“Be all that you are in Christ to His praise and Glory – Anticipate This”

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth”. (Colossians 3:1-2 ESV)

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,

Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. (Don’t hold on the offenses; release them now; they will only keep you in bondage to the captivity of your thinking. Let the former things go that cannot serve “who you are in Christ”.) Adorn yourself with the beauty of identity that being “in Christ” displays. Cast off the restraints of old identiies.

And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. All things are held together in their consistent creation in Christ.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body.

Be thankful in all things for this is the will of Christ concerning you. As the basis for all of your living, moving and having expression of your being;

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Therefore purpose to live to love to live. “Baruch haba beshem adonai”; I bless you in the name of the Lord. May He bless you and keep you and cause His face to shine upon you and may His Shalom rest upon you.

There Flows a River

Amidst a garden of beautiful floral grandeur, there flows a stream of crystal clear waters that issue from a fountain of flow from within the foundations of life that declare anew a transformation untold.

There is a deep stirring that seems to be rising up from deep within my core of being. I’ve tried to put words of ordinary language to it but the scope and magnitude extends far above and beyond what the scope of words can carry and convey. So this morning I write from such a place. There is a message that must needs go out from the testimony of the life that I walk out now. God wrote the story and now there must an outlet from wherein a river of life seeks to flow.

As a people of God, at least from what I observe and sense at this hour anyway, we have forgotten the living essence from with truly life in Christ Jesus originates from. There is a fountain head of true extravagant joy that issues and flows and stems out from the heart of God. A river of love of such magnitude and dimension that seeks tributaries in which to run out and navigate it’s course.

Have you ever observed in nature how a river has formed and forges its way into conduit of flow carving it’s way through the terrain of the land and has a way of charting it’s own course and the lands must submit and give way to the flow of it’s mighty waters? The use of the land is usually transformed over the course of time in which the river takes over and has it’s way. Really and truly man has little to say in the matter in the end. He may try to manipulate and steer the river but he usually realizes that the effort proves quite futile.

“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb’. (Revelation 22:1 ESV)

The river flowing from the Throne of God is a figure of the Holy Spirit, and the waters spoken of by David are such as the powers of heaven are intended. The kingdom of God is the work of the Spirit; and it is no matter for wonder ‘if’ He reigns in this together with his Son, since we see from scripture promises that we too shall reign with the Son. “If any man thirst, let him come to Me and drink. He that believeth on Me, as saith the Scripture, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. But this spoke He of the Spirit”. (John 7:37)

In John 4 we read that there came a thirsty woman and she was drawing from a well.
You see her life was ruined and wasted and her soul was bound for an eternity devoid of life, oh but then she met the Master who told of her great sin. He said, “If you’ll just drink of this water, ‘you’ll never thirst again”. There is a fountain, a river that frees the soul from sin. Come to these waters; for there is a vast supply
There is a river, that never shall run dry.

In the midst of what goes on in life around us, we are all called to make a declaration of what we believe in. A man who knows not on which he stands, will in most cases end up falling for anything; tossed to and fro by the cunning craftiness of a doctrine not sound and anchored in truth.

There is right now I believe, restoration of unity of the Body of Christ, which is what Jesus prayed for “that they may be one even as I and the Father are on”. In reference to Ezekiel’s prophetic vision of the valley of the dry bones becoming flesh and being knit together, there are many interpretations of this picture, but one of a united church rising up in unity and purpose, is a powerful call on us in these days.

The restoration of praise and worship to the Church may be represented by what is referenced as “the days of your servant David”.

David didn’t get to build the structural temple. His son Solomon inherited this blessed privilege. Let us rebuild and raise up the age old foundations. The true gospel is nothing new and has been here ever since Jesus went to the cross. Yet it’s essence is largely missed. A revised form of worship, praise and thanksgiving however has ensued in recent years. Let us remember that the little tent which David pitched around the Ark of the covenant (the presence of God) was a prelude to the temple Solomon his son built.

Worship now involves many people being able to come into God’s presence and worship him openly. In Moses time only one man, the high priest, could enter the Holy of Holies, once a year. David’s tent was a picture of how Christ would enable us to come right into Gods presence, through his sacrifice, and worship openly.

The “days of the Harvest” point towards what is the purpose of the follower of Jesus to go into all the world and make disciples of all nations. “The fields are as white in the world” means, they ripe for harvest. The church is to live life out abundantly and fully where all people live, move and have their being. Not in walls of containment made with hands but in “the marketplace”. Where are your comings and goings taking you daily? Whose lives are you touching and when and where?

Declaration, Righteousness, Unity and Worship seem to form a theme; a preface.
The climax, the acclamation, is it not to enlighten to the eyes to “an understanding” of the ultimate declaration of hope Christ’s return? An enlightening of our spiritual eyes? A true restoration of the joy of the Lord becomes the essence of our strength in a literal since in physical expression of the life it it “is” what we live out “if” our life is to be worship in deed and truth. To be “In Christ” means expressly this.

I declare that these current days right now are the “days of Elijah”; the spirit of Elijah being restored to the Body of Christ.

How may we express the sense that these might be days, not of failure and submission, but of the sort of resilient, declaring, even arrogant trust and hope that Elijah had in his God?

These are not days of God stepping back and allowing the world and the church to roll uncontrolled towards eternity, but rather days when Jesus is calling on his body to make a stand, to offer right praises and to declare that He is totally “in control”. I am seeing that we may write the words “These are the days of Elijah” and “These are the days of David”. These are days of “Preparing the way of the Lord”.

Behold he comes riding on the clouds, shining like the sun at the trumpet call; yes we are promised in scripture of His physical return, however does He not return into the hearts of His sons and daughters right now in newness? Oh yes, do you not sense this? Surely there is such a drawing, a beckoning deep within the hearts of some of you? If so indeed, a vast endless supply of extravagant love out of the heart of of God is arising and stirring you. Allow this river to flow out of and through you. Ask for and allow for a new wine skin to carry and issue this “new wine”.

“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
(John 4: 23,24 ESV)

I have much more to share with you. As the words come I will do my best to bring them, to be a living testament of the love and heart of the Father. I must pour out my life as a drink offering, whatever that may entail and however He asks that of me is yet to be seen. It is truly however such a blessed journey and a blessing to be shared. Count the cost and treasure the journey for it is this process that the richness of Christ does truly dwell. It is so worth every trial and testing that may be encountered along the way. Just stay the course, there times of refreshing and renewing along the way. It is truly far more blessed to give than to receive, for it is in the gift of giving that even more returns to you again and then there is even more in the reservoir from which you can continue to pour out again and again.

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May He cause His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and bring you peace. “Shalom”, blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.

“Walking Truly in Love”

What does it mean to walk in love in the truest sense? This has been on my heart the last couple of days so I’m feeling it is time to take a look at this today.

“I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father. And now I ask you, dear lady, not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning, that we love one another. And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it.” (2 John 4-6 ESV)

We are to love one another in deed and truth. So this implies steps of action on our part and and a sense of basis and foundation for those steps. May we live and walk with the basis for our motives and intentions being centered in what God has to say about us and consequently how we are to walk out our daily lives. May we not only love in this truth but know that the truth of what God has to say is fully alive and activated within us every moment. May grace mercy and truth prevail within us and may we abide in the teachings of Jesus and in the examples He left with us.

“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. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”
(Ephesians 4:1-6)

As we bear with one another we are to share in or help carry the load of one another’s burdens thus encompassing the law of Christ, which is fulfilling the royal law of love which we are to as a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, to fulfill in order to proclaim the virtues of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. (2 Peter 2:9 ESV)

Let us not go looking for or being drawn to focus on the differences that tend to separate us or on what seems to be wrong or not going so well in our life.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
(Philippians 4:8, ESV)

May we be eager to seek out that which unites us and brings a wholesomeness to our relationships in life. In a humble and gentle spirit may we patiently overlook, work though and endure our differences in opinions, preferences, culture, etc. This is the beginning of developing and cultivating a lifestyle that is Christ honoring and fulfilling.

What was Jesus’ great priestly prayer for each of us? Was it not to declare the following; “these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.

May we all be one, just as the, Father, is in Jesus, and He in us, that we also may be in Him, so that the world may believe that He has been sent and come from the Father. The glory that the Father gave Him, that we may be one even as we The Father and Jesus are one, He in us and us in Him, that we may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that He sent us forth and loves us even as He loves the Father.

May the goodness of God be clearly seen and genuinely displayed in the lives we live and as we walk them out. Let us as sons and daughters of God, be a people set apart for His glory and as we do so, be changed into the same from glory unto glory even as by the Spirit of the Lord. Is this not truly being “in love” and living to live, to love?

“Oh, how He Loves Us”

The love that Jesus holds for you and I is beyond what our minds can comprehend, more than most can even begin to fathom.

Behold what manner of love the Father has given unto us, that we should be called the sons and daughters of God.

He gave His life to make us whole, shedding His blood for all,
Healing the body, saving the soul, so that all may come, for mercy call.

What we in glory soon shall be, it does not yet appear;

But when our precious Lord we see, the seal of His love we shall bear fully to be.

More than we can imagine indeed!

In His prayer to the Father he said “I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.” (John 17:26)

The love of Christ overwhelms me, overtakes and encompasses all that I be,

More than I can see. Frees life from within; may His glory be greater known.

I find myself feeling what Paul expressed; “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.” (Philippians 3:12)

This song often in my heart, I find myself singing, “I Stand in Awe of You”

You are beautiful beyond description
Too marvelous for words
Too wonderful for comprehension
Like nothing ever seen or heard
Who can grasp Your infinite wisdom?
Who can fathom the depth of Your love?
You are beautiful beyond description
Majesty, enthroned above
And I stand, I stand in awe of You
I stand, I stand in awe of You
Holy God, to whom all praise is due
I stand in awe of You.

Bringing me into the place where love abounds far beyond words I can bring or sing.

“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!

Passage out of Darkness and into Light

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. A yoke is something you allow to be placed upon you. It is not true to your nature. It resists life’s flow. If any man be in Christ he or she is a new creation; old things are passed away and all things become new. What have you been wearing that is only serving to weigh you down and press upon your very being that your freedom to move through life is being restrained?

Does this weight bring a sense of condemnation upon your very being? Is it making you to feel less than God declares that you are?

What reigns in your life today? Is it the Spirit of life, the goodness of God setting and keeping you free or is it the law of sin that you give place to or or is it the the law of death?

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)

What might you might be allowing to be placed upon you that is contrary the nature of the identity that God declares that is who He says that you are?

“So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.”
(Philippians 2:1,2)

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. (Romans 14:17)

Is there conflict in your life? Is the practice of life that you are perhaps trying to walk out in double mindedness? This can leave you in a valley of decision not knowing which way to turn, in a wilderness of wandering with no direction of purpose, or in and endless sea of despair and discouragement because you have lost your way.

Does any of this ring a bell within you? I can attest to having been there myself and it encompassed many months of my life yet today I have chosen to be set free of such. “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.” (Philippians 2:5-8)

“And being found in human form, he 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, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:8-11)

At the name of Jesus, every thought taken captive, every condition or disease in the body must surrender. Whatever that is out of alignment in your life must come back into alignment with the Word of God.

“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.

In the beginning was the Word, and 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.

You and I are called “out of darkness” and “into this marvelous light”. The darkness cannot prevail at the name of Jesus. The darkness must bow at this name; the name above all names. Then declare this. Believe this absolutely and fully step into it by faith. Be that which the Word of God declares that you are. Remember your true identity. God’s Holy Spirit, the comforter shall bring you into remembering all the Words of God spoken into you. Give Him place.

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. His glory simply stated, is His goodness; the goodness of God. Born again in his likeness is your true identity.

For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
“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. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
(1 Peter 2:9)

His mercies are new, new every morning. Every day can be a new beginning on a brand new clean slate. Why not choose now? Why wait a moment longer? Gain or have restored the singleness of mind that that is complete, sound and clear in Christ Jesus. He is the way, the truth and the life; the only road to true freedom. Choose to be and remain in such freedom wherein the fruit of the Spirit is abiding and love, joy, peace prevailing; then all is truly well once again. Behold, all things can be new again!

“The Higher Calling”

In recent days in an ever increasing pronounced way, I sense that God is calling us to believe and trust Him for a measure of faith that will lift us up beyond where and how we have ever experienced life before. A new frontier, new lands where none of us have ever gone before or even ventured.

This being beyond our self realized concept of who we “think that we are”. A place where our “being right” no longer matters, where we can just let that fall aside and run off us like water from a ducks back. Where trivial things no longer hold importance and where our highest priority becomes that of esteeming our brothers and sisters needs, which include all who cross our path, to be above the importance of our own. Where we focus on truly loving and caring for one another genuinely. It is being who “God” says that we are.

“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 ESV)

As sons and daughters of the most high God, under the reign of Christ, God sees only one race; sharing one inheritance.

A priesthood of royal descent purchased by the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ. A called out people to intercede for and serve all peoples. We come not to be served, but seek and and help restore that which is lost.
“And those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins; and you will raise up the age old foundations; and you will be called repairer of the breach; the restorer of streets in which to dwell. (Isaiah 58:12)

Rebuild the broken households and families. Restore the structured unity in our neighborhoods and community and in the doing of business therein. Restore the values that most of society has let go of, abandoned or no longer embrace and adhere to. Where as men in our community we help uphold the single moms in common decent measures to encourage their healing and restoration. And wherein as men being better men as a result raising a higher standard as the protectors and uplifting of the well being of those God has placed in our sphere of influence and thus care and responsibility. Then our streets will be once again a place of peace and safety where true community is nurtured. I sense you get where I am going with this and are beginning to get a picture of a people with a hope and a future.

A people who possess and carry the very presence of God where ever we are and life takes us. Proclaiming and emanating His excellence; the character of Christ. Because we have been called out of darkness and into His marvelous light.

Here is where I have chosen to set my sights. Consider the one who calls you who also will do it. You merely have to say “yes”. Only believe and step out and up into may be a stretch beyond your comfort zones. Do it anyway because you are destined for something much greater than where you stand right now.