Word today 3/1/18

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I asked the Lord a question this morning in prayer and He answered me with this: (I believe this is for someone else as well.)

“Your old way of thinking must be surrendered to the new way of thinking – by My Spirit within you.

My ways of thinking are in the ways of Love. Surrender to My ways even though you don’t yet understand them. Faith works by Love, let Love be your primary goal. Faith follows love.

Not knowing to the point of being anxious about your future is fuel for the enemy to strike a match of fear in your heart. Know that I, your Strong Tower, watch over you to perform My Word. Nothing is out of My reach. My hand is always upon you. You don’t need to worry or fear one second of your life. No doubt, fear or dread of uncertainty that crosses your mind can ever lodge in your heart when you are walking in My Love. My perfect Love casts out all fear.

I AM that I AM! I have you every second of every minute of every hour of every day as you consistently look to Me. Keep your eyes, your attention and your focus on me. Focus on our love-relationship, which is the most important thing in your life. Let no-thing or no-one stand in the way of our perfect union.”

The Journey

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Our journey of joy, happiness and wholeness starts when we decide to let God’s Word, power and presence affect us more than the darkness we see around us.

I may be no one in the world’s eyes, but in my Father’s eyes I am His called-out one, His anointed one, the apple of His eye. He has showered me with His blessings, revelation and love so that I can give out what He has given to me.

I am the salt to season and the light to point the way. I am His beloved, His bride, His overcomer – full of joy, confidence and truth. He has given me His victory over this life I live. He has filled me with His peace and His presence. I am no longer my own, but His – to do His will while I am still upon this earth. My love-bond with my creator grows stronger and sweeter every day. I sit in the heavens with Him and laugh because I am in Him.

It’s no longer I that lives, but Christ who lives in me. I was purchased with His precious blood and will forever be grateful. I worship Him with all of my being. I am no longer afraid of what man can do to me or of what trials I may go through. I am safe and secure in His mighty arms of love.

He is my life, my breath and all that I will ever need in this life and throughout eternity. My heart yearns only for Him because He alone satisfies my soul.

Pure Vessels

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But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of His power may be of God and not of us.    2 Corinthians. 4:7

I once had a large 55 gallon stock tank that I used to put goldfish in. I placed it under a tree away from the horses so they couldn’t drink out of it. Because the tank sat for several days at a time without water inflow or outflow, it would get very stagnant and dirty. Leaves and debris would accumulate at the bottom of the tank. Algae would form on the sides and on the concrete block that held the water plants. It would get so scummy and dirty at times that I couldn’t see the goldfish unless they came to the top.

So every few weeks, I would put a water hose into the tank with a light and steady flow of water. As the clean water slowly ran into the tank for several hours, it cleaned out all of the debris. I was always amazed at how clean and clear the tank became after this process. I could now see the bottom of the tank and all the goldfish swimming around – the algae on the sides and the water plants were now so clean.

One day the Lord began to speak to me about my vessel. He asked me if I would drink out of a dirty cup. Of course, I said ‘no’. Then He began to show me that I was a vessel being poured out for others to drink from. (I thought “oh dear!”)

He showed the crystal clear water of Himself being poured into me as from a pitcher above my head. He said that as I got full of this fresh, pure water, it would start to overflow – just like the tank had done. I also saw that whatever impurities that were in my soul, would spill over as well and the pure water from Him would become tainted as it flowed out. He showed me that whatever is in my vessel (my soul) that is not clean will come out with the overflow.

He began to speak to me about my life – how He desired me to empty myself out first of any impurities so when His pure water flowed into me, the overflow would be just as pure.

We are referred to as earthen vessels. We hold God’s glory, His power and His Love.

Only He can reveal to us the impurities that we harbor in our souls. We are incapable of ridding ourselves of the impurities just like the stagnant tank. The best way to allow Him to rid us of these is to look to Him – being sure we are standing under the faucet of His word and His love to continually flow into us. As there is an input, there must also be an output like a river, not a stagnant pond.

Give out what you take in – it’s in this process that we ourselves become cleansed. Yes, God will use impure vessels to get HIs will done on the earth. He is not limited by whom He works and speaks through. However, He can do greater things through those who have been sanctified for His purpose and calling because He can trust them.

“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”  John 7:38

“And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” 1 John 3:3

“Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart,”  1 Peter 1:22

The Main Thing

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The most important thing we can do as Jesus’ disciples is to spend time alone with Him – seeking His presence, His voice, His face, His word, His love.

We are already one in Spirit but we must experience Him in our soul, having all of our senses awakened to His intoxicating love and transforming us into the person He created us to be; pulling our souls into this union of love, letting Him wash our mind, heart, will and emotions to be brought closer – conforming us into His image (Himself) in every way.

Our souls (mind, heart, will, emotions), need to catch up with the understanding of who we already are in spirit – His Bride. We are perfect and one with Him. We must see ourselves as He sees us to respond as the Beloved Bride that we are.

Jesus, You died for your Bride.

You came for me!

 

Love

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Love is the most powerful force in the universe. Nothing can conquer it – not even the most vehement hate or distant apathy.

Love will embrace you and overcome in you until you surrender to its power and passion. It will swallow you up in its intoxicating embrace.

God is Love.

I see the true Church – the Bride of Christ, as a living entity full of love for the world. Full of the presence of God, alive, moving and pulsating with this overcoming love so great that it embraces everyone in its path.

No one can resist Love.

Conformed in Him

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In prayer this morning I heard the Lord as He ministered to me about coming to Him in our quiet place together…

“Don’t focus on your soul. Focus on the Spirit. Your spirit and My spirit are One – perfect in Me. But it is about the soul being conformed (converted) into the image of Christ. Just access My presence by your spirit and quiet your soul. Rest in Me. Be still and know that I am God.

You become conformed into that which you focus on – by gazing upon Jesus and His word, you become conformed into His image.

The enemy tries to deceive and lie to you. He puts thoughts in your mind that the flesh is still alive and is still a vital part of you, but I say it is dead – sin is no longer a part of you now that Christ has made you alive to Me and One with My Spirit.

Satan appeals to your senses and memories which stir up your emotions. Now that your soul and emotions are being saved, (sanctified, made new in understanding and experiencing Christ within), you are no longer affected – you no longer need to respond to the old buttons Satan pushes to get you to react to them as if you still lived in that old nature.

You aren’t that person any longer. You are made completely new, you have a new nature by which you have access to Me. You are able to choose to respond in your spirit to Me  – in the freedom that Christ died to give you.”

The Grace of God allows us the walking out to follow Him. We stumble and fall because our minds are being renewed, they are not yet perfect; but your spirit is perfect in Christ. Grace allows us to get up and keep going. Grace is the influence upon our heart and soul that enable us to keep pursuing Him in this life – in our souls, that which we already are in the Spirit… perfect, just like Him!

 

 

 

Breakthrough

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I want to share what the Lord spoke to me after I returned from Brazil at the Nov. 2017 Power and Love conference, where many healings and miracles took place. I was spiritually, mentally, physically and emotionally stretched beyond anything I had ever encountered before.

Isaiah 54:2-3 (KJV)

Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;

For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.

“It is your part to enlarge the stakes of your tent – this is something you do. It is by your will, your choice – that you step out in faith. Your tent also includes the sphere of influence that I have given you.

Breakthrough comes from Me, says the Lord. I am the One who breaks through from the outside in – into and upon you. I am the One who brings the light, increase, revelation and illumination to your understanding. I bring motivation, wisdom, inspiration, love, joy, peace and healing. I, the Lord, do this. For without Me you can do nothing.

Do not let the enemy steal these things from you (understanding, revelation, joy, faith and love.) Remain steadfast! Don’t allow doubt and oppression to have any place in you.

You have experienced My presence and My Spirit. Now hold fast to what I have given you and have done in and through you. Continue by faith and not by sight. You have enlarged the stakes of your tent, now let Me fill your new claimed territory with the increase of all that I have for you as I continue to breakthrough in you (spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally).

Did not I say that if you seek Me, you will find Me if you seek me with all your heart? I will be found by you.”

2 Samuel 5:20 (NKJV)

20 So David went to Baal Perazim, and David defeated them there; and he said, “The Lord has broken through my enemies before me, like a breakthrough of water.” Therefore he called the name of that place Baal Perazim.

 

The Love of the Father

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If you’ve seen Jesus in the truth of who He is – you’ve seen the Father whom He represents perfectly in every way. Jesus, the only begotten son of God, is the perfect representation (or reflection) of the Father. Jesus said if you’ve seen Me, you’ve seen the Father. He and the Father are one.

Who is man that God is mindful of him? We are God’s masterpiece creation, created in the image of God – to reflect God; not physically but in the nature of who God is and in spirit because He breathed His Own Spirit into us, thus giving us life.

We are worth more to God than we can possibly comprehend.

If I held a crisp new $100-dollar bill in my hand, you would recognize its value. What if I wadded it up and wrinkled it badly? Is it still worth the same? What if I crumpled it up and threw it on the ground and stepped on it? What if it got dirty and muddy? What if the edges got frayed and a corner got torn off – would it still be worth the same $100? The answer is Yes!

This picture of the $100-dollar bill represents mankind. It’s called our ‘created value’. It’s the same for every person on the planet; no matter what color your skin, where you live, rich or poor, educated or simple. What you do for a living doesn’t matter – whether you are a doctor or a drug addict living homeless on the streets. Everyone’s created value is the same. Your worth to God is the same as anyone else, no matter what!

God sent His Son to redeem mankind from the Fall by dying as a perfect sinless man. Jesus was fully God, but also fully man. He did everything on this earth as a man in complete obedience to the Father, being filled with the Holy Spirit. If He had not been perfectly sinless in all of His ways – He would have been disqualified as our eternal savior and all of mankind would have been lost forever – there was no plan B. This is why He is to be praised and worshipped – because He overcame death, hell and the grave for us.

God wills that no one be lost but that all mankind is saved through Jesus Christ. No one can come to the Father except through the Son. There is no other way – Jesus paid the price to get us back to the Father. If we could get to heaven any other way but through the Son, then Jesus would have died in vain.

Do you think the Father loves the Son more than us, who have called upon the name of Jesus to receive salvation? Anyone who receives Jesus as his Lord is now a new creation in Christ. We are now hidden in Christ. The believer and Jesus have become ONE Spirit. When God looks at us, He doesn’t see the old us – He sees us as complete in Christ. He literally sees Jesus because we are now in Him and one with Him. What does that do to our perceived created value now? Doesn’t this mean that the Father loves us JUST AS MUCH as He loves Jesus? Do we love any of our children any less than the other? If you had to choose which of your children to kill, which one would you chose? We love them all the same.

God said that all men are created equal – I believe this includes equal value. If you can understand anything in this life – understand how valuable you are to God and how much He loves you personally! He sent His Son to a planet of His very own (now lost orphans), who desperately want to know their Father. The conduit to this reality is faith. We must believe to receive this reality. Just because you don’t believe in something doesn’t mean it’s not real – it’s just not real to you.

Reach forth in Faith, accepting Jesus as your Lord and realize all God has for you as His very own child. I can promise you will never be disappointed! Your eternal life is at stake.

It Will Be Worth It

 

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My friend recently had a second knee replacement operation. The first one had been very painful with a long recovery period. The doctor told her the second one would be much harder since that knee had been operated on several years prior and had a piece of metal imbedded into the bone that would need to be cut out. She almost backed out thinking, “forget it, I’ll just live with it the way it is.” She realized how much fear she was in because of the pain she went through with the first one. The doctor reassured her that she needed to go through with this especially since it was now an inch shorter than her other leg.  Realizing how well the first knee recovered, she hesitantly agreed to the second operation. (The Lord convinced her it would be well worth it!)

She came through the operation and 2 days later, walked out of the hospital on her new knee! My friend was ecstatic by the outcome! The Doctors and nurses called it a miracle because she recovered so quickly and didn’t have nearly any pain as before, not to mention they told her she didn’t need physical therapy! This was her answer to the prayers she received from her church family 3 days before the surgery.

She explained to me the process she was now going through to learn how to walk correctly after years of compensating for pain. She told me how she no longer needed to lock her knees with each step. She was able to flex her feet, toes and ankles and not walk flat-footed as she always had done before. She was using muscles that she hadn’t used in decades. Even her thigh and calf muscles were waking up.

As she related her story to me, the Holy Spirit began to show me what she is going through in the natural is what many of us are going through spiritually. God spoke to my heart and said, “You are going to use spiritual muscles that you haven’t used in a while.” Because of what I had gone through, I was compensating for my pain (spiritually, mentally and emotionally).

We are given time to heal from the soul-injuries of our past, but now it is time to submit to His process of walking again. It’s time to move ahead without compensating for the pain we once knew.  We need to flex our faith (muscles) and live out of who God has made us to be. We are new creatures in Christ Jesus. The old is gone, the new has come. Forget the former things. Do not cling to the past – don’t even remember it. We will still see the scars because they are now a part of us – just not defining us any longer. Remember, Jesus still bears the scars in His hands and His feet, but He doesn’t ever let that hold Him back – that would be silly! It’s because of His scars He is who He is – He’s overcome everything! We are in Christ and as He is; so are we in this world, scars and all!

Circumstances and situations are always going to be there, but the process and the battles are not to be feared!  Take into account that God is always doing a new thing in us. We brace for the worse, not realizing that this new thing He is doing will be different – even necessary for our spiritual growth.

Isaiah 43:18,19;  Do not remember the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

The key to our spiritual growth is to surrender our all to God. By that I mean, look to Him for the process and the outcome of what He wants to accomplish in us (Christlikeness). To move forward, we need to let go of our past perceptions, fears and mindsets of what we’ve been through. He also does not waste anything. He will use our pain, our failures, our heartache to lead us forward. He causes all things to work out for our good. By surrendering to Him, we are in essence saying, “Go ahead (with this operation), I know that it will turn out for my good because I submit and place myself in your capable (surgeon) hands. We can absolutely trust Him with our lives even though we don’t like it at the time – knowing that what God wants to do in our life is necessary. He doesn’t need our permission to perfect us – because we already belong to Him. However, the process goes down much better when we willingly submit. He knows what He’s doing and how to bring about His desired results in us – He is a skillful surgeon!

Following God

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Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.   Psalm 37:3-5 (NKJV)

God seldom shows us the whole path… just the next step. If He showed us the entire path or all the ‘workings out’ in our life, why would we need faith – why would we need to trust and obey Him? We would say, “I see… I will take if from here!” Our loving Heavenly Father usually shows us one step at a time – to keep us close to Him. We know not what lies ahead, but He does. Learning to wait on the Lord is a difficult thing to do. Trusting and obeying His leading is the only way to live a life without regret. He is the author and finisher of our faith. Only He knows the ‘what, where, how and when’ to guide us. When we leave it up to Him, we leave the outcome in His hands as well. This is truly walking by faith and not by sight. God is the only one who has true understanding of our lives because He is the all-knowing, all-seeing One – we are not! We are to choose life in what He puts before us.  Life for the Believer comes through seeking, trusting and obeying Him; seeking Him first and foremost above all else, believing His word, then doing what He says or shows us to do in obedience – one step at a time to the best of our faith. Even if we miss it, we get to repent! God looks at our heart and puts us right back on the path He has for us.

On a recent trip down the Grand Canyon, I became so impressed with my mule. I was told to put all of my trust in the mule. Why? Because the mule had made the trip down that same trail hundreds of times before and he knew what he was doing. I was told to just sit back, look around and enjoy the ride. He did all the work and I did not once have to know where we were going! I trusted that he wasn’t going to fall over the side or get lost. I thoroughly enjoyed the journey and took hundreds of pictures as we traveled.

That experience brought clarity to the way we are to trust the Lord. He really does know what He’s doing with our lives. He has a hope and a future for us, plans for good and not for evil (Jer. 29:11); and He is the only One who knows how to bring it about! He cares for us and loves us more than we can comprehend.

Father – not my will but Yours be done. Jesus – lead me every step of the way as my faithful Shepherd. Holy Spirit – think through me, love through me, live through me.

“Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.” 1 Thess. 5:24