Sunday, March 29, 2020
1 Peter 5:10 (TPT) “And then, after your brief suffering, the God of all loving grace, who has called you to share in his eternal glory in Christ, will personally and powerfully restore you and make you stronger than ever. Yes, he will set you firmly in place and build you up.”
The past week, every time I pray, I keep hearing the word “reset”.
Pat and I have felt this stirring in our hearts all week. Reset us Lord! Reset our priorities and reset our focus! Reset our hearts to be fully devoted to you! I believe God is doing something powerful in the hearts and minds of His people. What are we doing in the waiting and in the quiet and in the isolated times?
It’s time to push and press in and lean in to hear the voice of the Father as He calls us deeper into His presence. How we emerge will be based on how we have used our reset. I’m challenging myself and everyone to use our reset to grow and to learn and to dive and dig deeper than we ever have before. Will we be ready for the harvest and the victory on the other side?
Will we emerge as Moses did where our countenance has changed having been in the very presence of God? Moses’ countenance changed in the isolation when it was just he and God. (Exodus 34:29) No outside influences, no outside voices or noise distracting him from listening to the one voice that truly mattered. No busyness to interrupt his pursuit of God. Busyness is not a spiritual gift and sometimes the world we’re so entangled in may need to slow down in order for us to catch our breath and reset and refocus, who we are and whose we are, and whether our focus is centered fully in the presence of the one who gives and restores our breath (Job 33:4).
My hearts cry is...I want more God! There has got to be more!! I want to see your Glory and be stronger and know you in a much more intimate way than ever before. What will we do with our waiting? I won’t waste the waiting. Let’s not waste this waiting season. Let’s emerge from this chrysalis with wings, not crutches. Not focusing on what you lost or missed, but rather what you found and what you gained. Emerge with strength, not bitterness or worry. With hope and not dread. With faith and not fear. With trust and not doubt. With purpose and not complacency. The word Chrysalis means “protected stage of development”. How will you emerge from your protected stage of growth?
I don’t want life to get back to normal or business as usual. I don’t want there to be anything normal or usual about it. I want it to be supernatural! Prepare our hearts for the victory and change and growth, God!
Thursday, March 19, 2020
So … I admit I ... just like so many others ... I am a bit of a control freak. I like to be in control of my circumstances and events and surroundings. I strive to have answers and a plan for everything. I thrive in structure. Can anyone relate? During this time of uncertainty, it is increasing more difficult to feel in control with daily changes in our world. Because of those constant changes and the onslaught of negativity in the media, there have been times, where I have felt out of control and anxious. I struggle when there appears to be no clear answers for the health and stability of our world. It can be frustrating and overwhelming at times. Often times, our natural human response is to react and allow our emotions to drive our actions and affect our clarity of mind. It is imperative that we take a moment to take a deep breath and bring ourselves back to a place of peace. Peace is not an emotion, but rather a place we choose to reside in Christ. We CAN choose peace over fear even when things seem out of our control. I’m not saying to live in denial, but rather understand that we can choose hope, joy, and peace in the face of uncertainty and ask God to allow us to walk in wisdom and clarity. One thing I know, is that we may not be able to control what’s going on around us or what’s happening around the world, but there are a few things we CAN control. Those are the areas I would like to focus on. Here are a few areas we have control over.
1. We can control where we place our trust. Yes, we must have faith. Hebrews 11:1 (NLT), “Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see”. It is seeing those things that are not as though they were. But we must take our faith to the next level. We must step into a place of trust. We can trust God. Isaiah 26:3, “You will keep in perfect peace, those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You.” Faith is a result of my encounter with God, but trust goes a bit deeper. Trust is a result of God’s reputation and my relationship with Him. Dig into God’s word and spend time in His presence so that you may know Him, trust Him, and hear His voice to bring peace during this time. Now is the time to model what true trust in God looks like. People are looking for answers, be the one who directs them to God, the one they can fully trust.
2. We can control how we react to fear. I love what Winston Churchill said, “Fear is a reaction, courage is a decision.” Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.” We must not panic, but rather, use wisdom in our actions. When we lean into God, and listen to His voice, we will have peace in the face of fear. Fear is not the absence of courage; it is the embryo of courage. It is courage waiting to be awakened. Now is the time to model courage and strength and calm to our families, friends, and neighbors. Everyone is looking for hope. Be the calm in the storm that directs people back God, the one who can calm them.
3. We can choose to defeat and disarm the enemy called fear through Gods word. 2 Timothy 1:7, tells us that “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but power, love, and a sound mind.” We need to understand that God did not leave us defenseless. He gave us 3 very distinctive weapons to defeat fear when it attacks our hearts and our mind.
*Power...means to change the atmosphere and the course of events and to see and walk in Supernatural signs and wonders. We can do this through prayer and intercession.
*Love... 1 John 4:18 says “perfect love casts out all fear” and 1 Corinthians 13:4-17 tells us that Love, “always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres”.
*sound mind...If you study this word, it literally means that we can have a sound mind that is protected and brought into a place of safety and security and is no longer affected by unfounded, illogical and absurd thoughts. This is why we can operate in 2 Corinthians 10:5, “casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ”
We cannot abandon our trust and our hope and our peace and trade it in for fear. We must quit divorcing God for a mistress called fear. Now is the time to model true courage in the form of utilizing the weapons that have been given to us to defeat fear.
4. We can control how we take care of our health. We can take care of our health so that we have the best chance of fighting off sickness. While so many schools and places of business and large gatherings are closing or canceling, it would be easy to just sit and worry and think of all the negative thoughts. When we do this, it causes us to become negative and irrational and begins to affect our mental and physical health. Instead, use this time wisely. Use this time to connect with your family while everyone is confined at home. Spend time with your spouse, your kids. Have virtual gatherings online. Play games and catch up on your reading and things you have complained you didn’t have time to do before, like cleaning out the closet or the garage. This is a great time to make good on those new year’s resolutions and work on your physical and mental health. There are so many online workout programs that are available to us. Sign up for a virtual workout class. For example, my husband and I bought each other Peloton bikes for our anniversary, and we love the workouts. I was determined to break my record on the Peloton bike and finally crushed 11+ miles during this week!! Solitude forced me to focus on health. Now is the time for us to model that we take care of every aspect of our lives…mind, body and spirit. 3 John 2 says, “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.”
5. We can control how we treat others. Sometimes, when we are feeling out of control and frustrated and have no answers, it would be really easy to think we are the only ones going through difficult times. We must remember, everyone around the world is facing the exact same thing as we are. This is a great time to model and practice patience and self-control and compassion. It’s a great opportunity to love our tribe well and show kindness and generosity to those around us. 1 Peter 5:8-9 (msg) says, “Keep a cool head, stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So, keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ – eternal and glorious plans they are! – will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does.” Let’s remember that we are all in this together. Take this opportunity to check in on those you love. Check on the elderly and less fortunate and if you are able and it is safe, offer to help deliver some needed items to those who are not able to do it for themselves. So many live from week to week and they may need some temporary assistance or someone to drop some items off at their front door. Now is the time for us to model compassion, patience, and generosity to those around us. We can be the those who offer hope in the most difficult of times.
For all my friends out there who struggle, as I do, with control issues. Now is your time to shine. Stop focusing on what you cannot control and start focusing on what you can choose to do. Choose to rise up and be the voice of calm, the voice of clarity and the voice of hope and watch and see if it doesn’t become contagious. We may not be able to control everything, but I’m sure we will continue to try. But those things I cannot control, I will choose to fully trust God. I will use wisdom and I will purpose to keep my mind, my heart, my spirit and my body healthy instead of allowing my emotions to drive my actions. I will listen for God’s direction and I will offer hope instead of panic and fear. Let’s purpose to model what we hope to see in others during these trying times. Let’s continue to pray as one body and one voice for our world to have peace and clarity and relief in the form of a supernatural intervention miracle for this virus to be eradicated. Let’s stand united and all work together to be part of the solution instead of the hindrance to our breakthrough.
Watch and listen to powerful messages by Evangelist Karen Schatzline by going to her YouTube channel, "Pat and Karen Schatzline" or click: www.youtube.com/RemnantMinistriesInternational
Monday, January 27, 2020
Fear makes you a Squatter in the Land of Settle & Mediocre!
It’s the quicksand of the runner and it’s the pit that cages the Lion.
Do you remember when you used to dream? What it felt like before you got on the treadmill of life where your past mistakes and scars were a neon sign of yesterday’s promises. There is a moment where all of a sudden you awaken to a new day and God catches you on fire again. The miraculous and the supernatural will always be stifled when you settle for mediocrity.
One thing that causes us to settle is FEAR. Fear is a powerful weapon and it has the ability to cause us to quit…give up…and settle for less than what God has for us. How many dreams and victories have we missed out on and how many times have we stayed in our bondage and mental prisons and dysfunctional mindsets, because it’s easier to settle for comfort zones and normal than the road less traveled. Settling is a repercussion of allowing the voice of victory that once rang loud in your ears to become an echo of what could have been, because fear stands between us and the promised land.
“ALLOW THE OBSTACLE TO BECOME THE WAY”
Maybe you are reading this today and feel that you need permission to step out of mediocrity into the miraculous and abundant fulfilled life. Can I remind you of Isaiah 60:1, that says, “Arise and shine for the glory of God has risen upon you.” It is time to stop settling and catch aflame again!
For so many of my years of growing up, I allowed teachers and friends to put me in a box and I allowed their words to define me and cause me to accept less than what I knew God had for me. So many said I was quiet…shy…soft spoken…average intelligence…meant to stay in the shadows. The Worst part is…I BELIEVED THEM! I am so grateful for my husband and other godly influences in my life that pushed me to pursue more and to allow God to stretch me beyond my comfortable and tell me…YOU CAN DO MORE…YOU CAN DO BETTER…YOU CAN DREAM BIGGER! DON’T SETTLE! GO FOR IT!! If you stop here, you will always live in the field of “What IF’s”! I challenge you to surround yourself with people who bring a great report of how you can take the land, and maybe remove yourself from those who always bring a report of defeat.
In Numbers 13 and 14 (NET), you find the twelve spies from the children of Israel who were sent to scope out the Promise Land. Two of the spies, Caleb and Joshua came back with a faith filled report but the other ten came back with a report of “settling”. “Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses, saying, “Let us go up and occupy it, for we are well able to conquer it.” But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against these people, because they are stronger than we are!” Then they presented the Israelites with a discouraging report of the land they had investigated, saying, “The land that we passed through to investigate is a land that devours its inhabitants. All the people we saw there are of great stature… and we seemed like grasshoppers both to ourselves and to them. … Wouldn’t it be better for us to return to Egypt?” So, they said to one another, “Let’s appoint a leader and return to Egypt.”(Numbers 13:25-14:4)
It’s incredible that out of the 10 spies…only two saw what God wanted them to see! Joshua and Caleb told the people, “HEY….this is a great land flowing with Milk and Honey --- WHY are you AFRAID? GOD IS WITH US! The giants are helpless with no protection because God is with US! Don’t be afraid!” Can you believe that they actually wanted to stone Joshua and Caleb because they believed God about what He had for them.
The Israelites gave up on their dream and God’s promised land and would rather stone the ones that believed than to face their fears and actually let God do what He said He would do. They didn’t trust God and were impatient and wanted to take matters into their own hands. They were willing to SETTLE for SECOND BEST and a life of MEDIOCRITY and SLAVERY when GREATNESS and FULFILLMENT were just footsteps away. FEAR stood between them and the PROMISES of GOD.
They were willing to go back to a place of slavery than face the fear of freedom.
What is standing between you and the promises that God has given you? Why are you settling for a just OK and an it’s FINE mentality? It’s not ok. We were meant to thrive, not just survive! I think the reason we are not living according to God’s best, which is the abundant, free and overcoming life, is that we are willing to settle for less than. LESS THAN… isn’t God’s best…But it’s better than nothing and it’s enough to just survive, right? NO! God doesn’t settle for just OK! JUST EHH! JUST SO SO! Ephesians 3:20 tells us, “Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you”
As long as you can live without God’s best for your life…YOU WILL! That is a powerful TRUTH and FACT! Pat, my husband, (Evangelist/Author Pat Schatzline) always says that, “Man will always throw you a rope called settle to keep you from going into the depths of God’s love.” I ADMIT IT! It’s HARD to be enthusiastic about going to trials and tests! But, it’s really easy to get excited when we have everything we need and lack absolutely nothing, right?! Look at James 1:2-3 (TPT), “when it seems as though you are facing nothing, but difficulties see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can! For you know that when your faith is tested it stirs up power within you to endure all things.”
You have to get dissatisfied with MEDIOCRITY before you can experience the BEST that God has for you. It doesn’t happen by accident or by chance. IF YOU DON’T PURSUE IT…YOU WON’T GET IT! If you refuse to be satisfied with average and mediocrity…You will be free to pursue excellence and a life of victory! Stop being afraid of failure, or being disappointed, or not being good enough. Rather than teach people to dream and to push forward and climb higher, we have started teaching them to settle for less in order to avoid disappointment. Quit allowing the bar of expectations to be lowered in regard to WHO YOU ARE.
I challenge you to make changes today…Even if they are small steps – small steps are better than no steps at all.
Here are a few ways to begin the process! To stop settling!
1. Know Who You Are - (Jeremiah 1:5 – He knew you in your mother’s womb) (1 John 3:1 – You are a child of God) (Romans 8:37, you are more than an overcomer) Accept Gods love and decide that you can become more than what you have settled for. Your worth is based on who you are – A CHILD OF GOD! Forget what others think about you or say about you. Respect yourself by living a life consistent with who God says you are. Remember that your past does not dictate who you’re called to be. Nothing is impossible with God
2. Flourish where you are - Grow where you are planted! Seize opportunities and don’t run from them for fear of failure. Push past average and normal…(Matthew 7:7-8, “Ask and it will be given, seek, and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.”) You have to put some action to your faith. Get moving and be available for whatever God has for you. Look for divine appointments. Conquer your fears. Trust in God’s wisdom even when you don’t understand. Live boldly and courageously in the face of difficulty. Stick to your convictions even in the face of popular opinion. God is always faithful to His promises.
3. Grow and learn what you can – Be adventurous! Constantly seek to discover more about God and act on the ideas that He gives you. Study His Word. Psalm 119 says, “It is a lamp to your feet and a light to your path!”Seek and pray for wisdom. Proverbs 4:7 tells us that “wisdom is supreme so get it and whatever you do, get understanding.” Be teachable and seek out Godly counsel.
4. Don’t miss your moment - Realize that your time is something that you will never get back. Guard your time and don’t waste it mindlessly scrolling through Facebook, twitter, Instagram and Netflix. Don’t waste it worrying, gossiping, holding grudges, trying to please everyone or just merely surviving from one crisis to another. Make the dash on your tombstone count for something. Develop a pace in life where you have patience and stamina for the dreams and the long run. Don’t just strive to be efficient, but also effective. (Busyness is not a spiritual gift)
It’s the little things each day that we do that add up to great things. Purpose takes pushing past, “I Can’t” and seeing that “With God, all things are possible” Matthew 19:26. It is time to stop settling!
Read more about overcoming fear in the powerful new book, “Restore the Roar” by Authors Pat & Karen Schatzline. www.restoretheroarbook.com
Watch Evg. Karen share more from this message by watching her latest episode of “The Breathing Room” below. https://youtu.be/4fZms215wI4