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Monthly Archives: September 2011

What We Shall Be

Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.  1 John 3:2

Do you realize that beyond the boundaries of all the things that you and others know about yourself…there is still a mystery?  There is a part of me that has yet to be revealed to me.  There is a part of you that has yet to be revealed to you.  Something we haven’t encountered of ourself.  Something we haven’t learned yet.

Recently, a friend posted on their Facebook page the following scripture and it got my wheels turning.

Numbers 32:23, …be sure, your sin will find you out.

I don’t know about you but this derives a sort of uneasiness within me because I don’t trust sin with my life.  I don’t trust sin to search out my true identity and I certainly don’t want it to be sin that reveals anything about me.  Why?  Simply because sin has no dominion over me. 

According to 1 John 3:2, we can understand that what we know of ourselves can only be revealed as Christ is revealed to us.  There is no other power that can reveal the truth of who we are. Especially not sin.  As we read and pray and spend time with Him, something is revealed of ourself.  Each and every time. 

Possibilities surface. 

New boundaries lines are drawn. 

Barriers fall. 

Limitations fade.

Suddenly, there’s tangible evidence and it’s me!  I have a substance that I never had before!

I look different.   I sound different. I act different and that’s because I am. 

Something has been acknowledged and now I believe it and communicate it.  (Philemon 1:6)

I’ve been doing something interesting and it has given me such perspective.  I have been putting the word “love” where I see God’s name.  Take a look at 1 John 3:2 this way.

Beloved, now we are children of love; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when love is revealed, we shall be like love, for we shall see love as love is.

Dear one, loved by God, If anything other than love has found you out.  If anything other than love has determined who you are.  Don’t trust it.

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2011 in Identity, love, Sin

 

Calves Released From the Stall

But unto you who revere and worshipfully fear My name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in His wings and His beams, and you shall go forth and gambol like calves (released) from the stall and leap for joy.  Malachi 4:2

Several years back, Melissa Flores preached a word entitled, Shift or Stall.  It was a word prepared by God for the season that our church was about to enter into, unbeknownst to us.

At the beginning of this year, God prompted me to listen again and I knew in my heart that a significant shift was about to take place. 

Sincerely, I listened reverently because I knew what had come the last time and what transpired in not only days to follow but weeks, months and years.  This word preceded…not a glorified “ego” trip but a journey that would prove me and search me out spiritually. 

Simply put, to stall is to be brought to a standstill or for progress to stop.  And the warning was to shift accordingly, in order to avoid that.  To yield to and discern the sound of the engine (Holy Spirit).

Yet today in prayer I began to see this in a whole new light.

Yesterday I wrote of the Horse & Chariots of our lives.  (If you didn’t read that, I encourage you to so that you know where I’m coming from.)

In the same way…we have been in a “stall”.    “A” stall is altogether different from “to” stall.   A stall is a compartment, something built,  a box to put something in and truly, a limitation.  It’s a barrier between us and the outside world.  It’s the religious trappings and traditional way of doing things.  It prohibits movement and stifles going forth.

Even more interesting and somewhat convicting… one definition for stall is a seat in the chancel of a church with back and sides wholly or partly enclosed or a church pew.

I AM NOT saying, don’t go to church.  I AM NOT saying, don’t sit on a church pew. 

That’s not my heart and you know it.  I love the church. I love coming together and  praying, reading, hearing and learning about our great God!   But the revelation is that the church is not a building but people.   

What I am saying is…don’t let the building be your all.  Don’t let that be your outcome and your end because if it is, it will be “the end” of those we are called to reach. 

For too long, the church building has been our point of destination.  It’s been the parking place for the vehicle. 

It’s time for “destination unknown”. It’s time to fire up the engine and plug in the GPS. 

We are entering into a work of restoration and healing. 

Issachar is a strong ass couching down between two burdens: And he saw that rest was good, and the land that it was pleasant; and bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant unto tribute. Genesis 49:14-15

Be released from the stall!  If you’ll notice…Issachar wasn’t in a stall.  His place of refuge was crouching down between the burdens!  He saw the rest was good and the land was pleasant. 

He had taken up God’s vision.  (Genesis 1)

Melissa has also written about the significance of the Hebrew year 5772, which begins at the end of September.  I encourage you to go and read there.  It brings great insight on Issachar as well.

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2011 in Prophecy

 

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Horses & Chariots

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. Psalm 20:7

For weeks now, a prophetic song has been welling up in my spirit.  A prophetic Psalm, I should say. 

Some may trust in chariots…

These are the best laid plans. 

The box that we’ve built. 

The seat that we rest in. 

The barrier that protects us.

On wheels we believe will always turn.

It’s what carries, contains and houses us. 

This is what has been built in our thinking to uphold our coming and our going.

Some may trust in horses..

These are the ones in front, having great strength. 

The motor of the operation.

The heart of the matter.

Character. Integrity. Determination and will.  Virtue.

And…by definition and probably the best by far…“performance that is consistently strong and reliable”. 

It’s the thing that snares us the most. The trap that we can all fall into.

That strong and reliable never fail.

That strong and reliable will always be there.

That strong and reliable never has a moment of weakness or a lapse in momentum.

That strong and reliable never falters or gets tripped up. 

It’s the tried and true.

The sure and steady.

We must trust in the name of the Lord, more than the built, the box and the barrier.  We must trust in the Name of the Lord, more than earthly strength, the tried and true, the sure and steady.  We must trust in the Name…the Creator…more than the named and the created.

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2011 in Jesus, Strength, The Name of the Lord, Weakness

 

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I Will

I was doing a little research on giving recently and it struck my heart… continually I found that it was God saying, I will give thee, I will bless thee, I will make thee, I will do.

Religion would have us to believe that Christianity is drudgery in the sense that we serve, and give and do for God. That it’s all take, take, take on God’s part. But not so! Clearly, not. Do the research for yourself.

Yes, it’s God who owns the cattle on a thousand hills but we who have inherited the earth. God desires for His prosperity to be manifest in us, his people. Amen?

So here’s the question. When you are asked to give, when you hear of a need, is it because God wants something from you or because He believes you have something to give?

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2011 in Giving

 

Let Go Of The Thread

Recently I was reading in Genesis 14.  Abram has just overturned the enemy and had recovered not only his brother’s house (his nephew Lot)  but had taken the spoils as well.  The King of Sodom approached Abram and asked for the people to be returned to him and offered that Abram keep the goods for himself.

Abram’s response should be an example to all of us.

But Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lifted up my hand and sworn to the Lord, God Most High, the Possessor and Maker of heaven and earth,  That I would not take a thread or a shoelace or anything that is yours, lest you should say, I have made Abram rich.

How often, do we have a great victory and foolishly believe the spoils (people, places and things) to be our prosperity? 

We can find ourselves holding on by a thread, when the thread wasn’t the true riches to begin with.

Let go of the thread. 

Don’t let any other than God be able say,  “I have made you rich”.

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2011 in Prosperity, Provision