“Embracing and Living in Love unto Fullness”

An often quoted and known promise, yet do we understand what this brings forth?

If we be “in Christ” then we are not “of “ this world, we are merely “in” it. This by God’s design.

We can feel like we lack something in our lives,

This is because His Word holds all things together,

And we become fragmented when His Word wrapped in His love,

Loses its consistent cohesiveness in our expression of being.

Then our life weave begins to unravel.

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

To be “in” His Word, we must be “in” His love; reciprocating life.

The Living Word, Jesus, in the Father’s love, bearing Father’s heart, so we “in love”, with Him become the sound producing vibration of His Word, in real life, where we are and go.

Living, moving and having our being in fullness here on earth as in heaven.

Living not by physical bread alone, but by every word proceeding out of the mouth of God.

So then whatever 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.

In every and in every day;

Thus we fulfill His commandment in keeping the royal Law;

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.

Let it be on earth as it is in heaven.

Ask for the daily “manna” in your life

Be it because Jesus’ blood flows through your veins

His breath fills your lungs. This is “being in Him”.

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.

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.

As we “get this” shall not a new Hosanna arise from within us? Oh yes, most certainly this coming forth!

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

The Freedom that Loving Brings

Life can offer some of the finest and most fulfilling moments within the serenity of simplicity. You don’t have to go on a quest after the riches and wealth of this world. That may appease the emotions for a temporary interim however that will come to an end very quickly if you are leaving out the primary ingredient in life. Now don’t get me wrong here; it is nice to have money and with it you can bless others in special ways as long as that comes out of heart and expression of love.

All I want to say this morning is please don’t leave out the key ingredient to acquiring a life that is truly rich beyond measure. Many times it can come in the simple exchanges such as a splendid meal shared with a special friend or companion in the least anticipated times and places . Sometimes the most treasured moments in life truly come to us freely.

It is the gift of love that caps these treasured moments in life isn’t it? Yes, we never forget such times; they have a way of staying with us.

Love has a beginning or starting place before it graces walking out our life expression.

“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.
The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 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 3:1-3)

It begins with God and continues in you and I.
Jesus said, “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)

For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love one another. Whoever does not love abides in death. This kind of love cannot be self generated; it must originate from the very heart of God.

Jesus already did all the complete work of this for us at the Cross. By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for others.

By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.

Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.

Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.

The true gift of life is to receive the love of God and then become the express reflection of the love that He is. So you see the best in life is freely given and freely received. This is because it cost Jesus everything in His sacrifice for you and I so that we would not have to sacrifice our lives for eternity.

It is so blessed to offer back the sacrifice of extending God’s love to another. To give such can be one of life’s greatest pleasures. So I choose to live to love to live. My prayer is that you choose the same. Live a life that can be truly legendary.

“Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and give his life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28 ESV)

“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.

“For what do you Wait?”

Have you felt as though your life has stopped or been held up in some way for a period of time? Perhaps you’ve been through a dry period where life has become a desert or wilderness? With God, nothing in the way of our circumstances are permanent or fixed. Life is intended to be fluid and there is to be movement. There is preparation and there is purpose to be fulfilled in each and every one of us. So what God allows to come into our lives many times is to strengthen and equip us to be who God intended for us to be. In the point of our greatest test through our weakest points and moments many times is when His strength is perfected.For what do you wait?

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.” (Jeremiah 29:11-14 ESV)

Just as the 70 years of exile for Israel came to an end, so does your period of captivity and exile that has sidelined you, reach an end. Your 70 years are ending and your deliverance is at end. No longer in the future, but right now is your moment of opportunity to believe God for what may seem inconceivable to you or impossible. “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6 ESV)

God has plans that involve a hope and future for you without exception. So call upon Him now and believe. He will hear you right now from exactly where you are at. Jesus already did all the work for you at the Cross. all you have to do is agree with God and say “yes” to his saving grace. Just say “yes”. You have been found and He is ready to restore unto you the years that have robbed you of your joy and well being.
Where your time of captivity has driven you, it is time to come out of seclusion. Your time of hiding or being hidden is over. God is ready to bring you back and fully restore what the locust has consumed over time and circumstance.

This is addressing someone today that is reading this. Today is your day of salvation. However you must respond. You don’t have become something more first or you don’t have to wait for something to change. 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) If any man be in Christ He is a new creation. Old things are passed away and all becomes new. 2 Corinthians 5 :17) So will you just say “yes” to God right now?

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)

Where charity and love, there is God. There Christ joins us together with Him. Let us be found in there. Let us draw near and love the living God in full assurance of faith.

At the same time, therefore, when we are gathered as one with Christ,let us not be divided in mind. In the center, in the name of Jesus may all darkness and resistance flee.

Behold in open face the glory or goodness of the Lord; from glory unto glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

The joy that is immense and good, is before you and awaits your acceptance.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed. (Luke 4:18)
Jesus is here and present to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound. Today is your opportunity.

Passage out of Darkness and into Light

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. A yoke is something you allow to be placed upon you. It is not true to your nature. It resists life’s flow. If any man be in Christ he or she is a new creation; old things are passed away and all things become new. What have you been wearing that is only serving to weigh you down and press upon your very being that your freedom to move through life is being restrained?

Does this weight bring a sense of condemnation upon your very being? Is it making you to feel less than God declares that you are?

What reigns in your life today? Is it the Spirit of life, the goodness of God setting and keeping you free or is it the law of sin that you give place to or or is it the the law of death?

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)

What might you might be allowing to be placed upon you that is contrary the nature of the identity that God declares that is who He says that you are?

“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)

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. (Romans 14:17)

Is there conflict in your life? Is the practice of life that you are perhaps trying to walk out in double mindedness? This can leave you in a valley of decision not knowing which way to turn, in a wilderness of wandering with no direction of purpose, or in and endless sea of despair and discouragement because you have lost your way.

Does any of this ring a bell within you? I can attest to having been there myself and it encompassed many months of my life yet today I have chosen to be set free of such. “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 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.” (Philippians 2:5-8)

“And being found in human form, he 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, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:8-11)

At the name of Jesus, every thought taken captive, every condition or disease in the body must surrender. Whatever that is out of alignment in your life must come back into alignment with the Word of God.

“For by him 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.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

You and I are called “out of darkness” and “into this marvelous light”. The darkness cannot prevail at the name of Jesus. The darkness must bow at this name; the name above all names. Then declare this. Believe this absolutely and fully step into it by faith. Be that which the Word of God declares that you are. Remember your true identity. God’s Holy Spirit, the comforter shall bring you into remembering all the Words of God spoken into you. Give Him place.

The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. His glory simply stated, is His goodness; the goodness of God. Born again in his likeness is your true identity.

For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
“But you are 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. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
(1 Peter 2:9)

His mercies are new, new every morning. Every day can be a new beginning on a brand new clean slate. Why not choose now? Why wait a moment longer? Gain or have restored the singleness of mind that that is complete, sound and clear in Christ Jesus. He is the way, the truth and the life; the only road to true freedom. Choose to be and remain in such freedom wherein the fruit of the Spirit is abiding and love, joy, peace prevailing; then all is truly well once again. Behold, all things can be new again!