Monday, July 23, 2007

I love the Word!

I love the Word of God. I love everything about it.  To me it is life giving, life fulfilling and life producing!   I have a burning desire to reach others with the words God gives me, whether written or spoken, so they will be filled of God's transforming love.  I love studying the Word, comparing translations, and even sometimes researching commentaries and then preparing a message to be shared with others. I love taking what I have studied and mix it with my personal experience.  I just Love the Lord and Love getting closer to Him.

Today my heart speaks to me about not studying as much as being a living testament of our Father's.  I do not think He is only telling me this; I believe He is preparing believers to guide others so they are equipped to live in this world.

One goal we all should have is to equip and train people to present them to God.  Whether they are our beloved children, spouse, friends or colleagues, He is calling us all!

Colossians 1:28  So everywhere we go, we tell everyone about Christ. We warn them and teach them with all the wisdom God has given us, for we want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ.

Our destiny as Christians is to "grow up" in Him who is the head, even Christ"

Ephesians 4:15 Instead, we will hold to the truth in love, becoming more and more in every way like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church

 If you had ever taken part in any of our healing workshops, you would have experienced not only that Jesus heals, but who He wants to heal and how He wants to heal them. You begin to discover who you are in Him, with Him and who you are as He works through you!  We must pursue His wisdom, view life with His discernment, and learn to be led by His Spirit. In other words, we must not only seek to possess accurate theological knowledge; but to seek to become Christ like, in our everyday lives and circumstances.

Paul told the Christians in Rome that he longed to "impart some spiritual gifts...that you may grow strong in the Lord" (Romans 1:11). Are you spiritually unstable, being tossed to and fro?  Are you in a place where you can grow and experiment with your God given gifts and talents?  Hopefully you are and you are practicing what you are gleaming from others and most importantly from the Holy Spirit; for He alone is the true teacher.  Are you living a life style suited to being a living testament?

Paul continues in verse 12 by saying "but I also want to be encouraged by yours. In this way, each of us will be a blessing to the other" 

I know the idea of impartation is scary.  The truth is we all impart to others.  We impart to our children and to their children just by association.  I am concentrating on imparting life—God given life of love to others.  This love is fundamental to mankind's relationships.

I had a very enjoyable conversation with our two year old granddaughter the other day!  She noticed a bird's nest up in the rafters on our porch.  We talked about baby birds and mommy birds.  How mommy birds feed and wash their babes because they can not do it for themselves.  She responded, Why Gammie? Why?  It was an easy response.  I just asked her "Can you wash and cook for yourself?".  "No, Gammie!" Then I asked her, "Who feeds and washes you?"  Before she responded I said "Mom ma!"  and Then she perked up, "Mom ma and Daddy too, Gammie!  How wonderful, even a two year old understands impartation!  Impartation of the love her parents have for her and an impartation on how to care for her self.

1 Thessalonians 2:8 We loved you so much that we gave you not only God's Good News but our own lives, too.

This impartation goes on and on.  From parents to children; teachers to students, supervisors at work to their subordinates all giving and sharing of their experience in a loving way so that the recipient can grow and enjoy life to their fullest. You see, principles of impartation are woven into the very fabric of our lives.

The Word tells us we can not give what we do not have.  Therefore, I seek and knock; ask and the Lord delivers so I can impart to others. Jesus imparted to His disciples leaving them with a mission and a mission field.

2 Corinthians 1:4   He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When others are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us

While Dick and I might be called to focus on God's power and authority that resides in the believer; we also know that without God's unmerited love we are powerless.  "Be kissed by Jesus!"  Receive His love and acceptance in your heart and in your life!  Then get ready for He is preparing you to kiss others with His tangible love and healing power!

Of course, we should never isolate ourselves from one another.  We should be followers of no man, except those the Spirit leads us to walk with.  If we perceive others are followers of Christ, walking as He leads; if we also are walking in that direction it is easy to align yourself with them and walk.  No man should be in bondage to another;  but a bond servant to the Lord Himself. 

1 Timothy 6:18Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and should give generously to those in need, always being ready to share with others whatever God has given them.

So come freely to the throne of life, drink freely from the fountain Christ has given us.  Truth is that we should not seek to dominate, but to liberate others into their destiny!.


Sunday, July 15, 2007

Who's Afraid of the BIG BAD Wolf?

Lots can be said on the how we build our house--wood, hay stubble and so on and so forth. 
Today I'm focusing on the house we build out of brick and mortar.  Knowing so well some who build with hay and wood believe they are safe.  Today I am telling you that is a lie.  I pray that in light of the Word those will come to understand the call of intimacy and worship the Father has appointed for them to experience and to preserve their souls and to usher them into a love unspeakable.  My you also grow into the character that withstands the darkness so that the light within burst through.
But one little piggy built his house of brick and mortar.  As I press into who I am in Christ I realize who I truly am.  Who I am in Christ and who I am as a human person with human frailties and God given strengths!  I know that I am victorious and filled with the authority to dispel 'all' darkness of every kind!  Dispel does not mean that it disappears all the time; however, it does mean I may live through it without consequences hindering my health, or my purpose for Christ. 
For there is nothing to fear for those of us who are acquiring "His Character", Walk in His Presence, and apply His teaching to their lives and literally be transformed into His Nature.  
Psalm 112 according to 'me'
Such a man is in God's constant care and will make an impression on all who see and experience their fellowship.  Such a person is settled  in his mind that the Father will care for them.  They can face their foes without fear.  Such a person shall have influence and honor.  Even their children's' children will have a particular call on their lives'.
Today as I ponder the 'grandee' harvest out of the seeds I have sown in the past--Praise God, it comes without effort and the future harvest comes by strategically sowing seeds of love in all places as the Father leads.
For new friendships and rekindle old....for building new bridges to new horizons in God, into His secret place we go to procure treasures of love and fulfillment!
May this Word go deep into our fiber of life to produce GOOOOD Fruit!.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Is it still NICE and PLEASANT?

What use to be nice and pleasant isn't anymore.  I was privileged, to say the least, to have had the opportunity to spend most summer mornings at a beach club.  There I was in a pleasant and restful atmosphere.  The water was clear and calming--and the beach was just the right size for watching youngsters play about, for walking and even jumping in for a refreshing dip.  Lots of soul searching and contemplating happened in those days.
Today, I am just as privileged to take advantage of the same beach club.  Yet, today,  as I gathered my things to settle in for the refreshing Word, I noted that  the water this year is lots rougher than the past and the beach is not as clean nor the water as clear!  Those things do take away from the peace of mind for those who might have youngsters playing about. 
For me those things do not take away from the serenity of the crashing waves nor does it intrude on God's gentle nudge to proceed in His  presence.  However, it does say that this beach isn't as welcoming to our grandchildren as it was when their dads were young.
1 Cor 13:11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways.
Just as we grow in Him...what was permissible and acceptable in the past is no longer  condoned in our life today.  As we were once babes in the Lord we grew in His loving hands drinking the milk  learning a step at a time of His precepts and promises.  As we grow and learn and apply His Word to our lives and obey His gentle loving lead, we realize what was permissible is no longer.  For some things then were allowed and permissible, now in our maturing more is required and less is permissible.
 1 Cor 6:12 "All things are lawful for me," but not all things are beneficial. "All things are lawful for me," but I will not be dominated by anything.
I can not help but meditate on all the sea weed that is hanging around my life.  What a smelling fragrance it has towards the Father.  I am asking the Holy Spirit to lead me and guide me in cleaning out the beach of my soul.  How about your sea weed?     I pray that He leads us all into the clear waters developing us into His character!
1 Cor 10:23  All things are lawful," but not all things are beneficial. "All things are lawful," but not all things build up.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Don't be under anyone's thumb!

Luke 12:10 and 11 according to 'me' He always gives you what you need from day to day.  If you make the Kingdom your primary concern........  Read for yourself and think how is He providing for you today?
Don't be under anyone's rule except Jesus'.  For He is the complete authority over the body of Christ. 
 We shall walk and fellowship with other Believers.  We are also to serve each others as Jesus served his apostles and the others the Father lead him to. 
Don't let human understanding take precedence over the living Word of Christ Jesus.  Count all things as good as they relate and live up to our Lord's teachings.
Just as the woman with the issue of blood pressed through the crowds.  We too press through our mind sets that reflect man's teachings and our ignorance of the Word. 
Therefore, do not be ignorant of the Word.  Study -- meditate to show yourself approved in Christ.  Continue to seek, knock and stand on what the Lord has given you.  Be transformed into His image and likeness!  Be transformed in a fashion of uniqueness with His power and grace.
As for me my salvation of healing occurred because I stripped myself of self worth, self-conscienceness --self assurance--shame!  The process of His love came in like the flooding at high tide during a storm and washed it all away!  My mind sets of traditional teachings and human expectations all washed away.  Love and forgiveness flowed like a river in and through me.  Then I was able to receive what He had for me.
Then I gave my "all" to Him who died for me leaving myself undone so that He could re-construct my spirit, body and mind.
Just as that experienced in May of 91 again I come stripping myself naked, leaving behind my mindsets and previous experiences, traditions and processes of my mind.  Giving Jesus my all an all...
As I write tears of love, joy and expectation of His infilling await a "New more complete Dianne"  ready to love ans serve first you Lord and then all those you are preparing to touch through me.
Mathew 4:10  according to 'me'  Worship only the Lord your God.  Obey Him only!