“Born unto a Living Hope”

You are being born again unto a living hope.

Hope deferred can make the heart grow sick in weariness.

A longing fulfilled is to the heart a tree of life to the heart of the soul.

Being not weary in well doing because you will reap dividends previously unknown to you and untold benefits to the likes thereof unto your soul, even reaching into the soul of humanity.

Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith and yours if you so allow Him to be, I can make such a statement in absolute truth and verity, backed by the Word of God and all the company of heaven.

Seeing the unseen, the just is to live by his faith and nothing shall be impossible to Him who believes His God.

This is about the revealing of Jesus Christ through which you are about to be revealed to this world. This “who” God wired you to be in this world environment wherein you are to live, move and have your being.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter1:3 ESV)

In Christ, “you”, yes “you” are to be made alive in Christ. What are you waiting for friend? Have you not heard, have you not seen? To whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?

You have an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you. (1 Peter 1:4) If you are to make this tangible then you are to “walk” therein, you must be moving. Moving by faith in the Word of God is being as a book known and read of all men, those living Words.

The Word of faith is as near you as in your mouth. As you speak it and believe in your heart, in the resurrection power that raised Christ from the dead you save your own life by losing it unto Him, Jesus. You thus move what matters in life. It is then raised in newness.

You are not just assured a place in eternity but so much the more. You redeem the life in your physical body and thus redeem the time you have left in it, as the days are evil. He who loses his life shall find it and save it and he who seeks to hang on to it shall lose it. This Jesus taught clearly and plainly. So are you willing to take up your cross to follow Him and just let go of all that you have tried to drive, control and maintain, let alone the lives of other people you think you have a right to be right with? It is not all about you or your being right. It never was. If you believe it is all about you then you are deceived. You are then just doing that which is “right in your own eyes”. This is what creates the immense burden that rests upon humanity.

The blood of the Lamb, Jesus and His ultimate sacrifice for you at the cross and the word of your testimony for Him is what makes you an over-comer in this world. This and only this and nothing less. Jesus blood and His righteousness is where it is at. You are either “all in” with Him or you are not. There is no in in-between. Passionate or passive; which are you? Wake up please! Choose you this day whom you serve; God or self; which is to be friend?

By God’s power you are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:5)
Today is the last time, these are the last days. Be doers of the Word, not hearers only or you deceive yourselves. It is not to be next month, not next week or tomorrow or even an hour from now, but RIGHT NOW. Future consists of what you choose to create right now with your being and talent/know how God placed in you before you were formed in the womb. This fills the spaces in matter and equates into time. It is not a place or time you wait for to happen. This is spirituality in God’s divine plan and template. Be a good steward and take charge of God has entrusted to you will you?

“In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials. Yes, life is not easy and is not meant to be. Life is a process. It takes time, patience and endurance that is a building and painstaking process. It is work. Work can and should enjoyable, pleasing, fulfilling and rewarding. If it is not, then you are not likely living the story God wrote for you at least not yet. You must expend an investment of effort though. You are created in the express image of the one who created you. God worked for 6 days and then He rested in His creation to behold and enjoy fully the fruit of His labor. Should you expect to get by with less?

So that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:6-7)

You are to be obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. Are you redeeming the time God has gifted you? Is your life a gift offered to all other others; even to those you do not like? What shall the Master find you doing as He returns?

King Jesus is in the field where life is; that is where you will find Him. Are you in the field seeking him? Well now you know and there are no excuses. Just step up and step out. Don’t live for self any longer. Live “to love” that you might find life at its abundant fullness. Here’s your chance to have a turn-around! Today is your day!

“Secure in the Heart of the Gospel”

Are you living in true freedom, enveloped in an abundance of joy and absolutely “in love” with life? If not then do you desire such fullness that you would do anything to attain it? Then let me say that there is much hope indeed right in front of you!

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.”
(Galatians 4:4-8)

God did not have to use the concept of adoption to explain how he saved us, or even how we become part of his family. He could have stayed with the language of new birth so that all his children were described as children by nature only.
(John 1:12-13)

“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”) But he chose to speak of us as adopted as well as being children by new birth. This is for the most part essential and foundational in the picture of adoption which is indeed a portrait to each of as we realize that we are children of God. May we get a hold of this so that it is actualized within the reality in which we live, move and have our being.

“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” (Romans 8:14-17 ESV)

In other words, to put it simply, do not slip back into an old identity, which does not speak true of who that God declares that you are in his Word. If any man be “in Christ” He IS a new creation.

“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1 ESV)
I implore of each you, please do get a hold of this or you may well vacillate back in forth in your walk with Christ if you allow yourself to lose sight of this very vital tenant of faith.

Some walk in darkness because they allow this to become obscured from their vision. I know first hand because I have been there. All praise be to the glory of God the Father through Christ Jesus who has by His Spirit revealed it to me and has thus set me free. He who the Son sets free is free indeed.

To redeem means to obtain or to set free by paying a price. What was the price that God paid for our liberation and adoption? Here the answer: “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree’” (Galatians 3:13). It cost God the price of his Son’s life.

We are thus redeemed from living under the law of sin and death. We are then enabled to live eternally with our minds centered, seated and focused in the mind of Christ, while seated in the heavenlies. As strangers and pilgrims we walk the earth because no longer being “of this world, we are then merely “in” this world as we “take on” a new nature in Christ. We are to “be” then instruments of the righteousness in Christ as indeed reflecting the nature and character of Jesus to a world that is in contrast to such in it’s unredeemed natural state. We are to be then “ministers of reconciliation” of the natural to the spiritual which is another whole subject matter in itself.

You did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. (Romans 8:15-16)

God does not leave us in the condition of aliens when he adopts us. He does not leave us without feelings of acceptance and love. Rather, he pours his Spirit into our hearts to give us the experience of being embraced in His family. What is remarkable is the picture in the term “abba”. It is an Aramaic word.

This is that it was the way Jesus spoke to his Father, in spite of the fact that virtually no one in Jewish culture referred to God with this term “abba”. It stunned the disciples. They held onto it as a precious remnant of the very voice of Jesus in the language he spoke. In Mark 14:36, Jesus is in Gethsemane and prays, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” Therefore, in adopting us, God gives us the very Spirit of his Son and grants us to feel the affections of belonging to the very family of God. This is the relationship He wants us to experience with Him.

All who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” (Romans 8:14)

I hope this helps you to walk in a greater measure of liberty.

A New and Living Way; Living to Love

How beautiful, all encompassing and exquisitely fulfilling is the dwelling place, of Your presence O Lord of hosts! Can the words that form within me even begin to express the magnitude of joy that arises in this moment? A moment that exceeds the very confines of time and spaces therein as I have known them.

Who among man can even begin to encapsulate, let alone fathom the depths of your love? As the heart of your servant David entered such place, so have you made the way to enter Your gates with thanksgiving and Your courts with praise for all Your sons and daughters! By the new and living way that Jesus, Yeshua Hamashiach, opened for us through rending of the curtain or veil that prevailed over the heart, through his flesh, by way of the Cross.

And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying, “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord; I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,” then he adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.” (Hebrews 10: 15-17 ESV)

My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God. Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise! Selah.

Blessed are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion. As they go through the Valley of Baca, weeping, they make it a place of springs;
the early rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion.

“When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter,and our tongue with shouts of joy;

Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us we are glad.

Restore our fortunes, O Lord,like streams in the desert places!

Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!
He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him”. (Psalm 126)

“For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.

For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor.

No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts,
blessed is the one who trusts in you!

So let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful”. (Psalm 84:10-12 ESV)

Let us sing unto the Lord a new song. Let us make sing and make a new melody in our hearts with each other through the lives we live; as unto the Lord. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to come together, and let us break bread and share from house to house.
May we encourage one another, and all the more as may we see the Day drawing near. The Day of the Lord is at hand. Does not His heart beckon and call unto us once again? Do not the hearts of many of us burn as we hear his voice? Yes, as we walk along the way, allow for the response will you? He awaits!

“And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts,” (2 Peter 1:19 ESV)

As the Lord Jesus said; “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD! I bless you from the house of the LORD.” In His presence dwell. “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.”

“Divinely Designed”

Without God’s “active presence in your life, life will naturally steal away your identity. This is true for believers and non-believers alike. Life is to be good however it is also filled with struggle, pain, loss, disappointment, and rejection.

Jesus came because we are lost. We need His active presence in our life. Life has a way of stealing from us who we are, however we are brought to the presence of God in order to be restored.

This restoration does not come by way of an experience within itself. You need to hear what God is saying to you and you must receive it by faith. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. (Romans 10:17) We do not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4)

You have to be in His Word. You have to be willing to receive from the other people God brings into you life such as in church and through how you connect with those of His church. You have to be chasing after everything He says to you so the mystery of you begins to manifest. You cannot be a Word unto yourself. You can’t make yourself into something that God has not made you to be. You are to become what God says that you are and what He has spoken over you.

The Word is the catalyst to our ability to be filled by His divine purpose and destiny which breathes the inspiration into us. God’s breath (His Holy Spirit, that restores our identity, yet are we aligning with his Word to receive that breath?

“And in the last days it shall be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams;
even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy. (Acts 2:17-18 ESV)

To prophecy is to “speak” what God has/is speaking or has spoken to you. As sons and daughters of God, we are to speak into life what God is saying about who we are. We thus become God’s voice in the earth. All things are possible to those who believe.
(Mark 9:23) Receiving God’s Word to you and prayer are just part of the picture. It is being active in the presence of God where the flesh is silenced that our level of authority increases.

I believe God, therefore I am what He says. Everything I am intended to possess in life will come by what I believe. What I believe will be revealed by what I speak. What I speak will determine where and how I will be directed in life. What you believe is what you become.

What does your testimony speak of you? You are either agreeing with God or you are resisting him. Are you actively in the presence of God or seeking such? They who worship God must do so in Spirit and in Truth. Some worship the contrary; what they know not. Don’t be given over imagination and what you understand or think in your mind. You need a greater authority than yourself.

You can only be what God made you to be, not necessarily what you want to be. Why compete with that which is not you? He who compares him or herself with another is not wise. Remember that you are uniquely designed by God. God desires that you be thus as He designed. Don’t therefore resign to less. So where are you right now?

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!