Great and Unsearchable Things

Things the Lord gives me, and then I write them.

Friday, November 16, 2018

The Danger in the Willingness to be Controlled

The cup of iniquity (poison) someone gives another to drink, if accepted, must be filled to the top and drunk completely, fully reaping what has been sown, before the willing partner sees what they have allowed. Only upon seeing clearly, can they either break free into Life, or stay captive to another, which leads to death. Christ came to set the captives free, but we must enact it for ourselves. 

Monday, October 01, 2018

Becoming One

When we allow the Spirit to fully take control of our entire being, it is like we are outside ourself, looking in; the Holy Spirit leads “as if” it is us; our soul and body just come along. We are an observer instead of a participant, but willingly on some level. Have you ever prayed,  “Take dominion in me, Lord”? These occasions are Him answering that prayer, and happen more frequently as we become One with Him. 

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Surrendered?

Are we so at ease in the West, as Christians, that we've patterned ourselves after the Greek muses, or Roman intellectuals by "thinking" and yet calling it meditating on the Word of God, to gain more and more understanding, and, yet, have missed Christ, and Him crucified, on our behalf? The One who shed His blood for our sins, willingly; the One who offered us life, now and eternal, who set us free from the stranglehold of death, and ultimate destruction; the One who is our benefactor, who gives us everything we need, even the discipline we resist, which causes us to have the peaceable fruit of righteousness, His image in us? And, if we turn our eyes to Him, seeking to know Him better, will we turn away, if to do so means to share in the fellowship of His sufferings? Do we seek a clean examination of Him through books, thoughts, and Divine revelation only? I know this hits me right between the eyes, and yet, the Spirit quickens.
Yes, He demonstrated healing and deliverance while He walked the earth showing His power, but, He also reflected His Father's love as He hung on the cross. Do we seek to know Him intimately? Do we know and have that kind of love? Look, at what He was willing to give up, as you must, to attain it: his physical, mental and emotional comfort, His reputation, His fleshly desires, and His life. He left Heaven to follow His Father's will, as we must, to follow His; to really know Him, and be connected to Him with agape love; to be One with Him, to be the answer to the prayer He prayed to His, and our Father, before He sacrificed Himself. (John 17:21)
When we say we want to "press into Jesus", do we realize we will press into His sufferings, too? That we are, in essence, asking for that? Is the pain worth the gain?
To know Him and the fellowship of His sufferings was Paul's desire.(Phil. 3:10) For the JOY set before Him, Christ endured the cross, despising the shame of it all. (Heb.12:2) Will we submit ourselves to suffering, too, knowing that on the other side results in knowing Him intimately, as we become like Him, or will we shrink back in our easy chair, with our sanitized study, and only know about Him, and everything else, avoiding the cross; the only place where He reveals and imparts His love, as we submit willingly to it?
But, we must ask for this path, which is the hard part. Thinking we've fully surrendered to Him, without acknowledging the resulting and promised pain, is to be deluded, and not surrendered at all. If we have retained our self-protection, we've retained our trust and faith in our selves, but if we, with sincere abandon say in our heart, "Nevertheless, not my will, but Yours be done," He will take us fully as His own, and fulfill His heart's desire of conforming us into His image, not wrought apart from much pain and suffering.
Will we agree to knowing Him, of being like Him, on His terms? If not, we'll be a fruitless vine. But, if so, Oh, the Glory!!!!!!

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Little Foxes Spoil the Vine

     It is our ruts or routines, possibly becoming habits, even addictions that rob our lives. Repetitive behaviors that we may find security in, or feel comfortable with, can close us off from following the path of the Spirit each new day. 
     If we have certain swaths of time roped off because we are doing this or doing that, and leave the rest to God, then we have not really surrendered all. 
     I have found that I have had 4 things which may be considered the "little foxes that spoil the vine" in my life. These things become ritualistic in my day, if I don't get a handle on them. Today I want to just stop doing them, freeing up my time to really be present in my life, or should I say, His life in me. I want to offer Him all of me and my time. I am finding, however, that it is not easy. Has what I enjoy become a trap? Does it have it's claws in me? Have I fallen and I can't get up? 
     Even though, we, as believers, have resurrection power on the inside of us, our repetitive behaviors has become imprinted in our souls, (mind, will, emotions, and sometimes our bodies) and there is still a battle to overcome. That is where I am now. I feel the pull on the inside of me to stay in my predictable path, and tell myself it will be alright. But, God, is saying "no." He is saying that He wants nothing to have a hold on us. He wants to have free reign in our lives, and that is exactly what it will take for our lives to fulfill His plan and purpose for it. 

"They triumphed over him (the enemy of our souls) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death."-Rev. 12:11

To be conformed into His image, which is His ultimate plan for our lives, we must not shrink from the death of our flesh. It is a struggle we must be willing to endure. I must be willing to endure the breaking of these habits, not tomorrow, not the next day for, today is the day of salvation. 



Friday, April 06, 2018

Revelations




During these past few weeks, things have transpired in my life, which challenged some of the revelations God showed me, from the Word of God written in a booklet I wrote entitled Soldiers of the Cross.

I had to wrestle through, hoping to hold onto these truths, as I saw them, and at the same time, be open to hearing His voice, if I had heard wrong previously. After all, this booklet has been published and distributed in India, and some in America, and I am held responsible to what I teach. If proven in error, I was ready to stop the press in publishing 2000 more copies, which myself and a pastor there had planned on doing. 
After acknowledging God, I examined the Scriptures two trusted sisters had brought to my attention, challenging the truths I had written. I read carefully. The first verses of the set of Scriptures they gave me seemed to confirm that I was, indeed, in error. I kept reading, and I couldn’t believe what was being said in the final two verses! They confirmed what I had thought all along. I couldn’t understand why these sisters would even include these verses, which confirmed one of the points I was making. Couldn't they see? 

Then a second set of Scriptures was presented to me. When I was reading those, God revealed to me that these Scriptures have been used in the past, with a traditional rendering through the ages to mean one thing, but He wrote them to communicate something else. He was using a teaching about the characteristics of demons, as an analogy, to speak to rebellious Israel about their own behavior.

My sisters and I respectfully, went back and forth sharing the Word of God, continuing to see two different things. The Holy Spirit would let me only go so far, when it was obvious that it wasn’t going anywhere, and to press further would violate their wills, and also God’s.

Later when I was reading the complete writing one of the sisters had written on Deliverance, (which was what my booklet is about) the Spirit of God spoke to me in my spirit. Below is what was communicated, in my own words:

You can’t prove a revelation on the Word of God, by the Word of God. The added element is the eyes He gives you to see spiritual reality, or the understanding as He sees it, on a subject, or on many subjects.  It is not extra-Biblical, as some have coined the term, but it IS, indeed, going beyond the written letter, and peering into the spiritual realm. Some will see it; some will not. It is not a matter of right or wrong, but one of veils that need removing, and God is faithful to continue to work in us all, conforming us into the image of Christ. We are transitioning from the realm of soul to the realm of spirit as we change. When God gives a revelation to someone, it does not matter who sees it, but the person it is entrusted to must respond to it, as directed by God, and must walk in it’s light regardless.



Thursday, March 22, 2018

Secrets from the Bedroom

So many times, I have cast my pearls before swine. I have spoken things the Lord has shown me in secret to anyone who would listen, treating as common what is sacred. It has taken years for me to see that,  so many times, the Lord, my lover, has shared specific things from His heart to just me; things which were  spoken in the bedroom, and which need to stay there.
Now that I am beginning to keep these things between Him and me, I cherish and am impacted by them in a powerful way! Can I even say, that when I hold them in my heart, as is His desire, it changes me?  Somehow, by me retaining them, these pearls on the inside of me, become jewels that adorn my spirit, but if shouted from the rooftops to anyone who will hear, they are gobbled up, and seem to disappear, because they weren’t meant for others, but for me.
Why are we prone to share these personal revelations with others? Perhaps it’s because we get so excited at what He’s shown us, because they’ve blessed us so much that we want others to be blessed in this same way. And when we are young and in love, I believe there is grace for that. Perhaps our indiscretion is due to our insecurities, and we want to “prove” to others that God really loves us, or maybe we, subconsciously are trying to evoke jealousy, God forbid. Whatever the reasons, good or bad, there comes a time in our relationship with Him, that He expects us to mature, and keep His private, love messages to us, hidden deeply in our hearts. When we begin to do this, our spirits are beginning to become One with His, and the love He has for us, is the fount from which we are nourished and sustained, never to run dry.
The Word of God relays several instances of when Jesus imparts His touch to someone that brings healing, then instructs them to tell no man. His  personal Words of life also bring healing to our minds, wills, and emotions and are customized to bring us wholeness. These Words and/or truths He shows us are sacred and life bringing, spoken in trust and intimacy. They are so powerful and necessary to our well being, that even as we meditate on them days, or even years later, we find that their impact has not lessened at all. And our love for Him gets deeper and deeper. We start to realize that Paul’s prayer for “all the saints of God” is being answered in us in a miraculous way!!!

Ephesians 3:17b-19-“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”

How vast that love is!!!!! And, as we spend time alone with Him, more and more of that very personal love becomes a part of who we are becoming, bringing glory to Him!!!

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

The Loving Grace of Discipline

     Our stubborn will and sin nature are no match for God’s discipline, if we are His. He will use whatever means  necessary to bring His own back to Him in humility and surrender. Is this not a comfort to you? Do you want to let your own will have it’s way without a barrier, even His harsh discipline, which keeps you safe in His hand, instead of falling into the place where men perish? Is this not a loving act for Him to stand as a brass wall between your soul and the gates of Hell? To block your entrance into the flaming pit when you were blindly running headlong towards it?
     If your will is to do His will, you are considered a man after God’s own heart, and if in innocence you become deceived, and stray, God has a promise for you: If Christ has saved you, He will also bring you back to keep you from falling into self-destruction. His discipline marks you as His own, and is one of the beautiful facets of His loving and keeping grace. But, if in prideful defiance you resist this grace, and insist on living rebelliously in opposition to His Will, you prove your own illegitimacy, and He will say,”You are none of mine. Go where you must.” And to perdition you must go; because you have chosen that.