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21 Days of Dying
The Crucified Life
Copyright 2016 © Misty Holmes Dorsey
The Benefits of Living A Crucified Life
“And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:27 (KJV)
Looking back over my life and the years of counseling with many people in the Body of Christ, my eyes have seen and my ears have heard much. One of the major factors or key issues that create stumbling blocks for many Christians all over the world is not allowing Jesus Christ to become Lord of every area of your life.
It is difficult for people to let go and love God more than they love their own life. As stated in previous devotions, crucifying and denying the flesh daily is not normal nor is it natural. It is not attractive to us to deny the flesh neither is it attractive to relinquish all to a loving and caring God in whom there is no searching in His understanding.
Living a crucified life daily is surrendering all to Christ; that is your life, plans, ideas, agenda and hopes. After surrendering and relinquished control of your life, one can give an absolute and total yes to CHRIST, thus, walking out the crucified life daily. For you and I to do this we must make a disciplined decision to give our mind, will, and emotions over to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ. He must become LORD of your life and we must submit all to the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.
However, we must realize that there are great benefits, but there is a price one must be willing to pay. Jesus said, “34 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.” Mark 8:34-35 (KJV)
When you deny yourself, there are wonderful promises that are released to those who have chosen to walk a crucified life.
Recite these benefits:
1. Christ Liveth In Me
Galatians 2:20 (KJV) – I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
2. Bring Forth Much Fruit
John 12:24 (KJV) – Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
3. I Will Not Fail Nor Forsake Thee
Joshua 1:5 (KJV) -There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
4. My Words Abide In You, Ask and Recieve
John 15:7 (KJV) – If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
5. They Will hear the voice of God.
John 10:27 (KJV) – My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
6. God Will Draw Nigh To You
James 4:8 (KJV) – Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
7. Binding and Loosing
Matthew 16:19 (KJV) – And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Matthew 6:14 (KJV) – For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
9. Ye Shall Never Fall
2 Peter 1:10 (KJV) – Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
10. Eternal Life
John 5:24 (KJV) – Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
Rehearse Scriptures and mediate on them: Write down what you struggle with and release it to God.
Prophetic Word for March
March Forward Then Spring Forth
Watch and see what God is doing on the behalf of His bride. Many shall see for the first time, as those who witnessed the Jordan River roll back and heap itself up so the Israelites could cross over. Many of us will see the Red Sea split so we can cross over. God is going to make rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43:16-21King James Version (KJV)
16 Thus saith the Lord, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters;
17 Which bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power; they shall lie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched as tow.
18 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
20 The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.
21 This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.
Those who have been waiting for your demise will see how powerful our God is. Eyes have not seen, nor ears heard what our God would do for His children.
March for you will not be as usual if you grab a hold and embrace this month and move along with it. It is the month where seasons start to transition. It also can be the month of shakings. You decide how you want to move forward and take the shakings. You must allow what needs to fall off and what needs to die to die. It is the month that you will Spring forward.
Purim falls in the month of March and is celebrated amongst the Jewish people. March happens to be the month this year where Purim lands. God said this March He will begin to take out all that has been vexing you and prepare a table before you in the presence of your enemies. This is the month Esther’s anointing shall arise and her mantle shall fly.
Adar signifies a month of blessings and fruitfulness. When Adar arrives, there is supposed to be an increase in joy to welcome a season of miracles. Adar was the last month the Jewish people spent in Egypt before the Exodus, it opens the door to Passover, a true celebration of miracles.
In these months we will see divine intervention and divine favor for the advancement of God’s people. The anointing of acceleration will be present in your life. So as you turn your clocks ahead, know that God has leaped you forward into a new beginning. You will know that timing and season have come together. Your process has met up with your purpose. Know that this month many will be given title deeds to things in the natural, as well as the Spirit. It’s time to stop living and going around in circles, time to occupy and take dominion
These months are not the months to be still; these are months to take the Kingdom of God by storm. Those who thought this was the end of you will have an awakening. They will see that God has not only been with you but has validated and vindicated you.
If you have not caught up, it’s time to catch-up because that is what God is about to do in your life. The Holy Spirit is going to thrust you and move you forward if you are willing and ready.
The Kingdom of Heaven suffered violence but the violence take it by force. Seize and grab. How bad do you want it? What God is doing will not look like the old, because the new has come.
Don’t look at the old way to get you somewhere it won’t take you there because where you are going you have not gone that way before. You must throw off all that you think you know and allow the Spirit of God to deal with your intellect and your reasoning. Behold He does a new thing.
Joshua 3:4 “…that ye may know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not passed this way heretofore.”
New season of green and budding has come as a result of the seeds you have sown with the Word of God. There shall be a performance and shall we not see it.
God will show us things that need to be dealt with because there will be no room for foolishness and childish ways. It’s time to grow up a march in the new wind that is blowing.
Your dreams and visions are going to come to pass. Your past has passed away and all things have become new.
21 Days of Dying
The Crucified Life
Copyright 2016 © Misty Holmes Dorsey
Overcoming Your Belly/Appetite
“For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” Romans 6:18 (KJV)
Today, as I pray it is my desire that you come in a place with God that sets you apart from all unrighteousness and come into righteous living. This is one thing that the flesh will fight you with all the way. However, after you have killed something the thing that was fighting you is no longer in existence. We as sons of God must rid our mind, imaginations, and thoughts that would love us to resurrect those things that we nailed to the cross with Christ Jesus.
These daily devotions that you have been reading for these 16 days are about dying daily and living the crucified flesh. They will continue to help you kill your flesh and cause you to come to a place of knowing that you are possessing the gates of hell and taking the Kingdom of God by storm.
Today when we take a biblical look at the church through God’s eye, His mouth, and His heart does what we see does it line up with the Words of Christ. The Church is in a place of compromise because of our belly and fear. God is looking for His bride to come forth. We can’t be in the church and still behave and look like the world. We have not come to a place that we have transformed but we have come to a place that we have conformed. This conformity is because we have not dealt with those things that resides in our bellies.
5 Be ye therefore followers (imitators-ASV) of God, as dear children;
2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour.
3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
What does it take for us to not to allow our bellies to take control us? Why is it difficult to walk in the obedience of God and the established grace without abusing grace?
A lot of this is happening because people who are saved are not getting delivered. Meaning I accepted Christ, and Christ is in me, but I continue to do those things that are still satisfying to my belly. Why does it appear to be difficult or even a struggle to walk in the mind of Christ and allow His mind to be walked out in us? These are questions that I ask you to explore in your reflection time. Realizing that everyone will not have the same answers, but go ahead and reflect.
Philippians 2:5 – Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Do we even believe that Jesus is coming back for a church without spot, wrinkle or blemish? Our garments are stained because of our bellies and we need our garments to washed in the blood of Jesus. I am talking about the garments of our soulish realm. We cannot afford to have good intentions to be taken for evil.
Our garments are stained and our flesh is alive and refusing to walk in the newness of Christ. As it was with Saul and Samuel when the people wanted a king the eyes of the people are still looking in on the world instead of in the Kingdom and on God. We must stop reasoning out the will, mind, and the counsel of God in order to have it line up with our needs, wants, and desires. We must continue to get delivered from our false weakness and demons that have infiltrated our minds and the minds of other Christians.
We must be willing to get delivered from un-yielded places that refuse to yield to God’s plans and purpose for our life. I know you may be saying. “I don’t have any spirits or demons operating in me,” what about the places inside of you that choose not submit and yield to the authority of God.
Know this, you will not have a deep walk with God but a shallow walk with God, if you cannot turn your plate down and pray about those things and give them over to God daily. If you are always chewing or having your upper teeth meet with you lower teeth you most likely are not meeting with God.
The very reasons for fasting is so that we can obtain an audience with God not so He will give us what we want. If we can stop chewing and start praying and seeking His face, our yokes and demons will be starved and therefore, they will leave and die. Fasting along prayer will take care of your belly. Those two things will starve the belly and kill the desire that we have continued to feed. The flesh is undisciplined and does not want to stop eating to pray. Know when you are big in your flesh realm you are most likely small in the spirit.
Adam and Even in the garden of Eden when they started to chew the forbidden it was then that they begin to walk in some issues. When the tongue starts to taste, it begins to activate the appetite of the belly.
Romans 16:17-19 – Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. 19 For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.
When dealing with your body it is important to take notice of what is around you. Paul is talking to saved folks – brethren. I beseech you – beg you to take notice of them (brethren – the church)
Paul says to mark them which cause division and offences – make them obvious to you and avoid them. Stay away from them do not fellowship with them. They need to get delivered and don’t allow them to pull you back into an old cycle that has been crucified.
Paul wants our eyes to open so we can see what is going on.
2 Corinthians 6:17-18 – Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
We need to get delivered. People who get delivered are few. People who are not delivered are many. We need to make a choice, which one do we want to be.
Know that your struggle is real. However, remember God is bigger and greater than your struggle and He is the answer for you belly. Submit to God and resist temptation. God has already made a way of escape that you do not have to conform to the world. Continue to reflect on questions in devotions and apply God’s Word to those things and walk out God’s Word in your life.
21 Days of Dying
The Crucified Life
Copyright 2016 © Misty Holmes Dorsey
Create A New Memorial
Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build: but ye have no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem. Nehemiah 2:20 (KJV)
One thing about our past experiences negative or positive is that they will create memorials deep down on the inside without any notice. You are not even aware that they have been created until something present causes a response or reflection of your past.
When circumstances and situations have happened in our life they begin to build memories. When memories are birthed they take up space and have a portion of us. This can be a good thing or a bad thing. When we allow anything opposite of God’s will for our lives to build a memorial down on the inside of us the memorial will grow by what we feed it subconsciously or consciously.
Unfortunately, when this occurs we can be forced back in time to a place of bondage, wounding, rejections, abuse and etc. This will then cause our emotions and thoughts to feed our response. One must be willing to rehearse what God says about them regardless of the situations or the circumstances. I choose to believe what God says about me. I make a conscious decision to rehearse what God says about me daily and cause my emotions to line up to His will.
One thing that comes to memory is the story about Nehemiah and Sanballat, Tobiah and Geshem.
Nehemiah 2:18-20 (KJV)
18 Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king’s words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work.
19 But when Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, and Geshem the Arabian, heard it, they laughed us to scorn, and despised us, and said, What is this thing that ye do? will ye rebel against the king?
20 Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build: but ye have no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem.
Nehemiah was persistent in letting them know that they will not be remembered here in Jerusalem. You must know what is your Jerusalem and what you want to be remembered and celebrated. Therefore, with no memorial, portion or right their behavior and their language against them cannot stand. Putting things in their proper place and dislodging something before it happens fortifies your being in the spirit. From the beginning letting a thought, word or deed know that you are not worth my attention. Then refocus yourself on the assignment that is ahead of you. Do not allow your flesh to get distracted.
Can someone say wow! This is a lot harder than it appears to be easier. But if you practice it – it will work. Do not allow your flesh to run off with an issue that was nailed to the cross. Have a visual. The next time you hear something or something tries to regurgitate itself up on you SEE THE CROSS.
This is a great part of walking in the spirit.
Galatians 5:16-26 (KJV)
16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
Therefore, strive to walk in the spirit by renewing your mind and killing your flesh.
Today spend some time destroy memorials that have damaged you. Begin to create a new memorial on the things that God has spoken about you. Then celebrate with praise!