Re-Focus on Him

It’s carnal—even prideful, to think we should be further along in our ‘spirituality’ then we are right now.  Truth is; we are weak, made of the dust of the earth.  We desperately need the Lord every minute of every day to even survive this walk of faith.

I heard the Lord say, “Get used to being needy and dependent on Me.”  The only strength we have is truly from Him!  Sometimes the Lord will step back—hide Himself from us just a little so that we can sense our need for Him.  He does this for our good because sometimes we think we can do this Christian walk in our own strength.  Not so!

The enemy will always try to make us look to ‘self’ and try to make us feel ‘less than’ or unworthy or negative about ourselves and our circumstances.  This is when we need to re-focus our eyes on Jesus, the lover of our souls—who never leaves us or forsakes us.

If we are seeking Him, we are not ‘disqualified’, and we haven’t done anything ‘wrong’.  God is not mad at us.  He knows our thoughts and where we’re at in our souls (minds) every moment.  God loves us with the same love He has for Jesus!  God completely understands our weakness, He just wants us to acknowledge it and put ourselves (souls) in His capable hands.

Re-focus on Jesus who stands before you with open arms saying, “Come to Me.  I want all of your soul—your heart, mind, will and emotions.  I already have your spirit (if you are born again) and no one or nothing can take that from Me!”

Hebrews 10:14 says, “For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.”  It’s your spirit that has been perfected forever, your soul is being sanctified (made holy).  This is a process.  The soul (mind, will, emotions) is what is being renewed (sanctified) into the image of Christ.  

It is a miraculous thing to be transformed into Christlikeness!  He’s the only one who can transform us.  The unrenewed mind can never do this without Him.  It would be like picking yourself up by your own boot straps.  We don’t get more faith by trying harder, we get there by surrendering all to Him and walking in trust every step of the way—knowing Him and connecting to His presence.

Psalm 9:10.  And those who know your name will put their trust in You, for You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.

Proverbs 3:5–6.  Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;  In all you ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct you paths.

The word know and acknowledge in the above 2 scriptures is the Hebrew word yada, meaning; to perceive and see, find out, discern, to know by experience.  Yada is the same word used in Genesis chapter 4 when Adam knew his wife.  It speaks of intimacy.  God created us for fellowship—to commune with each other in intimacy—knowing Him.

Thoughts Today 8/25/21

Have you ever thought about your soul as being spiritual?  What you can’t see is eternal, what you can see is temporal.  Your soul as well as your spirit can’t be seen, therefore they are spiritual and eternal.  The soul (mind, will, and emotions) is the battleground of our lives..  

Jesus has already overcome the enemy.  Satan is under our feet as we realize who we are in Christ.  Jesus has overcome, He is victorious, He possesses all power and authority.  Does Jesus still fight the devil? No! And neither do we when we realize we are in Him and enter into His rest.

The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to pulling down strongholds.  Strongholds lodge in the soul realm.  Satan can’t touch your spirit, which is perfectly one with Christ’s Spirit.  However, he can certainly throw things at you in the soul and body realm such as temptation to sin, sickness, and adverse circumstances.  It’s an all out war at times!  But God will use all things for our good.  He will get us to a place where we begin to understand who and whose we are.  It’s the testing of our faith that builds perseverance and patience.

Anything built will be tested.  Car manufacturers test their cars by driving them into concrete and steel structures to see how well they hold up…or not.  (Thankfully, God doesn’t test us in the same manner.)  My point is; whatever is made is tested and we are no different when God is doing a work in us.  He wants us to see how well we are doing more so than Him—because He already knows!

Hebrews 1:2-4 says, My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.  But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

To a Born Again Christian, our spirits are one with Christ, the victorious and mighty One, and full of the faith of God!  However, in our souls, we are standing on His feet wrapping our arms around Him and holding on for dear life!

We are growing up into a perfect and complete person (body of Christ).  We are being renewed day by day as we cling to Him.  We are in a process of becoming like Him in our souls, but already perfected in our spirits.

Hebrew 10:14  For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.

It does get easier as we grow up in Christ, but life itself is an ongoing test!  It comes with incredible lessons, but also incredible blessings!  We just need to decide who we are going to serve; God or the devil (self). 

Since you are eternal already, where are you going to spend eternity?  Jesus has already overcome sin, sickness, hell and the grave.  He has forgiven you by dying on the cross for you.  You need only to receive His free gift of salvation by asking Him to come into your life and become your Lord as well as your savior.

Come Up Higher

which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places. -Ephesians 1:20 (KVJ)

and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavily places in Christ Jesus, -Ephesians 2:6 (NKJV)

I saw something in the spirit as I was waking up this morning.  I felt it coming before God opened my spiritual eyes to see it.  I felt a heaviness, like I had been there before, so I was curious and didn’t resist it.  I wasn’t sure of what it was because it felt like it was a part of me, sort of like I was sympathetic to it—it had a familiarity to it that was inviting me to take it on or in.  I remember feeling full of ‘self’, self pity, self-conscious, sort of a sadness, grievous, nostalgic of old memories that was luring me in.

Then I saw it!  God opened my eyes to see that it was wrapping me up as in a rug on the floor.  It was dark and gray and wanted to envelope me to completely debilitate me.  I began to wrestle with it in my mind.  I knew it came to steal my joy, my freedom, my effectiveness and my creativity—it wanted to steal my very heart and soul.  I knew I needed to rebuke it but I couldn’t find the words.  I felt helpless.

At this point I was still waking up and thinking I was dreaming.  Then I heard the Lord say, “COME UP HIGHER! You are seated at My right hand in Jesus!”   When I heard Father say these words, I instantly was there in my spirit and in the name of Jesus, I rebuked the evil spirit off of my body and soul that was on the earth.

Fully awake now, I sat up in bed and I knew that if I had agreed with this evil spirit in my mind, it would have wrapped me up in it for days, leaving me to react and wrestle with it in my mind—my soul.  When God spoke His words to me I realized that I had to respond by my spirit which is one with Christ’s Spirit as ‘we’ (Jesus and me) commanded it to go.

I heard the Lord say, “Satan can’t touch your born-again spirit, but he can touch your soul”  I was not to react to the devil and wrestle with him in my soul (mind, will, and emotions), but simply respond by the Holy Spirit within me.  The Lord also said that He isn’t going to rebuke the devil for me—this is something I have to choose to do myself.

We are to rise up in our One-with-Him Spirit, where we are seated in Christ at the right hand of God the Father, and rebuke the evil spirits off of us.  By Christ’s authority it will cower down and leave immediately! Amen

Don’t Limit God

Yes, again and again they tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel —Psalms 78:41

God has no limitations.  Nothing is too hard or impossible for Him.  We are limited by our human weakness, just as clouds limit the sun. God is able to give us all that we need—all that He has for us, all that He wants to accomplish in us, and through us.  It is impossible for God to run out of resources on our behalf—He will simply create whatever is needed as we wait on Him.

Just as we give power to the devil by believing his lies, we limit God by our unbelief. What is tempting God, but our attempt to prove and try Him through our unbelief. We make the Word of God of no effect by the traditions of man that have been handed down to us. And for those who are of the law, faith is made void and the promise made of no effect. The promises of God don’t come through the law—being religious is a poor and ineffective substitute for having faith in the limitless One.

Since we walk by faith and not by sight, we need to cast off any unbelief.  God’s word is true, His promises are yes and amen to all those who believe.  Let God give you a revelation of any law or tradition within yourself that is making your faith void and ineffective.

Take time to commune with God in your heart and let Him reveal His deeper truths to you, found in His Word.

Revelation:

The Hebrew (Old Testament) word for revelation is Chazown— meaning; vision, oracle, prophecy (divine communication), a sight (mentally), i.e. a dream.

The Greek (New Testament) word is apokalypsis—meaning; laying bare, a disclosure of truth, instruction, concerning things before unknown, manifestation, to be revealed, enlighten.

Webster’s dictionary defines the word revelation as an act of communicating divine truth, something that is revealed by God to humans, enlightenment.

For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ. —Galatians 1:12

that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, —Ephesians 1:17

Come Closer

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you… -James 4:8

Listen to My heartbeat as you rest your head upon My chest.  Feel My breath on your face as you draw near to Me.  Quiet your soul and listen for the cadence of My voice.  Allow yourself to flow in the rhythm of My Spirit.  Tune your heart to my frequency and incline your ear to my prevalence—my current of power flowing through your spirit, affecting your soul and body.

What do you value?  You attract what you value to yourself like a selective magnet.  Speak those things that you desire—and declare them into the atmosphere over your life.  You’re not just speaking words into the air, only to watch them fall ineffectively to the ground.  Your words create something, just as My Word created all that is seen and unseen.

I created you after my image and likeness.  Every word spoken in faith and declared is NOT void of power—it shall not return void, but accomplish what was intended.  Your words have power to create something that is not yet seen by your natural eyes.  This is My creative power that I have passed on to my offspring, my progeny, my children.

In order to know what to speak, you must come close—even live in Me.  For it is in Me that you truly live and move and have your being.  We are not 2 but 1 in Spirit.  Your spirit and Mine are One, just as 2 cups of water poured into the same pitcher are one.  Once mingled, how can the molecules be separated again?  I am teaching your soul all that it needs as I sanctify it and conform to My image and My likeness.  This is a process, a journey of love and trust in My faithfulness and capable hands.

I am the consistent One who never leaves you or turns from you.  I am always ‘ON’ to you and for you.  When you feel a breach in communion with me, know that it is not I who have turned aside.  Simply turn your heart and attention back to me again.  Turn away from the negative.  I am nearer than your own breath.

I have given you My power and authority to put off the carnal mind of the flesh and to put on all that I have provided for you to live in My abundance.  Only you must decide—even choose to apprehend it.  Yes, I have given you the strength and the ability to seize what I have already provided for you by the sacrifice and shed blood of My Beloved Son, Jesus.

I am never out of your reach. My presence, My love, My provision and solutions, My wisdom and understanding envelope you like being immersed in water. You need only to jump into this water.

All I have is yours—but it is up to you to receive it.  When your heart feels dull and distant from My realities, spend more time with Me so that I can rekindle the fire in you.  The time you spend in intimacy with Me produces far more than you can imagine.  Like watering and feeding the soil of your soul—you are nourished by our time together not only in this life, but in eternal ways.

Coming into My Presence is not a difficult or tasking thing to do.  Simply come to Me like you would a friend.  Sit with Me and give Me your undivided attention.  I will recalibrate your heart beat to My heart beat—by simply listening to My heart beating as you rest upon Me.  

I will take the cares of your life, yea, lift them from you as you give them to Me.  Don’t hesitate to give Me all of your concerns and cares.  Offer them to Me as a sacrifice, knowing I AM the only One who can provide true help and solutions.  

Fear and worry have no place in our midst.

Note from God Today

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. 2 Corinthians 4:17

Trying to figure out your life by peering into the future is futile. By faith and trust you must understand that your future is as bright as My promises. I alone know your future and what I have in store for you. Every aspect of your life is in My capable and sovereign hands.

I’ve given you one day at a time so that you will stay dependent upon Me.

Like going on a trail ride in uncharted territory, the leader knows where he is going.  You need only to follow and enjoy the journey.

I will never lead you astray.

Didn’t I say that I will give you the desires of your heart?  I know what you desire, even what you need, before you ask.  However, I want you to co-labor with Me by asking (prayer), being thankful in all things, and receive with joy each day, knowing that I am leading you.  I will supply more than you could ask, think or imagine.

Come, walk on My feet and dance with Me.  I have you securely in My loving arms.

Everything in this life is temporary, even if it feels like a permanent condition—especially when you go through adverse circumstances.  

Will you trust Me?  Will you let go of the reins and allow Me to lead you?  I don’t force you to enjoy the life I’ve given you.  You alone must choose to rejoice in it—no matter what it brings.  Have faith that I am making all things work for your good.

Trust is what I want from you.  You must learn to trust Me completely in order to see Me in every area of your life.

I AM your Provider.  Look to heaven as your eternal home.  Take your eyes off of the temporary and see the eternal permanent riches of My love that I am pouring out on you.

Let go and trust Me. 

I love you, 

Papa

Dear Self:

Dear self:

I fully accept you—and where you’re at in your life right now.

I give you permission to become all that God has created you to be and all that He’s called you to do.

I give you room for process, repentance, forgiveness, and acceptance. 

You have permission to experience and explore your life so you can choose what you want and don’t want in your life.

I give you permission to dream, to create, to soar, and take risks.  

I give you permission to re-write the narratives that you’ve formed in your mind as you continually discover God’s truth.  

I give you permission to be brave and to embrace the uncertainties of life as you believe in the goodness of God.  You are never stuck because God gives you the solutions and the faith to overcome every obstacle.

I give you permission to love yourself well, and to love others in the same way.

I give you permission to accept this day as it unfolds—knowing that God is directing your steps.  He never leaves you, never forsakes you, and nothing in all the universe can separate you from His immeasurable love and care for you.

I give you permission to rest, to let go of the past, the negative, the trauma, and to embrace the uncertainties of life—knowing God is absolutely good and you are safe in His arms as He fills you with hope, joy, peace, and love. 

I give you permission to enjoy and rejoice in the life that God made for you before the foundations the world when He created you.

I give you permission to believe you are who God says you are, and that God is who He says He is.  He loves you, He wants you, You are His and He is yours for eternity.

Dear self…no one can choose this for you—you alone must choose it.

Communing With God Today

“Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” John 8:36

The Lord is saying, “You are mine, I accept you just the way you are.  I love you and accept you my child, just as you love and accept your own children no matter what stage of life they are in.”

We are growing, we are learning.  We are becoming more like Jesus in our life’s journey—we will not reach perfection in our souls until we are home in heaven with Him.  Our spirits are already perfectly One with Him now.

Although we walk in repentance, we are not sin conscious, we are righteousness conscious.  Walking in repentance and forgiveness is a wiping away of our transgressions—a reset for the soul.  We also forgive others as He forgives us.

I heard the Lord say, “No more rejection, regret or remorse.  I have set you free to love Me, yourself, and your fellow man fully and wholly as I created you to do with no hinderances.  You will no longer struggle with your identity—you are who I say you are, just as I am who I say I am.  You can trust Me with every part, every detail of your life—past, present and future.”

I also heard the Lord say, “when I walked this earth, My disciples didn’t start out as saints, some were far from it!  They became what My Father created them to be as they said YES to Me and spent time with Me (except for Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Me.)  I only require your YES and your desire to follow Me.”

My reply to Him was that He would give me more hunger and desire to follow after Him.  I was reminded that in the world, a man eats to satisfy his hunger.  In the Spirit, as we eat of the things He has for us, we become more hungry.

Let this be your heart’s cry today: “Lord, break down and break through the walls and structures I’ve built around my heart/soul that I thought I needed to build to defend and protect myself from the negativity/evil in my life.”

We once lived without God’s Holy Spirit to show us the truth.  Because we were originally created with His divine nature, we were instinctively aware that the negative and evil done (by us and to us) was not good.  Now that we have Jesus and are partnering with Him, together we can undo the wrong, the negative, the evil to reveal God’s goodness in our lives as He re-writes our narrative.

All our sins, all of the negative and evil deeds, have been washed away by the blood of Jesus.  Our heavy burdens—our baggage—that we’ve carried around with us, we get to lay at the foot of the cross and see it covered in His blood.  We then go beyond, to the other side of the cross into freedom to be who God created us to be.  We no longer struggle with sin, false identity, condemnation, shame or guilt.  We pass through that narrow gate beside the cross (where there’s no room for baggage) and walk into our destiny and assignments that God has ordained for us before we were even born.  Selah

Changing Habits

They say it takes about 6 weeks to change a habit, depending on how much we are using this new information.  There is a pathway in our brain that automatically jumps to the ‘default/I know this’ mode.  To illustrate, I changed the location of my garbage can from under the sink to a new auto-opening garbage can that sat on the other side of the kitchen.  It became comical as I would automatically open the cupboard under the sink and throw my garbage on top of the items I had replaced the can with.  I resorted to putting a yellow sticky note on the cupboard door that said NO!  This worked for a couple of days and then my mind started to ignore the note as I would again open the old cupboard door.  Finally, after a couple of weeks, I started to remember that the garbage can was in a new location!  It took a couple more weeks to automatically remember.  Now I don’t even have to think about it—I just do it.  

Because we have a default mode (out of habit) in ways of thinking, sometimes we have to remind ourselves that we don’t think out of the old man/carnal mind anymore.  Using the garbage can is a good analogy since the old location (our carnal thought processes) is replaced with a completely new and different location as we remember to go to the Holy Spirit.  Think in terms of the old way as ‘garbage’—there’s a brand new way of thinking!  However, this new way is accessed by repetition and intentional work on our part as we remember that the new location is the Holy Spirit that we need to first go to! Fortunately, the Holy Spirit reminds us that He is present within us!

by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh.—Hebrews 10:20

Jigsaw Puzzles

Putting together a thousand piece jigsaw puzzle is not easy.  It is rewarding and satisfying to finally finish it, but it’s something that is worked on little by little—even months to complete.  Our lives as Christians are very similar. 

In putting my puzzle together, I was convinced that pieces were missing!  However, I knew what I had purchased was complete and all the pieces had to be there somewhere.  I carefully laid out every piece on my board and painstakingly went over and over them to find that one piece that I thought I knew would fit into its (obvious) place.  I was so excited to finally find the piece that fit into the right place, only to realize it didn’t look anything like what I thought it should look like.  That particular piece was not obvious laying on my board among all the other pieces, but when I put it in its place, it made perfect sense.  I heard myself saying many times during this process, “Who knew this was the piece I was looking for?”

Once I found the right piece, it would almost ‘click’ together.  It was obvious that it was the right one because of the way it perfectly fit together with the other pieces.  More than once, I would put a piece in a spot where I thought it was supposed to be, but it just didn’t set right or make total sense as I placed the pieces around it.  It almost fit perfectly and looked like it should be there—it was so close!  Once I realized the piece I had mistakingly put in wasn’t supposed to be there, I took it out and put the right piece in its place, which made more sense in the picture.  After awhile, my puzzle began to take on the true image of the completed picture on the box.

I began to see that my life was a lot like this puzzle.  As I laid out the pieces of what my picture was supposed to look like, I realized something very fundamental—I needed to keep looking at the picture on the box to put my puzzle together.  I would be so lost if I didn’t have the finished picture to look at!  Jesus is our completed picture that we are to keep looking at to make the pieces of our lives take shape and look like Him.

I like things in my life to fit the way they are supposed to—God made me that way.  However, I’ve learned that I need to be patient in the process.  Those pieces will come as I continue to look for them.  Some pieces are not obvious, others are.  I also know that I’m not able to find those pieces the moment I want to find them to complete my picture.  This has everything to do with my ‘control’ issues.  It’s obvious that I’m not the one in control of how fast I can find the pieces and put them together.  

Even though God uniquely designed each one of us, the ‘picture’ of our lives is supposed to look just like Jesus  (…as He is, so are we in this world. —1 John 4:17).  What a process God has done in my own life as I remember how my pieces came in the ‘box’ of my broken humanity.  The Lord lays out all of our pieces so carefully and puts them together to fit into the perfect picture of what He created us to be—just like Jesus—whose picture is on the box!

The surprising benefits of putting a puzzle together, besides finding the pieces that fit, is the time spent with Him in the process.  I love the time we spend putting puzzles together.  Our communication is so sweet as we talk about all the pieces of my life.  He shows me things He has done in my life and is doing now—about my future, and even about heaven.  I talk to Him (pray) about all my concerns and cares.  It’s the same way as we go about the everyday routines of our lives.  We just need to remember to keep our eyes and attention on Him—He’s already with us.

Who knew that putting a jigsaw puzzle together would be something God would use to show me about my life, how to be conformed into His image, and drawing closer to Him?

Things to remember:  

Keep looking at the finished picture—Jesus.  Be patient.  Don’t ever stop.  Keep searching, working, praying, and praising.  Read your Bible, forgive yourself (and others), be grateful and thankful, and repent for things He shows you where you’ve missed it.  Allow God to remove the pieces that don’t fit in your life and replace them with the right pieces (He will even show you the pieces that fit in the places where you didn’t think they would fit).  Have faith that all the pieces are already supplied, just look to Him to show you and wait on His timing.