“In the Name of Love”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Praying and Walking on-Purpose”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Reason for Living and the Power of the Cross

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

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

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

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

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

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16 ESV) This is the “dunamis” or dynamite power that fuels life’s very force of being sustained.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Sacrificial Surrender to Love

When God speaks of His desire for us to be perfected in love, what does this say unto you? I know that “this” is the highest utmost desire of my heart. In human flesh I would say that to “totally” attain this, is not to be achieved in a lifetime. To my knowledge it never has, however there are examples that have been exceptional experiences of extravagant love.

“Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.” (1 Corinthians 13:8-10 ESV)

Until Jesus physically returns again for His bride we will merely see though this looking glass darkly. Our perception is still filtered though a human vessel. Yet I aspire to become utterly fearless in pursuit of the level of love that is the Father’s heart; to make it totally consuming all that I am, overtaking any and every part of life’s material expression and totally known is my reason for being. It is coming to the point where I must lay everything down for it to totally consume and swallow up my entire essence. This drives my human thinking mind nearly insane in certain moments. It makes my flesh hurt so intensely that I back off because I haven’t been able to bear such yet for very long at a constant. Yet I keep stepping back out onto those waters in faith. I believe God! I truly do and that is amazing!

Is this fearless faith pressing through the crushing towards the matchless; unstoppable, unshakable, unmovable and ever abounding in nature? I wonder sometimes as it feels like I am about to spontaneously combust. I have made this my all-out quest to understand the dimensions of the love of Christ and to communicate it to every soul who is hungry and thirsty enough to give up everything and anything for the presence of God to take front and center precedence.

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” (1 John 4:18 ESV)

“Perfect” means consummate, complete, total, lacking nothing, fulfilled. “Love” means “Agape Love”. The Love that the Bible speaks of is the Love which God is and demonstrates.

Love, which is patient, kind, does not envy or boast, is not proud or rude, is not self-seeking or easily angered, and keeps no record of wrongs. This consummate Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres and never fails. (1 Cor 13:4-8) Perfect Love never changes (Malachi 3:6) and does not lie (1 Samuel 15:29, Titus 1:2).

I have searched with a contrite heart what truly discerning the body and blood of Jesus that was broken and poured out for me actually entails as I come to the communion table to partake in remembrance. This is so paramount to understand. It literally changes the way I walk out living.

“Each one must examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep.” (1 Corinthians 11:29)
But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

I sense that when one truly discerns the body and blood of the Lord, a veil comes off from the heart and there is an “rendering of a veil that opens the conduit for extravagant love to flow in like a mighty gushing fountain. It happened to me, is all I can say about that.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom and is this not the glory of the New Covenant?
“For I would not, brothers, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, of the veiling of the heart as stated in Romans 11:25-27.

God has always kept a remnant that knows this. In these last days is He indeed not raising up a peculiar people that are so set apart in their hearts in a holy awareness and awe of who He is, who will become a mighty army to take back the land. I know that I am peculiar in a sense and some don’t know how to receive that and that is okay because I lost my reputation some time ago and people’s opinions no longer matter to me. I seem to be losing any desire to be affirmed by anyone or anything.

How Jesus feels is all that really matters. I just desire everyone begin to see Him with an unveiled heart. That is why I live to love. I can’t help to be any other way. Until you learn to love to live, you are not truly fully living at all in my estimation and are merely accepting less than God’s very best for you. I pray you can at least in part hear my heart in what I sensed needed to be expressed right now, here today.

“To fully love is to Know”

“It is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” (Philippians 1:9-11)

This is my prayer for you all this morning as it was with the apostle Paul for the church at Philippi. Over the last couple days I have experienced such an overwhelming sense of being consumed and enveloped within the love Jesus has for you and I; His bride. Yesterday there seemed to be too much before me, being held in my heart to even put into words and therefore I was somewhat restrained from writing yesterday. Confession is good for the soul it has been said, so I’m simply being very transparent here. What can I say and what can I do when overwhelmed as such in the presence of my Saviour? Oh, how He desires that we come into a fullness in knowing Him. Oh how He loves us!

I sense that I experience somewhat like Paul, a thorn that prevails in my flesh to this day. I still experience incomphensible limitations from time to time in my body that come and go even though I am walking in absolute belief and trust that I am fully healed from nearly a decade of chronic illness that taught me and instilled within a grace and strength that I could not have gained any other way other than to go through the pain and suffering that I have and the periods where my faith and believing in God was seemingly pushing the envelope of what I thought I could bear.

The grace of God carried and brought me through it all and continues to do. I believe all of this has and had to be so that I would not become too confident upon my own strength and understanding. This has away of instilling a wisdom beyond one’s years. I do not boast here on behalf of my self at all; please understand that to God, I ascribe all the honor and glory.

What is required of me, I recently asked? The answer came right away and it was “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8 ESV) This He has shown me indeed.

Open the eyes of my heart O Lord, even more, that the eyes of my understanding are ever being enlightened, more and more with each passing moment. This is my heart’s cry. To be holy and blameless before him in His love, beyond human understanding, to go the extra measure, predestined for adoption to the Father as a child of God through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace.

This he has blessed us within the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight.

Through such God has been making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in Him, things in heaven and things on earth. This is what the Cross fulfills for you and I. It is all done by Jesus for us at the Cross. The only that remains is for us to walk it out in loving faith; will you believe God?

I close this writing out this morning with the following prayer for the body of Christ; “may your love be built up in your most holy faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, increasing more and more unto perfection in Him towards the moment of his return.

I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him.

May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places.

Jesus, being far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come; shall have all things under his feet and be head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. All to the glory of God the Father though His so Jesus Christ, and Yes to every Amen, may you and I reflect such in Jesus’ name”. Keep yourselves in the love of God and “be this” in all you do and with all you meet in the way of this adventure called life. It is a priceless gift; don’t ever take it for granted and allow it to just be spent and waste away. Lay up for yourselves treasure in heaven where moth and rust do not corrupt. I love you and may you have a blessed day my friends.

“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.