Keep the Son in Your Eyes

 

This is a word I received the other day while visiting with Jesus.  It’s on the warning side of exhortation.  I have checked it against scripture and with a person I highly esteem in the knowledge of such things.  I feel confident now to share it.

Revival is coming like a flood. It’s different from the past. Revival is coming to your homes, your gatherings; not in your dead churches where control and opposition quench the Spirit. It is coming to places open to Me, open to repentance. Get on your knees and allow me in.

You hungry ones, open your homes. Don’t be deceived, it’s not all fun and partying, a grabbing of blessing. It’s serious. Give me honor. Repent and be washed by the flood. Break down strongholds, deny flesh, deny entry to spirits that work against the knowledge of God.

No more games, no more wimpy Christians. Get in or out, but don’t be lukewarm. Complacency is a stronghold. Fear is a stronghold. People love God but deny my power. They love to hear themselves speak. They teach tolerance of fleshly desires. Excuses, excuses. Stop it. Come to repentance, drink the pure water of the Word and the wisdom of the Spirit. Stop mollycoddling and enabling. Stubbornly believe. Set your face like flint toward Me. I will reveal more of Myself to you if you will believe. 2 Peter

You can’t’ advance without the Word of God. This is a military action. My army is weak and ineffective as foot soldiers. The few generals are strong, but the Word gets confused by the time it filters down to the troops. Teachers beware. If you knew the Word, you would not compromise the faith of your students.

My army can’t battle a head cold, let alone their own flesh or the attack of the enemy. The devil uses the flesh to get the mind confused, to get temptation in the forefront of one’s thinking. They pray and pray and see no result. They battle their desires to no avail. Repent and rise up. Mount up and get your eyes on Me. I am angry with this generation, tears flow from my eyes for their ignorance and selfishness.

Yes, I am a mighty fortress, but my warriors have no foundation, no knowledge, and no training in how to use their weapons. They are deceived into thinking they need only sit and wait, but remember this: Go ye into all the world and preach the good news! Everyone in the army of God has a purpose and a plan for their life. Please loved ones, you are important, you are empowered and you are crucial to the body. Go then, go in victory.

A New Revelation

This is a new one for me and you will either love it or delete me. It’s ok, it’s a new season.

I possess the Spiritual gift of exhortation. That means, encourager. Often times I have an urging from the Holy Spirit to pray for someone and will know the first sentence or two of what He wants communicated to that person. It’s always based in scripture, it’s always uplifting, encouraging and pertains directly to something that person is concerned with.

In studying the word “exhortation” and it’s use for the Body of Christ, I was interested to learn that there are two faces of this revelatory gift. One of course is encouragement. A word of knowledge or wisdom comes and is followed by a word of exceptional encouragement. The other side, however, means “warning” in the Greek. The exhorter issues a warning, is a watchman on the wall, and sounds an alarm when things get off kilter in the body. That’s the new season, that’s the side that is coming forth in this new year.

It takes a lot of courage for me to repeat what the Lord has given me today. I’m reluctant, but if He said “tell them”, then I will do it. I need to tell you now that I will obey God whether readers like it or not. If you want the happy encouraging devotions, please just read those and ignore this part. Either way, I believe the Lord has a message for all of us in these last days and we will find blessing in it. 2 Peter talks about the difference between false teachers and the Word of God. Know this, I believe the Word of God takes priority in all cases. We have everything we need for life and godliness because the Holy scriptures provide all knowledge and wisdom. Give that first place in the building up of your mosty holy faith.

Gimmee Cake!

Do you do this?  Am I the only one?  We just finished a really healthy dinner, low in fat and carbs, high in protein and veggies.   The dishes are done and the kitchen is sparkling so I skip on over to the couch and settle in for some TV with Mike.  About 20 minutes in I start hearing this voice in my head, screaming for a snack.  I need cake!  Cake is good, it’s carrot cake so it’s almost a vegetable.  It’s ok, just one little piece, it won’t hurt anything.  You know the drill.  The voice gets louder and louder as the minutes tick off.  Pretty soon I’m convinced the voice is also shaking me to get my attention.  I want cake!  I deserve cake!  I’ve been good all day and need a little reward!  Ok, so I give in and have just a little piece.  That’s when the real trouble starts.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 came up this morning in my prayer time.

3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.  4 “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.  5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,”

Well then, that shines a lot of light on the problem.  The flesh argues, creates strife, anxiety and gets your mind twisted up.  Your flesh hammers at your mind bringing confusion and frustration.  Give me cake, give me cake!  Then, when you give in and shut that voice up, the devil swoops in to berate you and make you feel guilty and condemned.  Depression, negative self-talk.  He loves to grab our weaknesses and make them forefront in our minds.  But wait, here comes the flesh again gearing up to demand another snack.  Sugar after all, is addictive, and now that you’ve had some, it stands to reason that you need more.  So what do I do?  I decide that’s it!  I will just go on a diet and deny my flesh the satisfaction of unhealthy sugary goodies.  Sentence imposed, no more snacks, gavel down!  And what happens?  You guessed it, epic fail.  Now the devil is not only making you feel bad for eating, he’s berating you as a complete failure in life, doomed to be chubby.  And, the whole cycle begins again the next day.

God said He would never leave us nor forsake us.  That’s the Bible, that’s the truth.  So where do I go to find the answer to my fleshly dilemma?  The word of God.  I dig in and He is faithful to provide the answers.

The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.  This my friends, is a stronghold.  The enemy has discovered my weakness for cake and has created a stronghold from the lie that I can’t resist.  He bugs me with that till I accept that as truth rather than the truth that Jesus conquered all on the cross.  My focus is off, I need to repent and get my thinking in the right direction.

I need to use my weapons.  What are they?  The Word of God, the Blood of Jesus and the name of Jesus.  The Word is truth and like a sword, cuts off the lies of the enemy.  The Blood of the cross overcomes all evil, even death.  For we have overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.  I declare and testify that the Word is truth, the devil is a liar and the father of lies, there is no truth in him.  I plead the blood of Jesus and I am covered by that overcoming power.  Finally, I wield the name of Jesus and all the authority that name bears.  I have the privilege of naming the name that is above all names in Heaven and in earth.  In the name of Jesus, I declare I am free, I am saved and am provided for.  I am now equipped to cast down those arguments in my flesh and bring them to the obedience of Christ.

 

So the next time I think I need some cake, I’m prepared to do battle with my flesh.  If I sow to the flesh, I will reap weakness in the flesh.  If I sow to the spirit, of the Spirit I will reap life.  Now I know, now my eyes have been enlightened.  Now I get it.  I am not weak; I am strong because He is strong in me.  I am filled with the Holy Spirit and He goes before me and is my rear guard.  I will, in His strength, resist the devil and as promised in the Word of God, he will flee from me!  I have dominion over cake, cake does not have dominion over me and the devil can no longer use it to make me crazy!

Bless the Lord!

Earthquake

Have you also sensed this? I think a lot of people have. There’s a stirring, a rumbling, a shift about to happen. I sense a great move coming. It’s global and immanent. It’s deep calling to deep.
In the natural, right before an earthquake, there is a rumbling. It’s loud. It heralds the coming of the shaking. It’s a warning given a split second before the quake begins. It seems to throw us off balance because it’s so strange, but it warns us to take cover, to hold on, to seek immediate shelter.
An earthquake is a shifting of tectonic plates that causes the ground to shudder. It would follow then that a spiritual shaking is a shift in the very foundational beliefs of Christianity men have layed down to help them control their own interpretations of God’s Word. These are interpretations that became law, false religion, false doctrine, legalism or frivolous tradition. When these things are shaken, the core of the faulty foundation is exposed. That foundation cracks and crumbles under the weight of rules and regulations, works that have no eteral value. The rubble falls away leaving the true foundation exposed. That foundation is strong, reinforced and true and it continues to stand even if the walls of the structure are gone. Once the refuse is swept away, new construction can begin with bricks of truth, peace, love and freedom.
How joyful to be relieved of things not eternal! Shake me Lord, expose wrong and faulty foundations. Let the deep roots of my salvation choke out the crumbling bricks and mortar of wrong doctrine. Free me from my own made up things that seem logical, but are not of You. Build me up in your truth, your love and your freedom.

Resting in Precarious Places

I haven’t been here for quite a long time, but I decided to share this new one with you.  You see, I’m busily writing a book and that’s taking up a lot of my time.  I hope to have it published soon and it finds its way into your heart.  In the meantime, here’s one of my stories of the goodness of God.

Resting in Precarious Places

I was washing dishes at my sink one day and happened to look up and out the window. Just past the patio in the forest is an old fashioned park bench sitting between two big pine trees. It’s the kind of bench that has a wrought iron base and sides with polished and stained wood slats making up the seat and back. Laying full out on the very top of the back of the bench was a huge grey squirrel. I mean he was layed out on his tummy, all comfortable and relaxed, arms and legs dangling down the sides. I could not believe my eyes. For a moment I thought he was sick, but he was just sleeping there on the edge of the top wooden slat.

The Lord spoke into my heart that we need to be like that. We need to rest in precarious places; rest in His goodness and faithfulness. Most of the time my life is so blessed and easy, but then there’s times that test me and challenge me. Things frustrate me or grieve me but I have learned that I need to keep my focus on the Lord. He instructed me that it’s not as limiting as to just trust Him so we can cope. We don’t just go through the time of pain and sorrow or fear and worry trusting God to get us out of it, but we yield. We yield up our feelings, our flesh, our pain. We say God, I know that all things work together to those who love you. We say God, I know it is impossible to please you without faith so reveal to me the way I should walk in this season. Instead of my whining and crying about it Lord, show me every nugget of faith I can glean from my circumstance. I don’t want to learn to just cope, I want to be victorious. I want to come out with a testimony Lord!

Sometimes the Lord wants me to fight and stand, sometimes to just rest in Him. I know in those times that I’m in a dangerous place, not secure but wobbly and uneasy. He says, just rest in this precarious place knowing you are rooted and grounded in Me. My arm is not too short to save. You will not be shaken. Lay down beside the still waters and sleep knowing that there is joy in the morning.

Hope and Joy!

What is abundant life promised by Jesus to us in John 10:10? “The devil comes to steal, to kill and to destroy, but I have come that you may have life and have it more abundantly”. Too many times we quote only the first half of that scripture to explain away a negative event in our lives. That’s ok, that’s what happens to us and it’s truth. However, I want to explore the second half. Abundant life.

I sense at least part of the answer us found in Romans 8. We have trouble and tribulation in this life. We are joint heirs with Christ IF indeed we suffer with Him that we may also be glorified together. It’s not what you suffer, it’s how you go through it. Did you get that? No, there’s no condemnation here, this is encouragement. Faith knows to the very core that you don’t go through it alone. Faith knows that this momentary suffering will build character and perseverance. Every blow you feel gets lighter till you almost feel separated from the trouble because Jesus carries you through it. Faith stands in the hope of the glory Jesus receives from the tribulation. Faith anxiously awaits God’s hand in it. Faith doesn’t receive the evil. Faith in the magnificence of Christ, His promises and His love overrides the tribulation and the effect of it on our lives. You may pass through the fire but you will come out the other side and not smell like smoke. In other words, no hardening of your heart occurs, no lasting fear of being hurt again, no distrust of others. It’s not about you, it’s about His glory.

I’m not saying hide your pain and pretend everything is fine. I’m not saying God doesn’t feel your pain, I’m not trying to diminish your suffering in any way. On the contrary, I want to help you overcome the effect of it on your heart and to look past trouble and into the face of Jesus. The attitude of your heart makes the difference between wallowing in miserable self pity; bleeding the negative pus of unbelief and fleshly pride in your sufferings, versus the absolute knowing that God will deliver you. He delivers, He restores, He rewards, He knows, He feels, His love is everlasting. He doesn’t want you to be in pain or sick or suffering, and He will help you and He will receive glory. Therefore, you ARE free from sickness and death because He never fails. In this world you will have trouble, but rejoice! Rejoice! You are a joint heir, you are a platform for the glory of God!

When trouble comes, joy should rise up and overflow. Joy unquenchable, a fountain of living water, bubbling up and pouring out all around you. Yield to joy, cry out to the Holy Spirit to counsel you and show you how to overcome. Cry out for instructions, how to find the joy in the situation. Build yourself up in your most holy faith, read the word. Read Psalms, read the words of Jesus. Worship is the firm foundation. Begin singing the praises of God’s glory and faithfulness until you believe it without a bit of doubt. Sing till the tears of pain become tears of joy. Yes, it is for you, Yes, all the promises of God are yeah and amen for you.

Romans 8:28 says “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose”. Are you “the called”? Ok then, all things are working together for good. The Holy Spirit will reveal to you how the Lord is turning what the enemy planned for evil into good. Because He who is greater is in you, you need not dread.

Hope is waiting for God’s glorious miracle and faith is knowing it’s coming.

Fringe

Fringe

I have bangs.  Someone once told me that having bangs is like having cute decorative fringe on your face.  Fringe is just before the line between hair and skin, the boundary line.  That boundary grows, receeds, is cut or curled up so it’s not always the same, but there is a boundary and it’s decorated with fringe.

And so, is life.  I have found that at times I walk the fringe doing just what I have to do to get by.  At times I get way inside the boundary lines, go beyond what I need to do, exert myself.  Inside the line is best but often comes with more effort.  Some circumstances require me to work harder.  They knock me out of my comfort zone.  Some circumstances are easy and just require me to hang out and rest on the fringe, aware but unaffected.

Sometimes it’s like that with God.  I feel like the Spirit urges me deeper into the center of God’s promises, away from the fringe.  The fringe is fine, it’s enough, but deeper is so much better.  I think there’s a choice.  I can choose the fringe where I know I’m safe.  I have a covenant with God, I’m His.   Even if I have to walk that fringe line, that scary circumstance, I know God will get me through it.  Or, I can dive into the deep where I know He will go before me, be my rear guard, He will fight the battle for me.  He will heal, deliver, protect and preserve.  It’s a choice between “enough” and “exceedingly abundantly.”

Psalms 91:1 says He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  For me, I want to condition my spirit and my flesh to choose to dwell and abide, not to walk the fringe.  We get to do that.