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In Your Face

For the Lord God will help Me; Therefore I will not be disgraced; Therefore, I have set My face like a flint, And I know that I will not be ashamed.  

Isaiah 50:7

When God places a calling on our lives and releases us into it…setting us on the journey to fulfill His purposes and plans for our lives (because it absolutely requires our participation), it’s a comfort to know that God will help us!  He assists, supports and bears with us in it!   We don’t have to go it alone!

We will not be disgraced!  We can determine to stay within the boundaries of grace.  Remembering God is our help will keep us from trying to work it or do it in our own strength, outside of the grace afforded us for the journey.  Because that is what disgrace is; a result of doing anything apart from grace. 

Just like Jesus, our faces can be set like a flint. What does that mean?  Looking at the word flint, I found that it is a stone or rock, diamond like in nature, which is believed to be unbreakable and of impenetrable hardness. 

A word that is used to define flint is ‘adamant’, which bears a two-fold meaning.  The same as above and also, it refers to a mental quality.  To be adamant is to be unshakable or insistent in maintaining a position or opinion.  Unyielding. 

 Our faces are to be set like that!  And what is a face?  A face most readily reveals our identity.  When someone looks at your face, they can see who you are! 

What an awesome thought!  My face is set like a flint!  My identity is impenetrable & unbreakable! I will not yield! I’m determined in who God has said that I am and in what God has said that I am to do and where I am to go! 

So, the journey begins!

 

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Posted by on November 24, 2010 in Confidence, Identity, Purpose, Vision

 

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His Face Was Set For the Journey

Just this morning, my mother in love, Diane and I were talking about the new litter of puppies that have blessed our home.  Our precious Kali Grace (Translated Beautiful Grace) and our sweet boy Chevy (My huband’s favorite vehicle manufacturer but the emblem is simply the cross.  Smile.)  became parents almost four weeks ago to Bentley (named by Leaha), Justice (named by Emily), Ozone (named by Wes and called Oz for short), Lily (I named her) and last but not least (Flint, named by me as well.)

I was talking to Diane about Flint in particular and she asked me how he got his name.  To tell the truth, God and I had talked about names for quite a while.  When I named Kali, it was for a specific reason.  I named her because I wanted a revelation of Grace and Pastor Sharon had stated that the next time she had a dog, she was going to name him or her, depending on what she wanted to come to her.  Her dog, consequently, is named Harvest.  Smiling. 

At any rate, I followed suite and have definately gotten exactly what I asked for. These past two years have been amazing in how God has delivered me from the bondage of the law and revealed His loving grace to me.   I simply adore Him.  Words are not even enough to convey it. 

I guess I’m still believing for  a Chevy.  Hmmmm…..  But the cross is always before me. Praise Jesus.

But when these puppies were about to come on the scene, I knew in my heart that one of them needed to be named according to a call that God has placed on not only my life but both John’s and mine.  This is something far greater than I ever imagined. It’s a call on our family.  And I know it’s going to take a will that is unmoved by opinion, circumstance, etc.  Where there is a “will”, there is a way. 

I wanted to name the puppy Will but because my husband has a friend named Will, I thought that might seem a bit funny.  And really, what I was going to call him, “Willy”?  Really? 

And then it came to me.  Isaiah 50:7, “For the Lord God will help Me; Therefore I will not be disgraced; Therefore I have set My face like a flint, And I know that I will not be ashamed.”

And then there was Flint

Back to the discussion between my momma and I.  I was telling her that we have deemed him the mushy puppy.  I couldn’t quite put my finger on it but have you ever held a baby that just felt ooohy, gooey squishy good?  Like soft and mellow?  Gushy love?  (All babies are gushy love, I know but…)  That is what he is like.  Even Emily described him like that in one of her little sweet videos that she made on her camera telling about all of the puppies and their personalities.  She said he is the mushy pup.

Last night as I was holding him, he was giving me that “Ain’t I the squishiest ever” look when he turned over and yeilded his pudgy puppy belly to my rubbing hand.  I couldn’t look at him.  That moment was almost spiritual.  I know.  Spiritual?  Well, it was. Because I realized that to have our face set like a flint is not a struggle but a rest.  I can rest in the hands of a loving God and allow him to handle me and my life.  He will handle all that He has said would come.  All we need to do is yeild to Him, with our faces set.  And boy does it feel good!

You know I can’t let it at that right?  I had to search this flint thing out. 

Isaiah 50:7 is fulfilled in Luke 9:51-56.  Jesus had his face set like a flint. 

” Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem, and sent messengers before His face.  And as they went, they entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for Him.  But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem. And when the disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?”

But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of.  For the Son of Man did not come to  destroy men’s lives but to save them.” And they went to another’s village.

I love this!  Jesus knew His mission and regardless of whether someone received Him or not, he was not swayed.  He was simply going. And the thing is, it was necessary to go through Samaria, just not that particular village.  The word says they did not receive Him because His face was set for the journey. 

Could it be that this rejection was intended by God?  Perhaps to raise some questions and to challenge the journey?  It could be that it was the ignorance of that particular village that caused them to miss the blessing that would have come because they opened to His journey but we’ll never know.  All I know is that the attitude of Jesus is one that should be followed here.  We cannot curse because it looks like a rejection of God or his plans.  There are villages that won’t have a part in our journey.  But there are connections.

John 4:4-26

4 But He needed to go through Samaria. 5 So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar (Meaning druken or intoxicating drink.  Wine?), near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour. 7 A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” 8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. 9 Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. 10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, “Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? 12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?” 13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” 15 The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” 17 The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have well said, “I have no husband,’ 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.” 19 The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” 21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” 25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.” 26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”

This journey of Jesus included a woman at a well.  It included a place of strong and intoxicating drink, where the senses of that woman would be filled to drunken-ness with the understanding that Jesus was the only drink she needed.  He asked her to give to Him and  she received far greater a reward.  

Looking forward to the journey. It’s going to take a village.

 
 

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Spiritually Responsible

To save time and to spare you from a potentially excessive post lengthwise, I will just throw these scriptures out for you to reference if you like.

1 Corinthians 12:11, 1 Corinthians 12:28, Romans 12:6-8

These are the “gift” passages.  And as I was reading and studying this morning, a little graph entitled Spiritual Gift vs. Spiritual Responsiblity caught my eye and convicted my heart.  I began cultivating the idea of what I want to call, “Learning to be Spiritually Responsible”. 

All of us have been given gifts, severally as God wills.  He is the one that worketh all in all.  

But simply because there are giftings that can be readily discerned in us, it should not excuse us from the responsiblity pursuing and exercising giftings that aren’t.  Did Paul not exhort us to earnestly covet the best of the gifts?  He certainly did, yet he did not specify which those were.  Yet somehow we’ve (I’ve) determined what is best.  At this realization, I am faced with the obvious, that it is not God who has set the standard for what is “best”, but our (my) preference.   

Below are the giftings that you can find in the above chapters.  (I have excluded the five offices,simply because they are offices and not a “gift” in the same sense.  These are much more complex.) 

If you take a look at the word, it is clear that each of these, whether a “gifting” or not, can be utilized by every believer and we cannot shrug our responsiblity to that.  We can and must be active participants.

(Word of Wisdom)

Romans 16:19, For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.

Ephesians 5:15, See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise.

Colossians 4:5,  Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

James 1:5, If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

(Word of Knowledge)

John 8:32, And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

1 Corinthians 1:5, That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;

1 Corinthians 15:34, Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.  (This is quite convicting when you consider it because they have not because of us!)

2 Corinthians 2:14, Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.  (Knowledge is manifested by us in every place.)

Colossians 1:9, For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

Colossians 1:10, That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

 
(Extraordinary faith)

2 Corinthians 5:7, For we walk by faith, not by sight.

2 Corinthians 8:7, Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.

Ephesians 6:16, Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

1 Timothy 6:12, Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. (We are called to actively fight…to participate with faith.)

2 Timothy 2:22, Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. (We are to follow, to pursue faith.)

(Gifts of Healing)

Matthew 10:8, Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

Mark 16:18, And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

(Healing will follow anyone who believes in His name!)

(Gift of Miracles)

 
Mark 16:20, And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. (Where there is preaching, there is miracles. Where the Lord is working with us…miracles. As confirmation to the word…miracles.  Our responsibility here is not to “perform” the miracle but to be faithful to preach, work with the Lord and say something He can confirm.)

(Gift of Prophecy)

1 Corinthians 14:31, For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.

(Discerning of spirits)

Hebrews 5:14, But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. We can use and exercise our senses to discern.

(Helps or Supernatural ability to help.)

Galatians 5:17, For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. (We are all called to serve one another. We shouldn’t think that because there are those in place as “ministry of helps”, that we in turn shouldn’t participate in the tasks of helping.)

(Exhortation)

Romans 14:9, Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. 

1 Thessalonians 5:11, Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

2 Timothy 4:2, Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

(Gift of liberal giving.)

Luke 6:36, Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. 

Matthew 10:8, …freely ye have received, freely give.

(Rule)

2 Corinthians 10:13, But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you. (God has distributed a measure or rule to each of us, that we may all reach someone.)

(Showing Mercy)

1 Timothy 1:16, However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life.

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2010 in Christian Living, Gifts of the Spirit

 

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Who Cares?

Just in conversation this week, I have had some “make you stop and think” moments.  A good friend said yesterday, (taken from a quote she had heard) “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” 

To care for someone is to relieve them of having to care for themselves. 

In 1 Peter 5:7 we are instructed to “cast all of our cares upon God because He cares for us.”  These cares that are spoken of are a state of mind.  We could define them as mixed emotions about something, apprehensions or even responsibility to something.  

Cares can also be described as “painstaking watchful attention.”  The cares that we have will most definitely reveal who it is we are watching; the object of our attention.  A care is this, according to Merriam Webster: A person or thing that is an object of attention, anxiety, or solicitude. 

It comes down to this.  If we personally or someone we love is the object of our attention, the things concerning those in subject will lead to a caring that is not of God.  Anxiety, worry and fear are all symptomatic of caring for and carrying something that we are not equipped to care for or carry.  It’s the slipped disc or fatigued muscle of misused and displaced faith. 

When all of our cares are cast upon God, we can stand up!  There is an alignment that will release us from pressure points.  There is no anxiety, worry or fear that stems from looking to and watching God.  When He is the focus of our attention, we don’t have to look around and wonder if everything is taken care of.  It is. 

He cares for us.  He cares in place of us. He cares when we can’t possibly care enough! He asks us in Matthew 6:27, “Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?”  

Now, this will convict you.  I know it has me. To take thought is to seek to promote one’s interests or to provide for oneself.   We can add nothing to our life! Nothing.

 Do you know what that means?  Do you know how exciting this is?  He will promote our interest, when He is our interest!  He will provide us everything we need because He is all we need

Now back to the quote.  People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.  How interested are we in “doing” what we see Father doing?  It’s His business to care for us.  There are so many caring for themselves and this is an elementary step in ministering to others.  Care for them as He has cared for you.  He will care through you.

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2010 in Christian Living, love, Relationship

 

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Standing in the Gap

This is an excerpt from Prayer Chronicles from today.  A prophetic word that came up in my heart.  Check out Tuesday’s post, The Lord Came Down To See.  It’s still burning in my heart. 

I can feel His gaze.    

His eyes are searching to and fro.  To and fro.  Very soon, we will feel the heat of His gaze upon us.  Are we willing to make eye contact or will we shrink back?  Will we look away because we don’t come eye to eye or will we match His gaze with the same burning intensity?

(Exodus 22:30, “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. “)  

There are gaps in the land that need filled.  Will He again find no one, when the One who He has sent lives in and among us?  He is seeking us out.  His eyes are searching us. There is an examination taking place.  Search us out Lord. Search us out.   Take a good look! 

On Tuesday, the Lord was speaking to me about the tower of Babel and I relate it to both the church and me personally.  There have been denominations, where everyone came together, “speaking the same language”, and built the building that reaches into the heavens.  I see it like, ”This is how it’s done. This is the access to heaven.”  But, still God had to come down to see.  I believe the Lord has come down to see and to examine what is being built among us and if it is not of Him, we have to “leave off from building.”  Unless the Lord builds it, we labor in vain. 

God is not the author of confusion but He confused what was not of Him.  And my prayer has been, “I invite you to come down and see. Take a look Lord.   Lord, we don’t want to connect and build something with others in plans, agenda or motive that is not Yours!  Give us true understanding Lord.  We invite your eyes.  Your seven spirits. Come Counsel & Might! Come Understanding & The Fear of the Lord. Come Knowledge & Wisdom! Come Jehovah and help us! Help us to build where we have been lacking.

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2010 in Christian Living

 

The Lord Came Down To See

Genesis 11:1-8

1 And the whole earth was of one language,and of one speech. 2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. 3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. 4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. 6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. 7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. 8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.

This is an excerpt from my personal prayer journal this morning, after reading this passage:  

Father, Guard my heart today and guard the church, that we don’t waste this precious time “making a name” for ourselves and not You.  Your plan is for unity and so much can be accomplished if we will just come together.  Lord, I desire the unity, that in Your name alone, (not our own)  that nothing will be impossible that we have imagined to do.  

You have created us to be one with You. Nothing is impossible with God.  Nothing is impossible to those who will believe.  I declare, With God! With God! With God!  We are with God! I am with you God! Remove the “let us make a name” from our speech! Remove it from mine, Father.

I see this as the condition of the church today. We are building cities and towers, making a name for it and ourselves.  Denominations.  Help us.  We think our tower reaches right into heaven.  That it’s the only access.  Yet, Lord, you had to come down to see it.  How often do we bring you down to see this thing “we” are doing?  How often do I build something that I believe is reaching heavenward, yet, you are brought to my level?   Forgive me.

Lord, if I am speaking of things and making plans that are not Yours, send the confusion. I invite You because I don’t want to build in vain!  

It’s time again for the scattering abroad and the confusing of the plans of man.  Begin with mine, Lord.  

It’s time for the church to get out from these places and to go into all the earth!  Leave off from building your denomination, cities for yourself and a name for yourself.  Leave off from building your reputation and go and build His!