“Restoring our Spiritual Well Being”

We live in a day and time when many go about to establish their own righteousness. Each having a tendency to lean towards doing what is right in their own eyes. A righteousness based upon a spirit of religion is not what God seeks from His sons and daughters. What He does seek is a righteousness of faith; in His Word, a worship in Spirit and truth with sincerity of heart that seeks out and draws His presence and a warfare that earnestly contends for the faith once delivered to the saints from the Cross.

Such Word releases transformation and freedom by God’s revelation. Such worship reveals our true passion for the presence and love of the Lord. Such warfare brings Jesus’ loving reign to bear on every battle front.

From the Word comes every other reality in the Kingdom of God. This is what will truly bring Heaven to touch earth in a lasting and permeating way.

It is all centered in the relationship of God’s sons and daughters with Him and with each other.

“For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?’
(1 Peter 4:7)

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.”

Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.

Let us draw near in the “Full Assurance of Faith”. There is no room for compromise on this.

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 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. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.
(Hebrews 10:15-24)

Are we drawing near as we are being led by His Spirit; in His Word, in our worship and in our warfare?

“Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
And who shall stand in his holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.
He will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob.” (Psalm 24:3-6)

“Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. The peace that passes all understanding that shall keep our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Yes we must get beyond confines of our own understanding which we are not to lean upon. (Proverbs 3:4) All of our fullest trust must be placed in God alone.

What I am stating here this morning may be hard for some to receive, however I sense the call of God to address it here in this day and hour. May you hear the urgency of the Spirit of God that we be a people called out; “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)

What keeps us from responding to this call? It is a matter of unbelief that infects all of mankind like a virus. We can be readily or subtly deceived to believe and accept less than what God’s Word declares that we are. We face issues of spiritual discernment with God, ourselves, others, and in the times we live. We are deceived because we don’t know we are deceived. Deception robs us of our authority and true identity.

When we truly live and act as “a child of God” we can trust in his response.

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4) With what do our desires align with?

God is a good Father. (Luke 18:1-8)
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray.
Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.
Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.

And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.

May God teach us how to pray again and pray like never before. What God asks of us is only accomplished as Jesus said, through prayer and fasting. (Matthew 17:21) Being truly separated unto Him and aligned with his heart.

May we be encouraged to seek God on this matter and prepare the way of the Lord for Jesus’ return. He who has an ear to hear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the church.

Going Beyond in the Father’s Promise

​Good​ Morning my dear faithful and fellow readers​! Today we come to a turning point in the road being Febuary 22. 2018. That in itself bears great significance. As this day unfolds perhaps you will begin to discover “the why” as to its significance. The second month, the twenty-second​ day and I approached the writing of this piece at 2:22 AM. There are no coincidences.

I am shifting the focus of this blog today as we have been peering into the looking glass as it were, into the very nature of the love of loves; the nature of, and the ingredients it consists​ of.

From one heart unto the Heart of Hearts, and back again. From and between you and I unto the King of Kings and then back again. This is a reciprocal love; never to be one side-sided or self-centered​. It is to be fully extended and freely given and is to be exchanged​ time and time again, endlessly; may you see. This transcends the expanse of all time as we currently know or understand or it.

The shift in focus I speak of is, from one of “the nature” of this love, to the very “application thereof”, to everyday real life, where the wheels touch the road as it were.

Where are we going with this? Where is the Body of Christ going in relationship to Jesus and to each other? God has been speaking to me for months and especially the last few weeks concerning this and I discover that He is having me write unto you as a very expression of His heart at this moment, in which we experience​ as time. He is timeless, whereas in human form we choose​ to measure time in the manner that we do. This is merely my perspective of what I believe God is speaking, yet in that process, I yield to the direction and leading of His Holy Spirit to put these words into expression upon this page.

I have in the last few days sensed this message coming into view and taking shape and so here we are this morning, depending on where you are in this world, the time of day in which you read this may differ or vary.

My soon-to-be business mentor, to whom I was introduced to the other day, stated that she was bringing to me a “linchpin” as it were that keeps the wheel going around. What is a “linchpin” exactly and how does it apply here? Simply put, it is;
1. A person or thing vital to an enterprise or organization.
“regular brushing is the linchpin of all good dental hygiene”
2. A pin passed through the end of an axle to keep a wheel in position.
Merriam-Webster’s states as follows; 1. A locking pin inserted crosswise (as through the end of an axle or shaft)
2. One that serves to hold together parts or elements that exist or function as a unit, the linchpin in the defense’s case.

In essence, it is the pin that keeps the wheel on the hub and all the spokes in alignment. The glue that holds everything together.

Let us look to the Word of God for a moment, drawing from Colossians 1:11-20.
“May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy.

May we give thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.

He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son.

Through Jesus, we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins; The Preeminence of Christ.

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 they be thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities; all things were created through him and for him.

He is before all things, and in him, all things hold together.

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”.

Now allow me to illustrate in a real-life​ example if I may, using my vivid and what some feel to be “a little bit eccentric” imagination, an example of unconditional and agape love as Jesus wishes us to understand that we may truly and fully know and experience​ Him as He truly is. This is figuratively and yet actually unfolding in my life, in a way right now. It is between myself and a scout agent that brings talent together between​ the actors, writers and casting, namely director or producer of a film in creation. I am a screenwriter who she believes has a sales pitch I wish to run by her.

I actually have not approached her to “pitch anything”. I am approaching her to present potential revelation into a relationship, thereby inviting development into the potential of God’s divine purpose and appointment. One between her and myself. It could be a friend-to-friend consultation as she and I go back 20 years. It could be a business proposal and to take it to the next level even a marriage proposal. When I love, I do so fully with no conditions and no strings attached. Jesus loves me in this way so I choose to love others the same. Well, I am working on that anyway! Where does God wish to go with this? I have placed this entirely into God’s hand. I am merely one piece of the conduit through which He desires to move.

Anyway, I contact her and request a meeting over a cup of coffee. This is all over ​text message. She indicates a willingness to meet and offers me a couple of days and times, that are available. I reply that I am available for either and to just select the time and place and I will be there. I receive no response. I repeat and reiterate and still; no response. Hmmm; what is up with that? This has been going on for well over a week. I am not disappointed​ or taking it personally but merely wonder why there is no follow-through. This has occurred previously over the last year as well a couple of times. I find this to be a trend not only with her but with others in my life from time to time as well.

Let us quickly encapsulate where I am going with this. Many of us play out this dance with our relationships in varying forms. It can be in meeting new contacts, friend to friend, business partners or potential-to-be or existing marriage​ partners.

Why are some of us hesitant to let go and freely love one another without conditions being set in place? Are we afraid to allow the walls we have erected to come down? What if we, in our hearts, truly desire to love one another freely but something is making us apprehensive to allow ourselves to release the barriers that reveal a sense of fearing vulnerability​? So we avoid and make evasive maneuvers to avoid coming together truly or fully so we often resign to go it alone.

Is this why we fail to build cohesive teamwork in our lives? Remaining disconnected are we to remain isolated from one another? Can a new contact instill in us a fear of becoming friends? Can friend-to-friend-connection experience fear of entering​ a partnership, business or otherwise? Do potential or existing business partners fear deeper relationships that go beyond doing business? (I do mean within respecting the honor and integrity within the relationship) Are we afraid to get personal? Does getting intimate present challenges to us?

I am not implying anything improper either. What I am implying is to be open-faced with one another; that a greater glory has a chance to manifest in between. We seem to see now through a glass darkly and the change in this blog is to illustrate that we come and behold one another face-to-face. Are you open to continue with me? I seem to be venturing into being fearless in my faith. Do you wish to come with me?

Then let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith. I close with the words of a piece of music written by Charles​ Wesley. I modernized the wording so we may take these words to heart more readily. Will you open to the possibilty that stands before you and I in this expansive moment? Look at your relationship with Jesus and with the others in your life in light of the message portrayed​ here. God Bless.

Love divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of Heav’n to earth come down;
Fix in us your humble dwelling;
All your faithful mercies crown!
Jesus, You are all compassion,
Pure unbounded love, You are;
Visit us with Your salvation,
Enter every trembling heart.
Breathe, O breathe Your loving Spirit
Into every troubled breast!
Let us all in You inherit;
Let us find that second rest.
Take away our bent to sinning;
Alpha and Omega be;
End of faith, as its beginning,
Set our hearts at liberty.
Come, Almighty to deliver,
Let us all Your life receive;
Suddenly return, and never,
Nevermore Your Presence leave.
May we always You be blessing,
Serving You as Your hosts above,
Pray and praise You without ceasing,
Glory in Your perfect love.
Finish, then, Your new creation;
Pure and spotless let us be;
Let us see Your great salvation
Perfectly restored in You;
Changed from glory into glory,
Till in Heav’n we take our place,
Till we cast our crowns before You,
Lost in wonder, love, and praise.

Knowing and Being in Love

Once again I nearly approach a third day since I last wrote in this journal of my personal journey with God. I find once again an absence of words that can even begin to depict the magnitude of this all consuming tsunami of love that has swept over my soul and has encompassed and enveloped my very being over the several days. I seem to have lost my sense of time in the way I experienced it prior to this encounter.

Ah, what manner of love is this? No human being could even come close to offering what has touched my heart and soul. Only Jesus can bring to life what has been brought to mine. I don’t want to pause writing for too long due to not knowing how to express. I must find a means to share this love with you if I may, to continue to bring along on you on this journey.

As to what I previously regarded as primal value of importance, I had to release whatever gain I had. I counted it as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the all surpassing worth of knowing Him, Christ Jesus as my Lord. For his sake I am willing to suffer the loss of all things in this temporal life and count them as dung, in order that I may be filled with the enveloping fullness of His Presence and be found centered in his heart, not concerned with deriving a righteousness of my own, that of self oriented nature. (This being the need to know anything beyond the goodness and character of God) My focus being that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith, that I may know (ginosko) him and the power of his resurrection, and may share in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Dry bones can receive breath once again. Dead hearts can come alive, Breathe oh breath of God now breathe!

I walked through my neighborhood today pondering the desire for the presence of Jesus being more pronounced beyond the experience of what is flowing within my being? In time, it shall and is. Freely received and to be freely given away. Everything is so vibrant and new. That which was dead springs forth with newness of life. I go seeking empty vessels. The love of His presence compels me to go. I can do no less. He came unto his own and his own received him not. But to as many as received Him, He gave them the power to become in His likeness. Moved with compassion, as He is, so I walk, with open face in His presence being changed into the same image from glory unto glory. Oh you fellow wanderers; some seek and know not what? Perhaps so. He is right in your midst and this moves me to compassion. We see into the mirror darkly but then we shall see face to face. His matchless grace is offered unto all. I rejoice that my name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. My prayer is that you know the same.

“And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
(Matthew 9:35-37)

You will find me in the fields that are white unto harvest. Perhaps we’ll meet up out in those fields soon where we all do life in each and every moment. God bless.