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Friday, August 9, 2019

Become Mercy

Don't stop at receiving mercy.


Become mercy.


His life in you is the way that it happens.
Your job - get out of His way.
Accept your role as simply His vessel

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Called to Shine

Being forgiven is a beautiful thing, but it is not an end in itself, it is a beginning to a transformed life.


Our lives are meant to shine with His light.


Our lives are meant to give glory to the God who made us, and bought us back and lives through us.


Our lives can, quite naturally, be a true reflection of the sacrificial, servant love of God, and therefore all men will be drawn to Him.


There is no higher call!

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Righteousness, Peace and Joy

"for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking,
but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.
 Romans 14:17


He is my righteousness.
He is my peace.
He is my joy.


A new creation with the Messiah in me.


Righteousness in me.
Peace in me.
Joy in me.


Dead and hidden with ChristMessiah in God.


Rest and trust in the Life that is in me, by grace through faith.











Monday, July 29, 2019

"but it was not like that from the beginning"

"but it was not like that from the beginning" 2nd half of Matt. 19:8 I wonder how often we have made excuses and hindered the work of God by unbelief because we accepted something far less than what God had planned "from the beginning"?! This is just the start of what God is placing on my heart. The sermon on the mount represents the life of the Messiah lived through us, just like 1 Cor. 13 is a summary of what it looks like when His love, loves through us.

"For you died, and your life is now hidden with Messiah in God"

  May we be truly dead and may His Life be manifested through us. 

A friend adds this,

"what's true in Him is true in you and as He is so are we in this world... because He is our life....Father for simple faith like a child"

and this

"yes! he offers us a life that does not know how to lust, etc... doesn't have a grid for unforgiveness
it is glorious!!!"

another friend adds this

"Exactly, dear brother! Because we are so far removed from the "genesis" of everything we have little sense of what is appropriate for right now, and have created fantasies and illusions out of nothing."  and I would add, we have accepted a disconnect from the very words that Yeshua spoke about us, in fact whole schools of theology and denominations have been established whose philosophy boils down to, "Did God really say?"

Oh God we are so in need of Your grace and mercy!  Restoration and Redemption are the strong words on Your heart, Come Lord Yeshua!


Thursday, July 25, 2019

Lose The Excuses, Now!

Reviewing Isaiah 58 with friends, the problem the Lord was uncovering with Israel was having the right words but not His heart.  His heart reaches out, heals, forgives, gathers in the outcast, it is active and growing. 
The people had come to a place where they thought they could make God do their will.
They were trusting in acts done with a selfish motivation.


Enter the "sinner's prayer". 


The idea that you can pray a prayer and then go on living for yourself is not just foreign to the word of God, it is the exact opposite of Truth.


"My people have defamed My Name everywhere they go." is not just a lament over Israel, it is a current, up to the minute, cry of God as He sees a people who have allowed for a total disconnect between belief in God and acting and reacting under the control of the life of His Son. 


"That's just the way I am."  and other excuses like it, display a total misunderstanding of death to self, taking up your cross, and allowing the resurrection life of the Messiah to be the determining factor in your actions and reactions.  Behold all things have become new, is such great news, such powerful news, it must not be short circuited by excuses.


When we fail to be "in Christ" in the moment, we have the option to repent, we do not have the option to make excuses and go on living in opposition to what we say we believe. 


I wish I could convey the tone of this which is an urging us to recognize the incredible gift and beauty of having the life of the Messiah in us, available to us, to be a tremendous blessing to those around us. 


Much better than continuing to live with the disconnect and essentially telling the world that your God is a lie and people who claim to know Him are no different than any one else.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Can It Really Be This Simple?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9qzBR771bA&t=2130s

At 34:31 of this video for about 55 seconds Dan explains how to be a follower, a disciple of the Messiah Yeshua.
Again at 1:01:50 he practically demonstrates putting off and putting on.  "By grace through faith."


So I pray that we can grasp this by the grace of God.


We don't do discipleship, we become disciples by grace through faith.


Grace reveals a truth about Yeshua, and His life is the life that is in me, through faith.


The Messiah is like this...   The Messiah is in you - Grace...  The truth about the Messiah is the truth about me - through faith!


Jesus is not angry or impatient, He is in me - grace... Chuck is not angry or impatient because he is dead and his life is hidden with the Messiah - through faith.


Putting off is done by faith also.  I am not an angry, impatient man, Father I am being made and molded and shaped into Your image.  Self-centeredness will never rule my life again, the Holy Spirit empowers me to love like He loves.  By grace through faith.  Tender mercies and all the fruit of the Spirit is in me.  The old man is dead and behold all things have become new.  By grace through faith.


Can it really be this simple?

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Stephen Got It. Do You Get It?

"58 Driving him out of the city, they began stoning him, and the witnesses laid down their cloaks at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 They went on stoning Stephen as he was calling out, “Lord Yeshua, receive my spirit!” 60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!” After he said this, he died.  (literally fell asleep)  Acts 7 Tree of Life version


"7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Yeshua the Messiah is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace—not by foods that have not benefited those occupied by them. 10 We have an altar from which those serving in the tabernacle have no right to eat. 11 For the bodies of those animals—whose blood is brought into the Holies by the kohen gadol as an offering for sin—are burned outside the camp. [c] 12 Therefore, to make the people holy through His own blood, Yeshua also suffered outside the gate. 13 So let us go to Him outside the camp, bearing His disgrace. 14 For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the one that is to come."  Hebrews 13 Tree of Life version 


The message spoken by Stephen through his powerful, miracle laden life was clear.  Spoken to the  self-appointed leaders of the chosen people, his strong message was Yeshua is Messiah.  That message does not leave wiggle room, and his audience knew it.  The message demands humble repentance.  Stephen was what the community of Messiah (no way I can use the word "church" here, this is too holy and that word is too screwed up) is called to be a body with no rights, a body willing to die that others may live, followers of the Way. 
Can we admit we are far removed from this reality? 
Can we acknowledge the need for humble repentance?
Can we put aside the gathering that frequently coddles self and promotes a self-centered prayer to get me to heaven?
Can we go out of the city and join Yeshua on His cross and Stephen in his stoning?
His life in us is a sacrificial love that cannot be defeated, even in death. 
And a man named Saul was watching...

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

God Sees His Son

"But it is from Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God [revealing His plan of salvation], and righteousness [making us acceptable to God], and sanctification [making us holy and setting us apart for God], and redemption [providing our ransom from the penalty for sin]," Amplified 1 Cor. 1:30
All God sees is His Son.  Jesus is the object of the Father's love and we are in Him.


Religion keeps us captive to one day, to the not yet.  Relationship releases us into the full enjoyment of the moment. 
We are dead.
His new life is in us, making us a new creation.
We trust His life in us.
We can do nothing without Him.
Our job is to say, "yes" to His yes, surrender and trust.


When we truly see how He sees us (in His Son) then we are free to see others in that way too.


(Thankful for a very fruitful conversation with a friend.)

Monday, July 1, 2019

I Am Sending You Out With...Nothing!

Our week with 8th and 9th graders at "church camp" was drawing to a close and the burden of knowing that many of the campers were returning to hostile environments was on my heart. Searching for how best to prepare them for the transition I believe the Lord reminded me of how He sent out his disciples while He walked the earth. He sent them out with nothing. Nothing. Doesn't seem like good leadership until you realize He was putting them in a place of dependence and trust on the Lord their God. He was putting them in a place of seeing His faithfulness, in every meal, in every bed to sleep in, in every cold cup of water, in every bath. His ways our not our ways.


His question to them upon their return is powerful, "Did you lack anything?". 


I sent you out with nothing.


Wasn't it grand to see that the Father provided everything?


Wasn't it beautiful to be in a place of total dependence on Him?


The contrast between His way and our way could not be greater or more striking.



Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Death You Can Suck It! You are dead to me!

"O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting?" 1 Cor. 15:55


Yeshua takes the penalty of death for us.


The weapon that Satan was given by Adam to use against us, the weapon that Satan used to manipulate and threaten us was ripped out of his hands.


And NOW we are the people who love not their lives unto the death. 


Death in its many forms is dead to me.



Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Isaiah 53:10-12

Isaiah 53:10 "Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him;
    he has put him to grief;
when his soul makes an offering for guilt,
    he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
11 Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied;
by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
    make many to be accounted righteous,
    and he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,
    and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,
because he poured out his soul to death
    and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
    and makes intercession for the transgressors."


Resurrection and the overwhelming amount of life, healing and the will of the LORD that will happen as a result of the cross is the center of this section.  We could never list all the benefits that come to us as a result of the cross, but let's try!


Live grateful!

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Our Works Don't Work

"A work will never work."  Dane

Our call is to yield to Love, sacrificially, voluntarily yield to Love.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Isaiah 53:7,8,9

Isaiah 53:7,8,9  "He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet He did not open His mouth.
Like a lamb led to the slaughter
and like a sheep silent before her shearers,
He did not open His mouth.
He was taken away because of oppression and judgment;
and who considered His fate?
For He was cut off from the land of the living;
He was struck because of my people’s rebellion.
They made His grave with the wicked
and with a rich man at His death,
although He had done no violence
and had not spoken deceitfully."  HCSB

No complaint, no defending of Himself, no calling out of those who said they would be there no matter what, silence, willing silence under the cup of wrath.
Trust when nothing makes sense, when nothing is fair, when the help that you desire does not come.

Merciful God, prepare Your people!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Isaiah 53:4,5,6

“But he endured the suffering that should have been ours, the pain that we should have borne. All the while we thought that his suffering was punishment sent by God.  But because of our sins he was wounded, beaten because of the evil we did. We are healed by the punishment he suffered, made whole by the blows he received.  We all have wandered away like sheep. Each of us has gone his own way. But the Lord has put on him the punishment for all the evil we have done."  Isaiah 53:4-6 GNT and ICB translations.


The cost of grace.


Oh Mighty Father reveal the depth of this to us and draw worship from the depth of our being.  Deep calling to deep.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Comfort to the One Who Needed it Most

Studying through the amazing prophecy of Isaiah 53 it strikes me how much of a comfort these words, penned 700 years before the personal war that took place at the Mount of Olives, would have been to the One who was about to voluntarily lay down His life.  Many times this section although not down playing the very real cost also exalts the reward of His suffering.


"He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days,
and the will of Adonai will succeed by His hand."


"As a result of the anguish of His soul
He will see it and be satisfied by His knowledge."



"The Righteous One, My Servant will make many righteous
    and He will bear their iniquities."



"Therefore I will give Him a portion with the great,
and He will divide the spoil with the mighty—
because He poured out His soul to death"



Grateful to the one true God, who sees the struggles we will go through beforehand and prepares the comfort, strength, grace and mercy we will need for the journey.


Let faith arise!
Let gratitude arise!
Let praise arise!
Let worship arise!


For the Lord is good, His mercies are everlasting!

Thursday, May 30, 2019

"They have no admiration and no welcome for One who comes, meek and lowly, to make His soul an offering for sin, and to be God's salvation to the end of the earth. It was not sin that troubled them: how should a Savior from sin delight them?" David Baron. (from the book, The Servant of Jehovah)


 It strikes me that the strong and true foundation is, "God I'm a sinner separated from You."


 Then the startling revelation from God that He has bridged that gap with His very life.


 Our prayer is that this foundation would be laid in the lives of those we pray for.


They may have to go through a deep intense time of pain to get there but the destination
is worth it.


If the foundation is not right, self will continue to sit on the throne and cracks will show up and eventually the whole thing will have to go through a re-do.


 If the foundation is right then no matter how long or how slow the process seems the completion of the job is guaranteed by the ONE who is Faithful and True, that is His name, that is His character that is the unshakeable, unchangeable nature of the One with whom we have to do!!

Friday, May 24, 2019

Ultimate Problem, Ultimate Solution

Ultimate Problem


“There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26 men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken." Luke 21:25,26


Ultimate Solution


"I will make an everlasting covenant with them that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; and I will put the fear of Me in their hearts so that they will not turn away from Me." Jeremiah 32:40

Friday, May 3, 2019

Ongoing Renovation for the New House

That seemed like a better title than "Suffering and Glory" which I know I have used before.
Some scriptures that tie together suffering and glory, then a paragraph that has taken a lifetime
to learn. 


Didn’t the Messiah have to suffer these things and enter into His glory?”
Romans 8:18 From Groans to Glory ] For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us.
Hebrews 2:9 But we do see Jesus—made lower than the angels for a short time so that by God’s grace He might taste death for everyone—crowned with glory and honor because of His suffering in death.
Hebrews 2:10 For in bringing many sons to glory, it was entirely appropriate that God—all things exist for Him and through Him—should make the source of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
1 Peter 4:13 Instead, rejoice as you share in the sufferings of the Messiah, so that you may also rejoice with great joy at the revelation of His glory.
1 Peter 5:1 About the Elders ] Therefore, as a fellow elder and witness to the sufferings of the Messiah and also a participant in the glory about to be revealed, I exhort the elders among you:
1 Peter 5:10 Now the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will personally restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little.

Our flesh is the problem.  Suffering with the proper attitude of, “God what part of my flesh are You trying to show me needs to die?”, puts the suffering to its best use and leads to glory.  Glory in this case is the elimination of the flesh and the greater release of God’s Spirit within us.  It is a red flag when we see the same circumstances happening to us over and over, God is more than willing to walk us around the same mountain over and over until we get the message.  Sometimes it is a different mountain that looks similar but is dealing with a deeper more hidden issue, but it will still be the flesh being dealt with and the means of transformation is always the same. 
2 Cor. 3:18We all, with unveiled faces, are looking as in a mirror at the glory of the Lord and are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory; this is from the Lord who is the Spirit.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Joseph Weeping

Very blessed to talk with a friend and see the number of times in the story of Joseph and his brothers that Joseph was overcome with emotion and had to go away privately to cry.

Until (still my favorite word) his brethren demonstrated a deep care for the heart of the Father and His love for His beloved son.

Thanks to Mark Klafter and others I have seen the beauty of the story of Joseph and how it lines up with Jesus but this going away privately to cry, to weep, to intercede is the very heart of God, and His love and grace are drawing us to into His heart for His people. 

Gentile pride dies hard, but let it die on the cross of the Messiah, who will complete the work He started because He is faithful and true.

Friday, April 19, 2019

The Privilege of Injustice - Art Katz

"God Himself has produced the distress, He employs man, but it is there to compel us to God."

This is a message of the very Life of God.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7V4_VRUa5bw

Thursday, April 18, 2019

His Son, and His corporate son

Listen to this...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLDGVl8D5UU


Consider this...


A beautiful gathering of broken screw-ups takes place every Tuesday night near my house.  We call it a Bible Study, because "a gathering of broken screw-ups" is a little too real for most people.


We looked at Romans chapter 9-11 recently and especially focused on the partial blindness of the Jewish people clearly stated in Romans 11:25.


It was brought home to my heart in a way that I am incapable of expressing, how near and dear this is to the heart of God. 


His love ripped the veil of pride that separates the very limited value of education from the eternal value of His revelation.


His faithful, unchanging love revealed to one of us, the deep cost that His chosen people, the Jew, have endured during this age long time of partial imposed blindness.


His faithful, unchanging love brought with that revelation the deep appreciation of His grace, that comes with seeing the price paid by His son, and His chosen people.


Selah


and


Amen

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Ephesians 5 the Profound Mystery of Marriage

All the stuff  I used as we tried to be open before the Lord as to the profound mystery of the Messiah and His community and the marriage relationship in Ephesians 5.

Do you see how we’re not talking about control today? No! We’re talking about the very opposite of control. We’re talking humility, selflessness, putting others first, all leading to beautiful unity in all our relationships. Who is our role model? Jesus, who put us first. Try putting some submission in your relationships. Watch for opportunities to yield this week, as an act of worship to the One who yielded for you.

Under the heading “Be filled with the Spirit” which should be our ultimate goal as individuals and as a body, Paul lists (1) Speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.
          1. Making melody in your heart to God
          2. Gratitude
          3. Submit to one another in the fear of the Messiah
A) in marriage
B) children
              1. slaves/masters

2 Tim. 3:12,13 “If we endure, we will also reign with Him;
If we deny Him, He will also deny us;
If we are faithless, He remains faithful,
for He cannot deny Himself.”

Eve not “ex nihilio” but made from Adam's rib.

Mistreating your wife is mistreating yourself because of the unity.

If you voluntarily submit to the curse you take away its power to bring death.

Submit (wife) your will given to another
Love (husband) your very life given to another

Men , be the first to apologize, pursue, cherish,
Focus on your role

the husband is not given any permission to make a wife submit
she is asked to voluntarily submit and if she doesn't oh well, that
is between her and God

our deepest joy is found in sacrifice

When people see how the husband acts, they are to see the Messiah very high calling



You and I are not the point of marriage







Bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh, literally my bone was removed and used, compare this to, we are partakers of the divine nature! Be amazed, stand in silent awe of the majesty of these words.

 loving possession. He said, "She is bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh." He felt she was his own and belonged solely to him. Of anything there might be in the Garden, Adam was but owner in the second degree. But when he saw her, he felt she was all his own. By bonds and ties which did not admit of dispute, his bone and his flesh was she. Now, Beloved, at this moment let this thought dance through your soul—you belong to Jesus— altogether you belong to Jesus! Let not your love go forth to earthly things, so soiled and dim, but send it all away, up to Him to whom you belong—yes, send it all to Him. “ Spurgeon

              1. There is between you and your Lord a similarity of Nature and an intimate relationship! You have a mysterious extraction from Him and He has a loving possession of you—and a vital union with you. Come, now, we must only have a few minutes to catch some of the juice that will flow out of these clusters of Eshcol while we tread them for a moment, just to show what the wines of the kingdom are like.”CHS
              2. The husband is not to demand submission from the wife. She is to offer it freely and lovingly. This submission is to her “own husbandonly! Women are not subservient to men. They are equals, even in the home. But, God has invested leadership in the husband and he will be held responsible for the home. He will give an account for his actions as the head of the home when he stands before Jesus.
              3. Alan carr
Helper is a word used for God's help numerous times. Eve has a high calling.
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Our help H5828 is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.”

Malachi 2:15 TLV
15 Did the One not make her with a remnant of Ruach?
Then what is the One seeking?
Offspring of God!
So protect your spirit—
do not betray the wife of your youth.

NKJV different
15 But did He not make them one,
Having a remnant of the Spirit?
And why one?
He seeks godly offspring.
Therefore take heed to your spirit,
And let none deal treacherously with the wife of his youth.

Adam out of his rib – Eve literally they are one and whole together

Jesus out of His side the life blood of our salvation flowed and since His name means Salvation is of God we complete Him (though He is lacking nothing) by being the object of His salvation.

Colossians 1:24 we are His hands and feet and we display His heart to the world through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Do not try to prove you are better than others.

"Do not try to prove you are better than others." Philippians 2:3a  WE

"Do nothing from factional motives [through contentiousness, strife, selfishness, or for unworthy ends] or prompted by conceit and empty arrogance. Instead, in the true spirit of humility (lowliness of mind) let each regard the others as better than and superior to himself [thinking more highly of one another than you do of yourselves]."   Philippians 2:3 AMPC

Sadly my tendency to want to prove that I am better than you carried over into my life following the Messiah.

But now, by His grace, He has pointed it out, so soon and very soon, by His Spirit it will be defeated.

I wonder if the challenge is to see that the body, believers working together is indeed better than any one follower of the Lord.

I wonder if the call is to truly see the body and your place in it, and to completely and totally give up the unworthy ends of self-exaltation.

I wonder if the most prevalent idol of all is self.

Thank you Lord, when You reveal sin, we repent, You forgive and You begin the process of replacing the tree of the knowledge of good and evil with the tree of life.

I rest in You, I trust in You.


Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Lamentations, Oh Lord We Are Not Ready

"Because of thirst the infant’s tongue
    sticks to the roof of its mouth;
the children beg for bread,
    but no one gives it to them."
 Lamentation 4:4  


It does not say there is no bread, but it does say "no one gives it to them."


"With their own hands compassionate women
    have cooked their own children,
who became their food
    when my people were destroyed."

Lamentations 4:10


How can we even comprehend this? 
Lamentations, starts with "How?".
That is the question through out the
book.


Oh Lord, help us, enable us, to pour out
the entire contents of our alabaster box of
mercy on those around us, especially the next
generation.  Help us to freely give.  Help
us to travail for the proper preparation
to be given them.  Because Lamentations
is about to be replayed.  Oh Lord, we
are not ready!

Monday, March 18, 2019

Loving, Willing, Joyful Surrender

Get to know how faithful He is.
Surround yourself with people whose story is, "He found me in a pit and pulled me out."
Trust His love.
Cry out for His mercy.
Surrender willingly.
Surrender joyfully.
Surrender to love.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Keep Your Eyes on ME

Beautiful, eternal, timeless, ultimate truth, demonstrated by my daughter at our dining room table.


She had just gotten a baby guinea pig, named Augustus, she was holding him at the dining room table and he was very nervous because our old cat Sheba was circling the area, thinking the guinea pig looked a lot like, fresh lunch! 


Patience, my daughter, held the guinea pigs face very close to her face and said,


"Look directly at me, focus on my face, don't look at the cat!"


There is our solution, our scriptural, very simple, but very high and very effective calling.  Fix your eyes on Jesus and in beholding Yeshua you will be changed into His image, don't waste any time looking at the enemy and his schemes.  Lord You said, "Seek My face."  We respond, "Your face Lord we will seek."


Ever.


Always.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

I Can't fill in the blank, You can!

Couldn't fall asleep today, despite the fact that I was very tired and typically I drift right off to sleep.  Many needs were on my mind and I have no resources to meet them.


This is the place of faith.


This is a very uncomfortable place.  A place that feels like, you aren't much of a man, you can't provide for your families needs, you are falling short etc., etc.


Looking forward to the day when the accuser of the brethren is cast down, but for now, I will agree with my accuser on the Way.


Yep, I sure can't provide for my family, yep I sure am at the end of my resources, yes indeed eeeee
I can't (fill in the blank) but my faithful loving Father can, and He loves it when I realize the on going reality of my emptiness and the contrast of His abundant life.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Don't Be So Hard on Them

Rachel, David, Ezekiel, Aaron, Moses, Judah, as the day had some time for just relaxing and discussing different Bible characters, the thought has come to me, "Don't be so hard on them." 

Some of them their lives were prophetic, they were being weighed down with meaning and events that were overwhelming from any perspective.

Some of them had their worst day ever preserved for all time, to be dissected and analyzed.

Basically just give them the same mercy He gives you.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Stillness and Simplicity

Given the opportunity to talk to about 15 men of God at a nearby prison, God seemed to lead a very simple time of sharing.  

Guys it says in Col. 3:12 that you are "chosen by God, set apart as holy by God, and beloved of God".

Make sure that is the tape that is playing in your head,
"I am chosen, holy and beloved."


Now that you know that add to that there is coming a day called the day of the Lord, when God will execute true justice and everything that is wrong will be made right.  We are moving toward that day and nothing can stop it.  Psalm 2 and Psalm 110 the Psalms most quoted by the Apostles were both very much centered on the kingdom of God and the Day of the Lord.  It is a very strong encouragement to hearts that are not seeing justice or righteousness in any of the systems of our day.

And my time of sharing was complete.

God is making me more and more simple.  Thank you God.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Tone of Voice or My Problem with the Bible

Before you pick up your Bible, there is something very important that you need, something that will make all the difference in the words that you read.
A revelation of the heart of God and the tone of voice behind the words!
When the prodigal son thought about returning home the conversation he had in his head was that he would bargain for the place of a servant, just to have his basic needs provided for in exchange for his working the fields.  The tone of voice he thought would respond to his return home was way, way, way off.

The prodigal son didn't get to fully finish his prepared speech, he was met with a Father's heart who ran to him, who had been looking down the road for him. The father was so busy showering him with hugs and tear stained kisses that he could not have told you what one word of that speech was.
Immediate and total restoration occurred because gathering in, total restoration, forgiveness and love are the heart of God. 

Come Home!

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Humility (lower still)


     Do we gladly glory in weakness?   Do we take pleasure in injuries, necessities, distresses?  Do we regard reproof (just or unjust) and correction as an opportunity to prove how Jesus is all to us with no care of our own honor or the humiliation?  Oh to be so free of self that we are lost in the thought that Jesus is all.  We take pleasure in the things that bring us low, because low is where the protection of God is, low is where the glory of God is, low is where the anointing of God is.  True worship comes from a heart that is low, that understands that ultimately, “the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.”
 
       Andrew Murray's audio book continues to bless me.  "Humility"

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Trials Redeemed into Precious Stones

.I wonder if the beautiful precious stones in the wall of the Holy City will be made up of the times in our life when we went under a trial with trust and faith in God alone. I wonder if for all eternity there will be a precious stone of remembrance sparkling and telling the story of a broken, confused, seemingly forsaken child, who cried out from the depth of very real pain, "Carry me Daddy, carry me!"

Isaiah 54:12  "Moreover, I will make your battlements of rubies,
And your gates of crystal,
And your entire wall of precious stones"


1 Cor. 3:12,13 "Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work."

1 Chron. 29:8 "Whoever possessed precious stones gave them to the treasury of the house of the LORD, in care of Jehiel the Gershonite."

1 Kings 10:2 "So she came to Jerusalem with a very large retinue, with camels carrying spices and very much gold and precious stones. When she came to Solomon, she spoke with him about all that was in her heart."

 Psalm 116:15 "Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his faithful servants."  The "precious" in this verse is the same word as the one used for the precious stones, so it seems right
that in our dying daily God sees a precious stone that He chooses to remember!

 These thoughts were inspired by a section of the book, "To Trace a Rising Sun" by Stephanie Quick I am very grateful for the body, for a faithful wife, for amazing friends and for costly mercy from my Brother!  I am grateful for a kind and gentle God who would bend down to consider as very precious the times of darkness, the times of crushing and the times of purifying fire.



Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Isaiah 63:9

In every English translation available at biblegateway.com


Let the truth of His love wash over you again and again, until it is all there is!!


In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the angel of His presence saved them; in His love and in His pity He redeemed them, and He bore them, and carried them all the days of old.
In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.
In all their distress He was distressed, And the angel of His presence saved them, In His love and in His compassion He redeemed them; And He lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.
In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the Angel of His presence saved them; in His love and in His pity He redeemed them; and He lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.
In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.
In all their suffering, he suffered, and the angel of his presence saved them. He redeemed them because of his love and compassion; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of the past.
During all their distress, God also was distressed, so a messenger who served him saved them. In love and mercy God redeemed them, lifting and carrying them throughout earlier times.
In all their troubles he was troubled; then the Angel of His Presence saved them; in his love and pity he redeemed them. He had lifted them up and carried them throughout the days of old.
It troubled the Lord to see them in trouble, and his angel saved them. The Lord was truly merciful, so he rescued his people. He took them in his arms and carried them all those years.
In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the Angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bore them and carried them all the days of old.
In all their affliction he was not troubled, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love, and in his mercy he redeemed them, and he carried them and lifted them up all the days of old.
The people had many troubles, but he was not against them. He loved them and felt sorry for them, so he saved them. He sent his special angel to save them. He picked them up and carried them, just as he did long ago.
In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them; in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.
In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them; in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.
When they ·suffered [were distressed/afflicted], he ·suffered [was distressed/afflicted] also. ·He sent his own angel to save them [L The angel/messenger of his presence/face saved them; Ex. 14:19]. Because of his love and kindness, he saved them. ·Since long ago [L All the days of old] he has ·picked [lifted] them up and carried them [Deut. 32:10–12].
In all their troubles he was troubled, and the Angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his mercy he redeemed them, and he bare them and carried them always continually.
In all their troubles he was troubled, and he was the Messenger who saved them. In his love and compassion he reclaimed them. He always held them and carried them in the past.
from all their suffering. It was not an angel, but the Lord himself who saved them. In his love and compassion he rescued them. He had always taken care of them in the past,
In all their suffering, He suffered, and the Angel of His Presence saved them. He redeemed them because of His love and compassion; He lifted them up and carried them all the days of the past.
When they suffered, he suffered also. He sent his own angel to save them. Because of his love and kindness, the Lord saved them. Since long ago he has picked them up and carried them.
In all their distress he wasn’t distressed, but the angel of his presence saved them; in his acts of love and in his acts of pity he redeemed them; he carried them and lifted them up all the days of old.
In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the Angel of his face saved them: with his love and with his clemency he redeemed them; and he bore them and carried them all the days of the age.
In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.
In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.
In all their distress, there was no distress, and the messenger of his presence saved them, in his love and compassion he himself redeemed them, and he lifted them up, and he supported them all the days of old.
In all their affliction he was afflicted, and he personally saved them. In his love and pity he redeemed them and lifted them up and carried them through all the years.
I’ll make a list of God’s gracious dealings, all the things God has done that need praising, All the generous bounties of God, his great goodness to the family of Israel— Compassion lavished, love extravagant. He said, “Without question these are my people, children who would never betray me.” So he became their Savior. In all their troubles, he was troubled, too. He didn’t send someone else to help them. He did it himself, in person. Out of his own love and pity he redeemed them. He rescued them and carried them along for a long, long time.
In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the angel of His presence saved them; in His love and in His mercy He redeemed them; and He lifted them and carried them all the days of old.
In all their troubles he was troubled, and he was the Messenger who saved them. In his love and compassion he reclaimed them. He always held them and carried them in the past.
in their every affliction. It was not an envoy or a messenger, but his presence that saved them. Because of his love and pity the Lord redeemed them, Lifting them up and carrying them all the days of old.
In all their affliction He was afflicted, And the angel of His presence saved them; In His love and in His mercy He redeemed them, And He lifted them and carried them all the days of old.
When they suffered, he suffered also. He sent his own angel to save them. Because of his love and kindness, he saved them. Since long ago he has picked them up and carried them.
Through all that they suffered, he suffered too. The messenger sent from his very presence delivered them. In his love and mercy he protected them; he lifted them up and carried them throughout ancient times.
When they suffered, he suffered with them. He sent his angel to save them. He set them free because he is loving and kind. He lifted them up and carried them. He did it again and again in days long ago.
In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel of his presence saved them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.
In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel of his presence saved them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.
In all their affliction He was afflicted, And the Angel of His Presence saved them; In His love and in His pity He redeemed them; And He bore them and carried them All the days of old.
He suffered with them in all their troubles, and the angel of the Lord saved them. In His loving-kindness He paid the price and made them free. He lifted them up and carried them all the days of long ago.
In all their suffering he also suffered, and he personally rescued them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them. He lifted them up and carried them through all the years.
in all their distress. It was no messenger or angel but his presence that saved them; in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.
in all their distress. It was no messenger or angel but his presence that saved them; in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.
in all their distress. It was no messenger or angel but his presence that saved them; in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.
in all their distress. It was no messenger or angel but his presence that saved them; in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.
In all their tzoros He was afflicted, and the malach of His presence saved them; in His ahavah and in His mercy He redeemed them; and He lifted them up, and carried them kol y’mei olam.
In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them; in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.
In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them; in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.
In all their affliction He was afflicted. So the angel of His presence saved them. In His love and in His mercy He redeemed them, then He lifted them and carried them all the days of old.
And when they suffered, God suffered too; And the messenger of His presence acted to save them. Out of enduring love, compassion, and concern, God Himself rescued them. Through all those years long ago, God picked them up and carried them through.
In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them. In his love and in his pity he redeemed them. He bore them, and carried them all the days of old.
in all the tribulation of them. It was set in tribulation, and the angel of his face saved them. In his love and in his forgiveness he again-bought them, and he bare them, and raised them in all [the] days of the world. (in all their trials and tribulation. For he was set in tribulation with them, and it was not the angel sent from him, but he himself who saved them. In his love and in his forgiveness he redeemed, or he rescued, them, and he carried them, and he raised them up in all the days of the world.)
In all their distress [He is] no adversary, And the messenger of His presence saved them, In His love and in His pity He redeemed them, And He doth lift them up, And beareth them all the days of old.