The Crossing

Beside still waters You guide me,I find nothing wanting there.

Here Your hand shall direct me, no matter where I stand.

Heaven’s light at times seems so distant,

Draws near my path dispensing all uncertainty.

Now merging with story of divine destiny, the chasm closes,

At the Cross Sight renewing where the twain do meet.

Way, truth, and life intersect in the One who makes it all complete.

The call of His voice clearly bidding by way of His mercy seat.

Your goodness and your love shall follow me all my days

My compass and and guide for all eternity.

Perfect in power, love and purity, the Three in One do meet.

In Your Presence poured out in our love

Breathes new life out into these bones once again.

Your breath fills my lungs and a new song is begun.

At The Father’s Table

If you are hungry then you eat that which has substance and it goes a long way. You eat that which will stay with you so that you may remain steadfast and endure the patience of accomplishing the work at hand.

“Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” (John 6:27)

“What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” Jesus answers this, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” Jesus said many a time that had meat to eat that was not understood among most. His meat was to do the will of the Father. So do what the Father shows you He is doing.

Does this sound too simple that it’s message is overlooked, passed over or simply dismissed? So we go looking for a sign to affirm. Wait a moment. Go back, for the already provided is the way, truth and life. (See John 14:26)

“For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
(John 6;33)

“Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. Seeing the unseen is unto Eternal value. By faith, are you rescued and secured through the grace of God. This is the gift of God, not of any work or effort of your own. Grasping and clinging to the temporal will not last as in it you grow weary and your strength does not get you to your destination.

Jesus said “all that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. That which is Eternal is never lost.

“For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” (John 6:37-40)

Jesus continues; “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.

“It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me. Not that anyone has actually seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father. (Jesus)

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life.

Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

Who came from God and became flesh and dwelt among men? Only one, that being Jesus. Who created the heavens and the earth? “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. (John 1:1-4)

The Eternal living Words of God are the substance by which all things consist. This is Eternal substance. “For in Him all things were created, things 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.” (Colossians 1:17)

Jesus states, “Whoever feeds on my substance and drinks from that which is secured in and by my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my substance is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever feeds on my substance and drinks of my blood abides in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me.

“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe.”
(John 6:63)

You have a standing invitation to the Father’s table. From what are you partaking in life?

“If you can only Imagine”

More than you can imagine and more than you could ever ask or think. Now that is quite beyond the beyond is it not? Is that just too good to be true? Well, not at all actually!

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:1,2)

So is death reigning in your life or is true liberty through the Spirit of God? You are either free or you are bound. The answer rests within the choice you make.

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?“
(John 14:1,2)

I have had to let go of the complexity in which some people immerse their thinking into. I keep it basic and simple now in order for my mind to be able to navigate life. God moves and works in mysterious ways sometimes. So if I were to say I have felt that I have lost my mind then there may be some truth in that statement. Jesus said that one must lose their life in order to find it. Something has to be let go of so that all that God holds in store may be gained. So such loss in my case can be a gift from God. This I must conclude. Now seemingly there are dreams and visions that come to me. Dreams and visions that I remember having visited previously. It is like returning home. A slice of Paradise that appears to be on the rise. I am a storyteller and there is a story God wants His children to rediscover. So I discover the story God wrote for me pretty much in imaginary. I will write from there and lets see where it takes us.

Are you ready to become as a child once again who would love to explore the mysteries God holds for you? You can actually release yourself to enter a place of beyond the imaginary within your own mind. If you can imagine then perhaps you can begin to believe. Are you willing to believe God for what may sound inconceivable to your current thinking? Stretch beyond your thinking process. Then begin by believing the record in His Word that declares and defines what Jesus did on the Cross for you and I. He who is led of the Spirit of God will live in the spirit and not live in bondage. Then if you can imagine, let us proceed into exploring into what for some is the unseen.

Is your heart troubled by the cares of your life? Then dare to believe God. To believe God begins with believing Jesus. He would ask you this moment; “who do you believe that I am”? He already revealed that to us. Jesus says, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” (John 14:6,7)

Yet why is that many seek after a greater sign”? Why do many seek after the signs, wonders and miracles in order to believe? “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” (Matthew 16:4) What was that sign?

“In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” But you were unwilling. (Isaiah 30:15)
Returning and rest = repentance which is making a 180 degree turn around from the direction you are going. But many are unwilling to believe God. They would rather go with what is comfortable and familiar and what has seemed to work in days past. Continuing to repeat more of the same will continue to bring “more of the same”. Therein is no change or transformation to be found.

“In my Father’s house or many rooms” (John 14:1) Many rooms can also be stated as many mansions or as I have seen it revealed in dreams and visions, many mansion worlds. An infinite God holds an infinite creation does He not? Jesus has a place prepared for those who will believe him for who He is; for who He says that He is.

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. (John 14:3)

Jesus came and completed everything for you and I at the Cross. The kingdom of God is within you. Jesus is here and ever present. What is there to look or wait for? There is nothing external to seek.

The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price. Jesus said “Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him, a spring of water welling up to eternal life. in that place Jesus has prepared there is a river; a river of life eternal.

We shall pick up from here next time on discovering this place. A place where we may begin to live and walk out the story that he wrote for you and I. There are new lands awaiting us in this life that have been prepared for us. It is more a state of being than a physical place that we may try to conceive. We must believe God and take Jesus at His word and by faith receive by the Promise that awaits us in his Presence which hold many rooms indeed beyond what we can ever begin to imagine.

“What is Life”?

What is life? Is it not as a vapor that appears for a short time only to vanish away?

Here but for only as a moment, as man measures time. Do we not get stuck in and hung up on the temporal? I conclude that most of us do so to some extent.

That extent can become the measuring rod for what we call life; and can end up defining life for us. However, God is Eternal in nature. He states that we are created in His likeness.

Why do we not see through His eyes of Eternal perspective naturally? Is it simply because we do not allow ourselves to be truly born again by His Spirit; born of both water and Spirit?

I seemed to have lost the ability to think in complexity or detail. I must keep all my thinking quite basic and simple or I get lost in process of life and can not arrive at a place of making a decision for a next step. I wait and pray. I have pondered what to write. I have waited for a deeper message from God. There seems to be no deeper message than the simple Gospel; which is my conclusion.

Why has much of the world made life so complex? Simple and basic seem to hold little value for many in this day. Does one have to muster up an expression of uniqueness to be heard, seen or acknowledged as someone having something of value to offer to their world? Why does that matter so much? We forget so readily that “in Christ” we all hold the same intrinsic value. Is Jesus’ sacrificial work on the Cross no longer enough that we readily dismiss it to assume way of making a life for our self that is self centered or inward focus oriented? Why allow someone else to define who I am? I am who God says that I am.

Contemporary thinking seems to elude my understanding at times. Is it possible to lose one’s mind’s ability to function in contemporary conventionality? Yes, I conclude; sometimes this may be so. Is that a good thing? It depends on the reason for the question. Sometimes God’s call eludes our defining of it.

What happens when my thinking no longer meshes with what comprises the here and now that I see with my eyes and how I feel about such? It is then when the surrounding becomes so overwhelming that I simply must close my eyes and sit in silence. It is then when there is nothing to do but be still and then the Words of God can become so very clear.

As I listen now to old Gospel songs and hymns their message is so clear, concise, and to the point. Yet the world has moved on in the greater sense. The message of such music composition no longer deliverers to the soul of many it’s original message. Why is this? These lyrics are ever so clear that I wonder how can anyone miss their message? Why do we always have to seek some new thing? Sometimes I gloss over in what becomes too familiar. It loses meaning. I sense that the church has been infiltrated by and for the greater sense, a religious spirit. Has such pervaded our thinking over many years of time and rocked us to sleep unto the Eternal perspective that should by nature, direct in the spirit of a child of God?

Heaven calls to me in this moment more than ever and it is not a place one goes to. Heaven can be already present if one is “in Christ”. Heaven can be, I believe a state of being and not necessarily a destination. Jesus’ work on the Cross is full and complete and lacking nothing. Heaven must be introduced into wherever we are in life and into whatever place we may find ourselves in. Yet “there” conflict can arise.

Why does so much of the world find itself so far from what God defines as Heaven? Heaven feels so natural to me at this moment and it is as though now it beckons me to come and merge. The Spirit and the bride do say “come” indeed.

What happens when one dies to this world in order to embrace “Heaven” that God’s Word addresses? Is this “going home? Is there “a letting go” process so that one may return “home”? The functionality of the mind can pose many questions when it’s integrity becomes compromised; be it due to disease or the need to be transformed rather than continuing to conform. Then walking by the Spirit is the only way through. Therein one comes into the peace that passes all understanding when it feels like I’m losing all then becomes one of “gaining all” as in the Presence of the Lord is true liberty discovered.

If one is truly born again from above or “in Christ” they are Eternal in spirit and never really die. They merely leave the body at some point. To leave an aging and suffering body’s constraints is immense relief is it not? So why is so much effort spent to “achieve” the worldly goods within this life? Why can’t we be and remain in a perspective of Eternity in walking out life; where a sense of nothingness can be engulfed in a fullness? When death is arrested then one is truly free. He who the Son sets free is free indeed.

Life begins in the Presence of Jesus and there all else gains reason to matter and remain. In Him all is made new. So then, what holds significance and preeminence with you and I?

I hope that what I have stated here today amidst my questionings, applies in some way. It is the first prompting I have received to resume writing. I hope to continue as long as have capacity within me to express what I sense is being asked of me; a day at a time.

“All that You ever asked For”

You never asked me to be or do anything
But bring my heart to You, O my King.
There, may You rule and reign for all time,
What shall I say, what I shall bring?
I need not reach unto the sky for my heart to sing,
To obtain the things that neither man nor money can bring.
So why do I try and continually seek after signs of such thing?

All that You ever asked for, was my heart
My heart, losing its intricacies of life,
Embracing all of You; that’s all that really matters.
So why do I keep distant from such a real fine place to start?
In all simplicity tis’ my only real part.
Believing I have to rise to some greater art
When You never said I had to step
Upon broken rungs of by my own resign,
In hopes that something new they might offer to design.

You never asked me to complete the journey
All by myself, finding all I need without the complimentary help.
So why do I try to ascend unto the sky,
While there is a helpmeet standing ready by my side?
Oh, You never asked me to be a stand-alone.
To face the struggles all on my own,
So why do I try to obtain that which in You, is already mine?

When all that You ever asked for was my heart,
My heart, back to its childlike simplicity
Losing all the complexity I have gained along the way.
Seems like at times such a mighty task
Why do I feel I have to reach for the sky before I ask?
Believing I have to rise to something greater first
When All I ever needed has been the all the time.
These broken rungs cannot hold nor serve me any longer.
Seems it is time to release and let them go.
On new stepping stones I now choose to go.
Answers to many questions on this side of the picture
Are not mine at this time to know in point or juncture.

Because all they do is take my eyes off of You.
Help me forget the truth of what does not matter.
Beholding through the glass darkly through the eyes of grace,
From glory unto glory I shall embrace fully, then see face to face.

Silver and gold be not the harmony of such exchange.
Things of this world cannot arrange such basis and beauty,
Of such as I have and freely bring, as I have freely received.
Without money or price, exceeds a priceless treasure,
At greatest of cost by the Cross,
Purchased, renewed by the Saviour.
Richest of gain to receive, the letting go of what was lost.

All that You ever wanted was my heart
My heart; its intricacies fade into simplicity.
Life as a vapor, appears for a short time, soon to eclipse away.
A life transcends in child-like savor as there is only but today.
There is nothing to distress or dismay any longer,
Hope and faith arises as the best yet ever unfolds just yonder!

“And I share with you A Great Mystery”

Have you ever had God speak to you by trying to show you a solution to an apparent dilemma in your life? It may be addressing something or a situation in your life that is seemingly holding you back from taking that “one mere step” that would place you in the zone of “uncomfortable”. This may lead you to say “God, I just don’t know; I just have never attempted anything like this before. I have never ventured there. I feel more comfortable simply going with what I know I can do based upon what I have already done before”. The “risk factor” can strike fear into our “thinking out process” can it not?

Today I am bringing you into a story I am currently walking out; which is the divine story for which God has already written the script. I will attempt to as the natural storyteller that I am, to illustrate from my life something God wishes to illustrate to those desiring to follow out exploring what God calls “a great mystery”. This mystery pertains to Christ and His church and His recipe for this relationship. This is a story of intimate radical love. Yet it begins in a setting of doing business or the commerce of life. It begins with building a foundation of practical and sound wisdom centered in and from the heart of God. Until I began to write this piece today, I did not know to where I was to venture.

May I begin by illustrating from such an example where God has presented me with an invitation into an opportunity that seems to be of divine appointment. It appears that He has brought together circumstances and connections that require my exploration simply by faith that as I step into where vital pieces seem to be missing, believing that God can and will meet and fill those empty places with divine compliment which is to come from another person. I have been given repeated scriptural references to proceed and yet will I dare to simply take God at His Word? You see it is an “unknown” until I take the steps. This pertains to a business relationship potential where I am to take gifting and talent that God has placed within me which I have previously used in the market place in other ways in life. God has a new recipe for which my skill set and expertise offer key ingredients. The other person is in similar straights, over maxed in trying to achieve success with their expertise. So I and this other person met in a class we enrolled in months ago and now there seems to be an “intersection” forming which is awaiting “appointing action”.

I creatively write mainly around a focus of the home environment atmosphere and that of community and the enhancement thereof; as in bringing the two together. As a natural storyteller, I help bring people and their dreams together. Utilizing my talents and skills in an artistic flair for interior and exterior design, I serve as a unique expression to bridge the home with the market place. I elect to not go into much detail on this now. This is where I have begun to copy write to align people with their dreams of expression. I have a knack for bringing the mundane into beauty in practical but unusual expressions; an artist with an uncanny imagination to capture what people envision and to come up with a means to cater to their hopes and aspirations. I meet them, observe and assimilate their aspirations into a mosaic. I assimilate the history of the conduit through which a particular portion of the fulfillment of their dream is united with them in material form. This can be a piece of real estate or it can be another point of intersecting destination. Each contains it’s story which is matched to the client’s story in the making. I help to unite people with their dreams tangibly. What surmounts to a higher skill set in formation is being given definition through this story. I’ll introduce you to the other characters as we proceed.

So God is asking me to take the “conventional” of what I know into something “unconventional” in His unique design. So I find myself on a set of scales with the wisdom of God on one side and the “comforting going with what I know” on the other. I am at a “tipping point”. The wisdom of God vs. the wisdom of man. How many of us are at such a place right now?

“For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men”. (1 Corinthians 1:25)

“For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” (1 Corinthians 3:19)

So what discoveries need to be made here? There are four basic points I wish to cover. Today we will merely touch upon the first; which is the basis for humility.

First, we learn that truth is the basis for humility. It is easy for us to think we are better than we really are. It is also easy for us to conclude we are not good enough or don’t have what it takes. So we continually reciprocate the same old same, over again throughout life, constantly rotating in and out of failure and success yet never advancing. What does this illustrate? An absence of a standard of truth.
Arrogance is a distorted view of oneself and of reality; humility is seeing matters as they really are. What is God’s prescription here? It is, I believe to expose and to expound a mystery. In its broadest terms, a mystery is that truth which mortal men would never have imagined and which they are unable and unwilling to believe, even when it is revealed to them.

I conclude that God’s mysteries have four stages. So in order that we may give these adequate exploration I will leave off here today on this point. Yes, I will leave you hinged upon a mystery in hopes you will be back and wish to stay with me on this. This is a process without a timetable. It seems God is giving me this story that He wants shared; perhaps a greater story never yet told in this way. I am discovering and growing into a better version of myself as hopefully you will as well, as we proceed. I plan to take take this adventure in short daily dices so patience be with the process. Today’s piece has been merely a segway introduction into where are headed; so I’ll see you here next time.

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”.