Go Deeper in Love

I seem to be hard pressed in recent days to delve in even deeper to exploring what being “in Christ” truly means. How can I even touch the hem of the garment? I hardly feel qualified yet I will share what He is saying to me. I must. I cannot be silent or still about this. I believe it to be an endless exploration to which in human terms knows no end. It is a destination that I believe one never can attain while in a fleshly body. But chase it endlessly I shall until I breath my last breath. Nothing is more worthy to pursue. When Jesus returns for His bride and we take on a new spiritual glorified body; then and only then will our current state of being be transcended. Until then, may we press in and go deeper. Please have a seat in Jesus’ Name.

This is a bit lengthy, I apologize but I hope you will stay with me here. There is a clarion call for clarity on this. There seems to be an immense hunger awakening in the Body of Christ to understand this now and to enter in to such. It will get out though, one way or another. God will see to that. We can’t truly live on “instant and quick” for very long. Many have lost for the most part the art of process. Patience produces the fruit.

So what is it to be “all in”? First of all unless we are constantly moving towards such then we have indeed become stuck and static and perhaps likened unto the Dead Sea; constantly drinking in and having no outlet. At a standstill, which is not God’s plan nor man’s ideal. Creativity must be in motion. We are born for movement in life.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV)
Let’s look at being “in Christ”, in loving relationship with Him and living out His Word in loving form.

May we discover why life is working for and not against us. “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31 ESV)

If we truly be “in Christ” then we are no longer “of “ this world, we are merely “in” it. This by God’s design. He has a plan. “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. “
(Romans 12:1,2 ESV)

When we place our faith and trust in Jesus we take on a new nature.
So why is it that we find soon thereafter that life can still be difficult?

Why is it that the things I want to see in my relationship with God seem to fall by the wayside at times and I end up doing some of the things I would not do instead that are not pleasing to Him?

How do I walk in the true identity in whom God says that I am?

In John 15:1-17 we find the context from which we will be drawing from today. I suggest that you go read this and spend some time with it on your own. Jesus said:
Abide in me, and I in you.

Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that will be fruitful in life. (satisfied, full and abundant)

“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatsoever you wish and it will be done for you.” (John 15:7)
So often this is quoted and claimed but do we really know what this means and to actually apply it to our lives? Let’s break this down a bit so we can understand what God is saying.

We can feel like we lack something in our lives, like something is missing. Indeed there can be something missing like some vital ingredients.

What are some things or areas of your life that you feel are lacking right now? Ponder this and hold your thoughts and let us continue on.

What are the key ingredients that bond or hold relationship together? What would bring a sense of completion to your life? Can you even arrive at an answer?

So how is our reality framed by God? Let’s see what God has to say about such.

A sense of lack can enter until we understand that it is because His Word holds all things together. “For by him (Christ) all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities, all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:16,17 ESV)

We are to speak the truth in love, and in so doing we will in all things grow up into Christ Himself, who is the head. From Him the whole body is fitted and held together by every supporting ligament. And as each individual part does its work, the body grows and builds itself up in love. So I tell you this, and testify to it in the Lord; you must no longer walk as do those of this world do, in the futility of their human thinking. (Ephesians 4:15-17 paraphrased) We are walk together as one. This is a great mystery however there is a picture in marriage for it, in it’s purified form. God is doing a new thing to restore clarity to this picture; to the Body of Christ.

We become fragmented when His Word, which is wrapped in His love, loses its consistent cohesiveness in our expression of the way we live. His Word is the glue which holds our life together.

Then our life weave of tapestry begins to unravel.

We thus begin to feel fragmented, as it becomes intertwined with contrasting thread of this world.

What are some ways that feel unraveled in your life?
Do you feel you have to have it all together before you can find the true fulfillment that God intends for you to come into and experience?

To be “in” His Word, and “in Him intimately we must be first and foremost be centered, focused and grounded “in” His love; where we can reciprocate this back out through our life.

The Living Word, (Jesus), comes out of the Father’s heart of love and bears His Father’s heart, so that we “in love”, with Him will bear the Father’s heart.

As we speak His Word, in the love of the Father’s heart there is a sound that creates newness of life. In the beginning God spoke into a void that consisted of darkness moving upon the face of the waters.
In life everything is making a sound. As God’s Word speaks to you, you hear His Words to you. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. Your response in sound matters, your movement matters. It is joining in with something you can’t see. If we want to be real Christians then we have to live between two worlds; the tangible world and the unseen world. God saved us so we would live between these two realities and declare to the world that this is what real life looks like! It isn’t just what I can touch, experience, eat or drink, there is something far more than those things. (Eternal vs. transient) I’m not to be a mere spectator, but a participant in God’s process.

Your sound arises out of what you believe.
Living, moving and having our being in fullness here on earth as in heaven.
What you speak you must fully believe in. (with conviction)
What you believe sets your life course.
What you believe determines every relationship.
What you believe determines your joy, peace, contentment, etc.

Living not by physical bread alone, but by every word proceeding out of the mouth of God. Living out of the fullness of the love from the Father’s heart.

If you are praying His Word out of the Father’s heart
then whatsoever you ask then of the Father in Jesus Name, will be fully granted because His Word is flowing out of you in purity. You become the living expression of His Word. As His Word becomes part of you can have a conversation in your own words of expression and just talk with Him as you would sit down with anyone and share intimate conversation; one to one.

Know that you are secured and met in your beloved. We can short change ourselves if we miss out on the intimacy Jesus longs to have with you and I. This intimacy includes an outlet which spills out and over and into the relationships that we come into with others. This I believe is essential instigating the thriving passion that will set your soul on fire. Do you hunger for such? Sure you do! God designed us for such. We can get into denial over this and never chase it. Please don’t deny yourself the adventure of a lifetime. You have no idea what you are missing.

May we in every way and in every day, thus fulfill His commandment in keeping the royal Law; which is loving God with all of mind, soul and strength and loving all others as self. The love we extend is selfless and gives and multiplies as the Father gives and sustains us.

Thus speak to the mountains in your life and they will move. I discovered that “what” I do doesn’t make things happen. It is “what I believe” that matters. We don’t pray to do things, we pray because we are believing in something. Jesus sets us up for a lifestyle of faith regardless of what we see. Faith sees what cannot happen but stands in the place of possibilities.

Whether or not the “mountain” is moved or not – will your faith be unwavering?
Faith is not to move the mountain, it is so that you are bearing witness to what God is doing. Faith is the catalyst to love in action. It’s all about believing God, so that He can make those things happen!

John 8:31–32 (ESV) says “So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” What this passage doesn’t say is, “If you obey every word of Jesus you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” It says if you live in what Jesus has said, if you dwell there, then you will know the truth and the truth will set free.

Let it be on earth as it is in heaven. Ask for the daily “manna” in your life.
It is your inheritance because Jesus’ blood flows through your veins and His breath fills your lungs. This is “being in Him”.

Be balanced in grace and truth, basking in His love; will you?

Your life will be full and complete amidst trial and test.
Yes, there will be pain and discomfort because of a body of flesh.
However there is fullness of joy that transcends it all.

I can say “it is” worth it all because of what the process instills in me. So seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness; “in Jesus”.

“All” things are added “as” we have need of them. Now do you get the picture?
You don’t have to micromanage it, just “be” that which God declares that you are.

This “is” living – to love = living in abundant fullness. By this, is the Father is glorified as Jesus is magnified in and through us.

Your joy in your freedom is Jesus’ highest mission. This is all about relationship.

Now go and bless all that others that you meet and life will meet you the same.

Where Heaven and Earth Do Meet

A high place between two realities is where we are called of God to stand. It is where the lines for the battle are truly drawn. You may not seem to be able to discern in this moment of just where this is of what I speak. That is okay, just stay or come with me. For it is a place to which we never can say we have arrived at, for it is the very place for which our soul is destined to attain and it is who we are to become and forever aspire to press into. It is in the crushing and the pressing that life brings us that we discover what we are made of.

It is where the presence of God declares to you and I “I’m jealous for you. I long for what is inside of you”. This place between two realities; between the natural and the physical, is where you and I are a manifestation of what happens when heaven and earth meet, when flesh and Holy Spirit meet and what happens when God brings the two together and a shift in the atmosphere takes place; one that we can only but give full sway to. Are you experiencing this right now, this week or perhaps such is merely beginning to unfold within you and you don’t even know where to begin to find the words to even come close to saying “what this is? But you are willing to go with this nevertheless because the Lord is working in us to manifest His glory.

There is a different buoyancy and gravity to which the manner in which we experience life here in such a place, and can be liked unto being in water or soaring on the currents of air high and lofty in the skies where all is much different to what we experience on land. Is this connecting with you right now, what I an describing, is there a witness in your spirit this morning?

We are meant and are drawn to live in two realities simultaneously in every moment with every breath we draw. I believe that “all things are possible for one who believes”. (Mark 9:23b ESV). Do you believe God at His Word?

I’m talking about the realm unseen with the physical senses although the physical senses can come on board by faith and align with and agree with the Word of God and thus cooperate. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. This Word is as near as in your mouth and yet you must speak it before it becomes tangible to the senses. Faith and action in tandem is love moving constantly taking “the next step”.

The Spirit of God speaks expressly and continually and hovers over the expanse of the waters in which we live, move and have our being, beckoning our response. This response being cultivated in and drawn by the very love of God, broods over these waters. Being born again from above means being born of water and Spirit; both are essential, experiencing the unseen is being fully surrendered to the Kingdom of God in His righteousness where all things are added unto you. Can you truly declare Jesus as your Beloved and that you are fully His? Answer and ponder this will you, if you can declare that you know this from the depth and core of your very being? You see our believing and our walk turns us on to other realities. Do want to live supernaturally? Then you may. However you must consciously choose and act.

Do not lose heart. “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
(2 Corinthians 4:16-18 ESV) So I say that we cash in the seen trials and afflictions and invest them into the unseen realm of faith. They have not been presented to defeat or destroy you but rather they afford you the opportunity to move beyond that which is greater than you and in the midst of your greatest of trial, test, infirmity, or weakness is the strength of God made perfect. Greater is “He who lives within you” than He who lives in the world. He who the Son sets free is “free indeed”. “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1 ESV)

You and I cannot afford to be more human than spiritual. The weight of the glory of God demands it. That which we can’t see demands of us to be more spiritual than we naturally want to be. The only way we can live out the heart and mind of God is to be immersed in the depth and dimension of His love and to choose to live in the unseen. The only way to do so is to is to make sure the seen is not overwhelming the unseen. Allow the unseen to dominate your eyes, your mind, your vision and your heart.

As you become and are so set on seeing the unseen, when God comes to you with a vision of an unseen future, you can have the courage to step into it because you have already grown accustomed to living in that way. Get used to living in the unseen. If we want to bring anything at all to the playing field that counts for eternity then we have to believe in what cannot see.

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12 ESV) Understand from a heavenly perspective. Let this mind be in you that is in Christ Jesus. Your battles are never with people; they are with orchestrated circumstances in the heavenly places unleashed into life and it is your choice as to how to respond to them.

May God restore your determination and fight for the unseen. “But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.”

Moreover it is required in stewards that a man be found faithful. Faithful is literally being “filled up in faith” and this comes by way of being filled up with Holy Spirit. My prayer for you is this shall be so. Run well my friends this race, for only the one who finishes is one who wins in the end, and when all is said and done, may you finish well. Take heart and be of good courage; be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Fight for every dream God has given you! Never, ever give up contending for these.

Hope Anchored in Love

Because God’s love has been poured into our hearts we therefore have hope as we are justified by our faith in what Jesus has secured for us at the Cross.

Whatever promises God has spoken into and over you; remain steadfast in this hope over His promises to you. Hope deferred can make the heart grow weary as you may feel like you are in a holding pattern, especially when there may be a great stirring within going on and you may be saying “when God, when; when does it come into manifestation in a real way in my life”?

I sense that God would like to remind you that this longing is to be fulfilled as a tree of life and to not be weary in well doing, for you will reap a great reward from consistently and constantly remaining in His love in a steadfastness of faith. Faithful is He that calls you up to a higher level of walking with Him. He is actually drawing you to Himself. Don’t give into the resistance that would rise up and surround you but rather stay surrendered to Him and His love. He has you.

I encourage you to let go of the disappointments that come from the reminders of yesterday. These were rooted in old identities that do not speak of who God says that you are. Let go of these false identities and pay them no mind; dismiss them from your reality. The enemy of your soul would like to keep you stuck there so that you don’t advance into God’s very best for you.

May you build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit, keeping yourselves in the love of God, wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life as reminded in Jude 20-21.

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
(Romans 5:1-5)

“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God” (Psalm 42:5).

Live “as is” His promise fulfilled and you are the very expression thereof. Live to love to live, and as you do, you become the very love that He is. This is your tree of life is it not? May the peace, love and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you always.

In Faith and Love; making a Difference

“We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 ESV) A very well known and often quoted scripture. What is it really saying?

“Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”
(John 14:21)

“On that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you are in Me, and I am in you. Whoever has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me. The one who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and reveal Myself to him.
(John 14:21)

How do we “keep His Word”? “Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:29-31 ESV)

All things are possible for the one who believes. (Mark 9:23b) You say you believe?
Belief is accompanied by a life style that puts feet to the words claimed and declared as truth and walks it out where talk = the walk; they are one and the same.
Where your choices truly matter and make a difference and leave impact upon your world as in reality in practice, where running the right race with passion matters.

Ask yourself “Do I believe more in who God is than who I am? “So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” (1 John 4:16) What this all comes down to is at what level do you and I live in the love of God, isn’t it? God is love. The real question we need to ask ourselves is will we also “be love” or will we merely act loving? There is a difference.

Jesus asks us to love all others as we love ourselves as we read in Mark 12:31. We are “to love” as “we love ourselves”. That is the where the rubber truly meets the road in life. will we “be this”?

Faith and love are intricately woven together here. Faith and love must be equally proportioned; equally mixed. Really the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

Furthermore were or are you running a good race? Who or what cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? What has perhaps sidelined you? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1 ESV)

The only time faith is activated is when love is targeting your action of faith. We are called to a way of truly loving in deed and in truth. “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
(1 Corinthians 13:1-2 ESV)

Our decision here is very simple; “will I be the heart of God in the earth? I will leave you with that question today.

No Greater Love

I find myself in recent days asking the question, “how can I justify thinking of any other human being as an enemy?” I can’t really. Being created in the image of God my character aught to by all means aspire to align with His should it not? I may not “like” certain people due to their actions that they may reflect, however there is no justifiable cause for me not to “love them”. Yet the love that God has for each and everyone that walks the earth, is certainly beyond comprehension of the human mind.

John 3:16 says, “God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” This surely means that God is loving all and offering all eternal life without exception or condition. “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” (1 John 3:1 ESV). Note that the Father clearly states we “should be called children of God and so we are”. Some just do not know it yet.

What does it means for the pure love of God to flow out through the heart without imposing conditions upon it’s expression?

Let us consider Jesus’ example; that which led him to and through the Cross for you and I. “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 ESV) I am to be of the same mind as He; following in His footsteps, am I not?

I must therefore purpose to do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than myself. Not looking only to my own interests, but also to the interests of others. Having this mind, which is mine in Christ Jesus; I consider Him, keeping my gaze fixed upon Him, 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.

He was found to be in human form, humbling himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
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)
Walking in this level of humility is not easy by any means due to our human nature; a heart that is effected by sin; yet is not Jesus sufficient and does not His love cover all? He most certainly is and does. Then it comes down to the surrender of our own will unto His, doesn’t it?

This changes everything does it not? Why I choose to do what I do with this life that God has given me addresses a reordering of my priorities. This is mind blowing for most of us is it not? Yet to what do i affix my passion in life? What to I choose to give myself over to?

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:31 ESV). What shall we say to such? Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? No, nothing separates us.

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Romans 8:37-39 ESV)

So my highest goal in life in all things and in every circumstance must be to “love as He loves”. To this I aspire and count the cost of bearing my own cross and taking up His. It comes down to a reckoning of will does it not and this is walking out my divine story and what truly is more fulfilling than this?

“Divine Provision properly Proportioned”

Is there a hunger in your spirit for the things of God?

I recall when the Word of the Lord came to Elijah. “Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.”

“So he did what the Lord had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there. The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.

Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. There come seasons where we must wait upon God, seek His face and He will speak and then we submit to his process as He gently leads us on to our next step.

Then comes specific times of pouring out. “‘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;
(Acts 2:17)

Then there is the account of Elijah and the widow’s oil.
“Now the wife of one of the sons of the prophets cried to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord, but the creditor has come to take my two children to be his slaves.” (2 Kings 4:1,2)

Are you perhaps holding inside you a portion that God gave you to in order to be poured back out?

Elijah asks the widow; “What shall I do for you? Tell me; what have you in the house?” And she said, “Your servant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.”
Receiving and Releasing

There are seasons of being filled up of God. What about that little jar of oil? What is in your hand? There comes time to start pouring that out. There is a river. Rivers flow. Waters that do not move become stagnant such as The Dead Sea. Life is meant to be in reciprocal motion.

Then he said, “Go outside, borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels and not too few. Did not Jesus say that it is better to give than to receive?

Spare not; and give away in abundance when it is your hand to do so. Why do we sometimes feel inclined to hang onto and hoard? Is it not because we feel our supply may run out? So giving place to fear or remaining in the right of the need to know the outcome can become our choice. Let the left hand not know what the right hand is doing. God’s business is in his capable hands. Why is there a tendency want to work the hand of God? Out of His love He so freely gives us all things that we truly have need of. Be as the sparrow.

Perhaps we move beyond being able to trust God? When all things are freely given at His hand, why may we be inclined to hold onto what is not ours to retain? When we let of what is physically tangible then we make room for more new to come in. Are you perhaps poised in stagnant waters?

Then Elijah proceeded to say to the widow; “go in and shut the door behind yourself and your sons and pour into all these vessels. And when one is full, set it aside.” So she went from him and shut the door behind herself and her sons. And as she poured they brought the vessels to her. When the vessels were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another.”

Then the oil stopped flowing. She came and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on the rest.” ( 2 Kings 4: 4-7)

Abundant provision is commensurate with liberal pouring back out into perhaps awaiting provision that God has placed within you to be given away. The gift that keeps on giving, they say. That gift you are.
Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38)

The oil of God’s Holy Spirit is in abundant supply and shall never run dry. Freely have we received, so freely may we give.

“Tried, True and Tested”

Tried, true and tested; may this be your testimony! It may not be very pleasant. I can see that. Your hope may have been deferred or delayed but it is not over for you. The heart can grow weary. You may feel that going on is beginning to feel nearly impossible. Will you in faith dare to believe God?

In order to fulfill the story God has wrote and designed for you and I to walk out has required a season or seasons of preparation. Has it seemed difficult and quite challenging for months or perhaps even years?

I assure you you that you are not done nor are you alone. Your season of captivity that may have isolated you is coming to an end.

God desires to reassure us that “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” There is a process by which we must be resurrected from dead works in our lives; where in a sense He removes the “dead wood” and prunes us back so that new growth can come forth.

Some things must die in order for some things new to come forth. Why is this process so necessary?

You are being kept for an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, reserved in heaven for you. This inheritance is not for after you physically die, but rather it is a season you are are about to or are are coming into.

“Who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:5) Yes, in the last days which we are certainly in.

“In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 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. His revealing can come through necessary suffering of trial and process.

There are seasons you had to go through in order to become who God called you to be.
You must be strengthened for the times that are yet to come. Perhaps you may be one who has been permitted to be sifted as wheat by the adversary. For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. (Ecclesiastes 3:1) Seasons begin, endure and then they come to an end. This is a process of obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:9) As you persevere and come through, then strengthen your brothers and sisters. Like precious faith multiplies into the greatest of reward. Be not weary in it! As you are strengthened, stand for the one to your left and to your right.

Now we enter a time of the removal of things that are shaken; that is, things that have been made, in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.

Yes, let us be grateful. Tried, true and tested. Prepared and purified. A process of perseverance.

Jesus is the same; yesterday, today and forever. We are to be in his likeness. We were created in his likeness. A divine weaving of Eternal fabric. It is time to let go of the temporal elements in our lives to make way for the the lasting and the remaining which comes through the fire. Remember what you are made of. Royal descent. A chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession that you may proclaim and exhibit His excellence.

Are you keeping his Word alive within you? Whoever keeps his Word, in Him is the love of God perfected. If the love of God is being perfected in you then you will be “like him” for you will see him as He is. Seeing through eyes of faith His Promise; His Word received and engraved into your very being.

“Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.” (1 John 3:2,3) Maranatha, even so come Lord Jesus!

Without God’s active presence in your process, life will steal your true identity; who God says that you are. There is no battle that you find yourself in the midst of that you cannot be restored from. God creates always through His Word being spoken. He is speaking you into existence by His design. The breath of God is breathing new life into you through your wilderness or desert experience. Speak His Word as you receive it. “The shaking” is the process of the coming coming together of the tried, true and tested. Yes, you and I are to “live again”. You are a manifest Word of God! It is necessary to walk in our true identity then.

Are you truly “all in” when it comes to having received the work Jesus did at the Cross for you and I? Then rejoice that your name is written in heaven! Be exceedingly glad because He overcame this world already. You are more than a conqueror through Him who loves you. Be true to your identity in Christ.