There’s Another In The Fire

There’s Another In The Fire

In our crazy and chaotic world, life is confusing and things just do not “add up.” We find it hard to make sense of life and what is happening around us. The GREAT NEWS is we can be held by Jesus, our anchor in every storm! (Hebrews 6:19) He holds everything together and is unchanging. He makes our life “add up” in Him, creating peace out of turmoil. Thank Him that His authority, power, love, and peace reign supreme today and tomorrow!

Look at Daniel’s three friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego captured and held captive by Nebuchadnezzar in Babylon. (Daniel 3:1-30) The three godly young men had the favor of their captors until it became time to bow down and worship the 90-foot golden statue King Nebuchadnezzar had erected in his own honor. Verse 4-6 shares, “Then a herald shouted out, “People of all races and nations and languages, listen to the king’s command! 5 When you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes, and other musical instruments, bow to the ground to worship King Nebuchadnezzar’s gold statue. 6 Anyone who refuses to obey will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.”

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego knew they could not bow down to another king or god nor worship a golden statue. They knew their decision to stand for God their Maker, could cost them their lives.

Verse 11-12 says, “That decree also states that those who refuse to obey must be thrown into a blazing furnace. 12 But there are some Jews—Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego—whom you have put in charge of the province of Babylon. They pay no attention to you, Your Majesty. They refuse to serve your gods and do not worship the gold statue you have set up.”

Could it be you have been thrown into a fiery trial because you stand up for your faith and conviction as a follower of Christ? You can know that you are surrounded by Jesus and His loving presence. His grace is sufficient for anything we will go through! Hallelujah! We need to remember this today.

The three young men were thrown into the blazing fire that was heated seven times hotter than usual, according to the furious rage Nebuchadnezzar had for the once favored and promoted friends.  13 Then Nebuchadnezzar flew into a rage and ordered that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego be brought before him. When they were brought in, 14 Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you refuse to serve my gods or to worship the gold statue I have set up? 15 I will give you one more chance to bow down and worship the statue I have made when you hear the sound of the musical instruments. But if you refuse, you will be thrown immediately into the blazing furnace. And then what god will be able to rescue you from my power?”

 Have you heard the bully of your soul whispering something similar? …Who will rescue you now? Who is going to help you now? Just know there is “another” in the fire standing next to you! His name is Jesus and He has conquered the grave! He has risen victorious over EVERY devious scheme of the enemy.

The three young men’s response was amazing! They did not cower in fear. They did not make excuses for their stance and worship of our One true God.

16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. 18 But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.” Such courageous faith is shown and spoken respectfully!

The Bible shares there were a fourth person in the fire with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Verse 25 “Look!” Nebuchadnezzar shouted. “I see four men, unbound, walking around in the fire unharmed! And the fourth looks like a god!” Biblical commentaries suggest it was either pre-incarnate Jesus or an angel sent by God that was protecting the three men in the fire.

Do you know that their clothes did not even hint at smelling like smoke? Vs. 27 “Not a hair on their heads was singed, and their clothing was not scorched!” Can we count it joy in every trial, battle, and hard day? If so, we will find Jesus in the middle of that wrenching hard moment, in the fire with us!

Verse 28 says something I would not have thought Nebuchadnezzar would say, “Praise to the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego! He sent his angel to rescue His servants who trusted in Him. They defied the king’s command and were willing to die rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.”

Daniel 5:20-22 tells us what happened to King Nebi after he became arrogant and prideful, forgetting what God had done for him showing him miraculous signs and wonders. “But when his heart and mind were puffed up with arrogance, he was brought down from his royal throne and stripped of his glory. 21 He was driven from human society. He was given the mind of a wild animal, and he lived among the wild donkeys. He ate grass like a cow, and he was drenched with the dew of heaven until he learned that the Most High God rules over the kingdoms of the world and appoints anyone he desires to rule over them.”

Eph. 1:11 says, “He chose us in advance, making everything work out according to His plan.” Wow! All praises to God, our Father who loves us, chose us in advance (not on a whim, but thought of you and me in advance!) and will watch over our lives, making certain His plan for us comes to beautiful fruition in spite of our sins and downfalls! He will always accomplish every purpose and plan in His heart for you, bringing you to fulfill your destiny (calling, purpose) in His timing and ways! Let’s be willing, humble, and obedient before Him, lifting up our God, Most High always!

In the end, King Nebi promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to even higher positions in the province of Babylon. They chose to worship and serve God over the world and He was the One who ultimately promoted them.

Stay strong my friends! Fix your hope firmly on your anchor, our steadfast and true Savior, Jesus!

Love and joy in the midst of trials,

Holly

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Today Is The Day!

Today Is The Day!

“Today is the day you rise above your enemies, the tormentors! Today is the day to accelerate in me! Today is the day for freedom and liberty in me! Today is a breakthrough day! Today I will go before you and prepare a way where/when there seems to be no way! Today is the day of my manifestation and love poured out. Open your eyes of your heart to see it!” Jesus whispered to my heart recently.  He continued and has repeated to me more than once lately, I make streams in the desert… “I am doing something brand new, something unheard of. Even now it sprouts and grows and matures. Don’t you perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and open up flowing streams in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19 (TPT)

The enemy wants to slow you down and distract you from Jesus’ love and timing. The good news is he is defeated through our union, our bond, our oneness with Christ as we share in the triumphs of His cross and victorious resurrection. The word of our testimony is powerful, too. Your story is personal and unique to you. People are not apt to argue what He has personally done for you, taught to you, and therefore lived out by you! The blood of our sacrificial lamb (Jesus) covers all of our sins and makes a way for us to come to the Father.

1 John 2:13-14 (TPT) “I remind you, fathers and mothers: you have a relationship with the One who has existed from the beginning. And I remind you, young people: you have defeated the Evil one. I write these things to you, dear children because you truly have a relationship with the Father. I write these things, fathers and mothers because you have had a true relationship with Him who is from the beginning. And I write these things, young people, because you are strong, the Word of God is treasured in your hearts, and you have defeated the Evil One.”

We defeat the enemy by our relationship with God and speaking out loud, victorious scriptures in our time of need. When you treasure and meditate on scripture, the Holy Spirit will bring it to mind when you need to use it as the Sword of Truth! The accuser of mankind has been defeated because Jesus’ Authority has been established. We have Jesus’ authority in us as co-heirs of Christ, seated in the heaven lies, so we can rise up against the spiritual warfare that comes our way.

Then I heard a triumphant voice in heaven proclaiming:

“Now salvation and power are set in place, and the kingdom reign of our God and the ruling authority of His Anointed One are established. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who relentlessly accused them day and night before our God, has now been defeated—cast out once and for all!” Revelation 12:10 (The Passion Translation)

What about the evil you see going on around you? Proverbs 14:22 (NIV) helps us: “Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.”

At the cross of Christ, we see His Life, Death, and Resurrection. He is a Leader to all who would follow His example of love, joy, and peace. We too can become His followers and leaders. How you ask? By being a beautiful example of what it means to follow Him daily and practicing His ways of living and loving patiently with His demeanor and grace.

“Watch for the new thing I am going to do. It is happening already—you can see it now! I will make a road through the wilderness and give you streams of water there.” Isa. 43:19  (GNT)

Sounds like a breakthrough and an acceleration! Believe Him! He is going to do something amazing in your life!

Have a joy-filled day drenched in Jesus’ love!
Big Blessings,

Holly

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Poppy & Dot’s Adventure (Holly’s first children’s book!)

Poppy & Dot’s Adventure (Holly’s first children’s book!)

Hi Friends,

I am excited to share my first children’s book, “Poppy & Dot’s Adventure.” I wrote it for my grandchildren! 🙂

Friendship is a gift! Poppy and Dot are best friends. They love to play and have grand adventures together. They teach each other what it means to be a good friend; caring, sharing, and accepting each other just as they are even in the midst of their mischievous adventures! Their friendship teaches us that a true friend will love you no matter what!

Please check it out here:

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Poppy & Dot’s Adventure – Kindle edition by LaChappell, Holly, Jakubowska, Kasia. Children Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Available on Kindle or paperback.

Faith and Fear

Faith and Fear

Fear is like two large dogs and one very small dog with a cute bow in its hair barking ferociously! They are fenced in but their bark is deep and loud, just like fear! My dog runs to the opposite side of the road every time we run past them and their growls. We can stare at fear, or we can just keep moving past it with God’s help. We can shout out prayers and scriptures for help. We can stand tall and take on Jesus’ full authority. Praise and worship are super helpful because it reminds us who is in charge- our King Jesus, the Resurrected One!

“His massive arms are wrapped around you, protecting you. You can run under His covering of majesty and hide. His arms of faithfulness are a shield keeping you from harm.” Ps. 91:4 (TPT)

You’re OK my dear, He whispers gentle encouragement to your heart even when the barking dogs (which is your fear, anxiety, panic, or dread) seems to be coming after you. Take on My full authority! Keep calling out to me my dear one, I’ve got you! His victorious work on the cross is beckoning you forth. His favor is gladdening your heart!

Running or walking through life, the valley can appear dark and shadowy even cold. Then, when you start coming out of the valley you realize now you are climbing up a muddy, rain rutted mountain! You notice you are moving slower, but you’re moving higher into the Sonlight! It can be a rough, rocky path, stepping one foot slowly in front of the other.

Just remember your Shepherd is guiding you with His rod and His comforting staff. He will pull you away from “the cliff of trying to fix yourself” especially when the enemy whispers you have to do it all by yourself and you’ve got to make things happen. God gives back what the enemy has stolen from you.  Let Jesus love you and comfort you. You are resting safe and secure in His loving arms. Ps. 25:5 (TPT) says, “Escort me along the way; take me by the hand and teach me. For you are the God of my increasing salvation; I have wrapped my heart into yours!”

In Psalm 25:5 The Hebrew word most commonly translated as “wait” (wait upon the Lord) is qavah, which also means “to tie together by twisting” or “to entwine” or “to wrap tightly.” This is a beautiful concept of waiting upon God, not as something passive, but entwining our hearts with Him and His purposes.

PS Jesus’ words to you do not change in the valley of despair. God says, “You are still my royal son or daughter wearing your crown and holding your scepter high!” I wonder if Esther in the Bible knew how winsome she was to other people. I wonder if she really realized the favor God presented to her in the form of a royal crown. Esther was held in captivity but she was held captive by the lover of her soul, Jehovah Ahava, which means God is love. I’ve thought a lot about Esther’s life.  There are so many details we don’t know.  There are so many things that aren’t written about her. Esther was an exile. I wonder if she and the girls were ever allowed to leave the palace grounds without a eunuch…probably not since she and the other girls had lost a lot of freedom.

We’re not told what the Jewish girls spoke about in the harems. I can imagine that they wondered when Yahweh would come and deliver them. Maybe you’re starting to wonder that too and you’re asking Jesus, “When are you going to come and release me out of this situation; out of my fiery trial?” Rest assured He has a solution even before you whisper that there is a problem. Esther was crowned queen of Persia with God’s great favor and behind the scenes care.

How many of us go through our lives not realizing the favor God has lavished on us. Just as He has lavished His love upon us as children of God, His love is our identity. The battles in this life are won with God’s help, grace, and loving guidance!

‘O Lord our God, let your sweet beauty rest upon us and give us favor. Come work with us, and then our works will endure, and give us success in all we do.” Psalms 90:12 (TPT)

Activate your faith and move fearlessly in Jesus, the Author, and Perfector of your faith!

Love, Holly

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The Next Chapter of You!

The Next Chapter of You!

Ephesians 3:17-20 The Passion Translation (TPT)

We could camp out on these verses for all of eternity! They are that rich! Get excited! God has something to speak to you through these verses!

17 Then, by constantly using (expending) your faith, the life of Christ will be released deep inside you, and the resting place of His love will become the very source and root of your life.

Activate your faith. Implement your faith!  Look at Jesus, the Author and Perfector of your faith.

His love becomes your identity and the very core of your life! You and I can live wholeheartedly in His love every day. But, you must exercise your faith believing He is with you, He is for you and is always loving you!

By walking out your faith in Jesus, He is unrestricted to work in you! Faith can change any of life’s challenges! 1 John 5:4 (TPT) says, “You see, every child of God overcomes the world, for our faith is the victorious power that triumphs over the world. 5 So who are the world conquerors, defeating its power? Those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.”

 When we lift our heads and hearts to see Jesus as an act of faith, He will change our situation in a moment…with His love, a word of encouragement, a picture of who He truly is in your life!

A Faith acronym I like to remember when I try something new, or when Jesus asks me about my faith: F-Favored A-Assurance I-In  TThe  HHoly of holies! You and I already have His favored assurance that He loves us and He is for us.  He will never leave nor forsake us! His wide, long, and high love will be released deep within you as you believe Him; what He whispers to your heart and believe what He has done on the cross for you! Let your faith arise even now!

Oh, the resting place of His love! (vs. 17) Doesn’t this sentence just relax you as you read it?  Where is your resting place as you sit with Jesus, the lover of your soul? When do you feel most at ease with yourself and others? I bet Jesus is with you (as He always is) and yet at times you can have a profound sense that He is near, in the secret place where He shares His heart with you. Is it a spot in your home or when you’re out walking or running in nature? Once you’ve tasted His sweet love in your heart you will desire it more and more. He loves to share His astonishing love with us.

As we sit with Him, He shares how to deal with life’s situations. He whispers love, joy, peace and unconditional love into our hearts. He knows you intimately, so why not pour out all of your hurts, disappointments, sadness, love and joy? He will meet you at your deepest need and fill you to over flowing with the fullness, richness and completeness of God! He will make you complete and satisfied in Him!

His love changes EVERYTHING! Just one word, one thought, one impression from the heart of Jesus speaks volumes! His thoughts cause me pause and ponder all that He is teaching me. His voice of love removes our limitations! We need to align ourselves to Him when He speaks. Pursue Him passionately with a focus on the One who ardently loves and pursues you!

Eph. 3:18-19 (TPT) “Then you will be empowered to discover what every holy one experiences—the great magnitude of the astonishing love of Christ in all its dimensions. How deeply intimate and far-reaching is His love! How enduring and inclusive it is! Endless love beyond measurement that transcends our understandingthis extravagant love pours into you until you are filled to overflowing with the fullness of God!”

20 “Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest requestyour most unbelievable dreamand exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for His miraculous power constantly energizes you.” Praise Him! His miraculous power constantly energizes you and helps you with another day! He has amazing plans and dreams in store for you! They are beyond your wildest imagination, verse 20 says! Since, I’m not one to argue with scripture, I’m going to believe Jesus in faith! How about you? Ask Jesus to do more than you could ask, think or imagine!

You probably recognize the NIV version of Eph. 3:17-20. “So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20 Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, 21 to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

1 John 5:20 (TPT) “And we know that the Son of God has made our understanding come alive so that we can know by experience the One who is true. And we are in Him who is trueGod’s Son, Jesus Christ—the true God and eternal life!”  He makes our understanding about Jesus come alive, so we can know Him by experiencing Him, the One who is true, right and worthy! This is the next chapter of you! You are growing in faith in Jesus and what He is doing in your life! Believe Him! Get excited! He is expanding your faith!

Let’s Pray:

Oh, Lord! Thank you for making my understanding come alive so I can know and experience YOU, my One true God who builds our faith and helps me moment-by-moment! I want to walk and move in your reality; not mine! Lord, I receive your deep, astonishing, never ending extravagant love through the power and grace of Holy Spirit living within me. I take delivery of anything you want to bless me with, beyond my wildest imagination! You are a great God! I love you and praise you, Amen.

With love and thanks for reading!

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Inspirational Song: “Spirit Lead Me” by Influence Music

Be Still

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Be still dear one.
Be still…  I am your Lord.
Be still and hear my birds singing gently over you!
Be still and sense the rushing water of the Holy Spirit’s power living inside.
Be still. This is my Son whom I dearly love.
Be still, you are my daughter whom I love!
Be still. I AM the great I AM.
Be still. I am the leader of the nations. I am holding up the earth with my right hand.
I am coming soon!

Amen Lord!

 

Transforming Hope!

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Awww… lovely spring is upon us! I love the warmer weather and the new hope of growth. I love seeing new, lush grass, fruit trees in full bloom, tulips and daffodils swaying in the gentle breeze. Are you thinking about spring cleaning your garage, drawers and closets yet? I know I sure am! What about spring cleaning your mind? Is it possible that the God of all possibilities has a new work to do in you? In this new season, the hope of growth is all around you and me.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Rom.12:2 (NIV)

How do you allow God to transform, renew and spring clean your mind? First of all, you place your life before God as an offering. Next, it’s time to surrender and submit with an all-in kind of attitude. Then, embrace and be grateful for what God does for you. Keep looking up to Him and His perfect love, not looking to the world for approval. Jesus, through His loving-kindnesses, mercy, grace and strength starts to change you from the inside out.

You will start to notice you pray more before making decisions. You ask for forgiveness a little quicker than usual. You start seeking His best instead of your good. Mature, well-formed growth begins and you start to notice you really do not want to miss out on your quiet time and the sweetness of abiding in Jesus’ presence. As your mind begins to transform, Jesus cuts away the extraneous from your life that hinders the luscious fruit from growing. As you continue to walk in the Spirit, He will help you through the resurrection power living inside of you and help you to be finished with habits, hang ups and addictions. You are cooperating with Him as He changes you inside with a new way of thinking.

Gal. 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” True transformation is possible in Jesus Christ alone as you offer your life to Him in complete surrender; embrace what He is doing, seeking His approval alone, asking to be cleansed of your wrongdoings and seeking His best while you meditate on His holy Word. Sounds like a lot to do…but it is God who will create the transformation as you walk in the Spirit daily and focus your hope on Him.

He is your Eternal HOPE! You can have H.O.P.E. (holy, optimism, with a positive expectancy!) in Jesus and what He will do in you during the new transforming spring season!

 

 

Victorious Action: Holding the Baby Jesus!

“Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts” (Luke 2: 25-27).

What is the Holy Spirit revealing to you today? Do you realize God is looking to and fro throughout the earth looking for sold out hearts and minds? He is searching for those folks who want to do His will whole-heartedly and are listening to the Holy Spirit. He is looking for someone to bless just as He did Simeon. Simeon was described as righteous and devout in the Bible for generations to read. He listened and noticed when the Holy Spirit was moving. Then, he OBEYED! He had the opportunity to hold the consolation of Israel, the comforter, as the baby Jesus in his arms.

During the Christmas season, will you continue to look to Jesus, your comforter? Or, will you keep yourself so busy in holiday wrapping and trappings, that you miss Him?

Will you allow yourself to feel the wonder of His miracle birth anew? Will you rejoice as the shepherds did as the angels announced the King of Kings birth? I sure pray so!

Will you hold the baby Jesus in your arms and then let Him hold you in return? If you’ll do so, you will have peace, joy and contentment knowing He is with you and He is for YOU!

Holly LaChappell - Victorious Mom, Victorious Daughter Have a blessed Christmas, opening and receiving the BEST gift ever… Jesus Christ!

{excerpt from Holly’s new daily devotional book, “Victorious Mom, Victorious Daughter”} Order online: http://www.amazon.com  or http://www.christianbooks.com

Victorious Action: Have a Happy Face!

 

“A warm, smiling face reveals a joy-filled heart, but heartache crushes the spirit and darkens the appearance”Best_Friends_Holding_Hands (Prov. 15:13 VOICE).

Let’s Talk: Have you ever noticed how someone’s smiling face is lit up with light and joy? Do you wonder if they have always been this way? I bet if you asked them, they can tell you about some pretty horrible things that have happened in their lives. But you secretly wonder, you are smiling still. They might not be able to describe what has happened to them, but I can. It’s called grace and transformation. Jesus upholds us with His righteous right arm. He gives us free grace; unearned and undeserved. He transforms the bruised and hurt parts of our hearts and gives us a new heart when we open ourselves up to Him.

Let’s Glorify: Lord, please make me new! I give you my heartaches, my challenges and the things that are causing me discouragement today. Brighten my heart Lord and give me your precious joy as I live and move in you. I desire a close and intimate relationship with you Jesus, the Lover of my soul. Let my face reveal the joy I feel in your home; my heart. In your name, I pray. Amen.

Let’s Go! Remember a time you felt great joy as a child and now as an adult. Why did you have such great joy? Describe in detail with your mom, daughter or friend.

{excerpt from Holly’s new book, Victorious Mom, Victorious Daughter due out anytime!}