A Sacrificial Surrender to Love

When God speaks of His desire for us to be perfected in love, what does this say unto you? I know that “this” is the highest utmost desire of my heart. In human flesh I would say that to “totally” attain this, is not to be achieved in a lifetime. To my knowledge it never has, however there are examples that have been exceptional experiences of extravagant love.

“Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.” (1 Corinthians 13:8-10 ESV)

Until Jesus physically returns again for His bride we will merely see though this looking glass darkly. Our perception is still filtered though a human vessel. Yet I aspire to become utterly fearless in pursuit of the level of love that is the Father’s heart; to make it totally consuming all that I am, overtaking any and every part of life’s material expression and totally known is my reason for being. It is coming to the point where I must lay everything down for it to totally consume and swallow up my entire essence. This drives my human thinking mind nearly insane in certain moments. It makes my flesh hurt so intensely that I back off because I haven’t been able to bear such yet for very long at a constant. Yet I keep stepping back out onto those waters in faith. I believe God! I truly do and that is amazing!

Is this fearless faith pressing through the crushing towards the matchless; unstoppable, unshakable, unmovable and ever abounding in nature? I wonder sometimes as it feels like I am about to spontaneously combust. I have made this my all-out quest to understand the dimensions of the love of Christ and to communicate it to every soul who is hungry and thirsty enough to give up everything and anything for the presence of God to take front and center precedence.

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” (1 John 4:18 ESV)

“Perfect” means consummate, complete, total, lacking nothing, fulfilled. “Love” means “Agape Love”. The Love that the Bible speaks of is the Love which God is and demonstrates.

Love, which is patient, kind, does not envy or boast, is not proud or rude, is not self-seeking or easily angered, and keeps no record of wrongs. This consummate Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres and never fails. (1 Cor 13:4-8) Perfect Love never changes (Malachi 3:6) and does not lie (1 Samuel 15:29, Titus 1:2).

I have searched with a contrite heart what truly discerning the body and blood of Jesus that was broken and poured out for me actually entails as I come to the communion table to partake in remembrance. This is so paramount to understand. It literally changes the way I walk out living.

“Each one must examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep.” (1 Corinthians 11:29)
But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

I sense that when one truly discerns the body and blood of the Lord, a veil comes off from the heart and there is an “rendering of a veil that opens the conduit for extravagant love to flow in like a mighty gushing fountain. It happened to me, is all I can say about that.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom and is this not the glory of the New Covenant?
“For I would not, brothers, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, of the veiling of the heart as stated in Romans 11:25-27.

God has always kept a remnant that knows this. In these last days is He indeed not raising up a peculiar people that are so set apart in their hearts in a holy awareness and awe of who He is, who will become a mighty army to take back the land. I know that I am peculiar in a sense and some don’t know how to receive that and that is okay because I lost my reputation some time ago and people’s opinions no longer matter to me. I seem to be losing any desire to be affirmed by anyone or anything.

How Jesus feels is all that really matters. I just desire everyone begin to see Him with an unveiled heart. That is why I live to love. I can’t help to be any other way. Until you learn to love to live, you are not truly fully living at all in my estimation and are merely accepting less than God’s very best for you. I pray you can at least in part hear my heart in what I sensed needed to be expressed right now, here today.

Capture the Vision

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
(Romans 1:16,17 ESV)

“I will take my stand at my watch post and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint”. (Habakkuk 2:1)

Is there a complaint, a cry rising up within you because you do not truly know who God designed you to be in this world in representing His Kingdom? Maybe you don’t know even “if” let alone “where” you belong. Let me assure you that in the Father’s house there “is” a place for you. You are chosen and not ever forsaken. Jesus has prepared a place for you “of many rooms” in comparison to where the level of human reasoning can leave you stuck. Look at John 14:1-3 for example.

Many of us are likely living far below the capacity God has already placed within us to be. Are you hearing a call to come up higher?

In order to be in right standing in the Kingdom of God, one must living “by His faith” based in the power of the gospel. Can you declare “I believe”? Is “that believing” producing in you a passion to so clearly see Jesus so that you can perhaps begin to see an outline for walking out your specific purpose in fulfillment of “why you are here” on earth?

You don’t need to be running here and there in frantic search for on-purpose living that which if you are actually engaged in, can take you aside from where you actually need to be.

The Lord would say now, “step out onto the water”. Take His hand extended. Watch the current though. You must become very specifically “current” in a “very current” God who also holds the blueprint for the tributary of the stream of the river He has destined for you to flow in. May I say unto you there is but one river of God however that river has its tributaries that distribute and carry it’s flow. Are you properly positioned in alignment? He knows the plans that are held in store for you. They are plans to prosper you and to not bring you into a place that will bring harm. Don’t be caught up into diverse distracting currents which can make it very hard to get back on track.

Please have a seat in Jesus’ name and still yourself for a moment. What is the “vision” God has given you? You are not to leave that to happenstance. He wants you to clearly see it. He wants you to be fully in understanding and deeply immersed in it. Maybe you have no clue what to do. That is okay. There is remedy for such.

And the Lord is waiting answer to you. It is time to settle the questioning and to dispel the doubts and fears and “before” you take another step, He would have you to consider the following;

“Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.
(Habakkuk 2:2) Allow Him the process to “show you”. Write it down and I mean literally write it out. You can give yourself a kaleidoscope unfolding picture of what you write out and “soak in” what God is saying. If the vision is not fully “in you” then you will not be able to have it manifest. It remains simply a mere idea. The vision is something you must be able to “become” with what God’s resource deposited within you.

Then you must be able to articulate into words “which move and stir you” into action and your action draws those to you who God has prepared to be part of the process. We live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God; not by mere physical tangible substance. Allow the living Word of God to come alive in you. “His personal word to comes out of the “logos” and is breathed into the “rhema” which is His Word “alive in you”

“Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts. (Zechariah 4:6). It is not by your own means, power or strength. Allow God to release in you “that” which only He can. Do not look to other people. He will direct you to connect with the “right people” in “His timing”.

For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end; it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. (Habakkuk 2:3). In other words simply put, you will not be waiting for very long. God is always in motion and He intends for you to be in His express image and to reflect that which is characteristic of Him.

You have an appointed time from God to walk out what He holds for you placed into action in His plan. Don’t waste it. Be discerning and then be diligent.

“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is”.
(Ephesians 5:15-17 NKJV)