Capture the Vision

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. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
(Romans 1:16,17 ESV)

“I will take my stand at my watch post and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint”. (Habakkuk 2:1)

Is there a complaint, a cry rising up within you because you do not truly know who God designed you to be in this world in representing His Kingdom? Maybe you don’t know even “if” let alone “where” you belong. Let me assure you that in the Father’s house there “is” a place for you. You are chosen and not ever forsaken. Jesus has prepared a place for you “of many rooms” in comparison to where the level of human reasoning can leave you stuck. Look at John 14:1-3 for example.

Many of us are likely living far below the capacity God has already placed within us to be. Are you hearing a call to come up higher?

In order to be in right standing in the Kingdom of God, one must living “by His faith” based in the power of the gospel. Can you declare “I believe”? Is “that believing” producing in you a passion to so clearly see Jesus so that you can perhaps begin to see an outline for walking out your specific purpose in fulfillment of “why you are here” on earth?

You don’t need to be running here and there in frantic search for on-purpose living that which if you are actually engaged in, can take you aside from where you actually need to be.

The Lord would say now, “step out onto the water”. Take His hand extended. Watch the current though. You must become very specifically “current” in a “very current” God who also holds the blueprint for the tributary of the stream of the river He has destined for you to flow in. May I say unto you there is but one river of God however that river has its tributaries that distribute and carry it’s flow. Are you properly positioned in alignment? He knows the plans that are held in store for you. They are plans to prosper you and to not bring you into a place that will bring harm. Don’t be caught up into diverse distracting currents which can make it very hard to get back on track.

Please have a seat in Jesus’ name and still yourself for a moment. What is the “vision” God has given you? You are not to leave that to happenstance. He wants you to clearly see it. He wants you to be fully in understanding and deeply immersed in it. Maybe you have no clue what to do. That is okay. There is remedy for such.

And the Lord is waiting answer to you. It is time to settle the questioning and to dispel the doubts and fears and “before” you take another step, He would have you to consider the following;

“Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.
(Habakkuk 2:2) Allow Him the process to “show you”. Write it down and I mean literally write it out. You can give yourself a kaleidoscope unfolding picture of what you write out and “soak in” what God is saying. If the vision is not fully “in you” then you will not be able to have it manifest. It remains simply a mere idea. The vision is something you must be able to “become” with what God’s resource deposited within you.

Then you must be able to articulate into words “which move and stir you” into action and your action draws those to you who God has prepared to be part of the process. We live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God; not by mere physical tangible substance. Allow the living Word of God to come alive in you. “His personal word to comes out of the “logos” and is breathed into the “rhema” which is His Word “alive in you”

“Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts. (Zechariah 4:6). It is not by your own means, power or strength. Allow God to release in you “that” which only He can. Do not look to other people. He will direct you to connect with the “right people” in “His timing”.

For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end; it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. (Habakkuk 2:3). In other words simply put, you will not be waiting for very long. God is always in motion and He intends for you to be in His express image and to reflect that which is characteristic of Him.

You have an appointed time from God to walk out what He holds for you placed into action in His plan. Don’t waste it. Be discerning and then be diligent.

“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is”.
(Ephesians 5:15-17 NKJV)

“Be all that you are in Christ to His praise and Glory – Anticipate This”

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth”. (Colossians 3:1-2 ESV)

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,

Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. (Don’t hold on the offenses; release them now; they will only keep you in bondage to the captivity of your thinking. Let the former things go that cannot serve “who you are in Christ”.) Adorn yourself with the beauty of identity that being “in Christ” displays. Cast off the restraints of old identiies.

And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. All things are held together in their consistent creation in Christ.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body.

Be thankful in all things for this is the will of Christ concerning you. As the basis for all of your living, moving and having expression of your being;

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Therefore purpose to live to love to live. “Baruch haba beshem adonai”; I bless you in the name of the Lord. May He bless you and keep you and cause His face to shine upon you and may His Shalom rest upon you.

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.”

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?

“The Eyes of the Heart”

In the silence of my heart I awakened this morning in a deep stillness of anticipation. It was like time was standing still in a great pause. Dawning in the skies here was yet nearly four hours away and I wondered as I wandered about this space. I was captured by a deep sense of awe in the presence of the Lord. There were no words forming in my thoughts. Only a sense that there seems to be a new “Hosanna” forming upon the lips of and stirring in the sons and daughters of the King to welcome in His presence in a new way of grand processional. I tend to be a natural worshiper and I often in recent days see myself in the band and company of those on the front line of worship assisting to bring this in. I’m just saying these are mere impressions that keep springing up. Maybe some of you have been experiencing something similar?

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. (Isaiah 60:1) It is time to arise indeed and I sense the call to pray a blessing over each of you right now; “may 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.” Yes, the Lord looks upon you with favor.

“For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples;
but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.
(Isaiah 60:2,3 ESV)

Yes, there is a penetrating darkness entrenched throughout parts of the earth today nearly everywhere in most places. Yet at the presence of light darkness must always give way and be dispersed. One of God’s names is “Light”. At the beginning of creation, God’s first words to be spoken, “let there be light” birthed all into existence. Jesus is declared to be the Light of the world. God’s Word is a lamp unto my feet and light unto my path. Jesus came so that Light would fill the earth. Because of His work; the Cross, all is fulfilled. We just need to walk it out with our lives; filled with His Word, wherein every promise is activated through the testimony of our walk in this life. We overcome by the blood of Christ and through the word of our testimony. In His Promise, a Passionate Pursuit of the highest expression of our love based in His love is our Prized Possession. May we possess it most fully indeed!

“The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; (Psalm 19:8)

May “the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,

Having the eyes of your hearts 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,

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. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. (Ephesians 1:17-23)

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)

Open the eyes of my heart, O Lord, I want to see you in greater depth, height and breadth; seeing You high and lifted up and shining in the light of Your glory.
Pour out Your power and love as we sing holy, holy, holy are You Lord! May new sight come and be displayed.

It is in the eyes that out of which, His glory shines and emanates. I’ll likely be saying more about this in coming days. For now take these words to heart and I ask that you sit with them and then ask God a question as to what response from your heart would be most pleasing to Him now. It is that simple, but be passionate in that response and in the practice that follows.

“Oh, how He Loves Us”

The love that Jesus holds for you and I is beyond what our minds can comprehend, more than most can even begin to fathom.

Behold what manner of love the Father has given unto us, that we should be called the sons and daughters of God.

He gave His life to make us whole, shedding His blood for all,
Healing the body, saving the soul, so that all may come, for mercy call.

What we in glory soon shall be, it does not yet appear;

But when our precious Lord we see, the seal of His love we shall bear fully to be.

More than we can imagine indeed!

In His prayer to the Father he said “I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.” (John 17:26)

The love of Christ overwhelms me, overtakes and encompasses all that I be,

More than I can see. Frees life from within; may His glory be greater known.

I find myself feeling what Paul expressed; “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.” (Philippians 3:12)

This song often in my heart, I find myself singing, “I Stand in Awe of You”

You are beautiful beyond description
Too marvelous for words
Too wonderful for comprehension
Like nothing ever seen or heard
Who can grasp Your infinite wisdom?
Who can fathom the depth of Your love?
You are beautiful beyond description
Majesty, enthroned above
And I stand, I stand in awe of You
I stand, I stand in awe of You
Holy God, to whom all praise is due
I stand in awe of You.

Bringing me into the place where love abounds far beyond words I can bring or sing.

“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.