Monday, October 20, 2008
October is a great month. On the contrary, you might not think so, however, it is all about perception! Let me tell you why October is a great month. It is a great month for growing grass and seeding planting for spring, and for preparing the soil so it can obtain its fullness. The Word tells us there is seedtime, nurturing time, and harvest time. It also tells us that the planting and the harvesting will come together!
This is what I am bearing witness to.
There is nothing NEW in you. You already possess the seeds of greatness. This is a time that the Holy Spirit will revive, renew, and activate those seeds! It all happens when we are resting in His presence, leaning on His breast! That is quite the metaphor. That can only happen when we apply those four disciplines I previously wrote about. Un-clutter, Be Still, Cultivate Serenity, and Trust Him Completely. If you take these disciplines seriously, you will be able to enter into His gates and Activation will occur. You will know what it is, sense it, feel it, and proceed to accomplish His purpose for your life!
1 Timothy 4:14 Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received through the prophecies spoken to you when the elders of the church laid their hands on you.
There are four words to inspire and lead us to go forward in God. They are:
Proclaiming or declaring the Word over our lives as well as Rhema Word we receive produces germination, activation, and renewing of those seeds within. Together with your gifts and talents God will anoint you and give you the grace you need to fulfill His divine purpose for your life. It is time we shout on mountaintops how great is our God, how wonderful He is in our lives, and how faithful He has been and will continue to be!
Isaiah 1:18-19 "Come now, let us argue this out," says the LORD. "No matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can remove it. I can make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you as white as wool. If you will only obey me and let me help you, then you will have plenty to eat.
When we proclaim God's Word, we give the Holy Spirit permission to activate that seed within. I will use our seed of Salvation as an example: We must understand our Salvation and all it represents. Salvation gives us the right to be up close and personal with our heavenly Father, the right to gain access to the throne, and the authority Jesus has left us to use on our behalf and on behalf of others including His Holy Believers!
Our faith is like that of a mustard seed. When we confess our sin, and proclaim with our mouth that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior, that faith seed germinates and we become a new person. The Holy Spirit activated that seed within us. Then we married Jesus. We proclaimed who He is, who we were, and where we are headed. When we are in Salvation mode every gift from the Father is available for and to us. That gift of the Spirit is proclaimed then it is Activated!
1 Timothy 4:15 Give your complete attention to these matters. Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress.
We choose to proclaim and then we give the Holy Spirit the access to activate that gift. That is to change us and bring to our mind those things we are to proclaim changed!
2 Corinthians 5:17 What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun.
As the Holy Spirit lights the way, we hear and obey. And the only way we can hear is to be in the Word, pray in the spirit, and declare the truth as the Spirit leads.
Romans 8:14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.
Psalm 119:35 Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight
V 101 I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word
V 105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
We choose to proclaim and then we allow the Spirit to activate. Do you get the gist of this! If it is to be, it is up to me and Thee!
Now we choose to accelerate our lives towards the mark Christ has ordained for us. If your life has not accelerated in the last year, I challenge you to take stock; then go back to the four basic disciplines, and get back to the activation process. Allow the Holly Spirit to renew in you a sound mind. Begin to live life on the offensive; not on the defensive! Do not allow circumstances to slow you down or prevent you from partaking in the things of God! Live your life victoriously leaving behind the victim mentality.
1Peter 5:8 Then we accelerated that faith through the way we live out our lives. We had a life style change.
Hebrews 13:20 - And now, may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, all that is pleasing to him. Jesus is the great Shepherd of the sheep by an everlasting covenant, signed with his blood. To him be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Better it is to walk in the Spirit then fall in spirit. Trust in your prayers and your relationship with Christ more than man.. The vehicle we have to change our direction is Hope! Hope can change your atmosphere to once again ignite your faith. Hope draws you into the Lord like a magnet.
Hebrews 6:19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,
You will find yourself in a mountaintop experience—a victor among the victorious. You are redeemed and it cost a life. Now you are a vessel giving all the Glory to our Lord Jesus Christ! Pay the price; it is worth the sanctification of your life!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
If thou hast love there is no room to fear.
For Love itself cast out all fear
That intimate place is sacred for one and all
It turns mourning into gladness
Sorrow into joy unspeakable
It turns the timid to the Confident One
Courageous and Bold are yours
When you who walk into My presence
And call upon my Name
For riches and fame are yours
When you seek and touch my face
We cannot have faith and fear operating at the same time... (Think on that)
1 John 5:14-15 And this is the boldness we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
And if we know He hears us in whatever we ask, we know we have obtained the requests made to Him.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
We may intentionally begin this discipline or while reading we may realize that these are disciplines we already walk in! This is a season for all to take stock of their lives and find healthy boundaries in which to live.
I am taking the liberty to share what I believe to be fundamental in my walk with Jesus! It is my hope that these will inspire you. As you begin the application of these disciplines, you will find yourself adding to them.
- unclutter our lives
Live a simple life. Our lives may be filled with gadgets, meetings, luncheons, and events that amount to no substance in or for Christ.. We find it necessary to have several drawers and closets filled with clothing, kitchens and garages filled with appliances and tools for all occasions. TV programs that are inundated with sexual innuendoes, violence, and destruction to the Christian family. It is time to strip ourselves of the unnecessary and grab hold of the necessity of life.
Ecclesiastes 7:29RSV See, this alone I found, that God made human beings straightforward, but they have devised many schemes.
2 Corinthians 11:3 RSV But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by its cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
- Be Still
Silence! The key to hearing His voice. Sit alone in a quiet place with classical instrumental music or in complete silence. If things come to mind write them down and continue in peace. Pray in your prayer language, sing in your unknown tongue, and dance before Him in mind and or in deed.
TLB Cease striving and know that I am God. Stand silent Know that I am God.
AMP Let be and be still and know—recognizing and understanding that I am God
- Cultivate serenity
Find that solitude deep within. You may call this the place where hidden things come into light and the Godly things become a reality! Deep within us is where we are whole and at peace with God and the things of God.. This is when you can tap into the Glory realm and where you find healing, confidence, and the anointing for carrying out the will of God in your life. When we can live in serenity, we are living under the covering of our heavenly Father. This is truly living in Christ Jesus!
Psalm 139:1-4 For the choir director: A psalm of David. O LORD, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my every thought when far away. You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment you know where I am. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, LORD.
Psalm 139:23, 24. Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
- Trust Him completely
Surrender your rights, your will, your dreams, your mate, your children, and your finances. When you think of this, you might consider it to be a sacrifice! Well it is a sacrifice. It could mean disassociate yourself with those life long friends who are still living the life of sin you once loved. It could mean to separate yourself from well intentioned relatives who are not living the Word and who try, by no intention of their own, to persuade you back where the Lord found you! To know Jesus is to Love Him and to Love Him is to completely trust Him. Allow the Holy Spirit to go deeper for the completion of your faith. Search the scripture for yourself!
Hebrew11:8 It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going.
Luke 10:27 And he answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself."
With these disciplines, I shall leave you, to meditate and ponder on the things of God. As He reveals to me I pray also He is working and revealing to you the secrets of your life and love of Him and to Him.
All the Glory and Praise to Him whom first loved us!
Hebrews 2:10-13 For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through suffering. For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified have all one origin. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brethren, saying, "I will proclaim thy name to my brethren, in the midst of the congregation I will praise thee." And again, "I will put my trust in him." And again, "Here am I, and the children God has given me."