I had the awesome privilege of speaking with one of my readers.
You see, I've come to understand the power of my readership. Yet, I understand above all that, the power of the ONE. He who feeds my gift and grants me the opportunity to produce HIS WORD in fiction form. Books for readers who need and desire to understand HIM better.
As much as I'd like to take credit for what I do...I can't. I realize writing for me was an extension of the grace given to me for witnessing. I witness through books. So whether it's Danyelle Scroggins, Ivory Keys, or D.L. Quaker, you'll find truth. Somewhere woven through the stroking of keys and letters, is a witness. A testimony of how I am, how I was, or how I would be had it not been for the Lord's saving power.
I had to disclose all that before I wrote a single thing about small things matter. Or else, you would not understand why I recognize the small things or even do them.
This particular reader wrote me.
I answered her back.
She revealed that she at first didn't even believe it was me. Then when she realized it was, she went to her friends and shared how I'd taken the time to write her back. And now, not only is she sharing me and my books with her friends, she's become someone dear to my heart.
See, small things matter.
What is a small gesture of love my daughter always wanted me to keep. As long as I am a writer...writing people back who write to me. Has become a driving force for getting new readers and sales.
Talking about grateful. That I am. To know small things do matter, is to understand the power of a mustard seed of faith. Or the meaning of a little leaven that destroys a whole lump. Little things can be the greatest gift, or the worse weakness.
Regardless to what or who you are, always remember the small things.
Always remember that your greatest accomplishments come in small doses.
That your greatest display of love and gratitude shows in small heartfelt actions.
And, the power of God will always rest upon you when you recognize that small things matter.
I've been teaching intensively on Matthew 6.
I promise that if you labor there for a while, you'll walk away with some beautiful nuggets on giving and praying, but there's more.
Last week, I was smack dab at the end of teaching: why pray, the posture of prayer, the preventions of prayer, and the promises of prayer. In my mind, it would be only natural for me to jump over to fasting (the elevation of prayer). However, that's was clearly not in the Lord's plan.
The Holy Spirit spoke to me to go back over the chapter. I did. And smack dab in the middle of all this praying is this..
Matthew 6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Of course I thought, now Lord, this has to be a joke. Why on earth would you take us through all those powerful prayer messages and then throw us for a loop?
His response..."Because someone is believing that I can lie. I CANNOT LIE, DANYELLE. I told you that before you would have even asked, I would have already done it...it's done. I told you if you ask anything in my name believing, it will be done, and...it's done. I need you to show man that the delay or denial is not on me. It is on them."
Oh my! That is something else right there.
All this time you have been sideways believing God lies, only to find out today HE DOESN'T. As a matter of fact, HE CAN'T. You've been putting the burden of proof on someone who has already proven more than enough. And today, it comes to it's rightful place...on you.
What are you talking about Scroggins?
I'm talking about the pray you've prayed already answered in the spirit from the moment you asked. Now, getting the answer from the spirit into the natural is all on you. God has done His part, and now it's up to you to do yours.
Well, what is my part?
I'm glad you asked.
Your part is making sure you are righteous.
James 5:16 says, "Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."
Are dwelling right with your spouse.
1 Peter 3:7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
You are not ignoring God's Word.
Proverbs 28:9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.
You are not holding on to unrepentant sin.
Psalms 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
You are not lust driven in your prayers.
James 4: 2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
You are not doubting God.
James 1: 5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
And for the sake of this blog....YOU ARE NOT WALKING IN UNFORGIVENESS!
Not forgiving is like injecting a slow poison into your veins. It penetrates the body through a source (a needle in this case, a person in the case of an fault). At the point of injection, you feel pain. Then like anything injected, it slowly moves through the veins and ultimately in the heart. The longer it remains in the body, the more effective it is at killing.
This is what unforgiveness does.
It kills your love, long-suffering, kindness, godliness, temperance, your faith, and ultimately your life.
Yeah, it's that deep.
Because once you let it in, it will become the driving force of your entire life. But I decree that the devil's scheme to keep us locked in unforgiveness is OVER.
You nor I will not walk around half living.
We will live our best lives, without harboring ill feelings, anger, and/or poison.
We will forgive others their faults, because we aren't perfect and have some of our own.
So, whatever you do, vow today that the thing that had you bound, the alt that had you in a place of unforgiveness, is broken by the anointing of this blog, in JESUS'S name!
There is never a question of whether you should forgive or not. Forgiving is always the order and in order! Peter asked the Lord, how often should he forgive and thought seven times would be an efficient amount of times. Jesus answered him no seven times, but seventy times seven (See Matthew 18:21-22).
Forgiving falls in line with all of this....
2 Peter 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
Father, we honor You as our Lord and God. We thank You for all that You are doing, have done, and will do. We stand boldly before Your throne of Grace asking that You would forgive us, but also knowing we have not forgiven others. We know You said that if we don't, You won't, so now we are asking You to help us. Help us to forgive those who have hurt us. Help us to forgive those who have misused and abused us. If You didn't already put it in us to do, You would have never told us to do it. So stir up the gift in us that leads us to perfect forgiveness. And we will honor, love, respect, and adore You all the days of our lives. In Jesus's name we pray. Amen.
Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Yesterday, I awakened to the worst news. My first thought as usual is, God, why? I often ask this question first, until I can gain clarity on a matter as He speaks. Second, I'm used to going to my Father (as only a child can). I lay my thoughts on the table, often beginning with a question.
Like in so many times before, He reminds me that He never fails.
He tells me, "Danyelle, no one can run my business or your business, or the affairs of this world like I can. So, now the ball is in your court. Either you are going to trust me, or you're going to plunder until doubt forms. That's the most dangerous place to be."
I get it.
At any given moment, He's subject to change things. Take people home. Offer me up...to the enemy who by the way, can't take my soul, but is so sure I'll fail. Or, He causes my offender to prevail against me. Not because He's showing me up, or that He's doesn't love me, but because He's using all this to prove me or show me myself. In all this, I discover my faith and if it's strong or weak. I find out whether I trust Him completely or a little. I even pull the veil off so I can gage whether I'm forgiving others. Or, if I'm failing to forgive others causing the results of my prayers to be delayed or denied.
Wooooo, that's a lot.
I know it is, but you have to admit...sometimes the hardest person to see is ourselves. It's not even something up for consideration...whether we've grown or if we are stuck in the same place. We live our lives always questioning others, but rarely ourselves. So by chance or circumstance, God puts us in positions that reveal if we have spiritual maturity or not. These things also show if we've gone through enough to stand firm on the promises of God. Or whether we need a couple more storms that will lead us to perfect understanding.
So my friends even in my pain, I have sense enough to realize that God makes no mistakes. His will, ways, and waves are not always understandable, but He's concrete. His mercy is never failing. His truth endures. Even if or when we cry, we will see His will, way, and waves always leads us to peace, joy, happiness, holiness, and wholeness. That's spiritual maturity right there. Knowing that some things make me cry, but it's okay to cry as long as I understand, there will be glory after this.
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