Thursday, March 26, 2015

Soul Goals;Ones Spiritual Destruction

      There are many Christians in America today whose goal is to reach their full potential. They have employed "life coaches" to help them with this goal. With this emphasis being so consuming, I ask several questions:

1)Is the potential of a human being, as man defines it,  the untimate goal of God for us?
2) Is it possible to reach our potential (as God defines it) without letting Him crucify our flesh, by submitting totally to Him, rather than the exercising of our self-will?
5)Does determination get us there, or does it just get us accomplishing our own goals apart from God?
6) If we do accomplish our own goals in this way, who gets glorified? (or the attention; the person or God?)
7) Are God's goals for us, His creation, the same as ours or are they diametrically opposed?

Matt. 7:13,14-
"Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it."

Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Rescue me, O Lord.

     Jesus told the woman caught in adultery that her sins were forgiven, and to "go and sin no more." I wonder if she did? The lies about herself and the ones the enemy gave her to cement the sin she did, must have remained in her even after the encounter with Jesus, unless she received "instant sanctification" including the "renewing of her mind."
     I am finding that many of my own sins that I want to justify because they offer some form of relief from my own inability to cope with the  helplessness in my world, are anchored in justification by self-delusion. Repenting or to stop doing what one had formerly done, is not as easy as it sounds. "Just do it" works as a slogan for a shoe company, but falls short in breaking the web of lies we tell ourselves so we can continue in our sin. I believe that the longer we stay in the sin, the thicker that web gets, and the harder it is to get out. The voice of God speaking to us in the inner man gets "hushed" every time we refuse to (consciously or unconsciously) hear him and respond to it. Instead we hear the voice of our own flesh and it's lusts, fueled with the enemies' encouragement to continue sinning. The warning from God in Hebrews 4:7 comes to mind: "TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS."
     When I had to face (and I only "had to" because I opened up to hearing which was made possible by God who knew my heart that truly wanted to stop) the bottom line of what I had been doing, it was staggering and shameful; such as sins are. But it was also a relief, because I was glad to get out of the web of satan that wanted to devour me. With each layer of that web, it seems as if we are getting further and further away from hearing the leading of God, as we are blocking it out. And when we do that, we are hardening our hearts against Him, and we will not enter His rest.
     If, however, you truly want to not continue in your sin, and this desire is in you, God by His power and in His timing will come to the rescue. Your flesh and the enemy has taken you into the maze of the dark cave, but the Light of God will find and empower you to turn back and begin again to take the steps with Him; out of the Darkness and into the Light. Home again into the arms of your Father. "He gives us everything pertaining to life and godliness" and that is "Christ in you." With Him in us, and if our will is opened to His power, it will overcome all sin, but if we continue to hush His voice, and listen instead to the lies, we will soon discover how dark is that darkness. Continuing in sin when anchored with self-delusion, is a dark hole that chains you harder and harder to it's control. Letting the truth that His voice speaks replace those lies, by us first admitting them, is the only way out. If we truly want out, and we are His, He will come to the rescue and set you free. Without a doubt. "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness."-I John 1:9.

The Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth

     Every doctrine that is partially true is entirely false. A little leaven (error or falseness) leavens (infects, poisons or taints) the whole batch.  God's Truth, which is the only truth, is without  impurity.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Fear Not or Else You Die!!!!

     I want to address something concerning "fear." There is a belief in some groups of Christianity that say "the opposite of fear, is faith," assigning shame to a person if they have fears. It suggests that if you experience fear, than you have no faith. I've even been told that having fear is the same as unbelief. Is that true, or doesn't living on this earth, predispose us to fears? Does God blame us, and in that sense, reject us if we are fearful? "Fear not little flock, it is my Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom" seems to come from the comforting and assuring heart of our Lord, and not an accusing one. If we never had fear, could we/would we experience the shadow of His wing? As little chicks we sometimes get in a frantic nervousness, and blurt out "the sky is falling; the sky is falling." We forget who is with us, and of His love. We are learning of His love each time He rescues us. We want 100% guarantee that nothing will ever harm us on this earth. I'm afraid He doesn't give us that, even against others hopeful beliefs, which they even back by Scripture to try and prove it.
     What about Job and what is written about him? The Word says that what he feared came upon him. O.K. so it did, but does that mean that whatever we fear will happen to us, too, or is it just stating a fact. If it means the former thought, then talk about making us fearful to fear!!! I think that is just the enemy's threatening quagmire he tries to put some of us in. It would go something like this: A person hears someone banging on their door at night, and it causes fear to rise up in them, and because of that, the person breaks in and does something bad to them. But if they had not feared, the person would have just walked away and changed their plans. Oh, come on now!!! You can't tell me that any person would not be fearful in that situation. But some Christians would have you believe that they are never fearful, because they have faith, and by comparison those that do have fears, are in unbelief and something bad is going to happen to them because of it.
     These screwy ideas and beliefs people have and put on others cause more harm than good. It elevates them to a superior position (at least it seems that way outwardly) while causing even more doubt and fear to those who have it. It can even diminish one's faith, thinking they are failing to believe anyway.
     How about some words of comfort and hope? Even sharing your own struggles with fears can help, instead of ostracizing and alienating others by finger pointing, even if they are weaker than you in this area.
 O.K., I feel better now.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Lying Signs and Wonders

     Check this out: The Spirit of God revealed to me today a different aspect of what is meant by "lying signs and wonders," and it's all involved with the way things "seem" according to what our natural eyes see instead of what is the reality of the Spirit realm, or the Kingdom of God.
     Satan tempts us to lose faith or get in despair based on these very things. For example, if someone has been praying for someone's soul to be saved, or to come to know the Lord and they are repeatedly doing things in their lives that contradict the steps in doing that, the one believing for their salvation, could eventually give up. Why? Because they are basing their belief on things seen (lying signs) and not on the substance of things hoped for, which is faith. They haven't really believed that God, by His Spirit, is working behind the scenes to "cause" that person to be drawn to Him. Because the one who has prayed doesn't yet see physical evidence of His inside work, they have dropped the ball and quit believing. The enemy works hard to tell them in so many ways, based on what seems to be happening by this same physical evidence that they have either believed wrong, or they have misinterpreted the Scriptures, or anything which turns the tables away from him and his mischievous deeds. This usually doesn't take too much manipulation because we are so used to being led by our flesh and not by the Spirit.
     As we transition from the soul realm to the realm of Spirit, we are better able to catch him at his game, and cast off his lies. In doing so, our belief level is strengthened, and our vulnerability to the lies of satan is decreased. The true "signs and wonders" are those the Holy Spirit does on the inside of people of making all things new in those who believe. We are that sign and that wonder, as He grows us up in Him.  

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Fill Me, Lord!

      I am getting more and more revelation concerning the importance of meeting alone with the Lord. He wants each one of the members of His Bride to do this regularly. You could say He wants to increase His intimacy with His Bride in doing this. For you see, when we do, He pours Himself into us, and when this happens our own flesh is edged out of us. As He increases in us (or takes up more space in us, or fills us more fully, you might say) our own self passes away or goes away. Think of yourself as a container which only holds so much. When He increases, the parts of us must dissipate or leave. With the intimacy increasing, when we meet with Him each new day, He occupies more space in us. I am saying this many different ways to create a picture in your mind.
     He wants to take us over, but not in a hostile way at all. No, He knows that the only way we can overcome the things that are pulling on us to succumb to in this world, is to have Him fill our cup with Himself. For you see, it is Him in us which does the overcoming. If all we have is our limited and self-focused flesh or soul to operate from, we are doomed to fail. So His power advancing in us, or our ability to "walk in the Spirit" is directly related to us opening ourselves up each day, or many times throughout the day, to let Him infuse our being. Then, and only then, will He become our all in all in truth.
    Oh, and did I add that during these times of intimacy, we are totally satisfied. We can then see that nothing else we have tried to bring us relieve or fill our needs, whether they be physical, psychological or otherwise, will work. So, we want to then surrender more and more to Him filling us, so that He can take total dominion in and through us. With His life in us, and flowing out of us, He brings life to everything He touches.
    I run to this secret place now because of all of this, and He and I connect with the life of the Father and all is well and complete. "The Lord is My Shepherd; I shall not want," because He fills my every need.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

No More "Eating on the Run"

     Last week the Holy Spirit shook up my routine. We were visiting friends out of state, and I found myself in one of their bedrooms, "communing with Christ." Let me explain.
     The lady we stayed with always got alone with the Lord first thing in the morning. So because she did that, I decided to do the same thing. When I sat down on the fouton will my cup of coffee, and "met" with Him, He seemed to say in my spirit, "I'm so glad you came." It was the most lovely and long-overdue meeting. I didn't realize how long, until that moment.
     I have been operating on the basis and belief that because He lives in me, I didn't need to get alone with Him thinking that wouldn't make a difference. Oh, how wrong I was!!!! It is the difference between eating on the run and calmly sitting down to a beautiful banquet; the difference between walking around and swallowing food you don't even taste, and enjoying each succulent bite. The difference between being defeated throughout the day, and seeing Him overcoming through you.
     Now, each morning I meet Him first, to "eat of Him and drink of Him," and oh, what a satisfying meal He is. Whether He serves His love, His Wisdom or His Revelation, each moment with the Bread of Life is fulfilling. Nothing satisfies but Him!!! And it is from the substance of who He is, that all good things in and through me comes. This life I am experiencing in this morning meal does things in me I don't even know about, but I know I am absorbing all the nutrition that is Him in my spirit.
     He bids us to "Come to the Table" and eat. When we do in expectant humility, He serves a meal which will result in us never being the same again. I recommend Him as a 5-star restaurant. Try Him-you'll see.