Insecurity is Not Humility

Humility is a right assessment of oneself in relation to God. It is not self abasement nor “I am but a wretched worm.” It is not arrogance, “I am better than others.”

Jesus possessed humility and confidence. He could get low and wash feet. He could also stand in the synagogue and declare the words of Isaiah 61. He stated, “Today this scripture is fulfilled.” He stood bold and confident against the Pharisees. He did not shrink back and claim false humility.

The truth is, Jesus knew who He was in relation to the Father. When He prayed, it was with sincere confidence that God the Father heard His plea. Jesus is our model. Jesus is perfect theology.

I am pursuing doing a two day Confident & Free event because I believe God is raising up a company of believers who know who He is and know who they are in Him.

In Christ we are not less than nor better than; we are redeemed children of God. We are joint heirs. We are His workmanship created for His glory. Insecurity brings no glory to God! It is the flip side of pride.

False humility brings no glory to God, “Let’s pretend we are not who God says we are so others think we are humble.” God wants to free us of agreement with the devil. The devil approached Jesus and said, “If you are the Son of God.” Jesus knew who He was and responded in confidence, “It is written.”

Speakers for the Confident & Free Event will be announced this month! Whooohoooo! Instead of people coming to listen to me speak at 3-4 sessions a day for 2 days, I wanted to give others a chance to share their experiences with gaining godly confidence and freedom.

God has continued to press into my heart a need for people to see themselves as He does; not arrogant and not insecure. I sense and often see confusion over what it means to be confident and deal with numerous people in soul healing sessions who hate themselves, hide, feel bad about who they are, or a few have grandiose ideas about who they are. God intends we live in balance, and love ourselves in healthy ways. We love our neighbor AS we love ourselves.

We will have 7-8 speakers, 7 sessions, 2 panel discussions (you can ask questions), and a wonderful/intimate prophetic worship team.

The focus of day 1 is FREEDOM. Let’s break out of legalism, limiting mindsets, tear down religious strongholds, get the soul and body healed, dream BIGGER with God. I am carving out space for extended ministry time. Need healing, come! Our prayer teams would love to pray for your soul or body healing.

Day 2 is focused on confidence. What does it mean to be confident? Is confidence arrogance? What does it mean to be loving and bold? We want to talk about how to have an intimate relationship with God, hear and test His voice, step out of the boat with Jesus, properly understand and use authority, and share real testimonies of overcoming with Jesus.

The plan is to pour into those who attend. The mission is love. The mission is Jesus. The mission is getting people activated to move beyond just going to listen to someone else speak and do the works of Jesus. The works of Jesus are not just for some people or a select elite. It’s for every person who places their faith in Him!

In Christ you can see the sick healed!

In Christ you can share and preach the Gospel!

In Christ you can see people delivered from tormenting spirits!

In Christ you can love the broken!

In Christ you can make disciples!!

You can! You can! Oh yes you can!!

Jesus said, “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.” We, those who follow and abide in Jesus, have empowerment by God to do even GREATER! If you don’t know Jesus, come, we would LOVE to share who He is and how much He loves you.

I hope you join us for two days of jam packed teaching, activations (you get to participate-not just watch us do the stuff), worship, laughter, giveaways, ministry time, prayer, equipping, mentoring, and hopefully answering some questions you may have!!

Come party with us for 2 full days and invite some friends. Right now tickets are discounted to $89. That is roughly $10-12 a session. We also don’t plan on taking up offerings-people can donate to a charity represented there or speaker, yet I won’t be passing the plate to cover event costs. You will also have an opportunity to hear about human trafficking and support being part of the solution.

  • When is it? May 17 and 18, 2019
    • Sessions: 9 am, 2 pm, and 7 pm (mid day sessions have more than one speaker)
    • Where is it? 1055 McNaughten Road, Columbus Ohio 43213
  • Use the coupon code: EarlyBird
    • When should you sign up: As soon as possible. Seats are limited and we are already at 18% capacity with registration opening January 1.
    • Who’s Invited: Everyone (yet we will not have childcare for this event). Come and bring your teenager or preteen.

    Godly confidence is for everyone!!

    Love,

    Erin Lamb

    Founder/Owner/CEO of Lamb Enterprises LLC

    (Authoring, Publishing, Events, Masterclasses, Mentoring, Soul Health, and Wellness)

    #Confidence #ConfidentandFree #JointheParty

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    Christian Dating 101

    Dating 101: This is in response to an article I read this weekend from a Christian man telling other men to just keep pursuing a woman if she seems disinterested-just try harder. Stalking (endless unwanted pursuit) is not love.

    Maybe when men pursue women have no clue what is happening. I have found this true in my life. Why? I am direct. I am not passive nor hint. I also don’t play games, nor operate with hidden motives. Men have tried playing games with me, and I only play games with little children. 🙂 or they have been very ambiguous and well I don’t do well with people who do not communicate clearly. Or they have assumed unmarried means I am on the prowl for a man and they are the cure for my singleness. Well, no. I could be married, I chose not to get married and don’t enjoy men thinking they are my savior. They are not trying to pursue to add any value, they come as pushy consumers. I don’t like pushy nor find selfishness appealing.

    Sometimes men give other men poor advice on women. Sometimes women give poor advice to other women. I truly believe God designed all relationships to be rooted in His agape love. Love that is not selfish, desperate, one sided, lustful, controlling, abusive, pushy nor stalker like. These are my top 5 for dating:

    1. Investigate why you want to pursue that person or relationship? Is it to be a blessing or to consume or meet selfish needs. People wrongly quote Paul, “Better to marry than burn in passion.” Paul was NOT encouraging marriage to cure lust. You can no more cure lust by getting married than cure alcoholism by going to a bar. Nor is it good to pursue someone to cure being lonely, avoid peer pressure, or fear of the biological clock. God gave Sarah a baby in her old age, God is not limited.

    2. Is there anything you are bringing to the table to add value? Would you be an asset or liability to someone? We can add value by asking God to refine our character. Beauty and money can fade. Godly character is priceless.

    3. Is the other person interested? This matters. If the person does not want you, leave them alone. They are not your puzzle piece or the timing is off. Continuing to pursue someone or pine over them when they do not want you can be emotionally toxic.

    4. Are you and the other person linked in purpose? They never want to leave the country and you are called to overseas missions. God is smart enough to link people headed the same direction. Sometimes people just get married off chemistry and the same beliefs, yet they are not headed towards the same destiny.

    5. Do you have compability outside loving Jesus? It takes more than the same faith to make relationships work. Are you spiritually compatible and do you mesh well outside of worship gatherings? Can you laugh together? Can you have fun together? Are you friends? Do you have anything in common? Do you have similiar vision?

    Sometimes men are taught to just go after what they want without ever considering if the woman is interested. This is not wisdom. It’s actually selfish. Just wear her down with the pursuit. Ummm no. If she wants to be with you, she won’t keep running from you. Also every unmarried women is not desperate nor sees being single as a curse. Maybe asking God, “Is this woman someone I should pursue?” Or try being a friend with no super pressure to be your wife. Or state your intentions; “I like you, would like to get to know you better.”

    Women can sometimes wrongly find identity in relationships with men or by being a mother. Some try to push this on other women. God does not tell us to find our identity in anyone other than God. Those who feel like they are nothing with someone have made an idol of man. If a woman pursues marriage to find herself, well if that man does not measure up or constantly validate her-she’s let down. God invites us to have one God. Women are also pressured to settle, have very low standards, and marry/have kids by a certain age. I think God would prefer people remain unmarried than marry out of selfishness/desperation.

    I think it would wonderful if people had as their heart intention, “I want what is God’s best for this other person. God am I your very best for them? If so, show me how to love them as you do, how to add value to their life, and be a radical blessing.” For friendships, dating, or marriage-the world would be better if the hearts of people were rooted in God love. His love pursues to be a blessing.

    What are your thoughts on dating?

    Love,

    Erin Lamb

    #dating

    Growing in the Prophetic

    Happy Growing in the Prophetic Sunday! (A Longer Post-Yet It Was Heavy On My Heart).

    I love that God speaks. I love that God LOVES to communicate with us. I also love that Paul advises us to test all prophecies, not some prophecies-ALL prophecy to see if it is of the Lord (1 Thessalonians 5:20-21).

    In order to test something, there needs to be a plumb line [a], and I believe it is the word of God and the character of God. They cannot be separated; who God is and what is revealed in God’s word.

    Scripture does not contain God, it reveals Him. The Holy Spirit is our teacher and the very best at helping us test things.

    In a digital age where anyone can get online and state they have the word or a word from the Lord, it is imperative we test it all.

    In an age where anyone can slap “Prophet” on their business card, it is imperative we test things. When the Lord spoke to me about being a prophet, I trembled. I did not want the job. Being honest. I did not tell anyone. I told no one…I was like, “Oh please don’t send me to talk to people.” Being honest-maybe why I like Moses so much. I simply started journaling what I sensed was from God and dating those things. I have 10+ years of prophetic journals. God spoke to me as a kid/young adult. It was not until the past 4-5 years other people started stating, “God has called you to be a prophet.” I did not tell them. I simply stayed in a place of “God teach me, shape me, mold me, deal with my character, teach me to love, help me to live out of intimacy with you, refine me, and lead me on the path of integrity and righteousness for your name’s sake. I want to possess and know your character.”

    From the time of God speaking, to confirmation from others was roughly 14 years. Yep. 14 years of no one speaking anything over me. I would go to meetings and no one would have a word for me. I did not mind. I did hear God say, “I am teaching you to rely on my voice and not that of others.”

    Being a prophet is not something to glory in, for we can boast of only one thing-Jesus Christ and His work. Every part of God’s Body has significant value and worth, each assignment is HIGHLY valuable. Prophets often endure interesting persecution and well humility is our best friend. I also think it is wise to ask God to refine us so what we speak truly is the voice of the Lord and not our own made up speech.

    How can we test these things? What we hear, what we see, what we think is from God? How do we know what is simply bubbling up from our soul?

    1. Be a person of the word of God. Study with Holy Spirit. “God reveal your truth, by your Spirit.” God will not violate His word. He can violate our understanding, so study is important. “God you teach me,” not “I have always been taught this, so I know.”

    2. Understanding the character of God. God is LOVE. Even the rebukes of God are aimed at loving us. He is a surgeon, not a butcher. God does what He says He will do. God is faithful. God is not flakey, rude, wishy washy, crazy, double minded, hateful, pushy, proud, hyper critical, nor does God try to manipulate, control, humiliate, or force His will on us. God let’s us choose. I think this one get’s some people (the character of God). It’s so easy to say, “God said…” and just walk away like we are the authority in people’s lives. No, we are not. If God says something, God will do it. If we say it, just to get our way, or try to hurt someone or make ourselves look good, then God is not obligated to do any of it. Before we say, “God said,” taking time to test it and wait. God is not impatient.

    God is this really you?

    God does this reflect your heart?

    God is this the right timing or setting to release this word?

    God I would like confirmation.

    Does this reflect love to the other person?

    Does this violate scripture or their free will to choose?

    Would I want this spoken over me?

    Will this word draw the person closer to Jesus? Closer to the heart and character of Jesus?

    Is this tainted with a critical spirit?

    Pride and a critical spirit can be a detriment to a prophetic person or prophet. Continual yielding our hearts to God softens us and fills us with compassion and God love. Love and pride cannot occupy the same spaces. God love pushes out pride and thinks about what is best for the other person, not self. Pride is hyper focused on self. “Well I will get tell this person like it is!” with zero concern for the recipient. God thinks about the receiver of the message. God also does not need to manipulate anyone to get His way. God has no fear in Him. Control and manipulation are fruits of fear.

    It can seem powerful and bold to just blurt out everything we think is God. Yet wisdom says, “Let me pause and see if this is really God or my flesh/soul.” The soul can evoke some feelings that make it seem like it’s on point with God and it’s not. I heard a great story from Kris Vallotton. He said he became excited in a meeting and gave this man a wonderful word. Later that evening, as he was lying on his bed, the Lord spoke to him, “Kris, that was a great word you gave that man.” Kris replied, “That was your word Lord!” God replied, “No, that was you.”

    Intimacy with God helps us to grow in the prophetic. Revelation is a byproduct of intimacy. As we abide in Jesus, rest in Jesus, listen to Jesus…we begin to release the aroma and heart of Jesus when we speak. He beckons us into His heart. True prophecy is the testimony of Jesus. It points to the very nature of Jesus, the character of Jesus, the love of Jesus. It is more than providing information, it is a relationship building tool to help us and others connect with the heart of God. Before we say, “God said,” may there be an investigation-“Is this aligned with God’s heart.”

    [a] A cord weighted with lead that is used in building to check that vertical structures are true. It is used symbolically to refer to the divine standard against which God, the builder of his people, tests and judges them. It also symbolizes the standards by which God will rebuild his people.

    The plumb-line as the measuring tool of a structure

    Zec 1:16; Zec 4:9-10 Using the plumb-line Zerubbabel will carry out his God-given task of building the temple. See also Jer 31:38-40; Zec 2:1-2

    Art: Pinterest

    Warmly,

    Erin Lamb

    Making Disciples (Lessons Learned Series Part 1)

    I love a good series. I have been focused on lessons learned lately. I believe everything is either a blessing or a lesson. There can be challenges in every area of life. The point is to learn something.

    I hope throughout this series something blesses you! God loves you with an everlasting love!!

    Mentoring and Discipling People Lessons Learned:

    It is quite impossible to mentor or disciple a person who is not present, not invested, or refuses any form of feedback.

    Imagine a teacher in a regular school. They are teaching calculus (one of my favorites) and the students never show up, never do homework, and when they give wrong answers they fight the teacher. What will they learn? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

    I have devoted a good chunk of my youth to mentoring/discipling-actual engagement and personal investment in the lives of people. They can text me, call me, email me, have lunch, be engaged, serve/minister with me, and I have walked with many. Yet I have seen the same patterns. I do not write this with judgement, just observation. I also understand we all have lives that can be pretty full and we must prioritize. I am not targeting any person-I promise. I am sharing patterns I have seen.

    1. The person the least engaged will sometimes have the most complaints they are not getting anything out of something. I had a lady this February just go off on me because she was asked to at the bare minimum pray for others (it’s in the bible). She complained about how things were done, yet her attandance was less than 5%. How can you criticize something you don’t actively participate in or even know what is happening? Not offended, it just did not make sense. Insert “Does Not Compute”-my brain went ???? No worries she is not a FB friend.

    2. Some will desire growth without any investment. I have a stock portfolio. If I do not invest any money in those stocks, guess what? I get zero growth. Zero. I can complain, blame my financial planner, or invest something so it can be multiplied. God gives seed to the sower. Sowers invest something. This principle does not just work for money. Sow kindness, sow mercy, sow encouragement, sow information, sow opportunity, sow revelation. You gain more of what is sown.

    3. Some will desire growth until it gets challenging and then the heart will drift to something easy. Walking through the valley of the shadow of death is aborted to seek a frolic in the misty meadows. There are things about God we can only learn by walking through, being delivered through, pushing through. There are encounters with God in challenging seasons that refine our character.

    4. Feelings can sometimes cloud what God has said. I cannot tell you how many people have come and stated, “God told me you were to mentor/disciple me.” Who when they got uncomfortable, “God told me to go do something else.” I am not stating you are trapped with a mentor, church, or person for life. I am stating feelings are not a good director. I have had dozens of things in my life I wanted to quit. Maybe even more. Sometimes the leader disappointed me or was quite offensive in behavior. Yet the point was to ask God, “Where do you want me?” I had a 7 year season under one ungodly leader. I learned so much about God, who I am in God, and the power of God to sustain a person in persecution. Saul teaches you something about the power and love of God.

    5. Friends can sometimes struggle with honoring the leadership mantle you are required to wear. The most dishonor may come from “friends.” Hearing from you that something is off or the vision has expanded or we need to change course can ruffle some feathers. Stick to the mandate of Jesus. If He tells you to turn left and you lose friends-well keep going. Learning to abide in God and follow Him despite what others are thinking is wisdom. If you are leading “friends” understand that for some the friend just goes along and is supportive of everything. The leader answers to God for how they steward what He told them to do and who He assigned to them. It’s not personal; it’s Jesus.

    6. Your heart may hurt over those where you can see their amazing destiny, yet they will not grab ahold to it and invest. You can offer copious amounts of opportunity they do nothing with it. Learn to let go and ask God to send mentees who will grab every nugget and opportunity and run with it.

    7. Some may exit without even saying goodbye. Learn to hold people lightly.

    8. Bless people when they come. Bless them when they go. I am happy for people when they are aligned with who and where God called them to be. No animosity. I pray and wish people the very best. It’s not personal. It’s beautiful when people are truly following Jesus.

    9. Patience is your best friend. Learning to wait until God releases you to say or do something is powerful. The timing of Jesus was impeccable.

    10. Keep growing yourself. Keep learning. Stay a student of Holy Spirit University. If you can find a mentor, invest in that situation. Feeding others is noble, staying fed is wisdom.

    11. If you are a visionary, do not cling to everyone getting on board immediately with your vision.

    Be willing to submit the vision, get feedback, and press onward with God even if the majority is not on board.

    12. Cheer when people outgrow you! Yay God. Praise Jesus. Hallelujah. We want people dependent on God, not us. 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽

    13. Continually ask God for His eyes, His heart for people. More than head knowledge, we need love plus God’s wisdom. God sees value in everyone. If we ask, He will provide His heart.

    14. Do your best to be a good steward, yet leave the outcome to God. Some will not grow until you leave. I have had a few instances in my life where God told me to stop mentoring a few people or once a group. Years later a few came back with positive reports. At the time I felt I wasted time. I could have been doing something else besides being taken for granted by people unwilling to learn. Years later those seeds produced something good. It’s for Jesus. Regardless of the outcome, it’s for Jesus. Peter denied Jesus. Judas betrayed Jesus. The disciples abandoned Jesus in His greatest hour of need. Jesus was perfect. You and I are not. Yet we can do our best and still end up denied, betrayed, or abanonded. Focus on stewardship and leave the outcome to God.

    15. Continually point to Jesus. What is God saying to you? Teach people to think for themselves, yet be willing to challenge wackanoodle concepts and behaviors with Holy Spirit and the word.

    16. Be willing to stand your ground even with strong personalities. God has helped me to be slow to anger and more patient. I do not yell at people nor try to push my way. I try to stay on the side of love, compassion, and meekness. This can cause people to think you are weak and a pushover. Some with dominating personalities may knowingly or unknowingly try to bully you. No! If God called you to lead, test it, and if God says no, say no. Also if you are seen as weak because you are not nasty, pushy, argumentative, angry, etc…let people think what they want. I believe you can stand your ground without being a bully, yelling, being manipulative, pushy, loud, and mean spirited. Nasty is not a fruit of the Spirit. Love is. It is possible to be firm and kind. There are moments where we need to truly be “This will not fly here,” yet Jesus was willing to die for the same people where He flipped over the tables.

    Hope this helps someone. Jesus told us to disciple people. I believe this is doing life with them, not just giving them teachings. When we do life with people it can be interesting, yet Jesus did it and modeled a lifestyle of discipleship. Who are you discipling so they can grow into their greatest potential with Jesus?

    Warmly,

    Erin Lamb

    Empowered-Free.com

    Facebook.com/erinlambauthor

    Prophecy is Supposed to Connect People to a Loving Father

    Prophecy 101: God Speaks to Build Connection/Initimacy (Knowing Him), Not Just Relay Information. Prophets Do Not Just Give Info, They Are Supposed to Connect People With the Heart and Will of A Loving Father.

    Jesus did what He saw the Father doing and said what He heard the Father saying. Jesus is the perfect model for a prophet. He is the prophet. True prophesy invites people into a heart to heart and spirit to Spirit connection. Fortune tellers just provide information. Prophets release an invitation for heaven to invade the heart of a person.

    God has been and will always be looking for a relationship with humanity; a personal, intimate relationship. Part of relationship is communication. God spoke the world into creation. When God truly speaks, no word from Him ever fails, it accomplishes everything it is sent out to do (Isaiah 55:11). God does not speak half hazardly. God has a purpose behind every single thing that He says.

    One of the purposes of His voice is to build connection. God loves intimacy. God loves connecting His heart to our heart. God is after the heart. Throughout the old and new testament we see prophets given insight into the heart of God for His people. Even His words of rebuke were aimed at reconnecting the heart of the sinful to a loving God. Repent so you can be reconciled to God. The message over and over has been, humanity needs God. God does not need us, God wants us. We need God.

    God sent prophets to reveal His desire for people to turn from disconnection (sin), to Him for reconnection and abiding in love. For God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son so whosoever will repent and believe in Him may have eternal life.

    God sent prophets when the people were going astray, following idols, headed for destruction, and to proclaim the will of the Lord. Warnings came through prophets because God likes to give people an opportunity to turn or prepare before disaster comes.

    I see in the person of Jesus a prophet who came in great love and compassion. He ministered in a way unlike any other who walked this earth. He goal was not demonstrations of great power, wisdom, or knowledge. It was to connect people to a God who loved them, it was to reveal God’s heart for the world. He stated, “I did not come to condemn (pass final judgement on the world). I came to save the world (give the world an opportunity to repent and be reconciled to the Father).” There will be a final judgement, every person including the believer will give an account to a holy God for their lives.

    Part of the role of a believer, according to Apostle Paul is to be ministers of reconciliation. We want to see people right with God and connected to His heartbeat.

    2 Corinthians 5:16b-21 (ESV)

    Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

    Prophecy is one of the vehicles God uses to connect people with His heart and will. It is not just sharing random info or speaking from our soul. God has a purpose for everything He says and does. If you look closely it relates to relationship and connection.

    Are our prophetic words drawing people into a deeper connection with the heart of God for them? Is it helping them connect with the heart of God and hear from God for themselves? Are people growing in intimacy with God? Is anyone being drawn to loving repentance and a shift in the mindset to match God? Is Jesus exalted? Does anyone see and encounter the Father?

    If the answer to each of those questions is no, then we may have missed God altogether and are functioning out of the soul or flesh.

    I have encountered numerous “prophets” in my day who have the spirit of slap on them, a critical spirit, lack discernment, or are reckless. Whatever they think comes out of their mouth with God said attached to it.

    These are some things I teach in the classes on the prophetic.

    1. God longs to connect with the heart of the person. Filter out what you want to see happen for them and focus on His heart. All the gifts are to flow through love (see 1 Corinthians 13 and 14). The love chapter is in between two chapters focused on spiritual gifts.

    2. It’s not about drawing people to us or being a pipeline to God for them, it is about drawing people to Jesus and them learning to discern Him, connect with Him for themselves.

    3. It needs weighed against the whole of scripture and the character of God. God is good. God is holy. God is love. God is not confused nor double minded.

    I have met people who told me God told them to leave their spouse for another married person or not read the bible. Well NO! It is imperative to be students of the word and live in intimacy with God.

    4. God is not manipulative. He lets people choose. He loves a cheerful giver, not obligation.

    I have seen people try to use Jesus to get people to do what they want. This is witchcraft. Witchcraft is about control. God does not seek to control people. The devil loves control. God does not need to manipulate anyone. He leads by love.

    5. Some things are to be spoken out and shared. Some are to be prayed over and not spoken.

    I keep prophetic journals. I have since I was a kid. I date them. I have things in them that have never been shared with anyone. Some things were intercession items, some personal, and some the timing. It was not and is not the appropriate time to release information. God has perfect timing.

    6. Be accountable.

    I think it’s good to follow up with people and ask them, “Did this resonate with you? Did this happen for you?” We grow by taking ownership of what we say and do. Paul also addressing order in the prophetic. We do not need to talk over people or be rude. Everyone can wait their turn. Feedback is our friend. Self control is our friend.

    7. God speaks life and impossibilities made possible.

    Death speaking prophets concern me. “God is going to bankrupt you because you won’t give to my church!” “God says you are not going to be successful!!” I often scratch my head and wonder which “God” they are listening to??? Obviously God is petty, rude, selfish, and punishing. Ummmmm no! Sometimes people speak out of their own anger, critical spirit, jealousy and say it was God. If that’s you, repent. It may not hurt to go to the person you cursed and say, “I was not speaking for God. Will you forgive me? I retract my word cursing over you.”

    I have been verbally vomited on by several professing prophets. The Holy Spirit will speak to my heart and spirit, “That’s not from me.” Sometimes it’s appropriate to tell the person, “I am not in agreement with what you said. Please do not speak like this over anyone else.” Sometimes they repent. Sometimes they tell you to not be offended or sensitive. Sometimes they break fellowship. Either way, God is not rude, hyper critical, nor a jerk.

    8. Discernment of Spirits is not the same as the gift of prophecy.

    Some have discernment of spirits and think they are prophetic by running around calling out demons in or around people. Prophecy is supposed to be about connecting people with the heart and will of God. I can see dozens of demons in and around people or have Holy Spirit reveal their presence and not speak that out over a person. My job if they are in front of me is to love them and connect the person with the heart of God. If they need and want deliverance, that is something else that can be done without humiliating the person or word cursing them.

    I had a lady who stated she was a prophet yet constantly saw and spoke out the dirt in people’s lives. She was so very negative. I pulled her aside once because she wanted to run from a demonized lady, mistreat her. I said no. I am not going to mistreat her because she is oppressed by demons. Jesus came to set captives free. I stayed and prayed with the lady. Not worried about being “slimed” as people say. Why? This was a person Jesus died for and speaking death over her is not Jesus. She had a wonderful encounter with Holy Spirit, the lady. The other woman cut ties with me later because I could not endure that critical spirit that constantly wanted to speak negativity over people and say it was God. “Oh God said you won’t have great relationships because your personality scares people.” Really? How is that edifying? It’s actually cursing people. She did not have the best personality herself. She was critical, abrasive, and rude in the name of Jesus-yet Jesus was and is none of those things.

    To end this novel, prophecy is not just blabbering at the mouth. It is connection with a loving Father; to reveal His heart and will. God is not mean spirited. If you are called to be a prophet, one of my greatest encouragements is to ask God to reveal His heart. Once He does, seek to live out of His heart. Abide in His heart. Speak from His heart. Jesus did and I know no greater prophet.

    Love in Christ,

    Erin Lamb

    https://www.empowered-free.com

    Book Sale This Weekend (Labor Day Sale)!

    Aloha everyone,

    In celebration of the 4 day weekend, books and journals are on sale. I Thought I Knew What Love Was is already on sale. You may use the code Labor Day 1 on the business website for journals and Confident & Free.

    We have received some great feedback on both these books. People have stated they are drawn into the heart of God and have had some pretty incredible encounters with His heart.

    I believe our world is suffering from not knowing who God is, the love of God, and true identity in God. This is where thriving begins, in God. There is always more to know about God. Our strength lies in our intimacy with God. The greatest confidence does not flow from our appearance, finances, job status, marital status, health…etc…those things are subject to change. What does not change is God. God remains the same in every season.

    You and I can live bold and confident lives! We can stand tall when all the world says shrink back. We can thrive instead of just survive. God created us to live bold, empowered, and FREE!

    Here is some feedback from readers:

    I hope you grab your copy this weekend! I just completed a 5 part teaching for free on my FB author page you can watch too! Let’s go deep into God’s heart.

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    If you are outside the USA or Canada, you may purchase off Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. They are not on sale at those locations. Hopefully we will add international distribution from my business soon.

    Watch teachings here: Confident & Free Author Video Teachings

    Warmly,

    Erin Lamb

    Prophecy Webcast!

    Since we have been focused on growing in confidence through intimacy with God, there was a teaching today on hearing from God, testing what we hear, discernment, and intimacy with God.

    You can watch today’s webcast here: Erin Lamb Author Page.

    You may also watch the last two weeks of webcasts on the FB page.

    Blessing you!

    Love,

    Erin Lamb

    Upcoming Webcast August 7th 2018

    Let’s connect!

    Join me next week for a live webcast. It is lesson 2 in the 30 Day Speak Life Challenge.

    This past Wednesday I spoke about Genesis 1 and our new identity in Christ. Let’s live on the right side of the cross!! We are not who we used to be if we are united to Jesus.

    You may find that teaching here: Author Page Videos.

    Tuesday for the Speak Life Lesson 2 (you can join us at facebook.com/erinlambauthor), I will be talking about navigating through hard seasons with God.

    It’s easy to think positive and be confident when life is roses. What about when all hell is breaking loose, you are being persecuted, the bottom fell out of your plans, you are facing death or given a bad diagnosis, or life has sucker punched you? I will share some biblical insights from overcomings and part of my story of overcoming these things.

    Tune in August 7th, at 9am EST, 6am Pacific, on the FB author page, and let’s chat.

    See ya next week. God loves you. Enjoy Him today. He loves you with an everlasting love. ❤️

    Love,

    Erin Lamb

    New Series (Revelation of God)

    We live in a culture where there are numerous opinions of who God is and what God has said or is saying. There are internet prophets and spokespeople all claiming to know God and speak for Him. How do you discern who is truly representing God? How do you know if what you are given is truly from the heart of God or just someone’s opinion?

    The greatest revealer of God was and is perfectly one with the Father. He is Jesus.

    This new series will focus on revelation, testing revelation, prophecy, the spirit of prophecy, discerning, and how we grow in intimacy with God.

    God invites us to know Him.

    Revelation is a byproduct of intimacy. It is a connection heart to heart and spirit to spirit with God.

    Revelation should bring us closer to God. When God speaks there is a purpose and reason. Every word from God is seed. Those seeds are intended to grow something, to connect us to His heartbeat, to infuse us with purpose, destiny, and guidance. Isaiah 55:11 says, “No word from shall ever fail, it accomplishes all it is sent out to do.”

    It is imperative that we know His voice for ourselves and not just run after every movement that says, “God said.”

    There are people teaching there is no hell and everyone goes to heaven despite their lack of love for God. This teaching is antichrist; it opposes the very teachings of Jesus who said, “Many, many will cry out to be Lord, Lord and I will reply, ‘Depart from Me. I never knew you, you who practice lawlessness.'” See Matthew 7:21-23. Jesus had direct words on eternal damnation for the unrepentant (Luke 16:19-31, Matthew 10:28, Luke 10:15, Matthew 25:46, Matthew 13:24-30, Matthew 25:41, and there are more!).

    It may seem fun to follow the path of those who claim an angel showed up and told them something contrary to scripture or “God” told them something contrary to scripture and the character of God. It is not wisdom to follow anyone who violates the very teachings of Jesus and claim to be Christian.

    Jesus said the following (John 14:18-26):

     “I promise that I will never leave you helpless or abandon you as orphans—I will come back to you! Soon I will leave this world and they will see me no longer, but you will see me, because I will live again, and you will come alive too.

    So when that day comes, you will know that I am living in the Father and that you are one with me, for I will be living in you. Those who truly love me are those who obey my commands. Whoever passionately loves me will be passionately loved by my Father. And I will passionately love you in return and will manifest my life within you.”

    Then one of the disciples named Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “Lord, why is it you will only reveal your identity to us and not to everyone?”

    Jesus replied, “Loving me empowers you to obey my word. And my Father will love you so deeply that we will come to you and make you our dwelling place. But those who don’t love me will not obey my words. The Father did not send me to speak my own revelation, but the words of my Father. I am telling you this while I am still with you. But when the Father sends the Spirit of Holiness, the One like me who sets you free, he will teach you all things in my name. And he will inspire you to remember every word that I’ve told you.

    Jesus spoke the very words of the Father. The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy (Revelation 19:10). Jesus invites us all to know Him and the Father. Jesus invites us to know His word, His character, His nature, and His heart. The invitation of revelation is for relationship. God invites us into relationship with Him.

    Over this series I am praying that you and I have profound encounters with the heart of God. I am praying we grow deeper in knowing Him intimately. I am praying we have an even greater revelation of who God is.

    Thank you God for the ability to know you. Remove any cobwebs, dividing walls, deception, and distance between our hearts and yours. Take us deeper than we have been before in knowing you for who you are and not who others have made you out to be. In the powerful name of Jesus, amen.

    Be blessed today! You are prayed for and deeply loved!

    Warmly,

    Erin Lamb

    Leadership, Godly Submission, and Jesus

    Morning Devotion: Leader means servant in God’s eyes, not dictator or boss. Dissecting the leadership model of Jesus and wrong teachings on submission. Submit=Be willing to yield to what honors God (possess humility), not obey or blindly obey people.

    I am sometimes confused when people state they are the leader when their function is simply being served and telling others what to do. They are exalted and they have a hierarchy system so their needs, desires, wishes are served or met. Or they define great leadership by the number of people following them; Hitler had lots of followers under his demonic leadership it did not mean God thought he was a great leader.

    I have had men tell me and women too that the husband is the leader in the family yet the wife does 80-90% of the serving, helping, loving, getting low in humility to empower her family. It is not the model Jesus laid out nor lived of leadership.

    The one laying their life down, sacrificially loving, and serving is imitating Jesus and leading.

    The disciples at one point became self important and argued over who would be the greatest among them. The desire to be great in the eyes of man is of the carnal nature (flesh).

    Pride does not flow from God, it flows from Satan. Pride, self importance, was the principle sin of Lucifer. He wanted to be worshipped and exalted above God. Lucifer wanted to be served, not serve.

    This was the response of Jesus to the arguing disciples:

    Jesus, knowing their thoughts, called them to his side and said, “Kings and those with great authority in this world rule oppressively over their subjects, like tyrants. But this is not your calling. You will lead by a completely different model. The greatest one among you will live as the one who is called to serve others, because the greatest honor and authority is reserved for the one with the heart of a servant. For even the Son of Man did not come expecting to be served by everyone, but to serve everyone, and to give his life in exchange for the salvation of many,”~Matthew 20:25-28.

    Jesus came with an upside down model of leadership. He came and served. He came and washed feet. He came and empowered others. He came and died to free others. He came and got low so we could be seated in heavenly places with Him, joint heirs and copartners. The value Jesus placed and places on humanity is high.

    Jesus was and is perfect-He is the model for all things Christian. He selected disciples who were not yet enlightened. He walked with them, talked with them, served them, and empowered them to do what they saw Him doing. Great leadership is empowering others to reach their highest potential. Jesus did not show up and say, “Now look here peasants, God created you for Me so let’s get this straight, when I say jump, you say how high. These are my demands, meet them daily or else.”

    Jesus had no pride, ego, or what they call male ego. Knowing He was worthy of worship, He got low and served others.

    Phillipians tells us the following about following the example of Jesus:

    Be free from pride-filled opinions, for they will only harm your cherished unity. Don’t allow self-promotion to hide in your hearts, but in authentic humility put others first and view others as more important than yourselves. Abandon every display of selfishness. Possess a greater concern for what matters to others instead of your own interests. And consider the example that Jesus, the Anointed One, has set before us. Let his mindset become your motivation.

    The Example of Jesus Christ

    He existed in the form of God, yet he gave no thought to seizing equality with God as his supreme prize. Instead he emptied himself of his outward glory by reducing himself to the form of a lowly servant. He became human! He humbled himself and became vulnerable, choosing to be revealed as a man and was obedient. He was a perfect example, even in his death—a criminal’s death by crucifixion!~Phillipians 2:3-8.

    Love is destroyed by pride. Love and pride cannot occupy the same spaces. One will dominate and overpower the other. God commissions and empowers us to love. So when someone says, “I am called to lead you,” if they are following Jesus this means, “I am called to serve you, not seek to be served by you.”

    I have met numerous “leaders” and men in my day who told me they were called to lead me. Yet what that meant was they felt empowered to tell me what to do and wanted to be served. This is NOT godly leadership at all, it’s worldly leadership.

    I have had single men tell me all the ways I could benefit their lives because to them a wife is servant to meet their needs. They could have cared less about loving me, treating me the way Jesus would. My dreams, calling from God, desires were completely insignificant. They saw someone unmarried and pretty (their words not mine) they wanted to purchase (flash their money, paycheck at) to serve them.

    Women are not objects or slaves to be purchased to serve the whims of men then be replaced when she fails to meet a need, cheated on when she cannot meet his pleasures, or used for her body. God did NOT create a system of selfishness nor objectification. God created a family that is supposed to be fueled by love. God says, “Husbands forsake all others and cleave to your one wife. Love her the way Jesus loves the church. He was willing to die for the church. Jesus got low and served. Jesus empowers and leads by love and example. Jesus walks in purity not lust. Jesus cares about every single detail…follow My Son Jesus. Be an imitator of Him.”

    The verse that says wives be subject to your husbands as unto the Lord in the original text means be wholly devoted in love-this means she is monogymous and not enganged with other lovers, she has eyes for her husband, single vision. It does NOT mean he becomes her god and she must obey him.

    Husband is not the same as God. If it were so, then God is the author of confusion because He plainly says, “You shall have no other god besides me,” and “You are a slave to whomever you obey.” If the texts about husbands and wives meant the husband has the final authority, if he told his wife to betray God she would have to obey her spouse over God. No! She will be held accountable to God for obeying God not man. God is the final authority.

    Example:

    In inner healing class we had a lady who’s husband was molesting his granddaughter. The wife was submitting to his perverted leadership and holding a pillow over the child’s head during the violation. Was she honoring her husband by submitting to his perversion? Was she a good wife? No! She was a bad wife. She will spend a long time in jail like him for harming this child. The lady who was molested over and over was a testimony of healing in the class, her grandparents were not in the class.

    Part of intimate relationship is revealing the righteousness of God to those connected to us. Her role as his wife and sister in Christ was to point her husband to righteousness. We do not yield to what is ungodly. No no no no! Ephesians 5:21 tells all followers of Jesus to be willing to yield (submit, possess humility) in reverence for the Lord. Being willing to yield is NOT the same word as obey.

    Culture focuses on the wife submitting while ignoring the verse before it that says men and women, all believers submit to each other and choose humility. Culture also ignores the verses that tell husbands to go even further than that to love their wives the way Jesus loves the church (die to selfishness, pride, ego, immorality). Point highlighted again, we are NOT to yield to what is ungodly and violates our relationship with God. Nor are we puppets to be led on strings by whims of others.

    Those led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. If your boss at work, pastor, mentor, parent, spouse or anyone claiming authority over you tells you to do something wicked, say no. That is not rebellion, it is honoring God. Godly leaders point to what honors the Lord and people. God will not lead anyone into sin, nor is God a slave driver who does not care about the needs, desires, or dreams of those He leads.

    May we lead like Jesus which is counter cultural to this world. The greatest in the Kingdom of God has a heart of a servant, it is one who loves and looks out for the best interests of others.

    Papa God help us to see leadership through the lenses of Jesus. You gave us a perfect model in your Son. Jesus was not a bully, dictator, abuser, nor did He use His status to Lord over people. He got low and served. He took the lowest place and you exalted Him to the highest place. Jesus is perfect theology. Jesus is the perfect spouse model. Jesus is the perfect leader; He seeks to look out for the best interests of those connected to Him. Jesus perfectly loves. Jesus does not use people He partners with them. Jesus, beautiful Jesus. May we abide in Jesus and lead like Jesus. In Your powerful name, amen.

    Love in Christ,

    Erin Lamb