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Clear The Room

What I’m about to share is very transparent but I sense that there are others who are struggling with the same thing and so, I pray that my coming out and just saying this really helps someone.
On a daily basis, I have come to realize that when I spend “alone” time with the Lord, I’m not really alone. Yes, physically maybe but in every other sense, the room is crowded. Crowded with standards I can’t keep, quotes I’ve read, status updates that give me a check in my spirit, the people who give those same status updates a thumbs up of agreement, opinions of others, obvious hypocrisy, disappointments, etc.
The list could go on and on but I think it’s clear enough that the room is so crowded that God can get nowhere near me and I can get no where near Him. Sure, He can speak to me over the crowd but He’s hard pressed to get His arms around me or for me to press my ear to His heart.
Today, as I was praying, I heard the Lord say to me very clearly, “It’s time to clear the room!” and He reminded me of this, referenced in Matthew 9:23-26
And when Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise, He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn. BUT WHEN THE PEOPLE WERE PUT FORTH, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose. And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land.
He told me that when I clear the room, that’s when life flows!
So, this is what I’m committing to do. I’m clearing the room because quite honestly, the crowd mocks and laughs and scorns. So I say, GET OUT! This 2017, I want to arise from this slumber that I’ve been in because with so many contradictions, it has been easier to just lay down and …go to sleep.  But He insists that I’m not dead! That the Word He has for my life is still in full force. Resurrection power is at hand! The Kingdom is at hand!
Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray for this one reading this who is lost in the crowd. I ask Lord that You would clear the room and bring deliverance from people, places, and things.  Clear the room of the voices of doubt, scorn and any influence that hinders.  Let life flow through their very being and let them arise and awaken to You in a way they never have before! Let their relationship with You and what You are doing become famous in the land so that souls can be saved and people set free! Thank You Lord! Amen & Amen.  
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Posted by on January 6, 2017 in Christian Living, Jesus, Life, Relationship, Yes

 

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!

 
 

Free To Serve

For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.  1 Corinthians 9:19

It is my heart to serve but it wasn’t until just recently that I realized that I have never really been doing it in freedom. 

Seriously… I read this and read it again.  And then read it again and again.  And yes, again.

And then, guess what.  I said it.  And it felt good!  Real good! 

Like, I make my boast in the Lord, Holy Ghost….who the Son sets free is free indeed good!

It’s not man’s opinion, judgment or bias that sets me free. 

It’s not  man’s status quo.

It’s not man’s regard,  attitude, behavior or acceptance.

It’s not the rules and regulations, traditions or religious mindsets.

I am free from ALL men.

When we are enslaved to man…it becomes bondage to us. It’s  a debt we cannot pay.  We constantly have to work and work and work to no avail.  Life is taken from us.

But when we are free…we can give ourselves.  To give then is gain.

It’s “overturned” table manners.  (Matthew 21:12) 

 

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2011 in Relationship

 

Without Measure

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.   Matthew 5:14-16

I’ve read this many times over.  Sang it as a child even more times over and maybe even posted on it once, if I’m not mistaken. 

But, exactly what does the Lord mean by bushel?

A bushel is a utensil that measures.   An instrument the determines just how much.

We all know the saying… “I love you a bushel and a peck.”  I used to sing that little tune to my kids when they were babies.  It’s sad now that I think of it.

But this is what the Lord warns us of. 

He is using the analogy to urge us not to regulate the length, the depth, the height or the width of the light. 

Not to put a limitation on how far we will go, how deep, and how high. 

The bushel represents what is comfortable to us.   

In releasing ourselves to His vastness, we can then see for ourselves, beyond human boundaries.

And, in doing so, we can shine more readily, with a willingness to relieve others of their blindness.

The light is for ALL the house. 

It’s the light that glorifies God!  It’s time to quit being afraid of the dark!

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2011 in Relationship

 

Forsaking the Candlestick

Reading Matthew 5:14-16, I realize that there are times when we forsake the candlestick or even the city.

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

You see, the candlestick is not just for one candle alone and neither are the lights of the city singular. 

The truth of the matter is, we shine brighter together.

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2011 in Relationship

 

Leave Your Gift

Matthew 5:23-24, Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

Mark 11:25-26, And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

Relationship is so important to God, that He would reject what we offer Him until it’s right. 

Our gifts before the altar are worthless to Him…whether it be monetary or perhaps even those of 1 Corinthians 12, the gifts of the Spirit. 

Even our prayers take the back seat to forgiveness.  

Relationship…above ability, skill, craftmanship, talents, works, etc.

If their mad at you…approach them.

If you’re mad at them…approach them.

It’s the picture of the Cross. 

Horizontal touches vertical.

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2011 in Relationship

 

Over the Wall

Psalm 18:29,  For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.

What happens when the walls of limitation are closing in on you?  There’s no door in sight.  Not even a window of opportunity.

Leap. 

Luke 6:23, Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven…

John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. John 3:27

Great expectations.  Great.  Causing me to leap!