“A Gentle Spirit with a Giant Message, is how I describe Holly Smith. Women are drawn to her message because of her genuine love for Christ and her transparency portrayed in her testimony. The message Holly shares thru ‘The Cracked Pot’ will touch and bring freedom to women of all generations. She shares God’s message with a passionate commitment to change the lives of others in a positive way. She recently spoke at a Powerful Journey Women’s Conference. The evidence of the power in her message was shown as her session quickly filled with standing room only. As God continues to do a great work through Holly, she will be an added bonus to any program.”
— Phyllis Jenkins, Powerful Journey
“I believe God’s ultimate aim is to cause you to conquer your greatest fear. He does this by exposing the lie you believed. One lie is to look to yourself for ability and deliverance. I didn’t need a master’s degree to follow my Master’s decree to my destiny.”
— Holly Smith
I Cor. 1:5, 17 For in Him you have enriched in every way-in all your speaking and all your knowledge because our testimony about Christ was confirmed in you. You do not lack any spiritual gift.
…for God sent me to preach the gospel-not with words of human wisdom…
John 14:26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave you-do not let your heart be troubled or be afraid.
Imagine you are on the banks of the Red Sea-strike the waters and watch them part for you and defeat the enemies that have prevented you from crossing. This is the beginning of their end. You will not see these enemies again! Can you imagine-the very obstacles that barred your way at one time became your avenue to freedom! I am working on the Spirit not the intellect. You are to demonstrate the supernatural-My signs and wonders. I have brought so many signs in your life and now you are to testify about them! What is your testimony of my faithfulness? Meditate on those scriptures because they will become a part of you…
Eph. 6:19 Pray that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given that I may fearlessly make known the mystery of the Gospel -I may declare it fearlessly as I should.
You have all you need.
You will speak by My Spirit.
I will remind you of all things I’ve told you and want you to say.
Do not fear-I will be with you!
I will give you the words to speak as you declare the mystery of the Gospel boldly and overcome by the words of your testimony.
The waters will part for your deliverance!
I am trying to free you of the burdens you have carried.
I know what’s best for you.
May I pray for you?
Thank you that Your word says we have all we need right now and don’t even have to be super intelligent with words of human wisdom because You give us the words to speak by your Spirit. Empower us by the words of our testimony to overcome the enemy and to be set free! Send us to demonstrate through us your wonders and healing. We will give you all the glory!
I watched a moving dvd the other night about some monks at a monastery in Bosnia. They were on a mission to this little village of poor people. They represented peace and defended the weak against the invading Islamic terrorists. Tension rose after the guerillas slaughtered some of the residents of the village. The monks were in grave danger if they continued to stay at their post. Jesus wouldn’t have abandoned the sheep to the wolves. The villagers needed their support, supplies, and medicine.
In the next few days, the monks prayed in anguish what to do. A younger monk posed the question of why should they lose their lives for no reason? The elder leader responded, “You’ve already died to your own life when you chose to follow Jesus. How should we expect more than the way he left this world?”
On another note, lately I have pondered my own message of the gospel and speaking. I have noticed some incredibly gifted speakers. I then explored the passage in Exodus 3 where three times Moses spoke negatively about his unskilled speech. God commanded him to go and let Him be his mouth and teach him what to say. Paul confessed he did not come with eloquent speech but a demonstration of God’s power. He did not claim intellectual prowess. Paul had already quit impressing the world with all its ambitions and flattery. He laid it down and knew a crown awaited him. He never lost his motive or focus. Paul surrendered his life. He knew the sufferings of this present time wouldn’t be compared with the joy awaiting him. Paul had a message to convey; it wasn’t polished. His goal was to win Christ’s approval and others to Him.
We must be true actors in our play, coming to terms with our flaws and inabilities. Transcending our insecurities and taking courage to continue giving out, is a pleasing sacrifice to God. Can we improve and grow in the area of speaking, yes! In the meantime, we may feel the frailties of Paul, who surrendered and asked God to fill him, and work through him. Paul concentrated on the message God wanted expressed, not his skill or delivery. Content and sincerity of heart is more important than form. It’s risky to be us.
Remember like the monks, you’ve already died and you now live your life by faith in Christ. Bring God glory. Follow the dream you’ve long feared.
Lord, help us to keep our eyes focused on you and the message you want spoken. We surrender for you to fill us, use us, put your words in our mouths, work through us. We give self-consciousness to you. Help us to be cognizant of delivering your message only and bringing you glory. In Jesus name, AMEN
How do you solve the dilemma of feeling a lack or weakness in an area of your life? We’ve learned as Christians that we are not really to go by what we think or feel but by the Word of God, so we pray. But if persistent prayer has not completely conquered this weakness yet, what can we do?
While discussing this with my husband one morning, I told him the only thing that ever worked for me in combination with prayer was to meditate and ponder a scripture until it becomes part of you. Here is what I do. Focus on the area or quality you want to improve. Find a verse with the desired result and paste it to the area of need as the remedy. By that I mean, every time I am faced throughout my day with this insufficiency, I ask the Holy Spirit to make a change in me according to this verse in this area.
I began to recall every breakthrough that had come my way through this method and recited them to my husband. When I pondered John 8:32, (“You will know the truth and the truth will set you free”), God revealed what I needed to do for Him to set me free at that time. I was to get rid of all offenses even things not my fault. Next, I pondered Rom. 8:28 about turning things for good and God turned a difficult situation into salvation for another. Romans 8:1 reminded me there is no condemnation in Christ and we are not to receive it from another. John 12:32 reminded me to honor Christ and He will draw people to Himself through us. I John 3:1 gave me a deposit of His love that I would never doubt again that I was His child now despite my past. I Cor. 1:5 informed me I have all I need for speaking and knowledge because of my testimony in Him; Eph. 6:19 that I will be given words to fearlessly make known His gospel; John 14:26 that the Holy Spirit will teach me what I need to know and remind me of everything He has already taught me.
Whether the verse delivered courage, love, confidence, boldness, honor, or understanding; each gave a desired result. This process may take a week or even a month of pressing in and ruminating over a scripture and asking God for belief for this new strength.
What do you need? What areas need fortitude or revelation? Find the verse that answers that question in your life. Meditate on it day and night until the Holy Spirit makes it alive, active and true in your life.
When God’s Word goes out, it does not return empty but accomplishes what He desires and achieves the purpose for which He sends it. (Is. 55:11) As you keep your focus and draw close, remember that whatever you ask in faith, He will do for you. (John 15:7)
Is. 42:1 Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight. I will put My spirit on him and he will bring justice to the nations.
You are my witnesses; when I act, who can reverse it? I have chosen you and formed you and I knew all the crooked paths you would take until I had My way. You experienced My uplifted hand against you at times as I was testing and refining you. A whole group of My people will be going into a desert season. They are blind to My ways but I have sent you ahead to show the way of obedience and to know I AM the only one who can make streams in the desert and connect my purposes and blessings to My people. They will learn to lean on Me and My guidance. Help My people surrender and be led by the Spirit. I have great mysteries and treasure in store for those who choose My way. A great line of demarcation is being drawn right now! Help My people come to My side and defeat the enemies in their lives! Be My messenger to remove the obstacles! I will go with you!
A few lines of a song kept going through my head today from the lyrics of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon and Garfunkel:
“Sail on, silver girl, sail on by, your time has come to shine,
All your dreams are on their way. See how they shine?
If you need a friend, I’m sailing right behind
Like a bridge over troubled water, I will ease your mind.”
On closer inspection I discovered that silver girl refers to Paul Simon’s wife, Peggy Harper, who found a few gray hairs and was upset. These lyrics touched me as Paul encourages her to press on, keep going, for your time has come and your dreams are on their way. Do you see them shine? He lets her know if she needs a friend and support, he’s got her back side and just like a bridge he will be there to help her over troubled water and ease her mind.
I think that is what Jesus is saying to us, “Sail on!” Joel 2 promises God will pour out His Spirit on all people one day, redeem the years the locusts have eaten, and never again will you be shamed. Your dreams are still on their way. He’ll be your friend and carry you over rough waters. He is your inheritance, your very great reward. Go and take the land, gray hair and all. You are valuable at this time not only to still have your day but to pass the baton to the next generation in what you’ve learned and experienced.
John 2:10 reminds us how most hosts at a wedding party bring the choice wine first and then when their taste is dulled, bring the cheaper wine but you have saved the best for last! Sail on, Silver girl, your time has come to shine. The best is yet to come!