“Behold a Great Mystery”

What perhaps is the greatest mystery to us in relationships?
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. In the creation story taken out of Genesis 1 we pick up at verse 26 where it was declared “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. So as we look into the face of another we are beholding the very image of God or if not then what? Contemplate this, and then ask yourself why it might be that we could perceive otherwise? There are perhaps two elements at work in opposition to one another; one temporal and the other Eternal? One being flesh and blood, the other Spirit. When a marriage breaks up it seems this likely begins with the couple failing to recognize one another being the express image of God to one another. Did the marriage commence from being based on such expressed image or did they simply marry one another’s attracting qualities? It is so imperative to be in love with Jesus first and foremost before you can truly love another person fully and behold in their face the face of your First Love. May you and I choose Eternity over the temporal in every decision in life especially when it comes to relationships.

At the cross Jesus restored God’s original creation plan in full. We simply have to believe and act upon it fully with our lives. Such transformation is the next move of God through those who will act in belief and trust. “A remnant that becomes pregnant with the Promise”. Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam (Jesus) became a life-giving spirit. But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.
(1 Corinthians 15:45-49) Be the express image of that which we truly and fully are!

“And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over all His creation. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.” And now God sees the same that He always has since the Cross. May we take on the same Eternal sight and perspective. Being fully in the image in which you were created is a sight to behold and to set one’s sight on.

“This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.” (Ephesians 5:32) ESV)

“Boundary Lines that Limit Faith”

It seems that after about a week of time of time I am beginning to see some light at the end of a tunnel. A tunnel of uncertainty and one of simply waiting upon God for clarity to come. I stated in my last post “Transitioning Into True Transformation”, that there seems to be unfolding, a newly defined ministry by the mercies of God, through my current set of circumstances that I have not been able to fully see, let alone understand. Yet I do not lose heart. While it may seem that I am losing ground through the looking glass of my known perceptions, truly I am gaining new ground upon the precipice of new lands in frontier unknown to me. It does not fit inside any box of the familiar. 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 came across a post made by Frank Damazio a few days ago which states “Push the boundary lines that limit faith. Your current safe boundaries were once unknown frontiers.” This made me stop and ponder a few observations.

I always am and always shall be pushing on the limits of my level of faith. Those limits never leave me feeling comfortable. There is never a place in which I can arrive at and feel that I have “attained”. There shall always be “a next step” to take that will be calling me into “the uncomfortable”. Something I will have to contend and fight for. Faith is continually on the rise as the heat of the fire of God is increasing. Are you perhaps as well right sensing that you are fighting for unknown territory in your life right now? You “will” step into that as you realize that you are not in bondage. You are free! And why do I say that? Because “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1 ESV)

It is religious thinking that holds us back. We can become enslaved in a religious spirit and not even be aware of it. God is not distant and humanity does not need to “do anything” to draw His attention toward us. Christ’s love already totally fulfilled us in every sense at the Cross. There is nothing missing or lacking. Jesus already died to erase all of what we may perceive to be “in our way”. Whatever it is that we may be hanging on to, has already forgiven and paid for in Jesus’ name!

“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”. (John 10:10) “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. (John 14:12-14) Jesus speaks here of greater works beyond what we believe to be possible to come through us.
“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6 ESV)
He has already deposited gifting and talent within us that are beyond our own capabilities. So have you or I put any such on the shelf simply because we could not see any way through to proceed with it? I know I can say I have and I choose to pick it back up once again and dare to believe God for what I may feel is impossible. Saying “I don’t know how” is not something I can sit in any longer.

So what calls me forward in a bold act of faith? For me it is a matter of the measure of love behind that act. It is not based in ‘what is in it for me”, but rather to what degree am I compelled out of love to move toward that unknown, to touch the heart and life of another because “the love of Christ” compels me beyond my own desire?

I am not “needing to be loved” in order “to love”. I am infinitely loved and the ones I am drawn to, carry the same intrinsic value as I. My “unknown” does not need to meet anyone’s approval or measure up to anyone’s standard. It is God’s business, not mine. It is not I who seeks to be consulted; but rather it is ‘Christ in me” the hope of glory, who comforts all their affliction, and so that you or I may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. (2 Corinthians 1:3-5) My ongoing rise and fall tempest with my physical health on stormy seas interspersed with calm havens are nothing more than equipping for what lies ahead. Therein is increase so that others may also enter into that increase in their lives.

Therein I lose the fear of being humiliated, being despised, suffering rebukes or correction, being subjected to false statements, being forgotten, being ridiculed, being wronged or of being suspected. It is not about me, but rather it about about esteeming others’ above my own needs. I am fully met in the fullness of Jesus. It may not always feel as such and I may not be able to physically see “yet” much of anything, however perfect love casts out all fear.
“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)

Will you believe with me that that next person your or my life touches, the one we pray for, and our next act of worship will “tip the scales” to shake the ground of circumstance by releasing the power and presence of the One we carry within? Will we choose to walk in a radical love and live a radical life?

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!

Securing the Summit in the Ascent

This morning I find myself sitting with the same words that comprised my last blog. I hope and trust that there are those of you that are praying for and with me and will continue to do so. Please bear with me. I’ll keep this as brief as possible. I cannot be on here as consistently as I desire. I wish to keep those of you who choose to continue to follow with me in this adventure with God, “on board” in my day to day encounters with Him.

I write from the very experience that I live in the moment. Life can so readily overtake us and its burdens weigh us down to the extent we sometimes feel we cannot take another step. Let alone from the very place we may find ourselves where it becomes an arduous task, it feels almost impossible for the even most simple of tasks in life to work sometimes. We have all been there, haven’t we? Yet what do I look to in the end? It is the one thing that never has nor never will fail me; “the Wonderful grace of Jesus” that reaches me.

I am here for one reason and one reason only and that being; is to testify of His matchless and marvelous grace. My greatest apprehension in life in life being, is in the awareness that perhaps some of you out there have yet to touch the hem of His garment.

Some of you have yet to discover His grace and mercy touching your very lives right where you are at. If that is you then you perhaps you have no clue yet what you are missing if you continue to strive to take matters into your own hands. Please don’t make the mistake I did in waiting so long to reach out to Him and surrender your entire fight, battle and incomprehensible burdens. God never intended for you to bear that on your own. I pray that you can hear what is behind my words this morning.

I have shared with you many times that we are in a race in life; in which there is only one that can receive the prize at the end; “the one who finishes”. “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wealth, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
(1 Corinthians 9:24-27 ESV)

Within me my body right now is my greatest challenge. You probably get weary of hearing about it, however my life right now is my greatest illustration. Jesus fully purchased my healing on His Cross. Yet incomprehensible affliction may rise up and rage in my core physical frame. It continues to weaken and by the grace of God,I find a measure of strength in Him in intervals. I receive short minute bursts to face the simple tasks of walking out my divine story through just taking simple basic steps. However it doesn’t matter what I feel or see; the only thing that matters is Jesus’ promises to me. So yesterday I awoke to pain levels in the right side side of my body; namely the neck, shoulder and right hip radiating out, bringing tears to stream down my face as the mere lifting and moving of my right arm presented great challenge. Different days manifest differently in the body. There is no medical remedy available; doctors find nothing conclusive. I use a supplemental product God brought into my life that makes it possible to continue to take a next step beyond my comfort zone. This helps me to do a few basics certain days.

Anyway, to keep the story short a normal hour and a half mowing of my lawn yesterday turned into a four hour ordeal which I paced though inch by inch. It took hours of prayer to merely get myself out there and start. The lessons are more than the task itself; so I embrace the challenge for the rewards embedded within.

I finished, yet can’t explain exactly how. It is that as I’m out there, “in the trenches” I am walking with my Jesus. He spits the seas of resistance that mount up try their utmost to press in and hold me down and back. Yet I “keep moving”. I don’t stop. I don’t quit, ever. If I were to give in to the opposition, I would be done in life. I will plow through to the very end. I know not the number of my days. I have however enormous huge vision and dream. (Believe it or not, I still carry a vision to “mountain climb”. With God, all things are possible to those who believe.) If I remain faithful, endeavoring to “build it”, then “they will come”. Others who need what I have with my Jesus will hear and see and come partner with me. This I believe firmly. God has spoken very clearly and distinctly with me on this. We are not to do it alone any longer my friends. God is overturning the apple cart in how we do life. No more “lone rangers” or “self-made men and women”. It is all centered and based in relationship and partnership. We need each others’ pieces to this mosaic. This is kingdom principled and this “is” my “Father’s world” and belongs to His Son Jesus. May He increase as I decrease.

This product I use in my body is I believe a gift from God. I simply want to help others who may be able to benefit from it’s qualities as I have. I am endeavoring to create a platform of business/ministry so I can continue reach out and simply help people to open avenues through which they may experience the “wonderful grace of Jesus”, where life meets them in the road.

It is challenging for me to ask others for help. Many simply do not understand where I operate from right now. I used to have active periods in my life which have now eclipsed to nil to none. My skill sets are now a huge challenge to facilitate into practical productive means as my dependability to physically walk out basics wax and wane, and this effects my cognitive across the board. So I guess in a way, I”m an underdog writing my story as I live it before the eyes of the world “as it were”.

My every moment is a journey of grace. I am trying to build a web presence since I can no longer get out much. I learn by trial and error since being able “pay other’s” is not really an option for me in most cases. I am merely doing my best to make my intrinsic value visible. I give value for value and then some; just not in the way some would expect. It takes everything to maintain my health. May my testimony be an encouragement to someone out there. I do what I do as unto Jesus. I trust that in God’s plan there are perhaps out there among some of you, who perhaps would consider partnering in this process as God speaks to you. May His will be done here on Earth as it is in Heaven. He desires for Heaven to be touching Earth; so may you please keep open hearts.

“And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.” (John 17:11) May we bear this in mind and endeavor to “be one” in our Father’s love. I encourage you to sit with Jesus’ prayer in John 17.

If you wish to correspond with me then you may do so at brianjm777@gmail.com.
If you have read this far and remained with me then I thank you for taking the time to hear my heart. I merely am doing my best to keep all transparent and hopefully cohesive. May God bless you!

A slice of Surreal in Light of Eternity

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.(Ecclesiastes 3:1)

I write at all times, totally transparent from where and how life shows up to me; good and bad alike. You will see me at my best and worst of times.

It feels like I now stand in a moment where it seems that no one cares or sees. As no one seems to take note of my most earnest plea. When no certain answers seem to come unto me. As resources seem to dry up and cease to be enough for sufficiency. When infirmity is overcome only to be replaced with yet more adverse diversities; I will lift up to my eyes unto the hills and see. From what comes my help?

Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines,

The produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food,

The flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls,

Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.

God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places. (Habakkuk 3:17-19) My Portion, my Strength, my High Tower, and my Rock. I stand right now solely by faith, and faith alone.

I cannot see in my physical senses a way through in this moment. Jesus is however my way maker as when I feel there is nothing left to fight with. In the natural my tendency would be to give up. I’m tired and weary from all the rise and fall of the breakers of the sea that assault me relentlessly. But I’m in a race, you see. One I must finish.

I’m just being real and true. I still get ensnared by what I feel and see, and like some of you, may have moments that raise the questions of; when shall I ever cling to the taste the victory in all of this? It is like one thing after another, relentlessly pummeling me into the ground.

A time when all around is me seems to be silent and filled with moments where I feel utterly cast down, yet know I am not forsaken.

A time when the joy of the Lord is to be my strength. Yet it seems not readily within reach at the moment. May it fully be restored in Jesus’ name.

Do our Hearts Burn Within? part 1

How hungry are you for the Presence of God? I sense we will be perusing around this question for a time. It seems God is wanting to specifically address this with an intended focus, so this is part one of a series for now. We’ll see where it leads. I am breaking this up into shorter segments so we may more readily grasp and integrate into our walk what I sense as a deep stirring within the hearts of many at this time. The road to Emmaus had a destination; may we realize to a greater extent that we are not looking to “a place” to sojourn to because of the cross we already have all of Jesus and all He represents. You and I are already fully in possession of the Father’s blessing and Promise. There is nothing we have to do but to receive it fully through how we choose to be in every moment.

They walked along the road; two disciples, all alone, their Master dead and gone. How dismayed they must have felt in their hearts. It was like the lamp of their soul was feeling “dimmed” and perhaps going out.

A man came to them and drew near. He spoke with them and calmed their fears,and as their hearts were quieted from their restlessness and distress, they told Him everything.

He knew their sadness, pain and emptiness as for them their lives as they had known them prior to this moment were suddenly no longer the same. It was as a stranger, they perceived was speaking with them. The familiar was no longer physically present to comfort them in their lives now and great change and uncertainty loomed ahead on the horizon. They had been taught and prepared for this hour yet, it was like it had all so quickly become a forgotten dream. A bit of “spiritual amnesia perhaps?

He began to speak unto them and expound from the scriptures. “Why don’t you believe?
For it was necessary for the Christ to suffer all these things and enter His glory.
Why don’t you believe? Why don’t you believe?

They came to journey’s end; He came in to eat with them, He blessed and broke the bread. Then opened were their eyes; Jesus Christ they recognized. He disappeared from them.
Then they said: did not our hearts burn as He spoke those words? While we walked with Him the Scriptures were opened. Did not our hearts burn? Did not our hearts burn?

We walk along our road and He reminds us we were told “I’m with you every day.”
No matter how we feel, He’s the Spirit, He is real, Indwelling you and I.

Do we find ourselves feeling as though our hearts burn when we hear His word?

Jesus is within you and I, and is lifted up through resurrected lives!

Do we walk in resurrected lives? Where we lose ourselves in Him?

Do not our hearts burn? Do not our hearts truly burn for that something greater than we are? Greater than what anyone in our lives can bring to us?

Jesus would now say “For a little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me?

Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice.

You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. (John 16:19-24)

The Word of God states that Jesus will return visibly once again just as He left when ascended unto the right hand of the Father following His resurrection. Yet He left us His Spirit who is ever with us. Speaking of the Spirit of truth who has come, “he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you. (John 16:13-15)

No longer needing to speak in solely figures of speech he longs to reveal to us the Father’s heart; that we may know Him in a new way.

Jesus said, “In this day simply ask in my name and I will ask the Father on your behalf; for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. I came from the Father and have come into the world.

“Do you now believe?”, Jesus asks, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

The question God is asking you and I now is “will you believe, will you believe?

If so then step out in faith beyond what you can feel and see because Jesus seeks now to intersect with his bride.

I will pick up from here the next time we meet where we shall continue to look at how we may respond to this invitation to “intersect” in the greatest of all loves with the Lover of our soul. This is an unprecedented measure of radical love and is therefore going to be a message that bears such nature. I hope you will remain aboard.

The Dimensions of the Cross

It was through the fires and then through the floods,

Bedrock of what had been my life, before I knew, all soil that held it together had washed away.

You searched the pouring relentless rains that comprised my days.

I was one missing; that had bolted and run, only then to be swept away.

The waters then dried up and the expanse of a rocky barren waste unrolled revealing my plight wherein their was no escape.

Thinking beforehand that I had it all together, until it all went away,

I drifted, searching for what might constitute my mainstay?

You spoke into my darkness, breaking through the chains,

Becoming my light at the end of a seemingly endless tunnel,
I heard You repeatedly calling my name.

How long were You willing to wait for me?

In the night of my soul, somehow I knew that You that still you remained.

Just how expansive anyway, is Your love for me?

And how just far, after all, would You run all out after me? Why would You remain so relentless in Your pursuit after me?

The dimensions of the cross; where do they begin and where do they end?

How wide, does Your heart stretch for me?

And how high is the mountaintop of Your hope for me?

Is it to the ascent of the highest peak? I had to know; I had to seek.

At what cost and to what extent did You pour out Your all for me?

The dimensions of the cross; they knew no bounds.

The only thing mattering to You, was that I be found.

You brought Heaven down, for one lost in his pain and shame, had to be found.

You laid aside Your crown, when as I was down and out, determined to drown in my sorrows and grief; to take myself out.

Here, You came to dwell among us, those consumed in our pain and shame with nothing left to gain; You came looking, pursuing after me.

You endured the suffering, all the way to the cross, despising the shame, you took the world upon Your shoulders.

Through it all, You were calling my name

There is no height, nor depth, nor concept of breadth

That exceeds the dimensions of the cross.

I ponder the fullness of Your heart for me;
the hope that never gives up, this now I see

The love that never runs out on me.

You brought me home to Your heart and now forever there I shall remain.

Believing and trusting in that Most Holy Name; that determines the dimensions of the Cross, for which I shall never be the same!