Go Deeper in Love

I seem to be hard pressed in recent days to delve in even deeper to exploring what being “in Christ” truly means. How can I even touch the hem of the garment? I hardly feel qualified yet I will share what He is saying to me. I must. I cannot be silent or still about this. I believe it to be an endless exploration to which in human terms knows no end. It is a destination that I believe one never can attain while in a fleshly body. But chase it endlessly I shall until I breath my last breath. Nothing is more worthy to pursue. When Jesus returns for His bride and we take on a new spiritual glorified body; then and only then will our current state of being be transcended. Until then, may we press in and go deeper. Please have a seat in Jesus’ Name.

This is a bit lengthy, I apologize but I hope you will stay with me here. There is a clarion call for clarity on this. There seems to be an immense hunger awakening in the Body of Christ to understand this now and to enter in to such. It will get out though, one way or another. God will see to that. We can’t truly live on “instant and quick” for very long. Many have lost for the most part the art of process. Patience produces the fruit.

So what is it to be “all in”? First of all unless we are constantly moving towards such then we have indeed become stuck and static and perhaps likened unto the Dead Sea; constantly drinking in and having no outlet. At a standstill, which is not God’s plan nor man’s ideal. Creativity must be in motion. We are born for movement in life.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV)
Let’s look at being “in Christ”, in loving relationship with Him and living out His Word in loving form.

May we discover why life is working for and not against us. “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31 ESV)

If we truly be “in Christ” then we are no longer “of “ this world, we are merely “in” it. This by God’s design. He has a plan. “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)

When we place our faith and trust in Jesus we take on a new nature.
So why is it that we find soon thereafter that life can still be difficult?

Why is it that the things I want to see in my relationship with God seem to fall by the wayside at times and I end up doing some of the things I would not do instead that are not pleasing to Him?

How do I walk in the true identity in whom God says that I am?

In John 15:1-17 we find the context from which we will be drawing from today. I suggest that you go read this and spend some time with it on your own. Jesus said:
Abide in me, and I in you.

Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that will be fruitful in life. (satisfied, full and abundant)

“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatsoever you wish and it will be done for you.” (John 15:7)
So often this is quoted and claimed but do we really know what this means and to actually apply it to our lives? Let’s break this down a bit so we can understand what God is saying.

We can feel like we lack something in our lives, like something is missing. Indeed there can be something missing like some vital ingredients.

What are some things or areas of your life that you feel are lacking right now? Ponder this and hold your thoughts and let us continue on.

What are the key ingredients that bond or hold relationship together? What would bring a sense of completion to your life? Can you even arrive at an answer?

So how is our reality framed by God? Let’s see what God has to say about such.

A sense of lack can enter until we understand that it is because His Word holds all things together. “For by him (Christ) all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities, all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:16,17 ESV)

We are to speak the truth in love, and in so doing we will in all things grow up into Christ Himself, who is the head. From Him the whole body is fitted and held together by every supporting ligament. And as each individual part does its work, the body grows and builds itself up in love. So I tell you this, and testify to it in the Lord; you must no longer walk as do those of this world do, in the futility of their human thinking. (Ephesians 4:15-17 paraphrased) We are walk together as one. This is a great mystery however there is a picture in marriage for it, in it’s purified form. God is doing a new thing to restore clarity to this picture; to the Body of Christ.

We become fragmented when His Word, which is wrapped in His love, loses its consistent cohesiveness in our expression of the way we live. His Word is the glue which holds our life together.

Then our life weave of tapestry begins to unravel.

We thus begin to feel fragmented, as it becomes intertwined with contrasting thread of this world.

What are some ways that feel unraveled in your life?
Do you feel you have to have it all together before you can find the true fulfillment that God intends for you to come into and experience?

To be “in” His Word, and “in Him intimately we must be first and foremost be centered, focused and grounded “in” His love; where we can reciprocate this back out through our life.

The Living Word, (Jesus), comes out of the Father’s heart of love and bears His Father’s heart, so that we “in love”, with Him will bear the Father’s heart.

As we speak His Word, in the love of the Father’s heart there is a sound that creates newness of life. In the beginning God spoke into a void that consisted of darkness moving upon the face of the waters.
In life everything is making a sound. As God’s Word speaks to you, you hear His Words to you. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. Your response in sound matters, your movement matters. It is joining in with something you can’t see. If we want to be real Christians then we have to live between two worlds; the tangible world and the unseen world. God saved us so we would live between these two realities and declare to the world that this is what real life looks like! It isn’t just what I can touch, experience, eat or drink, there is something far more than those things. (Eternal vs. transient) I’m not to be a mere spectator, but a participant in God’s process.

Your sound arises out of what you believe.
Living, moving and having our being in fullness here on earth as in heaven.
What you speak you must fully believe in. (with conviction)
What you believe sets your life course.
What you believe determines every relationship.
What you believe determines your joy, peace, contentment, etc.

Living not by physical bread alone, but by every word proceeding out of the mouth of God. Living out of the fullness of the love from the Father’s heart.

If you are praying His Word out of the Father’s heart
then whatsoever you ask then of the Father in Jesus Name, will be fully granted because His Word is flowing out of you in purity. You become the living expression of His Word. As His Word becomes part of you can have a conversation in your own words of expression and just talk with Him as you would sit down with anyone and share intimate conversation; one to one.

Know that you are secured and met in your beloved. We can short change ourselves if we miss out on the intimacy Jesus longs to have with you and I. This intimacy includes an outlet which spills out and over and into the relationships that we come into with others. This I believe is essential instigating the thriving passion that will set your soul on fire. Do you hunger for such? Sure you do! God designed us for such. We can get into denial over this and never chase it. Please don’t deny yourself the adventure of a lifetime. You have no idea what you are missing.

May we in every way and in every day, thus fulfill His commandment in keeping the royal Law; which is loving God with all of mind, soul and strength and loving all others as self. The love we extend is selfless and gives and multiplies as the Father gives and sustains us.

Thus speak to the mountains in your life and they will move. I discovered that “what” I do doesn’t make things happen. It is “what I believe” that matters. We don’t pray to do things, we pray because we are believing in something. Jesus sets us up for a lifestyle of faith regardless of what we see. Faith sees what cannot happen but stands in the place of possibilities.

Whether or not the “mountain” is moved or not – will your faith be unwavering?
Faith is not to move the mountain, it is so that you are bearing witness to what God is doing. Faith is the catalyst to love in action. It’s all about believing God, so that He can make those things happen!

John 8:31–32 (ESV) says “So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” What this passage doesn’t say is, “If you obey every word of Jesus you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” It says if you live in what Jesus has said, if you dwell there, then you will know the truth and the truth will set free.

Let it be on earth as it is in heaven. Ask for the daily “manna” in your life.
It is your inheritance because Jesus’ blood flows through your veins and His breath fills your lungs. This is “being in Him”.

Be balanced in grace and truth, basking in His love; will you?

Your life will be full and complete amidst trial and test.
Yes, there will be pain and discomfort because of a body of flesh.
However there is fullness of joy that transcends it all.

I can say “it is” worth it all because of what the process instills in me. So seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness; “in Jesus”.

“All” things are added “as” we have need of them. Now do you get the picture?
You don’t have to micromanage it, just “be” that which God declares that you are.

This “is” living – to love = living in abundant fullness. By this, is the Father is glorified as Jesus is magnified in and through us.

Your joy in your freedom is Jesus’ highest mission. This is all about relationship.

Now go and bless all that others that you meet and life will meet you the same.

“Ubi Caritas; where Love and Heart do Meet”

Ubi Caritas, translated; what does this main in clarity and plainness of speech?Where charis of the heart and love are met, there God is in our very midst.
The love of Christ gathers us into one.

Let nothing separate the very communion that beckons and calls us together as one in Christ in this very hour. What shall separate us from the love of Christ? Why nothing can nor ever shall!

We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, (2 Corinthians 10:5 ESV)

“Let us exalt Him, and in Him be joyful. Let us in awe and reverence fully embrace and love the living God with a whole heart and with every breath let us magnify His Holy Name. At the sound of His Name every knee bows and every tongue confess He is Lord unto the glory of God the Father.

And from a sincere heart let us love each other (and Him).

Where charity and love are, there God is.

Lest we in mind be divided, let us beware.
Let cease malicious quarrels, let all vain striving in conversation give way to the peace that passes all understanding.
And in the midst of us be Christ Jesus our Lord.

Where charity and love are, there God is.
Together also with the blessed may we see,
Gloriously, His countenance, O Christ Jesus, the exalted One.
A joy which is immense, and also approved beyond what the eye of man may see,
To His glory be. Behold the goodness of God!
Through infinite ages of ages, confirmed in every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God, the Bread that comes down from heaven and to earth does touch.

What defends this precious jewel of the heart? “The weapons of our warfare are not the weapons of the world. Instead, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We tear down arguments, and every presumption set up against the knowledge of God; and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, as soon as your obedience is complete.
(2 Corinthians 10:5 Berean Study Bible)

To every Promise; for ever and ever, the Amen. This is a new day my friends, a new precedent is being set. We shall be forever changed and nothing shall be the same again. Be prepared to embrace a new mindset based upon the very heart of God.

A New and Living Way; Living to Love

How beautiful, all encompassing and exquisitely fulfilling is the dwelling place, of Your presence O Lord of hosts! Can the words that form within me even begin to express the magnitude of joy that arises in this moment? A moment that exceeds the very confines of time and spaces therein as I have known them.

Who among man can even begin to encapsulate, let alone fathom the depths of your love? As the heart of your servant David entered such place, so have you made the way to enter Your gates with thanksgiving and Your courts with praise for all Your sons and daughters! By the new and living way that Jesus, Yeshua Hamashiach, opened for us through rending of the curtain or veil that prevailed over the heart, through his flesh, by way of the Cross.

And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord; I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,” then he adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.” (Hebrews 10: 15-17 ESV)

My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God. Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise! Selah.

Blessed are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion. As they go through the Valley of Baca, weeping, they make it a place of springs;
the early rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion.

“When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter,and our tongue with shouts of joy;

Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us we are glad.

Restore our fortunes, O Lord,like streams in the desert places!

Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!
He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him”. (Psalm 126)

“For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.

For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor.

No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts,
blessed is the one who trusts in you!

So 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. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful”. (Psalm 84:10-12 ESV)

Let us sing unto the Lord a new song. Let us make sing and make a new melody in our hearts with each other through the lives we live; as unto the Lord. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to come together, and let us break bread and share from house to house.
May we encourage one another, and all the more as may we see the Day drawing near. The Day of the Lord is at hand. Does not His heart beckon and call unto us once again? Do not the hearts of many of us burn as we hear his voice? Yes, as we walk along the way, allow for the response will you? He awaits!

“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,” (2 Peter 1:19 ESV)

As the Lord Jesus said; “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD! I bless you from the house of the LORD.” In His presence dwell. “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.”

There Flows a River

Amidst a garden of beautiful floral grandeur, there flows a stream of crystal clear waters that issue from a fountain of flow from within the foundations of life that declare anew a transformation untold.

There is a deep stirring that seems to be rising up from deep within my core of being. I’ve tried to put words of ordinary language to it but the scope and magnitude extends far above and beyond what the scope of words can carry and convey. So this morning I write from such a place. There is a message that must needs go out from the testimony of the life that I walk out now. God wrote the story and now there must an outlet from wherein a river of life seeks to flow.

As a people of God, at least from what I observe and sense at this hour anyway, we have forgotten the living essence from with truly life in Christ Jesus originates from. There is a fountain head of true extravagant joy that issues and flows and stems out from the heart of God. A river of love of such magnitude and dimension that seeks tributaries in which to run out and navigate it’s course.

Have you ever observed in nature how a river has formed and forges its way into conduit of flow carving it’s way through the terrain of the land and has a way of charting it’s own course and the lands must submit and give way to the flow of it’s mighty waters? The use of the land is usually transformed over the course of time in which the river takes over and has it’s way. Really and truly man has little to say in the matter in the end. He may try to manipulate and steer the river but he usually realizes that the effort proves quite futile.

“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb’. (Revelation 22:1 ESV)

The river flowing from the Throne of God is a figure of the Holy Spirit, and the waters spoken of by David are such as the powers of heaven are intended. The kingdom of God is the work of the Spirit; and it is no matter for wonder ‘if’ He reigns in this together with his Son, since we see from scripture promises that we too shall reign with the Son. “If any man thirst, let him come to Me and drink. He that believeth on Me, as saith the Scripture, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. But this spoke He of the Spirit”. (John 7:37)

In John 4 we read that there came a thirsty woman and she was drawing from a well.
You see her life was ruined and wasted and her soul was bound for an eternity devoid of life, oh but then she met the Master who told of her great sin. He said, “If you’ll just drink of this water, ‘you’ll never thirst again”. There is a fountain, a river that frees the soul from sin. Come to these waters; for there is a vast supply
There is a river, that never shall run dry.

In the midst of what goes on in life around us, we are all called to make a declaration of what we believe in. A man who knows not on which he stands, will in most cases end up falling for anything; tossed to and fro by the cunning craftiness of a doctrine not sound and anchored in truth.

There is right now I believe, restoration of unity of the Body of Christ, which is what Jesus prayed for “that they may be one even as I and the Father are on”. In reference to Ezekiel’s prophetic vision of the valley of the dry bones becoming flesh and being knit together, there are many interpretations of this picture, but one of a united church rising up in unity and purpose, is a powerful call on us in these days.

The restoration of praise and worship to the Church may be represented by what is referenced as “the days of your servant David”.

David didn’t get to build the structural temple. His son Solomon inherited this blessed privilege. Let us rebuild and raise up the age old foundations. The true gospel is nothing new and has been here ever since Jesus went to the cross. Yet it’s essence is largely missed. A revised form of worship, praise and thanksgiving however has ensued in recent years. Let us remember that the little tent which David pitched around the Ark of the covenant (the presence of God) was a prelude to the temple Solomon his son built.

Worship now involves many people being able to come into God’s presence and worship him openly. In Moses time only one man, the high priest, could enter the Holy of Holies, once a year. David’s tent was a picture of how Christ would enable us to come right into Gods presence, through his sacrifice, and worship openly.

The “days of the Harvest” point towards what is the purpose of the follower of Jesus to go into all the world and make disciples of all nations. “The fields are as white in the world” means, they ripe for harvest. The church is to live life out abundantly and fully where all people live, move and have their being. Not in walls of containment made with hands but in “the marketplace”. Where are your comings and goings taking you daily? Whose lives are you touching and when and where?

Declaration, Righteousness, Unity and Worship seem to form a theme; a preface.
The climax, the acclamation, is it not to enlighten to the eyes to “an understanding” of the ultimate declaration of hope Christ’s return? An enlightening of our spiritual eyes? A true restoration of the joy of the Lord becomes the essence of our strength in a literal since in physical expression of the life it it “is” what we live out “if” our life is to be worship in deed and truth. To be “In Christ” means expressly this.

I declare that these current days right now are the “days of Elijah”; the spirit of Elijah being restored to the Body of Christ.

How may we express the sense that these might be days, not of failure and submission, but of the sort of resilient, declaring, even arrogant trust and hope that Elijah had in his God?

These are not days of God stepping back and allowing the world and the church to roll uncontrolled towards eternity, but rather days when Jesus is calling on his body to make a stand, to offer right praises and to declare that He is totally “in control”. I am seeing that we may write the words “These are the days of Elijah” and “These are the days of David”. These are days of “Preparing the way of the Lord”.

Behold he comes riding on the clouds, shining like the sun at the trumpet call; yes we are promised in scripture of His physical return, however does He not return into the hearts of His sons and daughters right now in newness? Oh yes, do you not sense this? Surely there is such a drawing, a beckoning deep within the hearts of some of you? If so indeed, a vast endless supply of extravagant love out of the heart of of God is arising and stirring you. Allow this river to flow out of and through you. Ask for and allow for a new wine skin to carry and issue this “new wine”.

“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
(John 4: 23,24 ESV)

I have much more to share with you. As the words come I will do my best to bring them, to be a living testament of the love and heart of the Father. I must pour out my life as a drink offering, whatever that may entail and however He asks that of me is yet to be seen. It is truly however such a blessed journey and a blessing to be shared. Count the cost and treasure the journey for it is this process that the richness of Christ does truly dwell. It is so worth every trial and testing that may be encountered along the way. Just stay the course, there times of refreshing and renewing along the way. It is truly far more blessed to give than to receive, for it is in the gift of giving that even more returns to you again and then there is even more in the reservoir from which you can continue to pour out again and again.

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May He cause His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and bring you peace. “Shalom”, blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.

“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.