“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?

The Reason for Living and the Power of the Cross

A flower comes forth in beauty and color and in a short time fades, withers and returns to the earth. Here today and gone tomorrow. A flower depicting a picture of life; can seem to pass by so quickly. So what is value in life? Why it’s potential is priceless, yet how many of us live as “believing” such?

I believe. I believe in loving life. I believe in living in order “to love”, to the fullest extent possible. There is only one purpose for which I live, move and have my being, one thing that drives me, lights my passion, and sets me on fire for life and motivates the very reason with purpose for which I walk out life here on this earth right now. That being, the message “of the Cross”.

That is to reveal to every person that crosses my path in life, the very source of life.

It is to make known the very truth that to not be “fully connected” with “that very source” in whose image we are all created, we “have not” the means to “make it” in life. I make no apology for my message or the intensity in which it is delivered.

The message is not about me. It is the message of the cross. It means everything to me and I will in a heartbeat lay down my life for the One who gave up His so that I could fully live. I will sacrifice what my very self may want or desire in life, in order to bring “that message” home to you and anyone else my life crosses path with, to where the “rubber meets the road” in life.

“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.” (Romans 1:16 ESV) This is the “dunamis” or dynamite power that fuels life’s very force of being sustained.

Without it, you can “do nothing” of eternal significance and you will die “without achieving” the purpose or destiny for which God created you.

Plain and simple, without Jesus’ reign in your heart and life you are running aimlessly, empty and without purpose. You are left unfulfilled and are settling for less than the ultimate that can be all yours.

I am not stretching the truth one bit, I’m simply reminding you of what already resides within; an awareness of an eternal kingdom that is your inheritance . You already are born to be fully a son or daughter of God. You just perhaps don’t know it and your mind perhaps has been blinded or obscured from seeing and recognizing who you are.

This is why Jesus gave His very life and all on the cross for you and I. So that we might fully live this out this life in rich abundance and to go beyond this physical life continuing in what begins here and to carry it onto eternity onto an everlasting destiny that leaves a legacy for a perpetual kingdom that knows no end.

“For the word of the Cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” (1 Corinthians 1:18-19 ESV)

Who is truly wise and all knowing? Who has the answers for this life?

Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through human wisdom or understanding, it pleased God through the foolishness of what we preach to save those who believe. So you demand signs or seek wisdom?

However we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to some, but to those who are called, (which “are all”, of every tribe, tongue and nation), Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For consider your calling. You may regard yourselves wise according to worldly standards, however truly powerful, “within your own means”, you are not. To be “in Christ” and being found in Him is your only hope that is and that can be lasting.

God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; a testimony I bring to this world that that is clear and plain to see. I seek to live a very transparent life and be as real as it gets. A very imperfect being, becoming perfected in and by only the love of the Father’s heart through the love of Jesus Christ being made real in life.

God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.

May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him, which is making real the goodness of God, for which reason I live.

Receiving the Water of Life Freely

Are you finding yourself thirsty beyond measure when it comes to life? Do you sense that there has to be more to this life than you have been led so far to discover?
Are you on a quest for such and just seem to keep coming back to where you started only to still stand empty-handed?

If so then perhaps you need to look beyond what you perceive to be limitations that you are perhaps holding on to? The call of God always lies beyond the other side of your perceived limitations.

God does not withold anything from you or I. He gave us His all when He Gave us His only begotten son, Jesus; “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence. (2Peter 1:3)

Yes, He calls us to “excellence” in and through Christ Jesus. The full potential to walk after His likeness rests within, if you have received His righteousness in place of your own. In that instance, His Spirit dwells within, therefore as He lives there, we have His Presence enveloping us, the fullness of that which fills all in all.

Jesus is in charge of it all, has the final word on everything. At the center of all this, Christ rules the body, the ecclesia, created to be in His likeness. The body, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the body. The ecclesia is Christ’s body, in which he speaks and acts, by which he fills everything with his presence. (THE FULLNESS (EXPRESSION) OF HIM WHO FILLS ALL IN ALL.)

He makes all things new. Therefore if any man be “in Christ” He is “a new creation”. Old things pass or give way to the new.

“And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.”
(Revelation 21:5-7)

“These words are trustworthy and true”. He is the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. the Alpha and the Omega. That encompasses and covers it all and everything in between.

“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.

And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.”

“And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”

I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.”

And he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near. Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.”

“Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”

Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”

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.

I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.

He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.” (Revelation 22:1-21)

So if you are one who is athirst that I described at the beginning of this post, then thirst no more; come to the water that God has promised. You need not wait another moment. “These are the true words of God.” I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers and sisters who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God.” For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. “These words are trustworthy and true”.

Let me close with this; my testimony is that I have discovered that there is no human relationship or anything found in this life that can quench that “unsatiable thirst”. Anything or anyone short of Jesus will leave one remaining dry and in a constant and endless search for all eternity. All other relationships are to be formed from this primal one.

He will meet you right where you are. All you have to do is ask and invite Him; but you must ask. Believe Him. And when He meets you, then have you met the fulness of all in all, truly. There​ is nothing missing. He exceeds your wildest imagination and this is my testimony and I stake my life on it. Only believe His record, for with man things are impossible but with God “ALL” things are possible to they who will believe. Receive and life will never be the same.