Tell me again…

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Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Extol Him who rides on the clouds, by His name YAH, and rejoice before Him.  Psalm 68:4

Jesus came not only save us from sin and eternal death, but to save us from ourselves (our fallen nature)  – here now, on this earth. He came to destroy the works of the Devil so He could give us His abundant life – just as He designed us to live in from the beginning. He came to redeem our worth and value as God’s created ones and to literally erase our fallen state with Jesus’ shed blood – we are restored back to God. We are no longer guilty, condemned or carry shame because of who we were before Jesus saved us and made us into brand new creatures!

When we receive Jesus, our spirit-man is made perfect in Him, however, our souls (mind, will and emotions) are to be conformed/transformed into the image of Jesus – not the image of your pastor, spouse, friends or teachers. Satan wants to deceive you into thinking there is ‘another way’ or ‘in addition to’ what the Word of God says. That is deception. With the simplicity of a child, we are to believe His Word.

Satan’s not after us personally, he’s after the Light of God that we carry. He could care less about you. He’s out to squelch God’s Light and Life in you so you won’t be affective for the Kingdom of God. He doesn’t want you to produce any fruit in your life. He wants to put a lid on your light and malign your way of the truth.

We are carriers of the Kingdom of God since His Kingdom is within us, the Devil just doesn’t want you to know that. The Devil already knows who you are in Christ – he just doesn’t want you to find out your true identity. The Devil already knows he is a defeated foe, he just doesn’t want to you to find that out. The Devil already knows he doesn’t have authority over your life, he just doesn’t want you to find out. The Devil already knows that in Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, we were given ALL things that pertain to life and godliness – he just doesn’t want you to know that.

We are no match for the Devil – However, the Devil is no match for God. Satan is not the antithesis or opposite of God and we need to stop treating (and reacting to) him like he is.

Jesus has overcome. We are IN Christ. It is no longer I who lives, but Christ who lives IN me. We are to be found IN Him. The promises of God are yes and amen IN Christ. The enemy is under our feet IN Christ. This is not a mental ascent, but a spiritual reality. How then, can we realize this truth? We do this by faith and by dying to self – the old (and dead) man of the flesh. We are to be conformed into the image of Christ. Jesus was the express image of the Father and we are to be conformed into that same image.

Just as Jesus gave up His life for us – we need to give up our self-life for Him. We do this by surrendering our all to Him. Let your heavenly Father actually ‘Father’ you. Sit on His lap and learn from Him. Spend time with Him each day and get to know Him. It’s by our relationship with Him that we live out our faith in this world. Fear is defeated within you by your relationship with Him – this is where the giants in your life are defeated. As you hide in Him, you will find the courage to step out in faith and see your victories.

In Christ alone are all my remedies – For His Blood has washed away by enemies.

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

 

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.

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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!