All we can do is LOVE. That is what it comes down to. It is our first and only assignment. Sometimes LOVING is hard, and it feels impossible. But, when we ask GOD to do it, it is not. There are also times when loving has to be done from a distance. This is why discernment is key. Remember that the woman was gifted FAITH from the heart and the man was gifted discernment. What is interesting is BOTH take faith. It is one of the reasons that God chose man and woman for each other. He made woman from man. We are connected for a reason. Our core connection must be GOD.
I woke up after a long nap today. I had planned to go back to sleep. But GOD. So, here I am. My heart hurts for this world. I so long for home. NOT just because I have people I LOVE there. But, so much MORE than that. I LONG for people to SEE. I have such a desire for HIS GLORY to be shone upon this earth. For people to be set free from the seeming HELL it has been becoming.
Also, HOME, just to clarify, is not just the place where the hospital I was born is. It is a reference to HEAVEN. It seems like more every day, I disconnect from THIS world. I find myself wondering. How can I relate to others, if I am more connected to Heaven? Yet, JESUS stayed connected to Heaven. In fact, how He stayed pure was through that holy connection.
It is so hard to LIVE in THIS world and not be of it. But, here we are. So, we put one foot in front of the other, and keep on walking. We stand on the promises of God, eventhough we get blocked, mocked, and persecuted. There is a time coming when people will wake up. I wonder if it will be too late? I wonder how many chances God is going to give. I know some have already run out of chances. Others, have been released from this world, from the mercy and LOVE of God.
This world seems upside down. Yet, we praise HIM anyway. Evil is often seemingly praised, because people either don’t know the truth or do not care. It is hard not to get disillusioned. But God. The only WAY to stay focused is to stay focused on HIM. Not for ourselves, NOT to honor us. But, simply because LOVING and worshiping God honors HIM. Staying focused on HEAVENLY things honors HIM.
There are many in leadership positions saying, do it for you. But, the TRUTH is that is NOT why we exist. It is NOT, nor will it ever be for or about us. BUT, it is about HIS LOVE for us. Please be clear that LOVE, that pure HEAVENLY LOVE will conquer evil, every single time. Because GOD never fails, and neither does HIS LOVE.
I am the first to admit how human I feel. I would like to just skip that part of the journey sometimes. But, it was in Jesus’s humanity that He began to connect more with others. I can so relate to things feeling foreign. Can’t you? If not, I would ask this. Are you too comfortable in the discomfort? I lived that way for years. David calls it trapped. In our marriage early on, He would say that was how he felt. But, it was not about the marriage itself. It was more about where HE was with God.
Now, we both understand that. In fact, more every day we have a reminder of what God is doing behind the scenes. We have a new Heavenly connection. You can believe it or not. David and I are coming to a place where how people react, is not our concern anymore. At least, in regards to us and our family. It comes down to this. Soon, the GLORY will be formed, and everyone will see HIS TRUTH.
SEEING this MORE every single day….
Often God will have me begin something. But, I won’t get to end it or even at times start it when I would like. My husband was mentioning that He has no idea how certain things can happen. He was talking about basic things. Like, how bills will get paid if something does not move out of the way. But, here is the answer, GOD. When we surrender the concerns, questions and thoughts to GOD, He handles it. We are learning to daily repent before HIM and ask HIM to strip anything in the way of HIS GLORY. Life is so much more peaceful, when it is done HIS way.
I read recently that we limit God a lot as humans, and as HIS kids. God is a patient and kind God, up to a point. I don’t disagree with that. I would also say, the limitations happen by lack of faith. However here is my thought, can God stay limited? I believe the answer is NO. He has accounted for even the attack attempts by the enemy. I have seen HIM get impatient. Because, that doesn’t show a lack of LOVE, but more a LOVE that is REAL. He feels what we feel. The difference is HIS plan is not simply based on our feelings or emotions. Thank GOD for that. 😉
This post is about SEEING. What are we seeing? I was woken up this morning earlier than expected. Today begins a new chapter of sorts. It is exciting, like the first day at a new school. I wanted to sleep more, and asked God if I could. He firmly but lovingly said, “I need you up.” So, up I am. 🙂 I started to dissect that. Sometimes the most simple thing can be so profound. He needs me alert, active and encouraging. He needs me to lovingly receive correction, changes and growth. So, how am I seeing God move?
John 14 Amplified Bible (AMP)
14 Do not let your hearts be troubled (distressed, agitated). You believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely on God; believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely also on Me.
2 In My Father’s house there are many dwelling places (homes). If it were not so, I would have told you; for I am going away to prepare a place for you.
3 And when (if) I go and make ready a place for you, I will come back again and will take you to Myself, that where I am you may be also.
4 And [to the place] where I am going, you know the way.
5 Thomas said to Him, Lord, we do not know where You are going, so how can we know the way?
6 Jesus said to him, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me.
7 If you had known Me [had learned to recognize Me], you would also have known My Father. From now on, you know Him and have seen Him.
8 Philip said to Him, Lord, show us the Father [cause us to see the Father—that is all we ask]; then we shall be satisfied.
9 Jesus replied, Have I been with all of you for so long a time, and do you not recognizeand know Me yet, Philip? Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say then, Show us the Father?
10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in Me? What I am telling you I do not say on My own authority and of My own accord; but the Father Who lives continually in Me does the ([a]His) works (His own miracles, deeds of power).
11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me; or else believe Me for the sake of the [very] works themselves. [If you cannot trust Me, at least let these works that I do in My Father’s name convince you.]
12 I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone steadfastly believes in Me, he will himself be able to do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these, because I go to the Father.
13 And I will do [I Myself will grant] whatever you ask in My Name [as [b]presenting all that I Am], so that the Father may be glorified and extolled in (through) the Son.
14 [Yes] I will grant [I Myself will do for you] whatever you shall ask in My Name [as[c]presenting all that I Am].
15 If you [really] love Me, you will keep (obey) My commands.
16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever—
17 The Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive (welcome, take to its heart), because it does not see Him or know and recognize Him. But you know and recognize Him, for He lives with you [constantly] and will be in you.
18 I will not leave you as orphans [comfortless, desolate, bereaved, forlorn, helpless]; I will come [back] to you.
19 Just a little while now, and the world will not see Me any more, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also.
20 At that time [when that day comes] you will know [for yourselves] that I am in My Father, and you [are] in Me, and I [am] in you.
21 The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me; and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I [too] will love him and will show (reveal, manifest) Myself to him. [I will let Myself be clearly seen by him and make Myself real to him.]
22 Judas, not Iscariot, asked Him, Lord, how is it that You will reveal Yourself [make Yourself real] to us and not to the world?
23 Jesus answered, If a person [really] loves Me, he will keep My word [obey My teaching]; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him.
24 Anyone who does not [really] love Me does not observe and obey My teaching. And the teaching which you hear and heed is not Mine, but [comes] from the Father Who sent Me.
25 I have told you these things while I am still with you.
26 But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.
27 Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]
28 You heard Me tell you, I am going away and I am coming [back] to you. If you [really] loved Me, you would have been glad, because I am going to the Father; for the Father is greater and mightier than I am.
29 And now I have told you [this] before it occurs, so that when it does take place you may believe and have faith in and rely on Me.
30 I will not talk with you much more, for the prince (evil genius, ruler) of the world is coming. And he has no claim on Me. [He has nothing in common with Me; there is nothing in Me that belongs to him, and he has no power over Me.]
31 But [[d]Satan is coming and] I do as the Father has commanded Me, so that the world may know (be convinced) that I love the Father and that I do only what the Father has instructed Me to do. [I act in full agreement with His orders.] Rise, let us go away from here.
In this world we will have tribulation. But, take heart, because I have overcome the world. This scripture was just resonating in my spirit today. I am seeing GOD light a fire under HIS kids. I am seeing more than not, wanting to help find a solution, rather than a soullution. I am seeing that GOD is bringing Heaven, and as He promised, at first it might feel or look like Hell. I encourage you to praise GOD. In fact, I ask you to not only praise HIM, but also to repent for any places you may be faltering.
I want to meet people where they are yes. But, here is the thing. Jesus sometimes offended people. He did not purposely do so. In fact, He tried to make ammends most of the time. But, the TRUTH can be offensive sometimes. Offences happened simply just because they did not agree or like, what He said. Why did they not like it? Well, because they could not see the truth. Most people who get offended, do so because of hurts. They want to control a situation, that is likely OUT of their control. I know, I have so been there. You can give into something, to please man. Or, you can stand your ground to please GOD. It really is your choice. What do you want to see? Is it the TRUTH or a LIE?
People focus on that GOD is LOVE. But, the problem is they don’t want to acknowledge and be held accountable for the hidden hate they may have within. Yes, GOD is LOVE. Love is not just an emotion. It is a beautiful spirit. But, when misunderstood, it can actually be a tool of deception. GOD isn’t to be a tool of deception, more so, the emotions can be. Remember, the power the enemy has is only that manipulated from the things of GOD.
So, what we need to SEE is God’s kids taking that power back. GOD is doing it through HIS COGS. For years, we were used to minister to people heavily involved in evil. I mean, the kind who purposely curse others, and when they don’t get what they want, they try to kill, steal and destroy. We still minister in some ways to these people. But, now we have more balance. There was a time where we would seek them out. Boy did we learn a lot in that season. What has been ODD is, even when focusing more on the wounded in the BODY of Christ, these other people find us. Here is why, it is very simple. GOD wants them to. We could be their last chance.
We have to begin to SEE through the eyes of JESUS. Yes, He is the son of GOD, but not as the world SEES HIM, because that has many flaws. Soon, the antichrist will show up. There are already hidden things that are of him. Have you read the word of God? Do you know the truth? Because if you do NOT know the TRUTH, how can the LIES be revealed?
I remember asking the Heavenly Father to connect me to HIS son. I felt lost from HIM. There is a specific reason I felt this way. I will explain that more in another post. But, suffice it to say, I was very unkind to my body. I did ask for forgiveness for this. I however, always felt protected by the Father. Looking back, I suppose that is because I felt protected by my own father. He was not a perfect dad, but he loved the LORD. So, did my mother. They just did not know how to receive HIS LOVE as much while one earth. But, my dad inspired me. Here is why He inspired me, because He touched people. More to the point, JESUS in HIM touched people.
This is also true about my mother. God used her to LOVE the hell out of so many. She had a shorter life span, because she was not prepared for how to deal with that HELL when it came out. But GOD. The TRUTH is very simple. WE are LOVED by God. He gifts us with many things. These gifts are to be treasured, yet NEVER but above God.
Here is why. It is very simple. When something gets put above God, it becomes a blockage. It becomes a hindrance, and indirectly a little god. God does not share the FULLNESS of HIS GLORY. But, He does share HIS kids. What a treasure they are! Yesterday, I saw a post for a child who no one wanted. Immediately, my heart ached for this child. This beautiful spirit, trapped in this world, without someone to love him. Jesus felt that and still FEELS it for ALL of us. HIS compassion is REAL. HIS LOVE is pure. Now, to clarify, this JESUS, is the one of NAZARETH. There is only ONE who is the GOD of LOVE.
So what are you seeing? Are you seeing evil take over? Are you SEEING your FEARS come to light? We have before. But, an author recently put it this way. If your worst fear happens, then GOD. Because there is no fear in LOVE. His perfect LOVE casts out fear. So, even if the worst happens, it will NOT destroy you, as long as you stay focused on HIM.
We are living proof. I pray that others see the fruit of GOD in our lives. That doesn’t mean that they will love us necessarily. But, as long as God does, what the others think does not matter. I do hope that my loved ones who have gone to paradise, smile at what God is doing. I believe they do. Though, I also know that the REAL work begins from Heaven. I am thankful, grateful and joyful to be still here running the race. We press on. We SEE more, and we await each day with expectation of GLORY falling down. May only HIS Glory shine.
Take time to SEE as God sees. Enjoy HIS view. It won’t always be pretty at first, but it becomes GLORIOUS. Let God show you how HE sees you. The good, bad, and the ugly. God sees us as what we CAN be and what we ARE in HIM. So, when He points out what we see as flaws, it doesn’t seem so bad.
2 Corinthians 13:5 ESV / 11 helpful votes
Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test!
1 John 4:4 ESV / 7 helpful votes
Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
John 8:31-32 ESV / 6 helpful votes
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
1 Peter 3:15 ESV / 4 helpful votes
But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,
Philippians 2:1-30 ESV / 3 helpful votes
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,
Galatians 5:22-23 ESV / 3 helpful votes
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Romans 12:2 ESV / 3 helpful votes
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Romans 12:1-2 ESV / 3 helpful votes
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Colossians 1:22 ESV / 2 helpful votes
He has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,
Philippians 2:5 ESV / 2 helpful votes
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,
2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV / 2 helpful votes
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
1 Corinthians 15:10 ESV / 2 helpful votes
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.
Psalm 73:1-28 ESV / 2 helpful votes
A Psalm of Asaph. Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped. For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. For they have no pangs until death; their bodies are fat and sleek. They are not in trouble as others are; they are not stricken like the rest of mankind.
Hebrews 4:12 ESV / 1 helpful vote
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 ESV / 1 helpful vote
Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Colossians 1:1-29 ESV / 1 helpful vote
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father. We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel,
1 Corinthians 6:19 ESV / 1 helpful vote
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,
Romans 6:11 ESV / 1 helpful vote
So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
God wants us to SEE. Soon we will see. Soon we will SEE just as He promised ALL of it coming to pass. Soon people will awaken, and wither choose God or choose the enemy. There is no inbetween. SOON we shall see HIS GLORY.
In His Grace and Glory,
E and Family
31 Aug 2014