VIDEO ‘Chewbacca Mask Lady’ Continues to Use Platform For Jesus, Shares How She Received Gift of Holy Spirit

Candace Payne becomes a viral sensation with her Chewbacca Mask Lady Facebook video May 2016 Photo Credit Facebook Candace Payne <br/>

 

Candace Payne, the woman behind the Chewbacca mask viral Facebook video that garnered nearly 140 million views in just a few days, continues to use her platform to share her Christian faith.

Payne, a worship leader at a church southwest of Dallas who frequently posts videos of herself singingworship songs online, found overnight fame after sharing a video to Facebook on Thursday, May 19.

In the video, Payne is seen laughing infectiously out as she puts on a newly purchased Chewbacca mask that she refers to as her birthday gift for herself that she bought from Kohl’s retail store.

Since then, she has done interviews with Facebook and Buzzfeed, appeared on “Good Morning America,” done a carpool with talk show host James Corden, and garnered praise from “Star Wars” producer JJ Abrams and Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew. In every public appearance, Payne is quick to point to her Christian faith as the source of her joy and laughter.

“I have unashamedly said from day one that I’m a follower of Jesus Christ,” she recently told Buzzfeed when asked about her obvious joy. “And I think sometimes we have painted a broad paintbrush on Christians to think that we’re very narrow-minded, that we’re bigoted, and that we’re haters. But that’s really not who we are, and I kind of apologize for anybody that’s kind of painted us that way. But the truth is, my relationship with Jesus Christ has completely made me who I am, because He’s told me who I am.”

She added, “Once you know that you’re a follower of God, and not just a god, but the God that created everything, your whole life changes. You don’t have to impress anybody else because you got the one opinion that matters.”

To achieve that joy, it’s important to take some time aside to spend in the Word and in prayer: “I tell you what, the things that I take time for and separate away from the chaos of life for, those things are important enough for me that they center me. They ground me, so that when the moment comes to actually enjoy something, you can enjoy it for real,” Payne explained.

“I just think that people forget that who you are on the inside from your hurts and your junk and aside from being told you were somebody else, like when you really know who you are, you don’t have to impress anybody. Not even yourself – you can laugh at yourself, and it’s okay. It really is. And it ends up being a kind of good thing,” she told Buzzfeed.

Earlier, the wife and mother-of-two revealed that several years ago, she encountered the Holy Spirit during a worship service and received the gift of tongues.

“We started singing these lyrics: ‘Holy Spirit, You are welcome here. Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere. Your glory God is what our hearts long for, to be overcome by Your presence Lord,'” Payne says in a video.

“And as we sang that, I’ve just got to tell you I felt a deep conviction in my soul that I was not a welcoming place for the Holy Spirit. As a matter of fact, I was quenching the Spirit of God, which I really really loved. So I just started to say to Him, ‘God, I’m just so sorry. I’m so sorry…have your way with me.”

And while she was praying, she realized the words coming out of her mouth were completely different from the words in her head.

“I was speaking in tongues, and I was completely freaked out,” she recalled. The next day, she spoke in tongues again, and asked God to translate for her. During this time, God opened her heart to live fully and joyfully for Him.

“What He began to reveal is an issue I’ve carried around with me for 20+ years, that is very personal and affects my marriage and relationships with others…and ultimately affected my trust with Him.,” she said. “But He didn’t stop there…He said, ‘Alright, I’m going to intercede for you, right here, right now, break chains, and you’re going to have passion in your life once again, in every single aspect.'”

During an interview with News8, Payne revealed she will continue to use her platform to share the Good News of Jesus Christ as her joy continues to encourage those around her.

“They want that story of an average person feeling like you’ve been given the world, and that’s what I feel like,” she said. “I feel like I’ve been given the world, and the sky is the limit.”

By LEAH MARIEANN KLETT

http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/64372/20160527/chewbacca-mask-lady-continues-to-use-platform-for-jesus-shares-how-she-received-gift-of-holy-spirit.htm#closepopup

Is it a “Dark Night of the Soul”? No, This is Only a Test……….

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Is what you’re going through really a form of depression…or even the fabled “Dark Night of the Soul”…?? No, it’s just a test. God does that, you know. It’s easy to feel the Lord’s Presence when we’re up on the mountain, on a spiritual high, when He’s drawing close to us. But, it’s down in the valley of separation, in the awful darkness, when we don’t seem to be hearing from the Lord and can’t sense His nearness…..only the silent loneliness of our own heart beating——— that we may feel abandoned.

Trust………..

This is what our Lord is looking for, no matter what is going on in our life, no matter what pressures and fiery trials, or the terrible dryness we sometimes feel in our soul, He is looking for our unshakable trust in Him to bring us through on the other side of Jordan.Our complete and utter TRUST in Him.

As we continue on to seek to know the Lord in a greater measure, we must learn to walk alone…even when there is not even a breath; a whisper of His Presence. It is a requirement for our spiritual maturity and growth. It doesn’t mean that we’ve done something wrong, or the Lord has abandoned us……….(He said He would never forsake us), and he won’t. It’s just that we must learn to go through seasons of dryness, seemingly…and trusting Him, just know that He is testing our mettle and strengthening our spiritual fiber.

That’s what it’s all about. If this is what you’ve been feeling….what you’ve been going through, and wondering if or when it would ever end? Stop! Stop beating yourself up, fretting, trying to push the door open again. Just trust and believe that He will do that Himself, in His time and His way….remember, one of the most often repeated phrases in the scriptures, is, “And it came to pass”. And so it will. Just as other trials come and go, and we rejoice when they do! But we know with each experience, we are stronger and….our Trust has grown, and He is still there.

Once we learn this, it will be easier if there should be a next time. Just trust….
“For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”
Romans 1:17, KJV

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“Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”
John 20:29, KJV

“Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:”
1 Peter 1:8, KJV

“(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)”
2 Corinthians 5:7, KJV

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen . . . But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
Hebrews 11:1, 6, KJV

“Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.”
Habakkuk 2:4, KJV


“Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”
John 20:29, KJV

“Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:”
1 Peter 1:8, KJV

“(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)”
2 Corinthians 5:7, KJV

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen . . . But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
Hebrews 11:1, 6, KJV

“Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.”
Habakkuk 2:4, KJV

“But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.”
Galatians 3:11, KJV

“Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.”
Hebrews 10:38, KJV

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Romans 10:17, KJV

“But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.”
Galatians 3:11, KJV

“Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.”
Hebrews 10:38, KJV

Love in the Lord Jesus to all my Precious Brethren far and wide………

by Scarlett

https://spiritualabusesanctuary.wordpress.com/2016/05/02/is-it-a-dark-night-of-the-soul-no-this-is-only-a-test/

Living In God’s Calling

Esther 3:13; Esther 4:4-16

Knowing that we have a calling from God is one thing, but living it out is another. Esther reached a point in her life when fulfilling God’s plan became risky. The Lord had placed her in a position of influence, but using that power could cost the young woman her life.

Few are called to be rulers, but we have all been given places of influence to one degree or another. The Lord has placed you in your family, community, and church to fulfill His purposes for your life in this generation. As long as you are breathing, He is still working out His will for you.

How will you respond to His calling? There are only two options: Cooperate by submitting to His plan, or resist Him. Trying to avoid or ignore the opportunities He presents is a form of resistance. Maybe the cost of obedience seems too high, but what about the cost of disobedience?

Eventually, every Christian is going to encounter a situation that tests his or her willingness to obey God. When that time comes, remember the lesson from Esther. If you refuse, the Lord will use someone else, and you will lose the opportunity to fulfill His calling. Maybe you have been placed in a difficult situation “for such a time as this”—to be an influence for Christ in our dark world. (See Est. 4:14.)

Living in God’s calling isn’t always easy, but it is always worth the risk. Each step will reveal the faithfulness of our Lord, encouraging us to trust Him in the next opportunity He provides. As our faith grows, His perfect timing will become evident, and we’ll look with joy and expectation for what awaits us.

Man Must Repent

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.” (Romans 3:10-11)

From the moment Adam and Eve disobeyed their Creator in the Garden, humanity has attempted to deflect conscious acceptance of guilt. Adam blamed God because “the woman” was given to him by the Creator. Eve blamed the serpent—and you and I have continued that reaction ever since.

That is precisely why repentance is a requirement for salvation. When Adam rebelled, the relationship between man and God was destroyed: “By the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation” and “by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners” (Romans 5:18-19). All men have “no hope, and [are] without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12).

The death that entered the world because of Adam (Romans 5:12) not only introduced physical death into the entire creation (Romans 8:22) but a spiritual separation from the life of God, as well, that eliminated the possibility of our comprehending God’s nature. “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14). For millennia God bore man’s ignorance of what God was going to do through Christ Jesus at Calvary by faith in the promise of the coming “Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent” (Acts 17:30).

Each of us must change our mind and admit we are sinful and desperately need God’s gracious forgiveness, praying, “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13). HMM III

God Already Knows!

O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me…. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. —Psalm 139:1,3

In the same way, God, in one effortless act, knows instantly (not a little at a time, but instantly and perfectly) all things that can be known. That’s why I say that God cannot learn. As I said before, if we realized that God couldn’t learn, we could shorten our prayers quite a bit and step up their power. There is no reason to tell God things that He knew before you were born!

God knows the end from the beginning and He knew it long before it happened. Long before your parents met, God knew what you would be doing at this very moment. Before your grandparents met, before England was a nation, or the Roman Empire dissolved, or the Roman Empire was formed, God knew all about us. He knew everything about us— every hair on our head, our weight, our name, our past. And He knew it before we were born.

He knew it before Adam was. And when Adam walked in the garden with God, God knew all about Adam, all about Eve, all about their sons, all about the human race. God never gets astonished, astounded or surprised, because He already knows. You can walk down the street, turn the corner and get the surprise of your life. But God never turned the corner and got surprised, for the simple reason that God was already around that corner before He turned it. God already knew before He found out! God knows all things.

Lord, I’m thankful that with You there are no surprises, nothing You don’t know ahead of time. Thank You. Amen.

God Knows My Prayer

Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord… that they may rest from their labors.
(Revelation 14:13)

We modern Christians seem to be a strange breed in many of our ways. We are so
completely satisfied with earthly things and we enjoy our creature comforts so much
that we would just rather stay on here for a long, long time!

Probably most of us do not tell God about that kind of desire when we pray. But for
years I have made a practice of writing many of my earnest prayers to God in a little
book—a book now well worn. I remind God often of what my prayers have been.
One prayer in the book—and God knows it well by this time—is an honest
supplication:

Oh, God,

Let me die rather than to go on day by day living wrong. I do not want to
become a careless, fleshly old man.

I want to be right so that I can die right! Lord, I do not want my life to be
extended if it would mean that I should cease to live right and fail in my
mission to glorify You all of my days!

I would rather go home right now than to live on—if living on was to be a waste of
God’s time and my own!

Prayer must not be our chance work

Prayer must not be our chance work but our daily business, our habit, and vocation. As artists give themselves to their models, and poets to their classical pursuits, so must we addict ourselves to prayer. We must be immersed in prayer as in our element, and so pray without ceasing. Lord, teach us to pray that we may be more prevalent in supplication.

The common fault with the most of us is our readiness to yield to distractions. Our thoughts go roving hither and thither, and we make little progress towards our desired end. Like quicksilver, our mind will not hold together, but rolls off this way and that. How great an evil this is! It injures us, and, what is worse, it insults our God.