makes someone outside of yourself the expert when they fart, cuss, struggle, give in to temptation and have the same problems everyone else does.
Ultimate truth can't be found in a sermon, a teaching or a video. It is not a "teaching". I can share biblical grammatical historical intellectual information all day long and neither of us will be the wiser in ultimate terms.
It can't be found until we find our non-ego self, the divinity of ourselves and the experience of our own right to know what is ultimate truth by experience within ourselves. It will make others mad and afraid but that is their problem not yours ~ Chuck Crisco
Most of us haven't lived even a fraction of our abilities, because, someone somewhere, made us to believe that we've got nothing to offer the world. And we believed it.
Only if you knew how capable you are ~ Derrick Mikola
During prayer and meditation this morning I simply focused on God IS All. Well I thought it was simple. Yet I kept butting in. Kept lending my thoughts on how I could “help” with this and that as different thoughts arouse as I placed God Is All to each of them.
When I finished I picked up a book from a dear friend of mine in England, written as the first sentence (in a further chapter than I was), I AM more spiritual than you.
You see I thought I was being all spiritual and deep, yet in me I was still trying to assist/work. Ha! I love when you get a boot to the butt (ego) from Almighty God Himself.
Lesson: Step aside and rest knowing He absolutely IS ALL and let him do what only he can do best❤️ while YOU rest in that Truth.
There isn't a fixed point at which a huge light bulb goes on inside your head and you suddenly become "spiritual" or you suddenly "awake" to your spirituality, anymore than there is a point at which you suddenly awake to your humanity. In fact, your spirituality is an integral part of what it means to be human and to evolve as a human.
Spiritual enlightenment is residual; its a sucession of light bulbs coming on and lighting up the pathway of your life. - Brian o'Herts
Love brought you here; And Love will pick you up on the other side ~ Joseph Stahl
There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life ~ Fellini
The very essence of presence is what naturally should be displayed. Not just your (fill in the blank) “culture” ~ LRW
You are more than, attire, hairstyles, religious stuff, skinny jeans, a title, a profession, food, drink, or smoke and fog atmosphere.
You are Spiritual in substance your Father in reflection, your true body is Infinite, pure brilliant LIGHT.
Begin to release all contrary beliefs that entwine you in the outward man-made cultures and SHINE ON. YOU naturally are the LIGHT of the WORLD. Identify with that today! I’m trying it myself!
YOU have NEVER been lost to LOVE
The Danger of Mis-Interpreting the Bible.
Years ago I read a story of one young man guilt ridden by "lusting after a woman" and in his deep desire to be faithful to God and avoid hell he decided to cut off his pen*s. This teen then bled out and died.
Everything has a context. WIthin the sermon on the mount are many "kingdom" insights and foreshadowing for sure. For instance, blessed are the ___________.
But overall context is "unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees you will by no means 'enter the kingdom'" gives insight.. along with "you have heard it said but I say" statements.
For example, if you lust after a woman in your heart, you have committed adultery. If we take this out of context then every man is going to hell, 🙂.
First of all, in congruence with the other "you have heard it said" passages, we know he is dealing with the Jewish Law in the ten commandments to not commit adultery. The problem with the Pharisees is that they outwardly kept the details of the Law, but not inwardly. So to show them that they did not even keep their own law he confronts their hypocrisy in demanding something that they themselves cannot live up to.
But there is more... he is referring to the 10th commandment to not "covet" or "lust" after your neighbors wife. Each commandment is something that can be outwardly held, but the 10th commandment was an inner inquiry. So Jesus wasn't introducing something new. He was saying that by their own law system they were not keeping the heart of the law.
As an aside, it really had nothing to do with seeing a woman as beautiful or desirable or even sexually attractive, but specifically coveting another man's wife.
The whole point was to show them they really were not as righteous as they presented themselves to be. Taking that verse out of context and placing it as a new kingdom law has created more false guilt in normal people than we realize. ~ Chuck Crisco
Religion is orchestration. It operates with the idea that we must DO something about societal declension (moral decline or degeneration) .
What is spirituality? It is a natural part of being human and it is what people naturally awake to consciously. It is a mysterious change that is always taking place within the heart and mind.
That cannot be orchestrated.
The moment one decides to DO something about people's spiritual condition, you 1. create a religious movement and 2 interfere with people's evolution of consciousness.
Where biblcally, is there such an authority?
Where extra-biblically, is there such an authority?
You cannot teach spirituality directly. You might be able to make people aware what spirituality is.
People are struggling with false ideas about who and what they are. This keeps them in a form of psychological bondage. What sets people free is when they know they are loved. And the way to help people become aware that they are loved, is to show them love. But this cannot be orchestrated which is what "church" is; what religion is.
Jesus did not teach love religiously , he exemplified it; his life was a revelation of the Love of God. Imo we ARE love and will BE freed to love, when we UNDERSTAND we are love. 🙂 ~ Brian O ‘Herts
I quote this statement by Richard Rohr a lot; "we do not think ourselves into a new way of living; we live ourselves into a new way of thinking." This is a powerful statement that cuts through all the religious rhetorical clutter and describes the new wine skin needed for sustainable transformation. Without this new container, internal contents gets "spilled" and become of no effect. Every encounter or revelation needs a vehicle or it soon becomes vague, distorted and unshareable.
Educators have increasingly agreed that lectures and reading are the least effective forms of teaching. They are intellectual, highly passive and leave the ego in its usual defended position virtually untouched. As long as our ego is in the drivers seat, nothing really new or challenging is allowed.
For deep transformation to take place we must have integrative experience (journey) that involves hands-on experience, emotional risk taking, moving outside of our comfort zones, with different people other than our usual flattering friends.
We must have some expanded level of spiritual seeing or nothing really changes at a deep level. Within minutes or hours of entertaining a new idea, we quickly return to our old friends, same well worn questions, our ego patterns of response, and former conclusions. An invitation to more quickly gets overcome by our well defended false self and it's business as usual, as if we never saw or heard anything new.
New and different is always a threat. Unless there is something strong enough to rearrange our worldview and call our assumptions into question, we will seldom move to a new place. We have a hard time joining Abraham and Sarah in "leaving your country and your family for a new land that I will show you" (Genesis 12:1-2). We want all our questions answered first so that faith is not required. ~ Stan Tyra
While visiting friends in California we’ve been talking and discussing much. Also we met an incredible man with the gift of healing. This was his wisdom to us.
Say or sit down, in truth, and write yourself a note that says, “I am loved, I am beautiful, I am strong, I am capable, I am talented and I am valuable" and believe it. Those truths are the power that makes us.
He further explained, that ‘knowing’ this to be true for ourselves, we then must take the time to affirm others, THAT is how we release healing to others.
YOU have that power! Let’s do it🌴❤️
Love that responds with forgiveness is the only real hope this world has for real change. Responding to hate with hate further strengthens the status quo and only guarantees that hate will win.
Hatred, no matter how justifiable it seems, simply fuels the endless cycle of revenge. Hatred may seem very powerful but it is love that is the greatest thing of all, and that love never fails.
If we return hate for hate, we continue to live in the ugly world of hate. But when love steps into the world of hate and is willing to love even 'enemies', a new and real kind of change comes to the world - a change where hate does not have the last word. A change where we begin to see each other - not as white or black, christian, muslim or buddhist - but as members of the human race.
Love. Don't hate.
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