“Believing and Being in Deed and Truth”

No man is an island. God created us as sons and daughters to always be in constant communion and to never find ourselves isolated or separated from one another. As sons and daughters of the King we “are” the church and constitute the Body of Christ. The church is not a place we simply gather at once or twice a week. A Christian that is disconnected from church does not exist in scripture. We are the church in our homes and in the market or work place as as much as we are when gathered in a place set apart for worship, word, prayer and ministry.

“And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts. (Acts 2:46)
You see it was a continual and daily practice and faith levels were constantly on the rise and increasing. Jesus said “where two or more are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them”. He always sent His disciples out two by two or they were in teamed up by three or more representing Him. They were family and in family. Strength is found to be greater in numbers. They were attending to the Father’s business in continuity in their entire walk of life; continuity in practice.

“And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Christ is Jesus.” (Acts 5:42)
There was no break in the continuity of their practice. What was practiced daily and in continuity? They first and foremost practiced and delivered that which had personally been received into their lives; a living faith and hope that was anchored and centered in believing God and their lives reflected such testimony to what they had seen and heard, which they did and became.

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:1,2 ESV)

“Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)

This is the Gospel of Jesus Christ encapsulated. This is what our lives are to reflect, emanate and from which things flow. In this we find our place in life and go, because we know. We know the One in whom we believe and place our full trust in.

You and I declare through our words and actions in our lives, who we believe that we are. What are the words that we are speaking actually declaring? What is our daily practice putting into action? Who do you say that you are? Who does God say that you are? “I am a child of God”. What does being “a child of God” call me to every moment of every day to “walk out”?

Who am I that the highest King Would welcome me? I was lost but He brought me in,
Oh His love for me! Who the Son sets free, oh is free indeed. I’m a child of God;
Yes, I am. Free at last.
He has ransomed me and His grace runs deep. While I was a slave to sin, Jesus died for me, yes He died for me.

Who do I say that I am? Who the Son sets free, oh is free indeed, I’m a child of God, yes I am. In my Father’s house there’s a place for me. I’m a child of God.

Daily in practice, in continuity, in consistency; I call us to be the people who God says that we are. May we allow God to truly transform us and may our lives emanate His glory (His goodness) and be radiant of His presence as a city set on a hill that cannot be hidden. Shine!

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9 ESV)

“I am who God says that I am”, being changed in His image, moment to moment, from glory unto glory; even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

The Passion of Pursuit

When I go after anything in life that compels or draws me to that which I love so very much that I can’t seemingly experience truly fulfillment without, then I have a tendency to get very overzealous and can sometimes go overboard and be relentless in my chasing after it. I can drive myself to exhaustion and depletion in the process. To some that can come across as being too intense in my expression and such intensity can make them feel uneasy at times. Is that a virtue or a vice? Well it depends on how you may choose to look at it.

I guess I am wired to passionately pursue on purpose with what moves me. If it doesn’t move me it is because it has not “caught” my attention. It must catch my attention in order to capture my heart. If my heart is not in it then you won’t find me there most likely, at least not for long. So why do I seem to be wired as such? I sense it because I cannot sit still with what moves me to chase after what stirs inside of me, to merge with the essence and nitty-gritty of who I am. I have to merge and become one with what is likened to the nature of what is most alive within me.

It becomes almost like an obsession with me at times. However what ends up stopping me in life in most cases? It is in being patient with the process in which all of this involves. I may want what I want and want it now and when doors do not seem to open fast enough, I can become given to formulate and begin to “work” self generated agendas to “make it happen” rather than patiently pursuing the process. May I propose an example from the Word of God?

In 2 Kings 9 we find the account of the anointing of Jehu as king over Israel. You might want to go and read that. Here was a man on a mission where nothing would stop him. “And the driving is like the driving of Jehu the son of Nimshi, for he drives furiously.”(2 Kings 9:20) We see pictured the idea of driving, transferred from driving horses harnessed to a chariot, to driving a motor vehicle. How is your driving in life? Are you driven? By what? Jehu was a famously fierce soldier whose chariot-driving followed his temperament. What constitutes one’s temperament?

What drives you in life? Are you passionate or merely passive? Where does passion begin and where does it end and how does this participate with the process of discovering true and lasting fulfillment?

“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”
(Hebrews 10:22 ESV)

What catches your attention in life? What thus captures your heart and consumes your energy? Or do you just seem to want to be passive and take life as it comes at or to you, you know; easy come and easy go? Easy with little go, tends to equate to little or no flow. Life is meant to be in reciprocal motion, is it not? Give and take; a harmonic balance. Then you must “go” for and “with’ that which you seek to know or experience and make your own in life.

You have truth within, that which God has spoken into existence. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. (John 1:1-3) Be set apart through truth for his Word is truth. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.

Draw near to what catches, captures and compels you to move toward making it part of who you are. Align all within the context of God’s Word; written and spoken into you. Fully assure yourself in believing God, taking him at his word concerning what He says of you and of who you are. Strengthen and encourage yourself in the Lord. Ask him the questions that you need to ask; ones in which their answer will require you to take action; to take a step. Don’t wait for God or someone to do it “for you”, because God is waiting for “you” to respond to Him posed in what surrounds you and makes up what is your’s to occupy. At the Cross, Jesus sacrificed his all, his life to provide everything for you now at every level. Have you received his ultimate gift? Occupy that which He has deposited within you and thus is being reflected around you.

Draw near, with a true heart, in full assurance of faith. What are you waiting for? Passionately pursue on purpose, that which is ready to propel you to “participate” in life. I invite you now to put it fully into practice.

“An overwhelming Love”

Having come to a place in my life where I’m full but I’ve not satisfied
this longing to have more of the presence of Jesus fill the depth of my soul.
And I can feel it with a fullness that my heart is convinced it must be all of Him and nothing less as He is my righteousness. Aside from this relentless pursuit of being fully in His love, the heart cannot rest. Only by walking in the Spirit and giving no place to the flesh can one ever pass the test that comes with living life. Abide in him as His Word abides in you is what I would say unto you.

I’m thirsty as my soul can’t be quenched and He already knows that after Him I must relentlessly pursue and go wherever He wants me to to go and do whatever He asks me of me. To only be about the Father’s business and everything else I must let go.

I have to ask him continually to dismantle the containment that I have tried to place Him in. It is only His love that teaches who He is once again, taking me back to the place where my heart was only about Him and all I wanted was just to be with Him fully present. Positioning me where the things of this world grow strangely dim in the light of His goodness and grace as I relentlessly run this race with only finishing well being worn as bands upon my mind.

It doesn’t matter what it looks like or what I feel or see, for the only thing I can cling to is His promises to me. I am His, and so what else matters? When the waves of the sea crash over me, it matters not whether I seem to sink or swim because in a beautiful way I need to be reminded that I’m in over my head lest I forget that it is always about Him and not to be about me. This I am made to more and more see, that in Him I am always so forever free. Is there any other way to truly desire to be?

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
(Luke 4:18,19 ESV)

In this world, as a voice in the wilderness, crying; preparing the way of the Lord;
making straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level,
and the rough places a plain.

And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” This is the mission of the messenger who comes to solely serve the Master. To fulfill living to live abundantly, to love endlessly. To be as Jesus is, to embody the Father’s heart. What else can it it be as the temporal continually fades and passes, only the Word of God abides forever. He or she therein continually abides living for the eternal which never perishes and knows no end.

All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the Lord blows on it; surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.
(Isaiah 40:6-8 ESV)

Who am I that the highest King would welcome me? I was lost but He brought me in.
Oh His love for me is everything. I’m a child of God, yes I am.
In my Father’s house there’s a place for me, I’m a child of God, yes I am.

I sing unto the Lord a new song; “I am chosen, not forsaken, I am who You say I am.
You are for me, not against me, I am who You say I am” This is my story and song which unto my Saviour, I praise all the day long.

To what or whom does your story speak and in your heart what is your song?

Will you choose to live to live to love, all the day long?

“Walking Truly in Love”

What does it mean to walk in love in the truest sense? This has been on my heart the last couple of days so I’m feeling it is time to take a look at this today.

“I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father. And now I ask you, dear lady, not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning, that we love one another. And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it.” (2 John 4-6 ESV)

We are to love one another in deed and truth. So this implies steps of action on our part and and a sense of basis and foundation for those steps. May we live and walk with the basis for our motives and intentions being centered in what God has to say about us and consequently how we are to walk out our daily lives. May we not only love in this truth but know that the truth of what God has to say is fully alive and activated within us every moment. May grace mercy and truth prevail within us and may we abide in the teachings of Jesus and in the examples He left with us.

“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”
(Ephesians 4:1-6)

As we bear with one another we are to share in or help carry the load of one another’s burdens thus encompassing the law of Christ, which is fulfilling the royal law of love which we are to as a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, to fulfill in order to proclaim the virtues of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. (2 Peter 2:9 ESV)

Let us not go looking for or being drawn to focus on the differences that tend to separate us or on what seems to be wrong or not going so well in our life.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
(Philippians 4:8, ESV)

May we be eager to seek out that which unites us and brings a wholesomeness to our relationships in life. In a humble and gentle spirit may we patiently overlook, work though and endure our differences in opinions, preferences, culture, etc. This is the beginning of developing and cultivating a lifestyle that is Christ honoring and fulfilling.

What was Jesus’ great priestly prayer for each of us? Was it not to declare the following; “these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.

May we all be one, just as the, Father, is in Jesus, and He in us, that we also may be in Him, so that the world may believe that He has been sent and come from the Father. The glory that the Father gave Him, that we may be one even as we The Father and Jesus are one, He in us and us in Him, that we may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that He sent us forth and loves us even as He loves the Father.

May the goodness of God be clearly seen and genuinely displayed in the lives we live and as we walk them out. Let us as sons and daughters of God, be a people set apart for His glory and as we do so, be changed into the same from glory unto glory even as by the Spirit of the Lord. Is this not truly being “in love” and living to live, to love?

“Divinely Designed”

Without God’s “active presence in your life, life will naturally steal away your identity. This is true for believers and non-believers alike. Life is to be good however it is also filled with struggle, pain, loss, disappointment, and rejection.

Jesus came because we are lost. We need His active presence in our life. Life has a way of stealing from us who we are, however we are brought to the presence of God in order to be restored.

This restoration does not come by way of an experience within itself. You need to hear what God is saying to you and you must receive it by faith. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. (Romans 10:17) We do not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4)

You have to be in His Word. You have to be willing to receive from the other people God brings into you life such as in church and through how you connect with those of His church. You have to be chasing after everything He says to you so the mystery of you begins to manifest. You cannot be a Word unto yourself. You can’t make yourself into something that God has not made you to be. You are to become what God says that you are and what He has spoken over you.

The Word is the catalyst to our ability to be filled by His divine purpose and destiny which breathes the inspiration into us. God’s breath (His Holy Spirit, that restores our identity, yet are we aligning with his Word to receive that breath?

“And in the last days it shall be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams;
even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy. (Acts 2:17-18 ESV)

To prophecy is to “speak” what God has/is speaking or has spoken to you. As sons and daughters of God, we are to speak into life what God is saying about who we are. We thus become God’s voice in the earth. All things are possible to those who believe.
(Mark 9:23) Receiving God’s Word to you and prayer are just part of the picture. It is being active in the presence of God where the flesh is silenced that our level of authority increases.

I believe God, therefore I am what He says. Everything I am intended to possess in life will come by what I believe. What I believe will be revealed by what I speak. What I speak will determine where and how I will be directed in life. What you believe is what you become.

What does your testimony speak of you? You are either agreeing with God or you are resisting him. Are you actively in the presence of God or seeking such? They who worship God must do so in Spirit and in Truth. Some worship the contrary; what they know not. Don’t be given over imagination and what you understand or think in your mind. You need a greater authority than yourself.

You can only be what God made you to be, not necessarily what you want to be. Why compete with that which is not you? He who compares him or herself with another is not wise. Remember that you are uniquely designed by God. God desires that you be thus as He designed. Don’t therefore resign to less. So where are you right now?

“Oh, how He Loves Us”

The love that Jesus holds for you and I is beyond what our minds can comprehend, more than most can even begin to fathom.

Behold what manner of love the Father has given unto us, that we should be called the sons and daughters of God.

He gave His life to make us whole, shedding His blood for all,
Healing the body, saving the soul, so that all may come, for mercy call.

What we in glory soon shall be, it does not yet appear;

But when our precious Lord we see, the seal of His love we shall bear fully to be.

More than we can imagine indeed!

In His prayer to the Father he said “I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.” (John 17:26)

The love of Christ overwhelms me, overtakes and encompasses all that I be,

More than I can see. Frees life from within; may His glory be greater known.

I find myself feeling what Paul expressed; “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.” (Philippians 3:12)

This song often in my heart, I find myself singing, “I Stand in Awe of You”

You are beautiful beyond description
Too marvelous for words
Too wonderful for comprehension
Like nothing ever seen or heard
Who can grasp Your infinite wisdom?
Who can fathom the depth of Your love?
You are beautiful beyond description
Majesty, enthroned above
And I stand, I stand in awe of You
I stand, I stand in awe of You
Holy God, to whom all praise is due
I stand in awe of You.

Bringing me into the place where love abounds far beyond words I can bring or sing.

“Divine Provision properly Proportioned”

Is there a hunger in your spirit for the things of God?

I recall when the Word of the Lord came to Elijah. “Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.”

“So he did what the Lord had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.

Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. There come seasons where we must wait upon God, seek His face and He will speak and then we submit to his process as He gently leads us on to our next step.

Then comes specific times of pouring out. “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams;
(Acts 2:17)

Then there is the account of Elijah and the widow’s oil.
“Now the wife of one of the sons of the prophets cried to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord, but the creditor has come to take my two children to be his slaves.” (2 Kings 4:1,2)

Are you perhaps holding inside you a portion that God gave you to in order to be poured back out?

Elijah asks the widow; “What shall I do for you? Tell me; what have you in the house?” And she said, “Your servant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.”
Receiving and Releasing

There are seasons of being filled up of God. What about that little jar of oil? What is in your hand? There comes time to start pouring that out. There is a river. Rivers flow. Waters that do not move become stagnant such as The Dead Sea. Life is meant to be in reciprocal motion.

Then he said, “Go outside, borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels and not too few. Did not Jesus say that it is better to give than to receive?

Spare not; and give away in abundance when it is your hand to do so. Why do we sometimes feel inclined to hang onto and hoard? Is it not because we feel our supply may run out? So giving place to fear or remaining in the right of the need to know the outcome can become our choice. Let the left hand not know what the right hand is doing. God’s business is in his capable hands. Why is there a tendency want to work the hand of God? Out of His love He so freely gives us all things that we truly have need of. Be as the sparrow.

Perhaps we move beyond being able to trust God? When all things are freely given at His hand, why may we be inclined to hold onto what is not ours to retain? When we let of what is physically tangible then we make room for more new to come in. Are you perhaps poised in stagnant waters?

Then Elijah proceeded to say to the widow; “go in and shut the door behind yourself and your sons and pour into all these vessels. And when one is full, set it aside.” So she went from him and shut the door behind herself and her sons. And as she poured they brought the vessels to her. When the vessels were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another.”

Then the oil stopped flowing. She came and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on the rest.” ( 2 Kings 4: 4-7)

Abundant provision is commensurate with liberal pouring back out into perhaps awaiting provision that God has placed within you to be given away. The gift that keeps on giving, they say. That gift you are.
Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38)

The oil of God’s Holy Spirit is in abundant supply and shall never run dry. Freely have we received, so freely may we give.