Same But Different

On my walk this day, the Lord began to speak to me about this day being a new day. He showed me that I’ve never been here before—in this time. Today is yesterdays future, today is tomorrow’s past. I can go through this day with my eyes closed thinking I already know what this day will be like with the same scenery, the same address, the same walk in the park, I’m the same person…same, same, same.

The Lord then reminded me of my Trail Riding days and how I could sit back and enjoy the scenery because the lead person knew the trail like the back of his hand. All I had to do was just relax and see the newness of the trail that I had never been down before. I was the same, my horse and saddle were the same, even my friends were the same, but I had never been down this trail before and I didn’t want to miss a thing!

We can get into a routine so easily that we are actually oblivious to change. We sleep walk through our days thinking we know, we’ve been there, done that—because it’s familiar to us. The thing is, it’s not supposed to be completely familiar—there are subtle little changes as well as big changes. God is into the small things in our lives as well as the the obvious big things and the suddenlies.

As I sat on the park bench, the Lord began to show me how each blade of grass and every leaf on the tree will be different tomorrow than they are right now in this moment. When you watch a cloud or a sunset, you see subtle little changes in each moment. I took 40 pictures of the same sunset one evening and every picture was different. It was moving into the future so slowly, that most people would miss the changes that took place in each moment. They say time stands still, and it does—but it only lasts for a fraction of a moment and then it’s gone.

One thing we know, we’ve never been here before—maybe in the place but definitely not in the time. And we’ll never be here again. Many call it the ‘now’, but I like to see it as ‘hope’, which is forward movement. We also know by experience that nothing stays the same, everything and every moment is temporary.

God is the only One who does not change. He spoke to me about the fact that even though it’s a new day, with my changing mindset or mood that I might have had yesterday, His love and plans for me have not changed. He is always ON for me—the same today, yesterday and forever. God is not the one who is changing. We aren’t supposed to conjure up the feelings that He loves us and is pleased with us over and over every day. Our identity in Christ should become more obvious to us every day. Proverbs 4:18 says that the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn that shines brighter and brighter until the full day. You could also say that our faith is changing us into becoming brighter and brighter. When we read this, it imparts hope to us—forward movement—that things will get brighter, better, fuller, with more understanding and wisdom. If you don’t believe this word is true, then you are asleep. So many of us sleep walk through our days.

2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “…old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. The Greek word for ‘new’ is kainos, meaning; recent, recently made, recently fresh, unused, unworn. Today is a new day, one we’ve never experienced before. It’s fresh, recently made, and unused, just like fresh baked cookies from the oven—get ‘em while they’re hot because tomorrow they won’t be fresh like they are right now. With each passing moment they’ll get stale and old, ready to pass away. This is just like each new day. God wants us to enjoy our lives…today! What we miss today, will be gone tomorrow.

Psalm 118:24 says, “This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” I would say this every single day of my life. One day when I wasn’t feeling so glad about my day, God spoke to me very strongly and said, “I want you to ENJOY your life!” I replied, “Uh, okay, just how do I do that again? I can’t seem to remember how!” With that reply, the Lord said to take this same scripture I had been saying every day and change the word ‘day’ to ‘life’, and the word ‘we’ to ‘I’. Now I say this every day: “This is the life the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it!” I said it enough that I now believe it! God made my life, God made your life—this is the life He has made! I choose to rejoice and be glad in it! The gladness and joy that comes by renewing my mind and believing is not only incredible, it’s infectious!

Getting back to trail riding, the Lord reminded me of the time we rode our horses the opposite way. We entered the trail where we usually come out. Going our usual direction, the horses would trod along, not pay much attention to the trail, almost like they were bored. But when we rode that same trail the other way, our horse’s ears were perked up, they were paying attention to every little thing like it was a completely new trail. The difference was the perspective they had by going a different way on the same trail. We need to get a different perspective as we go along in our routine (same trail). A routine is usually always boring. The key is to change it up a bit by getting a different perspective. Ask God to show us something new. It will take all of eternity to truly discover all of who God is—especially His goodness. Why not just ask Him to start us on that journey right now? It’s called ‘today’, and when today is over, we will have a new ‘today’ to discover the goodness, the revelation, wisdom, understanding, and the mysteries that God has for us.

Show me, Lord—I don’t want to miss a thing!

Comfort Zone

The Lord showed me while I was visiting family out of town, that I was out of my comfort zone (a comfort zone is nice, but nothing grows there).  I was in an ‘opportunity for growth’ zone.  As I see and experience things uncomfortable, I am not to judge the people who are not walking in kingdom principles, but to judge in righteousness, the darkness around them.  Intercede for the people, shift atmospheres, speak life, pray that God would open their eyes and ears and give them a heart to know Him.

Don’t allow offense to enter into your heart through someone else or judge them by what they say and do.  When that happens, you lose power and effectiveness in your prayers for them.  You can’t be offended and effective for God at the same time.  Walking in offense literally builds a fence between you and the Holy Spirit cannot flow through you.  Walk in love and forgiveness toward them, remembering that you were once walking in blindness and separated from God’s Kingdom at one time.  Call them into the Kingdom by praying and proclaiming God’s Word and words of affirmations and declarations over them (in the spirit—not to their face).  

The spiritual realm is affected greatly by your words as well as your thoughts and the intents of your heart behind your words.  The Father is after purity of heart in our lives—purity of our thoughts, our intentions, and our words.  This is called the sanctification of our souls—a setting apart to holiness.  It’s coming into unity with God’s Divine Nature and saying NO to our flesh, which is the fallen human nature imprinted by the enemy’s sin nature.

“Be holy, for I am holy.” —1 Peter 1:16

…that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love —Eph. 1:4

Temptation Is Not Sin

God sees you when no one else does.  He sees the battles you face, the struggles you embrace, and every choice you make.  This could sound daunting if you don’t know the Divine Nature of God.  There is nothing but love in the heart of God for you.  He is your perfect Father, your protector, councilor, provider, and friend.  Yes, God calls you His friend if you belong to His son, Jesus Christ.  Belonging to Jesus means you are One in the Spirit with Him (1 Cor. 6:17).  God loves you with the same love that He loves Jesus (and just as much) because He is your Father if you accept the sacrifice of Christ as your own.

There will always be a temptation to walk in the flesh and not in the Spirit.  We won’t be rid of this flesh until we leave our earthly bodies.  Our progress is realized when we choose Spirit over flesh in our thoughts and deeds.  In every instance, we are given a choice.  Life is all about choices.  We become the deciding factor in our lives by our choices.  God said He has set before us life (spirit) and death (flesh), so choose life (spirit) so that we will live (Deut. 30:19—italics added).  If we live according to the flesh we will die but if by the Spirit we put to death the deeds of the body, we will live (Rom. 8:13).

Being tempted by the flesh to think or do evil is not a sin.  It’s when we give in to the temptation that becomes sin for us.  All sin starts in the mind of our flesh (fallen human nature/default mode). Right thinking = right doing.  We are transformed by the renewing of our minds…to the Word of God.  We have been given the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16).  The Holy Spirit lives in us to guide us in the way we should think and do.  It can be easy to miss God and walk according to the flesh if our minds haven’t been renewed to know how He wants us to think and act (just like Him).  God doesn’t condemn us when we miss it (sin means missing the mark), but He corrects and disciplines us out of His great love for us, as the perfect Father that He is.  The key is to seek His presence—His face in all that we think and do.  We do well when we are quick to repent (repent means to change your mind) when we realize we’ve missed it.

The flesh will always serve the law of sin, but the mind serves the law of God through Jesus Christ (Rom.7:25).  We must not get hung up or introspective of how we think we are doing in our walk with the Lord.  The Bible simply lays it out for us to live a guilt-free existence in Christ:—love the Lord with all of your heart, all of your soul, and all of your mind.  Love others as you would love yourself.  Seek His face (stay hungry), renew your mind to His Word, stay obedient, repent when you miss the mark ( or even if you’re not sure).  

We are to become as little children to enter into the Kingdom of God.  Many of us have forgotten what it’s like to be a little child.  Maybe we should work on that as a priority and leave the details of our lives to God.  A little child doesn’t follow his daddy around the house asking him; “Daddy will you love me, Daddy will you provide for me, Daddy will you raise me”?  How that must grieve the Father!  Christians have been given the most glorious, hope-filled, and joyous existence—in spite of anything we could possibly face here in this life.

The Oak Tree

On this particular morning I felt unrest, like I wasn’t being heard or seen by the Lord.  So I set out on a much needed walk to ‘get in His face” and find some answers to my question of why hasn’t what He promised me come about yet.

As I walked, I immediately was attracted to a huge oak tree in front of me.  Having already walked by that same tree a hundred times, I was compelled to stop and look at it.  I noticed the immensity of this tree and saw birds nesting in it, squirrels running up and down its trunk, and the shadow it cast on the ground that provided shade was huge.

Then I heard the Lord ask me, “How long do you think it took for this oak tree to get this big?”

His question alone gave me the answer I was looking for.  He continued to speak to me about the years and years it took the tree to become this big.  He pointed out that next to it was a much smaller tree, but an oak tree just like the big one—it was just younger.

Then the Lord began to tell me that this big oak tree had a root system that went deep into the earth.  It’s tap root was able to get life-giving water so that the drought didn’t affect it.  The root system expanded much wider and deeper than the entire shape of the tree that was seen on top of the ground. 

The Lord then reminded me of something He told me 30 years ago, “You take care of the inside and I will take care of the outside.”  I knew He was talking about my root system.  I am to spiritually tap into the well of living water and expand to the left and to the right, going ever deeper. 

This is to be our concern…go deeper, deeper still and God will take care of the ‘outside’—what we look like, what we become—a fruitful tree where others, especially the lost, can benefit by our branches, finding encouragement and shelter.

…”That they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”  Isaiah 61:3

God’s Love

A fundamental need in every person is to love and to be loved.  Feeling affirmed and valued is included in this basic need as well.  We feel affirmation and value by being seen and heard.  When we don’t perceive that we are loved, seen or heard we either try harder or ‘act out’ to make it happen, or we give up saying it doesn’t matter.  If we believe that it doesn’t matter, we lose hope and feel devalued as a person.  To lose hope is to lose connection with others (especially those we love and value).  This directly influences our level of trust, confidence, self-worth and consequently, our joy.  Loneliness, hopelessness, depression, and disconnection results from a lack of feeling loved, seen, heard, and to love in return.  It’s no wonder that mental health issues run rampant in this fallen world.  

Much of what the world calls love (outside of God’s love and parental love) is an immature love stemming from our fickle and fallen emotions, and can be selfish and subjective.  It’s often about negotiations and keeping track.  I’ll do this for you if you do that for me, I’m disappointed in you so you don’t deserve my love, I feel rejected by you so I will hold back…and the list goes on.

There are 4 main kinds of love that are explained in scripture (but more are mentioned and are derivatives of these main 4):  Storge, Philia, and Eros, and Agape.

Storge is the empathy kind of love.

Philia is the friendship kind of love.

Eros is the romantic kind of love.

Agape is the God kind of love—unconditional love.

Most of us have figured out the storge, philia, and eros kinds of love, to which God is the author of as well.  What we misunderstand is His agape love—the main kind of love God is and has for us.  To love like God loves, we need to know Him—the source of love.  Fallen mankind is incapable of loving with agape love.  The closest thing to it is parental love.  I used to think I loved, but in reality I didn’t know how to love until I found (and reconnected to) God.  God loves us as the perfect Father that He is.  Some of you who are parents know that unconditional love—a love so strong that you would literally die for your children.  And God did die for us by sending Jesus (who was God incarnate).

Knowing the heart of God and responding to His agape love for us is our deepest desire.  Finding the reality of God’s love is the only thing that can bring true satisfaction in our lives.  We can only begin to understand this kind of love by knowing the Giver of it—thus, knowing God is our primary need in this life, for God is love (agape) – 1 John 4:8.

God’s love—agape—is defined in the New Testament (Greek) as; affection, good will, and benevolence.  The apostle Paul wrote by inspiration of the Holy Spirit these words to describe God’s agape love in 1 Corinthians 13:4–8:

“Love is large and incredibly patient.  Love is gentle and consistently kind to all.  It refuses to be jealous when blessing comes to someone else.  Love does not brag about one’s achievements nor inflate its own importance.  Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek its own honor.  Love is not easily irritated or quick to take offense. Love joyfully celebrates honesty and finds no delight in what is wrong.  Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others.  Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never give up.  Love never stops loving.” (The Passion Translation)

We are on our earth’s journey to learn to love.  We are not capable of loving like God loves without knowing Him–the Author of love.  We find God by surrendering to Him so that He can fill us with His unconditional and unreserved love.  He does not demand anything in return but we only receive His free gift of eternal life/salvation.

It is God who created us to love and to be loved.  When we accept Jesus, our spirits are reconnected back to God.  Our true identity is that we belong to God and He loves us just as much as He loves Jesus.  We have become One in spirit with Him.  God’s unconditional love for us is always on, always accepting, always affirms and values.  He sees us and hears our hearts and our thoughts.  Every person matters immensely to God.  He never takes his eyes off of us, for we are the apple of His eye.  He never leaves us or rejects us, He is the lover of our souls. He would never want to see anyone perish, but all come to repentance and salvation.

Jesus died in our place, for us, as us, to remove our terminal fallen condition and eternal separation from Him.  We don’t have to ‘make anything happen’, but to just receive His all consuming love in the person of Jesus Christ.  We are then sealed with the Holy Spirit for eternity.  Our hope and joy can soar above every obstacle we face in this life because He already overcame hell and the grave.  God’s love and our value, confidence, and trust in God is realized as we walk in the truth of who we are—God’s beloved children and One in Christ. 

What Sound Are You Making?

It was a beautiful and warm day, so I decided to take a walk with the Lord as I frequently do. As I started out on the trail, my attention was drawn to all the sounds.  The birds were singing, the frogs were croaking, the bees where buzzing, the ducks were quacking, and the geese were making their honking noises.  

The Lord began to speak to me and said, “Did you know that everything I created has a sound?”  I thought about it briefly and agreed—“Yes, every creature has its own sound”, I replied.  Then the Lord began to speak to me that everything He created has a sound, not just animals, but the trees, flowers, grass, the earth, the planets, the stars, and the universes—this includes all frequencies.

He continued talking as I listened intently.  He also said that the universes, stars, planets, the animals, trees, flowers, grasses all praise Him.  “Oh, Yes, they do!”, I exclaimed as He continued to reveal to me His creation process.  He said everything He made gives Him praise and glory…except mankind.  Startled by this, I said “what? why?”  He answered, “Even though mankind was created in my image after my likeness—I made mankind complete with a free will.   I didn’t give free will to the plants, stars, the universe, trees, flowers and grass—nothing else but mankind.”  I understood that everything else God created resounds with praise to Him.  In other words, they have no choice but to praise Him.  Mankind has a choice.  Of course, fallen mankind does not praise God because they don’t know Him.  However, born-again Believers get to chose whether they will or want to praise God or not by complaining and/or speaking contrary to His Word.

Then He asked me the most sobering question He’s ever presented to me, “What is the sound that comes out of your mouth?”  I felt in that moment, a most holy feeling come over me.  I began to weep as I realized that I don’t always have praise and thanksgiving to God coming out of my mouth.  He began to reveal these scriptures to me: 

Psalm 34:1—…I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

Psalm 40:3—  He has put a new song in my mouth—Praise to our God:

Psalm 51:15—  O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Your praise.

Psalm 63:5—  My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.

Psalm 71:8—  Let my mouth be filled with Your praise and with Your glory all the day.

Psalm 109:30—  I will greatly praise the Lord with my mouth; Yes, I will praise Him among the multitude.

Psalm 138:4—  All the kings of the earth shall praise You, O Lord, when they hear the words of Your mouth.

Psalm 145:21—  My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord, and all flesh shall bless His holy name forever and ever.

Matthew 21:16—…’Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise’

Proverbs 8:6—  Listen, for I will speak of excellent things, and from the opening of my lips will come right things;

Proverbs 23:16—  Yes, my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak right things.

Ephesians 4:29—  Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.

Colossians 3:8—  But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.

James 3:10—  Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing.  My brethren, these things ought not to be so.

Matthew 15:18—  But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man.

Luke 6:45—  A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out off the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil.  For out of the abundance ofd the heart his mouth speaks.

Psalm 19:14—  Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.

Psalm 49:3—  My mouth shall speak wisdom, and the meditation of my heart shall give understanding.

Matthew 12:34—…For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

By this time, I was beginning to realize my own transgression.  I had just asked the Lord to remove anything in me that hinders me from His Spirit.  He was putting His finger on my lips—my mouth which is connected to my heart.  

Being double minded as James 1:8 states (a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways), must not be a part of our lives if we are to align with God’s Holy Spirit who lives in us.  We cannot believe one way and speak another.  There is no power in being fragmented in our beliefs and understanding.  Allow God to put His finger on areas of your life that is resistant to Him—areas of deception and even rebellious to the truth.  Give Him everything!

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.


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


Staying in His presence