Monday, December 31, 2012

Needing Prayer

Do you need prayer?  I know that I need prayer.  Everyone needs prayer at one time or another whether they realize it or admit it.  We all need prayer for various reasons either before, during, or after various situations in our lives. 

Prayer is one spiritual discipline which draws us closer to God the Father and keeps us in a closer relationship with Him on a daily basis.  It is a time of fellowshipping and communing with God our Father as His children.  It is normally one-on-one time with Him as we communicate with Him about our thankfulness, our needs, our cares, our concerns, our confessions, our repentance, our requests, and our petitions.  It is also a time of listening to Him through the help of the Holy Spirit.  There are other times when we go to Him on behalf of others whether they ask us, or He puts them on our hearts and/or minds.  Often, we are called to not only pray for others but pray with others whether it is only one other person or more than one other person in a group setting.  No matter what, it is important to be obedient to the Lord and pray for ourselves as well as others.

Our Father God gives us instructions on how to pray and what to do when we pray for ourselves and others.  (Matthew 6:5-8)  He also gives us more information on prayer through asking, searching, and knocking.  (Matthew 7:7-11)  In addition, we need to "fertilize" our prayers with scripture.  To "fertilize" means to use God's word throughout our prayers.  Not only does it build up our faith, but God's word does not return void.  His word goes out and accomplishes God's purpose.  (Isaiah 55:11)  Before we pray, we need to make sure there is not any unforgiveness in us.  (Matthew 6:14-15)  We also need to have faith in God and believe in our hearts that He will hear and answer our prayers according to His will for us.  (Mark 11:22-24; 1 John 5:14-15)  Even when we do not know God's will for us, we can be assured that the Holy Spirit is praying for us with groans which are too deep for words.  (Romans 8:26-27

A few examples of prayer....

The Lord's Prayer  (Matthew 6:9-13)

A Prayer of Thanksgiving  (Ephesians 1:15-23)

A Prayer for the Church  (Ephesians 3:14-21)

A Prayer of Thanksgiving  (Colossians 1:3-14)

Prayer is a discipline which builds up people's faith. It is a way to support people.  It strengthens people.  It encourages people.  When people of faith pray, it is powerful.  It works very well.  A couple of examples where God showed up mightily include the cases of Jesus' disciple, Peter, and the Apostle Paul.  (Acts 12:1-19; Acts 16:16-40)  Remember, the prayers of the righteous avails much.  (James 5:16b)  It is powerful, and it works very well for God's people...His children...those who are of the household of faith...those who are in God's family.  Elijah is an example of a righteous person where prayer was very powerful and worked very well.  (James 5:17-18)  The Persistent Widow is another example.  (Luke 18:1-8)  Her persistence paid off.  We can learn a lesson from her.  Always pray to our Father God.  (1 Thessalonians 5:17)  Do not stop praying to Him, because He is a good Father. 

Continue praying for yourself and others.  If you are not in the good habit of praying, there is not a better time to begin praying than now.  God is a good God!  He is a loving Father who provides for all of our needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus.  (Philippians 4:19)  He blesses us abundantly more than we can ever ask or think according to His power within us.  (Ephesians 3:20)  Therefore, go boldly before His throne of grace.  (Hebrews 4:16)  He is available anytime anywhere.  Pray believing that you have whatever you have asked of Him. (Mark 11:24

Prayer:  May Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.  (Matthew 6:10)

Copyright 2012 by Dawn Freeman. All rights reserved.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Controlling Our Mouths

What are you saying?  What are you talking about regarding your circumstances, others, or yourself? 

Our Father God talks about our lips, our tongues, and our mouths throughout His word.  Therefore, how important do you think they are to Him?  Very important!  Similarly, how important are our words to Him?  Also, very important!  We can use our lips, our tongues, our mouths, and our words for good or evil, to build up or tear down, for blessing or cursing, to encourage or discourage, for God or the devil, and the list goes on.  I am sure that you get the point. 

Jesus' brother, James, talks about blessing and cursing people with the same mouth.  (James 3:10-12)  He says that nobody can tame the tongue.  (3:8)  He also talks about not stumbling in our words.  (3:2)  He compares our mouths to horses' mouths and ships.  (3:3-4)  Later, James compares the tongue to a fire.  He says that it sets our course.  (3:5-6)  It is so true too.  We create our world and our reality with our words. 

We are made in God's image.  (Genesis 1:26-27)  God spoke the entire world and universe into existence with His words.  In a similiar way, we can speak our own "little" worlds into existence.  It is called "speaking our faith".  Mark talks about speaking to the so-called mountains in our lives.  (Mark 11:22-23)  When we believe God our Father, we can call those things that do not exist yet into existence just like God did before the beginning of time.  (Romans 4:16-18)  With God's spirit, we have the same power and authority within us that raised Jesus from the dead.  We can change our circumstances by changing our words.

King Solomon who was known for his wisdom wrote the book of Proverbs.  Many times in that particular book Solomon talks about the lips, the tongue, and the mouth.  "The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit."  (Proverbs 18:21, NIV)  Now, that is powerful!  Life and death!  Then, what you say is very important.  You speak things into existence with your words whether good or evil.  You create your reality by speaking your faith with your words whether right or wrong. 

It is very important to watch your words.  In addition, it is helpful to guard your mouth.  It is not only important to choose your words wisely but to also not use a lot of words.  "The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint..."  (Proverbs 17:27a, NIV)  Sometimes, it is best not to talk at all.  Jesus is a great example.  He often kept silent during times when He was being mocked and persecuted for His faith.  (Matthew 27:27-44)  Other times, we need to know how to talk to other people.  "A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.  (Proverbs 15:1, NIV)  Then, there are times when we need to know what to say to others.  "The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly."  (15:2, NIV)  "The lips of the wise spread knowledge..."  (15:7, NIV) 

Matthew also talks about the mouth.  What you speak out whether good or bad comes from the heart.  (Matthew 12:34-35)  He goes on to talk about idle words.  Idle chatter is useless and pointless.  It just takes up time and fills up space.  Some people just talk only to talk.  Sometimes, people only talk because they fear silence or cannot stand peace and quiet.  However, God will judge us for every empty promise or meaningless word that is spoken out of our mouths.  People will also judge us by the words which come out of our mouths while we are here in this world.  (Matthew 12:36-37) 

Therefore, guard your mouth...control your tongue...and close your lips.  Choose your words wisely.  Honor God with your mouth, your tongue, your lips, and your words.  Ask Him to help you.  He can do it.  He will do it.  Remember, you are an overcomer!  (Romans 8:37)  You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you!  (Philippians 4:13)

Prayer:  "May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer."  (Psalm 19:14, NIV)

Copyright 2012 by Dawn Freeman. All rights reserved.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Controlling Your Thoughts

What are you thinking about this very moment? Whatever it is, you do not have to think about those things. You can control your thoughts.

Throughout scripture, our Father God talks about our thoughts and our ways. First of all though, God's word says that we as God's children have "the mind of Christ". (1 Corinthians 2:16) God our Father is the only true authority who can tell us how to use our minds or what we should think about or not think about with our minds.

Therefore, because we have "the mind of Christ", do you think that we should entertain anything which comes into our minds? Do you think we should just think about anything or everything that enters our minds? No, of course not!

Whatever you think about, you eventually believe and begin acting on those thoughts and beliefs. (Proverbs 23:7a, NKJV) You become that person with those kind of unlovely, ungodly, sinful, wicked, or evil thoughts. You become that lustful person. You become that depressed person. You become that addicted person. You become that unrighteous or sinful person.

The Prophet Isaiah invites people to have the abundant life though. (Isaiah 55:7) He talks to people and instructs them to forsake their wicked ways and unrighteous [or sinful] thoughts. He goes on to talk about God's thoughts and ways being different than human beings' thoughts and ways. (Isaiah 55:8) Our Father God thinks a lot better than humans think in their usual [or old sinful] way of thinking about things. The old sinful nature thinks about things which are not pleasing to God. Whereas, the new man or the new creation in Christ thinks about those things which are pleasing to God our Father. The Apostle Paul talks about the carnal [or fleshy mind] and the spiritual mind. He tells us about the results or by-product of each of those mindsets.

Death [whether spiritual or physical] are the results of the old sinful nature [or the carnal mindset]. (Romans 8:5-8) Either before or along with that kind of death comes destruction and decay. For instance, when you think about that person in a lustful way, then you are on the path of destruction, decay, and death eventually if you continue thinking that way. The same is true for other carnal thoughts. Carnality and fleshiness messes with your minds and your lives. It all leads down the carnal path of destruction and eventually death. However, life [eternal, everlasting, and abundant] and peace are the results of the spiritual mindset [or the new nature]. You get peace of mind, peace with yourself, peace with others, and most importantly, peace with God our Father. You also reap more of the abundant life, the rich satisfying life, the everlasting life, and the eternal life here and now.

What can you do? How can you control your thoughts? First of all, reject those kind of harmful, destructive, deadly, or sinful thoughts. Cast down those thoughts! Take those thoughts captive! Rebuke those thoughts in the name of Jesus! (2 Corinthians 10:4-6) You have the power and the authority within you. Next, renew your mind on a daily basis. (Romans 12:1-2) It helps us to stay in God's word every single day. Not only for us and our thoughts but also for others and ultimately for God our Father and our relationship with Him. In addition, mediate on God's word. (Joshua 1:8) "To meditate" means to think about, to ponder, or to consider. Therefore, instead of worrying or thinking about negative things, choose to think about positive things specifically God's word. The Apostle Paul tells us to meditate on good things. He specifically talks about thinking about good things which we have learned, received, heard, or seen spiritual and Godly people like him do in the world. (Philippians 4:8-9)

You can control your thoughts. You can choose to think about good, positive, spiritual, Godly, and Christ-like things. Remember, you have "the mind of Christ". (1 Corinthians 2:16) Please choose to honor Him with your thoughts not only today but every single day for the rest of your life.

Copyright 2012 by Dawn Freeman. All rights reserved.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Controlling Our Feelings

(please only listen to the first 25 secs of the above song for the purpose of this lesson) 

"Feelings...whoa, whoa, whoa feelings...whoa, whoa, whoa feelings..."

How are you feeling?  What are you feeling?  Be honest with yourself.  Most of all, be truthful with God.  Yes!  We all have feelings.  We need to acknowledge our feelings.  We need to "own" our feelings.  We need to share our feelings.  However, we do not need to be ruled by our feelings.  We do not to be controlled by our feelings. 

We need to know that our feelings are not always accurate when it comes to our natural circumstances, other people, or even ourselves.  Most importantly, we need to know that our feelings do not always agree or line up with the word of God.  Therefore, we do not need to let our feelings get in the way of our obedience to our Father God or His word to us.  We do not need to allow our feelings to rule us, guide us, lead us, or direct us into disobedience to God.  We only need to be led by the Holy Spirit and allow God's word to be our "Instruction Book" or "Life Manual". 

King David poured out his heart and feelings in a lot of the Book of Psalms.  He wrote most of that particular book in the Bible.  In Psalm 22, for instance, David shared his feelings with God very openly and honestly about his situation.  We can see David as a good example for us when it comes to feelings.  The Book of Psalms is also a good primary part of Scripture to use and read when it comes to our feelings. 

In Psalm 22, David felt that God had left him.  He felt God had abandoned him.  He felt God had forsaken him.  Have you ever felt that way before?  You may feel that way now.  However, it is not true.  It is not accurate.  How do I know?  My Father God tells me otherwise in His word.  He says that He will not leave me nor forsake me.  (Deut 31:6, 8)  Therefore, do not allow your feelings to rule you.  That example is only one instance where someone's feelings did not line up with the word of God.

Our feelings can deceive us.  They can be used against us.  The devil can use our feelings against us to keep us from doing what God wants us to do, knowing what God wants us to know, having what God wants us to have, and being who God created us to be for Him, His purpose, and His plan for us.  (Jeremiah 29:11)

David is a prime example.  What if he had been ruled by his feelings?  What if he had said, "Oh, Lord...I feel like you have abandoned me.  Therefore, I am just going to stay here in the field and keep herding these sheep."  What if he had wallowed in self-pity...feeling like he was not worthy of doing what God had called him to do?  Then, David never would have come out of that field in order to kill the Philistine giant, Goliath.  (1 Samuel 17)  He made the choice not to allow his feelings to control him.  He decided that he would obey God.  He chose to surrender to God, His ways, and His will for him.  David chose to be the person God had created him to be...the person God had called him to be...the person God had chosen him to be for His purpose and plan.  (Jeremiah 29:11-13)

Now, I am not saying that David always made good and wise choices.  Nor am I saying that he always obeyed God or always surrendered to God and His will.  He did give in to his flesh and his feelings on occasion.  However, David eventually became known as a man after God's own heart.

Looking back in Psalm 22....After David talked to God about his feelings openly and honestly, notice what he did...look at what he said...throughout much of this particular one.  In the beginning of this Psalm, David talks about his feelings but then he talks about God.  If you notice, much of this Psalm is like that with David going back and forth between his feelings and God.  It is good that he shared his feelings. It is also good that he acknowledged his feelings. However, he always went back to God. In the same way, we can and should do that ourselves.  

We should not always give in to our feelings.  We definitely should not be led or ruled by our feelings.  When our feelings do not line up to the word of God, we need to submit ourselves to God.  As I mentioned earlier, the devil can deceive us and use our feelings to get us outside of God's will for us.  Therefore, resist those feelings which do not accurately line up with the word of God.  (James 4:7)  We must do our part by submitting to Him, surrendering to Him, listening to Him, and obeying Him.     

Copyright 2012 by Dawn Freeman. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Showing Mercy

The previous scene that you just saw is from 1984's Karate Kid.  In this particular part of the movie, the main character named Daniel (played by Ralph Macchio) visits a Karate Do Jo.  The Karate instructor tells his students to strike first, strike hard, and show no mercy to their opponents.  It is much like the world.  The world tells people to not show mercy to people.  After all, they do not deserve it...whoever they may be in the world's eyes.

In this scene, there is a group of guys chasing Daniel who is the Karate Kid.  The leader of the group, named Johnny, tells the group that, "An enemy deserves no mercy."  He has been taught that by his Karate instructor in the scene above.  It is human nature not to show someone mercy.  It is the flesh or the old sinful nature that does not want to show mercy to people.  It is also the world's way to do the human thing and kick someone when he is down or turn your back on someone when he is in need.

Did you notice though...later in this same scene that Daniel's friend, Mr. Miyagi, comes to his rescue?  Mr. Miyagi had compassion on Daniel.  He showed him mercy whether Daniel deserved it.  Mr. Miyagi came and picked up Daniel.  Then, he carried Daniel away from all of the trouble and the trouble makers.

That is a great picture of our Father God.  He is compassionate.  He shows mercy whether we deserve it.  He comes and picks us up out of the messes.  He carries us away from all of the problems and the people who cause problems for us. 

The Psalmist writes, "But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness."  (Psalm 86:15, NIV)

He also says that, "The LORD is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion."  (Psalm 116:5, NIV)

Later, the Psalmist says that, "The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made."  (Psalm 145:9, NIV)

Therefore, shouldn't we as God's Children want to be like our Father God? His way is the right way. Throughout His word, our Father tells us to show mercy and have compassion on people. He does not say to only do it if we feel like it. He does not say to only do it if we think they deserve it. No! He commands us to have compassion and show mercy to people. There are no if's, and's, or but's about it. He loves us. He wants the best for us. He also wants us to be just like Him. 

Luke tells us to, "Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful."  (Luke 6:36, NIV)

It really is not our place to judge or withhold mercy from someone...anyone.  If it had not been for us initially receiving mercy when Jesus died on the cross for us, we would not have been saved by grace through faith in Him.  (Ephesians 2:8)  We would not be Children of the Almighty God at this time.  We also would not be the people God had created us to be right now. 

Matthew says that, "Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy."  (Matthew 5:7, NIV)

God's ways are just the opposite of the world's ways.  God will bless people who show mercy to others.  He will have compassion on people who also have compassion on other people.

The Apostle Paul instructs us to, "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."  (Ephesians 4:32, NIV)

Therefore, when you see or know of someone in need, help that person.  Have compassion!  Show mercy!  You will be blessed in more than one way by God the Father.

Who knows?!?!  You may be that person who is in need some day.  You may need someone to have compassion and show mercy to you one day.  So, be aware.  Be compassionate.  Show mercy.  Be the great caring person God created you to be for His purpose.

Copyright 2012 by Dawn Freeman. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Crucifying the Flesh

"But God, I really don't want to..."

Have you ever said that or thought that way about something in which you thought God was asking you to do for someone else?

I know that I have at times. It is in those kind of instances that I realize... I have not completely crucified my flesh. Oh, my! Even worse, I have not completely received what Christ has already done for me.

"Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires." (Gal 5:24, NIV)

I know that it is my flesh rising up on the inside of me saying 'No' to something I think that God wants me to do because...

"For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want." (Gal 5:17, NIV)

I also keep thinking about it and saying 'No' to the thoughts.

There are many reasons my flesh may say 'No' to something God wants me to do too. Perhaps, the other person chose to fall into temptation. Or...the person chose to sin against me. Most importantly, they chose to sin against my Father God. Therefore, my line of comments or questioning of God sounds something like this...

They deserve what they get! They knowingly and willfully sinned against you and me!

They strayed away from the faith! They fell into the tempter's liar! They can get themselves out of it!

Really, God? You really want me to go and help them?!?! They are not helpless! They are adults. They can choose to make the right choices.

We can know the works of the flesh by God's word. The Apostle Paul wrote about them saying, "The acts of the flesh are obvious...hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition..." (Gal 5:19-20, NIV)

Paul goes on to write, "I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God." (Gal 5:21b, NIV)

I do not know about you, but I certainly want to 'inherit the kingdom of God'. By receiving the 'kingdom of God', we can have the eternal life not only in heaven but here on earth. (Matt 6:10) I definitely want to experience the abundant life that Jesus died to give me. (John 10:10b)

The Apostle Paul encourages us, "So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh." (Gal 5:16, NIV)

He also speaks about the fruit of the Spirit which are by-products of our relationship with our Father God.

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." (Gal 5:22-23, NIV)

When we learn and grow more in the Spirit, our flesh becomes less obvious in us and in our lives. Paul says, "But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law." (Gal 5:18, NIV)

Then, when we are even more spiritually mature, it will be even easier to live by the Spirit. "Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit." (Gal 5:25, NIV)

Paul tells us that we are brothers and sisters who are "called to be free". However, he makes a point of saying, "But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” “(Gal 5:13-14, NIV)


Father God, thank you for who you are to us. We realize that we can do nothing without you. (John 15:1-8) Help us to crucify our flesh! Help us to die to ourselves! We want to be the people you created us to be for your purpose and plans. (Jer 29:11-13) We want to receive everything that Jesus died to give us. (Eph 1:16-23) In Jesus' name. Amen!

Copyright 2012 by Dawn Freeman. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I See Dead People!

The video clip that you just saw was from the movie The Sixth Sense.  Bruce Willis portrayed one of the main characters, Dr. Malcolm Crowe.  Haley Joel Osment, portrayed another main character who was the doctor's young patient.

The young patient told the doctor his secret that "I see dead people!"

I will let you in on a little secret of mine.  I see dead people!  However, it is not the kind of dead people that the young character saw in this movie.  He saw physically dead people!

I see spiritually dead people!  Perhaps, I should say those people who act like they are spiritually dead.  It is not people that you would think either.  It is born-again believers!  Children of God!  Disciples of Jesus Christ!  It is happening in the body of Christ.  The people who are not spiritually dead, but they are acting like it. 

Knowingly and willfully sinning against God!  Continuing in sin!  Acting spiritually dead!

God's word specifically says that Jesus "died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again."  (2 Cor 5:15, NIV) 

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!"  (2 Cor 5:17, NIV)

Why are God's people acting the old creation?  Why is the body of Jesus Christ acting like the rest of this world?

Do you not know that you are a new creation?  Have you not truly received God's truth?

I really do not understand it.  I do not like it either.

We are set apart from this world!  We are salt and light!  (Matt 5:13-16)  We are more than conquerors!  (Rom 8:37)

I want to be able to see and say that "I see alive people!"  People who are spiritually alive!  People who act spiritually alive!  People who are living out God's word...His truth!

Please receive His word...His truth!  Then, walk it out in your life!  (2 Cor 5:7)

Copyright 2012 by Dawn Freeman. All rights reserved.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Jesus Loves You!

You just viewed a video of Whitney Houston singing 'Jesus Loves Me'. After her death earlier this year, there was a television special about her and her life. I remember part of it where Whitney was stating that Jesus loved her. However, to me, that kind of statement seems ironic and contradictory given her history of drug abuse and the coroner's ruling as to the cause of her death.

If Whitney really understood...if she got a true revelation...of Jesus' love for her, she would have had a much different and better life while she was here in this world. Her premature death would not have happened either. Her death also would not have been caused by drugs or anything similar.

You may say...How do you know? Why would you say such things?

How do I know? I know from personal experience as well as from God’s word. I know that when people get a true revelation of Jesus' love for them they live for Him. His love for them causes them to live for Him! They die to themselves! (Matt 16:24, Col 3:3) He is everything to them! Their life becomes more holy, pure, and righteous.

It is not part of a religious checklist. It is a by-product of their relationship with Him. Jesus' love for them makes people desire to live for Him. It makes them want to be more holy, pure, and righteous. As a result, their lives become more holy, pure, and righteous. Jesus also takes away any desires that are not of Him. He takes away any earthly and worldly cravings. He fills any voids in people's hearts and lives.

Unfortunately…based on Whitney's behavior, life, and death...she did not comprehend the magnitude of Jesus' love for her. It is also really unfortunate and sad that she did not understand fully His love for her because her behavior, life, and death would have all been different. Whitney would have had a much better outcome in life and ultimately in death.

However, I hope that by her example it causes everyone to look at themselves and their lives. I hope that it causes everyone to seek Him. (Matt 6:33) I hope that it causes everyone to comprehend the magnitude of His love for them. (Rom 8:38-39)

Why do I say it? Once you really understand and get a true revelation of His Love, He will ultimately change you and your life for the better.

Do you really know deep down inside of you that 'Jesus Loves You'?

Copyright 2012 by Dawn Freeman. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Setting the Captives Free

Are you being held captive? Are you in a prison?

A prison is not necessarily a physical confined space as you may think of today. It can be more than just that kind of confinement or restriction. People can be confined or restricted by the way they think as well. People can be free physically and still be in a mental prison. Likewise, people can be free mentally and still be in a physical prison. Either way, you are being held captive either physically or mentally. It does not have to be that way though.

When the Apostle Paul was confined, he was in a physical prison with Silas. (Acts 16:23-24) However, Paul was not confined or restricted mentally. In the midst of his temporary circumstance, Paul was still able to praise and worship God. (Acts 16:25) It can be the same for you.

The Apostle Paul says to cast “down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God” and bring “into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ…” (2 Cor 10:5, KJV)  However, you first must know God’s word. You must know His truth!

By continually renewing your mind in God’s word, you will be able to know more fully His truth. (Rom 12:2) God assures everyone that His truth will set him or her free! (John 8:32) You can be free in your mind, your situation, and your life. To be free, you must read and study His word on a daily basis though.

Then, you will be free mentally and physically. There will be no more prisons in you or in your life. You will not be held captive in your mind and in your life any longer. (Luke 4:18) “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36, NKJV)

Copyright 2012 by Dawn Freeman. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Run, Children, Run!

The video clip that you just viewed is from 1994's movie "Forest Gump" where Tom Hanks portrayed the main character. After being hit in the head, Forest's friend, Jenny, tells him to 'Run, Forest, Run!' Then, young Forest begins to run away from the boys who are causing the trouble for him.

Hopefully, it does not take being hit in the head or other people causing trouble for us to run away from either the people or the problem though. This part of the movie reminds me of a part in God's word which says, "Run from sexual immorality!" (1 Cor 6:18a, HCSB) There have been previous times in my own life when I have either observed others or experienced this kind of trouble myself.

Now, I just want say to others who may be in this kind of trouble...Run, _____________, Run!

Whoever is currently in this type of situation, know that God can and will help you out of it. You must do your part by choosing to obey His word...His truth. Once you know the truth..."the truth will set you free." (John 8:32b, NIV) Do not stay and try to fight the sin of sexual immorality! It will not work for you. The more you try to fight in your own way and in your own strength, the deeper you will be in this particular sin. There is only one way to get out of this type of situation. "Flee from sexual immorality." (1 Cor 6:18a, NIV)

As in the movie "Forest Gump"...Run, (insert name), Run!

Copyright 2012 by Dawn Freeman. All rights reserved.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Sinner vs. Saint

"Oh, I am just an old sinner saved by Grace."

How many times have you made that statement? How many times have you heard someone else say it?

Many Christians really think and believe that statement is true. Otherwise, they would not say it. To those people who speak it out, it becomes true for them. It becomes their reality.

God's word says, "But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them." (Matthew 15:18, NIV)

In Proverbs, God tells us "For as he thinks in his heart, so is he..." (Proverbs 23:7a, NKJV) By applying this word here, you can know the meaning of this scripture reference. In other words...if you think that you are just a sinner saved by Grace, you will behave that way. You will act as if you are still an old sinner.

Once you have accepted Jesus into your heart and into your life, you are a new person. The old has passed away. The new has come now. (2 Corinthians 5:17) Your identity has been changed with your re-birth. As a new creation in Christ Jesus, you are a Saint of God. Receive it! Hear it! Speak it! You are a Saint! (Ephesians 1:18, NKJV)

Therefore, please renew your mind on God's word. (Romans 12:2) Accept your new identity in Christ Jesus! You are a Saint of God! (Ephesians 4:12, NKJV) Keep speaking it and hearing it until it sinks deep down into your spirit. (Romans 10:17) Allow God's word and His Spirit to change you...your mind, your thoughts, your speech, your heart, and eventually your actions.

When you do so, you will then think and believe that this statement is true. “I am a Saint of God!” (Ephesians 3:18, NKJV)

Copyright 2012 by Dawn Freeman. All rights reserved.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

She Speaks

“She speaks with wisdom and faithful instruction is on her tongue.”  (Proverbs 31:26)

The Lord has put it on my mind and laid it on my heart to attend the She Speaks Conference this year.

The She Speaks Conference is a life-changing conference for women seeking to step out in the passion God has placed on their heart. Hosted by Proverbs 31 Ministries (501(c)3), She Speaks encourages and equips women to make the most of their messages, communicating God's Word through either writing or speaking:

She Writes: (Writers Track) From basic writing guidelines to preparing an article or manuscript for submission, and everything in between. In addition, the opportunity to meet one-on-one with some of the top editors, publishers, and literary agents in the Christian market.

She Speaks: (Speakers Track) Whether speaking in a large arena or leading Bible studies in church, participants will be equipped with the tools needed to effectively share the Word of God, create a bio sheet, market her ministry, and give successful presentations.

The next step is to raise the funds before the deadline of May 15. Will you please consider partnering with me through a financial contribution towards a scholarship?

As you feel led to join me in this exciting call, you can participate in two ways. Either call Proverbs 31 Ministries at (877) 731-4663 to contribute by credit card or send a check payable to Proverbs 31 Ministries to:

Proverbs 31 Ministries
She Speaks Scholarship/Dawn Freeman (scholarship recipient)
616-G Matthews-Mint Hill Road
Matthews, NC 28105

Please be sure to designate the scholarship in my name in order to credit my scholarship fund. You will get a receipt for your tax-deductible donation. For more information:

Thank you for your support and prayers!  May God bless you abundantly!  (2 Cor 9:8)

Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Mystery of God

I often hear or read somewhere about the mystery of God. However, the word mystery does not accurately describe my God.

According to, mystery is defined as 'anything that is kept secret or remains unexplained or unknown'. Another partial definition of mystery is obscure or puzzling. To me, those two definitions do not describe God at all. How about you?

Perhaps, the people who are describing God as a mystery do not really know Him. People can know of Him but not know Him. There is a difference. You know people by being in relationship with them. The same is true with God. You must be in a close relationship with the Father to know Him truly. (Joshua 1:8) Another possibility is people are trying to figure God out according to their own human thoughts and ways. Of course, that is not possible.

God's word specifically tells us, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:8-9, NIV)

Therefore, do not try to figure God out by human standards. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you to know Him deeply according to His higher thoughts and ways.

God does not have to be a mystery to you! You can really know Him and His ways! God is not a mystery to me! He is all-powerful! He is all-knowing! He is Almighty! He is love! (1 John 4:8)

Most of all, He is my Father!

What word would you use to describe God?

Copyright 2012 by Dawn Freeman. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Pulling a Hagar

“Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar; so she said to Abram, “The LORD has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.” Abram agreed to what Sarai said. So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian slave Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. He slept with Hagar, and she conceived.” (Gen 16:1-4a)

How many of us have done what Sarai did here in this passage? How many have pulled a Hagar? Alternatively, how many are now in the middle of pulling a Hagar? Sarai chose to take her natural circumstances into her own hands. She got inpatient with God, His ways, and His timing. She did not talk to Him first. She did not consider Him and His ways. She did not wait on Him and His timing. Instead, Sarai decided to go ahead of God. She thought that she knew better than God. Oh, my! Can you imagine anybody thinking that they knew better than the Almighty, all-powerful, and all-knowing God? Yet, Sarai thought she did at this time. Otherwise, she would have waited on God to provide for her.

If that was not enough, Sarai turns on her husband, Abram, for the horrible situation. “Then Sarai said to Abram, “You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering.” (Gen 16:5a) From the very beginning, it was Sarai’s impatience and her poor choices that got both of them into the awful circumstances. Yes, Abram willfully chose to agree with her bad decision from the start. However, it was Sarai who initiated the bad decision. Then, Sarai has the audacity to point her finger at Abram. She blames him for the tragic consequences of her initial sin when he just passively went along with it.

Later on in this passage, the consequence of Sarai’s sin manifests even more. “So Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram gave the name Ishmael to the son she had borne. Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore him Ishmael.” (Gen 16:15-16)

Abram, Sarai, and Hagar all reaped the consequences of Sarai’s initial sin. As a result, they all had to live with the effects of Sarai’s impatience and poor choices. A child from another woman was brought into the middle of this tragic situation. In addition, God’s promises were delayed for both Abram and Sarai to have their own child.

Think about it. Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar birthed their son, Ishmael. (Gen 16:16) He waited another 13 years before God appeared to Him about his son, Isaac. (Gen 17:1) During the wait, both Abram and Sarai had to go through name changes from God. (Gen 17:5, 15) Abraham initially laughed at God’s word to him regarding His promise. However, God’s promise came to pass for them when Sarah was 99 years old and Abraham was 100 years old. (Gen 17:17) After all of that time, Sarah finally birthed their son, Isaac. (Gen 17:19; 21:1-3) However, Abraham and Sarah had to wait at least a total of 14 years for God’s promise to come true for them.

Now, think about them and their previous circumstances. If both Abraham and Sarah had initially waited on God together, He may have provided their child a lot sooner. However, their collective and bad decisions took them on a detour that ended up costing them a lot of unnecessary heartache, pain, grief, and extra time away from God’s true purpose and plan for them. Therefore, it took many more years for God to get Abraham and Sarah back on the path He had for them and fulfill His perfect will for both of them. (Jer 29:11; Rom 12:2)

Whether you have pulled a Hagar before or are in the middle of pulling a Hagar now, just ask God to help you to be obedient to Him starting at this very moment. Ask God to help you to wait on Him and His timing. Seek Him and His ways. (Matt 6:33) By going to Him first, it will save both you and others a lot of time as well as preventing many unnecessary consequences from sin. You will also be much better off doing it God’s way first by waiting on Him and His timing.

Copyright 2012 by Dawn Freeman. All rights reserved.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

What Are You Sowing?

What are you sowing? Are you sowing good seed or bad seed? It is either one or the other.

When you sow good seed into good ground, you produce a good crop. When you sow bad seed into bad ground, you get a bad crop.

It is also like that in our lives. We can either sow good seed or bad seed with our words, our mindsets, our attitudes, our behavior, and our actions.

In either case, it takes time for the harvest to come into our lives. However, we reap what we sow whether good or bad.

My Father confirms it in His word when He says, “A man reaps what he sows.” (Gal 6:7b, NIV)

I know it to be true too. I have seen it in other people and in their lives. I have also experienced it at times myself.

He goes on to say that “Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction...” (Gal 6:8a, NIV)

Have you ever sown to please your flesh? I know that I have sown to my flesh before. Unfortunately, I am sure that we all have at one time or another. I can testify now that, for me, it was not a pleasant time either. I was in a really bad, unwise, and unhealthy relationship which also ended very poorly. I definitely reaped an extremely bad harvest from sowing bad seed and being in that awfully destructive relationship. Still, my Father has used that previous relationship as a difficult, learning experience for me.

Have you ever sown to please your Spirit? There have been, at least, a few times that I can recall now which I would say, “Yes! I sowed good seed, and it pleased my Spirit!” It is those times when I have experienced more of the eternal life from obeying the Spirit. Those are the times that I choose to remember more. I believe those are the times that our Father God would have us to remember more as well. Though, we can learn from all of our experiences.

Our Father also talks about reaping the good rewards of sowing to our Spirit.

“…whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” (Gal 6:8b, NIV)

When I have sowed good seed and obeyed my Spirit, I have reaped a good harvest…eternal life...a true peace and calmness within me…in my Spirit.

Of course, we may not always be able to see the good harvest in a person or in their life right away. Sometimes, the harvest takes more time than other times to show up.

However, our Father tells us this, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Gal 6:9, NIV)

Therefore, when we sow the good seed and obey our Spirit, we definitely will reap a good and fruitful harvest in due season. Our Father assures us of it. We can rest in Him knowing that He is always true and faithful to His word. (Num 23:19)

Copyright 2012 by Dawn Freeman. All rights reserved.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

What Are You Feeding?

What are you feeding this very moment?

Are you feeding your God-given spirit? Or…are you feeding your flesh?

In order to feed on something, we must take it into ourselves. We can either take in things physically or spiritually. Therefore, we are either feeding our body or our spirit.

Our bodies are normally thought of or considered as part of our flesh. Of course, it also depends on the way you treat your body…God’s temple. (John 2:21; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

When we feed our bodies or our flesh, we take in the things of this world. Those secular things are carnal. We may spend time feeding our "old nature" into temptation...or choosing to sin against God, ourselves, or other people.

What are some of those "old" ways? Watching television with suggestive or provocative themes, sex, violence, pornography, and/or crime. Listening to secular music with a lot of profanity or suggestive words. Looking at graphic photos including sex or violence on the internet. Reading magazines or books with sex, violence, profanity, or other suggestive material.

Of course, these "old" ways lead to other ways of the "old nature" or the flesh.

"Flesh gives birth to flesh..." (John 3:6a, NIV)

When we feed our spirit, we take in the things of God. Those things are spiritual. With God's word, we are able to feed our "new nature" and our spirit.

Other ways to feed our spirit include attending church services; going to prayer meetings; reading faith-based or Christian books or magazines; listening to positive and/or uplifting faith-based or Christian music; and looking at only wholesome photos on the internet.

Likewise, following the ways of the spirit creates more of the "new nature" ways.

"...but the Spirit gives birth to spirit." (John 3:6b, NIV)

We are always either feeding one or the other. When we are feeding the spirit, we are starving the flesh. When we are feeding the flesh, we are starving the spirit. Therefore, are you feeding your spirit? Or...are you feeding your flesh?

Allow God [through the Holy Spirit] to speak to you personally! Please also listen to Him!

What are you feeding now?

Copyright 2012 by Dawn Freeman. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Overcoming Fear

"Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe." (Prov 29:25, NIV)

Lately, I have been thinking more about this particular scripture verse. At this specific time in my life, my Father has been speaking to me more about the topic of ‘fear’. I know that it is not good to live in fear for any reason or for any amount of time. I certainly do not want any part of fear in me or in my life. I know that fear is not of God. How do I know? Well, my Father says so! Not only that, He says it numerous times throughout His Word. Here are just a few of those times.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10, NIV)

“For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” (Isaiah 41:13, NIV)

But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats ; do not be frightened.” (1 Peter 3:14, NIV)

Therefore, I know that fear normally comes from the enemy who tries to hinder us or prevent us from doing what God wants us to do for Him, His purpose, and His plan. (Romans 8:28, Jeremiah 29:11) More than once, I have been reminded that the word ‘FEAR’ stands for ‘False Evidence Appearing Real’. In addition, fear is the opposite of faith. If we are in fear, then we are not in faith. Fear negates faith!

As a person of faith, I am an overcomer! (Romans 8:37) Therefore, I am determined to overcome any fear. How do I do it? First, I have to continue renewing my mind in my Father’s word. (Romans 12:2) As I am reminded, faith comes by hearing the word of God. (Romans 10:17). It helps to not only read and study His word in order to build up my faith but also to speak out His word and hear His word out loud. That seems simple enough, but now I have to put it into action.

What about you? Will you join me?

Copyright 2012 by Dawn Freeman. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Carrying Burdens

"Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." (Galatians 6:2, NIV)

What does that scripture verse mean to you? For awhile, it meant something totally different to me than it does now. Previously, it meant that we are to physically help people out in their time of need. I still believe that we are to be "Jesus" to people. (1 John 4:17) However, it now means to me that we are to "walk" alongside people during their difficult times or hardships. To me, it means to be available to them. Listen to them. Pray with them. Lend a shoulder. Talk with them. Give emotional support. Encourage them.

I do not believe it means that we are to do for people what they can do for themselves. I do not believe it is the way that God intended it either. After all, God does not do for us what we can do for ourselves. He does not do our part. In the same way, we are not to do other people's part. We need to have healthy boundaries with people and set limits with them. We need to empower people to help themselves and rely on God as their source. He alone is anyone's and everyone's only source!

God does use people to help others. From my personal experience, He uses many people along the way to help others during their journey. I do not believe that He wants us to help people to the extent that it will enable them though. To "enable" someone would actually be doing a disservice to them. It would also be a disservice to us as well. It eventually will hurt them and us if they are too dependent on people. It is unhealthy to be only dependent on people. To be co-dependent is definitely an unhealthy way of thinking and relating with people.

People need to totally depend on God and get to the point of being able to stand on their own two feet with God. If a person has the same re-occurring issue [for example: fornication or adultery], it will not help them to step into their current situation and stop it for them that one time. It would be a mistake on our part to do it for them. If they are having a continual problem with the same issue, it will continue until they take the initiative and do something about it. They have to do some internal work on themselves in order to prevent it from re-occurring in their lives.

Instead, we should encourage them to form a new relationship or deeper relationship with God. God needs to be their only source…their internal comforter, healer, director, leader, and guide. In addition, if they need more help, professional counseling may be a great recommendation. First, they have to want to stop the re-occurring harmful behavior. Then, they have to do their part to help themselves. After all, God tells us that each person is responsible for doing their own part.

"...for each one should carry their own load." (Galatians 6:5, NIV)

Copyright 2012 by Dawn Freeman. All rights reserved.