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In Word and In Deed!

2 Corinthians 10;11, Let such a one think this, that such as we are in word by letters when we are absent, such will we be also in deed when we are present!

Have you ever watched an infomercial, where they talk up a product and SOLD!!! Immediately you’re completely taken in?  Hook, line and sinker!

“Yes Mam! This hand-free, voice activated vacuum will not only clean your floor but the walls and ceilings as well.  It specializes in scrubbing the tub, changes the cat litter and has a special setting for rain gutters as well!  And again, compleeeetely hand free!”

You race to the phone, call 1-800- #1vacuum, wait on hold for an hour because they are experiencing a high volume of calls because the demand is overwhelming, and finally place your order! Your expectancy level is SO high.  You can’t wait until your hand-free vacuum arrives so that you can finally live again!  Won’t life be grand?!?

For two weeks, you’ve waited with baited breath!  When it finally arrives, you rip open the box, and there it is and there are no words.  Wall climbing, anti-gravity, gutter grime control my foot! It’s more likely that the cat will clean its own cat litter box before that vacuum sweeper will.

It was such a let down it couldn’t even let itself down!

Obviously, there’s an integrity issue. The character of that product didn’t match the charisma that sold it!

That’s what Paul is saying here.  “Some might say that because my letters are so convincing and so strong, that when you encounter me yourself, I’m a let down.  But hear this! When I arrive, I will do everything that these letters say I will do, because what I say is the same as who I am!”

This is how it is with God and this is how it should be with His children, His representatives here on this earth.

  1. We cannot live to a lesser degree what we profess!
  2. We should embrace the challenge speaking the “great and mighty things which we know not”!  This is God’s answer for our life!  When God’s Word seems beyond comprehension, we must acquaint ourselves with it by declaring it and declaring it until that attribute is formed in us!
  3. We cannot be afraid to advertise God…even if He sounds too good to be true! Many will find it hard to believe that He is what we say but when they encounter His presence in us, they will discover that He is the same in Word as in deed!
 

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UNIMPORTANT

After over an hour of unrestrained praise and worship…the atmosphere was electric with His presence.  You would think that nothing would interfere.  No distraction.

But that’s when it happened.  A thought came to me about something completely UNIMPORTANT.  When I realized I was entertaining it, I drew my attention back to God.

In a few moments, it happened again. This time, a completely unrelated thought of something else UNIMPORTANT.  Again, I garnered my heart back to God.

I thought I was in the clear.  And then, (you guessed it), there it was again.  Not the same thought but something else and can I just spell it out for you again?  UNIMPORTANT.

So I finally caught the drift and asked God, “What’s this all about Father?  Why these thoughts?”

Now, let me just say this, before I give you His answer.  It wasn’t “sin” thoughts, or so I thought.  If you really want to know, (and yes, feel free to laugh at my expense), it was clothing, a series of books I have been reading, and I’m too embarrassed to say the last one out loud but God knows about it, OK?

OK. So here’s what He said.

“When you really enter in and worship Me, your idols will draw you.”

The words to one of the songs I had been singing was “Come, walk into my temple Lord.  Overturn my tables.”

Guess that stuff was flying off the table!

I’m in love with you Jesus.  In love.

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2012 in Idols, Worship

 

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Word vs. Revelation

Anywhere you see the word “word” in the bible, it translates:  a general term for revelation.

I don’t know why but when I read that statement in my study bible this morning, I felt it get GREAT BIG on the inside of me!

The Psalm I was reading took on a whole new light when I exchanged revelation with word.

Psalm 119

Vs. 9, How can a young man cleanse his way?  By taking heed according to Your revelation.

Vs. 11, Your revelation have I hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against thee.

Vs. 16,  I will delight myself in Your statutes, I will not forget Your revelation.

Vs. 17, Deal bountifully with Your servant, that I may live and keep Your revelation.

Vs. 25, My soul clings to the dust, Revive me according to Your revelation.

Vs. 28, My soul melts from heaviness; strengthen me according to Your revelation.

Vs, 38, Establish Your revelation to Your servant, Who is devoted to fearing You.

Vs. 41, Let Your mercies come also to me, O Lord—Your salvation according to Your revelation.

Vs. 42, So shall I have an answer for him who reproaches me, for I trust in Your revelation.

Vs. 49, And remember Your revelation to Your servant, upon which You have caused me to hope.

I’ll stop here because there are 176 verses in the Psalm 119.  But it’s remarkable that in the first 49 verses, revelation is mentioned 10 times.

And just look what’s associated with it!

  • cleansing
  • antibody to sin
  • life
  • revival
  • strength
  • establishment
  • mercies
  • salvation
  • answers to reproach
  • hope

So, you may be asking, what’s the difference?

The difference to me is this.

Fairytale vs. reality:

Rather than the word being far removed from my life…a story about someone else, it becomes mine.  “Once upon a time” becomes my history.  “They lived happily ever after” is my future.

Prescription vs. medicine:

You can have a prescription written on paper but it won’t heal you.   Revelation fills the prescription.

Instruction vs. function:

If I’m on a sinking ship. I can read the instructions on how to use the life-preserver but it won’t save me.  Revelation causes me to put it on!

Paper trail vs. Presence

What He says becomes (is) His presence.  Words on a page become wind in my lungs and life in my being.

I must have Revelation.

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Revelation, Words

 

Night Seasons

Psalm 16:7, I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel; My reins (heart) also instructs thee in the night seasons.

David is blessing the Lord in the passage, because He has given Him counsel.  The very next thing he states is that his heart also instructs him in the night.  I believe David is speaking of his heart and the Lord as one in the same.  The Lord was David’s heart.

Day and night are natural occurrences. Generally speaking, in a 24 hour period, there are equally as many daylight hours as there are night.  It’s something we come to expect and even rely upon.  We need those night hours to rest and to be rejuvenated for the daylight hours ahead. If we didn’t rest, the next period of day time hours would not be as productive for us.  Our lives are regulated by it.

However, this passage alludes to something more. Spiritually, night is a season.  This takes the shift work out of it, removing the element of the clock, opening a different plain.  The seasons are supernatural, in every way.  The wind of God brings them and the wind of God carries them away.  With the changing of the seasons, there is both dormancy and an emerging of life.  Depending on which season, there is either barrenness or fruitfulness.

The night season, has gotten a bad rap.  It’s dark and that comes with fear.  It seems to be an accomplice to the enemy of our soul. Truth be told, the word “night” does mean adversity.  But there’s more to it than that.

It also means to fold back, a spiral step or a winding stair.

Sound familiar? (Genesis 28:10-17) The night gave way to Jacob’s ladder (stair case).  Jacob’s heart had instructed him in the night season.  Revelation came to him.  “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it!

Think for a moment.

If it weren’t for night, the heavens would not be illuminated so beautifully.

If it weren’t for night, Abraham wouldn’t have seen clearly his inheritance.

In the night, when man couldn’t see, miraculous manna rained down from heaven and covered the earth.

It was in the night when Gideon’s army went forth and defeated the enemy.

(This is just a guess.) It’s in the night, when most children are conceived.

The word seasons translates an appointment, congregation, solemn assembly or a place of meeting.

At its worst, night is adversity.  I don’t discount that it is.  All of us will go through seasons of it.  But what if the adversity is an appointment, a place of meeting for you and God? For me and God.  What if adversity will illuminate the heavens for us?  What if it will cause us to clearly see our inheritance?  What if it brings sustenance that we can’t provide for ourselves?  What if it’s a sure sign of the enemies defeat?  What if night is when I will conceive?

Surely the Lord is in this place!

What are your thoughts?

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Fear, Revelation

 

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Yes You May

A friend of mine gave a me a Hebrew calendar overview a few years ago and I find myself referring to it on a monthly basis.

One thing that really stands out to me about the month of May is that it the month where

1. (zayin) we are given mercy and grace to finish certain things.

2. we are to connect our walk with our decrees.

With that, ( personally speaking) the Lord has spoken that May is the month of YES!

For a long time, I kept hearing the saying, “Mother, may I?”

And, as if in response to that, I heard, “Yes, you may.”

This is the month of finishing!  Father has permitted us to begin some things and I  believe that some of those are about to come into completion.

For others, this will be a time to seek wisdom because wisdom is “mothering” us.  Wisdom will be justified of her children. (Matthew 11:19 & Luke 7:35)  It’s in seeking wisdom that the yes will come forth, to move forward in the things of God, instructing as to how that should be accomplished.

God is looking for a people who will say YES!

It may be that in our hearts and with our mouths, we have agreed with God on so many things.  Our yes is precious to Him. In no way am I diminishing that.  It’s time, however, for our actions to align with our yes! What we say must be walked out.

Our yes is more than a Word we have voiced.

When we voice God’s Word, it puts on flesh! Our flesh!  It enables us to do it.

Job 22:28 says, You shall also decree a thing, and it shall be established for you: and the light shall shine upon your ways.

Oftentimes we can look at the Word and think that to decree a thing is to simply say it but we are mistaken.

No, a decree is much more than that.

To decree something is a direct result of decision-making.

The English Standard Version of Job 22:28 says this,

You will decide on a matter, and it will be established for you, and light will shine on your ways.

When someone makes a decision, their will becomes involved, coming to a conclusion or an expectation of the end of the matter.  Basically, the mindset is of finality, “This is how it’s going to be!”

Looking more in-depth, we discover that much more than the will must be engaged.

The New Living Translation states,

You will succeed in whatever you choose to do, and light will shine on the road ahead of you.

Agreement with God…our yes…is what we choose to do in Christ, with Christ in us.

He’s not an “out there” God, taking care of things for me.

No! He’s an “inside, in me” God, taking care of things with me.

This month, things may be taken care of.   It’s up to us!

 
 

Turn of Events

I was doing some studying this morning and came across this particular passage in 1 Kings 12 (at bottom of page).  Verse 15 speaks so loudly to me and I believe that we have witnessed a “turn of events from the Lord.”

The New John Gill Exposition of the Bible says this about it.

for  it was a turn of events from the LORD    

 ….it was according to his will and appointment; the defection of the people was willed by the Lord, and various things in Providence turned up to alienate their minds from Rehoboam, and dispose them to a revolt from him in favour of Jeroboam; and the Lord suffered the counsellors of Rehoboam to give him the advice they did, and gave him up to the folly of his own heart to take it:

If your heart is burdened by recent days by official political statements and immoral political strategies thought to improve standings and to bring in votes, read the above again and allow God’s peace to settle in on your heart.

The things that have been spoken and will be spoken in the coming days, I believe are according to the will and appointment of the Lord.  Various things in Providence are about to turn up to alienate minds from and to dispose them to a revolt from certain political viewpoints in favor of another.   

“So the king did not listen to the people; for it was a turn of events from the Lord, that He might establish His word…”

God’s going to hear me repeating this to Him in the coming days. Every time something makes headlines, I can read these words knowing that it’s a turn of events from the Lord!

King Rehoboam Acts Foolishly

1 Then Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all Israel had come to Shechem to make him king. 2 Now when Jeroboam the son of Nebat heard of it, he was living in Egypt (for he was yet in Egypt, where he had fled from the presence of King Solomon). 3 Then they sent and called him, and Jeroboam and all the assembly of Israel came and spoke to Rehoboam, saying, 4 “Your father made our yoke hard; now therefore lighten the hard service of your father and his heavy yoke which he put on us, and we will serve you.” 5 Then he said to them, “Depart for three days, then return to me.” So the people departed.

6 King Rehoboam consulted with the elders who had served his father Solomon while he was still alive, saying, “How do you counsel me to answer this people?” 7 Then they spoke to him, saying, “If you will be a servant to this people today, and will serve them and grant them their petition, and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever.” 8 But he forsook the counsel of the elders which they had given him, and consulted with the young men who grew up with him and served him. 9 So he said to them, “What counsel do you give that we may answer this people who have spoken to me, saying, `Lighten the yoke which your father put on us’?” 10 The young men who grew up with him spoke to him, saying, “Thus you shall say to this people who spoke to you, saying, `Your father made our yoke heavy, now you make it lighter for us!’ But you shall speak to them, `My little finger is thicker than my father’s loins! 11 `Whereas my father loaded you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke; my father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions.’ ”

12 Then Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day as the king had directed, saying, “Return to me on the third day.” 13 The king answered the people harshly, for he forsook the advice of the elders which they had given him, 14 and he spoke to them according to the advice of the young men, saying, “My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to your yoke; my father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions.” 15 So the king did not listen to the people; for  it was a turn of events from the LORD, that He might establish His word, which the LORD spoke through Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2012 in Government, Prayer, Prophecy

 

Abiding With Abandon

John 15:1-8,  “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away;  and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will  ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”

I’m startled as I read this.  It has become glaringly obvious that there is a difference between simply being in Christ and abiding in Him.

Jesus tells us that any branch that is in Him that does not bear fruit will be taken away.  He goes on to instruct us, abide in Me.

That word abide means to remain in, to continue to be present, to remain as one, with an emphasis on time. In reference to time, we must understand that there is no expiration date.  Abiding is an enduring, eternal work.  Abiding is never a complacent, take it or leave it attitude.  We must take up residence and live in His midst.  It’s a choice.

So, in reality, and I pray that I am relating this well enough, we can be in Him and not really in Him.

Like a woman can have her husband’s last name and not live with him.  There must first be

1. a union

and then after that

2. communion

Abiding is truly the revelation that without Him, we can do nothing.

It’s interesting that Jesus says we are already clean. (vs. 3)  We can look at that as step one of the process: Union (or in Me)

Step two: Communion (abide in Me) is the process.  As we abide, we bear fruit.   This is where we are purged. (vs. 2)

The words clean and purge are very closely related.

The Greek word for clean is katharos.  And the Greek for purge being kathairo.

The initial (cleaning) cuts us away from.  It divides or separates us from corruption, sin and guilt, the false, and makes us unstained.  The second (purging) is a deeper work.  It continues to cut from us the unnecessary things, the useless shoots. The purging keeps us blameless, sincere and guiltless.

In repentance, we yield those shoots to Him again and again.  In our communion with Him, we are enlightened to the “of itself” and the “apart from Me’s” in our life.  It’s in those moments that He lovingly prunes.

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2012 in Bearing Fruit

 

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