Make sure your wound is clean before it is closed.

Make sure your wound is clean before it is closed. 

Just recently, I’ve been thinking about the church and how many people are sitting in pews with the appearance of being whole, but are still walking around with unhealed, deep scars. They were never healed because altar calls became routine band-aids that covered the wound, but never aided in the healing.

“The deeper, larger, or dirtier a wound is, the more care it needs.”

The majority of the spiritual wounds we carry are from past experiences that we never allowed to heal.  Somehow our minds tricked us into believing that band-aids over our unhealed wounds made us better, so we ignored the fact that not properly healing also made us bitter. Some wounds come from the feeling of abandonment, divorce, church hurt, molestation, the loss of a child, self-esteem, death, etc.  I think that we can all agree that regardless of what has happened to us, wounds hurt. And, the deeper the wound is, the more care it needs.

As I was studying the effects of wounds, I learned that doctors determine that a wound is anything that breaks the skin and causes the risk of germs to get into the body and cause an infection.  Isn’t that how spiritual wounds take place? Carnal attacks break our spirit and then causes us to become spiritually infected.  Unfortunately, some of us don’t know how to heal after a spiritual infection. The church has taught us to lay at the altar on Sunday to “get free,” but hasn’t given us the necessary tools we need to help us heal after we get up to face Monday-Saturday.   I know, because I had wounds and I was good at walking around looking like I was spiritually clean, but I was still infected on the inside.
When is the church going to start evaluating our wounds based on the risk of the infection?
Our healing is determined by the depth of the cut. Healing can take weeks, months, or even years. And, we have to be careful. Just because it looks like the wound is healing on the outside, doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s clean on the inside. There is always a risk of repeat infection until the wound is completely healed.  The most interesting thing that I learned is that doctors don’t close a wound until there is no remaining bacteria or other contaminants left. Their goal is to make sure the wound is cleaned before it is closed.   There is no way that you can properly close a chapter of your life until all of the mess that occurred during that time is released.

Even though that area in your life that hurt you looks closed, it still can infect you. 

In the healing process, our body naturally protects itself. A scab forms over the wound. The scab’s job is to protect the wound as the damaged skin underneath heals. New tissue forms and the skin makes collagen. This is a kind of tough, white protein fiber. When the healing is completed on the inside, the scab falls off, it leaves the repaired skin behind, as well as a scar. Our normal skin takes a few months to be back to 100%.

As humans, our natural response to wounds is to shut down or let them “heal on their own.” We hurt the person who hurt us, lash out, become angry, unforgiving, consume ourselves with negative thinking, and sometimes even get mad at God. While it’s normal for our carnal skin to heal on its own, unfortunately, our spiritual “skin” doesn’t work like that. Even though the scabs (going to church every Sunday, counseling, praying, etc.) cover the wounds, if we aren’t proactive, we will still rest in the hurt.  That is why it’s important to heal from the inside out, and not pursue anything during the healing process that will continue to contaminate the wound.

I don’t know what your wound is, but, today, I’m thankful that we have a Father who is concerned about healing us and making us whole.  The word says that God heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.  This means that it doesn’t matter what you’ve gone through, God cares enough about you to heal you and close up the very thing that caused you pain. If you’re hurting today, I pray that you take the time and seek the Healer and to get counseling so that someone can walk with you on this journey. This journey is not about a routine; this is about a relationship with Jesus.  The healing is not in how many times you run to the altar, but it’s about that one time that you activate your faith and you say, “God, I can’t do this without you. Please make me new. Clean my wound from the inside out and let the full healing take place. I don’t want to operate from a place of anger. I want to operate in forgiveness and love fully. Whatever has hurt me is not greater than what You’re going to do with me. Thank you for being a good Father.”

Speaking from the Heart,

Ty Lewis

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What you have is enough

As I was cooking Christmas dinner, I realized that I didn’t have enough milk for my macaroni and cheese.  I only purchased a small bottle, and I had already made french toast and cornbread.  I thought that there wasn’t going to be enough milk, so I started freaking out. I placed my fingers on the phone to look up stores that might be open on Christmas, and immediately the Holy Spirit told me to rest. I continued cooking my food. After I finished boiling my noodles and mixing the other ingredients in the bowl, I realized that I had enough milk and I would have some leftover.

In Matthew 14, Jesus asked the disciples to feed five thousand.  They only had five loaves and two fish.  I’m sure the disciples were freaking out trying to figure out how five loaves and two fish would feed a multitude.  They were looking at what they had instead of looking at the Source who would provide for them. What looked like scarcity to them turned out to be more than enough.

There are times in life when we feel as though we don’t have enough. The thought of lack will cause us to have anxiety and take our eyes off of Christ. If we rest and trust God, we will find that even though it looks like we lack in an area, there will always be enough.  I don’t know what you’re lacking, but I’m here to tell you that God will provide.

As you wind down on this holiday, know that you are enough, and what you have is enough. Your circumstances will not cause God to forget about you.  He loves you and is concerned about every aspect of your life.  Just like He provided enough milk for me, He will surely provide whatever you need.  And even though my situation may seem small compared to yours, it still shows you that God cares about every little detail in our lives.

Love always,

Ty

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Happy New Year

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corthinians 5:17
I know you’re probably reading this email and wondering why I am wishing you a Happy New Year the day after Thanksgiving. Crazy right? Every year around this time, people start getting anxious because they are trying to figure out their goals and resolutions for the next year.  I’m not knocking preparation, but I don’t want you to fall into the world’s way of thinking.  The start of the new year doesn’t mean new beginnings. Beginnings are new every day you wake up with breath in your body. The word says that once you are in Christ, the new creation has come.  Your acceptance of the Father means you have a new mindset and a new beginning.Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2 

The world teaches us that we should make resolutions, and every year those resolutions don’t last past March. Because of that, frustration sets in, and those resolutions that looked amazing in January are sitting next to our bed collecting dust in our journal, or on a posterboard in the back of our closet from the Vision Board party we attended. So, the question becomes, are we making resolutions because of what we want, or out of obedience to what God wants for us? A new year isn’t about resolutions. It’s about waking up every day in a new mindset ready to walk in purpose.

God’s word shows us that He has changed the way we think, and His will for us is good, pleasing and perfect.  God wants more from you than to be a resolution setting Christian. He wants you to be full of purpose and ready to make adjustments as He takes you through the different seasons in life. He desires for you to be committed to Him and to be willing to follow His plan for your life, even if that plan means wrecking your plans. God is a seasonal God, and everything that He does is according to His will and plan, and it may not happen in that year. What He has for you may manifest 2, 5, or 10 years from now. He doesn’t operate in your timing.  What if God wanted to do something for you before the new year started, but you’re so focused on next year that you can’t hear Him in this season? What if God wants to crash the resolutions/goals that you’ve created for next year because His plans for this year are better? What if I told you that every day that you’re alive is a new year and it’s not about resolutions, but it’s about following His will for your life?
This year, sit with God and let Him guide you, instead of writing resolutions. Only write what He says. It’s more about Him speaking and you listening than it is about you writing a list that you will more than likely break.
Instead of making resolutions, I don’t write until God tells me what He has for me.  This was my list for 2017:
1. New building (We move on Dec. 1st.)
2. 150 children (We have served 152)
3. Offer free tutoring (5 came to Ed. Speaking for free)
4. Secure contracts for Ed. Speaking (We’ve secured 4)

Those are the things that God spoke to me and that He wanted for me. I didn’t even realize that it was available. What He has for me is so much better than what I want. My obedience to His will allowed those things to happen. Those four things are greater than securing the bag, purchasing a new car, finding a man, buying a house, etc., because those things helped people that were assigned to me during this season. I’m not saying the things mentioned above are not important, and God doesn’t want you to have them, I’m just saying that they will be added if you seek Him first.  Our focus shouldn’t be material; it should be eternal. This year do the following:
1. In your quiet time seek His face and not things.
2. Ask God what He wants you to do and then do it. (purpose).
3. Write down His will for your life. (Your list should reflect your purpose and not your desires.)
4. Write down what He told you to do and do the work for it to happen.
5. Be patient. It will all work out in His time.

Love you guys, and I hope this helps. Have a winning day.

Ty Lewis

You can’t do it all

Yesterday evening I was finishing up the last few chapters of Exodus.  In chapter 35, God gave Moses the vision to build the Tabernacle. As I was reading, I was in awe of how precise God’s instructions were.  He gave instructions down to the curtains. Even though God gave Moses the instructions (vision), the word says that Moses gathered the whole community. What does this mean? It means God trusted Moses enough to carry the vision, but Moses was smart enough to delegate tasks. When I read that from an entrepreneur’s eyes, I realized one thing, I can’t do it all.

You can’t do it all!

What has God called you to do in this season as a leader? Even though you have a vision, you can’t execute the vision alone. You need workers. God has a community of believers ready to walk with you on this journey to do the work. God didn’t call you to have the vision, sew the curtains, make phone calls, write contracts, receive the money, create flyers, etc. He called you to lead the vision and to be smart enough to delegate the responsibilities.

If you’re a leader in any capacity, ask God to send you committed people who will help you on this journey.  Some will be seasonal, and others will last a lifetime.  None of that matters, because one thing is sure, you can’t do it all.

Ty Lewis

MOVE

In January 2015, God said to me, “It’s time to move to the placed I have called you.” I heard His voice, but I wanted clarity. I wanted signs, wonders, angels, and a burning bush experience.  It wasn’t that I didn’t hear His voice, it was that fear had overtaken me. I was in a comfortable place, making good money, and I didn’t want anything to interrupt my flow. Honestly, staying where I was was more comfortable than stepping into the place where God was taking me. I wasn’t ready to risk it all. I stayed in prayer, and I continued to ask God to show me a sign, even when the signs were present. I stayed on my face, because I thought my posture of prayer would change God’s mind about my purpose.

The Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving.” Exodus 14:15

The Israelites were leaving Egypt. God had hardened Pharaoh’s heart again, and he commanded the Egyptians to overtake the Israelites. The Israelites cried out to Moses, and asked him why he brought them in the wilderness to die. They thought that it would be better to die in their comfortable place than to die where God was taking them. Because the people were crying out, Moses started going to God in prayer. God said, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving.”  Instead of taking action, Moses thought the answer was prayer. God had already told them what He was going to do. He didn’t need to speak to God again. All the Israelites had to do was move!

That’s how we are. God will instruct us to go to a place and then life happens. The enemy comes, bills start piling up, our friends leave us, we feel lonely, we lose faith, and then we take our eyes off of the cross. Instead of believing that God has gone before you, you start complaining and crying about your situation. You start praying for God to answer your prayer that has already been answered.  Just because trials and tribulations come, doesn’t mean God isn’t present. When He called you to that place, He already knew what was going to happen to you. You don’t have time to cry, complain, or keep calling out to Him about the same issue.  It’s time for you to move!

We are the move of God. 

God couldn’t perform his miracle until the Israelites started to move. Their movement caused God to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians.

God is not going to perform that miracle in your life until you move. 

How many times are you going to pray the same prayer before you start moving? He already answered you. You are just too scared to make the move. God sent signs, wonders, and miracles your way, but instead of taking action, you want to stay in a posture of prayer. Yes, prayer is important, but so is action. Faith without works (movement) is dead.

Finally, the word says, “When the people of Israel saw the mighty power that the Lord had unleashed against the Egyptians, they were filled with awe before him. They put their faith in the Lord and in his servant Moses.” Don’t be afraid of your next move. When you move, you will cause others to see the mighty power of God, and they will put their faith in Him. The time is now. Get up and get moving!

Love,

Ty Lewis

With What?

WITH WHAT?
But Jesus said, “You feed them.” With what?” they asked. “We’d have to work for months to earn enough money to buy food for all of these people.” Mark 6:37

In this passage, Jesus asked the disciples to feed the people. The disciples thought they didn’t have anything (with what), but Jesus instructed them to bring Him what they had.  It was only five loaves of bread and two fish.

Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. 

Jesus wasn’t concerned about the amount they had more than He was concerned with meeting the needs of the hungry people.  The disciples were looking at the situation based on what they had, and God was trying to teach them that He could multiply their “with what” and feed thousands.

How do you react when God asks you to complete a task? Do you believe that it’s possible with Him, or do you answer His request with, “With what?”  The disciples thought that in order to feed the people, they would have to work for months. No! Jesus saw the immediate need, and He performed a miracle right then. Stop putting a timeline on Him. Jesus performed a miracle in a matter of minutes, and the disciples thought it was going to take months. Are you hesitating, because you think Jesus doesn’t have the ability to do it for you? When He calls you, know that He will provide.  You are looking at your situation with carnal eyes, but He wants you to trust that He can do the impossible.  At the end of the day, Jesus is trying to use your “with what” to meet the needs of people that are attached to you.  If you are always focused on the little you have, or your lack of resources, you will never have enough faith to trust that He is God.

Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people. He divided the fish for everyone to share. They all ate as much as they wanted. “And afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftover bread and fish….”

Look at God!  When you are obedient and give your “with what” to God, it has the ability to keep on giving. He’s in the business of making the impossible happen. That day, everything pointed to Jesus and how sovereign He is. Over 5,000 hungry people ate as much as they wanted, and the disciples had overflow. When you are allowing Jesus to use your “with what,” you will always walk in the overflow.

Today, if you think that your “with what” is not enough to feed the people that are attached to you, think again.  People are hungry for your gift, and you feed them by pointing them to the Bread of Life. God can use the little you have, multiply it, bless the people that are “hungry,” and then have overflow.  Trust God.

Love,

Ty Lewis

RISE

Your affliction is not hindering your ability to get up, your lack of faith is. 

The man at the pool of Bethesda had an infirmity for 38 years. He watched an angel stir the water so that people could get healed. Jesus asked him if he wanted to be healed, and he explained that he had no one to take him to the water, and when he gets there, someone gets in before him. Jesus didn’t even have a discussion with him. He told him to rise, take up his bed and walk. Immediately the man was made well.

Your healing isn’t in the water, it’s in your faith.

Some of you have been in the same place for years, and you’ve watched others get to the water before you. You’ve blamed it on your afflicition (pain/circumstance), but never your lack of faith. Instead of trusting God for your time, you sat and made excuses for years. “They have someone else to help them.” “I can’t get to my destination quickly enough.” “They got there before me….” You’ve made excuse after excuse and you have access to the King of Kings.

Rise, take up your bed and walk.

Whatever your affliction is today, Jesus has declared 7 powerful words over your life.  You have to have the faith to believe it’s possible. “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” Something in that afflicted man shifted that day. He went from sitting at a pool and waiting, to hearing 7 words and walking. Activate your faith. You may not have access to the pool, but you do have access to the Father.

Ty Lewis