“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)

“For the Joy of Loving”

What motivates you in life? What propels you forward into your day, to the extent that just about nothing can deter you from fulfilling the purpose for which you are here? You do know the very reason for which you are alive right now for such a time as this, don’t you?

If not, then perhaps my visit with you here this morning on this page can help stir you up into a quest similar to what I find myself on these days.

So if there is be any encouraging word or act of loving service that I could offer you this morning let it be the following; that in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, is where and how we be made complete.

Now mind you, my joy finds it’s source resting in being of the same mind that Jesus walked in. Let us look to Him. Without him you and I can do nothing, in and of ourselves. He is, after all “the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
(Hebrews 12:2b ESV)

As He is, so we are to be in this world. Having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind; do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.

Jesus, who though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped. In a human body He had His battles with the mind. He was tempted as you and I. But He stayed the course with what He saw His Father doing and He spoke what the Father was saying. Man is to not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. Mind yourself with the Living Manna; the very words of the living God will sustain and direct you in all of your ways. Why do we think we should so walk any differently? You and I are not here to be found doing what is right in our own eyes. That is what gets us in so much trouble in this life.

But Jesus emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, was born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

May you and I do likewise and follow in his example. Be a follower of Christ. Allow His reign over your life. The walk of a follower of Jesus is not beyond your grasp or means. You have a Comforter and Teacher in his Holy Spirit. Have you surrendered and yielded the reigns of your heart unto His loving care and direction? If not I urge you to do so today. Your life does not need to be spinning and spiraling out of control. It is not meant to be haphazard but rather distinctly ordered and directed by His Word.

Jesus, being found in human form, went to the Cross for you and I and won the victory for us. He secured all of Heaven for you and I to meet us here on earth. “On Earth as it is in Heaven” is His design. Jesus 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 to the glory of God the Father.

So what do you and I need to need to ascertain in life to assure ourselves of this victory? It is very simple.

“The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” that is, the word of faith that we proclaim; because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” (Romans 10:8-11 ESV)

I “believe God” and so I am who He says that I am and I choose to keep walking that out. The same holds true for you. But you must act upon and walk out what the Word of God already declares is true for you. I love to do the will of Him who sent and sends me and the Joy of being “in Him” is my strength. It is for the mere extravagant joy of his presence that I persevere and run this race. So are you my friend willing to follow in the same example?

“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.