“For what do you Wait?”

Have you felt as though your life has stopped or been held up in some way for a period of time? Perhaps you’ve been through a dry period where life has become a desert or wilderness? With God, nothing in the way of our circumstances are permanent or fixed. Life is intended to be fluid and there is to be movement. There is preparation and there is purpose to be fulfilled in each and every one of us. So what God allows to come into our lives many times is to strengthen and equip us to be who God intended for us to be. In the point of our greatest test through our weakest points and moments many times is when His strength is perfected.For what do you wait?

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.” (Jeremiah 29:11-14 ESV)

Just as the 70 years of exile for Israel came to an end, so does your period of captivity and exile that has sidelined you, reach an end. Your 70 years are ending and your deliverance is at end. No longer in the future, but right now is your moment of opportunity to believe God for what may seem inconceivable to you or impossible. “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6 ESV)

God has plans that involve a hope and future for you without exception. So call upon Him now and believe. He will hear you right now from exactly where you are at. Jesus already did all the work for you at the Cross. all you have to do is agree with God and say “yes” to his saving grace. Just say “yes”. You have been found and He is ready to restore unto you the years that have robbed you of your joy and well being.
Where your time of captivity has driven you, it is time to come out of seclusion. Your time of hiding or being hidden is over. God is ready to bring you back and fully restore what the locust has consumed over time and circumstance.

This is addressing someone today that is reading this. Today is your day of salvation. However you must respond. You don’t have become something more first or you don’t have to wait for something to change. He who the Son sets free is free indeed. “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1) If any man be in Christ He is a new creation. Old things are passed away and all becomes new. 2 Corinthians 5 :17) So will you just say “yes” to God right now?

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. (1 John 3:1)

Where charity and love, there is God. There Christ joins us together with Him. Let us be found in there. Let us draw near and love the living God in full assurance of faith.

At the same time, therefore, when we are gathered as one with Christ,let us not be divided in mind. In the center, in the name of Jesus may all darkness and resistance flee.

Behold in open face the glory or goodness of the Lord; from glory unto glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

The joy that is immense and good, is before you and awaits your acceptance.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed. (Luke 4:18)
Jesus is here and present to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound. Today is your opportunity.

“I can only but Sing”

Where love and charity abide, there remains no divide,

In Christ we meet, God is found, and life resounds.

I wondered as I wandered amidst earth, sky and sea,

Jesus came for ones such as you and me,

All His Work we are, to praise Him for Eternity.

In Him at last and forever found,

At his feet may we lay our crowns down.

A song resounds within my soul, it’s endless melody ringing

Words cannot suffice to express the mighty expanse of His love.

How can I keep from singing!

Though storms come and leave just as they begun,

His mercies found new every morning, to Him do I run.

What can I say or do, but lift my all unto O Lord, unto You.

In the darkest night, life’s shadows are put to flight.

At the mighty name of Jesus all sadness and sickness must flee,

For I know of a surety that He walks with me.

In the presence of His light, all darkness must flee.

Breath enters, bones broken restored and new life has begun.

Sing unto the Lord a new song, sing unto the Lord all the earth!

Sing in the troubled times, sing when I win,

I can sing when I lose my step, falling down to begin once again.

I can sing as He lifts me up, as I call to Him in prayer,

Singing with my last breath, I’ll know I’ll be found,

Joining with the angels and the saints around the throne.

“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!

From “the Father to the fatherless”, I propose a hope and a future.

For those of you who read and follow this blog; this is not a teaching or sharing. It is a heartfelt request that I am making to each of you. Please read through to the end. It is as short and as to the point as I can make it.

It comes now to a time and place where I find myself at a crossroads as it were to address how I move forward with my life as God has called me to. For those of you who regularily read and follow this blog, you are aware of some the challenges that confront me in my life as I deal with an illness that the medical industry does not know how to diagnose let alone offer any answers as to how I can treat. I must develop a means to maintain my functionality in life. My spinal column is rapidly losing it’s mobility and flexibility. The core frame of the support structure in the body is slowly taking on the same deteriorating effects as the spine. My ability to walk in distance and time span continues to grow shorter. To lose this much active capacity in my life in such a short time has been beyond challenging. There are others much worse off than I, so I still count my blessings in what I have left to work with. Nevertheless I remain a medical mystery to the doctors that I have sought help from. They now suggest I go to a research facility such as the University of Washington. This is not accessible to me right now. I was placed on retirement Social Security which is limited since I am only 63, after being on disability for several years. This illness has taken it’s toll. My medical coverage is medicaid so I have not the means to seek the services of U.W. now and so my answers would have to “come out of pocket”.

I have in this interim found a couple of products that I can take in tandem into my body that restores in part some of my functionality and it relieves some of the excruciating pain I have to encounter which is similar to an advanced case of fibromyalgia which impacts my hips, neck, arms and legs. It has been a miracle through these products for me to able to retain a measure of functionality so I can continue my work in life which is right now pouring into the lives of others. I am so passionate when it it comes to helping others improve their quality of life. I have a huge heart for those who have been cast aside in life amidst societies woes. Yes, I long to be a repairer of the breech that helps bring back the underdogs in life and give them a new starting chance where traditional society offers little to none. I am starting a foundation to hopefully make a dent of impact in the lives of some of these. I am starting from a financial space from which I can hardly live on. Yet, I believe God to bring the people and resources so that I can multiply a gift within me that enables me to pour and invest into the lives of others in a unique way. This unexplained illness has opened to me experiences that have transformed my life deep within my heart.

The products I mention are not “cure-alls”. I make no medical claims. I only share my story and that of some others who are helped in similar ways. I use D.O.S.E.; a combination of a pill and a beverage. They work differently in each person. What I am asking you to consider doing is if this blog is a blessing, encouragement and inspiration to you in life then would consider helping to support the furthering of this ministry by purchasing some of the product? The cost is quite minimal actually. If you would please, take a look at the products I use and see if they might truly benefit you or someone in your life, it would help me to reach out and touch the lives of countless others to a greater measure. If so I have included the link below in addition to my email if you would connect with me for more information on this product or ministry which is in creating stage with the premise of “build it and they will come”. This will require partnership of others like yourselves who have a vision and a heart to invest even just a little. Here a little and there a little; I believe God will touch hearts and you will be blessed. If you happen to be in the same local proximity as I then I definitely welcome some interactive support as well. Simply contact me if so.

Now I desire to keep these posts as short as possible so may I quickly encapsulate one aspect of this ministry which is now a primary focus of this foundation. This is to train, equip and raise up a support base for fatherless children that are left in the wake of broken homes through divorce and premature widowhood. It is my premise that no woman be left to strive trying to carry the weight of being both mother and father. God never designed the woman to bear such. The child in such often begins to feel that they are isolated and unsupported and then they place an imposition upon their mom in which she in many cases is unable to meet. I’ve met too many who are in utter brokenness and despair. There are men who can help bridge that empty and unmet chasm. Men who can be repairers of the breech. The problem being many do not know how or where to start. That is where the ministry that I have engaged in comes in. I received the call to invest my life in this as a result of being part of a Divorce Care group to heal the remaining aftermath of divorce in my life from 14 years ago. This is such an unhealed wound in the heart of humanity. Now it seems I come across women continually who feel trapped and unable to be restored to love and be loved fully once again. When they heal they become some of the greatest testaments you will ever meet. So often where the small and seemingly insignificant which can be offered is declined in being acted upon because one person thinks “what could I possibly do make a difference”?. Therefore indifference can prevail like a cancer because we forget the power in a small choice and yes that choice may be a bit beyond the comfort zone. Until you and I and others like us take action it will likely be just more of the same.

God is a “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.” (Psalm 68:5)
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
(James 1:27)

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A Shelter Amidst the Storm

Throughout the night I tossed and turned within my soul. A restlessness seems to be prevailing seemingly from all directions; from my local world unto the more distant one. Yesterday as I was out to keep an appointment, a relentless deluge prevailed upon the city. Rivers of water ran down the streets and intersections were swamped in the pooling waters that had no place to go. Where I was anyway, this was the case. I must elect to commute via public transit and though dressed for being pummeled by the elements it seems I was having to dodge the intensity of the storm everywhere I turned.

As I waited for the bus following my appointment in the bus shelter across the street, cars passed by and the shelter was continually engulfed by waves of water thrown into the sides and back of the shelter from the rooster tails of spray from the passing vehicles. So I had to dodge in and out of the surges of backwash.

Finally the bus came and I had a respite. Then just several blocks down the road we came upon an accident scene. Full emergency response was present. There were two very mangled cars and the remains of a very distorted heap of twisted metal and glass shards of what used to be a bus shelter. I hoped no one had been waiting in that shelter and if it not for the grace of God I could have easily been there. I got on at the previous stop you see. This reflected what I am largely feeling in the world around me right now. This morning I decided at 3:33 AM that I was done with the tossing and turning of the night. I was directed to read Psalm 46 and to prayer.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!” The Lord of hosts is with us, the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah.” (Think on that) Something seems to very off in the world right now. A yearning and cry for something greater beyond ourselves seems to be beckoning our attention. Things cannot remain in their present state. Yet it is not the designs of man that bring about a move of God. It will not come from outside of ourselves because the kingdom of God is “within us” we are told in the Word of God.

King of glory come, encircle and encompass as I surrender all. The weariness of the tempest that comes against soul of humanity beckons the penetration of Your Spirit. Deep calls unto deep amidst the noise of your waterspouts. Torrents of twisting currents tear against the soul.

I surrender all, I love You Lord, I love You Lord.
King of Heaven come and let Your presence surround.

Jesus, all my heart belongs, to You, Jesus; every heartbeat longs, for You!
Oh lover of my soul, pull me into Your arms forever; what can I say, what can I do?

It’s You and You alone, burning in my heart
Oh lover of my soul, you’re my one true love
Every breath is Yours, hear from within the greater song! On the keys of the instrument before me, Your spirit within trains my hands and fingers to war for the soul of humanity. As in Your breath Your Word resounds into the spheres.

A new sound is birthed and arises amidst the fray. Your presence pervades upon the atmosphere. Your Word be the standard here and mainstay becoming everywhere!

Blessing, glory, wisdom, thanksgiving, honor, power and might Be unto our God forever and ever. Amen!

Fill and consume this space as I only desire to be Your resting place.

For a tempest tossed world right now so needs the touch of Your grace.

O that Your goodness prevail and be seen in this and many a face.

Tis’ the way to Earth from Heaven You choose to come and prepare the way.

Jesus, You came so all could experience Your glorious majestic presence. You are Here! You are Here. Immanual, God with us; You are near. The word of faith; may it be nigh upon our lips and the fire of Your presence may it be kindled and burn bright within our midst! Be in us found a love of You ever so extravagant and radiant!