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Cheryl Drake

About Cheryl Drake

Cheryl is a wife and mother of two beautiful daughters. She serves in ministry alongside her husband and daughters on the worship team at her church. Cheryl loves to write and teach the Word of God. She has a heart for hurting women and desires to see women find out who they are in Christ. Coming from a family of ministers, Cheryl desires to be a conduit of God's anointing to touch lives.
02 Oct

Got Soul!

Remember the commercials that were airing a few years ago about milk and the health benefits of drinking it?  It would always show the person in the commercial with a “milk” mustache, and the question would always come up at the end, “Got Milk?”  In the Third Epistle of John, verse two states…”Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.”  I’ve been meditating on this scripture and am beginning to see a huge connection between our soul’s health and our physical body’s health.  So I want to ask you this question today, “Got Soul?”

2013 (10-2-2013) Broken Heart Everyone has a soul.  Throughout our lifetime, many of us experience trauma, heartache, failure, disappointment, rejection, betrayal, abuse, bad relationships, offense, abandonment, and the list could go on and on.  What happens through these experiences is our souls become fragmented.  When a trauma or something else happens to us, a piece or layer of our soul becomes attached to the trauma or whatever that thing is that is happening to you at the time.  Once fragmentation begins, it will eventually manifest in the physical realm.  We manage to move on in life, not realizing we have left a layer of our soul behind.  The result is we become bonded to that thing.  This continues to happen numerous times in our lives because we all have trials and tribulations along the way.

May I suggest that the Holy Spirit is the “Defragmenter” of our souls.  As we allow Him to take us to those places and show us where we left a layer behind, one by one, He will heal and reattach those pieces or layers to our souls.  He is the only one that can accomplish this healing process, and it is a process.  It does not happen overnight.  As each layer is reattached by the work of the Holy Spirit, great healing takes place and our soul begins to come into wholeness.  When our soul is whole, that is when it begins to prosper.  I believe that if our soul is sick, it affects our physical bodies.  How many of you have an area in your body that needs healing?  You’ve prayed for healing, you’ve been prayed over more than once for healing, you’ve spoken the Word for your healing, and yet, that sickness or pain is still there?  Could it possibly be that your soul is fragmented?  It just might be.

2013 (10-2-2013) Holy SpiritI know this may not apply to everyone.  I just want to encourage you to examine your soul and ask the Holy Spirit to show you where and when any layers of your soul got attached to something that it did not belong to. There may be some repenting that needs to take place.  It’s okay, the Holy Spirit is compassionate and gentle.  A refreshing cleansing happens when there is a heart of repentance yielding to the Spirit of God.  This is how He puts us back together and brings us into wholeness in Christ Jesus.  I tell you, there is power in wholeness!  You will begin to know, and I mean really know, who you are in Christ.  His power will be unleashed in your life, and you will be amazed at how you can walk in victory!  Your health will begin to come back to you, your pain will dissipate, your vitality will be renewed, and you will soar in the Spirit.  Are you ready?  If you are, pray this prayer in Psalm 143:11”Revive me O Lord for Your name’s sake!  For Your righteousness’ sake bring my SOUL out of trouble.”

I have a confession that I make daily with my mouth.  I would like to share it with you….it’s very simple.  I speak it into the atmosphere and I make this declaration….”My pain is gone, my soul is prospering, and I am in health!”  We will have what we say.  God did.  He spoke and it came forth.  He wants us to do the same.  Your words have power.  The scripture says in Proverbs 18:21 that life and death are in the power of the tongue.  Choose life today!

**My prayer for each one of you is….Beloved, I pray that in all respects, you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.

 

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30 Sep

AWAKE OH SLEEPER!

Sept. 25, 2012 ~ 1:15 am

I was awakened from a very powerful dream.  This dream was happening in slow motion, so I was able to soak up what was happening.

In the dream, I was outside and I was singing praise to the Lord.  All of a sudden, I noticed people coming from everywhere and their faces began to look up toward the sky in awe.  I was sort of underneath a very tall building, so I took a step away and looked up to the sky.  I saw colorful rays of light shining down in all directions.  Then….I saw Him!  It was Jesus with His arms outstretched.  He had on a majestic white robe with a sash of red flowing from His shoulder to His feet.

My mind was racing and words were coming out of my spirit simultaneously.  I heard my thoughts….”It’s real, it’s happening, this is really happening…”  Out of my spirit came these words….”Oh my Lord, my Lord, I love You, I love You, take me, take me Lord, I love You.”

Then people began to rise toward the sky.  I saw one of my daughters in front of me, and as she was rising, she looked to the person next to her, and I could hear her say “I’m so happy, I’m so happy.”  We were in the motion of rising, when I was awakened from the dream.  I was lying on my back and I could feel the sensation of a gravity pull.  It felt like there were numerous large magnets underneath me and holding me down.  I could not move at first because of the strength of the gravity pull sensation.  Once I could move, I got up, wide awake, very alert, and then the tears began to flow because of what I had just experienced.

It is difficult to put into words an experience like that.  Generation after generation has heard that Jesus is coming soon.  They have heard it so much that they have become complacent to the thought.  We know it in our minds and spirit because the bible tells us so, but how many of us stop for a moment in our daily lives and ask “Could this be the day?”  For believers, the thought is always in the back of our minds.  I don’t know why the Lord allowed me to experience this powerful dream.  But, one thing I know… He IS coming sooner than we think!  In the dream, it was just another normal day with people going about their lives….then…pow!  The rapture began to happen.  I was in awe….just complete awe!

The next day, the Lord led me to the scripture in John 3:2 ~ “Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be.  We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is.”

I experienced this scripture.  I saw Him just as He is!  All I could do was profess my great love for Him.  And I knew that I did not want to be left behind. What am I going to do about it?  Who am I going to take with me?  Who can I tell about Jesus that He is coming soon?  Will it be someone walking down the street, someone in the grocery store, someone at the beauty salon, someone at the movie theater, someone at the Dr.’s office, my neighbor?  Who will it be?  Oh to burn with the fire of God in our bellies that would implore us to go out of our comfort zones and share the Gospel!  Lord Jesus, help us!  We have been empowered to share the Gospel.  Everything you need to do is right inside of you.  One step forward can save someone’s life from destruction….just one step.  You will not be alone, the Holy Spirit will be right there with you all the way, giving you the right words to say.  It feels so good to save a life.

Eternity is knocking at your door.  Will you answer?

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21 Jun

WAITING ON THE LORD!

Have you ever been in a season of waiting on the Lord?  Waiting, waiting, and more waiting?  Recently, the Lord reminded me that I need to wait on Him more.  A few weeks ago, right before I was going to bed, He spoke to my spirit “Isaiah 40:31.”  It reads, “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”   I need renewed strength.  We all need renewed strength.  Life’s journey can be tough at times.  I love how God speaks!  The very next day after He spoke Isaiah 40:31 to my spirit, I received an email about what happens to an eagle as he gets older.  I was so enlightened and amazed at why God used the eagle in that scripture to teach us about waiting.  I thought I would share it with you also.

“As an eagle gets older, their beak forms a crust and they lose their strength.  They then fly to a high mountain and hide in the cleft of a rock where they peck at the rock until the crust falls off.  They also lose their head feathers and grow new feathers.  After the crust is removed and they have new feathers, their strength is renewed.”

There are key words and definitions pertaining to Isaiah 40:31.

Eagle = Has sharp vision and powerful wings

Wait = To remain until something expected takes place, to be ready

Renew = To make new or refresh again, to re-establish, to resume, to put in a fresh supply of

Strength = The state or quality of being strong, toughness, durability, the power to resist attack!

Mount = To climb, to ascend

Have you been waiting on the Lord?  Waiting in His presence with His Word at your feet?  “Your Word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.” ~ Psalm 119:105.  Waiting expectantly until something takes place?  Or did you grow weary in the waiting?  The enemy desires to weary you in the waiting so that you will not gain your strength back and be a threat to him and his attacks.  We must remain, waiting in His presence and expect something to take place, something you desire and long for, something the Lord wants to accomplish in your life.  Waiting determines your outcome.  The more you wait, the stronger you will get.  The stronger you get, the higher you will ascend.  The higher you ascend, the more you will be able to soar above those “crusty” things that would try to hold you down.

I think the majority of us had dreams we could fly when we were little children.  Such an awesome feeling to ride above earth’s atmosphere!  This is what God has provided for us in the supernatural realm.  Isaiah 40:31 states it plainly.  We wait… we renew our strength.  We wait…we run and not get weary.  We wait…we walk and not faint.  Our society has succumbed to a “drive-thru” mentality that has even crossed over into the spiritual realm.  We want what we want and we want it fast!  God is so smart.  He created the incubation process a mother goes through to teach us about waiting.  Nine months is a long time to wait to give birth to a miracle!  Each one of us has been incubated in the ‘womb of time.’  It is God’s time table, not ours.  It is a specific waiting period designed by God to suit our individual purpose in the growth process.

God is imploring us to come before Him, sit at His feet, and wait in His presence.  As we continue to wait in the cleft of the rock, which is Christ Jesus, He makes us new and refreshed, re-establishing our way.  It’s an ancient pathway that has been traveled upon by many feet.  It is a walk of faith, a walk of victory, a walk of renewed strength just like the eagle.

Would you like to join me at the feet of Jesus today?  Waiting is not a negative, it is a positive.  You might just be surprised what He whispers to your spirit while you wait.  Ready?  Here we go…Deep breath…inhale, exhale the life changing presence of God!  Psalm 27:14, “Wait (wait in faith) on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, wait, I say, on the Lord!”

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30 Sep

WHAT IS THAT SMELL?

Do any of you love the smell of freshly baked bread as much as I do?  Walking into a bakery or someone’s home where freshly baked bread has just been pulled out of the oven is a delight to our sense of smell.  In your thoughts you might be saying…”Mmmm, what’s that smell?”  Isn’t it funny how we can fill our stomachs full with a satisfying meal, and then we find ourselves somewhere unexpectedly catching a whiff of an enticing aroma, the kind of aroma that makes its way into your nostrils, weaving space into your belly, making you question your stomach’s fullness!

Our sense of smell is so powerful that it will, without permission, take you for a ride on an unsuspected journey.  Before you realize you are a passenger, you might find yourself on the beach, at Grandma’s house, in a school classroom, in a hospital room, at a cemetery, or sitting on an old church pew, smelling the aroma of a memory.

My cousin, Sandy, who is a minister of the Gospel, shared with me one of many personal experiences she has had with the Lord.  Take a step with me into the supernatural realm of God where His language communicates to our spirit.  One night, Sandy, was awakened by the smell of baking bread.  Her first thought was did her daughter bake bread and leave the oven on.  She went downstairs on a mission to find where this aroma was coming from.  Upon arriving in her kitchen, she noticed that the oven was not on and there was not a single loaf of bread sitting out on a rack to cool.  As she pondered and wondered where this aroma was coming from, the Lord spoke to her spirit and said, “I AM the Bread of Life.”

I would like to invite you to my table today.  I call it the “Table of His Presence.”  I have spent many hours feasting at this table eating freshly baked bread.  Oh…the aroma!  In John 6:35, Jesus said to the people, “I AM the Bread of Life, he who comes to Me shall not hunger…”  There is an aroma of His presence.  It’s an indescribable, delicious wafting aroma that fills every nook and cranny in the room.  It is the kind of aroma you never forget, an aroma that envelops every fiber of your being, an aroma that makes your sense of smell awaken to a knowledge of God, an aroma that dissipates the failures of your past, enabling you to continue feasting of this life-giving, life-sustaining bread at the “Table of His Presence.”  You may think you are not hungry because you don’t “feel” hungry, but when you begin to smell the aroma of His presence, you will begin to hunger and desire to partake of what you are smelling.  There is only one word I can find that describes the presence of God.  That word is “MORE.”  Once you smell Him, you’ll want more of Him.

Come to the table, sit back with me, take a slice of this Bread of Life that is freely given to all, and breathe in the delicious fragrance of His presence.  I guarantee you it will be the most satisfying, life-changing, meal you will ever partake of.  Not only will you recognize who Jesus is when you partake of this Bread (Luke 24:35), the aroma of Him will permeate your being.  We carry an aroma wherever we go.  Does the aroma you carry make others hungry for Him?  The world is sniffing out for those who have eaten at the “Table of His Presence.”  They are hungry for this Bread, the eternal Bread of Life, that they may partake and never hunger again for the things of this world.  Why not invite others to partake at your table.  The fellowship is sweet and the Lord, your Guest of Honor, always comes to the table with freshly baked bread.  It is the most perfect, delicious bread for you to share.

Are YOU hungry?

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18 Sep

ARE YOU WASHABLE?

A few years ago, I purchased a garment from a retailer.  As I was in the process of removing the tags, I noticed a big tag that said “I AM WASHABLE.” I was about to toss the tag into the garbage when I heard Holy Spirit whisper in my ear….”Are you washable?”  I answered back…”What are you inferring Holy Spirit?  What do you mean, Am I Washable?”

For several days, I pondered the implications of what it meant to be washable.  I had an ongoing interactive conversation with Holy Spirit.  “Well, yes, Holy Spirit, I must be washable because the blood of Jesus washes away my sins.” (I John 1:7).  “Yes, keep pondering,” said Holy Spirit.  “Holy Spirit, I must be washable because Your Word says that You wash me with it.” (Ephesians 5:26).  “Yes, keep pondering,” said Holy Spirit.  “Holy Spirit, I must be washable because Your Word says that I am washed by regeneration and renewed by You.” (Titus 3:5).  “Yes, keep pondering,” said Holy Spirit.

“What else is there…what else do you want me to say, Holy Spirit?”  I asked.  Again Holy Spirit said, “Keep pondering.”  Hmmm, I thought to myself, I wonder what He’s getting at?  “Uh, Holy Spirit, You wouldn’t happen to be talking about my heart, would You?”  I asked.  Yes!” said Holy Spirit, “That’s what I’m asking…IS YOUR HEART WASHABLE?”

WOW!  What a question, I thought.  Then revelation began to roll in like morning fog on quaint tiny coastal towns.  “Is my spiritual heart washable?”  Then Holy Spirit took me to Isaiah 61:3…”To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The ‘garment of praise’ for the spirit of heaviness…”  I began to see how, before the foundation of the world, my Heavenly Father had already special ordered a “tailored-perfect-fit” garment of praise   just for me!  His Word says to PUT ON our garment of praise.  He has already picked out the most beautiful, luxurious fabric for us to wear!  Holy Spirit showed me that our garment of praise is the “fabric” of our hearts.  When we wear our special made-to-order garment, that is when we allow our hearts to become washable.  Anything that is unlike God cannot not live in praise.  Any circumstance of heaviness cannot live in praise.  Any condemnation from the enemy cannot live in praise.  Any difficult situation or disappointment cannot live in praise.  Praise is like a vacuum, it sucks the oxygen out of our troubles.  The very essence of these things, are swept away in praise.

There are many references in the Scriptures to garments and apparel.  Psalms 104:1-2 declares that the Lord our God is clothed with honor and majesty, and that He covers Himself with light as with a garment.  We were created to wear our ‘garment of praise for eternity.  The reason we live is to worship our Creator!

“ARE YOU WASHABLE?”

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15 Sep

WHAT IS GROWING IN YOUR GARDEN?

On occasion, I have closed my eyes and tried to picture the Garden of Eden. According to Gen. 2:8-9, the Lord God planted quite an amazingly beautiful, life-sustaining, life-giving garden.  God is a magnificent Horticulturist!  To be chosen the very first man and woman to cultivate this most exquisite garden was an honor for Adam and Eve.  Did you know that God has given you your very own garden to cultivate?  I call it our “Soul Garden.”  A “Soul Garden” is a place where by the renewing of our mind with the Word of God, our mind, will, and emotions, come together in unison.  It is a place that needs to be tended to and visited daily. The renewing of our mind gives us the tools to create beauty in our garden.  As we learn to plant according to the will and nature of God, our “Soul Garden” begins to grow and radiates the glory of God.  His presence will permeate the atmosphere of our garden and flow out to others, as He intended.

I have noticed in the Word of God, how important gardens are to Him.  What God created was very good.  He created it with excellence.  Our arch-enemy, satan, likes to hang around God’s gardens.  We may not always see him, but he lurks and he stalks.  He is sly, waiting to see if he can bait us with his lies.  His extreme hatred for God and all of God’s creation, including you and me, spills over into all of our gardens.  What happened to Adam and Eve in the garden altered the course of all mankind.  But….then Jesus showed up!  He came to restore what God, His Father, had created, and what was lost through Adam and Eve’s sin.  He came to restore us back to our rightful relationship with God.  Jesus chose a garden to cancel out the result of sin in the first garden and to alter the course of mankind.  He prayed fervently and surrendered His mind, will, and emotions (Luke 22:41-42).  In that Garden of Gethsemane, evil was lurking, trying to get Jesus to take the bait of non-surrender to the will and plan of God.  After Jesus chose the plan of God over the comfort of His own flesh, He was arrested in the same garden (Luke 22:54).  He was crucified in a garden (John 19:41), and buried in a garden (John 19:41).  Three days later, He was resurrected in a garden tomb.  Are you beginning to see how important gardens are to God?  Historical and spiritual accounts happened in these very gardens.  I’ve got to pay attention to my “Soul Garden.”  The choices I make in my own garden will alter the course of my life, either for good or for destruction.  My desire is to be known by bountiful and delicious fruit growing in my garden (Matt. 7:16).

I love manicured, well kept gardens.  It takes a lot of work to cultivate this type of garden.  There is a tremendous amount of plowing, tilling, planting seeds, weeding out, and watering to be done.  Just like Adam was given Eve as a helpmate, the Lord has given to each one of us a helpmate in our garden.  His name is Holy Spirit.  If we allow Him to cultivate and prune our “Soul Garden,” the Word says in Gal. 5:22-23, that we will produce fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  Holy Spirit knows everything there is to know about gardening.  I know I need His help, because He is the Master Gardener.  Now, that is good news!

I think I’ll take a break now and go water my thirsty garden.  “Holy Spirit, please walk with me and talk with me as I water my garden today.  Show me Your Master plan for my garden.  Cultivate in me a heart to bear fruit that is pleasing to You.”

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30 Aug

WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?

Have you ever watched “Who Do You Think You Are” on TV?  I have and I find it very interesting.  We have an innate need and curiosity to search out who we are and where we come from.  If you’ve seen this TV show, you know that the people who are searching for their ancestry roots have a few surprises along the way.  I’ve heard some of them say, “I’m not who I thought I was.  This search has changed my life.”  It got me to thinking about our spiritual life and roots.  There is a book that will guide you if you really want to search out who you are.  It is called THE BIBLE.  I guarantee as you take a journey through the pages of this book, you might just discover you are not who you thought you were.

There is an enemy that comes to “steal, kill and destroy” (John 10:10) each one of us.  This battle begins in the mind.  If he can plant thoughts in your mind that are contrary to God’s Word, he knows you just might believe his lies.  We only have two choices in which way to believe, either the lie or the truth.  I don’t know about you, but I have succumbed to the lies of the enemy at times.  He has told me many things that are simply not true….”So, you think you have something to say and people will want to listen?  Just take a good look in the mirror, too many flaws!  God doesn’t love you as much as He loves ‘so and so.’  You will never win!  You will die without accomplishing anything!”  Sound familiar?  The enemy of our soul wants us to think that is who we are.  My friend, the Word of God tells a different story.  As I journey through the pages of my Bible, I am realizing that the truth I am reading dispels all the lies of the enemy.  I have found out that He, my Creator, my God, the lover of my soul, knew me before He laid the foundations of this world.  He thought me up and thought it was a wonderful idea to create ME!  Wow!  That means He thought the same about YOU!

Let’s look at Ephesians 1:3-6 (Message Bible), How blessed is God! And what a blessing He is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in Him. Long before He laid down earth’s foundations, He had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of His love, to be made whole and holy by His love. Long, long ago He decided to adopt us into His family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure He took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of His lavish gift-giving by the hand of His beloved Son.”  This scripture confirms who we are in Him. 

Last year, I came across a photo that spoke volumes to me.  So loudly did it speak that I made a copy, laminated it, and now carry it in my Bible.  I wanted to share it with you here.  As I looked at this picture, I saw who I was and where I came from.  I was so inspired by the message in this picture that I just had to write it out…

I am a warrior, the Lion of Judah is my guide

He leads me through the fire, His strength I can’t deny

Riding on wings of love, realms of glory I can see

Keeping my focus set above, where His Spirit sets me free

Blaze on o’ fire of God, let me ride in your embrace

With my sword and with my shield,

I will enter this Holy place, I am a warrior

 

As long as I ride with the Lion of Judah, keep my armor on, and trust His direction, I can ride blindfolded knowing I am safe.  I know who I am with Him.  He carries me through this journey called life.  Who do YOU think you are?  Why not take a journey with me through the pages of the Bible and discover who you really are.  It will be life changing.

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