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Gaining Momentum

During prayer this morning, I saw a picture of a child trying to push themself on a swing.  No matter how hard they tried, they couldn’t pump  hard enough or swing their legs back and forth quickly enough to get the swing going. 

The momentum had stayed.

Then I saw a Father’s hand come from behind and push.

Immediately, the child was in full swing and was able to keep the swing going.  Higher and higher until it took almost no effort to maintain it. 

The child thought that they could almost reach the sky.  I saw them reach out their hand and thought, “it’s not possible”, and then to my surprise, they had a handful of sky.

This year has been said to promise, “more of heaven” and to be the year of the prophetic as well.  I rally to that!  Praise God!

As I was praying, I saw that the sky was full of clouds, of rain and snow and that our hands were filling up with the substance of the sky.  I do believe this will be the year of fulfilled prophesy. That personally, in our families, in the church and in this nation, we will see prophesy fulfilled. 

There is a tangible prophetic substance available to us but we must not lose momentum.  We must continue to ride on the motion of Father’s push and not lose stride. 

This is a corporate work.  No one person can do this alone.  I see the swing now, not as a lonely swing in the park but as the “Pirate Ship” you would see in an amusement park!  All hands on deck!  Momentum is a corporate word.  Here’s how it’s defined.

1: a property of a moving body that the body has by virtue of its mass and motion and that is equal to the product of the body’s mass and velocity; broadly : a property of a moving body that determines the length of time required to bring it to rest when under the action of a constant force or moment
 
2: strength or force gained by motion or by a series of events

 

It’s the momentum of the body that is going to determine the length of time that will be required to bring it to rest.  To bring us into the land of promise.  Now is not the time to let someone else carry it.  Now is the time for every part to be in motion!

Jeremiah 50:41, “See, a people is coming from the north; a great nation and a number of kings will be put in motion from the inmost parts of the earth.” 

A push is coming!  “Higher Daddy, Higher!”

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2010 in Christian Living, Prophecy

 

A Swaddled Body

Luke 2:10-12

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.  And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

Yesterday, during our Sunday morning worship service, there was a manger scene in the background.  As I was looking at that picture, I realized  that Jesus was given a mantle at birth.  And that mantle was swaddling clothes

Last night, I found myself hungry to know, why the swaddling clothes?  It’s mentioned twice in Luke chapter 2.

The only other references to swaddling are found in Lamentations 2:22 and then in Ezekiel 16:4.  It’s in Ezekiel that Israel, God’s chosen people, are described as being un-swaddled, which speaks metaphorically of total abandonment.

And as for thy nativity, in the day thou wast born thy navel was not cut, neither wast thou washed in water to supple thee; thou wast not salted at all, nor swaddled at all.

So what then does it mean, that our Lord was swaddled.  What is this sign?

Wikepedia says this of swaddling practices…

Swaddling is an age-old practice of wrapping infants snugly in swaddling cloths, blankets or similar cloth so that movement of the limbs is tightly restricted. Swaddling bands were often used to further restrict the infant. It was commonly believed that this was essential for the infants to develop proper posture.

Swaddling clothes described in the Bible consisted of a cloth tied together by bandage-like strips. After an infant was born, the umbilical cord was cut and tied, and then the baby was washed, rubbed with salt and oil, and wrapped with strips of cloth. These strips kept the newborn child warm and also ensured that the child’s limbs would grow straight.

Perhaps the swaddling signifies that He was the Redeemer and being restored to His creation.  Bound to it. 

What a beautiful picture of God With Us! Emmanuel.  We are not abandoned.

The Lord came and was swaddled as a sign that God will never leave us nor forsake us.  He was bound from neck to foot, just as we were meant to be.  His body would be perfect in posture.  His limbs, straight.  No deformities.  This is the picture of the church that would come. This is us.  We are that body.  

It also speaks of the restrictions placed on Him when came as a man. Everything had to come through the means that was available to his earthly form.  What does that say to us?  If He was restricted as we are and yet could accomplish God’s will here on this earth, so can we.  Our earthly body, bound from birth, does not abandon heavenly reality.  Nor does it stay our hand or keep our feet.  He has given us proper posture.

Thank you Father, for a swaddled body. That it would be a sign to us of the body that would never be abandoned.

 (For more on the subject of mantles, visit Melissa Flores at www.definingwords.com!  Melissa has authored a book on this very subject, Own Your Mantle.  You can find it there and info throughout her blog as well. )

I certainly welcome any revelation you might have on this subject!  I invite you to join the conversation and supplicate with me on this subject as we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2010 in Christian Living, Christmas, Religion

 

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Off The Cuff

OK, here goes. This is off the cuff but that’s precisely what God is saying. 

The season we are entering into can’t be formulated, manipulated, or put into a routine! 

You can’t plan for your performance, practice enough or rehearse it.

There are no fall backs, neat little packages or cushions. 

We can compose our speech, have it word for word right there in front of us, our tidy little three points and a poem but get ready.  Wear long sleeves with the cuff and keep the pen handy because this next year is going to be off the cuff! 

The bomb is being dropped on our well laid plans.  In fact, if you want to know the exact words I heard so clearly in my spirit this morning, our clocks are being cleaned!  I know that carries a negative connotation but that’s precisely what’s happening. 

There are several places that these idioms are derived from and this should maybe shed some light on what I believe God is saying.  Maybe just to me and I’m good with that but it could be for you too!  So here goes!  

1. Off the cuff is a statement that is made concerning someone who was about to make a speech.  Regardless of what was on paper, when revelation came, they would take their pen and write on the inside of their cuff and read it from there. 

Like I said, get ready!

 2. Clean your clock. This has several roots.  The first is a boxing terminology.  That if someone had been defeated, their clock had been cleaned.  Another words, 10…9…8…7…6…5…4…3…2…1…, Ding! Ding! Ding! You’re out!  Read into that what you will but I know what I heard.

The second would be that for someone’s clock to be cleaned, a blow would be dealt to the face because our faces are thought to be our clock.  Hence, the “face of a clock” or vice versa.  I have a feeling, our faces are being dealt with.  I thought all of my faces were off. Sincerely, I did.  In fact, I hated it as a kid.  Someone I dearly love wore a different face so often that sometimes I didn’t even recognize them at times.  I could literally sense it coming on and it was both embarrassing and heartbreaking. Embarrassing because then I felt responsible to keep the finishing touches on it for them…”Powder please!” and heartbreaking because sometimes I really wished it were true. 

 But, like I said, I dearly love that person.  Both have to and want to.  Do I want to bear the false face?  NO WAY!  It’s both exhausting & draining having to maintain and show everyone what we think they want to see.  It’s a performance trap.  It’s a bag full of tricks but really, it’s just baggage.  Not just for us either.  If we’re not careful, we’ll strap our kids down with it, our spouses and anyone who can see right through it! I don’t want my kids carrying that load any more than I wanted to carry it as a child and become plastic as an adult. 

I’m not Barbie and my husband is not Ken.  And our kids certainly aren’t Skippers.  Gag.

Thirdly, to clean the clock was train terminology. When a train needed to be stopped because the gears weren’t operating properly, they would call it this.   I hear the screeching of this train I’ve been riding.  The wheels are a bit corroded I think. 

Praying for an about-face!

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2010 in Christian Living, Kingdom Living, Prophecy

 

Mixed Drinks

Isaiah 1:22, “Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water.”

After being spurred on in holy conversation today, I was led to read from Isaiah 1 and coming away, I can’t escape the thought that my silver has become dross and my wine mixed with water.  

What does that mean?  Well, that’s what convicts me.

The John Gill Exposition describes it this way…

Thy silver is become dross
Meaning either that such persons, who had the appearance of goodness, looked like genuine silver, were now become reprobate, and, as the wicked of the earth, like dross, (Jeremiah 6:30) (Psalms 119:119) or that the word of God, which is as silver purified seven times, was now corrupted with false glosses and human traditions, which were as dross:

thy wine mixed with water 
the wine of the divine word, which was mixed and blended with the inventions of men, as before; so the roof of the church’s mouth, which is no other than the ministry of the word, is compared to the best wine.

First, this is my disclaimer.  I am not reprobate or wicked. That is not what I am saying. 

Just the opposite in fact.  I am passionate about God.  I yearn for Him.  Long for Him.  Hunger for Him. 

I am however tired of the false glosses and human tradition that are tarnishing His reflection in my vessel.  How clearly can anyone really see Him in me or on my life?  How clearly am I seeing Him?

And this watered down wine.  I feel like I have all of the latest and greatest appliances, “inventions” and not one of them truly effective in serving up the best wine.

The tendency is to want to look for the newest and the latest  but I abandon that tendency. 

Go back a few verses with me.  Father gave us His invention. 

Isaiah 1:17-19  “Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.  Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.  If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land.

This is my prayer…

Father, I need your help.  I don’t want to be glossy or traditional anymore.  I’m so watered down.  Forgive me, I am not doing well.  Teach me to do well in seeking your judgement, relieving the oppressed, defending the fatherless and in pleading for the widow.  I don’t want to be religious according to a man’s standard anymore.  I want to truly be relgious and as far as I can tell, I’m off the map here.  Put me on the map Lord.  Put me on the map.   

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2010 in Christian Living

 

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