But with God All things are Possible

A man once approached Jesus, asking him “what good action​ can I take toward eternal value?” And Jesus replied, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you seek to approach keeping a life of eternal value then keep the commandments.” The man then asked, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The young man said to him, “All these I have kept. What do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

What does it require in order to focus one’s​ walk in life onto eternal values of true Kingdom living? Jesus said that it would come with great challenge for the one who is heavily invested in a life centered on the values of this world. Most likely it would take considerable compression of one’s values that are anchored in the temporal things of this life in order for one to release such items or issues which have little lasting​ value in light of eternity.

Who then can find success in such a venture? Jesus replied; “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Man’s way is inclined in many cases to make superficial​ sacrifices​ that require little action from the heart. When man relies solely​ on his own resourcefulness apart​ from God’s intervention and provision he will in most cases fall upon a fate that offers little in the way advancement toward eternal​ or lasting values.

So what might taking up one’s own cross to follow after Jesus imply? Following an example He sets for us may we ask ourselves; “Do I have a heart of a servant who gives generously and is ready to offer up my very best unconditionally to serve whosoever​ God places in my path in perhaps what may even seem to be not convenient in the moment? Can I follow in Jesus’ footsteps and serve as He did?

Lacking nothing and possessing all things. In Christ, we can choose a place where offering our very best unto Him brings to us in exchange His best, fullfilling our highest sense of contentment. It is our choice to make. Such as the case of the woman we read​ of in Luke 7:37,38 where she came there with an alabaster jar of expensive perfume and she broke a highly valued jar in order to offer it to Jesus. She freely and willingly gave up which to her was likely a prized possession and offered and surrendered this to Jesus in an act of total submission. Her life exemplified one poured out. She offered her very best to the Master.

Has not God chosen those who are choosing to be poor in the aspects of this world so as to become​ rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? Where our heart truly is centered is where we also will likely invest our very best; our treasure. We can be rich in faith and let our actions demonstrate the same. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all other things shall be added to you as well. (Matthew 6:33)

Jesus said “let everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, receive a hundredfold and inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”
(Matthew 19:29)

The disciples once came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. I think we get the idea here. Humble oneself in the sight of the Lord and He shall lift you up. Such find great expansesiveness in the Kingdom of God.

Abiding or merely Riding?

Have you ever been so very engaged in the fast track of life that it feels like things​ are flying ever so high and you wonder if it could feel any better than this? I’m sure many of us could attest to having such an experience.

When the ride is so exhilarating​ that you don’t even hardly stop to pause until suddenly piece by piece aspects of the ride begin to become dysfunctional​ and then you think that you “have this” and can merely make a pit stop and here and there; all in order to make some quick fixes or patches along the way. Then to say “I will manage to hold it all together until I feel justified”, to find a resting place where I can take some deep breaths and rest a spell and just smell the roses?

Getting “beyond tired” one does not secure much in the way of sustainable rest and then it is just about guaranteed that “crash time” will arrive and it will likely occur in the worst possible moment. Then I am truly sidelined and then when the object lesson comes into focus I ask myself just how did this happen? So let’s have an “aha” moment and take a timeout​.

We are not wired to live this kind of pace but how easy it can become for this to be a pattern in which we run the race. Eventually, ​we will burn out and find ourselves sidelined for a spell and then it takes a while to recoup so we can go again.

My week comes to a close in a similar​ fashion right now and how many times have I became ensnared in such a scenario? One too many I must conclude. This blog is my recorded journey on a personal adventure with God and so here I share pretty much all. Confession is good for the soul, right?

Let’s recall what Jesus had to say about the matter, as that is what came to me this morning.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him; he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:1-5)

I can become so engaged “for the Master” if not careful that before long I can find myself​ relying on what I know that I can do in a familiar way and have drifted into autopilot​ and unaware that I am not tapping into the vine any longer. My resources are suddenly getting pruned because my walk has started to become unfruitful. What? How did I allow myself to fall into​ that trap?

Well, this cut me to the heart immediately​ upon realization. Yes, the intimacy was no longer present and somehow got severed in the midst of “my weariness”. Note here that Jesus​ said, “you are clean through the word I have spoken​ to you”. So where did I replace​ listening to His still small voice with “thinking” that somehow gained precedent? Yes, I tend to think too much and the thoughts drown out the voice of the one who loves me the most. Suddenly I realize that the honeymoon was interrupted, and where was I heading? Away from the lover of my soul! Oh, I am so feeling the impact of the repercussions​ from my careless actions. My heart melts; Oh how could I? But yet I did. Out a cascading flood of tears ensues and He is right here waiting for me and I return back to the honeymoon. In returning and rest are we saved, and in quietness and confidence shall be our strength, if we but shall so choose to take that extended hand offered, instead of staying on that fast riding horse of self-confidence​; where if we remain on that ride, that which pursues will be even swifter and soon overtake us.

I resolve that I shall henceforth “be determined to be found “abiding in Him”. I just stepped into my new identity ever so recently and “already” was going on a rabbit trail of my own design. Old habits tend to die slowly in some cases but something tells me that this object lesson will remain deeply entrenched in my awareness. My heart has been awakened in loving response.

Continuing​ on with what Jesus said; “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full”.
(John 15:9-11)

I am in this moment back in the fullness of immense joy and the honeymoon has resumed and I am being renewed and the weariness is leaving. See how wonderful Jesus is; he never leaves even when I wander off.

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another.”
(John 15:12-17)

May you and I purpose to walk and remain in such love with the lover of our soul and with one another. Yes, we can walk in such love with one another! We are called to such and we are designed to live in this manner and this is what it means to abide in His love and live life to the fullest and more abundantly unto eternity. As we discover what it is to truly lay our life down for Him and for one another in unconditional surrender, then shall we know what it is to take it up again walking in newness of life; “a resurrected life”. This is living on purpose, walking​ out our divine destiny.

Choose you this Day to Stand

​Yesterday I revisited what constituted geographically to be my old training​ ground of former years where I was introduced to what it is to be a “soldier of the cross”. I love this place as it holds a lot of good memories and reminders of that from which I have come.

Yet I went knowing I was on a “new assignment” with “new grace” for an old place. This was to become my greatest object lesson yet. When I showed up “nothing” or “no one” was “in place” thus to meet my expectations. I felt disappointed or let down. I began to ask God as to why did I even come? Why am I here today, when no one or nothing is in their presupposed​ place? Why is everything seemingly out of time and place? Can I please get some cooperation here from someone? I showed​ up, right? Am I the only one who has?

I am not to rely solely upon that which I see with my physical eyes or what I feel in my emotions. I am not to relent or relax back into an old default pattern. Rather I am to press​ into continually morphing into an expanding view that is asking for more added input. I don’t want a static condition but rather a moving one.

I can geographically be standing in what might appear to be the same old place and I can easily if am not careful, slip back into old perceptions or mindsets to where I lose sight of the fact that I have given that place a new face. A face that is open to more in every moment, content only while employing every available resource.

I remember that the call of God upon my life rests on the other side of my perceived​ perceptions. That new place is what I declare it to be. How I speak “of it” is what shows up.

I must be willing to follow God into the unknown. There is a call “to” the consecration “of” that call.

God has for you and I a new identity in which we are to step into. We are who we are because we decide to be.

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. (Am I listening for a new and fresh word from God, while at the same time faithfully following through in the last one spoken to me?)

To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.”
(Revelation 2:17 ESV)

A conqueror will delve into the “meat of the matter” to extract the words from behind the words and the message within the message yet while at the same time keeping it simple and concise, yet pure in its integrity. Practical and pragmatic, keeping the vision where he that reads it may be able to run with it.

You receive a new name; you can only receive what the name means if you choose to receive it.

If you walk with a new name, it describes who you are. It describes what your experience has made you into; or that which you are to become. I am a word from God “being”, while at the same time inviting the “becoming”; that which reflects increase and multiplication into something more.

In Christ, God restores our true identity. It does not matter what you think your limitations are. It does not matter how tired you feel you are. It does not matter how weak you may perceive that you are.

Choose you this day to stand in and fully embrace your new identity. There is no going back. There is no room for inconsistent meanderings but rather a call to remain resolute. ​Be strong and very courageous; remembering His name is Immmanual, meaning “God with us”. If God be for us, then who can be against us?

The Love of God Present and Real

The Gospel of Jesus Christ was never meant to be complicated simply due to the fact it is a declaration and expression of the fullness of God’s love for you and I. This is not intended to be made into an abstract concept. Let us look at what God says in 1 John 4 and see what we may take away from allowing His Light thereof to fill us.

So why is this so easily placed out of reach to where we find ourselves feeling beyond His reach and touch?

He is very real and present in every moment; and is constant and merely longs for us to allow that penetration of His Presence to envelop the very essence of our being; who, what and all that we are.

These last couple​ of days all I have been able to do is to bask in the reality of His love and allow Him to overtake and consume anything that has been allowed to keep His presence from filtering in and become translucent​ into the very essence of what makes the expression of who I am a very present actuality.

I have been​ taking on a new identity as I believe and embrace more fully the divine story that He has written for me to walk out; living, moving and having my being in and out through a revelation of who Jesus is and what the expression of my relationship with him longs to express and declare.

As I more fully love who I am in Him, actualizing who I am with and through Him, I must be the same with everyone I meet along the way in the course of my day.

Therefore I conclude, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.

Anyone who does not love, does not truly know God, because God is love.

In this, the love of God was made manifest among us, as God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live and thus love through him. There is no greater purpose or ideal to live for.

In this is love. Not that we have loved God but that he loved us.

He sent his Son to be the bearer our sins so that we need not live under that immense weight.

If God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

No one has ever seen God; “if” we love one another, God abides in us and this​ love is perfected in us. Yes, made perfect. Love is thus a choice and not a feeling we wait for to arise within us. We choose to receive God’s love fully and give it fully and freely to Him, to ourselves and to each other; equally and unconditionally.

By this, we know that we are to be in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son Jesus to be the Savior of the world.

Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God and abides in him, and he in God, has discovered his or her reason for being.

So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

By this, His love is perfected with us, so that ​we may have confidence.

As he is so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.

May we choose to live within the clarity of what we have given; the gift of life “in Him”.

What kind of Love?

The call of the Father’s heart to each of is simply to call us back to love.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
(1 Corinthians13:4-7)

God is love and He will not go against his character! Love keeps no record of wrongs.

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. (1John 3:1)

The problem many stumble over today is when we try to operate within our own knowledge, for when we do so we are operating within a very limited mindset and concept of who God is. We are called to stand in the humility of our love solely and purely and add nothing to that. Otherwise our perception can become skewed and we lose sight of what the true love of God is. We are called to such a radical love with our God and with our fellow man. This and this alone will bring the true transformation for which the heart seeks.

“But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. (Hebrews 10;12-14)

Jesus’ sacrifice has been applied across the entire timeline of history. We are free to “become” what His blood already declares that we “already are”.

For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (John 1:16-17)

We can see that “Law was given through Moses”. “Grace and Truth comes through Jesus Christ”.

The Law revealed “sin”, which is the result of the problem that created it; that being what actually causes man to seperate himself from God is, when he goes about to seek his own righteousness and holiness, which places him into a place of failure and condemnation.

Since we can’t live in a place of “less than”, we then end up creating our own level of righteousness by which we condemn ourselves and judge everyone else.

Grace and Truth came through Jesus Christ. “He” is the Revelation” of all that we ever need know and experience.

I am going to stop here today and suggest that we allow ourselves to digest this. I ask that we ponder this and begin to discover what love truly is as defined by the Word of God. This is very much on my heart that we dispel the cloudiness that can so easily obscure a a view of who God truly is and who He created us to be.

Cultivation unto Consecration

When we create something from and out of inspiration it comes together through a process does it not? A creation is drawn from a culmination of many ingredients which are first sifted and refined individually then they are held up in the light of observation to determine which blends with and compliments the other. Then out of a few, several or many ingredients are formed a collective expression of all of the individual ingredients as they mix and blend with one another and there comes forth a depth of character because there are many facets and variations that contribute to the the whole as they are combined.

So it is with relationships. God intended that we blend into a beautiful harmony a mixed collection of many varied expressions from which each has experienced life. Now if we truly were to practice this fully as God intends, then life would never contain a dull moment within it’s tapestry.

You see, we are to sharpen one another’s countenance as such and if we would do so none of us would ever be lacking in any one thing. Our lives and character would reflect excellence in all that we do and in all that we say or express.

This is not an impossibility as with God all things are possible with those who believe. So why not strive to pursue a means to such? I hope we will as a body of believers return to this. I believe that is where God is taking us and it is where we must return to in order for all things to be gathered together as one in Christ.

Is this not God’s plan centered in His divine order? Then what steps are you and I willing to take today to move toward such?

“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)

Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” (Genesis 2:18)

Isolation is societies’ greatest woe. When mankind is separated, instead of extenuating and complimenting our diversity we end of dividing the integrity of who and what we are and life begins to fracture and fragment and we end up isolated, losing our true identity and forget who and what God designed us to be.

So may we make serious resolution and focus on solution and begin to make restitution where it is due or in some cases long overdo. Let us then rediscover how grand life can once again be as we realize the importance of you and me determining together to be and together see that we are to “all” partake of the same tree. Are we not speaking of the Tree of Life which is all that we ever did need? That was man’s great fall when he chose to leave God’s order and step away from his true destiny.

The Father is calling back home his sons and daughters, to that tree don’t you see? Ponder this if you will and see if you don’t agree. Consider the art of “cultivating” and then “consecrating” will surface out of the purest act of love.

Drawing Near and Set Apart

All throughout the day yesterday I found myself deeply immersed in such a yearning cry for a greater measure of the Presence of God. His Word assures me that to be in Christ I already have all of Him. God never witholds any measure of who He is from us. It is us that put up the barriers or walls that can keep him on the outside while all the time He is knocking at our hearts door to be allowed fully in. Yet He will never force His love upon us in any shape or form.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it his not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.
(1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

The quest for the infilling of His presence shall know no end. The depths of His love are unsearchable. I find that as I feel like I can’t receive enough of him it is because there are elements of resistance still within me that are creating friction. You know what friction feels like, right? So why would I offer up resistance that would impede what I desire so intensely and desperately to drink in to the very depths of my being? Perhaps I find myself unable to discern the source of such resistance?

So now what? That which I know not how to identify is keeping me from my greatest and most intense desire? There is is only one answer to this dilemma and that is to first acknowledge it and that I feel totally helpless standing in the middle of such. Two words will break this dilemma and they are “Yes Lord”. “Yes Lord, I am holding on to some measure of unbelief that tells me that you are not great enough to overcome it. Lord help me in my unbelief to believe and trust you to supercede and overtake such. You already overcame everything in this world for me and paid in full the price for such with the ultimate sacrifice that you made for me.”

If I ask Him such, He takes it from there as I have invited Him to do so. He will not do anything for you until you earnestly and genuinely ask him to. However once you ask and continue to persistently follow hard after Him in relentless pursuit He will open a measure of His presence that is beyond anything you or I could imagine.

Yes such new lands await you and I and He is so ready to break us through and we shall find ourselves on the other side in the fullness of His glory if we will simply believe Him for who He is and trust him through the process. Yes, it is a process. Don’t expect this to manifest like instant potatoes because true relationship takes consistent and concise cultivation. Yes this word “cultivate” is the key here. It begins with Jesus and I and Jesus and you, and then we cultivate the same with each other. Do you find such intimidating? Yes, our human nature has taken us in such a direction has it not? However it is time now to come home; come home to the Father’s heart. In a sense we have all been prodigals have we not? Well first may we forgive ourselves. Release and let our past go. We merely forgot who God created us to be and the way to live that nature out totally in his likeness.

Don’t be in judgement over where you are and have been. Let us forgive ourselves and each other and walk in the precedent that 1 Corinthians 13 offers us. This leads us to where we can truly consecrate ourselves which then transforms our world all around us as we reflect and emanate such.

Perhaps next we can explore this matter of consecrating ourselves. Shall we? Be rooted and centered in His Love that surpasses all of our understanding. Allow His peace therein to keep your heart and mind through Christ Jesus. He has us and now let us discover that we have Him totally when we allow the resistance to be melted away.