Looking in Love – to Life

As to why you and I are here, right now; why we meet here on this page is no accident nor is it by mere chance. Seriously it is not about me nor is it about you. It is solely about the One for whom we exist and the reason for all things which make up life as we know it exist. His name is Jesus. I have no other message than the one that illustrates that His death, burial and resurrection set in course the correction and resetting of all history so that all may fully live and not suffer and die under the weight of the burden that rests upon all of humanity. He cancels the curse and cause of all that seeks to stamp out and nullify the reason for living. That is why I am here. Nothing else in life matters. If you miss the heart and matter of the message I bring, then you may be missing your opportunity to the see the One for whom and for the very reason and crux for why you exist in a human body here on this earth.

If your very reason for living, moving and having your being does not point to what Jesus sacrificed, gave and surrendered at the Cross for each and every member of humanity that has and ever shall exist and this includes you, then you are existing in vain. If what you are doing in life does not point to the One who holds every atom and molecule that holds the body together in which you exist, that expresses “you” to this world, then you are wasting and throwing away the greatest of opportunity that can play a vital role in transforming the face of life here on this earth. That may sound like a mouthful of words to you right now; however it expresses my heart in this moment to the best of the ability I can gather and present.

Do you realize how much and to what extent and to what level His love extends to you right now? Only you can answer that. I can’t read your mind. To this message we can be so very blind sometimes and that is because we are born into a nature that is out of alignment with the nature of the One in whose image we are created.

Jesus righted and restored all of that to all of humanity at the Cross. You are either “in Him” or you are not. That choice rests with you. You either know and are growing in that knowledge of Him or you are not. Life is centered in and revolves around that which is Eternal and all else is transient and will perish with your fleshly body and to put it plainly will at some point in time – taste death. You face Eternity and in the end that is all that matters.

God is the source and essence of true love,and any other representation of which may be labeled as love is perhaps a false imitation and of that that which is true, lovely, and of excellent report and worthy of all exception. Jesus is the living illustration of true love in action which is forever is in motion.

What are you living for? If it is all about you or anyone else or anything other than the mission for which for we are all here as a chapter in God’s divine story, then you are wasting away a precious gem and jewel in God’s eyes and you will never achieve lasting fulfillment, satisfaction, joy, achievement of mattering and making an eternal impression upon the imprint of humanity. I’m cutting to the chase to bring this message home to you to where you may actually receive and act upon it.

It is all and solely about Jesus; there is no other in whom we can truly live, move and have our being.

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.”

“And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.” (Colossians 1:15-20 ESV)

Now I rejoice in the sufferings of pain and infirmity that I yet experience in my flesh as the grace and glory of God brings me though which at moments seems excruciating and unbearable; His grace is sufficient every time. Through His sacrifice I am already healed and whole; it takes to manifest, in this life and thereafter. These are truly light afflictions in compares to Him, which do pass and they come and go again and again. These experiences leave an imprint upon my soul and I gladly go through them over and over again in what understanding I gain through them. I see more and more of the One in whom and for which I live; I see Jesus more and more.

I can perhaps share with you how you can get through anything. I have wondered why God allowed me to go through what I have. But my story does not matter. It is not about me. Please don’t ever look at me for the man that I am; please look to Jesus. What I go through is nothing in light of His glory. I will always strive to point you to Him. If you miss out on knowing Him then you totally miss out on life. I am here so you can perhaps be touched by the glory of God, which is His goodness.

If you connect with me at all in any shape or form or through any means, may it be to get a touch or sense of His presence. I have no other agenda, motive or mission in life other than to give you and all others through my expression of life whatever it takes, that you may touch in some way, have a chance to touch the hem of His garment. Any of my accomplishments count for nothing unless they enhance the Kingdom of God; and His righteousness (Jesus). Seek nothing else. Nothing else matters to me. The Kingdom is God is within you and I. Whether we act upon it and make it real in the life we live is left to our choice.

Is there an empty place in your heart or life that feels unmet? May you be found in Him. May you come to rest fully in Him and live fully to express His glory. Let go of the reigns, my friend. You are destined for so much more! His mercies are new in every moment; receive them!

“A Voice in the wilderness calls in Love”

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD! I bless you from the house of the LORD. (Psalm 118:26 ESV) The LORD is God and has made His light shine upon us. Blessed be the name of the Lord. Praise His name forever and again.

There are those who would ask Him in this hour, “Are You the One who was to come, or should we look for someone else?” (Matthew 11:3) Who have we beside You for You have the wonderful words of life. You know well O Lord!

“The crowds that went ahead of Him and those that followed were shouting: “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest!” (Matthew 21:9) I declare there is “a new Hosanna arising in the hearts of the sons and daughters of God”.

Let us prepare the way of the Lord; as the voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,” (Mark 1:3) “Prepare the way for the LORD in the wilderness; make a straight highway for our God in the desert.
(Isaiah 40:3)

“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. (Revelation 22:1 ESV) Are you thirsty? Do you you find yourself in the dry and barren places? I bid now; come!

“Come, all of you who thirst, come to the waters; and you without money, come, buy, and eat! Come, buy wine and milk, without money and without cost! The Lord our God is no respecter of persons. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

“For I tell you that you will not see Me again until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” (Matthew 23:39) May the LORD bless you from Zion, he who made heaven and earth!

“The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength and then you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” You can only truly love through the Love of the Father’s heart.

The Way of the Lord; a path is offered in the heart for those who will believe God at His Word; open and receive. Thus is there not a return of Jesus, Yeshua HaMashiach, to the hearts of His people right now in a special way? I would say unto you “look up” for your redemption draws nigh? This has always been since Jesus went to the Cross yet God now does a new thing to draw the sons and daughters of God. Do you not perceive this?

“But what does this say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”(that is, the word of faith that we proclaim; that today is the day of salvation).

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.”

For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 8:10-13)

Let God arise, let God arise, and let the righteous be glad,Yes! Let them rejoice with gladness God has triumph mightily.

It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your Name, Oh God Most High.
To proclaim your love and faithfulness through the day and through the night.

May I dwell in your courts Oh Lord then to flourish like the trees of Lebanon
Planted in the house of the Lord, there to live forevermore.

For the Lord your God is in the midst of you; mighty is His Name!
Rejoicing over you with Songs of Gladness, singing joyfully, He has made a way for us. That is why Jesus went to the Cross for you and I; that we may live and not die.
For out of Zion arises our deliverer. Out of of Zion flows a river from the very heart of God. I have been speaking with you of this river. Let go of the banks of the shore and come in and enter in will you?

He is here for you now and awaits. If you feel and and sense this, then know that the tap and tug at your hearts door is very real. Reach out and receive this. This IS your time and this IS your hour “says the Lord”. “Shabbat Shalom”!

The Integral Weave of Love

Are you and I consistent in the manner in which we choose to conduct our lives? How we choose to live, move and have our being will most definitely chart out a course that determines what we display in the way of character that indeed touches every life our life touches. What goes out from within us indeed does come back around to greet us, does it not when all is said and done. Consider the gravity of such a statement and the impact it has upon the very world in which you and I conduct life.

“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. As the love of God and His goodness envelopes and encompasses one’s heart truly then as “captured and consumed” are we in His holy drawing embrace and all that is not in alignment “with” is “imprisoned”. A prisoner of the Lord being a most blessed place indeed is one of a freedom unknown truly to many today.

In God, all are called; “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9)
How are you and I responding to this call or are we responding at all? To gather together in the presence of God in worship, word and for the building up and edification of one another in our most holy faith can shift our very lives in that time together, however if when we come out of assembly what does it profit if we go right back to our comfortable, convenient and familiar way of life that we are so accustomed to maintaining which may the “same ole same” repeated over daily from sunrise to sunset Monday through Friday? What will that instill into our home, community, city and surrounding territory of our lives?

The church does not consist merely of what takes place within the walls of a building or facility during given hours of the week. It is to be the catalyst for setting the atmosphere of our neighborhood, our work place, the market place, the business place and civic center for social climate nurturing.

For anyone who hears the Word of God but does not carry it out is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror, and after observing himself goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like, according to James 1:23-24. But the one who looks intently into the perfect law of freedom, and continues to do so not being a forgetful hearer, but an effective doer, will be “blessed in what he does”. Are we being effective men and women of integrity and purpose whose lives honor God and one another? We are to bear the presence of God and naturally this is meant to be cultivated and multiplied repeatedly through the course of our lives.

Are we living to love and thus fully loving life to it’s fullest in our living? Why not? Jesus reminds us; “The most important is, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these.”
In thus we fulfill the royal law. “The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; (Psalm 19:7)

God’s plan for living to love does make wise the very simple basics that keeps life integral, intact, flowing and honors Him and every one of His sons and daughters. This is sure, true, tried and tested. So why does it seem to be not enough for some? Why go wanting and looking for more when all of the highest fulfillment is discovered within, right in front of our eyes. May we choose to love, always, every time.

A Passionate Love Relentless

This morning a particular word comes to me and stands poised asking that I highlight it. The word is “succour” and is seldom used anymore. It is found in the word of God; depending on what translation you choose to look at to examine and obtain meaning from. There is only a 40 percent chance of this word even coming up in today’s language.

In Hebrews 2:16,17 KJV text we find this word used, where Jesus is really addressing any and all, not merely Israel;
“Behold I and the children which God hath given me. Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage”.

“For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.” You need not be subjected to continual bondage.

The word “succour is usually rendered “helped”. However it carries a much stronger conveyance of God’s grace. Please stay with me here for a moment, and I shall attempt encapsulate this short and sweet.

Hebrews 2:5–18 explains why the Messiah, Jesus Christ, came in the form of a man, rather than being an angel. In order to serve as a true example, He had to experience our human suffering and temptation. By doing so, Jesus was able to become the ”Captain,” or the ”Founder,” of our salvation. His resurrection breaks the slavery we experience over our fear of death. By using more quotations from the Old Testament, the writer of Hebrews shows that this is exactly what God planned for all along. Jesus makes the darkness in our midst to literally tremble.

For some reason this morning I sense God is asking me to convey to you the emphasis of the level at which his love is reaching out to you in this day and hour. I wish to help you perhaps begin to grasp the measure of his love that. He is extending to you. Get to know who Jesus truly can be to you and with you. This nothing new. It has always been since Jesus went to the cross for you and I. It has been largely lost sight of however with many.
Let this penetrate to the core of your being. This is my prayer for you as you read on. I trust His Holy Spirit to fulfill this in your heart right now.

For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you. I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. (2 Corinthians 6:2 NIV)

This is the time of His favor, right now; for such a time as this, He has heard your deepest heart’s cry, which perhaps cannot even find the words to know how to respond. He has heard you; yes, you! He hears your heart. Today, right now is the day and moment of salvation for you. What do you need delivered or rescued from? What is missing in your life? Jesus is here, right now. Just say “YES”. It is that simple. He already did it all for you and fulfilled it all at the cross. Hope is not lost. I reach out to you today in a selfless passionate loving pursuit to convey the Father’s heart. You are chosen and not forsaken. There is room in the Father’s house for you. That is my message for you today. Will you say “YES”?