September 7, 2014

Daddy

All my hugs and all my kisses
all my dreams and all my wishes
they are for you
they are for you.
All the love that's in my heart
I want to bring to where you are.
I love you Daddy!

I crawled up into Daddy's lap and threw my arms around his neck and hugged Him with everything I had and kissed His face.  I could see Him look at me with the warmest smile and sensed He was pleased with me and what I've been doing. "You're doing such a good job, you're not falling short, although I know you feel that way at times but that's because you don't know your heart the way I do.  I see all of your heart therefore My judgment is true, righteous and holy.  You are doing great and one day you will see all the plans, all the dreams I have for you come to pass, but in the meantime you must trust Me.  You must trust My heart, you must trust My love, you must trust My mercy, you must trust My grace. 
 
I could feel Him hugging me pulling me into Himself as he did, then letting me go just like a little girl to run and play and I could feel how much it touched His heart for me to hug him and kiss Him.  That's when I wrote the song above. 
 
I live for these times with Him.  Days that I don't see or can't see for whatever reason are many at times.  I am not sure why that is, just that it is.  But His presence is what keeps me alive, keeps me pressing forward.  I begin to weep ....."My child don't cry, let Me wipe the tears from your eyes.  For one day you will see all that was meant to be will be just as I planned though at times it seems all you can see is the enemies hand.  But know even when you can't see Me or hear Me or feel Me I am there with you.  You are never out of My sight,  you are always on My mind.  I have such wonderful things in store for you......

Following Jesus

Following Jesus means I allow nothing to come between us- not even His call on my life.  It may not make sense but we are so very religious at times and don't even know it.  I find myself following Him on a path that to my common sense seems to be leading me further and further away from doing what I know I have been called to and have always known.  Yet I know with absolute certainty that this is the path He has chosen for me today.  Think of how many ministers today are working for God yet in reality know little of His heart, little of being truly intimate with Him.  Their God is the calling on their life,  their ministry,  not Him.  The call of God is not the same as God himself but so many have this confused.  The call of God is always to Himself first,  unfortunately after 28 years as a Christian I have seen over and over again ministers who equate the call of God with God and they are not the same.   

April 13, 2014

Out On A Limb

The problem with me is that I want the adventure of living by faith but I am not always so thrilled about the risk. Recently I made a decision that was really a step of faith but after seeking the Lord felt certain it was what He wanted me to do. The problem is that after the fact a situation arose that caused me to question if I had missed Him. I stayed unsettled for too long as far as I am concerned until the Lord showed me what was wrong. He told me you want to come out on the limb with Me but at the same time you want Me to promise you I won’t saw it off. If you are going to trust me to get out on the limb then you must trust what I chose to do once you are there. You see once I find a level of uncertainty I am comfortable with Jesus always comes along and says go further.
 
When my relationship with Him becomes obscured it is often because I am not walking in agreement with where He has me at a given point in time. Maybe you can relate. I am always amazed at how simple it is yet why I could not see it before I do not know. It’s like yes I want to follow you but ….. How many examples are given in the word of those who wanted to follow but with conditions attached?
 
Following Him must always be about who we are following and never about the outcome. Because we have lived in the world so long sometimes we are deceived into thinking this is reality when that is a lie, and so are all the ways of this worlds system we use to justify our disobedience. To be sure our loyalty to Jesus will be put to the test in a number of ways because He wants us to know what is more important to us, our relationship with Him or a false sense of security.
 
More often than not I have found the thing Jesus is after in me is getting me to be still and trust and not think that I have to do something. Waiting can be so hard sometimes. I have yet to meet anyone who finds it enjoyable. Doing nothing can be hard because that is not the way of our culture and certainly not the way in which I was raised.  Again, there is that dying to self thing. Geez, it never goes away.

January 18, 2014

Conformed To Jesus




Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, Who being in the form of God did not consider it robbery to be equal with God but made himself of no reputation, taking the form of a servant and coming in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, he humbled Himself and became obedient to death, even the death of a cross.




We can say much about being like Jesus in terms of walking in power, our kingdom authority, and the glory of God but all of that starts with a posture of humility, obedience and total dependence on God which flows out of a relationship of intimacy and trust. True humility  can only exhist where personal revelation of our worth and value  to God exhists first.  Without this there is no lowering of ourselves to begin with.

We must recognize and understand that we exist for God, period. He created us for His pleasure and glory (Revelation 4:11). When that becomes our desire, His pleasure and glory becomes what  motivates us, and the rest is easy. All of our worth and value must come from abiding in Christ and communion  with the Father.  It is the reason Jesus said, "apart from Me you can do nothing ."

I am called to live in perfect relation to God (it was his original intent when he created us to begin with) so that my life produces a longing after God in other lives, not admiration for myself. Unfortunately when our identity isn't rooted and grounded in Christ this is often the result.

January 12, 2014

Arise My Love

God nowhere tells us to give up things for the sake of giving them up.  he tells us to give them up for the sake of the only thing worth having.....life with Himself.

January 11, 2014

The Army Of The Lord

Lift up your heads, O you gates!  Be lifted up you everlasting doors!  And the King of glory shall come in. Who is the King of glory?  The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle.  Lift up your heads, O you gates! Be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in.  Who is this King of glory?  the Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory. Psalm 24: 7-10


                                                                                  



There's an army rising up....the army that is being raised up and brought to the front lines is made up of those who have been with the King in His chambers.  Those who answered the call to rise up and come away with the King.  They not only have His authority but they have His heart. They are not interested in using His authority to gain anything for themselves but only for the glory of their king. It is His glory they seek, not their own.

There is power in the name of Jesus to break EVERY CHAIN!!

Lord I hear you calling, I hear you beckoning me
Arise My love My fair one and come away with Me
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September 15, 2013

God First


The main thing in Christianity is not the work we do, but the relationship we maintain and the atmosphere produced by that relationship. That is all God asks us to look after, and it is the one thing that is continually being assailed”.   Oswald Chambers- My Utmost For His Highest

 

Sometimes I have to remind myself that it’s ALL about Jesus.  God didn’t put me where He did for a job.  For a ‘job’ He could have put me anywhere, but to pour through me to those He wants to touch those He wants to draw to Himself through the Holy Spirit, He put me where He did.  Do we truly believe that our steps are ordered by God as the word says?  That we may plan our course but the Lord directs our steps? Jesus wants to pour through us but the devil wants to do everything he can to stop that or at the least impede the flow.  One of the ways he does this is through a religious spirit that gets our eyes more on what we are ‘doing’ for God than our actual relationship with God.
 
Jesus just needs me to yield so He can live through me, touch through me, heal through me, and establish His kingdom through me and sometimes it is without me saying a word.  My responsibility is to see to it that I stay rightly related to Him no matter what.  That is the whole of my life, my relationship with Christ, period.  Not just to go to heaven when I die but to be a clean vessel here and now, to walk in intimate fellowship and communion with the Son of God that is my fulfillment and satisfaction. 
 
Life is not found in the ‘perfect’ job, the perfect mate, perfect house, car or clothes, whatever….(yet how often does the enemy attempt to get us to believe this, even at times succeeding if only for a while?)Life is found in one place and that is in Christ and to the degree that I truly abide in Him and He in me, it is to that degree that I will have life, and life more abundantly which is what Jesus came to give us. I believe the times we find ourselves adding to that is when it is easier to add something rather than die to something of ourselves so that we may possess more of Him and He of us. 
 
Our jobs are not about the company we work for, the money we make, (even though we all know it takes money to live here) or the benefits of our job…. It is about one thing and that is Christ.  Do we work where we do because we believe it is where He has sent us or because it pays more or has better hours, etc. I believe without a doubt that If we make our relationship with Him our first priority the rest will take its proper place. Jesus said to take no thought for your life…but to seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things (having our physical needs met) will be added to us. Matthew 6:33