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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Ministry of Reconciliation ... OUR LIFE!

He knows you
He loves you
He completely cleared the path for you to come home


 I will work with my talented wife later to make this into a "meme", but this is a simple summary of the simple message of reconciliation that we have been given. It is not just meant to be words but an all encompassing "way" of living within a culture that needs to hear and see, a people who truly "do not know what they do"!


Much appreciation and love goes out from my heart to a small gathering of "beloved knuckleheads" who brought this out of the murky mire into clear focus.



11 So because we stand in awe of the one true Lord, we make it our aim to convince all people of the truth of the gospel; God sees who we really are, and I hope in some way that you’ll look deeply into your consciences to see us as well. 12 But we hope you understand that we are not trying to prove ourselves to you or pull together a résumé that will impress you. We are simply hoping that you will find a sense of joy in connecting with us. And when you are approached by others (who may value appearances more than the heart) asking questions about us, you will be able to offer an answer for them. 13 If we seem out of control or act like fanatics, it is for God. But if we act in a coherent and reasonable way, it is for you. 14 You see, the controlling force in our lives is the love of the Anointed One. And our confession is this: One died for all; therefore, all have died. 15 He died for us so that we will all live, not for ourselves, but for Him who died and rose from the dead. 16 Because of all that God has done, we now have a new perspective. We used to show regard for people based on worldly standards and interests. No longer. We used to think of the Anointed the same way. No longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is united with the Anointed One, that person is a new creation. The old life is gone—and see—a new life has begun! 18 All of this is a gift from our Creator God, who has pursued us and brought us into a restored and healthy relationship with Him through the Anointed. And He has given us the same mission, the ministry of reconciliation, to bring others back to Him. 19 It is central to our good news that God was in the Anointed making things right between Himself and the world. This means He does not hold their sins against them. But it also means He charges us to proclaim the message that heals and restores our broken relationships with God and each other.
20 So we are now representatives of the Anointed One, the Liberating King; God has given us a charge to carry through our lives—urging all people on behalf of the Anointed to become reconciled to the Creator God. 21 He orchestrated this: the Anointed One, who had never experienced sin, became sin for us so that in Him we might embody the very righteousness of God.


Saturday, January 7, 2017

The Body is a Beautiful Thing

How wise of God to arrange His gathering in the form of a body.  Not a closed system that would have grown stale very shortly, but an open system with intake and outflow.  The emphasis is on every part is necessary, essential, needed, has a purpose.  Every angle on any given situation is a blessing if it is humbly received, even if all that it does is reveal something in the heart of the one stating it.  We are to be so "caught up in union with Him" that we truly cannot be offended.  It is not a matter of "holding back our hatred" it is a matter of being a new creation that does not have that hatred.  Yes it is a process but it is a process that starts from a place of "It is finished".

Another thought

Acts 13:45 in the Messianic Writings translation... "But when some Jews saw the crowds they were filled with jealous rivalry, and spoke against and maligned the things which were spoken by Paulos."
I want to hone in on the words, "jealous rivalry".  This is the reaction, this is the evil spirit, camping out on the flesh of man, that we will be "up against" as the body begins to act like the body and show the love and see the miracles that Jesus said we would.  Just like in Paul's day, the religious will rise up in "jealous rivalry" and speak against the work that God is doing.  What happens next, well if they have enough power they will "force us out" of that area and we will go to another area, filled with joy and Holy Spirit.

Lastly, I am only 25 minutes into this but I already highly recommend it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s06I3OkWD_A

Friday, January 6, 2017

"Don't cling to me."

Jesus told her, "Don't hold on to me. I have not yet gone to the Father. But go to my brothers and sisters and tell them, 'I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'"       John 20:17

God is love, so we can look for love in all the scriptures we read.  Love stopped to comfort an overwhelmed woman on a Sunday morning.  Love detoured from His bee-line back to the Father to comfort her and to give her a message and a purpose.  Love blew past the social mores of the day and sent out a woman as a witness.  Love dropped a gentle clue that the time for clinging to His human form was coming to a close and there was something so much better coming next.  The release of the Holy Spirit to come and live in us!  

We are so pathetically gentile and hardened and "churched" that we are not knocked off our feet when we hear the words, the Holy Spirit come to live in us.  "Oh what fellowship, Oh what peace is mine!"  

We should probably examine why we are so blase in the face of something that should by its very nature cause awe and wonder.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

His Life Through Me

As the year is ending I am grateful that my Christian walk is not stagnant.
He is teaching me that He wants to live His life through me.  My part seems to be to intentionally get out of the way, die to self, put the flesh away. 
I am positive that Jesus wants to heal, He wants to reconcile, and display the love of the Father.
I want to step out more in faith and pray for healing, deliverance, even raising the dead.
2017 will be a good year.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Circumcision

PG-13 post at least for modern Americans.
Before Moses could lead the people, his sons needed circumcision.
Before Joshua led the nation to their first battle in the Holy land circumcision was ordered.
Circumcision set apart the people of God from the nations that surrounded them.
All the way back to Deuteronomy God made it clear circumcision was about the heart.

The total cutting away of the flesh that is covering the Head.
The total cutting away of my striving and my trying that if it were allowed to succeed would bring glory to me and block the view of the Head.
Early on I studied the beatitudes with a small gathering.  All I got out of it was "I am not living the way this says."
Conviction is a tremendous blessing from God, it reveals the ugliness of the flesh that is blocking the beauty of the Head.
Conviction used to drive me to try harder, NO MORE!
I quit.
By faith I recognize and reckon the truth that in baptism the fact that  I died is sealed and now the very life of Jesus Christ is lived through me by the power of the Holy Spirit.  I no longer live!

This death is renewed day by day, moment by moment.  My flesh can show its ugly self at a moments notice, but I desire a greater and greater dependence on God.  I desire a greater and greater awareness of my weakness and inability.  I desire a deeper transforming revelation of being a beloved son of the Most High.


Sunday, December 18, 2016

I did an evil thing

I woke up in the afternoon yesterday (I work night shift) and came downstairs...That was an evil thing.
I did not stop upon getting out of bed, and kneel at my bedside, I did not proclaim my total dependence on the life of Christ flowing through my "dead" flesh.
I just went downstairs, and my "dead" flesh proceeded to show itself as very much alive.  Changes were made in what I expected to happen, requests were made for my time, and my "dead" flesh proceeded to show itself as very much alive. 
People were hurt, people that I care about, my thoughts revealed that my "flesh" is far more evil than the grace of God allows to manifest, Thank You Jesus, You are indeed faithful even when I am faithless.
 (2 Timothy 2:13 "if we are faithless, He remains faithful—for He cannot deny himself.")


Later on, apologies were made, but damage had been done, AGAIN! 


Oh God that I would be broken on Your altar, tie me to that altar with cords of love and let only Your life flow through me.  That all of my flesh would be silent and only Your presence would manifest.


Galatians 2:20  " I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me."

Monday, December 5, 2016

Singing to Those Who Cannot Sing

"We have to recognize that the prophecy is Jerusalem centric in order to understand all that the prophecy communicates." Samuel Whitfield 
 ...Prompted to view the amazing gift that is given in Isaiah 24. By the time we get to verse 13-16 we are in the midst of the tribulation..."13For thus it shall be in the midst of the earth among the nations, as when an olive tree is beaten, as at the gleaning when the grape harvest is done. 14They lift up their voices, they sing for joy; over the majesty of the Lord they shout from the west. 15Therefore in the east give glory to the Lord; in the coastlands of the sea, give glory to the name of the Lord, the God of Israel. 16From the ends of the earth we hear songs of praise, of glory to the Righteous One. But I say, “I waste away, I waste away. Woe is me! For the traitors have betrayed, with betrayal the traitors have betrayed.” (Isaiah 24:13–16 ESV) Here we see the "singing" of the kingdom of priests who will speak and, with their laid down lives, demonstrate that the God of Israel reigns, even when it is darkest in Israel and it appears that He no longer reigns. The high call of the "ministry of reconciliation" is becoming more and more clear to me and it demands a people who see beyond this life, who trust beyond this life, who willingly follow the Lamb that was slain.