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Bent on Backsliding

And My people are bent to backsliding from me: though they called them to the most High, none at all would exalt him. Hosea 11:7

Israel Bent Tree

My daddy had a saying, “I don’t care which way the wind blows as long as I get a little breeze.”

This sounds great until you wake up one day and realized the way the wind has been blowing you has caused you to bend a certain way and that way is not good.

E.S. Kraay
I have a saying, “Sometimes you have to face the force that is coming against you and walk uphill in order to stay on the track God has for you.”

“A handfull of pine-seed will cover mountains with the green majesty of forests. I too will set my face to the wind and throw my handful of seed on high.” Fiona MacLeod
And there was a woman who for eighteen years had had a sickness caused by a spirit; and she was bent double, and could not straighten up at all. Luke 13:11
woman bent over double
The woman who was bent over by a spirit. She didn’t realize it but she had continued to bend to the wind of adversity; a devil who was coming after her day after day. One day turned into 18 years that it blew against her back causing her to bend over, literally causing her to be bent over where she couldn’t stand up straight.
Jesus saw her condition and came along and caused her to stand up straight.
When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Woman, you are freed from your disability.” 13 He placed his hands on her, and immediately she stood up straight and began to glorify God.
Jesus caused her to go the other way, against the wind and the spirit. He had healed her on the Sabbath which was going against the laws of the Pharisees and Saducees. He wasn’t supposed to heal people on the Sabbath. Jesus didn’t care. He was bent on helping this woman from backsliding any further than she had.
May be there is something in your life that has caused you to be turned in a direction that has caused you to stumble, be overcome or bound by the enemy. It isn’t too late to allow Jesus to set you free. All you have to do is turn your face to him. Press on toward the Lord, even if it means putting your face to the wind and pressing on toward the Lord.  He will help you.
But He gives us more grace. This is why it says: “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.… James 4:6-8
 Believe me when I say, “God is DOUBLE BENT on helping you get to Him. He loves you and has a plan for your life that is more than you can ever imagine!
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A little About Marlene Marlene was raised in Sanford, Florida, the daughter of a 12th generation farmer and part Cherokee mother. Marlene first met Jesus at the tender age of six sitting in an orange tree in her backyard. This was when she first felt the Holy Spirit speaking to her about going to different nations and sharing the love and resurrection power of Jesus to others. She is mother to four sons, three grandchildren, and has many spiritual sons and daughters. Isaiah 54 is her life chapter. It was from that scripture God gave her two specific promises about her physical children, "All your children will be taught of the Lord and have great peace.”(Isaiah 54:13) and, “Your decendents will occupy other nations and resettle the ruined cities.” (Isaiah 54:3) Marlene follows the leading of the Lord and goes wherever and by whatever means God guides and provides. She ministers in meetings, retreats, slums, villages, churches and alongside others who are also called to share the good news, pray for the sick and hurting. She has a heart to equip and train the latter day church helping them to prepare for the harvest that is ripe. She is a mother and father to those who are broken, hurting and orphaned. This could be across the street or across the world. It could be in the jailhouse, at someone’s penthouse or simply a backyard BBQ. Wherever she is, her desire is to minister bringing hope and healing. She has a heart for the lost, backslidden and broken and Her desire is to love and know the Lord fully and unconditionally always growing in His grace, wisdom, and mercy; becoming the Lord's perfect bride, without spot or wrinkle. God created us to be beautiful. She wants you to know His love and become God’s treasure in and on the earth, maturing and growing to help others find their identity and place and to finish the race well. God searches today for those who will make Him their single desire, who will say with the Psalmist and King David that, “the Lord is the portion of mine inheritance” (Psalm 16:5). They will be His special possession because, “the Lord hath chosen Jacob unto Himself, and Israel for His peculiar treasure” (Psalm 135:4). 850-661-6104 24/7 Prayer CinderellaReleased.Me Webpage

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