Transitioning into True Transformation

I find myself at a truly pivotal moment in life where I am having to take a true assessment of what it actually means for me to fully answer the call of God, to present my body as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is my spiritual worship. I am not to be “conformed” to this world’s, or society’s standards, or mindful perceptions thereof, but rather I am be “transformed” by the renewal of my mind, that by testing therein I may discern what is the will of God, what is the good and acceptable and perfect expression of my life reflecting fully conformity to the the death of my Lord Jesus Christ which He already fulfilled on the cross.

Everything thing by which I have defined “who I am” is being taken to the cross. There is much being put to death at this moment so that I may come fully into life perhaps unrecognizable as to “who I have been”. So I may not be writing as frequently, as life as “I have known it”, is being eclipsed. I will do what I can to continue to journal my progression, however I cannot say how that will show up. I am being moved into experiencing new places, with new people, and new parameters in which how, where, and with whom I do life shows up much differently.

Therefore, having a newly defined ministry unfolding by the mercy of God, I do not lose heart. It does not fit inside any box. There is no cookie cutter or mold by which to craft it. God is doing a new thing. I am merely saying “yes” as I step into a totally new and unknown frontier for me. I adhere to a radical presentation of the true gospel of Jesus Christ. Unfiltered, unadulterated, as I believe God is calling out and raising up an end time church that will be fully true in every sense to the radiant presence and character of our Lord Jesus Christ. A people of God that will fully declare with their lives that we are to be as a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that we may proclaim the excellencies of him who called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.
(1 Peter 2:9) God has always preserved such a remnant, kept in store, throughout all of history, I believe for this hour.

Even if this gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we are to proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:3-6 ESV)

However having this treasure in an earthly vessel of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. I may afflicted in many a way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body experiencing the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in my body and hence life. May such in my life seek to reflect this. For as one who lives in flesh is being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in this mortal flesh. So that death may be at work in me, but life rising forth in those that bear witness unto transformation.

Choosing to let go of the perception of life from solely the five senses and no longer rest in what is able to be physically seen and felt, may we take on the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

So may we do not lose heart. As the outer self is wasting away, the inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an “eternal weight of glory” beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:13-18)
That we may see and taste fully of the goodness of God. To so experience such, that “this” is what we sow into life in every breathing moment.

May I, by the grace of Jesus be freed from “the desire of” the following;
Being loved by others
Being promoted in life
Being honored
Being praised
Being preferred over any other
Being consulted

May I by the grace of Jesus be freed from the following:
The desire of being approved
From the fear of being humiliated
From the fear of being despised
From the fear of suffering rebukes
From the fear of being subjected to false statements
From the fear of being forgotten
From the fear of being ridiculed
From the fear of being wronged
From the fear of being suspected.

May the needs of others may be esteemed above what I feel that I need from life.
What I feel I need from life I will solely ask of God alone and from Him alone arrive at the fulfillment and satisfaction thereof.

There is but one name under heaven by which man may be freed from such and his name is Jesus.

My focus is to go after the 1 in 99; just as Jesus did and to forsake all else in order to attain the finishing of this race of life with fullness of joy, in knowing I have run well faithfully unto the very end, with a servant’s heart. My reason for living being “a harvest” that bears an eternal weight of glory “or knowing the goodness of the Father’s heart” to the extent this overshadows all the temporal in life. Wherein “what matters” is of “Eternal nature”.

I lay down at the foot of the Cross, “my own burdens” which are not mine to carry. Jesus already fulfilled such. That is why He came. May we no longer remain the same; but rather choose to fully bear “His Name”.

“The Higher Calling”

In recent days in an ever increasing pronounced way, I sense that God is calling us to believe and trust Him for a measure of faith that will lift us up beyond where and how we have ever experienced life before. A new frontier, new lands where none of us have ever gone before or even ventured.

This being beyond our self realized concept of who we “think that we are”. A place where our “being right” no longer matters, where we can just let that fall aside and run off us like water from a ducks back. Where trivial things no longer hold importance and where our highest priority becomes that of esteeming our brothers and sisters needs, which include all who cross our path, to be above the importance of our own. Where we focus on truly loving and caring for one another genuinely. It is being who “God” says that we are.

“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)

As sons and daughters of the most high God, under the reign of Christ, God sees only one race; sharing one inheritance.

A priesthood of royal descent purchased by the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ. A called out people to intercede for and serve all peoples. We come not to be served, but seek and and help restore that which is lost.
“And those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins; and you will raise up the age old foundations; and you will be called repairer of the breach; the restorer of streets in which to dwell. (Isaiah 58:12)

Rebuild the broken households and families. Restore the structured unity in our neighborhoods and community and in the doing of business therein. Restore the values that most of society has let go of, abandoned or no longer embrace and adhere to. Where as men in our community we help uphold the single moms in common decent measures to encourage their healing and restoration. And wherein as men being better men as a result raising a higher standard as the protectors and uplifting of the well being of those God has placed in our sphere of influence and thus care and responsibility. Then our streets will be once again a place of peace and safety where true community is nurtured. I sense you get where I am going with this and are beginning to get a picture of a people with a hope and a future.

A people who possess and carry the very presence of God where ever we are and life takes us. Proclaiming and emanating His excellence; the character of Christ. Because we have been called out of darkness and into His marvelous light.

Here is where I have chosen to set my sights. Consider the one who calls you who also will do it. You merely have to say “yes”. Only believe and step out and up into may be a stretch beyond your comfort zones. Do it anyway because you are destined for something much greater than where you stand right now.

“The Trial and Testimony of Life”

Cast your bread upon the waters for you shall see it after many days. These words in today’s accompanying picture ring so true in me at this stage in life. True and steadfast is God’s promise unto me. I can hold true and align my life with His promise. Even though my body fail me over and over and time and time again. This morning in the midst of a constant rise and fall, I remain committed to stand faithful to His promise that the work He has begun in me will be completed in and by His hand. He is faithful to complete that work. Even though some of the people in my life let me down and circumstances come to kill, steal and destroy what I left in my hands to work with, my candle is not yet extinguished. “Faithful is that calls me who also will do it”.
(1 Thessalonians 5:4).

Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God. Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving. He builds up, He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He is abundant in power and his understanding is beyond measure. So we can thus glean from Psalm 47.

What does He take delight in when it it comes to essence of your life and mine?
His delight is not in the strength of the horse nor his pleasure in the legs of a man, but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love. (Christ in me; the hope of glory. I will glory only in the Cross). I choose to die daily and continually to all else.

He called and commissioned me to first and foremost preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. What else matters? All else in life serves around why I am here. How I show up is an illustration of such. I pour the the Living Word of God into the lives of others. This be my livelihood; my living hope. What is my life but as a vapor that appears but for a short and time and then to vanish away? For all my days are passed away: spending my years as a tale that is told. The days of my years may be threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and I fly away.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Psalm 90)

They that go down to the sea in ships; And occupy their business in great waters; These men see the works of the Lord: and his wonders in the deep. (Psalm 107:23)
Captivity in disease or adversity can be as dangerous and alarming as a dreadful tempest at sea; with a most natural and striking description of which we are here presented. Life can rise on the highest wave only then to be engulfed in it’s aftermath.

For he commands, and raises the stormy wind, which lifts up waves thereof.
Mounting up to the heavens, going down again to the depths; soul is melted in trouble. Reeling to and fro, and staggering like a drunken man, at my wit’s end,
I cry unto the Lord. And then and suddenly;

He brings me out of my distresses. He makes the storms to calm, so that the waves thereof be still; for a moment.
I am glad for “a moment” of quiet and calm. He offers a haven. Yet life cycles does it not in rise and fall? Yes, my life is as the rolling sea and I choose to ride the waves inspite of what it may seem. He is faithful. It does not matter what my five senses observe. It does not matter what I feel in my emotions.

Steadfast and faithful may I remain from commencement unto conclusion, unto the very end as I cross the finish line and draw my last breath in this race. I look unto my Jesus and into His eyes my gaze be affixed. In that day, Him I shall “fully” behold and see. As for now, the time being; I am simply a grandpa who has been so shown my Heavenly Father’s heart in such abundance that if if nothing else, may the remainder of my days serve as an example of a “father to the fatherless”. My charge and cry shall be “Give me my mountain”!, just as it was with Caleb of old. My promise land rests in “the unseen”. That is true faith that pleases God.
Faithful to the little and few placed into my stewardship and trust; great is the reward in the end. I live solely for that which is Eternal. Glory be unto God!

Securing the Summit in the Ascent

This morning I find myself sitting with the same words that comprised my last blog. I hope and trust that there are those of you that are praying for and with me and will continue to do so. Please bear with me. I’ll keep this as brief as possible. I cannot be on here as consistently as I desire. I wish to keep those of you who choose to continue to follow with me in this adventure with God, “on board” in my day to day encounters with Him.

I write from the very experience that I live in the moment. Life can so readily overtake us and its burdens weigh us down to the extent we sometimes feel we cannot take another step. Let alone from the very place we may find ourselves where it becomes an arduous task, it feels almost impossible for the even most simple of tasks in life to work sometimes. We have all been there, haven’t we? Yet what do I look to in the end? It is the one thing that never has nor never will fail me; “the Wonderful grace of Jesus” that reaches me.

I am here for one reason and one reason only and that being; is to testify of His matchless and marvelous grace. My greatest apprehension in life in life being, is in the awareness that perhaps some of you out there have yet to touch the hem of His garment.

Some of you have yet to discover His grace and mercy touching your very lives right where you are at. If that is you then you perhaps you have no clue yet what you are missing if you continue to strive to take matters into your own hands. Please don’t make the mistake I did in waiting so long to reach out to Him and surrender your entire fight, battle and incomprehensible burdens. God never intended for you to bear that on your own. I pray that you can hear what is behind my words this morning.

I have shared with you many times that we are in a race in life; in which there is only one that can receive the prize at the end; “the one who finishes”. “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wealth, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
(1 Corinthians 9:24-27 ESV)

Within me my body right now is my greatest challenge. You probably get weary of hearing about it, however my life right now is my greatest illustration. Jesus fully purchased my healing on His Cross. Yet incomprehensible affliction may rise up and rage in my core physical frame. It continues to weaken and by the grace of God,I find a measure of strength in Him in intervals. I receive short minute bursts to face the simple tasks of walking out my divine story through just taking simple basic steps. However it doesn’t matter what I feel or see; the only thing that matters is Jesus’ promises to me. So yesterday I awoke to pain levels in the right side side of my body; namely the neck, shoulder and right hip radiating out, bringing tears to stream down my face as the mere lifting and moving of my right arm presented great challenge. Different days manifest differently in the body. There is no medical remedy available; doctors find nothing conclusive. I use a supplemental product God brought into my life that makes it possible to continue to take a next step beyond my comfort zone. This helps me to do a few basics certain days.

Anyway, to keep the story short a normal hour and a half mowing of my lawn yesterday turned into a four hour ordeal which I paced though inch by inch. It took hours of prayer to merely get myself out there and start. The lessons are more than the task itself; so I embrace the challenge for the rewards embedded within.

I finished, yet can’t explain exactly how. It is that as I’m out there, “in the trenches” I am walking with my Jesus. He spits the seas of resistance that mount up try their utmost to press in and hold me down and back. Yet I “keep moving”. I don’t stop. I don’t quit, ever. If I were to give in to the opposition, I would be done in life. I will plow through to the very end. I know not the number of my days. I have however enormous huge vision and dream. (Believe it or not, I still carry a vision to “mountain climb”. With God, all things are possible to those who believe.) If I remain faithful, endeavoring to “build it”, then “they will come”. Others who need what I have with my Jesus will hear and see and come partner with me. This I believe firmly. God has spoken very clearly and distinctly with me on this. We are not to do it alone any longer my friends. God is overturning the apple cart in how we do life. No more “lone rangers” or “self-made men and women”. It is all centered and based in relationship and partnership. We need each others’ pieces to this mosaic. This is kingdom principled and this “is” my “Father’s world” and belongs to His Son Jesus. May He increase as I decrease.

This product I use in my body is I believe a gift from God. I simply want to help others who may be able to benefit from it’s qualities as I have. I am endeavoring to create a platform of business/ministry so I can continue reach out and simply help people to open avenues through which they may experience the “wonderful grace of Jesus”, where life meets them in the road.

It is challenging for me to ask others for help. Many simply do not understand where I operate from right now. I used to have active periods in my life which have now eclipsed to nil to none. My skill sets are now a huge challenge to facilitate into practical productive means as my dependability to physically walk out basics wax and wane, and this effects my cognitive across the board. So I guess in a way, I”m an underdog writing my story as I live it before the eyes of the world “as it were”.

My every moment is a journey of grace. I am trying to build a web presence since I can no longer get out much. I learn by trial and error since being able “pay other’s” is not really an option for me in most cases. I am merely doing my best to make my intrinsic value visible. I give value for value and then some; just not in the way some would expect. It takes everything to maintain my health. May my testimony be an encouragement to someone out there. I do what I do as unto Jesus. I trust that in God’s plan there are perhaps out there among some of you, who perhaps would consider partnering in this process as God speaks to you. May His will be done here on Earth as it is in Heaven. He desires for Heaven to be touching Earth; so may you please keep open hearts.

“And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.” (John 17:11) May we bear this in mind and endeavor to “be one” in our Father’s love. I encourage you to sit with Jesus’ prayer in John 17.

If you wish to correspond with me then you may do so at brianjm777@gmail.com.
If you have read this far and remained with me then I thank you for taking the time to hear my heart. I merely am doing my best to keep all transparent and hopefully cohesive. May God bless you!

A Call to a Love of Extraordinary Expression

I request that you all hold me up in prayer consistently please at this time.

I fully intend to keep this blog moving forward to the extend that my physical well being allows. I have been extremely challenged this week in ways I never could have anticipated.

My illness has taken a turn for the worse unfortunately and I am believing God to see me through this. However I feel like my life is on a precipice at the moment and as the image that accompanies this post states; I do stand in trust. It is just getting a little scary and is stretching me in a way I have never been challenged. I am being asked to increase my measure of faith. I ask that you stand with me in this please if you can.

My mission and assignment which I believe God has given me is to write my entire journey out as I live it, to the very end. For me this is to be “completely transparent”. As I learn how to do this I believe that God is trying to accomplish something in the body of Christ right now that my situation has a role in to illustrate in real life. That is all I sense that I should say about it at this juncture.

I have a strong conviction and desire to follow the Word of God the best I can. For some reason, though it’s my own personal life that I share in my blog and postings, it can strike a nerve in some. This results in misunderstandings sometimes and communication breaks down. Some misunderstand my strong backbone and boldness in this walk and tenacity to remain transparent no matter what. My motivation is to truly reflect God’s heart beyond the means and manner that is normally conducted. This makes some of you uncomfortable at times I sense.

This can be perceived as being abrasive and harsh however this can be due to the mere perception on the part of others and is not my intention. I am a very loving and caring person at heart and believe in walking in the fruits of the Spirit
(Galations 5:22,23).

Although I don’t get it 100% right, and who does, my life perhaps convicts some of their own inadequacies and shortcomings. Offences can arise and hearts may wax in and out of growing cold because of perceived hurt. Then some find it easier to be evasive and isolate themselves from the person they took offence with. Instead of talking it out in love and gentleness they do the “silent treatment and carry a bitter spirit in their heart. So may we pursue loving and healing communication please? May we keep pressing on? We don’t need to see our defense emotions reacting, but rather let it be hearts that respond in loving and willing compassion. What needs to be highlighted is our continuous peace and a “never give up” spirit prevailing in spite of “come what may”.

Kingdom-mindedness keeps the mind on God’s business.

Let’s appreciate what we have while we have it. Please don’t allow the beauty to be diminished that is cloaked inside of adversity. Open your hearts to the message that may be found therein. Appreciate God’s blessing; the beautiful connection and gift that you may get to establish and have with another person while the opportunity is before you to do so; before you find yourself wishing that you had. Not everyone, and the connection that you can or may be able to experience with them, is replaceable. Sometimes precious treasure is only recognized after it is has been missed; here momentarily and fleeting as a butterfly in a meadow of floral beauty. Do you get the picture I am endeavoring to illustrate? Please listen for the message from the heart that is behind these words this morning. I simply wish to finish my course with joy and know that the hearts for it was designed accomplished it’s full measure to the finish line.

We only have today my friends. Lets make the most of that.
I am deeply thankful to be able to share with you all an extraordinary gospel through the love of Jesus Christ. My love through and out of His love is quite radical and I believe God is asking you to open your heart to the possibility that his plan is for this to become the norm and it begins with his sons and daughters and that leaves no one out. God loves all just the same all the time. This is the heart of my message. May we run the race of life well. May God bless you.

P.s: I welcome your comments especially now as they flow into the process of writing this story. If you wish to correspond with me directly you may do so at brianjm777@gmail.com. Thank you.

The Divide over the Heart of Humanity

The winter storms have come and darkened my sun at times. The darkness tries to keep it’s tight grip on what cries for freedom. Spring and brighter warming days beckon.
The night lasts but for a season and joy comes in the morning when I shall rise from the ashes and exchange them for beauty. Through it all, where else do I look but unto Jesus?

In Christ the solid Rock I stand; all other ground is sinking sand.

And when even the songs won’t come, then a new course is begun as He comes into the room and then everything changes. He becomes my song and the prayer unto the God of my life.

It takes Samuel’s to awaken the hearts of the David’s who may not even be aware of who they are and what they possess; a man after God’s heart; to bear the ark of the new covenant. Such a call began , I’ve heard those words, but have I truly received them fully and owned them? I’m still working on that discovery.

I tried to walk that out recently in physical places and that did not turn out so well. I was leaning on my own understanding. Yet my God, in His grace brought me to experience what I currently am; sidelined that I may truly behold his glory. I pray that you will stay with me on this journey. It is time of breaking off of that which cannot remain in me.

As my body is made to be still my soul awakens to a level I have not lived and moved and had my being in yet. My mind tries to tell me I am going insane. Well, it is simply a matter of my mind dying into surrender unto the mind of Christ actually. In Jesus, who encompasses all things.

Does this not start out as life being experienced in an entirely new dimension to the senses? I believe so.

To live is Christ and to die is gain. Allow that to soak in; I mean really soak in. Heaven is not a place that is separate from the place we experience in matter or physicality where we live out life. Heaven is the experiencing of the Kingdom of God, which is within you. You must first gain a perception of it and release within you that which hinders it’s entrance into your life. First the heart must be fully rendered and the confession of your words becoming the declaration of His words.

The Word of God states that by Him, Jesus; all matter is held together. His body is the connecting nucleus of all particulate matter that holds that atomic structure of all that has life and breath and the creations thereof together which includes us and all things that surround us.

I realize I am speaking beyond my own understanding at the moment. Consider and ponder what God awaits you and I to grasp, lay hold of and to receive.

We do not receive this in the tangible of what we see, feel or can physically touch. I serve a God who calls things that are not yet, as though they already are. I must now choose the unseen and fully embrace it to the extent I have all my life thus far, chosen and declared “as so” of which I can tangibly see, feel and touch. Blessed are those that believe while having not yet seen.

“Sight must be re-conceived in faith. That is the most simple clarification I can make as to what I am laying out before you here.

This is the new focus for this blog which I was eluding to over the last couple of weeks. I did not know how this was going to roll out. God has been giving me vision and message for the end time church and has been unveiling this to me as I move in and out of and through this illness in my body all though 2017 unto this present moment. I realize this more fully as I write here this afternoon. As my body has been experiencing grave illness unprecedented, something is coming out of me in this moment that I had not anticipated. I live to see heaven brought to earth.
I don’t believe we are to live just to secure heaven at end of our physical existence. Rather I believe we are here to bring heaven into our physical existence. The sound of heaven touching earth is music to my soul and yes, I have heard it.

I am about to move from sharing and teaching to preaching I sense, at least for a bit. I don’t have a pulpit in a building nor desire one. This seems to be my pulpit for the time being. I see now God has prepared me for an assignment that I had no clue as to how He intended to perform it.

He does state in His Word that He takes the weak and baser in the sight of man and makes that mighty in His strength. He gets the glory; not you or I. I am obeying and yielding. I don’t need man’s approval or affirmation nor seek it. I follow Jesus and His Word and Spirit and choose to align myself with those that choose the same.

I sense that the church overall for the most part does not have a true perspective of what “Kingdom of God rule and reign” consists of and what this requires of us for its fulfillment in the earth.

It is not found in “church programs” or “moves of God” Why are there so many “specialized churches and ministries around bearing their own brand or model and are promoting their “model” as they would market a business? They seem to imply that if you get “a piece of this and/or a piece of that” then you will experience the latest move of God? Who is right and who is wrong? Right here the crux of the entire issue truly at stake that I believe is at the heart of all human suffering around the world. How is the gospel of Jesus Christ going to meet such a challenge? First and foremost the church must follow what “that gospel” truly teaches and presents.

Where does the problem truly lie? Every man seeks to do what is right in their own eyes; the insistence in standing in the need to be right. So how many versions of gospel does such a mindset perpetuate?

What is my message here unveiling? It is to issue a call to the church to break off the spirit of judgement and condemnation.

There are too many sons and daughters of the King running around seeking what is already inside of them, expecting some new thing of God that they haven’t discovered yet to fulfill them, their lives and destiny. Stop going and looking for what is already within you! “You are” the move of God!

Jesus came, paid and paved the way for our fullness in Kingdom expression “of His very being” to be reflected in the lives we walk out. This was birthed on that cross and through His resurrection. All has been fulfilled in and through Him. On the cross where He laid down His life for every one of us. He rose from the grave victorious so that we may live the life He lived when He walked the earth; victorious.

With new sight you start to see your brothers and sisters in His body in a whole new light. May we begin to lay our self interests and our “need to be right, affirmed, seen and recognized aside in order to help each other to step in the Kingdom and realize we all have keys that have been given to us. Keys to unlock and set free territory that is currently shackled in restraints of darkness.

Am I willing and are you willing to esteem those needs of our brother and sister above those of my own? It is high time to answer that. Okay, I trust some of us are on board or are on our way to become a church that truly reflects Jesus for who He is, in all of His fullness and Him alone. All else must needs fall away and may that be laid aside beginning now if we have not yet thus chosen.

“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
nor be weary when reproved by him.
For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and chastises every son whom he receives.”
It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?”
(Hebrews 12:5-7)

Oh how He loves us, oh how He loves us. His rebuke is the purest and greatest measure of love. This message may feel overbearing and maybe harsh. It is in the very opposite I bring it. It hurts my flesh to speak and write this, as I too have been deceived by being distracted from the true gospel. I have walked in error and I stand corrected and I turn in true repentance. It is only from there I ask the same of you. I don’t ask anyone to do what I will not myself do. So through this blog I will continue to expand on how we can walk this out in the times ahead.

“See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven. At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain.

Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.
(Hebrews 12:25-29)

Is the cross enough for you? Is it everything to you? This I ask that you answer in your heart today.

In the Light of God’s Presence

Darkness cannot stand in the Light of the Presence of God. Jesus literally makes the darkness tremble. I can personally bear witness to this right now. Our minds don’t want to believe this sometimes, however, thoughts can be overshadowed and overwritten.

I am surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses as to what is taking place in my body in regards to the healing I have already received by faith in Jesus who has anchored this in His finished work on the cross. In particular most recently, within the local ecclesia that I am partnered with, I can attest that a significant witness surrounds me in this testimony. Not a single one of us is​ meant to feel like we are standing alone. You are not alone. I do not wish to see any of you being isolated. Jesus left the “99′ to go after the “one”. There is no exception to this here and now.

“And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts,” (1 Peter 1:19) Every promise from God​ is yes and to every promise “Amen”. The dawning brightness “is” transcending the darkness.

Here, there are are some of you that may be presently experiencing what “I sense to be an unprecedented moving of God’s Spirit”. That may be experienced​ as the most critical areas or issues in our lives seemingly​ getting intense and under attack from multiple fronts. This may be quite far from rose-colored vision and certainly​ not an easy, soft warm blanket experience that you might expect. The heat is up! Our first response might be to get out of the kitchen if we can’t take the heat. Let’s talk about that kitchen today.

The dinner table is a lost art in America. Let us look for a moment at what that experience​ truly reflected and thus represented.

I can remember fifty years ago, growing up in an era when my family life was centered around the​ dinner meal at the kitchen table. My mother worked in the kitchen for many long hours, many times preparing meals, of which I helped with, wherein the atmosphere for the meal was prepared in love and conversation that formed and help shape my life through the preparation and enjoyment of good​ food that fully satisfied the soul-centered experience around those meals at the table.

Then I might add in here the shopping trips that she invested in to select and gather the ingredients for those meals. What is that? That is called process. Do you know what God is doing most with me right now? It is the painstaking adventure of learning to be patient with the process. The gathering and investment of the ingredients. The profit in life comes through the process. Excellence comes out of worthy investment into character. No instant potatoes anymore​. I have to wait and my mind tries to tell me that it is simply being baited for enticement towards that “carrot” that I shall never get to fully enjoy. Such impatience and impetus reactions my friends ​signifies​ a mindset embedded in cleverly hidden lies. I have been conditioned through life to want what I want and to demand to see it show up right now. My parents, while I​ was growing up, invested in the process and worked painstakingly​ hard to stay ahead and they always were moving and seldom sedentary. They were not perfect and had their “issues” as well however they were often pouring into and blessing others because they put the needs of others ahead of their own. I, fortunately,​ retained some of that “while” being conditioned by this present world.

I most recently re-discovered what it is to live once again in the innocence, simplicity, ​and trust of a child resting in my heavenly​ “Father’s arms and loving embrace. He has me. Yet my mind doesn’t always “get” that and resists and wants to cling to old comfort zones that feel “easy”.

The real problem in America today is that we only think on our own terms. Few want to consider much beyond this. Within that, ​we can get stuck in our own imagination and limit ourselves thereby. God wants us to do “more than we can imagine”.
The atmosphere​ of the miraculous is actually cultivated by our hunger for God to bring us into true life-changing​ transformation. That is what this blog is about. Is this not what we have been exploring?

How about saying “God, Your way is better than my way. I believe that as high as the heavens are above the earth, so are Your ways higher than my ways. Your thoughts are higher than my thoughts. Even if I don’t get to attain what is put in front of me, I will yield to You.”

What do you feel needs to show up in your experience​ to satisfy your sense of well being? Ponder that if you will. Do you insist on certain “itches” in your emotional response field to be ticked? More of the same bringing you no gain? Or maybe what you truly desire deep down within is having a fire of passion ignited for desires that reflect an essence of something far greater than your life reflects at this moment. What would inspire you to reach for something​ more? What does a better version of you afford to offer if you would say “YES” to your “all and nothing less” offered up to God?

Is God showing you what to do and/or where to be at a given time? Are there relationships that He has put or allowed in your life to cultivate a process that you perhaps need to experience to move into a better version of you​? Are you willing to hold your ground and just keep “showing up”, no matter what? Because as you do, God’s Presence is about to meet you in a fullness you have never to this day, seen the likes of. I believe Him for this and for you to enter into this with me.

Can you show up “more hungry” for His presence than you have ever been? It’s not about putting on a show because God knows our hearts. There is nothing to work up or usher in. You already have all of Jesus in you. Are you fully “in Him? Just receive what He has already given you. He has already instilled in​ you the ingredients to kindle that desire for Him. Just be real “with Him” and not “seeking what He can do for you”.

If your belief level is challenged, then tell Him so and ask Him to help you keep moving even amidst your unbelief and “be willing to believe”. No matter what!
Will you just believe God? Can you be willing to be reconstructed “in the Father’s hands”?​ Is your life “moldable” clay that you are willing to surrender to be reshaped?

I know my God is in control and His purpose is unshakable.
It doesn’t matter what I feel or what I see;
My faith, hope, ​and trust will always be in His promises to me.
I’m casting out all fear, for His love has set me free, and my hope will always be in His promises to me.

As I walk through this day; I say “Amen” to every promise He has given me.
I will not forget what He has done, for He has already supplied my every need whether I can see or not.

Will you join me in a resolve​ to approach God​ and say “I repent of my perceived limitations and I​ want what You say belongs​ to me;​ I want that more than anything else!” When you are that hungry​ for His Presence moving in your very being, then you will receive.

He will do this for you and I if we will believe and trust Him.