“In the Name of Love”

To those who are seated in heavenly places in Christ, and blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, I send my greetings in the love of the Father and the blessed peace that passes all understanding that assures us that we are in Him.

I do not cease to remember you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowing of Him.

May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened, that you may know the hope to which he has called you and the riches of his glorious inheritance that await and are available to you that place your trust in Him.

May you experience the immeasurable greatness of his power as is toward those “who believe”.
I believe God at His promises to me and to those of you who can stand and likewise declare “I believe”. Believing God at His word and who he says that I am, may we truly and fully receive and be the express image of His great love.

Such are not of the world, just as Jesus is not of the world. But rather have come “into” this world. Being set apart in the truth; for His Word is truth. As we are sent into the world, may we consecrate ourselves, to such, realizing and actualizing the message of the Cross that we be set apart in truth.

May all be one, just as the Father and Jesus are one. There we are centered and seated in Christ, and He in us so that so that the world may believe that Jesus came and that we may fully partake in the fullness that He is.

The glory that He was given of the Father is what Jesus extends to His body the church, who have placed their full belief and trust in Him, that we may be one even as Jesus and the Father are one.

Jesus’ very words declare “I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.” (John 17:23 ESV)

The Father desires that they, who have given and surrendered their hearts and lives to Jesus, may be with Him where He is, to see His glory that the Father has given Him because He was loved of the Father before the foundation of the world.

The world does not know the Father because they have not received His Son. He that has the Son, has the Father and have life eternal and those that have not the Son have not life. Jesus knows the ones that are His; the ones who have made Jesus their own, know Him and seek to know Him in fullness and therefore know the Father.

Jesus has made known His Name, and will continue to make it known, that the love wherewith the Father has loved Him may be in fullness with those that enter into Him, and His love made known and expressed in and through their lives.”

May the world know us by our love and this is my prayer this morning. There is no other name under heaven by which man can be delivered and saved from the sinful nature which is rooted in self which we all are born naturally into this world with through the water birth. We must be born of His Spirit from above which is His Word, the Word of Truth. Jesus is the living Word. Only in the name of Jesus does this come. At the Name of Jesus, all is to be surrendered to him and for Him, for “by Him” are all things held together. His name matters.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life”. (John 3:16 ESV)

“For the Joy of Loving”

What motivates you in life? What propels you forward into your day, to the extent that just about nothing can deter you from fulfilling the purpose for which you are here? You do know the very reason for which you are alive right now for such a time as this, don’t you?

If not, then perhaps my visit with you here this morning on this page can help stir you up into a quest similar to what I find myself on these days.

So if there is be any encouraging word or act of loving service that I could offer you this morning let it be the following; that in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, is where and how we be made complete.

Now mind you, my joy finds it’s source resting in being of the same mind that Jesus walked in. Let us look to Him. Without him you and I can do nothing, in and of ourselves. He is, after all “the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
(Hebrews 12:2b ESV)

As He is, so we are to be in this world. Having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind; do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.

Jesus, who though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped. In a human body He had His battles with the mind. He was tempted as you and I. But He stayed the course with what He saw His Father doing and He spoke what the Father was saying. Man is to not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. Mind yourself with the Living Manna; the very words of the living God will sustain and direct you in all of your ways. Why do we think we should so walk any differently? You and I are not here to be found doing what is right in our own eyes. That is what gets us in so much trouble in this life.

But Jesus emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, was born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

May you and I do likewise and follow in his example. Be a follower of Christ. Allow His reign over your life. The walk of a follower of Jesus is not beyond your grasp or means. You have a Comforter and Teacher in his Holy Spirit. Have you surrendered and yielded the reigns of your heart unto His loving care and direction? If not I urge you to do so today. Your life does not need to be spinning and spiraling out of control. It is not meant to be haphazard but rather distinctly ordered and directed by His Word.

Jesus, being found in human form, went to the Cross for you and I and won the victory for us. He secured all of Heaven for you and I to meet us here on earth. “On Earth as it is in Heaven” is His design. Jesus humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth to the glory of God the Father.

So what do you and I need to need to ascertain in life to assure ourselves of this victory? It is very simple.

“The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” that is, the word of faith that we proclaim; because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” (Romans 10:8-11 ESV)

I “believe God” and so I am who He says that I am and I choose to keep walking that out. The same holds true for you. But you must act upon and walk out what the Word of God already declares is true for you. I love to do the will of Him who sent and sends me and the Joy of being “in Him” is my strength. It is for the mere extravagant joy of his presence that I persevere and run this race. So are you my friend willing to follow in the same example?

“Praying and Walking on-Purpose”

In a week’s time I can no longer even keep track of the number hours that have passed so quickly in prayer-walking a community where I recently started serving the residents and staff as a volunteer.

So what is prayer-walking you may ask? I was challenged and encouraged most recently to devote at least 1 hour/week or any time available to prayer walking/bike riding to shift the atmosphere for the Gospel of the Kingdom of God to increase!
I begin with praising God for His loving kindness and allowing God’s love for me break off any unbelief and shame remaining from my past.
It is to be led by the Holy Spirit. He has a purpose greater than my own.
It is to pray specifically against the imposed darkness and deception of the enemy.
It is releasing the Word, Purposes, and Power of God.

Interspersed throughout my volunteer service to the residents of the community and staff it is a pure joy of mine to walk the halls of the facility and the grounds in prayer through which I have been drawn into engaging in continual new connections that spontaneously seem to mirror what I have been praying.

The prayer never really ceases. When I leave to go back home it is only to rest and recoup for the night and then I am drawn to “I must needs get right back” and it is like I am so “at home” with the community and not wishing have to leave at times. It has become “home” to my heart which has been moved deeply to that of a shepherd for the many connected there; daily certain ones are laid on my heart as God shows me in prayer sometimes what may be “intersection points” that may await in the spontaneous connections that manifest. It is like this place is shifting into a whole different world in a sense. I am touching lives and theirs are touching mine. Never have I seen a level of procured favor like this open up. I keep getting invited into where I never dreamed I‘d find myself being able to so naturally walk into.

It has been about a month since my Cultivate Group which I started out of my church outreach began here and that has been new frontier. I cannot begin to contain the immense joy and the burden for the harvest that surrounds me that is ever increasing. This is beyond amazing!

“Suddenly’s” are being created for which are beyond words in the rewards they bring to my heart and to the added increase in the quality of life it brings to those whose lives I get to intersect with. It appears I am daily walking into creating the work to which God has called me into for such a time as this. I am merely responding to the “architect of my soul”.

God calls the things that “are not yet seen” as though they “are”. I just agree with Him and step right in. This truly matters ever so much in the Kingdom of God and physically manifests from the unseen. This is what I live for; loving people into the Kingdom. Joy unspeakable and full of glory! His praises rise like a weapon in His hand and there is no stopping of this. The fire of God keeps increasing and with it I arise in a new sense of strength, stamina, vitality, and endurance; within my weakness and limitations into His strength. Truly, “all things are possible to the one who believes who will fully respond in that level of faith to the promptings that come from the heart of God.

The Reason for Living and the Power of the Cross

A flower comes forth in beauty and color and in a short time fades, withers and returns to the earth. Here today and gone tomorrow. A flower depicting a picture of life; can seem to pass by so quickly. So what is value in life? Why it’s potential is priceless, yet how many of us live as “believing” such?

I believe. I believe in loving life. I believe in living in order “to love”, to the fullest extent possible. There is only one purpose for which I live, move and have my being, one thing that drives me, lights my passion, and sets me on fire for life and motivates the very reason with purpose for which I walk out life here on this earth right now. That being, the message “of the Cross”.

That is to reveal to every person that crosses my path in life, the very source of life.

It is to make known the very truth that to not be “fully connected” with “that very source” in whose image we are all created, we “have not” the means to “make it” in life. I make no apology for my message or the intensity in which it is delivered.

The message is not about me. It is the message of the cross. It means everything to me and I will in a heartbeat lay down my life for the One who gave up His so that I could fully live. I will sacrifice what my very self may want or desire in life, in order to bring “that message” home to you and anyone else my life crosses path with, to where the “rubber meets the road” in life.

“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.” (Romans 1:16 ESV) This is the “dunamis” or dynamite power that fuels life’s very force of being sustained.

Without it, you can “do nothing” of eternal significance and you will die “without achieving” the purpose or destiny for which God created you.

Plain and simple, without Jesus’ reign in your heart and life you are running aimlessly, empty and without purpose. You are left unfulfilled and are settling for less than the ultimate that can be all yours.

I am not stretching the truth one bit, I’m simply reminding you of what already resides within; an awareness of an eternal kingdom that is your inheritance . You already are born to be fully a son or daughter of God. You just perhaps don’t know it and your mind perhaps has been blinded or obscured from seeing and recognizing who you are.

This is why Jesus gave His very life and all on the cross for you and I. So that we might fully live this out this life in rich abundance and to go beyond this physical life continuing in what begins here and to carry it onto eternity onto an everlasting destiny that leaves a legacy for a perpetual kingdom that knows no end.

“For the word of the Cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” (1 Corinthians 1:18-19 ESV)

Who is truly wise and all knowing? Who has the answers for this life?

Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through human wisdom or understanding, it pleased God through the foolishness of what we preach to save those who believe. So you demand signs or seek wisdom?

However we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to some, but to those who are called, (which “are all”, of every tribe, tongue and nation), Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For consider your calling. You may regard yourselves wise according to worldly standards, however truly powerful, “within your own means”, you are not. To be “in Christ” and being found in Him is your only hope that is and that can be lasting.

God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; a testimony I bring to this world that that is clear and plain to see. I seek to live a very transparent life and be as real as it gets. A very imperfect being, becoming perfected in and by only the love of the Father’s heart through the love of Jesus Christ being made real in life.

God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.

May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him, which is making real the goodness of God, for which reason I live.

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.

“Divinely Designed”

Without God’s “active presence in your life, life will naturally steal away your identity. This is true for believers and non-believers alike. Life is to be good however it is also filled with struggle, pain, loss, disappointment, and rejection.

Jesus came because we are lost. We need His active presence in our life. Life has a way of stealing from us who we are, however we are brought to the presence of God in order to be restored.

This restoration does not come by way of an experience within itself. You need to hear what God is saying to you and you must receive it by faith. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. (Romans 10:17) We do not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4)

You have to be in His Word. You have to be willing to receive from the other people God brings into you life such as in church and through how you connect with those of His church. You have to be chasing after everything He says to you so the mystery of you begins to manifest. You cannot be a Word unto yourself. You can’t make yourself into something that God has not made you to be. You are to become what God says that you are and what He has spoken over you.

The Word is the catalyst to our ability to be filled by His divine purpose and destiny which breathes the inspiration into us. God’s breath (His Holy Spirit, that restores our identity, yet are we aligning with his Word to receive that breath?

“And in the last days it shall be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams;
even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy. (Acts 2:17-18 ESV)

To prophecy is to “speak” what God has/is speaking or has spoken to you. As sons and daughters of God, we are to speak into life what God is saying about who we are. We thus become God’s voice in the earth. All things are possible to those who believe.
(Mark 9:23) Receiving God’s Word to you and prayer are just part of the picture. It is being active in the presence of God where the flesh is silenced that our level of authority increases.

I believe God, therefore I am what He says. Everything I am intended to possess in life will come by what I believe. What I believe will be revealed by what I speak. What I speak will determine where and how I will be directed in life. What you believe is what you become.

What does your testimony speak of you? You are either agreeing with God or you are resisting him. Are you actively in the presence of God or seeking such? They who worship God must do so in Spirit and in Truth. Some worship the contrary; what they know not. Don’t be given over imagination and what you understand or think in your mind. You need a greater authority than yourself.

You can only be what God made you to be, not necessarily what you want to be. Why compete with that which is not you? He who compares him or herself with another is not wise. Remember that you are uniquely designed by God. God desires that you be thus as He designed. Don’t therefore resign to less. So where are you right now?

“Once dry; can new life Begin Again?”

Peace, bringing it all to peace, whatever may be raging around you in this moment.
The storm surrounding you, let it break at at the Name of Jesus!

Stilling and calling the sea and the raging within to cease as the waves are encapsulated, swirling into a slowing calm. Just as Jesus calmed the stormy seas of Galilee, He makes the darkness surrounding you tremble and flee.

In returning and rest shall you be saved, in quietness and confidence shall be your strength. In your moments of your greatest weakness is His strength perfected in you. A return to His original design in you. A story crafted by the Master unfolds in you right now. A story to to be lived and walked out in the earth, right where you are, as you are, becoming who God created you to be.

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. (Genesis 1:1) The darkness was dispersed and Light became.

“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. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:1-5)

Your cry may be; “Let me hear joy and gladness; and let the bones that you have broken rejoice” is being answered right now. Your sins are forgiven you at the Cross. “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10) Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. (Psalm 51:11)

Jesus makes the darkness tremble and all fear is silenced. Breathe in the Living Word of God that is being spoken into you , then call these bones to live, call these lungs to sing and once again, I will praise Your name, Jesus!

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

The Word of God spoken over and into you comes alive. His Word quickened into your mortal flesh transforms from the inside out. “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”
(2 Corinthians 3:18)

“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) By his spirit and through His Word you are made alive. Can these bones live live again, you ask? Well behold!

Jesus; grace and truth came through Him; The true light, which gives light to everyone, came into the world. To all who receive him, who believe in his name, he gives the right to become children of God, who are born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. Born again from above.
(John 1:12)

“If I say, “I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,” there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot.” (Jeremiah 20:9) May a new fire of God arise within and new life begin, in Jesus’ name!

After Jesus’ resurrection, on the road to Emmaus, those who walked with Him along the way, did not His words burn within them?

Jesus, the name above every other name, Jesus, the only one who could ever save;
worthy of every breath we could ever breathe, brings to life the dry bones once again.

Worthy of every song we could ever sing, worthy of all the praise we could ever bring. Worthy of every breath we could ever breathe, we breath in His Word.

Holy, there is no one like You, there is none beside You, Jesus, Open up my eyes in wonder and show me who You are and fill me with Your heart. I will build my life upon Your love, as is a firm foundation putting my trust in You alone, I will not be shaken because the bones that were once dead and dry are made alive once again.

God in these last days has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature. (Hebrews 1:2,3)

Peace, bringing it all to peace, Jesus; Your name is a light that the shadows can’t deny, Your name cannot be overcome, is alive forever lifted high and cannot be overcome. New life is begun, Breath O Breath of God now breathe!